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Lobbying For Gain: Nick Warner And Australia’s Revolving Door

Monday, 15 February 2021, 1:33 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Governments have an almost crippling trouble appreciating conflicts of interest. Since tentacle-heavy lobby groups decided to move into the world’s capitals to make the case for their clients, the revolving door has become the sickening feature ... More >>

On The Latest Lockdown, And On Air NZ’s Saudi Military Sales

Monday, 15 February 2021, 12:01 pm | Gordon Campbell

A three day Covid lockdown feels like the pandemic equivalent of T20 cricket. Just as T20 isn’t really cricket, this three day breathing space isn’t a realistic timeframe for detecting and isolating the potential spreaders of a disease that has ... More >>

Conspiracy Theories Are Caused By Government Secrecy

Monday, 15 February 2021, 11:01 am | Caitlin Johnstone

The DC Circuit has ruled that the CIA is under no obligation to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests pertaining to its involvement with insurgent militias in Syria, overturning a lower court's previous ruling in favor of a Buzzfeed News ... More >>

N.Y. Times Lies To Say WHO Investigators Dissatisfied W. Chinese Cooperation

Monday, 15 February 2021, 10:58 am | Eric Zuesse

On February 12th, the New York Times headlined “On W.H.O. Trip, China Refused to Hand Over Important Data” and reported that Chinese scientists refused to share raw data that might bring the world closer to understanding the origins of the coronavirus ... More >>

NZ goes to level 2 lockdown, Auckland level 3

Sunday, 14 February 2021, 7:37 pm | The Scoop Team

Cabinet has decided from 11.59pm tonight Auckland will move to alert level 3 for three days until midnight Wednesday. The rest of the country will move to level 2 for the same period. This will be reviewed every 24 hours. This follows a mother, ... More >>

Covid-19 update: Three new community cases in Auckland

Sunday, 14 February 2021, 2:05 pm | RNZ

Three new community cases in a single South Auckland household have been reported today, with the Health Ministry describing them as new and active cases. More >>

A Classic Blunder: The Sequel. The Malady Lingers On

Saturday, 13 February 2021, 11:39 am | Tom Frewen

With apologies to Irving Berlin — the song is ended but the malady lingers on. It’s been a year since Radio New Zealand suddenly stopped singing the praises for its proposed new youth music multi-media brand/platform. But uncertainty and disquiet, ... More >>

The Real World And The Narrative World

Friday, 12 February 2021, 6:10 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

We each inhabit two very different worlds simultaneously: the real world, and the narrative world. The real world is the physical world of matter, of atoms and molecules and stars and planets and animals wandering around trying to bite and copulate with ... More >>

Trouble In Vaccine Land: The Wiliness Of South Africa’s Coronavirus Variant

Friday, 12 February 2021, 12:44 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It began as a shudder through the scientific and public health establishments. A new variant of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 had been found, mutating in South African climes, potentially outwitting human responses to it. Vaccines such as Oxford-AstraZeneca’s ... More >>

On Why The Reserve Bank Won’t Be Spooked By Inflation Making A Comeback

Friday, 12 February 2021, 11:24 am | Gordon Campbell

One year into the pandemic, people are still getting sick and dying at different rates according to their age, gender, ethnic background and income level – and those same patterns have been evident in the economic impacts of the virus as well. ... More >>

Lucky Coup Among Authoritarian Regimes

Friday, 12 February 2021, 11:03 am | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Myanmar's coup leader may be lucky his Southeast Asian country is wedged among authoritarian regimes which are interested in making money by accessing its natural resources and strategic geography, instead of condemning the destruction ... More >>

Post-Pandemic American Society Must Not Return To Its Industrial Capitalist Roots

Friday, 12 February 2021, 10:25 am | John Stanton

Our mace shaped COVID19 enemy, and its mutations merrily popping up around the United States, ironically has opened up new possibilities for inching beyond the grimy confines of industrial capitalism to new modes of work, learning and being that were initially ... More >>

Biden Will Escalate Aggressions Against China While Republicans Call Him A Beijing Puppet

Thursday, 11 February 2021, 5:44 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

"Team Biden is soft on China," Republican Senator Ted Cruz tweeted the other day, echoing a very common accusation that's been leveled against the president from the right with increasing frequency. Cruz, who biologically is mostly wetland ... More >>

NZ Defence Force releases new rules for dealing with civilian harm

Thursday, 11 February 2021, 4:42 pm | RNZ

The Defence Force has finalised new rules on how it will deal with reports of civilian harm involving New Zealand soldiers. More >>

Post-Pandemic American Society Must Not Return To Its Industrial Capitalist Roots

Thursday, 11 February 2021, 2:17 pm | John Stanton

Our mace shaped COVID19 enemy, and its mutations merrily popping up around the United States, ironically has opened up new possibilities for inching beyond the grimy confines of industrial capitalism to new modes of work, learning and being that were initially ... More >>

Continuing Prosecutions: Assange And The Biden Administration

Thursday, 11 February 2021, 1:18 pm | Binoy Kampmark

With changes of presidential administrations, radical departures in policy are always exaggerated. Continuity remains, for the most part, a standard feature. It is precisely that continuity being challenged by groups fearful of the continuing prosecution ... More >>

Scoop In Conversation With Abhishek Sinha, Founder Of WeBeliev, A Crowdfunding Platform Launched In New Zealand

Thursday, 11 February 2021, 11:33 am | WeBeliev

WeBeliev supports 17 SDGs, launching sector specific campaigns every month Q. What is WeBeliev and why did you start it? A. WeBeliev is a Singapore-registered crowdfunding platform aimed at fundraising for all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ... More >>

The Russian Alternative: How Moscow Is Capitalizing On US Retreat In Palestine, Israel

Thursday, 11 February 2021, 9:18 am | Ramzy Baroud

Israeli anxiety was palpable when it was reported that Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was not contacted by the new American President, Joe Biden, for days after the latter’s inauguration. While much is being read into Biden’s decision, ... More >>

‘Our Indifference To Ourselves’ – Beyond The ‘Virtue’ Of Self-Sacrifice – Part 1

Thursday, 11 February 2021, 6:33 am | Media Lens

The name Arnold Ridley will be familiar to many viewers of ‘Dad’s Army’, one of Britain’s best-loved TV comedies, which ran a long time ago (1968-1977) but is still shown on prime time BBC TV. Ridley played Private Godfrey, the loveable, ... More >>

Biden Continues Trump’s War On The Press

Wednesday, 10 February 2021, 3:50 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

Just one day after a coalition of prominent civil rights groups made headlines with a letter urging the Biden administration to drop efforts to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States on espionage charges, the Biden administration ... More >>

Information Interruptus: Bing, Google And The News Media Bargaining Code

Wednesday, 10 February 2021, 1:10 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It’s looking a touch quixotic, but the News Media Bargaining Code has become Australia’s weapon of choice in attempting to redistribute proceeds from big tech into the coffers of a withering fourth estate. It has now reached a point of sufficient concern for ... More >>

On Leaving Women Out Of The Job Creation Plans, Plus The Current Vaccine Blues

Wednesday, 10 February 2021, 10:12 am | Gordon Campbell

Women workers have taken an unequal impact of the job losses caused by the pandemic but so far almost all the government’s job creation efforts have been concentrated in sectors – e.g. on “shovel ready” projects in the construction industry where ... More >>

No more acting like 'stunned mullets' — bigger, better, faster responses needed to meet future bio-threats

Tuesday, 9 February 2021, 11:29 am | The Conversation

Interim findings from the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response paint a bleak picture of global failure. If things don't improve, a future pandemic could be truly catastrophic. More >>

It's still too soon for NZ to relax COVID-19 border restrictions for travellers from low-risk countries

Tuesday, 9 February 2021, 11:26 am | The Conversation

A new study argues for selective border relaxations. But with COVID-19 more prevalent now than at almost any point in the past, the risk would be substantial. More >>

What Explains The Stunning Decline In Covid-19 Cases?

Tuesday, 9 February 2021, 11:18 am | Eric Zuesse

The global peak in daily new cases of Covid-19 disease was January 8th, and this was likewise the peak in U.S. new cases . Globally, it was 845,693, and U.S. was 308,443. The plunge since then has produced, as-of February 5th, globally, 495,888, ... More >>

The Empire Strikes Back (Part One): The Largest Voter Suppression Campaign In US History Is Underway

Tuesday, 9 February 2021, 10:50 am | Harvey Wasserman

The Republican Party’s post 2020 state-by-state assault on voting rights has begun with the demand that all mailed-in paper ballots include photo ID. The Jim Crow racism is beyond obvious. Instead of having to guess, mailed-in photo ID lets election officials ... More >>

On Why Matariki Will Be A Valuable Cultural Counterpart To Waitangi Day

Tuesday, 9 February 2021, 10:20 am | Gordon Campbell

Now that Matariki has been added to the roster of national holidays, it is bound to become more meaningful than most of our other holiday occasions, many of which have lost much of the symbolic power they once had. For example: the religious holidays ... More >>

Foreign Correspondent: What Trump And The Myanmar Coup Have In Common

Saturday, 6 February 2021, 11:13 am | Reese Erlich

The Asian country’s military overthrew its government over baseless claims of voter fraud. Sound familiar? By Reese Erlich February 5, 2021 This week, military officers in Myanmar overthrew that nation’s democratically elected government after ... More >>

New Bill From Blumenauer, Ocasio-Cortez, And Sanders Demands Biden Declare A National Climate Emergency

Friday, 5 February 2021, 4:23 pm | Common Dreams

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer In a sign that some members of Congress intend to hold President Joe Biden accountable for climate promises he made as a candidate, three lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill directing him to declare a national ... More >>

'A Day Peace Activists... Have Been Waiting For': Biden Vows To Curb US Support For Saudi-Led War On Yemen

Friday, 5 February 2021, 4:20 pm | Common Dreams

by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Peace advocates rejoiced on Thursday in the wake of President Joe Biden's announcement that his administration will be ending U.S. support for "offensive operations" in the Saudi-led war on Yemen and appointing ... More >>

Going Airborne: Coronavirus And Hotel Quarantine

Friday, 5 February 2021, 2:56 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It has happened again. This time, a diligent worker, having followed all the protocols given to him, had returned a positive result for COVID-19. The 26-year-old had been serving as a resident support officer in the Australian Open quarantine program in ... More >>

YouTube Financially Deplatforms Swath Of Indie Media Accounts

Friday, 5 February 2021, 11:43 am | Caitlin Johnstone

The Google-owned video sharing platform YouTube has demonetized numerous independent media accounts, a jarring escalation in the steadily intensifying campaign against alternative news outlets online. Progressive commentators Graham Elwood , The Progressive ... More >>

Our Mutual Fight: The Case Against Pakistani Normalization With Israel

Friday, 5 February 2021, 11:02 am | Ramzy Baroud

The Pakistani government should never, under any circumstances and no matter the pressure, normalize with Israel. Doing so is not only dangerous - as it will embolden an already vile, racist, violent apartheid Israel - but it would also be considered ... More >>

Kashmir Dispute For Indians & The World

Friday, 5 February 2021, 10:31 am | Syed Atiq ul Hassan

On the dispute of Kashmir, I would like to bring the attention of Indians and the International community. The conflict of Kashmir has been persistent since Pakistan and India were created in 1947 by the British ruler in many Indian states. Before ... More >>

Yemen Yes! Now Afghanistan!

Friday, 5 February 2021, 10:28 am | David Swanson

If the U.S. government follows through on what President Joe Biden said today about Yemen, that war’s days are numbered. If the rest of us learn the appropriate lessons, the war on Afghanistan should start picking out a tomb stone. Biden said the U.S. ... More >>

A Classic Blunder - The Sequel (Part One)

Friday, 5 February 2021, 9:34 am | Tom Frewen

It’s not an anniversary that Radio New Zealand’s board and management will want to celebrate but it was a year ago to the day that they unveiled their new youth music strategy — only to see it crash and burn within a week. Like the proverbial ... More >>

Embrittlement In Nuclear Power Plants

Friday, 5 February 2021, 8:43 am | Harvey Wasserman

Of All The Daunting Tasks Joe Biden Faces, Especially Vital Is The Inspection Of Dangerously Embrittled Atomic Reactors Still Operating In The United States. A Meltdown At Any One Of Them Would Threaten The Health And Safety Of Millions Of People While ... More >>

U.S. Should Pay Iran Reparations

Friday, 5 February 2021, 8:37 am | David Swanson

Why would I say such an outrageous, treasonous, delusional, OBVIOUSLY-funded-by-Putin thing? Am I hoping to enrage war-crazed sadists who’ve seen too much television “news”? Not at all. I want them to still be around when I say that it would actually ... More >>

In An Age Of Digital Disinformation, Dropping Level 1 Media Studies In NZ High Schools Is A Big Mistake

Thursday, 4 February 2021, 4:19 pm | The Conversation

By Wayne Hope Professor of Communication Studies, Auckland University of Technology Primary and secondary school teachers engage with students who are constantly on devices — consuming, sharing and jointly creating texts, photos, videos and memes. ... More >>

If We’re To Defend Our Borders From The Pandemic, What Do We Mean By Borders?

Thursday, 4 February 2021, 4:16 pm | The Conversation

By Germana Nicklin Senior Lecturer in Border and Resource Security, Massey University Before COVID-19 hit New Zealand’s shores last year, most people’s understanding of defending a border would have come from watching TV reality show Border Patrol ... More >>

Coronavirus Education: Learning And Teaching From The Margins

Thursday, 4 February 2021, 3:57 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The coronavirus student, a species brought forth in the world of education by a pandemic that has killed over 400,000 people in the United States and 100,000 in the United Kingdom, is a troubled creature. When universities and schools across ... More >>

A Military Coup Zaps Burma, Aka Myanmar

Thursday, 4 February 2021, 3:19 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Myanmar's military seized power in a coup on February 1, detained internationally disgraced civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other recently elected officials, and declared a one-year State of Emergency because voting was marred by ... More >>

A Military Coup Zaps Burma, Aka Myanmar

Thursday, 4 February 2021, 3:19 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Myanmar's military seized power in a coup on February 1, detained internationally disgraced civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other recently elected officials, and declared a one-year State of Emergency because voting was marred by ... More >>

New Zealand Government Bans Foreign Cruise Ship Workers

Thursday, 4 February 2021, 10:18 am | Socialist Equality Group

By Tom Peters On January 29, New Zealand’s immigration minister Kris Faafoi announced that the approaching cruise ship Le Lapérouse had stopped just outside the country’s exclusive economic zone and was being advised to “turn around,” after officials ... More >>

Frontline border workers to be vaccinated first as New Zealand approves Pfizer vaccine

Thursday, 4 February 2021, 10:14 am | The Conversation

The approval of the first of four COVID-19 vaccines marks the first step in New Zealand's plans for a Pacific-wide immunisation rollout. More >>

How to cut emissions from transport: ban fossil fuel cars, electrify transport and get people walking and cycling

Thursday, 4 February 2021, 10:09 am | The Conversation

Emissions from road transport in New Zealand have doubled since 1990, and the Climate Change Commission recommends sweeping changes to switch to electric transport options. More >>

New Zealand Not On Track For Net Zero By 2050

Thursday, 4 February 2021, 9:41 am | Climate Change Commission

The independent Climate Change Commission has released its draft package of advice to Government on the steps Aotearoa must take to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change Commission Chair Dr Rod Carr says the advice ... More >>

How 2021 Will Change Energy And Sustainability

Thursday, 4 February 2021, 9:35 am | BNEF

BloombergNEF has made 10 predictions in energy, transport and sustainability for the year ahead 1. Half a trillion dollars of investment again, but stock market bumps – Angus McCrone Today, BNEF has introduced a new, broader measure of decarbonization ... More >>

External Cladding Banned In Victoria

Thursday, 4 February 2021, 8:58 am | Property and Build

In a move to reduce the risk of fire, the Victorian Government in Australia has banned the use of certain external wall cladding products – should New Zealand follow suit? The Victorian government has revealed a new amendment to the state’s ... More >>

Are Property Investors Out Of Control?

Thursday, 4 February 2021, 8:45 am | Property and Build

Investors’ market share has soared to 27%, CoreLogic research reveals, prompting speculation that further intervention by government and regulators might be needed to rebalance buyer activity CoreLogic NZ’s latest Property Market & Economic ... More >>

Obsession With GDP, Disregard Of Nature Leading Towards Ecosystem Collapse: Report

Wednesday, 3 February 2021, 4:23 pm | Common Dreams

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer A new report out Tuesday from the U.K. government framing the natural environment as "our most precious asset" says the world's destruction of biodiversity has put economies at risk and that a fundamental restructuring ... More >>

Warren Blasts 'Unconscionable' $740 Billion Pentagon Budget While Millions Suffer From Poverty, Joblessness, And Covid

Wednesday, 3 February 2021, 4:20 pm | Common Dreams

by Kenny Stancil, staff writer "We continue to overinvest in defense while underinvesting in public health and so much more." That's what Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said during Tuesday's Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation ... More >>

Why Indian Farmers Are So Angry About The Modi Government’s Agricultural Reforms

Wednesday, 3 February 2021, 4:13 pm | The Conversation

By Bhavani Shankar Professorial Reseach Fellow in Food Systems and Health, University of Sheffield India’s farmers have been protesting since the autumn, with a growing intensity that culminated in a violent breaching of barriers in the Red Fort in Delhi ... More >>

NZ Music’s #MeToo Moment Is A Wake-up Call For Educators: Prepare Graduates To Challenge And Change The Industry

Wednesday, 3 February 2021, 4:10 pm | The Conversation

By Oli Wilson and Catherine Hoad . Recent accusations of harassment and coercion by leading figures in Aotearoa New Zealand’s music industry were shocking, but not surprising. Last year, we released the Amplify Aotearoa report that revealed ... More >>

How To Cut Emissions From Transport: Ban Fossil Fuel Cars, Electrify Transport And Get People Walking And Cycling

Wednesday, 3 February 2021, 4:03 pm | The Conversation

By Robert McLachlan Professor in Applied Mathematics, Massey University The Climate Change Commission’s draft advice on how to decarbonise New Zealand’s economy is refreshing, particularly as it calls on the government to start phasing out fossil ... More >>

On Corruption, U.S. Accusations Against Russia Are The Pots Calling The Kettle Black

Wednesday, 3 February 2021, 11:34 am | Eric Zuesse

Gallup’s polling in Russia and in the United States finds almost identically high percentages of the public saying “Yes” to the question “Is corruption widespread throughout the government in this country, or not?” — 77% in Russia and 75% in ... More >>

On The Case For Investing In Coastal Shipping

Wednesday, 3 February 2021, 9:35 am | Gordon Campbell

The enduring damage done by the economic reforms of the 1980/1990s is still playing out in the communities that lost thousands of well-paid full time jobs, and with a subsequent influx of drugs, domestic violence and mental health problems. A far ... More >>

Everything About The Biden Administration Is Fake

Tuesday, 2 February 2021, 5:52 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

A new exclusive from The Daily Beast titled " White House Reporters: Biden Team Wanted Our Questions in Advance " reports that the White House press corps is being pressured to provide briefing questions ahead of time in a way that makes ... More >>

On The Climate Change Commission’s Slow Motion Response

Monday, 1 February 2021, 12:55 pm | Gordon Campbell

Good grief. An eleven to fifteen year window of adjustment to the threat from climate change is still being decried as “too ambitious” by the usual suspects: ie the farming, transport and fossil fuel sectors responsible for the vast bulk of our climate ... More >>

Opinion: Why we need more than just cycle lanes in Wellington

Monday, 1 February 2021, 6:51 am | Gregor Thompson

I am what people outside of the cycling community would consider a cyclist. I cycle to work, I cycle to my friends’ houses, I reluctantly cycle up The Terrace to Victoria University, I’ve cycled both of the Major New Zealand Islands and I’ve cycled ... More >>

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