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Assange Be Wary: The Dangers Of A US Plea Deal

Tuesday, 15 August 2023, 2:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

At every stage of its proceedings against Julian Assange, the US Imperium has shown little by way of tempering its vengeful impulses. The WikiLeaks publisher, in uncovering the sordid, operational details of a global military power, would always have to ... More >>

From Chi-Town Bagman To ECOWAS Chairman: Meet The Former Money Launderer Leading The Push To Invade Niger

Tuesday, 15 August 2023, 2:02 am | Kit Kalrenberg for

Since the overthrow of Niger’s US-friendly government, West African nations of the ECOWAS bloc have threatened an invasion of their neighbor. More >>

Rumors Of War In West Africa

Tuesday, 15 August 2023, 1:45 am | Brad Pearce - Wayward Rabbler

With Neither Side Backing Down, the Troubled Region is Set to Explode More >>

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On The “GST Off Fruit And Vegetables” Saga

Monday, 14 August 2023, 12:04 pm | Gordon Campbell

To be clear.... Any package that offers people relief on the cost of healthy food (plus a boost to Working For Families entitlements) is welcome, and better than nothing. If enacted, Labour’s move would also create a precedent for expanding the exemption ... More >>

Scoop Election Podcast: Defence, BlackRock and Labour’s Plunge in the Polls – with guest Peter Field

Friday, 11 August 2023, 10:05 pm | Scoop Election Podcast

Geopolitics and investment giant BlackRock dominate the conversation in this week’s podcast but we also cover banning cell phones from schools and the latest political polls. More >>

The Censors Down Under: The ACMA Gambit On Misinformation And Disinformation

Friday, 11 August 2023, 3:56 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In January 2010, the then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, doing what she does best, grasped a platitude and ran with it in launching, of all things, an institution called the Newseum. “Information freedom,” she declared , “supports the peace ... More >>

On Gender Posturing And Mis-using PPPs In Public Health

Friday, 11 August 2023, 11:15 am | Gordon Campbell

What is it with right wing politicians getting standing ovations for doing the bare minimum? As in… Florida governor and presidential hopeful Ron De Santis being acclaimed for picking the kids up from school while his wife was receiving chemo treatment ... More >>

‘Capital Of Shatat’ And Palestinian Agony: The Uncomfortable Truth About Ain Al-Hilweh

Friday, 11 August 2023, 7:09 am | Ramzy Baroud

Ain Al-Hilweh is known as the "Capital of Palestinian Shatat ." The term might not stir many emotions among those who do not fully understand, let alone experience the harrowing existence of ethnic cleansing and perpetual exile - and the tremendous ... More >>

Hipkins’ Government Enters Election Season In Disarray

Thursday, 10 August 2023, 3:26 pm | The Common Room

Graham Adams writes for The Common Room The Prime Minister is beginning to look like a lame duck. It has been a little over six months since Jacinda Ardern handed the prime ministerial reins to her friend “Chippy”, who publicly endorsed the ... More >>

Dunne's Weekly: The Election Countdown Is On

Thursday, 10 August 2023, 10:56 am | Peter Dunne

From this coming weekend election billboards will be going up all over the country as candidates and parties seek to promote themselves and their messages to voters in the lead-up to the General Election on October 14. Early voting will begin on ... More >>

Advice To Employers On Assisting Employees To Gain Residency

Thursday, 10 August 2023, 9:29 am | New Zealand Immigration Law

Opinion piece, Aaron Martin, principal lawyer New Zealand Immigration Law. New Zealand's accredited employer work visa (AEWV) will undergo significant changes, which in combination with the new 6 Point Residence Visa system, will have impacts that are far-reaching ... More >>

Labouring For A Better, Not Bigger Future

Wednesday, 9 August 2023, 2:45 pm | Degrowth Aotearoa New Zealand

By Sahra Kress “Our hope can only ever be as strong as our struggle”1.  I am writing about the future from my position as a midwife, for two reasons. I am passionately concerned about the future of every child I deliver. Also, being intimately More >>

On The BlackRock Deal And Banning Cellphones

Wednesday, 9 August 2023, 11:12 am | Gordon Campbell

If a National/ACT government had negotiated the renewables deal with the giant investment firm BlackRock, it is safe to assume that we would be never hearing the end of it. Only National and Act, we would be being told, would have had the business nous and ... More >>

Health Minister Must End Privatised Hospital Laboratory “Cash Cow”

Wednesday, 9 August 2023, 7:02 am | Ian Powell

Medical scientist Elaine Booker has recently resigned her job at Southland Hospital’s laboratory. With the approval of then Labour Minister of Health Pete Hodgson, both the Dunedin and Southland hospital laboratories were privatised in 2007. Privatising ... More >>

Peter Pan Man: Elon Musk’s Rebranding Of Twitter

Tuesday, 8 August 2023, 1:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“X” marks the spot. For the modern advertiser, this is problematic. It breathes pornographic escape, self-denial, elusive treasure, irresistible capture, compelling lasciviousness. And now Elon Musk has decided to impose himself upon a brand he loved ... More >>

On Winston Peters’ Troubled Tango With The ACT Party

Monday, 7 August 2023, 12:53 pm | Gordon Campbell

In line with its ideological mission to destroy any and all of the creative partnerships between the state, business, science and public health, the ACT Party yesterday announced its plans to gut MBIE of its staff, institutional knowledge and core programmes, ... More >>

Pita Dumped & Replaced By A Tycoon

Monday, 7 August 2023, 12:34 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The anti-establishment winner of May's national election lost support to become prime minister on August 2 when his coalition dumped him, clearing the way for a conservative real-estate tycoon's possible nomination. Parliament's ... More >>

Katya Rivas's Passion - 2023

Monday, 7 August 2023, 2:56 am | Katya Rivas

Reflections that Jesus makes on the mystery of His suffering and the value it has on the Redemption. More >>

Water Wars: Cooling The Data Centres

Sunday, 6 August 2023, 2:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Water. Data centres. The continuous, pressing need to cool the latter, which houses servers to store and process data, with the former, which is becoming ever more precious in the climate crisis. Hardly a good comingling of factors. Like planting cotton ... More >>

Scoop Election Podcast: ‘For Whom The Poll Tolls’

Sunday, 6 August 2023, 8:48 am | Scoop Election Podcast

The Scoop Election Podcast tackles the variation in political polls. We also look at the electorates where some pundits are picking a minor party may take an electorate seat (Northland and Ilam). More >>

Android drifts as it heads towards 15th birthday

Saturday, 5 August 2023, 11:31 am | Digitl

Google’s Android phone operating system has been around for 15 years. It’s been wildly successful in the sense that the majority of the world’s mobile phones run Android. More >>

Download Weekly: New Zealand behind the 5G availability pack

Saturday, 5 August 2023, 11:23 am | Digitl

Download Weekly: New Zealand languishes near the bottom of OpenSignal's table for 5G availability. ComCom moves on surcharges. 2degrees mobile market share improves. More >>

Momentum building for school phone bans

Saturday, 5 August 2023, 11:06 am | Digitl

Unesco, the UN’s education, science and culture agency, wants schools to ban mobile phones. More >>

Politician Watch: Seymour Tries To Take Out Winston Peters

Friday, 4 August 2023, 11:25 am | Scoop Election Podcast

ACT Leader David Seymour’s mask of being a cheerful chappie that likes the odd twerk slipped completely in early August 2023. While being interviewed by the Platform’s Sean Plunket Mr Seymour showed that rather being the friendly face of neo-liberal ... More >>

On What China’s Current Economic Woes Signal For Us

Thursday, 3 August 2023, 11:17 am | Gordon Campbell

For 99% of the time, our worries about China revolve around the military and diplomatic threat that Beijing allegedly poses to New Zealand and to other nations in the Pacific. Stoking those fears is very much in the business interests of the military-industrial ... More >>

Donation Watch: Te Pāti Māori Get Late July Cash Injection

Wednesday, 2 August 2023, 2:55 pm | Scoop Election Podcast

Te Pāti Māori received a $50,000 donation via John Tamihere in late July 2023. John Tamihere is Te Pāti Māori’s current President and stood unsuccesfully in the 2020 general election as the Te Pāti Māori candidate for Tamaki Makauru. Recently ... More >>

The Day Australian Sovereignty Died

Wednesday, 2 August 2023, 1:37 pm | Binoy Kampmark

If a date might be found when Australian sovereignty was extinguished by the emissaries of the US imperium, July 29, 2023 will be as good as any. Not that they aren’t other candidates, foremost among them being the announcement of the AUKUS agreement ... More >>

On National’s 20th Century Transport Policy, And Labours’ Woes

Tuesday, 1 August 2023, 12:41 pm | Gordon Campbell

In justifying its multi-squillion dollar, ten years in the making, four lane highway linking Whangarei to Tauranga, the National Party did what it always does when climate change gets in the way of business as usual: It waves its hands around and says science ... More >>

AUSMIN And Assange: The Great Vassal Smackdown

Tuesday, 1 August 2023, 6:23 am | Binoy Kampmark

It was there for all to see. Embarrassing, cloying, and bound to make you cough up the remnants of your summit lunch, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III stopped by one of the vassal states to make sure that ... More >>

From Father To Son, Authoritarian Power In Cambodia

Monday, 31 July 2023, 3:09 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who won reelection on July 23, announced on July 26 he would install his West Point-trained son next month as the country's leader and resign after monopolizing politics, jailing rivals, and ... More >>

Scoop Election Podcast: Greens say no taxpayer funding for local campaign - cite mistake

Sunday, 30 July 2023, 2:38 pm | Scoop Election Podcast

The Green Party in 2022 used parliamentary funding to push social media ads supporting Green Party local government candidates in 2022 according to the Taxpayer’s Union. More >>

Samsung launches folding phones

Saturday, 29 July 2023, 7:42 pm | Digitl

Last night Samsung launched two new folding phone handsets: the Galaxy Z Fold5 and Galaxy Z Flip5. As the names suggest they are the fifth generation of the company’s folding phones. More >>

Lynk, 2degrees trial two-way voice via satellite

Saturday, 29 July 2023, 7:30 pm | Digitl

Download Weekly: Lynk demonstrate satellite voice calling, 2degrees tests service locally. Next Generation Critical Communications goes live. CERT moves to National Cyber Security Centre. More >>

On ACT's Links To Big Pharma

Friday, 28 July 2023, 11:13 am | Gordon Campbell

Economists are weird. People are having trouble feeding their families. Yet the obvious solution – reduce the tax burden on their food – is treated as a crime against theory, and a form of tax relief that only wealthy people and landlords deserve. ... More >>

Scoop Election Podcast Launches With 'Politics From Canterbury'

Wednesday, 26 July 2023, 4:52 pm | Scoop Election Podcast

The Canterbury sheep is roaring into Election ‘23 with a Mainland view of national politicking. This podcast will be available to Scoop readers as the Scoop Election Podcast. More >>

Dotty Domains: The Pentagon’s Mali Typo Leak Affair

Wednesday, 26 July 2023, 1:57 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Fleet-footed agility and sharp thinking rarely characterise the plodding bureaucrat. An argument can be made that different attributes are prized: cherished incompetence, spells of inattentiveness, and dedication to keeping things secret with severity. ... More >>

On The Lessons From Spain’s Election

Wednesday, 26 July 2023, 11:01 am | Gordon Campbell

Spain held an election last Sunday… And stop me if any of this doesn’t sound familiar. The two right wing parties were expected to win a relatively victory after a year of setbacks for the ruling centre-left government. The large, traditional ... More >>

Ericsson on worldwide 5G progress

Tuesday, 25 July 2023, 7:56 pm | Digitl

On the day Spark announced it has started a 5G standalone roll-out with Ericsson, the vendor gave a progress report on the technology at a Tuanz session in Auckland. More >>

USA: The ‘posterboy’ For Human Rights

Monday, 24 July 2023, 3:44 pm | Anup Sinha

The US needs to reassess its own domestic law and order before meddling abroad It's common to refer to the US as a "champion of democracy and human rights." However, the United States has encountered various domestic human rights issues over ... More >>

On Talking Tough About Law And Order

Monday, 24 July 2023, 11:19 am | Gordon Campbell

Harsh sentences are being offered as a deterrent to crime, but voters are being sold a crock. For one thing… Fear of the consequences loses its sting when “normal” life is so harsh that some offenders feel they have nothing left to lose. For many, ... More >>

Download Weekly: Spark starts 5G standalone build

Monday, 24 July 2023, 10:07 am | Digitl

Spark starts 5G standalone build, Google Cloud signs all-of-government agreement, public cloud market passes $100 billion. More >>

Meaning Of Solidarity In The Time Of A New Palestine

Monday, 24 July 2023, 6:33 am | Ramzy Baroud

[Along with other intellectuals, I was asked by a New Zealand solidarity group to share a few ideas on what meaningful solidarity with Palestine entails. This talk inspired the article below.] It is a new era in Palestine. This new era is taking ... More >>

Winston Peters photo used in RNZ disinformation doco promo

Sunday, 23 July 2023, 10:47 pm | Scoop Election Podcast

In this week’s Scoop Election Podcast we query why Radio NZ have included New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters in their disinformation podcast promotional videos. More >>

The Real Philanthropists

Sunday, 23 July 2023, 7:46 pm | Ian Powell

On 12 July many New Zealanders were stunned by Prime Minister Chris Hipkins’ unexpected announcement (called a ‘Captain’s Call’) that there would not be a capital gains or wealth tax on his watch: Prime Minister Hipkins rules out wealth and capital ... More >>

Congressional Concerns: Stalling Nuclear Submarines For Australia

Sunday, 23 July 2023, 7:42 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Any security arrangement with too many variables and multiple contingencies, risks stuttering and keeling over. Critical delays might be suffered, attributable to a number of factors beyond the parties concerned. Disputes and disagreements may surface. ... More >>

The Afghanistan Lithium Great Game

Friday, 21 July 2023, 4:49 pm | Binoy Kampmark

While the United States, along with its allies, left Afghanistan in August 2021 in spectacularly humiliating circumstances, the departure was never entirely complete, nor bound to be permanent. Since then, Washington has led the charge in handicapping ... More >>

Taxpayers Fund ACT MPs ‘Real Change’ Videos

Friday, 21 July 2023, 2:34 pm | Scoop Election Podcast

During the June 2023 advertisements featuring ACT Party MPs started showing up in social media feeds. For those viewers without the benefit of 20/20 vision, it was hard to see the authorisation... More >>

On Sir Roger’s Lament, And The Commonwealth Games

Thursday, 20 July 2023, 12:11 pm | Gordon Campbell

So Dr. Frankenstein is feeling upset about how his monster has turned out. To the dismay of Sir Roger Douglas, the ACT Party has become the libertarian party of the wealthy elite. Gasp. No-one saw that one coming. Douglas, 85, has reportedly penned ... More >>

The War To Save Mahmoud Abbas: Is Netanyahu Pushing For Palestinian Civil Conflict?

Thursday, 20 July 2023, 6:34 am | Ramzy Baroud

This is the perfect opportunity for Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, to exit the stage. But he will not. Abbas’ brief visit to the devastated Jenin refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank on July 12 demonstrated the absurdity ... More >>

Deserved Cancellations: Victoria Rejects The Commonwealth Games

Wednesday, 19 July 2023, 3:49 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Hosting sporting events has always been a government’s formula to distract their seducible subjects. It’s the secular version of smells and bells, the warbling of the church choir turned into flesh and performance. If such occasions are of sufficient ... More >>

On How Political Donations Favour The Centre-right

Tuesday, 18 July 2023, 12:04 pm | Gordon Campbell

Political donations are not gifts. They’re an investment. Lest the recipients forget the gesture, one of the purposes of political lobbying is to remind everyone in the room that they have mutual interests in common. In short, political donations ... More >>

Download Weekly: 2degrees to retire 3G mobile late 2025

Monday, 17 July 2023, 1:07 pm | Digitl

2degrees plans to close its 3G mobile retirement in late 2025, One NZ halts controversial ad campaign, Auckland University and Spark investigate 5G robots More >>

Loathsome Amiability: Why Watching Utopia Hurts

Saturday, 15 July 2023, 1:18 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Let’s be frank: watching Utopia hurts. It involves stinging your eyeballs, tearing your hair, and taking yourself to the ledge of a skyscraper to call the whole thing off. The fact that the characters are meant to be faux pleasing is no excuse not ... More >>

Glen Johnson: The Ukraine Counter-offensive as seen from and in Ukraine

Friday, 14 July 2023, 1:16 pm | Glen Johnson

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine – At the start of June, Ukraine’s defense ministry released a video of soldiers holding single fingers to their lips & vowing silence around their up-coming offensive operations. More >>

Conflict Of Interest And Aotearoa New Zealand’s Health System

Thursday, 13 July 2023, 7:07 pm | Ian Powell

While thinking about conflict of interest in Aotearoa New Zealand’s health system I accidentally came across these words by American folk singer Woody Guthrie in his Pretty Boy Floyd song recorded in 1940: Some will rob you with a six-gun, And some ... More >>

Co-governance Smoulders In Election Run-up

Thursday, 13 July 2023, 3:22 pm | The Common Room

Graham Adams writes for The Common Room Polls on October 14 will be a verdict on race-based policy in New Zealand — and Australia. In New Zealand, the general election on October 14 will be to some extent a judgment on the extensive co-governance policies ... More >>

Narcissism In The Workplace: How To Spot It And What To Do

Thursday, 13 July 2023, 10:44 am | Hugh Grant

Knowing how to handle coworkers who may come across as narcissistic can be difficult. From taking the credit for someone else's work, demanding attention and admiration from colleagues, or pushing their ideas over those of others, these behaviors can ... More >>

On Dancing With NATO On Defence

Wednesday, 12 July 2023, 1:44 pm | Gordon Campbell

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has been keeping some serious company of late. He’s been signing a free trade deal with the EU, shooting off to Stockholm to thank Sweden for its help in getting the EU trade deal across the line, popping into the NATO ... More >>

Did you notice the 5G mobile revolution?

Wednesday, 12 July 2023, 11:42 am | Digitl

Long before New Zealand’s network operators upgraded their first cell sites to 5G, it was obvious mobile users wouldn’t notice much. More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Dawn Raids Fiasco No Surprise

Wednesday, 12 July 2023, 10:20 am | Peter Dunne

The shocking situation revealed this week about the continuation of Dawn Raids on Pasifika and other alleged overstayers is as appalling as it is unsurprising. It is appalling because as far as most people were concerned such raids stopped some ... More >>


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