Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

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Gordon Campbell on the Northland by-election

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Supposedly, Winston Peters’ victory in Northland has exposed the simmering dissatisfaction with the government that exists out in the provinces. Yet it remains to be seen whether this defeat will have much significance – and not simply because if and when Labour resumes business as usual in the ...

Gordon Campbell on a funeral in Asia, the Northland by-election, and news priorities

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Supposedly, New Zealand’s destiny lies in Asia, and that was one of Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s rationales for his bungled reforms at MFAT. OK. So, if that’s the case why didn’t Prime Minister John Key - who was already in South Korea - stay in the region so that he ...

Gordon Campbell on Pacific spying, Obama as Spock and Kendrick Lamar

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

So New Zealand has using the GCSB to spy on its friends and allies in the Pacific – and has not only been passing on the results to the NSA, but has apparently passed on the details of the Pacific’s relations with Taiwan to our other best friends, the Chinese. ...

Gordon Campbell on the role of South African mercenaries in the war on terrorism

Friday, March 20th, 2015

For anyone with memories of the apartheid era, there will be mixed feelings about the news this week that South African mercenaries are playing a key role in turning the tide against Boko Haram, in northern Nigeria. Years ago, many of those same South African fighters were engaged in ...

Gordon Campbell on the Vanuatu cyclone and its media coverage

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Having media crews in a disaster zone can help to (a) pinpoint areas of need and (b) provide some re-assurance to the victims that the outside world has not entirely forgotten them. Over time, the media coverage can also motivate First World viewers and listeners to dig into their pockets ...

Gordon Campbell on how Europe is (finally) acting against Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

For decades, the ringing statements on human rights by various European and US governments have been undermined by the diplomatic support they’ve given to the regime in Saudi Arabia. It has been a straight forward deal : we will sell arms to the House of Saud and turn a blind ...

Gordon Campbell on the dairy contamination threats, and parental policing of scary movies

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

The sole upside for the government in its release of a three month old threat to contaminate infant formula is that the story knocked Winston Peters off the front pages. In case that sounds like a conspiracy theory, the government was in a no win situation here. If it went ...

Gordon Campbell on the Northland by election, and a TPP news round-up

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Incredibly, Winston Peters is back at centre stage of New Zealand politics, and in the role he likes best – as the virtuous underdog, fighting the forces of entrenched political patronage in the Northland by-election. Currently, a rattled Key government is throwing all the election bribes it can at the ...

Gordon Campbell on the legal fudging of the GCSB revelations, Tikrit and Jake Xerxes Fussell

Friday, March 6th, 2015

As many have noted, the Hager/Snowden revelations of the spying by our security agencies on our Pacific neighbours and allies is a virtual re-run of the pre-election debate. Unfortunately, it is also a forerunner of the kind of “ debate” we can expect during the upcoming review of the security agency ...

Gordon Campbell on the Privy Council’s Teina Pora decision

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

The quashing of the convictions of Teina Pora for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in 1992 has shone a spotlight once again on a major gap in the New Zealand justice system. To all intents and purposes, access by New Zealanders to the Privy Council has now been ...