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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 ...

Gordon Campbell on the recent smackdown over Greece, and Mr Spock RIP

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

There had been a fortnight of fevered buildup. Yet here we are in the aftermath of the February 28 showdown between the new Syriza government in Greece and the European Union “troika” and… no-one seems entirely sure what happened. Did the asteroid miss Earth? It seems to have. The EU ...

Gordon Campbell on the wage hike for MPs (and Paul Robeson)

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza? As usual, Prime Minister John Key has busily tried to distance himself from the political fallout, even ...

Gordon Campbell on whether NZ troops are the least of Islamic State’s problems

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Given that it has been politically packaged and sold as a training mission, the Iraq deployment announced yesterday by Prime Minister John Key seemed to be mysteriously short of…actual trainers. Only 16 specialist trainers will be among the 143 strong contingent, which is a mere 15% of the team. The ...

Gordon Campbell on the drip-feeding of information about the Iraq deployment

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

There are two ways of framing the story of our troop deployment in Iraq. They go roughly like this: The Official Version : We are going to Iraq solely to train Iraqis. We will not be engaged in combat against the Islamic State. Our troops will be safely behind the wire ...