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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Hard News Is Here!
Anti-war Group Calls On Labour Delegates To Dissent
...meanwhile... US Missile Test Over Pacific Tomorrow
In Defence Of A Defence Force Under Attack
Where The Greens Fit In Government – Fitzsimmons Speech
Govt Must Express Confidence Or Otherwise In Dodson
Green Minds Cynically Targeted, ACT Says
Three Amigos To Observe Solomons Elections
Much Respect To The Quadrupeds
I Don’t Wanna Be Buried In A Pet Cemetery
Txt U, Txt Me, Txt Us 2gether, Naturally
What Your Office Goof-offs Are Doing
ERA Member Susan Bathgate Resigns Blaming Politics
Scoop Was In The House
Marching For $$$ Around The Nation

AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE
Are The Western Powers War Criminals?
Amnesty Update On Mazar-e-Sharif Prison Deaths
UN Conference Making Progress
THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL US & UK GOVT COMMENTS

OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)
Anderton Wraps Up Regional Development Conference
Cancer Waiting Times Increase
New Air NZ Boss Has The Skills To Pay The Bills
These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees
Transport Bill Row Puts Lives At Risk
Nats Call For Govt. Intervention In Nurses Strike

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Fire Breathing For Peace - Dec. 9th

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Hard News Is Here!

- GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... make it stop. Please. Not the Alliance infighting. Not Bathgate-gate. Not even the war. Just the year. It's been nice, 2001, but can't it just be Christmas already? See... HARD NEWS 30/11/01 - Make It Stop [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00181.htm


Anti-war Group Calls On Labour Delegates To Dissent

- Auckland's Anti War Coalition will take part in a national day of action against the US war this Saturday, 1 December. See... Labour Party Targeted In Anti-War Day Of Action [1] . See also... Protestors to target US Air Force base in Chch [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00158.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00155.htm


...meanwhile... US Missile Test Over Pacific Tomorrow

- The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) will conduct a developmental flight test to include the planned intercept of a long-range ballistic missile target in support of the missile defense test program on Dec. 1, 2001. See... Announcement of ABM Integrated Flight Test 7 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00225.htm


In Defence Of A Defence Force Under Attack

- The role of a defence force is essentially to carry out the will of the country at home and abroad. Without such a force, the country becomes vulnerable to the will of other nations. If it doesn't happen to have caring neighbours then is even riper for abuse or the picking. See... Ready, Fire, AIM! - in Defence of New Zealand [1] . See also… Feedback: SOS Campaign Hits Clayton's Law [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00161.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00180.htm


Where The Greens Fit In Government – Fitzsimmons Speech

- “We are now left expressing 'confidence' in a Government that supports the bombing of the desperately poor; has declared its intention to embrace genetic engineering wholeheartedly as a key part of its economic strategy with just a two year delay; proposes anti-terrorism laws that contravene basic civil rights; is intent on free trade agreements with no safeguards for New Zealand jobs; and has done almost nothing to reduce poverty or invest in tertiary education. It is becoming a serious threat to our self-respect.” See... The Greens, Parliament & The Prospect Of Govt [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00524.htm


Govt Must Express Confidence Or Otherwise In Dodson

- All New Zealanders should be concerned that despite having been given the opportunity on at least 3 occasions, the Minister of Defence has so far refused to say outright whether he has confidence in the head of the New Zealand Army. See... An Intolerable Situation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00517.htm


Green Minds Cynically Targeted, ACT Says

- The Government's decision to target children's impressionable minds about climate change is a scandalous abuse of power, ACT Environment Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff said today. He was responding to the Government's announced consultation project on climate change. See... Children's Minds [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00513.htm


Three Amigos To Observe Solomons Elections

- ACT leader Richard Prebble will leave this morning for the Solomon Islands with two other New Zealand MPs - Wyatt Creech and Chris Carter - as part of an international team to monitor the upcoming elections in the Islands. See... ACT Leader Part Of Solomons Election Monitor [1] and NZ Solomon Islands Election Observer Team [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00520.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00519.htm


Much Respect To The Quadrupeds

- On Saturday, 1st December a carnival of respect and compassion for animals is being held to highlight the cruelty and suffering imposed upon animals within our society. See... A Carnival of Respect and Compassion for Animals [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00160.htm


I Don’t Wanna Be Buried In A Pet Cemetery

- Scientists have developed a new ‘super-food’ which could lead to dogs and cats living longer and healthier lives. See... Breakthrough set to cut cancer deaths in pets [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0111/S00070.htm


Txt U, Txt Me, Txt Us 2gether, Naturally

- Wellington Mobile internet company, Synapse Group has secured a contract to provide txtc@st™, a web based text messaging system, to the Labour Caucus. See... Labour Employs Latest Txting Technology [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0111/S00068.htm


What Your Office Goof-offs Are Doing

- Does someone in your office work constantly at their PC but have little to show for it? Do they furtively attempt to cover their screen when you approach? Do they bypass water cooler chat in favour of the online variety? See... Office Furtivity: the New Threat? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0111/S00072.htm


ERA Member Susan Bathgate Resigns Blaming Politics

- Susan Bathgate has today given notice of her resignation from the Employment Relations Authority. In a letter of resignation to the Minister of Labour, Ms Bathgate says she has resigned because continuing political attacks are “hampering my effectiveness as a member of the Authority”, and that this in turn is now endangering “the ongoing effectiveness of the ERA as a whole”. See... Statement from Ms Susan Bathgate On Resignation [1] and Margaret Wilson…Resignation of Ms Susan Bathgate [2] REACTION: - Rodney Hide (ACT) - Wilson Must Accept Responsibility for Bathgategate [3] - EMA (Northern) - Employers question Bathgate's suitability [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00157.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00514.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00515.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00166.htm


Scoop Was In The House

- For this weeks Q&A see... Thursday [1] - Wednesday [2] - Tuesday [3] - Scoop Searchable Questions Of The Day Archive (FREE!). - to subscribe and receive each day’s questions of the day and answers as they are posted on Scoop via email (ALSO FREE!) CLICK HERE


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00175.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00169.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00159.htm


Marching For $$$ Around The Nation

- Protests in support of Capitalism are being held around the country this Sunday. - Auckland Joins Global Pro-Capitalism Rally [1] - Wellington Joins Global Pro-Capitalism Rally [2] - Christchurch Joins Global Pro-Capitalism Rally [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00128.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00152.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00143.htm

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AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE

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Are The Western Powers War Criminals?

- The following are a series of links to recent reports on the “massacre at Qalai Janghi”. Considerably more detail of just what happened at the Northern Alliance prison compound has now emerged. See... Scoop Links: What Really Happened At Qalai Janghi? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00182.htm


Amnesty Update On Mazar-e-Sharif Prison Deaths

- Following reports that Amnesty International has been invited, by the United Front, to investigate the killings of hundreds of prisoners and others within Qala-i-Jhangi, a fort on the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif, the organization has said that it is ready ... Afghanistan: Mazar-I-Sharif Inquiry Latest [1] . See also...Greens Support Inquiry Into Massacre [2] and Call For Inquiry Into Qala-i-Jhangi Violence [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00224.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00508.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00201.htm


UN Conference Making Progress

- 29 November - As United Nations-sponsored talks among Afghan representatives entered their third day in Petersberg, Germany, UN officials reported that the sides were getting closer - but had not yet reached - an agreement on future power-sharing arrangements. See... UN reports Afghan sides moving closer to agreement [1] and Peace is key to Afghan revival, UN envoy says [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00221.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00222.htm


THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL US & UK GOVT COMMENTS

- On The Death Of A CIA Officer In Afghanistan [1] - DoD News Briefing 29/11 - Clarke and Stufflebeem [2] - DoD News Briefing 28/11 - Rear Adm. Stufflebeem [3] - State Dept. Daily Press Briefing November 28, 2001 [4] - 10 Downing Street - Lobby Briefing November 28th [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00227.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00226.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00218.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00213.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00211.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Anderton Wraps Up Regional Development Conference

- More jobs and stronger regions will result from New Zealand’s first regional development conference in 31 years, says Regional Development Minister Jim Anderton. See... Conference leads to further regional development [1] and Where to from here? - Reg. Dev. Closing speech [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00528.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00527.htm


Cancer Waiting Times Increase

- Cancer waiting times continue to increase on the eve of radiation therapists striking for better pay, National's Health spokesperson Roger Sowry said today. See... Ministry puts spin on cancer waiting times [1] and Latest Radiation Oncology Treatment Waiting Times [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00526.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0111/S00075.htm


New Air NZ Boss Has The Skills To Pay The Bills

- Finance Minister Michael Cullen today endorsed the appointment of John Palmer as Air New Zealand Chairman saying he had the right skills for the job. See... Appointment Welcomed [1] . See also... ACT Welcomes John Palmer as Air NZ Head [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00518.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00531.htm


These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees

- There were 17 committee meetings. One was outside Wellington and the others were all in the parliamentary complex. See... Select Committee Business 23-30 November 2001 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00525.htm


Transport Bill Row Puts Lives At Risk

- National’s opposition to road safety enforcement legislation could put lives at risk, Transport Minister Mark Gosche said today. See... Opposition Playing with Peoples’ Lives [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00516.htm


Nats Call For Govt. Intervention In Nurses Strike

= The Canterbury health workers' strike could be avoided if the Government would stand up and take responsibility, National's Associate Health spokesperson Dr Lynda Scott said today. See... National calls on Govt to intervene in strike [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00512.htm

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