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Ignored Ironies: Women, Protest and Donald Trump

Monday, 23 January 2017, 12:25 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The USA has Urinary Trump Infection. Protest sign, San Francisco Women’s Rally, Jan 21, 2017 More >>

NZ IT spending to climb 2.3 percent in 2017

Sunday, 22 January 2017, 11:10 am | Digitl

Gartner says New Zealand spending on IT  will reach NZ$11.4 billion in 2017. That's up 2.3 percent on last year. More >>

Hawaiki sub-cable on track for mid-2018 launch

Sunday, 22 January 2017, 11:09 am | Digitl

Hawaiki says it has completed the route survey for its 14,000km submarine cable connecting New Zealand and Australia to the US mainland via Pacific island nations and Hawaii. The job was done with Hawaiki partner TE SubCom. More >>

Oppo phones coming to NZ

Sunday, 22 January 2017, 11:07 am | Digitl

At the time of writing there are few details on Oppo’s New Zealand plans: the company says it will launch phone models and announce New Zealand partners in the first quarter of 2017. It has already recruited local staff. More >>

The Birth of Trumpland: Notes on an Inauguration

Saturday, 21 January 2017, 10:52 pm | Binoy Kampmark

With the country ridden by woe and revulsion; with the discontent so profound and vicious, the Trump presidency began. It did so by way of comparison – of the chalk-cheese variety. In 2008, when the shining armour of Knight Obama took centre stage, there ... More >>

Inauguration Day – Nothing Will Ever Be The Same Again

Saturday, 21 January 2017, 11:08 am | Alastair Thompson

Over the past two months since his election the expanding clouds of chaos and uncertainty generated by the approaching Trump presidency have transfixed the world. More >>

Donald Trump and the History of an Alliance

Friday, 20 January 2017, 3:04 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It should be a point of some delicious reflection for peace activists who have fought for decades against the nature of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. It brought the US deep into West European affairs, turning European states into garrisons. It ... More >>

Scoundrels of Patriotism: The Freeing of Chelsea Manning

Friday, 20 January 2017, 2:12 pm | Binoy Kampmark

He might have had a sharp attack of conscience, but President Barack Obama decided, in the flickering days of his administration, to do good by Chelsea Manning, forever linked to WikiLeaks and the disclosure of US military war logs and 250,000 state ... More >>

Six Things We Should Do Better As Everything Gets Worse

Friday, 20 January 2017, 1:56 pm | David Swanson

Here I am in occupied DC. The White House looks like a Green Zone. There was a time when you could walk up to it. Caravans of police cars and black SUVs zoom by with sirens blaring and everyone else forced aside. Do people look outraged? No, they ... More >>

Duty to Warn

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 3:33 pm | Gary Kohls

Duty to Warn The Tragic Story of Dr Loren Mosher’s Soteria Project and the Plot to Kill It By Gary G. Kohls, MD “Psychiatry has been almost completely bought out by the drug companies…We're so busy with drugs that you can't find a nickel being ... More >>

The "Fan-Owned" Green Bay Packers are America's Team

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 2:45 pm | Harvey Wasserman

All too rare is the sporting event that qualifies as a great work of art. And even rarer is the professional sports team that belongs to the public. The transcendent Green Bay Packers have now entered the Pantheon for both. More >>

The Balancing Act is Over: What Elor Azaria Taught Us

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 2:39 pm | Ramzy Baroud

For some, the ‘manslaughter’ conviction - following the murder by Israeli army medic, Elor Azaria, of already incapacitated Palestinian man, Fattah al-Sharif - is finally settling a protracted debate regarding where Israelis stand on Palestinian ... More >>

Samantha Power Can See Russia from Her Padded Cell

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 2:36 pm | David Swanson

At the Atlantic Council -- a "think" tank funded by such bastions of democracy as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, not to mention that center of peaceful nonviolence NATO -- Samantha Power announced on Tuesday that Russia is a menacing danger to the United ... More >>

Review: Te Rakau's 'The Undertow'

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 2:08 pm | Howard Davis

Written by Helen Pearse-Otene and produced by Jim Moriarty's Te Rakau Theatre, 'The Undertow' presents four dramatic episodes depicting the lives and loves of ordinary people from Wellington as they endure a series of historical hardships. Pivotal moments ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Bill English, abroad

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 11:21 am | Gordon Campbell

I f David Cameron was the closest thing John Key had to a political mentor, their successors also share a whole lot in common. Theresa May and Bill English were both propelled into the top jobs as the result of unexpected resignations, and without ... More >>

The United States and China at the Outset of the Trump Era

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 4:24 pm | INSS Insight

The election of Donald Trump heralds a change in United States policy, and relations with China are emerging as a major focus of the new administration. It appears that each side is seeking to identify the other’s weaknesses during a mutually sensitive ... More >>

Americans Claim Role in Yeltsin Win

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 4:10 pm | Gary Kohls

WASHINGTON — A team of American political strategists who helped Gov. Pete Wilson with his abortive presidential bid earlier this year said this week that they served as Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin's secret campaign weapon in his comeback win ... More >>

Crumbling Reactors and Other Nightmares

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 3:47 pm | Harvey Wasserman

In the area of energy policy under the presidency of Donald Trump, two concerns loom above all others. More >>

Jitterati 18.1.17: Into the Unknown

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 2:02 pm | Grant Buist

Jitterati 18.1.17: Into the Unknown Click for big version. The US prepares to step into the unknown. *** Jitterati is now published online. For more, search Scoop . More >>

Trump and the Environmental Challenge Ahead

Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 5:07 pm | Zarefah Baroud

‘The Power to Create a New World’: Trump and the Environmental Challenge Ahead By Zarefah Baroud More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Health Fears Ahead of Trump’s Inauguration

Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 4:51 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Ain’t going to let no ego maniac turn me around, turn me around, keep on walking, keep on talking going to build ourselves a brand-new world.” Joan Baez, San Francisco, Jan 15, 2016 More >>

Gordon Campbell on populism and Labour 2017

Monday, 16 January 2017, 11:48 am | Gordon Campbell

S ince the resignation of John Key, the speculation about what-might-happen in election year 2017 has been framed almost entirely in terms of personality politics. Is National’s Bill English more - or less – chemically inert than Labour’s Andrew Little, and ... More >>

King CONG vs. Solartopia

Monday, 16 January 2017, 9:56 am | Harvey Wasserman

s you ride the Amtrak along the Pacific coast between Los Angeles and San Diego, you pass the San Onofre nuclear power plant, home to three mammoth atomic reactors shut by citizen activism. More >>

Obama’s Stellar Effort to Preserve Heritage in Syria

Monday, 16 January 2017, 9:41 am | Franklin Lamb

President Obama's Syria legacy is already being widely debated. In 2009 the former Southside Chicago community organizer and Law Professor entered the White House promising a new direction and vision in the Middle East from that of his predecessor and pledging ... More >>

The Deep State Wants to Deep Six U

Monday, 16 January 2017, 9:37 am | David Swanson

The United States and Russia each possess enough nuclear weapons to destroy all life on earth many times over. More >>

Why the State Needs to Increase Taxes

Monday, 16 January 2017, 9:35 am | Walter Brasch

Pennsylvanians are justifiably angry at paying the highest gas prices in the nation. The average price per gallon is $2.65, 27 cents higher than the highest price in the other 49 states. An additional eight cent tax was added this month. Until 2019, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: the ethics of publishing the Trump dossier

Friday, 13 January 2017, 1:24 pm | Gordon Campbell

T he controversy over the dossier purporting to show US President-elect Donald Trump’s alleged ties with Russia has been virtually overshadowed by the related controversy over whether the Buzzfeed site should have published the dossier in the first place. ... More >>

Fonterra’s Retro-Ads – Not Cool

Friday, 13 January 2017, 1:18 pm | Lynley Tulloch and Paul Judge

Fonterra’s retro inspired new ads seem to have backfired. Their graphic simplicity has created a remarkable canvas for anti-dairy campaigners to alter the pro-dairy message using paint or printed out letters. “Cool Again”, only requires a three ... More >>

Mad Butcher op ed

Friday, 13 January 2017, 1:13 pm | Lynley Tulloch and Paul Judge

Lynley Tulloch and Paul Judge The Mad Butcher debacle has captivated the country with all the dramatics of a season finale of Shortland Street. And let’s face it, Sir Peter Leitch is every bit as kiwi as Shorty and just as loved. More >>

Zygmunt Bauman and the Rootless Condition

Friday, 13 January 2017, 1:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Modernity, as the late Zygmunt Bauman noted in his magisterially provocative Modernity and the Holocaust (1989) has not necessarily entailed enlightenment, the liberation from immaturity. Since the cave dweller existence, humanity has retained traditional ... More >>

Israel’s manipulation of UK politics

Friday, 13 January 2017, 12:51 pm | Redress Information

Both the Foreign Office and Boris Johnson, the UK’s foreign secretary, have declared the Shai Masot affair “closed” after Masot, an employee of the Israeli embassy and probably a Mossad asset, plotted with gullible British MPs and political hangers-on ... More >>

Imagine the Confirmation Hearing for Secretary of Peace

Friday, 13 January 2017, 12:46 pm | David Swanson

The idea has been floated and endlessly reintroduced in legislation since the founding of the United States of creating a Department of Peace. These efforts even resulted in 1986 in the creation of the USI”P” — the U.S. Institute of “Peace” which ... More >>

UFB fuels Xero Hawke's Bay move

Friday, 13 January 2017, 12:43 pm | Digitl

If you're wondering why the government was so keen to build a fibre network look no further than Victoria White's Xero boss brings jobs to Hawke’s Bay   in Hawke’s Bay Today. She writes: Next year, Hawke’s Bay will join the likes of San Francisco, ... More >>

PC down, not out

Friday, 13 January 2017, 12:27 pm | Digitl

PC sales have fallen for five years. They will never return to the glory days. But the PC is a long way from extinction. More >>

Spark, Chorus streamline fibre installs

Friday, 13 January 2017, 12:12 pm | Digitl

Spark has extended its streamlined street-in-a-week fibre installation trial to include Chorus UFB coverage areas. More >>

Touch typing on the 2016 Apple MacBook Pro keyboard

Friday, 13 January 2017, 12:01 pm | Digitl

Apple introduced its  butterfly laptop keyboard design for the 2015 12-inch MacBook . It is shallower than previous keyboards. More >>

50Mbps the new fibre normal

Friday, 13 January 2017, 11:59 am | Digitl

Chorus says it will upgrade the 85,000 residential customers on a 30Mbps plan to 50Mbps at no extra charge. From January  50Mbps will become the new entry-level plan speed for customers on the company's fibre network. Because Chorus doesn't sell ... More >>

Xero adds Apple Pay

Friday, 13 January 2017, 11:55 am | Digitl

The company says slow payments are a major source of grief for small businesses who often struggle with poor cash flow. More >>

Spark moves to 200Gbps wavelength

Friday, 13 January 2017, 11:48 am | Digitl

Spark is using Nokia kit to roll out New Zealand's first 200Gbps wavelength network link. More >>

Understanding Apple’s MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Friday, 13 January 2017, 11:44 am | Digitl

Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro has a slim new body. It boasts a faster processor, larger trackpad, improved keyboard , better speakers and a glorious high-resolution Retina display. More >>

On switching from Mac to Windows, or Windows to Mac

Friday, 13 January 2017, 11:39 am | Digitl

At the Guardian Alex Hern writes: Is it time to swap your Mac for a Windows laptop? 1 More >>

Lenovo Miix 510: A Surface Pro 4 for less

Friday, 13 January 2017, 11:35 am | Digitl

If you want a Surface Pro 4 but find Microsoft's price too high, Lenovo's Miix 510 may fit the bill. More >>

Choosing between MacBook Pro, Surface Book

Friday, 13 January 2017, 11:28 am | Digitl

In the end it's all about what you do with your hands. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: And quiet flows the Don

Thursday, 12 January 2017, 5:12 pm | Martin Doyle

If the current circus surrounding Donald Trump's life continues unabated, the White House may need to be renamed the Mad House.  And if the claims re his use of Moscow prostitutes prove true, then the Cold War is truly over. One suspects the War of ... More >>

How ‘long-standing’ and ‘balanced’ is NZ's position?

Thursday, 12 January 2017, 3:10 pm | Shalom.Kiwi

Thousands of New Zealanders have expressed their concerns to the Government regarding UN Resolution 2334, in letters , petitions , protests , and in comments on social media. Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s response in the NZ Herald today merely ... More >>

Only One Democratic State Possible in Palestine and Israel

Thursday, 12 January 2017, 2:24 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Long before December 28, when Secretary of State, John Kerry took the podium at the Dean Acheson Auditorium in Washington DC to pontificate on the uncertain future of the two-state solution and the need to save Israel from itself, the subject of a ... More >>

New Zealand has an issue with terrorism

Thursday, 12 January 2017, 12:24 pm | Shalom.Kiwi

When an Islamist drove his truck into a crowd in Nice last July, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key spoke out against the terror attack . When an Islamist drove his truck into a crowd in Berlin last December, New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English ... More >>

Fury at Azaria verdict is Israel’s Trump moment

Thursday, 12 January 2017, 11:20 am | Redress Information

The United Kingdom has Brexit. The United States, an incoming President Trump. And Israel now has Elor Azaria. It may not have the same ring, but ultimately the turning point could prove as decisive. More >>

Gordon Campbell on why tax cuts in 2017 would be a bad idea

Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 1:37 pm | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on why tax cuts in 2017 would be a (proven) bad idea First published on Werewolf More >>

Jitterati: 2017

Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 9:39 am | Grant Buist

The interregnum between 2016 and the Trumpocalypse inspires reflection. More >>

The Drugs May be the Problem

Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 3:38 pm | Gary Kohls

The title of this column, The Drugs May Be The Problem is also the title of a seminar that I will be presenting starting on Saturday morning, January 21, 2017. On that date, the first in a series of seminars will be presented at the Red Herring Lounge, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Meryl Streep’s speech

Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 12:12 pm | Gordon Campbell

P rimarily, Meryl Streep’s critical speech last night at the Golden Globes – which is the award ceremony hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association - was a defence of journalism and of journalists. Notably, she cited the journalist Serge ... More >>

Squeeze and Wiggle: Transport Chaos in London

Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 9:01 am | Binoy Kampmark

It has the air of being a well minted yet distinctly first world problem: inconvenienced commuters in one of the world’s first true megalopolises, gnashing their teeth as they are pushed and grounded together during the rush hour. All because of a strike ... More >>

Pollution, Dementia and the Modern Condition

Monday, 9 January 2017, 9:11 am | Binoy Kampmark

London. The journey from Tooting to the British Library tends to be a crowded affair at the best of times. More >>

Why Release the Torture Report Now

Monday, 9 January 2017, 9:04 am | David Swanson

A young man was tortured in Chicago this week. It wasn't an act of the Chicago police. It was live streamed on Facebook. And the President of the United States declared it an horrific hate crime. More >>

Allegations Against Russia Less Credible Every Day

Monday, 9 January 2017, 9:00 am | David Swanson

The U.S. government has now generated numerous news stories and released multiple "reports" aimed at persuading us that Vladimir Putin is to blame for Donald Trump becoming president. U.S. media has dutifully informed us that the case has been made. ... More >>

Positivity, Pangloss, Partisanship, Propaganda, Populism

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 2:06 pm | David Swanson

Eight years ago Yes! Magazine published a political platform of progressive policies, along with polling showing strong majority support for each proposal. Now, eight years later, we can show almost total failure to advance any of the proposals, most ... More >>

Russia-United States Relations under Trump Administration

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 1:58 pm | INSS Insight

Russia-United States Relations under the Trump Administration: Implications for the Middle East Zvi Magen More >>

Raising Questions About Politics and the Mass Media

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 1:11 pm | Walter Brasch

It’s the first week of January and the election returns are starting to trickle in. It’s not for the rich Democratic white Hillary Clinton who captured the popular vote, nor for the rich Republican white Donald Trump who captured the electoral college ... More >>

The Trump Presidency May be Better for Palestine

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 12:02 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Israel is dizzy. January 20th has been like another Christmas Day and Donald Trump is jolly old Santa Claus bearing gifts. The writing is already on the wall as President-elect Trump has appointed an extremist, David Friedman , as the next US Ambassador to Israel ... More >>


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