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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
New Oil Shock Could Be Just Around The Corner
Cyclone Ami’s Wake As Seen From A P-3
Earthquake Felt In Wellington
UQ Wire: Le Carre Speaks Out Against US Agression
The News Your Kids Have Been Waiting To Hear
Paulo Politico: Pipigate
Julz World: Sweet Swiss Smells & Starry Nights
UK Joins The Son Of Start Wars
Wither The Coup-Maker?
Howard's End: Turkey Chucks A Spanner In GWB’s War Plans
Firas Al-Atraqchi: The True Meaning Of “Jihad”
Britain At War – Alastair Campbell Decodes Blair
Countdown To War: The View From Saudi
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Greens Want Govt To Stand Up For Peace
GPJA’s Newsletter
People March on USA Embassy
Citizens Weapons Inspectors Write To US Embassy
Thousands Waiting For Surgery While Minister Refuses To Talk
TVNZ Gets Charter $12m Top-up
Federated Farmers Says NZ Economy Too Reliant on Agriculture
Reserve Bank Warms Of Discoloured Coins
Transport Body In The Red
Nats Ask Govt to Get Heavy on Dogs
Maharey’s Spin In Full Gear
Libs Say Education Twits Still Rule
Adelie Penguin Speaks of Strutting the Stuff

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http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00069.htm
Cyclone Ami's Aftermath - Orion Pictures (Big)

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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New Oil Shock Could Be Just Around The Corner

- The oil executives strike in Venezuela is beginning to bite on the United States mainland with conditions ripe for a further spike in crude oil prices to levels not seen since the oil shock of 1973. Scoop Editor Alastair Thompson reports. See... Oil Price May Spike As Venezuela Strike Bites US [1] MORE: - OPEC -123rd (Extraordinary) Meeting of OPEC [2] - US DoE - Summary of Weekly Petroleum Data - January 10 2002 [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00055.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00065.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0301/S00028.htm


Cyclone Ami’s Wake As Seen From A P-3

- Images captured from the RNZAF P-3 Flight to Fiji of the Cyclone Damage See... Cyclone Ami Damage Assessment Pictures From Fiji [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00069.htm


Earthquake Felt In Wellington

– An earthquake located off the Kapiti Coast was felt in Wellington today at 12.53pm. See... 4.9 Richter Scale Earthquake Felt In Wellington [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0301/S00009.htm


UQ Wire: Le Carre Speaks Out Against US Agression

- America has entered one of its periods of historical madness, but this is the worst I can remember: worse than McCarthyism, worse than the Bay of Pigs and in the long term potentially more disastrous than the Vietnam War. See... UQ Wire: John le Carré - USA Has Gone Mad [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00053.htm


The News Your Kids Have Been Waiting To Hear

- J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to be published on 21st June, 2003 in Britain, the USA, Canada and Australia See... Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix - June 21 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0301/S00030.htm


Paulo Politico: Pipigate

- Troubleshooters in politics will no doubt privately say Prebble is ACTivating the only option available to him – isolating a cancer [the scandal] before it infects the entire party. But scandal and intrigue's what the ACT Party is all about. See... Paulo Politico: Prebble’s Nightmare Unleashed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00051.htm


Julz World: Sweet Swiss Smells & Starry Nights

- Starry nights and sexy European accents are the coolest things don’t you think? See... Julz’s World: The small things in life [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00050.htm


UK Joins The Son Of Start Wars

- The Defence Secretary has told MPs that the government's preliminary conclusion is that it is in the UK's interests to agree to a request from the US government to upgrade the early warning radar at Fylingdales for missile defence purposes. See... Initial agreement for US missile defence proposal [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00072.htm


Wither The Coup-Maker?

- Reich assumes his new post only after declining two other positions because he considered them a step down (according to the Washington Post): that of U.S. Human Rights representative to the U.N. in Geneva, and Senior Director for Democracy and Human Rights at the National Security Council, a post that had just been vacated by Elliot Abrams, his kindred right-wing ideologue and fellow Iran-Contra chum. See... Otto Reich Re-surfaces Again, This time at the NSC [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00071.htm


Howard's End: Turkey Chucks A Spanner In GWB’s War Plans

- Plans to invade Iraq have been thrown into disarray as the Turks and the Kurds, key partners for the northern-front of the invasion, begin vying for spoils after the war to the point of rummaging through Ottoman Empire archives for the deeds and certificates to prove ownership of land and resources before Iraq was created after World War I. Maree Howard writes. See... Snatch and Grab for the Spoils of War [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00052.htm


Firas Al-Atraqchi: The True Meaning Of “Jihad”

- The word jihad is more poignant than ever. Not because it means holy war; not because it means crusade or anti-western hostility. Indeed, the word jihad is ringing loudly and boisterously these days because it refers to the struggle in men, and not between men. See... Firas Al-Atraqchi: The Jihad of Peace [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00049.htm


Britain At War – Alastair Campbell Decodes Blair

- Asked for a reaction to criticism expressed by Church of England Bishops regarding the Prime Minister's stance on Iraq, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister had set out the case very clearly in his news conference on Monday. See... 10 Downing St Briefings - Comments On War [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00073.htm


Countdown To War: The View From Saudi

- This morning's Arab News ran two headline stories: "Prince Abdullah Sees No War On Iraq" and just below that: "US Steps Up Military Buildup in Gulf." See... Comes A War – A Perspective From Saudi Arabia [1] ...See also COUNTDOWN TO WAR FEATURE PAGE [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00054.htm
[2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=countdowniraq


Daily Katya Rivas

- I make the creature look out to the thresholds of the unknown world that dominates them, in order to comprehend some secret and allow him to take it to the earth like an intense treasure. See... Katya Rivas: The Distance Between Your Way & Mine [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00048.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Greens Want Govt To Stand Up For Peace

- Green MP and veteran peace campaigner, Sue Bradford is calling on the Government to use its vaunted influence with Washington to dissuade George W. Bush from a new war in the Middle East. See... Blood on their hands [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00089.htm


GPJA’s Newsletter

- Global Peace and Justice Auckland details what action is coming up, what's on in Auckland, and links to thought provoking articles... Here's GPJA's newsletter for January 2003. See... What’s On In Auckland [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00042.htm


People March on USA Embassy

- THURS, 16 January - Stop killing the people of Iraq! all day peace presence at the US embassy to mark the anniversary of the start of the Gulf War and twelve years of ongoing bombing and strafing attacks. See... March on US Embassy Today [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00039.htm


Citizens Weapons Inspectors Write To US Embassy

- Chief Inspector demands co-operation by US Ambassador during upcoming inspection of facilities. Today the Citizen Weapon Inspectors of New Zealand sent an open letter [see below] to the US Ambassador to New Zealand demanding access to all US facilities ... See... NZ Weapons Inspectors Set Ultimatum To USA [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00044.htm


Thousands Waiting For Surgery While Minister Refuses To Talk

- The thousands of Canterbury people waiting for surgery have every right to take offence at Health Minister Annette King refusing to talk about the issue, says National Health Spokesperson Dr Lynda Scott. See... Canterbury waiting times appalling [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00091.htm


TVNZ Gets Charter $12m Top-up

- The government and Television New Zealand (TVNZ) have finalised an agreement for the provision of $12m (GST inclusive) of funding to assist TVNZ to implement its charter. See... TVNZ’s $12m charter funding finalised [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00095.htm


Federated Farmers Says NZ Economy Too Reliant on Agriculture

- "The New Zealand economy depends too much on agriculture for farmers to be excessively restricted in their efforts to manage adverse climatic events said Tom Lambie, President of Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Inc.). See... Treasury Report Underlines Dependence on Agri [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00040.htm


Reserve Bank Warms Of Discoloured Coins

- The Reserve Bank today advised the public that some older 20 cent coins are temporarily causing confusion among some shoppers. See... Reserve Bank coinage warning [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00045.htm


Transport Body In The Red

- The Government only has itself to blame for the financial pressure that threatens to derail the work of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission, according to the National Party. See... Minister warned of transport body’s financial woes [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00093.htm


Nats Ask Govt to Get Heavy on Dogs

- There’s a new call today for the Government to toughen up the penalties against the owners of dogs that go on to attack people. See... Dog owners should pay higher price for attacks [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00092.htm


Maharey’s Spin In Full Gear

- Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey's supposed clarification, of unemployment statistics I released yesterday, simply shows that the Government does not want to face facts, ACT New Zealand Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said. See... Minister Of Spin At It Again [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00090.htm


Libs Say Education Twits Still Rule

- “Our education sector certainly does need a lot greater competition if any improvements are going to be made, but to achieve any substantial changes and improvements New Zealand must adopt a much more freedom-orientated attitude towards education.” See... Twits Still Rule, Not Okay [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00043.htm


Adelie Penguin Speaks of Strutting the Stuff

- "West Korea is behaving strangely!" Corrective MP Tripitaka Adelie-Penguin (Ross Dependency) said today, trying to desperately divert attention from the corn chips scandal that has engulfed her electorate office. See... Dictator's Rampage of Cross-Dressing Destruction [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00041.htm

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