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Gordon Campbell on the Bernie Sanders aftermath

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 9:45 am | Gordon Campbell

Even as Bernie Sanders was celebrating his win yesterday in New Hampshire, the road ahead for the Sanderistas seemed as dark as ever. The notion that the Sanders victory has shaken the Democratic Party to its core and is causing furrowed, worried brows ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on US pressure to expand our role in Iraq

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 10:30 am | Gordon Campbell

Tomorrow, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee and Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating will be in Brussels for a ministerial meeting of the so-called “Counter-Daesh Coalition.” [Daesh is another term for Islamic State.] Here’s ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Treaty/TPP overlap, and Iowa

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 11:38 am | Gordon Campbell

The people who point out that we already have investor-state dispute settlement provisions in other trade deals and ‘so far so good, we haven’t had to worry about them’ …man, that is such an absurd argument. When it comes to arms reduction ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s free education plan and Iowa

Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 9:55 am | Gordon Campbell

The “free” education policy that Labour has just unveiled has some obvious shortcomings. The universities are right to stress that the cuts to their net funding (after inflation) over the past few years are already jeopardising their ability to provide quality ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on bribing the Saudis and Oscar racism

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 10:42 am | Gordon Campbell

Does this sound familiar? In the mid 2000s, New Zealand wanted to pursue a humanitarian policy, on live sheep exports. This happened to offend a Saudi foreign investor, who eventually threatened legal action against it. The Key government chose to buy ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: why the TPP is something we shouldn’t sign

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 2:40 pm | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on why the TPP is something we shouldn’t sign, and that Labour should oppose More >>

Gordon Campbell on Paula Bennett’s fantasy politics and Iran

Friday, 22 January 2016, 10:15 am | Gordon Campbell

We seem to be living in an era of virtual government, where governments promote only an illusion of policy kapow! rather than the sort of leadership where real solutions are proposed, funded and enacted. Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett’s latest ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on China, Oscar racism and Kate Tempest

Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 10:54 am | Gordon Campbell

China, China, China… Donald Trump is not the only one obsessed with the Middle Kingdom these days. For the past year or more, countries have been warning each other about their economic dependence on China and New Zealand is no exception. China is ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the myopia of the business news

Monday, 18 January 2016, 10:24 am | Gordon Campbell

Listening to the business news is a bit like eavesdropping on the radio transmissions from space aliens. There is no discernible connection between the concerns of the captains of these space ships – the bank economists and the finance house spokesmen ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on making the media pay for OIA requests

Friday, 15 January 2016, 9:37 am | Gordon Campbell

So it seems that since November, the Reserve Bank has been quietly enacting a policy of charging the media for Official Information Act requests . More >>

Gordon Campbell on Clinton, Sanders, Trump and Cruz

Thursday, 14 January 2016, 9:59 am | Gordon Campbell

Come November, the world will have a new US president-elect and the least unlikely winner still looks to be Hillary Clinton. Right now though, the polls are showing a rocky stretch ahead for her in the immediate future. It is still three weeks before ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on David Bowie

Tuesday, 12 January 2016, 10:00 am | Gordon Campbell

W ith hindsight, this last week must have been a race to get David Bowie’s final album Blackstar out – and reviewed – before his death overwhelmed how the album would be received. Gratifyingly, Blackstar came out last Friday on his 69th birthday, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Podemos, and Spain’s election stalemate

Friday, 8 January 2016, 10:54 am | Gordon Campbell

The events of 2015 taught us a lot about the potential ( and the limits) of left wing populism. Syriza in Greece had started the year as the harbinger of change – offering a genuine alternative to the politics of austerity and to a European Union ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on our Feeble Response to Atrocities in SA

Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 9:39 am | Gordon Campbell

With an ally like Saudi Arabia, who needs enemies? In the past 15 years, the West can thank the House of Saud for More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Dotcom extradition decision

Thursday, 24 December 2015, 9:39 am | Gordon Campbell

Inevitably – and with justification – Kim Dotcom has already lodged an appeal against yesterday’s District Court decision that he is eligible for extradition to the United States, to face copyright infringement, money laundering and racketeering ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the rejection of a Pakistani polio worker

Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 11:33 am | Gordon Campbell

Too bad that the New Zealand Immigration and Protection (hah!) Tribunal don’t know how to use Google . If they did, their bizarre decision to send home a former polio vaccinator and her son back to Pakistan -on the grounds that they would be ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s endorsement of a combat role

Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 10:36 am | Gordon Campbell

N ormally, it is governments that drop their unpalatable measures in the shadow of Christmas, but this time the Labour Opposition is doing so. Apparently, if certain pre-conditions are met – UN sanctioned, clear objectives, acceptable level of risk ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Police harassment of Nicky Hager

Friday, 18 December 2015, 10:45 am | Gordon Campbell

So now we know. If you’ve done something to really annoy the Establishment – hello, Kim Dotcom, Heather Du Plessis Allen, Nicky Hager and teapot tapes photographer Bradley Ambrose - not only will you rocket to the top of the priority list for the ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on how the Republicans just buried the TPP

Thursday, 17 December 2015, 10:37 am | Gordon Campbell

In case you were still holding your breath about the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, you can relax. For months, it has seemed increasingly unlikely that a Republican- dominated Congress would ratify the TPP, and the battle lines have now been drawn. ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on MP pay rises, and the Paris agreement

Tuesday, 15 December 2015, 9:55 am | Gordon Campbell

Somehow, the ‘need” for belt tightening - or of stemming the rise in income inequality – just goes right out the window at this time of the year. Scads of money can always be found for backdated pay increases to MPs . More >>

 

 

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