Statesman told his family to journey as far away from Germany as possible. The New Zealand-born grandson of Ludwig Haas leader of the German Democratic Party in the 1920s and often described as the only politician who could have stopped World War 2 is assisting in a major biography of his ancestor. The biography sponsored by the Commission for the History of Parliament and Political Parties is being published by Droste Verlag of Dusseldorf, a general interest publishing house. Ludwig Haas (pictured above) died in 1930 while organising a broad based coalition to counter what he perceived would become the…
Quai D’Orsay and Lambton Quay share a nightmare The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade must now begin the difficult and counter-ideological process of accepting that Marine Le Pen’s National Front Party might win the pending Presidential Election in France. The reason is that Miss Le Pen has pledged to extricate France from both the EU and also the eurocurrency. Miss Le Pen (pictured) and her party according to the polls is now the front runner to take over the Presidency and thus the government of France. The former Prime Minister Francois Fillon has dropped in the polls…
US president Donald Trump is speeding ahead with his plans to build the controversial wall along the country's border with Mexico, with a deadline for prototype proposals set for early next month. Last week, the US Department of Homeland Security issued a notice outlining its intent to open calls for the design and construction of the border wall on 6 March 2017. The statement describes the project as the "design and build of several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United States border with Mexico". Those interested will then have a five-day window to submit their proposals, with…
Five questions for Washington insider Scot Faulkner The newly installed Trump Administration continues to catch New Zealand officialdom by surprise. So MSC Newswire asked Washington insider Scot Faulkner (above) what Wellington’s response should in fact be? Mr Faulkner was elected the first Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. House of Representatives. His reforms became a model for the operation of national parliaments around the world. The New Zealand Foreign Ministry has set up a special focus group solely for the purpose of identifying early warning of new policies promulgated by President Trump, the ones which will have an impact on…
Lesson on Danger of Issuing Unenforceable Edicts New Zealand’s sponsorship of the United Nations resolution condemning Israeli house construction on its occupied territories has had a result opposite to the one intended. Israel has now launched the construction of sufficient housing in these territories to accommodate the equivalent of a New Zealand city i.e. more than 20,000 people. In the event New Zealand as a temporary member of the security council was the instrument of a long incubated policy, now turned punitive, of former US president Barack Obama. President Obama had long been determined to persuade Israel to cease new…
US bungling must not be repeated A National Front victory in the pending presidential/general election in France shows every sign of wrong-footing the New Zealand government in the same way that the United States presidential outcome did, writes our European correspondent. Now rated as the front-runner a National Front victory will also see France quit the EU which in turn will signal the end of the entire EU project. The New Zealand Foreign Ministry must now forcibly and unambiguously direct its officials to now actively consider a National Front victory in the elections in France---and to adjust their own forecasts…
France’s Political Class Blind to PS votes going to FN The breaking of France’s presidential glass ceiling by Marine Le Pen promises to be more shattering than any fall-out connected with the now broken presidential hopes of Hillary Clinton. This is because the fall-out will be a compound one blended from the glass ceiling effect and the upset triumph of President Donald Trump. The French political class which is far more pervasive than anything their English-speaking counterparts can put forward is only just realising the truth that has been hiding in plain sight. It is that Marine Le Pen and…
The White House website has been updated with a new trade strategy in the wake of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. “This strategy starts by withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership [TPP] and making certain that any new trade deals are in the interests of American workers,” the website states. “President Trump is committed to renegotiating NAFTA,” it continues. “If our partners refuse a renegotiation that gives American workers a fair deal, then the President will give notice of the United States’ intent to withdraw from NAFTA. Many critics argue that Trump’s desire to withdraw from the 12-country TPP, which includes Canada,…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 14:27

Liddell not the only Kiwi to get top US job

The experience of a New Zealander who served in three White House Administrations suggests Chris Liddell will have a front row seat to history while working as an assistant to Donald Trump. Peter S Watson grew up in Mt Eden and attended Auckland Grammar, but a career in law later spanned top US law firms and saw him become involved in politics. Watson worked for George Bush Snr's Administration as a director of Asian Affairs for the United States National Security Council, and later held top posts in the George W. Bush Administration. A Republican, he was appointed chairman of…
Watchdog is determined to extract Foreign Aid facts The determination of the public spending watchdog the Taxpayers Union collective to extract from the government an explanation for its foreign aid donations to the Clinton fund has only increased with the dissolution of the Clinton Foundation when a final pledge of $5.5. million from New Zealand is still due. Foreign aid remains a substantially unquestioned sector of public expenditure with the political class only differing on the extent of the budgetary increases. Each year the proclamation is made by this non-productive sector that New Zealand’s aid expenditure is well below that…
Brexit is being driven as much by fear of immigration as passion for free trade We need to embrace Africa and Latin America, not just our old and slow-growing friends Britain must genuinely open up to all corners of a fast-changing world Theresa May yesterday gave the clearest indication of Britain’s future direction of travel. Her mantra is “Global Britain” – a phrase we will hear endlessly over coming years. The referendum was a vote “to become even more global and internationalist in action and in spirit”, she said. Certainly, it was good to hear May speak passionately about the…
White House-to-White House Pretenders replace Log Cabin -to- White House With the inauguration of President Donald Trump three still active United States presidential dynasties make their transition into exile. Temporary exile, as these Pretenders see it. In Napoleonic terms the monarchical familial trio are by-passing a remote St Helena and heading to a more lightly guarded in-shore Elba from which they can make their escape when the call comes, as they ardently believe it will. First among these is the Bush dynasty which has already supplied two republican monarchs, George 1 and then George 11. But which failed to install…
The spirit of unanimity in which the United Nations Security Council passed resolution 2334 on December 23 stands in sharp contrast to the condemnation and accusations that have dominated subsequent commentary from Israel and that country's supporters. New Zealanders deserve to know why the issue of settlements has become so challenging, and why it came before the council in December 2016. At the heart of this whole debate is whether we will see a future in which two states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace and security. This two state solution has been the accepted basis for…
Kushner's lawyers skirted an anti-nepotism law, after it came out he's doing business with a foreign firm. Ignoring federal nepotism rules, Jared Kushner — Donald Trump’s son-in-law — has been named a senior adviser to the president in the upcoming administration. Kushner had reportedly met with lawyers to devise a plan to circumvent a law that prohibits public officials from hiring family members, including son-in-laws, to an office over which that official has authority. Shortly after the election, President-elect Trump hinted that Kushner was being groomed for an important role, saying that his son-in-law was so talented that he could…
In the latest in our Five Questions For.....series we interrogate the West’s most seasoned operational intelligence officer on Russia...... Major General Peter Williams (pictured) is often considered the most experienced military specialist on Russia and its intentions. He was a member of the allied Cross Mission to the old USSR and this saw him for many years operationally involved in intelligence gathering within the Iron Curtain. At the conclusion of the Cold War he led the NATO mission to the new Russian Federation. Five questions now follow for General Williams:- What will be the nature of the US-Russia rapprochement under…
Le Parisien Determined to Identify What Voters Believe in place of what elites believe they believe. Paris’ leading daily newspaper, the tabloid Le Parisien-Aujourd’hui en France has outlawed from its pages all poll-based predictions on the pending presidential election. The centrist popular daily blames unquestioning reliance on polls, known in France as “soundings” to have led to the embarrassing set of circumstances in which Alain Juppe was unanimously predicted to become the successful candidate of the right-of-centre Republican Party. In the event, and as MSC Newswire’s European correspondent had predicted, (see our story below) the successful candidate was Francois Fillon…
Reformation in US, UK, and France Suddenly Transforms United Nations Hegemony  The old established order, the one founded in traditionally-accepted geopolitical foreign policies began to dissolve at the same time as New Zealand took its seat as a temporary member for the first time of the United Nations Security Council. The old order was based on policies that would continue and in the United States especially would do so on a dynastic basis. In the other two western alliance members of the permanent Security Council, United Kingdom and France this too was the order of the day. For New Zealand…
On Nov 21, United States President-elect Donald Trump said in a short video message that he would move to withdraw "on day one" from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the US-led 12-member deal that excludes China and covers 40 per cent of world GDP and one-third of world trade. He considers TPP a potential disaster and said: "Instead, we will negotiate fair, bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto American shores." Trump's position confirms his central campaign pledge of focusing on "America First", which may imply that the US-established world order is close to its end after 70…
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 05:57

Trump Tough Talk on China Worries US Exporters

President-elect Donald Trump's threat to slap punitive tariffs on Chinese goods is a worry for firms that trade with the country in the US Midwest, a decisive region in the Republican's election triumph. Strong support across America's "Rust Belt," and frustration at lost industrial jobs blamed on globalization, carried Trump to victory last month in key battleground states, including Michigan and Ohio. But some companies in the region that benefit from global trade are worried about early signs the president-elect plans to take a hardline stance with China. "We export a lot of products to China," said David Shogren, president…
Third Domino tumbles in wipe-out of political class The decision by France’s president Francois Hollande not to offer himself for re-election for another five year term brings to an end the heyday of client-politics in the western alliance. Known in France simply as “clientelism” the process is borrowed from industrial consumer merchandising. It amounts to identifying numerous sector or niche markets. Then tailoring a special approach to each in order to create the desired mass market, in this case of votes Mr Hollande, known in France as the King of Concensus, brought this whole technique to a fine art. Anything…
Friday, 02 December 2016 07:59

The End of the Politically Correct

Our foreign correspondent forecast the Trump victory, and now previews the fall of France’s Francois Hollande .... | Napier, MSCNewsWire, Nov 24, 2016 | - The predicted fall of France’s president Francois Hollande in next year’s election will bring to a close the initial era of political correctness. He is scheduled to become the third big-economy leader victim within less than a year of the accelerating electoral power of the non-political class. Mr Hollande is known as the King of Consensus. His determination prior to any decision to canvass every opinion and nuance in his own Socialist Party and also…