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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
10,000+ March Against GE
Firas Al-Atraqchi: The New Global Slavemaster
The “Terrorist” Sniper Who Worked For The Government
American Coup: “Glitch Free” U.S. Election Anything But
N14-N16: What Really Happened In Sydney
Images: Farewell Timor Leste
Killing Children In The Holy Land
WTO Sydney: WTO Over-rules GE Free
WTO Sydney: Medicine Price Agreement Fails
Polynesia To Prague – Exporting Art
LV Cup: Quarter Finals Near Completion
Countdown To War: Rumsfeld Heads For Europe
How Many War Toys Do You Get For USD$1.1 Trillion?

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
“Animal Abusers” Get Theirs!
Dalziel’s Selective Memory Loss
Hawkins Releases Dodgy Figures… Again!
Responses to Poverty Report Pathetic!
2 Bottles of Nothing for Heather
Preb’s Letter From Wellington
It’s a NCEA Mess!
Ditch That Smoker Says Kedgley
Liberal Preb Lathers Up
Genuine Rape Victims Hurt by Legal Precedence
Hodgson Releases Bio-processing Discussion Paper
Hobbs Addresses Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention
Dalziel Rejects Star-Times Claims
Time To Decide on Maori TV
Nats Warn of Further Gas Shortages
More Consultation on Health and Safety
Beehive Chatter from Tariana’s Office
Hodgson Speech to Biotech Conference
Hide’s Bouquets on Economic Freedom
International Music Reps Parachute in
Film and TV Crowd Meet Anderton
Cautious Approach to GE to Continue
Pavilion Shows Off NZ
Mayoral Concern at Telecom Price Hikes
Trade Libs Ask Donald To Analyse Stats

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10,000+ March Against GE

- An estimated ten thousand plus people marched in saturday’s GE Free Rally, showing opposition to GE release is as strong as ever despite a year of government smokescreens on the issue. See... Massive GE Free Rally shows opposition strong [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00136.htm


Firas Al-Atraqchi: The New Global Slavemaster

- The slave-master insists on bringing his ranch hands to search for the cotton under the slave's pillow, inside the slave women's braziers; wherever the ranch hands see fit. Slave fumes, but agrees. See... Firas Al-Atraqchi: When The Master Whips The Slave [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00113.htm


The “Terrorist” Sniper Who Worked For The Government

- That John Allen Muhammad, nee John Allen Williams and several aliases, was known to the U.S. Government long before the "sniper" shooting spree is fast becoming apparent. See... Washington Sniper - Terrorist Or Informer? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00116.htm


American Coup: “Glitch Free” U.S. Election Anything But

- This election cycle wasn't as "glitch-free" as most news outlets reported, according to VoteWatch.us an online repository created to flag voting problems in America's elections. See... YIKES: Dozens of NEW Voting Problems Reported [1] . See also... SCOOP: AMERICAN COUP FULL COVERAGE [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00115.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00114.htm


N14-N16: What Really Happened In Sydney

- “Diary of a protest”; are the verbatim email reports from Garrick Martin of Wellington who attended the WTO mini-ministerial protests in Sydney last week, which has been largely misreported and misunderstood. See... Diary Of A Protest – A NZer At WTO Sydney [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00117.htm


Images: Farewell Timor Leste

- Captioned images from the NZ Defence Force showing the handing over ceremony at Suai, East Timor for the departure of the NZ Battalion which has served there since late 1999. See also the previous story for more images. See... NZDF Images: NZ Army Leaves East Timor (1) [1] & (2) [2] . See also... Australia Thanks NZ For East Timor Contribution [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00098.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00099.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00088.htm


Killing Children In The Holy Land

- Nafez Khaled Meshaal, 2- year- old boy, Mohammed Refaa't Abu ElNaja, 8, and Alaa' Ahmad Kleibi, 9, are all Palestinian children sharing a common thing; they were all targeted by Israeli occupation gun fire in one day. See... Killing Children is Daily Israeli Practice [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00094.htm


WTO Sydney: WTO Over-rules GE Free

- "The biggest obstacles to a GE-Free New Zealand are not just the politicians and the biotech lobby; they include the so-called free-trade rules of the WTO," Professor Jane Kelsey from the Action, Research and Education Network of Aotearoa ... See... WTO Overrules GE Free New Zealand [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00133.htm


WTO Sydney: Medicine Price Agreement Fails

- Oxfam today blamed entrenched attitudes of rich countries such as the US, Canada, Switzerland and the European Union for failing to reach consensus on medicine prices at the trade ministers’ meeting in Sydney. See... Developing countries resist pressure on medicines [1] and Sydney Summit a step back for access to medicines [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00090.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00089.htm


Polynesia To Prague – Exporting Art

- Pacific performance and design will feature for the first time at the prestigious Prague Quadrennial in June 2003 with funding support from the Pacific Arts Committee of Creative New Zealand. See... Pacific performance and design on Prague stage [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00141.htm


LV Cup: Quarter Finals Near Completion

- Several of the LV Cup Quarterfinal match ups are now over. Alinghi and Oracle are both through to the semis and GBR Challenge and Le Defi Areva are poised to exit the competition. LATEST RELEASES: - Alinghi - LV Cup Images: Alinghi Vs Prada [1] , Quarter-Finals, Alinghi 3 - Prada 0 Alinghi Qualifies For Semi Finals [2] , Question And Answer With Ernesto Bertarelli [3] & A Battle Royale For Team Alinghi [4] - Le Defi - Le Defi Areva Lives To See Another Day [5] & Last Chance Saloon For Le Defi Areva [6] - GBR Challenge - Team Dennis Conner Extend Lead [7] - Prada - Team Prada Withdraws From Quarter Finals [8] , Quote From Francesco De Angelis [9] & Team Prada prepares for repecharge [10]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00139.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00125.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00120.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00119.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00138.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00137.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00129.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00128.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00127.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00126.htm


Countdown To War: Rumsfeld Heads For Europe

- Background Briefing on Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld's forthcoming trip to Chile and NATO Summit See... Background Briefing on Rumsfeld's Forthcoming Trip [1] and Rumsfeld Live Interview With Infinity CBS Radio [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00095.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00093.htm


How Many War Toys Do You Get For USD$1.1 Trillion?

- The current estimate of program acquisition costs for programs covered by SARs for the prior reporting period (June 2002) was $1,118,668.7 million. See... US DoD Reports For $1.2 Trillion Of Acquisitions [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/S00081.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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“Animal Abusers” Get Theirs!

- Guests at the Sheraton Hotel had a taste of things to come this afternoon as animal rights and anti-GE activists made incredible amounts of noise until 8pm tonight. The protest ended when police threatened to arrest protesters, after receiving dozens ... See... No Rest For Animal Abusers [1] ALSO: Activists to Disrupt Biotechnology Conference [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00137.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00135.htm


Dalziel’s Selective Memory Loss

- New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says Lianne Dalziel is suffering from a form of amnesia known as “selective memory” over immigration issues. See... Labour Fears Immigration Debate [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00396.htm


Hawkins Releases Dodgy Figures… Again!

- The Police Minister has been caught out providing dodgy crime figures again, ACT New Zealand Police Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today. See... Hawkins Supplies More Dodgy Figures [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00394.htm


Responses to Poverty Report Pathetic!

- A newly released Ministry of Social Development (MSD) report has found that people in work have better living standards than those on benefits, even when their incomes are about the same. Two earlier reports, also from MSD, detailed the same finding. See... Pathetic Responses To Poverty Report [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00134.htm


2 Bottles of Nothing for Heather

- "Heather Roy, a Member of Parliament and actual spokesperson on Health, Family and Youth, needs to be more diligent in addressing the real challenges of our citizens. See... Heather Roy On 2 Bottles Of Nothing [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00132.htm


Preb’s Letter From Wellington

- Is Labour about to change... …the nuclear policy? Inquiries by The Letter reveal that the issue has not been debated within the party but in the Byzantine government of Helen Clark, that means little. Last week’s snap decision to send Te Kaha and ... See... Richard Prebble’s Letter From Wellington [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00395.htm


It’s a NCEA Mess!

- The 53,000 students starting their NCEA exams tomorrow face the huge added stress of the Government’s botched introduction of the new qualification, says National’s Education spokesperson Nick Smith. See... Students facing NCEA exam mess [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00386.htm


Ditch That Smoker Says Kedgley

- Green Health Spokesperson Sue Kedgley is urging Auckland Airport shareholders to support a Greenpeace resolution to get rid of the airport's incinerator which has been breaching resource consents for two years. See... Kedgley urges shareholders to ditch incinerator [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00393.htm


Liberal Preb Lathers Up

- We liberals believe in the power of ideas. We support open debate because we believe in the good sense of the electorate and, over time, like Rachel Hunters hair, good ideas will prevail. (It won't happen overnight, but it will happen!) See... ACT to Introduce Nuclear Free Amendment Bill [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00385.htm


Genuine Rape Victims Hurt by Legal Precedence

- Moves to muzzle rape accused conducting their own defence could harm genuine rape victims ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said today. See... PC Rape Trials Bad for Victims [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00383.htm


Hodgson Releases Bio-processing Discussion Paper

- Associate Minister of Industry and Regional Development Pete Hodgson, today released a public discussion paper on bioprospecting – the investigation of biological resources for commercial purposes. See... Bioprospecting discussion paper released [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00382.htm


Hobbs Addresses Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention

- Disarmament Minister Marian Hobbs and the foreign ministers of Canada and Australia have welcomed the successful conclusion of the Fifth Review Conference of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) in Geneva. See... Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00380.htm


Dalziel Rejects Star-Times Claims

- Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel is rejecting claims made by the Sunday Star-Times that the review of the Skilled/Business stream of the New Zealand Immigration Programme is being conducted in secret. See... Successful settlement key to immigration programme [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00381.htm


Time To Decide on Maori TV

- Ministers in Helen Clark's cabinet must this morning either go ahead with plans to set up Maori Television to fail, or face making a very embarrassing turnaround, ACT Broadcasting Spokesman Deborah Coddington said. See... D-Day for Maori Television [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00392.htm


Nats Warn of Further Gas Shortages

- The National Party says a warning of potential gas shortages over the next week are a sign of things to come. See... Gas shortage warning a sign of things to come [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00388.htm


More Consultation on Health and Safety

- The Minister for the Community and Voluntry Sector, Tariana Turia, has told the NZ Association of Citizens’ Advice Bureaux that the government is still in consultation over the details of the Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Bill. See... Consultations continue on health and safety [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00387.htm


Beehive Chatter from Tariana’s Office

- Negotiations between the iwi and the Crown found a way for the position of river claimants to be protected, while Genesis Power proceeds with its application for a 35-year resource consent to take water from the headwaters - something which the ... See... Turia's Beehive Chat 18 November 2002 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00391.htm


Hodgson Speech to Biotech Conference

- This conference is special. From humble beginnings in Singapore in 1988 it has grown in importance on every occasion. This is the first time it has been held in New Zealand and I’m glad that we’re able to host such a prestigious event. See... Hodgson Address: Biotechnology in New Zealand [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00390.htm


Hide’s Bouquets on Economic Freedom

- I want to thank you too for all the hard work that you put in at the election, because I believe the result that ACT got was a fantastic result and it was the efforts of the members that delivered that result You should be very proud of your achievement ... See... Hide Speech: Economics and Freedom [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00384.htm


International Music Reps Parachute in

- A group of leading international music industry representatives has arrived to take in the sights of New Zealand by day and the sounds of New Zealand by night during The World Series, a week of New Zealand music showcases linked to the America’s Cup. See... International music industry arrives [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00379.htm


Film and TV Crowd Meet Anderton

- The tyranny of distance and lack of capital has meant we have had to do things better and smarter. This has meant tapping into the creativity and innovation of New Zealanders. Our people are our greatest asset. See... Anderton Speech: NZ Film and TV Industry Conf [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00378.htm


Cautious Approach to GE to Continue

- Calls to maintain the moratorium on the release of genetically modified organisms beyond next October overlook the safeguards in place, the cautious approach being taken by the government, and the need to preserve opportunities in the age of biotechnology, ... See... Cautious GM approach will continue [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00377.htm


Pavilion Shows Off NZ

- New Zealand is the home of good ideas and the New Zealand pavilion in the America’s Cup Village will showcase these to the world, says Economic Development Minister Jim Anderton. See... Pavilion showcases New Zealand ideas [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00376.htm


Mayoral Concern at Telecom Price Hikes

- 26 rural Mayors met today to discuss some of the issues currently of concern to the territorial local authorities around New Zealand. Of primary concern was the issue of the increase in Telecom’s rural connection charges. See... Telecom Rural Charges Price Hike Blow To Rural NZ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00139.htm


Trade Libs Ask Donald To Analyse Stats

- If New Zealanders have really done so badly as a result of "the whole silly, single-minded trade crusade" as Greens Co-Leader Rod Donald alleges how does he account for statistics which say the exact opposite, Trade Liberalisation Network, ... See... Trade Network Challenges Greens to Provide Proof [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00138.htm


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