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Archive for June, 2013

Gordon Campbell on Syria, RNZ and Michael Shannon

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Since the Arab Spring began, the rebellion in Syria has been the only one to evolve into full scale civil war, and still is the only conflict with the potential to shape the politics of the entire Middle East. The future stability of Iran, Lebanon, Iraq and even Turkey is ...

On why everyone has a stake in surveillance reduction

Friday, June 14th, 2013

In a week dominated by surveillance and privacy issues, the Economist has done its level best to rationalize why Barack Obama has chosen to expand the surveillance state. Basically, the magazine’s argument is that although the actual threat from terrorism is disproportionate to the surveillance overkill by the state, that overkill ...

Gordon Campbell on the Speaker’s lifeline to Peter Dunne

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Whatever wiggle room exists under Standing Orders, yesterday’s ruling by Speaker David Carter on the Peter Dunne funding scandal will have done nothing for the tattered reputation of Parliament among the general public. The double standard in play here seems a pretty glaring one. Under the Electoral Act, Dunne gets ...

Gordon Campbell on the latest Novopay revelations

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Poor lambs. They were led astray by shockingly poor advice from their officials. All of it was an operational failure within the Education Ministry and the State Services Commission, folks. Yes, according to the Novopay ministerial inquiry, the buck for the flawed teacher pay system rests entirely with the bureaucrats, ...