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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Guest Opinion: Bin Laden Hero Worship Not On
Feedback: All Human Life Is Equal, Greens Say
Court Martial Finds NZ Army Officer Guilty
Petrol Price War: Dirt Cheap Gas Today Only
Scoop Link: An Ordinary Tourist Snap
Scoop Images: In The Pink
Scoop Images: Water Pressure Groups Transcendental Protest
John Bank’s Razor Gang Hides From PSA
Investigation Into Alleged Student Loan Fraud
Tizard Incensed At ACT Attack On Arts Dole
Katya Rivas

AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE
Rumsfeld’s Views On Kunduz

OTHER NEWS
Suburban Mobilisation Against Sow Crates
New Business Initiative To Stop The Gummint
ARC Also Thinks Unlimited’s Eco-Awards A Joke
These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees
Cancer Treatment Iniquities Exposed
Speechifying….
The Challenge Of Service
Telecomms Deregulation Made More Palatable For Telcos
Anderton Seeks Talks With McCarten Next Tuesday

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Guest Opinion: Bin Laden Hero Worship Not On

- Bin Laden has become a significant moral challenge to Muslims. His alleged association with the perpetrators of 9/11 attacks raises a major question about the relationship between Islam and terrorism. See... Osama Bin Laden: An Enemy Of Islam [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00139.htm


Feedback: All Human Life Is Equal, Greens Say

- Writers who attack Green party members and others for opposing the bombing of Afghanistan, nearly always refer to this opposition as being “anti American”. See... Feedback: Green Party Says Afghans Have Rights [1] and Feedback: Geneva Convention Must Be Upheld [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00136.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00135.htm


Court Martial Finds NZ Army Officer Guilty

- New Zealand Army officer Captain Jose Cooper has been found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent at a court martial held in Aldershot, United Kingdom. See... Army Officer's Trial Concludes With Guilty Verdict [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00174.htm


Petrol Price War: Dirt Cheap Gas Today Only

- Shell New Zealand today announced it would drop prices on both grades of petrol, and diesel, by 10 cents a litre, until midnight tonight (Friday). See... Shell Drops Prices By 10 Cents Per Litre [1] and Fill Up At BP Today! [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0111/S00207.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0111/S00208.htm


Scoop Link: An Ordinary Tourist Snap

- The identity of the world-famous "Tourist Guy" has been revealed, but his fear of becoming an Internet freak show means he'll be shunning the limelight. See... Scoop Link: WTC Photo Hoaxer Revealed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00140.htm


Scoop Images: In The Pink

- Two images of the environs of the most photogenic mountain village in the world, Ohau, taken by Norman Mackay . See... Scoop Images: Paradise Found [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00142.htm


Scoop Images: Water Pressure Groups Transcendental Protest

- This was the extraordinary scene as the Water Pressure Group Picket made its presence felt outside the Auckland District Court just prior to their court hearing on Friday morning. See... Images: Water Group’s Interdimensional Picket [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00141.htm


John Bank’s Razor Gang Hides From PSA

- 'The secrecy surrounding the razor gang employed by Auckland Mayor John Banks to cut $25 m from Auckland City budgets is causing alarm amongst Auckland City staff' said Richard Wagstaff, PSA National Secretary. See... Secrecy Over Auckland City Review Causes Alarm [1] and Secrecy Over Auckland City Review Causes Alarm (2) [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0111/S00025.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0111/S00026.htm


Investigation Into Alleged Student Loan Fraud

- Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education) Steve Maharey today announced an investigation is underway into possible misuse of the student loan scheme and the activities of a private education provider based in Taranaki. See... Fraud Investigation Underway Into Enrolments [1] . Meanwhile ACT MP Muriel Newman, who exposed this rort six months ago in Parliament, feels a bit short changed by the Minister's belated action. See... Maharey Minister of Double Standards [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00400.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00404.htm


Tizard Incensed At ACT Attack On Arts Dole

- Act MP Muriel Newman’s 19th Century view of what real work is must ring hollow with the young, talented and able New Zealanders who have spent thousands of hours and thousands of dollars getting training and education in creative areas, says Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Judith Tizard. See... Act Denigrates Highly Valuable Creative Industries [1] and 5000 in Line to Artfully Claim the Dole [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00397.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00385.htm


Katya Rivas

- Beloved daughter, I want you to use the greatest fervor during this Lent. Search for love like the wife in the Old Testament, behind the fence and between the hedges, and when you find it, press it tightly to your heart and do not let it go. See... Katya Rivas: Search for Love [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00138.htm

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AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE

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Rumsfeld’s Latest Views On Kunduz

- “My thoughts are very simple about negotiations anywhere in the country, and that is that the people either surrender or they ought to be fought and the Northern Alliance forces are fighting them, and until they surrender I suspect they will fight them. And if they are looking for any kind of conditions where by the foreigners there, Chinese in there, there is Chechens in there, there are Arabs in there, there is al Qaeda in there. Any idea that those people should be let loose on any basis at all to lead that country and to go bring terror to other countries and destabilize other countries is unacceptable.” See... DoD Rumsfeld Briefing 21 Nov [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00175.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Suburban Mobilisation Against Sow Crates

- The Green Party has organised a public meeting at the Grey Lynn Hall on Wednesday, November 28 at 7.30pm to highlight the cruel practice of using sow crates in pig farming. See... Grey Lynn Public Meeting On Factory Farming [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00393.htm


New Business Initiative To Stop The Gummint

- A coalition of New Zealand business organisations spanning the electricity, petroleum, gas, forestry, agriculture, cement and transport industries has come together to work on Kyoto climate change policies. See... Pan industry grouping formed to handle Kyoto [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00133.htm


ARC Also Thinks Unlimited’s Eco-Awards A Joke

- Auckland Regional Council chairman Philip Warren says Mobil’s inclusion in a list of New Zealand’s most environmentally responsible companies is a very bad joke. See... Mobil’s environmental ranking a bad joke [1] . See also… But April Fool's Day is in April... [2] and New Zealand’s 20 Greenest Companies Announced [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0111/S00027.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00383.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0111/S00197.htm


These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees

- There were four committee meetings this week. One was in the parliamentary complex; the others were outside Wellington. See... Select Committee Business To November 23rd [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00407.htm


Cancer Treatment Iniquities Exposed

-Cancer patients who've paid for their own radiation treatment in Australia to avoid long waiting lists in New Zealand are being unfairly penalised, National's Health spokesperson Roger Sowry said today. See... Scheme for cancer treatment in Australia unfair [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00405.htm


Speechifying….

- PHIL GOFF - Goff Speech To UN Association Of NZ [1] - PETE HODGSON - Policy And Strategy For The New Economy [2] - STEVE MAHAREY - Social Entrepreneurs Media Release & Speech [3] - JIM ANDERTON - Anderton speech: Wine College Opening [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00403.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00398.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00396.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00394.htm


The Challenge Of Service

- Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey says that social entrepreneurship mounts a challenge to traditional forms of government and public service. See... Govt To Social Entrepreneurs' Challenge [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00402.htm


Telecomms Deregulation Made More Palatable For Telcos

- Communications Minister Paul Swain has released a Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) that contains the government’s proposed amendments to the Telecommunications Bill considered by the Commerce Select Committee. See... Telecommunications Bill Supplementary Order Paper [1] . See also… Econet Wireless Welcomes Government Initiatives [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00399.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0111/S00217.htm


Anderton Seeks Talks With McCarten Next Tuesday

- Alliance leader Jim Anderton has broken his silence on the Matt McCarten controversy and says he will take a series of proposals to his caucus next week. See... Proposals to go to caucus on Tuesday [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00388.htm

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