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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Wants You To Help Save Air New Zealand
Coutts Spills The Beans – It Was The Factory’s Fault
American Coup: The Senator With The Keys To The Kingdom
Firas Al-Atraqchi: Bush Strategy Is ‘Iraq Or Bust’
Just Another Day On The West Bank
Bush And Powell Are Diplomatic Losers
A World United Against War
… Well Perhaps Not The Whole World
Guess Who’s Talking About George
Ike Finau Vs Auckland City: Round 2
International Criminal Court Prepares To Deal Justice
CNN’s Wolf Turns Into U.S. Government Lamb
Who Else Is Hiding Their WMDs?
Hawk Talk: Colin Powell Explains George To The World
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
NZ’s Global Peace Movement Gains Momentum
ACT Wants PM To Join Iraq War
CTU Requests Meeting With US Ambassador
When Schools Go Spooky
Govt Delivers Sustainable Development Message to Auck Mayors
ACT Criticises Police Methods in Rape Investigation
Franks Not Surprised at Act-less Bystanders
Robson Corrects ACT on Poor Int. Law Knowledge
Heavy Loss of Kiwi Chicks A Major Concern
Treasury Releases Financial Report
Nats Want PAM Inquiry
Maxim’s Real Issues
Health Ministry Releases Maternity Survey
New Trade Commissioner to Hamburg
Select Committee Business
Citizen Weapons Inspectors Looking for WMDs at US Embassy
15 OSH Convictions Against Company
Mitchell on DPB Exploitation
Forest Groups Support PAM Spraying

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Scoop Wants You To Help Save Air New Zealand

- The new lobby group Save Air New Zealand (formerly Debate Air New Zealand), is calling on all New Zealanders, all New Zealand corporates, all New Zealand tourist operators, all New Zealand sports bodies, all New Zealand charities and all other groups in New Zealand who utilise air travel to make a submission to the Commerce Commission on the proposed Air New Zealand/Qantas alliance. See... Call For Submissions On The Air NZ/Qantas Alliance [1] More: - Guide To Making AirNZ / Qantas Alliance Submission [2] - Dear Debate Air New Zealand supporter, [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0301/S00121.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0301/S00120.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0301/S00122.htm


Coutts Spills The Beans – It Was The Factory’s Fault

- Alinghi skipper Russell Coutts revealed today the circumstances of his and Brad Butterworth's decision to leave Team New Zealand in May 2000. See... Russell Coutts Speaks On Team NZ Departure [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0301/S00107.htm


American Coup: The Senator With The Keys To The Kingdom

- Senator Hagel’s campaign finance director, Michael McCarthy, now admits that Senator Hagel still owns a beneficial interest in the ES&S parent company, the McCarthy Group. ES&S counts approximately 60 percent of all votes cast in the United States. See... Senator Hagel Admits Owning Voting Machine Company [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00166.htm


Firas Al-Atraqchi: Bush Strategy Is ‘Iraq Or Bust’

- The day after U.S. President George Bush announced his near-declaration of a war against Iraq during the State of the Union Address, the Dow Jones and NASDAQ looked flimsy at best. Bush's economic recovery plan has failed to impress and the opening statements on the economy in is State of the Union Address seem to have fallen on deaf ears as the Bush administration (thanks in large part to Karl Rove) trumpets the calls for war. See... Firas Al-Atraqchi: Scorched Earth? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00170.htm


Just Another Day On The West Bank

- All of Hebron was under total curfew today. I could sense something was wrong. As I walked up the street I soon realized there was trouble at Al Manara. I was horrified at what I saw. There were two tanks and two bulldozers leveling the produce market ... See... Terrorists Among The Apples [1] and ISM Activists in Gaza Strip Protect Water Supply [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00169.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00166.htm


Bush And Powell Are Diplomatic Losers

- Bluntly stated, George W. Bush and Colin Powell will lose the diplomatic game with France and Germany. Both men lack the necessary intellectual capacity; they are, in a word, outmatched by their European counterparts. See... Bush and Powell Will Lose the Diplomatic Game [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00168.htm


A World United Against War

- The wave of global anti-war protests on January 18 was a massive show of opposition by the world's working people — in particular those in the United States — to a US war on Iraq. See... World-wide protests demand: `Don't attack Iraq!' [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00167.htm


… Well Perhaps Not The Whole World

- By Prime Ministers: Jose María Aznar, José Manuel Durão Barroso, Silvio Berlusconi, Tony Blair, Vaclav Havel, Peter Medgyessy, Leszek Miller and Anders Fogh Rasmussen. See... Europe and America must stand united - By 8 PMs [1] and 'Europe and America must stand united' - Blair [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00179.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00178.htm


Guess Who’s Talking About George

- Who got to preview and review President George W. Bush’s State of the Union address? White people. See... It’s a White, White, White, White Media World [1] MORE STATE OF THE UNION REACTION: - Hard News: I'd Rather Trust In Taniwhas - UQ Wire: All He Left Unsaid [2] - Democratic Leaders Respond To State Of Union [3] - Bernard Weiner: Examining Bush&Co.'s Real Motives [4] - Undernews: State Of The Bush [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00165.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00157.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00160.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00162.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00161.htm


Ike Finau Vs Auckland City: Round 2

- Auckland City Council this morning went back to court in the case of illegal signs being displayed at 10 Warnock Street, Grey Lynn. See... Illegal signs case: Council returns to court [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0301/S00079.htm


International Criminal Court Prepares To Deal Justice

- The NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) welcomes the first resumed session of the Assembly of States Parties of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ASP), taking place February 3 - 7 at U.N. headquarters in New York. See... International Criminal Court Judges Elected Feb 3 [1] . See also Amnesty International... USA and the International Criminal Court [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00184.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00180.htm


CNN’s Wolf Turns Into U.S. Government Lamb

- On the rare occasion when a mainstream news program interviews a forthright critic of U.S. policy, the interviewer often seems less like a journalist and more like a government spokesperson. See... FAIR: Wolf Blitzer for the Defense (Department) [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00182.htm


Who Else Is Hiding Their WMDs?

- New York, September 27 2003 - Coinciding with the much anticipated U.N. report on weapons inspections in Iraq, this morning an international group of Citizens Inspectors faxed a startling report to all members of the U.N. Security Council in New York. See... UN receives report on nuclear WMD in Netherlands [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00177.htm


Hawk Talk: Colin Powell Explains George To The World

- See... Interview By TVE Television of Spain [1] , Powell Interview on TF-1 Television of France [2] , Powell Remarks with Canadian Foreign Minister [3] , Powell Interview By ITN Television of Great Britain [4] , Powell Interview By ZDF Television of Germany [5] ,Powell Remarks With Pakistani Foreign Minister [6] and Powell Interview by RAI Television of Italy [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00176.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00175.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00174.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00173.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00172.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00170.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00169.htm


Daily Katya Rivas

- Always have your hearts open for great hope: the advent of the Kingdom of God in your souls, in the souls of others, and of the whole world. See... Katya Rivas: A New Kingdom Has Been Prepared [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00164.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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NZ’s Global Peace Movement Gains Momentum

- You too can help organise opposition to this approaching US war against Iraq and any NZ participation in it by coming to the next GPJA meeting this Monday, Feb 3, 7.30pm, Trades Hall,147 Great North Rd. See... Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00109.htm


ACT Wants PM To Join Iraq War

- ACT Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs Spokesman Ken Shirley is calling on Helen Clark to reconsider her position on the use of military force to disarm the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq. See... Clark Must Reconsider Position on Iraq [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00297.htm


CTU Requests Meeting With US Ambassador

- The Council of Trade Unions has asked US Ambassador Charles Swindells to receive a delegation from the CTU’s 34 affiliated unions to express concerns over the increasingly worrying Iraq situation, and the implications for workers. See... CTU Requests Meeting With US Ambassador [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00112.htm


When Schools Go Spooky

- Successful schools, especially in the Auckland area, are being punished by the Government's extreme authoritarian zoning policies, ACT New Zealand Associate Education Spokesman Deborah Coddington said today. See... Zoning Turns Schools into Spies [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00309.htm


Govt Delivers Sustainable Development Message to Auck Mayors

- The government today released its programme of action for sustainable development in New Zealand. Environment Minister Marian Hobbs said the programme provides a set of guiding objectives and principles to policy and decision making across the government ... See... Sustainable Development Programme of Action [1] MORE: - Hobbs’ Speech - Hobbs' Mayoral Forum Speech [2] - Hobbs n Anderton - Govt to encourage sustainable growth for cities [3] - Anderton’s Speech - Jim Anderton's Speech on Sustainable Development [4] - Tizard’s Release - Judith Tizard on Sustainable development programme [5] - CTU - Moving NZ Forward Sustainably [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00298.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00299.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00301.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00302.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00308.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00117.htm


ACT Criticises Police Methods in Rape Investigation

- ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks today criticised processes forcing a rape victim to apply to police to see a photograph of her attacker - whom she has discovered is on the streets and living nearby. See... Return To Justice Principles [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00307.htm


Franks Not Surprised at Act-less Bystanders

- ACT Justice Spokesman today said he was not surprised that bystanders stood by and did nothing as a Levin policeman was attacked and wrestled to the ground. See... You Told Us To Butt Out [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00306.htm


Robson Corrects ACT on Poor Int. Law Knowledge

-ACT has today exposed its total lack of knowledge about the basic tenets of international law. "Eager for New Zealand to be part of a US led invasion of Iraq, ACT has grasped at the declaration for war of those European countries keen to please the United ... See... ACT mistakes 'persuassive diplomacy' for int. law [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00305.htm


Heavy Loss of Kiwi Chicks A Major Concern

- A heavy loss of kiwi chicks on the West Coast has put a dampener on an otherwise successful breeding season in the country’s five kiwi sanctuaries, Conservation Minister Chris Carter announced today. See... Distress and success in kiwi breeding sanctuaries [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00300.htm


Treasury Releases Financial Report

- Treasury has released the Crown Financial Statements for five months ending 30 November 2002. See... Treasury Financial Statement [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00114.htm


Nats Want PAM Inquiry

- A parliamentary select committee inquiry into the painted apple moth saga is essential to improving New Zealand's biosecurity, says National's Environment spokesperson, Nick Smith. See... National calls for inquiry into moth spray [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00304.htm


Maxim’s Real Issues

- Contents: The Supreme Court - War in Iraq - Girls can do anything - Greater health risk for one parent children - Maxim Forum 2003... See... Maxim Institute: real issues [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00111.htm


Health Ministry Releases Maternity Survey

- A survey of almost 3000 women who gave birth last year shows a general satisfaction with maternity services, Ministry of Health national maternity manager Barbara Browne said today. See... Maternity services consumer survey released [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00116.htm


New Trade Commissioner to Hamburg

- Auckland, January 31, 2003 -- Marta Mager has been appointed as Trade New Zealand's Trade Commissioner and Consul General to Hamburg, Germany. See... New Trade Commissioner To Hamburg Appointed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00119.htm


Select Committee Business

- Select committee business From 25 January to 31 January 2003 Committee meetings... The Health Committee met on two days in Auckland. See... Select committee business From 25 Jan to 31 Jan 20 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00303.htm


Citizen Weapons Inspectors Looking for WMDs at US Embassy

- On Sunday 2nd the New Zealand Citizen Weapon Inspection Team (NZCWIT) will attempt to inspect the facilitates of the US embassy in Wellington, looking for evidence of weapons of mass destruction owned and operated by the Unites States. See... Citizen Weapon Inspectors to search US embassy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00113.htm


15 OSH Convictions Against Company

- A company with 14 previous health and safety convictions was ordered to pay a total penalty of $10,000 yesterday for its latest breach of health and safety law. See... Company's Fifteenth Conviction [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00118.htm


Mitchell on DPB Exploitation

- The welfare state has evolved into is a system of financial incentives for those inclined towards exploitation. This leaves others who genuinely cannot support themselves under-resourced and bearing the brunt of shifting public perception. See... Working The DPB System [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00120.htm


Forest Groups Support PAM Spraying

- Foresters and conservationists have joined forces to express support for the painted apple moth eradication programme in West Auckland. The NZ Farm Forestry Assn., NZ Forest Owners' Assn and Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand are ... See... Forest and Conservation Groups Support Spraying [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00115.htm

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