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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Satellite Imagery: Cyclone Ami
Orion Dispatched To Assess Ami Damage
Govt Shocked at Conservation Sanctuary Threats
Eco-Economy: Oil, War And The Markets
Jason Leopold: Taxation In America
UQ Wire: George Discovers His Inner Maniac
UQ Wire: Yet More Saudi-Bush Connections Revealed
I Was Nabbed, Beaten, and Deported: Jaggi Singh Tells all
David Miller: Making Sense Of Tony Blair
…Meanwhile At The Other End Of The Axis Of Evil
Which Country is the Biggest Threat to World Peace & Why?
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
ACT Leaps To Defence Of Tom Cruise’s Flick
IRD Seeks Return Of Money For Murdered Children
Eurofish Reforms
Who Will Be Crying This Waitangi Day?
Massive Teacher Shortages Forecast
Mythical Maori TV Gets More Money
Selling Kyoto
Heartless Housing Policy
Jim Sutton’s Bumbling

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http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00040.htm
Cyclone Ami Monsters Fiji

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Satellite Imagery: Cyclone Ami

- Cyclone Ami has struck Fiji. News reports from the Island group indicate a loss of life and communications with the Northern Island have been interrupted. See... Scoop Images: Cyclone Ami Strikes Fiji [1] . See also images of the aftermath of Cyclone Zoe... Solomon Islands Aerial Photographs (Big Images) [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00040.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00036.htm


Orion Dispatched To Assess Ami Damage

- New Zealand is sending an Air force Orion to Fiji to assess damage caused by Cyclone Ami, Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff announced this afternoon. See... NZ sends Orion to cyclone-struck Fiji [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00074.htm


Govt Shocked at Conservation Sanctuary Threats

- Threats to assault some of New Zealand’s most valuable conservation sanctuaries were nothing short of eco-terrorism, Conservation Minister Chris Carter said today. See... Threats to conservation sanctuaries shocking [1] and Public's help needed to protect conservation areas [2] ALSO: - Greens - Hunting radicals holding heritage to ransom [3] - NZ First - Lock-Up Eco Lunatics Says New Zealand First [4] - The Game and Forest Foundation - Threats to Kapiti Island Wildlife Condemned [5] - New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association’s - NZDA Appalled At Ecological Sabotage Threats [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00056.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00070.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00066.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00060.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00026.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00024.htm


Eco-Economy: Oil, War And The Markets

- Talk of empire is everywhere, yet seldom has the word been applied in the context of American foreign policy. That is beginning to change. See... Eco-Economy: How America Restores Credit Rating [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00033.htm


Jason Leopold: Taxation In America

- President Bush says his $674 billion stimulus package--which boils down to huge tax cuts that mainly benefit the rich--will spur economic growth. In California, the nation's most populous state, Democratic Governor Gray Davis says he needs to raise taxes to close a staggering $35 billion deficit in addition to massive cuts to services. See... Jason Leopold: The Return of Voo-Doo Economics [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00041.htm


UQ Wire: George Discovers His Inner Maniac

- Look at this face. Tell me. What do you see? Do you know who this man is talking to? He's making a speech in front of a group of soldiers in Texas, on January 3, 2003. He's talking to the television. See... UQ Wire: The Essence Of GWB's Inner War-Child [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00034.htm


UQ Wire: Yet More Saudi-Bush Connections Revealed

- A company that provided security at the World Trade Center, Washington D.C.'s Dulles International Airport and United Airlines between 1995 and 2001 was backed by a private Kuwaiti-American investment firm whose records were not open to full public disclosure, with ties to the Bush family. See... UQ Wire: Security, Secrecy and a Bush Brother [1] . And for details of a recent bribery scandal tied to Marvin Bush (George's little Brother) see... Another suspect deal, another Bush brother in the mix [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00032.htm
[2] - http://www.sptimes.com/2003/01/03/Columns/Another_suspect_deal_.shtml


I Was Nabbed, Beaten, and Deported: Jaggi Singh Tells all

- My thanks and gratitude to everyone who helped me after my recent nabbing, detention and deportation. I'm overwhelmed by your support and solidarity. Thanks to all of you, in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Nablus, Beit Sahour, Montreal, Toronto and elsewhere. I'd like to particularly thank the members of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) and the No One Is Illegal campaign in Montreal, and the incredible organizers involved with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) in Palestine. See... I Was Nabbed, Beaten, and Deported: Jaggi Singh [1] ALSO: - Jaggi Singh Nabbed in Jerusalem [2] - Jaggi Singh Beaten and Deported from Israel [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0301/S00030.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00024.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00026.htm


David Miller: Making Sense Of Tony Blair

- It is interesting to see that the British Government is revising its hard-line stance on Iraq while deploying a naval task force to the Persian Gulf at the same time. See... David Miller: Method in the Madness [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00038.htm


…Meanwhile At The Other End Of The Axis Of Evil

- While the Bush administration gathers its forces in the Persian Gulf to prosecute a war against Iraq, a growing crisis on the Korean peninsula has attracted international concern and attention. See... BTL: Korean Crisis Aggravated by Hostile Rhetoric [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00042.htm


Which Country is the Biggest Threat to World Peace & Why?

- Iraq, North Korea or the USA? Click Here to VOTE in the TIME Poll - and why are they such a threat? Vote in another TIME Poll [1] with a equally curiously one-sided result. ...See also COUNTDOWN TO WAR FEATURE PAGE [2]


[1] - http://www.time.com/time/europe/forecast2003/
[2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=countdowniraq


Daily Katya Rivas

- Every beginning has in itself inevitable hardships. Man is born amid the mother’s labor pains; grain sprouts after the seed has been destroyed; water surges after having fought against the force that oppresses it; fire burns when it conquers the coldness that it attacks; and so on. See... Katya Rivas: I Am Light and Love [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00037.htm


http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00036.htm
Cyclone Zoe Damage In The Solomons

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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ACT Leaps To Defence Of Tom Cruise’s Flick

- "The naked greed and avarice of some Maori in Taranaki toward the filming of The last Samurai is disappointing, embarrassing, and a threat to further investment in this country, ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader Ken Shirley said today. See... Avarice and Greed Displayed by Taranaki Maori [1] . See also... Cringing political correctness hits film-makers [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00065.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00058.htm


IRD Seeks Return Of Money For Murdered Children

- The Inland Revenue Department's demand that Charlene Aplin - mother of the two recently murdered Masterton girls - repay $120 in overpaid child support, shows just how insensitive the department is, ACT Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today. See... Callous IRD Lacks Compassion [1] and CYF should apologise for insensitive letter [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00064.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00062.htm


Eurofish Reforms

- The European Union's agreement on reform of the Common Fisheries Policy was welcome news, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... New Zealand welcomes Europe's fisheries reform [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00076.htm


Who Will Be Crying This Waitangi Day?

- The National Party’s calling for Helen Clark and northern Maori to resolve their differences, so Waitangi Day celebrations aren’t plagued by ‘massive protests’. See... PC threatens to derail Waitangi Day [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00075.htm


Massive Teacher Shortages Forecast

- National says the secondary school teacher shortage means schools will start their year in a fortnight with hundreds of classes lacking a properly qualified teacher, and hundreds of other classes having only marginally qualified overseas teachers. See... Schools face teacher supply crisis [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00073.htm


Mythical Maori TV Gets More Money

- The National Party’s attacking a decision to pour more money into the mythical Maori Television Service. See... Maori television gets more taxpayer money [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00072.htm


Selling Kyoto

- New Zealanders will be on the receiving end of an expensive propaganda campaign using taxpayer money to sell recent Government initiatives this year, says National Party Agriculture Spokesperson David Carter. See... Govt indulges in expensive Kyoto propaganda [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00071.htm


Heartless Housing Policy

- ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today accused the Labour Government of creating Auckland's housing crisis. See... Government Keeps Homeless Families On The Street [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00068.htm


Jim Sutton’s Bumbling

- “Trade Minister Jim Sutton’s bumbling diplomacy is putting New Zealand’s interests at risk,” according to the National Party’s Trade spokesman, Dr Lockwood Smith. See... NZ will pay price for bumbling diplomacy - Smith [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00063.htm

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