Widespread surreptitious election interference?

The Editor,  The Listener,  Auckland

01 August, 2018

Dear Editor:

There’s a lot of talk about Russian interference (or Trump collaboration with Russia) in the 2016 USA Presidential election but little said about interference in elections elsewhere in the world.   Read the rest of this entry »


Trump and Putin nuclear oligarchs

The Editor,  The Sunday Star-Times,  Auckland

24 July, 2018

Dear Editor:

Danielle McLaughlin (SST 22 July) discusses the dangers of U.S. President Donald Trump’s apparent naivety in dealing with Russia’s Putin. But she doesn’t mention the place that Russia has in Trump’s world view which is potentially more dangerous. Read the rest of this entry »

Trump and Putin a pair of nuclear oligarchs

The Editor,  The Sunday Star-Times,  Auckland

19 July, 2018

Dear Editor:

In the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump claimed he wanted to “make America great again”. What he was referring to was that heady time just after WW II when the USA was the only military to possess the atomic bomb.  And following on with the cold war when the USA was top dog and the Soviet Union was trying to keep up but only managing just-under dog, both keeping the whole world as nuclear hostage.

You could see that at work as Trump was meeting Putin in Helsinki. It’s a natural pairing as Putin is an oligarch and Trump wants to be one.  Trump needs a powerfully nuke-armed Russia (almost as) super power to recreate that surreal and insane world.

With ubiquitous computer hackers and secret operatives around the globe the current media and political emphasis on Russian hacking of the US election could be a distraction from the larger danger.

Richard Keller



Why do people who are ‘the people’ appear duped by Trump?

The Editor,  The Progressive Magazine,  Madison, Wisconsin,  USA

July 8, 2018

Hello The Progressive,

Jim Hightower (Apr/May Vox Populist) addresses the provocative, yet inappropriate and lazy, term “populist” when it is used to describe the “angry spasm of discontent” supposedly fueling the Trump politics. Hightower captures the real meaning in the phrase “everybody does better when everybody does better”. Read the rest of this entry »

Immigration issues on Mexican border tied to economic hedgemony

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

18 June, 2018

Dear Editor:

Has the US learned from the Nazis how to use family cruelty? Read the rest of this entry »

David Slack’s “eve of disruption” a good look at the Post Truth Era

The Editor,  The Sunday Star-Times,  Auckland

03 June, 2018

Dear Editor:

David Slack (‘eve of disruption’, 20 May) leads us on a merry jog around our world of denial beginning with anecdotes of past ways of doing things in NZ that seemingly would never change – pubs disappearing and springing up; housing rentals by the day; railways workshop closing. But he also does well to get around to today’s global climate change denial.  Read the rest of this entry »

Korea, the ‘buttons’, and the history of military involvement with USA.

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

26 January, 2018

Dear Editor:

It should not be considered a force for peace and security to be involved militarily with the USA in our Pacific region. Read the rest of this entry »