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No Human Rights Violations Because No Violence?

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 4:57 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Coup-installed junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha said he does "not violate any human rights" because he is not using violence to enforce his edicts including a new crackdown against anti-regime jokes, political comments on Facebook, ... More >>

Taking the Long View: Solar power crucial for the long game

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 4:44 pm | Gord Stewart

Grid defection they call it. It happens when customers find it economical to say goodbye to their power company and the electrical grid in favour of self-generated power from a solar-and-battery system. More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: MASTERMINDS of Housing

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 4:38 pm | Martin Doyle

In previous times, it was quite common for couples to put off having children till they were properly set up. That approach needs to be adopted again given the seriousness of child poverty and the shortage of housing under this government. Property speculators ... More >>

Editorial Comment : Gordon Campbell

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 10:08 am | Gordon Campbell

Since taking over as Editor at Scoop few months ago, I’ve avoided making mission statements, and have focussed on what can be done and/or set in train, given our resources. However, the PledgeMe campaign currently being run by the Scoop Foundation ... More >>

Turkey as Terror: Ankara's role in the Brexit Referendum

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 3:08 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Either we influence Europe, or it influences us.” David Cameron, The Telegraph , May 8, 2016 More >>

Make serving in war an option, not an order

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 11:50 am | Kristin Christman

Commentary: Make serving in war an option, not an order No one should be forced to register to represent our country in combat By Kristin Y. Christman, Commentary Published in the Albany Times Union May 22, 2016 More >>

World Humanitarian Summit: On the front lines for action

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 11:10 am | Rene Wadlow

The World Humanitarian Summit organized by the United Nations will open on 23 May 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The aim of the conference in the words of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon is to see what should be done “to end conflict, alleviate suffering ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the rise of the far right

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 10:48 am | Gordon Campbell

In his victory speech at the Cannes film festival this week, the British film director Ken Loach warned that the rise of far right parties in Europe was being fuelled by the economic policies of austerity, and manifested in a welfare bureaucracy that ... More >>

Audio: Scoop's Alastair Thompson at OuiShare Fest

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:38 am | The Scoop Team

Scoop co-founder and Scoop Foundation board member Alastair Thompson discusses Scoop's new Ethical Paywall model, the sharing economy, innovation and poetic revolution at OuiShare Fest conference on the sharing economy in Paris last week. More >>

Leakers Down Under: The Australian Federal Police Raids

Monday, 23 May 2016, 11:34 am | Binoy Kampmark

It is election time in Australia, and the electioneering took a remarkable turn Thursday night with announcements that the Australian Federal Police had raided the offices of the opposition Australian Labor Party, including that of a senior frontbencher ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on bank scandals and air crashes

Monday, 23 May 2016, 10:26 am | Gordon Campbell

Libor. It stands for the London Interbank Offered rate. Back in 2012, Libor became synonymous with a scandal involving the dodgy manipulation of how interest rates were fixed - during the years before and after the Global Financial Crisis - thus ... More >>

Alan Edwards retiring Chief Executive of Metlifecare

Friday, 20 May 2016, 3:36 pm | Liam Butler

What are some of the trends and challenges you identify for our aged care and retirement sector? More >>

Lyndon Hood: Work and Grimmcome

Friday, 20 May 2016, 10:41 am | Lyndon Hood

A rich man's wife became sick, and when she felt that her end was drawing near, she called her only daughter to her bedside and said, "Dear child, remain pious and good, and our social welfare safety net will prevent your standard of living ever falling ... More >>

U.S. financial regulations increase starvation

Thursday, 19 May 2016, 5:21 pm | Franklin Lamb

As of May 15, 2016, according to Save the Children and an assortment of UN agencies and NGO’s, nearly 7 million people are displaced within Syria, half of them are children and more than two million of the youngsters are at risk of becoming ill, ... More >>

Stuff-Me: The newspaper gobble-up

Thursday, 19 May 2016, 4:58 pm | Julienne Molineaux

Stuff-Me: The newspaper gobble-up Julienne Molineaux This article was first published at the Briefing Papers The proposed merger between NZME and Fairfax New Zealand is the latest instalment in the increasing concentration of ownership in New Zealand’s ... More >>

The Triumph of Establishment Politics

Thursday, 19 May 2016, 4:17 pm | Binoy Kampmark

How to find the voice of a people? Electoral systems are the stuff of political nightmare and experiment, all attempting the same goal: how best to capture an appropriately, accurate choice. Australia’s preferential election system is regarded as better ... More >>

Palestine’s Nakba in the Larger Arab ‘Catastrophe’

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 5:24 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Roots of the Conflict: Palestine’s Nakba in the Larger Arab ‘Catastrophe’ By Ramzy Baroud On May 15th of every year, over the past 68 years, Palestinians have commemorated their collective exile from Palestine. The ethnic cleansing of Palestine ... More >>

A Friendly Critique of the Break Free Climate Actions

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 4:44 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

I have enjoyed reading accounts and seeing photos of those committed and courageous climate activists who participated in the recent Break Free from Fossil Fuels actions conducted at various locations in 13 countries from 4-15 May 2016. See 'Break Free ... More >>

Review: Stephen Hough is perfection-plus

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 4:30 pm | Max Rashbrooke

In his interview with Scoop [ Rachmaninov’s hairy chest, and other entertainments ], pianist Stephen Hough made the point that playing Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto requires the artist, more than with most pieces, to keep the entire work in their ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on electricity, executions, and Bob Dylan

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 10:15 am | Gordon Campbell

This week, New Zealand’s crisis of poverty and homelessness has been making headlines around the world . At exactly the same time, Electricity Authority has unveiled the final version of its pricing plan for electricity transmission. More >>

Boris Johnson’s Hitler Comparison

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 3:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Hitler’s main aim was to create an empire in the east and violently subjugate Europeans. Any connection between that and the EU is simply laughable.” Lord Bramal, The Guardian , May 16, 2016 More >>

New Zealand’s Racism Problem

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 10:53 am | Jonny Avery

New Zealand’s Racism Problem - and Our Problem with Listening to Andrew Judd Jonny Avery More >>

King Lear at Circa

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 10:13 am | Howard Davis

In order to celebrate it's 40th birthday, it is perhaps fitting that Circa Theatre should pick a production of 'King Lear,' since it's also somewhat fortuitously Shakespeare's 400th anniversary. If some of the more cerebral poetry is lost in Michael Hurst's ... More >>

What cost, Israel...

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 9:46 am | Jamal Kanj

Much had been argued about the creation of Israel and the ensuing 1948 ethnic cleansing of non-Jewish Palestinians. Sadly however, most had become a desensitised academic debate. A lifeless abstract portrayal failing to depict what it really meant for ... More >>

Post Cabinet Press Conference: Houses and Taxes

Monday, 16 May 2016, 5:10 pm | Robert Kelly

In today’s post cabinet press conference the Prime Minister John Key faced a series of questions around the upcoming budget, housing supply and the likelihood of tax cuts. More >>

Killing Carp in Australia: Genocidal Fantasies Down Under

Monday, 16 May 2016, 3:05 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Trying to decide whether I side with the carp or Barnaby Joyce.” Jeff Sparrow, Twitter, May 1, 2016 More >>

Organized Misery is Fascism

Monday, 16 May 2016, 2:38 pm | John Stanton

“When the United States goes to war they will introduce a war economy. This means sacrificing everything for the army and war purposes – and misery for the population. How can there be a self-sustaining economy for the United States? In times of peace ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on NZ’s support for the Kazakh dictatorship

Monday, 16 May 2016, 10:53 am | Gordon Campbell

Thanks to Sacha Baron Cohen , Kazakhstan will always seem like a bit of a jokey, ramshackle kind of place. To that end, the Stuff story last week about the New Zealand courts’ recent compliance with the wishes of the Kazakh dictatorship was illustrated ... More >>

Journalism : A New Model - The 2016 Scoop Foundation Membership Drive

Saturday, 14 May 2016, 5:28 am | The Scoop Foundation

The Scoop Foundation is seeking public support to safeguard the future of public interest journalism in New Zealand. To ensure public access to comprehensive, free, timely news is maintained during this dark hour for journalism. And to provide every ... More >>

A Palestinian View on Britain’s ‘Anti-Semitic’ Controversy

Friday, 13 May 2016, 3:43 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Beware Israeli Doublespeak: A Palestinian Perspective on Britain’s ‘Anti-Semitic’ Controversy By Ramzy Baroud More >>

Widening the STI Net

Friday, 13 May 2016, 3:36 pm | Shamshad Akhtar

Widening the STI Net for Implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar More >>

Gordon Campbell on the proposed media merger

Friday, 13 May 2016, 12:40 pm | Gordon Campbell

Monopolies are bad for people, and bad for capitalism, too. Look at what happened in the late 1980s when a Labour government handed a state monopoly over to Telecom – which proceeded to screw its customers over prices, spent the bare minimum on ... More >>

Rachmaninov’s hairy chest, and other entertainments

Friday, 13 May 2016, 12:18 pm | Max Rashbrooke

Stephen Hough has just finished a novel. Which would be unremarkable, were he a novelist, but he’s not: he’s a concert pianist. Or rather, he’s a concert pianist, composer, columnist, and painter. (And novelist.) He’s one of that rare breed, the modern ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the future of conservatism

Thursday, 12 May 2016, 10:08 am | Gordon Campbell

For years, observers have noted the contrast between Prime Minister John Key’s ordinary Kiwi bloke persona, and the patrician prat more commonly seen in Parliament. This week though, the prat has been in plain sight. Nominally, Key got expelled from ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on how class colours Panama Papers reactions

Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 11:36 am | Gordon Campbell

Not many heroes so far in the Panama Papers saga, but any number of villains. Those villains happen to include: criminals laundering their ill gotten gains, terrorists funding their nefarious activities, and shadowy figures guilty of varying levels ... More >>

Ugly London: The Mayoral Race

Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 3:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

What a disaster for the conservatives, though hardly a glory for British Labour either. Sadiq Khan, a Labour technocrat rinsed in the chummy spinelessness of the Blairite spin machine, won the London Mayoral election after a campaign that could only be ... More >>

The Leicester City Miracle: Playing Against the Statistics

Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 3:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“The biggest sporting shock of my lifetime, and it’s only my team.” Gary Lineker, May 8, 2016 More >>

Lyndon Hood: Caught With Your Panamas Down

Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 12:01 pm | Lyndon Hood

New Zealand's international trust regime has been under the spotlight with the release of the 'Panama Papers'. The often murky and suspicious offshore finance industry appears to regard New Zealand highly. More >>

PM's Press Conference 9/5/19: John Key on the Panama Papers

Monday, 9 May 2016, 5:55 pm | Lyndon Hood

Prime Minister John Key began today's post-cabinet press conference with an extended defence of New Zealand's tax system, foreign trust regime, and international financial disclosure. He was obliged to continue this through the majority of the questions ... More >>

Twenty-Four Hour Banality

Monday, 9 May 2016, 3:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Big fan of LBJ, me mum,” said Chris Uhlmann, journalist for the ABC’s Twenty-Four hour television news network. And that, perhaps, was the only thing of any interest in what must be regarded as one of the most boring exhibitions of television in decades. ... More >>

Rabindranath Tagore: The Call of the Real

Monday, 9 May 2016, 11:47 am | Rene Wadlow

The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves ... More >>

Sigmund Freud: A Sense of Mission in Troubled Times

Monday, 9 May 2016, 11:44 am | Rene Wadlow

It is then, a commonplace that the psychoanalyst must be aware of the historical determinants of what made him what he is before he can hope to perfect that human gift: the ability to understand that which is different from him.” Erik Erikson ... More >>

Fiasco in Lebanon: 60 Minutes, Privilege and Exploitation

Monday, 9 May 2016, 11:34 am | Binoy Kampmark

“The actions of a desperate mother are one thing; the extraordinary lapse in judgment and ethics of a crew of seasoned journalists getting involved in an international kidnapping scheme is another entirely.” Ruby Hamad, The Age, Apr 17, 2016 More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Truly Wicked vans

Friday, 6 May 2016, 5:07 pm | Martin Doyle

There is a deep-seated Puritanism within New Zealand society. It reared its ugly head recently during the discussion round Wicked Campervans. If only the same venom could be channelled towards our real problems... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the govt’s token plans for cyber-security

Friday, 6 May 2016, 10:09 am | Gordon Campbell

Basically, the world is divided into two types of people : those who think the Panama Papers illustrate the bad shit that some people do, and those who think the Panama Papers illustrate what needs to be done to make sure no-one else discovers the shit ... More >>

The Spirit of Nelson Mandela in Palestine

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 4:33 pm | Ramzy Baroud

The Spirit of Nelson Mandela in Palestine: Is His Real Legacy Being Upheld? Ramzy Baroud I had mixed feelings when I learned that Palestine has erected a statue of Nelson Mandela, the iconic South African anti-Apartheid leader. On the one hand, ... More >>

Spark, Huawei crack 1Gbps as Christchurch 4.5G mobile launch

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 11:04 am | Digitl

You can see the Spark 4.5 antennae on the top of the Hereford Street building in the photo at the top left of the picture.  More >>

Gordon Campbell on Pharmac’s grudging concession to reality

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 9:36 am | Gordon Campbell

Is this any way to run a health system… whereby terminally ill patients are forced into public demonstrations before the government (and its funding agency Pharmac) will grudgingly provide the money for life-saving treatments freely available and ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Tidy Toddy

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 3:30 pm | Martin Doyle

If a Witness in Court kept changing their story [as PM John Key and Revenue Minister Todd McClay are], the Judge would likely advise the Jury not to put too much trust in their statements. The current chopping and changing of stories about foreign trusts ... More >>

Gagarin in Space: The Politics of Cosmic Discovery

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 2:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Aristotle thought notions of humanity as a supreme species atopos – absurd. In contrast, the Romans had a very defined term that distinguished humans as humans, impressive relative to other species: humanitas. Hannah Arendt, in considering these ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Personal lawyering

Tuesday, 3 May 2016, 2:54 pm | Martin Doyle

Normally, lawyers represent their clients. But NZ is being treated to a juicy exception at the moment ie where a key lawyer is advocating for himself and 'other' clients but ostensibly not for his key client. Oh, what a tangled web... More >>

Proposed Land Tax will have detrimental long term affects

Tuesday, 3 May 2016, 2:25 pm | Mark Rais

Proposed Land Tax will have detrimental long term affects Mark Rais The national median price of houses sold last year was $450,000, according to statistics from REINZ (Real Estate Institute of New Zealand). A proposed Land Tax at the recommended ... More >>

Asthma: We can beat it but not kill it

Tuesday, 3 May 2016, 12:00 pm | Shobha Shukla

Asthma: We can beat it but not kill it Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS Image is online at: More >>

Gordon Campbell on Pharmac’s indefensible stance

Tuesday, 3 May 2016, 10:15 am | Gordon Campbell

One of the interesting line items in this month’s Budget will be the one that sets out the increase – if any – in Pharmac’s base funding, to enable it to meet the huge cost of the new class of so called ‘biologics’ drugs for treating ... More >>

Reviewing technology products: Science and anecdotes

Sunday, 1 May 2016, 4:23 pm | Digitl

Scientific reviews involve research, prising the back from things, taking them apart and dropping them on hard surfaces. Listening to noises. Measuring everything. Running battery life tests. More >>

Here's one reason PC sales won't recover

Sunday, 1 May 2016, 4:18 pm | Digitl

The Wall Street Journal reports that desktop internet use is falling . The amount of time people spend accessing the Internet from desktop devices is showing signs of decline, according to online measurement specialist comScore. More >>

Review: 9.7-inch iPad Pro Smart Keyboard Cover

Sunday, 1 May 2016, 4:16 pm | Digitl

Apple’s NZ$280 Smart Keyboard Cover doesn’t turn the 9.7-inch iPad Pro into a laptop. It does something more useful. More >>

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 >>


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