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Is Kaiser Bill alive and well in the White House?

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 3:32 pm | Gordon Campbell

T he Passchendaele centenary commemorations were held last week. Amid the military rituals, there was a notable lack of commentary on the imperial platitudes that sent those young soldiers off to kill and be killed. That seems unacceptable, today. Even ... More >>

The Real Reason behind Trump’s Angry Diplomacy in N Korea

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 11:46 am | Ramzy Baroud

To understand the United States’ stratagem in the Pacific, and against North Korea in particular, one has to understand the fundamental changes that are under way in that region. China's clout as an Asian superpower and as a global economic powerhouse ... More >>

The latest mobile phones in perspective

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 9:16 am | Bill Bennett

This year's premium phones are better equipped and more powerful than most PCs. They also tend to be more expensive. More >>

Notes on Nokia's phone comeback

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 9:12 am | Bill Bennett

There's a Nokia 8 phone vibrating on the desk in front of me. Soon I'll write a potted review of my experience with the phone. For now, let's tease you with this: My first impressions are favourable. More >>

Why carriers might want to embrace Commerce Commission study

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 9:08 am | Bill Bennett

Earlier this year Communications Minister Simon Bridges wrote to the Commerce Commission asking it to investigate competition in the mobile market. More >>

Nokia 8 review: Classy midrange pure Android phone

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 9:06 am | Bill Bennett

The Nokia 8 looks and feels nice enough.It covers all the bases, but is expensive compared with other mid-range Android handsets More >>

What Is Behind the Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation?

Monday, 16 October 2017, 3:07 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Egypt's enthusiasm to arbitrate between feuding Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, is not the outcome of a sudden awakening of conscience. Cairo has, in fact, played a destructive role in manipulating Palestinian division to its favor, while keeping ... More >>

Why Are Military Exercises Being Held in Local Communities?

Monday, 16 October 2017, 12:56 pm | Barbara Creswell

Why Are Military Exercises Being Held in Local Communities? Tuesday 10 October 2017 — Opinion piece Barbara Creswell Residents in Tasman-Buller question the New Zealand Defence Force’s judgement in staging more huge ‘war games’ in their townships. ... More >>

Manus Deadline Looms: opinion

Monday, 16 October 2017, 12:52 pm | Jane Salmon

Festival of the Dead, Halloween, is also the literal deadline for the Manus men still at Lombrun RPC. More >>

What About Weinstein’s Public Offenses?

Friday, 13 October 2017, 9:41 am | David Swanson

Harvey Weinstein, I’ve just read, is “the disgraced Pulp Fiction producer.” But isn’t someone who encourages millions of people to think of murder and torture as super cool and fun already pre-disgraced? Doesn’t he arrive in the locked office ... More >>

Big Batteries: Elon Musk and Powering South Australia

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 1:49 pm | Binoy Kampmark

At the end of last month, Tesla boss Elon Musk held a party in South Australia’s mid-north. It seemed premature, but Musk was typically confident. Construction on what will be the world’s most powerful lithium ion battery was going well. More >>

What does Winston Peters want his legacy to be?

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 10:58 am | Gordon Campbell

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it. By next week, he’ll have become ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Signals from the Adult Day Care Center

Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 5:27 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him.” Senator Bob Corker on Donald Trump, New York Times , Oct 8, 2017 More >>

Paul McDonald Cartoon: To See More Seymour

Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 5:15 pm | Paul McDonald

To See More Seymour Cartoon by Paul McDonald *** More >>

Is Peters our best current defence against market extremism?

Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 10:20 am | Werewolf

R eportedly, Winston Peters is treating foreign ownership as a key issue in the coalition talks . More >>

Review: Acronis True Image 2018 — serious backup

Sunday, 8 October 2017, 2:18 pm | Digitl

Acronis True Image promises to store all your data so you can recover it in a hurry. The company's marketing says the process is complete and easy. More >>

Less fone, more tech as Vodafone gets brand make-over

Friday, 6 October 2017, 9:10 am | Digitl

Vodafone has a new version of its speech-mark logo and a new slogan:  ‘The Future is Exciting. Ready?’ More >>

Ehrlich: White House Meeting With Coup-Installed Leader

Thursday, 5 October 2017, 4:50 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- President Donald Trump's White House invitation to meet Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on October 2 allowed Bangkok's coup-installed military government to gain prestige and legitimacy while the junta's political opponents ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Peters’ end game in the coalition talks

Thursday, 5 October 2017, 11:35 am | Gordon Campbell

W e’re now entering the Agatha Christie phase of the coalition negotiations, given that all the main characters have been summoned to the drawing room today by M. Hercule Peters. Although the resolution of the plot will take a few days yet, one can bet ... More >>

People Don’t Kill People, Americans Kill People

Thursday, 5 October 2017, 10:03 am | David Swanson

Yes, of course, every day that Congress goes on refusing to ban guns is more blood on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. It’s immoral, disgraceful, embarrassing, and in large part a function of financial corruption. But it’s also in part a government ... More >>

“The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story”

Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 10:19 am | Ramzy Baroud

A fierce and strenuous challenge to the traditional approach to history in which Palestinians, mostly refugees, are the true protagonists. More >>

Reclaim Armistice Day and Honor the Real Heroes

Monday, 2 October 2017, 9:16 am | David Swanson

How in heck did Armistice Day become Veterans Day? Established by Congress in 1926 to “perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations, (and later) a day dedicated to the cause of world peace,” Armistice Day was widely ... More >>

Most Read Items on Scoop – Week Ending Sept 28

Friday, 29 September 2017, 3:12 pm | The Scoop Team

People’s interest in how to get jobs without tertiary education was the driver behind a release on the subject being the single most read item on Scoop in the last week. More >>

Humanity sadly lacks in Koreas

Friday, 29 September 2017, 9:43 am | Kristin Christman

In 1905, Japan made Korea its protectorate. Under the Japanese, Koreans were deprived of land and food, forced into labor, forbidden to publish newspapers, required to adopt Japanese names and worship Shinto shrines, victimized by medical experiments, ... More >>

Trump's Solar Tariff Confusion Creates An Opportunity

Friday, 29 September 2017, 9:31 am | James Stafford

The solar sector is reeling from confusion, and stock prices are reeling right along with it. The time it has taken investors and traders to wrap their heads around Trump's industry tariffs and the pyrrhic victory of two solar companies in a case against ... More >>

Paul McDonald Cartoon: Watch This Space

Thursday, 28 September 2017, 6:04 pm | Paul McDonald

Paul McDonald Cartoon: Watch This Space *** More >>

Gordon Campbell: Which way will New Zealand First jump?

Thursday, 28 September 2017, 12:16 pm | Gordon Campbell

How relevant will Peters treat his own party policy to his final decision? by Gordon Campbell More >>

Morgan Freeman and the Plot to Scapegoat Russia

Thursday, 28 September 2017, 9:44 am | David Swanson

Daniel Kovalik is author of the recently-released book The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Russia. He teaches International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He has worked on Alien ... More >>

Let’s Put to Rest These Myths about U.S.-North Korea

Thursday, 28 September 2017, 9:32 am | David Swanson

Not even a year has passed since Donald Trump’s election victory. Yet already, his over-the-top, pugnacious rhetoric and actions have exacerbated Washington’s conflict with North Korea to the point where some observers are comparing it to the ... More >>

Scoop Multimedia: Peters on Post-Election Negotiations

Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 4:23 pm | Lyndon Hood

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters, whose party is at the centre of negotiations to form the next government, held a press conference this afternoon. He said he would not be holding another until after special vote results are released on October 7 ... More >>

Paul McDonald Cartoon: National's Call

Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 4:55 pm | Paul McDonald

Paul McDonald Cartoon: National's Call *** [ Blue Peter (flag) ] More >>

Theo Spierings - Fat Cat with the cream

Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 12:24 pm | Starfish Bobby Calf Project

The recent news that Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings was paid $8.32 million in 2017 has caused a stir. This huge salary seems incongruous with recent stories of farmer debt, suicide and struggle in New Zealand. Fonterra is a multinational ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: PPPs are Steven Joyce’s new imaginary friend

Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 12:16 pm | Gordon Campbell

L ike the kid in that Bruce Willis movie who could see dead people, Finance Minister Steven Joyce can see stuff (like holes in Labour budgets) that no-one else can see. So maybe it shouldn’t be all that surprising that Joyce can also see ‘efficiencies’ ... More >>

Adrian Maidment Cartoon: That Jacinda Smile

Monday, 25 September 2017, 3:23 pm | Adrian Maidment

That Jacinda Smile Cartoon by Adrian Maidment *** More >>

Gordon Campbell on the election result and likely road ahead

Monday, 25 September 2017, 12:12 pm | Gordon Campbell

A government led by Bill English and Winston Peters would be a more conservative one – particularly on social issues – than any we experienced during the Key years. If, say, Peters’ oft repeated call for a referendum on the Maori seats becomes ... More >>

Preliminary Vote 50% of booths counted – 9.15pm

Saturday, 23 September 2017, 9:24 pm | The Scoop Team

National Party.......599,186...........46.7% Labour Party.........455,508...........35.5% NZ First..............93,927............7.3% Green Party............76,018...........5.9% ACT....................6,245...........0.5% TOP.................... 26,399.........2.1% ... More >>

Preliminary Vote Count 10.3% counted 7.30pm

Saturday, 23 September 2017, 7:33 pm | The Scoop Team

National Party......198,966...........46.1 Labour Party........157,900...........36.6 New Zealand First....30,607............7.1 Green Party..........25,692............6.0 ACT New Zealand.......1,890............0.4 TOP...................8,223............1.9 ... More >>

Advance voting surges, enrolments slightly down

Saturday, 23 September 2017, 3:15 pm | The Scoop Team

The Electoral Commission says 1,240,740 people cast votes ahead of Election Day, compared to 717,579 in 2014. More >>

Election Day Is Upon Us

Friday, 22 September 2017, 7:03 pm | The Scoop Team

Despite differences over the county’s direction and how to get there, being part of a representative democracy is still a precious right. More >>

Roading policy subjected to Patrick Gower’s style reporting

Friday, 22 September 2017, 4:35 pm | Jan Rivers

National’s Roading policy subjected to Patrick Gower’s style reporting. This is not a real article – fake news you could say – although the facts in it are real enough – but hold your judgment and see what you think. This article is a ... More >>

Most Read Items on Scoop – Week Ending Sept 21

Friday, 22 September 2017, 12:08 pm | The Scoop Team

As would be expected in the last week of an election, political issues received the most attention from Scoop readers in the last week. However there was a lot of traffic driven by those looking for more information on the Marsden Point pipeline breach. More >>

Gordon Campbell: Gareth Morgan, In His Own Words

Thursday, 21 September 2017, 12:52 pm | Gordon Campbell

S ome people are thinking of voting for Gareth Morgan on Saturday, and some already have. In a tight election and during a week when we’re celebrating the suffrage, that - arguably - doesn’t make a lot of sense, at least to anyone on the centre-left. ... More >>

How To Vote To Ensure A More Open Government

Thursday, 21 September 2017, 6:43 am | Joseph Cederwall

Part two of an Opening the Election 2017 series on Open Government in Aotearoa. If you are still wondering what open government is, and why it is important to NZ then the first article is a good start for you . More >>

HiveMind Report: Medical Cannabis In Aotearoa

Thursday, 21 September 2017, 5:16 am | Hivemind

Medical Cannabis is a complex and often polarising issue. However, it was highly encouraging that there were some very strong areas of consensus among the 133 participants in this HiveMind exploration. It appears that a clear majority of respondents to ... More >>

1 News Colmar Brunton poll September 16-19

Wednesday, 20 September 2017, 6:34 pm | The Scoop Team

National 46% (+6) Labour 37% (-7) Green 8% (+1) NZ First 5% (-1) TOP 2% (NC) Maori Party 1% (NC) ACT 0.3% Don’t know 7% Refused 6% More >>

Will Israel Become a UN Security Council Member?

Wednesday, 20 September 2017, 10:37 am | Ramzy Baroud

There is a great irony in the fact that Israel is seeking a seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). More >>

David Swanson: Pull Down That Statue of the US Constitution

Tuesday, 19 September 2017, 4:52 pm | David Swanson

Pull Down That Statue of the U.S. Constitution By David Swanson More >>

Zarefah Baroud: Not My Wonder Woman

Tuesday, 19 September 2017, 4:44 pm | Zarefah Baroud

Most women will agree that female representation in the media is incredibly important for a plethora of reasons, not only in media but as well as politics, and other platforms lacking opportunity for female participants. Providing women of all ages a strong ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: The Genuine Article in Australian Politics

Tuesday, 19 September 2017, 3:59 pm | Binoy Kampmark

He was there with his entourage, a face unmoved bar the occasional muscle flex. “There’s Malcolm Turnbull!” exclaimed drinking companions at the Curtin on Melbourne’s famed Lygon Street, the artery of culinary matters Italian. More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Donald Trump at the UN

Tuesday, 19 September 2017, 3:55 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It seems to have reached a point of near exhaustion. What will the President of the United States do next? The money was on some diplomatic mayhem, a series of insults, and a trashing of various aspects of the organisation some Americans regard as a ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: Ten Reasons For Not Voting National

Monday, 18 September 2017, 4:33 pm | Gordon Campbell

F aith-based voting is the norm, in that we tend to select the election messages that best fit with our deeply held beliefs. Routinely, faith trumps the evidence. There is, for instance, a doctrine that says National is better at managing the economy, ... More >>

Let The People Grow (They Do Anyway)

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 10:07 pm | Shane Le Brun

Part Two in a series of opinion pieces by Shane Le Brun, Coordinator, Medical Cannabis Awareness New Zealand (MCANZ) More >>

1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll September 9 to September 13

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 6:21 pm | The Scoop Team

Labour 44% (last week - 43%) National 40% (last week - 39%) Green 7% (last week - 5%) NZ First 6% (last week - 9%) TOP 2% Steady Maori Party 1% (last week - 2%) ACT 0.6% More >>

Paul McDonald Cartoons: Arderned Labour, Morgan's Cat's Paw

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 5:36 pm | Paul McDonald

Arderned Labour, Morgan's Cat's Paw *** More >>

Gordon Campbell on National’s Mickey Mouse policies on trade

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 12:37 pm | Gordon Campbell

S upposedly, trade is war by other means, and the rationale for it seems just as empty-headed. Once again, the free trade = good mantra was taken as a patriotic given in this morning’s RNZ interview with Trade Minister Todd McClay . Apparently, the ... More >>

What It Would Take To End Racism & War?

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 11:26 am | David Swanson

May I see a show of hands of those who believe we should eliminate all racism? More >>

HiveMind Report – A Universal Basic Income for Aotearoa NZ

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 1:41 am | Hivemind

UBI is a complicated issue. There were a wide range of opinions and views represented in this HiveMind discussion and it appears there is still uncertainty regarding certain aspects of UBI policy. However, it was encouraging that there were some clear points ... More >>

Access to Safe, Affordable and Legal Medicinal Cannabis

Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 8:57 pm | Julie Anne Genter

Sick and dying people should have access to safe, affordable and legal cannabis for medicinal use. At the moment, patients who suffer from terminal illnesses and chronic pain who turn to cannabis for pain relief live in fear of being prosecuted. ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the politics of fear and neglect

Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 12:00 pm | Gordon Campbell

In years to come this will be seen as a watershed election for New Zealand. Is the country able to embrace change and elect a government willing to tackle the serious problems we face in health, housing, education and income inequality - or will it ... More >>

Newshub/Reid Research Poll September 6 to 11

Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 6:20 pm | The Scoop Team

National 47.3% - up 4 points Labour 37.8% - down 1.6 points NZ First 6% – down 0.6 points Greens 4.9% - down 1.2 points TOP 1.6% - down 0.3 points Maori Party 1.1% - up 0.1 points ACT 0.6% - no change More >>