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Education Bill Debate Interrupted

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 10:03 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

The House rose at 10pm interrupting the second reading debate on the Education Amendment Bill (No. 2) . More >>

SIS The Centre Of Attention With Bill And Debate

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 8:41 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

A bill giving new powers to security services has been sent to select committee just hours after an Urgent Debate on the SIS’s past activities. More >>

Nepal: PM Modi Misses Attending Wedding of Divine Couple

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 4:06 pm | Siddhi B. Ranjitkar

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi missed attending the annul wedding ceremony of the divine couple: Ram and Sita in Janakpur, Nepal before going to attend the Eighteenth SAARC Summit in Kathmandu on November 26 and 27, 2014. More >>

Can We Ever Recover from the Murder of John Kennedy?

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 3:56 pm | Harvey Wasserman

The images we ingest never cease to shape us. Just 51 years ago, the head of a profoundly gifted young man was blown apart. A few months earlier he’d given a speech that promised a new dawn. More >>

Accelerating Over the Cliff in our Latest Roadster

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 2:45 pm | Paul Martin

The Intergovernmental Report on Climate Change earlier this year noted if action is not taken “soon’ the resultant 2C increase in global temperatures will have ‘severe’, and ‘irreversible” impacts on human habitation and economic activity. More >>

Americans Stole Human Body Parts to Smuggle to Las Vegas

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 2:40 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

Authorities want to arrest two Americans for allegedly stealing a dead baby's head and foot, an adult's heart, and some tattooed flesh from Bangkok's Medical Museum and attempting to smuggle the body parts to Las Vegas. More >>

"Hunger Games" Protest Against Bangkok's Coup

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 2:29 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

Six months after the military seized power in a coup, about 20 media-savvy protesters allowed themselves to be detained for illegally waving three-finger salutes, inspired by "The Hunger Games" film series which portrays repressed civilians challenging ... More >>

House Resumes

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 2:12 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

When Parliament resumed at 2pm Speaker David Carter told MPs he had presented to the Governor-General the Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne at the opening of Parliament. More >>

Phil Goff on SIS report—“The Prime Minister should resign"

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 12:27 pm | Anne Russell

Former Labour leader Phil Goff and current leader Andrew Little met with reporters today to discuss the apology given to him by the current head of the SIS, for the SIS’s release of confidential intelligence to the Prime Minister’s office, on ... More >>

Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill Set To Be Debated

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 10:39 am | ParliamentToday.co.nz

When Parliament resumes its final three week session for the year it is expected the Government will introduce new security legislation. More >>

The nightmare we called the “Arab Spring”

Monday, 24 November 2014, 3:04 pm | Nureddin Sabir

The so-called “Arab Spring” has turned into a deep winter and a recurring nightmare from which there appears to be no escape. With the exception of Tunisia – the cradle of the “Arab Spring” – which has settled into a precarious stability after ... More >>

Prosecute Israel – or let the people decide

Monday, 24 November 2014, 2:41 pm | Jamal Kanj

Following the historical recognition of Palestine as a state by the Swedish government, British legislators voted overwhelmingly on a non-binding resolution urging their government also to recognise the state of Palestine. More >>

Jerusalem: The Unholy City

Monday, 24 November 2014, 2:26 pm | Uri Avnery

In its long and checkered history, Jerusalem has been occupied by dozens of conquerors. Babylonians and Persians, Greeks and Romans, Mamluks and Turks, Britons and Jordanians – to mention just a few. More >>

Free Prescription Drugs—in Drinking Water!

Monday, 24 November 2014, 2:14 pm | Martha Rosenberg

You don't have to see a doctor to imbibe a witch's brew of prescriptions pain pills, antibiotics and psychiatric, cholesterol, asthma, epilepsy and heart drugs in your drinking water. They are found in many public drinking water systems says the Associated ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Passport to Hell

Monday, 24 November 2014, 1:34 pm | Martin Doyle

With dozens of countries currently experiencing horrific terrorism and suicide bombing, New Zealand is almost 'quaintly Old World' in its deliberations over passports and security. More >>

Andrew Little announces Labour's caucus line-up

Monday, 24 November 2014, 12:35 pm | The Scoop Team

This morning, despite a fire alarm delaying the press conference, Labour Leader Andrew Little announced Labour’s caucus line-up for the next year. Annette King is taking position as Deputy Leader for 2015, while retaining her health portfolio More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Emperor Obama

Monday, 24 November 2014, 12:04 pm | Martin Doyle

Granting immigration rights to five million overstayers off his own bat does seem a tad 'imperial' on President Obama's part. One wonders who they will vote for in 2016. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Rick Ellis as Te Papa’s new CEO

Monday, 24 November 2014, 10:49 am | Gordon Campbell

The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism . More >>

New Zealand technology journalism: the twilight years

Monday, 24 November 2014, 7:51 am | Digitl

New Zealand has a vibrant and flourishing technology sector. Nobody would use those words to describe New Zealand technology journalism. More >>

Kia Ora Netflix

Monday, 24 November 2014, 7:47 am | Digitl

Netflix will launch in New Zealand in March. The online video service say it will soon begin operation in New Zealand and Australia. More >>

Ayotzinapa Caravan meets with EZLN in Oventic

Friday, 21 November 2014, 4:17 pm | Gabriela Coutino

In their visit to Zapatista Territory, parents of the 43 students disappeared from Ayotzinapa Guerrero, agreed with the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN), to articulate a national grassroots movement that would question forced disappearances ... More >>

Nepal: Tribute to Ganeshman Singh at Centenary Celebration

Friday, 21 November 2014, 4:10 pm | Siddhi B. Ranjitkar

On November 10, 2014, Minister for Local Development Prakashman Singh opened the yearlong celebration of the birth centenary of Ganeshman Singh: one of the founding fathers of democracy in Nepal. More >>

'Electoral Integrity Project' Report Ranks U.S. 26th

Friday, 21 November 2014, 4:06 pm | Brad Friedman

A report by researchers at Harvard and the University of Sydney finds the U.S. ranks just 26th on a global index of election integrity. That finding places the U.S. in the category of nations with "Moderate" election integrity, ranking the country one ... More >>

Evil begets evil: The Jerusalem synagogue tragedy

Friday, 21 November 2014, 3:57 pm | Leslie Bravery

The latest tragic killings and injuries, this time in the Jerusalem synagogue, remind us once again of our responsibility to “stay human” as Mazin Qumsiyeh puts it. In Jerusalem on 4 September 1997, a 13-year-old girl, Smadar Elhanan, was killed ... More >>

Uncomplicated, in Afghanistan

Friday, 21 November 2014, 3:51 pm | Kathy Kelly

On November 7, 2014, while visiting Kabul, The Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, noted that NATO will soon launch a new chapter, a new non-combat mission in Afghanistan. But it’s difficult to spot new methods as NATO commits itself to sustaining combat ... More >>

The Anti-Empire Report #134

Friday, 21 November 2014, 3:43 pm | William Blum

“Russia reinforced what Western and Ukrainian officials described as a stealth invasion on Wednesday [August 27], sending armored troops across the border as it expanded the conflict to a new section of Ukrainian territory. More >>

US Prepares to Sell Saudi Arabia Warships to Take Down Iran

Friday, 21 November 2014, 3:17 pm | War Is A Crime

The American revolution was supposed to have happened because of the revulsion our 'founding fathers' had with the institution of 'divine right of kings' or monarchy. Supposedly the new American nation went to war with England because a revolutionary ... More >>

Talk of a Third Intifada: Where to from Here, Palestine?

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 5:53 pm | Ramzy Baroud

When a journalist tries to do a historian’s job, the outcome can be quite interesting. Using history as a side note in a brief news report or political analysis oftentimes does more harm than good. More >>

Key and NZ Police at G20: What a contribution

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 5:50 pm | Valerie Morse

While 200 New Zealand police officers are helping to repress protests outside of the G20 in Brisbane this week, John Key has been inside pushing the interests of giant multinational corporations to fast track the World Trade Organization (WTO) ... More >>

A Radical Rethink: Aligning People’s and Donors’ Priorities

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 5:26 pm | Yossef Ben-Meir

With the enormous diversity of social contexts where development interventions take place, one might imagine it would be extremely difficult to identify a single rule of thumb that enables the best possibility for project success, or sustainability. More >>

RIP Tomas Young - His Letter to Unindicted War Criminals

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 5:04 pm | Gary G. Kohls

Tomas Young, an Iraq War veteran and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War died last week, on November 10, 2014, the day before Veterans Day. He was 34 years old. He died of complications of his incurable war wounds (and of complications related ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: And we have (had) a winner

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 3:05 pm | Martin Doyle

While Andrew Little's victory in the leadership contest is above board, it's nevertheless a bizarre result considering that BOTH the Caucus and the party Membership clearly wanted Grant Robertson. Ref: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/259662/results-table-labour-leadership-contest More >>

Gordon Campbell on the SAS role against Islamic State

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 11:19 am | Gordon Campbell

Could this news report serve to explain – in a nutshell – why Prime Minister John Key has not ruled out the SAS forming part of New Zealand’s contribution to the fight against Islamic State? From the New York Times a fortnight ago: With relatively ... More >>

Nepal: Empowering Or Disenfranchising CIAA

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 5:24 pm | Siddhi B. Ranjitkar

Recently, members of parliament have been nervous about the Commission on Investigation into Abuse of Authority (CIAA) using its authority to undo the licenses given by the government for building hydropower projects, and arresting a witness for not ... More >>

Crisis of Our Making

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 5:19 pm | Siddhi B. Ranjitkar

Many countries have created unprecedented political crisis. Power greedy political leaders had been responsible for it. They certainly disregard the democratic principles and values. The community of democratic countries did not do much against such power ... More >>

Empowering Women: Smart Approach to Sustainable Development

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 4:45 pm | UN ESCAP

Change is in the air: today women have better access to education, health services and jobs, as well as a greater voice in parliaments. Progress, however, in women’s empowerment has been slow and uneven. More >>

Harper, Abbott, and Cameron at the Brisbane G-20

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 4:40 pm | John Chuckman

Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, is reported by a spokesman, to have had the following exchange with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during the Brisbane G-20 summit: “Well, I guess I’ll shake your hand, but I only have one thing to ... More >>

Who Says Ferguson Can't End Well

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 4:35 pm | David Swanson

Just as a police officer in a heightened state of panic surrounded by the comfort of impunity will shoot an innocent person, the Governor of Missouri has declared a state of emergency preemptively, thus justifying violence in response to something ... More >>

Watch Schooling the World, Stop Schooling the World

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 4:28 pm | David Swanson

It's becoming slightly more common in the Western industrialized world to propose radical cultural change away from consumerism and environmental destruction. It's not hard to find people making the case that in fact nothing else can save us. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Andrew Little’s victory

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 10:25 am | Gordon Campbell

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Australia scoring trade points with China

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 5:03 pm | Gordon Campbell

It hasn’t been a great year for Trade Minister Tim Groser. The Trans Pacific Partnership deal has been deadlocked all year, amidst increasingly desperate attempts to jawbone it towards the finishing line. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Unjolly Roger

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 1:46 pm | Martin Doyle

If it's unacceptable for someone in public office to call someone "Sweetie", and I say "if", then why wasn't Paula Bennett sacked for her "Zip it, Sweetie" comment in parliament? Even on a good day, New Zealanders [male ... More >>

PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference – 17 November 2014

Monday, 17 November 2014, 5:24 pm | The Scoop Team

The Prime Minister met with reporters today to discuss: • The governmental, independent and other departmental inquiries into the Philip Smith incident • Roger Sutton’s resignation as Chief Executive of CERA owing to sexual harassment • The APEC East ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Housing vultures

Monday, 17 November 2014, 5:16 pm | Martin Doyle

Is there some way of slowing either our breeding, or levels of immigration, so that we've always got the right number of houses to match the number of people who need them? More >>

BlackBerry's hip square phone on TV3 Firstline

Friday, 14 November 2014, 5:00 pm | Digitl

On Monday I went on TV3 Firstline to talk about the BlackBerry Passport with Sacha McNeil and Michael Wilson . More >>

One rule for telecoms investors, another for Air NZ

Friday, 14 November 2014, 4:50 pm | Digitl

If there are good reasons for the rest of New Zealand to subsidise rural telecommunications, we should come clean and do it through the tax system More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Happy landing on 67P

Friday, 14 November 2014, 3:52 pm | Martin Doyle

The Rosetta mission's successful landing on a hurtling comet 67/B doesn't just prove their OWN excellence. It is also an inspiring sign for the world that we as a species are better than all the small-minded inhumanity that usually dominates the daily ... More >>

Justice Minister's Briefing 'Redactions' Able To Be Read

Friday, 14 November 2014, 1:37 pm | The Scoop Team

A briefing document on the justice sector for the incoming ministers has been released with parts that were meant to be kept secret still accessible. The document has been removed from the Ministry of Justice website but a Scoop copy is available here . More >>

A European call to suspend EU-Israel Association Agreement

Friday, 14 November 2014, 12:49 pm | Redress Information

More than 300 political parties, trade unions and campaign groups have called on the European Union to suspend its “association agreement” with Israel. The agreement, which came into force in 2000, facilitates largely unrestricted trade with Israel ... More >>

Homeless is where the heart is

Friday, 14 November 2014, 12:45 pm | Melanie Duval-Smith

So, you are not allowed to feed the homeless on the streets of Florida. Last week, a 90 year old man and two Christian ministers were arrested for doing just that. I can hear the cries of the right wingers from here. “Not in our back yard”, ... More >>

What We Truly Learned From the Absurdity of Remembrance Day

Friday, 14 November 2014, 12:42 pm | John Chuckman

No matter what high-blown claims the politicians make each year on Remembrance Day, The Great War was essentially a fight between two branches of a single royal family over the balance of power on the continent of Europe, British foreign policy holding ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on training efforts against fundamentalism

Friday, 14 November 2014, 10:04 am | Gordon Campbell

As New Zealand scopes out the training role that we’re likely to play in Iraq next year against Islamic State, we should perhaps be keeping in mind the last time our troops got involved in a training and support role against Islamic extremists. More >>

The Age of TV Jokers: Arab Media on the Brink

Thursday, 13 November 2014, 5:25 pm | Ramzy Baroud

As I was finalizing my research for this article, I found myself browsing through a heap of hilarious videos by mostly Egyptian TV show hosts Tawfiq Okasha and Amr Adeeb. More >>

Emissions Accomplished: Australia, Climate Change & the G20

Thursday, 13 November 2014, 4:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Australian delegation has provided the comic relief in diplomatic circles for some time now. Its pugilist humanoid of a prime minister, Tony Abbott, has made inane remarks about “shirt fronting” Vladimir Putin, something which distinctly did ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: KKK attacks Dunney

Thursday, 13 November 2014, 2:05 pm | Martin Doyle

Oh, dear, we seem to have a wee tiff developing between the two men once labelled 'John Key's poodles'. But comparing New Zealand First to the KKK is vacuous yapping. More >>

Mexican Hope

Thursday, 13 November 2014, 1:31 pm | John M. Ackerman

The land of Zapata has once again become a beacon of hope in the middle of the arid desert of corruption which today controls politics as usual in Washington, Mexico City, Ottawa and beyond. While Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto, is busy ... More >>

Ayotzinapa and the New Civic Insurgency

Thursday, 13 November 2014, 1:26 pm | Luis Hernandez Navarro

Fire devours a vehicle in front of the Chilpancingo government palace. On the chassis of another overturned (vehicle), above one of its sides, furious hands painted: “Justicia.” Guerrero is in flames. More >>

Ayotzinapa Resistance: "This is just getting started"

Thursday, 13 November 2014, 1:20 pm | Dawn Paley

The forty three students disappeared by municipal police in Iguala, Guerrero on September 26, 2014, are still missing. As much as the state wants to put a lid on the protests, families and fellow students of the missing young men refuse to accept the official ... More >>

The Psychology of Victimhood: Obama, Cameron, Netanyahu

Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 5:11 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Several years ago, someone said to me: 'The victim wouldn't have it any other way.' When I first heard this comment, it made no sense to me, largely because I had never appreciated being a victim of violence when I was a child. However, I have since ... More >>

Ayotzinapa protests awaken Mexico from a nightmare

Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 3:31 pm | ROAR Collective

The political and humanitarian crisis in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero marks a new low in a country marred by corruption and drug violence. More than a month after the disappearances of 43 students there is still no sign of them, while official ... More >>

 

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