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A democratic path forward to mandate a plan for #Brexit

Sunday, 26 June 2016, 12:03 am | Alastair Thompson

The UK's decision to vote for #Brexit has left the world stunned. Strikingly in its aftermath there is now no plan. 17 million Britons voted to jump into the unknown. So what should be done now? Must the UK march blindly forward? Surely we remain masters ... More >>

NZ dollar, swaps tumble as Brexit confounds pollsters

Friday, 24 June 2016, 5:36 pm | BusinessDesk

The New Zealand dollar tumbled more than 3 US cents, or 4.4 percent, and swap rates dropped as the UK voted to leave the European Union, confounding the predictions of bookmakers and pollsters. More >>

The Brexit Vote Is No Triumph For Democracy & Here Is Why

Friday, 24 June 2016, 12:12 pm | Alastair Thompson

What ever happens this morning it is clear that something went horribly wrong with the United Kingdom's Brexit referendum. This is not how democracy is supposed to work. More >>

The Inhumanity of Brexit

Friday, 24 June 2016, 10:51 am | Binoy Kampmark

While the Brexit debate has become a matter of colliding blocs of speculators and crystal ball gazers, a glaring aspect has come to the fore. Virtually nothing has been said about the role played by human rights, Britain’s role in building it ... More >>

Neo Nazi uniform has no place in a march against child abuse

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 1:26 pm | Race Relations Commissioner

1.5 million reasons why a Neo Nazi uniform doesn’t belong in a march against child abuse – Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy More >>

Palestine’s ‘Prayer for Rain’

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 11:41 am | Ramzy Baroud

Palestine’s ‘Prayer for Rain’: How Israel Uses Water as a Weapon of War By Ramzy Baroud Entire communities in the West Bank either have no access to water or have had their water supply reduced almost by half. This alarming development has ... More >>

The Politics of Facebook Fear: Encryption & Satire

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 11:29 am | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Free speech and pro-democracy activists, Thai journalists and others are encrypting their telephone and message conversations, shrinking their Facebook presence and finding other ways to avoid the coup-installed military junta's ... More >>

NZD gains as risk sentiment picks up ahead of Brexit vote

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 5:37 pm | BusinessDesk

June 22 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand dollar rose as polls showing there's a good chance Britain will vote to remain in the European Union this week helped restore risk appetite and underpinned equity markets, commodities and growth-linked currencies ... More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Robots replacing humans

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 3:13 pm | Martin Doyle

Even on an issue such as the War on Terror, one could imagine the government and opposition having slightly different policies. Their [almost robotically] stated positions, though, are diametrically opposed. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the delusions driving the “Leave” option

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 1:09 pm | Gordon Campbell

O n the brink of the Brexit vote, the irrationality of the “Leave” option is now apparent. Voting for “Leave” requires (a) a fantastically unbalanced view of the impact of immigration on modern Britain (b) a demonizing of the EU “regulations” ... More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Five grand to get out of Dodge

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 12:18 pm | Martin Doyle

The government's offer of $5000 to homeless people to just get out of Auckland ['and don't come back'] won't do their self-esteem any good. More >>

Taking the Long View: Housing a social justice issue

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 12:08 pm | Gord Stewart

Sustainability. I rattle on about it here, with environmental issues the focus of my attention. But there is more to it than this. More >>

Ethiopia-Eritrea: The Cry of the Imburi

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 11:24 am | Rene Wadlow

The 12 June 2016 exchange of artillery fire along the heavily militarized frontier between Ethiopia and Eritrea could be just one of the periodic skirmishes between the two States. However, it could be the first signs of a flare up of violence. There ... More >>

Dreams about Terrorists: Wolves, Wolf Packs and Resources

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 11:04 am | Binoy Kampmark

Terrorists provide alibis for hungry security establishments in search of themselves. Their physical effect is always small relative to the psychic disturbances they cause. Know thyself, urges the Delphic maxim, but self-knowledge implies an acceptance of ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the “T” word, and the Spanish election

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 10:23 am | Gordon Campbell

Once again, the RNZ news packages from the US and UK this morning underlined the striking difference in the treatment of the Pulse night club killings in Florida and the murder of the British Labour MP, Jo Cox. From day one, the Miami shooter ... More >>

Post Cabinet Press Conference: Iraq Deployment Extension

Monday, 20 June 2016, 5:41 pm | Robert Kelly

Today Prime Minister John Key and Minister for Defence Gerry Brownlee announced New Zealand's deployment in Iraq will continue for a further eighteen months. This extension to the current two year deployment will mean that NZ troops will be at ... More >>

Typing on a glass keyboard

Monday, 20 June 2016, 2:36 pm | Digitl

David Sparks writes about writing with iPad screen keyboards after years of touch typing . Much of what he says resonates: “It started with the iPad Air. On that machine I got quite good at thumb typing in portrait mode. It’s nothing like touch ... More >>

New Zealand wireless rural broadband hits key milestone

Monday, 20 June 2016, 2:28 pm | Digitl

RBI is a government-subsidised scheme to give farmers and people living in rural areas a broadband network. More >>

Apple's role in the PC's downfall

Monday, 20 June 2016, 2:26 pm | Digitl

There’s no question PC sales are down . Nor is there any end to the fall in sight. More >>

Notes on Sky-Vodafone merger

Monday, 20 June 2016, 2:19 pm | Digitl

Earlier today Sky and Vodafone New Zealand confirmed they are to merge. It’s a big deal… The deal is worth about $3.5 billion. That’s huge by New Zealand standards. More >>

No reason for regulator to halt Vodafone-Sky deal

Monday, 20 June 2016, 2:11 pm | Digitl

Vodafone and Sky need Commerce Commission approval for their merger. From a telecommunications point of view, there’s no reason to halt the deal. More >>

Wired doesn't get it about ad blockers

Monday, 20 June 2016, 2:08 pm | Digitl

If I used an ad blocker Wired's pop-up screen would be annoying but deserved. Publishers need to sell advertising. Ad blockers undermine their business. You can't argue with the logic. More >>

Just days before Microsoft took over, I quit Linkedin. Here'

Monday, 20 June 2016, 2:05 pm | Digitl

That was when it was about staying in touch with former colleagues and business contacts. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the RCEP trade deal and other entanglements

Monday, 20 June 2016, 11:35 am | Gordon Campbell

So China and the US both have competing trade deals on offer – the TPP for the US and the RCEP for the Chinese - each of which pointedly exclude the other superpower. That fact alone should signal that these deals are not primarily about mere trade ... More >>

Jo Cox's Killing Looms Large As Brexit Heads Down To Wire

Monday, 20 June 2016, 5:05 am | Alastair Thompson

The mourning period for the brutally slain pro-remain Labour MP and mother of two Jo Cox was always going to be brief. Today, Sunday 19th June, with four days to go till polling, the Brexit campaign resumed. More >>

Gaza: Resistance Through Poetry

Friday, 17 June 2016, 11:29 am | Ramzy Baroud

Gaza: Resistance Through Poetry By Ramzy Baroud “(At dawn) … I will resist ... (Since) upon the wall there is still a white sheet … And my fingers are yet to (completely) dissolve.” This is a translated verse from Mu'in Bseiso’ “Three ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Teina Pora payout

Thursday, 16 June 2016, 10:36 am | Gordon Campbell

O ops, sorry and $2.5 million in cash as a settlement for wrongful conviction. Obviously, Teina Pora hasn’t received a generous settlement. Back in the late 1990s, the Cabinet guidelines set $100,000 a year as the appropriate level of compensation when the ... More >>

Women and Trees - Simplicity for the Sake of the Planet

Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 3:57 pm | Mark Apel

This spring, I had the privilege of volunteering in Morocco for the High Atlas Foundation (HAF), a US 501(c)(3) and Moroccan non-profit organization that focuses on aiding disadvantaged rural and urban communities through participatory development. Based ... More >>

A Critique of Human Society since the Neolithic Revolution

Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 3:48 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

There is a long history of social critics and progressive thinkers offering critiques of human society. More >>

Gordon Campbell on political smears and begging

Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 11:00 am | Gordon Campbell

I f you’re a ministerial spin merchant can you ‘accidentally’ pass on to a journalist the fact that a prominent critic of your Minister and her government is under Police investigation ? More >>

Protests Needed against Violations of Humanitarian Law

Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 3:32 pm | Renee Wadlow

12 June 2016 – In simultaneous, if not necessarily coordinated operations, there are attacks against the forces of the Islamic State (ISIS or Daech in its Arabic abbreviation) in Syria and Iraq. ISIS had abolished in practice the frontier between ... More >>

PA fiddles while Palestine dwindles

Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 3:12 pm | Vacy Vlazna

In April, President Abbas, true to form, buckled under international pressure to sacrifice the integrity of the land of Palestine on the altar of another bogus ‘peace’ initiative by friends of Israel. More >>

Gordon Campbell on our refugee response, and a TPP rewrite

Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 11:22 am | Gordon Campbell

T he miserly nature of New Zealand’s response to the global refugee crisis continues apace. Yesterday’s announcement of an increase in our intake of UNHCR refugees from 750 to 1,000 refugees will only kick in from 2018, after the recent special ... More >>

What Four Syrian Refugee Children have achieved

Monday, 13 June 2016, 4:24 pm | Franklin Lamb

Given the unanticipated intense interest in the subject of my article , which resulted in the receipt of more than 1000 emails, approximately 130 being requests or inquiries about adopting the children (as if I had any right or role with the children’s ... More >>

The Politics of Boxing: Muhammad Ali and Ring Activism

Monday, 13 June 2016, 4:11 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Boxing lends itself to political expression. There is the theatre, the anticipation, the blood of primeval sacrifice. Sometimes, even histrionics. Off the ring, dramas linger. Sometimes boxers enter political office. Philippine boxing celebrity Manny ... More >>

Gutting the Scientific Establishment

Monday, 13 June 2016, 4:10 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There is something so fundamentally wrong about equating the joy and genius of scientific discovery with profit and markets. Initial discoveries in quantum physics had nothing to do with the idea of pursuing a remorseless “bottom line” or some specious ... More >>

Modi in America

Monday, 13 June 2016, 3:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“I have travelled coast-to-coast, covering more than 25 states of America. I realised the real strength of the nation lies in the dreams of its people.” Narendra Modi, Address to US Congress, Jun 8, 2016 More >>

Post Cab Presser: Refugee Quota Increase

Monday, 13 June 2016, 2:40 pm | Robert Kelly

Today’s post cabinet press conference focused on the announcement of an increase in the New Zealand refugee quota from 2018 onwards. Prime Minister John Key also talked about his recent visit to Fiji and New Zealand’s response to the attack ... More >>

Firmly in the Spotlight - Lisa Fischer

Monday, 13 June 2016, 9:57 am | Howard Davis

Lisa Fischer is rightly celebrated for her far-reaching vocal range and remarkable grace as a hugely accomplished session singer. From recording with Billy Ocean, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Alicia Keys, Bobby McFerrin, George Benson, Diana ... More >>

From The Editor: Journalism Project Update

Monday, 13 June 2016, 9:29 am | Gordon Campbell

Before Scoop's crowd funding effort wraps up tonight, I thought I should provide an update on the mental health journalism project that Scoop – and its readers – are funding. More >>

Una Revolución Política Pacífica Empezó En Francia

Friday, 10 June 2016, 8:39 pm | Alastair Thompson

Francia ha sido un poco lenta en ponerse en movimiento hacia la rehabilitación de un verdadero ejercicio democrático; pero ya no, y para probarlo está le despegada de la carrera a la Elección presidencial Francesa del 2017. More >>

Scoop’s 17th Birthday Party - Event Report

Friday, 10 June 2016, 3:35 pm | Jan Rivers

About 130 people came to celebrate Scoop’s 17th birthday and to hear about the Panama Papers from Nicky Hager on Wednesday night in Wellington. Guests and Scoop supporters also heard presentations from Scoop Foundation for Public Interest Journalism ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: Happy 17th birthday, Scoop!

Friday, 10 June 2016, 12:29 pm | Gordon Campbell

Happy 17th birthday, Scoop! As I recall seventeen is a time in life when you feel really really old and like you’ve seen it all. And yet great experiences you never imagined were waiting just around the corner. That’s the same for Scoop, too. The ... More >>

Scoop Turns 17; Has Party

Friday, 10 June 2016, 11:29 am | The Scoop Team

Today Scoop turns 17 years old. Scoop's first post was made on 10 June 1999. On Wednesday night a well-attended birthday celebration was held at St John’s in the City, featuring a speech by Nicky Hager on the Panama Papers. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the new Defence White Paper

Friday, 10 June 2016, 10:21 am | Gordon Campbell

Once again, government spending on Defence is increasing by leaps and bounds, without any rational cost/benefit analysis. Yep, even Prime Minister John Key admitted this week that “the country can be confident it does not face a military threat in the ... More >>

In Conversation With Nuit Debout : Richard D. Bartlett

Friday, 10 June 2016, 8:01 am | Richard D. Bartlett

Nati, Hailey and I were in Paris for OuiShare Fest. Nuit Debout is kinda the French version of the Occupy movement, 5 years on. Nati and I were involved in Occupy Wellington in 2011, so we were eager to connect while we were in town. More >>

Mr. Weird - Wayne Shorter at the Wellington Jazz Festival

Thursday, 9 June 2016, 2:09 pm | Howard Davis

Year after year, the Wellington Jazz Festival attracts jazz luminaries from around the globe. Last year, we were treated to the mellifluous duets of Chick Corea and Gary Burton on piano and vibraphone. This year, the opening night headliner at the ... More >>

State of rivers not a political football

Thursday, 9 June 2016, 1:13 pm | Federated Farmers

The state of our rivers should never be treated as a political football. Yet in the past week, we’ve had two blatantly orchestrated political announcements that do. More >>

How good is our Council?

Thursday, 9 June 2016, 11:03 am | Diane Calvert

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is currently promoting the upcoming nationwide local body elections. The website (www.lgnz.co.nz) links to a good summary view of the role of an elected member (Mayor and Councillor). It describes the role of a ... More >>

The Paris Peace Gambit

Thursday, 9 June 2016, 10:47 am | Ramzy Baroud

In their defense, the Israelis seem to have figured out the whole thing and opted out. But the hapless Palestinian leadership, along with their Arab League partners, joined by the French, EU and UN representatives, and even US Secretary of State, ... More >>

Desperate violations of humanitarian law

Thursday, 9 June 2016, 10:42 am | Rene Wadlow

In simultaneous, if not necessary coordinated operations, there are attacks against the forces of the Islamic State (ISIS or Daech in its Arabic abbreviation) in Syria and Iraq. ISIS had, in practice, abolished the frontier between Iraq and Syria which ... More >>

Sham Declarations: The Media and Clinton

Wednesday, 8 June 2016, 5:03 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It has the air of legacy about it. The Clinton campaign has now moved forth with confidence to claim a victory over Bernie Sanders, who persists in an admirably tenacious campaign. The Clintonites were given, on Monday, a nugget of value in the form of ... More >>

Defining Art: Pranks at the SFMOMA

Tuesday, 7 June 2016, 5:34 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Never underestimate the power of the puncturing prank. It acts as subversion, and before you know it, that April Fool’s joke becomes the order of the day, the next gospel, the affirmed orthodoxy. Consider, for instance, a pair of glasses left on ... More >>

Hunting Sharks: Unnatural Justice and Human Revenge

Tuesday, 7 June 2016, 3:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Every so often, when a human wades in absurd company with a majestic shark, a predictable spectacle unfolds. The shark, interest piqued, attacks human. The human can be fatally wounded, though not always. Shark is thereby hunted – this, deemed the automatic ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Muhammad Ali

Tuesday, 7 June 2016, 11:53 am | Gordon Campbell

As with Bob Dylan, Muhammad Ali changed the times in which he lived so thoroughly that anyone coming along afterwards will probably struggle to understand the scale of his achievement. At the time, rock’n’ roll had seemed bad enough ; but that ... More >>

Schibsted News Group Proposes a Global Media Alliance To Take On Google & Facebook

Tuesday, 7 June 2016, 8:34 am | Alastair Thompson

When one of the most financially successful news companies on the planet proposes a radical solution to the "News Crisis" it's worth taking a deep dive inside. More >>

Trump University and Selling Images

Saturday, 4 June 2016, 7:17 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The problem with the critics of Trump University is that they only provide a veneer for a collective tendency in US political life. Image counts and those with stellar university educations (consider the current President, of constitutional law fame) ... More >>

Werewolf Changes Shape – Into A Daily Destination!!

Friday, 3 June 2016, 11:22 am | Werewolf

After six years as a monthly online magazine. Werewolf marks its evolution today into a daily, ever-changing forum for long-form journalism about politics, art and culture. From now on, Werewolf will include the Gordon Campbell political blog that ... More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Inexorable march of the blocks

Thursday, 2 June 2016, 5:21 pm | Martin Doyle

Now that houses in Auckland are fast approaching the million-dollar mark, most people will never be able to buy one. We will simply join the rest of the world and live in housing blocks and housing estates. That's predictable enough. What's still a ... More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Roads of Artistic Significance

Wednesday, 1 June 2016, 5:25 pm | Martin Doyle

500 tonnes of twisted steel tubing is not an engineering cock-up.... It's a stunning piece of modern art that deserves recognition at the highest level. The Waikato Expressway is our answer to the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. More >>

 

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