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Scoop Today - Fiji Coup Full Coverage Inside

HEADLINES

FIJI COUP -
FIJILIVE.COM EXCLUSIVE: British SAS man is Speight's right hand
George Speight Profiled - Rookie Journalists Caught In The Crossfire
FIJI COUP FULL COVERAGE
Scoop Opinion: Fiji Editorial The Indigenous Perspective

OTHER NEWS -
Sludge #6
A Week Of It: A Little Nationalism Goes A Long Way
On The Left: The West Coast As Seen In Auckland
Petrol Prices - Ever On Upwards

ERB Select Committee Hears From…
Christchurch Councillor Pleads Guilty To Sexual Misconduct
Tourism Initiatives
What Ministers Are Up To This Week
Russell Coutts And Brad Butterworth Quit
Good Faith Bargaining
Carbon Taxes
Maori & The Radio Spectrum Deal
Business Confidence Needs Clear Action
Globally Nuclear Free

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20/5/2000 - Fiji Coup leader George Speight - Latu Matoto USP

FIJI COUP FULL COVERAGE

FIJILIVE.COM EXCLUSIVE: British SAS man is Speight's right hand

- The newsagency that has been providing up to the minute coverage of the Coup over the weekend, Fijilive.com, is now reporting the involvement of a former member of Britain's Special Services in the attempted coup. "A top ex-British Army Special Air Services trainer is believed to be Speight's right hand man in the armed takeover of Parliament," says, Fijilive.com [1] "While our reporter at Parliament has got his name, we are trying to get it confirmed. The person, being referred to as Commander by everyone at Parliament, was apparently brought in by former coup leader and PM Sitiveni Rabuka after 1987 to set up the Counter Revolutionary Unit in the Fiji army."


[1] - http://businessnews.com.fj/


George Speight Profiled - Rookie Journalists Caught In The Crossfire

- Scoop is carrying ongoing coverage of the Fiji Coup from Journalism students at the University of the South Pacific in Suva. - David Robie Profiles Coup Leader George Speight - David Robie from the USP journalism programme – “The leader of the kidnappers holding the Fiji Islands government captive in Parliament has been branded as a terrorist by both the Pacific country's president and the leading daily newspaper Fiji Times.” See... The coup leader with a 'fanatical streak' [1] in the International wire. - Caught In The Crossfire - Yaya, a first-year student journalist from Fiji, and Aurere, from Papua New Guinea, report on how they got caught in crossfire at the besieged Parliament in Fiji's armed insurrection. See... Fiji coup - caught in the crossfire [2] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00088.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00087.htm


FIJI COUP FULL COVERAGE

- GREEN PARTY - Greens concerned at "creeping coup" [1]
- FIJIAN PRESIDENT - Fiji Coup: President Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara’s Statement [2]
- USP - SCOOP LINKS: FIJI COUP MEDIA FREEDOM ALERT!! [3] .
- USP - Rebel Lands 'Minister' - I'll Abolish All Tenure [4]
- AMNESTY INTL - Amnesty International Plea For Release Of Captives [5]
- USP Gunmen Free 10 Hostages In Fiji Insurrection [6]
- USP - Ratu Mara Vows To Restore Constitutional Rule [7]
- USP - Rabuka, Armed Forces Loyal To Mara [8]
- USP - Dissident Gunmen Claim Control Of Fiji Government [9] .
- SCOOP - NEWSFLASH: News Of The Fiji Coup [10]
- NZ GOVERNMENT - New Zealand Government condemns coup attempt [11]
- NATIONAL - Opposition condemns overthrow in Fiji [12]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00468.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00086.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00089.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00085.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00084.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00083.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00082.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00081.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00080.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00084.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00443.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00446.htm


Scoop Opinion: Fiji Editorial The Indigenous Perspective

- “Two things this morning. Firstly, in their interviews over the weekend and this morning, the media have featured overwhelmingly the views of Fijian Indians, and have disregarded any indigenous Fijian viewpoint. Hardly a balanced response.” A Maori New Zealander says Fijians should resolve their dispute “their own way.” See... Te Karere Ipurangi - Fiji Editorial [1] in the Headlines wire. A Pakeha Journalist was quick to disagree, see... Fiji Coup Editorial Response - Pattrick Smellie [2] , also in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00088.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00091.htm

TOP SCOOPS


Sludge #6

- In today’s Sludge Report C.D. Sludge writes about: Fiji Coup: Counter Revolutionary Expert Revolts - Dollar Down But Not Out - Meanwhile Sludge Is Sorry But.. - Turning Our Children Into Drug Users, Dealers and Abusers. See... Sludge Report #6 – Counter-Revolutionary Revolts [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00090.htm


A Week Of It: A Little Nationalism Goes A Long Way

- “Images of Helen Clark are everywhere at the moment. Two days running her toothy grin has graced the front cover of the Dominion – first, at the launching of her “Joan of Arc” doppleganger tribute at the Backbencher Bar - on Friday she is cast Tinkerbell-like against a background of starry lights, waving, in her hand what seems to be a magic wand.” Chris Holm’s column on the week in politics is now available. See... A Week Of It: Rule Zealandia? [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00087.htm


On The Left: The West Coast As Seen In Auckland

West Coasters, on one view are now not happy about the Government. In fact, this could perhaps be seen as something of an understatement. See... On The Left: Feral? Or Just Being Silly? [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00125.htm


Petrol Prices - Ever On Upwards

- Caltex and Shell have today raised retail petrol prices by four cents a litre effective immediately. See... Shell Increases Fuel Prices [1] and Caltex raises petrol prices [2] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0005/S00125.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0005/S00126.htm


MORE SCOOPS


ERB Select Committee Hears From…

The Service & Food Workers Union (SFWU). See... "Humane employment legislation needed", Union Says [1] and The Employers & Manufactures Association. See... Employment Relations Bill will cost jobs [2] , both in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00127.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00126.htm


Christchurch Councillor Pleads Guilty To Sexual Misconduct

- Rape Crisis said the guilty plea today by Dr Morgan Fahey vindicated the stories of his victims, and that the case highlighted the difficulty of reporting for sexual abuse survivors. See... Guilty Plea By Morgan Fahey Vindicates Survivors [1] in the wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0005/S00044.htm


Tourism Initiatives

- The Minister of Tourism Mark Burton has today announced the establishment of a key research programme to greatly enhance the provision of tourism research, information and forecasting in New Zealand. See... Tourism research initiative launched [1] in the Parliament wire. See also... Govt to partner Tourism Industry in Green Globe [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00467.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00466.htm


What Ministers Are Up To This Week

- Minister's media diarys are out. See... Matt Robson Media Dairy - to 29th May [1] , Media Diary - George Hawkins [2] , Jim Sutton's Media Diary [3] , Trevor Mallard Media Diar [4] , Media Diary for Mark Gosche [5] , Judith Tizard's Media Diary May 22-28 [6] , Pete Hodgson Media diary to 28 May 2000 [7] and Dr Michael Cullen's diary - May 22 to May 29 [8] , all in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00465.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00464.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00461.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00460.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00459.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00458.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00457.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00456.htm


Russell Coutts And Brad Butterworth Quit

- Sport, Fitness and Leisure Minister Trevor Mallard said he was disappointed at the decision by two key players in Team New Zealand to move on. See... Disappointment at yachties' decision [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00447.htm


Good Faith Bargaining

- A Canadian labour law specialist currently visiting New Zealand says problems lie ahead in regulating good faith bargaining, a major feature of the Employment Relations Bill. See... Problems ahead with good faith bargaining [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00123.htm


Carbon Taxes

- Within three years, GST could be partly replaced by a carbon tax to help reduce New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to those who make and operate wind turbines. See... Global warming means political heat [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00122.htm


Maori & The Radio Spectrum Deal

- Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley wants to know if Maori asked for the 5 percent discount on the radio spectrum they have been offered - or whether the deal was just done to appease the Government's Maori MPs. See... What's behind this deal - people or politics? [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00455.htm


Business Confidence Needs Clear Action

- “Cabinet tomorrow must produce a clear plan to restore confidence in the New Zealand economy,” said ACT Finance spokesman Rodney Hide today. See... What Cabinet Must Decide [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00453.htm


Globally Nuclear Free

- A new global agenda to rid the world of nuclear weapons was agreed today in New York, with New Zealand's Disarmament Ambassador Clive Pearson in the Chair. See... NZ shapes global agenda for nuclear disarmament [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00452.htm

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