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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Howard’s End & Big News: ACC Reviews
Paulo Politico Is Shocked!
Scoop Images: Global Protests Against Iraq War
GPJA Delivers Prime Minister Three Urgent Requests
Stateside Elections: Democrats Seeking Forgiveness
Upton Online: How Fair Is Australia?
UQ Wire: Bush’s Achilles Heel
Peace Now: When Israelis Attack!
APEC 2002: Trilateral Trade Deal Begins
APEC 2002: Govt Stuck in Free-Trade Time Warp
APEC 2002: The Official Statements
Brazil Election Delivers New Socialist Hope
Anti-War Senator Killed In Plane Crash
Chechen Hostage Siege: News Background & Analysis
Daily Katya Rivas

COUNTDOWN TO WAR
Countdown To War: William Rivers Pitt
Countdown To War: A Letter From Osama

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
ACT Retreat – Three Days at Wallingford Station
Why Did Cullen Leak the Armstrong Letter?
Poll Shows Low Public Confidence on Defence
Goff Cut North Korea Aid: Prebble
Stop Spraying Our Kids With Bug-killer Chemicals
Want to Celebrate Kids? Ban Abuse!
Is Christian Heritage Party Falling Apart?
Behind the Curtain: Dept Credit Card Use
New Laws Mean Rate-Hike Rorts
Govt Embraces Diwali Festival
Tariana Turia’s Beehive Chat


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Howard’s End & Big News: ACC Reviews

- The battle between ACC and its claimants continues unabated with many now writing to Parliament wanting a right to be heard about their concerns following a select-committee meeting last week where ACC Minister Ruth Dyson, ACC Chair, David Caygill and CEO Gary Wilson were questioned. Maree Howard writes. See... Howard's End: When Is A Review A Review? [1] and Big News: How ACC Breaks The Law [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00190.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00196.htm


Paulo Politico Is Shocked!

- National MP Richard Worth was selected to represent the opposition to mark the commemoration of the Battle of El Alamein. But during a commemorative service, Worth decided to go sightseeing! See... Paulo Politico - Worth’s Egypt Antics Defy Belief! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00195.htm


Scoop Images: Global Protests Against Iraq War

- New Zealand protests in Auckland Wellington and Christchurch on Saturday kicked off 24 hours of action around the world against the designs for war on Iraq. - Capital Protest Against Iraq War [1] - San Francisco Protest Against War [2] - Washington D.C. Iraq War Protest [3] - Auckland Protest Against Iraq War [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00182.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00187.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00186.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00184.htm


GPJA Delivers Prime Minister Three Urgent Requests

- Following Saturday's Anti-war march GPJA has sent a letter to the Prime Minister which requests urgent responses on three issues: Oppose War on Iraq - Withdrawl of NZ troops from Afghanistan - Promote a UN resolution to support Palestinian people. See... Anti-War March Presents Urgent Request to PM [1] ALSO: See... Global Peace and Justice Auckland’s Newsletter… [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0210/S00180.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0210/S00181.htm


Stateside Elections: Democrats Seeking Forgiveness

- The Democrats really are too tragic. To hear them begging voters not to desert them for third party or independent candidates this election is like hearing an abusive partner in a relationship begging to be forgiven for past misdemeanours. See... Stateside With Rosalea - Battered voter syndrome [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00192.htm


Upton Online: How Fair Is Australia?

- We cover issues profane and profound: the divertissements that Paris’s Mayor Bertrand Delanoe has been organising for his ratepayers and the deep foreign policy confessions of one of Australia’s leading strategic thinkers, Hugh White. Also, the response of the NZ Government to its own Select Committee’s recommendations on closer political and intellectual engagement with Australia. See... Upton-On-Line - Diaspora Edition 26th October [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00188.htm


UQ Wire: Bush’s Achilles Heel

- For an updated version of Scoop’s Harken Energy Chronology featuring new information from the Harvard Watch investigation see... UQ Wire: Harken Energy Chronology [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00178.htm


Peace Now: When Israelis Attack!

- Gush Shalom’s Uri Avnery reflects on the harvest struggle - including his own experiences; after that an alarming report about settler violence against international volunteer olive pickers which we forward. See... Uri Avnery: Naboth Had A Vineyard [1] and Huge Israeli Settler Attack On Foreign Volunteers [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00194.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0210/S00210.htm


APEC 2002: Trilateral Trade Deal Begins

- Prime Minister Helen Clark yesterday announced the commencement of talks aimed at securing a three-way Closer Economic Partnership between New Zealand, Chile and Singapore. See... Trade Talks Launched With Chile And Singapore [1] and NZ And Mexico Start Towards A CEP Trade Agreement [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0210/S00546.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0210/S00547.htm


APEC 2002: Govt Stuck in Free-Trade Time Warp

- The announcement of negotiations on a trilateral trade agreement between Chile, Singapore and New Zealand to be completed by 2004 shows our government’s reckless determination to continue down the free trade path, says Auckland Professor Jane Kelsey. See... Labour Is Stuck In A Free-Trade Time Warp – Kelsey [1] and Whose Security Does APEC Want To Protect? [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0210/S00178.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0210/S00179.htm


APEC 2002: The Official Statements

- APEC Economic Leaders' Declaration in Los Cabos, Mexico (Focus on security, free trade, structural reforms, technology) See... APEC Economic Leaders' Declaration in Los Cabos [1] MORE: - APEC Statement on Fighting Terror Promoting Growth [2] - APEC Leaders' Statement on Transparency Standards [3] - APEC Statement on Trade and the Digital Economy [4] US Q&A: - Colin Powell APEC Press Briefing [5] - Queries at APEC Foreign Ministers Joint Presser [6] - Powell's Remarks at the APEC 2002 CEO Summit [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0210/S00216.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0210/S00221.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0210/S00220.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0210/S00219.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0210/S00218.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0210/S00214.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0210/S00212.htm


Brazil Election Delivers New Socialist Hope

- Brazil’s new president is certain to adopt his own road, veering Brazil from its traditional dependence and deference to the U.S. See... Brazil And The World Await Lula's Path [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0210/S00209.htm


Anti-War Senator Killed In Plane Crash

- Senator Paul Wellstone, his wife, and his two daughters were killed today in a plane crash in northern Minnesota. Wellstone was the only Senate incumbent in a tight race to vote against President Bush's resolution to invade Iraq. See... Senator Wellstone, Minnesota, Dies In Plane Crash [1] MORE: - Tribute - Senator Paul Wellstone - 1944-2002 [2] - Background - Background: US Politicians Killed In Plane Crashes [3] - Colin Powell - Statement Upon the Death of Senator Paul Wellstone [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00181.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00183.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00185.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0210/S00215.htm


Chechen Hostage Siege: News Background & Analysis

- The hostage crisis at the Moscow theatre not only presented Russian President Vladimir Putin with the biggest test of his presidency but it has placed the issue of Chechnya firmly back on the Kremlin’s agenda. See... Has Mr. Putin Survived His Test? [1] and Moscow: A New Stronger Group Of Terrorists Is Born [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00191.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00180.htm


Daily Katya Rivas

- Beloved child, are you not happy that your friends come? I am arranging everything in accordance with My Mother’s holy plan. See... Katya Rivas: Brief Messages - 1 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00193.htm

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COUNTDOWN TO WAR

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Countdown To War: William Rivers Pitt

- There are times when history seems to drift idly from one year to the next with no profound milestone to mark its passage. The decade of the 1990s was such a time; after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the world seemed to pause for breath. See... UQ Wire: William Rivers Pitt - Comes A Time [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00189.htm


Countdown To War: A Letter From Osama

- A letter from Osama bin Laden replies to two questions addressing the Americans: Q1) Why are we waging Jihad against you? Q2) What advice do we have for you and what do we want from you? See... Osama bin Laden: Why We Are Attacking America [1] See also COUNTDOWN TO WAR FEATURE PAGE [2] And... Terror Arrives Downunder - FULL COVERAGE [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0210/S00223.htm
[2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=countdowniraq
[3] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=balibomb

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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ACT Retreat – Three Days at Wallingford Station

- ACT`s nine MPs together with the Party President and Manager are holding a three-day retreat (29 October to 31 October 2002) in the Hawkes Bay at Wallingford Station, the home of ACT supporter John Ormond. See... ACT Caucus Retreat [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0210/S00554.htm


Why Did Cullen Leak the Armstrong Letter?

- Michael Cullen’s office leaked the Armstrong letter. His staff even explained the significance of “first mover advantage” in case the media missed it. Why? See... Richard Prebble's Letter From Wellington [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0210/S00553.htm


Poll Shows Low Public Confidence on Defence

- TVNZ's poll showing a large majority of New Zealanders are concerned that New Zealand wouldn't be able to respond to a terrorism incident shows the Government is well out of touch with public opinion, says National's Defence spokesman Richard Worth. ... See... Public gets it right on defence - Govt wrong [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0210/S00543.htm


Goff Cut North Korea Aid: Prebble

- ACT Leader Richard Prebble called on the Hon Phil Goff to cut off all aid to North Korea until the rogue state complies with its promise to cease its nuclear programme. See... Stop Aid to North Korea [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0210/S00542.htm


Stop Spraying Our Kids With Bug-killer Chemicals

- Te Atatu MP Chris Carter is to seek an urgent meeting with Biosecurity Minister Jim Sutton to discuss the spraying of thousands of school children during the painted apple moth eradication programme. See... Terrifying Young Children Unacceptable - Carter [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0210/S00550.htm


Want to Celebrate Kids? Ban Abuse!

- Green MP Metiria Turei today called on New Zealanders to celebrate National Children's Day (this Sunday) by supporting the repeal of Section 59 of the Crimes Act that allows parents to hit their children with the likes of pieces of wood or pipe. See... Celebrate kids by banning abuse - Greens [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0210/S00548.htm


Is Christian Heritage Party Falling Apart?

- Ongoing concerns about the administration of the Christian Heritage Party’s finances have caused the resignations of two National Executive Members in the past week. See... Christian Heritage Party Executive in Turmoil [1] ALSO: Journalists Misled By CHP [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0210/S00183.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0210/S00182.htm


Behind the Curtain: Dept Credit Card Use

- The Government is covering up how many credit cards government departments use and what the cost of them is, says National MP Simon Power. See... Govt hiding credit card use by departments [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0210/S00552.htm


New Laws Mean Rate-Hike Rorts

- Residential and commercial property owners across the country face large rate rises under new legislation that will load extra costs onto local authorities, says National Local Government Spokesperson, Gerry Brownlee. See... Big rates rises under new legislation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0210/S00544.htm


Govt Embraces Diwali Festival

- Thank you to the Indian Cultural Society—you have done excellent work in fostering Indian culture, language, literature, and peaceful links with other communities throughout New Zealand. See... Mark Burton’s Diwali Festival Address [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0210/S00551.htm


Tariana Turia’s Beehive Chat

- For most of us, Labour Day is a long weekend when many whanau plan to hold unveilings and other hui, so people can travel from around the country. See... Tariana Turia: Beehive Chat 28 October 2002 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0210/S00549.htm

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