Tag: Satire

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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Martin Doyle Cartoon: TPPA The Public Private Anxiety

Opinion – Martin Doyle The TPPA might turn out to be good for us, or it might turn out to be bad for us. But it’s clear from surveys that most people don’t have a bleeding clue what it’s all about. Martin Doyle Cartoon: TPPA The Public Private Anxiety The TPPA might turn out to be good for us, or it might turn out to be bad for us. But it’s clear from surveys that most people don’t have a bleeding clue what it’s all about. Ref: Critics say TPP not a done deal. Click for big version. *** Facebook: Martin Doyle cartoons Twitter @Mart_cartoons Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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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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Martin Doyle cartoon: TPP agreement

Opinion – Martin Doyle The previous image of some of kind of plot being quietly and efficiently hatched over the TPP has fallen away dramatically. Martin Doyle cartoon: TPP agreement Click for big version. The previous image of some of kind of plot being quietly and efficiently hatched over the TPP has fallen away dramatically. Ref: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1312/S00129/tppa-new-huffington-post-leaks-expose-major-divisions.htm *** Facebook: Martin Doyle cartoons Twitter @Mart_cartoons Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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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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