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Things Russians Can Teach Americans - David Swanson

Monday, 15 May 2017, 11:21 am | David Swanson

I suppose the list is lengthy and includes dancing, comedy, karaoke singing, vodka drinking, monument building, diplomacy, novel writing, and thousands of other fields of human endeavor, in some of which Americans can teach Russians as well. But what ... More >>

Gorbachev: It Was Worse Than This, and We Fixed It

Monday, 15 May 2017, 11:18 am | David Swanson

On Friday in Moscow I and a group from the United States met with former president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev. He said the current relationship between Washington and Moscow alarmed him. But, he said, it is possible to rebuild trust. “We had ... More >>

Racists Love Russia? - David Swanson

Monday, 15 May 2017, 11:16 am | David Swanson

While I’ve been in Russia trying to make friends, back home in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, a group of torch-bearing supporters of Robert E. Lee has held a rally generally understood as a proclamation of white supremacy. I’ve previously written ... More >>

Passive Optical Lan means fibre to the desktop

Monday, 15 May 2017, 10:24 am | Digitl

Thanks to the government-sponsored UFB roll-out most New Zealand businesses are now on the fibre network. Fibre delivers gigabit internet to offices, factories and other business buildings. More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Jonathan throws a dummy

Friday, 12 May 2017, 4:39 pm | Martin Doyle

The Lions rugby tour is about to dominate New Zealand media. It will starve Opposition parties of media space in which to make their pitches to the voting public. Integrating the tour into the actual school curriculum [as Jonathan Coleman has just done] is ... More >>

Structuring Ukraine’s phantom republics - Rene Wadlow

Friday, 12 May 2017, 3:57 pm | Rene Wadlow

11 May marks the anniversary of the referendum of the citizens in Eastern Ukraine to create the Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk in 2014. For the government of Ukraine these are not republics but “occupied territories” – the occupant being Russia. ... More >>

Jeremy Corbyn’s Electoral Vision: Labour’s Leaked Manifesto

Friday, 12 May 2017, 3:15 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It is unfortunate that policies otherwise deemed middle of the road and social democratic tend to be seen in Britain as offspring of a lunatic mother long held in indefinite detention at Her Majesty’s Pleasure. But such is the nature of the current electioneering ... More >>

New Zealand Media Futures After #StuffMe -Julienne Molineaux

Friday, 12 May 2017, 1:04 pm | Briefing Papers

On May 3, the New Zealand Commerce Commission declined the merger application by Fairfax New Zealand and NZME (colloquially called StuffMe). This merger would have seen New Zealand’s two largest media companies – owners of almost 90% of all ... More >>

Pike River Mine: Bring Them Home - Felicity Lamm

Friday, 12 May 2017, 1:00 pm | Briefing Papers

Most New Zealanders of a certain age will remember the Erebus Disaster. As now, there was also a great deal of discussion around whether or not the recovery of the victims of the 1979 Mt Erebus plane crash was either possible or safe for a recovery team. More >>

New Charter: Should Hamas Rewrite the Past?

Friday, 12 May 2017, 12:35 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Now that the Palestinian Islamic Movement, Hamas, has officially changed its Charter, one should not immediately assume that the decision is, in itself, an act of political maturity . More >>

Is the bureaucracy of democracy bogging down our future?

Friday, 12 May 2017, 12:09 pm | Aurecon

In Aurecon’s latest Just Imagine blog post, Nick Gordge explores the stagnating effects of democratisation on delivering efficient services and infrastructure that meet our future needs. In today’s fast-tracked world, what are we going to do to ... More >>

Impeach Trump for Right Reasons - David Swanson

Friday, 12 May 2017, 10:33 am | David Swanson

The Constitution suddenly seems to have bestirred itself and declared itself, through its many Washington spokespeople, to be in crisis. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Yule never believe this one

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 5:30 pm | Martin Doyle

Despite whatever goes wrong in New Zealand, no one ever seems to be responsible. And so, Lawrence Yule wades forth from the horrors of Havelock North to run for National at the upcoming election. He'll fit in well. More >>

Blasphemy as Weapon: Undermining Ahok - Binoy Kampmark

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 4:47 pm | Binoy Kampmark

One need not be a zealot in the human rights field to find the latest turn in Indonesian politics disconcerting. Jakarta’s governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, was always a nicely packaged target, confident and assertive, very much the beaming ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Inquisition fails to nail Fry

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 5:28 pm | Martin Doyle

The Garda [police] of the Republic of Ireland have cheated the world of what would have been the greatest blasphemy trial since the Inquisition when they dropped charges of blasphemy that had been levelled against Stephen Fry. As if channelling another ... More >>

Chopping James Comey - Binoy Kampmark

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 4:33 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Any sense that Donald Trump had found some accord with James Comey of the FBI gathered from his investigative zeal regarding Hillary Clinton’s improper use of a private email server should always have been doubted. More >>

A New President in France

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 3:55 pm | INSS Insight

Beyond Macron’s ability to curb the trend toward social and political division, heightened by the recent presidential election, France’s new president will be judged according to his performance on three tightly-linked issues: significant economic ... More >>

Grotesque inequality and anxiety

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 3:13 pm | Redress Information

Anxiety and depression are at unprecedented levels worldwide and the numbers are growing. The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes it as an epidemic, and estimates that 615 million people are suffering from one or other of these debilitating diseases. More >>

New mobile optimised Scoop website launched

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 5:22 am | Scoop Publishing

Today Scoop Publishing Limited is launching a new website design. It has been a long, long time in the making - and replaces a design originally launched in 2005 and modified in 2007. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Shop till you drop [in Auckland]

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 5:19 pm | Martin Doyle

The fact so many young people in Auckland are prepared to use intimidation and violence to score some fags or alcohol suggests something wrong elsewhere in their lives. Does anyone anywhere accept any responsibility? More >>

The Macron Denial - Binoy Kampmark

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 4:26 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The cheer was always going to be qualified. The bubbles would be less effervescent, more a case of relieved sighing rather than frothy exultation. After another electoral hack, and another round of threats, the French election was being played out in an ... More >>

‘Ads for Good’ winners announced

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 3:36 pm | Opening The Election

Scoop today announces the results of our ads for good. There are six campaigns that have been voted winners of our Ads for Good based on votes received by Scoop’s supporters from our Opening the Election fundraising. More >>

Fallacies promoting housing collapse - Mark Rais

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 1:05 pm | Mark Rais

If you read the top headlines or listen to New Zealand political debates, the housing boom and immigration are key concerns. What many seem to be ignoring is the very serious looming decline in the global economy and major decline in housing growth. More >>

A Story of New Zealand Violence - Lynley Tulloch

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 12:56 pm | Lynley Tulloch

As New Zealanders we like to think of New Zealand as our ‘Godzone’; that little piece of paradise and a nation of animal lovers, outdoorsy types and friendly down-to-earth people. It’s our own Hans Christian Andersen version of our lives. More >>

Kathryn Stott & the New Zealand String Quartet

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 10:49 am | Howard Davis

Known mainly for her interpretations of the French piano repertoire, pianist Kathryn Stott treated her audience to a virtuoso performance tinted with evanescent colours and a shimmering, elusive luminosity at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre. Accompanied ... More >>

Windows 10S — Microsoft tries locking down again

Monday, 8 May 2017, 8:12 pm | Digitl

Windows 10S is an important strategic move from Microsoft. It could shake up the PC market or it could flop, but it can't be ignored. More >>

PM Press Conference 08/05/17: Australia and foreign affairs

Monday, 8 May 2017, 5:36 pm | Liana Pantaleo

Prime Minister Bill English smiled as he opened today’s press conference saying there are only just over two weeks until the government will announce their budget. He quickly outlined some of the budget announcements already made then went on to ... More >>

Bringing TB out of the shadows - Bobby Ramakant

Monday, 8 May 2017, 3:23 pm | Citizen News Service

Bringing TB out of the shadows Bobby Ramakant, CNS (Citizen News Service) So said Jose Luis Castro, Executive Director of the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (The Union). TB related stigma and discrimination still lurks in our communities ... More >>

Lyndon Hood: The Social Investment Model, Explained

Monday, 8 May 2017, 11:25 am | Lyndon Hood

As Chairman-at-large of the National Committee for Ideas that Sounded Good at the Time, I get asked a lot about this social investment strategy lark. It looks to be a big feature of the upcoming budget and they reckon it’s a revolutionary approach ... More >>

Time for a Proper Urban Planning Framework

Saturday, 6 May 2017, 5:14 pm | Allison Tindale

Despite continuous reviews, New Zealand still looks years away from a planning framework that concentrates on outcomes rather than processes. The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) continues to read as a list of planning considerations, followed by complex ... More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Religion in a class of its own

Friday, 5 May 2017, 4:10 pm | Martin Doyle

New Zealand is [in its own club-footed way] a healthy, secular society. Feeding "religious instruction" into the brains of vulnerable schoolchildren will do them as much good as a dose of methamphetamine. More >>

Greater Albania and the Balkan Problem - Binoy Kampmark

Friday, 5 May 2017, 3:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Balkans has always been cursed by a recurring theme: that each entity within it can, at some point, become greater and more consuming in territory than the next neighbour. Each nation has, and in some instances continues, to nurse dreams of enlargement, ... More >>

Blasphemy and terrorism: Catchall phrases to repress dissent

Friday, 5 May 2017, 3:24 pm | Redress Information

Blasphemy has joined terrorism as a catchall phrase to intimidate, incarcerate and kill critics and political opponents as well as stifle unfettered debate and settle scores. More >>

The Trump Administration’s First 100 Days

Friday, 5 May 2017, 3:15 pm | INSS Insight

The first hundred days of Donald Trump's presidency have been marked by tension between continued sharp and divisive rhetoric against political rivals at home and against "the media" on the one hand, and relative moderation and caution (along with moves ... More >>

It’s time to reawaken the spirit of Occupy for the starving

Friday, 5 May 2017, 2:15 pm | Share the World's Resources

The world is now facing an unprecedented emergency of hunger and famine, with a record number of people requiring life-saving food and medical assistance in 2017. Since the start of this year, the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the ... More >>

Hillary Clinton’s Lament - Binoy Kampmark

Friday, 5 May 2017, 2:11 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Predictability in these tumultuous times will get you removed from office, or render you unelectable. Such a tendency has more than just a faint stain of the establishment, however accurate this might be in fact. More >>

Gordon Campbell on our caving in to the Aussies

Friday, 5 May 2017, 1:43 pm | Gordon Campbell

Much as New Zealand may brood over its links with Australia, they barely acknowledge our existence. On Anzac Day, when Kiwis make so much of our identity-forging mateship on the battlefield, we barely register in the commemorations held across the Tasman. ... More >>

Empty Values: The Australian Concept of Citizenship

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 4:46 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It has been a lowering conversation, and one that Australia’s politicians have been engaging in with various degrees of discomfort. The Australian prime minister, for one, doesn’t seem to know where to place his feet on this one, showing considerable ... More >>

Ads for Good campaign - voting has started

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 4:03 pm | Opening The Election

While Scoop is busy working on the Opening The Election campaign, we’d like to tell you about our ‘Ads for Good’ offer that was announced during the PledgeMe campaign. More >>

How avoiding the ‘r-word’ undermines our liberation movement

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 2:36 pm | Migrant And Refugee Rights Campaign MARRC

At an otherwise ordinary meeting, volunteering on committee addressing biculturalism, I had an awkward moment. Not one of those social media awkward moments that mildly embarrass, yet ultimately endear us to our online friends. No, this awkward moment ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: What are the odds?

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 1:06 pm | Martin Doyle

Te Papa has brought home numerous mokomokai [tattooed Maori heads] from overseas museums. Moves are also underway to repatriate the remains of some soldiers buried overseas... The 29 victims at Pike River deserve the same grunt from fellow New Zealanders. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the killing of the Fairfax/NZME merger

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 10:34 am | Gordon Campbell

S o the Commerce Commission has nixed the Fairfax/NZME merger. Why? On the grounds that it would have had unacceptably bad consequences for the public interest in terms of media diversity, and for the quality of democratic debate. How come? Partly because ... More >>

Don't beat Millennials - join 'em!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 3:55 pm | Aurecon

Millennials. Employers have denounced them as a generation who require constant affirmation in order to get hard work out of them. But what if we have it all wrong? What if the secret to our techno-centric future is unequivocally tied up not so much in our ... More >>

The Pope in Egypt: Tiptoeing through a minefield

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 3:37 pm | Redress Information

Billed as a bid to stimulate inter-faith dialogue, Pope Francis, on a visit to Egypt , is tiptoeing through a religious and geopolitical minefield. More >>

Why Abbas fears the prisoners’ hunger strike

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 3:34 pm | Redress Information

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, is due to meet Donald Trump in the White House on 3 May to discuss reviving the long-cold corpse of the peace process. More >>

The Real Reasons behind the Palestinian Hunger Strike

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 3:31 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Gaza is the world’s largest open air prison . The West Bank is a prison, too, segmented into various wards, known as areas A, B and C. In fact, all Palestinians are subjected to varied degrees of military restrictions. At some level, they are all prisoners. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Shocking outburst in the Waiting Room

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 5:07 pm | Martin Doyle

Willie Jackson's egotistical tantrum over his position on the Labour electoral list raises two simple questions. Why is he even on the list? If Labour wins the election, is Willie capable of showing more acumen than the Ministers in the current Government? More >>

The Trade Dreams of Boris Johnson - Binoy Kampmark

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 4:46 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Few characters in history have seen so much spoken about him for one seemingly so irrelevant. Out of obscure follies and foolhardy decisions, he rose from being a questionable journalist for The Times , sacked, no less, for falsifying the news, ... More >>

Global Climate Change, Local Impacts

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 12:36 pm | Dakota Jackson

As Donald Trump prepares to defund climate research in America, now is the time to revisit the risks facing New Zealand and its people. Dr. James Renwick, a professor in the school of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University ... More >>

The Parliamentary Week – May 2

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 12:20 pm | Ian Llewellyn

The week ahead in Parliament will be dominated by a 10-hour set-piece debate around select committees annual reviews of departments and agencies. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Willie Jackson’s list ranking

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 11:08 am | Gordon Campbell

As it turned out, Hurricane Willie puttered off ineffectually out to sea, and his list ranking of 21 will remain. (He did get a shiny new badge though, making him Labour’s high sheriff of negotiations with the Maori Party though. Wow.) The party ... More >>

PM's Press Conference 01/05/17: Pike River Mine video

Monday, 1 May 2017, 5:21 pm | Liana Pantaleo

Today Prime Minister Bill English announced that they are putting the finishing touches on the budget, highlighting growth and spending on infrastructure. More >>

Days of Illusion: Donald Trump’s First 100 - Binoy Kampmark

Monday, 1 May 2017, 1:16 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The human capacity, notably in cultures where measurements are valued, places much stock in numbering deeds. In the case of the US presidency, power is supposedly meant to translate into something within the first hundred days, a ring fight between the ... More >>

Economic and Social Survey for Asia and the Pacific 2017

Monday, 1 May 2017, 1:05 pm | Shamshad Akhtar

The Asia-Pacific region’s high and steady economic growth has been an anchor of stability for the struggling world economy in recent years. Developing economies of the region now account for almost a third of global GDP, slightly less than the ... More >>

White-Sliced-Inbred - Denis A. Conroy

Monday, 1 May 2017, 12:55 pm | Denis A. Conroy

Casting one’s glance across the Anglo post-colonial world, the imprimatur of racial fidelity to prerogatives of the vapid colonial kind seems to have introduced insularity as the norm. Having succeeded in wreaking inestimable havoc on significant portions ... More >>

What I Said at the Peace Hub of the Climate March

Monday, 1 May 2017, 12:48 pm | David Swanson

Most countries on earth have the U.S. military in them. Most countries on earth burn less fossil fuel than does the U.S. military. And that's without even calculating how much worse for the climate jet fuel is than other fossil fuels. More >>

North Korea’s Military Gambit

Saturday, 29 April 2017, 9:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“All options for responding to future provocation must remain on the table. Diplomatic and financial levers of power will be backed up by a willingness to counteract North Korean aggression if necessary.” Rex Tillerson, Apr 28, 2017 More >>

Adrian Maidment Cartoon: Immigration

Friday, 28 April 2017, 4:18 pm | Adrian Maidment

Adrian Maidment Cartoon: Immigration Click for big version. *** More >>

The US Attack in Syria: A Change in Europe-Trump Relations?

Friday, 28 April 2017, 1:34 pm | INSS Insight

The United States attack on the al-Shuayrat airport in Syria was met enthusiastically by a substantial portion of countries in Europe, including Britain, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, and Malta. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Kim regime

Friday, 28 April 2017, 1:16 pm | Gordon Campbell

S upposedly, we’ve been on the verge of thermonuclear war for the past fortnight. In the circumstances, it would be nice to know (a) what the guy in Pyongyang is thinking about all this and (b) what an achievable strategy goal for the US might look like. ... More >>