Tag: Alastair Thompson

Imperilled by Unfree Trade

Article – Alastair Thompson We have the chance to open up more markets to goods and services backed by three proud words: Made in America. Imperilled by Unfree Trade: The TPP on Environment and LabourBinoy Kampmark “We have the chance to open up more markets to goods and services backed by three proud words: Made in America.” President Barack Obama, Feb 18, 2015 The estranged political classes continued their defiance of democratic practice by signing, again without the involvement of non-trade interests, a document that has been sold as a choice between the rash and the damned. The delegates at the Atlanta round of talks for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement came from twelve states, and some of them were acutely aware that domestic matters were pressing. The election cycle in the United States is starting to gain steam. Canada faces a close election on October 19. Australia’s new prime minister is hunkering down. The TPP is a monster in design on several levels. While it has been reported that China “cautiously” welcomes the agreement, there is little doubt that it has been shaped as a form of financial weaponry against the giants of the Asia-Pacific. Towards Russia, there is the Trans Atlantic Investment Agreement, framed to incorporate the European Union. Then comes the enveloping Trade Services Agreement. The chatter in advance of the agreement has been filled with...

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14 Q&As for 2014: Labour Leadership Virtual Hustings Meeting

Article – Alastair Thompson Scoop is delighted to have been asked to coordinate the official “Virtual Hustings Meeting” for the 2013, inaugural, Labour Leadership election. We posted 8 questions chosen from nearly 200 questions submitted by eligible voters in the race. 14 Questions for 2014 : Labour Leadership Online Public Meeting Scoop is delighted to have been asked to coordinate the official “Virtual Hustings Meeting” for the 2013, inaugural, Labour Leadership election. We posted 8 questions chosen from nearly 200 questions submitted by eligible voters in the race. By following the links below the general voting public are encouraged to engage directly with the leadership hopefuls in an online discussion at Red Alert, the Labour Party Caucus blog. More>> – Alastair Thompson, Scoop Editor ALSO: • Environment : What are your views on a clean green NZ? • Poverty : How would you ensure no one needs to live in poverty? • TPPA : Will you make the TPPA process transparent? • Equal pay : What would you do about gender pay discrimination? • Peoples : How would bring Maori & Pakeha into a multi-ethnic future? • Justice : What is your view of the New Zealand justice system? • Disability Issues : Would you create a Ministry for Disability? • Voter turnout : How do we motivate more people to vote? • Economy : How can we convince...

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A Global Fair Deal On Copyright, OurFairDeal.org | 500 Words

Article – Alastair Thompson Yesterday I participated in the launch of OurFairDeal.org a new website home for global citizens coalition around the issue of copyright as it pertains to the internet. OurFairDeal.org A New Global Alliance Forms To Fight For A Fair Deal On Copyright Online Yesterday I participated in the launch of OurFairDeal.org a new website home for global citizens coalition around the issue of copyright as it pertains to the internet. The website inherits from the work done by a New Zealand team which put together fairdeal.net.nz/ which is (upon a cursory glance) remarkably similar to the new site. FairDeal.net.nz was launched at the second annual Internet NZ Nethui in 2012, of which the Scoop Media Cartel were proud sponsors. [ NOTE: http://nethui.org.nz/ Nethui 2013 is being held July 8-10th in Wellington and registrations have now opened. ] The orginal “A Fair Deal” campaign brought together Internet NZ with a bunch of other groups including the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind, the Creative Freedom Foundation , NZ Rise , Trademe and Kiwiblog‘s David Farrar. OurFairDeal.org takes the NZ based campaigns a giant leap forward bringing together 84 lobby groups from across the Asia Pacific in 6 countries into a global alliance. Together all these organisations are seeking to achieve a fair deal in Global copyright and trade in intellectual property (including branded goods). Since going...

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We Are Being Ripped Off | 500 Words

Column – Alastair Thompson This is 1987 all over again. A privileged elite is bulldozing through a policy against our wishes which enriches the personal short-term financial interests of a few at the expense of us all. In short, we are being ripped off. We Are Being Ripped Off | 500 Words Later today we expect Prime Minister John Key to kick off the final countdown to the sale of a 49% stake in Mighty River Power. As he does so the level of acrimony we can expect in political debate will rise. (Acrimony = “harsh or biting sharpness especially of words, manner, or disposition” ) Which is not to say that there are two sides to this debate – however much the cheerleaders say there are benefits to the NZ Capital Markets. Bottom line this is not about benefiting anyone other than share-brokers, merchant bankers, company directors and investors. It is not a democratically supported decision: – a clear majority of the New Zealand public are opposed to this sale; – a referendum will be held later this year; and – the sale is taking place against the clear stated wishes of Maoridom – the Tiriti O Waitangi treaty partner; There is no economic rationale for the sale i.e. no basis to believe – beyond blind faith and chauvinism – that this sale will result in any economic...

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