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Apple Watch a winner but not for me

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 6:08 pm | Digitl

Apple is now the world's second largest watch revenue earner. That's a solid performance for a product line introduced less than two years ago. By any commercial standard it is a success. More >>

Oppo R9s- Galaxy-like phone at half the price

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 6:06 pm | Digitl

Oppo delivers nine-tenths the function of a Samsung Galaxy S7 for half the dollars. Oppo R9s XZ at a glance For: Value 16 megapixel cameras front and rear Battery life Against: Rough edges Clumsy software overlay No NFC chip Maybe: Performance Verdict: ... More >>

Here's the thing about Apple Pay and banks

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 5:59 pm | Digitl

Apple insists banks don't pass on Apple Pay charges to customers. Banks accept this in most countries. But not in Australia and, by extension, New Zealand. 1 More >>

Northpower in 10Gbps world first test run

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 5:56 pm | Digitl

A press release from Northpower partner Calix says this is the world's first live test of its NG-Pon2 technology. More >>

Dysfunction in the US White House

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 4:32 pm | Redress Information

There is something both horrifying and fascinating about the behaviour of President Donald Trump, as we watch him fail to cope with – or perhaps even recognise – the differences between the no-holds-barred world he created for his campaign and ... More >>

Israel’s Vision for the Future is Terrifying

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 4:03 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Empirical historical evidence combined with little common-sense are enough to tell us the type of future options that Israel has in store for the Palestinian people: perpetual Apartheid or ethnic cleansing, or a mix of both. More >>

Which Washington Crimes Matter Most?

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 3:57 pm | David Swanson

Michael Flynn participated in mass murder and destruction in Afghanistan and Iraq, advocated for torture, and manufactured false cases for war against Iran. He and anyone who appointed him to office and kept him there should be removed from and ... More >>

The Resignation of Michael Flynn - Binoy Kampmark

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 3:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It takes little these days for the darkened air of the Kremlin to have an impact on the politics of other countries. Across continents, it has become a tenured dark eminence with President Vladimir Putin on his irrepressible steed: Where will it ... More >>

Review: Dick Frizzell at the Solander Gallery

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 12:34 pm | Howard Davis

One of the most influential and celebrated contemporary Pop artists working in New Zealand, Dick Frizzell is mostly known for his appropriation of kitsch Kiwiana icons, which he often incorporates into cartoon-like paintings and lithographs. Not content ... More >>

Duty to Warn: A Response to a Radio Interview

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 3:45 pm | Gary G. Kohls

This morning I listened, with a lot of frustration, to the usually very informative and usually quite balanced morning radio interview program “On Point Radio with Tom Ashbrook”. More >>

Duty to Warn: 14 Lies That Our Psychiatry Professors Taught

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 3:40 pm | Gary G. Kohls

Lie # 1: “The FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) tests all new psychiatric drugs” Lie # 2: “FDA approval means that a psychotropic drug is effective long-term” Lie # 3: “FDA approval means that a psychotropic drug is safe long-term” More >>

Women’s gyms lay bare limits of Saudi reforms

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 3:15 pm | Redress Information

A Saudi decision to license within weeks the kingdom’s first women-only gyms constitutes progress in a country in which women’s rights are severely curtailed. It also lays bare the limitations of Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s plan for social ... More >>

Jitterati 15/2/17: “Sumer Is Icumen In"

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 12:59 pm | Grant Buist

Jitterati 15/2/17: “Sumer Is Icumen In" Click for big version. Slightly ruder version on Facebook, because we’re all grownups there. *** Jitterati is now published online. For more, search Scoop . More >>

A Threefold Challenge for Trump against Iran

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 12:53 pm | INSS Insight

The Trump administration has commenced with a tempest of policy implementation of promises made during the election campaign in areas of policy such as immigration, trade, health care, the Supreme Court, and many others. They mostly related to domestic ... More >>

Love Beyond Flags: Nothing More Beautiful - David Swanson

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 12:50 pm | David Swanson

When Iran's democracy was overthrown by the CIA in 1953, many Iranians had what they still have: affection for the people of the United States, as distinct from the U.S. government. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s candidacy troubles

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 11:03 am | Gordon Campbell

S o its official. Greg O’Connor will indeed be Labour’s candidate in Ohariu and – as also signaled well in advance – the Greens will not be standing a candidate in the electorate. At this point, you have to question the validity of the Greens’ ... More >>

Trump Is Our Imperial Vulture Come Home to Roost

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 3:03 pm | Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman

As the nightmare reality of Donald Trump sinks in, we need to put our resistance in a larger perspective. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the limits of conspiracy thinking

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 11:28 am | Gordon Campbell

O n the left, there’s long been a tendency to attribute phenomenal powers of competence and technological expertise to its opponents on the political right. (In this mindset, 9/11 was an inside job, carried out to foster the creation of the surveillance state.) ... More >>

Review: Purple (and Violet) Prose

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 10:46 am | Vaughan Rapatahana

This is the second recent conjoint publication by Reeve and Stapp; all to do with esoteric, arcane and obscure vocabulary – sesquipedalian , anyone – and so much more besides. Before I write further, I must stress that the book is an equal partnership ... More >>

Portholes to the Past: Reflections on the early 20th Century

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 10:37 am | Simon Nathan

Writing a memoir that appeals to a broad readership is a difficult undertaking. As an experienced communicator, Lloyd Geering keeps the reader’s interest alive through ten chapters (or portholes) giving views of different aspects of his life in 20th-century ... More >>

Bungling in Yemen: Trump and the Cult of the Action Hero

Monday, 13 February 2017, 3:14 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Bungling in Yemen: Trump and the Cult of the Action Hero By Binoy Kampmark “Rather than advancing a political solution that almost everyone agrees is the only way to solve the conflict, it seems the Trump administration’s actions are just adding ... More >>

Why won’t march to unite all movements include peace?

Monday, 13 February 2017, 3:07 pm | David Swanson

Your website at proposes a march on Washington on April 29, 2017, to “unite all our movements” for “communities,” “climate,” “safety,” “health,” “the rights of people of color, workers, indigenous people, immigrants, ... More >>

Chasing a Northern Confederate Out of the South

Monday, 13 February 2017, 3:04 pm | David Swanson

The Washington Post proclaims : "Protesters mob provocative Va. governor candidate as he defends Confederate statue." Six seconds of video of the incident involved is likely to show up eventually here or here . More >>

Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem

Monday, 13 February 2017, 3:00 pm | INSS Insight

During the American election campaign, one of the promises that President Trump made was to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Unlike other issues, such as immigration and trade, about which Trump made some quick decisions during his ... More >>

Legal Stutters: Trump Falters in the Ninth Circuit

Monday, 13 February 2017, 12:44 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It seems in little need of recapitulation, but the Executive Order 13769, otherwise known as “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” has been living a charmed and distorted life. More >>

Triumphing over Reality: China, Australia and Free Trade

Monday, 13 February 2017, 12:39 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The suspended reality across the Pacific took hold as the Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, conversed with her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in a state of mild delusion. Assuming the air of a clairvoyant, Bishop insisted that she knew that the ... More >>

We must bequeath good air to our next generation

Monday, 13 February 2017, 12:11 pm | Citizen News Service

So said award-winning Dr Chitra Chandrashekar, Director of Dr Iravatham’s Clinical Laboratory, Hyderabad. I met her in Mumbai during NAPCON 2016 and was struck by her modesty and her passion for working in the field of TB. More >>

Elliott Abrams for Deputy Secretary of State, a Rude Shock

Monday, 13 February 2017, 11:59 am | Council on Hemispheric Affairs

With the Trump Administration sponsoring what has been described as one of the most controversial cabinets in contemporary U.S. history, it is critical for those who are interested in such political concerns to not only look at those at the highest ... More >>

Get It on, Bang a Gong, Pt II

Monday, 13 February 2017, 9:13 am | Howard Davis

Particle physics have identified the cosmos as we perceive it in terms of time and space, rhythmic patterns of light and sound or oscillating waves that vibrate at certain frequencies which Eastern mystics called the dance of Shiva. More >>

Accelerating Sustainable Development Toward 2030

Friday, 10 February 2017, 2:42 pm | Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir

Taken together, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – contained in U.N. Resolution 70/1 involving the 194 member states and civil society in its deliberation – seek an encouraging level of development of humanity’s social and environmental ... More >>

Populism in Australia: Channelling Trump Down Under

Friday, 10 February 2017, 2:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Australia’s prime minister has been politically tone deaf for the duration of his tenure, which was won by the political assassination of his predecessor, Tony Abbott. Since being in power, he has squandered a workable majority, been held in a headlock ... More >>

Mapping the War Machine - David Swanson

Friday, 10 February 2017, 2:11 pm | David Swanson

When it comes to understanding wars, for some people, a picture of the dead or of the injured or of the traumatized or of those made refugees can be worth ten million words. And, for at least some of us, a picture of where war is in the world can be ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the looming conflict over the Iran deal

Friday, 10 February 2017, 11:55 am | Gordon Campbell

J ust in case war breaks out over the weekend… for the past 10 days or so, the court rulings on President Trump’s travel ban have dominated the news out of the United States. At the same time, a more serious threat has been gathering in intensity. More >>

Get It on, Bang a Gong, Pt I

Friday, 10 February 2017, 11:34 am | Howard Davis

Several readers have recently inquired about the significance of the image that accompanies my by-line. While the man-bun is long gone, I still incorporate the sound of the gong in my Kundalini Yoga classes. More >>

Pakeha, own your own history - Lynley Tulloch and Paul Judge

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 3:47 pm | Lynley Tulloch and Paul Judge

Waitangi Day has generated a range of views in media which indicate our race relations are not quite as fabulous as we like to tell ourselves. More >>

Are We Hating Donald Trump for the Wrong Reasons?

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 3:32 pm | Ramzy Baroud

I fear that many of us are hating Donald Trump for the wrong reasons. Multitudes are being swayed by mainstream media-inspired demonization of the new US president, based on selective assumptions and half-truths. More >>

Trump's Secret Weapon: Well-Intentioned Progressives

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 4:34 pm | New Democracy World

President Trump has a secret weapon: well-intentioned progressives. Here's how that weapon works. Progressives march in the streets with signs that, unbeknownst to them, Trump LOVES. Signs such as these: More >>

Trump's Lie About "Alien Voters" Cuts Far Deeper

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 3:43 pm | Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman

Donald Trump's relentless insistence that three million "aliens" voted for Hillary Clinton and cost him a popular majority in November's presidential election cuts far beyond what the corporate media is willing to report. When it comes to undermining ... More >>

Trump’s assault on human kindness, cooperation & environment

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 3:37 pm | Redress Information

An undercurrent of fury is bubbling beneath the prevailing gloom that is the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. More >>

Nancy Pelosi Backs Bombings, Views Impeachment as Inhumane

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 3:08 pm | David Swanson

The last time Nancy Pelosi took impeachment off the proverbial table was 10 years ago. At that time, I reported on an unusual incident: More >>

The path to achieving a truly universal basic income

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 1:29 pm | Adam Parsons

Is it a viable prospect to create a direct mechanism for transferring a universal basic income to all the world’s people? Not before we bring about a huge united voice of ordinary citizens in favour of sharing the world’s resources to end hunger ... More >>

Shortland Street and the Queer Revival - By Lara Romsdal

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 12:41 pm | Lara Romsdal

For a few years now, Shortland Street has been increasingly respondent to introducing queer characters into the mainstream, largely in part to the works of their in-house writers. With this change we begin to see a change in the portrayal of an often mis-represented ... More >>

Xenophobia, 1850's Know Nothing Party & Trump/Pence Agenda

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 12:34 pm | Gary G. Kohls

The pre-Civil War 1850s was an era when there was serious political instability and economic uncertainty partly because of the fear of a rising immigrant population without a concomitant increase in job opportunities. More >>

The United States Is Innocent and Has Never Killed Anyone

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 12:04 pm | David Swanson

It was bound to be the case that if a U.S. president ever admitted that the United States murdered people and did so on a scale at least as significant as other countries, he would be defending the practice, not denouncing it. More >>

A Nuclear Kellogg-Briand Pact Is An Even Better Idea

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 11:59 am | David Swanson

A Georgetown Law professor named David Koplow has drafted what he calls a Nuclear Kellogg-Briand Pact. In an article proposing it, Koplow does something all too rare, he recognizes some of the merits of the Kellogg-Briand Pact. But he misses others ... More >>

No, Trump Did Not Make a Mistake in Yemen - David Swanson

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 11:55 am | David Swanson

I gather these are the features people have concerns about in the recent U.S. raid in Yemen. More >>

The Courts versus Donald Trump - By Binoy Kampmark

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 11:51 am | Binoy Kampmark

The resilience of the US legal system is being tested in the first great and continuing confrontation between the Trump administration and his marshalled opponents. The battle is testing the Republic to its limits, pitting views of sovereign will and ... More >>

Overheard at the Alt Oval Office - By Bill Grigsby

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 11:38 am | Bill Grigsby

Bannon : The opposition party . That’s the operative phraseology. They were wrong. Dead wrong. A humiliating defeat that they will never wash away, that will always be there. More >>

The Brexit Debate: Down the Rabbit Hole with Parliament

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 10:23 am | Binoy Kampmark

What role Parliament? Edmund Burke put forth his known idea before the electors of Bristol on November 3, 1774. An ideal, and therefore refutable notion , was advanced: “Certainly, gentlemen, it ought to be the happiness and glory of a representative ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the English call and the travel ban case

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 10:08 am | Gordon Campbell

S o this is the Alice in Wonderland world in which we now live. One where PM Bill English wins praise for not provoking the Orange Queen into one of his “Off with their heads!” Twitter tirades. It's nice that English had a pleasant phone conversation ... More >>

Searching for peace in a troubled world

Friday, 3 February 2017, 4:16 pm | Redress Information

Since the Cold War ended in 1989 violent conflict had been decreasing but, according to the Global Peace Index , in 2016 this trend was reversed. More >>

Pakistani crackdown on extremists

Friday, 3 February 2017, 4:05 pm | Redress Information

Pakistan has put one of the world’s most wanted men under house arrest in a half-hearted crackdown on a militant group with close ties to the military and intelligence, in a bid to persuade President Donald Trump from adding the country to those whose citizens ... More >>

Trump’s Election Promises Will Haunt Him

Friday, 3 February 2017, 3:57 pm | Ramzy Baroud

‘I'm the best thing that could ever happen to Israel,’ he boasted at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s Presidential Forum in Washington DC, in December, 2015. More >>

Miles Report No. 81 – Québec mosque attack

Friday, 3 February 2017, 3:46 pm | Jim Miles

I was deeply saddened upon hearing the news about the murder of six people in a mosque in St Foy, Québec yesterday. While these kinds of killings are commonplace in the U.S., and the killings in other areas of the world greatly outnumber this relatively ... More >>

Scoop Goes Mobile

Friday, 3 February 2017, 2:13 pm | Scoop Publishing

We are excited to let you know that Scoop publishing has now publicly launched a new mobile friendly (Beta) version of the site just in time for the tail end of summer (if it ever arrives for some of us). More >>

Scoop Community Survey 2017

Thursday, 2 February 2017, 4:40 pm | The Scoop Foundation

Thank you for reading Scoop News and helping the Scoop Foundation to shape the future of independent media in New Zealand. More >>

Queen Elizabeth II and Trump Traumatic Disorder

Thursday, 2 February 2017, 4:08 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Trump Traumatic Disorder has been making its away across the Atlantic, numbing British officials, activists and commentators on one vital point: Should President Donald J. Trump be able to see the Queen on an official state visit? More >>

PolyMet Copper Mine Project, Lethal Risks to Lake Superior

Thursday, 2 February 2017, 3:54 pm | Gary G. Kohls

The PolyMet Project and the Lethal Risks to the St Louis River Watershed and Lake Superior -- It’s an Acceptable Risk for Foreign Investors to Take, but What About Us? More >>

The Next Step in Caring - David Swanson

Thursday, 2 February 2017, 3:44 pm | David Swanson

Why do I say that? Because this is unfunded, largely unpartisan activism that is largely selfless, largely focused on helping unknown strangers, driven by compassion and love, not political ideology, greed, or vengeance, and in line with activism ... More >>

On Thiel, and the sympatico between Peters and English

Thursday, 2 February 2017, 11:45 am | Gordon Campbell

Overall, I think we got a less manicured and truer picture of Bill English at yesterday’s press conference. More >>


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