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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Hard News Is Here!
Sludge Report: Why Does It Rain (And Rain) On George?
GM Tag: Your It, No Branding
Bathgate To Take Some Time Out
What Happened In Doha?
Napkin Diaries: Underdressed Spring Chickens On The Forage
Feedback: The Thing About Ideology Is It’s Flexible…
Employment Gap Conspicuously Unclosed
Phonics Dismissal Fails NZ Kids
OPEC Reacts To Global Economic Slowdown Post 9/11
US Lamb Tariff’s Rescinded - Finally
George’s Rainy Day With Vlad & The Kids
Katya Rivas

AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE
After 9/11, US Takes A Look At It’s Foreign Policy
THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL US COMMENTS
Military Justice For Alleged Terrorists
Wellington Unions Call For Troop Withdrawal

OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)
Government Pulls Election Censorship Swifty
New State Broadcasting Cszars
Clear/Telstra Merger Will Be Testing
These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees
Maori Entrepreneurs
East Timor Inquiry Call
Woolies Goes GE Free
Biotech Conference Protest In Hamilton
Marine Farming Gold-Rush Gets Green Light


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Let It Rain And Rain And Rain(2)

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Hard News Is Here!

-GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... New York deserved none of this. Its triple calamities - September 11, anthrax attacks and, now, this week's air disaster - can be feasibly be put down to three different causes - external terrorism, an enemy within and an unsafe plane respectively. See... HARD NEWS 16/11/01 - Sing, Shave and Fly Kites [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00102.htm


Sludge Report: Why Does It Rain (And Rain) On George?

- Further to yesterday’s Sludge Report #119 [1] on the imminent flooding in Texas during US President George W. Bush’s summit with Vladimir Putin - as the links and images below show… those rains have come. See... Sludge Report #120 – Let It Rain And Rain And Rain [2] . For a live map from Weather.com showing current Texas tornado and flood warnings CLICK HERE [3] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00098.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00101.htm
[3] - http://www.weather.com/maps/maptype/severeusregional/southcentralusseverealerts_large.html


GM Tag: Your It, No Branding

- Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons is quite wrong in her conclusions about the government's response to the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification, Environment Minister Marian Hobbs said today. See... Greens' leader wrong says Environment Minister [1] MORE: - Greens - Govt ready to sacrifice organics and green brand [2] - Waitakere City joins the GE-Free brigade [3] - ACT - Waitakeres GE Decision is Silly [4] - PC's Opinion - PC's Opinion: GE - Why They Don’t Get It [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00306.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00305.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00292.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00299.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00091.htm


Bathgate To Take Some Time Out

- Ms Susan Bathgate has advised me that she will take leave from her role as a member of the Employment Relations Authority from 22 November for 2 weeks. This will give her time to arrange for the reassignment of her case commitments. See... Ms Bathgate to take leave [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00304.htm


What Happened In Doha?

- For full coverage of WTO Doha Meeting see... WTO MEETING/PROTESTS FEATURE PAGE [1]


[1] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=n9


Napkin Diaries: Underdressed Spring Chickens On The Forage

- Am I a prude for thinking that there are times when baring flesh is appropriate (when bathing, fixing a wound, or making love behind closed doors with the light off) and times when it isn’t (when the temperature in late Spring is plummeting towards zero)? See... No Cleavage Until Christmas [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0111/S00040.htm


Feedback: The Thing About Ideology Is It’s Flexible…

- In this edition: Anderton's Entrepreneurs An Ideological Dichotomy – No David Miller, You’re wrong. See... Feedback: You’re A GEM, Jim [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00103.htm


Employment Gap Conspicuously Unclosed

- ACT Employment Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today released new figures which show that this Government's employment policies are failing Maori, with numbers of long term unemployed Maori having jumped 25 percent since the Labour/Alliance coalition took power. See... Governments Employment Policies Fail Maori [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00303.htm


Phonics Dismissal Fails NZ Kids

- Falling literacy standards in New Zealand schools, long recognised by concerned parents, business leaders and tertiary institutions, have been dealt another blow by Minister of Education Trevor Mallard's blanket dismissal of a report advocating the use of phonics in reading development. See... Mallard Sanctions Further Child Cruelty [1] Call For Inquiry To Decipher East Timor Defence Report - National welcomes the Auditor General's report into the New Zealand Defence Force deployment into East Timor but it raises issues that need further investigation, National Defence spokesperson Max Bradford said today. See... Investigation Needed Into Report Findings [2] and Glowing audit report on East Timor deployment [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00102.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00310.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00302.htm


OPEC Reacts To Global Economic Slowdown Post 9/11

- Having reviewed the oil market situation and supply/demand expectations for the forthcoming period, and recalling the fact that the Organization has been shouldering the full burden of maintaining oil market stability, the Conference noted that the impact of the current global economic slowdown on the oil market requires firm and concrete co-operation between OPEC and non-OPEC oil producing countries in the form of equitable sharing in further reductions, as was the case in 1999. See... 118th Extraordinary Meeting of the OPEC Conference [1] . Meanwhile pump prices continue to fall. See... More good news for motorists [2] and . Shell Delivers Another Price Cut [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00124.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0111/S00165.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0111/S00164.htm


US Lamb Tariff’s Rescinded - Finally

- New Zealand Meat and Fibre Producers Chairman Murray Taggart has welcomed the United States Government's removal of import tariffs on New Zealand and Australian lamb today. See... FFNZ: Lamb 201 Issue Closed [1] and See... President Bush Lifts Lamb Tariffs [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0111/S00153.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00128.htm


George’s Rainy Day With Vlad & The Kids

- PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you all. Sit down, please. Thank you all for that warm welcome. This is a great day for Central Texas. It's a great day because Laura and I have had the honor of welcoming the Putins to our beloved state. It's a great day because ... See... George Bush And Vlad Putin Talk To Texan Students [1] and Condoleezza Rice on Visit of President Putin [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00127.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00126.htm


Katya Rivas

- Beloved daughter, you all go to confession frequently. When you are confessing, I open My wounds and My blood runs, drop by drop, while the priest gives absolution. See... Katya Rivas: My Cruelest Pains [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00100.htm


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AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE

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After 9/11, US Takes A Look At It’s Foreign Policy

- Debates over the role of multilateralism have been a recurring element in discussions of our foreign policy since the country's founding in the 18th century. At their core, these debates have hinged upon how we answer a basic, enduring question: how should the United States work with others to foster a world conducive to our interests and values. See... After 911 - Multilateralism for a Global Era [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00123.htm


THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL US COMMENTS

- Briefing: Humanitarian Assistance for Afghanistan [1] - DoD News Briefing 15/11 - Rumsfeld and Gen. Franks [2] - U.S. Forces Rescue Eight Detainees [3] - Status of Aid efforts to Afghanistan [4] - Adm. Quigley Briefing at the Foreign Press Center [5] - Rumsfeld with New York City Mayor Giuliani [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00131.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00125.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00122.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00121.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00120.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00119.htm


Military Justice For Alleged Terrorists

- Amnesty International is deeply troubled by the Military Order signed by President George W. Bush on 13 November allowing for the trial by special military commissions of non-US citizens suspected of involvement in “international terrorism”. See... Bush threatens fundamental principles of justice [1] and President Issues Military Tribunals Order [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00130.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00129.htm


Wellington Unions Call For Troop Withdrawal

- Wellington union members tonight called for “the government to withdraw the New Zealand troops from Afghanistan and replace them with increased humanitarian aid". See... Wellington Unions call for troop withdrawal [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00101.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Government Pulls Election Censorship Swifty

- ACT New Zealand Justice spokesman Stephen Franks said today the new clause the Government inserted in the Electoral Amendment Bill yesterday got no debate. See... Govt Blocked Debate on Election Defamation Clause [1] and Labour Admit They Botched Up Electoral Bill [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00313.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00315.htm


New State Broadcasting Cszars

- New board members for Radio New Zealand Ltd and Television New Zealand Ltd have been announced by Broadcasting Minister Marian Hobbs. See... New board members for public broadcasters [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00316.htm


Clear/Telstra Merger Will Be Testing

- The Government's Australianisation of our Commerce Act could discredit the Commerce Commission if it approves the merger of Telstra Saturn with Clear, said ACT's Commerce Spokesman Stephen Franks. See... Clear Merger Will Test Commerce Commission [1] and Telstra Saturn Applies To Acquire Clear [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0111/S00160.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0111/S00150.htm


These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees

- There were 16 committee meetings, all in the parliamentary complex. See... Select Committee Business To November 16 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00314.htm


Maori Entrepreneurs

- Maori Affairs Ministers Parekura Horomia said he is delighted that Maori have rated so well in the recent international survey, Global Entrepeneurship Monitor (GEM). See... Maori Must Regain Sense Of Entrepeneurship [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00311.htm


East Timor Inquiry Call

- National welcomes the Auditor General's report into the New Zealand Defence Force deployment into East Timor but it raises issues that need further investigation, National Defence spokesperson Max Bradford said today. See... Investigation Needed Into Report Findings [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00310.htm


Woolies Goes GE Free

- GE-Free New Zealand is welcoming the decision by Woolworths, one of New Zealand's major supermarkets and owners of Big Fresh, to make their own products GE-Free. See... Woolworth's Brand's go "GE-Free" [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00107.htm


Biotech Conference Protest In Hamilton

- This Friday, the 16th of November, Hamilton Animal Rights Defense will be protesting against a bio-technology conference, being held at the Performing Arts Centre at the Waikato University. See... Activists Prepare to Disrupt Bio-Tech Conference [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00106.htm


Marine Farming Gold-Rush Gets Green Light

- The Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society is dismayed with the decision by Auckland Regional Council to allow a 30 hectare mussel farm off South Kaipara Head. See... Scene Set For Marine Farming Gold Rush [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00104.htm

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