Top Scoops

Most Read | Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


Latest Top Scoops Headlines [Page 5]

Western Democracies Have Mutated Into Propagandists For War And Conflict

Friday, 18 February 2022, 12:00 pm | Globetrotter

By 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 U.S. and Britain. On matters of war and peace, ministerial deceit ... More >>

Why Is China Fanning The Flames Of Ethnic Politics In The Balkans?

Friday, 18 February 2022, 10:41 am | Globetrotter

By John P. Ruehl  Recent national holiday celebrations in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Republika Srpska were attended by Russian and Chinese officials, raising Western fears that independence is gaining traction as tensions with Moscow and Beijing intensify. ... More >>

Health Systems, Patient Safety And Swiss Cheese

Friday, 18 February 2022, 7:59 am | Ian Powell

Recently I was strongly recommended by a friend to read a book by Michael Lewis titled The Premonition: A Pandemic Story . He reckoned it was the kind of book I would really like. I quickly bought it and his assessment was spot on. I say this ... More >>

Failure In Moscow: Liz Truss Loses Britannia’s Way

Thursday, 17 February 2022, 11:40 am | Binoy Kampmark

Incompetent politicians and diplomats are on the level with ill-prepared generals fighting current wars with dated methods. They err, they stumble, and they may well be responsible for the next idiotic slander, misfire or misunderstanding. UK Foreign ... More >>

Houthi Attack On UAE Heralds War Without End In Yemen

Thursday, 17 February 2022, 9:52 am | Karen Dabrowska

With their attack on the UAE on January 17 the Houthis opened another front in the seven-year war in Yemen. This latest escalation of the conflict means peace is certainly not on horizon and the innocent Yemeni people continue to be plagued by war and a ... More >>

On Freedom, And Government Mandates

Wednesday, 16 February 2022, 3:56 pm | Gordon Campbell

The Omicron surge to 1160 cases a day will inevitably motivate the public to reduce all occasions of risk wherever possible, whether those venues have been formally identified by the contact tracers or not. Cafes, restaurants and other hospitality ... More >>

India-Bangladesh’s Growing Trade And Economic Ties

Wednesday, 16 February 2022, 10:43 am | Pathik Hasan

Bangladesh is one of the India’s largest trade partner in the region. Trade Volume is increasing day by day. Even, the bilateral trade between the two countries grew at an unprecedented rate of 14 per cent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Media reports ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Ever-so Earnest Commissioner Of Police

Wednesday, 16 February 2022, 10:36 am | Peter Dunne

In the early years of the twentieth century United States President Theodore Roosevelt described his approach to foreign policy as “speak softly and carry a big stick.” He stood, he said, for “the exercise of intelligent forethought and of decisive ... More >>

New Zealand is reviewing its outdated conservation laws. Here's why we must find better ways of getting people on board

Wednesday, 16 February 2022, 9:42 am | The Conversation

Conservation efforts can result in conflict between different interest groups, but outcomes could improve if we allowed a greater degree of public participation, beyond mere consultation. More >>

The occupation of NZ’s parliament grounds is a tactical challenge for police, but mass arrests are not an option

Wednesday, 16 February 2022, 9:11 am | The Conversation

With the occupation of parliament grounds entering its second week, police walk a thin blue line between enforcing the law and not inflaming the situation. More >>

Signs That Today Is History’s Turning-Point

Wednesday, 16 February 2022, 8:56 am | Eric Zuesse

Apparently, today, 15 February 2022, is the day when U.S. hegemony — the global American empire, which started on 25 July 1945 when the Cold War did — has effectively ended, and when the global balance-of-power worldwide has switched, from being in ... More >>

Geopolitics, Russia And Ukraine: Living With Ambiguity

Tuesday, 15 February 2022, 5:02 pm | Keith Rankin

Why is Russia encircling Ukraine with what looks very much like an invasion force? The first principle in answering such a question is that one should never take the simple media-reported statements of any of the major protagonists at face value. ... More >>

Compulsory Voting And Its Antipodean Ills

Tuesday, 15 February 2022, 3:26 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Time and time again, we are told that making people vote improves representation and representativeness. Herding them on pain of penalty will somehow keep politics honest, and ensure that those in Parliament, or whatever chamber it may be, will ... More >>

On The Olympics Of Ultra-Nationalism

Tuesday, 15 February 2022, 11:21 am | Gordon Campbell

Before this year’s winter Olympics Games even began, Human Rights Watch had already condemned China’s intention to use its hosting role as an opportunity to “sportswash” the country’s abysmal human rights record . To that end, China had also warned ... More >>

COVID-19 Surges In New Zealand

Tuesday, 15 February 2022, 10:57 am | Socialist Equality Group

On Monday, New Zealand’s Ministry of Health reported a record 981 new cases of COVID-19 in the community. This follows 810 cases on Sunday, which was nearly double the previous day’s tally. More >>

Rights, Responsibilities, François-Marie Arouet And Far Right Agendas

Monday, 14 February 2022, 8:51 pm | Ian Powell

In 1981, although not a leader, I was an active participant in the massive protests against the Springbok rugby tour of New Zealand. South Africa was then under the tyrannical racist apartheid dictatorship responsible for the deny of fundamental ... More >>

Nations, Territories, And Conflict

Monday, 14 February 2022, 4:44 pm | Keith Rankin

At the heart of the present geopolitical conflict centred on Ukraine is a divergent set of views at to what constitutes a 'nation'. Rival Views of Nationality Firstly, 'nation-states' as we know them today arguably date to the 1645 Peace (or Treaties) ... More >>

Blinken Foreign Policy

Monday, 14 February 2022, 3:37 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It must be a sure handicap to be saddled with such a name when piloting a large government department, but US Secretary of State Antony Blinken shows no sign of that bothering him. It has, however, become a hallmark of a policy that is markedly ... More >>

On Why Compromise Isn’t An Option

Monday, 14 February 2022, 12:19 pm | Gordon Campbell

Gosh, as one academic advocated on RNZ this morning, why don’t some politicians just go out and meet the protesters, listen to them, and suggest a date for ending vaccine mandates. Like say, June 6, he proposed. Why, if that happened, he was pretty ... More >>

SRI LANKA: What Is The Greater Wrong – Contempt Of Court Or Illegal Detention?

Saturday, 12 February 2022, 6:46 am | Asian Human Rights Commission

By Basil Fernando In two occasions, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) held in two separate cases decided by the Sri Lankan Supreme Court related to contempt of court that the punishment imposed by the Court amounted to disproportionate punishment ... More >>

On The Police Tactics At Parliament

Friday, 11 February 2022, 10:16 am | Gordon Campbell

Canada is better known for being the home of relentlessly nice people. Yet its trucking protests have become an unlikely model for social disruption, as Covid-related protest movements around the globe have chosen to follow its lead and embrace social disruption ... More >>

How & Why Billionaires Actually Support Global Warming

Friday, 11 February 2022, 9:27 am | Eric Zuesse

Global warming has been extremely profitable for billionaires, even though many of them mouth and endorse policies (but only failed and failing ones) against global warming. All of this will be fully documented here. The public are actually strongly ... More >>

Cuba, Venezuela And Nicaragua: The US-Russia Conflict Enters A New Phase

Friday, 11 February 2022, 7:29 am | Ramzy Baroud

As soon as Moscow received an American response to its security demands in Ukraine, it answered indirectly by announcing greater military integration between it and three South American countries, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba. Washington's response, ... More >>

Unemployment Insurance?

Thursday, 10 February 2022, 4:22 pm | Keith Rankin

The government's latest scheme is a form of government unemployment insurance. Interestingly, both the anti-poverty groups and the neoliberal New Zealand Initiative think tank see this scheme as problematic, very much as a 'solution looking for a problem'. ... More >>

From Tantura To Naqab: Israel’s Long Hidden Truths Are Finally Revealed

Thursday, 10 February 2022, 2:12 pm | Ramzy Baroud

A succession of events in recent weeks all point to the inescapable fact that nearly 75 years of Israel’s painstaking efforts aimed at hiding the truth about its origins and its current racially-driven apartheid regime are failing miserably. The world ... More >>

On The Crisis – What Crisis? – Over Ukraine

Thursday, 10 February 2022, 10:10 am | Gordon Campbell

Is Russian leader Vladimir Putin going to invade Ukraine, or is he just bluffing (for now), much as China was a few months ago? A lot of people (including Australia’s Defence Minister) were pretty sure that China was about to invade Taiwan. Except ... More >>

Dunne Speaks: Andrew Little's Refreshing Honesty

Thursday, 10 February 2022, 9:26 am | Peter Dunne

At first glance, Andrew Little’s admission that he does not know when the country will move to the orange traffic light system, or even what it will take to make such a move, seems utterly disingenuous. After all, he is the Minister of Health, and ... More >>

How China Became An Olympic Boogeyman For The West

Wednesday, 9 February 2022, 8:08 pm | Globetrotter

In the early 1990s, barely a decade after rejoining the Olympic movement, Beijing launched a bid to host the 2000 Games. Unfortunately by then, U.S. policy had begun to shift perceptibly from the honeymoon years of rapprochement. Gone was the incentive ... More >>

Self-evident Health System Truths

Tuesday, 8 February 2022, 8:06 pm | Ian Powell

On 1 February BusinessDesk published an article by me on two self-evident truths in Aotearoa New Zealand’s health system. One involved the woeful neglect of workforce shortages (especially health professionals) and the other was the decision ... More >>

U.S.-China Rivalry For Thailand

Tuesday, 8 February 2022, 3:51 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

NONG KHAI, Thailand -- You can see China's inexorable southern thrust along the Mekong River where tall, fanciful, Chinese buildings sprout nearby on the Laos side of this sleepy northern border, sparking hopes and fears about Beijing's influence ... More >>

Great Barrier Reef Fantasies: The Morrison Government’s Electoral Ploy

Tuesday, 8 February 2022, 2:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There are some things that strain credulity. There are the dubious accounts of virgin births. There are the resolute flat earth theorists and denialists of the moon landing. To this can be added the environmental stance of Australia’s Scott Morrison and ... More >>

How Pakistan And Bangladesh Can Reap The Benefits From Growing Trade

Tuesday, 8 February 2022, 11:58 am | Pathik Hasan

Bangladesh and Pakistan together make up 5 percent of the world's population. The Possibilities of market value in the case of export and import between these two states are inevitably huge. But the trade between the two countries of 39 crore people ... More >>

On Last Night’s Political Poll, And Lata Mangeshkar

Tuesday, 8 February 2022, 10:22 am | Gordon Campbell

Great poll results last night for the centre left. The Newshub/Reid Research poll had Labour up by 1.6 points to 44.3%. Taken together with the Greens rise to 9.6% (up 2.4 points) that puts the centre left bloc on just under 54%. That’s streets ... More >>

An Oath That Stands The Test Of Time

Saturday, 5 February 2022, 8:10 pm | Ian Powell

The Hippocratic Oath is an oath of medical ethics historically taken by all doctors. It is the earliest expression of medical ethics establishing several principles which remain of paramount significance today, including confidentiality ... More >>

Why Kiwi Families Need Social Insurance

Friday, 4 February 2022, 11:37 am | Helen Clark Foundation

If you or your partner lost their job, how long could you last before you had to move house? Many of our families are much more financially fragile than we like to think. In New Zealand in the 1970s the cost of buying a house was usually double ... More >>

The Hypocrisy Of The ‘Diplomatic Boycott’ Of The 2022 Beijing Olympics

Friday, 4 February 2022, 10:56 am | Globetrotter

By Charles Xu / Globetrotter Which human rights matter enough to put politics above sports? For decades, the United States and its European allies have gotten to decide the answer at their convenience. On February 4, the 2022 Winter Olympics are set ... More >>

Can Israel Stop The World From Saying ‘Apartheid’? Concealing The Suffering In Palestine

Thursday, 3 February 2022, 7:36 pm | Globetrotter

On January 27, 2022, the Hebrew-language news site Walla published part of the text from a telegram sent by Amir Weissbrod—who is part of the Israeli Foreign Ministry—to Israeli embassies around the world. The telegram warned the Israeli diplomats that More >>

Why Ukraine Needs The Kellogg-Briand Pact

Thursday, 3 February 2022, 9:23 am | David Swanson

In 1929, Russia and China proposed to go to war. Governments around the world pointed out that they’d just signed and ratified the Kellogg-Briand Pact banning all war. Russia withdrew. Peace was made. In 2022, the United States and Russia proposed to ... More >>

An Undeclared State of Emergency

Thursday, 3 February 2022, 9:19 am | Ian Powell

  The Declaration of Independence initially drafted by Thomas Jefferson and adopted in 1776 by the 13 British colonies of what now constitutes the eastern seaboard of the United States begins with the following powerful words: "We ... More >>

The Illegality Of NATO, Recent Threats Of War Over Ukraine

Thursday, 3 February 2022, 9:13 am | John Avery

Russia understandably fears the eastard expansion of NATO. Recently NATO countries, led by the United States, have supplied arms to Ukraine. There is a threat that the tensions building up in the region will lead to war. Such a development would be ... More >>

The Russians Are Coming: Are Beijing And Moscow At The Cusp Of A Formal Alliance?

Thursday, 3 February 2022, 8:19 am | Romana Rubeo and Ramzy Baroud

It should matter little to the Chinese that American diplomats and a handful of their western allies will not be attending the Beijing Winter Olympics in February. What truly matters is that the Russians are coming.   The above ... More >>

Special Privileges: Charlotte Bellis, Fortress New Zealand And The Taliban

Wednesday, 2 February 2022, 3:30 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Not wishing to be left out from the brutal closed border system that has characterised COVID-19 policy in Australia, New Zealand has also been every bit as extreme in limiting the return of its nationals. Pandemic policy, if not logic, has taken issue with ... More >>

Inflation is raising prices and reducing real wages – what should be done to support NZ’s low-income households?

Wednesday, 2 February 2022, 12:07 pm | The Conversation

As inflation bites, targeted relief for those most affected by the rising cost of living would be the best short-term option. More >>

The most challenging phase of the Omicron outbreak is yet to come, but NZ may be better prepared than other countries

Wednesday, 2 February 2022, 12:04 pm | The Conversation

New Zealand has managed to stamp out onward transmission of the Delta variant, which means it’s not dealing with a “double epidemic” and has a better chance to tackle Omicron’s spread. More >>

Open Letter To New Zealand Rail Workers: Form Rank-and-file Committees To Fight For Safe Working Conditions

Wednesday, 2 February 2022, 11:19 am | Socialist Equality Group

Rail workers employed by Transdev in New Zealand face the imminent threat of being infected by the Omicron variant of COVID-19. The Labour Party-led government of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ditched its previous policy of eliminating COVID-19 and ... More >>

On Luxon’s Second-hand Clothes

Wednesday, 2 February 2022, 10:34 am | Gordon Campbell

According to National’s leader Christopher Luxon and the fawning media coverage of the caucus gathering in Queenstown, its “game on!” Not a great metaphor, folks. Politics is only a game for people wealthy enough to afford to lose a round or two. ... More >>

Top 10 Reasons To March Against War In February 2003 But Not February 2022

Tuesday, 1 February 2022, 9:44 am | David Swanson

1. In 2003 it was important to denounce the lying schemers pretending that Iraq had nukes. In 2022, U.S. officials stirring up war with Russia know that Russia has lots of nukes but don’t even care and aren’t even talking about it, so there’s ... More >>

The Delta Outbreak In Aotearoa: Ideology And Inequality

Tuesday, 1 February 2022, 9:41 am | Fightback

In a recent Twitter post, a Canadian law professor expressed his amazement at Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID-19 website ( for providing detailed and comprehensive information on the virus.[1] In one of the wholesome interactions that sometimes ... More >>

With Intent To Harm: The CIA, Schizophrenia And Denmark’s Children

Monday, 31 January 2022, 4:35 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It has become common fare to read ghoulish stories of child abuse in institutions supposedly created to care for the vulnerable. Orphanages, homes, religious orders have tended to feature, along with their assortments of innumerable sadists and pederasts. ... More >>

On The Crisis In Renting

Monday, 31 January 2022, 10:36 am | Gordon Campbell

House prices and rental costs are two related areas where New Zealand truly does punch well above its weight. This country happens to have the worst price to rent ratios, the worst price to income ratios, the worst real growth figures, and the ... More >>

Israel’s Hasbara In Sheikh Jarrah: On Gilad Erdan’s ‘Terrorist’ Rock And Faulty Logic

Monday, 31 January 2022, 8:58 am | Ramzy Baroud

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, is leading his country’s anti-Palestinian propaganda, this time engaging in pre-emptive hasbara in anticipation of a Palestinian response to the ongoing evictions in the East Jerusalem neighborhood ... More >>

US Doesn’t Care For China’s Muslims: Boycotting The Olympics Is About Global Competition

Friday, 28 January 2022, 1:26 pm | Ramzy Baroud

The diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games may go down in history as the official start of the cold war between the US, a handful of its allies and China. The American strategy, however, of using boycotts to pressure ... More >>

On Our Local Responses To The Global Problems Of Inflation

Friday, 28 January 2022, 10:31 am | Gordon Campbell

In the United Kingdom, inflation is running at its highest rate in 30 years. In the US, inflation hit 7% during 2021. You wouldn’t want to be in Estonia, where inflation has just hit 12%. Across the Eurozone – the measurement methods vary ... More >>

Trashing New Zealand’s Pandemic Response

Thursday, 27 January 2022, 8:30 pm | Ian Powell

On 15 January BusinessDesk published my article comparing internationally the effectiveness of New Zealand’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic since early 2020: Giving the world our best shot I used two main comparators – mortality rates ... More >>

Serbia Stomps On Rio Tinto’s Lithium Mining Project

Thursday, 27 January 2022, 5:52 pm | Binoy Kampmark

On the face of it, there seems to be little in the way of connection between the treatment of Novak Djokovic by Australian authorities and the cooling of the Serbian government towards Rio Tinto. The Anglo-Australian mining giant was confident that ... More >>

The Geopolitics Behind Spiraling Gas And Electricity Prices In Europe

Thursday, 27 January 2022, 11:13 am | Globetrotter

The current crisis of spiraling gas prices in Europe, coupled with a cold snap in the region, highlights the fact that the transition to green energy in any part of the world is not going to be easy. The high gas prices in Europe also bring to the ... More >>

New Zealand Schools And Public Transport Will Be Breeding Grounds For Omicron Infections

Thursday, 27 January 2022, 9:16 am | Socialist Equality Group

Tom Peters The New Zealand government’s decision to let the highly-infectious Omicron variant of COVID-19 spread across the country has sparked significant anxiety and anger, including among parents and public transport workers. Labour Party Prime ... More >>

Morality Cannot Be Divided: How Netanyahu’s Corruption Has Exposed Israel’s ‘Democracy’

Thursday, 27 January 2022, 7:31 am | Ramzy Baroud

Former Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his prosecutors are reportedly finalizing the details of a plea deal that would practically water down, shelve, or drop altogether all three major corruption cases that have led to his high-profile ... More >>

Off To The Supreme Court: Assange’s Appeal Continues

Wednesday, 26 January 2022, 3:07 pm | Binoy Kampmark

With December’s High Court decision to overturn the lower court ruling against the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States, lawyers of the WikiLeaks founder immediately got busy. The next avenue of appeal, strewn less with gold than ... More >>

On Rapid Antigen Testing

Wednesday, 26 January 2022, 10:55 am | Gordon Campbell

National Party leader Christopher Luxon is being allowed to get away with murder. Luxon is not being challenged over his repeated assertions that the rest of the world has enjoyed ready access to rapid antigen tests (aka RATS) for a year, so why aren’t ... More >>