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Out Now: Werewolf 59 – The TPP, Obsolete At Birth

Article – Werewolf Hi and welcome to the 59th edition of Werewolf, in which we revisit the TPP debate, and critically examine the claims that the Trans Pacific Partnership really is the spiffing, up-to-date document that our government and its business cronies claim … Enter The ‘Wolf Hi and welcome to the 59th edition of Werewolf, in which we revisit the TPP debate, and critically examine the claims that the Trans Pacific Partnership really is the spiffing, up-to-date document that our government and its business cronies claim it to be. As this month’s cover story shows, the contentious investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions at the heart of the TPP are something that the European Trade Commission has no faith in, and the US has been formally advised that the Europeans plans to scrap the ISDS mechanisms entirely, and replace them with with a fairer, more transparent and more judicially sound system in all of its major trade deals in future. Which raises the question – why is New Zealand planning to ratify the broken model of adjudication that is contained in the TPP, and thereby perpetuate its shortcomings? Elsewhere in this issue, we report on the social cost to communities and to individuals of the industrial killing of animals for food – a story that’s based on research into the incidence of violence and other anti-social behaviours in...

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Werewolf Edition #44 : Referendum On A Robbery

Article – Gordon Campbell Hi and welcome to the 44th edition of Werewolf. Our cover story this month has been timed to co-incide with the looming Citizens Initiated Referendum on the government’s asset sales programme . Werewolf Edition #44 : Referendum On A Robbery From Werewolf Editor Gordon Campbell http://werewolf.co.nz/ Enter the Wolf! Hi and welcome to the 44th edition of Werewolf. Our cover story this month has been timed to co-incide with the looming Citizens Initiated Referendum on the government’s asset sales programme. From the outset, opinion polls have shown the partial asset sales programme to be wildly unpopular with the general public. As our cover story amply indicates, the selldown is also socially and economically irresponsible – and will benefit only a tiny minority of the population. Voting in the referendum will be by postal ballot, anytime between November 22 and December 12. Despite what Russell Brand says, voting is a significant act – and while the government has already made it clear that the outcome won’t stop the selldown from proceeding, a large “No” verdict would be highly relevant to next’s year’s election campaign. Elsewhere in this issue, Werewolf continues with its series analysing the (lack of) progress being made on the TPP trade pact, and explains why the Labour Party has been wise to take a ‘wait and see’ approach to a deal that may...

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Werewolf Edition 43 Out Now! – Trans Pacific Turkey

Article – Werewolf Hi and welcome to the 43rd edition of Werewolf, and an issue in which we once again – just like we did last summer – take an in-depth look at the Trans Pacific Partnership trade talks . Werewolf Edition 43 Out Now! – Trans Pacific Turkey From Werewolf Editor Gordon Campbell http://werewolf.co.nz/ Enter the ‘Wolf Hi and welcome to the 43rd edition of Werewolf, and an issue in which we once again – just like we did last summer – take an in-depth look at the Trans Pacific Partnership trade talks. Because of the ridiculous veil of secrecy surrounding these negotiations, coverage tends to fall either into massive exaggeration about the gazillions of dollars that New Zealand might gain from the TPP tooth fairy, or the threat it poses to our sovereignty. Rather less has been about what is actually happening in the talks themselves – which is hard, but not impossible to find out. The answer ? As this month’s cover explains, the TPP is on the brink of stalling, as frantic teams of spinmeisters peddle like mad to create an illusion that the engine is running. In a separate story, we analyse how the TPP is (mis) handling the issue of tobacco regulation and the threat the TPP poses to any country wishing to protect the health of its citizens from the ravages of...

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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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Werewolf Edition #41 : The John Key “Nanny State” Issue

Column – Werewolf Hi and welcome to the 41st edition of Werewolf, in which were kicking back against the real Nanny State . Here at the Wolf were dead against the kind of Big Government that passes laws that (a) condone mass surveillance (b) penalise legitimate protest … Werewolf Edition #41 : The John Key “Nanny State” Issue From Werewolf Editor Gordon Campbell http://werewolf.co.nz/ Enter the Wolf! Hi and welcome to the 41st edition of Werewolf, in which we’re kicking back against the real Nanny State. Here at the ‘Wolf we’re dead against the kind of Big Government that passes laws that (a) condone mass surveillance (b) penalise legitimate protest and dissent (c) suppress Parliament’s checks and balances (d) install the GCSB as the security guardian of our telecommunications system (e) harass beneficiary families while doling out corporate welfare and (f) make it as difficult as possible for workers to organize collectively and defend their wages and conditions. That’s right. National’s version of the Nanny State is the subject of this month’s cover story. Also in this issue, new contributor Damien Wilkins makes the case for why X Factor was not only worth watching – all of it, right from the start – and told us more about our bicultural, bifurcated selves than we realized at the time, given that it was also the trashy, exploitative, heart on sleeve,...

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