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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Downward Spiral Of Violence & Vengeance
Breakthrough Or Hoax, IT To Be Revealed
Stateside: While My Guitar Gently Fades Out
English Snapping At A Complacent Clark’s Heels
Greens Will Have Their Sway
WEF Announce Clayton Cosgrove A Man For The Future
The Weather Achieves What Activists Can’t
Prebble’s Letter Issues Economic Warning
Images: Girls Singing For Peace On Air
New Rail Operator Confirms Tourist Service Purchase
Images: Kiwi Fashion Winner!
Katya Rivas

AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE
Opinion: The Home Front
Australian Forces On The Ground In Afghanistan
Socialists Unhappy With Anti-Terror Bill
THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL US & UK GOVT COMMENTS

OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)
Pouring Salt Water On Kyoto Fears
Soul Politics Conference Next Weekend
Tax Bill
Greens Abstain Over Super Fund
Alliance MP Talks to Nurse Strikers
Show Us The Papers Says National On Defamation Swiftie
Hobbits Not Welcome In National Parks?
Renewed Bathgate-gate Offensive Promised
Ron Mark Is Ill

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Downward Spiral Of Violence & Vengeance

- The past 72 hours saw the highest death toll in Israeli civilians in years. Twenty-seven Israelis were killed and 200 hundred wounded when a series of suicide bombings, car bombings, and shootings racked Jerusalem and Haifa. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon vowed “commensurate retaliation” as he cut his trip to Washington short and headed home. See... Firas Al-Atraqchi: Bombings Are To Do With Revenge [1] MORE: - Gush Shalom - Expectation Doesn't Make It Less Horrifying [2] - White House - President Bush Condemns Jerusalem Bombings [3] - White House - President Bush to Meet With Israeli PM Sunday [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00003.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00013.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00009.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00011.htm


Breakthrough Or Hoax, IT To Be Revealed

- Disabled people around the world are expected to benefit with the announcement in America today of a new high-tech self-balancing people mover which mimics the human body's ability to balance itself. Maree Howard reports. See... What IT Is Expected To be Revealed On US TV Today [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00004.htm


Stateside: While My Guitar Gently Fades Out

- In the summer of 1999 I visited New York. It was the last week of the summer vacation and the second week of a heatwave. Two words: hot, crowded. Coming as I did from a small antipodean city in the middle of winter, NY took some adjusting to. See... Stateside with Rosalea: There Goes The Sun [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00002.htm


English Snapping At A Complacent Clark’s Heels

- The level to which this Government is losing touch with everyday New Zealanders is clear by the way the Prime Minister failed to address key issues at this weekends Labour Party Conference. See... What Helen Never Talked About [1] and Helen Clark Address To Labour Party Conference [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00011.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00008.htm


Greens Will Have Their Sway

- The theme of this conference 'Green Governance - from Periphery to Power' is still largely a goal rather than the reality. I'm afraid we are some way from achieving green governance at a national level in Aotearoa / New Zealand. See... Green Governance - Coming Soon To A Town Near You! [1] and The Greens, Parliament & The Prospect Of Govt [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00013.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00524.htm


WEF Announce Clayton Cosgrove A Man For The Future

- World Economic Forum Founder and President, Klaus Schwab, announced the annual selection of 100 young leaders for the Foundation’s Global Leaders for Tomorrow (GLT) programme 2002. Clayton Cosgrove the Member of Parliament for Waimakariri (NZ Government – Labour Party) has been selected as one of these 100 young leaders of 2002. See... Clayton Cosgrove Designated Global Leader By WEF [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00001.htm


The Weather Achieves What Activists Can’t

- The planned intercept of a long-range ballistic missile target scheduled for tonight over the central Pacific Ocean has been postponed due to poor weather conditions at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., the site of the launch of the target missile ... See... ABM Missile Intercept Test Postponed to Monday [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00015.htm


Prebble’s Letter Issues Economic Warning

- Three reports during the past week have cast doubt on the direction of the New Zealand economy. Macquarie Bank notes that year-on-year export growth has been steadily falling all year, from 30.5% in January to 0.2% in October. See... Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington – 3 Dec. [1] . See also the Deutsche Bank’s view… Key Global Developments And Financial Markets [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00018.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0112/S00009.htm


Images: Girls Singing For Peace On Air

- A group of Selwyn House girls was invited to Plains FM last Thursday, to Sing4Peace live on air. See... Images: Sing4Peace Crew Hits The Airwaves, Live [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00006.htm


New Rail Operator Confirms Tourist Service Purchase

- Tranz Rail today announced the signing of contracts for the $33 million sale of its Tranz Scenic operations to Australian-based West Coast Railway operators Don Gibson and Gary McDonald. See... Tranz Scenic Sale Confirmed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0111/S00280.htm


Kiwi Fashion Winner!

- Frances Howie of New Zealand was awarded the prestigious title of Smirnoff Designer of The Year at the 17th annual Smirnoff International Fashion Awards. See... NZ's Frances Howie Wins Smirnoff Fashion Award [1] . For images see... Images: Smirnoff Fashion Winner Frances Howie [2] and Image: Frances Howie's Winning Garment [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0112/S00001.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0112/S00005.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0112/S00002.htm


Katya Rivas

- Console Me, My little one! It is the hour of darkness of human understanding, made dark by the passions of pride, of egoism, thirst for comforts, and of the predominance of one's own self, "I". See... Katya Rivas: It Is the Hour of Darkness [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00001.htm


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AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE

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Opinion: The Home Front

- For decades pro-Israeli lobbyists have operated under the assumption that Islam and Israel are locked up in a zero-sum-game. They see the growth of Islam and growth of Islamic consciousness as a threat to the very existence of Israel. Writes Muqtedar Khan. See... Domestic Dimension of the Arab-Israeli Conflict [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00005.htm


Australian Forces On The Ground In Afghanistan

- Federal Defence Minister Robert Hill today confirmed an advance party of Australian troops arrived this morning (Australian time) in Afghanistan. See... Australian Defence Forces in Afghanistan [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00016.htm


Socialists Unhappy With Anti-Terror Bill

- The Socialist Party of Aotearoa will condemn the Terrorism (Bombings and Financing) Bill in a submission to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee this week. See... Terrorism Law Will Be Abused - Socialist Party [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00002.htm


THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL US & UK GOVT COMMENTS

- Rumsfeld Interview with NBC Meet the Press [1] - 10 Downing Street - Lobby Briefing 29th November [2] - State Dept. Daily Press Briefing November 29, 2001 [3] - Powell with Foreign Minister Maher of Egypt [4] - Powell with Kofi Annan Of The United Nations [5] -Rumsfeld IV with CNN "Novak, Hunt and Shields [6] - Wolfowitz Interview with Indonesian Television [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00014.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00008.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00007.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00006.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00005.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00004.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00002.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Pouring Salt Water On Kyoto Fears

- Energy Minister Pete Hodgson says the report The Economic Effects of Greenhouse Gas Emission Policies: A quantitative evaluation is a contribution to the climate change debate that must be taken “with a large pinch of salt”. See... Hodgson Responds To GPC/PEANZ Report [1] - EMA (Northern) - Kyoto's Cost To Households $1000/Year [2] and Ministerial response… EMA Northern misleading public over climate change [3] - Ecologic - Kyoto Economic Report Lacks Credibility [4] - ACT - Reports Show Serious Economic Damage to NZ [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00012.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00005.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00022.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00004.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00015.htm


Soul Politics Conference Next Weekend

- There is an increasing recognition of our need to live more holistically. An extension of this is the need to establish a holistic social and economic system - one that takes physical, mental and spiritual dimensions into account, and nurtures the people, plants and animals living on Planet Earth. “Towards Economic Democracy - creating a system with soul” – conference 7th- 9th December, Wellington. See... Towards Economic Democracy - 7th-9th December [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00168.htm


Tax Bill

- Legislation introduced today will give the IRD greater flexibility in dealing with taxpayers’ debt problems, provide fairer instalment arrangements for repaying debt, and clarify what constitutes ‘serious hardship.’ See... Govt moves on taxpayer financial relief, loopholes [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00020.htm


Greens Abstain Over Super Fund

- The Green Party has advised the Government that it will abstain in Tuesday's vote on the Imprest Supply Bill. See... Greens To Abstain On Imprest Supply [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00019.htm


Alliance MP Talks to Nurse Strikers

- Alliance MP, Kevin Campbell, speaks with striking nurses in Christchurch today at their midday rally in Cathedral square. See... Kevin Campbell speaks with striking nurses [1] MORE: - ACT - Inept Handling Of Health Sector Has Led To Crisis [2] - NZ Government - Minister Says Patient Welfare Must Come First [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00017.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00014.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00003.htm


Show Us The Papers Says National On Defamation Swiftie

- National is calling on the Associate Justice Minister to release all the papers she has received on a tough new criminal defamation clause slipped into the Electoral Amendment Bill (No 2) at the last minute. See... Wanted - The Facts On Last-Minute Libel Law [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00016.htm


Hobbits Not Welcome In National Parks?

- New controls in National Parks for filming must not attempt to censor New Zealand's burgeoning film creative industry, says National's Nick Smith. See... No Place For PC In Park Film-Making Rules [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00009.htm


Renewed Bathgate-gate Offensive Promised

- ACT Finance Spokesman MP Rodney Hide today attacked the cosy and secret deal that saw Ms Bathgate last week suddenly resign from the Employment Relations Authority in return for holding on to her other warrants and keeping John Upton's report secret. See... Hide To Test Parliament's Confidence In Bathgate [1] Full Coverage: - Susan Bathgate - Statement from Ms Susan Bathgate On Resignation [2] - Margaret Wilson - Resignation of Ms Susan Bathgate [3] - Rodney Hide (ACT) - Wilson Must Accept Responsibility for Bathgategate [4] - EMA (Northern) - Employers question Bathgate's suitability [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00007.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00157.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00514.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00515.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00166.htm


Ron Mark Is Ill

- Ron Mark MP has today been admitted to hospital for tests. His wife Gail has asked that we indicate that Ron is comfortable, and that he will undergo further tests during the next few days. See... Ron Mark MP [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00002.htm

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