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Archive for February, 2015

Gordon Campbell on how Iraq’s visiting Foreign Minister embodies an Iraq that’s not worth fighting for

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

When Iraq’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari makes a whistle-stop visit to Auckland on Friday, he will be issuing a formal invitation for New Zealand to get militarily involved in Iraq, something that’s already a virtual fait accompli. One rationale for our involvement that Prime Minister John Key has repeatedly given ...

Gordon Campbell on the government’s reluctance to treat the enemies of Islamic State as its friends

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

While the government attacks the left’s alleged reluctance to respond militarily to Islamic State, it continues to be strangely timid about another aspect of its own response. Question: under our anti-terrorism legislation, is it legal or illegal for New Zealanders to donate funds online to the Kurdish organisations who are ...

Gordon Campbell on the Maori “separatism” bogey

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Leadership requires the leader to set aside self-interest. It is a concept that sometimes seems quite alien to Prime Minister John Key – who has reached instinctively for the most inflammatory card in the race relations deck – “separatism” – to gain short-term advantage from some innocuous Waitangi Day comments ...

Gordon Campbell on the reluctance to support the Kurds against Islamic State

Monday, February 9th, 2015

The boundary line between our troops having (a) an ‘advise and assist’ role in Iraq and (b) an actual combat role – which Prime Minister John Key insists they will not have – would seem sheer wishful thinking. The Canadian special forces in Iraq operate with a similar theoretical ...

Gordon Campbell on the government’s narrow conception of Waitangi Day

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Come Waitangi Day each year, Treaty settlements have become a de facto scorecard for New Zealand’s progress in race relations. It is not a good measure. That kind of approach not only places the sources of disadvantage in the past and the onus of guilt on previous generations, but it ...

Gordon Campbell on a desperate health system merger of lab testing services

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

The economic version of the sound of one hand clapping is a “market” with only one provider – and that is exactly what the three DHBs in the Wellington region now seem about to create, as they chase after cost saving “efficiencies” in laboratory testing. On March 6, the three district ...

Gordon Campbell on the freeing of Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Well, so much for all that enthusiasm about free speech in France. A couple of weeks ago, a 16 year old student was taken into police custody in Nantes for posting on Facebook a cartoon ironically commenting on one of Charlie Hebdo’s more notorious cartoons. Briefly, when dozens of unarmed ...

Gordon Campbell on the Russel Norman resignation

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

While not the decisive factor, last year’s election result must have made it easier for Greens Co-Leader Russel Norman to finally call it a day. After three years of solid campaigning on social justice, economic and environmental issues – and amidst another round of self-destruction by Labour, its ally and ...