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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Peter Cresswell: Supersonic Evidence Of Western Superiority
Sludge Report: Gameplan For Selling GE To The Beehive Revealed
Big News: Flocking To Oz Like Moths To A Lamp
Scoop World: Amnesty Call For Restraint In Palestinian Areas

AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE
Guest Column: A Scots MP Pipes Up For Free Speech
Guest Column: Veiled Insights From Saudi Arabia
Opinion: US Foreign Policy At The Root Of Hatred
UN News: Afghan Aid & Middle East Heat
US Bombs Afghan Hospital
NZ Greens Concerned At Civilian Death Toll
THE RECEIVED VERSION - LATEST OFFICIAL US REMARKS

OTHER NEWS(JUST POLITICS)
Cullen Responds To Tax Review
GE Labelling Decision Imminent
DHB Elections: Affirmative Action Does Maori No Favours
Govt Shirking Moral Responsibility On MMP Referendum
A Vote For Green Is A Vote For Apartheid
PM Opens Fashion Week

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Big News: Flocking To Oz Like Moths To A Lamp

- Asylum seekers may no longer be big news in New Zealand, but in Aussie it is heating up again. Many asylum seekers are still heading for Australian shores, despite it being the only country in these parts that refuses to consider taking any on. See... Big News: Pagan In A Pagan Land [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0110/S00128.htm


Peter Cresswell: Supersonic Evidence Of Western Superiority

- Yes, it’s true! Concorde yesterday completed its first supersonic transatlantic flight since last year’s crash in Paris. See... PC's Opinion: Fly the Silver Bird [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0110/S00131.htm


Sludge Report: Gameplan For Selling GE To The Beehive Revealed

- This week the Pro-GE lobby is in overdrive. These documents, containing a Pro GE “insiders view” of the debate, have already been tabled in Parliament and widely distributed on the internet. They show that with the pro-GE cause on the ropes, the lobby, led by the Life Sciences Network and Monsanto, is now pulling out all the stops. See... Sludge Report #117 – Inside The Pro-GE Lobby [1] MORE: - Life Sciences Network - Prominent NZers call on Govt to Implement RCGM [2] - ACT - Maori Should be Supportive of GM Development [3] - Greenpeace - Forest Certification System Says No to GE Trees [4] - Wellington Chamber Of Commerce - Economic Sabotage Threatened [5] - Maori - GE Free Hikoi [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0110/S00130.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00135.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00423.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00124.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00123.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00117.htm

Scoop World: Amnesty Call For Restraint In Palestinian Areas

- Amnesty International is gravely concerned at recent reports of random shelling and shootings by the Israeli Defence Force in Palestinian residential areas, among them Jenin, Ramallah, Tulkarm, Bethlehem and Beit Jala. See... Amnesty: Stop Attacks On Palestinian Areas [1] . See also…US State Department Comments On Israel Violence [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0110/S00162.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0110/S00170.htm


Katya Rivas

- I am happy that you seek My consolation and that you place it before everything else. But take heed: I possess in Me the consolation without sharing it with you, just so that, deprived of such sentiment, you will make an effort to thirst. See... Katya Rivas: That Spirit Remains with You [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0110/S00125.htm


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AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE

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Guest Column: A Scots MP Pipes Up For Free Speech

- In exile in Switzerland, shortly before the Russian revolution, Lenin opined that "there are decades when nothing happens; and there are weeks when decades happen". We are, it seems, living through such weeks. See... Guest Column: We Will Not Be Silenced [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0110/S00126.htm


Guest Column: Veiled Insights From Saudi Arabia

- "Allahu akbar," (God is greatest) calls out at dawn from the electronic speaker systems in the mosques throughout the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is time for the dawn prayer, and the sleepy believers striving for God's pleasure leave their warm beds to go to their prayers. Others might continue to sleep, as they choose. See... Guest Column: A View From Behind The Veil [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0110/S00127.htm


Opinion: US Foreign Policy At The Root Of Hatred

- The catastrophic attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have raised several questions about Islam and militant Muslims. The chief among them are, why are some Muslims so angry at the US that they would perpetrate such an inhuman act? See... Opinion: US Foreign Policy A Barrier to Democracy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0110/S00129.htm


UN News: Afghan Aid & Middle East Heat

- HEADLINES: - Security Council backs Brahimi's efforts on Afghanistan - Annan's envoy says Middle East at 'most dangerous moment' in a decade - Funding for Afghanistan emergency improves but still falls short, UN agency says. See... UN News: Brahimi's efforts on Afghanistan Backed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0110/S00164.htm


US Bombs Afghan Hospital

- At 9:05 a.m. [EDT] on Sunday, a U.S. Navy FA-18 Hornet missed its intended target and inadvertently dropped a 1,000-pound bomb in an open field -- an open area near a senior citizens' home outside Herat, Afghanistan. The intended target was a vehicle-storage ...See... Defense Department Says Three Bombs Went Astray [1] and DoD News Briefing 23/10- Clarke and Stufflebeem [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0110/S00169.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0110/S00166.htm


NZ Greens Concerned At Civilian Death Toll

- Green Foreign Affairs spokesperson Keith Locke today said the Greens were becoming increasingly worried as civilian deaths rose as a result of the US and British bombing of Afghanistan. See... Green concern rises as civilian deaths mount [1] . See also... International Day Of Action Against The US War [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00429.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00134.htm


THE RECEIVED VERSION - LATEST OFFICIAL US REMARKS

- Senate Resolution on Afghan Humanitarian Aid [1] - Secretary Rumsfeld Interview with Voice of America [2] - Reserve Forces Called to Active Duty - Oct. 23 [3] - Press Briefing on Board Aircraft En Route To D.C. [4] - State Dept. Daily Press Briefing October 22, 2001 [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0110/S00167.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0110/S00165.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0110/S00160.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0110/S00159.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0110/S00158.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Cullen Responds To Tax Review

- Finance Minister Michael Cullen today welcomed the Tax Review’s final report saying he hoped all political parties would use it as a policy resource as they prepared for the 2002 election campaign. See... Tax Review A Resource For All Parties – Cullen [1] REACTION: - United Future - Fools Rush In ... [2] - NZ First - Tax Review Has Missed The Boat - Peters [3] - Alliance - Alliance won’t support flatter tax scales [4] - ACT - Tax Review a Step in the Right Direction [5] - National, David Carter - McLeod Report shows Govt out of step [6] - National, Annabel Young - McLeod Report should not be wasted [7] - ACT, Rodney Hide - McLeod Tax Review: Wake Up Call for Parties [8] - Federated Farmers - FFNZ Supports Principled Stance on Taxation [9] - Accountants - Institute Welcomes Tax Report Recommendations [10]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00415.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00430.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00433.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00424.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00422.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00420.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00419.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00417.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00132.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00130.htm


GE Labelling Decision Imminent

- A decision by the Australia New Zealand Food Authority on whether genetically engineered foods can remain unlabelled on New Zealand shelves is being made today. See... GE labelling decision due out today [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00431.htm


DHB Elections: Affirmative Action Does Maori No Favours

- Annette King should not be surprised by the proportionately low vote for Maori on the District Health Boards says ACT Deputy Leader Ken Shirley. See... Low Maori Health Board Vote Is No Surprise [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00413.htm


Govt Shirking Moral Responsibility On MMP Referendum

- The Human Rights Commission has bowed out of a row over the Government's failure to implement the Citizens Initiated Referendum that called for fewer MPs in Parliament, but National List MP Belinda Vernon says the Government has a moral obligation to implement it. See... Action On Referendum A Moral Obligation [1] . See also... No Commission Inquiry Into MPs Referendum [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00416.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0110/S00129.htm


A Vote For Green Is A Vote For Apartheid

- United Future today expressed its concerns about Green Party support for a separate justice system based on ethnicity. See... Dunne Opposes Race-Based System [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00414.htm


PM Opens Fashion Week

- Prime Minister Helen Clark opened the L’Oreal New Zealand Fashion Week, saying the event will showcase New Zealand’s finest design talent to international fashion buyers, media, and designers. See... Helen Clark Opens NZ Fashion Week [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0110/S00411.htm

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