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Gordon Campbell on what Trump may mean for us

Friday, February 17th, 2017

First published on Werewolf The chaotic presidency of Donald Trump has been a weird form of spectator sport for the past three weeks. Horrible, but you can’t stop watching it. So far though, not much effort has been put into tracing the possible implications for New Zealand of the ...

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s candidacy troubles

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

First published on Werewolf So its official. Greg O’Connor will indeed be Labour’s candidate in Ohariu and – as also signaled well in advance – the Greens will not be standing a candidate in the electorate. At this point, you have to question the validity of the Greens’ excuse – “we ...

Gordon Campbell on the limits of conspiracy thinking

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

First published on Werewolf On the left, there’s long been a tendency to attribute phenomenal powers of competence and technological expertise to its opponents on the political right. (In this mindset, 9/11 was an inside job, carried out to foster the creation of the surveillance state.) Be it the CIA or ...

Gordon Campbell on the looming conflict over the Iran deal

Friday, February 10th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Just in case war breaks out over the weekend… for the past 10 days or so, the court rulings on President Trump’s travel ban have dominated the news out of the United States. At the same time, a more serious threat has been gathering in intensity. Iran ...

Gordon Campbell on the Bill English phone call, La La Land, and jazz

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

First published on Werewolf So this is the Alice in Wonderland world in which we now live. One where PM Bill English wins praise for not provoking the Orange Queen into one of his “Off with their heads!” Twitter tirades. It's nice that English had a pleasant phone conversation yesterday with ...

Gordon Campbell on Thiel, and the sympatico between Peters and English

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

First published on Werewolf Who’s in charge of the ship of state – PM Bill English or Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully? Because markedly different messages have been coming from the quarterdeck about New Zealand’s fuzzy response to the Trump travel bans. To recap: Trump issued his infamous Executive Order ...

Gordon Campbell on the government’s (lack of a) response to Trump

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

First published on Werewolf It is unfortunate, but hardly a surprise that Bill English and his Cabinet colleagues should have been left gormlessly uncertain about the impact of the Trump travel ban on New Zealand citizens. We’ve been down this road before, of being smacked around on immigration issues by our ...

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 ...