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Gordon Campbell on Gaza and burning the Israeli flag

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 10:48 am | Gordon Campbell

One of the selling points in New Zealand’s campaign for a temporary seat on the Security Council is that we have a pluckily independent voice to offer on international conflicts. This image is not entirely self-delusional. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the non-apology to Tania Billingsley

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 10:04 am | Gordon Campbell

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses. Yes, there are judicial proceedings to be considered, as well an “independent inquiry” into how the incident was ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the failure to prosecute the GCSB

Friday, 18 July 2014, 9:50 am | Gordon Campbell

So one hand of the state – the Independent Police Conduct Authority - has now washed the hands of its brother agencies, and declared that all hands are clean. Case closed. Does anyone feel re-assured by this exercise in familial self-exoneration? More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Dotcom emails

Wednesday, 16 July 2014, 10:38 am | Gordon Campbell

Back in 2010 at least, the email trail recently released to David Fisher of the NZ Herald shows that the Immigration Service had found an interesting niche in business migrants: people who (a) have $10 million or more spare change to invest in this ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the shonky Police statistics, and Gaza

Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 10:49 am | Gordon Campbell

When people systematically alter how being statistics are recorded in order to gain personal and organisational advantage, that’s usually when the Police get called in. Yet in the case of the burglary statistics in Counties-Manakau, it was the Police ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on TPP talks and the election in Afghanistan

Friday, 11 July 2014, 11:30 am | Gordon Campbell

As negotiators gather in Ottawa this week for the latest round of talks on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, the opposition to (a) the TPP deal itself and (b) the Trade Promotion Authority needed to pass it into US law is increasing within ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: today’s presidential elections in Indonesia

Wednesday, 9 July 2014, 10:49 am | Gordon Campbell

Indonesia is holding presidential elections later today. As usual, New Zealand seems completely uninterested in what happens in Indonesia – even though our huge neighbor is the world’s third biggest democracy and the largest Muslim country on the planet. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the BNP Paribas case, and Dotcom

Tuesday, 8 July 2014, 1:55 pm | Gordon Campbell

So the extradition hearing for Kim Dotcom has been delayed until next February. In another long running drama, a final deal on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact is hoped for by year’s end. If a TPP deal is completed by that date, US President ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the diplomatic immunity fallout at MFAT

Thursday, 3 July 2014, 10:45 am | Gordon Campbell

Terrific. I’m glad that Murray McCully is well and truly determined to get to the bottom of who screwed up the Malaysian diplomatic immunity case, and when he finally finds out who was Foreign Affairs Minister at the time…boy, I wouldn’t ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Murray McCully’s avoidance strategy

Wednesday, 2 July 2014, 10:10 am | Gordon Campbell

Blame the officials. Go to ground. Looks like standard operational procedure for Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully, this time with respect to Malaysia over the diplomatic immunity case. Domestically, our government has needed to look tough ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Helen Clark’s UN Secretary-General bid

Tuesday, 1 July 2014, 11:39 am | Gordon Campbell

Helen Clark’s informal campaign to succeed Ban Ki-Moon as UN Secretary-General is moving into a higher gear. Her June 11 interview on BBC’s Hard Talk programme has been widely seen as a bid for greater exposure, although she was tactfully modest ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s polling and Rio Tinto

Friday, 27 June 2014, 10:37 am | Gordon Campbell

The latest 3 News poll results has the combined Labour/Green bloc struggling at exactly 40%, still almost ten points behind National’s tally. (The poll recorded a 2.2% drop in Labour’s support to 27.3% and a similar-sized rise for the Greens to 12.7%, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: selective outrage about Al Jazeera jailings

Tuesday, 24 June 2014, 10:31 am | Gordon Campbell

Yes, the jailing of the three Al Jazeera journalists is an outrage and the judicial process that convicted them was a farce. Reportedly the “evidence” produced by the prosecution that Australian journalist Peter Greste and his Al Jazeera colleagues ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Colin Craig’s move in East Coast Bays

Monday, 23 June 2014, 10:22 am | Gordon Campbell

The dancing-at-a-distance relationship between National and Colin Craig’s Conservative Party has just entered a new phase with the announcement that Craig will be contesting the East Coast Bays seat held by Foreign Minister Murray McCully. More >>

Gordon Campbell on David Cunliffe’s latest troubles

Thursday, 19 June 2014, 10:20 am | Gordon Campbell

Who knew that David Cunliffe’s speech to last year’s Labour Party conference was not a new beginning, but the last gasp of the credible phase of his leadership? In itself, his 2003 letter to the Immigration Service was innocuous. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s mandatory Kiwisaver plan

Wednesday, 18 June 2014, 10:04 am | Gordon Campbell

Labour’s compulsory Kiwisaver plan is its latest love letter to Winston Peters. First came the empty railing against immigration, now the idea of compulsory savings for everyone except those on very low incomes. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Obama’s need to engage with Iran

Monday, 16 June 2014, 10:53 am | Gordon Campbell

Incredibly, the ISIS Sunni rebels who are currently butchering their way through northern Iraq are being financed by Saudi Arabia – supposedly a Western ally – and their advance is being halted by Shia militia who have been armed and trained ... More >>

Gordon Campbell:Sunni extremist state emerging in Iraq/Syria

Thursday, 12 June 2014, 9:40 am | Gordon Campbell

Back when they were trying to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration conjured up an entirely fictitious link between al-Qaeda and the Iraq of Saddam Hussein. Well, the Americans are now seeing that fantasy come true. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the John Banks verdict

Friday, 6 June 2014, 11:03 am | Gordon Campbell

So John Banks has been found guilty of knowingly signing off a fraudulent electoral return. It is an offence that carries a penalty – two years in jail or a $10,000 fine – that should indicate the will of Parliament that such offences be treated ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Greens carbon tax, and setbacks in Syria

Wednesday, 4 June 2014, 10:24 am | Gordon Campbell

A footnote to begin with, to do with the big story about the carbon tax policy unveiled on the weekend by the Greens. If you want to know where the Greens got the idea…it was almost certainly from the province of British Columbia in Canada, that enacted ... More >>

 

 

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