Tag: Charles Drace

Is the media manipulating citizens into violent action?

Opinion – Charles Drace Over the past several years there have been literally hundreds of events around the country protesting against the Key government’s expected signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement without public consultation or Parliamentary debate, the government’s … Is the media manipulating concerned citizens into violent action? By Charles Drace Over the past several years there have been literally hundreds of events around the country protesting against the Key government’s expected signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement without public consultation or Parliamentary debate, the government’s heads in the sand approach to climate change, income inequality, dangerous deep sea oil drilling off our coasts, asset sales and other policies that are designed to raise profits for large and mainly overseas corporations at the expense of New Zealanders. The main media companies have largely ignored these protests and, what is even worse, have ignored the messages from concerned citizens to the government. Last November’s march against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement was the largest public protest in Christchurch since the Springbok Tour of 1981 with over 1500 concerned citizens marching, yet The Christchurch Press and most TV news ignored it and its message. On Thursday 19th, a peaceful protest at the opening of the Oxford Town Hall by John Key was captured on film and shown on One News but no comment was made referring to the protesters or why...

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The selling of New Zealand by our prime minister

Article – Charles Drace The selling of New Zealand by our prime minister By Charles Drace 19 September 2014 The selling of New Zealand by our prime minister By Charles Drace 19 September 2014 Author’s Note: this is a work of fiction, at least I hope it is, but like all fiction there may be elements of truth. It was a dark and stormy night (naturally). Gathered around the massive rosewood boardroom table at a Goldman Sachs’ type bank headquarters in London sat the heads of some of the world’s most influential banks, oil companies, mining companies and chemical and pharmaceutical companies. Placed in front of each guest is a bottle of Oval Swarovski Crystal Vodka, Royal Salute 50 yr old Chivas Regal Scotch or Hardy Le Printemps Cognac plus $400 dollar bottles of Kona Nigari Water beside crystal glasses. There are no pads of paper, pens, recording machines or cell phones. Though known to each other through long association in the multi-national company world, they have asked me to keep their names a secret so I will refer to them only by initials: GS, JPM, BOA, DB, ML, IMF, WB, ROT, WP, ANA, SHE, MOB, NEW, RIO, DOW, MON, ELI, MER, plus additional members of Bilderberg and the Trilateral Commission. There were many others who will not be called to participate in the conversation but will listen and...

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