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Reserve Bank cyber attack: Third party involved can provide clues on info exposed - expert

Monday, 11 January 2021, 9:35 am | RNZ

A cyber security expert says attacks like the latest on the Reserve Bank could be due to the type of data systems they are using. More >>

Foreign Correspondent: US Hypocrisy On Cuba Continues

Saturday, 9 January 2021, 12:26 pm | Reese Erlich

State Department “terror list” includes countries that aren't terrorists and excludes those who are. By Reese Erlich I’ve always been puzzled by the State Department list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. It supposedly designates countries aiding terrorist ... More >>

Proxy Jailor: Denying Assange Bail

Friday, 8 January 2021, 10:59 am | Binoy Kampmark

History, while not always a telling guide, can be useful. But in moments of flushed confidence, it is not consulted and Cleo is forgotten. A crisp new dawn can negate a glance to the past. Having received the unexpected news that Julian Assange’s ... More >>

Gordon Campbell On The Washington Riot And The Georgia Results

Thursday, 7 January 2021, 2:26 pm | Gordon Campbell

H ong Kong and Washington DC. On the same morning, the tyrants in power in Beijing and their counterpart in the White House have shown how they refuse to accept the legitimacy of any different points of view, and the prospect of losing power. The ... More >>

Gordon Campbell On The Senate Races In Georgia

Tuesday, 5 January 2021, 10:57 am | Gordon Campbell

Hi and happy New Year. Currently, the Republicans hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate , the upper chamber of US Congress. If the Democrats can manage to win both the Senate races in Georgia tomorrow (NZ time) then vice -President Kamala Harris can cast a ... More >>

Environmental Capitalism And Climate Change Wars: Australia In 2000

Sunday, 3 January 2021, 3:26 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Australian was convinced . “Australia could have avoided two decades of climate change wars had the Howard government pushed ahead with its majority view of an emissions trading scheme (ETS), newly released documents reveal.” Historian Chris Wallace ... More >>

Tinkering With National Anthems: Australia’s Patriotic Song For Children

Saturday, 2 January 2021, 3:45 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was a New Year gimmick that would have warmed advertising executives across the country. For the first time since it was proclaimed as Australia’s national anthem on April 19, 1984, Advance Australia Fair has been tinkered with. The jarring words ... More >>

Same Procedure As Every Year: The Story Of Dinner For One

Friday, 1 January 2021, 6:34 am | Binoy Kampmark

Memories are thick of this: the respectful, even reverential German introduction of a comedy sketch; the scratchy string orchestral music that adds a layering of anticipation. Black-and-white film. Dining room, white tablecloth, silver chandeliers. ... More >>

The Julian Assange Pardon Drive

Wednesday, 30 December 2020, 4:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The odds are stacked against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher who faces the grimmest of prospects come January 4. On that day, the unsympathetic judicial head of District Judge Vanessa Baraitser will reveal her decision on the Old Bailey proceedings ... More >>

The NDAA, Trump And Vetoing The Military Industrial Complex

Wednesday, 30 December 2020, 6:01 am | Binoy Kampmark

For decades, the National Defense Authorization Act has been the lifeblood of the US imperium, guaranteeing a flow of money across the military. A better term for such a bill would use the word offence in it, but lawmakers and industry lobbyists ... More >>

Never Belonging: George Blake’s Spy Exploits

Monday, 28 December 2020, 2:52 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Filling the espionage ranks with legions of the non-belonging comes with its share of risk. The process is counter-intuitive, putting stock in skill and aptitude above the potential compromise of loyalty and divergence. Eventually, such a recruit might ... More >>

Endings For Beginnings: Reaching A Brexit Deal

Saturday, 26 December 2020, 4:41 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was a hurried dash and came just before the end of the transition period. The UK and the European Union have reached an agreement on the torturously long road of Brexit. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson can take the deal back to his constituents ... More >>

Trump’s Pardons For The Festive Season

Thursday, 24 December 2020, 5:08 pm | Binoy Kampmark

A flurry of them has been expected, and just prior to Christmas, US President Donald Trump waved his wand of pardon with vigour. On December 22, the president issued fifteen pardons and five commutations. The choices so far have been, to put it mildly, ... More >>

On A Few Things About The Year Gone, And The Year Ahead

Thursday, 24 December 2020, 11:50 am | Gordon Campbell

In October, the public rewarded the government for the way it has steered New Zealand through the Covid-19 crisis this year, and rightly so. The Labour-led government’s handling of the pandemic was not only the year’s top political accomplishment but ... More >>

The Gold Comes Off: A COVID-19 Outbreak In Sydney

Wednesday, 23 December 2020, 6:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Australia has various advantages as an island continent. It is monumental and only accessible in the most impractical ways. It is discouragingly far and almost impossible to invade without a huge investment of personnel and material. The decision to place ... More >>

Here´s A Virus. Practice.

Wednesday, 23 December 2020, 10:22 am | Molly Melhuish

New Zealand’s electricity market is broken. Its regulator chose Christmas week to reveal it will consult further on whether to slap Meridian with a wet bus ticket. At the same time, the industry’s plan for a return to growth, funded by a $2/day ... More >>

On The Solar Winds Hack, And On Buying Bob Dylan

Tuesday, 22 December 2020, 12:24 pm | Gordon Campbell

Earlier this month, the huge Solar Winds hack became public knowledge. Reportedly, the victims had been accessed over a period of months starting in March 2020 by a “sophisticated threat actor” that’s widely believed to be the same Russian ... More >>

The Borrowed Customs And Traditions Of Christmas Celebrations

Monday, 21 December 2020, 4:16 pm | The Conversation

Not long to go now before many of us get to spread some good tidings and joy as we celebrate Christmas. More >>

2020 Hindsight: Can New Zealand Apply The Political Lessons Of COVID-19 In The Year Ahead?

Monday, 21 December 2020, 4:13 pm | The Conversation

2020 hindsight: can New Zealand apply the political lessons of COVID-19 in the year ahead? More >>

Yuletide Lockdowns And Cancelling Christmas

Monday, 21 December 2020, 3:31 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The mind changer in Downing Street has struck again. With UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the helm, changes of direction are compulsive, natural and sudden. The U-Turn has become the prosaic expectation. “Too often it looks like this government ... More >>

Simpson Restructuring Could Stifle Potential To Address Inequitable Māori Cancer Care

Monday, 21 December 2020, 6:06 am | Ian Powell

I have always been a fan of public radio and, in particular, Radio New Zealand. While one can question from time to time some of its reporting, generally it is solid and informative. Democracy is not just spending around 2-3 minutes every three years ... More >>

Brexit, Billionaires And The Little People

Sunday, 20 December 2020, 2:09 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Capitalism and patriotism do not share the same stable. When those in the business of accumulating profits suggest a love for flag and country, be wary. Wars might take place and trade agreements struck by governments, but the capitalist will go ... More >>

The Great Divider: Covid-19 Reflects Global Racism, Not Equality

Saturday, 19 December 2020, 6:02 am | Ramzy Baroud

The notion that the COVID-19 pandemic was ‘the great equalizer’ should be dead and buried by now. If anything, the lethal disease is another terrible reminder of the deep divisions and inequalities in our societies. That said, the treatment of ... More >>

Secret, Invisible Evidence Of Russian Hacking Is Not Actually Evidence

Friday, 18 December 2020, 5:36 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

The Communist Party of China has been covertly sending arms to extremist Antifa militants in the United States in preparation for the civil war which is expected to take place after Joe Biden declares himself President for Life and institutes ... More >>

How To Keep COVID-19 At Bay During The Summer Holidays — And Help Make Travel Bubbles A Reality In 2021

Friday, 18 December 2020, 4:15 pm | The Conversation

How to keep COVID-19 at bay during the summer holidays — and help make travel bubbles a reality in 2021 More >>

Not Just Complacency: Why People Are Reluctant To Use COVID-19 Contact-tracing Apps

Friday, 18 December 2020, 4:13 pm | The Conversation

This week’s announcement of two new COVID-19 vaccine pre-purchase deals is encouraging, but doesn’t mean New Zealanders should become complacent about using the NZ COVID Tracer app during the summer holidays. More >>

Joe Biden’s Approach To The Middle East Will Be Very Different From Trump’s, Especially On Iran

Friday, 18 December 2020, 4:09 pm | The Conversation

Joe Biden's approach to the Middle East will be very different from Trump's, especially on Iran More >>

“Universities Have Turned Into Landlords”: UK Students Plan Biggest Rent Strike In 40 Years

Friday, 18 December 2020, 4:05 pm |

Students from at least 20 universities across Britain are planning to to go on rent strike when they return from the Christmas break – unless their universities agree to negotiate on rent reductions. They insist that they should not be made to pay ... More >>

UK Parliamentarians, The British Press And Julian Assange

Friday, 18 December 2020, 4:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The number of figures extolling the merits of Britain’s Westminster system and how it supposedly embodies a glorious model of democracy are too numerous to mention. This is despite exploits by the government of Boris Johnson, marked by the appointment ... More >>

Science: The Good, The Ugly, The False, And The Expedient

Friday, 18 December 2020, 11:07 am | Keith Rankin

2020 has been the year of the scientist, or at least the public health scientist. Science is a method, not a discipline; it includes social science, because social science does at least notionally apply the scientific method. While being about the ... More >>

On The Mixed Outlook For Our Covid Vaccine Supplies

Friday, 18 December 2020, 9:32 am | Gordon Campbell

As PM Jacinda Ardern explained at yesterday’s press conference , the government has signed supply contracts for delivery of four Covid-19 vaccines, in numbers sufficient (on paper at least) to provide doses not only for every New Zealander. but for those ... More >>

Hoarding The Jabs: The Inequalities Of Vaccine Distribution

Thursday, 17 December 2020, 4:15 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Public health is no excuse to keep business and patriotism at bay. Not a very humanitarian sentiment, but then again, healing the sick and preserving the healthy can become parochial, nationalist objectives. The least convincing language of the pandemic ... More >>

Queen Of Hearts, With Teeth

Thursday, 17 December 2020, 4:07 pm | Keith Rankin

I recently watched Season Four of 'The Crown'. Yes, it's a drama, not a documentary. The two dominant characters – outside of the Windsor bloodline – were Princess Diana and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Both characters were probably overplayed, ... More >>

When The People Rose: How The Intifada Changed The Political Discourse Around Palestine

Thursday, 17 December 2020, 6:38 am | Ramzy Baroud

December 8 came and went as if it was an ordinary day. For Palestinian political groups, it was another anniversary to be commemorated, however hastily. It was on this day, thirty-three years ago, that the First Palestinian Intifada (uprising) ... More >>

Abuse On The Mainland: Australia’s Medevac Hotel Detentions

Wednesday, 16 December 2020, 3:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Governments that issue press releases about the abuse of human rights tend to avoid close gazes at the mirror. Doing so would be telling. In the case of Australia, its record on dealing with refugees is both abysmal and cruel. It tends to be easier ... More >>

How To Best Defend New Zealand From Nuclear War And Climate Change

Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 4:42 pm | Hugh Steadman

Just what ‘rules’ is the "international rules-based-order” based on, and are they sufficient for the coming age, or in need of urgent reform? What is NZ's role to be in this new international order. More >>

Due To 'Credible Threats Of Violence,' Michigan Capitol Shuttered As Electoral College Meets To Confirm Biden Victory

Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 4:08 pm | Common Dreams

"It is a sad fact that the shameful actions by certain Republicans to smear our democratic institutions and deny the clear will of the voters has undeniably created this dangerous, hostile atmosphere." by Kenny Stancil, staff writer ... More >>

'It Never Had To Be Like This': 300,000 Dead In US From Covid-19 Under Donald J. Trump

Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 4:06 pm | Common Dreams

"It is equal to a 9/11 attack every day for more than 100 days." by Kenny Stancil, staff writer On the same day the first American received a coronavirus vaccine, the U.S. pandemic death toll surpassed 300,000 on Monday, another grim milestone ... More >>

'The Will Of The American People': Official Electoral College Vote Finalizes That Biden Won And Trump Lost

Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 4:03 pm | Common Dreams

Despite a "cacophony of lies and disinformation" from the outgoing president, said one campaigner, the results are clear. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Wisconsin electors cast their votes for president in Madison on December 14, 2020, the same ... More >>

The Conversation’s Submission To The Senate Inquiry Into Media Diversity In Australia

Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 4:00 pm | The Conversation

On 11 November 2020, the Australian Senate established an inquiry into the state of media diversity, independence and reliability in Australia and called for public submissions. The Conversation Australia & New Zealand made the following ... More >>

On Labour’s Timid Uses (so Far) Of The Power That Voters Have Given It

Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 11:40 am | Gordon Campbell

Long on aims, short on delivery. Greta Thunberg is not the only person who feels that the Ardern government is better at aspirations than achievement. Once upon a time, Jacinda Ardern may have called climate change “this generation’s nuclear ... More >>

Fish Wars And Brexit

Monday, 14 December 2020, 4:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Warring over fish in the twenty-first century might seem an unlikely proposition. But the deployment of four Royal Navy ships to deter European fishing vessels from encroaching on British waters in the event of a no-deal Brexit has tongues wagging. ... More >>

These Are The Plastic Items That Most Kill Whales, Dolphins, Turtles And Seabirds

Monday, 14 December 2020, 4:18 pm | The Conversation

How do we save whales and other marine animals from plastic in the ocean? Our new review shows reducing plastic pollution can prevent the deaths of beloved marine species. Over 700 marine species , including half of the world’s cetaceans (such ... More >>

Far-right Groups Have Used COVID To Expand Their Footprint In Australia. Here Are The Ones You Need To Know About

Monday, 14 December 2020, 4:15 pm | The Conversation

Far-right groups have used COVID to expand their footprint in Australia. Here are the ones you need to know about More >>

Australia travel bubble for early 2021 agreed in principle by Cabinet - Ardern

Monday, 14 December 2020, 3:30 pm | RNZ

Cabinet has agreed in principle to establish a travel bubble with Australia early next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. More >>

Yet Another Major Escalation In Establishment Internet Censorship

Sunday, 13 December 2020, 4:30 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

YouTube, whose corporate owner Google is arguably the most powerful company on earth , is now deleting user videos which claim the US election was fraudulent. YouTube's official statement on its decision to do this is very revealing, not so much for ... More >>

Kriminal Kapitalism Kills: COVID-19’s Racist Class War

Friday, 11 December 2020, 3:30 pm | Dr Nayvin Gordon

In the country that refuses to designate the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) as a terrorist organization, Covid-19 is killing black and brown people at more than three times the rate of whites. The pandemic is now the leading cause of death in The US, killing Americans at 3 ... More >>

Irresponsible Happenings: Juukan Gorge, Rio Tinto And The Never Again Report

Friday, 11 December 2020, 2:00 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Never Again.” These words are used with boring, stage managed frequency by political and company figures who should know better. They title the interim report from the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia investigating the destruction ... More >>

NZ watching deployment, data of Pfizer vaccine in UK - Bloomfield

Friday, 11 December 2020, 11:56 am | RNZ

New Zealand officials are keeping a close eye on the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine rollout in the UK before a vaccinations campaign is launched here. More >>

Queensland opens borders to New Zealand

Friday, 11 December 2020, 11:50 am | RNZ

Queensland is opening its borders to travellers from New Zealand from 1am tomorrow. More >>

On The Royal Commission’s Report Into The Christchurch Mosque Shootings

Friday, 11 December 2020, 10:20 am | Gordon Campbell

For an 800 page monster, the Royal Commission report into the Christchurch shootings has proved to be a strangely weightless affair. Everyone – the Police, the PM, the security services – has apologised but (allegedly) no-one did anything wrong. ... More >>

Royal Commission Into New Zealand Terror Attack Whitewashes Government Agencies

Friday, 11 December 2020, 9:20 am | Socialist Equality Group

Tom Peters On Tuesday, New Zealand’s Labour Party government released a 792-page report from the royal commission of inquiry into the March 15, 2019 Christchurch terror attack. Fifty-one people, including young children, were killed and dozens ... More >>

Book Review: Barbara Sumner's "Tree of Strangers"

Friday, 11 December 2020, 8:10 am | Gregor Thompson

11 years after her Oscar short-listed 2009 film This Way of Life , Tree of Strangers is Barbara Sumner’s first literary work. Her newly published autobiography is consistent with her previous work in the sense that it is exceptional. More >>

Necessary Health System Trade-offs Should Be Unnecessary

Friday, 11 December 2020, 5:49 am | Ian Powell

The National Bowel Screening Programme (NSBP), which began in 2017 following a pilot that started at Waitemata District Health Board five years earlier, is a welcome initiative long in its gestation and implementation. The screening programme is for ... More >>

Julian Assange: Covid Risks And Campaigns For Pardon

Thursday, 10 December 2020, 4:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Before the January 4 ruling of District Judge Vanessa Baraitser in the extradition case of Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher will continue to endure the ordeal of cold prison facilities while being menaced by a COVID-19 outbreak. From November ... More >>

Easter Sunday 2019

Thursday, 10 December 2020, 3:17 pm | Keith Rankin

I was in Victoria, Canada over Easter weekend in 2019. On Easter Sunday I returned to my hotel, to the shocking news of a set of coordinated suicide bombings in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 267 people died that day, and at least 500 others were injured. The target ... More >>

Who The #Resistance Was Actually #Resisting These Last Four Years

Thursday, 10 December 2020, 2:29 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

After it was announced that the Biden camp had selected a Raytheon board member as his secretary of defense, I joked in my last article that it would be more honest if Raytheon itself was Biden's Pentagon chief since the US Supreme Court ruled that ... More >>

New Zealand Housing Crisis Worsens Under Labour

Thursday, 10 December 2020, 1:58 pm | Socialist Equality Group

John Braddock In response to growing outrage over New Zealand’s spiralling housing crisis, the finance minister in the Labour-Green Party government, Grant Robertson, last month wrote to Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr, asking him to cool the market. ... More >>

Top 10 Ways Neera Tanden Has Been Misunderstood

Thursday, 10 December 2020, 10:04 am | David Swanson

When Neera Tanden emailed her colleagues in support of forcing Libya to pay for the privilege of having been bombed, many misunderstood, including one of her colleagues who emailed back objecting to creating what he supposed was an obvious financial ... More >>

Will A Milestone UK Case On Gender Medicine For Young People And Children Have Impacts In NZ?

Thursday, 10 December 2020, 9:39 am | Public Good

In the UK High Court a legal case against the Tavistock Clinic’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) has been won by Keira Bell. Bell is a 23 year old woman who was treated with puberty blockers and testosterone followed by a mastectomy, ... More >>