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Gordon Campbell on America’s ‘Green New Deal’

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 1:01 pm | Gordon Campbell

D uring his recent State of the Union address, US President Donald Trump’s ringingly declared to his fellow Americans that “We will never be a socialist country!” To which someone online added the sarcastic sub-head: ‘Except for public education, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Iran 40 years after its revolution

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 11:50 am | Gordon Campbell

As it turns 40 years of age this week, Iran’s Islamic Revolution is experiencing a fullblown mid-life crisis. Thanks largely to last year’s fresh round of US economic sanctions, Iran’s domestic economy went into steep decline during the last half ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Nelson fire and climate change

Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 11:02 am | Gordon Campbell

The Nelson fire has been a useful warning of things to come, given how climate change will (a) increase the likelihood of reduced rainfall and drought-like conditions in many parts of New Zealand, which – obviously – will raise (b) the fire danger ... More >>

On why we shouldn’t support the US-led coup in Venezuela

Thursday, 7 February 2019, 11:47 am | Gordon Campbell

There’s a decidedly retro feel to the US-engineered coup now unfolding in Venezuela, which looks like a throwback to the 1950s, back when the US could overthrow any country (Iran 1953, Guatemala 1954) that posed a problem ( or presented an opportunity) for ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on why the Aussie banks are bastards

Tuesday, 5 February 2019, 12:03 pm | Gordon Campbell

F amously, Sherlock Holmes once concluded that it can be the watchdog’s failure to bark that is of the greatest significance. In the Conan Doyle story Silver Blaze – it’s about a missing racehorse – Inspector Gregory asks, “Is there any ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on listening to Ocasio-Cortez about tax

Monday, 4 February 2019, 12:42 pm | Gordon Campbell

T ax is always an ideological hot button. Those key equations tax = bad and tax cuts = good have been hammered into our brains over the past three decades in much the same way that the virtues of egalitarianism were taken for granted by a previous ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on National’s tax handouts

Thursday, 31 January 2019, 11:40 am | Gordon Campbell

T hank the Lord that there’s an alternative to this wicked “Tax and Spend” coalition government. Yesterday, National leader Simon Bridges unveiled a heavenly vision of a “Not Tax But Still Spend” government. Somehow, National will tax ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on National’s new blue-green partner

Tuesday, 29 January 2019, 12:03 pm | Gordon Campbell

Every year around about this time, National floats its own distinct vision of a different sort of Green Party. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the US exit from Afghanistan

Monday, 28 January 2019, 9:37 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on why we should care about the US exit from Afghanistan First published on Werewolf More >>

Gordon Campbell on Ardern, Davos, and the wellbeing schtick

Thursday, 24 January 2019, 10:53 am | Gordon Campbell

T he word “well-being” has a nice warm ring to it. So much so that the ‘wellbeing budget’ being touted by PM Jacinda Ardern at the rich folks’ club in Davos, Switzerland sounds more like a marketing slogan than an actual policy initiative. Still, it is ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on why shipping is NZ’s new trade problem

Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 11:08 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on why shipping is New Zealand’s big new trade problem First published on Werewolf More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Brexit Vote Aftermath

Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 11:35 am | Gordon Campbell

S o, what happens next? Normally when a major policy like this gets so crushingly rejected – by 230 votes, when Theresa May had reportedly been hoping for a defeat by “only” 70- 100 votes – the PM would resign and/or a fresh election called. ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the ongoing carnage in Gaza

Monday, 14 January 2019, 10:35 am | Gordon Campbell

T he past month has devoted a lot of space to the best music and films of 2018, and far less to the past year’s human rights violations. The under-reporting on the ongoing carnage in Gaza has been a case in point. As of 12 January 2019, some ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on MBIE’s social media scam

Thursday, 10 January 2019, 10:57 am | Gordon Campbell

B ack in December 2017, MBIE signed a three year contract worth $112,000 with the Wellington private security firm ZX Security Ltd, to train large numbers of its staff on how to create and maintain false identities on social media - in order to harvest ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on our history of selling out the Kurds

Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 11:04 am | Gordon Campbell

F or the past 100 years, the West has sold out the Kurds over and over again. So much so that it came as a surprise yesterday when US National Security advisor John Bolton appeared to walk back the latest act of betrayal. Before Christmas, US President ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the reactionary politics of fear

Monday, 7 January 2019, 10:34 am | Gordon Campbell

F ear has become such a routine part of the political toolkit that it hardly gets noticed anymore, for what it is. For 15 years or so for instance, the prospect of the Greens being in government was portrayed as a sure path to ruin – those crazy ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark are the tip of the iceberg

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 11:41 am | Gordon Campbell

Basically, it just seems naive to bemoan how state agencies spy on ordinary citizens without addressing how those agencies came to be the hired hands at the bidding of the policy agendas of the government of the day. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the best music tracks of 2018

Tuesday, 18 December 2018, 1:56 pm | Gordon Campbell

For starters, my favourite cut of the year… Oliver Godji, who records as Octavian, is a French/British/Angolan rapper based in London. As someone born in Lille, France, he didn’t qualify for welfare in Britain - so he spent much of his teenage years ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on whether Trump is likely to be impeached

Thursday, 13 December 2018, 10:10 am | Gordon Campbell

‘T is the season to be jolly, and for wrapping a plea bargain under the Christmas tree for all ye formerly merry, Trump-connected gentlemen. Reportedly, Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn have all been co-operating with the probe led by ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Brexit & Huawei clusterfudges

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 9:47 am | Gordon Campbell

Come December 2019, the West’s social democracies could be gone through quite a few changes at the top. British PM Theresa May might not even make it through to the New Year. In a year’s time Angela Merkel’s shaky coalition will have probably ... More >>

 

 

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