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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 »

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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

 

 


It is possible to claim too much for Jeremy Corbyn’s electoral achievements

May, 2018

The Editor,  The Progressive Magazine

Madison, Wisconsin,  USA

Hello The Progressive,

It is possible to claim too much for Jeremy Corbyn’s electoral achievements (Sarah Jaffe, Apr/May 18). The electoral backlash against Theresa May’s policies came much because of her arrogance, and especially because of her misunderstanding of her political strength after the Brexit election.  Read the rest of this entry »


Denial is a global thing.

The Editor,  The Sunday Star-Times,  Auckland

13 June, 2018

Dear Editor:

David Slack (“she’ll be right”, 10 June) keeps repeating himself throughout the article to make it clear: we are so clever here in “godzone” at finding ways to deceive ourselves about how clever we are. Read the rest of this entry »


Iran nuclear deal – nuclear weapon states must not be calling Iran a ‘terrorist nation’

The Editor, The Sunday Star-Times, Auckland

14 May, 2018

Dear Editor:

The hypocrisy of the USA and Israel is staggering in their attitude toward the Iran nuclear deal. To singularly use language like ‘terrorist nation’ covers up fundamental nuclear weapon realities. Read the rest of this entry »


Former PM’s declaration on Afghanistan no longer believeable

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

14 February, 2018

Dear Editor:

The cultural changes required to contain the worst of climate disruption and the threat of nuclear weapons are fundamental and terrifying to people of most political persuasions.   National won the last election (a continuing 44% vote) primarily because it has been so persistent in doing nothing significant about climate change, thus blunting that terror.  Read the rest of this entry »


Cognizance of individual mortality is integrated with cognizance of species mortality

The Editor,  The Post Weekender,  Wellington

15 January, 2018

Dear Editor:

Jo Randerson’s personal reflection on death and life (Weekender, 6 Jan) was especially gratifying in the frank description of the societal / global death threats of nuclear weapons and climate change. A person’s understanding of individual mortality is integrated with that of the possible mortality of the human species.  Read the rest of this entry »