TISA – Another secret trade deal you may never have heard of

  This post first appeared on The Daily Blog You’ve probably heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) by now and the widespread concerns around it but what about the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) also being currently negotiated by our Government? TISA is another so-called trade deal, negotiated in secret, aiming at a liberalisation […]

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NZ still taking hands off position on Mubarak

I asked Foreign Minister Murray McCully during Parliament’s question time : “Why is he not calling for the immediate resignation of Hosni Mubarak as Egypt’s President?” Murray McCully essentially said don’t worry, Mr Mubarak will stand down in September and “a transition in Egyptian leadership is underway”. I pointed out that Nobel Peace Prize winner […]

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What unpopular US intelligence targets did Clark authorise?

David Keegan, the deputy US Ambassador in 2007, wrote in a cable that Helen Clark “has been willing to address [intelligence] targets of marginal benefit to New Zealand that could do her political harm if made public.” This is diclosed in a Michael Field article in this morning’s DomPost further analysing Wikileaks documents relating to […]

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