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Tampa, Ardern and positioning small countries

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, November 16th, 2017 - 41 comments

There are major similarities between Helen Clark’s decision to accept into New Zealand refugees from the Tampa boat and Jacinda Ardern’s pushing for New Zealand to accept refugees based on Manus Island.

Greens oppose rebranded TPPA

Written By: - Date published: 12:33 pm, November 13th, 2017 - 150 comments

The Green Party will vote against the TPPA.

The TPP11 negotiations: ISDS provisions are gone – almost

Written By: - Date published: 1:08 pm, November 12th, 2017 - 113 comments

David Parker has confirmed that the TPP11 negotiations have resulted in a considerable minimising of the ISDS provisions.  But will this be enough?

TPP11 close to being signed?

Written By: - Date published: 10:34 am, November 10th, 2017 - 127 comments

Mesia reports suggest that a possible TPP11 agreement is close to being signed.

Trust, Labour and the TPPA

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, November 5th, 2017 - 96 comments

A look at Labour’s PR around the TPPA-11, and a campaign by Action Station to stop the signing.

Deary me.

Written By: - Date published: 4:26 pm, October 30th, 2017 - 87 comments

It would seem Labour’s got nuffin when it comes to the TPP.

The new government and the TPPA-11

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, October 28th, 2017 - 149 comments

An update from Professor Jane Kelsey on the TPPA-11, a look at the issues for the new Labour-led government, and reasons why we still need to be concerned.

National pushing through with secret TPP talks before the election

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, September 17th, 2017 - 23 comments

“This continues National’s desperation to see a TPPA at any cost”

Reasons to vote Green: the TPPA

Written By: - Date published: 12:58 pm, September 9th, 2017 - 61 comments

A strong Green Party presence in government is the best way to prevent the TPPA, and is critical in protecting NZ’s environment and social and political sovereignty.

Why the America’s Cup is better than Rugby

Written By: - Date published: 10:41 am, June 19th, 2017 - 135 comments

And now for something completely different.  Is the America’s cup a more potent example of New Zealand’s unique place in the world than the Rigby World Cup.

Campbell on the TPP cargo cult

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, May 20th, 2017 - 17 comments

Gordon Campbell: “The TPP has literally become a cargo cult ritual that’s being performed in the hope that someday, one day, the Americans will return, bearing gifts.”

Another reason for water pricing

Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, March 28th, 2017 - 19 comments

The Government will be embarassed by another example of a corporation planning to extract ten billion litres of fresh water a year essentially at no cost which has arisen.

RIP TPP

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 am, January 24th, 2017 - 70 comments

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and leaving the agreement effectively dead in its tracks.

Hard Brexit

Written By: - Date published: 8:25 am, January 18th, 2017 - 97 comments

Theresa May has finally set out some guidelines on the shape of Brexit. Out of the single market, rejecting the European court, full border control.

English in England

Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, January 15th, 2017 - 48 comments

The usual media suspects are digging pretty deep to try and find anything supportive to say about English’s UK visit. English himself sounds like he has been put in his place.

TPP: An epitaph for self-interested treaties done in secret

Written By: - Date published: 1:23 am, November 23rd, 2016 - 39 comments

The misogynist buffoon, under-skilled charlatan and ignorant bigot that the Americans have elected to be their constitutional monarch for the next four years appears to have effectively killed the constraint of trade agreement known as the TPP. From a freer trade advocate, avid exporter, and labour movement supporter with a touch of green :- Good riddance.

NZ Tech

Written By: - Date published: 9:01 am, October 21st, 2016 - 45 comments

The top 200 tech “exporters” are now turning over NZD 9.4 billion. This year revenue increased by more that NZD 1 billion. Which is pretty phenomenal bearing in mind the sluggish world economy. It meant that they grew an additional 3000 odd highly paid jobs in just those top companies. Even this intellectually bereft government isn’t proving to be too much of a hindrance to tech business.

TPP – Let it go John

Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, September 21st, 2016 - 132 comments

So Key has been trying to explain the TPP to America. Apart from looking ridiculous, what did he think he was going to accomplish?

Abrupt climate change: CO2 equivalent now at 485 ppm

Written By: - Date published: 1:23 pm, August 26th, 2016 - 76 comments

We are now at 485 ppm CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas concentrations, up from 250 ppm in the 1700s. And climbing fast.

TPP – with a whimper

Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, August 12th, 2016 - 166 comments

Plenty of folk today pronouncing the death of the TPP. This is a victory for activism.

Legalize It

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, August 12th, 2016 - 95 comments

Is it time for a referendum on marijuana? There is strong support for the use of medicinal marijuana. Should we just admit that Kiwis like smoking dope and simply legalise it?

Stiglitz on the globalisation revolt

Written By: - Date published: 7:54 am, August 8th, 2016 - 69 comments

Globalisation is facing a popular revolt. Economist Joseph Stiglitz explains why.

Trade retaliation

Written By: - Date published: 1:21 pm, August 3rd, 2016 - 50 comments

The Nats are in a difficult spot here, no doubt about it. The weak steel is a serious issue and it should be investigated. But their usual tactics of deny and lie have been caught out yet again.

TPP teetering on the precipice

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, July 27th, 2016 - 51 comments

A silver lining in the depressing chaos of the American presidential process.

#Sheepgate – The Compensation payment for the claim that did not exist

Written By: - Date published: 10:22 am, July 4th, 2016 - 27 comments

The Nation has been doing some digging into #Sheepgate and last weekend broadcast its results.  There were some findings that if confirmed should result in McCully’s cabinet career being ended. Not to mention a potential Privileges Hearing to decide if he has misled Parliament.

We’re going to burn it all, until we burn it down.

Written By: - Date published: 12:11 am, May 20th, 2016 - 173 comments

What does it really mean to reduce NZ’s total fossil fuel use by 50% by 2030: a warm up discussion for an upcoming thought experiment.

Health law expert on the TPP

Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, March 9th, 2016 - 20 comments

We won’t be able to say that we weren’t warned.

TPP submissions closing soon

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, March 3rd, 2016 - 6 comments

The current closing date for public submissions on the TPP is Friday March 11th. Labour’s David Clark is calling for an extension.

The TPPA could blight public education

Written By: - Date published: 8:03 am, February 9th, 2016 - 178 comments

The TPPA could bring us charter schools on steroids, and threaten policies like free tertiary education. In general its a way of locking in a permanent, international right-wing governance which can limit and constrain the kind of social policies that any future NZ left-wing government might want to enact.

UN experts issue warning on TPP

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, February 4th, 2016 - 28 comments

When the UN is issuing warnings on the TPP, don’t you think it would be wise to listen?

The TPPA day of shame

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, February 4th, 2016 - 224 comments

Undated: The TPPA has now been signed, but not ratified, and not (hello NZ Herald!) “passed in to law”. There have been widespread protests throughout Auckland.

RNZ had live coverage with John Campbell.

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