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Archive for February, 2014

Gordon Campbell on the latest NSA spy scandal, and the Pike River pay-off

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Once again, the “Five Eyes” intelligence network (to which New Zealand belongs ) has been caught out in a privacy outrage. According to this morning’s Guardian, the British spy agency GCHQ has been secretly recording the images from the Yahoo webcam communications of Internet users not suspected of any wrongdoing, ...

Gordon Campbell on the Snowden revelations and ACT’s position on incest

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Ever since the existence of the Echelon spy system was revealed in the 1990s, the risk of using cyber-espionage for commercial gain and trading advantages - rather than for military and security reasons - has been obvious. So it should come as no real surprise that the NSA whistle blower ...

Gordon Campbell on Richard Prebble’s return and our immigration policy

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

So Richard Prebble is back, as campaign manager for ACT at this year’s election. For a political organisation that prides itself on being a fount of fresh thinking for the centre right, the Act Party seems to have a stronger commitment to recycling than anything the Greens could imagine in ...

Gordon Campbell on the Commerce Commission supermarket inquiry, Kiev and Tunisia

Friday, February 21st, 2014

If you were a harried supplier to a New Zealand supermarket, would you trust the Commerce Commission to protect you, your staff and your livelihood if you dared to come forward - to assist an inquiry that looks as if it will be self-hobbled before it begins? Even though the ...

Gordon Campbell on the All Blacks’ investment in rest homes

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Up until now, the feeling that rugby may be bad for your health has been pretty much limited to concerns about the sometimes cavalier attitude the code has taken towards the risk of concussion. (National MP Mike Saban has been vocal in the past about the concussion issue and rugby’s ...

Gordon Campbell on the next US ambassador to New Zealand, and True Detective

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Years ago, I asked a former US ambassador how he managed to navigate his way around rural and provincial New Zealand. Pretty easily, he replied: “I just ask the person I’m meeting whether they have a KFC or a McDonalds in their town, and then I suggest that we meet ...

Gordon Campbell on the banning of Odd Future

Friday, February 14th, 2014

So the Odd Future rap collective have had their visas revoked because - according to the Immigration Service - they pose a threat to public order in New Zealand. (Allegedly, their visas were not revoked because of their lyrics.) Yeah right. Leaving aside the traces of 1950s style moral panic ...

Gordon Campbell on smear tactics in politics

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Smears are the political equivalent of a hit and run. First comes the allegation that hints of skullduggery - Russel Norman and Winston Peters held “secret” meetings with Kim Dotcom! - and then comes the rebuttal. Unfortunately, by the time the rebuttals have been made, the spinmeisters will usually have ...

Gordon Campbell on our response to Syrian jihadis, and Syrian refugees

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

So Prime Minister John Key has removed the passports of a few would-be jihadis from New Zealand wishing to join rebel factions in Syria. In doing so, Key is echoing a concern among several European countries that the civil war in Syria has become a training ground for Islamic extremism. ...

Gordon Campbell on Obama’s domestic problems with the TPP

Friday, February 7th, 2014

On Wednesday, I reported on a local analysis of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, which argued, among other things, that the TPP is not primarily a trade deal at all - but more of a package of entitlements for US corporates and financiers. What was missing from Wednesday’s story ...