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Patience Required For Vaccine Supply In New Zealand

Sunday, 31 January 2021, 2:43 pm | Ian Powell

Andrea Vance is a journalist I respect highly and make a point of reading both her columns and more in-depth pieces. I also admire her preparedness to call the government out for failings in the application of our internationally successful elimination ... More >>

Graham Adams: Will Ardern Back Away From New “hate Speech” Laws?

Saturday, 30 January 2021, 11:53 am | Graham Adams

The Prime Minister’s claim that further restrictions on freedom of expression would be popular looks wildly optimistic. For a highly successful politician who prides herself on being an instinctual leader acutely aware of others’ feelings ... More >>

Lessons From Wall Street: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

Friday, 29 January 2021, 4:24 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

Whoever controls the narrative controls the world. That's all you're seeing in efforts to manage information via censorship, algorithm changes, "fact" checking, Russian propaganda panic, etc. Humans are story-driven animals, so if you control ... More >>

Boris Johnson And The Deaths Of The Hundred Thousand

Friday, 29 January 2021, 2:55 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Not exactly Thermopylae. Not even close. The hundred thousand who have now been taken by COVID-19 in Britain were not determined warriors holding up the forces of a mighty empire to save their land. They were the innocent victims of infection, ... More >>

On The GameStop Saga, And Fox’s Bad News

Friday, 29 January 2021, 11:09 am | Gordon Campbell

For over a decade, the stock market in the US (and everywhere else) has been utterly detached from the lives and the wellbeing of ordinary people. During 2020 for instance, as the Covid economic recession raged and jobs were lost a rates unseen since the ... More >>

Biden Takes Two Small Steps Toward Ending Yemen War. Keep Up The Pressure!

Thursday, 28 January 2021, 5:20 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

The Biden administration has taken two small steps toward ending the horrific US-backed mass atrocities in Yemen, with temporary holds placed on both a murderous sanctions measure and on arms deals with Saudi Arabia and the UAE pending review. Both items ... More >>

If Border Restrictions Increase To Combat New COVID-19 Strains, What Rights Do Returning New Zealanders Have?

Thursday, 28 January 2021, 4:21 pm | The Conversation

By Kris Gledhill , Professor of Law, Auckland University of Technology As we know, getting into New Zealand during the COVID-19 pandemic is difficult. There are practicalities, such as high airfare and managed isolation costs. And there are legal requirements, ... More >>

COVID-19: Northland Case Is A Reminder NZ’s ‘dumb Good Luck’ May Run Out

Thursday, 28 January 2021, 4:18 pm | The Conversation

By David Welch, Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland When a COVID-19 case was found in Northland last Sunday, Aotearoa’s second-longest period with no detected community case came to an end. ESR scientists worked late into Sunday night to obtain ... More >>

NZ Needs An Evolving Pandemic Strategy If It’s To Keep The Public’s Trust

Thursday, 28 January 2021, 4:13 pm | The Conversation

Kiwis know what it’s like when life throws curveballs. We’ve had major quakes, floods, fires, an eruption, a terrorist attack and now a pandemic. In those situations, it’s the ability to collectively “get the smarts”, to devise clever, adaptable ... More >>

'This Is Not A Game': Internet Defenders Warn Against Gutting Of Section 230—Key Law For Online Speech

Thursday, 28 January 2021, 4:00 pm | Common Dreams

By Andrea Germanos, staff writer A coalition of internet defenders on Wednesday cautioned lawmakers against responding to this month's attack on the U.S. Capitol by making "uncareful changes" to section 230 of the Communications Decency ... More >>

The Mad Monk Strikes: Tony Abbott, Taxi Rides And Coronavirus Despotism

Thursday, 28 January 2021, 1:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

This is a man who decries the use of experts. He prefers things rough, ready, pungent with vernacular promise and populist feeling. To be in the front seat of a taxi, no less, is considered a right. But former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, ... More >>

Two new Auckland cases test positive for Covid-19 South African variant

Thursday, 28 January 2021, 10:51 am | RNZ

Phil Goff says it would be "premature to go into lockdown now" as more information emerges about the two new Covid-19 cases that were identified last night. More >>

How We Blocked Weapons Trucks In Canada — How You Can Do The Same

Thursday, 28 January 2021, 10:49 am | David Swanson

On the January 25th global day of action to end the war on Yemen one of the most dramatic actions that moved the demand for peace into the most media stories was taken by members of World BEYOND War and our allies, including Labour Against the ... More >>

Twitter Rolls Out New Wikipedia-Like Program To Narrative Manage Tweets

Wednesday, 27 January 2021, 6:29 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

Twitter has announced that it will be employing "a new community-driven approach to help address misleading information" called Birdwatch which news media are comparing to the model of content moderation used by Wikipedia. "Twitter unveiled ... More >>

On The Risk Of Being Short Changed By Pfizer

Wednesday, 27 January 2021, 10:32 am | Gordon Campbell

Who knew that the delivery of the Covid vaccines was going to be such a headache? All the predictions had been around the likely distribution problems. Would there be enough trained vaccinators around the country, a sufficient number of medical ... More >>

Is The U.S. Actually A ‘police State’?

Tuesday, 26 January 2021, 2:44 pm | Eric Zuesse

On 25 January 2021, America’s National Public Radio headlined “Fatal Police Shootings Of Unarmed Black People Reveal Troubling Patterns” and reported that: Since 2015, police officers have fatally shot at least 135 unarmed Black men and ... More >>

Not Knowing What You Stand For: Deborah Birx And Public Health

Tuesday, 26 January 2021, 2:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Pity the public health official tasked with convincing those beyond convincing that a pandemic crisis is worthy of serious consideration. This is further complicated in instances where such officials feel the need to play court jester, appeaser or ... More >>

Outbreak of South African Covid-19 variant would need alert level move - modeller

Tuesday, 26 January 2021, 12:03 pm | RNZ

NZ should be ready to move alert levels if there is an outbreak of the new South African variant, a leading modeller of the pandemic says. More >>

On Northland’s Covid Case, And Biden’s Battle Lines

Tuesday, 26 January 2021, 10:39 am | Gordon Campbell

The South African variant at the centre of the Northland case of community transmission calls for a reset of several aspects of our Covid response. Some aspects of that reset are overdue. Since the pandemic began, the debate on whether transmission can ... More >>

Action Education: An Enduring Throwback For The Future

Tuesday, 26 January 2021, 10:39 am | Yossef Ben-Meir

Social scientists across their different disciplines have shared an enduring observation. They have found that the people who apply methods in real settings to understand social life find more elucidation of the inquiry process than those who seriously ... More >>

The Pendulum Of Internet Censorship Swings Leftward, As It Always Will

Monday, 25 January 2021, 6:25 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

There has been a purge of left-wing accounts from social media, with socialist organizations being targeted on Facebook and multiple Antifa-associated accounts suspended from Twitter. "We have just confirmed that Facebook has disabled the page of the ... More >>

Video: Covid Briefing Jan 25 2020

Monday, 25 January 2021, 1:03 pm | RNZ

Covid Response Minister Chris Hipkins said the woman who tested positive for the virus after leaving managed isolation had the South African variant of the coronavirus. It was assumed she caught covid while at the Pullman hotel facility in Auckland. ... More >>

The ‘Insurrection’ And Its Discontents: ‘American Exceptionalism’ Revisited

Monday, 25 January 2021, 7:02 am | Ramzy Baroud

History is being written in the United States today. Even the most pessimistic about the prospects of American democracy have rarely ventured out this far while offering a bleak analysis of America’s future, whether in terms of political polarization ... More >>

Misplaced Attack On New Zealand's Response To Covid-19

Sunday, 24 January 2021, 7:19 pm | Ian Powell

Peter’s Covid dunne-over misplaced Former longstanding minister, including associate health, in both National (mainly) and Labour led governments Peter Dunne has earned a deserved reputation for his measured and methodological approach to matters. I ... More >>

What Biden’s Warmongering Will Actually Look Like

Sunday, 24 January 2021, 5:03 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

There's a news story about a US military convoy entering Syria being shared around social media with captions claiming that President Biden is already "invading" Syria which is getting tons of shares in both right-wing and left anti-imperialist ... More >>

A Healthy Microbiome Builds A Strong Immune System That Could Help Defeat COVID-19

Sunday, 24 January 2021, 4:29 pm | The Conversation

Authored by Ana Maldonado-Contreras Takeaways Your gut is home to trillions of bacteria that are vital for keeping you healthy. Some of these microbes help to regulate the immune system. New research, which has not yet been peer reviewed, shows the presence ... More >>

Web’s Inventor Says News Media Bargaining Code Could Break The Internet. He’s Right — But There’s A Fix

Sunday, 24 January 2021, 4:22 pm | The Conversation

Authored by Tama Leaver, Professor of Internet Studies, Curtin University The inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee , has raised concerns that Australia’s proposed News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code could fundamentally break ... More >>

Watch: Hipkins, Bloomfield give update on probable Covid-19 community case

Sunday, 24 January 2021, 4:01 pm | RNZ

Watch live: Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield are holding a media conference about a probable community case in Northland. More >>

Covid-19: Health authorities investigating probable community case in Northland

Sunday, 24 January 2021, 12:51 pm | RNZ

Health authorities are investigating reports of a community case of Covid-19 in Northland. More >>

Nationwide Dementiafest: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

Saturday, 23 January 2021, 4:40 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

Joe Biden. Joe Biden. Joe fucking fucking motherfucking Biden. In a country of 328 million people the guy that gets elevated to the top is literally one of the very worst human beings in the entire population. That's the "democracy" you're ... More >>

Foreign Correspondent: Battle Lines Drawn On Ending Yemen War

Saturday, 23 January 2021, 12:47 pm | Reese Erlich

The Biden Administration has a chance to undo a disastrous label and open the door for peace. By Reese Erlich One day before the Inauguration, the Trump Administration added Yemen’s Houthi movement to a list of foreign terrorist organizations. It ... More >>

'Clean House Of Every Last Trumpist': Biden Urged To Keep Firing Spree Going By Sacking Social Security Holdovers

Friday, 22 January 2021, 5:41 pm | Common Dreams

by Jake Johnson, staff writer After President Joe Biden kicked off his White House tenure Wednesday by sacking several corrupt and incompetent holdovers from the Trump administration—including labor board attorney Peter Robb and CFPB Director Kathy ... More >>

'A Hugely Consequential First Move': Biden Offers To Extend Nuclear START Treaty With Russia

Friday, 22 January 2021, 5:40 pm | Common Dreams

by Kenny Stancil, staff writer In a move applauded by anti-war activists, U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday reportedly offered Russian President Vladimir Putin a five-year extension of the New START treaty just days before the pact—the only remaining ... More >>

You Counter Trumpism By Ending The Conditions Which Created It, Not With Authoritarian Policies

Friday, 22 January 2021, 5:38 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

The US political/media class have been pushing hard for more authoritarian policies to stave off the threat of "domestic terrorism" in the wake of the Capitol riot. President Biden, who was already working on rolling out new domestic terror ... More >>

74 Million White Supremacist, Authoritarian-law & Order Americans Jilted

Friday, 22 January 2021, 3:37 pm | Jerome Irwin

With the Inauguration of Joseph Biden as the 46th President of the United States, ex-President Donald Trump skulked out of Washington D.C. to his Mar-a-Largo golf club in Florida, all but tarred and feathered and run-out-on-a-rail in disgrace, ... More >>

Is There A Difference Between A Powerful Government And A House Of Cards?

Friday, 22 January 2021, 3:27 pm | Ian Powell

The 2020 general election produced the most powerful government New Zealand has ever had since proportional representation (mixed member representation) began in 1996. With three year terms we have now had nine elections under this system. For ... More >>

Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss steps down

Friday, 22 January 2021, 11:40 am | RNZ

Controversial Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss has decided to step down. More >>

Small But Mighty: How The Pacific Helped Ban Nuclear Weapons

Friday, 22 January 2021, 9:12 am | Emily Defina

It was 1995. Thousands of people marched peacefully hand-in-hand through the Tahitian capital of Pape’ete. The palm-lined streets were awash with songs of protest. On a nearby shorefront, Cook Islander warriors had just arrived by traditional voyaging ... More >>

UN Secretary-General Warmly Welcomes US Steps To Rejoin Paris Agreement On Climate Change

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 6:05 pm | UN Department of Global Communications

New York, 20 January 2021 Statement by the Secretary-General – on US steps to re-enter the Paris Agreement on Climate Change I warmly welcome President Biden’s steps to re-enter the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and join the growing coalition ... More >>

The Next Two Years Will Be The Democratic Party At Its Most Transparent

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 5:54 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

Joe Biden is now the president of the United States of America. His day one executive orders should have prioritized ending the single worst crisis in the world in Yemen, a war he campaigned on ending US involvement in, but they did not. Ending US participation ... More >>

More cases of Covid variants confirmed - Ministry of Health

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 3:15 pm | RNZ

Genome sequencing of Covid-19 cases in managed isolation has revealed more people in managed isolation with the new very infectious variants. More >>

Sunk Before Service: Australia’s Disastrous Submarine Project

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 1:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

One only gets into the submarine procurement business to spite government treasurers and economic managers. Efficiency and effectuality are bonus additions, but hardly necessary. Witness the evolving disaster that is Australia’s SEA 1000 Future Submarine ... More >>

How Billionaires Transfer Blame To Others

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 1:04 pm | Eric Zuesse

Throughout history, aristocrats, and their flaks such as their ‘news’-media, cast blame downward, away from themselves who collectively control the government, and onto, instead, some minority or other mass group, who can’t even plan or function ... More >>

‘A Ghastly Future’? Israeli Apartheid, Biden, Starmer, Assange And Mass Extinction

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 9:53 am | Media Lens

Back in 2017, before WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was silenced by Twitter, he used the platform to highlight an immutable truth: ‘The overwhelming majority of information is classified to protect political security not national security.’ ... More >>

Your Sigh Of Relief Is Grounded In Delusion: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 5:15 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

Ahh at long last America is returning to normality: the hub of a globe-spanning empire which rings the planet with military bases and destroys any nation which disobeys it while propagandizing the entire world into supporting its murderousness, without ... More >>

Biden Sold-Out Totally

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 4:06 pm | Eric Zuesse

On January 19th, The Daily Poster — which is by far the best news-source reporting on the Biden Administration — headlined “Biden Lifts Health Care Plan From Insurance Lobbyists” and reported that the health-care plan that President Joe Biden will ... More >>

The Deep State’s Stealthy, Subversive, Silent Coup To Ensure Nothing Changes

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 2:46 pm | John W Whitehead

No doubt about it: the coup d’etat was successful. That January 6 attempt by so-called insurrectionists to overturn the election results was not the real coup, however. Those who answered President Trump’s call to march on the Capitol were merely the ... More >>

Epidemiologist Michael Baker calls for stronger pre-departure rules for travellers

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 1:21 pm | RNZ

Michael Baker is warning a single pre-departure test is not entirely effective, and people can be incubating an infection while they get the test or become infected afterwards. More >>

Biden flies to Washington as Trump delivers farewell speech

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 1:21 pm | RNZ

As US President-elect Joe Biden arrived in Washington ahead of his inauguration, outgoing president Donald Trump released a farewell speech from the White House. More >>

Fearing The Palestinian Narrative: Why Israel Banned ‘Jenin Jenin’

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 10:22 am | Ramzy Baroud

On January 11, the Israeli Lod District Court ruled against a Palestinian film-maker, Mahmoud Bakri, ordering him to pay hefty compensation to an Israeli soldier who was accused, along with the Israeli military, of carrying out war crimes in April 2002, ... More >>

As Joe Biden prepares to become president, the US still reels from the deadly consequences of 'alternative facts'

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 9:54 am | The Conversation

Among the new president's top priorities should be restoring faith in institutions and science. More >>

Trumpism doesn't end with Trump — NZ needs to take a firmer stand against a global threat to democracy

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 9:49 am | The Conversation

America is currently experiencing its worst political and constitutional crisis since the civil war when the very survival of Abraham Lincoln’s government “of, by and for the people” was at stake. More >>

Psycho Pompeo Exits With Nary A Scratch Of Media Criticism On Him

Tuesday, 19 January 2021, 5:41 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

My eclectic news feed looks odd as the hours count down to the end of the Trump administration. Westerners are largely celebrating the exit of Donald Trump himself, whereas with those I follow from areas targeted by US imperialism, the man they're ... More >>

Indigenous-Led Movement Credited With 'Huge Victory' As Biden Plans To Rescind Keystone XL Permit On Day One

Tuesday, 19 January 2021, 4:17 pm | Common Dreams

by Jake Johnson, staff writer President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly planning on the day of his inauguration to rescind a federal permit allowing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in the United States, a move environmentalists said would ... More >>

Poor People's Campaign MLK Day Message To Biden: Act On Bold Agenda To Heal Nation

Tuesday, 19 January 2021, 4:15 pm | Common Dreams

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer The Poor People's Campaign marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday by urging the incoming Biden administration to swiftly act on a suite of policy priorities that make up a "reconstruction and restoration ... More >>

On The Demise Of The Tokyo Olympics

Tuesday, 19 January 2021, 10:16 am | Gordon Campbell

As the Covid vaccines roll out around the world, the Tokyo Olympics are looming as a major test of when (and whether) something akin to global normality can return – to international travel, to global tourism, to professional sport and to mass ... More >>

India To Be Fastest Growing Among Major Economies With Growth Rate Of 9.72% In 2021, Says GlobalData

Monday, 18 January 2021, 5:17 pm | Global Data

With rising demand for goods and services and revival of key economic sectors amid the declining rates of COVID-19 cases, India’s GDP growth rate is forecasted to witness a V-shaped recovery with 9.72% growth in 2021, says GlobalData, a leading ... More >>

What ‘Democracy’ Is Under Attack? Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

Monday, 18 January 2021, 4:57 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

To stop the exacerbation of Trumpism the talking heads are recommending internet censorship, regulations on media, new domestic terror laws, literally anything they can possibly think of except changing the conditions which gave rise to Trumpism. ... More >>

Gallup: Trump Globally The Least Respected U.S. President This Century

Monday, 18 January 2021, 4:17 pm | Eric Zuesse

On January 15th, the Gallup World Poll issued its preliminary report for their upcoming “Rating World Leaders: 2021” report . It shows the results that have been tabulated for 60 of the 135 countries where they annually sample global public opinion about ... More >>

Reading The COVID Fine Print: The Undoing Of The Australian Open

Monday, 18 January 2021, 2:56 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The decision to go ahead with the Australian Open, the first of the grand slams of the tennis calendar, was always going to be fraught with problems. Players journeying from designated “hot spots” of novel coronavirus outbreaks; large entourages ... More >>

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