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Archive for November, 2015

Gordon Campbell On Turkey And Russia

Friday, November 27th, 2015

So why did Turkey shoot down that Russian plane? According to the Russian president Dmitri Medvedev, it was all about Turkey (a) being hand in glove with Islamic State in general, and (b) wanting to protect the lucrative joint Turkish/Islamic State trade in oil smuggling. The trouble with that theory isn’t ...

Gordon Campbell on the Phil Goff mayoral candidacy

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

What is about the centre right in Auckland? There they are, in the citadel of commerce, and yet they’re routinely unable to put up a credible mayoral candidate to run the place. All they’ve got for now is poor old Mark Thomas, the former National candidate in Wellington Central whom ...

Gordon Campbell on why Islamic State’s growing weakness makes it more dangerous

Friday, November 20th, 2015

One of the great things about writing online is that if you have a bad morning, readers will pick up on it, and take you to task. I’m totally willing to concede that my last column a couple of days ago on the Paris terrorism attacks wasn’t the last ...

Gordon Campbell on Islam and the Paris attacks

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

According to polls, a third of Republican voters in Iowa want Islam to be criminalized. Unfortunately, the cornfields of middle America aren’t the only place that ‘Islam’ is being blamed for the terrorism attacks in Paris. Presidential contender Ben Carson for instance, wants it to be made illegal for a Muslim ...

Gordon Campbell on John Key’s do’s and don’ts list when it comes to detainees

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Since Prime Minister John Key plainly has trouble with the leadership thing, maybe we should keep it simple for him. So, here’s a list of what he should do, and what he shouldn’t do when it comes to the brutal detention/deportation of New Zealand citizens. (a) Key shouldn’t say that the New ...

Gordon Campbell on the John Key smear attack, Russia’s sports doping and Allen Toussaint

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

The rationale behind Prime Minister John Key’s smear attack against Labour yesterday (and the subsequent walkout from Parliament) was obvious enough. When you’re in a hole, don’t even try to explain why – on your watch – New Zealand citizens are being thrown into concentration camps, deported and having their ...

Gordon Campbell on being accountable, and holding the powerful to account

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Don’t know how you feel about it, but the selective unavailability of Ministers and senior public servants to media scrutiny seems to be a growing concern. Regularly on RNZ – which usefully reports when this occurs – an issue will arise that begs for a response or where ministerial/departmental accountability ...

Gordon Campbell on Malcolm Turnbull, and rugby mania

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

When Malcolm Turnbull took over as PM across the Tasman, much was made of him citing the populist touch of Prime Minister John Key – who, Turnbull noted, had managed to keep the electorate onside while making significant changes. It says a lot about the two countries that one of ...