Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for March, 2013

Gordon Campbell on the “Rocket Docket” US injustice that Dotcom faces, and the Bluff smelter

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

This month’s Werewolf cover story is about the Kim Dotcom extradition case and is available here, but there’s an interesting footnote…This week, ABC television news in the States ran an AP story about how and why the Eastern Virginia District gets to prosecute international cases such as Kim Dotcom. The ...

Gordon Campbell on the latest messy falling out among Syria’s rebels

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Routinely, US foreign policy in the Middle East seems to suffer from a karmic backlash. Ten years ago, the Iraq invasion was supposed to produce a democratic state that further isolate Iran’s Shia revolution. Instead, the March 2003 invasion has installed in Baghdad a Shia-dominated partner state to Iran. The ...

Gordon Campbell on Susan Devoy’s appointment, and the Gillard non-coup

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

It is hard to tell which aspect of Susan Devoy becoming Race Relations Commissioner is worse. Was it the selection of someone who plainly has no skills for a job requiring tolerance and empathy – or was it the rationalisation offered by Justice Minister Judith Collins, who said that Devoy ...

Gordon Campbell on the official emergency plan to steal from your bank account

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

“Some rob you with a six gun, some with a fountain pen” – Woody Guthrie Put your money in the bank, not under the mattress. That’s always been a mantra, especially for people who don’t want to speculate in property or the sharemarket, and who don’t want to run the risk ...

On the Solid Energy debacle

Friday, March 15th, 2013

So according to its former chairman John Palmer, Solid Energy could have done nothing about the sudden and dramatic fall in the price of coal. Move on, no one to blame here. It was just like the Christchurch earthquake, an act of nature. Except of course, it wasn’t. Somehow, ...

Gordon Campbell on the new Pope

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

The Jorge Mario Bergoglio who became Pope Francis earlier today must be quite accustomed to being the compromise choice, and the least divisive of the options available. He’s certainly been there before. In the 2005 conclave to choose a successor to Pope John Paul II, he had been the other ...

Gordon Campbell on the papal frontrunner’s views on feminism and homosexuality

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Outsiders watching the Catholic Church as it engages in choosing its next leader should be feeling alarmed at the emergence of Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan as the papal frontrunner. Despite the cliché that frontrunners never win the papacy (‘He who enters the conclave as pope, comes out a cardinal’ ...

Gordon Campbell on Hugo Chavez, and the TPP

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Hugo Chavez has been an example of how much a Third World nation can achieve when it takes control of its natural resources from the US and its corporate allies, and uses them to benefit its own people and the region. By the adroit use of Venezuela’s oil revenues, Chavez ...

Gordon Campbell on yesterday’s IRD victory against tax avoidance

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

The double standard on how we treat tax avoidance (leniently) as opposed to how we treat welfare fraud (very harshly) came under the spotlight again yesterday. The good news is that our courts seem to be cracking down on the tax avoidance problem, and are closing a few of the ...

On the UN’s hypocrisy towards Richard Prosser

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

So the United Nations has reprimanded Richard Prosser for his “Wogistan” comments. The United Nations committee on the elimination of racial discrimination described Prosser's comments as "inflammatory" and urged a stronger line from the Government. "The committee regrets the recent inflammatory remarks by a member of parliament vilifying persons from Central Asia ...