Tough rap for gang member

The arrest of a man for playing loud, expletive-laden rap will be music to most ears, but has rung alarm bells for civil liberties lawyers. Police charged a 39-year-old man with offensive behaviour because he was playing rap music with swear words on his car stereo outside Rotorua’s visitor information centre. Inspector Bruce Horne, in the […]

Nicky Hager: How To Decide Who Is A Terrorist?

Tuesday, 6 November 2007, 3:52 pm Opinion: Nicky Hager How To Decide Who Is A Terrorist? The Solicitor-General will shortly make a decision whether to approve terrorism charges against the Maori, peace and environmental activists arrested last month. Nicky Hager describes how the decision will be made and the factors the Solicitor-General needs to take […]

Australia pushes further Web censorship

A bill introduced this week by Australia’s Parliament would give the Australian federal police the power to control which sites can and cannot be viewed by Australian Web surfers. Introduced on Thursday, the bill–titled the Communications Legislation Amendment (Crime or Terrorism Related Internet Content) Bill 2007–would empower the federal police to alter the “blacklist” of […]

Warning issued on Geneva Finance

By DAVID HARGREAVES – Fairfax Media | Tuesday, 11 September 2007Auckland-based consumer finance company Geneva Finance faces a possible future downgrade of its credit rating because of “increasing pressure” on its liquidity and funding, international credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s said today. “We believe that there is a possibility that current financial market disruptions […]

Peaceful Sydney Anti-Bush, Anti-Iraq Shattered By Police Violence : “That’s The Way We Do Business Now”

Police Removed Mandatory ID Badges Before Unleashing On Protesters Media Assaulted & Arrested, Women Shoved And Knocked Down, Hundreds Of Undercover Police Infiltrated The Crowd Hundreds of uniformed police removed their ID tags before the arrests and violence began They came in their thousands, in defiance of a month long fear and intimidation campaign by […]

Showdown time as Clark heads to Apec

Showdown time as Clark heads to Apec By TRACY WATKINS in Sydney – The Dominion Post | Friday, 7 September 2007Prime Minister Helen Clark arrives in Sydney today to unprecedented security and a showdown over nuclear power. As police prepare for a big protest march tomorrow, expected to attract 20,000 people, Sydney-siders are reporting security […]

Aussie march to go ahead despite court order

David Edwards and Muriel Kane Published: Thursday September 6, 2007   Australians hoping to demonstrate against the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum summit which President Bush is attending in Sydney have been denied permission by a court to march near the security zone. A small march by students protesting the Iraq War and global warming […]

Aussie senator calls Bush ‘dunderhead’

Greens Party leader Senator Bob Brown An outspoken Australian politician has called US President George W. Bush a ‘dunderhead’ for sending troops to Iraq. Bush, whose five-day visit has placed Australia’s biggest city Sydney under a security lockdown, spent the day in talks with Prime Minister John Howard. Meanwhile, Greens Party leader Senator Bob Brown […]

Sydney : Inside ‘The Cage’

“We’re Like A Bunch Of F*cking Rats In A Maze!” The ‘steel wall’ goes up only metres from the Sydney Opera House. Report And Photos By Darryl Mason On the outside of the ‘steel wall’ stretching five kilometres through the centre of Sydney, it looks like a fence. A three metre high, concrete reinforced fence. […]

Rice wants to visit NZ – Peters

United States Secretary of States Condoleezza Rice is keen to visit New Zealand, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said. He met Dr Rice yesterday on the fringes of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) forum being held in Sydney under tight security. read more

USA 1984 has arrived

Big Brother USA: Surveillance Via “Tagging, Tracking, and Locating” The Militarization of U.S. Public Service Agencies by Laurel Federbush Global Research, September 3, 2007 According to the 2005 Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support, “the terrorist enemy now considers the US homeland a preeminent part of the global theater of combat, and so must […]

Electoral bill limits free speech – lawyers

By Maggie Tait Election spending row Government open to suggestions for electoral finance reform. Criticism of the Government’s Electoral Finance Bill has continued to mount with an article in a law magazine saying it proposes “misguided and chilling” limits on free speech which breach the Bill of Rights. Writing in NZLawyer, Bell Gully partner Roger […]