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National's English quashes leadership speculation

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 6:17 pm | BusinessDesk

Jan. 31 (BusinessDesk) - Opposition leader Bill English quashed speculation members of the National Party's caucus want to change leadership, with rumours surfacing just ahead of his first major speech of the year. More >>

Grant Robertson to deliver first Budget on May 17

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 4:27 pm | BusinessDesk

Jan. 31 (BusinessDesk) - The government has set Thursday, May 17 as the date for its first Budget. More >>

Ramzy Baroud: ‘Whitewashing’ Genocide in Myanmar

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 4:13 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Although the genocide of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar has gathered greater media attention in recent months, there is no indication that the international community is prepared to act in any meaningful way, thus leaving hundreds of thousands of Rohingya ... More >>

Why Is The Shale Industry Still Not Profitable?

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 12:51 pm | James Stafford

Echoing the criticism of too much hype surrounding U.S. shale from the Saudi oil minister last week, a new report finds that shale drilling is still largely not profitable. Not only that, but costs are on the rise and drillers are pursuing "irrational production." More >>

Vulnerability and Prowess: Mike Pompeo Meets the BBC

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 12:35 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In this age of reality television (or televised unreality), the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency was not going to miss out. Unlike other chief spies who operate in habitual darkness and moving shadows, Mike Pompeo was very keen to get his voice ... More >>

What Military Bashing Teacher Got Right

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 10:20 am | David Swanson

What Military Bashing Teacher Got Right By David Swanson More >>

Pike River Mine recovery agency opens

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 10:16 am | RNZ

Since then their families have fought for it to be re-entered and for their bodies to be returned to them. More >>

Party Hopping Bill and Cannabis Bill Progress

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 11:11 pm | The Scoop Team

The Electoral Integrity Bill completed its first reading today and was sent to the Justice Committee for consideration. More >>

Parliamentary Tributes for Jim Anderton

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 4:22 pm | The Scoop Team

James Patrick (Jim) Anderton CNZM, represented the electorates of Sydenham and Wigram between 1984 and 2011. Anderton was Deputy Prime Minister from 1999 to 2002. During his membership of this House, he held a number of ministerial positions, including ... More >>

What is being done versus what should be done with prisons

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 9:20 am | David Swanson

The United States is a global leader in putting people in cages (#1 in prisoners, second in prisoners per capita to the Seychelles, where the United Nations locks up “pirates,” and whose whole population is a fraction of the U.S. prison population). ... More >>

The Post should be viewed by current editors of The Post

Monday, 29 January 2018, 11:03 am | David Swanson

I was afraid that The Post would give us a Hollywood film version of the publication of the Pentagon Papers and manage never to say what was in the Pentagon Papers. I was afraid it would be turned into a pro-war movie. I was afraid we’d be told that ... More >>

Trump Assault on Solar Masks Crisis in the Nuclear Industry

Friday, 26 January 2018, 11:35 am | Harvey Wasserman

As Donald Trump launches his latest assault on renewable energy— imposing a 30 percent tariff on solar panels imported from China—a major crisis in the nuclear power industry is threatening to shut four high-profile reactors, with more shutdowns ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Djokovic, Tennis and Player’s Unions

Thursday, 25 January 2018, 5:03 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Novak Djokovic, on returning to competitive tennis at the Australian Open, caused something of a stir that a revolt in the game was brewing. Was it about ball boys or girls, or his smooth unblemished victory against the unfortunate Donald Young? ... More >>

Global trends in animal health and crop protection

Thursday, 25 January 2018, 2:59 pm | Agcarm

Over the next decade, the global middle class will grow from two billion to nearly five billion. An explosive, unprecedented rise considering the entire world population was a mere five billion in 1990. More >>

The Real Dr. King They Want Us to Forget

Thursday, 25 January 2018, 10:23 am | Ramzy Baroud

On January 15, millions of Americans commemorated Martin Luther King’s Day. His famous speech, ‘I Have a Dream’ was repeated numerous times in media outlets as a reminder of the evil of racism, which is being resurrected in a most pronounced ... More >>

Richard S. Ehrlich: Time Machines Hurt Military Regime

Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 4:33 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Twenty-five wristwatches totaling $1.24 million have become painful tourniquets on the arm of Thailand's coup-installed defense minister. More >>

Are the Supremes About to Give Trump a Second Term?

Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 9:49 am | Harvey Wasserman

The nine “Justices” have just heard oral arguments in an Ohio voter registration case. If their decision goes with Secretary of State Jon Husted, it would mean Republicans like him throughout the United States will be able to scrub from the voter rolls ... More >>

Mobile market competition issues ComCom should watch

Thursday, 18 January 2018, 1:35 pm | Digitl

There are areas where New Zealand's mobile market competition does not work as well as it might. Here are three for the Commerce Commission to consider. More >>

Why New Zealand needs a chief technology officer

Thursday, 18 January 2018, 1:28 pm | Digitl

New Zealand is getting a chief technology officer. There's a lot to do, but the job is as much about setting the tone, making sure policymakers are informed and giving technology a seat at the top table. More >>

Less news in Facebook News Feed revamp

Thursday, 18 January 2018, 1:17 pm | Digitl

Facebook will drop traditional news stories from the News Feed. Mark Zuckerberg says the goal is to clean up the social network making it a force for good . The move is overdue. More >>

Nova 2i: Value, not excitement from Huawei

Thursday, 18 January 2018, 1:12 pm | Digitl

You don't need to spend the thick end of NZ$2000 to get a decent phone. The NZ$500 Huawei Nova 2i gives you three-quarters of a modern high-end phone for a quarter of the price. More >>

New Zealand hits peak broadband data

Thursday, 18 January 2018, 1:09 pm | Digitl

Chorus’ network hit its 2017 peak at 9.25pm on December 10. The broadband network was delivering 1.328 Terabits per second. The numbers are rising fast. More >>

Campbell on the inquiry into the abuse of children in care

Thursday, 18 January 2018, 11:40 am | Gordon Campbell

A pparently, PM Jacinda Ardern has chosen to exclude faith-based institutions from the government’s promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care. Any role for religious institutions – eg the Catholic Church – would be only to observe ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Oprah as a presidential hopeful

Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 1:19 pm | Gordon Campbell

O prah for President…That was one of those summer silly season stories, right ? Maybe not. On the morning after the Golden Globes Awards ceremony where she delivered That Speech (“ I want all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is ... More >>

Fuming in the White House: The Bannon-Trump Implosion

Friday, 12 January 2018, 12:04 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Michael Wolff is laughing, if not gloating, all his way to the bank. Money bags are singing; bank accounts are being filled. Doubts about the free publicity his work on the Trump White House would receive would have abated with the tweeting complex ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the latest US threats to bomb North Korea

Thursday, 11 January 2018, 8:44 pm | Gordon Campbell

J ust before Christmas, the US political scientist and government consultant Edward Luttwak published an article in Foreign Policy magazine called “Its Time To Bomb North Korea.” More >>

Auckland Transport ridesharing app trial a positive step

Thursday, 11 January 2018, 2:55 pm | Joseph Cederwall

Auckland Transport is seeking proposals for a ride-sharing system to help address Auckland's transport woes. The public transport agency is scoping a trial platform to support an on-demand ride-sharing service, including apps for both the driver ... More >>

Parallel Worlds: Trump, Nuclear Buttons and Korean Diplomacy

Saturday, 6 January 2018, 10:49 am | Binoy Kampmark

It has been said that what is required in dealing with the Trump administration is less an army of diplomats than keen and attentive psychiatrists. Those psychiatrists would have had dreams of splendour contemplating how a statement about having access ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the US demonising of Iran

Friday, 5 January 2018, 12:47 pm | Gordon Campbell

Satan may not exist, but the Evil One has always been a handy tool for priests and politicians alike. Currently, Iran is the latest bogey conjured up by Washington to (a) justify its foreign policy interventions and (b) distract attention from its ... More >>

Ilya and Emilia Kababov at the Tate Modern

Tuesday, 2 January 2018, 10:07 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Installation art deserves its reputation in many quarters as trumped up and pretentious, an exaggeration dressed up as a profound truth. History is ignored, and all is deemed modern and defiant. It also seems, often, to be a terrible misuse of gallery space. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the attacks on Lorde, over Israel

Tuesday, 2 January 2018, 12:53 pm | Gordon Campbell

T he escalation of attacks on Lorde for her considered decision not to perform in Israel is unfortunate, but is not entirely unexpected. In many respects though, the full page Washington Post ad attack upon the New Zealand singer – and on the recent ... More >>

A Photo Essay - “Sempy’s Xmas”

Saturday, 30 December 2017, 1:16 pm | Kent Blechynden

Sempy is an old school punk rocker from New Plymouth who is on the methadone programme. He thought he would be alone on Xmas day but two of his mates showed up. More >>

Dotcom, Elections and Google - Most Read Items Scoop 2017

Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 9:34 pm | The Scoop Editor

Many have tired of the seemingly never-ending Kim Dotcom saga, his arrest, legal battle against extradition, the fallout from the authorities’ conduct and the various sideshows have gone on for years. More >>

The Politics of Manus Island

Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 2:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In what has been a nightmare at Christmas, the plight of refugees relocated to other sites on Manus Island after the closure of the facility at Lombrum Naval Base has worsened. The latest scenes at East Lorengau Transit Centre, where 300 men have been ... More >>

Catalan pro-independence parties win narrow majority

Friday, 22 December 2017, 10:37 am | Joseph Cederwall

With over 90 pct of Catalan vote counted, pro-independence parties appear to have a narrow majority. The unionist ‘Citizens’ party are marginally ahead in vote share and could finish as the largest party, however, the three pro-independence ... More >>

Journeying to the DMZ

Thursday, 21 December 2017, 7:28 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Atrocity tourism and what might be termed the tourism of divisive obstacles (fences, barbed wire, mine fields) can be great money earners. Former concentration and extermination camps in Europe bring in currency even as visitors shake with stunned grief and moral ... More >>

Protecting the protectors

Thursday, 21 December 2017, 10:51 am | Charlotte Graham

What Do Those Working with Our Most Vulnerable Neighbours Need From Us to Help Keep Them Safe in a Natural Disaster? More >>

Oh For Godsake, Leave Jill Stein Alone

Wednesday, 20 December 2017, 11:26 am | David Swanson

I’ve known Jill Stein for years. I knew weeks ago that the Senate “Intelligence” Committee was coming after her. I set up this petition to put reasonable limits on Russiagate. But I’ve not heard from Jill, nor had any secret communication from ... More >>

I OIA'd every council in NZ and all I got was this headache

Tuesday, 19 December 2017, 12:15 pm | Charlotte Graham

During my quest to find out which councils in New Zealand had specific plans put in place for the protection of vulnerable communities during Civil Defence emergencies, it was suggested to me several times that I had submitted an Official Information ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the quest for zero net carbon emissions

Tuesday, 19 December 2017, 11:14 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on yesterday’s quest for zero net carbon emissions First published on Werewolf More >>

The House's last days before Christmas

Tuesday, 19 December 2017, 11:06 am | The Scoop Team

Parliament heads into its final days of the year this week before the summer adjournment. More >>

The Even More Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

Tuesday, 19 December 2017, 8:46 am | David Swanson

Twenty-Seven psychiatrists and mental health experts have produced a book called The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump , which I think, despite stating that the fate of the world is in the hands of an evil madman, understates the danger. More >>

PM’s Presser 18/12/17: Zero Carbon

Monday, 18 December 2017, 5:54 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern attended the Post Cabinet press conference today with the Minister for Climate change James Shaw. The main announcement being the cabinet’s plans for a new Zero Carbon Act . Shaw said that initially an interim climate commission ... More >>

Earthquake Journalism Grant Investigations Published

Monday, 18 December 2017, 12:47 pm | The Scoop Foundation

The Scoop Foundation is proud to announce the publication of the first works resulting from our 2017 Kaikoura Earthquake Investigative Journalism Grant round. The funded journalists in this round were Veronika Meduna and Charlotte Graham. Both have utilised ... More >>

Empowering communities to act in a disaster can save lives -

Monday, 18 December 2017, 12:04 pm | Charlotte Graham

2017 has seen parts of the United States in the grip of savage wildfires and hurricanes - so many that US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) employees have been warned that they might have their pay docked for working too much . More >>

Gordon Campbell on why a ‘hard Brexit’ has hit a brick wall

Monday, 18 December 2017, 11:11 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on why a ‘hard Brexit’ has hit a brick wall First published on Werewolf More >>

Tributes flow for NZ journalist Yasmine Ryan

Friday, 15 December 2017, 8:27 pm | Pacific Media Watch More >>

House goes into Urgency

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 4:36 pm | The Scoop Team

Parliament has gone into Urgency to pass through all stages the Families Package (Income Tax and Benefits) Bill . More >>

Kitten killers highlight need for compassionate education

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 1:07 pm | Lynley Tulloch

Very disturbing footage of a kitten being stoned by a group of five young people from Southland in New Zealand has emerged online. The youth are aged between 11 and 16 and animal welfare group Paws Justice called it “one of the worst cases” they ... More >>

The Kaikoura Rebuild: A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 12:35 pm | Veronika Meduna

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season. More >>

Trump Denial Machine: Good enough for Government work

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 12:06 pm | Bill Grigsby

It’s been a busy week for the president, between his daily routine of 4-8 hours of watching himself on TV (which he denies), to more public accusations of sexual predation (which he denies), to demanding that the Washington Post’s David Weigel ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Defence spending, Alabama, & Dolly Parton

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 12:00 pm | Gordon Campbell

T he spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual ... More >>

End of Life Choice Bill Debate

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 11:26 pm | The Scoop Team

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. More >>

End of Life Choice Bill Sent To Select Committee

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 10:12 pm | The Scoop Team

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has completed its first reading debate and been sent to a select committee for consideration. More >>

Three Bills Drawn From The Ballot

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 3:36 pm | The Scoop Team

Three Bills have been drawn from the Members’ Ballot. Two from NZ First MPs and one from Labour. More >>

Waka Jumping Bill Introduced

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 3:21 pm | The Scoop Team

The Electoral Integrity Amendment Bill in the name of Justice Minister Andrew Little was part of the coalition deal between Labour and NZ First. More >>

Gordon Campbell on vulnerable kids and fresh RNZ funding

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 10:55 am | Gordon Campbell

W hat’s in a word? Often a lot, in politics. In fact, the decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need. And I’m hedging with the ... More >>

Waiter, there’s a hare in my pie!

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 10:54 am | Lynley Tulloch

Most New Zealanders are familiar with the joke about the safety of eating overheated pies. In 2009 police dog handler Guy Baldwin was caught on camera telling a teenage car-jacker that his pie will be “thermo-nuclear” after being in the warmer since ... More >>

People’s Report on Public Broadcasting and Media Presented

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 3:50 pm | Joseph Cederwall

Today at Parliament, a crowdfunded report on public interest media, along with an open letter in support of the recommendations it contains were presented to Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran. More >>

Parliament set for Urgency this week

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 11:19 am | The Scoop Team

Parliament is set for a bout of Urgency this week with the new Government seeking to implement its ‘100 Day Plan’, while the first Members Bill ballot of this Parliament will happen. More >>