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Gordon Campbell on not crying foul, Argentina

Friday, 29 April 2016, 11:07 am | Gordon Campbell

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Trump and the Madman Theory

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 10:04 am | Gordon Campbell

Years ago, Richard Nixon explained to his chief adviser Bob Haldeman what has since become known as the “Madman Theory” of foreign policy . More >>

Gordon Campbell on Kiwirail’s latest stint in the dogbox

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 10:58 am | Gordon Campbell

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer . More >>

Gordon Campbell on having an extradition treaty with China

Thursday, 21 April 2016, 9:45 am | Gordon Campbell

Reportedly, an extradition treaty with China is now on the table , although – thankfully - Prime Minister John Key has also indicated that a lot of detailed work would be required before any such arrangement took final shape, much less came into ... More >>

Gordon Campbell On Our Fearless PM's Foray Into China

Tuesday, 19 April 2016, 10:34 am | Gordon Campbell

Don't mention the South China Sea dispute. Oh, but he will! Earlier this week, the image of dauntless Prime Minister John Key not backing down in the face of alleged Chinese intimidation would have done him no harm at all with the voters back home. ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on banning a leading Iranian film-maker

Monday, 18 April 2016, 4:33 pm | Gordon Campbell

For the past fortnight, New Zealand has been obsessing on the reputational risk to this country of being seen as a tax haven – despite the fact that (with the notable exception of the Australian Financial Review ) few sources offshore have ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on political rhetoric, and the Dark Triad

Friday, 15 April 2016, 11:46 am | Gordon Campbell

Unfortunately, the systematic use of tax avoidance strategies – by corporates and by wealthy individuals – is not occurring in a vacuum. At an accelerating rate, new technology is wiping out the sort of jobs in the retail sector, white collar ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the govt's Panama Papers tokenism

Tuesday, 12 April 2016, 10:01 am | Gordon Campbell

Prime Minister John Key could have dealt with the clamour for an independent inquiry into the Panama Papers scandal in a variety of ways. He could have - for instance - set up a public inquiry, as was done in the mid 1990s, in the wake of the Winebox ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on (missing) US links to the Panama Papers

Friday, 8 April 2016, 11:51 am | Gordon Campbell

Belatedly, US complicity in the global tax avoidance systems is now trickling out into daylight. To some, one of the suspicious aspects of the scandal to date has been how few firms and individuals from the US have featured in the document dump ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on whether Donald Trump has peaked

Thursday, 7 April 2016, 9:40 am | Gordon Campbell

For the past ten days, the world has been daring to hope that the wheels may finally be coming off the Trump bandwagon – sufficiently at least, to deny Trump the nomination outright. According to this narrative…. perhaps come August, when the Republicans ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on living in denial about the Panama Papers

Tuesday, 5 April 2016, 9:53 am | Gordon Campbell

So now we know why New Zealand won all those awards for being the ‘easiest place to do business.’ Evidently, foreign firms that register in New Zealand can operate with impunity when it comes to complying with (a) our money-laundering and terrorism ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the tension between health and defence

Friday, 1 April 2016, 10:49 am | Gordon Campbell

What is the more rational use of taxpayer money? In one instance, we have New Zealanders with orthopedic problems living in pain until they can get access to the surgery they need . More >>

Gordon Campbell on the SIS crying wolf the Syria end game

Wednesday, 30 March 2016, 9:43 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on the SIS crying wolf, the Syrian end game and Max Edwards RIP More >>

Campbell on where Hillary Clinton may be worse than Trump

Thursday, 24 March 2016, 11:34 am | Gordon Campbell

Anyone with misgivings about Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions had them confirmed in spades by Clinton’s appalling speech this week on the Israel/Palestine conflict. In one stroke, Clinton vowed to defy any UN attempts at a resolution, to ... More >>

John Key putting defamation costs on the public tab

Tuesday, 22 March 2016, 10:25 am | Gordon Campbell

So, where are we now on the Teapot Tape saga? According to Prime Minister John Key, Key was wearing his “ leader of the National Party” hat when he made his potentially defamatory remarks in November 2011 about freelance cameraman Bradley Ambrose. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Obama’s Supreme Court choice

Thursday, 17 March 2016, 10:43 am | Gordon Campbell

Nothing has epitomised the presidency of Barack Obama quite like his Supreme Court nominees. Time and again, Republican presidents will blithely nominate right wing ideological extremists (Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas) who only sometimes ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on govt’s impotence towards banks, and Iran

Wednesday, 16 March 2016, 10:19 am | Gordon Campbell

O ne of the defining features of this government’s political style is how often Prime Minister John Key chooses to sound like a mere observer of political events. The public may think that they elected him to lead, and to be the captain on the ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Aussie banks

Monday, 14 March 2016, 11:02 am | Gordon Campbell

If the New Zealand economy was a tennis player, it would be Maria Sharapova – a player reportedly reliant on artificial stimulants, and corporate endorsements. In similar vein, our economy is seemingly dependent on artificial boosts to activity ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the security services review

Thursday, 10 March 2016, 12:09 pm | Gordon Campbell

T o no-one’s real surprise, the Cullen/Reddy review of the security services has recommended an extension of the powers of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), mainly to legally enable the agency to use its technological expertise ... More >>

Gordon Campbell Fonterra, Affco and Todd Barclay

Tuesday, 8 March 2016, 10:32 am | Gordon Campbell

Fonterra’s explanation for its behavior towards the small firms it engages – it has reportedly asked its suppliers to reduce their charges in order ‘to boost efficiency’ – is the sort of behavior you'd expect from Tony Soprano. As in : ... More >>

 

 

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