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Armistice Day is better day to commemorate WW I casualties

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

10 November, 2017

Dear Editor:

The 11th of November is a better day to commemorate the casualties of WW I than ANZAC day; the armistice to end the war was signed on that day in 1918. Read the rest of this entry »

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Advice of self-respect and forward thinking, from Aotearoa Independence Movement, Murray Horton, Christchurch

24/10/2017

Chief Reporter

HEY JACINDA

Let’s Do THIS!

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“honouring our fight for freedom” – too much cliche

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

29 April, 2017

Dear editor,

The Dom Post headline, “honouring our fight for freedom”, contains too much cliché to be helpful. WWI was not about freedom or independence; it was about empire. Read the rest of this entry »


The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

11/11 2016

Dear Editor:

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month – the armistice of WWI was signed. That’s the date we should be celebrating in New Zealand, an end to the slaughter of young men of all nationalities. Read the rest of this entry »


Union Jack perversely appropriate

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

06 September, 2015

Dear Editor:

The ‘Five Eyes’ spying network of USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand is in practice New Zealand’s biggest commitment of foreign policy. This commitment is a legacy of its colonial past as part of the British Empire. As such the current flag with the British union jack logo is perversely appropriate, but contrasts to many other realities of today.

What effect will the flag referendums have on the public’s consciousness of the government’s foreign policy priority of being part of the ‘club’? Would a new flag without the union jack promote the realization that Five Eyes is a dangerous remnant of the past? Or would it simply serve to submerge discussion (‘out of sight, out of mind’) of our predominant commitment to the Five Eyes network?

I expect the ‘spooks’ of the GCSB and the SIS are interested in this. Have they been pushing the flag agenda? It would be a gamble, but in our desperate times, gambles should be expected.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller


No Palestinian land in 1948?

The Editor, The Sunday Star-Times, Auckland

21 August, 2014

Dear Editor:

Rodney Brooks (Israel-Palestine conflict, 17 August) says “there was no Palestinian land in 1948” when the state of Israel was formed.  The Palestinians had been living there for some time by 1948.  What else does it take for Palestinians to belong in a place, or put another way, be indigenous to a place?   Read the rest of this entry »


WW1 – Empire not democracy

The Editor, The Dominion Post, Wellington

31 July, 2014

Dear Editor:

Did New Zealand go off to WW1 in order to save democracy and freedom?  “But the Germans were not the only imperialists and not the only ones to succumb to paranoia.  The crisis that brought war in 1914 was the fruit of a shared political culture. . . “  This quote from UK historian Christopher Clark from his book “The Sleepwalkers”.  Read the rest of this entry »