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Putting the ‘sharing’ back in to the sharing economy

Friday, 25 April 2014, 3:51 pm | Adam Parsons

A vibrant debate is beginning to question the meaning of sharing in relation to the big questions of our time. But this emerging economic concept should not be beholden to solely personal, consumer-oriented or commercialised forms of collaboration, and ... More >>

Child Poverty Six Monthly Reports | Martin Doyle Cartoon

Friday, 25 April 2014, 3:45 pm | Martin Doyle

For a nation suffering from poverty, the news that the Ministerial Committee on Poverty is not even delivering its six-monthly reports is bad enough. But the claim by its Chair that 'it's all someone else's fault' is a bit rich. More >>

Pacific 'mayhem' book likened to real-life 'Game of Thrones'

Friday, 25 April 2014, 3:13 pm | Pacific Media Watch

AUCKLAND (Pacific Media Watch) : A groundbreaking new book covering Pacific journalism over the past 30 years reveals so many human rights abuses that it has been likened to "an entire series of Game of Thrones". More >>

Christchurch Failure – The Long History | Hugh Pavletich

Friday, 25 April 2014, 3:05 pm | Hugh Pavletich

The mongrel political and commercial culture of Christchurch has erupted in to the open. The recovery is now widely understood to be a failure. More >>

A Western Shoshone Tragedy Vs Nevada Millionaire Rancher

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 2:12 pm | Vincent L. Guarisco

Wow, I am always puzzled at how lucky some people are as apposed to others. Presently, a lot of media fanfare and armed militia have come to the aid of rancher "Cliven Bundy." It seems that they have helped him win the day. Or, so it would seem at least ... More >>

The US plan for the Ukraine - a hypothesis

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 1:59 pm | The Vineyard of the Saker

Listening to Lavrov today I came to the conclusion that the regime in Kiev was indeed about to try to attack the eastern Ukraine. It's not only Lavrov, the Russian Internet is on "red alert" and chock-full of rumors and speculation about an imminent attack. More >>

Forfeiting Israel’s Reason To Exist

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 1:49 pm | Alon Ben-Meir

It is a given that every Jew in and outside Israel wants to see Israel as a vibrant country: an economic powerhouse with a thriving democracy, self-confident and secure, capable of defending itself and deterring any enemy far and near from challenging ... More >>

Talk Nation Radio: Charles Komanoff: We Need a Carbon Tax

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 1:42 pm | David Swanson

Charles Komanoff is an activist, economist and policy-analyst. He directs the Carbon Tax Center and develops traffic-pricing modeling tools for the Nurture Nature Foundation. His work includes books (Power Plant Cost Escalation, Killed By Automobile, The Bicycle ... More >>

Martin Indyk’s Galloping Horse:Moral Crisis in Obama’s Peace

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 1:29 pm | Ramzy Baroud

To understand how thoughtless the US latest ‘peace process’ drive has been, one only needs to consider some of the characters involved in this political theater. One particular character who stands out as a testament to the inherently futile exercise ... More >>

Review: The Idea of Israel: A History of Power and Knowledge

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 1:26 pm | Jim Miles

This is a powerfully written unsettling work that relates the story of Israel from the perspective of how ideas are changed and manipulated for the benefit of the state. Unfortunately the majority of citizens of most countries are susceptible to the ideation/ideology ... More >>

NATO Build Up in Poland Threatens International Stability

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 1:19 pm | Francis A. Boyle

NATO’s military build-up in Poland is a dangerous and provocative development which might lead to another Cuban Missile crisis, Professor Francis Boyle told RIA Novosti Tuesday. More >>

What really happened in Ukraine

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 1:15 pm | Charles Drace

I went to Ukraine for dental treatment last year and saved enough on the treatment to pay for several weeks visiting both Western Ukraine and the Russian speaking part. I made friends with people from both parts, or should I say, both 'sides' as Ukraine ... More >>

Dave Wolland cartoons: April 19, 2014

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 1:13 pm | Dave Wolland

NZ Cabinet Minister, Judith Collins, has dug a hole for herself by not being very transparent about her relationship and meetings in China with the Chinese-owned milk company Oravida. More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Massacre in Maraenui

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 11:50 am | Martin Doyle

One must sympathise with John Key at this difficult time in his electoral cycle...having to attend photo ops amongst rude, ungrateful victims of his policies. More >>

Palestinian National Unity Government: The Power of One

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 10:36 am | Julie Webb-Pullman

A national unity government. Elections. A new-look PLO. Community reconciliation. Big hopes, even bigger expectations as representatives of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Hamas came to an agreement in Gaza today to form a national ... More >>

Unfinished business in NZ 700MHz band

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 5:43 pm | Digitl

In Spectrum fight goes on and on  Telecommunications Users Association Of New Zealand CEO Paul Brislen reports: The Commerce Commission has again delayed giving clearance to Telecom to buy the last block of management rights for 700MHz spectrum. More >>

Microsoft expands Office Online reach with Chrome App Store

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 5:42 pm | Digitl

After years of jealously protecting its turf, Microsoft now appears serious about getting its Office software in the hands of as many users as possible. More >>

Public Address 23 April 2014 - Jones: The contender leaves

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 5:39 pm | Public Address

Like John Tamihere before him, Shane Jones entered Parliament burdened with the promise that he might be first Maori Prime Minister. That promise had probably left him before it emerged yesterday evening that he was walking away from politics, but that's the ... More >>

Military Suicides Persist Including in Those Never Deployed

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 5:34 pm | Martha Rosenberg

It took academic, government and military researchers five years to say they don't really know what is causing military suicides--but whatever it is, it isn't the psychoactive drugs they are prescribing and pushing. More >>

Public Address 22 April - Sorting out our thinking on drugs

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 5:25 pm | Public Address

That we have a trade in synthetic cannabinomimetics is not, as most of the country currently seems to believe, a consequence of the Psychoactive Substances Act passing last July. That business existed before July and, indeed, was substantially larger ... More >>

Adrian Maidment Cartoon: McCully's Next Target

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 5:24 pm | Adrian Maidment

'... but I won't be offering this one a job' More >>

Ukraine: A Federalist Future?

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 5:11 pm | Rene Wadlow

Can tensions in Ukraine be lowered without a federalist-constitutional restructuring of the State? On Thursday, 17 April 2014, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergy Lavrov, Ukraine's acting Foreign Minister Andriii Deshchytsia, ... More >>

Commentary on the Geneva Statement on Ukraine

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 4:38 pm | The Vineyard of the Saker

The Guardian published the full text of the Geneva Statement. This is what eight hours of negotiations produced: The Geneva meeting on the situation in Ukraine agreed on initial concrete steps to de-escalate tensions and restore security for all citizens. More >>

Making sense of the latest Kerry Lavrov deal

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 4:01 pm | The Vineyard of the Saker

Ok, first the necessary caveats: 1) Kerry and Lavrov already had a deal on Syria, also made in Geneva, but then the USA reneged. 2) The EU also had a deal on the Ukraine with Yanukovich, who was overthrown literally the next day. 3) The USA, NATO and ... More >>

Why Israeli Officials Chuckle: ‘Stable’ West Bank Dilemma

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 3:19 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Ze’ev Elkin, is a member of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and his predominantly rightwing cabinet. In a recent interview with The Economist, Elkin used the familiar tone of being conceited and oblivious to such ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Shane Jones departure

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 3:01 pm | Gordon Campbell

Shane Jones has left Parliament in the manner to which we have become accustomed, with self interest coming in first and second, and with the interests of the Labour Party (under whose banner he served) way, way back down the track. More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Sleeping with the fishes

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 1:11 pm | Martin Doyle

Although it's all no doubt above board, to the outsider it appears as if a significant member of the Opposition has been taken out of play by means of a [tax-payer funded] lucrative job offer just prior to the election. Some view it as a killer blow to ... More >>

Study Confirms Sexual Assaults Caused By Darkness and Trees

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 12:38 pm | Anne Russell

In the wake of reports of sexual assaults near the path from Boyd Wilson Field to The Terrace in Wellington, researchers at Victoria University of Wellington have released a study which found that sexual violence in public places is primarily caused ... More >>

Werewolf Edition #47 : ANZAC Day Redux

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 11:09 am | Werewolf

Hi and welcome to the 47th edition of Werewolf, published on the eve of Anzac Day. Its become a cliché to describe Gallipolli as the crucible of this country’s identity, yet hold on...Isn’t our national identity supposed to be bi-cultural...and wouldn’t ... More >>

PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference - April 22 2014

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 5:41 pm | The Scoop Team

The Prime Minister met with reporters today to discuss: • The recent improvement in the economy with a growing job market • Income and wealth inequality • Easter trading laws • The New Zealander killed in a drone strike in Yemen More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Guess Who Came to Dinner

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 1:32 pm | Martin Doyle

If Judith Collins is in the soup over her intimate dinner with close friends in Beijing, it's simply because she has wrapped the identity of one of them in a deep-fried spring roll of mystery. More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Kiwi drone

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 11:54 am | Martin Doyle

While killing others is wrong in normal circumstances, the rules do change significantly in war zones. Russel Norman's criticism of the drone attack on al Qaeda 'soldiers' in Yemen has not been persuasive. More >>

Ukraine SITREP April 21, 19:32 UTC/Zulu

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 9:31 am | The Vineyard of the Saker

The situation in the Ukraine continues to be characterized by complete chaos and a gradual and steady strengthening of the resistance in the East. More >>

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 >>


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