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Gordon Campbell on the US rescue mission in Iraq

Monday, August 11th, 2014

It isn’t often that unilateral US bombing raids within a foreign country can be supported, but the current US bombing campaign in northern Iraq is one such case. The fighters of the Islamic State (IS) appear to be intent on committing genocide against the Yezidis, Christians, Turkmen, Kurds and every ...

Gordon Campbell on Internet Mana’s swearing video

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Hand on heart time, folks. At any time in the past six years, has the thought “ F+++ John Key” ever crossed your mind? I know it has crossed mine, from time to time. I think it was about the time that he sold down everyone’s shares in ...

Gordon Campbell on the Gaza truce, and ‘human shields’

Friday, August 8th, 2014

While the truce in Gaza allows time for negotiations on a more lasting solution, the current signs emerging from the Israeli side are not encouraging. Gaza has been devastated. It has no functioning water supply or electricity system and many, many homes have been destroyed or seriously damaged. Yet the ...

Gordon Campbell on Winston Peters as an endangered species

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

It is still anyone’s guess which major party will Winston Peters support after Election Day 2014, though suspicions are rife. But if we’re being reduced to guesswork, it seems more rewarding to speculate on the chances that New Zealand First will not reach the 5% threshold, and won’t be back ...

Gordon Campbell on how Gaza affects our UN bid

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

At an international level, the Key government is waging another election campaign right now, to win a temporary seat on the UN Security Council. So far, the government’s tepid response to the carnage in Gaza has done nothing but erode our only real selling point – that New Zealand would ...

Gordon Campbell on the rise of ISIS, and Labour

Friday, August 1st, 2014

While global attention got distracted by the fate of MH17 and the atrocities in Gaza, the world’s other mega ‘bad news’ story – the rise of ISIS-led fundamentalism in Iraq - has reached a tipping point. Reportedly, the ISIS fighters have been halted (temporarily at least) north of Baghdad around ...

Gordon Campbell on National’s electorate deals

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Image by Neetflux For all the talk yesterday from Prime Minister John Key about National being transparent about its electorate deals in Epsom and Ohariu, that transparency is entirely front-loaded. Yes, we know a lot about how Act and United Future are going to get into Parliament, but we know nothing ...

Gordon Campbell on Gaza and burning the Israeli flag

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

One of the selling points in New Zealand’s campaign for a temporary seat on the Security Council is that we have a pluckily independent voice to offer on international conflicts. This image is not entirely self-delusional. When we did occupy a temporary UN Security Council seat in the 1990s, New ...

Gordon Campbell on the non-apology to Tania Billingsley

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses. Yes, there are judicial proceedings to be considered, as well an “independent inquiry” into how the incident was handled by MFAT officials. But really…would a personal apology ...

Gordon Campbell on the failure to prosecute the GCSB

Friday, July 18th, 2014

So one hand of the state – the Independent Police Conduct Authority - has now washed the hands of its brother agencies, and declared that all hands are clean. Case closed. Does anyone feel re-assured by this exercise in familial self-exoneration? Has anyone’s respect for the rule of law been ...