EU not the ‘bully’ that Jane Clifton claims it is.

The Editor,  The Listener,  Auckland

14 January, 2019

Hello The Listener,

Jane Clifton awards her ‘Bully of the Year’ to the European Union for its response to the UK’s Brexit vote. But the UK was asking for it.  Brexit is a desperate attempt to preserve the image of the empire, the British Empire of by gone days.  Read the rest of this entry »


‘Vice’ gives impetus to explore where the ‘murk’ comes from

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

06 January, 2018

Dear Editor:

Jeff Weiss’ Washington Post article (SST Escape, 30 December) on the movie ‘Vice’ and its director, Adam McKay, is a joy, at once informative, entertaining, and hard hitting. But while my wife and I thought the movie itself was close to that we wondered if it had really made it clear what McKay was trying to say about Cheney. Read the rest of this entry »

Wellington Suburban Newspapers apparently going strong in 2019

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

04 January, 2019

Dear Editor:

It is great to see WSN General Manager Stephan van Rensburg extoll the benefits of an independent local news media covering local news. Read the rest of this entry »

Arrest of Chinese businessman over Iran is very provocative

07 December, 2018

The Editor,  The Listener,  Auckland

Dear Editor:

The US law regarding aid to Iran is not a United Nations law and is viewed internationally with suspicion as unhelpful in dealing with Iran’s nuclear weapon intentions. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Nuclear Deterrence’ on the attack again

07 December, 2018

The Editor, The Dom Post, Wellington

Dear Editor:

The nuclear powers once again resort to the existentially deadly cliché that so-called ‘nuclear deterrence’ is undermined by disarmament treaties like the current Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (2017 Nobel Peace Prize winner) (Dom Post 04/12/18).    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