Category Archives: Protest

Images of a peace vigil: “Not in our name!”

The peace vigil at Aotea Square last evening, was peaceful.  Many have explained why John Key’s decision to send (non combat?) troops to Iraq was a poor decision, and undemocratic. Russel Norman had said:

… the West waging wars in the Middle East created the conditions that gave rise to Islamic State in the first place.

“We’re basically putting people in harm’s way; some of our troops will be putting their lives in danger and for what?

“For adding to the problem of Western intervention in the Middle East, which in the past has solved nothing and in fact has made it worse,” Dr Norman said.

A group of people had come to the vigil well prepared with their banners and placards – showing a bit of Kiwi DIY ingenuity. The images below are from the peace vigil.

I am scared of John keys arrogance

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Posted by on 06/03/2015 in anti-war, Feminism, Protest, TPPA


Nationwide peace vigils vs deployment to Iraq Thurs 5 March

There are many good reasons for not sending NZ troops to support the US campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq. Thursday 5 March, there will be vigils to express opposition to the deployment:

No military deployment in Iraq: Nationwide peace vigils

Peace vigils calling for increased humanitarian assistance and diplomatic support for Middle East peace processes, and opposing the military deployment to Iraq, will be held around the country at 5pm on Thursday, 5 March, coordinated by Peace Movement Aotearoa. Details for each vigil are included below and available online at and – please share the links, thank you. The details of vigils in other towns and cities will be added to those pages as soon as they are confirmed.

notinourname action station

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Posted by on 04/03/2015 in anti-war, International, Protest


John Key vs Clarke & Dawe: slippery as

This week David Parker cited John Key’s similarity to Clarke and Dawe. How similar are they? The slipperiness seems hilarious, until you look at the actual consequences: the erosion of democracy and the undermining of NZ’s independence (or what’s left of it) internationally. Today Toby Manhire exposes some of the contradictions.

John Key’s leadership is one of diverting from, burying, and avoiding any honest accountability.

David Parker does John Key as Clarke and Dawe – a true story. John Key in a press stand up, being question on his private dinner with Donghua Liu. [h/t The Standard]

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Song for today: “Lives in the Balance”

Yesterday John Key finally announced he is sending NZ troops to Iraq.  This is no surprise as he had been softening up the country for this announcement for months.  As Russel Norman said, this was a decision made in Washington.  Several years ago, Jackson Browne wrote a song that pretty much explains it. “Where a government lies to a people, and the country is drifting to war”:

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Not in our name: “No” to troops to Iraq

John Key has been softening the NZ public up for sending troops to Iraq for a few months (BLiP on The Standard).  He looks to have made the decision a while ago.  He has opted for the dodgy categorisation of sending troops for training, and providing intelligence support for bombing.  This is clearly because polling shows New Zealanders do not want NZ troops to be sent to Iraq in a combat role.


Nicky Hager explains, on Radio New Zealand this morning:

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With Key on its side

I do not support John Key’s government sending troops to Iraq as part of a poorly planned, dubious and futile campaign against the Islamic State.  A petition, hosted by GreenPeace explains why sending troops would be futile, and ultimately destructive.

John Key has been gradually leading us into sending (non-combat?) troops to Iraq to support the US-UK-led campaign against the Islamic state.

Below are videos of anti-war songs, and a poem, that help to explain who benefits and whose lives are damaged and destroyed from such wars.

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