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Archive for February, 2016

Gordon Campbell on Rubio’s last stand, and tonight’s Sleater-Kinney show

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Well, it certainly was entertaining to watch Rubio succeed in getting under Donald Trump’s skin the other day, in the last debate before tomorrow’s Super Tuesday multi-state sweepstakes. This exchange was particularly on point in attacking Trump’s CEO –in-the-White House schtick: “If you hadn’t inherited $200 million, you’d be selling watches ...

Gordon Campbell on our underfunded Syrian refugee intake, and dairy industry carnage

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Once again, our little show pony Prime Minister is prancing around the world offering to take in refugees – from Syria, from Nauru – while providing no extra funding to ensure these refugees receive adequate medical care once they’re here. Most of these refugees have come from war zones, where ...

Gordon Campbell on why we’re sitting ducks for the power companies

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

The marketing campaigns waged to induce customers to chase around between electricity companies in a frantic search for savings has always looked like a diversion. Yet according to RNZ this morning, we’re about to see more being spent on this kind of marketing by energy companies. Earnings in the energy sector ...

Gordon Campbell on the support for the Clintons among black voters

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Nevada has been conducting its politics via caucuses only since 2004, and the state’s tepid interest in this method of democratic expression still shows. Historically, the turnout in both the Republican and Democratic caucuses in Nevada has been incredibly low – and only 1.9% of eligible Republican voters (or 33,000 ...

Gordon Campbell on the Defence Force’s spending bonanza

Friday, February 19th, 2016

It has been a fairly typical week for this government… mental health services in Christchurch slashed, further massive cuts to DHB funding, and the abdication of its responsibility for social housing. Incredibly, the editorial writers at the New Zealand Herald have suggested that the latest health system cutbacks are ‘brave’ politics. Hmmm… ...

Gordon Campbell on the middle class anger behind the rise of Donald Trump

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

One of the best examples of the Alice Through The Looking Glass nature of US politics occurred on the weekend, when Donald Trump – in the course of a debate between the Republican Party contenders – roundly blamed George W. Bush for the Iraq invasion and the bungles that came ...

Gordon Campbell on the bogus Syrian peace deal, and Judge Antonin Scalia

Monday, February 15th, 2016

The good thing about the Syrian peace deal announced on Friday is that it might create a small space for humanitarian relief, but… the ceasefire is clearly a sham. Russia has agreed to stop fighting for a week, as long as it can make an exception for all the people ...

Gordon Campbell on the Bernie Sanders aftermath

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Even as Bernie Sanders was celebrating his win yesterday in New Hampshire, the road ahead for the Sanderistas seemed as dark as ever. The notion that the Sanders victory has shaken the Democratic Party to its core and is causing furrowed, worried brows etc among the party mandarins is ...

Gordon Campbell on the US pressure to expand our role in Iraq

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Tomorrow, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee and Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating will be in Brussels for a ministerial meeting of the so-called “Counter-Daesh Coalition.” [Daesh is another term for Islamic State.] Here’s how Brownlee’s press release described the purpose of the meeting: Ministers will discuss a range of ...

Gordon Campbell on the Treaty/TPP overlap, and the Iowa backwash

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Click for big version. The people who point out that we already have investor-state dispute settlement provisions in other trade deals and ‘so far so good, we haven’t had to worry about them’ …man, that is such an absurd argument. When it comes to arms reduction and nuclear proliferation, do we ...