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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
CIA And bin Laden Met In July!
Hard News Is Here!
Impassioned Comment From Ground Zero
Images: Concerned Kiwis & Grave Greens March For Peace
Long-time Peace Activists Petition PM
GATT Watchdog Sniffing Around In Hong Kong
Latest GE Debate Releases
Katya Rivas

AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE
NZ Aid Offers Not Enough For Greens
Call For Terror Apologist’s Dismissal
Supercomputer Weather: Inclement Conditions For Afghanistan
THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL US COMMENTS
A Human Response To 911

OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)
Tizard Urges More Sense On No Tree Hill
Bathgate-gate
Hodgson Off To Climate Talks In North Africa
A Liberal ACT Needs To Get With The Programme – Nandor
These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees
Doha WTO Meeting Crucial For Free Trading NZ - Sutton
Early Childhood Proposals Raise Fears
Dump Super Fund While There Is Still Time - Prebble
NZ Cancer Patients Off To Australia – Or Are They?
Early Childhood Strategy Gets Montessori Thumbs Up

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CIA And bin Laden Met In July!

- The Front-Page lead story in French Newspaper Le Figaro on Wednesday, October 31, 2001 is that Osama bin Laden was in an American Hospital in Dubai, in July, and had contacts with the CIA. The story, also featured on Radio France Internationale… See... Links: Le Figaro Reports CIA, bin Laden Contacts [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00018.htm


Hard News Is Here!

- GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... Taliban with an "i" or an "e"? GM or GE? It might be taken as a sign of the confusion of the present times that we don't seem to even agree on how to spell or what to call what we're all worried about. See... HARD NEWS 02/11/01 - Clean Up After Yourself [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00017.htm


Impassioned Comment From Ground Zero

- “Bush’s stolen election has put the whole world out of whack, threw us into a parallel universe that wasn’t supposed to be, and everything that has transpired since - the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gloria’s cancer and death, the stolen dreams of real democracy - pile jumbled on the ocean floor as the earth heats up, the seas rise around us, and, like the World Trade Center, swallow us whole.” See... An Open Letter From NYC – From Mitchel Cohen [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00016.htm


Images: Concerned Kiwis & Grave Greens March For Peace

- A windy Thursday afternoon, threatening and occasionally spitting rain, was the backdrop to a procession of around 250 Wellington peace lovers from the Cenotaph to the US Embassy at the top of Mulgrave Street. See… Scoop Images: Wellington Peace March - Nov. 1


Long-time Peace Activists Petition PM

- Three long-term peace activists - Maire Leadbeater, Marion Hancock and Joyce Browne have joined together to send an urgent appeal to Helen Clark to end New Zealand involvement in the war on the people of Afghanistan. See... Prime Minister Asked To Bring The SAS Forces Home [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00012.htm


GATT Watchdog Sniffing Around In Hong Kong

- GATT Watchdog activist, Aziz Choudry spoke this week with Mr KK Chan, the principal trade officer from the special team on the Hong Kong New Zealand Closer Economic Partnership agreement at the Hong Kong Department of Trade and Industrial Development. See... GATT Watchdog's Choudry Issues Message in HongKong [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00013.htm


Latest GE Debate Releases

- Shameful comments by our prime minister, describing majority public opinion as extremism and, according to National radio, comparing the public to the Taleban, show the lengths that the minority Labour government is prepared to go to shore up their Crown Research Institutes. See... GE Free NZers Face Attacks From PM [1] MORE: - Sandra Lee Speech - The vexed issue of genetic modification - Speech [2] - Libertarianz - . Libz Declare War On Activists [3] - Greenpeace - LSN And Field Trials – Both Full Of Holes [4] For full coverage of the GE Debate see... JUST POLITICS FEATURE PAGE [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00013.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00056.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00014.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00011.htm
[5] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=justpolitics


Katya Rivas

- I want you to be in peace, to have full confidence. Am I not here with you? I am the one who guides you, who leads you. Do you think that you yourself would resolve the problems that confront you? I want to always make use of you, even in those dark ... See... Katya Rivas: How I Love Those Who Console Me! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00014.htm

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AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE

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NZ Aid Offers Not Enough For Greens

- Green Foreign Affairs spokesperson Keith Locke supports the Government contributing humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, but does not want it used as a smokescreen to justify New Zealand's participation in the war. See... Aid doesn't excuse NZ's war contribution - Greens [1] . Meanwhile according to ACT the Government should if anything get tougher. See... NZ is Already a Victim of Terrorism [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00054.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00051.htm


Call For Terror Apologist’s Dismissal

- The Christian Heritage Party Leader, Graham Capill, calls for the immediate dismissal of Canterbury University lecturer Dr. Anwar from her position at the university. See... Lecturer should be dismissed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00016.htm


Supercomputer Weather: Inclement Conditions For Afghanistan

- Snow and winter cold are coming to Afghanistan over the next four days according to the latest NOAA medium range supercomputer weather forecast. This is likely to inhibit the aid effort, substantially worsen the plight of refugees, and slow any attempt to begin an offensive against the Taleban in the North East of the country by the Northern Alliance. See… Supercomputer Weather: Snow For Afghanistan


THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL US COMMENTS

- Wolfowitz Interview with Far Eastern Economic Rev. [1] - DoD Images: The B-2 Bomber Meets Bomber Rumsfeld [2] - DoD News Briefing 1/11 - Rumsfeld and Gen. Myers [3] - Secretary Rumsfeld Interview with Tom Brokaw, NBC [4] - Secretary of Defense Comments On Speed Of Progress [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00012.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00011.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00010.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00009.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00007.htm


A Human Response To 911

- (Washington, November 1, 2001) A diverse coalition of 48 humanitarian, religious, human rights and civil liberties organizations today released a set of recommendations for responding to the September 11th attacks. See... Call for Liberty and Security in 911 Aftermath [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00008.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Tizard Urges More Sense On No Tree Hill

- One Tree Hill Planting Will Go Ahead - Time To Concentrate On Auckland's Real Issues. See... One Tree Hill Planting Will Go Ahead [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00034.htm


Bathgate-gate

- Triple-dipper Susan Bathgate must resign, ACT MP Rodney Hide said today. "Ms Bathgate's own Minister refuses to express any confidence in her. It's time for Margaret Wilson's special appointment to realise that it's time to say goodbye to her three pay packets. See... Bathgate-gate: Time for Triple Dipper to Go [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00039.htm


Hodgson Off To Climate Talks In North Africa

- Pete Hodgson, Convenor of the Ministerial Group on Climate Change, departs for Morocco on Sunday to represent New Zealand at a world conference on climate change. See... Hodgson to Morocco for climate talks [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00055.htm


A Liberal ACT Needs To Get With The Programme – Nandor

“If the ACT Party has any intention to rekindle a 'liberal vision' then it must end its conspicuous silence on cannabis law reform,” Green MP Nandor Tanczos said today. See... ACT must end 'conspicuous silence' on cannabis [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00053.htm


These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees

- There were 19 committee meetings, two of which were outside Wellington. In addition, one committee went on a site visit to Auckland. Remaining meetings were in the parliamentary complex. See... Select Committee Business To November 2 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00052.htm


Doha WTO Meeting Crucial For Free Trading NZ - Sutton

- The successful launch of a new round of world trade negotiations at the World Trade Organisation meeting in Qatar next week was vital for New Zealand and indeed the world, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... Next Week's WTO Meeting Crucial For New Zealand [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00049.htm


Early Childhood Proposals Raise Fears

- “The Minister of Education’s response to a question in the House has alarming implications for many childcare centres and parents,” New Zealand First Education Spokesperson Hon Brian Donnelly said today. See... Childcare Costs Could Rise Dramatically - Donnelly [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00047.htm


Dump Super Fund While There Is Still Time - Prebble

- ACT leader Richard Prebble has welcomed a National Bank report which shows the government's superannuation fund will erode economic growth, keep up interest rates and fail to achieve forecast returns. See... It's Not Too Late To Stop Risky Super Fund [1] and Report Proves Govt's Super Fund Flawed [2] . Meanwhile a Super Fund advertising campaign looks set to become controversial. See.. Super Campaign: Facts, Not Propaganda [3] and Information Campaign For New Zealand Super Fund [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00045.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00005.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00044.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00038.htm


NZ Cancer Patients Off To Australia – Or Are They?

- The Government admitted today that special funding is needed so that cancer patients waiting lengthy periods for treatment can go to Australia for treatment, but it couldn't confirm which patients will be eligible. See... Govt confused over special cancer funding [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00040.htm


Early Childhood Strategy Gets Montessori Thumbs Up

- The Montessori Association of New Zealand (MANZ) has welcomed the release this week of the Strategic Plan for Early Childhood Education from the Government Working Group. See... Montessori Assn Supports Early Childhood Plan [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0111/S00003.htm

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