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Gordon Campbell on Bill English, abroad

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 11:21 am | Gordon Campbell

I f David Cameron was the closest thing John Key had to a political mentor, their successors also share a whole lot in common. Theresa May and Bill English were both propelled into the top jobs as the result of unexpected resignations, and without ... More >>

The United States and China at the Outset of the Trump Era

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 4:24 pm | INSS Insight

The election of Donald Trump heralds a change in United States policy, and relations with China are emerging as a major focus of the new administration. It appears that each side is seeking to identify the other’s weaknesses during a mutually sensitive ... More >>

Americans Claim Role in Yeltsin Win

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 4:10 pm | Gary Kohls

WASHINGTON — A team of American political strategists who helped Gov. Pete Wilson with his abortive presidential bid earlier this year said this week that they served as Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin's secret campaign weapon in his comeback win ... More >>

Crumbling Reactors and Other Nightmares

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 3:47 pm | Harvey Wasserman

In the area of energy policy under the presidency of Donald Trump, two concerns loom above all others. More >>

Jitterati 18.1.17: Into the Unknown

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 2:02 pm | Grant Buist

Jitterati 18.1.17: Into the Unknown Click for big version. The US prepares to step into the unknown. *** Jitterati is now published online. For more, search Scoop . More >>

Trump and the Environmental Challenge Ahead

Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 5:07 pm | Zarefah Baroud

‘The Power to Create a New World’: Trump and the Environmental Challenge Ahead By Zarefah Baroud More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Health Fears Ahead of Trump’s Inauguration

Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 4:51 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Ain’t going to let no ego maniac turn me around, turn me around, keep on walking, keep on talking going to build ourselves a brand-new world.” Joan Baez, San Francisco, Jan 15, 2016 More >>

Gordon Campbell on populism and Labour 2017

Monday, 16 January 2017, 11:48 am | Gordon Campbell

S ince the resignation of John Key, the speculation about what-might-happen in election year 2017 has been framed almost entirely in terms of personality politics. Is National’s Bill English more - or less – chemically inert than Labour’s Andrew Little, and ... More >>

King CONG vs. Solartopia

Monday, 16 January 2017, 9:56 am | Harvey Wasserman

s you ride the Amtrak along the Pacific coast between Los Angeles and San Diego, you pass the San Onofre nuclear power plant, home to three mammoth atomic reactors shut by citizen activism. More >>

Obama’s Stellar Effort to Preserve Heritage in Syria

Monday, 16 January 2017, 9:41 am | Franklin Lamb

President Obama's Syria legacy is already being widely debated. In 2009 the former Southside Chicago community organizer and Law Professor entered the White House promising a new direction and vision in the Middle East from that of his predecessor and pledging ... More >>

The Deep State Wants to Deep Six U

Monday, 16 January 2017, 9:37 am | David Swanson

The United States and Russia each possess enough nuclear weapons to destroy all life on earth many times over. More >>

Why the State Needs to Increase Taxes

Monday, 16 January 2017, 9:35 am | Walter Brasch

Pennsylvanians are justifiably angry at paying the highest gas prices in the nation. The average price per gallon is $2.65, 27 cents higher than the highest price in the other 49 states. An additional eight cent tax was added this month. Until 2019, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: the ethics of publishing the Trump dossier

Friday, 13 January 2017, 1:24 pm | Gordon Campbell

T he controversy over the dossier purporting to show US President-elect Donald Trump’s alleged ties with Russia has been virtually overshadowed by the related controversy over whether the Buzzfeed site should have published the dossier in the first place. ... More >>

Fonterra’s Retro-Ads – Not Cool

Friday, 13 January 2017, 1:18 pm | Lynley Tulloch and Paul Judge

Fonterra’s retro inspired new ads seem to have backfired. Their graphic simplicity has created a remarkable canvas for anti-dairy campaigners to alter the pro-dairy message using paint or printed out letters. “Cool Again”, only requires a three ... More >>

Mad Butcher op ed

Friday, 13 January 2017, 1:13 pm | Lynley Tulloch and Paul Judge

Lynley Tulloch and Paul Judge The Mad Butcher debacle has captivated the country with all the dramatics of a season finale of Shortland Street. And let’s face it, Sir Peter Leitch is every bit as kiwi as Shorty and just as loved. More >>

Zygmunt Bauman and the Rootless Condition

Friday, 13 January 2017, 1:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Modernity, as the late Zygmunt Bauman noted in his magisterially provocative Modernity and the Holocaust (1989) has not necessarily entailed enlightenment, the liberation from immaturity. Since the cave dweller existence, humanity has retained traditional ... More >>

Israel’s manipulation of UK politics

Friday, 13 January 2017, 12:51 pm | Redress Information

Both the Foreign Office and Boris Johnson, the UK’s foreign secretary, have declared the Shai Masot affair “closed” after Masot, an employee of the Israeli embassy and probably a Mossad asset, plotted with gullible British MPs and political hangers-on ... More >>

Imagine the Confirmation Hearing for Secretary of Peace

Friday, 13 January 2017, 12:46 pm | David Swanson

The idea has been floated and endlessly reintroduced in legislation since the founding of the United States of creating a Department of Peace. These efforts even resulted in 1986 in the creation of the USI”P” — the U.S. Institute of “Peace” which ... More >>

UFB fuels Xero Hawke's Bay move

Friday, 13 January 2017, 12:43 pm | Digitl

If you're wondering why the government was so keen to build a fibre network look no further than Victoria White's Xero boss brings jobs to Hawke’s Bay   in Hawke’s Bay Today. She writes: Next year, Hawke’s Bay will join the likes of San Francisco, ... More >>

PC down, not out

Friday, 13 January 2017, 12:27 pm | Digitl

PC sales have fallen for five years. They will never return to the glory days. But the PC is a long way from extinction. More >>

Spark, Chorus streamline fibre installs

Friday, 13 January 2017, 12:12 pm | Digitl

Spark has extended its streamlined street-in-a-week fibre installation trial to include Chorus UFB coverage areas. More >>

Touch typing on the 2016 Apple MacBook Pro keyboard

Friday, 13 January 2017, 12:01 pm | Digitl

Apple introduced its  butterfly laptop keyboard design for the 2015 12-inch MacBook . It is shallower than previous keyboards. More >>

50Mbps the new fibre normal

Friday, 13 January 2017, 11:59 am | Digitl

Chorus says it will upgrade the 85,000 residential customers on a 30Mbps plan to 50Mbps at no extra charge. From January  50Mbps will become the new entry-level plan speed for customers on the company's fibre network. Because Chorus doesn't sell ... More >>

Xero adds Apple Pay

Friday, 13 January 2017, 11:55 am | Digitl

The company says slow payments are a major source of grief for small businesses who often struggle with poor cash flow. More >>

Spark moves to 200Gbps wavelength

Friday, 13 January 2017, 11:48 am | Digitl

Spark is using Nokia kit to roll out New Zealand's first 200Gbps wavelength network link. More >>

Understanding Apple’s MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Friday, 13 January 2017, 11:44 am | Digitl

Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro has a slim new body. It boasts a faster processor, larger trackpad, improved keyboard , better speakers and a glorious high-resolution Retina display. More >>

On switching from Mac to Windows, or Windows to Mac

Friday, 13 January 2017, 11:39 am | Digitl

At the Guardian Alex Hern writes: Is it time to swap your Mac for a Windows laptop? 1 More >>

Lenovo Miix 510: A Surface Pro 4 for less

Friday, 13 January 2017, 11:35 am | Digitl

If you want a Surface Pro 4 but find Microsoft's price too high, Lenovo's Miix 510 may fit the bill. More >>

Choosing between MacBook Pro, Surface Book

Friday, 13 January 2017, 11:28 am | Digitl

In the end it's all about what you do with your hands. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: And quiet flows the Don

Thursday, 12 January 2017, 5:12 pm | Martin Doyle

If the current circus surrounding Donald Trump's life continues unabated, the White House may need to be renamed the Mad House.  And if the claims re his use of Moscow prostitutes prove true, then the Cold War is truly over. One suspects the War of ... More >>

How ‘long-standing’ and ‘balanced’ is NZ's position?

Thursday, 12 January 2017, 3:10 pm | Shalom.Kiwi

Thousands of New Zealanders have expressed their concerns to the Government regarding UN Resolution 2334, in letters , petitions , protests , and in comments on social media. Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s response in the NZ Herald today merely ... More >>

Only One Democratic State Possible in Palestine and Israel

Thursday, 12 January 2017, 2:24 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Long before December 28, when Secretary of State, John Kerry took the podium at the Dean Acheson Auditorium in Washington DC to pontificate on the uncertain future of the two-state solution and the need to save Israel from itself, the subject of a ... More >>

New Zealand has an issue with terrorism

Thursday, 12 January 2017, 12:24 pm | Shalom.Kiwi

When an Islamist drove his truck into a crowd in Nice last July, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key spoke out against the terror attack . When an Islamist drove his truck into a crowd in Berlin last December, New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English ... More >>

Fury at Azaria verdict is Israel’s Trump moment

Thursday, 12 January 2017, 11:20 am | Redress Information

The United Kingdom has Brexit. The United States, an incoming President Trump. And Israel now has Elor Azaria. It may not have the same ring, but ultimately the turning point could prove as decisive. More >>

Gordon Campbell on why tax cuts in 2017 would be a bad idea

Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 1:37 pm | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on why tax cuts in 2017 would be a (proven) bad idea First published on Werewolf More >>

Jitterati: 2017

Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 9:39 am | Grant Buist

The interregnum between 2016 and the Trumpocalypse inspires reflection. More >>

The Drugs May be the Problem

Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 3:38 pm | Gary Kohls

The title of this column, The Drugs May Be The Problem is also the title of a seminar that I will be presenting starting on Saturday morning, January 21, 2017. On that date, the first in a series of seminars will be presented at the Red Herring Lounge, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Meryl Streep’s speech

Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 12:12 pm | Gordon Campbell

P rimarily, Meryl Streep’s critical speech last night at the Golden Globes – which is the award ceremony hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association - was a defence of journalism and of journalists. Notably, she cited the journalist Serge ... More >>

Squeeze and Wiggle: Transport Chaos in London

Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 9:01 am | Binoy Kampmark

It has the air of being a well minted yet distinctly first world problem: inconvenienced commuters in one of the world’s first true megalopolises, gnashing their teeth as they are pushed and grounded together during the rush hour. All because of a strike ... More >>

Pollution, Dementia and the Modern Condition

Monday, 9 January 2017, 9:11 am | Binoy Kampmark

London. The journey from Tooting to the British Library tends to be a crowded affair at the best of times. More >>

Why Release the Torture Report Now

Monday, 9 January 2017, 9:04 am | David Swanson

A young man was tortured in Chicago this week. It wasn't an act of the Chicago police. It was live streamed on Facebook. And the President of the United States declared it an horrific hate crime. More >>

Allegations Against Russia Less Credible Every Day

Monday, 9 January 2017, 9:00 am | David Swanson

The U.S. government has now generated numerous news stories and released multiple "reports" aimed at persuading us that Vladimir Putin is to blame for Donald Trump becoming president. U.S. media has dutifully informed us that the case has been made. ... More >>

Positivity, Pangloss, Partisanship, Propaganda, Populism

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 2:06 pm | David Swanson

Eight years ago Yes! Magazine published a political platform of progressive policies, along with polling showing strong majority support for each proposal. Now, eight years later, we can show almost total failure to advance any of the proposals, most ... More >>

Russia-United States Relations under Trump Administration

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 1:58 pm | INSS Insight

Russia-United States Relations under the Trump Administration: Implications for the Middle East Zvi Magen More >>

Raising Questions About Politics and the Mass Media

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 1:11 pm | Walter Brasch

It’s the first week of January and the election returns are starting to trickle in. It’s not for the rich Democratic white Hillary Clinton who captured the popular vote, nor for the rich Republican white Donald Trump who captured the electoral college ... More >>

The Trump Presidency May be Better for Palestine

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 12:02 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Israel is dizzy. January 20th has been like another Christmas Day and Donald Trump is jolly old Santa Claus bearing gifts. The writing is already on the wall as President-elect Trump has appointed an extremist, David Friedman , as the next US Ambassador to Israel ... More >>

Tony Abbott, Israel and Australian Foreign Policy

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 12:00 pm | Binoy Kampmark

He is one of Australia’s truly singular politicians, relentlessly zealous, hewn from the granite of an older fanaticism. Despise him, loathe him, but consider him for one fundamental point: he has escaped the management artists, the curbing focus ... More >>

Thailand's Military Junta Consolidates Power

Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 4:58 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's military government is consolidating its control and skillfully handling the country's traumatic mourning in the aftermath of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's death on October 13 at age 88, while a flow of hundreds of thousands ... More >>

Jitterati: Back After a Long Break...

Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 11:50 am | Grant Buist

Jitterati cartoons return after some time off. More >>

Dave Webb on Keeping Weapons and Nuclear Power Out of Space

Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 11:40 am | David Swanson

We discuss the upcoming 25th Annual Global Network Conference & Protest: "Pivot Toward War: US Missile Defense & the Weaponization of Space" to be held on April 7-9, 2017, in Huntsville, Alabama: More >>

Randomly Surfing the Web Is No Way to Educate Yourself

Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 11:16 am | Alternet

Fake news has been around long before Facebook, but it was the tech company's goal to appear like a newspaper that eventually misled its users far more than ever before. More >>

The Trouble with Mary: The Fourth Series of Sherlock

Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 9:26 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There was much fanfare for the first episode of series 4 of the BBC’s Sherlock , which graced British television screens on New Year’s Day with its fair share of shock and delivery. It promises to be the first of three episodes, dangling the ... More >>

Chomsky - Israel’s Response to UN's Resolution: 'Hysterical'

Friday, 30 December 2016, 3:25 pm | Alternet

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) passed a resolution 14-0 condemning all Israeli settlements on Palestinian land as having “no legal validity” and amounting to “a flagrant violation under international law.” More >>

Media Taught Americans to Love a Dictator

Thursday, 29 December 2016, 3:17 pm | Alternet

For a majority of Americans, feeling traumatized and terrified are reasonable responses to the words "President-elect Donald Trump." But even if his inauguration marks the demise of the star-spangled mythos we grew up on, being catatonic is no way to spend ... More >>

How the American Press Normalized Mussolini and Hitler

Thursday, 29 December 2016, 3:06 pm | Alternet

How to cover the rise of a political leader who’s left a paper trail of anti-constitutionalism, racism and the encouragement of violence? Does the press take the position that its subject acts outside the norms of society? Or does it take the position that someone ... More >>

Why Racists Flock to Trump's Rhetoric

Thursday, 29 December 2016, 3:02 pm | Alternet

White supremacists have never made a secret of their affection for Donald Trump. But since his election, they've grown ever more emboldened, holding rallies in Washington, D.C. and even planning their own "Deploraball" to ring in the new year. More >>

Emperor Twitteritus Trumparonious - John Stanton

Thursday, 29 December 2016, 2:54 pm | John Stanton

And so it came to pass that on the 1st month of the 20th day in the year of our Lord 2017, Emperor Twitteritus Trumparonious, born in the 6th month of the year of our Lord 1946, improbably snatched the reins of the glorious American Empire from Queen ... More >>

To Weapons Dealers, Laws Are Decorative Holiday Ornaments

Thursday, 29 December 2016, 2:19 pm | David Swanson

You might be forgiven for imagining that laws are serious things. When you violate them, you can be locked in a cage for decades. That’s not true for big-time weapons dealers like the U.S. government. More >>

Resolved: To Find Peace Advocates in Every Nation

Thursday, 29 December 2016, 2:15 pm | David Swanson

I understand that wars and militarism make us less safe rather than protect us, that they kill, injure and traumatize adults, children and infants, severely damage the natural environment, erode civil liberties, and drain our economies, siphoning ... More >>

Carrie Fisher: Hollywood In-Breeding & the Velocity of Being

Thursday, 29 December 2016, 12:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There was always going to be a good deal of thick drama around Carrie Fisher, by her own confession, a product of Hollywood in-breeding. Her parents, Debbie Reynolds and the crooner Eddie Fisher, provided ample material for the gossip columns in a ... More >>


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