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Martin Doyle cartoon: Big ole from OIO

Friday, 29 April 2016, 4:43 pm | Martin Doyle

It's hard to know which is more stunning - the people we won't let into NZ or the people we do let in. It's almost laughably appropriate to bring in criminally convicted river-polluters to take over one of our farms. More >>

Gordon Campbell on not crying foul, Argentina

Friday, 29 April 2016, 11:07 am | Gordon Campbell

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly ... More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Gone

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 3:52 pm | Martin Doyle

Wealthy speculators buy houses they don't personally need. In doing so, they lessen the pool of houses available for first-home buyers and further grow the number of renters in our society. Are non-residents the only exponents of this practice? More >>

Gordon Campbell on Trump and the Madman Theory

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 10:04 am | Gordon Campbell

Years ago, Richard Nixon explained to his chief adviser Bob Haldeman what has since become known as the “Madman Theory” of foreign policy . More >>

Comedy Festival Review: VOTE BATT

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 4:33 pm | Robert Kelly

The political campaigning in the US over the last eight months or so has provided a stark insight into how far political candidates are willing to go. This background came into focus as “former comedian” – now politician – Tim Batt ushered ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Kiwirail’s latest stint in the dogbox

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 10:58 am | Gordon Campbell

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer . More >>

Integrity-Free Carbon

Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 3:30 pm | Ekos

Sean Weaver, Ekos The carbon offsetting world seems to have three broad personalities. The first are those who do not care about the climate system but want to look like they are doing the right thing at minimum cost. The second are those who care about ... More >>

Meddlesome Empire: Obama and Client Britain’s EU Referendum

Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 12:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Good to see that history, if it does not possess historical cunning, as Hegel rather foolishly observed, has, at the very least, some humour. US President Barack Obama has been busy making it his business to make sure that Britain remains in the European ... More >>

Une Révolution Politique Paisible Commence en France

Monday, 25 April 2016, 11:34 pm | Alastair Thompson

Aujourd'hui (le 19 avril 2016) la ville qui ne dort jamais livrera un verdict sur Bernie Sander « la Révolution Politique ». En attendant, de l’autre côté de l'Atlantique, en France, une autre élection primaire vient de commencer. More >>

Falling PC sales: From bad to worse

Sunday, 24 April 2016, 4:06 pm | Digitl

Global PC sales were down 9.6 percent year-on-year during the first quarter of 2016 according to Gartner. Total sales for the quarter were a shade under 65 million. This was the first quarter with less than 65 million units sold since 2007. In contrast, ... More >>

New cables may revive overseas interest in New Zealand data

Sunday, 24 April 2016, 4:00 pm | Digitl

New Zealand hasn’t been able to capitalise on being a low-cost, green home for data centres. Until now. Tasman Global Access and Hawaiki could change that. More >>

Writing on iPad Pro: A field guide

Sunday, 24 April 2016, 3:50 pm | Digitl

Apple says the iPad Pro is more powerful than most laptops. It is more portable. That should make it ideal for journalists and others who need to write while on the move. More >>

Sony Extra Bass SRS-XB3 review

Sunday, 24 April 2016, 3:48 pm | Digitl

If you want to rock the house you need a big, heavy sub-woofer that moves a lot of air. The bad news is, car sound systems apart, it is hard to take big sub-woofers with you. More >>

Anzac Day Memories: The Sullen Child of History

Saturday, 23 April 2016, 1:52 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Periodic vigilance will protect us against new generations of lords and masters who exploit national myths to lure us into enterprises born in timidity and corrosive mateship.” Andrew Hamilton, Eureka Street , May 6, 2015 More >>

Australia And the South China Sea

Friday, 22 April 2016, 12:27 pm | James O'Neill

Australia And the South China Sea: Another Foreign Policy Blunder Looming By James O’Neill More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Water's not needed

Thursday, 21 April 2016, 4:31 pm | Martin Doyle

When you consider the almost gluttonous consumption of SUGARY DRINKS by New Zealand children, it seems superfluous to argue about our WATER being exported. No one seems to want to drink it here. More >>

At 80, Failed Abbas is Probed, Derided and Scapegoated

Thursday, 21 April 2016, 4:28 pm | Ramzy Baroud

At 80, Failed Abbas is Probed, Derided and Scapegoated By Ramzy Baroud “We won’t act like them, we will not use violence or force, we are peaceful, we believe in peace, in peaceful popular resistance.” This was part of a message issued by Palestinian ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on having an extradition treaty with China

Thursday, 21 April 2016, 9:45 am | Gordon Campbell

Reportedly, an extradition treaty with China is now on the table , although – thankfully - Prime Minister John Key has also indicated that a lot of detailed work would be required before any such arrangement took final shape, much less came into ... More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Dunne deal at UNGASS

Wednesday, 20 April 2016, 4:04 pm | Martin Doyle

Peter Dunne has occupied the middle ground of New Zealand politics like an immovable cockroach. It's a science of being the perfect follower. Very grey, very conservative. Odd, but also predictable [given recent changes in world opinion], to hear him 'bravely' ... More >>

Mild Punishment And Exoneration: the Killing of Reza Barati

Wednesday, 20 April 2016, 4:00 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“I wish those people could also have been charged, but sometimes some countries are very powerful and they can protect their own people from being charged.” Benham Satah, Manus Island detainee, ABC News, Apr 19, 2016 More >>

Taking the Long View: National Climate Policy

Wednesday, 20 April 2016, 3:54 pm | Gord Stewart

Taking the Long View: National policy, no commitment to real climate change action Gord Stewart More >>

Lyndon Hood Satire: Information Shearing

Wednesday, 20 April 2016, 12:30 pm | Lyndon Hood

Finance Minister Bill English has highlighted plan for expanded information sharing between government departments... Scoop was able to construct the following interview with Mr English based on a weighted neural multivariate analysis of publicly-available ... More >>

A Peaceful Political Revolution Begins In France | 500 Words

Wednesday, 20 April 2016, 3:09 am | Alastair Thompson

Today (19th April 2016) the city that never sleeps will deliver a verdict on Bernie Sanders "Political Revolution". Meanwhile Across the Atlantic in France another primary race has just begun - for an independent "people's candidate" to stand against France's increasingly ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Niue Zealand Aid

Tuesday, 19 April 2016, 4:02 pm | Martin Doyle

Sometimes it seems to be a nutty world. At a time when Pacific Island nations need every cent they can get, someone with a commercial interest in the area donates over $100,000 to the New Zealand government's National Party. Kiwis are at least entitled ... More >>

Pie in the Sky: The Moral Ambiguity of 'Eye In The Sky'

Tuesday, 19 April 2016, 3:53 pm | Howard Davis

The use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) has prompted both protests and legal action, but few films have engaged in the debate, forgetting there’s someone at the controls and instead emphasizing the alien nature of a remote, robotic death. Colin Firth ... More >>

Restoring Our Cultural Heritage in Syria

Tuesday, 19 April 2016, 3:43 pm | Franklin Lamb

Restoring Our Cultural Heritage in Syria —the Debate Over Why, How, When, by Whom, In What Order, & Who Pays? Intensifies! Franklin Lamb Beirut “It was a place to connect to your history, to your identity and to tell others, who were not from ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Unexploded Ordnance

Tuesday, 19 April 2016, 11:36 am | Martin Doyle

Having been told that there are 60,000 files involving New Zealand in the 'Panama Papers' and not knowing [yet] who the Kiwis are is like sitting around waiting for some unexploded bomb to suddenly explode. Kiwis are well used to being 'told what ... More >>

Gordon Campbell On Our Fearless PM's Foray Into China

Tuesday, 19 April 2016, 10:34 am | Gordon Campbell

Don't mention the South China Sea dispute. Oh, but he will! Earlier this week, the image of dauntless Prime Minister John Key not backing down in the face of alleged Chinese intimidation would have done him no harm at all with the voters back home. ... More >>

The Climate Change in Our Veins - Scott Poynton

Monday, 18 April 2016, 9:08 pm | Scott Poynton

My father was diagnosed with cancer at the end of the year 2000 and his doctors gave him just 12 months to live. They put him on chemotherapy in a bid to extend his life but in February 2002, he succumbed in something of a flurry, at home, in my arms. More >>

Review: Superstar couple deliver promised warmth

Monday, 18 April 2016, 4:47 pm | Max Rashbrooke

In their interview with Scoop [ ], Nicola Benedetti and Leonard Elschenbroich promised "warmth and love" in their playing of Brahms's Double Concerto for Violin and Cello. And, coming on ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on banning a leading Iranian film-maker

Monday, 18 April 2016, 4:33 pm | Gordon Campbell

For the past fortnight, New Zealand has been obsessing on the reputational risk to this country of being seen as a tax haven – despite the fact that (with the notable exception of the Australian Financial Review ) few sources offshore have ... More >>

Grant Hackett, Troubled Waters and the Sporting Dilemma

Monday, 18 April 2016, 3:11 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“New safety briefing tells passengers to familiarise themselves with their nearest Grant Hackett, remembering it may be behind them.” The Shovel , Apr. 18, 2016 More >>

Nauru, Suicide and Punishment

Monday, 18 April 2016, 3:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It sounds tedious, but the point is no less awful. Nauru has ceased being a country, a state of any worth. It has assumed value as only one thing: a (non)processing centre for asylum seekers and refugees Australia does not want. A camp designed for criminalising ... More >>

The Logic of Murder in Israel

Friday, 15 April 2016, 4:17 pm | Ramzy Baroud

The Logic of Murder in Israel: A Culture of Impunity in Full View of the Entire World By Ramzy Baroud "Whether he made a mistake or not, is a trivial question," said an Israeli Jewish man who joined large protests throughout Israel in support ... More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Corpse spotted on Main Road

Friday, 15 April 2016, 4:04 pm | Martin Doyle

Every nation deserves stable government and a credible Opposition. The odd thing about Opposition parties in NZ is their unwillingness to listen to opinion polls and to either change policy or change leadership as required. The latest One News ... More >>

Cartoon: Kiwi Octopus World Domination

Friday, 15 April 2016, 12:03 pm | Lyndon Hood

Inky the octopus escapes New Zealand aquarium, gets famous. Eg: CNN, BBC, Christian Science Monitor, The Onion... More >>

Gordon Campbell on political rhetoric, and the Dark Triad

Friday, 15 April 2016, 11:46 am | Gordon Campbell

Unfortunately, the systematic use of tax avoidance strategies – by corporates and by wealthy individuals – is not occurring in a vacuum. At an accelerating rate, new technology is wiping out the sort of jobs in the retail sector, white collar ... More >>

Jitterati 15/4/16: Problem? What Problem?

Friday, 15 April 2016, 10:31 am | Grant Buist

Jaimee: Anne Tolley is right, you know. It IS hard to measure child poverty. More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: We all hate tax

Thursday, 14 April 2016, 1:17 pm | Martin Doyle

The timing of John Key's announcement about provisional tax (to the benefit of small businesses) and other references to possible tax cuts in 2017 are a stroke of genius in terms of the current heat over the Panama Papers and tax havens. No one says no ... More >>

Media should unfriend Facebook

Wednesday, 13 April 2016, 8:10 pm | Digitl

Scientists say a meteor hit the earth 66 million years ago and wiped out most dinosaurs. More >>

Xero woos small business with Microsoft Outlook link

Wednesday, 13 April 2016, 8:01 pm | Digitl

One of the advantages of cloud apps like Xero is that it is easy to link them. You do none of the hard work, that's all handled for you. Best of all, you don't need to buy fresh software or download and install patches. More >>

NZ Tech Podcast 278: Hawaiki, self-driving cars, Microsoft B

Wednesday, 13 April 2016, 7:57 pm | Digitl

I join  Paul Spain  ( @paulspain ) and  Craig Young (TUANZ)  on the NZ Tech Podcast to talk about Microsoft Build 2016, Hawaiki submarine cable , Pentagon hacking, wearable sensors coming to hospitals, Spark fixed wireless broadband , Huawei’s growth, ... More >>

Immigration Policies Will Severely Affect Productivity

Wednesday, 13 April 2016, 10:50 am | Bruce Porteus

The recent changes by New Zealand Immigration (INZ) requiring employers to hire untrained New Zealanders to fill the positions for skilled workers will be a disaster for New Zealand productivity. There is already a severe skills shortage in most sectors of ... More >>

Sibel Ozbudun is Being Tried - Again

Tuesday, 12 April 2016, 4:25 pm | Julie Webb-Pullman

Sibel Ozbudun, Turkish writer, anthropologist and retired academic, is due to face an Ankara court again on April 20, 2016 - this time on the charge “that she is making propaganda of the ‘armed terror organization, PKK/KCK' through postings ... More >>

Investigating the Banksters: The Australian Banking Industry

Tuesday, 12 April 2016, 4:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“I know it’s completely wrong but fuck it, I might as well. I thought fuck it. We’ve got so much money on it, we just had to do it.” Colin Roden, Westpac managing director group treasury, ABC, Apr 6, 2016 More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: The Hunt For The Panamapeople

Tuesday, 12 April 2016, 11:32 am | Martin Doyle

Despite New Zealand's strong presence in the Panama Papers, one gets the impression our media do not have the resources to investigate and name the Kiwis involved. John Key's appointment of John Shewan is like running a decoy rather than despatching ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the govt's Panama Papers tokenism

Tuesday, 12 April 2016, 10:01 am | Gordon Campbell

Prime Minister John Key could have dealt with the clamour for an independent inquiry into the Panama Papers scandal in a variety of ways. He could have - for instance - set up a public inquiry, as was done in the mid 1990s, in the wake of the Winebox ... More >>

Kaitiakitanga - leaving something for future generations

Tuesday, 12 April 2016, 9:40 am | Sandra Lee

“Te Ohu Kaimoana’s fight to stop a marine sanctuary in the Kermadec waters fails to understand this is about preserving something for future generations,” says former Minister of Conservation and Associate Maori Affairs, Sandra Lee. More >>

Post Cab Presser: Tax and Fishes

Monday, 11 April 2016, 5:33 pm | Robert Kelly

Prime Minister John Key faced an array of questions today a review of New Zealand’s foreign trust disclosure rules. He said that while New Zealand is not a tax haven, his government is committed to doing things the right way and will change the disclosure ... More >>

Flogging the Country Off Does Nothing to Reduce NZ’s Debt

Monday, 11 April 2016, 10:00 am | CAFCA

A common justification for flogging off NZ, particularly its publicly-owned assets, to foreign owners, is that it is necessary to reduce the county’s debt. More >>

Love Duets

Monday, 11 April 2016, 9:12 am | Max Rashbrooke

One of the super-couples of the classical world, Nicola Benedetti and Leonard Elschenbroich, are in New Zealand for a series of concerts with the NZSO – and performing the first piece they ever played together. More >>

Spark opens second fixed wireless broadband front

Sunday, 10 April 2016, 4:47 pm | Digitl

Three months after Spark subsidiary Skinny opened its fixed wireless broadband service, the parent company is getting in on the act. More >>

What Hawaiki cable green light means for New Zealand

Sunday, 10 April 2016, 4:09 pm | Digitl

Odd email appears in journalists’ inboxes on April 1. Here’s one: Please find attached a media release from Hawaiki announcing the coming into force of the Hawaiki cable. More >>

A week with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro

Sunday, 10 April 2016, 3:57 pm | Digitl

Apple’s latest iPad Pro packs the internals of the 13-inch model in the same space as the 9.7-inch iPad Air. More >>

Raewyn Turner Cartoon: NZ's Only Pelican

Friday, 8 April 2016, 5:04 pm | Raewyn Turner

Raewyn Turner Cartoon: NZ's Only Pelican Click for big version. NZ's only pelican dies of shame *** For further information about Raewyn Turner's work see More >>

Raewyn Turner Cartoon: Something Beginning With F

Friday, 8 April 2016, 4:56 pm | Raewyn Turner

Click for big version. "I spy with my little eye something beginning with F" *** For further information about Raewyn Turner's work see More >>

Non-violent BDS Should Be Welcomed, Not Condemned

Friday, 8 April 2016, 4:46 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Non-violent BDS Should Be Welcomed, Not Condemned By Ramzy Baroud A thousand Israelis and their supporters gathered in Jerusalem’s International Convention Center on March 28 at a conference aimed at combating the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions ... More >>

The IMF, the European Commission and Greek Debt

Friday, 8 April 2016, 3:13 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The International Monetary Fund has been at odds with other partners in the Greek bailout saga. Its economists have wondered whether strangling a state with the noose of austerity is a decent way of either eliminating debt, let alone stimulating growth. ... More >>

Repulsion By Film: Anti-Refugee Propaganda in The Journey

Friday, 8 April 2016, 3:12 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Danish government is doing it – as are others. The Australian government, however, may count itself as one of the first ones to take the concerted step to repel potential asylum seekers who arrive to Australian shores by boat with threatening films. There ... More >>

Ending Human Violence is a Task for Each of Us

Friday, 8 April 2016, 2:50 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Do you think that ending human violence is impossible? Do you believe that even aiming to do so is unrealistic? Well, you might be right. But you might also be interested to know that there are a lot of people around the world who are committed to trying. ... More >>


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