The geopolitics of the Pacific region remain under US control The regional security agreement between the US, Australia and New Zealand continues to be an important treaty in regional geopolitics. It was preceded by a number of historical factors and the decline of Britain’s global role following the Second World […]
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The Five Eyes arrangement between the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand has always resembled a segregated, clandestine club. Focused on the sharing of intelligence between countries of supposedly like mind, it has shown that even its own citizens cannot be guaranteed protection from the zeal of […]
War commemorations nurse a dirty secret, though it is one displayed with a peacock flourish. The victors bring out the celebratory paraphernalia and talk about noble ideas; the defeated, quite simply, do not. We won, we celebrate and we, somehow, got things right. You, defeated, eat it, beat it. This […]
Surveillance activities and the law are often at loggerheads. The former specialises in destroying privacy; the latter, in so far as it might be adequate, sometimes furnishes a means of preserving it. When it comes to exposing overly-eager surveillance activity, obstacles arise. Ironically, the privacy of agents, and the sacrosanct […]
In Paris, the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, meeting French President Emmanuel Macron, brought other leaders and US tech giants to make a global pledge to “eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.” The cheer squad feel behind the “Christchurch Call to Action” was unmistakable.
It can’t be known exactly why information outlets the world over are giving more attention to Christchurch than Mali, but it might have to do with the former’s “clash of civilization” optics and the fact that many naïvely assume that massacres of the sort that frequently take place in the “Global South” could “never happen” in the West.
A deliberately deceptive effort was made to connect the Christchurch terrorist attack to Balkan history. The Australian terrorist meticulously scrawled the names of many Balkan figures, battles, and slogans onto his guns and gear and even listened to a Serbian song that was popular during the Bosnian Civil War before […]
The massacre of 49 people including children at a mosque in New Zealand has not come out of the blue — it follows the mainstreaming of the same ideology that inspired the first major far-right terrorist attack of this decade: the 2011 massacre in Norway by Anders Behring Breivik. Brenton Tarrant, who […]
The actions of Friday demonstrate the ease with which an act of mass killing can take place, the damage than can arise from attacking freely open spaces where people commune. Extremism is said to lack a face or an ideology, but on Friday, it manifested in an all too human form.
The United States has successfully installed two America-compliant leaders as the heads of government of Australia and New Zealand, Washington’s two most important Asia-Pacific regional allies. Both leaders, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, rose rapidly within their respective parties, a sure sign that […]