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Maori Party Founders Say Goodbye

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 6:25 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

Two major Maori MPs gave there farewell speeches to Parliament today outlining their history, experiences, triumphs and regrets. More >>

NEPAL: Trauma & Drama Echo in Dolpo

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 5:25 pm | Asian Human Rights Commission

'A cold shiver runs through my veins and my body heats up every time I see a policeman', is what Nyima Tsering, from Tsarka VDC in Nepal, said to reporters after a 29 July press conference. During the police crackdown on 3 June, Nyima, 25 years of age, ... More >>

'Every TB-HIV case is a public health failure...'

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 5:15 pm | Shobha Shukla

So said Helen Ayles. She was quoted by Dr Diane Havlir who was speaking in the plenary of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia. Dr Diane Havlir who is a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, ... More >>

US plays decisive role in Israel’s attack on Gaza

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 5:12 pm | Jonathan Cook

Two reporters for major US TV channels were summarily “removed” last week from covering Israel’s attack on Gaza, moments before Israel launched a ground invasion. More >>

Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic? Labour and MANA

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 5:08 pm | Ian Anderson

Early in July this year, Labour Party leader David Cunliffe made headlines by apologising for being a man. Stoked by capitalist media sensation, Prime Minister John Key responded that “not all men” abuse women. More >>

Break the silos: drug use, HIV, HCV, TB, laws and funding

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 5:03 pm | Shobha Shukla

Viet Nam is one of the countries in the world that has made remarkable progress over the last decade in not only making harm reduction and HIV services available and accessible for people who use drugs but also reforming laws for supportive health ... More >>

Gaza: Where Evacuation is No Game

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 5:00 pm | Save The Children

At the bottom of my apartment building in Gaza two girls about six years old sit on the ground, laughing as they hurriedly pack items into their backpacks. Intrigued, I ask them what game they are playing. They tell me it’s called ‘evacuation’. More >>

Illegal Wildlife Trading: The Global Response

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 4:50 pm | Fiona Gordon

At the closing session of the inaugural United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi last month, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, “We need to act decisively to change humanity’s relationship with our planet.” More >>

Slaughter: Israel’s new “self defence”

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 4:35 pm | Stuart Littlewood

Britain’s newly-minted foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, has lost his shine already. A few days ago he warmly welcomed Egypt’s bogus ceasfire proposal which hadn’t even been shown to Hamas. More >>

Gaza’s Resistance Will Not be Crushed

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 4:21 pm | Ramzy Baroud

On the 13th day of Israel’s so-called Operation Protective Edge, stories of entire families collectively pulverized, women and children keenly targeted by Israeli soldiers saturate the media. Until now, 430 Palestinians have been killed, mostly women and ... More >>

Move to Amend & the Double Standard of Corporate Personhood

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 4:07 pm | Gary G. Kohls

In 2010, the NeoConservative, pro-corporate, anti-democratic Roberts Supreme Court “Gang of Five” granted inanimate corporations some of the rights and privileges previously only constitutionally guaranteed to human entities. More >>

Elite Insanity on Display in Ukraine

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 3:37 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

For those of us interested in understanding what is driving the conflict in Ukraine, now seriously complicated by the shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet – which has raised the potential of the conflict to explode into a nuclear ... More >>

Budget Legislation To Be Completed Next Week

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 2:17 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

The programme for Parliament’s last week has been mapped out by Acting Leader of the House Chris Finlayson. More >>

Te Reo And Valedictories

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 1:05 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

After Question Time today, MPs are scheduled to debate the first reading of the Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill . More >>

Two Treaty Settlements Pass

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 12:58 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

Two treaty settlement bills including one covering some of the worst breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi were passed into law today. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Gaza and burning the Israeli flag

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 10:48 am | Gordon Campbell

One of the selling points in New Zealand’s campaign for a temporary seat on the Security Council is that we have a pluckily independent voice to offer on international conflicts. This image is not entirely self-delusional. More >>

House To Sit For Treaty Bills

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 10:14 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

MPs will debate the third readings of the Te Urewera-Tuhoe Bill divided into two bills (Tūhoe Claims Settlement Bill and Te Urewera Bill) and the Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau Collective Redress Bill . More >>

Paid Parental Leave Bill Runs Out Of Time

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 10:01 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

National MPs continued to put the brakes on the committee stage of the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave) Amendment Bill with debate ending for the evening on clause four. More >>

Valedictories Speeches Heavy On Party Loyalty

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 6:55 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

Retiring MPs began their valedictory speech this afternoon with a number of National MPs saying farewell. More >>

Petitions And Papers

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 2:09 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

Three petitions requesting the House to urge the Government to connect three communities to the fibre broadband network were presented when the House resumed at 2pm. More >>

Israel committing “deliberate massacre” in Gaza

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 1:18 pm | Redress Information

Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi has accused the Israeli Wehrmacht of committing “war crimes” and carrying out a “deliberate massacre” of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip. More >>

Nepal Budget of 2014

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 1:09 pm | Siddhi B. Ranjitkar

On Sunday, July 13, 2014. Finance Minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat read out the Budget for the fiscal year (FY) 2014 at the parliament. The budget text was short but it had many useful tables with data for anyone to verify what Dr Mahat had said in the ... More >>

News Updates from CLG: Israel using flechette shells in Gaza

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 12:59 pm | Citizens for Legitimate Government

The Israeli military is using flechette shells, which spray thousands of tiny and potentially lethal metal darts, in its military operation in Gaza. Six flechette shells were fired towards the village of Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis, on 17 July, ... More >>

Valedictories To Begin

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 12:35 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

After Question Time and the General Debate, the following MPs will give their farewell speeches in Parliament: More >>

Privilege Bill Makes Progress

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 12:24 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

Attorney-General Chris Finlayson said the Parliamentary Privilege Bill showed NZ had reached the point where parliamentary privilege needed to be codified to ensure it was not reduced by recent court rulings. More >>

Review: A View from the Bridge

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 9:32 am | Sharon Ellis

Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge is Circa’s latest big production, it opened on Saturday 19 July and it is a stunning triumph. More >>

House To Sit Wed Morning

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 10:08 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

Parliament resumes at 9am on Wednesday to consider two reports from the Privileges Committee on the Question of privilege concerning the agreements for policing, execution of search warrants, and collection and retention of information by the NZSIS and ... More >>

House Rises Debating Privilege

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 10:04 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

The Privileges Committee report on Question of privilege regarding use of intrusive powers within the parliamentary precinct was interrupted when the House rose and will resume at 9am tomorrow. More >>

The Political Objective and Strategic Goal of Nonviolence

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 4:52 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

All nonviolent struggles are conducted simultaneously in the political and strategic spheres, and these spheres, which are distinct, interact throughout. I have discussed this at length elsewhere: see 'The Strategy of Nonviolent Defense: A Gandhian Approach'. More >>

Genesis Energy Motion Passes

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 4:28 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

MPs have passed a motion ensuring Genesis Energy is a public organisation for parliamentary purposes. More >>

Memories, recollections, guesses and speculations about MH17

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 4:22 pm | The Vineyard of the Saker

I think that any analysis of the events surrounding the downing of MH17 should begin with the following admission: no matter what, the AngloZionists will blame Russia. Just like 9/11, there is no way, no amount of evidence, which would affect the unanimous ... More >>

A word of caution about premature conclusions

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 4:12 pm | The Vineyard of the Saker

I am very sorry to have to tell you all that it is too early to conclude that the Novorussian forces did not shoot down the Malaysian airliners. Though most Novorussian air defense systems are man-portable, the Resistance forces did get their hands on ... More >>

David Cunliffe and John Key press stand-ups: July 22 2014

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 3:56 pm | The Scoop Team

Labour Leader David Cunliffe met with reporters today to discuss Labour’s plans going into Election 2014, and Key’s lack of apology to Tania Billingsley. Prime Minister John Key also met with reporters today to discuss National MP Claudette ... More >>

MH17 And Gaza

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 2:48 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

When Parliament resumed at 2pm MPs passed a motion relating to the MH17 tragedy and the conflict in Gaza. More >>

Parliament Enters Its Final Weeks

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 10:47 am | ParliamentToday.co.nz

Parliament begins its penultimate sitting week today with a number of planned extended hours sessions being used to wash up business. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the non-apology to Tania Billingsley

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 10:04 am | Gordon Campbell

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses. Yes, there are judicial proceedings to be considered, as well an “independent inquiry” into how the incident was ... More >>

NZ Election Reactor #1 Tests Reaction to Cunliffe’s Apology

Monday, 21 July 2014, 9:35 pm | NZ Election Reactor

Labour Leader David Cunliffe’s “apology” over male violence seems to have polarised many voters, but the first run of the Roy Morgan Research / Scoop NZ Election Reactor showed the response was largely negative across the spectrum. More >>

PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference - 21 July 2014

Monday, 21 July 2014, 5:56 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister John Key and Finance Minister Bill English met with reporters today to discuss: • The government’s activities in the public sector • Reductions to welfare • Crime statistics • NCEA results and policy • Civilian casualties ... More >>

Top 5 Scoop Press Releases Week To 19th July 2014

Monday, 21 July 2014, 11:59 am | Scoop Insights

The following five press releases were the top performing press releases (by NZ page view numbers) according to Google Analytics on Scoop for the seven days to 19th July 2014. More >>

"Party Party" - The Launch Of A Global Movement | 500 Words

Monday, 21 July 2014, 10:35 am | Alastair Thompson

The Launch Of A Global Movement The "Party Party" Tour (July 23-26 - AUCK CHCH WGTN DUND ) Interviews With Tommy Ill & Beat Mob Artur By Alastair Thompson More >>

Why the Israelis are repetitively violent

Friday, 18 July 2014, 5:37 pm | Lawrence Davidson

With the Israelis once more inflicting collective punishment in Gaza (a tactic which happens to constitute a war crime) it is time to consider the mindset behind their repeated violent and sadistic behaviour. More >>

Wellington protest for Palestine calls for end to bombing

Friday, 18 July 2014, 5:17 pm | Anne Russell

Around 300 people gathered outside the Israeli Embassy on Brandon St in Wellington earlier today to protest Israel’s occupation of Palestine. When three teenage Israeli boys were recently killed in Palestine, Israel responded with an extended bombing ... More >>

Adrian Maidment Cartoon: Cunliffe's Ice Water Challenge

Friday, 18 July 2014, 4:07 pm | Adrian Maidment

Adrian Maidment Cartoon: Cunliffe's Ice Water Challenge *** More >>

Gordon Campbell on the failure to prosecute the GCSB

Friday, 18 July 2014, 9:50 am | Gordon Campbell

So one hand of the state – the Independent Police Conduct Authority - has now washed the hands of its brother agencies, and declared that all hands are clean. Case closed. Does anyone feel re-assured by this exercise in familial self-exoneration? More >>

Workplace Surveillance and the Productivity Incentive

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 5:51 pm | Binoy Kampmark

A post by John Neiditz in Big Data Tech Law (Jul 12) makes use of a pertinent concept to relations in the workplace. He draws on the work of sociologist Erving Goffman, who suggests that individuals need a “backstage” to ready themselves for interaction ... More >>

Ravaging Gaza: The War Netanyahu Cannot Possibly Win

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 5:39 pm | Ramzy Baroud

When the bodies of three Israeli settlers - Aftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar, both 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19 - were found on June 30 near Hebron in the southern West Bank, Israel went into a state of mourning and a wave of sympathy flowed in from ... More >>

University of Illinois Channels Carl Woese for All

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 5:16 pm | Suzan Mazur

Author Isaac Asimov once told me he did his best thinking in his underwear. Asimov might have appreciated the convenience of MOOC-style learning, that is, the free "massive open online course" experience being offered by the University of Illinois, ... More >>

The Law of the Seize

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 4:52 pm | Rene Wadlow

8 June of each year has been proclaimed by the UN General Assembly as the Day of the Law of the Sea. However, according to my friend John Logue, Director of Villanova University Common Heritage Institute who had participated with me as non-government ... More >>

If Iraq Were in Central America

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 4:25 pm | David Swanson

Just as in discussions of bombing nations for women's rights it's hard to bring up the subject of the right not to be bombed, in discussions of shipping so-called illegal children away from the border where you've been terrorizing them in reenactments ... More >>

What if Hamas dumped all its rockets?

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 3:18 pm | Stuart Littlewood

The slaughter of innocents is necessary to stop Gaza rocket-fire. That’s what Israel says. “This isn’t about rockets from Gaza,” says Unite. The union Unite is to be congratulated on its no-nonsense analysis and statement expressing solidarity ... More >>

Asus Transformer Pad TF103

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 2:17 pm | Digitl

At first glance the Asus Transformer Pad TF103 is a decent low-cost tablet. The specification, build and performance aren't noticeable better than the multitude of rival Android devices aiming at the same market. However, the value is undeniably ... More >>

Israel's atrocity and the West's ignorance...

Wednesday, 16 July 2014, 5:19 pm | Jamal Kanj

Seeing "free" Western media with headlines like "Rockets raining over Israel", or describing the success of Israel's Iron Dome defence system in intercepting missiles from Gaza, you would assume there was a war between equals - or even that ... More >>

Korean miners to sue states over environmental regulation

Wednesday, 16 July 2014, 3:34 pm | Patricia Ranald

After all the publicity about the Japan-Australia trade deal, parliamentary hearings by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties begin quietly this week to determine whether the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement negotiated recently is in the national ... More >>

Should parties tell us who they’d work with before election?

Wednesday, 16 July 2014, 11:51 am | Massey University

In New Zealand we watch elections as if they were horse races. Some of us even place bets. The big question, however, is not ‘Who will win?’ but ‘Who will form the government after the election?’ More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Dotcom emails

Wednesday, 16 July 2014, 10:38 am | Gordon Campbell

Back in 2010 at least, the email trail recently released to David Fisher of the NZ Herald shows that the Immigration Service had found an interesting niche in business migrants: people who (a) have $10 million or more spare change to invest in this ... More >>

Is NZ violating the SIS Act over US drone strikes?

Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 5:36 pm | Bob Rigg

After decades of lively public debate, New Zealand abolished the death penalty for murder in 1961. It is not widely known that the death penalty for treason remained on the statute books until it was also abolished in 1989. More >>

The Anti-Empire Report #130

Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 4:49 pm | William Blum

What would a psychiatrist call this? Delusions of grandeur? US Secretary of State John Kerry, July 8, 2014: “In my travels as secretary of state, I have seen as never before the thirst for American leadership in the world.” More >>

Nine days of hope for Gaza ceasefire squandered by Israel

Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 2:39 pm | Leslie Bravery

Had Israel used the nine days of Palestinian ceasefire to reinforce the suspension of violence, then it is very likely that the present carnage could have been avoided. On 21 November 2012, a unilateral ceasefire declared by Israel came into effect. More >>

Israel's dissenting voices get lost in the war echo chamber

Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 2:35 pm | Neve Gordon

For several days now, some of my neighbours have suggested that the time has come to "destroy them"- meaning either Hamas or Palestinians - "once and for all". The rockets being fired from Gaza clearly do have the effect of raising the level of ... More >>

Israel to the Palestinians: submit, leave or die

Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 2:25 pm | Jeff Halper

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s initiative may have ended with a whimper instead of a bang, but its impact on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was significant and fundamental nonetheless. More >>

 

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