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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Govt Congratulates Alinghi
Kiwi Coutts Reigns As King Of The Departing Jug
SCOOP LINKS: A Bridge Too Far – NSA Plans To Spy On UN Revealed
US Moves The Goal Posts – Regime Change + Disarmament Now Required
UQ Wire: Mike Ruppert On Dis-Integration
Firas Al-Atraqchi: Arabs Are Not As Loyal As Dogs
Scoop Link: Putin On A Peace Mission To Bulgaria
Why GWB Is Hell Bent On Bombing The Children Of Iraq
The Aftermath – Has Already Begun
Countdown To War: More Hawk Talk
Peace Pope
Inspectors Watch Iraqi Missile Destruction
Greens Unhappy With Tongan Media Ban
Fiji Times Takes Aim At Metro Mag
Theonering.net Book A Bestseller Already
u2 Can Help Save m2
NZ Anti-war Doco Coming to a Screen Near You!
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Bugger Off Johno Howard! Greens
PPTA GATS Submission
Tasmania’s GE Ban Exposes NZ Policy
Jobs The Key To Economic Growth
Economy Hit By 20% Appreciation Hike
Young Nats’ New Write
New 757 Aircraft for Airforce
Good News: Int. Tourists Staying Longer
Immigrant Floodgates Are Open Wide: Peters
Stonyer Resigns From United Future
Maharey Says He’s Delivering For Students
Greens Irrelevant To Executive Govt: United Future
Jim Sutton Looks To The Sky
Nominations Open for Green Ribbon Awards
Govt To assist Musos at North American Performance
Awatere Says Skipworth Claims False
Rakaia Constituents Get a Double Deal
Doctor Retention Trends Discovered

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Govt Congratulates Alinghi

- Minister for the America’s Cup Trevor Mallard today congratulated Alinghi on its successful challenge for the America’s Cup and paid tribute to Team New Zealand for its efforts in defending the cup for New Zealand. See... Mallard pays tribute to America’s Cup teams [1] MORE: - Govt - Good on ya guys—it was a great run [2] - United Future - Dunne: the Cup's gone, look to the future [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00003.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00004.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00011.htm


Kiwi Coutts Reigns As King Of The Departing Jug

- Team Alinghi made a clean sweep of the America's Cup with a 5-0 score against the Defender, Team New Zealand. Alinghi makes history by bringing the America's Cup back to Europe for the first time in 152 years. See... Team Alinghi Wins America's Cup [1] REACTION: - GBR Challenge Ready To Go Again [2] - Alinghi Welcomes Golden Gate Yacht Club Challenger [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0303/S00002.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0303/S00005.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0303/S00004.htm


SCOOP LINKS: A Bridge Too Far – NSA Plans To Spy On UN Revealed

- The United States is conducting a secret 'dirty tricks' campaign against UN Security Council delegations in New York as part of its battle to win votes in favour of war against Iraq. Details of the aggressive surveillance operation, which involves interception of the home and office telephones and the emails of UN delegates in New York, are revealed in a document leaked to The Observer. See… Revealed: US dirty tricks to win vote on Iraq war and US plan to bug Security Council: the text (Both links are to the UK Observer website.)


US Moves The Goal Posts – Regime Change + Disarmament Now Required

- "I think the President made it perfectly plain yesterday in the Oval Office and he has said this repeatedly, it's disarmament and regime change." See... Ari Fleischer: It's Disarmament And Regime Change [1] . For what Bush said see... President Discusses the Future of Iraq - Feb 26th [2] and Bush Meets with President Karzai of Afghanistan [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00001.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00003.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00002.htm


UQ Wire: Mike Ruppert On Dis-Integration

- So many emails. So many people worried and confused. So many people acting as if it doesn't make sense. Yes, there's good reason to be confused. See... UQ Wire: What, Me Worry? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00006.htm


Firas Al-Atraqchi: Arabs Are Not As Loyal As Dogs

- Last year, I wrote a piece called "The Arabs are Dogs," lamenting over the lack of Arab political will to address the deplorable situation in Jenin and other West Bank refugee camps. Not only did the Arabs do nothing about the plight of Palestinians, but instead persisted in offering Israeli Prime Minister Sharon an olive branch in recognizing Israel in return for political and territorial concessions. See... Firas Al-Atraqchi: Arabs And Dogs, Revisited [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00005.htm


Scoop Link: Putin On A Peace Mission To Bulgaria

- VOA reports Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, has told Bulgarian leaders the Iraq crisis must be resolved by peaceful means. Mr. Putin met with Bulgarian President Georgi Purvanov in Sofia. See... Iraq Crisis Must be Solved Peacefully, says Putin [1] . See also... Howard's End: Russia Provides Iraq a Lifeboat [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00004.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00211.htm


Why GWB Is Hell Bent On Bombing The Children Of Iraq

- The Bush Administration desperately needs this war. Without it, not only might the world discover that the emperor has no clothes, but that he was never elected in November, 2000. See... Ten Reasons Why Bush MUST Have His War [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00003.htm


The Aftermath – Has Already Begun

- The corporate media is busy hyping Showdown: Iraq - guessing at start dates and offering its tabloid version of "two-headed alien threatens the world.” The ratings driven drivel fails to provide context, depth, and historical perspective. See... John Cory: The Aftermath – Has Already Begun [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00002.htm


Countdown To War: More Hawk Talk

- Tony Blair - PM: Authority of the UN 'is on the line' [1] - Colin Powell - Press Availability with European Union Officials [2] , Radio France [3] & Pakistan Radio [4] - George W. Bush - Radio Address by the President - March 1 [5] - Marc Grossman - Marc Grossman Interview by BBC 'Today' Radio [6] - Defence Department - DoD News Briefing Feb 28 - Rumsfeld and Gen Myers [7] - Wolfowitz - Wolfowitz Interview with Good Morning America [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00029.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00028.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00027.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00026.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00025.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00021.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00012.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00011.htm


Peace Pope

- John Paul II made a renewed appeal for prayer and fasting for peace in the world, especially in the Holy Land and Iraq. See... John Paul II Calls for Intense World Peace Prayer [1] and Cardinal Laghi to Deliver a Papal Message to Bush [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00022.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00023.htm


Inspectors Watch Iraqi Missile Destruction

- The destruction of Iraq's proscribed Al Samoud 2 missiles, along with related components and systems, began today at Al Taji, according to a United Nations spokesman in Baghdad. See... UN begins supervising destruction of Iraqi missile [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00020.htm


Greens Unhappy With Tongan Media Ban

- Green Foreign Affairs spokesperson Keith Locke has sent a message of protest to the Tongan Prime Minister over the banning of the Taimi 'o Tonga newspaper. See... Locke protests ban on independent Tongan paper [1] MORE: - PMW Protests To Tongan Government Over Ban [2] - Government Insults Intelligence Of Common Tongans [3] - PIMA Calls TongansTo Support Banned Newspaper [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00007.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00015.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00013.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00007.htm


Fiji Times Takes Aim At Metro Mag

- Fiji's largest selling newspaper, The Fiji Times, has criticised New Zealand journalist Gilbert Wong for what it claims is a "one-sided, one dimensional" report in Metro magazine on Fiji. See... Fiji Times blasts Metro's 'one-sided' report [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00014.htm


Theonering.net Book A Bestseller Already

- Last Week, leading Tolkien fan website TheOneRing.net announced the upcoming release of The People's Guide to JRR Tolkien, written by its own staff writers and published by the new imprint Cold Spring Press, whose fantasy titles are already receiving critical acclaim. Within a two days the book climbed the Amazon '100 Top Bestsellers' to 30th place. See... People's Guide To Tolkien An Amazon Bestseller [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0303/S00013.htm


u2 Can Help Save m2

- m2, the midnight to dawn music "channel within a channel" on TV2 will come to an end on Saturday March 8th according to TVNZ. See... Save m2 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0303/S00008.htm


NZ Anti-war Doco Coming to a Screen Near You!

- A 25 minute documentary about the peace weekend (Feb 15, 16) produced by Aotearoa Indymedia - in collaboration with PlaNET TV will screen on community TV stations in 3 main centres around New Zealand. See... NZ Anti-War Documentary to Screen in Three Centres [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00195.htm


Daily Katya Rivas

- Beloved daughter, face every moment on peace, in My Peace, because that is how you will acquire all of the knowledge that I wish to teach you. All committed people receive personal teachings from the Holy Spirit, and only by abandoning yourself to My Will will make you well mannered. See... Katya Rivas: Pray For Truth [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00001.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Bugger Off Johno Howard! Greens

- The Green Party is asking the Government to withdraw the invitation for Australian Prime Minister John Howard to visit New Zealand next week. See... Greens tell Howard: 'Stay home' [1] See also... Vigorous Anti-War Protests will greet John Howard [2] , Howard missile plan would destabilise region [3] and Goff on missile defence system [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00006.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00191.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00536.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00542.htm


PPTA GATS Submission

- The New Zealand government should abandon the March 31 deadline to conclude initial negotiations under the General Agreement of Trade in Services (GATS) until a review into the impact of the agreement on New Zealand’s public education system is undertaken… See... PPTA calls on government to delay GATS [1] ALSO: Submission on GATS Consultation Document [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00004.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00005.htm


Tasmania’s GE Ban Exposes NZ Policy

- The decision by the Tasmanian government to ban commercial releases of GE crops for another 5 years will leave New Zealand lagging behind key competitors in efforts to protect GM-free primary production. See... If New Zealand fails nothing will be 100% GM-free [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00002.htm


Jobs The Key To Economic Growth

- Before the Labour-led government was elected in November 1999, one of the major problems facing the regions of New Zealand was a shortage of jobs. See... Employment Key to Successful Economy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00001.htm


Economy Hit By 20% Appreciation Hike

- The economy has been hit by a 20% appreciation against the US dollar in just three months, the worldwide investment pause over Iraq, and now the shock of the America's Cup loss. The latest figures show manufacturing to be stalling. See... Preb's Letter From Wellington: It's the economy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00017.htm


Young Nats’ New Write

- Word from the prez - PM wipes out - Hot goss from Parliament - Top 10 Anti-French quotes - Website of the week... See... The New Write [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00003.htm


New 757 Aircraft for Airforce

- New Zealand has just taken the next step in building a modern, focused, well-equipped Defence Force. See... 757 purchase finalised [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00016.htm


Good News: Int. Tourists Staying Longer

- Statistics New Zealand’s latest report on International Visitor Arrivals is further evidence that New Zealand’s tourism industry is still thriving. See... International guests staying longer [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00012.htm


Immigrant Floodgates Are Open Wide: Peters

- New Zealand First leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says the latest external migration figures show that immigrants are pouring into New Zealand at an increasing rate. See... Floodgates For Immigrants Wide Open [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00018.htm


Stonyer Resigns From United Future

- United Future New Zealand today announced the resignation of long-time staff member, Mark Stonyer. See... United Future staff member resigns [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00014.htm


Maharey Says He’s Delivering For Students

- Comments at Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association’s orientation festival. The Quad, Kelburn campus. See... A Government that Delivers for Students [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00013.htm


Greens Irrelevant To Executive Govt: United Future

- Yet again the Greens have demonstrated how irrelevant they are to the serious business of government in New Zealand, United Future leader, Peter Dunne, said today. See... Dunne slams 'irrelevant' Greens [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00010.htm


Jim Sutton Looks To The Sky

- Innovation, as demonstrated in aviation by Richard Pearse is a New Zealand tradition, Aoraki MP Jim Sutton said today. See... Innovation part of New Zealand's tradition [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00009.htm


Nominations Open for Green Ribbon Awards

- Environment Minister Marian Hobbs is calling for nominations for the 2003 Green Ribbon environment awards. See... Green Ribbon Award nominations open [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00005.htm


Govt To assist Musos at North American Performance

- New Zealand musicians will perform at major North American music industry showcases this year with the government’s assistance, America’s Cup Minister Trevor Mallard and Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Judith Tizard said today. See... NZ music to be heard at North American showcases [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00002.htm


Awatere Says Skipworth Claims False

- “I utterly reject the outrageous claims by convicted fraudster Kathy Skipworth as reported by the Dominion Post.” See... Awatere Huata Rejects Skipworth’s Claims [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00001.htm


Rakaia Constituents Get a Double Deal

- Rakaia’s Buddy MP, Tim Barnett, and Labour Spokesperson for Rakaia, Tony Milne, are inviting Ashburton residents to meet with them about issues in their area when they launch a monthly “Constituent Clinic” in Ashburton on Saturday. See... Labour Increases Services to Rakaia Constituents [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00008.htm


Doctor Retention Trends Discovered

- Doctor survey reveals graduate retention improvement While the latest annual medical workforce survey shows overall doctor numbers in New Zealand have declined slightly, the trend for recent graduates to leave the country appears to have slowed… See... Doctor survey reveals graduate retention gains [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00006.htm


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