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Tolerating another Bush: Jeb, the GOP and the Presidency

Friday, 19 December 2014, 5:41 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Can the United States, and the world, for that matter, tolerate another Bush in the White House? Jeb Bush is placing his toes in the contesting waters, and suggesting that he just might be in it. More >>

Revolutionary Cuba outlasts the empire's irrational hatred

Friday, 19 December 2014, 5:41 pm | Daniel Patrick Welch

The US announcement on normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba should be seen as a major and historic victory for Cuba and the peoples of the Global South generally--and it needs to be hammered home that it is a sign of failure on the part of empire. More >>

False claims that Aleppo’s Synagogues have been destroyed

Friday, 19 December 2014, 5:41 pm | Franklin Lamb

Given the massive destruction in large parts of Aleppo, Syria’s former economic juggernaut near the Turkish border, including in the city’s Medina souk and Industrial zone, claims of even more dire damage to Syrian heritage sites would perhaps be understandable. More >>

Whitewashing CIA torture:“We are [not so] awesome” after all

Friday, 19 December 2014, 5:41 pm | Ramzy Baroud

The logic that torture is a “stain” on US history is the heart of the problem, since it blocks an honest reading of whatever “values” Washington actually stands for. More >>

Empire of Chaos: The Roving Eye Collection - Review

Friday, 19 December 2014, 5:40 pm | Jim Miles

The best writers, the best recorders of historical information are those that are inside the arenas of conflict, whether it is military or economic. The likes of Robert Fisk, Franklin Lamb, Chris Hedges, Alex Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair have all entered ... More >>

The Case Against Re-Banning Torture Yet Again

Friday, 19 December 2014, 5:40 pm | David Swanson

Senator Ron Wyden has a petition up at MoveOn.org that reads "Right now, torture is banned because of President Obama's executive order. It's time for Congress to pass a law banning torture, by all agencies, so that a future president can never ... More >>

Scoop Independent News Launches "Operation Chrysalis"

Friday, 19 December 2014, 5:35 pm | Scoop Operation Chrysalis

Scoop.co.nz , the pioneering online news resource with a deep publicly accessible archive, rich journalistic heritage and influential audience, is seeking new supporters to make it stable and sustainable into the future. From today Scoop is beginning ... More >>

No More Khirbet Khizehs

Friday, 19 December 2014, 5:24 pm | David Swanson

On the day in 2014 that I read the new English translation of Khirbet Khizeh, Tom Engelhardt published a blog post rewriting recent news articles on the U.S. Senate's torture report as a 2019 Senate report on drone murders. More >>

"Operation Chrysalis" - An Invitation To Assist Scoop Evolve

Friday, 19 December 2014, 5:23 pm | Scoop Operation Chrysalis

Today Scoop launched "Operation Chrysalis" a project to engage with Scoop.co.nz users and stakeholders to make Scoop stable and sustainable into the future. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Approved by Pyongyang

Friday, 19 December 2014, 3:02 pm | Martin Doyle

The closing down of "The Interview" film in the United States by the cyber agents of Pyongyang is sick. It is no less than the fascist suppression of free speech in one country being foisted on another country whether they want it or not. Are ... More >>

Finfish Farming Plan Goes Belly Up

Friday, 19 December 2014, 10:41 am | Geoffrey Robinson

Ambitious plans to create a Coromandel-based caged finfish farming industry in the First of Thames appear to be dead in the water. Despite active promotion by the Ministry for Primary Industry with backing from Waikato Regional Council and Thames-Coromandel ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Let-off in Lima

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:30 pm | Martin Doyle

With climate change threatening the very existence of the human race, the limp result of the UN conference in Lima is baffling. How much time do these people think we've got left...? More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Pakistan schoolchildren killings

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 10:56 am | Gordon Campbell

The slaughter of the children in Pakistan is incomprehensibly awful. On the side, it has thrown a spotlight onto something that’s become a pop cultural meme. Fans of the Homeland TV series will be well aware of the collusion between sections of ... More >>

Cuban Five Are Now All Free | Julie Webb-Pullman

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 9:03 am | Julie Webb-Pullman

Cubans - and many others around the world - are jubilantly celebrating the return to Cuba on Wednesday of Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, and Antonio Guerrero, the final three members of the Cuban Five to be released from US prisons, in a prisoner ... More >>

Why is Near Term Human Extinction Inevitable?

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 3:50 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

If you hadn't previously heard the expression 'near term human extinction', you have now. And you will get used to hearing it soon unless you insulate yourself from reality with greater effectiveness than you are doing by reading this article. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Man Haron Monis

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 2:32 pm | Martin Doyle

Man Haron Monis was a heartless criminal. The Police had already put him before the Court on many terrible crimes (including the recent murder and burning of his ex-wife Noleen). And the Court responded by granting him bail...Duh. More >>

Forgotten Christmas Truce of 1914: Unlearned Lessons of War

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 1:19 pm | Gary G. Kohls

It was exactly 100 years ago this month when the Christmas Truce of 1914 occurred, when Christian soldiers on both sides of the infamous No Man’s Land of the Western Front, recognized their common humanity, dropped their guns and fraternized with ... More >>

US feels the heat on Palestine vote at UN

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 1:14 pm | Jonathan Cook

The floodgates have begun to open across Europe on recognition of Palestinian statehood. On 12 December the Portuguese parliament became the latest European legislature to call on its government to back statehood, joining Sweden, Britain, Ireland, France ... More >>

Germans rebuilt Dresden and the Syrians will rebuild Aleppo!

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 1:12 pm | Franklin Lamb

This observer has long sought an extended visit to the old city of Aleppo which is also one of this cradle of civilizations cultural and educational centers. Despite being in a continuing war zone, the visit materialized when security authorities ... More >>

Eye-opener for Islamic Community

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 1:08 pm | Syed Atiq ul Hassan

An event of siege, terror and killing carried out by Haron Monis in the heart of Sydney business district has been an eye-opener for the Islamic Community in Australia. Haron was shot down before he killed two innocent people, a lawyer and a manager ... More >>

We Need to Use Our Black Economic Power

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 12:09 pm | Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu

How can a group have over 3 million people with college degrees be so under-developed economically? How can a people have over 10,000 elected officials have so little economic power? Why do African Americans only spend 3% of their income with each ... More >>

Pakistan on the verge of collapse

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 5:42 pm | Tanveer Jafri

Even though Pakistan came into existence in 1947 after partition from India on the basis of the so called ‘Two-nation theory’, however the due credit needs to be given to the farsightedness of the majority of Muslims of undivided India who did ... More >>

Beatniks & Hippies Still Influence San Francisco

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 5:30 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

All the original "starving hysterical naked" beatniks, cool cats, flower children, hippies and freaks are now advancing into their senior years or dead. But their innocence and experience -- and complex experiments with words and ideals, and celebration ... More >>

NATO's General Breedlove about the long war

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 4:58 pm | Jim Miles

Evan Solomon, of CBC’s The House, recently had an interview with NATO’s current leading figure, four star General Philip Mark Breedlove, the seventeenth Supreme Allied Commander Europe. More >>

Intersection of Mistakes with Misdeeds

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 4:53 pm | David Swanson

On a pleasant spring day in December it's nice to drive past the endlessly under-construction intersection of Route 250 and McIntire Road in Charlottesville, Va., and realize that the darn thing must nearly be completed. It looks sturdy and attractive. There's ... More >>

Seeds of Truth: Vandana Shiva and the New Yorker

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 4:40 pm | Independent Science News

I am glad that the future of food is being discussed, and thought about, on farms, in homes, on TV, online and in magazines, especially of The New Yorker’s caliber. The New Yorker has held its content and readership in high regard for so long. More >>

Just Because the Engine is Running Doesn't Mean It Has Gas

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 2:31 pm | William Spriggs

Last week, in good news for everyone, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported a monthly net payroll gain of 321,000 in November and revised the gains for September and October by an additional 44,000. More >>

Treasury Forecast Announcement for 2015: Audio

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 1:57 pm | The Scoop Team

Finance Minister Bill English met with journalists and economists today to discuss the Treasury’s forecast for the economy in 2015 and beyond. The government will not be delivering their promised surplus, owing to a $527 million deficit forecast ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Sydney siege, and DHB budget cuts

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 10:05 am | Gordon Campbell

Whenever the authorities bring a siege situation to an end, there will be criticism if – as has happened in Sydney – any hostages are seriously hurt, or killed. The rationale for the Police decision to storm the café in Sydney will emerge later ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Fished out

Monday, 15 December 2014, 3:20 pm | Martin Doyle

Overfishing is like burning our own crops into the ground. More >>

We're Not Exceptional, We're Isolated

Monday, 15 December 2014, 1:56 pm | David Swanson

This weekend I participated in an interesting exercise. A group of activists staged a debate in which some of us argued that peace and environmental and economic justice are possible, while another group argued against us. More >>

Whitewashing a murder

Monday, 15 December 2014, 1:51 pm | Jamal Kanj

Israel has just committed another high-profile murder in the West Bank killing 55-year-old Ziad Abu Ein, a minister without portfolio in the Palestinian government. According to the BBC, he 'was among dozens of foreign and Palestinian activists taking part ... More >>

Europe’s symbolic gestures won't advance Palestinian cause

Monday, 15 December 2014, 1:31 pm | Alan Hart

At a recent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) conference in Chicago, Israeli peace activist and author Miko Peled said the following: “Palestinians are subjected to the inevitable brutality that comes with occupation and they are subject to racist ... More >>

Papua Must Not Be Ignored Any Longer

Monday, 15 December 2014, 1:21 pm | The Jakarta Globe

We can never solve a problem if we do not intend to solve it in the first place. That’s what we feel about the government’s intentions in Papua. Statement after statement remains just rhetoric since the region became part of Indonesia in 1969. More >>

Bush to the Hague: International Arrest Warrants Requested

Monday, 15 December 2014, 1:17 pm | Francis A. Boyle

Professor Francis A. Boyle of the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, U.S.A. has filed a Complaint with the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (I.C.C.) in The Hague against U.S. citizens George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald ... More >>

Kia Ora Netflix

Saturday, 13 December 2014, 7:57 am | Digitl

Netflix will launch in New Zealand in March. A press release from the online video service say it will soon begin operation in New Zealand and Australia. More >>

Microsoft disrupted

Saturday, 13 December 2014, 7:47 am | Digitl

Microsoft New Zealand chief marketing and operations officer Frazer Scott was a great person to interview for this week’s Microsoft after the iPhone for the NZ Herald. More >>

Chorus copper price ruling

Saturday, 13 December 2014, 7:44 am | Digitl

If telecommunications network wholesaler Chorus was an English Premier League football club, today's Commerce Commission revised copper access price ruling would be a nil-all draw. More >>

Microsoft hosting NZ Office 365 in Australia

Saturday, 13 December 2014, 7:24 am | Digitl

What are the implications for New Zealand as Microsoft opens Australian Azure data centres in Sydney and Melbourne? More >>

Behind the NZ broadband price rise

Friday, 12 December 2014, 7:30 pm | Digitl

New Zealand customers will pay more for broadband services delivered by the copper network. Spark, Vodafone and Callplus all say they will raise prices. Let’s look behind the headlines. More >>

Behind the NZ broadband price rise

Friday, 12 December 2014, 7:30 pm | Digitl

New Zealand customers will pay more for broadband services delivered by the copper network. Spark, Vodafone and Callplus all say they will raise prices. Let’s look behind the headlines. More >>

Behind the NZ broadband price rise

Friday, 12 December 2014, 7:29 pm | Digitl

New Zealand customers will pay more for broadband services delivered by the copper network. Spark, Vodafone and Callplus all say they will raise prices. Let’s look behind the headlines. More >>

Nepal: Critique Intolerable To PM Koirala

Friday, 12 December 2014, 6:15 pm | Siddhi B. Ranjitkar

Understandably, Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala obviously did not want anything against his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the Nepalese media particularly in the State-owned media. More >>

The SIS has been politicised - by Labour

Friday, 12 December 2014, 5:58 pm | Branko Marcetic

Only two weeks ago, the country was debating whether or not the Security Intelligence Service (SIS) had been unacceptably politicised. With the passing of the Counter Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill yesterday, 94 votes to 27, it seems we have a ... More >>

Claim Nobody's Punished for Drone Murders Mistaken

Friday, 12 December 2014, 5:40 pm | David Swanson

A psychologist who played a key role in a U.S. torture program said on a video yesterday that torture was excusable because blowing up families with a drone is worse (and nobody's punished for that). Well, of course the existence of something worse is ... More >>

GERMANY: Blockupy – resistance in the European crisis regime

Friday, 12 December 2014, 5:36 pm | Fightback

About 3000 activists with banners and signs are gathering next to the Christmas market at St. Paul's church in Frankfurt, Germany. A few of them came from as far as Spain, Italy and Greece. It is 22nd November, almost winter, but still quite warm. More >>

Elizabeth Warren Could Use Some Elizabeth Peacen

Friday, 12 December 2014, 5:29 pm | David Swanson

Why people want to become fans of a senator rather than pushing senators to serve the public is beyond me. Why people want to distract and drain away two years of activism, with the planet in such peril, fantasizing about electing a messiah is ... More >>

Plutocrats for Peace: the Nobel-Carnegie Model

Friday, 12 December 2014, 4:57 pm | David Swanson

We do not know of, but also cannot exclude, a meeting face to face, or an exchange of letters, between Alfred Nobel and Andrew Carnegie that can explain how strikingly “similar Andrew Carnegie’s ideas, as well as his philanthropy, were to Alfred ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on income inequality, and Christmas songs

Friday, 12 December 2014, 4:13 pm | Gordon Campbell

As 2014 grinds to a close, we probably didn’t need one more reminder of this government’s ability to stare reality in the face and declare black to be a very fine shade of white. As you’re probably aware, the OECD has just released a research report that ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Reports you'll never find

Friday, 12 December 2014, 4:02 pm | Martin Doyle

While the US Senate report on the CIA and torture techniques has sent shock waves round the world, the Report sticks out as a piece of openness, honesty and self-laceration. The sins of the rest of the world remain unconfessed. More >>

State Assembly Elections in Indian-administered Kashmir

Friday, 12 December 2014, 12:18 pm | Nayyar N Khan

State assembly elections 2014 in Indian administered Jammu Kashmir have glimmered a manic deliberation among the parties to the conflict and stakeholders. Indian media and politicians at Delhi and elsewhere in the country are depicting the participation ... More >>

Why sharing is a common cause that unites us all

Thursday, 11 December 2014, 2:46 pm | Share the World's Resources

Given that a call for sharing is already a fundamental (if often unacknowledged) demand of engaged citizens and progressive organisations, there is every reason why we should embrace this common cause that unites us all. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Arriba, ombres

Thursday, 11 December 2014, 2:18 pm | Martin Doyle

If Phillip John Smith's account of how a prison guard conceived and facilitated his glorious escape to South America is to be believed, then the Corrections Department should be running the tourist industry. They obviously have the skills. More >>

House Adjourns For Summer

Thursday, 11 December 2014, 1:59 am | ParliamentToday.co.nz

Parliament has risen for the summer break with the Adjournment Motion agreed just after 5pm on Wednesday. More >>

Public Address 10 December - Inequality: too big to ignore

Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 5:41 pm | Public Address

For years now, one of the main reasons given for dismissing inequality as an issue has been about economics: you need income gaps to generate growth. Without a wide gap between rich and poor, who would have the incentive to work harder and do the ... More >>

Germany Does Something the U.S. Hasn’t for Peace

Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 5:38 pm | World Beyond War

Imagine a letter co-signed by former presidents, former representatives from both sides of the aisle, House speakers, former governors, attorneys general, cabinet members, ambassadors, CEOs, movie stars and directors, writers, astronauts, religious ... More >>

Lia Tarachansky on How Israel Was Really Created in 1948

Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 5:35 pm | David Swanson

On Talk Nation Radio with David Swanson, Lia Tarachansky discusses her new film On the Side of the Road, which looks at the creation of Israel and the erasure of what was there before. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Ill-gotten gains

Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 5:34 pm | Martin Doyle

President Xi Jinping's alert re corrupt individuals lying low in New Zealand should be taken seriously. Big money, wherever it comes from, is like raw meat to hungry [non-discerning] dogs. Rather than quick, glib denials from our politicians regarding ... More >>

Book review: Eurojihad - Patterns of Islamist Radicalization

Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 5:28 pm | Jim Miles

The obvious objective of this book is “to identify patterns of Islamist radicalization and terrorism in Europe,” wherein radicalization is the “rejection of the key dimensions of modern democratic culture at the center of the European value system.” More >>

Reports And Papers

Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 2:22 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

These included the annual report and statement of intent of Drugs Free New Zealand and a number of Government responses to a number of select reports More >>

 

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