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Written By: - Date published: 6:02 am, January 20th, 2017 - 59 comments

Open Mike 20/01/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 20th, 2017 - 91 comments

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The CIA files on NZ

Written By: - Date published: 8:23 am, January 19th, 2017 - 25 comments

The release online of a trove of declassified CIA documents includes several pertaining to NZ. The Herald’s David Fisher has given us a fine summary.

Open Mike 19/01/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 19th, 2017 - 200 comments

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Obama orders early release of Chelsea Manning

Written By: - Date published: 10:41 am, January 18th, 2017 - 81 comments

In breaking news: Obama Commutes Bulk of Chelsea Manning’s Sentence.

Hard Brexit

Written By: - Date published: 8:25 am, January 18th, 2017 - 95 comments

Theresa May has finally set out some guidelines on the shape of Brexit. Out of the single market, rejecting the European court, full border control.

Open Mike 18/01/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 18th, 2017 - 230 comments

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Love Trumps Hate Festival Wn Sat 21

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 pm, January 17th, 2017 - 1 comment

‘Love trumps Hate’ Festival in Wellington to celebrate democratic values and human rights will take place in Wellington to coincide with President-elect Trump’s inauguration on Saturday 21 January. Civic Square, noon- 2 pm, Saturday 21 January 2017. Details inside

Labour Greens plan joint state of the nation

Written By: - Date published: 1:42 pm, January 17th, 2017 - 35 comments

Good to see the effects of the MOU in action!

Women to protest Trump’s inauguration

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, January 17th, 2017 - 39 comments

Various events are planned in protest around Trump’s inauguration. One of them is a series of marches organised by and for women. There are (at time of writing) 386 marches organised world wide, including in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Oxfam on world wealth inequality

Written By: - Date published: 8:38 am, January 17th, 2017 - 91 comments

Guardian: “The world’s eight richest billionaires control the same wealth between them as the poorest half of the globe’s population, according to a charity warning of an ever-increasing and dangerous concentration of wealth.”

Open Mike 17/01/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 17th, 2017 - 181 comments

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Open Mike 16/01/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 16th, 2017 - 139 comments

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xkcd – Earth Temperature Timeline

Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, January 15th, 2017 - 15 comments

When people say “the climate has changed before”, these are the kinds of changes they’re talking about. 

Open Mike 15/01/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 15th, 2017 - 294 comments

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Open Mike 14/01/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 14th, 2017 - 163 comments

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Caption contest

Written By: - Date published: 2:33 pm, January 13th, 2017 - 33 comments

Julie Anne Genter to stand in Mt Albert by-election

Written By: - Date published: 10:46 am, January 13th, 2017 - 39 comments

Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter will be standing in the Mount Albert by-election to be held on 25 February

Open Mike 13/01/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 13th, 2017 - 154 comments

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Know Your Place (this is a White Man’s Island)

Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, January 12th, 2017 - 76 comments

Just remember that

Open Mike 12/01/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 12th, 2017 - 109 comments

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Obama’s last speech

Written By: - Date published: 7:19 pm, January 11th, 2017 - 94 comments

Tired of jokes about Trump and golden showers?  Want to read a real political speech?  Well here is the text to Barak Obama’s last political speech as POTUS.

NRT: Denying the obvious

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, January 11th, 2017 - 44 comments

I/S at No Right turn writes on Revenue Minister Collins’ denial of obvious tax avoidance.

Open Mike 11/01/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 11th, 2017 - 289 comments

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Open Mike 10/01/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 10th, 2017 - 144 comments

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2016 hottest year – NIWA live stream

Written By: - Date published: 10:48 am, January 9th, 2017 - 13 comments

As long predicted and widely reported, 2016 has been confirmed as the hottest year ever. Watch the NIWA stream on the situation in NZ, live at 11am.

Open Mike 09/01/2017

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Advertising Standards Authority rules in favour of Greenpeace ad on river quality

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 pm, January 8th, 2017 - 163 comments

The Advertising Standards Authority rejects all 12 complaints about the ad, including one from Dairy NZ. 

Open Mike 08/01/2017

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Open Mike 07/01/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 7th, 2017 - 122 comments

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Open Mike 06/01/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 6th, 2017 - 165 comments

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