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Fictitious Withdrawals: The Myth of US Disengagement

Column – Binoy Kampmark Nothing happens at the supposedly dazzling do at the World Economic Forum held at Davos at least, of the constructive sort. It is a heavily catered talk bonanza on what people have already agreed to. It has a huge pretence to discuss policy. Fictitious Withdrawals: The Myth of US Disengagement by Dr. Binoy Kampmark January 27, 2013 The United States was blessed among nations. On the north, she had a weak neighbour; on the south, another weak neighbour; on the east, fish; and on the west, fish. Jules Jusserand, French Ambassador to the US, 1910 Nothing happens at the supposedly dazzling do at the World Economic Forum held at Davos – at least, of the constructive sort. It is a heavily catered talk bonanza on what people have already agreed to. It has a huge pretence to discuss policy. This year’s backslapping colloquium even had a touch of star dust in the form of Goldie Hawn and meditation aficionado Matthieu Ricard. But one thing to take away from the conference were remarks made by US Secretary of State John Kerry. He was not pleased. Kerry was slighted by remarks that the United States was disengaging. Relevant questions: how and where? Reasons vary on this purported power withdrawal. Perhaps the US hegemon is getting sated. The strains placed by natural resources are less, given the increased...

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PM Press Conference – Syria | Living Wage | Asset Sales

Article – Hamish Cardwell He said New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully had had talks with United States Secretary of State John Kerry over the weekend, during which, Mr Kerry had asked for New Zealand’s moral support in any military interventions in Syria. PM Press Conference – Syria | Living Wage | Asset Sales Referendum- 2 September 2013 Scoop Audio+Video+Photos By Hamish Cardwell Click for big version. At a short post-cabinet press conference this week Prime Minister John Key discussed New Zealand’s potential involvement in the civil war in Syria and Labour leadership candidates’ call for a living wage for all government staff. ******* ******* Scoop coverage began after Prime Minister finished his prepared remarks. Mr Key said the unfolding conflict in Syria as a “great human tragedy”. He said New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully had had talks with United States Secretary of State John Kerry over the weekend, during which, Mr Kerry had asked for New Zealand’s moral support in any military interventions in Syria. Mr Key said New Zealand would debate any potential involvement in the war in parliament but the final decision would rest with the executive. Mr Key said the triggering of a postal referendum on asset sales, which had announced earlier that day, would be “an utter waste of money” and would likely only be filled in by critics of the programme. National...

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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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