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Friendly American Fascism: Doesn’t Feel so Friendly Anymore

Friday, 24 February 2017, 12:18 pm | Gary Kohls

The United States is only one of many nations around the world that is experiencing a dramatic rise in fascist political movements. NeoFascist political parties have been achieving sizable minorities in several European countries over the past generation, ... More >>

Now, No One Can Save Israel from Itself

Friday, 24 February 2017, 12:09 pm | Ramzy Baroud

The President of the United States can hardly be taken seriously, saying much but doing little. His words, often offensive, carry no substance, and it is impossible to summarize his complex political outlook about important issues. More >>

People’s Commission on Public Broadcasting & Media - Remarks

Friday, 24 February 2017, 1:28 am | The Scoop Foundation

Thank you to the Coalition for Better Broadcasting and Action Station for working on this important topic and for the invitation to take part in the People’s Commission on Public Broadcasting & Media. More >>

From Rights to Repentance: Norma McCorvey and Roe v Wade

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 5:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The late Norma McCorvey changed US legal and political history as the plaintiff “Jane Roe” in the 1973 US Supreme Court decision Roe v Wade . More >>

Life and Death Struggle for the Children of Syria

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 2:56 pm | Franklin Lamb

Meals for Syrian Children Refugees acknowledges that no one can help every Syrian child during the continuing carnage in their beloved country. But we aver that everyone can have the honor of fulfilling the solemn duty of each of us--to help someone. More >>

Rural bachelors and Marcella Bakker - By Lynley Tulloch

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 2:22 pm | Lynley Tulloch

Rural New Zealand has had a lot of publicity recently. Polluted waterways, unmanageable debt, farmer suicide and animal cruelty - it seems all bad news. Now another issue has been added to the mix: the maintenance of New Zealand’s rural population due ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Putting the I into KL

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 1:04 pm | Martin Doyle

The execution of Kim Jong Nam in the concourse of Kuala Lumpur Airport is effectively a significant act of terrorism. It will make airport users all over the world a little nervous about who's standing behind them. More >>

Jitterati 22.2.17: Lav-a-try, Lav-a-tory

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 12:52 pm | Grant Buist

Young bigot chooses to make classmate's life miserable aided by conservative hate group More >>

Pence at Dachau: Not Merely Hypocritical

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 12:45 pm | Tikkun

I don’t usually begin a commentary this way, but – as a queer person and as a Jew who lost multiple family members to murder during the German Holocaust, I feel so furious that I am having difficulty finding the words. More >>

NZ Gov Joined CIA in Interfering with French Election

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 12:29 pm | Simon Monrad Gough

If you were wondering what the price of the National government’s détente with Washington after decades of cold NZ-US relations is, Wikileaks has you covered. More >>

Gordon Campbell on using ‘kaupapa Maori’ as a cloak

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 11:18 am | Gordon Campbell

T he faux outrage yesterday from the Maori Party over the ‘kaupapa Maori’ critical comment made by Labour leader Andrew Little has been quite a sight to behold. Surely in an election year, it is very much open to question whether the Maori Party’s ... More >>

A Tale of Two Realities: Donald Trump and Israel

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 4:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was supremely wicked, and rapidly meandered into horse muddied waters. US President Donald J. Trump had openly expressed what many a US politician has felt but avoided for the sake of false decency: the two-state solution regarding Israel and Palestine ... More >>

Can the Climate Survive Adherence to War and Partisanship?

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 12:00 pm | David Swanson

For the past decade, the standard procedure for big coalition rallies and marches in Washington D.C. has been to gather together organizations representing labor, the environment, women's rights, anti-racism, anti-bigotry of all sorts, and a wide ... More >>

Turnaround in Saudi-Iranian Relations?

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 11:55 am | INSS Insight

There are growing indications that efforts to reduce the tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia are underway. The most recent one was the arrival of the Kuwaiti foreign minister in Tehran on January 25, 2017 for a meeting with the Iranian president. ... More >>

Peter Beinart’s Take Down of Jared Kushner

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 11:42 am | Tikkun

It is heartening to see the wide reading being received by Peter Beinart’s January 31 j’accuse in The Forward against Jared Kushner and the Orthodox Jewish religious and educational establishment that produced him. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Mana-Maori Party deal

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 10:53 am | Gordon Campbell

If the self-interest involved wasn’t so blatant, the electorate deal between the Maori Party and Hone Harawira would be kind of poignant. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Fake it till you make it

Monday, 20 February 2017, 4:58 pm | Martin Doyle

The Trump rally in Florida was a corny, gross orgy of self-indulgence. One has to worry for the mental health of his gasping supporters. Not to mention the rest of us. We seem to have entered a weird new Age of Farce with no obvious exit doors. More >>

PM Press Conference 20/02/17: Election Speculation, or Not

Monday, 20 February 2017, 4:21 pm | Liana Pantaleo

Prime Minister Bill English began today’s press conference by thanking the emergency services workers for their efforts to tame the fire in Christchurch this past week, and expressed the need to continue to improve emergency responses. The Prime Minister ... More >>

Adolf, The Donald and History - By Binoy Kampmark

Friday, 17 February 2017, 4:55 pm | Binoy Kampmark

History may not be as useless as art, but it certainly performs a function that is almost without utility. George Santayana may well have crowed about the warnings of repeating historical mistakes if not learnt – the errant pupil ill-read would ... More >>

Cancer as Demonology and Defeat - Binoy Kampmark

Friday, 17 February 2017, 4:35 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Cancer is a mighty force of nature, an architecture that springs around the body with seemingly committed enthusiasm. Like a distraught and eager lover, it moves in on your mind, cloaking and stifling the body. It occupies your being with battalions, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on what Trump may mean for us

Friday, 17 February 2017, 10:31 am | Gordon Campbell

T he chaotic presidency of Donald Trump has been a weird form of spectator sport for the past three weeks. Horrible, but you can’t stop watching it. So far though, not much effort has been put into tracing the possible implications for New Zealand ... More >>

The enduring charm of VDSL

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 6:16 pm | Digitl

TrueNet reports users with VDSL connections on Chorus' copper network now get better speeds than the lowest priced fibre connections. More >>

Apple Watch a winner but not for me

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 6:08 pm | Digitl

Apple is now the world's second largest watch revenue earner. That's a solid performance for a product line introduced less than two years ago. By any commercial standard it is a success. More >>

Oppo R9s- Galaxy-like phone at half the price

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 6:06 pm | Digitl

Oppo delivers nine-tenths the function of a Samsung Galaxy S7 for half the dollars. Oppo R9s XZ at a glance For: Value 16 megapixel cameras front and rear Battery life Against: Rough edges Clumsy software overlay No NFC chip Maybe: Performance Verdict: ... More >>

Here's the thing about Apple Pay and banks

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 5:59 pm | Digitl

Apple insists banks don't pass on Apple Pay charges to customers. Banks accept this in most countries. But not in Australia and, by extension, New Zealand. 1 More >>

Northpower in 10Gbps world first test run

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 5:56 pm | Digitl

A press release from Northpower partner Calix says this is the world's first live test of its NG-Pon2 technology. More >>

Dysfunction in the US White House

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 4:32 pm | Redress Information

There is something both horrifying and fascinating about the behaviour of President Donald Trump, as we watch him fail to cope with – or perhaps even recognise – the differences between the no-holds-barred world he created for his campaign and ... More >>

Israel’s Vision for the Future is Terrifying

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 4:03 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Empirical historical evidence combined with little common-sense are enough to tell us the type of future options that Israel has in store for the Palestinian people: perpetual Apartheid or ethnic cleansing, or a mix of both. More >>

Which Washington Crimes Matter Most?

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 3:57 pm | David Swanson

Michael Flynn participated in mass murder and destruction in Afghanistan and Iraq, advocated for torture, and manufactured false cases for war against Iran. He and anyone who appointed him to office and kept him there should be removed from and ... More >>

The Resignation of Michael Flynn - Binoy Kampmark

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 3:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It takes little these days for the darkened air of the Kremlin to have an impact on the politics of other countries. Across continents, it has become a tenured dark eminence with President Vladimir Putin on his irrepressible steed: Where will it ... More >>

Review: Dick Frizzell at the Solander Gallery

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 12:34 pm | Howard Davis

One of the most influential and celebrated contemporary Pop artists working in New Zealand, Dick Frizzell is mostly known for his appropriation of kitsch Kiwiana icons, which he often incorporates into cartoon-like paintings and lithographs. Not content ... More >>

Duty to Warn: A Response to a Radio Interview

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 3:45 pm | Gary G. Kohls

This morning I listened, with a lot of frustration, to the usually very informative and usually quite balanced morning radio interview program “On Point Radio with Tom Ashbrook”. More >>

Duty to Warn: 14 Lies That Our Psychiatry Professors Taught

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 3:40 pm | Gary G. Kohls

Lie # 1: “The FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) tests all new psychiatric drugs” Lie # 2: “FDA approval means that a psychotropic drug is effective long-term” Lie # 3: “FDA approval means that a psychotropic drug is safe long-term” More >>

Women’s gyms lay bare limits of Saudi reforms

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 3:15 pm | Redress Information

A Saudi decision to license within weeks the kingdom’s first women-only gyms constitutes progress in a country in which women’s rights are severely curtailed. It also lays bare the limitations of Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s plan for social ... More >>

Jitterati 15/2/17: “Sumer Is Icumen In"

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 12:59 pm | Grant Buist

Jitterati 15/2/17: “Sumer Is Icumen In" Click for big version. Slightly ruder version on Facebook, because we’re all grownups there. *** Jitterati is now published online. For more, search Scoop . More >>

A Threefold Challenge for Trump against Iran

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 12:53 pm | INSS Insight

The Trump administration has commenced with a tempest of policy implementation of promises made during the election campaign in areas of policy such as immigration, trade, health care, the Supreme Court, and many others. They mostly related to domestic ... More >>

Love Beyond Flags: Nothing More Beautiful - David Swanson

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 12:50 pm | David Swanson

When Iran's democracy was overthrown by the CIA in 1953, many Iranians had what they still have: affection for the people of the United States, as distinct from the U.S. government. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s candidacy troubles

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 11:03 am | Gordon Campbell

S o its official. Greg O’Connor will indeed be Labour’s candidate in Ohariu and – as also signaled well in advance – the Greens will not be standing a candidate in the electorate. At this point, you have to question the validity of the Greens’ ... More >>

Trump Is Our Imperial Vulture Come Home to Roost

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 3:03 pm | Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman

As the nightmare reality of Donald Trump sinks in, we need to put our resistance in a larger perspective. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the limits of conspiracy thinking

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 11:28 am | Gordon Campbell

O n the left, there’s long been a tendency to attribute phenomenal powers of competence and technological expertise to its opponents on the political right. (In this mindset, 9/11 was an inside job, carried out to foster the creation of the surveillance state.) ... More >>

Review: Purple (and Violet) Prose

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 10:46 am | Vaughan Rapatahana

This is the second recent conjoint publication by Reeve and Stapp; all to do with esoteric, arcane and obscure vocabulary – sesquipedalian , anyone – and so much more besides. Before I write further, I must stress that the book is an equal partnership ... More >>

Portholes to the Past: Reflections on the early 20th Century

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 10:37 am | Simon Nathan

Writing a memoir that appeals to a broad readership is a difficult undertaking. As an experienced communicator, Lloyd Geering keeps the reader’s interest alive through ten chapters (or portholes) giving views of different aspects of his life in 20th-century ... More >>

Bungling in Yemen: Trump and the Cult of the Action Hero

Monday, 13 February 2017, 3:14 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Bungling in Yemen: Trump and the Cult of the Action Hero By Binoy Kampmark “Rather than advancing a political solution that almost everyone agrees is the only way to solve the conflict, it seems the Trump administration’s actions are just adding ... More >>

Why won’t march to unite all movements include peace?

Monday, 13 February 2017, 3:07 pm | David Swanson

Your website at proposes a march on Washington on April 29, 2017, to “unite all our movements” for “communities,” “climate,” “safety,” “health,” “the rights of people of color, workers, indigenous people, immigrants, ... More >>

Chasing a Northern Confederate Out of the South

Monday, 13 February 2017, 3:04 pm | David Swanson

The Washington Post proclaims : "Protesters mob provocative Va. governor candidate as he defends Confederate statue." Six seconds of video of the incident involved is likely to show up eventually here or here . More >>

Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem

Monday, 13 February 2017, 3:00 pm | INSS Insight

During the American election campaign, one of the promises that President Trump made was to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Unlike other issues, such as immigration and trade, about which Trump made some quick decisions during his ... More >>

Legal Stutters: Trump Falters in the Ninth Circuit

Monday, 13 February 2017, 12:44 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It seems in little need of recapitulation, but the Executive Order 13769, otherwise known as “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” has been living a charmed and distorted life. More >>

Triumphing over Reality: China, Australia and Free Trade

Monday, 13 February 2017, 12:39 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The suspended reality across the Pacific took hold as the Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, conversed with her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in a state of mild delusion. Assuming the air of a clairvoyant, Bishop insisted that she knew that the ... More >>

We must bequeath good air to our next generation

Monday, 13 February 2017, 12:11 pm | Citizen News Service

So said award-winning Dr Chitra Chandrashekar, Director of Dr Iravatham’s Clinical Laboratory, Hyderabad. I met her in Mumbai during NAPCON 2016 and was struck by her modesty and her passion for working in the field of TB. More >>

Elliott Abrams for Deputy Secretary of State, a Rude Shock

Monday, 13 February 2017, 11:59 am | Council on Hemispheric Affairs

With the Trump Administration sponsoring what has been described as one of the most controversial cabinets in contemporary U.S. history, it is critical for those who are interested in such political concerns to not only look at those at the highest ... More >>

Get It on, Bang a Gong, Pt II

Monday, 13 February 2017, 9:13 am | Howard Davis

Particle physics have identified the cosmos as we perceive it in terms of time and space, rhythmic patterns of light and sound or oscillating waves that vibrate at certain frequencies which Eastern mystics called the dance of Shiva. More >>

Accelerating Sustainable Development Toward 2030

Friday, 10 February 2017, 2:42 pm | Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir

Taken together, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – contained in U.N. Resolution 70/1 involving the 194 member states and civil society in its deliberation – seek an encouraging level of development of humanity’s social and environmental ... More >>

Populism in Australia: Channelling Trump Down Under

Friday, 10 February 2017, 2:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Australia’s prime minister has been politically tone deaf for the duration of his tenure, which was won by the political assassination of his predecessor, Tony Abbott. Since being in power, he has squandered a workable majority, been held in a headlock ... More >>

Mapping the War Machine - David Swanson

Friday, 10 February 2017, 2:11 pm | David Swanson

When it comes to understanding wars, for some people, a picture of the dead or of the injured or of the traumatized or of those made refugees can be worth ten million words. And, for at least some of us, a picture of where war is in the world can be ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the looming conflict over the Iran deal

Friday, 10 February 2017, 11:55 am | Gordon Campbell

J ust in case war breaks out over the weekend… for the past 10 days or so, the court rulings on President Trump’s travel ban have dominated the news out of the United States. At the same time, a more serious threat has been gathering in intensity. More >>

Get It on, Bang a Gong, Pt I

Friday, 10 February 2017, 11:34 am | Howard Davis

Several readers have recently inquired about the significance of the image that accompanies my by-line. While the man-bun is long gone, I still incorporate the sound of the gong in my Kundalini Yoga classes. More >>

Pakeha, own your own history - Lynley Tulloch and Paul Judge

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 3:47 pm | Lynley Tulloch and Paul Judge

Waitangi Day has generated a range of views in media which indicate our race relations are not quite as fabulous as we like to tell ourselves. More >>

Are We Hating Donald Trump for the Wrong Reasons?

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 3:32 pm | Ramzy Baroud

I fear that many of us are hating Donald Trump for the wrong reasons. Multitudes are being swayed by mainstream media-inspired demonization of the new US president, based on selective assumptions and half-truths. More >>

Trump's Secret Weapon: Well-Intentioned Progressives

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 4:34 pm | New Democracy World

President Trump has a secret weapon: well-intentioned progressives. Here's how that weapon works. Progressives march in the streets with signs that, unbeknownst to them, Trump LOVES. Signs such as these: More >>

Trump's Lie About "Alien Voters" Cuts Far Deeper

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 3:43 pm | Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman

Donald Trump's relentless insistence that three million "aliens" voted for Hillary Clinton and cost him a popular majority in November's presidential election cuts far beyond what the corporate media is willing to report. When it comes to undermining ... More >>


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