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Franklin Lamb: Handicapping Israel’s 6th war on Lebanon

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 4:06 pm | Franklin Lamb

For Israel, it’s widely predicted 6th war on Lebanon won’t be a repeat of June 1967, June 1973, or July 2006. More >>

Basic income could build community in age of individualism

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 9:56 pm | Max Harris and Alexander E. Kentikelenis

What if every citizen had a guaranteed income, regardless of whether they are at work? In an age of austerity and the rolling back of social policies, this idea may sound radical – but it is gaining momentum. Advocates of a universal basic income ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: Labour isn’t responsible for Barnaby Joyce

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 11:50 am | Gordon Campbell

A s a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! - our own government has chosen to further ... More >>

The Staying Power of Racism After Charlottesville

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 11:02 am | Tikkun

Many of us spiritual progressives have been in deep grief for the loss of life of Heather Heyer, the woman killed by a Nazi fanatic who also wounded 19 other anti-racist activists. We are also in grief about the ways racism continues to flourish on so ... More >>

Am I an American Supremacist?

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 10:45 am | Adele Roof

As most everyone knows, white supremacists descended upon my city of Charlottesville, VA, this past weekend, and chaos, violence and tragedy ensued. I’ve been thinking since then about the concept of supremacy and how odious it is–as if one race were ... More >>

Meteria Turei and the modern day witch hunters

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 10:40 am | Lynley Tulloch

Meteria Turei made her confession of ‘benefit fraud’ in the depths of a rather cold and wet winter. It’s a time when the most vulnerable among us are struggling. Many single mothers and those on benefits are forced to live in inadequate, damp ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Australia’s Citizenship Crisis

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 5:24 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“You know, when you nominate for Parliament, there is actually a question, you’ve got to address that section 44 question.” Australian Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce More >>

A UBI may be a good idea – but.....

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 1:54 am | Michael Fletcher

Strong arguments, both philosophical and practical , can be made for incorporating a UBI into our tax-benefit system. But if our objectives include social security – ensuring an adequate minimum living standard for all and minimising poverty – then we will still need an effective social assistance system sitting alongside it. More >>

Introducing a UBI in NZ – Insights from the Finnish Trial

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 1:37 am | Pii-Tuulia Nikula

Finland began a Universal Basic Income (UBI) pilot at the start of 2017. Will its findings be useful in informing the policy debate in New Zealand? The idea of a UBI scheme has attracted growing interest in recent years: the New Zealand Treasury produced ... More >>

PM's Press Conference 14/8/17: Mental Health and Evidence

Monday, 14 August 2017, 6:12 pm | Lyndon Hood

The Prime Minister was joined by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman at today's post-cabinet press conference. They announced a suite of new mental health initiatives costing $100 million . Prime Minister English described it as a 'significant broadening and ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Money Laundering in Chief

Monday, 14 August 2017, 2:41 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Australian banker is a smug species, arguably more than his international peers. Caught off guard by the financial disasters of the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Australian banking system has become an expression of a classic oligopoly, manipulating ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Death on Manus - Avenging the King of Iran

Monday, 14 August 2017, 2:35 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“The only responsible and humane thing for our government to do is immediately evacuate every single man on Manus, every single family and child on Nauru to safety on Australia.” Daniel Webb, Human Rights Law Centre, Aug 7, 2017 More >>

National Announces Plan To Hit Youth With Big Mallets

Monday, 14 August 2017, 1:05 pm | Lyndon Hood

The National party has announced its youth justice policy, which includes a controversial plan for recidivist serious youth offenders to be hit over the head with a comically large rubber mallet. More >>

Gordon Campbell on North Korea, neo-Nazism, and Milo

Monday, 14 August 2017, 11:45 am | Gordon Campbell

W ith a bit of luck the planet won't be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. As someone ... More >>

Universal Basic Income - The Future of Work in Aotearoa?

Monday, 14 August 2017, 9:22 am | Joseph Cederwall

A Universal Basic Income (UBI) is an unconditional minimum income provided to every member of society regardless of age, working status or level of income. The UBI seeks to maintain a functional market economy in the face of increasing technological disruption, ... More >>

HiveMind: Universal Basic Income - Are we up for it?

Monday, 14 August 2017, 8:55 am | HiveMind

In collaboration with Basic Income New Zealand, Scoop invites you to participate in the third Opening the Election HiveMind exploration for 2017 on Universal Basic Income. More >>

Most Read Political Items on Scoop – Week Ending Aug 10

Friday, 11 August 2017, 11:24 am | The Scoop Team

Releases relating to Metiria Turei dominated the most read ranking political items published on Scoop in the last week. More >>

Uruti possum hunt and school violence

Friday, 11 August 2017, 10:38 am | Lynley Tulloch

It’s the stuff of childhood nightmares and yet twice as scary because it is real. Children at many rural schools in New Zealand are encouraged to not only participate in killing animals, but also to dress them up in a range of creative and yet ghoulish ... More >>

You Can't Trap the ‘Magic Rat’: Trump...

Thursday, 10 August 2017, 2:08 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

A wonderful thing about observing and analyzing the human mind is that there is a seemingly infinite variety of phenomena to observe and analyze. I sometimes wonder if it is even remotely possible to master this subject but, even if it is not, at ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Turei finale

Thursday, 10 August 2017, 10:46 am | Gordon Campbell

So the political career of Metiria Turei is, in effect, now over. It goes to show the double standard in politics is alive and well. Which one, you may ask - the one where a different standard of behaviour is applied to politicians on the centre-left ... More >>

New Zealanders cool on data analytics catching benefit fraud

Thursday, 10 August 2017, 10:04 am | Digitl

New Zealanders don't like welfare agencies using personal spending data from credit card or insurance to verify benefit claims. More >>

Why New Zealand outplayed Australia on the NBN 

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 5:33 pm | Digitl

New Zealand will reach its broadband roll out goal on time and on budget - with superior technology. What went wrong in Australia? More >>

New Zealanders naïve about wi-fi safety: Symantec

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 5:26 pm | Digitl

Two-out-of-three New Zealanders think their personal data is safe when they use public wi-fi hotspots. Roughly the same number use hotspots regardless of the consequences. Hardly any users know if they are transmitting data safely when using public wi-fi. More >>

Protecting the 12.9-inch iPad Pro: Covers, sleeves

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 5:18 pm | Digitl

Apple's Smart Keyboard cover gives the second generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro basic protection from knocks and scratches. More >>

How Microsoft killed Windows Phone

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 5:13 pm | Digitl

Monday Note's Jean-Louis Gassée writes about the death of Windows Phone: How could Microsoft’s Windows Phone licensing business model stand a chance against Google’s Free and Open Android? None of the Redmond giant’s complicated countermeasures ... More >>

Unisys Security Index 2017: How New Zealand compares

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 5:10 pm | Digitl

New Zealanders worry more about security than ever before. The 2017 Unisys Security Index shows the NZ index sits at 154 out of a possible 300. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the nation’s moral tizzy on Metiria Turei

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 11:48 am | Gordon Campbell

E ver since George Washington confessed to chopping down the cherry tree, his example has been taken to heart by every politician following in his wake. Thankfully we live in a country where politicians do not lie, or try to deceive the public, and ... More >>

PM's Press Conference 7/8/17: But His Text Messages

Monday, 7 August 2017, 5:24 pm | The Scoop Team

English was questioned about the large number of text messages Winston Peters has said English sent to his former electorate secretary Glenys Dickson at the time of the Todd Barclay affair. English maintained the issues had been covered and that ... More >>

Lyndon Hood: This ->

Monday, 7 August 2017, 2:31 pm | Lyndon Hood

It's been brought to my attention that Labour's new campaign slogan is "Let's do this". More >>

Gordon Campbell on National’s inability to find its target

Monday, 7 August 2017, 11:14 am | Gordon Campbell

Early days yet, but the National Party seems to be having trouble in finding a credible line of attack on Jacinda Ardern. Interestingly, the National campaign manager Steven Joyce didn't go straight for the “pretty little thing/lightweight” criticism ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Reviving the Cult of Princess Diana

Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 5:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There is no rational explanation for this, even after searching for the coded meanings culture throws up. A not very bright, propelled on a wave of the pre-Kardashian phenomenon of celebrity for its own meaning; a youthful flower, gathered by the Grim Reaper ... More >>

Mr Football: Les Murray, Australia and the World Game

Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 5:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Over the decades, there was one distinct name in the commentary box that broadcast through the stands and in the homes of immigrants and naturalised Australians: Les Murray. Not that it was his original name, one shared with Australia’s foremost ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: The Pine Gap Anniversary Party

Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 5:10 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It all happened without much fuss, since fuss was bound to be the enemy. Dignitaries, guests and various partners lined up for a gathering at Alice Springs in Australia’s Northern Territory on Saturday, commemorating the secret base’s half-century. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Labour leadership change

Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 1:49 pm | Gordon Campbell

F or weeks now, Labour has been stalled on the train tracks with the election freight train bearing down on it. The recent run of polls didn’t create this looming disaster, but they confirmed that it was coming right on time. Well… Andrew Little has fled ... More >>

Acorn 6: MacOS image editing for the rest of us

Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 12:22 pm | Digitl

For years Adobe Photoshop was my image editor. I used it on a Windows PC. Then switched to the Mac version. Now my first choice image editor is Flying Meat's Acorn 6 . More >>

We're spending more on tech, but not as much as Australians

Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 12:11 pm | Digitl

Gartner says New Zealand technology spending will be $11.8 billion in 2017. That's up 2.7 percent from 2016. It's also a lot higher than last year's forward looking forecast from Gartner . The total spend is forecast to pass $12 billion in 2018. More >>

Nothing nebulous about Microsoft's cloud-transition

Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 12:04 pm | Digitl

Four years ago Microsoft lost its mojo. The software giant had failed to compete in web search. More >>

What to do if employer makes counter offer when you quit

Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 11:55 am | Digitl

How to quit your job and stay friends  looks at how to resign without harming your future career prospects. More >>

Counter offers don't work

Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 11:38 am | Digitl

Counter offers are proving to be ineffective in retaining employees for the long-term despite being common practice for many New Zealand companies. According to independent research commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half, more than eight in 10 ... More >>

Unisys: New Zealanders want IoT driving seat

Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 11:34 am | Digitl

New Zealanders have a healthy scepticism when it comes to the Internet-of-Things collecting and sharing their data. More than anything, we want control. More >>

Newshub-Reid Research poll July 20-28

Monday, 31 July 2017, 6:21 pm | The Scoop Team

Maori Party 1.2 percent. 1000 people surveyed, 750 by telephone and 250 by internet panel. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percent. More >>

PM's Press Conference 31/7/17: School Funding & More

Monday, 31 July 2017, 4:42 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Bill English opened his post-cabinet press conference with a statement on the Government's plan to use a 'risk index' system for targetted education funding to replace the decile system. More >>

Education should be a Key Issue this election

Monday, 31 July 2017, 1:15 pm | Alwyn Poole

Education should be a Key Issue this election After Labour had been in power for 9 years in 2008 I wrote a piece titled Education a Disaster Under Labour that got some play and can still be read here: ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s love, lost

Monday, 31 July 2017, 11:32 am | Gordon Campbell

P robably, the latest Colmar Brunton poll results must have felt like this for Andrew Little. Labour is down at a circa 25% level of support in the polls, eight weeks out from the election. To realistically hope to form a government, Labour needs to ... More >>

Colmar Brunton 1 News Poll - 22nd to 27th of July

Sunday, 30 July 2017, 6:23 pm | The Scoop Team

This poll was taken between the 22nd and 27th of July of just over 1000 eligible voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 per cent. More >>

Do we need a money revolution? Lecture Live Streamed

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 4:08 pm | Jan Rivers

Do we need a money revolution? Lecture Live Streamed Professor Bill Mitchell, a noted economist and modern monetary theorist from Newcastle University, NSW will be in Wellington tomorrow speaking at Victoria University’s Law School on New Zealand’s ... More >>

Trevor Project Responds to Trump Tweet on Transgenders

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 12:18 pm | Trevor Project

(WASHINGTON, JULY 26, 2017) The Trevor Project, the nation’s largest and only accredited suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth, calls President Trump's tweet announcing a ban on transgender individuals serving in the military ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Act, the centre-right’s ugly duckling

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 11:09 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on Act, the centre-right’s perennial ugly duckling First published on Werewolf More >>

Freshwater HiveMind Enters Week 2 – New Statements Added

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 6:03 am | Hivemind

After only one week we have already had almost 60 people take part in our HiveMind consultation on the issue of freshwater quality in NZ . The participants have cast a total of 1663 votes on existing statements and suggested a number of new statements ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the real truth deficit in welfare

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 1:19 pm | Gordon Campbell

I t has been astonishing to see the amount of time and energy being spent on what Greens co-leader Metiria Turei did or didn’t do properly as a beneficiary back in the early 1990s - as compared to how little time and energy is being put into ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Justine Damond, Shooting Cultures and Race

Tuesday, 25 July 2017, 5:28 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It plays out as a horror story of law enforcement. A distress call to the Minneapolis police about activity taking place behind the house on Washburn Avenue, possibly a sound of intercourse, distress, or both, taking place after 11 during the night ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Bojo visit

Tuesday, 25 July 2017, 11:53 am | Gordon Campbell

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is in town today, just over a year since his political career peaked… and then wobbled off into a grey zone of indecision. More >>

PM 24/7/17: Boris, Infrastructure, Immigration, Drugs

Monday, 24 July 2017, 5:57 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Bill English opened today's post-cabinet press conference by revisiting the announcement of 'Crown Infrastructure Partners' a vehicle for Government and private investment in infrastructure for housing, which allows councils to fund projects ... More >>

Scoop’s Kai and Korero – Can you come?

Monday, 24 July 2017, 4:21 pm | The Scoop Foundation

The Scoop Foundation invites Scoop's friends and supporters to celebrate Scoop’s 18th birthday in style. Eighteen – the age to vote so we have planned a timely election year celebration. More >>

Gordon Campbell on why Trump is a good thing

Monday, 24 July 2017, 11:02 am | Gordon Campbell

At this point, its worth noting there’s one good reason for being grateful that Donald Trump is in the White House – and the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as the White House Communications Director is a good reminder of just what that reason ... More >>

Cold reception to RCEP as People’s Resistance consolidates

Monday, 24 July 2017, 10:18 am | AFTINET

“The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network strongly supports the community mobilisation taking place in India on July 24 to challenge TPP-like corporate proposals in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership,” said AFTINET Convenor Dr Patricia ... More >>

Most Read Items on Scoop – Week Ending July 20

Friday, 21 July 2017, 4:16 pm | The Scoop Team

Polls, youth work schemes, a new species of sunfish and addressing inequality were the most read political stories on Scoop from Friday July 14 to Thursday July 20. More >>

How Trump and Netanyahu Pushed Palestinians to A Corner

Friday, 21 July 2017, 3:22 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Early October 2016, Misbah Abu Sbeih left his wife and five children at home and then drove to an Israeli police station in Occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem. More >>

Has the Suicide Strategy Process been side-lined?

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 4:11 pm | Jan Rivers

Has the Suicide Strategy Process been side-lined? Warning: This article is about suicide and may be distressing to some readers. There has been much negative coverage of the proposed NZ Suicide Prevention Strategy since Mike King left the suicide advisory ... More >>

Freshwater as a common good; healthy and sustainable water

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:35 am | Joseph Cederwall

“How can we ensure we have healthy and sustainable water in New Zealand for the future?” More >>