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Archive for December, 2014

Gordon Campbell on the Sony cyber attack

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Given the layers of meta-irony involved, the saga of the Sony cyber attack seemed at the outset more like a snarky European art film than a popcorn entry at the multiplex. Yet now with (a) President Barack Obama weighing in on the side of artistic freedom and calling for the ...

Gordon Campbell on the dumping of bad news at Christmas

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Gordon Campbell on the dumping of bad news at Christmas By Gordon Campbell If the government really did have good tidings of great joy you can bet it wouldn’t be strewing them about at Christmas time – which is, traditionally, the dumping ground for terrible news that the government fervently hopes ...

Gordon Campbell on the Pakistan schoolchildren killings

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The slaughter of the children in Pakistan is incomprehensibly awful. On the side, it has thrown a spotlight onto something that’s become a pop cultural meme. Fans of the Homeland TV series will be well aware of the collusion between sections of the Pakistan military/security establishment on one hand and ...

Gordon Campbell on the Sydney siege, and DHB budget cuts

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Whenever the authorities bring a siege situation to an end, there will be criticism if – as has happened in Sydney – any hostages are seriously hurt, or killed. The rationale for the Police decision to storm the café in Sydney will emerge later today. In the Sydney Morning Herald ...

Gordon Campbell on income inequality, and yo ho ho Christmas songs

Friday, December 12th, 2014

As 2014 grinds to a close, we probably didn’t need one more reminder of this government’s ability to stare reality in the face and declare black to be a very fine shade of white. As you’re probably aware, the OECD has just released a research report that has rejected trickle ...

Gordon Campbell on the hurdles to any extradition treaty with China

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

So China’s President Xi wants New Zealand to help them to extradite ‘corrupt’ Chinese officials who have fled here with their ill-gotten gains. Hey, who isn’t against corruption? Prejudge the question in that fashion and you automatically end up with the Winston Peters response – sure, let’s do it. Send ...

Gordon Campbell on the politics of oil prices and the Eric Garner killing

Friday, December 5th, 2014

While Labour and National fiddle around with the powers of the security services – and warrantless surveillance is still an outrage even if it lasts for only 24 hours, Andrew Little - the big international story this week has been the plunge in oil prices. For once, the Greens and ...

Gordon Campbell on Labour prematurely declaring victory over the SIS law

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

The use of cute labels to market bad ideas is what you do when running the country seems like a process similar to selling soap powder. So we probably shouldn’t be surprised that the Key government seems willing to drape its deployment in Iraq in the spirit of Anzac. If ...