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NZ Farewells Trade Union Hero Helen Kelly – Video & Tweetstory

Saturday, 29 October 2016, 4:57 am | Alastair Thompson

Trade unionist Helen Kelly died on October 14th aged 52. Yesterday - Friday 28th October - she was bid farewell at a public memorial meeting at Wellington's Michael Fowler Center in speech and songs. She will be missed. More >>

The War on UNESCO - Ramzy Baroud

Friday, 28 October 2016, 4:15 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Did Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, actually read the full text of the UNESCO resolution on Palestine and Israel, before he raved with anger? More >>

Public vs. Media on War - David Swanson

Friday, 28 October 2016, 4:04 pm | David Swanson

A new poll from an unlikely source suggests that the U.S. public and the U.S. media have very little in common when it comes to matters of war and peace. More >>

Punishment is Violent and Counterproductive

Friday, 28 October 2016, 3:56 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Punishment is a popular pastime for humans. Parents punish children. Teachers punish students. Employers punish workers. Courts punish lawbreakers. People punish each other. Governments punish 'enemies'. And, according to some, God punishes evildoers. More >>

Nobel Confusion: Ramos-Horta, Trump and World Disorder

Friday, 28 October 2016, 3:17 pm | Binoy Kampmark

History should tell us that writing scolding, even scornful letters, to electorates as part of a conversation for persuasion do not work. They are even less effective when coming from outside that electorate, however well-intentioned. Non-voters should ... More >>

Clearing the “Jungle”: The Calais Refugee Operation

Friday, 28 October 2016, 3:10 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It grew out as an organic consequence of failure – a failure on the part of Europe’s authorities to come to some measure of proportionate and even handed procedures to assess and process desperate refugees who have very little intention of returning ... More >>

Slavery Was Abolished - David Swanson

Friday, 28 October 2016, 2:57 pm | David Swanson

I recently debated a pro-war professor on the topic “Is war ever necessary?” (video). I argued for abolishing war. And because people like to see successes before doing something, no matter how indisputably possible that thing is, I gave examples ... More >>

Manipulating Uprisings: Hungary 1956 - Binkoy Kampmark

Friday, 28 October 2016, 12:36 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Magic, and tragic years, tend to fill the calendar of commemoration for central European patriots. There are religious intercessions; guiding symbols; omens. Then there are the calamities, the crushing battles that empty entire classes and countries. More >>

Same Sewage, Different Day - Gord Stewart

Friday, 28 October 2016, 12:13 pm | Gord Stewart

“Sewage panel shortlists two sites for plant” was the title of the Times Colonist front page article the day I arrived. More >>

Of All the Opinions I've Heard on Syria - David Swanson

Friday, 28 October 2016, 11:53 am | David Swanson

It's all Assad's fault and the U.S., ISIS, al Nusra, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and anybody who will help should overthrow him come what may. It's all a U.S. crime, and Syria, Russia, and Iran should fix it with bombs. More >>

Review: 'I, Daniel Blake' - Ken Loach's Bleak Masterpiece

Thursday, 27 October 2016, 11:15 am | Howard Davis

'I, Daniel Blake' is a bleak masterpiece, a chilling and moving story of two people striking up an unlikely friendship under extremely adverse circumstances. It is both a polemical indictment of a faceless benefits bureaucracy that strips claimants of ... More >>

Gordon Campbell On The Police (And MSD) Abuses Of Power

Thursday, 27 October 2016, 10:22 am | Gordon Campbell

I t has been a rough week for anyone who believes in civil liberties. Apparently, the Police have deliberately abused the powers of detention they possess under the Land Transport Act (ie to promote road safety) in order to set up a bogus breath ... More >>

Raewyn Turner Cartoons

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 4:13 pm | Raewyn Turner

Political cartoons by Raewyn Turner More >>

Gordon Campbell on holidays, Hekia Parata and Badlands

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 11:50 am | Gordon Campbell

A t this time of year, a lot of New Zealanders tend to bemoan the increasing popularity of Hallowe’en. They regard it as an alien, commercialized American import with no real connection to this country – even though, thank goodness, Hallowe’en ... More >>

China's Diplomatic Success in Thailand & The Philippines

Monday, 24 October 2016, 10:29 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- China is achieving fresh diplomatic successes in Thailand and the Philippines, thanks to security arrangements which blocked Hong Kong's pro-democracy dissident Joshua Wong from visiting Bangkok in October and an unexpected anti-U.S. ... More >>

Creepy Clowns and Clownish Creeps: A Global Craze

Saturday, 22 October 2016, 8:27 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“We live in a country where the Hamburglar can freely walk down the street, but Ronald McDonald can’t.” Twitter post by ‘BH’, Oct 12, 2016. More >>

Trump on rigging - Binoy Kampmark

Friday, 21 October 2016, 3:12 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Hideousness is only one word that covers the third and last presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But prior to that, as a warm up of mischief, Trump was insisting that he would find accepting a public vote for Clinton hard to stomach ... More >>

Last chance to see: LEGACY

Friday, 21 October 2016, 11:56 am | Max Rashbrooke

The next ten days are Wellington’s last chance to see one of the most interesting, complex and important art shows of the year, LEGACY: The Art of Rangi Hetet and Erenora Puketapu-Hetet, at the Dowse Museum in Lower Hutt. More >>

Review: Sony Xperia XZ, Android contender

Friday, 21 October 2016, 10:46 am | Digitl

A solid high-end Android phone with an excellent camera and great sound.  Sony Xperia XZ at a glance For: Great camera High-definition audio Water resistance Clean software Against: Generic design Maybe: Chunky performance Verdict: Solid Android ... More >>

Vodafone gigabit FibreX promises faster installs, lower cost

Friday, 21 October 2016, 10:35 am | Digitl

Vodafone is using the promise of a three-day install and lower gigabit prices as a lure to its FibreX network. More >>

Sky TV's Fellet say submissions against merger 'misleading'

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 5:01 pm | BusinessDesk

Oct. 20 (BusinessDesk) - Sky Network Television chief executive John Fellet has hit out at submissions opposing the pay-television broadcaster’s planned $3.44 billion merger with Vodafone, describing them as “unified by their predictability and misleading ... More >>

Postnatal Depression: Audio - Women Tell Their Stories

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 4:02 pm | Alison McCulloch

This is published as part of a series of articles looking at post-natal depression in Aotearoa New Zealand. More >>

Postnatal Depression: Quick Facts and Links

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 4:01 pm | Alison McCulloch

This is published as part of a series of articles looking at post-natal depression in Aotearoa New Zealand. More >>

Postnatal Depression: Finding Someone Who 'Gets It'

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 4:00 pm | Alison McCulloch

Postnatal Depression: Finding Someone Who 'Gets It' By Alison McCulloch This is the third in a series of articles looking at post-natal depression in Aotearoa New Zealand. More >>

Postnatal Depression: 'But, I'm Not Depressed'

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 3:59 pm | Alison McCulloch

Postnatal Depression: 'But, I'm Not Depressed' by Alison McCulloch This is the second in a series of articles looking at post-natal depression in Aotearoa New Zealand. More >>

Postnatal Depression: 'The Thief That Steals Motherhood'

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 3:58 pm | Alison McCulloch

Postnatal Depression: 'The Thief That Steals Motherhood' by Alison McCulloch This is the first in a series of articles looking at post-natal depression in Aotearoa New Zealand. More >>

Review: New Albums by Bic Runga & Anna Coddington

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 10:52 am | Howard Davis

What is it about the New Zealand climate that continuously produces such beautiful vocalists? From the superstardom of Kiri Te Kanawa and Lorde, to the more modest homespun musings of Mel Parsons and Moana Ete, extraordinary female singer/songwriters ... More >>

Nauru, Refugees and the Torture Complex - Binoy Kampmark

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 5:08 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Two items of interest have tickled the airwaves and triggered some commentary over the last few days. The first was an ABC Four Corners program covering the fate of refugees in the detention facility on Nauru, known euphemistically as a “processing ... More >>

The Death of a King is a Political and Emotional Trauma

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 4:53 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- King Bhumibol Adulyadej's death at age 88 on October 13 has plunged Thailand into the deepest political and emotional trauma in the lifetime of its people, breaking millions of hearts, creating an unpredictable leadership ... More >>

Neither War Nor Peace: Shimon Peres, Israel and History

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 4:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“We learned from the British,” explained the late Shimon Peres in The Guardian in 2011, “what democracy means, and how it behaves in times of danger, war and terror. We thank Britain for introducing freedom and respect of human rights both ... More >>

No Silver Bullet: Online voting and local election turnout

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 4:08 pm | Julienne Molineaux

Local body election time is over for another three years, and even before polls closed, there were laments over low turnout. More >>

Gordon Campbell: plastic bag activism, and street harassment

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 11:37 am | Gordon Campbell

A musing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy ... More >>

Demonising Wind Energy in Australia - Binoy Kampmark

Monday, 17 October 2016, 4:21 pm | Binoy Kampmark

From the time when energy became a state ambition and the central, almost paranoid platform of security, its messiness became apparent. Energy reserves needed to be controlled; corrupt regimes with access to such resources needed to be placated, ... More >>

PM's Press Conference 10/17/16: The war against meth

Monday, 17 October 2016, 4:09 pm | Liana Pantaleo

Prime Minister John Key began today's press conference by discussing the fight against methamphetamines, his upcoming delegation to India, next week’s visit from Fiji’s Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, and a brief mention of the Outer Space ... More >>

One month with the Apple Watch Series 2 and WatchOS3

Monday, 17 October 2016, 2:45 pm | Digitl

Apple’s Watch is not a direct competitor to Rolex. It is a fitness tracker first and wearable computer second. Being a wristwatch is only one of many applications. More >>

Covering, and Exposing, Atrocity - Binoy Kampmark

Monday, 17 October 2016, 1:58 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Kevin Frost, a special forces sergeant in the Australian Army, has done something unusual. He wishes, even demands, to be tried for his role behind the summary execution of an Afghan prisoner in his captivity during a tour of the country. More >>

Pushing Politics to Extract Payments - Walter Brasch

Monday, 17 October 2016, 1:53 pm | Walter Brasch

My wife, Rosemary, a registered Republican, received a black and white poll in the mail. Plastered across the top of the sheet in bold black letters was the title: “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.” I wonder who that could be. More >>

Review: A Girl Named Mo

Monday, 17 October 2016, 11:11 am | Howard Davis

Moana Ete brought her three-piece band A Girl Named Mo to Wellington's intimate and iconic Bats Theatre last week for a five-night residency. Each show was recorded and filmed live for the release of her debut album 'Platonic/Romantic' on Loop records ... More >>

BlackBerry phone business ends not with a bang but a whimper

Sunday, 16 October 2016, 4:31 pm | Digitl

The phone maker continued to grow for the next three years. BlackBerry customer numbers didn’t peak until 2011. It’s been downhill ever since Last month BlackBerry finally threw in the towel . The company said it is shutting its phone business although ... More >>

No allergy worries with Apple Watch Series 2

Sunday, 16 October 2016, 4:26 pm | Digitl

The last time I wore an Apple Watch it made me ill. The Series 2 watches do not.  More >>

Samsung brand suffers from Galaxy Note 7 woes

Sunday, 16 October 2016, 4:25 pm | Digitl

Samsung has little choice but to scrap the Galaxy Note 7. But that's only the start of its problems. More >>

PC market consolidates as shipments fall another 5.7 percent

Sunday, 16 October 2016, 4:15 pm | Digitl

Gartner reports the PC industry shipped some 69 million units in the third quarter of 2016 . That’s a 5.7 decline on the same period in 2015 and the eighth consecutive quarter of falling sales. More >>

Worrying about the social media footprint

Sunday, 16 October 2016, 4:11 pm | Digitl

Some worry about privacy. Others are happy to give away their most intimate details in return for accessing online services. More >>

Risk, Danger and Cricket: The Death of Phillip Hughes

Saturday, 15 October 2016, 10:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“It is abundantly clear that once the tragic accident had occurred, there was nothing that could have been done to prevent Phillip’s [Hughes’] death.” Kristina Stern SC, ABC News, Oct 14, 2016 More >>

What Police Videos Teach Us About Wars - David Swanson

Friday, 14 October 2016, 3:59 pm | David Swanson

Before people had an easy way to see video footage of police murders, headlines crediting the police with just and noble actions couldn’t be effectively questioned. More >>

Normalising the Brutal - Binoy Kampmark

Friday, 14 October 2016, 3:27 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There is no getting away from the degradation that is taking place, on colossal scale, in US presidential politics. The sense of two dysfunctional candidates beating each other over the remains of the US republic as it suffers the last paroxysm of what ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Surplus, And Bob Dylan

Friday, 14 October 2016, 11:14 am | Gordon Campbell

T o quote the distinguished Nobel laureate, ‘Something is happening here, and you don’t know what it is, do you Mr Jones?” True, Bob Dylan didn’t have Finance Minister Bill English or Labour leader Andrew Little exactly in mind when he wrote ... More >>

Renewable Revolutionary Railroad Renaissance - David Swanson

Thursday, 13 October 2016, 4:09 pm | David Swanson

The forthcoming book from creative activist and kayaktivist extraordinaire Bill Moyer and his Backbone Campaign colleagues should remake the United States and limit the oncoming onslaught of climate suffering. It's called Solutionary Rail: A People Powered ... More >>

World Food Day: A Focus on Food Security in Yemen

Thursday, 13 October 2016, 4:00 pm | Rene Wadlow

16 October is World Food Day, so designated by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization – a yearly reminder that there are people who are constantly hungry due to inadequate agricultural methods, poor distribution, poor food storage, and ... More >>

The Despotism of British Sterling - Binoy Kampmark

Thursday, 13 October 2016, 3:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

While British Prime Minister, Theresa May, keeps insisting that Brexit pathway will be a smooth, relatively painless process filled without dramatic compromise to lifestyle and outlook, the traders, stockbrokers and wolves of the City have gone about their ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Judith Collins, crime and poverty

Thursday, 13 October 2016, 11:12 am | Gordon Campbell

U sually, populism is associated with Winston Peters and his regular tweakings of community prejudice about race and immigration. Just as predictably, Police Minister Judith Collins engages in the same process of liberal baiting. It is just the way ... More >>

Was The Women’s Boat to Gaza an Existential Threat?

Wednesday, 12 October 2016, 4:46 pm | Ramzy Baroud

The Convoluted Discourse: Was The Women’s Boat to Gaza an Existential Threat? By Ramzy Baroud More >>

A Nonviolent Strategy to End the Climate Catastrophe

Wednesday, 12 October 2016, 4:07 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

As the evidence mounts that we are fast approaching the final point-of-no-return beyond which it will be impossible to take sufficient effective action to prevent climate catastrophe – see ' The World Passes 400 PPM Threshold. Permanently ' – ... More >>

Loving Trump

Wednesday, 12 October 2016, 7:19 am | Julien Troussier

It’s 3am. Cannot sleep. Restless. Slide to unlock. Open the New York Times App. Look for the latest incident. He did it again. He lashed out. Fear. Anger. Outrage. I needed to see this. I needed to check that the madness was still there. Perhaps ... More >>

NZD drops below 71 US cents as RBNZ keeps to rate cut plan

Tuesday, 11 October 2016, 5:12 pm | BusinessDesk

The New Zealand dollar fell below 71 US cents for the first time in two months as Reserve Bank assistant governor John McDermott reaffirmed the bank's intention to cut interest rates further. More >>

The Most Lethal CIA Interventions in Latin America

Tuesday, 11 October 2016, 3:53 pm | Gary G. Kohls More >>

Choice of Law Bill a winner

Tuesday, 11 October 2016, 3:47 pm | Chapman Tripp

The Private International Law (Choice of Law in Tort) Bill is a useful move which deserves support. More >>

Disturbing the Peace - By David Swanson

Tuesday, 11 October 2016, 3:12 pm | David Swanson

A new film called Disturbing the Peace tells the story -- unknown to most Americans but painfully familiar to others -- of Israel and Palestine. Of the many films I've seen, this is one of the best. It presents both sides without equating them. It opens ... More >>

Janus Faced on Banking and Finance by Binoy Kampmark

Tuesday, 11 October 2016, 3:05 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Again, WikiLeaks made its sniping foray into the US election with ample juicy material prior to the second presidential debate, this time revealing excerpts of paid speeches shedding light on Hillary Clinton’s view on banking, finance and trade. More >>

Abolition of the Death Penalty

Tuesday, 11 October 2016, 2:02 pm | Rene Wadlow

October 10 is the International Day Against the Death Penalty, set by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. Since the end of World War II, there has been a gradual abolition of the death penalty with the rather obvious recognition that death is ... More >>


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