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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Dominating NATO – The Real Bush Agenda In Prague
Scoop Is In The House
Pardon Us Ma’am
A Solution To National's Leadership Woes
Journalists Attacked in Jakarta
Artists Attack NBC’s News Bias
Israeli Refusenik in New Zealand
Medical Report Estimates Up To 260,000 People Will Die
Excuse Me While I Kiss the Sky
American Coup: VNS Sitting On Exit Poll Data
Want to Get Closer to the Action?
Daily Katya Rivas

COUNTDOWN TO WAR
Countdown To War: Buying Into WWIII.com
Countdown To War: Thomas Condemns Bush Administration’s Lust For War
Countdown To War: The King Tide of Lies
Countdown To War: Rumsfeld Crows to Fortune Global Forum

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Fletcher Back In The Frame – But Will STV Get Rid Of Banks?
NZ Frigate Mission Creep Towards Baghdad
Prebble Seeks A Winston Debate – Peters Says Bring It On
ACT Suggests Endangered Species Exports – Again!
Mike Ward Watches His Steps
Cannabis Report Next Year From Select Committee
State Housing For Hobsonville
More Health Strikes Raise Fears
Education Funding Announcements
Everyone’s Forgetting Farmers
Moutoa Round II Sees Quick Crown Capitulation
Competition Over Competitiveness Survey
United Future’s Marc Alexander Quotes The King
Jim Sutton Headed For WTO Bunker In Homebush, Sydney
Duynhoven Is Energy Wise
User Friendly Tax Changes

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Dominating NATO – The Real Bush Agenda

- European diplomacy has clearly often been the nucleus of destruction. Is it now the only buffer left between peace-comparative and Manifest Destiny – the dream of Fortress USA to express its institutions around the world? The NATO Summit will be a decider. See... Controlling NATO: The Real Agenda At Prague [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00093.htm


Scoop Is In The House

- For today’s questions of the day see..... Questions For Oral Answer - 13 November 2002 [1] Earlier Q&A - Tuesday [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00296.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00274.htm


Pardon Us Ma’am

- The past few days have seen attacks on the monarchy which are unparalleled alike in their baselessness and viciousness. See... Attacks on the monarchy baseless and vicious [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00084.htm


A Solution To National's Leadership Woes

- In much the same way as the English - Boag combination blew the election for National, Bill English's post election performance has likewise blown his brief hold on the party's leadership. See... Guest Opinion: Arise Maurice Williamson [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00083.htm


Journalists Attacked in Jakarta

- The following is a statement by the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), of which AJI is a member: The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) Jakarta denounces the assault on two journalists by a Pontianak member of parliament (MP). See... Indonesia: Protests Over Assault On Two Journalist [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00066.htm


Artists Attack NBC’s News Bias

- NEW YORK - A group of activists from New York University's Radical Art Collective staged an action outside of NBC's Manhattan Studios at 10:00 a.m. today to protest the corporate bias in the network's news programming. See... "Sick-In" Against Corporate Media Today At NBC [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00064.htm


Israeli Refusenik in New Zealand

- Rotem Mor: “refusenik” "For a long time, I have had doubts about the honesty of military service. These questions began to arise long before I was drafted. They stemmed from information I had acquired about the Israeli-Arab conflict. See... Israeli conscientious objector in New Zealand. [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00083.htm


Medical Report Estimates Up To 260,000 People Will Die

- A US-led attack on Iraq is likely to result in between 48,000 and 260,000 deaths during the first three months of combat, according to a study by medical and public health experts launched in the Australian Parliament by the Medical Association for Prevention of War. See... Medical Report Forecasts Huge Death Toll [1] 1000s Expose US Double-Standards - Thousands to Expose Double Standard in War on Terrorism: Massive Convergence at Ft. Benning, Georgia, November 15-17 to Close the School of the Americas background footage available in DV format. See... 1000s to Expose Double Standard in War onTerror [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00086.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00065.htm


Excuse Me While I Kiss the Sky

- "I Said To A Woman Can You Sing? She Said What? I said Sing. She said Who? I Said You. She Said Yes. I Said Oh." See... Letter From Elsewhere: Half The Sky [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00089.htm


American Coup: VNS Sitting On Exit Poll Data

- The Voter News Service, the exit poll service used by a consortium of major news organizations, failed election night, and it's unclear whether the service will ever release the data it collected around the country. See... Scoop Link: What Is The Voter News Service Hiding? [1] ALSO: Diebold - The Face Of Modern Ballot Tampering [2] UQ Wire: The Desert of the Real [3] American Coup: Mid-Term Election Polls vs Actuals [4] For Full Coverage of the AMERICAN COUP see... Scoop's American Coup Feature Page [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00082.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00081.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00080.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00078.htm
[5] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=usacoup


Want to Get Closer to the Action?

- Live Louis Vuitton Cup Challenge and America's Cup 2003 racing will now be available on the Team New Zealand website, thanks to a partnership between 3D sports animation company Virtual Spectator and XtraMSN. See... Virtual Spectator gets NZers closer to the action [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00084.htm


Daily Katya Rivas

- Supplication - Before leaving this Holy Tabernacle I want, O my Jesus, to have recourse to Your Divine Heart’s infinite wealth. See... Katya Rivas: Supplication [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00088.htm


Dominating NATO: The Real Bush Agenda At Prague

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COUNTDOWN TO WAR

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Countdown To War: Buying Into WWIII.com

- Monday, being the 11th of November, was Veterans Day, which is observed as a holiday by sufficient people for there to be 'holiday sales' at many stores, but it's not a holiday for the NY stock exchange. Well, why should it be? See... Are YOU buying into WWIII.com? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00087.htm


Countdown To War: Thomas Condemns Bush Administration’s Lust For War

- Veteran journalist Helen Thomas brought the grit and whir of a White House press conference to Bartos Theater on Monday evening, speaking with passion about the media's role in a democracy whose leaders seem eager for war. See... UQ Wire: Helen Thomas Condemns Bush Administration [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00091.htm

Countdown To War: The King Tide of Lies

- Maybe it has always been this way. Phony pretexts — repeated often enough — become real reasons. Things that we know for certain are not true become true in the public mind simply through endless repetition. See... John Kaminski : The Tide Of Lies Keeps Rising [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00090.htm


Countdown To War: Rumsfeld Crows to Fortune Global Forum

- The following are as prepared remarks for Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld to the Fortune Magazine Global Forum and are embargoed until 7:15 p.m. EST today: See... Rumsfeld Remarks Fortune Magazine Global Forum [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/S00063.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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Fletcher Back In The Frame – But Will STV Get Rid Of Banks?

- Former Auckland City Mayor Chris Fletcher will be hosting “Evening Drinks and Hors D'oeuvres”; at her Mt. Eden home this Friday, 15 November, for supporters of Single Transferable Voting (STV). See... Chris Fletcher hosts STV Fundraiser, 15 November [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00088.htm


NZ Frigate Mission Creep Towards Baghdad

- New information shows that the New Zealand frigate Te Kaha will operate even closer to Iraq than first indicated, Green MP Keith Locke revealed today. See... Frigate too close to Iraq, says Green MP [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00282.htm


Prebble Seeks A Winston Debate – Peters Says Bring It On

- ACT Leader Richard Prebble said today he had put down a notice of motion asking parliament to disassociate itself from Mr Peters' attacks on Asian immigrants. See... Parliament Asked to Reject Intolerance [1] and NZ First… Peters Pursues Parliamentary Parley [2] MORE REACTION: - Greens - Greens to support motion censuring Peters [3] - Ethnic Council - Ethnic Council Condemns Winston Peters Attacks [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00297.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00302.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00307.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00091.htm


ACT Suggests Endangered Species Exports – Again!

- A real export opportunity exists for landowners with suitable habitats for geckos, ACT Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff said today. See... A New Opportunity for Landowners [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00280.htm


Mike Ward Watches His Steps

- So how far does an MP walk in a week? Especially when factoring in the planes, taxis, lifts and parliamentary conveyor belts? See... How far does an MP walk in a week? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00285.htm


Cannabis Report Next Year From Select Committee

- The Health Committee intends reporting on its inquiry into health strategies relating to cannabis use early in 2003, committee chairperson Steve Chadwick announced today. See... Inquiry into cannabis health strategies [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00309.htm


State Housing For Hobsonville

-Housing Minister Mark Gosche is to formally seek part of the former Hobsonville air base to use for state housing purposes. See... Hobsonville Housing Plans [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00308.htm


More Health Strikes Raise Fears

- New Zealand is facing several health strikes which will put patient safety at risk but the Health Minister is not prepared to do anything about it, says National Health Spokesperson Dr Lynda Scott. See... Patient safety concerns regarding health strikes [1] MORE: - National - Patients are paying the price of big deficits [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00306.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00305.htm


Education Funding Announcements

- The $17 million of new funding distributed this week to private training establishments (PTE) will help address skill shortages emerging across the regions of New Zealand, says Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey. See... New tertiary funding to address skill needs [1] and Extra $9 million to increase teacher numbers [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00304.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00288.htm


Everyone’s Forgetting Farmers

- Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton’s suffering from a bout of amnesia when he claims that National has abandoned farmers, says National’s Agriculture spokesman David Carter. See... It is the Minister who’s forgotten the farmers [1] MORE: - Jim Sutton - Nats No Longer The Farmers' Party [2] - ACT - Minister Ends Charade [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00303.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00294.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00289.htm


Moutoa Round II Sees Quick Crown Capitulation

- The Crown and Whanganui iwi will begin formal negotiations immediately over the iwi’s long-standing historical claim in respect of the Whanganui River, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Margaret Wilson said today. See... Whanganui river claim negotiations start immediate [1] and Tariana Turia pleased with negotiations process [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00301.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00284.htm


Competition Over Competitiveness Survey

- Finance Minister Michael Cullen today warned that the results of the Global Competitiveness Survey showing New Zealand had dropped six places from last year to 16th of 80 countries should be interpreted with care. See... Cullen on competitiveness survey [1] MORE: - National -Slip in competitiveness worrying - Brash [2] - ACT - Government's Economic Policy Slammed [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00300.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00281.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00279.htm


United Future’s Marc Alexander Quotes The King

- There have been huge lapses in logic and reason, backed up by a chronic shortage of moral spine lately. At best, idiocy has reigned supreme and at worst, there has been a dearth of common sense. See... Who should cast the first stone? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00298.htm


Jim Sutton Headed For WTO Bunker In Homebush, Sydney

- Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton leaves tomorrow to attend a World Trade Organisation meeting in Sydney, Australia. See... Jim Sutton to attend Sydney WTO meeting [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00295.htm


Duynhoven Is Energy Wise

- Associate Minister of Transport and Energy Harry Duynhoven drove into Parliament today in a rally car with a difference. Mr Duynhoven was driving in the EnergyWise Rally with the objective for drivers being fuel economy, not speed. See... Duynhoven delivers fuel economy message In Parlt. [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00293.htm


User Friendly Tax Changes

- A 2000-page bill introduced into Parliament today rewrites income tax law to make it easier to use. See... Bill introduces more user-friendly tax law [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00286.htm


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