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Gordon Campbell on the hair-pulling finale and Gallipoli

Friday, 24 April 2015, 10:24 am | Gordon Campbell

Don’t know about you, but when hi-jinks and horsing around are going on, my understanding is that everyone involved is supposed to be having a good time. Those terms don’t apply to a situation where one person with immense power is harassing someone with ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the PM's Hair-Pulling Power Trip

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 10:22 am | Gordon Campbell

There have been striking differences between (a) the account of the waitress involved in the hair-pulling incidents, and (b) the account being given by Prime Minister John Key. The version by the waitress is available here and is recommended to anyone ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Obama's key battle over the TPP

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 9:57 am | Gordon Campbell

For the past two and a half years , this column has been arguing that the fate of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will hinge on whether US President Barack Obama can win Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from Congress. This so called ‘fast ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Reserve Bank and Auckland Housing

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 10:53 am | Gordon Campbell

The ‘crisis – what crisis ?’ response by the government to the Auckland housing price bubble is no longer acceptable. So says Reserve Bank governor Grant Spencer – who used unusually frank language in his speech and subsequent interviews yesterday ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on UE pass rates & university dropout rates

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 10:35 am | Gordon Campbell

Houston, there is clearly a problem with (a) the plunge in pass rates for University Entrance qualifications, which has been especially steep among Maori students and also a problem with (b) the failure rates for Maori students among those who reach ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the demise of Campbell Live

Friday, 10 April 2015, 9:44 am | Gordon Campbell

The imminent axeing of Campbell Live has been the inevitable outcome of a mindset which considers only (a) declining ratings which impact on (b) advertising revenue, which are then offset against (c) the production cost of doing news and current affairs ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on a union victory in the fast food industry

Thursday, 9 April 2015, 10:30 am | Gordon Campbell

Good to have a reminder of why trade unions are still essential in the 21st century. The scrapping of zero hour contract provisions by the Restaurant Brand group – which owns the KFC, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Carl’s Junior fast food outlets – ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on parity with Australia & disarming Israel

Tuesday, 7 April 2015, 9:35 am | Gordon Campbell

As the New Zealand dollar edges towards parity with the Aussie dollar, it seems facile to treat this as some game of Transtasman arm-wrestling that yay, we’re winning. The political rhetoric is all about our economic “strength” versus their ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: The inadequate response to sexual violence

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 11:13 am | Gordon Campbell

On combatting sexual violence, the government has finally begun to undo some of the problems that were of its own making. Early in March, ACC launched the Integrated Services for Sensitive Claims scheme – a package aimed at improving the attitudes ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Northland by-election

Monday, 30 March 2015, 10:14 am | Gordon Campbell

Supposedly, Winston Peters’ victory in Northland has exposed the simmering dissatisfaction with the government that exists out in the provinces. Yet it remains to be seen whether this defeat will have much significance – and not simply because if and when Labour ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on a funeral in Asia and Northland

Friday, 27 March 2015, 10:58 am | Gordon Campbell

Supposedly, New Zealand’s destiny lies in Asia, and that was one of Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s rationales for his bungled reforms at MFAT. OK. So, if that’s the case why didn’t Prime Minister John Key - who was already in South Korea - ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Pacific spying

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 9:18 am | Gordon Campbell

So New Zealand has using the GCSB to spy on its friends and allies in the Pacific – and has not only been passing on the results to the NSA, but has apparently passed on the details of the Pacific’s relations with Taiwan to our other best friends, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on South African mercenaries in Nigeria

Friday, 20 March 2015, 10:18 am | Gordon Campbell

For anyone with memories of the apartheid era, there will be mixed feelings about the news this week that South African mercenaries are playing a key role in turning the tide against Boko Haram, in northern Nigeria. Years ago, many of those same South ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Vanuatu cyclone and media coverage

Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 9:58 am | Gordon Campbell

Having media crews in a disaster zone can help to (a) pinpoint areas of need and (b) provide some re-assurance to the victims that the outside world has not entirely forgotten them. Over time, the media coverage can also motivate First World viewers ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Europe acting on Saudi rights abuses

Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 10:19 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on how Europe is (finally) acting against Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses More >>

Gordon Campbell on the dairy contamination threats

Wednesday, 11 March 2015, 9:53 am | Gordon Campbell

The sole upside for the government in its release of a three month old threat to contaminate infant formula is that the story knocked Winston Peters off the front pages. In case that sounds like a conspiracy theory, the government was in a no win ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Northland by election, and TPP news

Tuesday, 10 March 2015, 9:16 am | Gordon Campbell

Incredibly, Winston Peters is back at centre stage of New Zealand politics, and in the role he likes best – as the virtuous underdog, fighting the forces of entrenched political patronage in the Northland by-election. Currently, a rattled Key government ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on legal fudging on the GCSB, and Tikrit

Friday, 6 March 2015, 9:45 am | Gordon Campbell

As many have noted, the Hager/Snowden revelations of the spying by our security agencies on our Pacific neighbours and allies is a virtual re-run of the pre-election debate . More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Privy Council’s Teina Pora decision

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 9:29 am | Gordon Campbell

The quashing of the convictions of Teina Pora for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in 1992 has shone a spotlight once again on a major gap in the New Zealand justice system. To all intents and purposes, access by New Zealanders to the Privy Council ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the recent smackdown over Greece

Monday, 2 March 2015, 10:41 am | Gordon Campbell

There had been a fortnight of fevered buildup. Yet here we are in the aftermath of the February 28 showdown between the new Syriza government in Greece and the European Union “troika” and… no-one seems entirely sure what happened. Did the asteroid ... More >>

 

 

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