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Archive for April, 2016

Gordon Campbell on not crying foul, Argentina

Friday, April 29th, 2016

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. ...

Gordon Campbell on Trump and the Madman Theory

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Years ago, Richard Nixon explained to his chief adviser Bob Haldeman what has since become known as the “Madman Theory” of foreign policy. Basically, if America’s rivals could be reminded that Nixon was an unstable, rabid anti-Communist with his finger on the nuclear trigger, Nixon reasoned, then maybe they’d be less ...

Gordon Campbell on Kiwirail’s latest stint in the dogbox

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. The company is an ‘economic cot case’, in the words of one media ...

Gordon Campbell on having an extradition treaty with China

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Reportedly, an extradition treaty with China is now on the table, although – thankfully - Prime Minister John Key has also indicated that a lot of detailed work would be required before any such arrangement took final shape, much less came into force. For now, our sympathetic murmurings about China’s ...

Gordon Campbell On Our Fearless PM’s Foray Into China

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Don't mention the South China Sea dispute. Oh, but he will! Earlier this week, the image of dauntless Prime Minister John Key not backing down in the face of alleged Chinese intimidation would have done him no harm at all with the voters back home. Here was the plucky Kiwi ...

Gordon Campbell on the banning of a leading Iranian film-maker

Monday, April 18th, 2016

For the past fortnight, New Zealand has been obsessing on the reputational risk to this country of being seen as a tax haven – despite the fact that (with the notable exception of the Australian Financial Review) few sources offshore have linked New Zealand to the Panama Papers. Well, here’s ...

Gordon Campbell on political rhetoric, and the Dark Triad

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Unfortunately, the systematic use of tax avoidance strategies – by corporates and by wealthy individuals – is not occurring in a vacuum. At an accelerating rate, new technology is wiping out the sort of jobs in the retail sector, white collar professions and transport industry that up until now, ...

Gordon Campbell on the political tokenism of the government’s response to the Panama Papers

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Image by Grant Buist Prime Minister John Key could have dealt with the clamour for an independent inquiry into the Panama Papers scandal in a variety of ways. He could have - for instance - set up a public inquiry, as was done in the mid 1990s, in the wake of ...

Gordon Campbell on the (missing) US links to the Panama Papers, and Merle Haggard

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Belatedly, US complicity in the global tax avoidance systems is now trickling out into daylight. To some, one of the suspicious aspects of the scandal to date has been how few firms and individuals from the US have featured in the document dump from the Mossack Fonseca law firm. The ...

Gordon Campbell on whether Donald Trump has peaked

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

For the past ten days, the world has been daring to hope that the wheels may finally be coming off the Trump bandwagon – sufficiently at least, to deny Trump the nomination outright. According to this narrative…. perhaps come August, when the Republicans will finally get to anoint their candidate ...