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Gordon Campbell on Podemos, and Spain’s election stalemate

Friday, January 8th, 2016

The events of 2015 taught us a lot about the potential ( and the limits) of left wing populism. Syriza in Greece had started the year as the harbinger of change – offering a genuine alternative to the politics of austerity and to a European Union that had been created ...

Gordon Campbell on our Feeble Response to Atrocities in SA

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

With an ally like Saudi Arabia, who needs enemies? In the past 15 years, the West can thank the House of Saud for • Providing almost everyone who planned and carried out the 9/11 attacks on the US • Funding the Sunni extremists who founded al Qaeda • Funding the competing band of Sunni extremists who ...

Gordon Campbell on the Dotcom extradition decision

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Inevitably – and with justification – Kim Dotcom has already lodged an appeal against yesterday’s District Court decision that he is eligible for extradition to the United States, to face copyright infringement, money laundering and racketeering charges. Whether he will actually get leave to appeal – all the way to ...

Gordon Campbell on the rejection of a Pakistani polio worker

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Too bad that the New Zealand Immigration and Protection (hah!) Tribunal don’t know how to use Google. If they did, their bizarre decision to send home a former polio vaccinator and her son back to Pakistan -on the grounds that they would be unsafe in their home district, but ...

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s endorsement of a combat role

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Normally, it is governments that drop their unpalatable measures in the shadow of Christmas, but this time the Labour Opposition is doing so. Apparently, if certain pre-conditions are met – UN sanctioned, clear objectives, acceptable level of risk etc etc – Labour now believes that New Zealand special forces ...

Gordon Campbell on the Police harassment of Nicky Hager

Friday, December 18th, 2015

So now we know. If you’ve done something to really annoy the Establishment – hello, Kim Dotcom, Heather Du Plessis Allen, Nicky Hager and teapot tapes photographer Bradley Ambrose - not only will you rocket to the top of the priority list for the Police and their scant resources, ...

Gordon Campbell on how the Republicans just buried the TPP

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

In case you were still holding your breath about the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, you can relax. For months, it has seemed increasingly unlikely that a Republican- dominated Congress would ratify the TPP, and the battle lines have now been drawn. Yesterday, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell told ...

Gordon Campbell on MP pay rises, and the Paris agreement

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Somehow, the ‘need” for belt tightening - or of stemming the rise in income inequality – just goes right out the window at this time of the year. Scads of money can always be found for backdated pay increases to MPs . It is the kind of Christmas pageant ...

Gordon Campbell on Tim Groser’s new job in Washington

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

If you ever played word association games with the name “ Tim Groser” it would normally take a long, long time for anyone to suggest him as an ideal match for the word “diplomatic.” That’s why his retirement from Parliament earlier this week and his simultaneous appointment as the next ...

Gordon Campbell on the view from Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Sorry for being out of radio contact overseas for much of this week, even as the Cunliffe/Mahuta duo were being deep-sixed by that feisty Labour leader Andrew Little. (Actually, I’ll believe “feisty” when Little says “goodnight and goodbye” to Annette King, as good as she may be in her role ...