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Why do we need a deal?

Shouldn’t our focus be our domestic economy?
 
If we think we need the world to sustain us then we simply are denying reality. Your land is fertile enough to feed all. Your men and women are skillful enough to provide housing. They are skillful enough to give you medicine and education too.
 
So, really? You think we need some trade deal to improve our lives?
 
We are human beings. We are intelligent among the animal kingdom. Do you really think we need some “elected” officials to tell us how to live? what we get and what we dont? Who eats well and who does not? and on top of that tell us how long we live by denying us our rights under various dubious pretexts?
 
When did you decide to stop building society to the best of human potential and instead to build it to the best of human desire?
 
Really now? Is this man in the 21st century or is this a weak subdued human talking ?

 

Mohsin Siddiqui

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Kiwis come out to exercise that thing called freedom, by Mohsin Siddiqui

Anti-TPPA protesters in Auckland on 4 Feb 2016
Anti-TPPA protesters in Auckland on 4 Feb 2016

Today was a good day to be out and about in Auckland. A bouquet of human values was on display that is usually confined to that, overtly distorted, place called ‘personal space’ in this ever shrinking public space.

The protests in Auckland were anticipated by the vast majority of the population in this truly unique Island in the Pacific. There is an almost electrifying blend of people from all walks of life who came out to voice their dissent.

The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) was signed despite the opposition of the majority of the population. It does not ,however, surprise as precisely such an outcome was predicted at last week’s Auckland Town Hall meeting. The intent of the protesters was more to do with the assertion of their right to dissent and to mark a start to their struggle as renowned New Zealand journalist and film maker Bryan Bruce noted.

Queen Street, Auckland, NZ
Queen Street, Auckland, NZ

Signing the TPPA is merely symbolic and no matter what the state propaganda machine regurgitates (from PR coaches), the truth is that the majority of a nation cannot be silenced. And as such, a piece of paper is meaningless. The people do not want the TPPA and they will not allow for it to steal their right to life,dignity and freedom.

The Establishment should simply give up pushing through a corporate takeover of sovereign Aotearoa. What is the point? Do they never expect to interact with the common man? Do they really think human spirit can be crushed by politics of fear,lies,intimidation and injustice?

Last night the Auckland Transport Authority ‘mysteriously’ announced that buses will not be running from 09:00am to 03:00pm. That just happened to coincide with the peak commute time for protesters from around Auckland.

This is Aotearoa and its people cannot be dominated by corporations:

To their credit the people were 100% peaceful with their protest and civil disobedience. Men, women, children and the elderly marched in solidarity cheerful,hopeful and dignified as their rights were being signed away at a casino. The government decided to sign a fundamentally undemocratic treaty in the one place they could.

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Alaska and Hawaii ask UN to recognize U.S.A as an occupying power

Source: Fort Russ

Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
31st January, 2016
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The indigenous peoples of Alaska and Hawaii appealed to the international community through the United Nations with a request to ensure their right to self-determination. The letter was circulated in Geneva.

In the address, the representatives of the peoples of Alaska and Hawaii urged UN members to raise the issue on May 11th in the framework of the consideration of the UN Council on Human Rights of the periodic review of the human rights and freedoms in the United States, according to TASS.

The appeal emphasizes that the sale of Russian Alaska to the United States in 1867 did “not mean the transfer of sovereignty over Alaska to the United States” and the “US invasion of Hawaii in 1893 was a violation of bilateral treaties and international law.”

“The territory of Alaska and Hawaii in 1959 were absorbed by the United States through deception and deliberate breaches of the mandate and UN principles, and the process of self-determination”, – stated the document.

Residents of the two U.S. States urged the UN “to fix the mistake” and use peaceful means to achieve a referendum for the self-determination of Alaska and Hawaii. For a more effective action in this direction, even set up a joint working group – “Alliance of Alaska-Hawaii for self-determination.”

“They’re taking our land and are mining mineral resources in huge quantities, causing damage to the environment. We believe that the Russians can help us. The year 2017 will mark 150 years since the sale of Alaska by Russia to the USA. If we could, working with the Russians, provide the truth about what really happened in history and to reject the distorted concepts about Alaska and our people, I think it would be a good way to rectify the situation,” – said the representative of Alaska in the working group “Alliance Alaska-Hawaii for self-determination” Ronald Barnes to the meeting in the Swiss press club in Geneva.

“Our culture is suppressed. However, US actions are directed not only against our culture but also of world peace, because Hawaii hosts the military base of Pearl Harbor. During military exercises they pollute our land and water. From this people get sick. This is an abuse of our land and people. We don’t want to be a part of the war machine”, – said the representative of Hawaii Leon Siu.

In an interview with TASS, Barnes stressed that Alaska and Russia have a lot of common in history, culture and religion. “I am Orthodox”, he said in Russian. Continuing in English, he said that many of his relatives have Russian names and Russian words are used, for example, “handkerchief” and “oil”. “We believe that the Russians could help us, said Barnes. “The year 2017 will mark 150 years since the sale of Alaska by Russia to the USA. If we could, working with the Russians, provide the truth about what really happened in history and reject the distorted concepts about Alaska and our people, I think it would be a good way to fix the situation.” According to Barnes, Alaska could become “a neutral state lying between Russia and the West”.

Recall that Alaska became part of the USA in 1867. Prior to that, it was under the control of the Russian-American company, but was sold by the Tsarist government. The state is home to 88 thousand representatives of indigenous peoples, including Eskimos, Aleuts and Indians.

The Hawaiian Islands were annexed by the USA in 1900. They received statehood in 1959, before the island functioned as a self-governing territory. The proportion of remaining indigenous population in Hawaii does not exceed 10% of the 1360 thousand total population of the Islands.

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Sovereignty being gambled away in a casino near you, Vetran Investigative Journalist & Documentary Maker Reports

[Edit: Not original headline]

Source: Bryan Brue – Investigative Journalist & Documentary Maker, New Zealand

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Is Divide And Conquer The New TPPA Strategy?

Why did the government offer to host the signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement? (TPPA)

Why at an Auckland Casino and not parliament?

Why on February 4th before parliament sits for the new year?

Why do it just 2 days before Waitangi Day which has often been a focus of protest over Treaty related issues ( and knowing that the TPPA raises significant concerns over Treaty obligations and Sovereignty)?

Have these decisions been the result of sheer stupidity with no thought to pressure and unnecessary costs it puts on our police over security issues ?

Or the result of political cunning?

While stupidity can’t be ruled out, those of us who remember the 1981 Springbok Tour protests against sporting contacts with apartheid South Africa, haven’t forgotten how the then Prime Minister -National’s Robert Muldoon- was able to turn peaceful demonstrations into a law and order issue through the use of baton wielding riot squads.

Why? Because he had his eye on the election later that year and he wanted to present himself as a strong leader.

It put the police into the invidious position of behaving like Muldoon’s private army and it damaged their relationship with the New Zealand public (that is so dependent on trust) for a very long time.

Does the Key government want to spin legitimate concerns over the TPPA into a law and order issue?

Or has National simply blundered in their timing and created a security nightmare for our police?

I don’t know.

What I know is the police are practicing their riot drills and that if protestors confront the police on February 4th with anything but peaceful demonstration, the TV pictures of violent clashes will allow Key to paint the protestors a an unruly mob of radicals who want to stop ‘what’s best for New Zealand’.

So let’s not give him that opportunity.

Let’s not get arrested.

Let’s remember what a previous National Prime Minister did

By all means let’s protest on the day, but let’s be clever about it.

Kia Kaha

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Bryan Bruce Bio:

Born in Scotland in 1948, his family emigrated to New Zealand in 1956. He grew up in Christchurch and attended the University of Canterbury where he graduated with an M.A.in Sociology and Philosophy. He now resides in Auckland New Zealand.

His feature length documentaries range in topic from natural history to crime, justice , poverty and inequality issues.

He is also an author.Some of his published non-fiction works include:

A Taste of History ( Batemans 2007) A history of everyday foods.
Hard cases (Random House New Zealand 2008
Historia Smaku ( Cartablanca Poland 2008).
Jesus: The Cold Case Random House New Zealand 2010
Jezus: Dowody Zbrodni (Cartablanca Poland 2011

He is an advocate for the rights of children and administrates the face book pagehttp://www.facebook.com/InsideChildPoverty

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Oceania Saker.

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