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Nepal: Challenges To PM Sushil Koirala | Siddhi B Ranjitkar

Monday, 21 April 2014, 6:08 pm | Siddhi B. Ranjitkar

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala had been facing the challenges from all sides of the opposition and human rights defenders not following the correct path of building a consensus on the matters concerned to all, and not even consulting with the stakeholders. More >>

Three Images the World Needed To See | David Swanson

Monday, 21 April 2014, 6:06 pm | David Swanson

Employees of the U.S. government refer to people they murder as "bugsplat." They pretend that the men, women, and children they are killing with drones are just bugs, because they just look like little fuzzy creatures on a computer screen. Thank goodness ... More >>

Lessons From My Right Wing Father | Jodie Bruning

Monday, 21 April 2014, 5:54 pm | Guest Opinion

It’s an election year and I am pondering my past and my present. You see, I vote Green, I have for years, yet all my beliefs, I learnt from my right wing farmer father. It’s a bit confusing. However with my value set, I feel compelled to vote like ... More >>

Deceptive Gyrations: Rebasing Growth of the Nigerian Economy

Monday, 21 April 2014, 5:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Statistics are the magic, and the manna, of the economist. They are less reliable than weather forecasts – the meteorologist has a better chance of forecasting rainfall than an economist of forecasting economic growth. Things get even more testy over ... More >>

New Zealand’s Bubble Economy Is Vulnerable | Hugh Pavletich

Monday, 21 April 2014, 4:14 pm | Hugh Pavletich

The recent Forbes e-edition article by Jesse Colombo assesses the New Zealand economy “ 12 Reasons Why New Zealand's Economic Bubble Will End In Disaster ”, seems to have created quite a stir, creating extensive media coverage in New Zealand. More >>

SitComs Not Always a Laughing Matter

Sunday, 20 April 2014, 11:08 am | Walter Brasch

SitComs Not Always a Laughing Matter by Walter Brasch My favorite new TV comedy is “Growing Up Fisher.” It’s the story of a blind lawyer, his 12-year-old son, a mid-teen daughter, and an ex-wife who is trying to return to her adolescent years. ... More >>

Dissent within after article, Profound Arrogance at UN

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 4:29 pm | Human Rights Council

Dissent within after article, Profound Arrogance at UN. Anthony Ravlich Chairperson Human Rights Council (New Zealand) 10D/15 City Rd., Auckland City. More >>

Forgiveness is Dysfunctional

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 3:07 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Certain religious traditions, including Christianity, emphasise the importance of forgiveness. I want to explain why forgiveness is misconceived and, therefore, a bad idea. And why there are important psychological reasons for this. In essence, ... More >>

Katya Rivas' Passion - Holy Week 2014 - Parts 21-25

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 2:32 pm | Katya Rivas

Through Lent 2014 Scoop has been publishing a 25 Party serialisation of Katya Rivas’ “The Passion”. For Holy Week this serialisation is being recalled in five parts. More >>

War Is Good for Us, Dumb New Book Claims

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 1:24 pm | David Swanson

Ian Morris has stuck his dog's ear in his mouth, snapped a selfie, and proclaimed "Man Bites Dog." His new book War: What Is It Good For? Conflict and Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots is intended to prove that war is good for ... More >>

Ukraine : Making Sense Of The Latest Kerry Lavrov Deal

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 9:59 am | The Vineyard of the Saker

Now, in my opinion, very little has in fact been agreed to, and all that has been agreed to is vague, ambiguous and lacks any verifiable landmarks to achieve within a clear timetable. More >>

*Very* interesting reply of Putin during yesterday's Q&A

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 9:52 am | The Vineyard of the Saker

Yesterday Putin had a four hour long Q&A on Russian TV . I will not post it here, but one reply by Putin is really interesting. See for yourself: More >>

Ukraine : Geneva Statement Of April 17, 2014 & Commentary

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 9:51 am | The Vineyard of the Saker

FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014 Full Text Of The Geneva Statement Of April 17, 2014 And A Short Commentary More >>

Ukraine : What Russia Really Wants | The Saker

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 9:46 am | The Vineyard of the Saker

Okay, I decided to squeeze in one more post before taking time off for Holy Paskha, this is well worth it. More >>

Katya Rivas' Passion - Holy Week 2014 - Parts 16-20

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 9:35 pm | Katya Rivas

Through Lent 2014 Scoop has been publishing a 25 Party serialisation of Katya Rivas’ “The Passion”. For Holy Week this serialisation is being recalled in five parts. More >>

Public Address - I can't see you, but you should see me

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 5:36 pm | Public Address

Being lost for words when you’re a talkback host could hardly be considered ideal. But back in September of 1992, I was hosting an evening talkback show on a fledgling radio station in what was then a newly deregulated, highly unstable radio market. More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Winston withering

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 5:33 pm | Martin Doyle

With media coverage at a premium heading for the Election, one has to really make a scene to get in the News. Some are better at it than others. More >>

UN Panel: Renewables, Not Nukes, Can Solve Climate Crisis

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 5:29 pm | Harvey Wasserman

The authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has left zero doubt that we humans are wrecking our climate. It also effectively says the problem can be solved, and that renewable energy is the way to do it, and that nuclear power is not. More >>

Welfare Fraud Bill Passes

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 5:07 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

Partners of those who commit welfare fraud could be held culpable for the offending after a bill passed its third reading today. More >>

PMC director launches new Pacific 'secret stories' book

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 3:48 pm | Pacific Media Centre

Founder of the Pacific Media Centre, Professor David Robie, will have his latest book launched at the Auckland University of Technology library next week. The book, Don't Spoil My Beautiful Face - Media, Mayhem and Human Rights in the Pacific, published ... More >>

Harper rants against Russia

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 3:43 pm | Jim Miles

It is aggravating to see our little banty Rooster chicken-hawk Harper strut his stuff while he spouts the false corporatist philosophy about freedom and democracy in the Ukraine. More >>

Ukraine SITREP April 16 - Ukrainian civil war day 2

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 3:26 pm | The Vineyard of the Saker

It is still a little early to call this day over, especially considering the time it takes for the information to seep out of the eastern Ukraine and make it to the Internet. Furthermore, we have to be extremely cautious with the news not only because ... More >>

Veterans And Victims To Be Priority

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 2:20 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

After a two week adjournment, the Government intends to give priority to the Veterans' Support Bill , Deputy Leader of the House Anne Tolley said today. More >>

America’s Great Leap towards Global Tyranny

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 2:19 pm | John Chuckman

The darkness to which I refer is something largely unanticipated in political studies and even in science fiction, a field which definitely enters this discussion, as readers will see. More >>

Welfare Fraud Bill Set To Pass

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 1:03 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

A bill which widens welfare fraud to include partners of those committing it, is set to pass into law this afternoon. More >>

Gordon Campbell: drone strikes & Judith Collins‘ last stand

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 10:55 am | Gordon Campbell

Reportedly, US drone operators refer to their kills as "bug splat” - mainly because when the carnage is viewed on their screens thousands of kilometres away at home, it looks like an insect strike on a windscreen. The name has even been bestowed on ... More >>

Treaty Bills Under Extended Hours

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 9:08 am | ParliamentToday.co.nz

MPs will hold the third reading debates on the Ngati Apa ki te Ra To, Ngati Kuia, and Rangitane o Wairau Claims Settlement Bill , Ngati Koata, Ngati Rarua, Ngati Tama ki Te Tau Ihu, and Te Atiawa o Te Waka-a-Maui Claims Settlement Bill and the Te Tau ... More >>

House Rises Debating Justice Bills

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 10:00 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

MPs worked their way through the committee stage debates on a number of justice bills this evening. More >>

MP Seeks Transgender Amendment In Statutes Bill

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 5:19 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

An MP has sought to include an amendment to the Human Rights Act covering discrimination against transgender people into the Statutes Amendment Bill. More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: The Godwits Fly

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 4:54 pm | Martin Doyle

The news that over a quarter of us were born in another country is no surprise considering the numbers who depart our fair shores every year never to return. In some ways, New Zealand is the world's busiest hotel. More >>

Ukraine SITREP April 15 - Ukrainian civil war day 1

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 4:19 pm | The Vineyard of the Saker

The first day of what will become the Ukrainian Civil war has finished and since by tomorrow morning a lot can happen, I have decided to provide this intermediate SITREP update tonight rather than to wait for tomorrow. More >>

Undernews: April 15, 2014

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 2:21 pm | Undernews

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black ruled that Ohio’s ban on recognizing the out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples is unconstitutional — a move he announced in court earlier this month that he would be taking. More >>

Reports Presented

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 2:13 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

The report of the Minister for the Environment on the operation of the Ozone Layer Protection Act was presented when Parliament sat at 2pm. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the life & ACC work of Sir Owen Woodhouse

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 10:49 am | Gordon Campbell

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. In its original incarnation in the early 1970s, ACC had been a globally innovative “no ... More >>

Justice Bills Dominate

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 10:42 am | ParliamentToday.co.nz

MPs will debate the committee stages of a number of justice related bills when Parliament sits today. More >>

Katya Rivas' Passion - Holy Week 2014 - Parts 11-15

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 8:50 am | Katya Rivas

Through Lent 2014 Scoop has been publishing a 25 Party serialisation of Katya Rivas’ “The Passion”. For Holy Week this serialisation is being recalled in five parts. More >>

Ukraine SITREP April 15 10:54 EST - Sharp turn for the worse

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 8:34 am | The Vineyard of the Saker

It appears that after a few days of confusion and chaos, the regime in Kiev and its western sponsors have decided to try to solve the problem by brute force. More >>

Slave Fishing Boat Exemption To Be Removed

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 10:05 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

The Govt has decided to remove exemptions allowing “slave” fishing boats to work in New Zealand waters. More >>

House Marks Death Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 7:58 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

Parliament held a moment’s silence this evening to mark the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse More >>

ITO Reform Passes

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 5:15 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

The Government says it has completed reform of industry training with the third reading of a bill tonight More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Accidental forms of treatment

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 2:43 pm | Martin Doyle

The ACC itself is an accident waiting to happen. More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: The world is burning

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 2:41 pm | Martin Doyle

The report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is as close to a fire alarm going off for Planet Earth as we're ever going to get. Let the record show who answered the call. More >>

Two Bills Reported Back

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 2:06 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

When Parliament resumed at 2pm a number of select committee reports were presented including two on bills for further consideration. More >>

Gordon Campbell on royalty and its tourism spin-offs

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 11:26 am | Gordon Campbell

Ultimately the Queen’s longevity has been one of her most significant accomplishments. A transition to Prince Charles while the monarchy was in the pits of public esteem in the mid to late 1990s would have been disastrous for the Royal Firm. More >>

Parliamentary Officers’ Budgets To Be Debated

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 10:43 am | ParliamentToday.co.nz

The budgets for the Officers of Parliament will be debated when the House resumes today. More >>

Katya Rivas' Passion - Holy Week 2014 - Parts 6-10

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 8:45 am | Katya Rivas

Through Lent 2014 Scoop has been publishing a 25 Party serialisation of Katya Rivas’ “The Passion”. For Holy Week this serialisation is being recalled in five parts. More >>

Ukraine SITREP April 14, 13:00 EST | The Saker

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 8:14 am | The Vineyard of the Saker

The following cities have seen uprisings taking place over the week-end: Kharkov, Slaviansk, Krasnyi Liman, Kramatorsk, Lugansk, Enakievo, Gorlovka, Donetsk, Khartsyzk, Ilovaisk, Mariupol. To get a feel for the spread, check out this map: More >>

Westpac NZ claims world first finger scan banking

Monday, 14 April 2014, 9:50 pm | Digitl

Westpac New Zealand says it hopes it's customers will soon be able to use fingerprint scanning as a quick way to get secure access to mobile banking, At the moment it is at the 'proof of concept' stage. When it arrives, it says the technology will ... More >>

NZ Samsung Galaxy S5 plans compared

Monday, 14 April 2014, 8:52 pm | Digitl

Want to get your hands on a Samsung Galaxy S5  without paying the full $1050 asking price upfront? New Zealand's mobile phone carriers have a range of plans that could get the Android smartphone into your paws if you commit to a monthly plan. More >>

Whangarei: New Zealand's first fibre city

Monday, 14 April 2014, 8:42 pm | Digitl

In the next few weeks NorthPower will finish building Whangarei's fibre network. It will be the first city in New Zealand to have a full, ultrafast broadband network. More >>

PM Press Conference – Royal Visit, Economy, Housing Prices

Monday, 14 April 2014, 5:56 pm | Jamie Neikrie

This week at his weekly press conference in Wellington, Prime Minister John Key discussed the visit of the British Royal family, the state of the economy, and how to deal with rising housing prices. More >>

Torture is Mainstream Now

Monday, 14 April 2014, 3:22 pm | David Swanson

As Rebecca Gordon notes in her new book, Mainstreaming Torture, polls find greater support in the United States for torture now than when Bush was president. And it's not hard to see why that would be the case. More >>

In One Word: Poof!

Monday, 14 April 2014, 11:51 am | Uri Avnery

Poor John Kerry. This week he emitted a sound that was more expressive than pages of diplomatic babble. In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations committee he explained how the actions of the Israeli government had torpedoed the “peace ... More >>

Katya Rivas' Passion - Holy Week 2014 - Parts 1-5

Monday, 14 April 2014, 10:11 am | Katya Rivas

Through Lent 2014 Scoop has been publishing a 25 Party serialisation of Katya Rivas’ “The Passion”. For Holy Week which began yesterday with Palm Sunday the serialisation is recalled in five parts - each containing links to five parts of the serialisation. More >>

Triumph of the Ill - Ukraine Coup Leaders Turn on People

Monday, 14 April 2014, 9:11 am | Michael Collins

Ukrainian security forces are entering the city of Slavyansk in the eastern Ukraine according to reports from both RT and the Associated Press . More >>

NZ dollar jumps against euro on prospects of ECB stimulus

Monday, 14 April 2014, 8:58 am | BusinessDesk

April 14 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand dollar jumped against the euro on signals the European Central Bank is poised to introduce more stimulus to boost inflation. More >>

World Week Ahead: Earnings, data to dominate

Monday, 14 April 2014, 7:52 am | BusinessDesk

April 14 (BusinessDesk) – Wall Street is beginning a four-day week on shaky ground following last week’s selloff. More >>

The Problem of Heartbleed: Trivial Errors and Severe Impacts

Sunday, 13 April 2014, 4:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

We truly live in fearful times. One utterance of a potentially dangerous virus – be it biological or structural – and a pall comes over the public conversation. The language used is that of climate catastrophe, ecological doom, or, in the case ... More >>

Rumsfeld Personifies Our Society

Saturday, 12 April 2014, 2:31 pm | David Swanson

When Donald Rumsfeld used to hold press conferences about the Iraq war, the press corps would giggle at the clever ways in which he refused to actually say anything or answer any questions. More >>

Can auction house victory accelerate Cultural Protections?

Saturday, 12 April 2014, 1:37 pm | Franklin Lamb

Will a Syrian victory at a posh London auction house accelerate Global Cultural Protections? Franklin Lamb More >>

 

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