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Archive for January, 2012

On the arrest of Mourad Dhina

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

France can be a mystery, even to its friends. In 1986, New Zealand had its own first hand experience of just how ruthlessly the French security /intelligence apparatus will pursue what it sees as the best interests of La Belle France. In mid-January, the arrest in Paris of the highly ...

On Labour’s current rethink of its identity

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Labour goes into its two day Taupo retreat today with what has charitably been dubbed a ‘slow and careful journey’ to a new identity under the leadership of David Shearer. Certainly the man himself has laid out a pretty circuitous route to the Treasury benches, which will apparently be ...

On Kim Dotcom’s bail application

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

The Crown is opposing bail for Megaupload CEO Kit Dotcom on the basis of (a) that he poses a flight risk and (b) he could recommence his operations if released. Neither seem to be very convincing arguments. By its very nature, the extradition battle is likely to be a lengthy ...