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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
A Solution To The Iraq Crisis – Not Exile, Retirement
Helen Clark Take A Stand On US-Led-War: Greenpeace
World Vision Reports on Child Victim Impact of Approaching War
Noam Chomsky Confronts The Empire
Required Reading For UN Security Council Diplomats
UN Prepares For Powell – Powell Prepares For UN
Philip J. Rappa: A Call To Peace
A New, Bigger, Europe
Just Another Day On The West Bank
Howard’s End: A Vexatious Crown Enterprise
Scoop Wants You To Help Save Air New Zealand
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Greens Cite Survey: Treaty Education Lacking
Time For Wages To Rise
United Says Adults Key To Reducing Suicide
Opinion: Maharey on Welfare Reform
Acting Corrections Minister Meets Hunt Family
Monachists Wild Over Scrapped QC Titles
Leukaemia Patients To Receive Glivec
Auck Moth Man Sentenced
MAF Must Return Cattle
Anderton Speech to Sri Lanka Arts Exhibition

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A Solution To The Iraq Crisis – Not Exile, Retirement

- Saddam Hussein could be offered ‘retirement’, with his family within Iraq, possibly to the vacation city 130km North of Baghdad known as Saddamiat Al-Tharthar, into which he has poured money and care. See... Iraq: A Way Out? [1] . For more background on veteran peace campaigner Dr Elworthy’s proposed solution to the crisis see... Dr Scilla Elworthy's Baghdad Diaries [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00033.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00034.htm


Helen Clark Take A Stand On US-Led-War: Greenpeace

- The world is faced with the imminent prospect of war. Throughout history courageous individuals, communities, leaders and nations have stood for peace in the face of war. We urge you to make a stand internationally for a peaceful resolution to this conflict. See... Open Letter to PM Stand Up For Peace [1] MORE: - Greenpeace Takes Global Action Against War [2] - Greenpeace Sets Up Peace Camp In British Tanks [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00026.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00030.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00029.htm


World Vision Reports on Child Victim Impact of Approaching War

- World Vision staff returning from an assessment mission in Iraq warn of dire consequences for children in the event of war. World Vision New Zealand executive director Helen Green said today that the agency's findings made extremely grim reading. See... W.V assessment warns dire future for children [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00021.htm


Noam Chomsky Confronts The Empire

- We are meeting at a moment of world history that is in many ways unique – a moment that is ominous, but also full of hope. The most powerful state in history has proclaimed, loud and clear, that it intends to rule the world by force, the dimension in which it reigns supreme. See... Confronting the Empire - Noam Chomsky Speech [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00032.htm


Required Reading For UN Security Council Diplomats

Dennis Hans - I am writing on the eve of Secretary of State Colin Powell’s February 5 presentation on Saddam Hussein and Iraq’s alleged links to al Qaeda and its possession of and/or ongoing attempts to develop banned weapons of mass destruction. Many of you will read this after February 5, and that’s fine. You will be debating and discussing the import and details of Powell’s presentation in the days and weeks that follow, and you will be aided immeasurably by a fuller understanding of the man and his standards. See... An Open Letter to the U.N. about Colin Powell [1] William Rivers Pitt - For the sake of argument, let's say that Saddam Hussein does indeed have chemical and biological weapons somewhere in Iraq. (Leave off the nukes, as the IEIA has bluntly stated that no such program or weapon exists in Iraq) Hussein is and has always been a weapons junkie, and his jones was amply fed by science, training and materials given freely to him by the Reagan administration and a number of prominent American corporations. See... UQ Wire: America, Are You Ready for This War? [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00029.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00030.htm


UN Prepares For Powell – Powell Prepares For UN

- US Secretary of State Colin Powell's briefing to the UN Security Council will be the first big event on the Security Council's calendar for the month of February, the President of the 15-nation body said today. See... US Iraq briefing key issue for Security Council [1] , WSJ Op-ed by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell [2] and State Dept. Daily Press Briefing - February 3, 200 [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00039.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00035.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00025.htm


Philip J. Rappa: A Call To Peace

- Friends, neighbors, fellow citizens, on this day we congregate in hope and in prayer, but more importantly fully aware and in total control of our mental faculties. We join together for all the world to bear witness that we the people demand peace. See... Philip J. Rappa: Peace for Peace Sake [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00028.htm


A New, Bigger, Europe

- An idea is about to be completed. The decisions made today will mould the Europe of tomorrow - courtesy of Deutschland Magazine. See... The New Face of Europe [1] and Treaty of Nice entered into force [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00041.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00040.htm


Just Another Day On The West Bank

- As I write this three ISM activists from the US, France and Denmark are standing in the pouring rain at a checkpoint to the east of Nablus with twenty-seven Palestinian villagers and their four Israeli persecutors. See... Soldiers in Nablus Threaten to Kill ISM Activists [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00031.htm


Howard’s End: A Vexatious Crown Enterprise

- A prisoner at Paremoremo has developed a lively interest in litigation by representing himself in Court to the point where counsel of one of the defendants has written to the Solicitor-General seeking a declaration that the prisoner be declared a vexatious litigant. But could the ACC also be declared a vexatious litigant? Maree Howard writes. See... Howard’s End: Is ACC a Vexatious Litigant? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00023.htm


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


Daily Katya Rivas

- Be calm, My beloved daughter; I know you are afraid of suffering, and especially of humiliation. See... Katya Rivas: Do Not Fear; I Am with You [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00026.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Greens Cite Survey: Treaty Education Lacking

- A survey indicating a third of all New Zealanders know little or nothing about the Treaty of Waitangi is an indictment on the Government's failure to initiate an education programme about our founding document, Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says. See... Treaty education must be a priority, say Greens [1] MORE: - Journalists’ Union - The union that represents journalists is concerned that some of its members will be prevented from doing their jobs as well as they might on Waitangi Day. See... Maori and media should sort out problems [2] - Commonwealth Press Union - Waitangi Ban on Non-Maori Journalists Condemned [3] - Libs - Libertarianz: "End Waitangi Apartheid!" [4] - Pacific Peace - Peace Pacific: Waitangi Day a Day For Pakeha To Celebrate [5] - United Future - It's timeout time for Waitangi Day [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00050.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00030.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00034.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00029.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00027.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00046.htm


Time For Wages To Rise

- “Wages data released today by Statistics NZ shows that any evidence of wages responding to labour shortages is very limited,” said Council of Trade Unions secretary Paul Goulter today. See... Wages Must Increase In Response to Labour Shortage [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00033.htm


United Says Adults Key To Reducing Suicide

- Adults have got to take a long, hard look at the way they are treating young people if they want to see an improvement in youth suicide, crime and pregnancy figures, Paul Adams, United Future's youth affairs spokesman, said today. See... Adams: Give our teens a purpose [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00048.htm


Opinion: Maharey on Welfare Reform

- Reports that National is rethinking its welfare policy with plans to introduce work-for-the-dole and time limits on benefits follow Work and Income’s best ever year for placing job seekers into work. There were 16,464 fewer beneficiaries receiving unemployment benefits ... See... Effective welfare reform is more than slogans [1] MORE: - Minister Says Nat’s Welfare Reform Exposed - New statistics showing a dramatic drop in the number of people receiving unemployment benefits will prove embarrassing for the National party as it talks tough about future welfare policies, says Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey. See... Employment growth exposes Nat’s welfare ‘rethink [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00045.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00044.htm


Acting Corrections Minister Meets Hunt Family

- Acting Corrections Minister Margaret Wilson yesterday met with the Hunt family. The meeting was to discuss the family’s concerns that they were not informed about the release of one of the people involved with their brother’s death. See... “Constructive” Meeting With Family [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00049.htm


Monachists Wild Over Scrapped QC Titles

- It will no doubt come as a surprise to most people to learn that the New Zealand Cabinet decided on the 22nd of March and the 13th of June 2002 that the title of Queen's Counsel (QC) will be replaced by that of Senior Counsel (SC). See... Monarchists QC Titles to be Replaced [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00028.htm


Leukaemia Patients To Receive Glivec

- Novartis New Zealand is pleased to announce that its drug Glivec® (imatinib) will be fully funded as a first line treatment for newly diagnosed chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) patients from 1 March 2003. See... Glivec For All Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia Patients [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00025.htm


Auck Moth Man Sentenced

- An Auckland man’s passion for moths and butterflies resulted in a fine of $5000 dollars, 150 hours community work and court costs of $200 dollars in the Auckland District Court today. See... Moth breeder sentenced [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00032.htm


MAF Must Return Cattle

- Following a three day hearing in the Auckland High Court last week, the Judge ruled that the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) will return some of the cattle seized last year from a Northland farmer charged with their neglect. See... Cattle returned to Northland farmer [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00031.htm


Anderton Speech to Sri Lanka Arts Exhibition

- It is the first national day in Sri Lanka for many years that brings hope of peace, as the outcome of talks brokered by Norway are considered by both the Singhalese majority and the Tamil Tigers. See... Jim Anderton Speech: Pictures at an exhibition [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00043.htm


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