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Worry of the Week – 20 September 2015: Russians in Syria

Just when you thought things couldn’t possibly get any worse in Syria, they have. Putin is going to speak at the United Nations in a few days, and political commentators such as the Guardian’s Natalie Nougayrède are predicting that his speech will be a call for all nations to unite behind Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad to defeat DAESH in particular and terrorism in the area in... read more

Saint of the Week – 6 September 2015: Victoria, Australia, State Government

Unbelievable! Two weeks in a row I’m complimenting the Aussies! But credit where credit’s due and all that, and if I’m nice about them now, I might not get accused of racism if I abuse them during the upcoming Rugby World Cup. 🙂 But first an update. In “Saints and Sinners” on 16 August 2015, my “Saint of the Week” was Judge David Bunning. Three weeks ago the... read more

Saints and Sinners – 30 August 2015: Trump’s Press Pack and No Religion in Schools

This week the Sinner is again political – it’s easy to find a recipient in US politics – and the Saint award goes to Australia. Giving an award to Australia is damn near impossible for any New Zealander, so make the most of it – it might never happen again! There are a lot of rivalries like ours around the world. The New Zealand vs Australia rivalry is mainly a sporting one. Often... read more

What’s Important to Voters in the USA?

On 3 August 2015 Fox News released a survey of the political climate in the United States. Conducted from 30 July to 2 August by Anderson Roberts Research (D) and Shaw and Company Research (R) it has a margin of error of +/- 3 percent. (I was immediately struck by the fact that even some reputable survey companies in America are labelled Democrat or Republican.) Most of the questions in the survey were... read more

Saints and Sinners: 16 August 2015 – Greenpeace and US Judge David Bunning

There was an embarrassment of riches for both the Saint and Sinner this week. For the Saint, I just need to go into full, one-eyed Kiwi mode. The New Zealand netball team, the Silver Ferns has been performing magnificently at the world cup. This afternoon they’re in the final against Australia after not losing a game all tournament. (The Silver Ferns match against Australia I mentioned last Sunday... read more

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