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

 

National Radio Midday Report

Boat People – Afghanistan – Refugee Centre – Fiji Election – East Timor Election – Gates Case – Card Fraudster – Heavier Trucks – Maori Students – Bikie Gangs – Euros – Racism Conference – Macedonia – Lamb Tariffs

BOAT PEOPLE: The fate of the Tampa asylum seekers remains in the balance. An Australian Federal Court injunction blocks the Government’s plans to transfer more than 430 of the mainly Afghan refugees stranded off Christmas Island.

AFGHANISTAN: The Centre for Strategic and International studies in the US says Afghanistan is in a disastrous condition and needs to be reconstructed to stem the steady flow of refugees flooding out of the country.

REFUGEE CENTRE: Britain wants France to close an asylum centre near Calais, saying the centre is not helping Britain to stem the flow of illegal immigrants, with people from the centre trying to cross the channel tunnel.

FIJI ELECTION: Election teams in four centres around Fiji have been counting election ballot results since this morning. An overall result is not expected until mid-week, but results in the first of the seats is expected today.

EAST TIMOR ELECTION: First indications are expected today on how the East Timorese wish to be governed, as first results of their general election come through.

GATES CASE: The judge in the Wellington High Court says the law relating to the case of David Gates, the man who killed Gavin Dash, is not hard but its application is. The central issue is whether he was incapable of knowing whether what he did was morally wrong at the time he killed Mr Dash. Mr Gates, who has admitted the killing, is pleading not guilty to murder on grounds of insanity.

CARD FRAUDSTER: Police in Hamilton have arrested a man alleged to have been travelling around NZ since January using fraudulently obtained credit card numbers.

HEAVIER TRUCKS: More than 300 submissions have been made on whether heavier and longer trucks should be allowed on NZ roads. The LTSA will begin opening submissions today.

MAORI STUDENTS: The performance of Maori Students in South Island schools will cone under greater scrutiny as the result of an agreement between Ngai Tahu and the Education Ministry.

BIKIE GANGS: Police in Western Australia will ask the State Government to give them special powers to crack down on motorcycle gangs after a car bomb killed a former senior police officer and a friend.

EUROS: Distribution has begun in Germany and Belgium of new Euro notes and coins in preparation for the introduction of the new currency.

RACISM CONFERENCE: A members of the American delegation at the UN racism conference says it has been hijacked by extremists. The Israeli delegation has also expressed frustration over what they describe as hate language towards Israel.

MACEDONIAN: Parliament in Macedonia is to resume considering political reform seen as essential to the peace deal with Ethnic Albanian rebels.

LAMB TARIFFS: The US sheep industry is focusing on promoting its own product now that tariffs on NZ and Australian lamb are to be lifted in November.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Reese Erlich: Foreign Correspondent: Trump Plays Both Sides Against The Middle

Is he a hawk? Is he a peacenik? The President keeps us guessing . By Reese Erlich President Donald Trump has convinced Republican isolationists and hawks that he supports their views. That’s a neat trick, since the two groups hold opposing positions. ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Waiting For The Old Bailey: Julian Assange And Britain’s Judicial Establishment

On September 7, Julian Assange will be facing another round of gruelling extradition proceedings, in the Old Bailey, part of a process that has become a form of gradual state-sanctioned torture. The US Department of Justice hungers for their man. The More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The Sorry Plight Of The International Education Sector

Tourism and international education have been two of the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic. They’re both key export industries. Yet the government response to them has been strikingly different. There has been nothing beyond a few words of ministerial condolence and a $51.6 million package (details below) to get the sector through the pandemic...
More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Google’s Open Letter: Fighting Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code

Tech giants tend to cast thin veils over threats regarding government regulations. They are also particularly concerned by those more public spirited ones, the sort supposedly made for the broader interest. Google has given us an example of this ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Trump’s Current Chances Of Re-Election

By now it seems clear that National have no fresh ideas to offer for how New Zealand could avoid the Covid-19 economic crisis. As in the past, National has set an arbitrary 30% ratio of government debt to GDP that it aims to achieve “in a decade or so,” ... More>>

The Conversation: Rogue Poll Or Not, All The Signs Point To A Tectonic Shift In New Zealand Politics

Richard Shaw AAP(various)/NZ Greens (CC-BY-SA)/The Conversation Strong team. More jobs. Better economy. So say the National Party’s campaign hoardings. Only thing is, last Sunday’s Newshub-Reid Research poll – which had support for the Labour ... More>>

The Coronavirus Republic: Three Million Infections And Rising

The United States is famed for doing things, not to scale, but off it. Size is the be-all and end-all, and the coronavirus is now doing its bit to assure that the country remains unrivalled in the charts of infection . In time, other unfortunates may well ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Altars Of Hypocrisy: George Floyd, Protest And Black Face

Be wary what you protest about. The modern moral constabulary are out, and they are assisted by their Silicon Valley friends in the Social Media club. Should you dare take a stand on anything, especially in a dramatic way, you will be found out ... More>>