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House Rises Debating ERA Reform

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 10:01 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse said during the committee stage of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill delivered on National’s manifesto in 2011 and 2014. It continued a strong focus on reducing compliance costs ... More >>

Govt Moves On ERA Reform

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 7:32 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

After the dinner break the Government adjourned the Address in Reply debate and began the committee stage of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill . More >>

Book Review: This Does Not Change Everything

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 5:39 pm | Catherine Austin Fitts

To say that Naomi Klein’s new book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. Climate Change is disappointing is an understatement. Klein’s best seller Shock Doctrine was a tour de force. More >>

Scotland’s radical independence movement

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 4:27 pm | Daphne Lawless

A “Pyrrhic victory” is where one side wins a battle at such a cost that it goes on to lose the war. It looks like the victory of the “No” side in the referendum on Scottish independence on September 20 may go down as a clear historical example ... More >>

Nepal: Benefits of Blocking Parliamentary Business

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 3:56 pm | Siddhi B. Ranjitkar

Blocking Parliamentary business has resulted into the five-point agreement among the political parties. The parliament had been inert for about two months. The budget for the fiscal year 2014/15 has been sitting in the parliament, too for two months. More >>

Communities Brace for More Bodies in Serial Sex Slayings

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 3:50 pm | Martha Rosenberg

At least seven women's bodies have been found in Indiana since Friday in what appear to be serial, sex-related murders of women in high-risk lifestyles. Hammond police are holding Darren Vann, a convicted sex offender, in connection with the murders ... More >>

McCully Sworn In

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 2:07 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

A number of reports were presented by Ministers including; ACC’s Statement of Intent and Service Agreement, Department of Conservation’s annual report and SOI and the Ministry for the Environment’s annual report and SOI. More >>

First Question Time

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 10:22 am | ParliamentToday.co.nz

When Parliament resumes at 2pm the first Question Time of the 51st Parliament will take place. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Pharmac, Gough Whitlam and Sleater-Kinney

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 10:13 am | Gordon Campbell

Ridiculous reported comments on RNZ this morning by Trade Minister Tim Groser, as he sought to dampen down concerns about yesterday’s leaked draft of the IP chapter of ther Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. More >>

Address In Reply Debate Interrupted

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 10:04 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

The House adjourned at 10pm interrupting the debate in reply to the Speech from the Throne. More >>

Debate in Reply Begins

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 6:03 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

When the House resumed at 2pm Prime Minister John Key moved a motion noting New Zealand’s successful bid on the United Nation’s Security Council. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Hard sprint out of Kobane

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 5:27 pm | Martin Doyle

After delivering terror and death for months with gay abandon in Syria and Iraq, ISIS has suddenly been brought up short at the small city of Kobane. More >>

Dysfunctional Hagiography: Australia & Gough Whitlam's Death

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 5:17 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Hagiography is the curse of the Australian Labor movement. It is a movement that searches for, and craves, mythical figures and myths. Such a phenomenon might be termed mummification, and detracts from closer examination. More >>

A Review of Waging Peace by David Hartsough

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 4:30 pm | Winslow Myers

The fear that we citizens of the United States have been seduced into since 9/11 spreads across our benighted nation like a fog, inhibiting all policy alternatives not based in blind vengefulness. More >>

On Killing Trayvons

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 4:21 pm | David Swanson

This Wednesday is a day of action that some are calling a national day of action against police brutality, with others adding "and mass incarceration," and I'd like to add "and war" and make it global rather than national. More >>

When Solartopia Transcends King CONG

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 4:09 pm | Harvey Wasserman

A green-powered future is our only hope. A planet run by King CONG—Coal, Oil, Nukes & Gas—cannot be sustained. But to get beyond it, our Solartopian vision must embrace more than just a technological transformation. More >>

Officers Elected And Business Carried Over

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 11:57 am | ParliamentToday.co.nz

The House has adjourned until 2pm after electing officers and deciding to carry over all business from the last Parliament. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the latest TPP leaks

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 10:34 am | Gordon Campbell

The release by Julian Assange on Wikileaks of the draft Trands Pacific Partnership chapter on intellectual property – including drug patents - contains some pretty disturbing evidence about what’s still on the table. More >>

State Opening Of Parliament

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 12:08 am | ParliamentToday.co.nz

The House sits at 10.30am today before MPs are summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More >>

New song aims to prod the conscience of Palestinian traitors

Monday, 20 October 2014, 4:35 pm | Redress Information

“Tell me, are you satisfied with yourself” is the title of a new song and video which aims to prod the conscience of Palestinians – Bedouins, Druze and now some Christians – who have chosen the path of treason by joining the Israeli army to ... More >>

Fiji Election: Crooks in Suits

Monday, 20 October 2014, 4:32 pm | Byron Clark

On September 17 Fiji held its first election since Voreqe “Frank” Bainimarama seized power in a 2006 coup. With his Fiji First party receiving 59.2% of the vote, Bainimarama will remain in power. More >>

Dr. Caldicott Tells of Fukushima’s Lethal Toll

Monday, 20 October 2014, 4:27 pm | Harvey Wasserman

The great Dr. Helen Caldicott graced the Solartopia Green Power & Wellness Show this week with her unique assessment of the health effects of Fukushima and the rest of the nuclear power industry. More >>

David Cameron still hasn’t got the message on Palestine

Monday, 20 October 2014, 4:17 pm | Stuart Littlewood

On 20 October the House of Commons, the lower chamber of the British parliament, voted emphatically to “recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution.” More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Same sex synods

Monday, 20 October 2014, 4:06 pm | Martin Doyle

Pope Francis deserves credit for attempting to revolutionise the Catholic Church's stance re homosexuality. It is a supreme irony that his proposals are being blocked by a male-only bishopric. More >>

PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Monday, 20 October 2014, 2:39 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss: • Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland • Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council More >>

Carter Re-Elected Speaker

Monday, 20 October 2014, 12:38 pm | ParliamentToday.co.nz

The 51st Parliament held its commission opening today with MPs sworn in and David Carter elected Speaker. More >>

Shadow Facts About Shadow Government

Monday, 20 October 2014, 11:12 am | David Swanson

Tom Engelhardt keeps churning out great books by collecting his posts from TomDispatch.com. His latest book, Shadow Government, is essential reading. Of the ten essays included, eight are on basically the same topic, resulting in some repetition and even some ... More >>

A Different War-Is-Good-for-Us Argument

Monday, 20 October 2014, 11:05 am | David Swanson

It seems like we just got through dealing with the argument that war is good for us because it brings peace. And along comes a very different twist, combined with some interesting insights. More >>

51st Parliament to be commissioned

Monday, 20 October 2014, 12:15 am | ParliamentToday.co.nz

The Governor-General will send three Royal Commissioners to declare the new Parliament open - the Chief Justice, the Court of Appeal President, and the Chief High Court Judge. More >>

Israel ignoring “tectonic change” in public opinion

Sunday, 19 October 2014, 12:04 pm | Redress Information

If the British parliament had adopted a resolution in favour of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the reaction of our media would have been like this: More >>

Amaechi: the Man, His Feats, ‘Sins’ And Tribulations

Sunday, 19 October 2014, 11:54 am | Nwaorgu Faustinus

It was Marvin Harris that stated that, “I don’t see how you can write anything of value if you don’t offend someone,” while Edward Abbey said: “How could anything non-controversial be of intellectual interest to grown-ups?” Based on ... More >>

Samsung launches phone, needs new business model

Saturday, 18 October 2014, 5:27 pm | Digitl

Yesterday Samsung launched the $1150 Galaxy Note 4 smartphone in New Zealand . While the Note 4 is interesting, it is not interesting enough to generate much local media coverage. More >>

UK MPs blow a “raspberry” at Netanyahu and his serfs

Friday, 17 October 2014, 5:15 pm | Stuart Littlewood

Despite all the veiled threats and the loony posturing of the pro-Israel lobby, parliament voted 274 to 12 on 13 October to recognise Palestine as a state. The motion, as amended, read: “That this House believes that the government should recognise the state ... More >>

Public Address 17 October 2014 - Music and Democracy

Friday, 17 October 2014, 5:11 pm | Public Address

The New Zealand Music Awards finalists were announced last night and they're quite a varied and interesting bunch. Lorde's Pure Heroine is eligible this time and you'd assume she and Joel Little will be up on stage more than once on the night, but there ... More >>

‘Islamic State’ Sectarianism is Not Coincidental

Friday, 17 October 2014, 4:52 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Consider this comical scene described by Peter Van Buren, a former US diplomat, who was deployed to Iraq on a 12-month assignment in 2009-10: Van Buren led two Department of State teams assigned with the abstract mission of the ‘reconstruction’ of ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Democracy in Hong Kong

Friday, 17 October 2014, 4:45 pm | Martin Doyle

The so-called 'People's Republic' needs to respect the voice of the "people" of Hong Kong. More >>

Development Visions from the Impoverished

Friday, 17 October 2014, 4:32 pm | Yossef Ben-Meir

The world’s most extreme poor are located primarily in rural places. Clearly, people’s proximity (or lack of) to city centers of decision-making, power and relative affluence is a determining factor in their life experience, alongside other conditions that ... More >>

Organic Agriculture: Will the ‘Meek’ Inherit the Earth?

Friday, 17 October 2014, 3:53 pm | Yossef Ben-Meir

The practice of organic agriculture combines traditional methods with today’s knowledge of health and environmental sustainability. In Morocco it is generally observed that the more remote the farming communities – and most often the more disadvantaged ... More >>

The complexities of winning a UN Security Council seat

Friday, 17 October 2014, 11:58 am | Dr Damien Rogers

New Zealand’s appointment to the United Nations Security Council will afford a number of benefits, and also open up a raft of complexities to navigate. New Zealand will have, for the duration it holds its seat on the UN Security Council, a stronger ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: RMA waiting for surgery

Friday, 17 October 2014, 11:24 am | Martin Doyle

Hearing the Great Flag Debate is going to be wheeled out again shortly means only one thing... A major distraction for the groundlings is needed while dastardly changes are made to existing legislation. More >>

Michelle Levine Interview on Roy Morgan Post Election Poll

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 6:35 pm | The Scoop Team

National Falls, Labour Hits Record Lows In Roy Morgan NZ Post Election Poll - Michele Levine IV More >>

Gordon Campbell on New Zealand (again) in other peoples wars

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 12:27 pm | Gordon Campbell

Apparently, the Key government is still pondering how New Zealand will contribute to the fight against Islamic State. Long may it ponder, given the lack of consensus among our allies as to how to fight IS, where to fight it (Syria, Iraq, or both?) ... More >>

Challenging corporate power in a not-for-profit world

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 4:44 pm | Rajesh Makwana

As businesses increasingly embrace a not-for-profit culture, an end to overconsumption on a finite planet could finally be in sight. But given the huge lobbying power of vested interests, it will remain impossible to create a truly sustainable world until ... More >>

UK House of Commons Palestine vote: well meant but futile

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 2:31 pm | Alan Hart

For me the most depressing thing about the debate in the British House of Commons on a non-binding motion to recognise Palestine as a state alongside Israel was that all MPs who participated, including those who made informed and honest contributions, ... More >>

Pranking the CIA: The New Get Rich Quick Story

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 2:28 pm | David Swanson

When New York Times report James Risen published his previous book, State of War, the Times ended its delay of over a year and published his article on warrantless spying rather than be scooped by the book. More >>

Gordon Campbell: child poverty and Shearer’s latest outburst

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 12:41 pm | Gordon Campbell

The politicisation of (a) the public service and (b) the operations of the Official Information Act have been highlighted by the policy advice package on child poverty that RNZ’s resolute political editor Brent Edwards has finally prised out of the ... More >>

Top 5 Scoop Press Releases Week To 11th Oct 2014

Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 1:05 pm | 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 11th October 2014. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the government’s review of security laws

Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 12:43 pm | Gordon Campbell

So the Key government is about to launch a four week review of the ability of our existing legislation to deal with “suspected and returning foreign terrorist fighters, and other violent extremists.” According to its terms of reference, the review ... More >>

Fibre-only MyRepublic aims to lead UFB push

Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 12:39 pm | Digitl

MyRepublic , New Zealand’s newest ISP, sells nothing but full speed fibre-based broadband without data caps. Significantly are none of the pointless 30Mbps up, 10Mbps down entry-level fibre plans offering copper-like performance. More >>

New Zealand iPhone 6 Plus plans compared

Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 12:28 pm | Digitl

Buy an  Apple iPhone 6 Plus   outright and you'll pay $1150 for the 16GB model. Move up to the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus and the price rises to $1300.  The 128GB model is $1450. I recommend buying at least 64GB, you'll soon bump against the limits of ... More >>

New Zealand iPhone 6 plans compared

Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 12:21 pm | Digitl

New Zealand prices for Apple's iPhone 6 start at $1000 for the 16GB model. Well, $999 but we're not fooled. That's $50 cheaper than the cost of the lowest price iPhone 5S when it first launched here a year ago. More >>

Taking stolen emails at face value

Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 11:40 am | Digitl

For a few weeks stories involving stolen emails dominated New Zealand news reports. It was no accident this was in the run up to the 2014 election. More >>

Chorus warns Australia on structural separation

Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 11:36 am | Digitl

Chorus manager of marketing strategy and insight Rosalie Nelson warned Australia’s telecommunications industry on the risks of New Zealand-style full structural separation. She was speaking at the CommsDay Melbourne Congress and reported in Communications ... More >>

PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference on ISIL - 13 October 2014

Monday, 13 October 2014, 6:12 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister John Key and Minister in Charge of the NZSIS Chris Finlayson met with reporters today to discuss: • The security threats ISIL forces reportedly pose to New Zealand, and possible governmental responses to them • The Snowden documents ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Where is the crowd favourite?

Monday, 13 October 2014, 4:52 pm | Martin Doyle

According to TV One three weeks ago [Sept 24], the most suitable politician to lead Labour [according to TV One's online readers] was Jacinda Ardern. No one else came close to her for popularity. Why isn't she running? Does she have to wait till old ... More >>

Nepal: Is A New Constitution In Making?

Monday, 13 October 2014, 12:28 pm | Siddhi B. Ranjitkar

Whether a new constitution would be promulgated on time or not entirely depend on the ruling two-thirds majority government. The leaders of the ruling parties were in direct campaign against ethnic people, and federalism and multi-religion and multi-language ... More >>

How will the UK Parliament vote on Palestinian recognition?

Monday, 13 October 2014, 12:19 pm | Stuart Littlewood

On Monday 13 October the House of Commons in London will debate and vote on a parliamentary motion to unilaterally recognise the state of Palestine. A positive result could have a tremendous influence on the state of play in the Palestinians’ struggle ... More >>

Islamic State vs Jewish State

Monday, 13 October 2014, 11:30 am | Jamal Kanj

I have read or heard countless of analysts in the last few weeks discussing the war on Islamic State (IS). Unquestionably, putting an end to IS is a step in the right direction. But if anyone has the delusion that defeating IS militarily is the answer, ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Every one's a winner

Monday, 13 October 2014, 10:42 am | Martin Doyle

How is it possible that a party that has been so ineffectual for years and years in Opposition can produce so many candidates claiming to possess qualities that they have not hitherto demonstrated? More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Malala a Nobel spirit

Monday, 13 October 2014, 10:38 am | Martin Doyle

The amazing thing about Malala Yousafzai being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize is how a brave victim has proved victorious over her attackers. Ref: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29564935 More >>

 

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