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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Link: Is Prebble’s Leadership Under attack?
Scoop is in The House
Israeli Soldiers Butcher More Palestinians in Gaza
Dennis Hans: Lying America Into War (Part 2)
Matthew Reid: Why Is Everybody Trying To Stop The War?
ZZZZZzzzzzt Feedback: Writes Angry From The USA
Human Shields Threatened With Military Prison
David Miller Online: The French Connection
Where Is Afghanistan Headed?
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
UQ Wire: Mike Ruppert On Dis-Integration
Why GWB Is Hell Bent On Bombing The Children Of Iraq
Peace Pope
Greens Unhappy With Tongan Media Ban
Theonering.net Book A Bestseller Already
u2 Can Help Save m2

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
PM Avoids Iraq Parliamentary Debate
What Role Is Waihopai Playing In US-Iraq Crisis?
Greens Say Parliament Ought Not Hold Obesity Symp
Maharey Takes Skills Roadshow To Nelson
Govt Backs Windfarm Initiative
Maharey Needs To Get Hip
Anti-Prostitution Lobby Applies the Pressure
Govt Should Underwrite Americas Cup Bid
Questions of the Day
Manufacturers Say NZers Should Build NZ’s Navy
Wool Growers Shafted
Seas and Rivers Must Be Safer
ERA Rules In Favour of Prison Service

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Scoop Link: Is Prebble’s Leadership Under attack?

- The NZ Herald today reported that the ACT party has operated an elaborate and secret staffing scheme for years which has boosted its parliamentary funding. Sounds to Scoop like Rodney Hide's making a move... See… NZ Herald: Secret staff pay scheme boosts Act ALSO: Prebble Says Herald Scurrilous - ACT New Zealand Leader Richard Prebble today said the attack by the New Zealand Herald on ACT staff members was scurrilous. See... ACT Leader Defends Staff [1] AND: Richard Prebble said today that he had spoken to both the Speaker and the Head of Parliamentary Services regarding the way that ACT manages its parliamentary staff. See... No Complaints [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00032.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00033.htm


Scoop is in The House

- 1. DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on growth in the regions? See... Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday March 4 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00027.htm


Israeli Soldiers Butcher More Palestinians in Gaza

- The approaching Iraq war has taken Israel’s crushing campaign against Palestinians out of the world’s news. But Ariel Sharon’s terror campaign in the Palestinian territories continues. The latest saw a massive military offensive on the middle area of Gaza Strip, namely the refugee camp of Al Buraij. See... Six Hours In Buraij 8 killed and 45 Injured [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00035.htm


Dennis Hans: Lying America Into War (Part 2)

- How George W. Bush and Saint Colin of Powell are lying America into an unnecessary war — and what honest journalists can do about it. See... Dennis Hans: The Disinformation Age [1] . See also… Exposing Bush and His "Techniques of Deceit"


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00011.htm


Matthew Reid: Why Is Everybody Trying To Stop The War?

- These certainly are frightening times. Flip on the TV, open up a newspaper or go to a show-everywhere you look there's some Hollywood hot shot or music biz bigwig taking a courageous stand against the 'Bush/Blair Bomb Squad.' See... Matthew Reid: Frightening Times [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00010.htm


ZZZZZzzzzzt Feedback: Writes Angry From The USA

- "I visited your website today for the first time and about threw up!! You print lies and feed anti-American sentiment, which is your mission obviously. There is NO fair and balanced opinion on your website nor do you care." See... Scoop Feedback: Schools, Traitors, Tall Masts & NZ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00013.htm


Human Shields Threatened With Military Prison

- According to a recent Fox News report, U.S. leaders are considering prosecuting for war crimes any U.S. citizen who travels to Iraq to be a human shield in an effort to protect the Iraqi people. See... Doreen Miller: Criminalising An Act Of Love [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00012.htm


David Miller Online: The French Connection

- I have never been a great admirer of the French and the manner in which they conduct themselves on the world stage. I find it amazing that for a nation that has suffered more military defeats than victories and several painful withdrawals from empire, they still insist on trying to prove that they are a great international power and the one that other countries must listen to. See... David Miller: Why the French Must Tread Carefully [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00009.htm


Where Is Afghanistan Headed?

- Afghanistan is currently seeking political legitimacy not only in the context of Central Asia but in the greater world as well. The administration of Hamid Karzai is faced with a series of obstacles towards that goal. See... PINR: Afghanistan's Continued Struggle [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00014.htm


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.)


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


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


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


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


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

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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PM Avoids Iraq Parliamentary Debate

- Helen Clark is trying to avoid a debate on Iraq in Parliament while she is predicting full-scale war to break out on March 17, National says. See... Govt manipulates to avoid Parl debate on Iraq [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00025.htm


What Role Is Waihopai Playing In US-Iraq Crisis?

- Green Foreign Affairs spokesperson Keith Locke wants answers on what role New Zealand is playing in helping a US spy agency intercept the communications of key UN Security Council members. See... Locke questions Waihopai spy role [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00030.htm


Greens Say Parliament Ought Not Hold Obesity Symp

- An advertising industry conference on obesity is a straightforward propaganda exercise, and Associate Minister of Health Damien O'Connor should not be legitimising it by hosting it in Parliament, Green Party Safe Food Spokesperson Sue Kedgley said today. See... Size of kids' bottoms more important than profit [1] ALSO:- Cancer Society - Health Groups Boycott “Rigged” Obesity Symposium [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00031.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00010.htm


Maharey Takes Skills Roadshow To Nelson

- Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey is in Nelson today for the first of a nationwide series of forums on how to address regional skill shortages. See... Forum to focus Nelson minds on closing skills gap [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00022.htm


Govt Backs Windfarm Initiative

- The Government has agreed to help the development of two proposed new wind farms by giving them credit for the clean energy they would produce. See... Govt supports two new wind farms with Kyoto credit [1] ALSO:- The New Zealand Wind Energy Association - Government support for energy blowing in the wind [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00026.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00011.htm


Maharey Needs To Get Hip

- Steve Maharey should catch up on his pop music says Clevedon MP Judith Collins, after an embarrassing blunder by the Minister of Broadcasting. See... Collins tells Maharey: "J-Lo not at MITO" [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00029.htm


Anti-Prostitution Lobby Applies the Pressure

- The Society calls on all politicians, especially those who have claimed publicly to care about the welfare of women and young persons, to vote against the decriminalisation of prostitution, as contained in the socially irresponsible Prostitution 'Reform' ... See... Why Politicians Must Dump Prostitution Bill [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00009.htm


Govt Should Underwrite Americas Cup Bid

- New Zealand First says the Government should underwrite the America’s Cup team until sponsorship can be arranged for the next challenge in Europe. See... Underwrite America's Cup Bid Says Nz First [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00028.htm


Questions of the Day

- 1. DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on growth in the regions? See... Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday March 4 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00027.htm


Manufacturers Say NZers Should Build NZ’s Navy

- Three of the six tenderers for the navy’s new ships are willing to provide work to New Zealand companies. The Canterbury Manufacturers’ Association sees the project, code-named Project Protector, as a time for the government to act on its oft-spoken ... See... Build New Navy Ships in NZ urge Manufacturers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00008.htm


Wool Growers Shafted

- National is accusing the Government of shafting wool growers by pushing the Wool Industry Restructuring Bill further and further down the legislative list. See... Government dumps on wool growers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00024.htm


Seas and Rivers Must Be Safer

- Green MP, Mike Ward is urging the Government to make our seas and rivers safer for ordinary New Zealanders, rather than investing millions in a new America's Cup bid. See... Ward wants water safety rather than another Cup [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00023.htm


ERA Rules In Favour of Prison Service

- A decision by the Employment Relations Authority has ruled in favour of the Public Prisons Service allowing a change in nightshift levels in Standalone units, says Phil McCarthy, General Manager, Public Prisons Service. See... ERA rules in favour of Public Prisons Service [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00012.htm

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