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'This Scares Me,' Says Bill McKibben As Arctic Hits 100.4°F—Hottest Temperature On Record

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 4:10 pm | Common Dreams

"100°F about 70 miles north of the Arctic Circle today in Siberia. That's a first in all of recorded history. We are in a climate emergency." by Jake Johnson, staff writer A graphic shows record heat in the Arctic Circle on Saturday, ... More >>

Dangerous And Uncertain: Coronavirus And The Nuclear Industry

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 4:04 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Accountability has always been a problem in the nuclear industry, despite praises to the contrary. Constantly keeping its muddled head above water with government handouts to remain competitive; ostensibly keeping a hand in the energy sector despite ... More >>

U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms U.S. Police State

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 3:32 pm | Eric Zuesse

The killer of George Floyd was quietly backed by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 15th. Eric Zuesse, originally posted at The Saker On June 15th, the U.S. Supreme Court, with only the libertarian right-wing (basically anti-government) Clarence ... More >>

How The Republican Party Spins Trump’s Corruption

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 3:28 pm | Eric Zuesse

On June 20th, Pam and Russ Martens, at their anti-corruption site “Wall Street on Parade,” headlined “As Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Face Criminal Probes, Barr Fires Top Prosecutor; Tries to Replace Him with Banks’ Former Lawyer, Jay Clayton”, ... More >>

Waikato iwi look to block Auckland water grab

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 10:25 am | RNZ

Waikato iwi want to block Auckland Council's bid to more than double the city's daily water grab from the Waikato River. More >>

Three-year Battle Over South Auckland Nightclub’s Liquor Licence

Monday, 22 June 2020, 5:07 pm | Steve Forbes - Local Democracy Reporter

A group of Manukau business owners have been fighting for more than three years against a nightclub’s plans to renew its liquor license after a shooting and ongoing compaints about the behaviour of its patrons. The Vava’u Lahi Night Club in Manukau’s ... More >>

Survey Says Carterton Residents Not Getting Bang For Rates Buck

Monday, 22 June 2020, 4:49 pm | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

Almost two thirds of Carterton residents quizzed in a recent district survey said they did not feel they were getting value for money from the council. Carterton councillors and senior staffers will discuss ways to win back public sentiment at a meeting tomorrow. ... More >>

Auckland water shortage: Extra 200m litres from Waikato River 'absolutely essential'

Monday, 22 June 2020, 4:36 pm | RNZ

Auckland Council is urging the government to fast track its request to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the Waikato River. Auckland Council is urging More >>

TranzAlpine to resume Christchurch and Greymouth train service

Monday, 22 June 2020, 4:27 pm | RNZ

TranzAlpine train services will be running again between Christchurch and Greymouth next month, but the move has left supporters of Dunedin Railways fuming. More >>

PM's Press Conference - Cabinet extends cruise ship ban, mandatory tests for travellers

Monday, 22 June 2020, 4:20 pm | RNZ

The government is extending a ban on cruise ships and updating its health order to make clear that travellers may be required to take multiple tests, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. More >>

Quarantine, Australian style: a five-star prison that takes its toll

Monday, 22 June 2020, 4:17 pm | RNZ

Opinion - Australia's version of 14 days of rigid quarantine to combat the spread of Covid-19 does the job, but is not recommended, Emily McLean writes. More >>

Learning From Experience: How Our Universities Can Turn The Int'l Student Crisis Into An Opportunity

Monday, 22 June 2020, 4:05 pm | The Conversation

Learning from experience: how our universities can turn the international student crisis into an opportunity More >>

On Managing Covid-19 Better Than The Australians, And The Ellis Case

Monday, 22 June 2020, 2:49 pm | Gordon Campbell

If anything the Covid-19 outbreaks occurring this week in and around Melbourne are a timely reminder of the bullet we dodged by not having a National government in power here. Ever since the onset of the pandemic, National has urged the Ardern government ... More >>

Secret Trials Down Under: Witness J, Witness K And Bernard Collaery

Monday, 22 June 2020, 2:42 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There a few more spiteful things in political life than a security establishment attempting to punish a leaker or whistleblower for having exposed an impropriety. Such a tendency has no ideological stripe or colouring: it is common to all political ... More >>

Carbon Prices Hit Record High As Shaw Warns About Them Going Lower

Sunday, 21 June 2020, 11:50 am | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on June 11, 2020. Carbon markets hit record highs in NZ this week with those interested in the trade trying to figure out what will happen with NZ unit prices in light of changes the Emissions Trading Scheme ... More >>

'Shell Must Not Get Away With This': Niger Delta Still Waiting For Big Oil To Clean Up Pollution

Saturday, 20 June 2020, 5:42 pm | Common Dreams

"After nine years of promises without proper action and decades of pollution, the people of Ogoniland are not only sick of dirty drinking water, oil-contaminated fish and toxic fumes. They are sick of waiting for justice, they are dying by the ... More >>

Arara People 'Very Worried' As It Faces Highest Known Covid19 Infection Rate In The Brazilian Amazon

Saturday, 20 June 2020, 5:37 pm | Common Dreams - Jessica Corbett

"President Bolsonaro is now overseeing the destruction both of a once-thriving people, and the rainforests they managed and looked after for millennia. Brazilian and international solidarity to resist this genocide is desperately needed." ... More >>

RNZ And Concert FM: More Bum Notes

Saturday, 20 June 2020, 9:42 am | Tom Frewen

Glaring in its absence from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s 46-page document dump on Tuesday, flowing from RNZ’s disastrous decision to replace Concert FM with a multi-media youth music platform, is the ministry’s response — if it exists ... More >>

Reverse Logic: Trump Sanctions The International Criminal Court

Friday, 19 June 2020, 4:35 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The decision by the Trump administration to sanction members of the International Criminal Court defies logic, in so far as there is any logic to sanctions. As a policy tool, such tools are supposedly designed to target specific members of a regime that ... More >>

Pope Francis Calls For Fossil Fuel Divestment To Serve Planet And The Common Good

Friday, 19 June 2020, 4:22 pm | Common Dreams - Jon Queally

"The Vatican's call for divestment is a breath of hope in times when faith is more needed than ever," said co-founder Bill McKibben. "It is a powerful statement that attempting to profit off the destruction of the planet ... More >>

'Unimaginable Double Emergency': Nearly 80 Million People Forcibly Displaced Worldwide Amid Pandemic

Friday, 19 June 2020, 4:17 pm | Common Dreams - Jessica Corbett

"These numbers should serve as a wake-up call to the international community on the human cost of war, and the social and economic implications exacerbated by Covid-19." by Jessica Corbett, staff writer The United Nations announced Thursday ... More >>

Out Of The Ashes Of Covid-19 Should Rise Our Unstoppable Medicare For All Movement

Friday, 19 June 2020, 4:05 pm | Common Dreams

The battle against this pandemic—and all the associated injustices and inequalities it has exposed—should galvanize a nation to finally embrace the kind of healthcare system it deserves. by Ralph Nader "The Covid-19 pandemic and its bungling by ... More >>

Megan Woods on beefing up border controls: 'We are determined to make this work'

Friday, 19 June 2020, 2:29 pm | RNZ

Megan Woods has vowed there will be "robust systems" in place to ensure the managed isolation and quarantine of returning New Zealanders, and there will be consequences for people who break those rules. More >>

One of two police officers shot in West Auckland dies from injuries

Friday, 19 June 2020, 2:20 pm | RNZ

One of the two police officers who was shot during a routine traffic stop in West Auckland this morning has died. More >>

On Why Trump Is Unlikely To Get Re-elected

Friday, 19 June 2020, 11:26 am | Gordon Campbell

So… Is the world likely to have to endure a second term of Donald Trump’s proto-fascist presidency? Probably not, at this point. The opinion polls – both nationally and in some of the states most likely to deliver the Electoral College outcome – are More >>

Ian Powell: Should DHBs Be The Providers Of Rest Home Care?

Friday, 19 June 2020, 11:16 am | Ian Powell

One of the valuable things about Health & Disability Commission (HDC) decisions (findings) is that interesting experiences are published in a readable manner from which much can be learned. Decisions are specific to their own distinctive circumstances. ... More >>

Beyond the black hole of global university rankings: rediscovering the value of knowledge and ideas

Friday, 19 June 2020, 11:13 am | The Conversation

The gravitational pull of global rankings consumes university energy and attention. But there had to be a better way to measure their value. More >>

Border testing is enforceable. So why did New Zealand's quarantine system break down?

Friday, 19 June 2020, 11:10 am | The Conversation

Multiple failures to properly enforce border quarantine measures should never have happened, given the strength of New Zealand's emergency laws. More >>

What Is Colombia's Open Data Pathway And Why Is New Zealand Following This Model?

Friday, 19 June 2020, 10:49 am | Craig Dempsey

In the year 2014, Colombia undertook the “Open Data Pathway” (ODP) or “Política de Datos abiertos”, aimed to promote free access for all citizens to information from government institutions, encouraging a citizen-driven administration. This initiative ... More >>

Resetting Towards An Economics Of Solidarity

Friday, 19 June 2020, 10:16 am | Pacific Network on Globalisation

The COVID19 pandemic has upended economies the world over, while there is financial pain there is also an opportunity for the reorganisation of national and global economics. Fiji's economic fault lines have been exposed under the pressures of COVID-19, exposing ... More >>

No tsunami threat after 7.4 magnitude quake strikes

Friday, 19 June 2020, 9:43 am | RNZ

A magnitude 7.4 earthquake has struck 700km off New Zealand's northeastern coast. More >>

Top Experts Say Humanity Must 'Heal Our Broken Relationship With Nature' To Prevent Future Pandemics

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 4:31 pm | Common Dreams - Jessica Corbett

"We must curb the high risk trade and consumption of wildlife, halt deforestation and land conversion, as well as manage food production sustainably." by Jessica Corbett, staff writer A sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) is seen inside a cage at ... More >>

A question of trust: should bosses be able to spy on workers, even when they work from home?

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 4:17 pm | The Conversation

With more people working from home post-COVID-19, what are the privacy implications of employers using spyware to monitor worker activity? More >>

The Conviction Of Maria Ressa: Press Freedom In The Philippines

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 1:34 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It has long been said that countries in Southeast Asia take a dim view of the fourth estate. Various legal measures have been deployed against those irritable scribblers over the years: old, colonial-era security legislation; defamation suits; traditional ... More >>

NZ Capital Markets & 3 E’s Facilitating The Trends

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 1:02 pm | Kalkine

At the time when the US equity market is not checking the hard-economic reality, New Zealand is demonstrating a strong interconnection between the economic revival and the equity market. New Zealand deserves real credit for effectively containing ... More >>

On The Perils Of Making Damage Control Your Top Priority

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 11:07 am | Gordon Campbell

Surely, the only thing worse than making a serious mistake is to then try and minimise its implications – especially when the efforts at damage control seem highly likely to get shot to pieces. Yet somewhat incredibly, Health Ministry director-general ... More >>

The ‘Palestinian Chair’: Exposing Israel’s Direct Role In US Violence

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 9:04 am | Ramzy Baroud

The banning of deadly police practices by many American states and cities following the murder of an African American man, George Floyd, at the hands of Minneapolis police officers is, once more, shedding light on US-Israeli collaboration in the ... More >>

Put These Antiwar People In Congress

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 9:01 am | David Swanson

If you can do activism, do it around policies in a principled manner, and steer clear of elections. If you can do funding, fund principled activist organizations, not political candidates. If you must divert your energies and money into elections, ... More >>

Sticks, Stones And Death In Galwan Valley

Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 2:37 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Things along the Indian-Chinese border in the Himalayas have rarely lacked interest, notably along the secretive, heavily patrolled 3,488 km Line of Actual Control. Neither China nor India have ever quite sorted out their differences on that front, plagued ... More >>

Two new cases leaving isolation 'an unacceptable failure of the system' - Ardern

Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 1:47 pm | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the incident that saw two new Covid-19 cases leaving isolation "should never have happened and cannot be repeated". More >>

Todd Muller calls for Health Minister David Clark to be sacked

Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 11:10 am | RNZ

Opposition leader Todd Muller has called for Health Minister David Clark to be sacked over the handling of quarantine exemptions after two new Covid-19 cases were revealed yesterday. More >>

1,570 Dollars For Every Citizen: Denmark Announces Corona Relief

Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 10:37 am | Philipp Stadler

Original URL: In order to revive the economy after the Corona crisis, Danish citizens will be paid more than 9 billion dollars in cash, about 1,570 dollars per person for the entire population. Denmark already ... More >>

Remember All Our Forefathers: Protect Monuments To Captain John Hamilton And Te Rauparaha

Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 10:24 am | John Robinson

Maori Party Co-leader and Te Tai Hauauru candidate Debbie Ngarewa-Packer has called for an inquiry focused on “identifying and getting rid of racist monuments, statues and names from our colonial era”, and in doing so to create a new version of our ... More >>

NZ Property Market Under Scanner: Emerging Trends

Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 9:31 am | Kalkine

While the Kiwi nation seems to be on right track towards ‘coronavirus-eradication’ objective, the activities in real-estate sector has been under the scanner. Latest statistics from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) indicates strong ... More >>

Foreign Lives Matter

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 5:07 pm | Keith Rankin

Foreign lives matter, especially (but by no means only) when they are our foreigners. As intimated on 15 March 2019, our foreigners include all non New Zealand citizens in New Zealand, at a given point in time (the 'present'). And our foreigners include ... More >>

Experts Say $17.5B Writedown By BP Prove It Knows 'Reserves Of Oil & Gas Increasingly Worthless'

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 4:18 pm | Common Dreams - Eoin Higgins

"Big Oil is finally admitting what we've been saying for the last ten years: their reserves of oil and gas are increasingly worthless because there's no way to safely, or profitably, produce them." by Eoin Higgins, staff writer The writedown ... More >>

Indigenous Leaders Outraged As Trans Mountain Pipeline Spills 50,000 Gallons Of Crude Oil

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 4:09 pm | Jake Johnson - Common Dreams

'This Is Why We Continue to Fight': Indigenous Leaders Outraged as Trans Mountain Pipeline Spills 50,000 Gallons of Crude Oil "We cannot continue to have our land desecrated by oil spills." by Jake Johnson, staff writer An estimated 50,000 ... More >>

Dr Ashley Bloomfield on two new Covid-19 cases in NZ

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 3:25 pm | RNZ

The Ministry of Health has confirmed two new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus in New Zealand. Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield is expected to brief media at 3pm. Watch here: More >>

It’s Almost As If Some People Want Sweden To Fail

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 2:20 pm | Covid-Plan B

By Dr Michael Jackson Sweden has become the go-to Covid-pandemic-whipping-boy. Their response to the global virus has been framed as reckless ; a failed experiment ; radical . But why? What has Sweden done to receive such criticism? Well, while New ... More >>

The Man In The Invisible Mask or A Democratic Socialist Urges Trumpsters To “Follow The Leader”

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 2:03 pm | Mark Bradley

Politics, in its most elemental form, is primarily a game of numbers. Let’s say I am running for office, and I manage to garner more votes than my opponent. Result? I win. Similarly, if I manage to prevent my opponent from getting as many voters ... More >>

The Narrative Of The Leakers: Collateral Murder And The Assange Indictment

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 1:19 pm | Binoy Kampmark

When the superseding indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia against Julian Assange on May 23, 2019, there was one glaring omission. It was an achievement, it might even be said the achievement, that gave ... More >>

5 Mortgage And Home Loan Updates From Kiwi Banks

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 1:01 pm | Kalkine

According to a recent report published by Fitch Ratings, New Zealand's NZD 271 billion residential mortgage market has specified unique loan characteristics and macro-prudential measures that underpin the sound performance of the overall housing market. More >>

NZ Inks First Ever Digital Economy Trade Deal - Foundation Laid Well!

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 12:58 pm | Kalkine

Facilitating virtuous trade and creating an effective framework for the digital economy is perhaps one of the key elements of progress for New Zealand’s business in 21st century, especially in a post COVID-19 world, with the country setting a classic More >>

Removing monuments to imperial past is not the same for former colonies as it is for former empires

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 11:41 am | The Conversation

Toppling colonial statues and changing place names might confront racism and historical injustice, but it doesn't fix it. More >>

Planting non-native trees accelerates the release of carbon back into the atmosphere

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 11:39 am | The Conversation

Tree planting projects that use non-native trees risk releasing more carbon back into the atmosphere, undermining efforts to fight climate change. More >>

On Labour’s List, And Our Victorian Monuments

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 10:10 am | Gordon Campbell

We’re currently in the “phoney war” stage of the 2020 election campaign, before the contest begins in earnest. Yesterday’s release of Labour’s party list rankings has already been picked over – and yes, it is extremely odd that we live in a world More >>

On The Statue Issue In Aotearoa - New Zealand

Monday, 15 June 2020, 6:47 pm | Gregor Thompson

Should NZ consider adding a Statue of Dame Whina Cooper to the forecourt of Parliament? The toppling of a statue of Edward Colston in Bristol, England, a beneficiary of the slave trade in Britain seems to have started a new global trend: the destruction ... More >>

Prime Minister’s Press Conference June 15 2020 - Fast Track Consent Process

Monday, 15 June 2020, 4:09 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern outlined plans to fast track consents for some infrastructure work today. Speaking at the post-Cabinet Press conference, Arden said 11 infrastructure projects will be fast-tracked under a new law to help rebuild the economy after the ... More >>

The Killing Of Rayshard Brooks Shows How Police “Reform” Is A Joke

Monday, 15 June 2020, 3:05 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

A black man named Rayshard Brooks was recently killed by an Atlanta police officer who shot him in the back while he was attempting to run away. Video footage from the police bodycam and a nearby witness makes it clear that Brooks resisted arrest ... More >>

Trump At West Point: Un-Policing The US Imperium

Monday, 15 June 2020, 2:17 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Donald Trump claims to be the law-and-order president of the United States. There does not seem much sign of this as the stitching of the Republic gets undone. Protestors have been given a considerable roughing up across several states; police forces are ... More >>