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Hiroshima Day 2005: Oh dear Don what would Daddy say? The Bush Administration's complete contempt for democracy in Iraq Latest Blog
Random Historical Interlude #3: UK helped Israel develop nuclear weapons UK police shoot dead innocent civilian in the name of the 'war on terror'
Labour's 2005 tertiary policy: Interest free student loans Paul Neazor QC: Rainbow Warrior and Zaoui
Reflections on the latest Marae Digipoll Blair's Attorney General warned war was illegal
Movie Review: Downfall Wilmshurt letter on Iraq war further evidence of increasing politicisation of British civil service
A few eggs Benedict US locks up kids in Abu Ghraib
Labour and National join forces to sell off New Zealand Iran and nuclear weapons
ACT's dubious record on advocating violence Bush Administration: Historical Parallels with 1930s Germany
The curious rules of coups The Fog of Iraq
Hail to the bus driver Principles of Magna Carta needed today for Zaoui and those at Guantanamo
Could Watergate be uncovered today #2 - Palast reaches similar conclusions The fall guy of Fallujah
Could Watergate be uncovered today - some reflections on the media Many more war crimes in Fallujah
United Future trivialises mental health and drug addiction Distorted Media Coverage of Kidnappings in Iraq = More Deaths
Will the Alliance take votes off the Greens? Iraq opens oil reserves to Western companies

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November 2005 Arrogant Toll Bullies Small District Council with Big Fat Ferry Herculaneum
In the picturesque beauty of the Marlborough Sounds the arrival of the new interisland ferry Kaitaki is causing a storm of controversy in its wake. The operator, Toll NZ, is accused of openly flouting speed restrictions designed by the Marlborough District Council to protect people and the environment from the negative impact of large ferry-created waves. Toll is appealing the decision of the Council through the Environment Court.

Toll NZ is a division of Australian transnational Toll Holdings. Toll acquired the Cook Strait ferry operation as part of its takeover of Tranz Rail in 2003. To many residents Toll’s actions over the ferry wash issue are nothing less than the attempt of a large transnational corporation to bully a small regional Council and the local community, and demonstrate a total disrespect for the responsibility of the Council to protect people and the environment.
Pompeii and Herculaneum
March 2005

The Fog of Iraq

In mid-November the US Department of Defence confirmed the existence of a report highly critical of the administration's efforts in the war on terror and in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  “Muslims do not hate our freedom, but rather they hate our policies. The overwhelming majority [of Muslims] voice their objections to what they see as one-sided support in favor of Israel and against Palestinian rights, and the long-standing, even increasing, support for what Muslims collectively see as tyrannies, most notably Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Pakistan and the Gulf states. Thus, when American public diplomacy talks about bringing democracy to Islamic societies, this is seen as no more than self-serving hypocrisy.”  The report ‘Strategic Communication’ comes from none other than a branch of the Pentagon itself, the Defence Science Advisory Board (DSB).

Stop the War March London

Auschwitz (updated with photo
August 2004 Toll Rail: Secret Deals Close to Witching Hour Revealed
After months of protracted negotiations, Toll Holdings and the NZ Government completed their agreement to transfer the track network to public ownership. The deal concluded just before the deadline of June 30th, 2004. At two minutes to midnight. If an agreement had not been reached by the deadline, Toll was in for making a lot of money. By selling the track for the symbolic sum of $1, Toll could claim a considerable book loss. If the deal had been concluded a mere two minutes later Toll could have gained a significant tax advantage, with estimates ranging from a benefit of $10m to $70m dollars, depending on how long they dilly dallied. While Toll Holdings’ Managing Director, Paul Little, claimed that Toll did not intend to take advantage of this opportunity (1), it certainly did not stop Toll from using it as a threat to bully the Government into a position friendly to the Australian owned transnational corporation (TNC).


August 2004

From Toll to the Dole

"Take it or leave it" was the choice given to the cooks and stewards of the Cook Strait ferry Arahura. The new transnational owners of the ferries, Toll Holdings, told the crew to accept a big cut to pay and conditions or be made redundant. The live-on-board positions were to be disestablished, with those made redundant forced into reapplying for their jobs in competition with other Toll employees and external recruits.

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