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Gordon Campbell on the America’s Cup

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 12:22 pm | Gordon Campbell

W ith hindsight, the $5 million that then-Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce grudgingly allocated back in 2013 to keep the America’s Cup squad together has proved to be one of the government’s more successful exercises in belt tightening. ... More >>

Buddhist Nuns Suffer Hostility & Sexism

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 10:57 am | Richard S. Ehrlich

By Richard S. Ehrlich BANGKOK, Thailand -- An American Buddhist nun said the U.S. Embassy rescued her from Thai men who wanted to kidnap her, but they later allegedly burned down her temple dormitory because she intentionally disobeys Thai Buddhist ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark - Pride in San Francisco

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 10:45 am | Binoy Kampmark

The security guard grinned at the bag with rheumy eyes. It had already begun to ache, the shoulder strap held down by writing material and a bottle of water. “Thank you, sir!”, came the emphatic note of approval. The bag had passed the test, as ... More >>

Twitter Building: Tech Incubators and Altering Perceptions

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 10:42 am | Binoy Kampmark

The Twitter Building on Market Street, San Francisco, sounds like an aviary bustling with activity. With its bright open spaces and chirping entrepreneurs hatching the next project, it might as well be. Several floors are dedicated to what can only ... More >>

Taking the Long View

Monday, 26 June 2017, 6:53 pm | Gord Stewart

If you want something profoundly important accomplished, here’s a recipe for success: Get young people to do it. And don’t pay them. More >>

PM's Press Conference 26/6/17: Red Socks and Secret Tapes

Monday, 26 June 2017, 5:34 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Bill English began his post-cabinet press conference by explaining how well the National Party's annual conference went. He also mention today's announcement of changes to the EQC disaster insurance legislation and wish Emirates Team New Zealand ... More >>

Sanctions Are Crimes, Not Law Enforcement

Monday, 26 June 2017, 3:27 pm | David Swanson

The U.S. Senate has increased sanctions on the people of Iran and Russia, if the House and President go along. The Senate vote was 98-2 , with Senators Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders voting no, the latter despite his support for the Russian half ... More >>

Making Housing Affordable: Myths and misconceptions?

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 2:11 pm | Alison McCulloch

Forget everything you think you know about housing, because it’s probably wrong. Everything, that is, except that we have a problem, and that if you’re among the 65 percent of New Zealanders who own a house (or houses), you’re part of it. More >>

GCSB Director wanted to be useful - offered spies to Groser

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 11:33 am | OASIS

"Mindful of the importance of being useful", GCSB Director Ian Fletcher offered the GCSB's services to Tim Groser. When information about the GCSB spying on Tim Groser´s competitors for the job of Director of the WTO became public in ... More >>

Israel vs. the United Nations: The Nikki Haley Doctrine

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 11:09 am | Ramzy Baroud

The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, seems to be championing a single cause: Israel. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the fallout from the Barclay tape

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 11:01 am | Gordon Campbell

T odd Barclay – soft exit or hard exit? Anyone feeling that the watchdog roles of the media and Parliament have seen justice done to the scoundrel behind the taping scandal…well, maybe they should think again. This is hardly a case of cleaning ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: We know where the bodies are

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 10:00 am | Martin Doyle

From a position of "We know nussing" to signs of having been deeply involved in covering up the 'Todd Barclay taping affair', Prime Minister Bill English has questions to answer. The Police themselves sadly lack the enthusiasm to act in this ... More >>

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: Best Android tablet

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 5:59 pm | Digitl

Whatever you think about iOS and Android phones, Apple's tablets have always been streets ahead. Samsung wants to change that. Its Galaxy Tab S3 is anything but just-another-Android-tablet. More >>

OP ED on youth unemployment

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 3:04 pm | Lynley Tulloch

NEETS (not in employment, education or training) is a new term that is being bandied around a lot at the moment. Labour MP Grant Robertson raised the issue of NEETS with Stephen Joyce in parliament last month. He stated that since this time last year ... More >>

What do comic books and compliance have in common?

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 2:28 pm | Aurecon

In Aurecon’s latest Just Imagine blog post, John Callaghan , Global Director, Major Projects argues that although the business world today is increasingly complex, in the face of complexity, our solutions need to stay simple. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Todd Barclay cover-up

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 10:09 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on the Todd Barclay cover-up (and the GCSB's support for Groser) More >>

Gordon Campbell on our refugee intake, and Uber’s woes

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 2:49 pm | Gordon Campbell

O n figures released this week, there are currently 65.6 million people worldwide who have been displaced from their homes by war, famine or other external causes. Faced with this explosion in the global need for sanctuary, New Zealand announced ... More >>

PM's Press Conference 19/6/17: Pike And Houses

Monday, 19 June 2017, 5:53 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Bill English began this week’s press conference with a recap of his discussions with the Pacific Island Prime Ministers about developing a better trade coordination. English will travel to Auckland this Thursday and Friday before ... More >>

Technology and Globalisation – The Effects on Inequality

Monday, 19 June 2017, 4:21 pm | Closing The Gap

It is a truism that the world is going through a period of rapid change which risks further deprivation for the most vulnerable in our society. Those with the least power over their lives are likely to be the most affected by these impacts. In particular ... More >>

Poll – Nat 47.4, Labour 26.4, Greens 12.5, NZ First 9.4

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 9:19 pm | The Scoop Team

The latest Newshub-Reid Research poll has National on 47.4 percent (up 0.3 points) and Labour falling 4.4 percentage points to 26.4 percent. More >>

Grenfell Tower fire in West London

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 2:57 pm | Wilson Chowdhry

A fire broke out at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington this morning. Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, Wilson Chowdhry travelled to the blaze to offer help and bottles of water to victims. After the two crates of water I had ... More >>

Housing as a Human Rights issue

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 11:35 am | Jan Rivers

David Rutherford, New Zealand’s Human Rights Commissioner was a keynote speaker at the recent Community Housing Aotearoa conference and his topic was the relationship between our United Nation’s human right’s commitment and the housing crisis. ... More >>

Making housing affordable – let’s crack it

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 11:25 am | HiveMind

Making housing affordable – let’s crack it. Welcome to our second interactive HiveMind exploration on the topic of housing affordability. This is an opportunity for you to think about and share your perspectives on this issue and what, if anything, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: The lessons of the London tower block fire

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 10:55 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on the lessons of the London tower block fire First published on Werewolf More >>

PM's Press Conference 12/6/17: Immigreat!

Monday, 12 June 2017, 5:40 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Bill English began this week's post-cabinet press conference by discussing plans for his upcoming delegation to the Pacific islands including the signing of the PACER Plus agreement and new aid announcements. More >>

National’s ‘super city’ for Auckland is not working

Monday, 12 June 2017, 3:00 pm | Ian Shirley

National’s ‘super city’ for Auckland is not working Opinion: Emeritus Professor Ian Shirley Recently the New Zealand Herald published an article by a member of the National Party under the heading: “National’s ‘super city’ for Auckland is ... More >>

Government’s Big Spendup to Prolong Our Carbon Party

Monday, 12 June 2017, 2:14 pm | The Wise Response Society

Government’s Big Spendup to Prolong Our Carbon Party Alan Mark and Dugald MacTavish of Wise Response Society ask how much practical difference there is for climate change between USA's withdrawal from the Paris Accord and New Zealand's current policies? More >>

Ramzy Baroud: Can the 1967 War Offer Opportunity for Peace?

Monday, 12 June 2017, 1:40 pm | Ramzy Baroud

There is a saying that goes: “Be careful what you wish for, for you may get it.” This has been Israel’s dilemma from the very beginning. More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Punishing Qatar

Monday, 12 June 2017, 1:37 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Are we in need of distractions? The political masters obviously think so. There have been hackings, cuttings, slayings and crushing events. As battles continue raging in Syria and northern Iraq, European cities face the next round of urban slayings. More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Dreams of Detention

Monday, 12 June 2017, 1:31 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Detention comes in various forms, and all have a basic premise: the removal of liberty of the subject, the presence of permanent control and surveillance, the utter reduction of rights to life to obligations to the state. More >>

Binoy Kampmark: James Comey’s Testimony

Monday, 12 June 2017, 1:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“A man hears what he wants to hear And disregards the rest.” Simon and Garfunkel, “The Boxer” (1970) More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Jeremy Corbyn’s Surge

Monday, 12 June 2017, 1:18 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The pollsters only got it partly wrong this time, though the most spectacular prediction cock-up was that on what would happen to British Labour prior to the exit polls. Scotland crept up with a Tory surge, netting 12 seats, and there were scattering ... More >>

Commerce Commission investigates Vodafone FibreX

Monday, 12 June 2017, 11:50 am | Digitl

"What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet" - Juliet's speech from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet More >>

Huawei Nova Lite: NZ$400 Android alternative

Monday, 12 June 2017, 11:41 am | Digitl

If you want a phone for less, consider Huawei's NZ$400 Nova Lite. It packs plenty of features you might find in a premium Android phone costing four times the price. Huawei Nova Lite at a glance For: Thin, solid, light, Great build quality, Attractive, ... More >>

Smart watch: The revolution that didn't happen

Monday, 12 June 2017, 11:38 am | Digitl

Apple makes money selling Watches. In 2015 Apple said it made more money from watches than any company except Rolex . More >>

Review: Sony MDR-1000X noise-cancelling headphones

Monday, 12 June 2017, 11:25 am | Digitl

If you have $700 to spend, these Sony MDR-1000X headphones do a fine job cancelling noise. Sony MDR-1000X at a glance For: Excellent noise cancellation, Seamless Bluetooth, First-class sound. Against: Erratic touch controls. Maybe: Features can complicate ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the lessons from Corbyn’s campaign

Monday, 12 June 2017, 10:39 am | Gordon Campbell

L eaving partisan politics aside - and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment - it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek. The clock is ticking on its Article 50 exit. Triggering article 50 at the end of ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the limits of political loyalty

Friday, 9 June 2017, 11:34 am | Gordon Campbell

I n the wake of the Comey testimony, one of Donald Trump’s White House defenders has claimed in her boss’s defence: “The President is not a liar.” Inevitably, that comment conjures up memories of Richard Nixon’s immortal line: “I am not ... More >>

Buddy Rich Redivivus - Dave Weckl & Rodger Fox

Friday, 9 June 2017, 9:46 am | Howard Davis

The Wellington Jazz Festival continues to attract jazz luminaries from around the globe. In the past two years we have been privileged to hear Chick Corea, Gary Burton, and Wayne Shorter's quartet. Somewhat misleadingly, Thursday night's headliners were ... More >>

Shape & Texture - Bill Frisell at Wellington Jazz Festival

Thursday, 8 June 2017, 9:39 am | Howard Davis

The Wellington Jazz Festival continues to attract jazz luminaries from around the globe. In the past two years we have been privileged to hear Chick Corea, Gary Burton, and Wayne Shorter's quartet. This year, we're privileged to hear three more stellar ... More >>

Colmar Brunton Poll – Nat 49 | Lab 30 | Green 9 | NZF 9

Wednesday, 7 June 2017, 7:54 pm | The Scoop Team

A post-Budget poll undertaken by Colmar Brunton for One News has put National on 49 percent, up three percentage points on the last poll in the series. More >>

June Update: Affordable Housing HiveMind Discussion

Wednesday, 7 June 2017, 3:47 pm | Opening The Election

The first of our pre-Election HiveMind discussions will go live on Scoop next week with a highly important topic for most New Zealanders - Affordable Housing. The discussion will be based on the ideas and approaches to creating affordable housing proposed ... More >>

The Saudi Hand in British Foreign Policy - Binoy Kampmark

Wednesday, 7 June 2017, 2:26 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia always knows when it’s onto a good thing. That particular “thing”, in the few days left before the UK elections, is the May government. That same government that has done so much to make a distinction between policy and ... More >>

Terror as Opportunity: Exploiting the London Attacks

Wednesday, 7 June 2017, 2:16 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The hallmark of any administration worth its corruptly curing salt is making hay while the sun shines its searing rays. Not long after the slashing and running down was taking place in London, moving from London Bridge to Borough Market, the tweets ... More >>

Predictable Exits: Trump and the Paris Agreement

Wednesday, 7 June 2017, 1:58 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The distress caused by US President Donald Trump in over the last week continues the theme of exit: old alliances and agreements need revision; compacts need unpacking. Thursday saw Trump add another graceless if direct announcement: the United States ... More >>

The U-Turn Queen: Theresa May in Action - Binoy Kampmark

Wednesday, 7 June 2017, 1:53 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Authoritarian styles can come at cost. The manner with which the British Prime Minister has reacted to the concept of debate has been one such point. While the joys of the Westminster system hardly suggest untrammelled enlightenment, one superficial element ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Tillerson’s problems with Trump

Wednesday, 7 June 2017, 11:53 am | Gordon Campbell

Photo: Mark Tanturm Y esterday, as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made his flying five hour visit to New Zealand, Foreign Policy magazine put its finger on why other leaders in the Asia-Pacific region have been left feeling deeply sceptical ... More >>

Climate Protest at Parliament

Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 4:42 pm | Kaiti Sullivan

A protest against Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement was held at Parliament on Tuesday. It coincided with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Wellington. Tillerson is visiting to meet with the New Zealand Prime Minister ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Rex Tillerson visit

Monday, 5 June 2017, 7:08 pm | Gordon Campbell

A visit to this country by a serving US Secretary of State is such a rare event that Rex Tillerson will be welcomed in style in Wellington tomorrow – even though the former ExxonMobil CEO could fairly be described as the least influential person in ... More >>

John McCain in Australia - Binoy Kampmark

Friday, 2 June 2017, 4:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There is no getting away from the fact that a visit to that known outpost of American Empire, Australia, softens the mind and leads to a more vigorous wagging of tongues than usual. Away from the scrutiny of a full blooded Washington press corps, politicians ... More >>

Margaret Court and Same-sex Woes - Binoy Kampmark

Friday, 2 June 2017, 2:46 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Sports people are the show ponies of life, modern gladiators whose opinions should only be relevant to their field of endeavour. The end of the amateur, and the rise of the professional put pay to the rounded dabbler and dilettante, ably educated ... More >>

Forrest Donations and False Charity - Binoy Kampmark

Friday, 2 June 2017, 2:33 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It is easy to sneer, and availing oneself of this chance, let’s. The celebratory guff floating on the media glow of mining magnate Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest for giving away $400 million to charitable pursuits is reminiscent to that of Mark Zuckerberg. ... More >>

How Israeli moves are scotching Trump’s “ultimate deal”

Friday, 2 June 2017, 2:16 pm | Redress Information

A decision by Donald Trump on 1 June could prove fateful for the immediate future of Jerusalem, the wider Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the region. More >>

RBI2 bidders at Rural Connectivity Symposium

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 12:02 pm | Digitl

The second stage of the government's Rural Broadband Initiative was centre stage at the 2017 Rural Connectivity Symposium in Wellington last week. More >>

IBM remote work recall a red herring

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 11:58 am | Digitl

Earlier this year IBM told remote employees they must return to the office or leave the company . More >>

Mobile termination rate revision not pressing

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 11:57 am | Digitl

Competition and regulation economist Donal Curtin says in a blog post there may be unfinished business with the mobile termination rate . More >>

"Once upon a time," said the engineer...

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 2:23 pm | Aurecon

The story of humankind is essentially one fantastic read, peppered with drama, tragedy and hair-raising exploits of heroism. From the first rock paintings through to Facebook, humanity has had a penchant for posting its legacy on walls. More >>

How Palestine Disappeared from US Media Coverage

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 1:42 pm | Ramzy Baroud

As if he has, overnight, been transformed into a master politician, Donald Trump's 27-hour trip to Israel has left many analysts mystified. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the causes of poverty

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 12:32 pm | Gordon Campbell

O ne of the enduring myths of the conservative right is that poverty is primarily a state of mind, and that welfare assistance only corrodes the mindset necessary for people to pull themselves out of poverty. Such views have been given a new lease ... More >>

An Open Letter to People with 'Mental Health' Issues

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 12:11 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

As 'mental health' issues gain more attention, sympathetic and otherwise, in a wide variety of contexts and countries around the world, the opportunity for inaccurate perceptions of what causes these issues, and how to treat them, are likewise expanded. More >>