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Tel Aviv’s Losing Brands: Israeli ‘Coup’ And The Death Of False Democracy

Thursday, 21 September 2023, 2:48 pm | Ramzy Baroud

From its very onset, Israel has constructed a brand for itself, a powerful gimmick that was predicated on two main pillars: democracy and stability. The main target audience for this brand has been powerful Western states that wielded disproportionate ... More >>

On Chaotic Coalitions, Drinking Water And Useless Debates

Thursday, 21 September 2023, 12:00 pm | Gordon Campbell

This week’s ONE News-Verian poll had the National/ACT coalition teetering on the edge of being able to govern alone while - just as precariously – having its legislative agenda vulnerable to a potential veto by Winston Peters in the House. So close, but ... More >>

Fighting The Diaspora: India’s Campaign Against Khalistan

Wednesday, 20 September 2023, 1:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Diaspora politics can often be testy. While the mother country maintains its own fashioned narrative, governed by domestic considerations, the diaspora may, or may not be in accord with the agreed upon story. While countries such as China and Iran ... More >>

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On National’s (Lack Of) Plans For El Nino

Tuesday, 19 September 2023, 10:27 am | Gordon Campbell

Debate time: In contrast to most debates, political debates aren’t simply about winning on points of logic, but are also about looking likeable on television – which is why good political debaters often have to pull their punches on TV, lest ... More >>

Animal Agriculture; Peak Stock Numbers & GHG Emissions

Tuesday, 19 September 2023, 9:27 am | P. Buckley

From burping cows to grazing sheep, when it comes to global warming the finger of blame is invariably pointed at the livestock farming industry these days. Animal agriculture is causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to raise, say critics, and ... More >>

Brief For Murder: Pinochet’s Apologists Five Decades On

Monday, 18 September 2023, 12:57 pm | Binoy Kampmark

During the Cold War, assassinations most foul were entertained as necessary measures to advance the set cause. In Latin America, military regimes were keenly sponsored as reliably brutal antidotes to the Marxist tic, or at the very least the tic in ... More >>

Epidemic or Revolution: The Other Side of the West Africa Upheaval

Monday, 18 September 2023, 6:06 am | Ramzy Baroud

What if the "epidemic of coups" in West and Central Africa is not that at all, but a direct outcome of outright revolutionary movements, similar to the anti-colonial movements that liberated most African nations from the yoke of Western ... More >>

Download Weekly: iPhone 15 launches, faces China challenge

Saturday, 16 September 2023, 1:24 pm | Digitl

iPhone 15 models surface as China fears hit Apple share price, Tuanz calls on next government to boost online security, Starlink revenue More >>

When Senior Doctors Snap

Saturday, 16 September 2023, 5:51 am | Ian Powell

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists is the union that represents salaried senior doctors (including dentists). It is one of the highest membership density unions in the country. Overwhelmingly its members are employed by Health New Zealand ... More >>

On The Centre-right’s Credibility Problems

Thursday, 14 September 2023, 12:21 pm | Gordon Campbell

Supposedly, people get the governments they deserve, but what on earth did we do in our past lives to deserve an Opposition as shambolic as the one on offer this election, on the centre-right? Surely these days, no-one in their right mind would ... More >>

Destroying Chilean Democracy: Australia’s Covert Role Five Decades On

Wednesday, 13 September 2023, 2:06 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The tear-squeeze remembering those who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington has become an annual event. In the words of US President George W. Bush, it was an attack on “our very freedom”. The US had been targeted ... More >>

Guardian Essential New Zealand Poll: Winston Peters In Position To Become Election Kingmaker

Wednesday, 13 September 2023, 1:08 pm | The Scoop Team

Neither a Labour nor a National coalition could form a government without the support of populist minor party New Zealand First after the October election, according to the latest Guardian Essential political poll – which showed respondents unwilling ... More >>

On The Fictions About Reckless Government Spending

Wednesday, 13 September 2023, 12:23 pm | Gordon Campbell

Yesterday, the Treasury's pre-election portrait was significantly out of whack with National’s repeated claims of rampant government mis-management of the economy. Instead, it seems that the recession has been averted, inflation is falling, unemployment ... More >>

On Seymour Acting Up, And Labour’s Lost Cause

Tuesday, 12 September 2023, 11:18 am | Gordon Campbell

To use a musical analogy, ACT Party leader David Seymour is to centre-right parties what Lindsay Buckingham was to Fleetwood Mac – a talented guy, insufferable, and born to be fired from the band. Clearly, the man from Epson believes that hey, he ... More >>

Ukraine’s Bandera Itch

Tuesday, 12 September 2023, 7:10 am | Binoy Kampmark

The Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 has been justified by Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “special military operation” with a few barbed purposes, among them cleaning the country’s stables of Nazis. As with so many instances ... More >>

Health Leadership Control Culture Threatens Mental Health Services (and Beyond)

Tuesday, 12 September 2023, 6:28 am | Ian Powell

Thank goodness for investigative journalism. As Aotearoa New Zealand’s health system becomes less and less transparent, the work of investigative journalists becomes more and more important. This is especially so when it provides voice to those who ... More >>

THAKSIN By Ehrlich

Monday, 11 September 2023, 1:39 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- While visiting Bangkok in 2003, then-President George W. Bush designated Thailand a "non-NATO treaty ally" and congratulated Thaksin Shinawatra, the popular, elected, civilian prime minister. Three years later, a desperate, ... More >>

Protecting A Way Of Life And The Planet

Monday, 11 September 2023, 1:36 pm | Ben Jealous

The Sacred Place Where Life Begins. That’s what the Gwich’in people call the coastal plain of Alaska where they live. The Porcupine Caribou on who the Gwich’in have relied for tens of thousands of years for their subsistence way of life migrate ... More >>

Starlink satellite broadband impact on New Zealand

Friday, 8 September 2023, 8:22 pm | Digitl

SpaceX has achieved much since it launched its Starlink low earth orbit satellite broadband service in 2020. More >>

Download Weekly - Skinny shines in ComCom service rankings

Friday, 8 September 2023, 8:13 pm | Digitl

Skinny performed well in the first ComCom customer service rankings while One New Zealand is the clear under-achiever. Tuanz puts digital divide on the election agenda. Phone sales plummet. More >>

On Climate Discounts, And Corporates As Children

Friday, 8 September 2023, 11:16 am | Gordon Campbell

Back when kids weren’t being taken to and from school in two tonne trucks, almost everyone was in climate change denial. Now, even the ACT Party pays it lip service. Yet given a chance to backslide, the centre-right will take it. Prime example: After ... More >>

Economic Growth In G7 Versus BRICS: A Reality Check

Friday, 8 September 2023, 10:54 am | Richard D. Wolff

Independent Media Institute In the United Kingdom, the BBC prepared and published data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in January about different nations’ growth forecasts for 2023 and 2024. The BBC foregrounded some really bad news for ... More >>

Activists Mohamed Adel And Mahmoud Hussein Jailed In Egypt

Friday, 8 September 2023, 10:45 am | Globetrotter

The Egyptian government continues its persecution of activists and critics despite the so-called national dialogue initiated earlier this year to address the political and economic issues raised by the opposition. On September 3, political activist ... More >>

New Zealand Senior Doctors Hold Nationwide Strike

Friday, 8 September 2023, 10:36 am | Socialist Equality Group

By John Braddock A nationwide strike of senior doctors and dentists working in New Zealand’s public hospitals went ahead on September 5 after failed mediation between Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand and the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists ... More >>

Children In Police Watch Houses: A Nasty Queensland Experiment

Friday, 8 September 2023, 7:05 am | Binoy Kampmark

They really are a brutal lot. While the Queensland Labor Government croons on matters regarding rights, liberties and, it should be said, the plight of the First Nations Peoples, its policy, notably on youth detention, is a contradictory abomination. ... More >>

Is Intellectual Property Turning Into A Knowledge Monopoly?

Thursday, 7 September 2023, 11:18 am | Globetrotter

By Prabir Purkayastha The twentieth century saw the emergence of public funded universities and technical institutions, while technology development was concentrated in the R&D laboratories of large corporations. The age of the lone inventor—Edison, ... More >>

Educating The US Imperium: Australia’s Mission For Assange

Wednesday, 6 September 2023, 2:09 pm | Binoy Kampmark

An odder political bunch you could not find, at least when it comes to pursuing a single goal. Given that the goal is the release of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange makes it all the more striking. Six Australian parliamentarians of various stripes ... More >>

TOP Party Strategies And Twitter (X) Stories

Wednesday, 6 September 2023, 6:55 am | Scoop Election Podcast

TOP Party strategist Will Hall gives us the low down on Ilam electorate campaign. We also have a quick dive into some political twitter stories engaging the Twitterati - or nowadays - Xerati. More >>

Criminalising Activism: Woodside, Protest And Climate Change

Tuesday, 5 September 2023, 9:25 pm | Binoy Kampmark

On August 1, protesters against the Burrup Hub expansion in Western Australia, a project of one of Australia’s most ruthless fossil fuel companies, took to the Perth home of its CEO, Meg O’Neill. The CEO of Woodside was not impressed. In fact, ... More >>

On The Foreign Buyers Tax, And Attack Ads

Tuesday, 5 September 2023, 12:30 pm | Gordon Campbell

It has now been six days since National unveiled its tax plan – eons ago in the 24/7 news cycle – but the credibility problem with it just won’t go away. Tax cuts are never a free lunch. The revenue for them has to come from somewhere. It ... More >>

When the Torturer is the ‘Savior’: Can BRICS, Global South Help Us Escape the West’s Hegemony, Contradictions?

Tuesday, 5 September 2023, 5:35 am | Romana Rubeo and Ramzy Baroud

At the zenith of the mass protests in Egypt on January 25, 2011, Twitter, Facebook and other Western-based social media platforms appeared to be the most essential tools for the Egyptian Revolution. Though some observers later contested the use ... More >>

Cuban Health System Lessons

Saturday, 2 September 2023, 5:52 am | Ian Powell

Previously I have published pieces on what Aotearoa New Zealand can learn from Cuba’s health system. This was largely about the over 11 million population nation’s remarkable progress in high tech vaccine production in response to the Covid-19 pandemic ... More >>

Download Weekly - Mighty Ape swings into mobile market

Friday, 1 September 2023, 2:01 pm | Digitl

Mighty Ape CEO Gracie MacKinlay and One NZ CEO Jason Paris at Mighty Mobile launch. More >>

A Killing Design: Osprey Fatalities In The Top End

Thursday, 31 August 2023, 1:45 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In 2022, the US Army selected Bell Textron’s tiltrotor V280 as its Black Hawk replacement. This caused more than a few eyebrows to rise in consternation. The V-22 Osprey tiltrotor, flown by the Marine Corps and Special Operations Command, has had ... More >>

On National’s Tax Cuts

Thursday, 31 August 2023, 11:47 am | Gordon Campbell

Since tax cuts are never a free lunch, collecting the revenue to pay for them was always going to be the credibility test of National’s tax cuts package. For that reason, most people would have assumed Inland Revenue would be included alongside ... More >>

A ‘Terrorist Onslaught’? This Is Why Netanyahu, Gallant Blame Iran For West Bank Violence

Thursday, 31 August 2023, 10:00 am | Ramzy Baroud

Despite their complicated and often uneasy relationship, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Defense Minister Yoav Gallant agree on one thing: Iran is behind Israel's security problem. The socio-economic polarization in Israel, the ... More >>

Whitewashing Down Under: The Vietnam War Fifty Years On

Wednesday, 30 August 2023, 12:03 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Vietnam War tormented and tore the societies who saw fit to participate in it. It defined a generation culturally and politically in terms creative and fractious. And it showed up the rulers to be ignorant rather than bright; blundering fools rather ... More >>

Border Massacres: The Saudi Ethiopian Migrant Killings

Tuesday, 29 August 2023, 12:48 pm | Binoy Kampmark

We know what the regime is like. Starving a country, bombing its hospitals and strafing its schools has been minor fare for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The population of Yemen has found this out to their colossal cost. Add to this the killing of dissident ... More >>

On Using Contractors As An Election Bogey

Tuesday, 29 August 2023, 11:58 am | Gordon Campbell

The demonising of consultants and contractors in the public service assumes that their functions can readily be added to the work burdens of the existing permanent public sector staff without there being any cuts to the range or the quality of social ... More >>

Taumata Arowai rules lead to total chlorination of Christchurch water

Saturday, 26 August 2023, 3:04 pm | Scoop Election Podcast

With a tight race in Ilam shaping up between incumbent MP Sarah Pallett, National’s Hamish Campbell and TOP leader Raf Manji the subject of chlorinated water will be a ‘water cooler’ issue . More >>

Download Weekly: Extreme weather trims Chorus result

Saturday, 26 August 2023, 12:35 pm | Digitl

This year's extreme weather contributed to a fall in profit at Chorus. Milford Sound connected to fibre. A solid result at Spark but challenges remain. Cloud now top of mind for NZ businesses. More >>

International Fugitive Thaksin Returns To Prison

Friday, 25 August 2023, 2:54 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- After 15 years as an international fugitive ousted in a coup, homesick billionaire ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra returned on August 22, allowing the Supreme Court to sentence him to eight years for corruption and send ... More >>

The Right-wing Record Of The New Zealand Māori Party

Thursday, 24 August 2023, 12:13 pm | Socialist Equality Group

By John Braddock The New Zealand ruling elite is heading towards a crisis election on October 14, with the two major parties that have buttressed capitalism for almost a century, Labour and National, deeply unpopular. Labour has crashed to its worst ... More >>

Gordon Campbell On Pharmaceutical Access, And FIFA Women’s Football Economics

Thursday, 24 August 2023, 10:50 am | Gordon Campbell

Who knew that prescription fees would become such a litmus test of political morality? Earlier this year, Labour scrapped prescription fees, in order to make medicine more affordable to people struggling to stay healthy during a cost of living crisis. At ... More >>

Post Vilnius NATO Summit it has been all downhill for Zelensky

Thursday, 24 August 2023, 6:18 am | Glen Johnson

KHARKIV, Ukraine – In the weeks leading to last month’s NATO Vilnius Summit, in Lithuania, the collective West could barely contain its disappointment in Ukraine’s “much anticipated counter-offensive” More >>

Friend Or Foe? Russia’s West Jerusalem Consulate Is Very Worrying

Thursday, 24 August 2023, 5:56 am | Ramzy Baroud

Since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war, a global cold war has also kicked in. As a strong ally of Washington and the home of a massive constituency of Russian, Ukrainian and East European Jews, it was only natural that Tel Aviv would be at the ... More >>

Looting The Looters: Theft At The British Museum

Wednesday, 23 August 2023, 12:44 pm | Binoy Kampmark

What happens when the looters are looted? Perhaps that strange sense of satisfaction called justice, an offence cancelled by another. One therefore greets the realisation that the British Museum has been suffering a number of such cases with some smugness. ... More >>

Vodafone FibreX party left One NZ with $3.675m hangover

Tuesday, 22 August 2023, 8:06 pm | Digitl

Download Weekly: One New Zealand cops record fine for Vodafone-era FibreX mess. Tuanz wants next government to elevate telecoms. FIFA traffic surge. More >>

Trend Micro's pointless HouseCall antivirus

Tuesday, 22 August 2023, 2:37 pm | Digitl

Trend Micro says HouseCall online security will “detect and fix viruses, worms, spyware, and other malicious threats for free”. In reality it is an attempt to sell you unnecessary, expensive security tools. More >>

Private Military Companies Continue To Expand In Africa

Tuesday, 22 August 2023, 2:27 pm | Globetrotter

By John P. Ruehl In the wake of the July 26 coup in Niger, the world’s spotlight has once again turned to the expansion of private military and security companies (PMSCs) across Africa. Following the removal of the relatively pro-Western government ... More >>

Gordon Campbell On The FIFA Women’s Football, And Teaching Kids About Finance

Monday, 21 August 2023, 3:59 pm | Gordon Campbell

Apparently, Labour and National are agreed on the desirability of teaching financial literacy to kids in the classroom. While it's hard to argue on principle against students learning more about the financial system, the idea that this can be separated ... More >>

Scoop Election Podcast: Eating Fresh Fruit in Ilam

Monday, 21 August 2023, 7:23 am | Scoop Election Podcast

The Scoop Political Podcast drills down into the race for Ilam, the political parties big policies, and an uncanny resemblance of a politician to a much loved children’s television character. More >>

Saviors and Villains: On Military Coups and Starvation: Is Western Media’s Perception of Africa Racist?

Monday, 21 August 2023, 6:00 am | Ramzy Baroud

Racism goes beyond the use of certain words or the discriminatory practices of everyday life. It is also about political perceptions, intellectual depictions, and collective relationships. Consider the way that Africa is currently portrayed in the news. From ... More >>

On Why China Isn’t A Real Military Threat

Friday, 18 August 2023, 10:21 am | Gordon Campbell

Not that anyone would know it, but there has been quite a massive spendup on Defence since 2017 by the Labour government. The big ticket items have included roughly $3 billion to buy, equip, house and operate the four new Posiedon anti-submarine planes, ... More >>

Evolution Of New Zealand’s Health System Up To Pae Ora Act 2022

Friday, 18 August 2023, 6:20 am | Ian Powell

Early this month  I was invited by the New Zealand Branch of the Australian and New Zealand Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgeons (ANZOMS) two give two addresses to their annual general meeting in Queenstown (4 and 5 August). It provided a great ... More >>

2degrees claims world first as it tests LEO voice calling

Thursday, 17 August 2023, 1:34 pm | Digitl

Download Weekly: 2degrees says it is world's first telco to test satellite voice calls on standard handsets. Being loyal doesn't pay. N4L plans upgrade. More >>

What is open source - a one minute guide

Thursday, 17 August 2023, 1:19 pm | Digitl

Anyone can download open source programs, run them, copy them and pass them on to friends and colleagues without paying a licence fee and without breaking any laws. More >>

New Zealand Labour Government Scraps Remaining COVID Public Health Measures

Thursday, 17 August 2023, 11:34 am | Socialist Equality Group

By Tom Peters On Monday, New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins announced that the government was ending the requirement for people with COVID-19 to isolate at home for seven days, and to wear masks in hospitals and other healthcare settings. ... More >>

Keeping Up Appearances: Merkel’s Hair And Scholz’s Pate

Wednesday, 16 August 2023, 2:04 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was a shallow affair. Reputed to have exceptionally poor hairdo, the figure who became one of Europe’s, and indeed one of the globe’s most lasting and influential politicians, inspired memes aplenty for what she sported on her bonce. The teases, ... More >>

On The Elitism Framing The Election Discourse

Wednesday, 16 August 2023, 11:22 am | Gordon Campbell

So… Almost all the tax experts rounded up by the mainstream media have damned the proposal to remove GST from healthy food. Some have called it “stupid” or “populist” – which is a bad word used to condemn anything that is at odds with ... More >>


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