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Martin Doyle cartoon: Roads of Artistic Significance

Wednesday, 1 June 2016, 5:25 pm | Martin Doyle

500 tonnes of twisted steel tubing is not an engineering cock-up.... It's a stunning piece of modern art that deserves recognition at the highest level. The Waikato Expressway is our answer to the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. More >>

Scoop Foundation Impact Statement

Wednesday, 1 June 2016, 4:34 pm | The Scoop Foundation

The Scoop Foundation for Public Interest Journalism is a charitable trust founded on the principle that an informed citizenry is a basic requirement for democracy. Our founding purpose is to support ethical journalism training and the publication ... More >>

Islamophobia: Why are So Many People So Frightened?

Wednesday, 1 June 2016, 2:02 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Islamophobia – fear of Muslims – is now highly visible among European populations concerned about terrorist responses from Islamic groups claiming Jihadi links. However, it is also evident among those same populations in relation to the refugee flow from ... More >>

Israel’s Future is Terrifying

Wednesday, 1 June 2016, 1:53 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Israel’s Future is Terrifying: Moshe Ya’alon and Israel’s Disconcerting ‘Morality’ By Ramzy Baroud Israeli society is constantly swerving to the Right and, by doing so, the country’s entire political paradigm is redefined regularly. Israel is now ... More >>

Colluding in Lies: The Brexit Debate

Wednesday, 1 June 2016, 1:48 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Brexit argument (whether Britain should remain or otherwise in the European Union), has become hysterically hyperbolic. That was the view of former Tory MP Gyles Brandreth, expressed with usual alacrity on the news quiz show Have I Got News For You. More >>

Gordon Campbell on tobacco politics, and the TPP death watch

Tuesday, 31 May 2016, 10:58 am | Gordon Campbell

Has Act leader David Seymour got the easiest job in the world, or what? Roll out of bed, turn on the radio and hmm…there do seem to be a lot of problems out there in the world. Must think of something. And so it came to pass that this morning , ... More >>

US warship visit: a trade display to boost US weapons sales

Tuesday, 31 May 2016, 10:54 am | Valerie Morse

Once weapons were manufactured to fight wars. Now wars are manufactured to sell weapons. ~Arundhati Roy More >>

Review: Magic Moments

Tuesday, 31 May 2016, 10:30 am | Max Rashbrooke

Mozart’s The Magic Flute is an extraordinary tale, blending a story of great solemnity, of elegant music and Masonic virtue overcoming hatred and discord, with elements of extreme silliness and pure fantasy. But New Zealand Opera’s latest version, ... More >>

Post Cab Presser: Budgets, Trusts and Pacific Diplomacy

Monday, 30 May 2016, 5:37 pm | Robert Kelly

Today Prime Minister John Key summarised last week’s budget and provided further detail about his upcoming trip to Fiji. He said that there has been “plenty going on” in the last couple of weeks and emphasised the need for Auckland council to ... More >>

A failure of measurement: inside the Budget lock-up

Monday, 30 May 2016, 1:01 pm | Max Rashbrooke

The funniest moment in last week’s lock-up – a closed-off room where journalists get early access to Budget documents under embargo – came when one of the government’s press secretaries explained to the assembled hacks that there had been a minor security ... More >>

Securing NZ's Political Memory: Scoop As A Digital Archive

Monday, 30 May 2016, 12:45 pm | Howard Davis

As a callow undergraduate studying English Literature at Cambridge University in the 1970s, it was made abundantly clear to me that print was a dying medium. Original texts are constantly being lost and found as manuscripts and books disintegrate and ... More >>

Apple 2016 MacBook one month review: The song remains the sa

Sunday, 29 May 2016, 2:14 pm | Digitl

If the song remains the same, it now lasts longer and has a faster tempo. More >>

Finding opportunities in the fog

Sunday, 29 May 2016, 2:11 pm | Digitl

If you've only just come to terms with cloud computing , here comes the next thing: fog computing. More >>

Vodafone buyers may find 2degrees tempting too

Sunday, 29 May 2016, 1:55 pm | Digitl

News reports say overseas buyers want Vodafone New Zealand. Rival 2degrees is also a likely take-over target. More >>

Time to End the ‘Hasbara’

Friday, 27 May 2016, 3:32 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Time to End the ‘Hasbara’: Palestinian Media and the Search for a Common Story Ramzy Baroud Merely being in the company of hundreds of Palestinian journalists and other media professionals from all over the world has been an uplifting experience. ... More >>

Trump and the Polls of Loathing

Friday, 27 May 2016, 2:53 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Caught between a cynical Clinton machine and a shape-changing reality television show, US politics has featured its latest twist in the saga of surges and poll ratings. Now, we are being told that Donald Trump does have a chance against Hillary Clinton, ... More >>

History Never Repeats

Friday, 27 May 2016, 2:50 pm | Max Reid

“History never repeats, I tell myself before I go to sleep.” Someone needs to sing that classic Split Enz riff to Paula Bennett – loud and clear. Max Reid May 25th 2016 More >>

Scoop Video: Inside The Budget 2014 Lockup

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:13 am | The Scoop Team

The 2016 New Zealand Budget was presented on 26 May. Scoop was at the Budget Day lockup from 10.30am to 2pm today. Finance Minister Bill English delivered a presentation and took questions from the crowd. More >>

Gordon Campbell on yesterday’s Budget

Friday, 27 May 2016, 10:02 am | Gordon Campbell

Budgies, so their Wikipedia page says, are popular pets around the world due to their small size, low cost, and ability to mimic human speech. Which is a reasonably good description of Finance Minister Bill English eighth Budget. Especially when ... More >>

Max Rashbrooke on the 2016 Budget

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 2:08 pm | Max Rashbrooke

The best label for this year’s announcement by Bill English might be the ‘Bare Minimum Budget’. It does the bare minimum to defuse potential political damage in a range of areas – homelessness and health are prime among them – but almost ... More >>

Budget 2016 - Scoop Full Coverage

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 11:32 am | The Scoop Team

Scoop will be updating this page with Budget announcements, reaction and analysis once the Budget is released at 2pm. Hit reload to see the latest version. More >>

Gordon Campbell: the latest allegations against Helen Clark

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 9:35 am | Gordon Campbell

According to former PM and current Helen Clark, the allegations leveled at her this week in a Foreign Policy magazine article by the prize-winning UN journalist Colum Lynch have been ‘totally fabricated’ . More >>

No Human Rights Violations Because No Violence?

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 4:57 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Coup-installed junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha said he does "not violate any human rights" because he is not using violence to enforce his edicts including a new crackdown against anti-regime jokes, political comments on Facebook, ... More >>

Taking the Long View: Solar power crucial for the long game

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 4:44 pm | Gord Stewart

Grid defection they call it. It happens when customers find it economical to say goodbye to their power company and the electrical grid in favour of self-generated power from a solar-and-battery system. More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: MASTERMINDS of Housing

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 4:38 pm | Martin Doyle

In previous times, it was quite common for couples to put off having children till they were properly set up. That approach needs to be adopted again given the seriousness of child poverty and the shortage of housing under this government. Property speculators ... More >>

Editorial Comment : Gordon Campbell

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 10:08 am | Gordon Campbell

Since taking over as Editor at Scoop few months ago, I’ve avoided making mission statements, and have focussed on what can be done and/or set in train, given our resources. However, the PledgeMe campaign currently being run by the Scoop Foundation ... More >>

Turkey as Terror: Ankara's role in the Brexit Referendum

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 3:08 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Either we influence Europe, or it influences us.” David Cameron, The Telegraph , May 8, 2016 More >>

Make serving in war an option, not an order

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 11:50 am | Kristin Christman

Commentary: Make serving in war an option, not an order No one should be forced to register to represent our country in combat By Kristin Y. Christman, Commentary Published in the Albany Times Union May 22, 2016 More >>

World Humanitarian Summit: On the front lines for action

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 11:10 am | Rene Wadlow

The World Humanitarian Summit organized by the United Nations will open on 23 May 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The aim of the conference in the words of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon is to see what should be done “to end conflict, alleviate suffering ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the rise of the far right

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 10:48 am | Gordon Campbell

In his victory speech at the Cannes film festival this week, the British film director Ken Loach warned that the rise of far right parties in Europe was being fuelled by the economic policies of austerity, and manifested in a welfare bureaucracy that ... More >>

Audio: Scoop's Alastair Thompson at OuiShare Fest

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 9:38 am | The Scoop Team

Scoop co-founder and Scoop Foundation board member Alastair Thompson discusses Scoop's new Ethical Paywall model, the sharing economy, innovation and poetic revolution at OuiShare Fest conference on the sharing economy in Paris last week. More >>

Leakers Down Under: The Australian Federal Police Raids

Monday, 23 May 2016, 11:34 am | Binoy Kampmark

It is election time in Australia, and the electioneering took a remarkable turn Thursday night with announcements that the Australian Federal Police had raided the offices of the opposition Australian Labor Party, including that of a senior frontbencher ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on bank scandals and air crashes

Monday, 23 May 2016, 10:26 am | Gordon Campbell

Libor. It stands for the London Interbank Offered rate. Back in 2012, Libor became synonymous with a scandal involving the dodgy manipulation of how interest rates were fixed - during the years before and after the Global Financial Crisis - thus ... More >>

Alan Edwards retiring Chief Executive of Metlifecare

Friday, 20 May 2016, 3:36 pm | Liam Butler

What are some of the trends and challenges you identify for our aged care and retirement sector? More >>

Lyndon Hood: Work and Grimmcome

Friday, 20 May 2016, 10:41 am | Lyndon Hood

A rich man's wife became sick, and when she felt that her end was drawing near, she called her only daughter to her bedside and said, "Dear child, remain pious and good, and our social welfare safety net will prevent your standard of living ever falling ... More >>

U.S. financial regulations increase starvation

Thursday, 19 May 2016, 5:21 pm | Franklin Lamb

As of May 15, 2016, according to Save the Children and an assortment of UN agencies and NGO’s, nearly 7 million people are displaced within Syria, half of them are children and more than two million of the youngsters are at risk of becoming ill, ... More >>

Stuff-Me: The newspaper gobble-up

Thursday, 19 May 2016, 4:58 pm | Julienne Molineaux

Stuff-Me: The newspaper gobble-up Julienne Molineaux This article was first published at the Briefing Papers The proposed merger between NZME and Fairfax New Zealand is the latest instalment in the increasing concentration of ownership in New Zealand’s ... More >>

The Triumph of Establishment Politics

Thursday, 19 May 2016, 4:17 pm | Binoy Kampmark

How to find the voice of a people? Electoral systems are the stuff of political nightmare and experiment, all attempting the same goal: how best to capture an appropriately, accurate choice. Australia’s preferential election system is regarded as better ... More >>

Palestine’s Nakba in the Larger Arab ‘Catastrophe’

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 5:24 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Roots of the Conflict: Palestine’s Nakba in the Larger Arab ‘Catastrophe’ By Ramzy Baroud On May 15th of every year, over the past 68 years, Palestinians have commemorated their collective exile from Palestine. The ethnic cleansing of Palestine ... More >>

A Friendly Critique of the Break Free Climate Actions

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 4:44 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

I have enjoyed reading accounts and seeing photos of those committed and courageous climate activists who participated in the recent Break Free from Fossil Fuels actions conducted at various locations in 13 countries from 4-15 May 2016. See 'Break Free ... More >>

Review: Stephen Hough is perfection-plus

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 4:30 pm | Max Rashbrooke

In his interview with Scoop [ Rachmaninov’s hairy chest, and other entertainments ], pianist Stephen Hough made the point that playing Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto requires the artist, more than with most pieces, to keep the entire work in their ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on electricity, executions, and Bob Dylan

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 10:15 am | Gordon Campbell

This week, New Zealand’s crisis of poverty and homelessness has been making headlines around the world . At exactly the same time, Electricity Authority has unveiled the final version of its pricing plan for electricity transmission. More >>

Boris Johnson’s Hitler Comparison

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 3:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Hitler’s main aim was to create an empire in the east and violently subjugate Europeans. Any connection between that and the EU is simply laughable.” Lord Bramal, The Guardian , May 16, 2016 More >>

New Zealand’s Racism Problem

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 10:53 am | Jonny Avery

New Zealand’s Racism Problem - and Our Problem with Listening to Andrew Judd Jonny Avery More >>

King Lear at Circa

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 10:13 am | Howard Davis

In order to celebrate it's 40th birthday, it is perhaps fitting that Circa Theatre should pick a production of 'King Lear,' since it's also somewhat fortuitously Shakespeare's 400th anniversary. If some of the more cerebral poetry is lost in Michael Hurst's ... More >>

What cost, Israel...

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 9:46 am | Jamal Kanj

Much had been argued about the creation of Israel and the ensuing 1948 ethnic cleansing of non-Jewish Palestinians. Sadly however, most had become a desensitised academic debate. A lifeless abstract portrayal failing to depict what it really meant for ... More >>

Post Cabinet Press Conference: Houses and Taxes

Monday, 16 May 2016, 5:10 pm | Robert Kelly

In today’s post cabinet press conference the Prime Minister John Key faced a series of questions around the upcoming budget, housing supply and the likelihood of tax cuts. More >>

Killing Carp in Australia: Genocidal Fantasies Down Under

Monday, 16 May 2016, 3:05 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Trying to decide whether I side with the carp or Barnaby Joyce.” Jeff Sparrow, Twitter, May 1, 2016 More >>

Organized Misery is Fascism

Monday, 16 May 2016, 2:38 pm | John Stanton

“When the United States goes to war they will introduce a war economy. This means sacrificing everything for the army and war purposes – and misery for the population. How can there be a self-sustaining economy for the United States? In times of peace ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on NZ’s support for the Kazakh dictatorship

Monday, 16 May 2016, 10:53 am | Gordon Campbell

Thanks to Sacha Baron Cohen , Kazakhstan will always seem like a bit of a jokey, ramshackle kind of place. To that end, the Stuff story last week about the New Zealand courts’ recent compliance with the wishes of the Kazakh dictatorship was illustrated ... More >>

Journalism : A New Model - The 2016 Scoop Foundation Membership Drive

Saturday, 14 May 2016, 5:28 am | The Scoop Foundation

The Scoop Foundation is seeking public support to safeguard the future of public interest journalism in New Zealand. To ensure public access to comprehensive, free, timely news is maintained during this dark hour for journalism. And to provide every ... More >>

A Palestinian View on Britain’s ‘Anti-Semitic’ Controversy

Friday, 13 May 2016, 3:43 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Beware Israeli Doublespeak: A Palestinian Perspective on Britain’s ‘Anti-Semitic’ Controversy By Ramzy Baroud More >>

Widening the STI Net

Friday, 13 May 2016, 3:36 pm | Shamshad Akhtar

Widening the STI Net for Implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar More >>

Gordon Campbell on the proposed media merger

Friday, 13 May 2016, 12:40 pm | Gordon Campbell

Monopolies are bad for people, and bad for capitalism, too. Look at what happened in the late 1980s when a Labour government handed a state monopoly over to Telecom – which proceeded to screw its customers over prices, spent the bare minimum on ... More >>

Rachmaninov’s hairy chest, and other entertainments

Friday, 13 May 2016, 12:18 pm | Max Rashbrooke

Stephen Hough has just finished a novel. Which would be unremarkable, were he a novelist, but he’s not: he’s a concert pianist. Or rather, he’s a concert pianist, composer, columnist, and painter. (And novelist.) He’s one of that rare breed, the modern ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the future of conservatism

Thursday, 12 May 2016, 10:08 am | Gordon Campbell

For years, observers have noted the contrast between Prime Minister John Key’s ordinary Kiwi bloke persona, and the patrician prat more commonly seen in Parliament. This week though, the prat has been in plain sight. Nominally, Key got expelled from ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on how class colours Panama Papers reactions

Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 11:36 am | Gordon Campbell

Not many heroes so far in the Panama Papers saga, but any number of villains. Those villains happen to include: criminals laundering their ill gotten gains, terrorists funding their nefarious activities, and shadowy figures guilty of varying levels ... More >>

Ugly London: The Mayoral Race

Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 3:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

What a disaster for the conservatives, though hardly a glory for British Labour either. Sadiq Khan, a Labour technocrat rinsed in the chummy spinelessness of the Blairite spin machine, won the London Mayoral election after a campaign that could only be ... More >>

The Leicester City Miracle: Playing Against the Statistics

Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 3:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“The biggest sporting shock of my lifetime, and it’s only my team.” Gary Lineker, May 8, 2016 More >>

Lyndon Hood: Caught With Your Panamas Down

Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 12:01 pm | Lyndon Hood

New Zealand's international trust regime has been under the spotlight with the release of the 'Panama Papers'. The often murky and suspicious offshore finance industry appears to regard New Zealand highly. More >>


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