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Archive for October, 2015

Gordon Campbell on the TPP deal reached in Atlanta

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

If the TPP was the Rugby World Cup, the New Zealand team probably wouldn’t be making it out of pool play. While the final details will not emerge for a month, the TPP is offering disappointing returns for New Zealand… and over a very long phase-in period… of up to ...

Gordon Campbell on the TPP countdown, and Mary Margaret O’Hara

Monday, October 5th, 2015

While Australia and the US have reached agreement on the patent exclusivity term for biologics – the new drugs that have been one of the last sticking points on a TPP deal – this agreement has reportedly been rejected by both Chile and Peru, and it is this final impasse ...

Gordon Campbell on the lack of accountability over the Philip Smith case

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

In New Zealand, accountability is an exotic creature rarely glimpsed at ministerial level, or among senior management. The flight to Rio by the paedophile /murderer Philip John Smith/Traynor is no exception. Oh, a couple of foot soldiers at the operational level in Corrections have been sacrificed. But higher up the ...

Gordon Campbell on Putin’s diplomatic coup over Syria

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

There’s a simple historical precedent for what is occurring in Syria. During WWII, the Allies joined forces with a known butcher and tyrant – Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union – in order to defeat a greater evil, Nazi Germany. Choosing the lesser evil is sometimes the only choice you ...