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Krump: NZ Welcomes The US-DPRK Summit

The two signed a Joint Statement in which Chairman Kim reaffirmed his commitment to the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. President Trump also made a commitment to provide security guarantees to North Korea. More>>

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Fake News and political establishment leading Colombia back to war

Scoop's Joseph Cederwall Updates: On June 17th Colombia votes in the final runoff round in one of its most pivotal and closely fought Presidential elections in decades. The two remaining candidates are starkly polarised, as are the potential outcomes for Colombia and the region ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On What We Can Expect From Talks With North Korea

Whatever happens, or if nothing happens, Trump is going to declare an amazing victory, so it might be useful to try and pre-empt the bullshit and establish what if anything, this meeting will actually deliver. More>>

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"Systematic Murder": Complaint Filed To ICC Over Gaza Killings

Scoop's Alastair Thompson reports: Over the past four years Kiwi journalist, investigator and human rights activist Julie Webb Pullman has trained and coordinated funding to assemble teams to collect evidence, interview witnesses and properly document thousands of individual war crimes committed in the period since Operation Protective Edge (2014). More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Nine Trump Lies About The Iran Deal

The cascade of Orwellian lies that US President Donald Trump has used to rationalize why his country is reneging on the commitments it made under the Iran nuclear deal should be posing a genuine problem for our media. More>>

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Trump On Drugs: Threat To Affordable Medicines Through Trade Deals
“US President Donald Trump’s policy to end “freeloading” and force trading partners to increase prices they pay for US pharmaceutical exports is a direct threat to Australia’s policy of ensuring affordable medicines through our Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme...” More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On Hostility Against Journalists & Israel’s Lies About Iran
At last count, 32 working journalists had been killed this year up until April 30, and recent weeks have seen the worst period of sustained violence against journalists since the 2015 Charlie Hebdo killings in France. More>>

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Binoy Kampmark: The Korean Promise: The Meeting In Panmunjom
Image by Steve Bolton It seems, and certainly feels like a distant number of months since a panel of experts noshed and chatted over how best to overcome the nuclear impasse that pitted North Korea against its southern neighbour and allies. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The Chemical Weapons Attack (and Response) In Syria
The past week’s headlines about the chemical attacks in Syria – and the military response by the US, France and Britain – have tended to overshadow a few of the downstream outcomes. More>>

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How gloriously brave it seemed, some 23 nations coming together like a zombie collective to initiate a fairly ineffectual action in of itself: the expulsion of Russian diplomats or, as they preferred to term it, intelligence operatives. More>>

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Washington’s vigilant deputy, doing rounds on the beat in the Pacific, has been irate of late. The central issue here is the continuing poking around of China in an area that would have been colloquially termed in the past “Australia’s neighbourhood”. More>>

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 foreign policy failures. More

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The full scale of destruction is beginning to emerge from Tonga in the aftermath of the severe tropical cyclone Gita. Around 50,000 people, or almost 70% of the country’s population, have been affected, a third of whom are children. More>>

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Apia in the wake of Gita Photo: Rudy Bartley The clean up is continuing in the two Samoas after Tropical Cyclone Gita hit on Saturday morning. More>>

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are working with the Government of Kiribati to support children, families and communities affected by the recent Butiraoi ferry disaster. More>>

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The liberal-conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) negotiated through the night in a marathon final push to nail down an agreement. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Year in Review Will 2018 Usher in a New Palestinian Strategy
2017 will be remembered as the year that the so-called ‘peace process’, at least in its American formulation, has ended. And with its demise, a political framework that has served as the foundation for US foreign policy in the Middle East has also collapsed. More>>

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North Korea: NZ Denounces Missile Test
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has denounced North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test. The test, which took place this morning, is North Korea’s third test flight of an inter-continental ballistic missile. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?
Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>

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Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage
Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>

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Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States
The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>

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Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo
With 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. More>>

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