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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
Words Which Would Take Us To War
Developing Countries Targeted in Doha Sham
BIG NEWS INVESTIGATES ACC - PART 7
Matthew Reid: Not Another Anti-War Perspective
A Question For Colin Powell, What's Changed?
Satire: Spam Direct From The White House
Do As We Say Not As We Do – US Pursues Mini-Nukes
Iran And North Korea Are Next - Mahathir Mohamad
Private Views From Our Global Captains Of Industry
Saving The World With Duct Tape
A Messianic Vision For Israel – From The Top US Defence Advisor
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Student Load Caps at 7%
Nats Slag Off Treaty Article IV
Super Savings Ought to be NZ Based
Tamihere Should Be Heard
Wilson Wants Employers/Employees To Work Together
Greens Support Peaceful Resolution
More People Check Out the GG
Otago’s Absurd Maori Language Policy
Phillip Field Speech in Porirua
Business Should Practise What They Preach
Take A Deep Breath… Then again Perhaps Not

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Scoop Is In The House

– For Today’s questions for oral answer see... Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 25 February [1] . Come back later for the uncorrected transcript of the answers.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00449.htm


Words Which Would Take Us To War

- The USA, Britain and co-sponsor Spain have been circulating this draft UN resolution about the Security Council. It bypasses calling for war against Iraq, but shrewdly details alleged breaches of Resolution 1441... See... Draft Resolution Circulates UN Security Council [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00185.htm


Developing Countries Targeted in Doha Sham

- “Today’s massive leak of the WTO’s General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) negotiation documents exposes the so-called Doha ‘development’ round as the sham we've always said it was," says Professor Jane Kelsey from the Action, Research ... See... Leaked documents show poor countries targeted [1] MORE: - ARENA - Bombshell leak of documents blows GATS secrecy [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00166.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00165.htm

BIG NEWS INVESTIGATES ACC - PART 7

- ACC is delaying responses to media compiled by it’s own media advisors by insisting that any written replies to journalists be signed off by senior management, who in turn are delaying signing the responses. See... ACC Management Still Hostile To Media Queries [1] MORE: - Part 1 - ACC staff knowingly flout ACC legislation [2] - Part 2 - ACC case manager and assessor collude [3] - Part 3 - Dodgy Assessments Used To Rid ACC of Claimants [4] - Part 4 - How some ACC assessments predetermine outcomes [5] - Part 5 - ACC claimants are not advised their entitlements [6] - Part 6 - ACC Boss Accused Of Misrepresenting The Public [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00182.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00108.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00114.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00125.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00137.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00151.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00164.htm


Matthew Reid: Not Another Anti-War Perspective

- Scoop's newest columnist is sure to raise a few eyebrows among the Scoop readership. His views- as he says himself - tend to be,'' in diametric opposition to most of what is published on scoop.co.nz.'' See... Matthew Reid: "Carter In '04" [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00179.htm


A Question For Colin Powell, What's Changed?

- If the United States decides to wage a war with Iraq without the full support of the United Nations it will be "much more complicated and bloody” than the siege in Afghanistan after 9-11 and the first Gulf War combined, Secretary of State Colin Powell warned President Bush privately early last year, Bob Woodward wrote in the book "Bush at War.” See... Jason Leopold: Powell Changes Tune On War Sans UN [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00178.htm


Satire: Spam Direct From The White House

- I AM GEORGE WALKER BUSH, SON OF THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH, AND CURRENTLY SERVING AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. See... In The Spirit of Nigerian Spam – An Email From GWB [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00177.htm


Do As We Say Not As We Do – US Pursues Mini-Nukes

- When former Los Alamos scientist and noted nuclear weapons adviser Richard Garwin met with Russian Minister of Atomic Energy Victor Mikhailov in Moscow earlier this year, Mikhailov brought up U.S. research on micro-nukes. The linkage is clear: the seemingly harmless doodlings of U.S. nuclear scientists justified similar programs in Russia. See... Nuclear Junkies: Those Lovable Little Bombs [1] and Pentagon Plans August Conf. On "New Smaller Nukes" [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00184.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00220.htm


Iran And North Korea Are Next - Mahathir Mohamad

- Western powers are using terrorism as a pretext to conquer the world and will target Iran and North Korea once they succeed in Iraq, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Sunday. See... Iran & North Korea Will Be Next Targets - Mahathir [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00221.htm


Private Views From Our Global Captains Of Industry

- A letter from a reporter who managed to get heavy credentials for the Davos conference. It was posted on the Psychohistory bulletin board – it appears here on Scoop after being transmitted via Sam Smith's indomitable Undernews @ http://prorev.com See... Meeting The World's Leaders - A Letter From Davos [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00183.htm


Saving The World With Duct Tape

- Forget trying to convince France and Germany to support our ersatz need for a War in Iraq, our mighty adhesive ally is all the security this nation needs in time of crisis. See... Ron Callari: Duct & Cover [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00180.htm


A Messianic Vision For Israel – From The Top US Defence Advisor

- The document that follows was authored by a group of US Hawks including the king of all Hawks, Richard Perle, a senior adviser to the current Bush Administration. It was addressed in a recent column by Robert Fisk of The Independent. See... Why We Must GoTo War, Richard Perle Explains [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00176.htm


Daily Katya Rivas

- At Jesus’ request, the ''Prayer Groups'' of Cochabamba and La Paz were to join forces and work together. The people responsible for the group… received a great and wonderful surprise when Jesus announced to Catalina that He would dictate the subject matter ... See... Katya Rivas: Need for Human Respect [1] JESUS CHRIST'S SECRETARY VISITS WELLINGTON: - Scoop Feature: Jesus's Secretary Visits Wellington [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00175.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00139.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Student Load Caps at 7%

- The headline student loan interest rate will remain at 7 per cent for the year beginning 1 April 2003, Revenue Minister Michael Cullen and Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey announced today. See... Student loan interest rate to stay at 7 per cent [1] ALSO: - Progressives - Progressives campaigned for lower student fees [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00447.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00448.htm


Nats Slag Off Treaty Article IV

- National Party Leader Bill English has tabled papers in Parliament which he says prove the Treaty of Waitangi's 'phantom Article IV' is being forced onto the public. See... English repeats Treaty challenge [1] ALSO: - Franks Welcomes Nats Treaty Focus - ACT Treaty Spokesman Stephen Franks today welcomed National's new focus on the real Treaty, and Opposition Leader Bill English's denial of the Treaty's apocryphal fourth article. See... We All Know What Grows In The Dark [2] AND MORE: Nats Focus on Treaty Bashing Policy - National Party Leader Bill English is launching a stinging attack on Government policies and what he describes as a 'phantom Treaty clause' that's finding its way into common law. See... Treaty grows another leg - English [3] and English’s Speech - Bill English Speech: "Treaty Grows Another Leg" [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00455.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00452.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00440.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00441.htm


Super Savings Ought to be NZ Based

- New Zealand First has called on the Government to ensure that state administered retirement savings are invested in New Zealand and not frittered away on shaky overseas markets. See... Sorry Plight Over Super Savings [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00443.htm


Tamihere Should Be Heard

- United Future leader, Peter Dunne, today backed Youth Affairs Minister, John Tamihere, and his outspoken views on the New Zealand welfare system. See... United Future: Tamihere deserves to be heard [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00442.htm


Wilson Wants Employers/Employees To Work Together

- Labour Minister Margaret Wilson today urged employers and employees to work together over the next two months to ensure that when the Health and Safety in Employment Act Amendment comes into force on May 5 they have a shared understanding of workplace ... See... Employers and employees urged to work together [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00453.htm


Greens Support Peaceful Resolution

- The Green Party is calling on the Government to publicly support a French UN resolution that would see a tightening of the weapons inspection regime in Iraq. See... Greens back peaceful resolution [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00451.htm


More People Check Out the GG

- The Governor-General's initiative to make her official residence more accessible to the public has resulted in record numbers of visitors to Government House in Wellington. See... Record Visitor Numbers At Government House [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00450.htm


Questions of the Day

- 1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Is it correct that she tried to stop Hon John Tamihere from circulating a speech which said that the “Welfare as presently practiced in this country literally kills [Maori] with kindness.” See... Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 25 February [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00449.htm


Otago’s Absurd Maori Language Policy

- New Zealand First has described Otago University’s new Maori language policy as absurd political correctness and nothing to do with education. See... Otago University's Absurd Maori Policy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00446.htm


Phillip Field Speech in Porirua

- Talofa lava, Ni sa bula, Malo e lelei, Taloha ni, fakaalofa lahi atu, Kia ora tatou and warm greetings to you all. See... Porirua Pacific Business Trust Office Opening [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00445.htm


Business Should Practise What They Preach

- Green MP Mike Ward is urging businesses to practice what they preach by showing their loyalty to New Zealand businesses, after it was revealed The Warehouse's promotional "Loyal" Team New Zealand flags are foreign made. See... 'Made in China' no badge of loyalty [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00444.htm


Take A Deep Breath… Then again Perhaps Not

- The Health Risk Assessment, on which the government relies for stating that Foray48B is safe, investigated the ingredients of the spray only for their effects when ingested or in contact with the skin - but not when inhaled. See... Breathe Deep - it's Foray48B! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00164.htm

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