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Martin Doyle Cartoon: Skinned at the lights

Friday, 31 October 2014, 10:25 am | Martin Doyle

Auckland motorways are already a bleeding nightmare to get around. Leeching more of people's money via taxes and "user charges" is not going to add much pleasure to the driving experience. More >>

How Microsoft can win cloud computing

Friday, 31 October 2014, 9:50 am | Digitl

Microsoft is now second only to Amazon in large scale cloud services. It may not overtake the market leader, but it has hit on a winning strategy More >>

Open letter on Roastbusters: All We Want Is The Law Upheld

Friday, 31 October 2014, 9:47 am | Jessie Hume

Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper, and that’s not good. More >>

Mac writing apps November 2014

Friday, 31 October 2014, 9:41 am | Digitl

Bill Bennett compares the current crop of writing apps for Apple's OS X. Includes Pages 5, Word:mac2011, Byword, Google Docs, iA Writer, More >>

House Rises

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 6:02 pm |

The third reading of the Accounting Infrastructure Reform Bill divided into four bills was passed on a voice vote. More >>

ERA Changes Pass Into Law

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 5:05 pm |

The third reading of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill was completed by 62 to 58 with National, ACT and United Future supporting. More >>

Govt Wins Confidence Vote

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 3:27 pm |

The Address in Reply Debate was completed and its related motion was agreed by 64 to 57 with National, Maori Party, ACT and United Future in favour. More >>

Fighting for Survival in the Sinai: Egypt’s Convenient War

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 2:19 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Sinai is both heaven and hell. This triangular desert boasts an arid landscape of hopeless horizons often interrupted by leftover military hardware from previous wars. The land is comprised of breathtaking beaches, incredible history, and a fusion of ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on bad labour laws and poor safety practices

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 2:16 pm | Gordon Campbell

By co-incidence, one of the prime dangers of the government’s new employment relations law has been underlined by the release of the death and injury statistics among workers at New Zealand ports. More >>

Police And Crime Next Week’s Priority

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 2:13 pm |

When the House resumed at 2pm Deputy Leader of the House Simon Bridges said when the House next sat on November 4, first readings will be given to the Policing (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill and the Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Legislation ... More >>

Confidence Vote To Be Held

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 11:10 am |

MPs will wrap up the Address in Reply Debate this afternoon before moving on to changes to employment law. More >>

Reply Debate Rolls On

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 10:09 pm |

The Government decided to press on the with the Address in Reply Debate this evening and it was interrupted when the House rose at 10pm. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Park of Caravanquished Dreams

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 4:30 pm | Martin Doyle

The acceptance as a fact of life that people will now live in cars and caravans not only spells the end of certain people's dreams. It also spells the end of the New Zealand dream. Pity the children. More >>

Chevron Will Lose Ecuador Pollution Case on Both Law & Facts

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 3:40 pm | Karen Hinton

Prediction: Chevron will lose the historic Ecuador pollution case on both the law and the facts, despite what you may have read in articles by U.S. legal reporters about the 20-year plus lawsuit. In fact, you may think the Ecuadorians have lost ... More >>

Thwarting National's tea-break busting bill

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 3:28 pm | Don Franks

National's tea break busting bill will pass through parliament this week. What will this mean? The Government's Employment Relations Amendment Bill makes several changes, including removal of guaranteed tea breaks and meal breaks. More >>

Canada’s Heart of Darkness

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 3:24 pm | Jim Miles

Once upon a time, Canada was able to create the illusion that it was the “peaceable kingdom”, an illusion accepted domestically and arguably by most of the rest of the world. More >>

How Israel is turning Gaza into a super-max prison

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 3:19 pm | Jonathan Cook

It is astonishing that the reconstruction of Gaza, bombed into the Stone Age according to the explicit goals of an Israeli military doctrine known as Dahiya, has tentatively only just begun two months after the end of the fighting. More >>

Jet Fighter Shoot Down of MH 17 Still on Table

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 3:15 pm | Michael Collins

A senior prosecutor investigating the MH17 shoot down for the Dutch Prosecutors office, Fred Westerbeke, offered up as many questions as he did answers in an interview with SpiegelOnline yesterday. More >>

U.S. Sends Planes Armed with Depleted Uranium to Middle East

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 3:11 pm | David Swanson

The U.S. Air Force says it is not halting its use of Depleted Uranium weapons, has recently sent them to the Middle East, and is prepared to use them. A type of airplane, the A-10, deployed this month to the Middle East by the U.S. Air National Guard's ... More >>

Combination prevention is key to ending AIDS

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 3:08 pm | Bobby Ramakant

As HIV prevention needs and contexts vary, it is important to expand the range of effective prevention options that people can use. Archbishop Desmond Tutu said in a video link at the first-ever international conference on all HIV-related biomedical ... More >>

WHO launches new guidelines on management of latent TB

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 3:05 pm | Shobha Shukla

For the first time, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidelines on testing, treating and managing latent TB infection (LTBI) in individuals with high risk of developing the disease. More >>

Public Address 28 October 2014 - TVNZ: Emptied out

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 3:00 pm | Public Address

To those who visit TVNZ, as I do every week to record our TV show for another channel, the place has the feel of an abandoned building. The journalists toil on the ground floor at the west end, but nearly everyone else – sales, programming, senior management ... More >>

Utopia: An Epic Story of Struggle and Resistance - Review

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 2:56 pm | Jim Miles

In a clash of cultures, the one carrying the most guns, germs, and steel wins. In Australia as with all former British colonial possessions, cultural views are dominated by white society. The First Nations of Australia, commonly referred to as the aborigines, ... More >>

Violence Against Children: UN Gets it Wrong

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 2:51 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

The United Nations has just issued a report, 'Why Children's Protection from Violence should be at the Heart of the Post-2015 Development Agenda'. This is a worthy ideal. More >>

Challenges Facing Nigerian Employed Youths

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 2:45 pm | Joe Onwukeme

This article became necessary as a follow up to my Diary Of An Unemployed Graduate (DOAUG). After the article was published, a concerned unemployed youth sent me an email. “Joe, I read your DOAUG; it gives me joy that you understand the pains of ... More >>

America’s special interest problem

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 2:36 pm | Lawrence Davidson

The problem of special interests or lobbies was one of the foremost concerns of the Founding Fathers of the United States. In their day they were called factions. James Madison, who is considered the architect of the US Constitution, devoted the entire ... More >>

Nepal: Local State Administration and Corruption

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 2:21 pm | Siddhi B. Ranjitkar

Speaking at the parliament on October 14, 2014, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said that the corruption has reached the peak in the country in absence of the elected local governments for the last 17 years; the political leaders have failed in holding ... More >>

Some Hard Facts about Terror

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 2:14 pm | John Chuckman

We are having an outbreak of reports in the Canadian press about “home grown” terrorists, “radicalized” young men of Muslim faith traveling out of the country to participate in extremist groups abroad, a relatively insignificant phenomenon ... More >>

Recommended Sitting Programme Presented

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 2:08 pm |

When Parliament resumed at 2pm a number of annual reports were presented along with the recommended sitting programme. More >>

Israeli Chooses "Honorable Life" Over Joining Military

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 1:59 pm | David Swanson

Danielle Yaor is 19, Israeli, and refusing to take part in the Israeli military. She is one of 150 who have committed themselves, thus far, to this position: We, citizens of the state of Israel, are designated for army service. We appeal to the ... More >>

Nepal to protect public health from tobacco industry

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 1:54 pm | Bobby Ramakant

There is a direct and irreconcilable conflict of interest between tobacco industry and public health policy. This conflict of interest is also enshrined in the preamble of the Article 5.3 of the global tobacco treaty (formally called WHO Framework Convention ... More >>

ERA Reform Set To Pass Today

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 11:07 am |

Following Question Time MPs will return to the Address in Reply debate with five hours and 33 minutes remaining. This will include the Maiden Speeches of the following MPs (approximate times): More >>

Houses Rises Debating Gambling Bill

Tuesday, 28 October 2014, 10:00 pm |

Earlier MPs completed the committee stage debates on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill and the Accounting Infrastructure Reform Bill . More >>

More Maiden Speeches

Tuesday, 28 October 2014, 8:13 pm |

Shortly after the dinner break the Address in Reply debate was adjourned with five hours and 28 minutes remaining. More >>

Moves to gut public and Maori broadcasting

Tuesday, 28 October 2014, 2:39 pm | Ian Anderson

Paora Maxwell’s tenure as Maori TV CEO has been controversial. In August 2013, staff at Maori TV circulated a petition against Maxwell’s appointment by the Nats. More recently, Maxwell announced a restructuring process, and high-profile figures ... More >>

Punishing Whistleblowers in Oz: Freya Newman’s Conviction

Tuesday, 28 October 2014, 2:24 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It evidently is not on. Disclosing a state of affairs surrounding the Prime Minister of Australia, through revealing a secret scholarship that his daughter received is something that can land you a sentence. It shows the absurdity of understanding the ... More >>

Petition and Annual Report

Tuesday, 28 October 2014, 2:07 pm |

When Parliament resumed at 2pm a petition asking the House urge the Government to investigate the Lines Company and reallocate its electricity distribution business to another entity was presented. More >>

The return of Occupy London: this time it’s truly political

Tuesday, 28 October 2014, 2:01 pm | Adam Parsons

Occupy is back in London, UK, with a renewed focus on politics and an ambitious vision: to galvanise a mass movement for real democracy and establish a huge People's Assembly to debate a list of specific demands for radical political reform. More >>

Roy Morgan leads the Top 5 PR’s 12-18 Oct 2014

Tuesday, 28 October 2014, 12:02 pm | Scoop Insights

Roy Morgan Research’s press release last week titled “Nation Slips, Labour Hits Lows” leads the top 5 PR’s for 12-18 October period. At the time of writing this story has 80 Facebook likes and 32 Tweets... More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Quarter-acre Pavlova Paradise

Tuesday, 28 October 2014, 11:24 am | Martin Doyle

What used to be a virtual norm of New Zealand life - owning a home - seems to have been wrenched away from large numbers of people. Goodbye the The Half Gallon Quarter Acre Pavlova Paradise of Austin Mitchell. More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Travelling on the Ebola Express

Tuesday, 28 October 2014, 11:20 am | Martin Doyle

As the deadly Ebola virus scythes through West Africa, it remains a mystery why some people are unaware of the risks, or some health workers themselves see no need for extraordinary measures. More >>

Debate, Maidens And ERA Reform

Tuesday, 28 October 2014, 11:01 am |

After Question Time MPs will return to the Address in Reply Debate with eight hours and 45 minutes remaining. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the TPP finishing line, and Amazon’s woes

Tuesday, 28 October 2014, 10:08 am | Gordon Campbell

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny. Here’s Trade Minister Tim Groser on RNZ this morning: The finish line for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is in sight after ... More >>

India’s space madness amid astronomical poverty

Sunday, 26 October 2014, 12:59 pm | Redress Information

In a macho violation of common sense and the needs of hundreds of millions of people living in crushing poverty, the ruling elite of India (that’s the government and multinational corporations who own the country) recently launched a satellite that ... More >>

'Global Cetacean Scenario: a Holistic Approach'

Sunday, 26 October 2014, 10:58 am | Jeff Wefferson

This show is a re-broadcast of On the Brink Radio #15 and is my single best show synopsizing what is happening with the whales and dolphins globally, with particular emphasis on New Zealand. Most of this show is my reading of an article I wrote entitled ... More >>

Cowardice Plagues Pa. House of Representatives

Sunday, 26 October 2014, 10:55 am | Walter Brasch

The Institute for Legislative Action of the National Rifle Association (NRA-ILA) gives politicians Defender of Freedom awards. The award, accompanied by a glowing press release, has little to do with freedom; it has everything to do with legislators ... More >>

Why people won’t try Windows Phone

Saturday, 25 October 2014, 1:37 pm | Digitl

My time with the Nokia Lumia 930 is up. Microsoft called on Friday asking me to return the review smartphone. I’ll miss it. More >>

Personal cloud storage plans - October 2014

Saturday, 25 October 2014, 1:34 pm | Digitl

If you're looking for cloud storage there are plenty of options. Most cloud storage providers offer a basic service for free. You may get by using these free services alone. More >>

IBM stumbles on path to cloud

Saturday, 25 October 2014, 12:35 pm | Digitl

IBM needs to reinvent itself to deal with cloud computing. Although the job was never going to be easy, IBM has an enviable track record on major change. More >>

Why Gigatown is not a waste of money

Saturday, 25 October 2014, 12:33 pm | Digitl

On Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report critics describe Gigatown as a waste of money . More >>

Maidens And The ERA

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 5:58 pm |

A number of NZ First MPs made their maiden speeches; Fletcher Tabuteau , Clayton Mitchell , Darroch Ball and Mahesh Bindra More >>

Understanding and Defeating Resurgent Fascism

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 5:26 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

As fascism is being intruded more widely and deeply into key areas of world politics, it is important to identify this trend, to explain the psychology of fascism and to nominate key elements of any strategy to defeat it. More >>

Thousands march against climate change

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 5:12 pm | Bronwen Beechey

The largest demonstration to date against climate change was held in New York City on September 21. The march was part of a global day of action held before a United Nations climate change summit in New York on September 23. More >>

Israel, the US Congress and treason

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 4:47 pm | Alan Hart

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said he is open to the idea that UK citizens who are jihadists and travel to Iraq or Syria to fight with ISIS [“Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” – now calling itself “Islamic State”] could be tried ... More >>

Avoidable Humanitarian Crisis at Lebanon Border Crossing

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 4:41 pm | Franklin Lamb

Chest high metal crowd control barriers manned by armed guards—since late September they have stood outside the Arrivals Hall on the Lebanon side of the Masnaa border crossing with Syria. For Syrian and Palestinian refugees fleeing the continuing violence ... More >>

The American Dream Is Still Possible, Just Not in US

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 4:37 pm | Ron Holland

Although there are no firm statistics on the number of Americans living outside the US, the US State Department estimates that somewhere between 3 and 6 million Americans now live offshore. I think this is a low estimate and the number is clearly growing. More >>

Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 4:31 pm | TomDispatch

Here’s a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure that reflects the explosive growth of the national security state in the post-9/11 era. More >>

Love in the Time of Ebola

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 4:18 pm | Glen Barry

Overpopulation, ecosystem loss, climate change, and Ebola itself are all growing exponentially. The human family must come together now to stop Ebola in West Africa or risk a global pandemic that could potentially kill billions – even as we commit ... More >>

Nigeria: Diary of an Unemployed Graduate

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 4:07 pm | Joe Onwukeme

The need to write this Diary Of An Unemployed Graduate (DOAUG) was necessitated because of the high level of unemployed graduates and the disparity it has created between the middle class and the elite. More >>

Nigerian Police and Opposition Government

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 4:04 pm | Joe Onwukeme

The clamour for the creation of state police by state governors and civil society groups wouldn't have been an issue in recent years if the centralized police have not been involved in partisan politics. More >>


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