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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
BIG NEWS INVESTIGATES ACC - PART 9
CNN Scoop Leads To Terror Letter Release
"We Are Not Terrorists" – Team Alinghi
USA Coup: Me, My Monkey And The US Electoral System
Motornet Returns: Being A Boy Racer
The People Behind The Plan Behind The War Against Iraq
The Path To An American Police State Revealed
Behind The Veil: Making Friends With Saudi Orphans
US Media Briefed On War Clean-Up Plans
Countdown To War - More Hawk Talk
"Ruthless" Rumsfeld Has His Comments On Human Shield's Explained
Guest Opinion: A View Of The Media In Indonesia
StopEsso Is Unstopped

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Emergency Peace Vigils Details: Where, When
Fitzsimons and Euro MP Rally for Peace
Christchurch Military Base To Be Inspected
United Gives Sensible Sentencing a Tick
United Future Blocks TVNZ Amendment
Telco Pricing Principles Scrutinised
Medical Council Appoints New President
Primary Health Care Initiatives Get $7.1 mil
Rodney Cycleways Get the Nod
Questions of the Day
Roading Project Blocked… Nats
Race Debate Looms
Wool Industry Jeopardised Due To Procrastination: Nats
Another Piece of Paradise Preserved

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Cyanide Terror Threat Letter Released

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Scoop Is In The House

– For Today’s questions for oral answer see... Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 27 February [1] . Come back later for the uncorrected transcript of the answers.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00502.htm


BIG NEWS INVESTIGATES ACC - PART 9

- One of the key aspects in the Accident Compensation scheme is rehabilitation, which aims to assist claimants back to their pre-accident condition, or back to some form of employment. See... ACC Rehab. Not Adequately Assisting Claimants [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] - Part 7 - ACC Management Still Hostile To Media Queries [8] - Part 8 - ACC Repeatedly Cuts Compensation For Disabled Boy [9]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00205.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
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00182.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00193.htm


CNN Scoop Leads To Terror Letter Release

- Police tonight released a copy of the terrorist threat letter intercepted on its way to three diplomatic missions late last week. See... Images: Cyanide Terror Threat Letter Released [1] and Operation Table: Ambassadors Cyanide Letters Threat [2] EARLIER: - Cyanide Threat to US Embassy and Americas Cup [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00246.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00247.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00169.htm


"We Are Not Terrorists" – Team Alinghi

- A claim made in Parliament by New Zealand opposition politician Winston Peters that threatening letters sent to team members in December had originated from within the Alinghi team was unfortunate and based entirely on recycling anonymous rumours, Alinghi Executive Director Michel Bonnefous said today. See... Alinghi Rejects MP's Claims [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0302/S00137.htm


USA Coup: Me, My Monkey And The US Electoral System

- The American Experiment ended on November 4, 2002. Until then this country had a pretty simple system for choosing leaders: candidates ran against each other, voters would come out in small droves to vote for the candidate with the most money. See... Ben Tripp: Glitch Wins By A Landslide [1] See Also... SCOOP: AMERICAN COUP FULL COVERAGE [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00202.htm
[2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=usacoup


Motornet Returns: Being A Boy Racer

- Move, move, move I screamed silently at the little mid-eighties Barina, flat out at 50 km/h and hugging the right hand passing lane about half-way up Wellington's notorious Rimutaka Hill. See... MOTORNET: WRX revisited [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00206.htm


The People Behind The Plan Behind The War Against Iraq

-Never before in the history of the United States presidency has a think tank had such an impact on shaping U.S. foreign policy as the Project for the New American Century has on helping President George W. Bush set foreign policy goals for his Administration, particularly dictating exactly how Bush should deal with Iraq and its President, Saddam Hussein. See... For Six Years Think Tank Has Been Hell-Bent On War [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00204.htm


The Path To An American Police State Revealed

- With more than twenty U.S. cities having passed resolutions openly opposing the multiple civil liberties violations in the 2001 Patriot Act, and as the state of New Mexico debates legislation that would encourage police agencies to avoid violations of the First Amendment, the recent leak of a secret Bush administration bill that would further erode civil liberties has provoked a bizarre tale of denials and "non responses" by the administration. See... UQ Wire: Patriot II - A Trial Balloon? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00203.htm


Behind The Veil: Making Friends With Saudi Orphans

- “Mrs. Aesha! Khala Aesha!” The children cry with excitement as soon as they see me approaching. These are the dear orphan children that my friend Dr. Siham and I decided to meet and befriend. See... Behind The Veil: Sponsoring Orphans Touches Our Hearts [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00201.htm


US Media Briefed On War Clean-Up Plans

- As you know, the president has not made a decision on the use of military force with respect to Iraq, but military planning continues, and a very important part of that military planning is preparing to deliver humanitarian aid to the Iraqi people. See... Briefing on Humanitarian Relief Planning for Iraq [1] and U.S. Humanitarian Planning and Relief Efforts [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00258.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00259.htm


Countdown To War - More Hawk Talk

- Powell Press Briefing on Board Plane - Feb 25th [1] - Rumsfeld Interview With Al Jazeera TV [2] - Rumsfeld Stakeout Following Briefing of Senators [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00257.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00256.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00255.htm


"Ruthless" Rumsfeld Has His Comments On Human Shield's Explained

- It was just last week, I think the 19th, that the secretary stated that he hoped to bring you a more detailed briefing on the subject of human shields at a later date. Well, today is that later date. See... Briefing on Human Shields in Iraq [1] MORE:- Rumsfeld pushes big lie on human shields in Iraq [2] - Latest Contingent of Human Shields Leave Rome [3] - Peace Tent Set Up At Iraq-Kuwait Front [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00254.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00195.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00234.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00235.htm


Guest Opinion: A View Of The Media In Indonesia

- WHEN we want to critically analyse press reports in the media, then a question comes up in our mind: which media? The press media is so pluralistic and heterogenic. See... Column: Power And The Press: Love And Hatred [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00252.htm


StopEsso Is Unstopped

- The decision by a French court today to lift an injunction against the use of a parody logo on the StopEsso website was an important victory for free speech on the internet.

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Emergency Peace Vigils Details: Where, When

- Emergency response vigil details * with the impending new war against the people of Iraq, the list of emergency response vigil details will be included in each 'what's on where' e-listing. See... Peace Movement: What’s On Where Listings [1] Other Vigil Sites: - Wadestown Church - Wadestown Churches Hold Peace Vigil [2] - Christchurch - Christchurch Response To War Against Iraq [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00183.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00180.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00184.htm


Fitzsimons and Euro MP Rally for Peace

- Green Party Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons will be joined by visiting French Euro MP and Vice-President of the European Parliament, Gerard Onesta in addressing a rally for peace on the steps of Parliament today at 1pm. See... Fitzsimons, Euro MP to address peace rally [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00498.htm


Christchurch Military Base To Be Inspected

- A Citizen's Weapons Inspection Team plan to conduct an inspection of the US Airforce base at Christchurch Airport (Harewood) on Sunday March 2. See... Activists To Inspect Christchurch US Military Base [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00182.htm


United Gives Sensible Sentencing a Tick

- United Future MP Marc Alexander has welcomed a Sensible Sentencing Trust call for a cross-party criminal justice group, telling Parliament today that it was an idea whose "time had come". See... Alexander backs Sensible Sentencing call [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00497.htm


United Future Blocks TVNZ Amendment

- Last night, United Future blocked a significant ACT amendment to the TVNZ Bill. Supported by the Greens, it would have passed - had United Future not knuckled to Minister Steve Maharey at the last minute, ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said. See... TVNZ Political Gets Partial Amendment [1] ALSO:- United Future - UF gives TVNZ a future while Greens see red [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00506.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00501.htm


Telco Pricing Principles Scrutinised

- The Commerce Commission has started an investigation into the initial pricing principle of the Telecommunications Act 2001 for wholesale service bundles supplied by Telecom to other telecommunications providers. See... Commerce Commission to investigate telco pricing [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00505.htm


Medical Council Appoints New President

- The Dean of the University of Otago Faculty of Medicine, Professor John Campbell, has been elected President of the Medical Council of New Zealand. See... Medical Council elects new President [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00181.htm


Primary Health Care Initiatives Get $7.1 mil

- Health Minister Annette King today announced 11 innovative primary health care nursing initiatives that will receive $7.1 million in funding over the next three years. See... Collaborative nursing innovations awarded [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00504.htm


Rodney Cycleways Get the Nod

- Rodney transport is going green, with the go-ahead given to three projects to encourage cycling and walking in the district, Green MP Sue Bradford said today. See... Rodney cycleways get green light [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00503.htm


Questions of the Day

- 1. Dr MURIEL NEWMAN to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: What is the proper process by which Ministers with innovative ideas on welfare reform present them to Cabinet for consideration, and has he received any Cabinet reports prepared ... See... Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 27 February [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00502.htm


Roading Project Blocked… Nats

- "Cringing political correctness threatens to delay yet another critical roading project, this time near Thames," says National Party Transport spokesman Roger Sowry. See... PC brigade delay another roading project [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00500.htm


Race Debate Looms

- New Zealand is on the verge of an ugly and extremely divisive race debate thanks to unprincipled Opposition opportunism and the Government's lack of vision, United Future Maori Affairs spokesman Murray Smith said today. See... Ugly race debate ahead, says Smith [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00499.htm


Wool Industry Jeopardised Due To Procrastination: Nats

- The Government's failure to give priority to legislation allowing for the dissolution of the Wool Board is seriously jeopardising wool industry restructuring, says National's Agriculture spokesman, David Carter. See... Wool Board restructuring jeopardised [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00507.htm


Another Piece of Paradise Preserved

- A classic Coromandel Bay fringed with 2.5 km of white sandy beach is to be preserved for all New Zealanders thanks to a new purchase by the Department of Conservation. See... Waikawau Bay in the Coromandel saved for public [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00496.htm

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