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Bernie versus Wall Street

By   /  February 23, 2016  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

In Washington the finance lobby is more powerful than big Oil, big Pharma and Hollywood. In the Federal Reserve senior positions are occupied by alumini from Goldman Sachs and other major investment banks. And, Hilary Clinton, like her husband, is not going to upset these people.

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MUST READ – Flagging the TPPA

By   /  February 9, 2016  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  48 Comments

In the middle of the anti-TPPA march down Queen street was a stooped pakeha woman carrying the New Zealand flag. A few paces in front, groups of Maori marched under the Tino rangitiratanga ensign. These domestically opposed symbols of national identity were,for the moment, standing together against a common threat – the transnational corporation.

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The Cost of Living: A review of Thomas Owen’s ‘Patents, Pills and the Press’

By   /  January 20, 2016  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  6 Comments

Hidden within the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement is a longstanding conflict between pharmaceutical corporations and health activists over the availability of generic medicines.

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Media Ownership in New Zealand : 2015

By   /  December 11, 2015  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

For those wondering why our quality of journalism has declined ,and why current affairs television has disappeared amidst a deluge of `reality` shows, tabloid pap and advertising, help is on its way. As co-director of a research centre entitled Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) I announce the publication of our 2015 New Zealand Media Ownership report.

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Don`t take the knighthood Richie

By   /  November 9, 2015  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

Don`t accept the knighthood Richie ,your extraordinary accomplishments and those of the team speak for themselves , they require no further adornment.

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Global Capitalism, national democracy and the TPPA

By   /  October 14, 2015  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  30 Comments

The TPPA matches the desire of transnational corporations to hollow out national economies, polities and legal systems. Signatories to the agreement are in effect answerable to organisations of the transnational state at the expense of national populations.

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Hosking on Corbyn – a point by point rebuttal

By   /  September 15, 2015  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  51 Comments

Sometimes insulting or abusive judgments about others reveal more about the judger than the accused. Individuals may psychologically project their own negative qualities onto other people without realising that they are doing so.

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Capitalism and Cocaine

By   /  August 18, 2015  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

The lack of financial regulation, the spread of individual greed and hedonism, the collapse of social ethics, and economic polarization are the preconditions for a barbaric form of capitalism which is synonymous with organized crime.

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New Zealand in Denial: a review of Jane Kelsey`s ‘The FIRE Economy’

By   /  July 27, 2015  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

When the bubble bursts, perhaps in response to another major global financial event, the socio-economic consequences could be disastrous.

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The Death of Campbell Live

By   /  June 3, 2015  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  17 Comments

In a commercially-saturated mediascape, issues-based current affairs has died; a species poisoned by the financialization of media ownership at a politically convenient time

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Who owns NZ media?

By   /  December 4, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  42 Comments

The transnational colonisation of NZ on-line media is under way.

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One Party State

By   /  September 24, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  61 Comments

In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule.

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Democracy and Cancer: A critical analysis of Dirty Politics

By   /  August 29, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

After reading the book and observing the fall out, I would say this: the United Kingdom is in worse health, but we are catching up fast. Both the New Zealand body politic and media system are in a condition of decline. I will now provide a diagnostic history of the disease, identify recent symptoms, and suggest appropriate remedies.

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Ponsonby Civil Wars

By   /  August 15, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Hostilities have broken out in tree-lined Franklin Road, Ponsonby and may spread throughout the region.

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A critical deconstruction of John Key – what’s behind the facade?

By   /  July 28, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  50 Comments

The portrait is superficial and selective yet inadvertently revealing. Key’s attributes, as Roughan describes them, can also be perceived as shortcomings from a more critical standpoint. There is also another, less palatable side to the Prime Minister which his apologists neglect to mention.

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The ideological journey of John Banks

By   /  June 11, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

John Banks is an easy, kickable target for the left, now that he is down and out. I would prefer to make some reflective observations.

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