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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Japanese Whaling Up Close And Personal
Japanese Response: Who Are The Eco-Terrorists?
Firas Al-Atraqchi: Ariel Sharon
Howard’s End: MPs’ Wage Rise Obscenely Timed
Stateside: Decoders Of The Lost Keyword
US Veto Ensures Continued Mid-East Violence
ABM Missile Treaty Scrapping Direst Threat Yet
A Cheap Santa Suit & A Whole Lotta Trouble
Birch Report Labelled An Attack From The Extreme Right
Trio Of Related Groups Have No Confidence In Painted Apple Moth Boss
Sludge Report: Getting The Peace Train Back On Track

OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)
East Timor Peace Keepers To Stay Another Year
Lower Sulphur Diesel On The Way
Labour Industry And Trade At Loggerheads
NZ First Does Deal On Liquor And Politics
Courts Staff Pay Boost
NZ Can Have A Cellphone Giant Too
Before The Presser: Richard Prebble Says SAS Is At Home
Why We Must Have Subs In Taupo!
Cullen Writes To Qantas

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Eco-Terrorism In The Southern Seas

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Japanese Whaling Up Close And Personal

- Greenpeace activists today repeatedly drove inflatable boats between an Antarctic whaling boat and its factory ship Nisshin Maru to slow the transfer of a freshly harpooned minke whale. See... Antarctic Whales Harpooned For Profit Or Science? [1] - Full screen size images of Japanese whaling underway in the Southern Ocean: A minke whale flees a harpoon. A whale is shot. And pulled in to be slaughtered. Greenpeace activists are sprayed with watercannon as they attempt to go to the whale’s aid. See... Greenpeace Images: Whale Murder In Southern Seas [2] and Greenpeace Image: The Death Of A Minke [3] FULL COVERAGE WHALING WARS - Greenpeace - Greenpeace Rejects Terrorism Label [4] - Japan Govt. - Greenpeace labeled “eco-terrorists” [5] - MORE IMAGES - Image: Greenpeace Speaks Directly To Whaling Crew [6] and Greenpeace Images: Protesting against whaling [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00139.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00140.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00141.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00134.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00132.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00133.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00135.htm


Japanese Response: Who Are The Eco-Terrorists?

- Greenpeace activists attempting to disrupt Japan’s research whaling program are no more than “eco-terrorists”, Dr. Seiji Ohsumi, Director General of the Institute of Cetacean Research in Tokyo, said today. See... Japan's Research Boats Attacked By Eco-terrorists [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00142.htm


Firas Al-Atraqchi: Ariel Sharon

- "I think you sent my father into Lebanon. Ariel Sharon, I accuse you of having made me suffer for 16 some odd years. I accuse you of having made my father suffer for over 16 years. I accuse you of a lot of things that made a lot of people suffer in this country. I don't think that you can now be elected as prime minister." - Ilil Komey. See... Firas Al-Atraqchi: Public Enemy Number One [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00093.htm


Howard’s End: MPs’ Wage Rise Obscenely Timed

- Personally, if I were a politician I couldn't sleep at night knowing that I took a pay rise from the peoples' dollar, while many of my constituents were being laid-off and are wondering if they can pay their bills, let alone provide any sort of Christmas for their families. 'Tis the season to be greedy! See… Howard's End: How Can They Sleep At Night!. See also the Higher Salaries Commission’s view... Complexity Of MP Pay Process Not Well Understood [1] and Jim Anderton's ... MPs’ Salary Increases [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00084.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00263.htm


Stateside: Decoders Of The Lost Keyword

- We are huddled here today beneath the cone of silence, speaking in code, lest the creepy crawly webbots that catapulted me to the top of the Scoop ratings last week on account of a few acronyms and keywords should find us and distort the news-value continuum again. So, if I talk about Mom, that means the movie of the moment - you know, the one deflected by Purple Jandals and filched in Aotearoa. See... Stateside With Rosalea: Praise Be [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00090.htm


US Veto Ensures Continued Mid-East Violence

- The United States today vetoed a Security Council resolution condemning "acts of terror" against Israelis and Palestinians - the veto prevents the United Nations from attempting to stop deaths in the Middle East through diplomatic means. See... US Security Council Veto Condemns More To Death [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00089.htm


ABM Missile Treaty Scrapping Direst Threat Yet

- By March 2002, the United States Bush administration will be ready to begin construction of silos and a testing command centre for a futuristic and expensive U.S. anti-missile defence shield near Fairbanks in Alaska. This is US Superpower Nuclear Dominance. See... No Arms Race... It's Arms Dominance [1] MORE: - Withdrawal From ABM Treaty A Backward Step [2] - Senate Democrats Criticize ABM Treaty Withdrawal [3] - US Government Statements On ABM Treaty Withdrawal [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00088.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00278.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00128.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00129.htm


A Cheap Santa Suit & A Whole Lotta Trouble

- Santarchist Saint Nicotine today announced that a Santarchy parade will be held in Wellington city this year, continuing an unstoppable movement that is now spreading throughout the country. See... Wellington City's Inaugral Santarchy Parade [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0112/S00029.htm


Birch Report Labelled An Attack From The Extreme Right

- Auckland Green MP Keith Locke today slammed the Birch report on Auckland City Council spending as “extreme New Right”. See... Birch report an attack on public transport [1] MORE: - EMA - Birch Review lays down reasonable challenge [2] - Water Pressure Group - Birch Report - Privatising Metrowater & Watercare [3] - A Summary Of Bill Birch Recommendations [4] - Auckland City - Birch Review Points To Way Ahead [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00286.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0112/S00023.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0112/S00022.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0112/S00021.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0112/S00017.htm


Trio Of Related Groups Have No Confidence In Painted Apple Moth Boss

- The Community Advisory Group expresses no confidence in Dr Ruth Frampton, head of the Painted Apple Moth eradication team in West Auckland, and believes that she should be replaced. See… Get Ruth-Less With The Painted Apple Moth [1] MORE: - MAF - More medical help for west Aucklanders [2] - MAF - Resources Mobilised as Moth Programme Moves On [3] - S.T.O.P Supports Call For MAF Resignations [4] - Getting Ruth-Less With Painted Apple Moth [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00077.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0112/S00027.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00081.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00079.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00078.htm


Sludge Report: Getting The Peace Train Back On Track

- Ironically it is precisely because the centre cannot hold - i.e. because George Bush and Ariel Sharon now appear to have completely lost any perspective they may have had on the path to world peace – that we may now be approaching an opportunity to get the peace train properly back on track. See.. Sludge Report #122: Why The Centre May Yet Hold [1] and NZ Government reaction... Withdrawal From ABM Treaty A Backward Step [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00086.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00278.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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East Timor Peace Keepers To Stay Another Year

- New Zealand has agreed to a United Nations request to maintain its current peacekeeping commitment in East Timor until November next year, Defence Minister Mark Burton announced today. See... UN asks NZ to extend commitment in East Timor [1] . See also... Clark puts Cullen in awkward position [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00304.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00297.htm


Lower Sulphur Diesel On The Way

- Associate Energy Minister Paul Swain today announced steps the government is taking to achieve lower sulphur levels in diesel. See... Diesel sulphur levels to be lowered [1] . See also Mobil… Mobil Backs Govt. Decision To Regulate Sulphur [2] and the Auckland Regional Council … Diesel decision a victory for Auckland [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00303.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00085.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0112/S00026.htm


Labour Industry And Trade At Loggerheads

The turf war between Industry New Zealand and Trade New Zealand continues with Jim Anderton's announcement of yet another pilot programme for business, says National's Economic Development spokesman Tony Ryall. See... 'Fast Forward' to another turf war [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00302.htm


NZ First Does Deal On Liquor And Politics

- New Zealand First Leader, Rt Hon Winston Peters, today confirmed that NZ First has reached an agreement with the Government to facilitate the passing of two very important Bills. See... Moves To Make Both Life And Politics Safer [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00301.htm


Courts Staff Pay Boost

- Government will provide $7 million new funding to bring court staff salaries up to the public sector average, Courts Minister Matt Robson announced today. See... $7 million pay boost for court staff [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00300.htm


NZ Can Have A Cellphone Giant Too

- New Zealand can have a company equivalent to Nokia, and this Labour Alliance Coalition Government is committed to making sure this can happen, says Economic Development Minister Jim Anderton, See... Fast Forward for high growth NZ companies [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00298.htm


Before The Presser: Richard Prebble Says SAS Is At Home

Issued before the PM’s press conference today Prebble’s latest letter assertion appears to have been challenged by the PM - “Don't pass this on to the Taleban (what's left of them) or to the Alliance Party (what's left of it). Our SAS troops haven't left New Zealand. They're on stand-by but the Americans have no hole in their military that 30 men could plug. See... Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00295.htm


Why We Must Have Subs In Taupo!

- The Tuwharetoa Trust Board's denial of permission for submarine exploration of Lake Taupo is an affront to science and the New Zealand public, ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Science and Technology spokesman Ken Shirley said today. See... Lake Taupo Exploration Is Vital [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00292.htm


Cullen Writes To Qantas

- Qantas Airways, via yourself, has requested a meeting with me and this has been scheduled for Wednesday, 19 December. See... Letter to Qantas re: purpose of Wed Meeting [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00290.htm

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