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Gordon Campbell on privatizing education, and the Amen Break

Thursday, 29 September 2016, 11:05 am | Gordon Campbell

H ere’s a link to a brilliant piece by the Aussie economist John Quiggin - occasionally of this parish – about the failures of the market when it comes to the delivery of social programmes . More >>

Celebrating diversity, culture and the achievements of women

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 3:50 pm | Liana Pantaleo

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More >>

NZ dollar gains on strong Clinton showing in US debate

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 5:13 pm | BusinessDesk

Sept. 27 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand dollar gained as a strong performance by Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the first US presidential debate stoked investors' appetite for risk-sensitive assets. More >>

Re-electing Jeremy Corbyn: The Triumph of Momentum

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 4:44 pm | Binoy Kampmark

He has proven to be one of the most stubborn of creatures in a political sense. Unlike the dinosaur of political thinking he has been accused of being, British Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn continues to survive the meteorites, and more nuanced weapons, directed ... More >>

Why I’ll vote for the Jewish candidate in US election?

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 4:31 pm | Jamal Kanj

Let me start off with a confession: I didn’t get it right when I speculated the Republican Party would not nominate Donald Trump for US president. I argued in an earlier column that if they did, the narcissistic Trump would most likely run as ... More >>

Punishing the Punished: Chelsea Manning’s Fate

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 4:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was not sufficient for US military authorities to sentence whistleblower Chelsea Manning to the onerous, disproportionate sentence of 35 years imprisonment for conniving with WikiLeaks in releasing classified material. (People have gotten less for gruesome, ... More >>

Coup-Installed Military Junta Confidently in Control

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 4:00 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's fearful and punished political opposition is no immediate threat to the military's coup-installed regime which is using arrests, re-education camps, censorship and the creation of a new, restrictive constitution to enforce ... More >>

Readers Want News Not Fluff

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 3:39 pm | Walter Brasch

The New York Post , a Rupert Murdoch tabloid publication that isn’t likely to win a Pulitzer Prize anytime soon, splashed a full page picture of a smiling Jennifer Anniston on its Sept. 21 front cover. In the upper left-hand space it placed all-capitals ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Key style of crisis management

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 12:43 pm | Gordon Campbell

O bviously, anyone paying much attention in recent weeks has been serially appalled/amazed/cynically amused by The Great Fish Dumping Fiasco, and the evidence of top Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) officials being caught in email flagrante saying such stuff as… ... More >>

NZD falls to 4-week low as November cuts seem locked in

Monday, 26 September 2016, 5:41 pm | BusinessDesk

NZ dollar falls to 4-week low as November cuts seem locked in, trade data weakens More >>

PM's Press Conference 26/9/16: Syrian Peace And Fishy Advice

Monday, 26 September 2016, 5:27 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister John Key began his weekly press conference by discussing his chairing of last week's UN Security Council meeting on Syria, to 'focus the world's attention' on the crisis. He described subsequent attacks on civilians in Aleppo as 'despicable' ... More >>

Taking the Long View: Protecting Our Wild Places

Monday, 26 September 2016, 12:46 pm | Gord Stewart

Green Party co-leader, James Shaw, chose the Environmental Defence Society’s recent annual conference to propose a small levy of $14-$18 applied to international visitors at the border. The funds raised would be spent on conservation management and tourist ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Judith Collins’ self correction

Monday, 26 September 2016, 10:40 am | Gordon Campbell

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Thousands more who have been released (and who served ... More >>

Election or Revolution? Open Letter to the People of the US

Friday, 23 September 2016, 4:48 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Election or Revolution? An Open Letter to the People of the United States Robert J. Burrowes More >>

Ramzy Baroud: Honoring Aylan Kurdi by Ending the War in Syria

Friday, 23 September 2016, 4:26 pm | Ramzy Baroud

"A photograph, no matter how emotionally wrenching, can only do so much," wrote Paul Slovic and Nicole Smith Dahmen in QZ.com. More >>

Bartering on Refugees: The Costa Rica Solution

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 4:55 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“We will also participate in a US-led program to re-settle Central American refugees currently in a resettlement centre in Costa Rica.” Malcolm Turnbull, Australian PM, Sep 21, 2016 More >>

Binoy Kampmark: The Washington Post and Edward Snowden

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 4:48 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The tensions between those engaged in the dangerous and compromising pursuit of whistleblowing, and those who use the fruit of such efforts has been all too coarsely revealed in the Washington Post stance on Edward Snowden . More >>

Scoop and public interest journalism - OS//OS speech

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 3:20 pm | Jan Rivers

Presentation in answer to a question posed at the conference session on journalism and open society at the 2016 OS//OS Open Source // Open Society conference More >>

Gordon Campbell on our posturing at the UN

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 10:31 am | Gordon Campbell

H ey, how hard is to be John Key? Not very. Yesterday in New York for instance, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home such as ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the damage of deregulation

Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 12:10 pm | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on the damage de-regulation is doing to fisheries and education, plus Kate Tempest First published on Werewolf More >>

Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Monday, 19 September 2016, 4:27 pm | Howard Davis

'Jean Michel Massing, Towards a Global Art History,' co-edited by Mark Stocker, Curator of Historical International Art at Te Papa, is obviously a labour of love, handsomely produced with over 100 illustrations. It is a Festschrift to honour Massing's retirement ... More >>

Selling Australia’s Security and Refugee agenda

Monday, 19 September 2016, 3:58 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Island mentalities do not travel well. When their sellers hawk the agenda before world forums, these start looking ludicrous. Coming close to this ludicrous display is Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, who has done what other Australian ... More >>

Rocking the US-Philippines Alliance - Binoy Kampmark

Monday, 19 September 2016, 3:38 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“I do not like the Americans. It’s simply a matter of principle for me.” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Sep 12, 2016 More >>

The 24/7 Sneeze Factor

Monday, 19 September 2016, 2:20 pm | Walter Brasch

Hillary Clinton is recovering from a mild case of pneumonia. However, shortly after she collapsed at Ground Zero while part of the 15th annual memorial of 9/11, her campaign staff said she was just exhausted and suffered heat exhaustion. It took ... More >>

Bigpipe to offer gigabit fibre

Sunday, 18 September 2016, 10:47 am | Digitl

Bigpipe will join the gigabit cool kids when faster wholesale services go online next month. More >>

Spark, Vodafone boost mobile data in tandem

Sunday, 18 September 2016, 10:42 am | Digitl

New Zealand's two big mobile phone companies; Spark and Vodafone, have increased post-pay mobile data allowances. In terms of dollars per gigabyte the two have almost identical tariffs — compare their open term plans in the table below. More >>

Samsung, Apple, Huawei tighten phone market grip

Sunday, 18 September 2016, 10:40 am | Digitl

At the time choosing Android seemed like a smart choice for phone makers. Many will now regret that decision. More >>

Binoy Kampmark: David Cameron, Libya and Disaster

Friday, 16 September 2016, 5:11 pm | Binoy Kampmark

David Cameron, Libya and Disaster: The Findings of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee Binoy Kampmark More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Australia’s Global ‘Exit’

Friday, 16 September 2016, 5:04 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Australian values and way of life are also at risk from insidious institutions such as the unelected swill that is the United Nations.” Senator Roberts, One Nation Party, Sep 14, 2016. More >>

Lifting the lid on Havelock North’s water supply

Friday, 16 September 2016, 12:48 pm | Hugh Ritchie

The water supply contamination that recently plagued Havelock North clearly shows our towns have work to do to ensure domestic water supply is safe. While a public inquiry investigates what caused the campylobacter contamination, what we can be ... More >>

Ramzy Baroud: The Native American, the Palestinian

Thursday, 15 September 2016, 4:05 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Thousands of Native Americans resurrected the fighting spirit of their forefathers as they stood in unprecedented unity to contest an oil company’s desecration of their sacred land in North Dakota. Considering its burdened historical context, this ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on welfare blackmail, and drugs in sport

Thursday, 15 September 2016, 1:49 pm | Gordon Campbell

S o, in order to chase up the fathers (and in a few rare cases, the mothers) who may be dodging their responsibility for paying child support… WINZ is evidently willing to blackmail the parent who is doing the actual caring, and thereby push ... More >>

Every town a Gigatown as Chorus joins 1Gbps pack

Wednesday, 14 September 2016, 4:57 pm | Digitl

Chorus says it will offer gigabit fibre services starting next month. It joins Enable Networks, Northpower Fibre and Ultrafast Fibre who all plan to launch gigabit wholesale broadband services in October . More >>

Incremental change, being different, dealing with Uber

Wednesday, 14 September 2016, 4:52 pm | Digitl

Huawei Connect: Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka’s says companies need to take a two-pronged approach to dealing with the disruptive challenges of 2016. More >>

Behind 2degrees' Ministry for Primary Industries win

Wednesday, 14 September 2016, 4:49 pm | Digitl

A press release from 2degrees says the phone company has won a contract to supply a wide range of telecommunications services to the Ministry for Primary Industries . More >>

Netanyahu's 'Ethnic Cleansing': The human rights of settlers

Tuesday, 13 September 2016, 3:46 pm | Neve Gordon

Just a few weeks after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that he cares about the rights and lives of Palestinians in Gaza more than the Palestinian leadership does, he posted a new video message on his Facebook wall, arguing that any future ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Illness in the White House

Tuesday, 13 September 2016, 3:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Exciting times, indeed. The latest bustling instalment in the Clinton-Trump saga of “produce your documents” now goes to the issue of health. The Democratic contender for the White House found herself feeling rather off, which made doctors order that ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Eaten Fish and the Refugee Crisis

Tuesday, 13 September 2016, 3:30 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Graphic depictions of cruelty come in an assortment of forms. The cartoon medium can convey the grotesque with brilliant effect, proving both witheringly caustic and poignant. The prints of Otto Dix emphasise the cripple, the mangled body, the ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the government’s selective lethargy

Tuesday, 13 September 2016, 10:16 am | Gordon Campbell

W hen it feels so inclined, the Key government can put its foot down hard on the accelerator. Time and again the period for public submissions (and the scrutiny of them by MPs) has been drastically shortened , supposedly so that a busy government ... More >>

PM's Press Conference 12/9/16: Homes And Fishes

Monday, 12 September 2016, 5:32 pm | Lyndon Hood

Prime Minsiter John Key began his weekly press conference with an overview of NZ announcements from the Pacific Island Forum and East Asian Summit, a reminder of NZ's plans for chairing the UN Security Council, and a teaser for an unpcoming announcement ... More >>

O Say Can You See the First Amendment?

Monday, 12 September 2016, 11:39 am | Walter Brasch

Before a football game against the Green Bay Packers two weeks ago, Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers quarterback, refused to stand for the pre-game patriotic ceremony that is wound around the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner.” More >>

Moral courage vs spineless cowardice

Monday, 12 September 2016, 11:35 am | Redress Information

I am not the envious type, but I envy the Germans. More >>

Will Christie Whitman Apologise for Her Nuke Shill Game?

Monday, 12 September 2016, 11:29 am | Harvey Wasserman

Soon after the 9/11 terror attacks 15 years ago today, then-US EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman assured New Yorkers the air was safe to breathe. More >>

Wolfpacks lead industries in digital, intelligent era

Saturday, 10 September 2016, 12:05 pm | Digitl

Huawei Connect:  Guo Ping says the days when companies can succeed by going it alone are coming to an end. More >>

Waikato Networks UFB buy signals fibre confidence

Saturday, 10 September 2016, 12:00 pm | Digitl

Waikato Networks has taken full ownership Ultrafast Fibre three and a half years ahead of schedule. The move is a further vote of confidence in the New Zealand government's plan to build a wholesale fibre network covering urban areas. More >>

Stuff Fibre opts for low-key launch

Saturday, 10 September 2016, 11:57 am | Digitl

It’s anything but a unique proposition — no fibre-only ISP can do that in a world of regulated wholesale services — but Stuff Fibre ticks the important boxes. More >>

Smartphone glory years behind us

Saturday, 10 September 2016, 11:56 am | Digitl

Apple’s 2016 iPhone launch confirms what has been obvious for a while. The phone golden age is over. More >>

Greetings from behind the Great Firewall of China

Saturday, 10 September 2016, 11:53 am | Digitl

Shanghai : From outside The Mercedes Arena you can watch heavy-laden barges roll down the Huangpu River. Look up and the sky is yellow with smog. While China can be ultramodern, the industrial era is ever-present. More >>

Duterte, Your Behaviour Has No Place in Politics

Friday, 9 September 2016, 4:37 pm | Philip McKibbin

United States President Barack Obama has cancelled a meeting with Rodrigo Duterte, the President of the Philippines, after Duterte called him ‘a son of a whore’. In doing so, Obama has sent a strong message to Duterte: he will not wallow in the ... More >>

Fitrakis & Wasserman: 2016’s Hackable Election

Friday, 9 September 2016, 4:31 pm | Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman

Finally, the major for-profit media is approaching consensus that it’s easy to hack U.S. political elections. Even candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are raising unprecedented doubts---from very different directions---about the reliability ... More >>

Is Israel Pushing for a Palestinian Civil War?

Friday, 9 September 2016, 4:28 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Division within Palestinian society has reached unprecedented levels, becoming a major hurdle on the path of any unified strategy to end Israel’s violent occupation or to rally Palestinians behind a single objective. More >>

Ehrlich: President Obama & the CIA's "Secret War" in Laos

Friday, 9 September 2016, 4:19 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- When Barack Obama became the first American president to visit communist Laos on Sept. 6-8, he arrived in the most heavily bombed country on earth where people continue to perish from U.S. explosives dropped during a war which ended ... More >>

Is the Auckland Zoo out of touch with modern conservation?

Friday, 9 September 2016, 4:10 pm | Dr Kevin Parker

Wild birds in a cage...Is the Auckland Zoo out of touch with modern conservation in Aotearoa New Zealand? More >>

Libelling Leakers: Julian Assange, WikiLeaks and Russia

Friday, 9 September 2016, 4:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

What was the New York Times thinking in making the suggestion? Evidently, its patriotic sense has been affronted by the disclosures from WikiLeaks that have sprinkled more than a bit of dust on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. In doing so, Julian ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on The Rise of the Sewbots

Friday, 9 September 2016, 10:58 am | Gordon Campbell

O f late, we’ve all heard a lot of anxious media talk about how automation is poised to wipe out the white collar office jobs on which middle class incomes and lifestyles depend. The looming social upheaval forms a big part of the argument for ... More >>

NZ dollar gains as dairy prices, high rates draw investors

Thursday, 8 September 2016, 5:25 pm | BusinessDesk

The New Zealand dollar rose, having climbed above 79 on a trade-weighted basis for the first time in 17 months, as the rebound in dairy prices and relatively high-interest rates, combined with softer data out of the US helped drive investors to the local ... More >>

Shobha Shukla: Female face of ageing in Asia Pacific

Thursday, 8 September 2016, 4:27 pm | Citizen News Service

(CNS): With declining fertility rates and increasing life expectancy, the proportion of people aged 60 and over is growing globally. There are currently 900,868 million people aged 60 or over worldwide (12.5% of the global population). Nearly two-thirds ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Canonising Mother Teresa

Thursday, 8 September 2016, 4:25 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“The question is: was a woman who preached virtue in suffering rather than trying to alleviate it and took money from dictators really that saintly at all?” Douglas Robertson, The Independent , Sep 5, 2016 More >>

Havelock North Gastro Outbreak Raises Risk of Bowel Disease

Wednesday, 7 September 2016, 2:14 pm | Joseph Cederwall

The recent Gastro outbreak affecting over 5,000 people in Havelock North is likely to increase the rate of serious autoimmune diseases among those affected. Common inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis have been ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on housing illusions, and Trump libertarians

Wednesday, 7 September 2016, 11:01 am | Gordon Campbell

S o Auckland’s average house price has now topped a million dollars and in her usual role as flak catcher and diversion from such headlines, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett has rushed out a puny funding boost for community housing. More >>

 

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