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Plucking the Foreign Goose: Australia’s Tax on Backpackers

Monday, 5 December 2016, 4:36 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The morning news on the ABC network featured blondes, and more blondes, riding a derelict van along a non-descript street in sunny Australia. It did not matter who they were, or even where they were. They were simply “backpackers”, the sort ... More >>

Aleppo: Short-term action; reaffirmation of humanitarian law

Monday, 5 December 2016, 4:14 pm | Rene Wadlow

Stephen O’Brien, the United Nations Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs describing the ever-more destructive situation in and around Aleppo, Syria, said “The parties to the conflict have shown time and again they are willing to take ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Key resignation

Monday, 5 December 2016, 4:09 pm | Gordon Campbell

T>he resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ... More >>

PM's Press Conference: Key will step down on a high note

Monday, 5 December 2016, 3:03 pm | Liana Pantaleo

Prime Minister John Key held an earlier-than-usual press conference today for a reason he would not disclose beforehand: He will be stepping down as Prime Minister as of 12 December, one week from now. More >>

Gordon Campbell on India’s huge socio-economic experiment

Monday, 5 December 2016, 11:54 am | Gordon Campbell

W ithout much coverage at all in the West, India has just been engaged for the past few weeks in one of the world’s biggest socio-economic experiments since the Cultural Revolution in China. With only four hours warning on November 8, Indian Prime Minister ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Worst in the English-speaking world

Friday, 2 December 2016, 5:15 pm | Martin Doyle

The news that New Zealand 10-year-olds are the worst in the English-speaking world at Maths and Science has been greeted with a lack of comment one would only expect from the braindead. Do we have a Minister of Education in the house? An Opposition? ... More >>

Normalization in the Shadow of Political Deadlock

Friday, 2 December 2016, 4:44 pm | INSS Insight

On September 26, 2016, Noble Energy announced that it signed a contract with the Jordan Electric Power Company. Noble Energy is the American partner in the consortium that holds the rights to produce natural gas in the Leviathan field, which is within ... More >>

What is behind the conflicts in the Arab world?

Friday, 2 December 2016, 4:34 pm | Redress Information

The short answer to the question in the title is: where does one start? If things in the Middle East and North Africa were not complicated enough, answering the question has been made even more difficult by the rise of Donald Trump, and the fact that ... More >>

It is not enough to promise, we must act to #endAIDS

Friday, 2 December 2016, 4:28 pm | Citizen News Service

(CNS): Mahatma Gandhi had once said, "If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning". Gandhi's thought resurfaced after listening to Dr Ishwar Gilada, President of AIDS ... More >>

“Tell a Lot of the Truth, but Never Tell the Whole Truth.”

Friday, 2 December 2016, 4:04 pm | Gary G. Kohls

Propaganda: “a message designed to persuade its intended audience to think and behave in a certain manner. Thus advertising is commercial propaganda. Or institutionalized and systematic spreading of information and/or disinformation, usually to promote ... More >>

75 Years of Pearl Harbor Lies - David Swanson

Friday, 2 December 2016, 3:55 pm | David Swanson

Pearl Harbor Day today is like Columbus Day 50 years ago. That is to say: most people still believe the hype. The myths are still maintained in their blissful unquestioned state. "New Pearl Harbors" are longed for by war makers, claimed, and exploited. ... More >>

Less Symbolism, More Action - Ramzy Baroud

Friday, 2 December 2016, 3:48 pm | Ramzy Baroud

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has designated the week, November 25 to December 3, as the 'biggest-ever campaign' aimed at boycotting Israeli products and those of companies that contribute to the Israeli military occupation of Palestine. More >>

Donald Trump’s Election: Israel’s Additional Focus

Friday, 2 December 2016, 3:43 pm | INSS Insight

The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States has prompted many in Israel to issue recommendations to the President-elect and the administration-in-formation regarding policy on Israel. One of the repeated objectives is to repair the relations ... More >>

Hey! Donald!! Let's Make a Deal on Those 3m "Rigged" Votes

Friday, 2 December 2016, 3:38 pm | Harvey Wasserman

Donald Trump says there were 3 million fraudulent voters in a “rigged” election he lost by more than 2 million popular votes. But he has no proof. The solution is obvious: He should fund a 50-state recount. More >>

The real link between Israel’s forest fires and muezzin bill

Friday, 2 December 2016, 3:35 pm | Redress Information

Israeli legislation ostensibly intended to tackle noise pollution from Muslim houses of worship has, paradoxically, served chiefly to provoke a cacophony of indignation across much of the Middle East. More >>

Why Flag Burning Matters: Drones and Our National Religion

Friday, 2 December 2016, 3:30 pm | David Swanson

The national religion of the United States of America is nationalism. Its god is the flag. Its prayer is the pledge of allegiance. More >>

Complacency breeds failure: Consolidate efforts to #endAIDS

Friday, 2 December 2016, 3:24 pm | Citizen News Service

(CNS): Success breeds complacency and complacency breeds failure. When the number of people affected by a disease decreases, there is a tendency to disregard it as a public health problem. More >>

Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays on Place from Aotearoa NZ

Friday, 2 December 2016, 12:20 pm | Max Rashbrooke

When I was coming to the end of my six-year stint in London, British people would often say to me, ‘I quite understand why you’d go back to New Zealand – I mean, the landscape, it’s so beautiful, why wouldn’t you?’ Because they were often ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Anne Tolley’s callous folly

Friday, 2 December 2016, 11:29 am | Gordon Campbell

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More >>

Scoop Launches HiveMind Interactive Discussion Platform

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 3:14 pm | The Scoop Foundation

Today Scoop launched HiveMind a new platform for citizen engagement and people powered decision making in collaboration with Public Engagement Partners. ‘The hivemind’ is a term used to describe large groups of people who share their knowledge or opinions ... More >>

No sugar coating: what should we do?

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 10:54 am | HiveMind

Welcome to our first interactive HiveMind exploration on the important topic of 'sugar and obesity' in New Zealand. We have provided some background to this issue and identified six potential perspectives below. Is your view represented? Do you ... More >>

Nigel Farage, Bombast and the US-British Relationship

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 4:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Never accuse the former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) of being shy. In recent days, Nigel Farage has been reiterating to followers and press outlets that his party was instrumental in electing Donald Trump as US president. More >>

Gordon Campbell: Putin’s wonderful, fabulous, very good year

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 10:49 am | Gordon Campbell

Safe to say that no-one, but no-one has had a better 2016 than Vladimir Putin. What an annus mirabilis it has been for him. Somehow, Russia got away with directly interfering in the US election process, such that a friendly oligarch that Putin can do business ... More >>

How I Produce Fake News for Russia - David Swanson

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 4:21 pm | David Swanson

Apparently I've written "fake news" on behalf of Russia without ever receiving a dime from Russia or realizing what I was doing. It took the intrepid reporting of the Washington Post to alert me to what I have been engaged in. My "fake ... More >>

Top 10 Reasons Nobel Peace Events Will Feature Kissinger

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 4:07 pm | David Swanson

But when they invite notorious war mongers back to speak as peace laureates at the events surrounding the awarding of another such prize, the insanity defense loses plausibility. So I wish it were not true that Henry Kissinger is scheduled to speak ... More >>

Australia, the US and Trumpism - Binoy Kampmark

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 3:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Politics can be a deliciously self-defeating field. For the US-Australian alliance, one born out of desperate insecurity on the part of Canberra, a dramatic change in the White House was always going to cause a shudder. A Clinton presidency was presumed ... More >>

HRW & FIFA test Middle East fallout of Trump’s election

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 2:28 pm | Redress Information

Human Rights Watch (HRW), in an initial probing of the impact of the rise of US President-elect Donald J. Trump, has asked the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights to include world football body FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) in ... More >>

Use of social media during 2016 Kaikoura earthquake

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 2:12 pm | Frank Dowling

How New Zealanders and Emergency Services used social media during 2016 Kaikoura earthquake Frank Dowling Social Media Researcher, Christchurch, New Zealand More >>

Earthquake Journalism Call for Submissions

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 12:25 pm | The Scoop Foundation

The Scoop Foundation invites proposals from freelance journalists for significant Earthquake related Public Interest investigative journalism projects to be delivered in the first half of 2017. More >>

PM's Press Conference 28/11/16: Earthquake support & Surplus

Monday, 28 November 2016, 5:04 pm | Liana Pantaleo

Prime Minsiter John Key began his weekly press conference with a description of the government’s plans to provide support to the 14 November earthquake. He announced the extension of the employee support package for businesses in Wellington, and mentioned ... More >>

It's (sigh) President Trump - by Walter Brasch

Monday, 28 November 2016, 2:50 pm | Walter Brasch

When Sen. Barack Obama was running for the presidency and for most of his two terms, the Tea Party right-wing claimed he was born in Kenya, that he was a radicalized Muslim, and was unfit to be president. The rise of the Tea Party led to a rise of ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the death of Fidel Castro

Monday, 28 November 2016, 12:16 pm | Gordon Campbell

New Zealand likes to think we played ourpart – via the 1981 Springbok tour – in bringing the apartheid regime in South Africa to an end. Cuba played a far, far more substantial role. That’s why South African president Jacob Zuma treated the ... More >>

Fidel Castro : Heart of Gold - Julie Webb-Pullman

Sunday, 27 November 2016, 8:22 am | Julie Webb-Pullman

The passing of Fidel Castro is of a baton, not just a life. The values he represented and the ideals he struggled for and in many areas achieved, will not die with him but continue to advance, not only in Cuba, but everywhere. More >>

Australian websites download faster in Auckland than Sydney

Saturday, 26 November 2016, 2:03 pm | Digitl

Nothing illustrates the gulf opening between broadband services in New Zealand and Australia better than this snippet of data from TrueNet's October 2016 report.  The major point we noticed this month is the gap opening up between NZ ISPs and our ... More >>

Less local council red tape for telcos

Saturday, 26 November 2016, 1:56 pm | Digitl

Telecommunications companies will no longer need to apply to local authorities for resource consent when installing everyday infrastructure. More >>

New Zealand passes Australia in ITU global ICT development i

Saturday, 26 November 2016, 1:52 pm | Digitl

New Zealand moved three places up the International Telecommunications Union global ICT developement index . Today it is 13. In the 2015 index New Zealand was 16. More >>

Binoy Kampmark: The Reality of Fake News

Friday, 25 November 2016, 5:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Fake news as reality; the inability to navigate the waters in which it swims; a weakness in succumbing to material best treated with a huge pinch of salt. That, we are told, is the new condition of the global information environment. More >>

Hillary and the Democrats Must Fund a Recount

Friday, 25 November 2016, 4:57 pm | Harvey Wasserman

With more than 2,000,000 votes still uncounted in California alone, her public triumph over Donald Trump may ultimately reach 2.5 million votes or more. More >>

Earthquake Journalism Grant Announced

Friday, 25 November 2016, 4:17 pm | The Scoop Foundation

The Scoop Foundation for Public Interest Journalism has announced a new $5,000 grant round for significant earthquake related public interest journalism projects. This funding round has been fast-tracked in order to respond constructively to the recent ... More >>

What Should Palestinians Expect – Can Trump Be Any Worse?

Friday, 25 November 2016, 3:06 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Fear and trepidation are slowly building up, as US President-elect, Donald Trump, is fortifying his transitional team with people capable of bringing about a nightmare scenario, not only for Americans but for the rest of the world, as well. More >>

Solving Abusive International Relationships - David Swanson

Friday, 25 November 2016, 3:00 pm | David Swanson

There’s a chapter in a new book by Dorothie and Martin Feldman called A New Map for Relationships that outlines seven international relationships between the United States and others in which many people in the United States have not understood their ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the media normalisation of Trump

Friday, 25 November 2016, 12:38 pm | Gordon Campbell

W e all supposedly agree that the media is going to hell in a tabloid handbasket, but the trends to the contrary can be a bit harder to spot. In his 1970s book The Right Stuff , Tom Wolfe had mocked the way the media instinctively acts as what he ... More >>

Building a community response to family violence

Friday, 25 November 2016, 9:17 am | Superu

New Zealand is a special place where people of all walks of life generally feel welcomed and accepted. More >>

Seeking the True Path - Robert J. Burrowes

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 4:31 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

One of the more subtle manifestations of the intimate link between (unconscious) human emotions and behaviour is illustrated by the simple concept of choice and how this is so often reduced to a dichotomy between two bad options. In such circumstances, ... More >>

Climate Change in the Shadow of Denial - Binoy Kampmark

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 4:09 pm | Binoy Kampmark

While it was all but obscured in the course of the US presidential excitement, negotiators at the climate change conference in Marrakech were busy attempting to hammer out the means to implement the Paris Climate Agreement. More >>

Bodies as Propaganda: The US-Australia Refugee Agreement

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 2:59 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It all has a hurried sense to it. With the offshore detention system running into troubles, the Australian government has had to find ways to get rid of the human residents it has promised never to settle in the country. This highly dubious policy, ... More >>

James Mattis Is a Secretary of Offense - David Swanson

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 2:48 pm | David Swanson

Donald Trump says he wants to stop overthrowing governments and turn toward peace. But not only does he also say he wants to increase the military spending that produces more wars, but he’s considering for Secretary of so-called Defense someone whose ... More >>

How Ultrafast Broadband reforms changed telco sector competi

Wednesday, 23 November 2016, 4:27 pm | Digitl

Telecom NZ’s market share was already falling before 2009. Then, the communications minister Steven Joyce announced plans for a fibre network. More >>

Much ado about Super Wi-Fi

Wednesday, 23 November 2016, 4:09 pm | Digitl

For most of us wi-fi is the wireless technology that moves data around the house. Or it might the service you log-on to in a cafe or airport lounge. More >>

Work starts on Hawaiki - a faster, fatter pipe to USA

Wednesday, 23 November 2016, 4:06 pm | Digitl

Remi Galasso’s dream to build the Hawaiki trans-Pacific cable became a reality earlier today. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the transport options, post earthquake

Wednesday, 23 November 2016, 10:22 am | Gordon Campbell

As the immediate task of repairing and re-opening SH1 north and south of Kaikoura begins, the configuration of rail, road and shipping likely to emerge in the longer term, post earthquake, still remains opaque. According to Rail and Maritime Union ... More >>

Mourning Thanksgiving Day at Standing Rock - Gary G. Kohls

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 4:33 pm | Gary G. Kohls

Why the First Nations People Regard Thanksgiving Day as a National Day of Mourning and Why Minnesota Governors Sibley and Ramsey Should Posthumously Stand Trial for Crimes Against Humanity More >>

From Baabda to al-Qusayr: Hezbollah’s Victory March

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 3:53 pm | INSS Insight

On October 31, 2016, following a prolonged crisis that paralyzed Lebanon’s political system for two and a half years, General Michel Aoun was elected president. Aoun entered the presidential palace in Baabda after an agreement was reached that constituted ... More >>

Qatari soft power efforts: 2 steps forward, 1 step backwards

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 3:38 pm | Redress Information

Efforts to leverage Qatar’s 2022 World Cup hosting rights to create the soft power the Gulf state needs to punch above its weight and ensure a sympathetic hearing in the international community in times of emergency operate on the Leninist principle ... More >>

Egypt’s Advance toward a New Social Contract - Ofir Winter

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 3:01 pm | INSS Insight

On November 11, 2016, following protracted negotiations, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a loan of $12 billion to Egypt over three years, to help it undertake an ambitious reform plan that should enable it to overcome years of structural problems ... More >>

Baggy Green Woes: The Crisis of Australian Cricket

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 2:55 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Get the game back in the dressingroom and in time, like those before them, the elite of Australian cricket will be capable of a high performance in a purer sense.” Mike Coward, Fox Sports, Nov 17, 2016 More >>

Bottling the Demon of Free Trade: Trumpism and Protectionism

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 2:48 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The election of Donald J. Trump on Tuesday, November 8 terrified many who consider themselves notionally progressive or traditional republicans. It also terrified free trade ideologues, and those who believe that opening borders to boundless consumer ... More >>

Registering Japanese Americans Is Precedent Only for Crime

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 2:42 pm | David Swanson

Since World War I and the initiative of J. Edgar Hoover, and right up through all the no-fly and terrorist-watch lists of today, the U.S. government has kept unconstitutional lists of people, largely or in part on the basis of their national or ethnic heritage ... More >>

Michael Flynn Should Remember Truths Blurted Out Last Year

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 2:36 pm | David Swanson

Michael Flynn, expected to advise Donald Trump on counterproductive killing operations misleading labeled "national security," is generally depicted as a lawless torturer and assassin . But, whether for partisan reasons or otherwise, he's a lawless ... More >>

Will the Commerce Commission hold the line?

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 2:30 pm |

Editorial changes in the not-so-humble community newspapers and the hold-up of the NZMI/Fairfax merger are perhaps good news snippets to set against the tide of digitalised brand-content media marketing and headlong aggregation. Damien Venuto in StopPress ... More >>


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