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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Sludge Report: It’s All About Oil
Scoop Is In The House
Pro-GE PR Offensive Gathers Steam
Scoop World: World Food Day Brings GE Maize Ban Call
Howard’s End: Anthrax Anxiety
Katya Rivas – The Word From Raphael

AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE
US Bombs Red Cross
US Food Bombing Interfering With Humanitarian Aid
Latest Pentagon Briefing
Scoop Link: Coalition Against Terror Crumbling
Peter Cresswell Responds To His Critics And Adds Salt To The Wound

OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)
Polytechs Catch The Skill Wave
NZ Should Rejoin ANZUS – Prebble
Anarchists Convene Christchurch Conference This Weekend
Gosche Asleep At The Wheel - Vernon
Te Papa Scrubs Up For PM
Boy Racers Meeting In Christchurch
Super Guardian Nominees Appointed
Lessons From Blighty On Saving Rail
Kiwi Kids Safer - Maharey

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STRIKES AGAINST AFGHANISTAN - SCOOP SPECIAL

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Sludge Report: It’s All About Oil

- If the official story of the World Trade Center attacks reads like a Tom Clancy novel, simple plot, good guys, bad guys and cruise missiles, then this could be the LeCarre version. See... Sludge Report #114 – The Great Game [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0110/S00097.htm


Scoop Is In The House

– Today's questions of the day concerned: Overloaded Post Natal Services – Public Sector – Fisheries Officials Competence – TVNZ Restructuring – CYFS Unallocated Cases – Skills Training – Biosecurity - Education ICT Strategy – NZ Post Vs Richard Prebble – Black Widow Spiders – Prison Phone Monitoring – Skills Training. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day –17 October [1] . For yesterday’s Q& A see… SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 16 October [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0110/S00099.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0110/S00092.htm


Pro-GE PR Offensive Gathers Steam

- “Biotechnology is too important to New Zealand's future to let the Greens hold the Government over a barrel,” National's Environment spokesperson Nick Smith said as the Government finalises its policy on genetic technology at a key cabinet ... See... Nats offer Government numbers on GM [1] and English - Open Letter On Genetic Modification [2] Full Coverage: - Federated Farmers - FFNZ Welcomes National Party stance on GM [3] - ACT - Govt Dithering on GE More Serious Than Air NZ [4] - Business NZ - GM 'Delay' or Moratorium - What's the Difference? [5] - Life Sciences Network - Govt. must act in NZ's greater strategic interest [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00323.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00324.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00094.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00326.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00093.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00092.htm


Scoop World: World Food Day Brings GE Maize Ban Call

- Brussels/London/Rome, 16th October, 2001 – Greenpeace today marked the World Food Day by renewing its demands for an emergency ban on all US maize imports to Mexico until their purity from genetically engineered (GE) compounds can be guaranteed. ...See... Maize Under Threat Mexico Fails To Ban US Imports [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0110/S00098.htm


Howard’s End: Anthrax Anxiety

The World Health Organisation surveillance network has gone to a higher level of alert following confirmed and suspected outbreaks on anthrax across the world. Scoop offers some background information on anthrax. Maree Howard writes. See... Howard's End: Anthrax Backgrounder [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0110/S00095.htm


Katya Rivas – The Word From Raphael

-He lives always honored and exalted in the Most Holy Trinity. Christ, Son of God, Son of Man, and His exaltation is this: the Word, having taken a human nature, was subject to it, not installed in the honor that would have been proper for Him as ... See... Katya Rivas: Ministry Is Not Very Well Understood [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0110/S00094.htm


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AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE

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US Bombs Red Cross

- Geneva (ICRC) - Shortly after 1.00 p.m. local time today, two bombs were dropped on an ICRC compound in Kabul, wounding one of the organization's employees who was guarding the facility. He was taken to hospital and the latest reports from ICRC ... See... ICRC warehouses bombed in Kabul [1] . See also the Department of Defence's explanation… U.S. Inadvertently Strikes ICRC Warehouses [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0110/S00100.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0110/S00101.htm


US Food Bombing Interfering With Humanitarian Aid

- Some relief aid is getting in to Afghanistan, but the bombing and especially the food drops are causing serious practical and moral problems for aid agencies on the ground. See... Linking Humanitarian Airdrops and Military Actions [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0110/S00095.htm


Latest Pentagon Briefing

- We continue to make progress toward our goal to create the conditions necessary for sustained antiterrorist operations and delivery of humanitarian aid to the Afghan people. We're now in the second week of military operations in Afghanistan. See... DoD News Briefing 16/10 - Clarke and Newbold [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0110/S00102.htm


Scoop Link: Coalition Against Terror Crumbling

- Relations between the US and two of its core allies in the war against terrorism, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, approached crisis point yesterday after the Saudi interior minister, Prince Naif, attacked the assault on Afghanistan while Pakistan pressed ... See... Scoop Link: Saudi Arabia And Pakistan Break Ranks [1] . See also... Colin Powell & President Pervez Musharraf Remarks [2] and Powell Briefing on Board Plane En Route Pakistan [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0110/S00096.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0110/S00099.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0110/S00091.htm


PC Responds To His Critics And Adds Salt To The Wound

- We are at war, and have been since September 11. Even Prime Minister Helen Clark agrees, saying: "I think the whole international community has to mobilise against terrorism. It is like a war against civilisation." See... PC's Opinion: Who Kills the Innocents? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0110/S00098.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Polytechs Catch The Skill Wave

- Polytechnics have the task of ensuring New Zealanders have the skills they need to prosper in the 21st century, Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey said this evening. See... Polytechnics gearing up to catch the Skill Wave [1] and Vocational Learning in a Knowledge Economy [2] . See also Polytech Association statement... Overwhelming consensus – get involved [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00327.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00328.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0110/S00017.htm

NZ Should Rejoin ANZUS – Prebble

- New Zealand can keep an air strike capacity only by rejoining ANZUS, ACT leader Richard Prebble says. See... Keep Our Strike Force Squadron by Rejoining ANZUS [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00336.htm


Anarchists Convene Christchurch Conference This Weekend

- Anarchists and anti-capitalists from around New Zealand will be gathering in Christchurch over Labour Weekend (October 20-21) for a national anarchist conference. See... Christchurch To Host National Anarchist Conference [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00091.htm


Gosche Asleep At The Wheel - Vernon

Transport Minister Mark Gosche's failure to address a loophole relating to certain speeding offences is tantamount to sleeping at the wheel, National's Transport spokesperson Belinda Vernon said today. See... Minister asleep at the wheel [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00335.htm


Te Papa Scrubs Up For PM

- The Museum of New Zealand’s new Boulevard Gallery was opened today by Prime Minister and Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage Helen Clark. See... PM opens Museum of NZ’s new Boulevard Galleries [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00334.htm


Boy Racers Meeting In Christchurch

- Waimakariri Member of Parliament Clayton Cosgrove today attended a meeting convened by the Christchurch City Council to address the problem of illegal drag racing and burnouts in Sydenham and greater Christchurch. See... Cosgrove meets Forum on Christchurch Hoons Problem [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00337.htm


Super Guardian Nominees Appointed

- Finance Minister Michael Cullen today announced the membership of an independent committee to nominate people for appointment to the Board of Guardians for the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. See... Appointees to nominate Super Fund guardians [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00333.htm


Lessons From Blighty On Saving Rail

- Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today urged the Government to follow the lead of the British Government in taking back the ownership of the national rail infrastructure. See... Britain provides lesson on rail leadership [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00332.htm


Kiwi Kids Safer - Maharey

- Child, Youth and Family’s focus on reducing its number of unallocated cases is achieving good results and will continue, Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... Unallocated cases continue to fall [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00329.htm

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