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A Nine-Year Obscenity: The Australia-NZ Resettlement Deal

Thursday, 31 March 2022, 2:06 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Obscenities occupy the annals of State behaviour, revolting reminders about what governments can do. One of Australia’s most pronounced and undeniable obscenities is its continuing effort to gut and empty international refugee law of its relevant ... More >>

On Good Riddance To The America’s Cup

Thursday, 31 March 2022, 9:57 am | Gordon Campbell

So the America’s Cup defence is off to Barcelona. Supposedly, if you could drill a hole through Auckland to the other side of the world, you’d come out near Seville, barely a two hour plane trip from Barcelona. Right now, quite a few yachting fans ... More >>

What Makes Good Public Health Sense Also Makes Good Sense For Other Things

Tuesday, 29 March 2022, 7:41 pm | Ian Powell

As my ‘love affair’ with New Zealand Aotearoa’s public health system grew over many years I learnt to pick up on a few soundbites that aptly summarised it. One was that if something made good clinical sense it would also make good financial ... More >>

Backyard Jitters: Australia, China’s Military And The Solomon Islands

Tuesday, 29 March 2022, 1:35 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The impression given was that of a temple burgled by blaspheming reprobates. But Australian politicians were having none of it. A draft official document published online by an adviser to the Malaita Provincial Government of Premier Daniel Suidani ... More >>

On The Oscars, And How An Iran Deal Could Mean Cheaper Petrol

Tuesday, 29 March 2022, 9:59 am | Gordon Campbell

Uh oh. In an embarrassing case of counting chickens prematurely, the government had sent a delegation to Hollywood to capitalise on the expected Oscar coronation of The Power of the Dog . In the end, the film got only one win – Jane Campion ... More >>

Nature: Friend Or Foe?

Monday, 28 March 2022, 1:33 pm | Keith Rankin

One of the major themes in my life, as a baby-boomer growing up in the 1960s, has been the relationship between 'man' (aka humankind) and 'nature'. Science – especially applied science, and western philosophy – was presented as a progressive economic ... More >>

2023 Election Year

Monday, 28 March 2022, 9:10 am | Peter Buckley

Next year will be the most important election year that we will have ever faced. You will need to think about what we have had, what we have now and what you want for the future? We have had 2 years of the current government so far, dominated by ... More >>

Time Is Ticking: Israel’s Balancing Act In Ukraine Is Likely To Backfire

Monday, 28 March 2022, 6:54 am | Ramzy Baroud

Israel’s balancing act in the Russia-Ukraine war is likely to falter soon, simply because the resulting NATO-Russia conflict is expected to last for years, not weeks or months. Eventually, Israel would have to make a choice. Alas, whatever that choice ... More >>

Hunger Stalks Central Asia As The Ukraine War Unfolds

Sunday, 27 March 2022, 7:04 pm | Globetrotter

By Vijay Prashad / Globetrotter On March 16, 2022, Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev delivered his State of the Nation address in Nur-Sultan. Most of Tokayev’s speech was about the political reforms in Kazakhstan he had either accomplished or ... More >>

Aroused By Power: Why Madeleine Albright Was Not Right

Sunday, 27 March 2022, 6:59 pm | Binoy Kampmark

When involved in war, those who feel like benefactors are bound to congratulate the gun toting initiators. If you so happen to be on the losing end, sentiments are rather different. Complicity and cause in murder come to mind. The late US Secretary ... More >>

The Billion Dollar Deal That Made Google And Amazon Partners In The Israeli Occupation Of Palestine

Friday, 25 March 2022, 7:16 pm | Ramzy Baroud

“We are anonymous because we fear retaliation.” This sentence was part of a letter signed by 500 Google employees last October, in which they decried their company’s direct support for the Israeli government and military. In their letter, the signatories ... More >>

What Would A Potential CSTO Intervention In Ukraine Look Like?

Friday, 25 March 2022, 7:11 am | Globetrotter

While Russia’s original and shifting objectives in Ukraine remain unclear, the Kremlin is increasingly wary of a publicized, drawn-out conflict. A potential intervention by its military alliance, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), could ... More >>

More Harmful Than Flesh-eating Bugs

Thursday, 24 March 2022, 7:24 pm | Ian Powell

In 2003 Dr Peter Roberts published a book titled Snakes and Ladders: The Pursuit of a Safety Culture in New Zealand Public Hospitals . At the time Dr Roberts; an intensivist and physician, was completing his term as President of the Association ... More >>

Weaponizing Coal: Australia Gives Ukraine A Gift

Thursday, 24 March 2022, 2:11 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Few would forget the antics of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison who, as Treasurer, entered Parliament with a lump of coal and proceeded to praise it with the enthusiasm of a fetish worshipper. “Don’t be afraid,” he told fellow parliamentarians. ... More >>

Huawei Watch GT 3 review

Thursday, 24 March 2022, 12:47 pm | Digitl

At first sight the Huawei Watch GT 3 is a fitness-oriented alternative to an Apple or Samsung smartwatch. More >>

Ukraine, Russia And The Sporting McCarthyites

Thursday, 24 March 2022, 6:35 am | Binoy Kampmark

The cultural vandals and iconoclasts have been busy of late, removing Russians from the stables at short notice and demanding what might be called a necessary affirmation of disloyalty. It’s all good to talk about world peace and the resolution of disputes, ... More >>

Supporting Wars But Not Militaries

Wednesday, 23 March 2022, 7:56 pm | David Swanson

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, March 22, 2022 I’ve just become aware of and read the 2020 book by Ned Dobos, Ethics, Security, and The War-Machine: The True Cost of the Military . It makes a pretty strong case for the abolition of militaries, ... More >>

Borrowing Hurdles:Unintended Consequences Arising From Wilful Blindness

Wednesday, 23 March 2022, 12:56 pm | Keith Rankin

On 1 December 2021 the CCCFA (Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act) entered Aotearoa New Zealand with more stealth than the Omicron BA2 variant. It resulted in unintended consequences that were (and are) entirely predictable. There are two ... More >>

On Christopher Luxon’s Trashing Of The Poor

Wednesday, 23 March 2022, 10:34 am | Gordon Campbell

For years, Nicola Willis and Chris Bishop have been routinely described as belonging to the “liberal” wing of the National Party, as if National is a broad church spanning urban neo-socialists at one end of the political spectrum, and rural conservatives ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: $1.9 Billion Spend On Mental Health Produces No Results

Wednesday, 23 March 2022, 9:34 am | Peter Dunne

According to Mental Health and Wellness Commission statistics, one in ten New Zealanders made use of the website in 2020/21. At the same time, just over 191,000 people (3.7% of the population) accessed mental health services directly ... More >>

Troubled Ideas: A Nuremberg Tribunal For Putin

Tuesday, 22 March 2022, 2:57 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In a good number of Western states, the ruling classes, former and current, have lost their heads. Bugbear and boogieman Vladimir Putin’s efforts in Ukraine have lent themselves to some rather extreme suggestions, ranging from assassination to ... More >>

New Great Game: Can Venezuela Negotiate An End To US Deadly Sanctions?

Tuesday, 22 March 2022, 7:12 am | Ramzy Baroud

How the tables have turned. A high-level US delegation visited Venezuela on March 5 , hoping to repair economic ties with Caracas. Venezuela, one of the world’s poorest countries partly due to US-Western sanctions is, for once, in the driving ... More >>

On How, And Whether The Ukraine War Might End

Monday, 21 March 2022, 11:18 am | Gordon Campbell

It is pretty safe to assume that the Kremlin did not expect Ukraine’s resistance to be as strong and effective as it has been. It is also probably safe to say that the failure of his Ukraine blitzkrieg will not significantly change whatever Vladimir ... More >>

Why The Question Of Which Side Is ‘nazi’ Blocks Any Peace Settlement

Monday, 21 March 2022, 11:13 am | Eric Zuesse

On March 18th, I headlined “How the Western Press Handles the Ukrainian Government’s Nazism,” but didn’t, at the time, know that what is blocking a peace settlement between Ukraine and Russia, is, in fact, Russia’s demand, and Ukraine’s refusal, ... More >>

Belkin Soundform Rise True Wireless Earbuds review

Saturday, 19 March 2022, 11:24 am | Digitl

At NZ$130 a pair, the Belkin Soundform Rise True Wireless Earbuds are a low-cost alternative for people who want cord-free sound. More >>

Rural fixed wireless costs three times urban price

Saturday, 19 March 2022, 11:23 am | Digitl

Spark charges unlucky rural customers almost three times as much as city dwellers for fixed wireless broadband. More >>

Dealing with a monopsony

Saturday, 19 March 2022, 11:21 am | Digitl

America’s regulators watching big tech firms have shifted their focus from monopoly to monopsony. More >>

Facebook stumbles

Saturday, 19 March 2022, 11:19 am | Digitl

Facebook looked unstoppable. Then a series of home truths caught up with the tech giant. Now it faces its biggest test. More >>

Gartner falls for metaverse hype

Saturday, 19 March 2022, 11:16 am | Digitl

An ill-considered press release from Gartner gushes that one person in four will spend at least an hour a day in the metaverse by 2026. More >>

Industry's Orcon-2degrees merger fears

Saturday, 19 March 2022, 11:15 am | Digitl

It’s not enough to halt the merger, but submissions to the Commerce Commission point out regulatory challenges that may emerge after an Orcon-2degrees merger. Industry voices Orcon-2degrees merger fears Wispa warns a proposed merger between Orcon and ... More >>

Industry's Orcon-2degrees merger fears

Saturday, 19 March 2022, 11:13 am | Digitl

It’s not enough to halt the merger, but submissions to the Commerce Commission point out regulatory challenges that may emerge after an Orcon-2degrees merger. Industry voices Orcon-2degrees merger fears Wispa warns a proposed merger between Orcon and ... More >>

Mobile shines for Spark, tower division planned

Saturday, 19 March 2022, 11:11 am | Digitl

This week saw a buoyant set of first half results from Spark, Chorus and Sky. Spark plans TowerCo spin-off. Mobile shines for Spark, tower division planned Spark reported a five percent lift in revenue to $1.9 billion as it turned in a strong set of figures ... More >>

2degrees 5G goes live

Saturday, 19 March 2022, 11:08 am | Digitl

2degrees opens New Zealand’s third 5G network in main city CBDs.  Further 2degrees 5G coverage will roll out over the rest of the year. 2degrees 5G network launches - a bigger picture emerges Monday was go live day for the 2degrees 5G network. For ... More >>

Benoit Felten on the UFB fibre upgrade

Saturday, 19 March 2022, 11:06 am | Digitl

In late 2021 New Zealand's fibre wholesale companies boosted standard speeds on their networks from 100mbps to 300mbps. In this guest post, Paris-based analyst Benoit Felton puts the move into perspective: More >>

Download Weekly: Cell towers on the block

Saturday, 19 March 2022, 11:04 am | Digitl

Vodafone says it is preparing to spin out its cell tower network, Spark announced similar plans a month ago. Why is this happening?  More >>

Technics EAH-A800 noise cancelling over-ear headphones

Saturday, 19 March 2022, 11:01 am | Digitl

They are not cheap, but Technics EAH-A800 Bluetooth headphones offer superb sound quality, great noise cancelling and a long 50 hour battery life. More >>

Download Weekly - First copper cabinets decomissioned

Saturday, 19 March 2022, 10:58 am | Digitl

Chorus turned off the first batch of copper cabinets while the Commerce Commission cleared the Orcon-2degrees merger. More >>

Merger Charterchat - Part 3

Friday, 18 March 2022, 2:09 pm | Tom Frewen

“Thank you very much for inviting us to appear before you again,” said Bernadette Cavanagh, chief executive of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, responding in kind to the welcome extended by Angie Warren-Clark on behalf of the Social Services ... More >>

Normal Butcheries: Saudi Arabia’s Latest Mass Execution

Friday, 18 March 2022, 1:53 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Great reformers are not normally found in theocratic monarchies. Despite assertions to the contrary, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remains archaic in the way it deals with its opponents. In its penal system, executions remain standard fare. With liberal ... More >>

The Immorality Of Moral Equivalence

Thursday, 17 March 2022, 7:48 pm | Ian Powell

On 14 February, in an earlier Political Bytes blog posting, I wrote about the anti-vaccination occupation of Parliament grounds and surrounding streets and other locations. rights, responsibilities and the far right influence An important ... More >>

Pandemic Pushes SDGs Further Out Of Reach Of Asia And The Pacific

Thursday, 17 March 2022, 3:10 pm | Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana

2022 marks the second anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, and while an end to the pandemic is in sight, it is far from over and the consequences will be felt for decades to come. At the same time, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is ... More >>

War In Europe And The Rise Of Raw Propaganda

Thursday, 17 March 2022, 2:10 pm | John Pilger

Marshall McLuhan's prophecy that "the successor to politics will be propaganda" has happened. Raw propaganda is now the rule in Western democracies, especially the US and Britain On matters of war and peace, ministerial deceit is reported as news. ... More >>

Homicidal Drives: US Dreams Of Killing Putin

Thursday, 17 March 2022, 2:05 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Wars disturb and delude. The Ukraine conflict is no exception. Misinformation is cantering through press accounts and media dispatches with feverish spread. Fear that a nuclear option might be deployed makes teeth chatter. And the Russian President ... More >>

Weathering The Global Storm: Why Neutrality Is Not An Option For Palestinians

Thursday, 17 March 2022, 12:21 pm | Ramzy Baroud

A new global geopolitical game is in formation, and the Middle East, as is often the case, will be directly impacted by it in terms of possible new alliances and resulting power paradigms. While it is too early to fully appreciate the impact of ... More >>

On New Covid Research, And Jane Campion

Thursday, 17 March 2022, 11:54 am | Gordon Campbell

As the Omicron wave sweeps across the land, here’s a quick overview of some of the latest vaccine news and research findings. Omicron vaccine: Over the course of the past week, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has been doing the rounds of the US media ... More >>

30 Nonviolent Things Russia Could Have Done And 30 Nonviolent Things Ukraine Could Do

Wednesday, 16 March 2022, 6:43 pm | David Swanson

The war-or-nothing disease has a firm grip. People literally can’t imagine anything else — people on both sides of the same war. Every time I suggest that Russia might have done anything nonviolent to resist NATO expansion and the militarization of ... More >>

Why Russian And Ukrainian Warmongers Portray Each Other As Nazis And Fascists

Wednesday, 16 March 2022, 6:42 pm | David Swanson

Increasing animosity between Russia and Ukraine makes it hard to agree on a ceasefire. President of Russia Vladimir Putin persists in military intervention claiming he is liberating Ukraine from a regime that, like fascists, kills its own people. President ... More >>

Central Asia Struggles With The Consequences Of Russia’s War

Wednesday, 16 March 2022, 6:37 pm | Globetrotter

By Vijay Prashad / Globetrotter During the Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Antalya, Turkey, which took place from March 11 to March 13, 2022, the Kyrgyz Republic’s Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbaev told Helga Maria Schmid, the secretary-general of the Organization ... More >>

Rising 'Cost Of Living' And Inflation

Wednesday, 16 March 2022, 4:45 pm | Keith Rankin

The big new story in the news cycle – in New Zealand but not only in New Zealand – is the rising 'cost of living', which is usually conflated with 'inflation'. These topics – together and separately – are, like Covid19, devolved to 'social ... More >>

Merger Charterchat Part 2

Wednesday, 16 March 2022, 4:40 pm | Tom Frewen

The more Radio New Zealand’s chief executive, Paul Thompson, talked up the wonders of the Government’s new public media entity, the faster I counted my spoons. Like an old-fashioned encyclopedia salesman with his foot in the door, Thompson is trying ... More >>

OMG, War Is Kind Of Horrible

Tuesday, 15 March 2022, 2:26 pm | David Swanson

For decades, the U.S. public seemed largely indifferent to most of the horrible suffering of war. The corporate media outlets mostly avoided it, made war look like a video game, occasionally mentioned suffering U.S. troops, and once in a blue moon ... More >>

Rotten Rulings: Julian Assange And The UK Supreme Court

Tuesday, 15 March 2022, 2:16 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Julian Assange, even as he is being judicially and procedurally tormented, has braved every legal hoop in his effort to avoid extradition to the United States. Kept and caged in Belmarsh throughout this farce of judicial history, he risks being extradited ... More >>

The Working Class Must Fight To Eliminate COVID-19!

Tuesday, 15 March 2022, 11:15 am | Socialist Equality Group

In recent weeks, the highly infectious Omicron variant of COVID-19 has surged across New Zealand and is now completely out of control, placing tremendous pressure on the already overstretched and underfunded public health system. More >>

On Luxon’s “Cost Of Living Crisis” Gambit

Monday, 14 March 2022, 11:04 am | Gordon Campbell

Clearly, no-one should underestimate the political pulling power of a suit offering tax cuts. Last week’s rise of Christopher Luxon and the National Party in the polls is consistent, at least. John Key, Luxon’s mentor, also rode into office on the ... More >>

Merger Charterchat – Part One

Monday, 14 March 2022, 10:14 am | Tom Frewen

(Charterchat is a variation of Doublespeak — a language that deliberately obscures, disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words — which is related to George Orwell’s Newspeak and Doublethink in his novel Nineteen Eighty-four, warning of ... More >>

50 Years Of Sri Lanka-Bangladesh Fraternal Ties

Friday, 11 March 2022, 2:37 pm | Pathik Hasan

March 04, 2021 marked the 50 years of Bangladesh-Sri Lanka bilateral ties. On the eve of Bangladesh's independence, on March 4, 1972, Sri Lanka officially recognized Bangladesh. The early recognition by Sri Lanka provided the newly emergent country ... More >>

Expectations From The KSA Foreign Minister’s Visit To Bangladesh

Friday, 11 March 2022, 10:26 am | Hussain Shazzad

The official journey of Bangladesh and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) relations started in 1975 when the KSA recognized newly born Bangladesh as a sovereign country. Since then, these two countries have been maintaining cordial and closer friendship ... More >>

Ukraine War – A Continuation Of Politics With The Admixture Of Other Means

Thursday, 10 March 2022, 7:47 pm | Ian Powell

Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz (1780-1831) was a Prussian general and military theorist who stressed the ‘moral’ and political aspects of war. He is a source of many succinct quotations with arguably the most well-known being “War ... More >>

On The Peace Flotilla And The Oligarch

Thursday, 10 March 2022, 3:16 pm | Gordon Campbell

As the peace flotilla converges on the Northland luxury resort owned by Russian steel magnate Alexander Abramov, the government is putting in place the full and final legal framework for extending the sanctions on Russia, which may (or may not) ... More >>

Foreign Policy Tripe: Scott Morrison’s “Arc Of Autocracy”

Thursday, 10 March 2022, 1:55 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Grand foreign policy speeches are not usually the specialty of Australian Prime Ministers. Little insight can be gleaned from them. A more profitable exercise would be consulting the US State Department’s briefings, which give more accurate barometric ... More >>