News from 03/2014

30 March 2014

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is a free trade agreement currently being negotiated by nine countries:

The United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam.

The Prime Minister says the government wants a TPPA that would eliminate all tariffs. "TPP participants already take 38 per cent of our exports," he said. "A comprehensive, 21st century agreement would provide many opportunities for New Zealand businesses. "Forecasts suggest the gains for New Zealand could be as high as 1.4 per cent of GDP, roughly $US2.9 billion ($NZ3.5b)."  

However, problems with the TPPA Negotiation Process: …Read

29 March 2014

Countdown to Indian elections 2014

Beginning on 7 April 2014 the Indian elections will see 800 million people taking part in the largest election in human history. 930,000 polling stations across the country will be fitted with electronic voting machines.

This short video is introduced by Professor Sunil Khilnani, Director of King’s College India Institute




27 March 2014

Election News - Labour Leader Comfortable in Million Dollar Home

A battle of the million-dollar houses has broken out between the Prime Minister and Labour leader David Cunliffe.

But there's a snag with Mr Cunliffe's attempts to attack John Key for living in a mansion; his own home is worth millions too, and the Prime Minister says he's trying to hide it.




23 March 2014

The Indian elections to begin on 7 April 2014

The Indian elections, the world’s biggest democratic exercise, will take place over nearly six weeks beginning on 7 April, and counting votes on 16 May.  More than 800 million voters are eligible to cast ballots at 930,000 polling booths to elect a new 543-seat lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha (House of the People) and decide who will lead the vast emerging economic power over a five-year term. The two main parties are:

Bharatiya Janata Party BJP (right-wing, nationalist) Chairperson: Narendra Modi Narendra Modi, the main opposition candidate, has emphasised his Hindu nationalist credentials by announcing he…Read

16 March 2014

Karl Marx (1818-1883) advocated by Francis Wheen

Marx developed the theories upon which modern communism is based and is considered the founding father of economic history and sociology.

'The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.' Karl Marx

Listen to Francis Wheen briefly discuss Karl Marx:

Francis Wheen

Francis Wheen (born 1957) is a writer and journalist who was educated at Royal Holloway College, University of…Read

15 March 2014

Winston Peters has accused Prime Minister John Key of ignoring Parliament’s established rules

Justice Minister Judith Collins admitted she hadn't told the full story about her visits to milk exporter Oravida in China, a company which her husband is a director of. Collins is under fire after being forced to admit that she attended the dinner in Beijing at which her friend Stone Shi, Oravida's founder, and Julia Xu, the milk company's managing director, were also in attendance. The Minister was on a taxpayer-funded visit to China at the time.




12 March 2014

Prime Minister John Key says the 2014 General Election will be held on Saturday 20 September

New Zealanders will go to the polls on September 20 for a general election, prime minister John Key said on Monday. Under the New Zealand system, the prime minister gets to choose the date for the election, which is held every three years.

Opinion polls indicate Key's conservative National Party remains the most popular single party and is well placed to win a third consecutive term.