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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is (Always) In The House
Firas Al-Atraqchi: Israel Invents Moral Equivalency
IT won't wobble & IT won't fall down
Email Vigilance Advised As Goner Spreads
Aziz Choudhry: Moore Of The Same
Satire: Prejudice Best Enjoyed In Groups
The Napkin Diaries: When Goodwill Goes Bad
Big News: Fearful Xmas Ahead For Christian Indonesians
The Young & The Write-shuss
Cancer Society Calls For Radiation Therapy Inquiry
The Story Of Colin, The Stowaway Cat
Katya Rivas

AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE
FEATURE: The Chequered Past of Afghanistan’s New Leaders
European and USA Appeals For Democratic Rights
THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL UN, US & UK COMMENTS

OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)
Confidentiality Of Marks’s Files Flagrantly Abused
Talent Visa Will Hurt NZ Workers, Peters Says
Open Up Dysfunctional Family Court
Premium Hikes Expose Public Accident Insurance Failure
Hodgson’s Rhetoric A Lot Of Hot Stinky Air
Report Gives Mallard Something To Crow About
Keep The Pressure On, Franks Tells Media

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Scoop Is (Always) In The House

– Today's questions of the day concerned: DHB Deficits – Business Confidence – Susan Bathgate – Afghanistan – Nurses Strike – NZ Education Performance – Major General Dodson & Ron Marks x 2 – Susan Bathgate - Centre’s of Excellence – Cancer Drugs – Lord Of The Rings – Land Transport Amendment Bill. See… SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 5 December [1] . For earlier Q&A in the house see.. Tuesday [2] - Scoop Searchable Questions Of The Day Archive (FREE!) [3] . - 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 [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00022.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0112/S00010.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/archive/scoop/index.pl?k=174&y=2001&m=11
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/cgi-bin/newsagent/new_user.cgi?form=home


Firas Al-Atraqchi: Israel Invents Moral Equivalency

- In the aftermath of the suicide bombings in Jerusalem, CNN and other major North American networks were inundated with several Israeli public relations icons placing blame squarely on the head of Palestinian National Authority President Yasser Arafat. See... Firas Al-Atraqchi: Truth Laid to Rest in Jerusalem [1] FULL COVERAGE: - NZ Greens - Will Goff Help The Palestinians? [2] - Gush Shalom - A War Of Sharon's Making [3] - Palestinian National Authority - State of Emergency [4] - JMCC - Israeli aggression - 4/12 [5] - AI - Respect Of 4th Geneva Convention [6] - US State Dept - Press Briefing [7] - Press Briefing Dec 3 [8] - for full coverage see SCOOP WORLD FEATURE PAGE [9]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00013.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00076.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00042.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00041.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00038.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00039.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00037.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00036.htm
[9] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=world


IT won't wobble & IT won't fall down

- IT is revealed... see...Scoop Image: IT Really Works! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00016.htm


Email Vigilance Advised As Goner Spreads

- This morning Scoop HQ received what looks likely to be the first of many copies of the latest global virus, Goner. Goner pretends to be screensaver, and, according to the experts is rivalling the Lovebug in its rate of infection in the Northern Hemisphere. See... Goner Screensaver Virus Infection Rivals Lovebug [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00017.htm


Aziz Choudhry: Moore Of The Same

- "Power is nothing without control" reads an advertising billboard for a multinational tyre company close to Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. See... Changing of the Guard At WTO No Solution [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00019.htm


Satire: Prejudice Best Enjoyed In Groups

- "A place where people can air their prejudices in a non-judgmental environment" is how Sebastian Brained describes the newly opened Racist Support Group offices in Khandallah. See... Scoop Satire: Racist Support Group Up And Running [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00015.htm


The Napkin Diaries: When Goodwill Goes Bad

- I need to purge all the recent little poisonous moments that have occurred to my loved ones before the weekend arrives, at which point I expect the Season of Joy and Goodwill to descend upon Wellington in a cheerful downpour of marshmallow reindeer and pohutukawa blossoms. See... Be Kind To Each Other [1] and Season of Joy, Goodwill and Dodgy Excuses Arrives [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00020.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00021.htm


Big News: Fearful Xmas Ahead For Christian Indonesians

- The war goes on like a tidal wave. War in the air, war on the ground, war in Afghanistan, war in the Middle East and war in Indonesia. Mind you, you’ll never guess there is war in Indonesia, the media has not been reporting it much. See... Big News: It’s The Muslims, Not The Christians [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00014.htm


The Young & The Write-shuss

- The Prime Minister’s decision to keep Tariana Turia in her job, despite breaking fundamental ministerial rules, is yet another example of the Labour Party running the country via opinion polls. See... The New Write 4/12/2001 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00016.htm


Cancer Society Calls For Radiation Therapy Inquiry

- Dr Peter Dady, Medical Director of the Cancer Society of New Zealand, has called for some form of public enquiry into the worsening radiation treatment crisis. See... Cancer Society - Enquiry Into Radiation Treatment [1] . See also... All Pre-Sales Hype, And No After Sales Service [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00015.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00046.htm


The Story Of Colin, The Stowaway Cat

- Colin's, the world-famous cat from New Plymouth, has been safely collected in Yeosu, Korea, by Westgate Tanker Terminal Superintendent Gordon MacPherson. See... Colin's On Her Way Back From Korea [1] MORE: - Colin's Not The First Celebrity 'Work Pet' [2] - Cat Rescue Mission Reaches Korea [3] - Whiskas In Bid To Bring Stowaway Cat Home [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0112/S00008.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0112/S00009.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0112/S00002.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0111/S00074.htm


Katya Rivas

- Little daughter, I want to teach you something: the way to find Me in each moment of your life. If you have success upon finishing a job, or you rejoice in something, immediately say: Blessed be God, thank you! And when you do not have success you ... See... Katya Rivas: I Want to Teach You Something [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00012.htm

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AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE

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FEATURE: The Chequered Past of Afghanistan’s New Leaders

- Superficially anyway the Bonn talks on the future of Afghanistan are making considerable progress. The Northern Alliance is talking of allowing UN peacekeepers in and inter-tribal and factional hostilities, although evident, currently don’t appear to exclude a multi-ethnic, relatively inclusive reconfiguration of power. But the threats to a more unified, more peaceful and more democratic Afghanistan are numerous. Scoop’s NEW London Correspondent Malcolm Aitken reports. See... Scoop Feature: Meet The Northern Alliance [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00009.htm


European and USA Appeals For Democratic Rights

- The European Commission had prepared a framework decision concerning the struggle against terrorism the aim of which is to streamline legislation of the member states regarding not just sanctions imposed but equally concerning the very definition of terrorism. See... Human Rights Must Not Become Collateral Damage [1] and USA: Human rights must not be sacrificed for security [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00047.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00043.htm


THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL UN, US & UK COMMENTS

- Secretary Rumsfeld Interview with Dan Rather, CBS [1] - DoD News Briefing 4/12 - Rumsfeld and Gen. Myers [2] - Enduring Freedom Update 3/12 - Adm. Stufflebeem [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00046.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00045.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00032.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Confidentiality Of Marks’s Files Flagrantly Abused

- "The connection between the wrongful accessing of Ron Mark's confidential and military files and the purpose for which they were used has become very obvious with today's statement from Communications Trumps," according to New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. See... Military Camouflage clearly transparent [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00070.htm


Talent Visa Will Hurt NZ Workers, Peters Says

- “The decision of Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel, to fast track overseas employees wishing to work here through a new system called ‘talent visa’, so long as they were to receive $45,000 per year or more, is a body blow for New Zealanders wanting the opportunity to improve their income levels or become trained to take on higher paying work,” said New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters. See... ‘Talent Visa’ An Insult To NZ Workers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00068.htm


Open Up Dysfunctional Family Court

- The case of a father cut off from his children because of the injustice of the Family Court and the actions of a child psychologist has prompted ACT Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman to renew her call for a comprehensive inquiry into the Family Court. See... We Need An Inquiry Into Dysfunctional Family Court [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00065.htm


Premium Hikes Expose Public Accident Insurance Failure

- The first round of ACC premium hikes has exposed the government's failure to honour its claim that it could match private sector accident insurance, says ACT's ACC spokesman Ken Shirley. See... ACC Premium Hikes Expose Government’s Failure [1] . See also… Levies Increase A Raid On Pay Packets [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00074.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00071.htm


Hodgson’s Rhetoric A Lot Of Hot Stinky Air

- Farmers need to be extremely wary of the explanations for signing up to Kyoto and global warming touted by Energy Minister Pete Hodgson, ACT Rural Affairs Spokesman Owen Jennings said today. See... Farmers Need To Be Wary Of Pete's Porkies [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00075.htm


Report Gives Mallard Something To Crow About

- A major international report released world-wide today shows that education in New Zealand is right up with the best, Education Minister Trevor Mallard said. See... New Zealand Students On Top Of The World [1] . See also…It’s Time To Celebrate Our Educational Success [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00063.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00073.htm


Keep The Pressure On, Franks Tells Media

- Media leaders who forced the Prime Minister's climb down on re-introducing criminal libel, should continue the battle for better protection for media freedom, ACT's justice spokesman Stephen Franks says. See... PM and Mate Share Blame for Defamation Debacle [1] . Earlier... Victory For Freedom Of The Press [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00060.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00039.htm

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