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Reminder that the Right in USA insists on unconditional support for Israel in order to be an ‘ally’.

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

3 June, 2018

Dear Editor:

Foreign Affairs has been quietly, but consistently reminded over the last decade that focusing on increasing trade with China and at the same time working closely with the US military in the Southwest Pacific, and especially with Five Eyes, which are more directly challenging China these days, was likely to create a few tight situations which they would have to try to maneuver through.

But was it expected that this latest criticism from the right wing Trump administration calling NZ the soft underbelly of Five Eyes and accusing NZ of having direct ties with ‘Communists” would reach the headlines?

What has brought this on, I expect, is not really a direct concern with the Chinese in NZ, but rather the recent UN votes where PM Ardern failed to unconditionally support Israel for mass killings of peaceful protesters in Gaza. There is nothing more fundamental to the US right’s ideology than total support for Israel and they will not accept anything else from anyone who wants to be an ‘ally’.

Richard Keller

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Peter Thiel – citizen?

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

13 July, 2017

Dear Editor:

Looking at what new NZ citizen Peter Thiel has been contributing here, from afar, we see it has mostly to do with the GCSB and the Five Eyes spy network. Given that Five Eyes is mostly for feeding the National Security Agency (NSA) in Washington, DC, it looks like he is working in the interests of the elite in USA (and NZ) primarily, probably not in the interests of most New Zealanders. Read the rest of this entry »


Key was never more than a front man.

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

07 December, 2016

Dear Editor:

John Key lasted a year longer than I expected; I’ll give him that. But his demise goes back two years to the 2014 election and the stoush that followed from Nicky Hager’s book, Dirty Politics, out of which Judith Collins was sent to the bench for a while. Read the rest of this entry »


Intelligence and Security Agencies Review – response from Keith Locke

(Note: general permission previously granted by Keith Locke to publish his blog entries here.)

Keith Locke: Hard to spy gains from Five Eyes

[This article of mine was published in the New Zealand Herald on 15 March 2016.  It was in response to the report of Intelligence and Security Agencies Review, released on 9 March.]

The intelligence services report by Sir Michael Cullen and Dame Patsy Reddy sheds more light on the GCSB’s work with the Five Eyes network, but it also leaves several questions unanswered. Since the Snowden revelations there has been a concern that our Government Communications Security Bureau is involved in “mass surveillance”.  The Government has denied that it is. Read the rest of this entry »


Will small dairy concession lead to more support for the so-called “war on terror”?

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

01 October, 2015

Dear Editor:

Now that there seems to be a small concession for NZ dairy exports into North America in the agreement from the TPPA talks, the dangers to our democracy through investor state dispute tribunals and several other threats are coming closer.   Ironically, as a twisted sort of ‘thank you’, there is also the possibility that our current government will look to make concessions to the USA in support of its global interests elsewhere, such as the so-called ‘war on terrorism’, or trying to put pressure on China. 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


Open letter on military deployment to Iraq, released by Peace Movement Aotearoa

*Open letter on military deployment to Iraq

*11 February 2015

To all Government Ministers and Members of Parliament,

We strongly oppose the commitment of any military support by the New Zealand government to the war in Iraq and Syria, and are appalled by the Prime Minister’s use of the Gallipoli anniversary as a mantle to cloak a new deployment of combat troops to the Middle East. Read the rest of this entry »