Press Statement 17.08.06
During our captivity in Iraq,
virtually all of Palestine called for our release. Today, I
implore those holding Olaf Wiig and Steve Centanni to free
them immediately and unharmed.
It is essential that we,
the public, understand the greater context within which the
kidnapping has taken place. Thousands of Palestinians,
including hundreds of women and children, have been
kidnapped by Israeli forces as part of a campaign to murder
a nation under the aegis of the United States.
I also call
upon the media to fulfil its obligations and report the
reality of the Israel-Palestine conflict, and desist from
counter-productive speculation and commoditising private
I wish the negotiating team, which includes New
Zealand diplomats, success.
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Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017
For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future?
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