New Zealand revokes Greenpeace’s Charity status.

May 16, 2011
(Wellington) Nobody can accuse New Zealand of been a right-wing country. If anything it gravitates to the left of the political spectrum. Even with the National Party currently in power New Zealand can still be deemed left of centre when it comes to politics.

With that in mind it has come as something of a surprise at how the New Zealand government has stripped environmental champions ‘Greenpeace’ of their charity status in the country. Actually that ruling was made last year and Greenpeace took it to the high court. However and a big however the high court has upheld the Charity commissions verdict which found Greenpeaces promotion of “disarmament and peace” as political rather than educational and while it did not directly advocate illegal acts, Greenpeace members had acted illegally.
Greenpeace say they will appeal.

…and there is the precedent for the rest of the NGOs and Activist groups in America and Israel


Marxist and Muslim Meetings at Auckland University in New Zealand

March 16, 2011
Joe Carolan, center

The Marxist/Muslim alliance is a worldwide phenomenon. In New Zealand, Auckland University is a major center of this new “Axis of Evil”.

On March 11, Auckland University’s Marxist and radical Muslim activists got together to hold a
“2011: A year of Uprising: Middle East Freedom Forum”.

Joe Carolan‘s Socialist Aotearoa and Students for Justice in Palestine were the main organizers, but the Communist League (NZ affiliate of the US Socialist Workers Party) also showed up with their cutesy little book stall.

Communist League stand

Other lefties in evidence included Amnesty on Campus, Oxfam, and Medical Students for Global Awareness.

Speakers included :  
  • Mohsen Al-Attar – “What Arabs can learn from Malcolm X”
  • Mohamed Hassan -“The role of youth and new media in the Egyptian Revolution”
  • Rana Ghumkhor – “The importance of women during the uprisings and what the revolutions could mean for occupied lands”
  • Bilel Ragued – “North African Revolutions – a personal perspective”
  • Zaeem Baksh – “It’s time, it’s time, its Palestine”

Mohsen Al Attar, an Auckland University lecturer of  Canadian /Egyptian extraction, was described by one attendee as a very persuasive speaker, reminiscent almost of Van Jones. I have written extensively on Attar here, here and here.
Rana Ghumkhor, an Afghan refugee, has long been one of the most radical activists at Auckland University. She is hard core. She once wrote a short story, in the first person, telling the story of a suicide bombing on a bus outside Jerusalem.

For generations we suffered at the hands of the Zionists. Oh my insane rage vengeance will be ours, the clouds will clear and the sun will shine on us again….
I feel around in my pocket for the trigger that leads to the c4-tapped securely to my chest. I swallow the bile that had risen in my throat. I am afraid yes, I am afraid the bomb wont go off…
I clutch the trigger in my hand. I take the time to acknowledge each person in the bus. I feel the walls in my heart closing up for I feel no pity where we received none. I look out the window for the last time. The bus is coming over a hill. There lies Jerusalem in all its glory. I close my eyes and take my last breath…. Freedom…

Zaeem Baksh, has a Phd from the University of California, Berkeley, and has been active in Students for Justice in Palestine at Waikato and Auckland universities.
Speaker after speaker covered  all the usual bases;

  • Vocal and emotional support of revolutions in all the Middle East
  • Denouncement of “Apartheid Israel”
  • Encouragement to boycott all Israeli goods
  • Marxist-style anti-rich sentiment (“Why did we elect a $21 million prime minister?”)
  • Calls for the immediate removal of troops from Afghanistan (NZ troops)
  • Anti-American sentiment, particularly perceived American imperialism

Following the “Middle East Freedom Forum”, there was a student-led vigil in the quad, held in honor of the “thousands of students and citizens who have died protesting for freedom and democracy across North Africa and the Middle East in the last few weeks”. 
Marxist Green Party MP Keith Locke also turned up. After supporting Pol Pot’s invasion of Cambodia, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the murderous Philippines New Peoples Army, Irish Republicanism, the Palestinian Intifada and countless other Marxist and terrorist causes over the years, wild camels couldn’t have kept him away.
A fun night of incitement to mayhem and socialist revolution was had by all!

Prince Charles Is Strange. New Zealand rejects the Queen

August 29, 2010

Prince Charles Is Strange and Prince Philip a Radio Star Claims NZ Politician
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: A former deputy prime minister of New Zealand has reignited the country’s republican movement by demanding an end to the monarchy on the death of The Queen and castigating The Prince of Wales as “strange”.
In addition to mocking the Prince of Wales views, Michael Cullen, who was deputy Prime Minister in Helen Clark’s Labour government, accused the Duke of Edinburgh of being “insensitive and prejudiced”.
The comments are contained in a speech that Mr Cullen, who stepped down from parliament when Labour lost power in 2008, is expected to deliver to an influential conference reviewing the country’s constitution in Wellington, the capital, later this week.
The London-born politician will tell the Institute of Policy Studies think-thank conference that New Zealand should set in place legislation enabling it to abandon the monarchy when the Queen dies.
The Herald on Sunday newspaper reported that Dr Cullen’s speech notes, in which he says The Prince of Wales and his father the Duke of Edinburgh “evince some strange characteristics”.
He goes on: “But talking to plants and extremely conservative views on architecture are scarcely confined to Prince Charles.
“As for the old Duke, his insensitivity and prejudices would in our nation make him highly suitable material for a breakfast television or talkback radio host.”
The reference is to a breakfast presenter on New Zealand television who is notorious for making controversial comments.
Although the issue of a republic has been raised in the past, with both Ms Clark and John Key, the current Prime Minister, describing it as “inevitable”, Dr Cullen’s speech will be the first to contain such personal remarks about members of the royal family.
Dr Cullen said criteria for appointing a head of state which include preferment of male heirs and Anglicans are inconsistent with modern New Zealand values. >>> Paul Chapman in Wellington | Sunday, August 29, 2010