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Gordon Campbell on the wage hike for MPs, and Paul Robeson

Friday, 27 February 2015, 9:41 am | Gordon Campbell

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza? As usual, Prime Minister John Key has busily tried to distance ... More >>

Media Imagination: Asking the Right Questions : Keith Rankin

Friday, 27 February 2015, 9:35 am | Keith Rankin

There are many concerns about the state of the 'free' (as in 'free speech' not 'free lunch') media today, and many of them relate to the conflicting pressures to inform, to make the powerful accountable, and to make a profit. Clearly the latter two pressures ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon : Cellphones damaging brains

Friday, 27 February 2015, 9:30 am | Martin Doyle

Is it cellphones themselves that damage our brains? Or could it be, perish the thought, the information cellphones bring to our attention that causes cerebral grief.....? More >>

New Zealand to send troops to Iraq : Tom Peters

Friday, 27 February 2015, 9:25 am | Tom Peters

Prime Minister John Key announced on Tuesday that up to 143 New Zealand soldiers will be sent to Iraq in May to join the US-led war, ostensibly to help fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). More >>

Robert Parry : Ready for Nuclear War over Ukraine?

Friday, 27 February 2015, 9:23 am | Robert Parry

A senior Ukrainian official is urging the West to risk a nuclear conflagration in support of a “full-scale war” with Russia that he says authorities in Kiev are now seeking, another sign of the extremism that pervades the year-old, U.S.-backed ... More >>

Katya Rivas' Passion : Jesus Prays in the Garden

Friday, 27 February 2015, 9:18 am | Katya Rivas

I being innocent and pure, answered to the Father as if I were really guilty of dishonesty and of all the impurities committed by you. I was made thief, murderer, adulterer, liar, a sacrilegious person, blasphemer, slanderer, and rebel to [my] Father. More >>

Weep for America, Work for Humanity : Martin LeFevre

Friday, 27 February 2015, 9:10 am | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

Sometimes you read something by a mouthpiece for the status quo that’s so outrageously false, yet so widely and subconsciously accepted, that you want to scream. Here’s such a boner (in the first sense of the word, though Viagra could have inspired it): ... More >>

Why Do We Fear Challenging Authority?

Friday, 27 February 2015, 9:03 am | Robert J. Burrowes

Have you ever noticed your own inclination, or that of other people, to believe what you/they are told by someone seen to be in authority? More >>

House Rises

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 6:18 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

The House rose at 6pm interrupting the first reading debate on the Drug and Alcohol Testing of Community-based Offenders and Bailees Legislation Bill . More >>

EEZ Remedial Bill Progresses

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 5:02 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

A bill allowing the Maui gas field to continue operating while its marine consent is being considered has been sent to select committee for consideration. More >>

Congressman Aaron Schock, His Office & Instagram

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 4:14 pm | Jenny Rudd from MOSH

Being born in the eighties, US Republican Congressman Aaron Schock knows that hanging out with celebs and travelling like a rock star are aspirational hobbies to his fellow generation X crew who are often labeled with a 'what's in it for me?' attitude. Schock ... More >>

Weathertight Homes Bill To Get Priority

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 2:20 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

After next week’s adjournment the Government would seek to make progress on its legislation when the House sits on March 10. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon : Three-Person Babies

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 12:07 pm | Martin Doyle

Well done, UK, for taking a brave but well-reasoned step forward into the exciting world of mitochondria. [Putting the 'brave' into Brave New World] More >>

Palestine at the International Criminal Court

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 12:02 pm | Redress Information

The International Criminal Court (ICC) was designed as a vehicle for the prosecution of the most heinous of crimes committed by individuals in positions of state authority – those military officers and politicians at the top of a national chain of command. ... More >>

Ko onside with all Kiwis now | John McBeth

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 11:57 am | John McBeth

It's not so long ago that the brilliant young New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko was under fire for accepting financial assistance from High Performance Sport NZ. It was funding which had been applied for by Golf NZ when Ko was still an amateur and based on the ... More >>

David Swanson : Not a Bug Splat, Not Chattel

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 11:54 am | David Swanson

U.S. drone "pilots" refer to people they burn to death in places like Pakistan as "bug splat" because they look like bugs being squished to death on the pilots' video monitors and because it's easier to murder bugs than humans. More >>

The Grand Illusion : John Chuckman

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 11:49 am | John Chuckman

The truth is that the risk of an American being killed by terrorism is close to zero, having been calculated at 1:20,000,000 More >>

NZ's timid silence at the Security Council

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 11:49 am | Leslie Bravery

It almost seemed as though it were John Key himself who was about to go off to fight ISIS, so heroic was his performance in Parliament concerning the sending of New Zealand troops to Iraq. That country is in ruins, both socially and economically, as a result ... More >>

Is the media manipulating citizens into violent action?

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 11:46 am | Charles Drace

Over the past several years there have been literally hundreds of events around the country protesting against the Key government's expected signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement without public consultation or Parliamentary debate, the government's ... More >>

Abbott’s Response to Sydney’s Hostage Crisis

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 11:11 am | Binoy Kampmark

The inquiry into Sydney’s Lindt Café hostage crisis (not, as has become popular to deem it, a siege) has come out with some police state fanfare. Terminal governments tend to scrounge for poor solutions, and much of this is to be found in the joint ... More >>

US spin on Middle East violence must change

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 11:08 am | Ramzy Baroud

Truly, US President Barack Obama’s recent call to address the root causes of violence, including that of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) and al-Qaeda was a step in the right direction, but still miles away from taking the least responsibility ... More >>

Katya Rivas' Passion : Jesus Prepares Himself

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 11:01 am | Katya Rivas

I was also a man and felt sadness and anguish. I found Myself very alone! I mortified My Body by fasting and My Spirit by prayer. I prayed for all humanity that would deny Me, that would sacrifice Me so many times… More >>

EEZ Bill To Be Debated

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 10:45 am | ParliamentToday.co.nz

MPs will debate legislation concerning the Exclusive Economic Zone and the Maui gas field when Parliament sits today. More >>

Thought for the Day: Addressing the Islamic State

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 10:43 am | Keith Rankin

The brutal and publicity-seeking behaviour of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS or ISIL) in the places we westerners call 'Middle-East' and 'Iraq' and 'Syria' is certainly a challenge to western liberal democracies. More >>

Scoop Coverage: Announcement Of NZ Iraq Deployment

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 9:49 am | Scoop Full Coverage

Coverage and reaction to the announcement of NZ's deployment of army trainers to help support the Iraqi army against ISIL, and the leadup. More >>

Govt Indicates Support For NZ First Bill

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 10:01 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

The House rose at 10pm interrupting the second reading debate of the Social Security (Clothing Allowances for Orphans and Unsupported Children) Amendment Bill . More >>

Judges Pecuniary Interests Bill Voted Down

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 9:10 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

The Register of Pecuniary Interests of Judges Bill sought to create a pecuniary interests register for the judiciary, but the select committee considering the bill was unnecessary and should not pass. More >>

Paid Parental Leave Bill Discharged

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 8:08 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

A Labour MP’s paid parental leave bill has been voted down and during the debate the Government indicated it would be introducing a reform bill on the subject later this year. More >>

Prostitution By-Law Bill Discharged

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 4:55 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

A long debated bill concerning by-laws and prostitution in South Auckland has been voted down. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Get some guts

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 2:45 pm | Martin Doyle

Defending Iraq is a just cause. John Key has done well to begin making the case. But sending our troops off with a round of puerile, party bickering ringing in their ears is just pathetic. More >>

Prostitution And Paid Parental Leave

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 11:01 am | ParliamentToday.co.nz

The first General Debate and Members’ Day will be held today including two contentious bills. More >>

Gordon Campbell: Are NZ troops the least of IS’s problems?

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 9:40 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on whether New Zealand troops are the least of Islamic State’s problems More >>

Child Porn Bill Progresses

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 10:05 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

The bill completed its second reading on a voice vote though NZ First spoke against the bill during debate saying it did not go far enough. More >>

Parole Bill Passes

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 8:33 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

A bill reducing parole hearings deemed to be unnecessary has passed. The third reading of the Parole Amendment Bill was completed by 104 to 16 with the Greens and Maori Party opposed. More >>

Hipkins Ejected From House

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 5:47 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

Labour MP Chris Hipkins was ordered from the House today when he refused to stop talking about the Sky City Convention Centre deal during a debate on a gambling bill. More >>

Press Conference: Chief of Defence Force, PM on Iraq Plans

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 5:00 pm | Lyndon Hood

Following his statement to Parliament on plans to deploy New Zealand troops to Iraq, the Prime Minister was joined by Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating and Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee at a press conference. More >>

U.S. Army Claims to Be Full of Liars - David Swanson

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 4:59 pm | David Swanson

"Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession" is the title of a new paper by Leonard Wong and Stephen Gerras of the U.S. Army's Strategic Studies Institute. Its thesis: the U.S. Army is full of liars who habitually lie as part of a lying ... More >>

Katya Rivas' Passion : The Last Supper

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 4:57 pm | Katya Rivas

I embrace all the souls that come to Me because I came to Earth to expand the Love in which I embrace them. And since love does not grow without sorrows; little by little I take away the sweetness, to leave the souls in dryness. More >>

Much Ado at the Qusayr Site? A Syrian Nuclear Snapshot

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 4:50 pm | INSS Insight

On January 9, 2015, the German weekly Der Spiegel published an article alleging that Syria did not give up its nuclear weapons development ambitions following the destruction in 2007 of its almost completed, North Korean-constructed nuclear reactor near the ... More >>

Debate On Iraq Deployment Completed

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 4:19 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

Parliament has completed a debate on the Government’s decision to deploy troops to Iraq. More >>

Universities and Scoop.co.nz’s "Invisible Paywall" Licencing

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 11:04 am | Jan Rivers

In the National Business review last week a story covered Scoop Media’s innovative licencing arrangements , which have been in place for a number of years. Rather than a paywall that excludes everyone who cannot pay, Scoop’s licencing conditions make ... More >>

Debate On Islamic State

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 10:42 am | ParliamentToday.co.nz

Prime Minister John Key has indicated he will make a ministerial statement when Parliament resumes today on the decision to send troops to Iraq to assist in the fight against the Islamic State. More >>

Five Fears Preventing Continuous Improvement : J. Ahlström

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 10:21 am | Joakim Ahlstrom

Do you have the courage to confront your fears? 1. Fear of power loss 2. Fear of regret 3. Fear of losing face 4. Fear of falling behind 5. Fear of losing friends More >>

Stealing the Keys: The SIM Card Hacking Case

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 10:11 am | Binoy Kampmark

It is hard to muster enthusiasm for events that have become so frequent in their pummelling effect, they are as expected as the sun’s clockwork appearance in the morning. It would, however, be dangerous to yawn at the latest Edward Snowden treat, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on drip-fed info about the Iraq deployment

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 10:01 am | Gordon Campbell

There are two ways of framing the story of our troop deployment in Iraq. They go roughly like this: More >>

Thought for the Day: Foreigners Driving on the Left

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 9:55 am | Keith Rankin

We are hearing a lot on the news this summer about the high numbers of serious car crashes in New Zealand linked to foreign drivers. The assumption always made is that it's because people in other countries drive on the other (right) side of the road. ... More >>

Post-Cabinet Press Conference on NZ’s Involvement in Iraq

Monday, 23 February 2015, 5:27 pm | Jeremy Wilkinson

In a press conference held today in Wellington, Prime Minister John Key answered questions regarding the decision to send New Zealand troops to Iraq in a training capacity. More >>

100 years of invading Iraq

Monday, 23 February 2015, 12:08 pm | Valerie Morse

The prime minister has labeled a new deployment of New Zealand soldiers to Iraq an ‘Anzac-badged unit,’ and he has explicitly sought to draped it in the honour and courage associated with troops at Gallipoli 100 years ago. Since the prime minister ... More >>

Thought for the Day: Greece unshackling?

Monday, 23 February 2015, 11:27 am | Keith Rankin

Several years ago, Greece was slammed into the debtors' prison by a group of northern European countries led by Germany. The country only gets out of jail when its government has implemented policies that suit external creditor interests. More >>

American Defense Contractors are now Health Care Providers

Monday, 23 February 2015, 10:38 am | John Stanton

“Defense Contractor” is no longer a valid term for US weapons makers. More >>

The Case for Removing the Fantasist-in-Chief

Monday, 23 February 2015, 10:29 am | Binoy Kampmark

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is full of predictable surprises. Stomping and punching his way into the history books, his government finds itself teetering before the electoral precipice. More >>

Katya Rivas' Passion : The Passion ( Begins For Lent 2015 )

Monday, 23 February 2015, 9:54 am | Katya Rivas

My little daughter, let yourself be embraced by My most ardent desire that all souls come and purify themselves in the water of penance, and that the feeling of confidence, and not fear, may penetrate them, because I am a God of Mercy and I am always ready ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on today’s announcement on Iraq

Monday, 23 February 2015, 8:52 am | Gordon Campbell

Later today, the Key government is expected to announce that New Zealand is planning to send about 100 troops on a training mission to Iraq. This will be followed by a predictably divided debate in Parliament. Have Kiwi troops ever been sent on a ... More >>

22% in 4 days is a great start! - Crowd Funding Update

Sunday, 22 February 2015, 3:41 pm | Scoop Operation Chrysalis

As I write this update it is 2pm on Sunday afternoon (22nd February) - almost exactly four days since we launched Scoop's first ever crowd funding campaign. We have just received a very generous anonymous 100th pledge of $1000 which has taken us to 22% of our target! More >>

Anti-What? : Uri Avnery

Sunday, 22 February 2015, 10:01 am | Uri Avnery

ANTI-SEMITISM is on the rise. All over Europe it is raising its ugly head. Jews are in danger everywhere. They must make haste and come home to Israel before it is too late. True? Untrue? Nonsense. More >>

Adam Keller : Election scandals and a very European week

Sunday, 22 February 2015, 9:59 am | Adam Keller

This was the week in which the IDF got a new Chief of Staff. Immediately, chromo paper color photos of the new Commander in Chief, Major General Gadi Eizenkot were provided to the readers of Israel’s mass-circulation newspapers. Two days later, ... More >>

David Swanson - Not Very Funny

Sunday, 22 February 2015, 9:55 am | David Swanson

Remarks prepared for event with comedian Lee Camp, Charlottesville, Va., February 21, 2015, event postponed by snow storm. When it's rescheduled I'll say something completely unrelated. More >>

The Folly of Data Retention: A Fool’s Paradise in Australia

Sunday, 22 February 2015, 9:53 am | Binoy Kampmark

There should be nothing polite about it, whatever the curious start of the article in Gizmodo (Feb 3) suggests. The “future of privacy on the internet in Australia” is simply but one in a series of skirmishes being waged by a mishmash of authoritarian ... More >>

Gallipoli: Remembrance As Forgetting - John Bevan-Smith

Sunday, 22 February 2015, 9:33 am | John Bevan-Smith

With the centenary of the landing of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli almost upon us, we in Australasia might pause to ask how it is that an early twentieth-century military misadventure, ill-conceived on the other side ... More >>

The strategic implications of the battle for Debaltsevo

Sunday, 22 February 2015, 9:19 am | The Vineyard of the Saker

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2015 The strategic implications of the battle for Debaltsevo (UPDATED) The Novorussians are in control of most of Debaltsevo ( officially 100% as of midnight GMT). More relevantly, there is no more organized resistance. Russian ... More >>

 

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