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Japanese Fess Up To Whaling Bribery – PM Appalled
Howard End: ANZFA Could Shatter NZ’s Reputation
Keith Rankin: The Orang-utan’s Fate Is Our Fate
G8: Why Does It Always Rain On George?
G8: Big News, It’s Not As Easy As Cancelling Debt
G8: George Bush Calls For Banker Compassion
G8: Protestors Softened Up Early
Eco Economy: South African Economic Solution
Eco Economy: Dr Grimes Meets The Lunatic Fringe
Sludge Report: The Bombing Of Bethlehem
Mecca’s Where The Heart Is
Feedback: Deborah’s Illusory Cannabis Benefits

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G8 Protests Ahead - The Battle Of Genoa

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Japanese Fess Up To Whaling Bribery – PM Appalled

- Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that she was appalled by the reported admission of a senior Japanese fisheries official that Japan has been, in effect, bribing poorer nations to support Japan's campaign to overturn a global moratorium against whaling. See... NZ appalled at Japanese admission on whaling [1] and NZ says Japan has opportunity to explain [2] MORE: - Japan Govt - Japan Fisheries Head Not On ABC Radio In Australia [3] - Sandra Lee - Kiwi Minnow Takes On Whaling Giants [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00303.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00314.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0107/S00053.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0107/S00307.htm


Howard's End: ANZFA Could Shatter NZ’s Reputation

- The Australia New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA) yesterday backed Australia's first irradiated food proposal paving the way for potential use of the controversial treatment at a plant at Narangba, just north of Brisbane. Will "New Zealand" in the ANZFA name damage our clean green image to overseas consumers? See... Howard's End: Perceptions Of Irradiation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00107.htm


Keith Rankin: The Orang-utan’s Fate Is Our Fate

- The Indonesian economy is now so weak that Indonesia's national parks are for sale; for sale to loggers and to gold-diggers. It's not just the orang-utan that might die if Indonesia's forests (and others like them) are destroyed. We might die too. See... Keith Rankin: Saving Orang-utan [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00106.htm


G8: Why Does It Always Rain On George?

- C.D. Sludge is delighted to report that the latest readings from the NOAA Supercomputer confirm that European weather remains intensely ironic in the lead-up to the G8 Summit in Genoa, and the Battle of Genoa, due to commence tomorrow. See... Sludge Report #98 – Genoa Summit Weather Report [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00112.htm


G8: Big News, It’s Not As Easy As Cancelling Debt

- Unconditional debt cancellation could increase military spending, spending on uneconomic development projects, or other illegitimate political regimes. In the 1980s, the poorest four countries were paying more per head of GDP in military spending than the United States government as their loans meant they could afford to do so. See… Debt Cancellation And The G8


G8: George Bush Calls For Banker Compassion

- I propose that up to 50 percent of the funds provided by the development banks to the poorest countries be provided as grants for education, health, nutrition, water supply, sanitation and other human needs, which will be a major step forward. See... George Bush Talks To World Bankers About G8 [1] MORE: - US State Dept - USA’s Colin Powell And Russia’s Igor Ivanov [2] - Colin Powell Remarks En Route To Italy For G 8 [3] - MFAT - NZ Views on Genoa G8 Summit Agenda [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0107/S00052.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0107/S00058.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0107/S00057.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0107/S00045.htm


G8: Protestors Softened Up Early

- Last night, an American member of GR IRL, Liz, was released from prison after spending 7 and a half hours naked in a cell after being strip searched. She was photographed, finger printed and retina scanned, and given a three year suspended COURT CASE for having a Swiss Army knife in her bag. See... SWO’s Joe Carolan Writes From The Genoa Barricades [1] MORE: - Ainfos News - Anarchism and the upcoming G8 protests in Genoa [2] - Globalise Resistance - French Government Stamps out Dissent [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0107/S00060.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0107/S00056.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0107/S00055.htm


Eco Economy: South African Economic Solution

- Most people who were involved in the anti-apartheid struggle are disappointed about how little progress it has been possible for the country to make since 1994. See... Eco-Economy: A Programme to Transform South Africa [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00111.htm


Eco Economy: Dr Grimes Meets The Lunatic Fringe

- "I'm afraid I won't be available for this. The only people still even wondering about this topic, in my experience, are so far into the lunatic fringe that it is not worth the bother." See... Eco-Economy: Bank Money Isn’t Legal Tender [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00100.htm


Sludge Report: The Bombing Of Bethlehem

- Israel has committed an enormous error of judgement if it believes that a policy of unilateral imposition of further buffer zones, under the pretense of a response to a motor bomb fired in response to an act of its own - that can only be considered an international war crime - is either proportional, appropriate or for that matter even sane. See... Sludge Report #97 – The Bombing Of Bethlehem [1] . For the State Department view see...State Dept. Daily Press Briefing July 17, 2001 [2] . SCOOP LINK: See also today’s Jerusalem Post commentary on the situation… War Is Coming [3].


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00101.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0107/S00059.htm
[3] - http://www.jpost.com/Editions/2001/07/18/Opinion/Opinion.30649.html

Mecca’s Where The Heart Is

- Pizza Haven understand expert opinion on Islamic religious protocol suggests there is possibility for forgiveness without visiting Mecca, as long as one asks Allah with a sincere heart. See... Pizza Haven - Bacon On Vege Pizza Allegations [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0107/S00030.htm


Feedback: Deborah’s Illusory Cannabis Benefits

- So Ms Morris longed to light up at Parliament during her three years in politics and considers herself a “role model in moderate, responsible use of cannabis”. See... Feedback: Energising Deborah [1] SCOOP LINK: “The sense of cosmic enlightenment resulting from hallucinogens is manifestly illusory,” Dr Michael Fitzpatrick writes in London based webzine Spiked. See… Drugs debate: high on myths


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0107/S00108.htm

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