THE TPPA: TRADING AWAY NEW ZEALAND’S INDEPENDENCE

This new paper addresses the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and its impact on New Zealand ahead of a critical election.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 11, 2014

TODAY: West considers extending sanctions to energy sector; Russia tests ICBM and orders drills; Ukraine’s President upbeat on ceasefire; Washington determined to thwart Mistral deal. Gazprom makes sudden cut to exports to Poland; Sechin’s influence acknowledged; man accused of being IS member detained in Moscow.  The United States and European Union are reportedly seriously considering […]

Amsterdam & Partners Takes on Holocaust Restitution Case in Austria

“For an Austrian court to convict and sentence to jail a Jewish citizen under these circumstances echoes back to a very dark period of history.”

Kim Dotcom, Glenn Greenwald, and Robert Amsterdam

The flyer for the upcoming event in New Zealand on 15 September featuring Kim Dotcom, Glenn Greenwald, and Robert Amsterdam:

Russia’s ‘Irredentism’

This week Strobe Talbott has an extensive piece in Politico on the background of Vladimir Putin’s worldview. Despite Talbott’s past myopia on Russia, there are some interesting arguments in the long article, including the following issue of “irredentism” as a driving force for Russia’s habit of invading neighboring nations. The best word for what might […]

Historical Memory in Thailand and Guatemala

Guatemala and Thailand share a fascinating common history of repeated, violent military coups and heavy U.S. involvement as a result of the Cold War, creating a lingering distortion in each nation’s political culture