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Tributes flow for NZ journalist Yasmine Ryan

Friday, 15 December 2017, 8:27 pm | Pacific Media Watch

http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/pacific-media-watch/global-tributes-flow-nz-journalist-yasmine-ryan-who-covered-arab-spring-10048 More >>

House goes into Urgency

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 4:36 pm | The Scoop Team

Parliament has gone into Urgency to pass through all stages the Families Package (Income Tax and Benefits) Bill . More >>

Kitten killers highlight need for compassionate education

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 1:07 pm | Lynley Tulloch

Very disturbing footage of a kitten being stoned by a group of five young people from Southland in New Zealand has emerged online. The youth are aged between 11 and 16 and animal welfare group Paws Justice called it “one of the worst cases” they ... More >>

The Kaikoura Rebuild: A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 12:35 pm | Veronika Meduna

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season. More >>

Trump Denial Machine: Good enough for Government work

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 12:06 pm | Bill Grigsby

It’s been a busy week for the president, between his daily routine of 4-8 hours of watching himself on TV (which he denies), to more public accusations of sexual predation (which he denies), to demanding that the Washington Post’s David Weigel ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Defence spending, Alabama, & Dolly Parton

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 12:00 pm | Gordon Campbell

T he spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual ... More >>

End of Life Choice Bill Debate

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 11:26 pm | The Scoop Team

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. More >>

End of Life Choice Bill Sent To Select Committee

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 10:12 pm | The Scoop Team

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has completed its first reading debate and been sent to a select committee for consideration. More >>

Three Bills Drawn From The Ballot

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 3:36 pm | The Scoop Team

Three Bills have been drawn from the Members’ Ballot. Two from NZ First MPs and one from Labour. More >>

Waka Jumping Bill Introduced

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 3:21 pm | The Scoop Team

The Electoral Integrity Amendment Bill in the name of Justice Minister Andrew Little was part of the coalition deal between Labour and NZ First. More >>

Gordon Campbell on vulnerable kids and fresh RNZ funding

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 10:55 am | Gordon Campbell

W hat’s in a word? Often a lot, in politics. In fact, the decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need. And I’m hedging with the ... More >>

Waiter, there’s a hare in my pie!

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 10:54 am | Lynley Tulloch

Most New Zealanders are familiar with the joke about the safety of eating overheated pies. In 2009 police dog handler Guy Baldwin was caught on camera telling a teenage car-jacker that his pie will be “thermo-nuclear” after being in the warmer since ... More >>

People’s Report on Public Broadcasting and Media Presented

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 3:50 pm | Joseph Cederwall

Today at Parliament, a crowdfunded report on public interest media, along with an open letter in support of the recommendations it contains were presented to Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran. More >>

Parliament set for Urgency this week

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 11:19 am | The Scoop Team

Parliament is set for a bout of Urgency this week with the new Government seeking to implement its ‘100 Day Plan’, while the first Members Bill ballot of this Parliament will happen. More >>

PM's Press Conference 11/12/17: From RBNZ to RNZB

Monday, 11 December 2017, 6:00 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern attended the press conference today with Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Minister for Children Tracey Martin to announce the appointment of Adrian Orr as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank and the name change of the ... More >>

Why I am supporting the PressCoin ICO - Alastair Thompson

Monday, 11 December 2017, 5:07 pm | Alastair Thompson

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been working behind the scenes getting to know the team behind Presscoin.com , the latest participant in the remarkable Initial Coin Offering (ICO) boom which is rocking financial markets around the world, and ... More >>

Christmas Truce

Monday, 11 December 2017, 3:43 pm | David Swanson

Remember the Christmas Truces. Go forth and do likewise! More >>

The ‘Last Martyr’: Who Killed Kamal Al-Assar?

Monday, 11 December 2017, 3:02 pm | Ramzy Baroud

When I learned of the death of Kamal al-Assar, a few years ago, I was baffled. He was only in his 40s. I remember him in his prime, a young rebel, leading the neighborhood youth, armed with rocks and slingshots, in a hopeless battle against the Israeli ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on scaring voters back into line

Monday, 11 December 2017, 12:08 pm | Gordon Campbell

F ear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. More >>

Sun Tzu: The Ass of War

Monday, 11 December 2017, 9:10 am | David Swanson

Sun Tzu, whose book, The Art of War , was written some 2,500 years ago during a period of constant war, and popularized in the West some 100 years ago (just in time for industrialized warfare), is the leading example of what’s wrong with digging up ... More >>

One News Colmar Brunton Poll Nov 29 to Dec 5

Sunday, 10 December 2017, 12:31 pm | The Scoop Team

The latest poll has recorded public support broadly in line with the September election result. More >>

The Fate of the Pine Gap Pilgrims

Sunday, 10 December 2017, 10:35 am | Binoy Kampmark

It barely registered a murmur across the Australian press, though it caused the traditional ripples over the protester fraternity. Christian activists, collectively known as the Pine Gap Pilgrims, had received sentences pursuant to the Defence (Special Undertakings) ... More >>

76 Years of Pearl Harbor Lies

Friday, 8 December 2017, 11:29 am | David Swanson

Donald Trump is tweeting about a particular spot in Hawaii. He visited it recently on his way to threaten war in Asia. It’s a big feature this week in lots of U.S. magazines and newspapers. It has a lovely name that sounds like murder and blood ... More >>

Milo in Australia: Yiannopoulous, Free Speech and Violence

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 5:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

To what limit protest? Naturally, this was exactly what colourful agitator and former senior editor for Breitbart News Milo Yiannopolous wanted: outrage, insensible anger, and heady adoration. Without any of these, he would vanish, a figure charged on a ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the drinking water crisis

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 11:46 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on how the drinking water crisis has been a failure of political leadership More >>

Multi-national tax avoidance clamp down bill introduced

Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 9:26 pm | The Scoop Team

Legislation has been introduced to try and clamp down on multi-nationals avoiding paying tax. More >>

‘Say the Word’: What the Rohingya Struggle is Really About

Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 9:37 am | Ramzy Baroud

‘Say the Word’: What the Rohingya Struggle is Really About By Ramzy Baroud Pope Francis lost a historical opportunity to truly set his legacy apart from previous Popes. Alas, for him, too, political expediency trumped all else. In his visit to ... More >>

Occupiers of Syria crib Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” Boast

Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 9:20 am | Franklin Lamb

Franklin Lamb Idlib, Syria George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished!” boast takes its name from a banner that was displayed on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln during his May 1, 2003 televised address . It referred to his claimed victory ... More >>

Maritime drug testing and Chathams shipping plans changed

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 10:22 pm | The Scoop Editor

The new Government has reversed plans for a mandatory maritime drug and alcohol testing regime and allowing foreign flagged ships to carry freight to the Chatham Islands. More >>

Sky TV fights piracy battle that's already been won

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 7:36 pm | Digitl

Sky TV launched legal action in a bid to force ISPs to block access to streaming and video download websites. More >>

European regulator wants to rein in tech

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 6:17 pm | Digitl

Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner for competition, says the government has to move fast to ensure that tech does not subvert society. Presumably, she means the European government. "...as it becomes clearer how those companies were ... More >>

New BWB Text about reporting on Canterbury Earthquakes

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 3:46 pm | Bridget Williams Books

On 4 September 2010, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck 30 kilometres west of Christchurch. Half a year later, a 6.3 aftershock hit Christchurch, killing 185 people and causing widespread damage throughout the city. More >>

Parliament Preview: The Wait Before The Rush

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 11:47 am | The Scoop Team

The Government is still in the awkward stage of its legislative programme with the House sitting, but none of its new policies ready to go. More >>

Gordon Campbell on saying ‘work for the dole,’ nicely

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 10:40 am | Gordon Campbell

A s New Zealand First learned the hard way from its two previous periods in government, small parties in MMP coalitions get blamed for the unpopular stuff done by their senior partner in power, but no one remembers the good stuff the junior player brought ... More >>

How I Became a Peace Activist

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 8:30 am | David Swanson

When I was teaching myself how to write, when I was about 20 to 25, I churned out (and threw out) all kinds of autobiographies. I wrote glorified diaries. I fictionalized my friends and acquaintances. I still write columns all the time in the first person. ... More >>

PM's Presser 4/12/17: Rebuilding Cathedrals, Felling Trees

Monday, 4 December 2017, 5:44 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attended the press conference today with Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Dr Megan Woods to announce urgent legislation this week for the rebuilding of the Christ Church Cathedral. Woods said that the taxpayer ... More >>

The Rise, Fall and Future of the independent Māori Parties

Monday, 4 December 2017, 2:03 pm | Rawiri Taonui

Earlier this month the Māori Party and Mana Movement reflected on the shock loss of their last parliamentary seat in this year’s election. It is timely to consider their future. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the right wing’s fetish for tax cuts

Monday, 4 December 2017, 12:11 pm | Gordon Campbell

S o the Trump tax bill has passed in the Senate, which means that the US nominal corporate tax rate is now on track to be cut from 35% to 20%. No doubt… there will be calls from our own business sector to drink the same Kool-Aid, and pass a corporate ... More >>

Book Review - Man of Convictions

Friday, 1 December 2017, 12:50 pm | Veronica Harrod

Anne Hunt, published by Potangotango Foundation, PO Box 664, Levin 5540, New Zealand, Man of Convictions: Taueki - a man, his tribe and their lake, www.annehunt.co.nz , 2017. 275pp. ISBN 978-0-473-40314-0 (PDF) More >>

Killing the Biosphere to Fast-track Human Extinction

Thursday, 30 November 2017, 9:17 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Several years ago in Cameroon, a country in West Africa, a Western Black Rhinoceros was killed. It was the last of its kind on Earth. More >>

Opinion Piece: UK Tax Expert Chas Roy-Chowdhury

Thursday, 30 November 2017, 1:29 pm | Chas Roy-Chowdhury

New Zealand needs to be commended for its consultation processes on tax reform. This new Tax Working Group has until February 2019 to report back its recommendations and even then, no new taxes will be adopted until after the next election giving ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on journalism, Peters and Ghahraman

Thursday, 30 November 2017, 11:48 am | Gordon Campbell

S o how is journalism faring these days in its Fourth Estate role of (a) speaking truth to power, and (b) keeping its independent distance from those it seeks to monitor… you know, for the public good? Not so great. Of late, the relationship with power ... More >>

The Vanishing Submarine: Hope and the ARA San Juan

Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 2:24 pm | Binoy Kampmark

A certain type of grief and moroseness accompanies deaths at sea. Not being naturally adapted to living in water, humankind has braved the aqueous environment, seeking to conquer it and tame its residents. At sea, the great battles of mythology are ... More >>

The Pope in Myanmar During A Bloody Purge

Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 2:19 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Pope Francis' first-ever visit by a Roman Catholic pontiff to Buddhist-majority Myanmar which started on November 27 will be closely watched for his reaction to the country's bloody military campaign against more than one million ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the political risks of the oil price

Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 11:31 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on the political risks of the rising price of oil, and Harry/Meghan First published on Werewolf More >>

OPEC Will Extend The Cut

Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 8:45 am | Oilprice.com

There will be an OPEC deal extension—no matter the public tussling between opposing forces in the industry cartel—if the world's largest oil producers are really determined to end the supply glut. More >>

PM's Press Conference 27/11/17: Peters' Papers Pickle

Monday, 27 November 2017, 5:18 pm | Lyndon Hood

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined at her post-cabinet press conference by Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Winston Peters over the non-release of a document with further information relating to the Labour/NZ First coalition deal. Peters had ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on National’s student/beneficiary bashing

Monday, 27 November 2017, 11:35 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on National’s penchant for bashing (a) students and (b) beneficiaries First published on Werewolf More >>

Reaction to NY Times Help Us See Where Nazis Come From

Monday, 27 November 2017, 10:28 am | David Swanson

“Imagine being so bad at drumming that you become a Nazi,” someone tweeted in response to the recent and scandalous New York Times’ article about an Ohio Nazi. “Or at painting,” I replied. More >>

Gordon Campbell: Zimbabwe, on the morning after…

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 11:59 am | Gordon Campbell

At 75, Mnangagwa is not exactly what you’d call a new broom. As many observers have pointed out, his track record has been one of unswerving dedication to Mugabe ever since the days of anti-colonial insurgency... More >>

Soaring water consumption prompts warning, water patrols

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 4:47 pm | Wellington Water

Wellington Water is calling on the residents of Wellington, Porirua and the Hutt Valley to cut back on their water use this weekend, and make sure they observe garden watering restrictions. A prolonged dry spell, with more to come according to forecasters, ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Zimbabwe, Colonialism and Violence

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 2:14 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The strongman lost some muscle this week. Robert Mugabe, a leader of the liberation movement that transformed colonially pressed Rhodesia into post-colonial Zimbabwe, had issued a letter of resignation. There had been no orgy of blood, no ordering ... More >>

70 Years of Broken Promises: The Partition Plan

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 2:09 pm | Ramzy Baroud

70 Years of Broken Promises: The Untold Story of the Partition Plan By Ramzy Baroud More >>

ScoopPro: Helping The Education Sector Get More Out Of Scoop

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 12:50 pm | Scoop Publishing

Scoop is an important research tool and a current awareness news service for those in the education sector. Scoop Analytics shows that around 10,000 unique users from the .ac.nz domain (NZ tertiary institutions domain) alone access Scoop every month ... More >>

Zimbabwe: new democracy, or a false dawn?

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 11:30 am | Gordon Campbell

R obert Mugabe = Hosni Mubarak. The current jubilation on the streets of Harare at the fall of Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe is genuine, and one hates to be negative about the country’s future. Yet the situation is eerily similar to the ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the new Pike River agency

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 11:26 am | Gordon Campbell

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation - has never dealt honestly, ... More >>

PM's Press Conference 20/11/17: Pike Re-Entry Agency

Monday, 20 November 2017, 5:18 pm | Lyndon Hood

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine . More >>

The Veiled Threat: Aust’s Campaign Against NZ Refugee Policy

Sunday, 19 November 2017, 4:25 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Another twist in the farce over the stained treatment of refugees on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island has surfaced. New Zealand has been insisting for some time that it is more than willing to welcome some 150 to its shores. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, ... More >>

Earthworm Gathering Part Four – A Magical Connection

Friday, 17 November 2017, 10:51 am | Alastair Thompson - Earthworm

In part four of his Earthworm Gathering story, Alastair describes day three: a day devoted to sharing stories of transformation, practicing verification, and of magical happenings. More >>

Scoop 3.0 - How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Friday, 17 November 2017, 10:41 am | Scoop Publishing

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution. We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure ... More >>