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Photoshop Wars?

Written By: - Date published: 4:03 pm, April 17th, 2018 - 56 comments
Categories: Deep stuff, Donald Trump, making shit up, Media, military, Propaganda, Syria, uk politics, us politics, war - Tags:

The Independent’s Robert Fisk reports from Douma, where he interviewed one of the clinic doctors who said that the images that outraged Trump, May and Macron were real, but the cause was oxygen starvation from dust, not poisonous gas. Could it be that misleading images started a bombing war? What might this say about Western values?

Dr Assim Rahaibani told Robert Fisk:

“I was with my family in the basement of my home three hundred metres from here on the night but all the doctors know what happened. There was a lot of shelling [by government forces] and aircraft were always over Douma at night – but on this night, there was wind and huge dust clouds began to come into the basements and cellars where people lived. People began to arrive here suffering from hypoxia, oxygen loss. Then someone at the door, a “White Helmet”, shouted “Gas!”, and a panic began. People started throwing water over each other. Yes, the video was filmed here, it is genuine, but what you see are people suffering from hypoxia – not gas poisoning.”

So while the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Warfare is interviewing the eyewitnesses in Damascus, locals in Douma told Fisk:

the many people I talked to amid the ruins of the town who said they had “never believed in” gas stories – which were usually put about, they claimed, by the armed Islamist groups. These particular jihadis survived under a blizzard of shellfire by living in other’s people’s homes and in vast, wide tunnels with underground roads carved through the living rock by prisoners with pick-axes on three levels beneath the town. I walked through three of them yesterday, vast corridors of living rock which still contained Russian – yes, Russian – rockets and burned-out cars.

He says this about the White Helmets;

The White Helmets – the medical first responders already legendary in the West but with some interesting corners to their own story – played a familiar role during the battles. They are partly funded by the Foreign Office and most of the local offices were staffed by Douma men. I found their wrecked offices not far from Dr Rahaibani’s clinic. A gas mask had been left outside a food container with one eye-piece pierced and a pile of dirty military camouflage uniforms lay inside one room. Planted, I asked myself? I doubt it. The place was heaped with capsules, broken medical equipment and files, bedding and mattresses.

Of course we must hear their side of the story, but it will not happen here: a woman told us that every member of the White Helmets in Douma abandoned their main headquarters and chose to take the government-organised and Russian-protected buses to the rebel province of Idlib with the armed groups when the final truce was agreed.

At least there is one real journalist who was on the ground asking questions. I would rather hear from the likes of him than those who are simply repeaters of the official line.

56 comments on “Photoshop Wars?”

  1. Anne 1

    …one of the clinic doctors who said that the images that outraged Trump, May and Macron were real, but the cause was oxygen starvation from dust, not poisonous gas. Could it be that misleading images started a bombing war?

    Like a 2018 version of the WMDs that we now know never existed? Not beyond the realms of possibility but if so, we will never know the truth until that truth no longer matters – like the WMDs that we now know never existed.

  2. Brigid 2

    Oh those lovely ones the White Helmets, fabricate and video a chemical attack.
    The result: Syria’s pharmaceutical installations get obliterated. The installations where drugs were being developed which could no longer be imported because of the bombers sanctions.

    Another report that supports Fisk’s findings

    Incidentally the first responders in Syria are the Syrian Arab Red Crescent or Real Syrian Civil Defense. They don’t carry video equipment or arms.
    The RSCD is a founder member of the ICDO, the official UN and Red Cross affiliated International Civil Defence Organisation, based in Geneva.

    The White helmets are not sanctioned by the UN or International Civil Defense Organisation. A person could ask themselves, “Why not?”

    Lastly, if you dare, read this
    https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-real-syria-civil-defence-saving-real-syrians-not-oscar-winning-white-helmets-saving-al-qaeda/5583020

  3. Ed 3

    Thanks – another excellent article that pushes back against the official propaganda we have been subjected to.

    Patrick Cockburn, Vanessa Beeley and Eva Bartlett have also reported from the ground in Syria – as opposed to a desk in Beirut, Amman or Tel Aviv.

    • dukeofurl 3.1

      Its almost a repeat of 1914, replace Archduke Ferdinand with Douma, but at least Ferdinand was killed

    • joe90 3.2

      the official propaganda

      As an alternative to both the western narrative and Assad’s propaganda whores, a Syrian.

      http://www.yassinhs.com/

      • Kaya3 3.2.1

        Wonderful words there – a “western narrative” v “Assad’s propaganda whores” – not a whiff of bias to be found.
        Get back to us and tell us what the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights had to say about it. They’re in Coventry. Very authoritative.

        • joe90 3.2.1.1

          a “western narrative” v “Assad’s propaganda whores

          Did I say that?.

          No I fucking didn’t.

          • Bill 3.2.1.1.1

            You juxtaposed two positions that you described by those words.

            So, I’ve no idea why your’e complaining about Kaya3’s comment that just pointed out the obvious bias inherent to your descriptions …unless your looking to start some pointless flame war.

            Which I hope you’re not.

            • joe90 3.2.1.1.1.1

              Yassin al-Haj Saleh as an alternative to both, not to either, or.

              • Bill

                Yassin al-Haj Saleh (from the little I’ve read) gives the bog standard line of the authoritarian left.

                Neo-liberalism/popular revolt against = support “the rebels”.

                But as I said yesterday, the big hole in that one (bar the fact there never reallywere any “moderate rebels”) is that “the west” has never sought to take down a government following liberal prescriptions.

                And “the west” has tried to take down the Syrian Government.

                Timber Sycamore (h/t Ed) was finally pulled by Trump. This from the NYT. (my emphasis)

                After The Washington Post first reported on his decision, Mr. Trump tweeted that he was ending “massive, dangerous, and wasteful payments to Syrian rebels fighting Assad.” During an interview with The Wall Street Journal last month, the president said many of the C.I.A.-supplied weapons ended up in the hands of “Al Qaeda” — presumably a reference to the Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, which often fought alongside the C.I.A.-backed rebels.

                https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/world/middleeast/cia-syria-rebel-arm-train-trump.html

                • joe90

                  Accusing the western left of being blinkered by their own obsessions is the bog standard line of the authoritarian left?

                  What did you expect from the left in its response to the Syrian revolution?

                  It came to me as a shock, actually, that most of them have sided with Bashar al-Assad. I don’t expect much out of the international left, but I thought they would understand our situation and see us as a people who were struggling against a very despotic, very corrupt, and very sectarian regime. I thought they would see us and side with us. What I found, unfortunately, is that most people on the left know absolutely nothing about Syria. They know nothing of its history, political economy, or contemporary circumstances, and they don’t see us.

                  In America, the leftists are against the establishment in their own country. In a way, they thought that the U.S. establishment was siding with the Syrian revolution — something that is completely false and an utter lie — and for this reason they have stood against us. And this applies to leftists almost everywhere in the world. They are obsessed with the White House and the establishment powers of their own countries. The majority are also still obsessed with the old Cold War-era struggles against imperialism and capitalism.

                  https://theintercept.com/2016/10/26/syria-yassin-al-haj-saleh-interview/

                  • Bill

                    Why are you asking a question of me on something I didn’t write?

                    I said that his analysis is bog standard authoritarian left stuff. Read any Trot website and you’ll get the same basic arguments he peddles.

                    1. The government was running on a neo-liberal agenda.
                    2. The people revolted against that.
                    3.They constitute the opposition and ought to be supported.

                    On to what you cut and pasted.

                    I don’t know a single person who “sides with” Bashir Al Assad. Almost all liberal and left commentary I’ve read runs with the “rebels” line regardless of how much “head chopping” evidence is presented

                    There is no “revolution” as al-Haj Saleh (and others) might wish to believe. (Which is not to say people weren’t making demands at the very outset)

                    There are “soldiers of God” stomping and chopping their way around Syria. That’s all there has been for a few years now. The US, EU and others have supported them their enthusiasm to be rid of Assad. (The Timber Sycamore thang again).

                    • joe90

                      something I didn’t write?

                      You opined that Yassin al-Haj Saleh (from the little I’ve read) gives the bog standard line of the authoritarian left, [but you didn’t write it, apparently] and I asked whether you thought that his opinion of the western left was the bog standard line of the authoritarian left.

                    • Bill

                      Joe.

                      Running the lines of the authoritarian left re: an analysis of the situation in Syria, and having opinions on the western left (where it stands re:Syria) are two different things.

                      I’ve given my opinion on both counts.

              • Macro

                Thanks for the link Joe – at last one can see how the people of Syria feel about the horror that surrounds them – and if any commentators here question the credibility of Yassin al-Haj Saleh they should read his Bio.
                http://www.yassinhs.com/bio/

                Far more cred than the biased opinions of Cockburn, Beeley, and Barlett. Ed goes on about how they are reporting on the ground from Syria – yeah right – Assad’s palace.
                https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/12/whitewashing-assad-allies-challenged-161223135228023.html

      • reason 3.2.2

        “Assad’s propaganda whores” … are you referring to Vanessa Beeley and Eva Bartlett Joe90? …. John Pilger & Robert Fisk ??

        Or posters here ?

        Gee we better be quiet …. or be called whores

        In this very informative good quality Audio interview ( it runs a short repeating montage of photo’s during the interview ), we get a short concise description of key international law Introduced by the Allies in 1945 when the Nazis were ‘defeated’.

        Crimes against Humanity
        War Crimes
        Crimes against Peace

        It’s at approx 17 min 30 second mark

        Listen to it and ask yourself is Wayne Mapp possibly a war criminal … and / or has he ever advocated for New Zealand to engage in wars or actions which break the above International law ?. http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2009/09/our-government-wants-us-to-be-rogue.html

        The interview also gives very good information on key actions starting the cold war …. and the propaganda used to make people fearful of Russia …. preserving military spending and power…..

        Towards the end of the Audio interview the the influence of right wing emigre groups in the usa….. and their influence on present day usa foreign policy is mentioned calmly and factually.

        Its all relevant to the propaganda and wars going on today ,,,,

        Again examine Wayne Mapp and consider the views and statements he makes regarding Israel / Russia ‘ usa … …. and his ‘advice’ on what Labour should be doing regarding international peace, stability and respect for humane rights….

        Just like John Key molesting women and childrens hair … these warmongers will not stop until made to … and held to some accountability.

        17 minutes 30 seconds … good Audio quality and pleasant voices from the professor and host

        • joe90 3.2.2.1

          You’ve found another wingnut video to spam, bless.

          • reason 3.2.2.1.1

            Professor Christopher Simpson is no wing-nut …. so your insult as a rebuttal is a bit pathetic ….. just like your ‘whore’ comment

            I would call a wing nut someone who pretended Libya is now better off with Gaddafi removed……

            Because as you yourself said Joe90 …. when commenting on my post about Gaddafi s bloodless coup …. ” it was all downhill after that ”

            Downhill according to joe90 …….

            “Health care is [was] available to all citizens free of charge by the public sector.

            infant mortality rates had decreased from 105 per 1000 live births in 1970 to an Infant mortality rate 14.0

            Confirmed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), undernourishment was less than 5 %,

            Took literacy from 25% up to 87% under with 25% earning university degrees.

            University education was free.

            Gross primary school enrolment ratio was 97% for boys and 97% for girls (2009) .
            (see UNESCO tables

            The pupil teacher ratio in primary schools was of the order of 17 (1983 UNESCO data)

            Went from a country beset with cholera and unsafe water problems …. to a very low percentage of people without access to safe water (3 percent), health services (0 percent) and sanitation (2 percent)

            With regard to Women’s Rights, World Bank data point to significant achievements, “In a relative short period of time … passed in 1970 was an equal pay for equal work law… In secondary and tertiary education, girls outnumbered boys by 10%.” (World Bank Country Brief,

            From the early 1980’s until 2003 it was placed under crippling sanctions by the US and UN.

            The Government [was] substantially increasing the development budget for health services.

            Unfortunately this country was destroyed by NATO / Clinton / Obama.

            I bet joe90 was supporting Libyas ‘no fly zone’ destruction as it happened.

            Weren’t you Joe90 ? …….

            Did you use the phrase Gaddafi ‘whores’ to those protesting the destruction of Libya ???

            • joe90 3.2.2.1.1.1

              So, you’re okay with Gaddafi imprisoning, torturing and murdering thousands because of their Islamic inclinations and political opposition [the massacre at Abu Salim prison], his physical liquidation campaign against Libyan dissidents abroad, his persecution of university students suspected of opposing his regime, the public executions, repressing his traditional tribal rivals, and financing, training and exporting terror groups. Righto….

              • reason

                Funny I don’t remember saying any of that … thats just you Joe90 …. and are you sure your not mixed up and putting up a list of Israels crimes”” …..

                Libya had the greatest improvements of living standards for its population …. in the shortest period of time …..

                …The facts and statistics showed a country which went from one of the poorest nations in its continent into the richest nation….it also gained the highest Human Development Index, the lowest infant mortality and the highest life expectancy

                Which is kind of confusing when squared up against what you wrote.,,,,

                Should I point out Nelson Mandela was one of the ‘terrorists’ he supported ….

                Same with the Cuban revolution …. and their terrorist label….

                actually it seems your sloppy broad brush would have Some people around here calling you a propaganda whore …. well one person actually

                Libya has been totally destroyed as a modern state thanks to NATO ….

                I can tell your ok with it …. from your lack of denial when asked whether you supported its “no fly zone” destruction

              • joe90

                when commenting on my post about Gaddafi s bloodless coup

                Back up sport and tell me where and when I’m supposed to have said it was all downhill after that.

                • reason

                  You chirped in with your “all down-hill” crap / war justifying propaganda … when I was commenting on this video …. which shows the lynching like hanging of Saddam ….. as well as the British helped mob killing of Gaddafi …. among a lot of other things .. it’s main fault imo is tainting Gaddafi with Saddam ….by association at the beginning….. https://www.bitchute.com/video/hUaWa8L9YPXL/

                  Saddam was a CIA installed murderous thug whose first act was to torture and kill the socialist party / movement in Iraq … and then go on a usa encouraged war with Iran …. gassing and killing up to a million Iranians etc etc

                  Whereas gaddafi lead a bloodless coup … ejected BP …. and in a form of socialism …. used Libyas oil wealth to achieve independently documented huge improvements …. in the housing, education, health and other social needs for Libya.

                  Anyway Joe90 Your present war squak is worse … trying to sheet blame for things the brits /usa were up to (destabilization / assassination /encouraging division ) ….

                  the positive statistics the Libyan people experienced directly refute your “repressing his traditional tribal rivals” …..

                  ie…. if 97% of children are enrolled in school and can go on to higher education for free … what tribe was being discriminated against “.

                  or if 97% of the people get clean water … where is the discrimination?.

                  The huge drop in infant mortality and free health-care … which tribes missed out?.

                  Getting rid of the slums … which ghettos did he leave ?

                  His 1970 equal rights legislation for women … and their participation rates at university ( all built after the bloodless coup ) … no tribal discrimination … but hated by Extremist Islamic fighters…. like the Manchester based British ones…. who were involved in multiple assassination attempts against Gaddafi….. Gaddafi had a daughter killed and other children injured in one attempt on his life ….

                  Like Castro he never attempted to assassinate the british PM or leader of the usa … despite double digit murder plots and attempts originating from them

                  Your new propaganda regurgitates the old he supports terrorists … but leave out that support for Mandela , Castro and the Palestinian people was defined as supporting terrorism …. by the thatchers , Reagans and zionist leaders.

                  The original video I was commenting on shows a Syrian white helmets ‘blooper’ …. someone forgot to yell action at the 5 minute 45 sec mark … and we see a smiling ‘first responder’ get his white helmet sad face

                  6 mins 30 secs …. The russian ambassador ( who looks a bit like Wayne mapp ), getting shot in the back ….

                  https://www.bitchute.com/video/hUaWa8L9YPXL/

                  or

                  • joe90

                    You chirped in with your “all down-hill”

                    Best you link to my comment, in it’s entirety, for context, and then perhaps I could unravel your word salad.

                    • reason

                      Well you’ll have to ask one of the Authors or Lyn how to search a posters comments further back than the ‘Replies’ one in the side bar does ….

                      You got worse in this thread though … expanding into a ‘Tyrant’ description ….

                      All of your Cameron / Clinton attempted justifications … Are descriptions of what usa / NATO foreign policy entails … to quote your projection propaganda ……

                      ” imprisoning, torturing and murdering thousands because of their Islamic inclinations and political opposition [the massacres at Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria], his physical liquidation campaign against usa dissidents abroad, his persecution of university students suspected of opposing his regime, the public executions, repressing his traditional tribal rivals, and financing, training and exporting terror groups.”

                      Martin Luther King — “The greatest purveyor of violence in the world : My own Government, I can not be Silent.”

                      Nelson Mandela — “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America……they don’t care for human beings.”

                      Nothing has changed …. https://www.mintpressnews.com/operation-timber-sycamore-washingtons-secret-war-syria/222692/

                    • joe90

                      you’ll have to ask one of the Authors

                      I have to do no such fucking thing.

                      You’re the one making the assertion, so it’s up to you to ask one of the Authors.

                  • reason

                    Your a clown Joe90 …. because You Will have to ask the Authors ….. to find Your comment …..Because I won’t waste time to prove you’ve been a two time propaganda projector … you’ve proven it repeatedly in this thread alone

                    But …. If your prepared to bet on a self imposed three month ban …. ie have a bet on my “downhill”quote from you ….. with the dishonest / wrong one between us taking a three month self imposed posting holiday….

                    Then I will ask an Author and track down my post ~ and your reply

                    I’ve made the same offer to Alwyn …. for him repeating Auckland housing stat lies ….. which he wanted Me to track down

                    He went quiet on that one … After acting / being all indignant …. like you.

                    So you either find your own comment you made to me …. or have the bet with me …. and compensate my waste of time …. searching for Your crap

                    Your choice joe90 ….I’m prepared to bet ‘no posts from me for three months if I’m wrong ….. and I do not have two user names like Pete / repateet ….. so its a serious ‘no posting’ wager from me

                    Otherwise Hiss off

                    • joe90

                      Your a clown Joe90

                      […]

                      and compensate my waste of time

                      It’s you’re, you semi-literate cretin. But anyhow, can a mod ban this supercilious fuckwit for lying about another commenter.

                    • One Two []

                      Pleading for other commentators to be banned appears to have become contagious…

                      Best get yourself a box of hankies , Joe…

                    • alwyn

                      What on earth are you talking about?

            • Ed 3.2.2.1.1.2

              Joe90 cannot use reason when discussing issues surrounding Russia.

              • reason

                Its hard to tell who has been warped by our near on 100 years ‘red scare propaganda exposure …. and those who cynically spread it.

                So I try and attack the sin …. challenge the logic and moral holes in the propaganda …. rather than attack the sinner, as I do not know their motives ….

                But when their propaganda technique is the intimidation of derogatory ” ‘Assad lovers’ ‘whores’ or other abuse labels and straw-men arguments… that bad behavior has blow back for their own reputations and arguments….. When called out

                Its NATO missiles and right wing fascists / extremists surrounding Russia … that is a big issue for them ….. not to mention long time western support for extreme Isis type jihad killers …

                “The CIA’s jihad”

                “The story begins in the summer of 1979, six months before the Soviet invasion, when the CIA had already begun financing elements of an emerging Islamist mujahidin force inside Afghanistan. The idea, according to former US National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and former CIA Director Robert Gates, was to increase the probability of a Soviet invasion, and entrap ‘the Soviets into a Vietnamese quagmire’.1” https://newint.org/features/2009/10/01/blowback-extended-version/

                But its all invisible and disguise from our media ….

                Terrible acting from a western backed crocodile / Coup leader for the first 1 min 30 seconds of this short music video … then the reality of who suffers … with the usa / NATOs non-relenting backing of violence …

                https://www.bitchute.com/video/H44EYHitZM4q/

              • reason

                I see Joe90 has gone full blown fizzer ….. ” you semi-literate cretin. But anyhow, can a mod ban this supercilious fuckwit for lying about another commenter.”

                It’s like he thinks I rolled out of bed and made shit up about his cliched “all down-hill” ambiguous smear of Gaddafi …… Which he’s expanded upon quite specifically in this thread….

                After flaming away with “whores” & ” WingNuts ” ….

                If any Author watches this informative and conservative video …. and considers it “wingnut” stuff …. I’ll gladly take a ban.

                If not then maybe a written warning for Joe90 and his flaming ad homs 😉

                And if Bill or another Author can show me how to search back further in replies to me …. I’ll show I have not misrepresented Joe90s position or posting history.

                He can skip the bet …… like Alwyn ….but like Pete / repateets duel user names …. its bound to crop up again …. when the behavior is being repeated.

  4. Liberal Realist 4

    IMO this event and all the other events involving the ‘white helmets’ are fabrications and pretext generating false flags.

    I always come back to the same question: Cui Bono?

    In this instance Assad had no logical or political reason to employ chemical weapons. His forces had won the battle for Douma and a parlay was in the process of being implemented. Even in the event Syria had retained chemical or biological weapon stockpiles, what could possibly motivate Assad to employ those weapons on the eve of victory? A move would be almost certain to result in use of force by the imperial forces?

    On the other hand, the imperial forces of US, UK et al had every motivation to proceed with a ‘perception management’ psyop which by all accounts was successful (at least initially). Assad is winning the war, imperial forces’ proxies were at risk, AND I suspect that evidence of complicity of the imperial forces in the use/supply of chemical weapons was also at risk of being found by the SAA. Trump’s big mouth backed him into a corner, requiring a face saving ‘response’. Queue 100 odd cruise missile strikes on bogus targets.

    Alas, the perception management component of the West’s false flag was successful. European vassals that weren’t on board must be brought to heel. The latest piece of flippant propaganda permeating from the US/UK is the 2000% increase in ‘Russian troll factory’ propaganda which has quickly morphed into ‘Russian global cyber attacks’. The imperial forces propaganda line is repeated verbatim across the West in news wires/feeds with little to no impartial analysis – testimony and social media content being showcased as ‘proof’ etc. Anti-Russian rhetoric and sentiment in general has now become entrenched in the political/media classes of the West – i.e. mission successful.

    The door has be left wide open for another ‘response’ to another (pending) false flag chemical attack. The SAA must secure Afrin next, this is where the next false flag is likely to occur following the same playbook. The ‘white helmets’ have likely already received their orders…

    The Syrian war from the very beginning has been an imperial hegemonic war. We stand at the most dangerous moment in history with a nuclear armed hegemonic empire in rapid decline and its desperation to ‘contain’ those powers that challenge their unipolar global dominance.

    • Ed 4.1

      “We stand at the most dangerous moment in history with a nuclear armed hegemonic empire in rapid decline and”

      …….led by a deranged narcissist.

      • Liberal Realist 4.1.1

        Indeed.

        Who is supposed to govern a nation with a group of deranged narcissists… i.e. Bolton, Pompeo, Haspel (*TBC), Sessions, Nielsen, Mnuchin …

      • Kaya3 4.1.2

        I wish he was the leader, there is not a snowball chance in hell that Trump is leading anything. This is the deep state we hear about. Not a shred of tinfoil anywhere. This is for real.

  5. patricia bremner 5

    Three of them Ed, in Nth Korea Russia and USA. Dangerous times.

  6. In Vino 6

    It frightens me that news can now be so easily faked. How in hell will we be able to know when news is not being faked? Photoshop and bullshit can be so convincing. I advise the utmost caution in suspending disbelief. Believe nothing, and you have a better chance of being on the money.

  7. Jenny 7

    So your hero Assad terrorised and killed these families including their children conventionally. And you are all celebrating this?

    The rebels have always said that the West’s obsession with gas weapons, misses the point that the regime has been slaughtering tens of thousands of civilians from the air with conventional weapons on an industrial scale.

    As far as you are concerned this is alright?

    They deserved it?

    http://int.search.myway.com/search/video.jhtml?n=784894dd&p2=%5EBYE%5Exdm227%5ETTAB02%5Enz&pg=video&pn=1&ptb=26529952-55E6-42C6-B5F8-6C05CF4AE913&qs=&searchfor=video+dead+children+Douma+gas+attack&si=XXXXXXXXXX&ss=sub&st=tab&tpr=sbt&trs=wtt&vidOrd=2&vidId=IJWxZUK3TDA

    • spikeyboy 7.1

      Your crocodile tears are so obvious its just not convincing. When I read something you write that shows the same level of concern for the terrible suffering in Yemen and the atrocities comitted by the Israeli army against defenseless Palestinian protesters then I may think that you are genuinely concerned by the suffering in Syria. Until then I will take all your comments as simple minded propaganda.

    • Kaya3 7.2

      “The rebels” – you mean the US/UK/Saudi funded, trained and armed Islamist terrorists trying to overthrow the leader of a secular and sovereign nation while occupying it illegally and carrying out illegal acts of war on it? OK, let’s have a look at it then.

      https://off-guardian.org/2018/02/21/the-guardian-is-right-ghouta-is-syrias-srebrenica-another-lie-told-to-justify-humanitarian-intervention-murder/

      Don’t believe everything you see on Newshub, they get it from the BBC. Don’t be another useful idiot.

    • Kaya3 7.3

      Here you go Jenny, a slightly more believable take on that nonsense you posted.

      “The recent bombing raids on Syria are predicated on a false consensus that President Bashar al-Assad is responsible for using chemical weapons against his own people.

      But even intelligence officials say these claims are widely disputed. Below we run through everything we know, and don’t know, about the attacks.”

      https://renegadeinc.com/assad-gas-people/

      That link provides sources to support what it says, it isn’t another “White Helmets Production”

  8. savenz 8

    There’s so much fake news, but it get scary when government leaders start bombing first and ask question’s later.

    • Incognito 8.1

      A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job.

      John Wayne

      It is known as The Code of the West.

      I cannot be sure whether this is part of it though: “shoot first, then ask questions”.

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  • The biggest challenge for a generation ahead – covid-19. Defeat and Recovery
    Last month I wrote my blog on covid-19 pointing out the in our pre Alert Level 4 days that a subject no one had heard here months ago was now dominating the media. An amazing feature of this crisis is how quickly it has swept every other issue aside worldwide. ...
    PunditBy Wyatt Creech
    1 day ago
  • Testing for COVID-19 in NZ to Achieve the Elimination Goal
    Nick Wilson,1 Ayesha Verrall,1,2 Len Cook,3 Alistair Gray,3 Amanda Kvalsvig,1 Michael Baker,1 (1epidemiologists, 2infectious disease physician, 3statisticians) In this blog, we raise ideas for how New Zealand might optimise testing to both identify cases in the community as part of the COVID-19 elimination strategy, and to confirm when the virus ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 day ago
  • Should we all be wearing face masks to prevent Covid-19 spread?
    Maybe you’ve seen the graph that says those countries where everyone wears a mask are the ones that have managed to keep Covid-19 under control? The first thing to say about that claim is that those countries also did lots of other things, too – they acted fast, with intense ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 day ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #14
    Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... North Atlantic's capacity to absorb CO2 overestimated, study suggests Research into ocean’s plankton likely to lead to ...
    1 day ago
  • The Americans are trying to kill us all again
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 11
    . . April 5: Day eleven of living in lock-down… My one day of rest for the week, and an opportunity to mow my lawns – which I’d been delaying for about three weeks. (On the plus side, the damp micro-climate in my back yard yielded three lovely fresh mushrooms ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 day ago
  • Now we know what the rules are
    As the lockdown has gone on, disquiet about what the rules were and the police's enforcement of them has grown. On Friday, Police admitted that they were abusing routine traffic stops to effectively set up illegal checkpoints, and on Saturday Stuff revealed internal police advice saying that they actually needed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 2: Green et al (2019)
    Paul Connett is putting all his eggs in one basket. He says “you only have to read four studies” to find community after fluoridation harmful. Image credit: Fluoride Action Network newsletter. For part 1 of this series see Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018). Paul Connett, ...
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: Splore Listening Lounge 2020: the road to a “yes” vote
    As far as anyone can say, New Zeaand still has a general election scheduled for September 19 this year. The election will be accompanied by two referenda, one of which will ask voters:Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?The official campaign period for the cannabis referendum begins ...
    2 days ago
  • Obituary for The New Zealand Listener (1939-2020)
    The vast majority of tributes to the Listener hearken back to its glory days, with little reflection on the magazine as it was at its end.I wrote for it, for half the Listener’s life; I have known personally all the editors except the first (mythical) three. From 1978 to 2014 ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 days ago
  • Universal income – a challenge to capitalism or a crutch?
    As the world economy slides rapidly towards deep recession there are growing calls for a Universal Benefit coming from some leftists and rightists. Now Finance Minister Grant Robertson is saying it is on the table.  This article by a French party Workers Struggle provides analysis of various forms of universal ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018)
    This is the advice from the very top of the anti-fluoride movement – Paul Connett, director of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). Don’t worry about reading  up on all the scientific information “You only have ...
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 10
    . . April 4: Day 10 of living in lock-down… I wake up to a fine Saturday morning which normally would be like an early Christmas. But it’s Day 10 of Level 4 Lock Down. What  will my fellow New Zealanders be doing on a day like this – staying ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • Redline reaching out to more writers & readers
    Some time during the night we went over the 850,000 views mark. We might have had our millionth view by the end of this year – certainly by early next year. Most of the people involved in Redline spent years and years producing various small left-wing papers and selling them ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Keir Starmer elected
    Comfortably, in the very first round, with an impressive 56% of the votes.I wonder, did members of the Shadow Cabinet start tweeting their resignations during Starmer's victory speech, or is that only a trick the right pull?It is odd how all the talk of how the next leader "needs to ...
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: Michael Baker and the Big House
    One of the key voices in this extraordinary time in which we live is that of University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker. Philip Matthews did an an excellent job this weekend of capturing the way he became the man for this moment in a profile for The Press.But one ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand Gives up on Trying to Save Daylight
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation today about the decline in daylight New Zealand has been experiencing over the previous few months. She said “As many of you will notice, our attempts to stem the dwindling of the daylight over the last few months have been completely ...
    Can of wormsBy Can of Worms, Opened
    3 days ago
  • A bulletin from Greece
    Redline received this article from the KOE a Marxist party in Greece Our friends in the KOE describe here the mounting crisis in Greece and tensions on the Turkish border. As desperate people flee from their homelands which have been ruined after decades of imperialist wars and interventions the people ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • And God spake all these words, saying
    As the first week of Level Four lockdown unfolded, mounting questions grew as to just what was (and was not) allowed under its “rules”. Partly these were driven by some apparently contradictory messages from different authority figures and explanations carried in the media. Partly they reflected a somewhat sketchy legal basis ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 9
    . . April 3: Day 9 of living in lock-down… Another late-start to my work day. Everything is temporarily upended as clients are shuffled around so we can minimise our “bubble” by reducing the number of people we help. One of my colleagues has been removed from his clients; his ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Death to our lockdown enemies!
    We must root out the traitors among us! ...
    Imperator FishBy Scott Yorke
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: The benefits of electrification
    In order to meet our 2050 carbon target and do our bit to avoid making the Earth uninhabitable, New Zealand needs to decarbonise our economy, replacing fossil fuels with electricity in the energy, industrial and transport sectors. The good news is that it will mean cheaper power for all of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of a pretty flower, .   . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a cute animal video. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8
    . . April 2: Day eight of living in lock-down… Today, my work day starts late. Our rosters and clients have been dramatically changed, lessening (theoretically) the number of people in our work “bubble”.  If just one of us catches covid19 the impact could be considerable as Grey Base Hospital ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • A note on apartments and bubbles
    As Aotearoa enters week two of lockdown, it’s clear we’re all still working out what our “bubbles” look like and how to stay in them to stop the spread of Covid-19. New to the government’s Covid-19 website is some good guidance for people living in apartment blocks. Recent decades have ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    5 days ago
  • Getting in futures shape 
    “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” Lenin Don’t we all know that feeling now.

    Prospect Magazine alerted me to this particularly apt quote. It is a much more evocative quote than Hemingway’s “gradually then suddenly” which is also doing ...

    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    5 days ago
  • Maybe axing Clark would be unfair. But what about any of this is fair?
    Yesterday was the day the consequences of the lockdown suddenly got very real for many. Firms have been closing and laying people off since the outset of the quarantine but this has mostly been happening out of the public eye. The mass closure of a number of iconic New Zealand ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    5 days ago
  • Might a ‘Coasean’ social contract mitigate overall societal harm from COVID-19?
    Brian Williamson1, Prof Nick Wilson2 (1Economic consultant, UK; 2University of Otago Wellington) In this blog, we outline how a win-win social contract could be forged to address the major dimensions of response to the COVID-19 pandemic when using a mitigation strategy: the particular need to protect older people from high ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Returning To “Normalcy”.
    Resuming Normal Service: The Republican Party's nominee for in 1920, Warren Harding, promised the American people: “not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration”. If she wishes to remain our prime minister, then Jacinda Ardern will offer New Zealanders the same.HOW EDUCATED AMERICA snickered when the ...
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Government Must Save New Zealand’s Media.
    No Free Society Without A Free And Functioning News Media: If we are to surrender our civil rights to the broader cause of defeating Covid-19, then foreign corporations must, likewise, surrender their right to inflict immense economic and cultural harm on New Zealanders simply because it improves their bottom line.I’M ...
    5 days ago
  • Corona fevers and the madness of models
    by Daphna Whitmore A third of the world is under lockdown and a clear assessment of this measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 is urgently needed.  With any high-stakes decisions it has to be asked what are we dealing with here? Are the measures warranted? Will they achieve their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Lockdown day 8
    I haven’t done a huge amount in the last few days. I’m reading The Poppy War and I’ve sort of poked at a couple of games – I started SOMA but I’m a wimp and I quit while in the first room after the brain scan. I might try it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    5 days ago
  • Backstage and Theatre
    The swan politicians may be gliding on the water, occasionally snapping at one another. Meanwhile, as the Covid19 crisis illustrates, the officials are desperately paddling below providing the real locomotion. One of the most fatuous recent grandstanding comments (of about a week ago), adding to the public’s anxieties, was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • Legal Beagle: Waiver, the singular Crown and the conduct of Crown legal business
    Much has been written about the importance of discretion in an emergency situation, and the concerns raised by the potential for it to be exercised arbitrarily. Given the quality of the discussion, there seemed little point in adding to it at any length. In particular, I point to the evidence ...
    5 days ago
  • Highlights from Bauer Media’s science-related reporting
    Today has felt surreal. I was all set to touch base online with my science communication students when a colleague shared the news that Bauer Media would be shutting down its publications immediately. The first link I saw implied it was Woman’s Weekly affected, and even that shocked me. But ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    5 days ago
  • Outsiders.
    Bogeymen, Real And Imagined: Is the number of psychopathic and sociopathic individuals in any given society truly as vanishingly small as we like to tell ourselves? Isn’t it more likely that the mass-shooters and serial-killers filling the headlines represent only the tip of a much, much larger iceberg of frightfulness? ...
    5 days ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    5 days ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    6 days ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    6 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    7 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    7 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    7 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    7 days ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    1 week ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    1 week ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    1 week ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
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    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
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  • Work to repurpose PGF funds begins
    The Provincial Development Unit is working through applications and projects to see where Provincial Growth Fund money can be repurposed for initiatives deemed more critical to fighting the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “We need to be throwing everything we have at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • A million workers supported by Govt wage subsidy
    The Government’s wage subsidy to protect jobs and keep workers and businesses connected during the lockdown has now supported over a million New Zealanders, with $6.6 billion already paid out. “We’re supporting businesses to pay wages, and stay connected with their workers so that we are all in a better ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Government helps Pacific communities fight COVID
    The Government is stepping up efforts to help protect New Zealand’s Pacific communities in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet has agreed that $17 million will be allocated to support a COVID-19 Pacific Response Package, which will: Support Pacific health and disability services facing increased demand; Ramp up public health messaging ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Dr David Clark
    “Yesterday evening the Health Minister advised me of his trip to a beach during the lockdown and offered his resignation,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “Under normal conditions I would sack the Minister of Health. What he did was wrong, and there are no excuses.  “But right now, my priority is our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Statement from David Clark
    Last night as part of my preparation for the Epidemic Response Committee, I provided the Prime Minister with a complete picture of my activity outside my home during Alert Level 4.  That included the fact that on the first weekend of the Alert Level 4 lockdown I drove my family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • COVID-19 mental health support begins
    A range of support is being rolled out across New Zealand to help people look after their mental health during COVID-19 Health Minister David Clark said this morning. “COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty into our lives and many of us will be feeling some level of distress or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
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