Tag: Werewolf

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 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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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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Werewolf Edition #36 – Trans Pacific Partnership Special

Article – Werewolf Werewolf Edition #36 – Trans Pacific Partnership Special From Werewolf Editor Gordon Campbell http://werewolf.co.nz/ Enter the “Wolf” Hi and welcome to the 36th edition of Werewolf, this month dominated by the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiation round in Auckland, early December. The TPP is a secretive trade deal via which US business lobbies aim to unify the Asia Pacific region in service to their commercial interests – but to date, all the TPP has managed to unify (and magnify) is opposition to its aims and processes from an unlikely mix of left wing fair traders and multilateral free traders, nationalists and pan-nationalists, environmentalists, academics, trade unionists, business analysts, many members of the US Congress and farmers from as far afield as Japan, Canada and the United States. As we explain > this month’s cover story everyone from Pharmac to The Warehouse to our bio-security safety net are in the TPP firing line, and New Zealand would lose immediately far, far more than it stands to gain, eventually from a TPP deal. In her story, Alison McCulloch reports on the TPP’s special implications for agriculture, and water quality. In another TPP story, we demonstrate how benign sounding TPP terms like “ transparency” would impact on Pharmac, and on this country’s medicines bill. In our exclusive interview with Jagdish Bhagwati, the world’s foremost trade economist explains his concerns about...

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