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Archive for January, 2017

Gordon Campbell on NZ’s silence over Trump’s anti-Muslim agenda

Monday, January 30th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Shame that the New Zealand government has been missing in action over the weekend, during the time when the Trump presidency has been carrying out its noxiously xenophobic, anti-Muslim, anti-refugee and anti-women agenda. The contrast between our silence and the forthright response by Canada has been obvious. ...

Gordon Campbell on Peter Thiel’s bid for citizenship

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

So we now we know how much it costs to buy New Zealand citizenship. On 27 February 2011, then-PM John Key announced the formation of the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. By April 2011, the fund could already announce this: Peter Thiel, an American backer of New Zealand companies Xero & Pacific Fiber ...

Gordon Campbell on journalism’s future in the era of “alternative facts.”

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Already, the White House has made it clear that the media are the new enemy that the new President’s supporters will be encouraged to unite against. (What else can they do now they don’t have Hillary Clinton to demonise any more?) The fantastic phrase “alternative facts” coined by Trump spinmeister ...

Gordon Campbell on the team behind the throne

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

First published on Werewolf At some level, we’re all trying to normalize the cosmic disaster that the Trump presidency is showing every sign of becoming. Some level of normalcy has to be assumed, so that we can get on with our lives, right? It isn't easy to maintain that optimism ...

Gordon Campbell on Bill English, abroad

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

First published on Werewolf If David Cameron was the closest thing John Key had to a political mentor, their successors also share a whole lot in common. Theresa May and Bill English were both propelled into the top jobs as the result of unexpected resignations, and without much in the ...

Gordon Campbell on populism and Labour 2017

Monday, January 16th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Since the resignation of John Key, the speculation about what-might-happen in election year 2017 has been framed almost entirely in terms of personality politics. Is National’s Bill English more - or less – chemically inert than Labour’s Andrew Little, and will the electorate finally decide this ...

Gordon Campbell: the ethics of publishing the Trump dossier

Friday, January 13th, 2017

First published on Werewolf The controversy over the dossier purporting to show US President-elect Donald Trump’s alleged ties with Russia has been virtually overshadowed by the related controversy over whether the Buzzfeed site should have published the dossier in the first place. After all, some august mainstream news outlets – ...

Gordon Campbell on why tax cuts in 2017 would be a bad idea

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Gordon Campbell on why tax cuts in 2017 would be a (proven) bad ideaFirst published on Werewolf Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the ...

Gordon Campbell on Meryl Streep’s speech

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Primarily, Meryl Streep’s critical speech last night at the Golden Globes – which is the award ceremony hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association - was a defence of journalism and of journalists. Notably, she cited the journalist Serge Kovaleski who was mocked for his disabilities by Donald Trump on ...