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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
Khamisiyah Investigation: Duplicity In The Gulf
New Strategy In War On Terror – Create Your Enemy
Scoop Dim Son Caption Contest
The Thomas White Affair – Crooked Accounting Up Close And Personal
Reaction Swift & Negative To Sutton’s WTO Vision
David Miller: Bibi’s Return
Paulo Politico: National Coup Rumours
Student Loan Rort Report Released
An All Too Convenient Death – Updated Media Survey
Quito Brought To Standstill With Trade Protests
The PM, The Queen & The Butler
US Elections: Ari And George Have Been Busy
US Mid-Term Elections Start Today - Scoop Full Coverage
LV Cup: Quarterfinal Matchups
Countdown To War: UNSC President Expects Conclusion Shortly
Countdown To War: Sizing Up The Enemy

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Scampi Inquiry Will Not By Put Off
NCEA Computer Network Failures
Turia’s Utterances Excite Franks
Why Isn’t The Army Flying On Our Airline?
Jim Talks Broadband In Nelson
Leaking Houses: Who Knew What? And When?
Who Needs To Brief Who?
South African Diplomatic Appointment
Another Ngawha Budget Blowout
Larry Baldock’s Swedish Lessons On Prostitution

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Scoop Is In The House

– Check back after 5.30pm for a transcript of today’s questions for ministers. For today’s questions see... Questions For Oral Answer - 5 November 2002 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00063.htm


Khamisiyah Investigation: Duplicity In The Gulf

- If the official report on what happened at Khamisiyah is to be taken at face value, then the world is now being asked, via the United Nations, to give its blessings to a confused and clumsy global super power embarking on another rampage in the Gulf. But then, maybe “confused and clumsy” is an infinitely better epitaph for the heroes of Gulf War I than “illegal arms dealer to a murderous regime who used the lives of its own soldiers to cover its tracks”. See.. Khamisiyah Investigation: Operation Bury The Truth [1] EARLIER: - The Dirty And Deadly Secrets Of Khamisiyah [2] - 1994 DoD Q&A On Bio/Chem Weapons In Gulf War [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00020.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00217.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00005.htm


New Strategy In War On Terror – Create Your Enemy

- This column stands foursquare with the Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense, when he warns that there will be more terrorist attacks against the American people and civilization at large. Why? Because these attacks will be instigated at the order of the Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense. See... UQ Wire: Pentagon Plan to Provoke Terrorist Attack [1] LINKS TO RELATED REPORTS: - LA Times – The Secret War - Washington Times - Panel wants $7bn elite counter-terror unit


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00019.htm


Scoop Dim Son Caption Contest

- The folks over at sharetrader.co.nz have been having a whole lot of fun coming up with captions for the picture of George W. Bush featured on Scoop yesterday. See... Scoop Feedback: Caption Contest For Dubya Photo [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00021.htm


The Thomas White Affair – Crooked Accounting Up Close And Personal

- Scoop today publishes the source documents (emails, charts and spreadsheets from Enron Energy Services) which were used by freelance journalist Jason Leopold for his expose about U.S. Army Secretary Thomas E. White’s direct involvement in crooked accounting deals at the energy giant. See... The Thomas E. White Affair – The Documents [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00018.htm


Reaction Swift & Negative To Sutton’s WTO Vision

- New Zealand is to make a bold proposal at a World Trade Organisation meeting in Geneva aimed at energising the Doha Round negotiations, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... NZ proposal to energise WTO negotiations [1] NEGATIVE REACTION: - Greens - Greens tell Government to stop chasing rainbows [2] - ARENA - 'Bold move' to abolish tariffs viewed with dismay [3] - CTU - CTU Opposes Proposal to Drop Tariffs [4] POSITIVE REACTION: - MIA - Meat Industry Welcomes Government’s Wto Initiative [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00044.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00047.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00019.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00015.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00017.htm


David Miller: Bibi’s Return

- The decision by Benjamin Netanyahu to accept an offer from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to become Israel’s foreign minister means that what is left of the Middle East peace process is at a serious crossroad. See... The Return of Benjamin Netanyahu [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00016.htm


Paulo Politico: National Coup Rumours

- National Leader Bill English's political self-mutilation in recent days, insisting the SAS be withdrawn from Afghanistan, is testament to his lack of judgement. His party colleagues are wild! Is there a coupster in the wind? See... End of Year Dread Descends for English [1] FULL COVERAGE OF ENGLISH'S SAS GAFFE: - National - Bring SAS back down under [2] THEN: on second thoughts... Can NZ deal with terrorist attacks - English. [3] - Prime Minister - English loses the plot [4] - Govt - Goff says Confusion Ongoing Inside Nats over Foreign Policy [5] - Greens - Locke welcomes Nats Support for SAS Withdrawal [6] - United Future - Dunne on National’s puzzling foreign policy [7] - ACT - SAS Troops Must Stay in Afghanistan [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00015.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00008.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00017.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00023.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00036.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00015.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00018.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00025.htm


Student Loan Rort Report Released

- Investigations into the Practical Education Training Centre (PETC) have confirmed that a number of its students misused the Student Loan Scheme and this was not reported to the government by PETC. See... PET Centre Investigation Findings Released [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00042.htm


An All Too Convenient Death – Updated Media Survey

- A summary of the facts available at this time, surrounding Senator Wellstone's airplane crash of 10-25-02. (Updated 11-01-02) See... Wellstone Plane Crash Media Survey - Updated [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00013.htm


Quito Brought To Standstill With Trade Protests

- The Free Trade protests that brought Equador's capital city Quito to a standstill this weekend is a portent of things to come, warns one of New Zealand's leading anti-globalization experts. See... Free-trade protests rock South American capital [1] Eyewitness Report: - Please accept this [unedited] bulletin from the edge of consciousness. I don't know whether I feel like crying because I am so moved by what I saw today, because my mucous membranes are all shot to hell from too much tear gas, or out of sheer exhaustion. But I want to get this out while it is still fresh in my mind, and tomorrow will be another insane day. See... Report From QUITO: The People Confront The FTAA [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00016.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00017.htm


The PM, The Queen & The Butler

- Q: Prime Minister, are you ... any changes at all in the relationship between The Queen and the courts, and in particular this question of whether all prosecutions should be brought in the name of The Queen, and do you agree that this has made this particular ... See... Tony Blair Press Conference - Butler & Queen [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00014.htm


US Elections: Ari And George Have Been Busy

- As George has been charging around the country campaigning, Ari Fleischer and Scott McLellan have been fending off the Harken, Pitt and UN Resolution questions. See... November 3 Press Gaggle by Ari Fleischer [1] , November 2 [2] and November 1 [3] . For an example of what its like on the campaign trail with Dubya see… Iraq Must Disarm Says President in South Dakota [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00012.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00011.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00010.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00009.htm


US Mid-Term Elections Start Today - Scoop Full Coverage

- Stateside - Stateside With Rosalea - Is everybody happy? [1] - William Rivers Pitt - UQ Wire: Within Reach of Your Hand [2] - Tailion.com - Voting Machine Company Demands Removal Of Articles [3] and Web Site for Instant Reporting of Voting Problems [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00011.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00010.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00005.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00003.htm


LV Cup: Quarterfinal Matchups

- Team Alinghi, winner of the two Round Robins, has earned the right to choose their opponent in the quarter-finals. Alinghi has decided to race against the Italian team, Prada Challenge. See... Alinghi Will Race Against Prada [1] MORE MATCH UPS: - Team Dennis Conner - Stars & Stripes Will Race British Challenger [2] - Prada - Luna Rossa Will Race Alinghi In The Quarter Finals [3] - GBR Challenge - GBR Challenge to Sail Against Stars and Stripes [4] - Le Defi - A Swedish Quarter Final for LE DEFI AREVA [5] - Victory Challenge - Victory Challenge chooses Le Défi Areva [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00034.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00044.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00041.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00040.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00038.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00037.htm


Countdown To War: UNSC President Expects Conclusion Shortly

- With a draft resolution on Iraq on the table, and countries having already expressed their views on the situation, the Security Council should be quickly wrapping up its work on the issue, the President of the 15-member body for the month of November said today. See… Iraq text to be completed shortly - UNSC President [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00013.htm


Countdown To War: Sizing Up The Enemy

- Q: Why can't they hit anything, General? Not us, but them. General Myers: I'm sorry? Q: Why are they so unsuccessful in hitting us? They've been trying for 10 years. See... DoD News Briefing Nov 4. - Rumsfeld, Gen Meyers [1] See also COUNTDOWN TO WAR FEATURE PAGE [2] And... Terror Arrives Downunder - FULL COVERAGE [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00015.htm
[2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=countdowniraq
[3] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=balibomb



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LOUIS VUITTON CUP FEATURE PAGE

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Scampi Inquiry Will Not By Put Off

- National’s adamant a Select Committee considering allegations of corruption within the Fisheries Ministry will not be put off despite an investigation announced by the State Services Commissioner. See... Fisheries Inquiry Continues Despite New Probe [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00057.htm


NCEA Computer Network Failures

- The computer faults that could cost many secondary students hard-earned marks provide more evidence that the flawed NCEA qualification has been rushed through with nowhere near enough planning, ACT Education Spokesman Donna Awatere Huata said today. See... NCEA Computer Glitch is Last Straw [1] MORE: - PPTA - Bursary, NCEA mix in 2004 ‘no problem’ [2] , PPTA Submission - Implementation of the NCEA [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00055.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0211/S00007.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0211/S00006.htm


Turia’s Utterances Excite Franks

- When a Minister's official "Press Release by the New Zealand Government" says that state-run "campaigns to prevent family violence and neglect, to improve health, and education ... further undermine rangatiratanga" even this Government must cry taihoa, ... See... Turia's Releases Could be Used in Treaty Claims [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00051.htm


Why Isn’t The Army Flying On Our Airline?

- ACT Leader Richard Prebble said today that the New Zealand government was turning the New Zealand army into a money making operation. See... Government too Cheap to get Troops Home Safely [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00049.htm


Jim Talks Broadband In Nelson

- “Over half of New Zealand’s regions have identified broadband and information technology as a major impediment to their development,” Industry and Regional Development Minister Jim Anderton told a Telecommunications Users conference in Nelson today. See... Broadband a priority for New Zealand’s regions [1] & Anderton Address to TUANZ Broadband Conference [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00045.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00046.htm


Leaking Houses: Who Knew What? And When?

- Papers released today by the Government show the building industry and a Labour MP sounded warnings about the seriousness of leaky and rotting buildings more than two years ago. See... Papers show Govt knew about rotting homes [1] , Nats Just As Much At Fault Over Leaky Buildings [2] and Govt plants misleading letter on rotting homes [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00041.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00066.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00059.htm


Who Needs To Brief Who?

- “She’s offering to give ACT an urgent briefing on the new Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Bill when I believe it’s her that needs the briefing,” says National’s Industrial Relations spokesman Roger Sowry. See... Minister misunderstands her own legislation [1] and ACT in need of urgent briefing [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00068.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00058.htm


South African Diplomatic Appointment

- New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to South Africa will be career diplomat Warren Searell, Foreign Minister Phil Goff announced today. See... New High Commissioner to South Africa [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00067.htm


Another Ngawha Budget Blowout

- Green Justice Spokesperson Nandor Tanczos today questioned when the Corrections Minister would pull the plug on the controversial new prison at Ngawha, in light of news of yet another budget blowout. See... When will Ngawha prison cost too much? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00065.htm


Larry Baldock’s Swedish Lessons On Prostitution

- After returning last weekend from a personally-funded overseas trip to gather more information on Sweden’s prostitution law reform, United Future’s Larry Baldock is urging fellow MP’s to address the Prostitution Law Reform Bill in a global context. See... MP should see the bigger prostitution picture [1] and Baldock queries NZ Herald article on prostitution [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00060.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00061.htm

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