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On The US (and NATO) Surrender In Afghanistan

Monday, 2 March 2020, 9:40 am | Gordon Campbell

The deal that has just been has struck to end the involvement of the US and its NATO allies in Afghanistan bears the usual hallmarks of deals done by Donald Trump. In this ‘landmark’ Afghan ‘peace’ deal, weakness has been defined as strength, ... More >>

The Viral Blame Game: Xenophobia, Attribution And Coronavirus

Sunday, 1 March 2020, 12:37 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Moralising the way diseases and viruses are transferred is a very human, and particularly nasty trait. “We don’t need this kind of riff-raff on our shores,” screamed The New York Times in 1892 in response to Russian Jewish immigrants arriving at Ellis ... More >>

This Assange “Trial” Is A Self-Contradictory Kafkaesque Nightmare

Friday, 28 February 2020, 4:56 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

The first segment of the Julian Assange extradition trial has concluded , to be resumed on May 18th. If you haven't been following to proceedings closely, let me sum up what you missed: The prosecution is working to extradite Assange to the US ... More >>

Your Man In The Public Gallery – The Assange Hearing Day 3

Friday, 28 February 2020, 4:01 pm | Craig Murray

In yesterday’s proceedings in court, the prosecution adopted arguments so stark and apparently unreasonable I have been fretting on how to write them up in a way that does not seem like caricature or unfair exaggeration on my part. What has been ... More >>

Yet Another Mass Shooter Was A Military Veteran

Friday, 28 February 2020, 3:10 pm | David Swanson

Thursday yet another mass shooting was committed by a military veteran, this one in Milwaukee . Virtually all military veterans are not mass shooters. Many peace activists are veterans. Many everything under the sun are veterans. But mass shooters ... More >>

Julian Assange, The Glass Cage And Heaven In A Rage: Day Four Of Extradition Hearings

Friday, 28 February 2020, 3:06 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Julian Assange, the Glass Cage and Heaven in a Rage: Day Four of Extradition Hearings Thursday, February 27, Woolwich Crown Court. The first round of extradition hearings regarding Julian Assange’s case concluded a day early, to recommence on May 18th. ... More >>

SWDC “out of time” for May hearing

Friday, 28 February 2020, 1:44 pm | Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter

South Wairarapa District Council [SWDC] ran out of time to hit a May deadline for its proposal for upgrades to sewage treatment in Featherston, says chief executive Harry Wilson. More >>

Controversial Civic Centre Upsize Goes Ahead

Friday, 28 February 2020, 1:40 pm | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

New upsized $48 million Whangarei civic centre to be build on former RSA's bowling green in picture - part of a new civic precinct. (Photo Northern Advocate NB single use only) Whangarei ratepayers are to get an upsized $48 million new civic centre ... More >>

Rates Rise ‘worth A Weekly Cuppa’

Friday, 28 February 2020, 1:38 pm | Aaron van Delden - Local Democracy Reporter

Gisborne city ratepayers will be short a cup of coffee a week, a district councillor says, with residential rates set to go up by 6.4 percent, on average, from July. The “cup of coffee” analogy was used by Larry Foster yesterday as the council ... More >>

Time For An American Brand Of Democratic Socialism: Erich Fromm’s The Sane Society Offers Guidance

Friday, 28 February 2020, 1:34 pm | John Stanton

“His value as a person lies in his salability, not in his human qualities of love, reason, or in his artistic capacities. Happiness becomes identical with consumption of newer and better commodities, the drinking in of music, screen plays, fun, sex, ... More >>

Home-based early learning unfairly targeted

Friday, 28 February 2020, 12:31 pm | Tiny Nation

On Monday 24 February, a list noting the names and locations of early childhood services that breached minimum standards in 2019 was published by the Ministry of Education. While it’s disheartening to see an increase in ECE services that have ... More >>

Treasury fell short on protecting documents, report finds

Friday, 28 February 2020, 11:22 am | RNZ

A report into how sensitive documents were accessed by the National Party before last year's Budget has found Treasury governance, oversight and risk management processes fell short. More >>

Regions to get share of $190m infrastructure funding

Friday, 28 February 2020, 11:20 am | RNZ

Eight regions, from Northland to Southland, will get a share of a $190 million injection for infrastructure projects. More >>

Transparency International warns need for political funding reform is urgent

Friday, 28 February 2020, 11:17 am | RNZ

SFO scrutiny of National and NZ First donations sparked debate about party funding and electoral laws. Now, Transparency International has a warning. More >>

Time to act to save the Hauraki Gulf, tangata whenua and environmentalists say

Friday, 28 February 2020, 11:12 am | RNZ

Frustration is growing because there is still no plan to clean up Auckland's jewel in the crown - the Hauraki Gulf - which is slowly being suffocated by plastic and sediment. More >>

Coronavirus: Nelson businesses feeling ripple effects of Covid-19

Friday, 28 February 2020, 11:10 am | RNZ

For Nelson, Covid-19 means foreign students aren't coming, forestry workers are on reduced hours, tourists are cancelling, and Sealord's preparing a plan for offshore crews. More >>

Julian Assange, Political Offences And Legal Restraints: Day Three Of Extradition Hearings

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 2:36 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Wednesday, February 26, Woolwich Crown Court. Today, the focus shifted to the protagonist himself and the nature of the US-UK Extradition Treaty of 2003 , a contentious document that shines all too favourably for US citizens. Julian Assange, whose deteriorating ... More >>

Sanders Hits Trump Over NYT Libel Lawsuit

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 1:30 pm | Common Dreams

Democratic presidential frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders denounced the behavior of President Donald Trump on Wednesday after the president's reelection campaign filed a libel lawsuit against the New York Times for an op-ed it published last year. More >>

Beyond Israeli Elections: Israel At The Cusp Of A Bleak Era

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 11:35 am | Ramzy Baroud

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, must be channeling the spirit of Houdini as he continues to plot his escape from one of the most convoluted political dilemmas in Israel’s history. It is no secret that Netanyahu’s political behavior is almost ... More >>

On Where The Politically-donated Bucks Should Be Stopping

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 11:26 am | Gordon Campbell

By now, it seems crystal clear that something is deeply amiss with the way that New Zealand political parties solicit, receive and report their funding. Evidently, the nominal threshold of $15,000 that requires public disclosure of the donation ... More >>

Coronavirus: Government invites tourism sector heads to advisory group

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 10:22 am | RNZ

Tourism bosses have been invited to join a new advisory group, allowing them to stay in "constant communication" with the government in their response to the coronavirus. More >>

Government proposes phasing out of high-emitting wood burners and coal burners

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 10:19 am | RNZ

The government wants to phase out high-emitting wood burners and coal burners in a bid to clean up the country's air. More >>

Fiji PM urges NZ to pressure Australia over climate

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 10:14 am | RNZ

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama is calling on New Zealand to back his country in pushing Australia to commit more to climate change action. More >>

Man Charged Over National Party Donations Planned To Go To Party's Candidate College

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 10:11 am | RNZ

One of the men charged over donations to the National Party was at one stage to have gone to the party's candidate college, which identifies and train potential members of Parliament. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly Jami-Lee Ross and three ... More >>

Minister Megan Woods announces tailored ‘place-based’ housing in Rotorua

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 10:06 am | RNZ

The response aims to avoid a 'one-size-fits-all' solution to homelessness. More >>

Immigration Minister orders officials to handle more decisions after Sroubek case

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 10:01 am | RNZ

But there is concern that delegating decision-making takes away an independent check and an avenue for cases that fall outside normal immigration guidelines. More >>

Needle exchange helped NZ avoid high rates of HIV

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 9:59 am | RNZ

The introduction of New Zealand's world-first needle exchange programme 30 years ago has helped this country avoid the high rates of HIV found overseas, a study has concluded. More >>

Citizens Advice Bureau lends a hand as people struggle with govt's online services

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 9:50 am | RNZ

Over a three-month period last year, the Citizens Advice Bureau said it saw more than 4000 clients who needed help accessing services online. More >>

A Year From The Christchurch Terror Attacks, NZ Intelligence Records A Surge In Reports

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 9:37 am | The Conversation

The Christchurch mosque attacks on March 15 last year have prompted a significant rise in tip-offs about people expressing extremist views, according to a report by New Zealand’s Security Intelligence Service ( NZSIS ). More >>

Your Man In The Public Gallery – Assange Hearing Day 2

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 9:02 am | Craig Murray

  This afternoon Julian’s Spanish lawyer, Baltasar Garzon, left court to return to Madrid. On the way out he naturally stopped to shake hands with his client, proffering his fingers through the narrow slit in the bulletproof glass cage. ... More >>

Julian Assange Against The Imperium: Day Two Of Extradition Hearings

Wednesday, 26 February 2020, 6:46 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The second day of extradition hearings against Julian Assange and by virtue of that, WikiLeaks, saw Mark Summers QC deliver a formidable serve for the defence at Woolwich Crown Court. “It’s difficult to conceive of a clearer example of an extradition ... More >>

U.S. Biowarfare Programs Have 13,000 Death Scientists Hard At Work

Wednesday, 26 February 2020, 12:53 pm | Sherwood Ross

America’s $100-billion Germ Warfare Industry a “Criminal Enterprise,” Author of U.S. Biowarfare Act Says By Sherwood Ross The American legal authority who in 1989 drafted the law Congress enacted to comply with the 1972 Biological Weapons ... More >>

The Looming Financial Nightmare: So Much For Living The American Dream

Wednesday, 26 February 2020, 11:29 am | John W Whitehead

“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” Frédéric Bastiat, French economist Let’s ... More >>

Your Man In The Public Gallery – Assange Hearing Day 1

Wednesday, 26 February 2020, 10:46 am | Craig Murray

Woolwich Crown Court is designed to impose the power of the state. Normal courts in this country are public buildings, deliberately placed by our ancestors right in the centre of towns, almost always just up a few steps from a main street. The ... More >>

The NZSO Goes To The Disco

Wednesday, 26 February 2020, 10:13 am | Max Rashbrooke

Glass/Richter/Jarvi NZSO Sunday 23 February Reviewer: Max Rashbrooke In the endless, anguished debates about how to make classical music more relevant to new audiences, proposals are often put forward to strip away certain elements – reduce the formality, ... More >>

Concerns over secret fisheries donations to NZ First Foundation

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 4:06 pm | RNZ

One of the country's biggest fishing companies, Talley's, and its managing director donated nearly $27,000 to the New Zealand First Foundation. More >>

Y2K bug has a 2020 echo

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 1:44 pm | Digitl

The millennium bug is back with a vengeance, after programmers in the 1990s simply pushed the problem back by 20 years. Source: A lazy fix 20 years ago means the Y2K bug is taking down computers now | New Scientist More >>

What Spark thinks about its fixed wireless broadband

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 1:38 pm | Digitl

Last week Spark announced its first half results for the six months to December 31. It is a solid report showing strong revenue growth. More >>

Galaxy Z Flip brings notification relief

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 1:25 pm | Digitl

Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip is a another take on the emerging foldable phone format. More >>

Galaxy Z Flip brings notification relief

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 1:25 pm | Digitl

Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip is a another take on the emerging foldable phone format. More >>

Galaxy Z Flip brings notification relief

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 1:25 pm | Digitl

Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip is a another take on the emerging foldable phone format. More >>

New Zealand's game developers exporting photons, not atoms

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 1:19 pm | Digitl

New Zealand interactive game developers earned $203.4 million dollars during the 2019 financial year – double the $99.9m earned only two years earlier in 2017. The success comes from targeting audiences around the world and 96% of the industry’s ... More >>

Not The Promised Land

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 11:58 am | Max Rashbrooke

Reviewer: Max Rashbrooke Talk about highs and lows: after the stunning success of the Lemi Ponifasio-created opening night work Chosen and Beloved, the same director presented us with a piece that, despite containing moments of real beauty, was wildly ... More >>

On Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Bid

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 11:15 am | Gordon Campbell

Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic nomination is taking on an air of inevitability, and that likelihood has been met with elation by some people, and feelings of dread in others. Is the Vermont senator the party’s best hope of motivating ... More >>

Coronavirus: Is NZ Ready For A Worst-case Economic Scenario?

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 11:04 am | RNZ

Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in MP3 format . Hundreds of North Island forestry workers could be relocated to conservation jobs in Southland to soften the economic impact of the Covid-19 outbreak. A Treasury advisory group ... More >>

Shelly Bay development: Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh threaten legal action

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 10:57 am | RNZ

Filmmakers Sir Peter Jackson and Dame Fran Walsh have threatened high court action over decisions about the contentious Shelly Bay development in Wellington. More >>

PM not interested in tit-for-tat deportation policy with Australia

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 10:47 am | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is brushing off pressure from National to take a tougher stance on deporting Australian criminals. More >>

Extra $25 million cost for dam construction not stopping Tasman council going ahead

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 10:35 am | RNZ

The Tasman District mayor is vowing to press on with a large irrigation project, despite a 25 percent jump in its cost. More >>

Four men facing charges over National Party donations case to appear in court

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 10:30 am | RNZ

The four men facing charges over National Party electoral donations - including Jami-Lee Ross - have their first appearance at court today. More >>

Universities make case for ability to handle students arriving from China amid Covid-19 outbreak

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 10:20 am | RNZ

As universities argue for a Covid-19 travel ban exemption, they're trying to convince officials they can handle an influx of students from China. More >>

Covid-19: Travel Restrictions For Those Coming From China Extended

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 9:35 am | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed the country's China travel ban will be extended for another eight days. Photo: RNZ /Dom Thomas The restrictions were put in place in early February as part of precautionary measures to try to keep the ... More >>

Mixed Returns For The Huawei Bashing Tour

Monday, 24 February 2020, 3:51 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The US imperium is rattled, so much so it’s letting everyone else know about it. Move over the trade war with its bitchy insistence on redressing imbalances, surpluses and deficits; the next phase of conflict with China is being waged in matters of ... More >>

We’re Asking One Question In Assange’s Case: Should Journalists Be Punished For Exposing War Crimes?

Monday, 24 February 2020, 12:28 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

We’re Asking One Question In Assange’s Case: Should Journalists Be Punished For Exposing War Crimes?   This is a speech I gave yesterday at a demonstration for Assange with the Socialist Equality Party Australia. Tomorrow in the UK a judge ... More >>

Council’s Protest Vote On Wetlands Leaves Some Land In Limbo

Monday, 24 February 2020, 11:11 am | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

Wetlands that are not in fact wetlands remain in limbo after the West Coast Regional Council yesterday rejected a plan change that would have freed them from looming restrictions. The council's Resource Management Committee voted 5-4 yesterday against ... More >>

Support swells for Lake Rotorua personhood petition

Monday, 24 February 2020, 11:08 am | Felix Desmarais - Local Democracy Reporter

Since Tuesday last week, Renee Kiriona’s petition had ballooned from 2150 signatures to 4078 signatures. More >>

Precautionary Controls Against GMOs Into Northland Under Spotlight Next Week

Monday, 24 February 2020, 11:01 am | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will be under the spotlight in Northland next week at an Environment Court mediation. NAD0558242414 - GMOs for Northland farming - in or out of Proposed Northland Regional Plan? (Photo Northern Advocate, supplied ... More >>

Chorus Wins Court Costs After ‘grossly Misleading Flattery’ Case

Monday, 24 February 2020, 10:52 am | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

A high court judge has awarded Chorus costs. CREDIT: MONIQUE FORD/STUFF/SUPPLIED – SINGLE USE ONLY A telecommunication giant that used "grossly misleading flattery" in a bid to secure a broadband contract with a council has won back ... More >>

PM's Fiji, Aus visits highlight differing climate change approaches

Monday, 24 February 2020, 10:41 am | RNZ

Climate change will be a hot topic in Jacinda Ardern's meeting with the Fijian PM this week, but an elephant in the room for her talk with the Australian PM. More >>

National considers reciprocal deportations for Australians

Monday, 24 February 2020, 10:32 am | RNZ

Opposition leader Simon Bridges says a National government will look at amending the law to allow Australians convicted of serious crimes in New Zealand to be deported. More >>

Coronavirus Travel Ban Likely To Be Extended, PM Says

Monday, 24 February 2020, 10:29 am | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern anticipates cabinet ministers will decide to extend the ban on foreign travellers arriving from mainland China - which is due to expire tonight. (file photo) Passengers at Beijing Airport last month. Photo: AFP An initial ... More >>


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