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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 >>

Speaker’s Ruling On Questions And Responsibility

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 3:04 pm |

The Prime Minister and other ministers have been warned to be careful about answering questions in the House and ensure they properly address those which cover their executive responsibilities More >>

Ministers Warned About Answering Questions Properly

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 2:29 pm |

The Prime Minister and other ministers have been warned to be careful about answering questions in the House and ensure they properly address those which cover their executive responsibilities. More >>

Gordon Campbell: tokenism of NZ‘s role against Islamic State

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 10:40 am | Gordon Campbell

Was John Key born lucky or what? Political performance tends to be judged on three things – the unemployment rate, the petrol price at the pump, and the market value of your house. This year, Key was lucky enough to hit a peak in the business cycle ... More >>

More Debate On ERA Reform Likely

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 10:40 am |

After Question Time today the Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne is on top of the Order Paper with 10 hours and 17 minutes remaining. More >>

House Rises Debating ERA Reform

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 10:01 pm |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 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 |

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 >>


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