Tag: David Cooke

Punch-drunk: Commentators’ take on the GCSB debate

Article – David Cooke Mainstream media commentators were keen to paint the Campbell Key confrontation as the heavy-weight punch-up of the season, with Key the winner. In doing so, they managed to seriously distort the picture and miss the point.Punch-drunk: Commentators’ take on the GCSB debate Mainstream media commentators were keen to paint the Campbell – Key confrontation as the heavy-weight punch-up of the season, with Key the winner. In doing so, they managed to seriously distort the picture and miss the point. Key was very carefully prepared to bull his way through the interview. He was not out to have a conversation. He was there to steamroll and stonewall. Consider how he operated. He gave his prepared message no matter what was happening at the time, insisting on tracking back to a previous sentence if need be to make his point. He refused to answer key questions (XKeyscore, Prism). He misleadingly said he would come back to certain issues (Dotcom; the Law Society; how the Bill affects NZers), but didn’t. He claimed “Campbell’s experts” got it wrong, without detailing how. He invented false leads like the malware/virus distraction. And all with great conviction, in a bravura performance. But that’s where it remained – a performance. Media commentators got it wrong by constructing the event as a prize-fight and then confusing that frame with the ability to make a...

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The TPPA: Corporate Control on Steroids

Article – David Cooke We should avoid the TPPA like the plague, for at least four main reasons. First, we should be instantly suspicious of any negotiations conducted in oppressive secrecy. The lead nation, America, has everything to gain and much to hide, so much so that … The TPPA: Corporate Control on Steroids by David Cooke November 30, 2012 We should avoid the TPPA like the plague, for at least four main reasons. First, we should be instantly suspicious of any negotiations conducted in oppressive secrecy. The lead nation, America, has everything to gain and much to hide, so much so that Canada and Mexico were prevented from seeing the existing text in advance, when they moved to join up. Who does get access to the full text? Six hundred corporate reps acting as official US trade advisors. And that’s the second reason. The TPPA is a mechanism for huge multinational corporations to gain massive control over nations’ decision-making. Under the Agreement, corporations will have procedures for over-riding the law-making of nation-states. A case in point is unelected three-person tribunals that can decide on international disputes. As Lori Wallach put it in a recent column in The Nation (July 16/23), “the TPPA is mainly about new corporate rights, not trade.” Therefore, safeguards for investors to move jobs off-shore, rights for corporations to sue governments, and removal of regulations...

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