The Christchurch Shooting and the Normalization of Anti-Muslim Terrorism

The Christchurch Shooting and the Normalization of Anti-Muslim Terrorism

What is without question the worst mass shooting in New Zealand’s history took place on Friday when shooters, 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant among them, opened fire at two Christchurch mosques. Four, including Tarrant, have been arrested for the heinous act, which claimed at least 49 innocent lives. Tarrant was responsible for killing more than 40…

Christchurch, Birmingham, and the Power of Islamic Victimhood

Christchurch, Birmingham, and the Power of Islamic Victimhood

It’s the massacre heard ‘round the world! Leaders react across the globe! Religious bigotry and hate must be rooted out! Oh wait, not this one. This is just another Muslim massacre of Christian villagers in Nigeria. Ho-hum, nothing to see here folks. Just move along now… Ah, here’s the right one! In the initial hours following the fatal shooting of…

They Spy with Their Little Eye

They Spy with Their Little Eye

I’ve spent six years alternately begging major NZ journalists to investigate state-sponsored spying on activists including me, and, out of sheer necessity, reporting extensively on it myself from within the vacuum created by their inaction. So it is somewhat bemusing to now observe the belated unfolding of what ex-Member of Parliament and Greenpeace NZ Executive…

China in South Pacific Region: One Step Away from Absolute Power

China in South Pacific Region: One Step Away from Absolute Power

The South Pacific region, stretching from the shores of Australia to South America and encompassing more than 30,000 islands, has felt China’s growing influenced since 2000s. By 2018, it had grown so strong that it became a threat to Australia’s strategic security. It should be noted that in the last 30 years, Australia has viewed…

Oceania Countries are Getting Drawn into anti-Chinese Games

Oceania Countries are Getting Drawn into anti-Chinese Games

On 6 July the Associated Press (AP) Agency referred to official information sources from Australia and New Zealand in its announcement stating that during the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in September of this year, representatives from Australia and New Zealand are set to sign a new security agreement with other PIF members, with the…