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Politics is a process by which decisions are made within groups. Although the term is generally applied to behavior within governments, politics is observed in all human (and many non-human) group interactions, including corporate, academic, and religious institutions.
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Destiny New Zealand
The official website of Destiny New Zealand

Destiny New Zealand, a Christian political party in New Zealand, centres around the charismatic/pentecostal Destiny Church, founded and led by the televangelist Brian Tamaki. The party describes itself as "centre-right", and places a strong focus on traditional family values. It does not hold any seats in Parliament.

From the website:

All of our policies are based on the timeless principle that the family is the cornerstone of society and marriage is the cornerstone of the family. Families impact on every sector of society. The breakdown of families is a primary cause of all problems that impact on the health and stability of our country.

For this reason, Destiny New Zealand policies aim to protect, empower and prosper New Zealand families.
In 'protecting' the family, Destiny New Zealand aims to: I. Protect the 'institution of marriage' (Between one man and one woman), which is the universally tried and proven stable basis for raising children. Families centred on marriage generally provide the best environment for child development and contribute powerfully to the overall health and vitality of society.
II. Uphold the rule of law and to administer justice, thereby creating and maintaining a safe environment for our families to live, work and play.

By 'empowering' the family, the party aims to strengthen families by fostering a marriage culture and providing greater recognition and support to families centred on marriage. The party also aims to uphold and positively promote the roles of parenting, fatherhood and motherhood throughout its policies.
By 'prospering' the family, the party aims to keep more money in the home through lower taxes and by providing greater opportunity for families to accumulate wealth and assets for the benefit of future generations. In this way, we begin a cycle whereby children are born into asset and not debt - freedom and not dependency.
Destiny New Zealand is fully committed to supporting sole-parent families, both practically and financially. However, the time-honoured institution of marriage will remain the benchmark and standard of normative family in Destiny New Zealand policy.
Our Family Policy is the foundation of all our policies and will remain the priority of the party's objectives in government. By using the Family Policy as our foundation policy, other policies are developed in the light of how they can positively contribute towards our vision of strong, prosperous families underpinning a strong, prosperous nation.

With Destiny New Zealand, your family is our priority.
"Strong families mean less government - that's got to be a good thing!"
Richard Lewis - Leader

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Harold Pinter
Playwright, director, actor, poet and political activist.

Born 10 October 1930 in East London, playwright, director, actor, poet and political activist.

Pinter has written twenty-nine plays including The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, The Homecoming, and Betrayal, twenty-one screenplays including The Servant, The Go-Between and The French Lieutenant's Woman, and directed twenty-seven theatre productions, including James Joyce's Exiles, David Mamet's Oleanna, seven plays by Simon Gray and many of his own plays including his latest, Celebration, paired with his first, The Room at The Almeida Theatre, London in the spring of 2000.

He has been awarded the Shakespeare Prize (Hamburg), the European Prize for Literature (Vienna), the Pirandello Prize (Palermo), the David Cohen British Literature Prize, the Laurence Olivier Award and the Moliere D'Honneur for lifetime achievement. In 1999 he was made a Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature. He has received honorary degrees from fourteen universities.

Pinter's interest in politics is a very public one. Over the years he has spoken out forcefully about the abuse of state power around the world, including, recently, NATO's bombing of Serbia.
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Real conspiracy or fictitious?

Wikipedia describes Illuminati as follows:
The Illuminati is the name of many groups, modern and historical, real and fictitious, verified and alleged. Most commonly The Illuminati refers specifically to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment secret society. However, it often refers to an alleged shadowy conspiratorial organization that controls world affairs behind the scenes, usually a modern incarnation or continuation of the Bavarian Illuminati. Illuminati is sometimes used synonymously with New World Order.

The word conspiracy, as it relates to this site, will be defined in the context of a scheme: to act in harmony toward a common end. As it has been known for centuries, "alchemists conceal in order to baffle the vulgar." This site exists for the sole purpose of penetrating the veil.
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John Pilger
Complete articles, letters, blogs and books.

John Pilger is a world-renowned journalist, author and documentary filmmaker, who began his career in 1958 in his homeland, Australia, before moving to London in the 1960s.

He regards eye-witness as the essence of good journalism. He has been a foreign correspondent and a front-line war reporter, beginning with the Vietnam war in 1967. He is an impassioned critic of foreign military and economic adventures by Western governments.

"It is too easy," he says, "for Western journalists to see humanity in terms of its usefulness to 'our' interests and to follow government agendas that ordain good and bad tyrants, worthy and unworthy victims and present 'our' policies as always benign when the opposite is usually true. It's the journalist's job, first of all, to look in the mirror of his own society."

He believes a journalist also ought to be a guardian of the public memory and often quotes Milan Kundera: "The struggle of people against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting."

Noam Chomsky wrote: "John Pilger's work has been a beacon of light in often dark times. The realities he has brought to light have been a revelation, over and over again, and his courage and insight a constant inspiration."

Harold Pinter wrote: "John Pilger unearths, with steely attention, the facts, the filthy truth, and tells it as it is."
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Matrix Masters
Provocative and little publicized stories from the world's press

The mission of Matrix Masters' News summaries can best be summed up in the lines Franklin Rosemont wrote in his introduction to the writings of Slim Brundage, where he described Chicago's famous College of Complexes:

The aim of the College of Complexes, as an educational/recreational forum, was neither to recruit members nor to mobilize troops for the achievement of specific goals, but rather to inform, agitate, educate, emancipate, provoke, inspire, offend, scandalize, tickle, and excite.

Well, our aim here at Matrix Masters is to provoke an unmuffled, ungagged, and unsilenced generation of world citizens into speaking up and taking the actions necessary to wrest control from the privileged few and to reclaim this planet in the name of all the humans, animals, plants, and other forms of life who share its bounty.

And as for our name, “Matrix Masters”, we intend this as a reminder that ultimately YOU are the Master of Your Own Matrix . . . unless, of course, you have surrendered that right to someone else :-).

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National Party of New Zealand
The official website of the National Party

"The New Zealand National Party was formed in 1936 to represent New Zealanders from all walks of life.

"Today National is the second largest political party in the New Zealand Parliament and is a strong alternative to the present minority Labour government.

"National stands for freedom, choice, independence and ambition. We believe in less government not more red tape. We stand firmly against political correctness and strongly for personal freedom and responsibility."

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New Zealand First
The official website of the New Zealand First Party of Winston Peters

From the website:

New Zealand First was formed on 18 July 1993 as a political party to represent the views of all New Zealanders concerned about the economic and social direction of New Zealand, the sale of public assets to foreign control, and the decline in employment and social services. New Zealand First fielded 83 candidates in the 1993 election, and by 1996 had 17 Members of Parliament and was in Government. The party continues to represent tens of thousands of New Zealanders wanting progressive policies and commonsense decision-making in the best interests of all New Zealanders.

To put New Zealand and New Zealanders first through enlightened economic and social policies, by placing control of New Zealand's resources in the hands of New Zealanders, and by restoring faith in the democratic process.

New Zealand First was formed with 15 fundamental principles:


New Zealand First believes that:

New Zealanders are entitled to a political system they can feel confident about, and politicians they can rely on to represent them;
New Zealand needs a clear strategy to boost export growth and real wages. New Zealand First will implement a plan to treble exports by 2020, and build a positive future based on sound economic growth. Any person capable of work should be given the opportunity to do so and to receive 'first world' wages and salaries;
There should be an end to the aimless restructuring of government services, a removal of unnecessary rules and regulations based on misguided political correctness, and a return to a public service ethic within the bureaucracy. Spending will be directed to the provision of high quality education and health professionals, to improving free access to improved public education and health services, and to developing a life style that values our people, our environment, and that recognises our uniqueness;
The key to New Zealand's future prosperity lies in the secure ownership, co-ordinated rebuilding and innovative development of its infrastructure. Clogged roads, run-down rail, insecure power supply and lack of planning focus cannot be allowed to continue. New Zealand First will protect New Zealand ownership and preserve the 'Kiwi' lifestyle;
Our senior citizens are the foundation on which our communities are built. New Zealand First will ensure that our seniors enjoy secure retirement income and access to health and other services, whilst empowering them to retain their valued community involvement and maintain their independence.
It is time to mount a war against lawlessness by doubling our police force and providing adequate powers, implementing realistic sentencing, instilling discipline in our young people, taking a very tough line on youth and recidivist offending, and aggressively targeting 'entry level' crime by those seeking to enter the crime industry;
While we are many peoples with different customs, languages, religions and cultures we are one country, we are all New Zealanders first. A focus for New Zealand First during the next parliamentary term will be the pursuit of policies that promote social cohesion and allow New Zealanders to be once again proud of their race relations. We will put an end to the Treaty of Waitangi grievance industry, and remove platitudinous statements about the Treaty and so-called principles from our legislation; and,
Ad hoc policy-making on immigration must cease. Immigration will no longer be used as an excuse for our failure to train, skill, and employ our own people. We will not tolerate New Zealand being a haven for queue-jumping asylum seekers. Refugees will be accepted only from those who can contribute to a better way of life for all New Zealanders. New Zealand First policies will reflect the high value we place on our citizenship.

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New Zealand Labour Party
The official website of the Labour Party of New Zealand

From the website:

Established in 1916, the Labour Party is the longest established political party in New Zealand. Labour's vision - of a more just society where all may live in comfort and security - remains unchanged to this day.

Successive Labour Governments have introduced radical and progressive measures that contributed to the steady improvement and ultimate transformation of New Zealand society. Even when out of office, Labour has largely set the agenda for political debate.

Labour came into being in 1916 on the basis of wide industrial support. As it became a major force in the 1920's it broadened its policies and membership to reflect the aspirations of all those who wanted to build a better New Zealand.

The Great Depression of the 1930's demonstrated the failure of conservative policies, be they social or economic. Michael Joseph Savage led Labour to a sweeping victory in 1935 on the promise of radical changes. Over the next few years Labour introduced a series of measures which have become fundamental to New Zealand society and culture.

For the first time access to health care became affordable for all. The State assumed a major responsibility to provide low cost housing to those in need. A comprehensive social welfare system gave security to the elderly, the infirm, and those without employment. Access was opened to secondary and tertiary education. Judicious government intervention rebuilt our economy, reducing unemployment. Workers also benefited by industrial legislation that introduced the 40 hour week and made it easier for unions to negotiate on their behalf.

Under Michael Savage Labour formed an enduring partnership with Maori. Labour began the process whereby redress was made for the wrongs of the past, the particular needs of Maori were addressed, and the unique qualities of Maori culture could be both recognised and fostered.

In 1940, Peter Fraser became Prime Minister. Under Labour, the contributions of the armed services during World War II were immense, as were those of civilians. Labour sought to ensure that the burdens of war were equally shared.

Between 1945-49 Labour presided over the rebuilding of a prosperous peacetime society. Peter Fraser also played a major role in the establishment of the United Nations.

Successive Labour Governments have built upon the foundations laid by Savage and Fraser.

Between 1957-60 the Walter Nash led Labour Government carried on the progressive foreign policies of the first Labour Government, by continuing to champion the interests of small powers. Domestically, the introduction in 1960 in the Public Service of Equal Pay for Women for Equal Work paved the way for its full adoption four years later. An intensive Government- sponsored report in 1960 on the problems and future of Maori was to bear fruit only after Labour was out of power.

The third Labour Government led by Norman Kirk and Bill Rowling was short lived. Both governments faced major external economic difficulties. Each government responded with responsible economic decisions, which did not gain the approval of the wider electorate.

The lasting legacy of the 1972-5 Government is the Accident Compensation Corporation. The decision by Kirk in 1973 to bar from entry a racially selected Springbok team was a major step towards a more mature attitude in New Zealand's own race relations.

The Fourth Labour Government 1984-90, led successively by David Lange, Geoffrey Palmer and Mike Moore made difficult and overdue decisions to modernise the New Zealand Economy.

Labour's uncompromising anti-nuclear stance, championed by David Lange, gained domestic and international respect. The establishment of the Waitangi Tribunal was a great step towards the final redress of past Maori grievances.

Even in the periods between 1951 and 1984 when Labour was out of office its ideas were often centre stage. Successive National governments admitted that they held power by "stealing Labour's clothes." However the last National Government ended this broad consensus by adopting extremist policies in industrial relations and economic management.

When the current Labour-led Government, headed by Helen Clark, gained power in 1999 it was necessary to restore balance to industrial actions through the Employment Relations Act.

The Government has become an active partner with the private sector in the pursuit of economic improvement.

The goals of social security are also being addressed. Income related State House Rentals have been reintroduced. Cuts made by National to superannuation benefits have been reversed. The Accident Compensation Commission has been both reformed and restored to its original responsibilities. The "market" model of health care has been abandoned. More resources are being allocated to Health and Education.

Labour has established a sustainable way of continuing to provide adequate State Superannuation. Inequities within New Zealand Society still need to be resolved. The quest for economic security will continue.

Labour was re-elected to Government in 2002, and again in 2005. As it faces its 90 year anniversary, the Party is delivering a fair and inclusive society for all New Zealanders, in line with its initial aims.

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New Zealand Maori Party
The official website of the Maori Party

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Co-leader Tariana Turia on 7 August 2006:

We have been celebrating two years since the first Maori Party MP was elected into Parliament. I remember the 27th July 2004 clearly. A team of excited Maori Party supporters arrived at Parliament to listen to my maiden speech to signal the arrival of the Maori Party. However, the rules forbid it. A Member of Parliament only ever makes one maiden speech and mine had been on the 26 February 1997 so that was that. I still gave a maiden speech two years ago - but this time it was outside the debating chamber.

Last week in Parliament the rules were used against the Maori Party again. But this time we are not prepared to put up an alternative.

Member of Parliament for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira, was challenged by Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta, about the question of ‘relevancy’ in a ten-minute address he gave about the Customs and Excise Amendment Bill.

In his address, Mr Harawira raised important questions around the authority of the Customs Service, the origins of border security measures and integrated border management that existed at time of settlement, Maori experiences of the history of customs duties and harbour charges, questions around who is detained at Customs, the powers of search and seizure, prohibitions on exports and imports, and the need for various protections and preservation.

When we compare that list of topics to the nature of the debate that has occurred in the House in the last couple of weeks, with politicians from Labour and National tossing insults about Fred Flintstone, the smell and stench of corruption, or leadership tussles, it all seems a bit rich.

The real issue was around the use of te reo rangatira.

Mr Harawira delivered his speech in te reo, and as such, the Assistant Speaker stated she was unable to make a ruling on relevancy, as she was not conversant with the language. Subsequent to that speech, the Maori Party received a letter from the Speaker, asking that if we are going to speak in te reo Maori, we intercept every few sentences with an English interpretation.

The Standing Orders that governs every Parliamentarian’s life, make it quite clear, that a member may address the Speaker in Maori or English. In fact the book of Speakers’ Rulings makes it even more apparent that “when a Member speaks in Maori, that Member does so as of right” and later, that “Members do not have to give an interpretation of their comments in Maori, but it is perfectly proper for them to do so, if they wish”.

It may not seem a big deal, but for many of our listeners, who actively tune in to radio 657Khz to listen to the day in Parliament, they have told us that their preference is for an English interpretation of speeches in te reo, to take place after the entire korero is completed, in order to prevent a stilted and disjointed address. Having to be interrupted every couple of sentences to listen to the English interpretation just breaks their concentration.

In Te Wiki o te Reo Maori all of our speeches in the Parliamentary debate were in te reo rangatira. In one session, offence had been taken at the way in which the word Maori was pronounced (sounding like ‘marry’) as well as other words within our vocabulary which in effect sounded nothing like the original. When the Maori Party stood to raise a point of order a ruling was taken, which again rejected our position. The ruling released last week advised that no MP “has the monopoly of directing how a word is to be pronounced”.

These issues about interpretation, about judgements of relevancy, will be ongoing, until the House accords te reo the respect it deserves as an official language of Aotearoa, and implements simultaneous translation.

But more, these rulings have made me think again, about how the nature of authority can rule against Maori. Institutional racism is manifest in the mono-cultural bias that permeates our media, our parliament, our law, our health care, our social services practices, our economy, and spoken language.

The first stage of change to a more culturally inclusive nation would be in recognising that there is more than one culture in Aotearoa. That our nation is founded on a relationship created through the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Recent moves in Parliament to remove that Treaty from legislation, from the school curriculum, from debate are to be actively challenged. It is up to us all, to create a future that means we all have a chance to contribute, to speak, to talk our truths, to tell our stories.

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Robert Fisk
Articles, speeches, books and interviews

Robert Fisk is Britain’s most highly decorated foreign correspondent. He has received the British International Journalist of the Year award seven times, most recently in 1995 and 1996. His specialty is the Middle East, where he has spent the last twenty-three years. Currently the Beirut correspondent for the London Independent, Fisk has covered the Iranian revolution, the Iran-Iraq war, the Persian Gulf war, and the conflict in Algeria. He is the author of Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War (Atheneum, 1990), and his reporting from Lebanon has brought him international attention. He was the one who broke the story about the Israeli shelling of the U.N. compound in Qana, Lebanon, in 1996.

Fisk visited Madison, Wisconsin, in April 2006 to give two lectures on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. He brought with him film footage of the Qana shelling, as well as footage of an Israeli bombing of a Lebanese ambulance carrying fourteen people. He showed a film he made about Palestinians who had lost their homes when Israel became a state. He also showed interviews with Jews who lost family members in Nazi concentration camps, and he went to Auschwitz to show where the Holocaust took place. In one of his lectures, he made a special point of taking on those who deny the truth of the Holocaust.

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The ACT Party
The official website of ACT New Zealand

ACT leader Rodney Hide has his own website, which you can access throught the Party site.

From the website:

ACT Policy at a Glance
Greater emphasis on early primary care, prevention and self responsibility in health.

Raise education standards through scrapping NCEA and giving parents control over their children's education.

End abuse of the welfare system, making social assistance a hand up, not a handout.

Return the government's surplus through a tax cut for every worker, which would make hardworking families more prosperous.

Our Principles:
Individuals are the rightful owners of their own lives and therefore have inherent freedoms and responsibilities.
The proper purpose of government is to protect such freedoms and not to assume such responsibilities.

Our Policies:

Alleviate the crisis in the public sector, and reduce waiting lists, through making better use of the private sector. A ranking of 41st in the world is not acceptable.

Simple, low tax rates create greater prosperity and faster growth, while leaving more money in families' pockets. ACT is the only party committed to tax cuts now.

ACT would scrap the NCEA, give parents more choice in their child's education and let teachers be paid what they're worth.

ACT would introduce Zero Tolerance for violent criminals and put more police on the streets, making New Zealand one of the safest countries in the world.

A quarter of a million Kiwi kids are being raised in a benefit-led household. True compassion demands looking after the truly needy by getting the able-bodied back to work.

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The New Zealand Green Party
The official website of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand

From the website:

If you give a damn, please help us make a difference

The future of earth and its people is the most important challenge facing us today. There is just too much at risk to continue ignoring the warning signs of this over-stressed planet.

We are doing our best to get sustainability taken seriously in Parliament and to prevent irreversible harm to our environment, as we did with GE. And we will continue to criticise big business and government whenever necessary.

But six Green MPs are not enough. If we really want to make a difference there has to be more Green influence in New Zealand politics.

You can help.

Not surprisingly, big business isn't rushing to fund our campaigns, as it is with other parties'. As a grassroots organisation we rely on the support of individuals who care about the planet and its people. Individuals like you.

If you think that it's important to have a stronger Green voice in Parliament and Government, then please help. We need funds for our campaigns and people to help get our message out and play other critical roles. So if you can help, follow the links in the box to the right.

We look forward to hearing from you.
Jeanette Fitzsimons
Green Party Co-Leader

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The Nobel Prize Internet Archive
Complete records of all Nobel prize-winners

"Welcome to the Nobel Prize Internet Archive! Since 1901, the Nobel Prize has been awarded annually as per Alfred Nobel's last will and testament. This site maintains information on all winners in all categories. Click on any Nobel category at left (literature, physics, chemistry, peace, economics, or physiology & medicine) to see an annotated, hyperlinked list of all Nobel laureates in that category."
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The United Future Party
The official website of the United Future Party of New Zealand (Peter Dunne's party).

From the website:

United Future is a centrist political party that seeks innovative solutions to issues based on common sense, not ideology. United Future is based on the premise that every political issue is ultimately a family issue. When the family is working well, the community and the country is working well.

No one political party or political philosophy has the market on good ideas - United Future works constructively with parties from across the political spectrum for the benefit of New Zealand families.

United Future puts the family at the center of its policymaking, empowers communities, and puts interests of the country ahead of petty politics.

Set out below is an excerpt from United Future's Constitution:

4.1. The key principles that United Future is based on are:
4.1.1. A fair, democratic and open society, founded on the rule of law, integrity and justice, committed to the fundamental values of respect for life, liberty, equality and community, including: Freedom of political choice through free elections; Freedom of speech, information and assembly; Freedom of belief and religious expression; Integrity and truth as essential to all relationships between individuals, communities and Government.
4.1.2. Self-reliance, personal responsibility and independence, and proper reward for effort.
4.1.3. Economic freedom through an open market economy, and the promotion of innovation, creativity and wealth for the individual and collective benefit of both employers and employees, balanced by a recognition of wider social responsibility and the need to protect the natural environment.
4.1.4. The family (including wider family and whanau) as the primary unit for a sustainable society and its interdependence with strong, caring and compassionate community organisations, such as churches, schools, charitable and other service groups.
4.1.5. A modern multicultural society which encourages social harmony and unity through respect for individual differences and cultural diversity and: Which recognises New Zealand’s bicultural heritage arising from the Treaty of Waitangi; Which encourages responsible citizenship based on mutual respect; Where the framework and rule of law applies equally to all. Where no one is enslaved by poverty or ignorance, and every child has the best possible start in life.
4.1.6. A partnership between New Zealanders and their Government where: Individuals balance freedom of choice and opportunity with the responsibility of living in community with other people; The Government seeks to empower individuals, families and communities through values based leadership including protecting the weak and those at risk and requiring responsible behaviour of all people.

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United Nations
The official website of the United Nations

The place to start for news and information about the UN.
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