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Post-cabinet: TPP, Family Violence and Solid Energy

Monday, 3 August 2015, 5:35 pm | Megan Gattey

Prime Minister John Key discussed the current situation on the TPP, Solid Energy and the upcoming discussion document on family violence in a post-cabinet press conference today. More >>

Not-so-solid future for Solid Energy

Monday, 3 August 2015, 5:21 pm | Jeremy Wilkinson

The fate of Solid Energy was the focus for this afternoon’s Post-Cabinet press conference in Wellington. More >>

The US-led Coalition’s Human Rights Record in Iraq

Monday, 3 August 2015, 3:55 pm | Harmeet Sooden

Human rights violations committed by ISIS are condemned the world over – rightly so – whereas those committed by the US-led coalition fighting ISIS are under-reported, particularly in the West. More >>

TPPA progress harder from now on - Jan Rivers

Monday, 3 August 2015, 3:47 pm | Jan Rivers

With the failure of the Maui TPPA round to make a deal the next round of TPPA negotiations is going to be much more difficult for the government domestically as well as internationally . Despite the secrecy of the last seven years of negotiations media coverage in the ... More >>

TPPA progress harder from now on

Monday, 3 August 2015, 2:20 pm | Public Good

With the failure of the Hawaii TPPA round to make a deal, the next round of TPPA negotiations is going to be more difficult , as well as more risky for the government. Internationally the Canadian government has been dissolved pending an election in ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on opposing investor-state dispute measures

Monday, 3 August 2015, 11:27 am | Gordon Campbell

Even in this dark hour for the TPP, the secrecy farce continues. On RNZ this morning, Trade Minister Tim Groser said he looks forward to the day when he can take the covers off , and show New Zealand what a good deal we’ve won. Oh, good grief. What is ... More >>

Scoop's #FutureOfNews Challenge & Solution - A ''New Scoop''

Monday, 3 August 2015, 10:06 am | Alastair Thompson

A Speech by Scoop Editor & Publisher Alastair Thompson backgrounding the development of Scoop's new "Ethical Paywall" approach to licensing commercial use of its news content and addressing the current State of the NZ News Media and the challenges ... More >>

The Beginning and the End of the TPPA

Monday, 3 August 2015, 10:04 am | Jordan McCluskey

We are a nation of traders. New Zealand is a country that has, since its colonisation, been dependent on foreign trade to support our economy. Extractive industries came first for the Kauri, then gold, then whale oil, and finally seal furs. Following ... More >>

Centenary of the Battle for Chunuk Bair

Monday, 3 August 2015, 9:25 am | Keith Rankin

Keith Rankin, 3 August 2015 This coming weekend marks the centenary of the Battle for Chunuk Bair. This battle is often regarded, as in the overview to the 1991 movie Chunuk Bair, as "a formative NZ nationhood moment". Indeed it was the principal ... More >>

Top Of The Morning News Digest

Monday, 3 August 2015, 8:53 am | NewsRoom_Plus

1. Police shot and killed a man last night in Myers Park in Auckland. A large marquee has been put up to protect the scene which remains cordoned off. The Independent Police Conduct Authority has been notified and the police will be revealing more ... More >>

The Unsettling, Anti-Science Certitude on Global Warming

Saturday, 1 August 2015, 12:49 pm | John Steele Gordon

Climate-change ‘deniers’ are accused of heresy by true believers. That doesn’t sound like science to me More >>

Non-Nuclear Challenges of the Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Saturday, 1 August 2015, 12:28 pm | INSS Insight

In addition to its direct implications for the nuclear realm, the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program creates a host of other challenges for Israel. These challenges concern primarily the Palestinian and Syrian arenas, the delegitimization arena, and Israel’s ... More >>

Fracked-gas pipeline through mountains and farms of Virginia

Saturday, 1 August 2015, 12:18 pm | David Swanson

Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia campaigned on green energy (and I hear some people may have believed him, though I haven't met one) and then immediately backed the proposed construction of a giant fracked-gas pipeline through the mountains and ... More >>

When Will the Rogue Resign? Blatter and FIFA

Saturday, 1 August 2015, 12:16 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Even he admitted it. Having ridden roughshod over those who questioned his authority to be at the helm of the world’s most famed sports mafia enterprise, Sepp Blatter decided to resign from his position as FIFA head. Only, he hasn’t. More >>

Italian Premier Renzi gets his facts wrong on Israel

Saturday, 1 August 2015, 12:15 pm | Redress Information

Italian Premier Renzi gets his facts and priorities wrong on Israel and the Palestinian struggle More >>

Iran nuclear deal ignores human rights abuses by Tehran

Saturday, 1 August 2015, 12:12 pm | Peter Tatchell

Amid huge fanfare and relief, last week a long-negotiated deal was announced to lift sanctions against Iran in exchange for international monitoring and verification to ensure that Tehran does not develop nuclear weapons. It was lauded as a success ... More >>

Early diagnosis of drug resistance is crucial to ending TB

Saturday, 1 August 2015, 12:10 pm | CNS

Despite being treatable, TB remains a major global public health problem. As Dr Mario Raviglione, Director Global Tuberculosis Programme of WHO, informed, in 2013, 9 million people fell ill with TB in; 1.5 million men, women and children died from it; 480,000 ... More >>

Jon Stewart Blew Last Chance to Ask Obama a Question

Saturday, 1 August 2015, 12:08 pm | David Swanson

Jon Stewart interviewed President Obama for the last time and told jokes instead of asking questions. More >>

Israel’s endless misery for Gaza is no policy at all

Saturday, 1 August 2015, 12:07 pm | Redress Information

For those trying to read developments between Israel and Gaza over the past weeks, the picture has been unusually puzzling. More >>

Saudi Arabia and the Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Saturday, 1 August 2015, 12:05 pm | INSS Insight

The nuclear agreement reached by the major powers with Iran is not good news for Saudi Arabia, because the agreement means that Iran, Riyadh’s main ideological and geo-strategic rival, has received international recognition as a nuclear threshold ... More >>

Neoliberal American Capitalism Rocks On!

Saturday, 1 August 2015, 12:03 pm | John Stanton

Though not explicitly stated, America’s most powerful instrument of national power is Capitalism. The pistons that power Neoliberal American Capitalism are: Diplomacy, Information, Military, Economic, Financial, Law Enforcement, Intelligence and Human ... More >>

Imagine There's No Army

Saturday, 1 August 2015, 12:01 pm | David Swanson

By CJ Hinke, Excerpted from Free Radicals: War Resisters in Prison by CJ Hinke, forthcoming from Trine-Day in 2016. More >>

God Defend the National Anthem

Friday, 31 July 2015, 4:21 pm | Lyndon Hood

Earlier in the week Labour leader Andrew Little said – deliberately, I think – that he didn't like New Zealand's national anthem and many New Zealanders preferred to sing along to the Australian one. More >>

Album Review and rap beefs: Tame Impala, Currents.

Friday, 31 July 2015, 2:56 pm | Francis Cook

Tame Impala’s new album Currents has one of the hallmarks of an enduring album. At first listen it seems like good, if somewhat ordinary, pop but as you go back more and more layers unravel revealing deeply rich, expertly crafted songs. More >>

Front line police to carry Tasers on their person

Friday, 31 July 2015, 12:22 pm | Jeremy Wilkinson

Lef to right: Police Association President Greg O’Connor and Police Commissioner Mike Bush. Photo: Jeremy Wilkinson More >>

Residential Property – We need to talk about Auckland

Friday, 31 July 2015, 12:00 pm | Bradley Nuttall

In the first of a series of updates about residential property in Auckland and New Zealand we discuss the recent announcement by Prime Minister John Key on changes to the way gains on residential property are taxed. More >>

Scoop Coverage: TPP Maui Negotiations and Revelations

Friday, 31 July 2015, 11:45 am | Scoop Full Coverage

Scoop coverage of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations in Maui, leaked documents and NZ admissions on medicine costs and dairy. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Tim Groser missing in action on the TPP

Friday, 31 July 2015, 11:16 am | Gordon Campbell

While rapid change is always possibl e in trade talks as they approach the deadline, lets assume that the offers on the table for dairy at the TPP talks in Maui won’t improve much beyond the “appallingly bad” level currently being lamented by New ... More >>

Vietnam a Half Century Later

Friday, 31 July 2015, 8:24 am | David Swanson

Jimmy Carter called a war waged in Vietnam by the United States -- a war that killed 60,000 Americans and 4,000,000 Vietnamese, without burning down a single U.S. town or forest -- "mutual" damage. Ronald Reagan called it a "noble" ... More >>

Dead Again: Mullah Omar

Friday, 31 July 2015, 8:07 am | Binoy Kampmark

What is it about these rubbery like figures of history? Death becomes them, and obituaries are fairly useless, less they suggest finality. The point about such fantasy producing tropes such as the “war on terror” is that they cannot allow their subjects, ... More >>

House Adjourns

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 5:56 pm |

The House rose just before 6pm interrupting the set piece committee stage of the Appropriation (2015/16 Estimates) Bill . More >>

Health And Safety Bill Progresses

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 4:55 pm |

The second reading of new health and safety legislation has been completed with Labour withdrawing its support for the reform More >>

Darker Horizons Ahead: Rethinking the War on ‘IS’

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 3:20 pm | Ramzy Baroud

As much of the Middle East sinks deeper into division between competing political camps, the so-called ‘Islamic State’ (‘IS’) continues its unhindered march towards a twisted version of a Muslim caliphate. Many thousands have lost their lives, ... More >>

Govt Priorities And Absent Members

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 2:26 pm |

When Parliament next sits the Government intends to give priority to the flag referendum bill and the Estimates Debate. More >>

Health And Safety Bill To Be Debated

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 10:41 am |

The Government has decided to give priority to health and safety legislation in Parliament this afternoon. More >>

Gordon Campbell on D-Day for dairy at the TPP

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 9:57 am | Gordon Campbell

While New Zealand may feel flattered at being called “the Saudi Arabia of milk” it would be more accurate to regard us as the suicide bombers of free trade. Ever since the Uruguay Round kicked off in the 1980s New Zealand has set a socially self ... More >>

The Balance of Payments and the Housing Market

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 9:50 am | Keith Rankin

On Morning Report on Friday (24 July), I heard the following exchange between Guyon Espiner and Finance Minister, Bill English. More >>

House Rises, ACT MP AWOL

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 10:20 pm |

There was some confusion about the whereabouts of ACT MP David Seymour in voting in Parliament this evening. More >>

Conservative Shock Value: Craig’s “Dirty Politics”

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 4:24 pm | Francis Cook

Former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig held a press conference at 2pm on Thursday in which he detailed his plans for legal action against Cameron Slater, Jordan Williams, and John Stringer. More >>

Petition On A Petition Presented

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 2:09 pm |

When Parliament resumed at 2pm a petition seeking an explanation for the rejection of an earlier petition was presented. More >>

Prison violence, where's it heading?

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 10:56 am | Don Franks

Apart from a few one off nights after political demonstrations, I only spent one period in prison. More >>

Flag Bill Committee Stage To Proceed

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 10:50 am |

After Question Time and the General Debate, MPs are scheduled to begin the committee stage of the New Zealand Flag Referendums Bill . More >>

Why Americans Believe that Bombing Hiroshima was Necessary

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 9:40 am | Gary G. Kohls

August 6, 2015, is the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, a civilian city that had minimal military value, despite the claims of President Truman when he announced the event to the American people. More >>

House Rises

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 10:12 pm |

The House rose just before 10pm interrupting the set piece committee stage of the Appropriation (2015/16 Estimates) Bill . More >>

Flag Bill Moves Forward

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 4:51 pm |

This bill established a process for the holding of two postal referendums on the New Zealand Flag. The first will determine which alternative flag design is preferred by voters, and the second will determine whether that alternative flag or the current ... More >>

Labour's TPP conditions

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 3:27 pm | Don Franks

The NZ Labour party has set down self described "non negotiable"conditions for signing the TPP. More >>

‘NCIS’ Again Skunked—Except by the People

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 3:19 pm | Walter Brasch

No nominations for acting. None for writing. Not one for directing or producing. Not even a nomination in what the industry calls the minor awards—sound editing, stunt coordination, and dozens of others. More >>

The Nuclear Agreement with Iran: Reflections and Forecasts

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 3:15 pm | INSS Insight

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear agreement signed in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany) on July 14, 2015, has been heralded as an historic event by ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the PM’s TPP concessions on medicines

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 2:49 pm | Gordon Campbell

So, on the eve of the last round of talks meant to finalise the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, Prime Minister John Key has conceded that yes New Zealand will probably have to pay more for medicines under the TPP . More >>

NZ First MPs Walk Out

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 2:20 pm |

New Zealand First MPs walked out of the House in protest today after their leader was ordered to leave the chamber by Speaker David Carter. More >>

Flag Bill To Be Debated

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 10:33 am |

The bill to set up a referendum on changing New Zealand’s flag will be debated this afternoon. More >>

Gordon Campbell on 90s retro proposals for our health system

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 9:59 am | Gordon Campbell

Reviews are under way that could transform the New Zealand health system into our very own version of the Eurozone, whereby DHBs that fail to meet their budgets will be treated like Greece, and punished accordingly. As we learned yesterday , the reviews ... More >>

Israel Sees Nazism in Mirror it Mistakes for Window

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 9:16 am | David Swanson

Israel is trying to expel the population of a village for the crime of not being Jewish, the same crime for which Israel bombs the people of Gaza for a month or so every few years and blockades them in between these bursts of violence. More >>

Post-Cab Presser: Foreign buyers register, TPP and Serco

Monday, 27 July 2015, 5:50 pm | Jeremy Wilkinson and Megan Gattey

At a press conference today in Wellington, John Key discussed the foreign buyers register as well as the TPP and Serco. More >>

Stephen Thompson R.I.P. 27th July 2008 | 500 Words

Monday, 27 July 2015, 5:31 pm | Alastair Thompson

Six years, 364 days and 23 hours ago it was a cool but clear night in Karori. After attending mass, my wife and I were approaching the back gate of St Theresa's School when I received a phone call from my mother Margaret Thompson. More >>

Satire: Serco To Outsource Prison To Public Sector

Monday, 27 July 2015, 2:30 pm | Lyndon Hood

In response to high-profile failings, multinational omnicorporation Serco will introduce public management in its prison system. Serco's New Zealand manager, speaking on condition of anonymity, has announced plans for managers from the Department of Corrections ... More >>

Leakers, whistleblowing and money

Monday, 27 July 2015, 9:55 am | Chen Palmer

The leaking of information can often perform a public service. The Pentagon papers about the war in Vietnam played a crucial role in changing the American public’s perceptions of the war. The secret informant named ‘deep throat’ (later revealed ... More >>

Outstanding Dane Coles

Monday, 27 July 2015, 9:24 am | John McBeth

The try scored by All Blacks hooker, Dane Coles, was one of the special highlights of the team's gutsy win against the Springbok over the weekend. But his sprint to the tryline really was just the most obvious part that he played in the match. Even ... More >>

Top Of The Morning News Digest

Monday, 27 July 2015, 9:00 am | NewsRoom_Plus

* NewsRoom_Digest from 24 July 2015 available at - see More >>

Post Capitalism – Why it’s time to think utopian

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 11:23 am | Tim Campion

Paul Mason from the Guardian newspaper, may have just penned one of the most influential pieces of our time. More >>


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