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Archive for January, 2011

On the Key government’s lame response to Jafar Panahi

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Click for big version The audience goes in to a support screening of Jafar Panahi's film 'Offside' in Wellington on Sunday. Down at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there’s a reason why they use terms like “the cocktail circuit’ and “in diplomatic circles.” It is because so much of the art ...

On Hone Harawira, and Jafar Panahi at the Oscars

Friday, January 28th, 2011

None of the recommendations from yesterday’s hui in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate are likely to delight the Maori Party leadership, but the one that will irritate them the most is the call for Hone Harawira to be allowed to go on a nationwide tour to gauge what members think ...

On the plans for privatization

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Hard to see how opening the door to greater demands for higher profits from state energy companies will result in reduced power prices – or that “Mum and Dad” investors will be the real beneficiaries of the plans for partial privatization announced yesterday by John Key. Leave aside the ...

On the options facing Hone Harawira

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Image Gordon Campbell interviews Hone HarawiraIn the immediate aftermath of the Cuban missile crisis in the 1960s, US Secretary of State Dean Rusk issued the famous (and famously scary) verdict : “We’re eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked.” For some months, Hone Harawira and ...

On the campaign to free Jafar Panahi, and Julian Assange

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Credit: Cine del SurJust before Christmas, Scoop reported on the silencing of Iran’s leading film-maker, Jafar Panahi. Panahi has been imprisoned by the authorities for six years and banned from making movies, going abroad, or talking to the media for 20 years.

On Economic Reporting, & The Assange Sex Charges

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Judging by the Christmas retail figures for electronic card transactions the New Zealand economy is still in traction, with consumers still reluctant and/or unable to spend. December saw in fact, a seasonally adjusted decline in core retail spending, as measured by credit card and debit card activity. The NZ ...

Gordon Campbell Reviews The General Response To Wikileaks

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Article - Gordon Campbell Surprisingly, there still seem to be a few liberals out there who regard Wikileaks as operating in a morally fraught, grey zone. As if there was something shady, or a back of the bike-sheds taint of irresponsibility to what Wikileaks has done. (For ...