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Archive for September, 2014

Gordon Campbell on Obama’s major foreign policy speech today on the Islamic State

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

For the Syrian people, the next ten years offers them two really unpleasant choices. They can be slaughtered by the forces of the Islamic State, or take their chances with another decade of the murderous stalemate into which the Syrian civil war has now descended. That’s the stark backdrop ...

Gordon Campbell on National’s phantom tax cut package

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Hmmm. So National’s tax cuts package turns out to be one of those television advertisements that screams a headline promise – perfect skin! a youth tonic that works! - while in very small print there’s an out clause: special conditions may apply. Heading into the home stretch of this election ...

Gordon Campbell on the West’s existential crisis about what to do with Putin, and the Islamic State

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Say one thing for Russian President Vladimir Putin. At least he’s given NATO a purpose in life. Right now, that consists of being something that Barack Obama and David Cameron can hide behind, point at Putin, and say : “Go get him, tiger.” Just what NATO is supposed to ...

Gordon Campbell on the Greens proposal to gradually lift the minimum wage

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Heading into the election home stretch, voters have a clear choice about the best way to help low and middle income New Zealanders. They can do so by gradually lifting the minimum wage (as the Greens propose ) or by a small tax cut, as the government seems about to ...

Gordon Campbell on John Key’s ‘blame it on Judith’ strategy

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Right now, Prime Minister John Key seems intent on limiting the scope of any inquiry into his government’s dealings with Cameron Slater. The declared aim is to make that inquiry solely about Judith Collins’ behavior with respect to the Serious Fraud Office. Nice try, but it won’t wash. What the ...