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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop is in The House
Think The War Is All The Markets Are Worried About? Think Again
Why The U.S.A. Is Like Mike Tyson
UQ Wire: War On Terror Victory A "Mass Of Lies"
Annan Calls For Ongoing Peace-Keeping In East Timor
ZZzzt ZZzzt: Scoop Has Feedback On Its Feedback
How to Swagger & Bully Your Way to Disaster
Rules A President With Faith Ought To Follow
Reading Between The Lines
George W. Bush Is Out Of Control
Stateside: Where Rosalea Is Disturbed By Typefaces
Countdown To War: Hawk Talk
Countdown To War: Dove Talk
Chemical Warfare In The Holy Land
Early April Draft Ruling On Airline Merger Expected
Daily Katya Rivas's Passion

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Nats Trivialise Grave Iraq Crisis
Education Credit Transfer Policy Announced
We’re Off To View Some Refugees: NZ First
Cullen Announces Charities Commission Signoff Due
O’Connor’s Fat Speech
Govt Cracks Down Further on Child Porn
Learning To Swim a Necessity
ACT Stifles Racing Industry
Prebble Says Awatere Has No Cred
Goff Welcomes Arrests for Uganda Killings
Judiciary Must Make Use Of New Laws
STV Is Catching On
1000 Previous Offenders Go Straight
Medical Council Endorses Bill
Scientists Say Greens Need To Check Facts
HIV Diagnoses Increase By One Each Day

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Scoop is in The House

- For today's questions for oral answer see... Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 05 March [1] - Earlier Q&A - Tuesday's Q&A Transcript [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00047.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00037.htm


Think The War Is All The Markets Are Worried About? Think Again

- Some people assume that very little is happening in global equities presently. They assume that "things are a bit quiet", as there is a pre-war lull, but the markets will find a positive direction as the Iraqi question is resolved. See... Disaster In The Global Equity Markets [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00018.htm


Why The U.S.A. Is Like Mike Tyson

- It is a sad commentary on politics that hardly ten years after the collapse of the Soviet Union the supposed victor, America, has a prison population that rivals Stalin’s. See... Muscle Bound, Broke, And Spoiling For A Fight [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00021.htm


UQ Wire: War On Terror Victory A "Mass Of Lies"

- The official story of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed's arrest is a mass of lies, cover-ups and contradictions. It is highly likely Mohammed was not arrested on March 1 as we have been told. What exactly did happen is unclear, but the details of his arrest suggest something very disturbing is going on. Paul Thompson investigates. See... UQ Wire: The "Capture" Of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00025.htm


Annan Calls For Ongoing Peace-Keeping In East Timor

- Citing "significant deterioration" in Timor-Leste's security environment, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for a freeze in planned cutbacks of UN military and police forces that helped guide the territory to independence last year. See... Annan Calls For Hold On Un Force Cutbacks In Timor [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00063.htm


ZZzzt ZZzzt: Scoop Has Feedback On Its Feedback

- "Dear Andy, It seems that you may have gotten too emotional too early when browsing through Scoop. The sentiment in Scoop is not Anti American, it's anti Bush and his anti his cronies. Don't take it personally. I haven't read "Down with America" anywhere. " See... Scoop Feedback: Israel, Angry From The USA, Sweden [1] and Scoop Feedback: Schools, Traitors, Tall Masts & NZ [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00024.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00013.htm


How to Swagger & Bully Your Way to Disaster

- Americans don't like to distrust their leaders. In a world that appears so chaotic, one wants, needs, some sense of firm, unshakeable foundations. See... Bernard Weiner: Bush's Foreign Adventurism [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00023.htm


Rules A President With Faith Ought To Follow

- It is wonderful to have a U.S. president who reveres so highly the teaching of the Bible, especially with the responsibility he carries for international peace and security. No attempt to understand the president’s approval ratings within the U.S. would be complete without at least a glancing knowledge of the basis of these teachings, the Ten Commandments. See... A Primer For GWB On The Ten Commandments [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00022.htm


Reading Between The Lines

- Critics Warn Iraq War Will Provoke Increased Terrorism, Ethnic Conflicts and Global Economic Instability - Interview with Dilip Hiro author and journalist, conducted by Scott Harris . See... Critics Warn Iraq War Will Provoke Terrorism [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00020.htm


George W. Bush Is Out Of Control

- "I'm waiting for the black government cars to come squealing up in front of my house, for the thump of leather on my stairs, for the sound of knuckles on my door, for the feel of steel braceleting my wrists, for the smell of urine in some dank Federal ..." See... UQ Wire: Arrest Me [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00019.htm


Stateside: Where Rosalea Is Disturbed By Typefaces

- During the 1990s, I suddenly had trouble reading things. It wasn't because my eyesight had deteriorated - page layout had. Letters were bumping into each other or actually overlapping every which way, type was coloured something awful and had no leading to separate one line from the next, different type faces and type sizes were all jumbled up inside the same word, and reading was about as appetising as cleaning up a pool of dog vomit. See... Stateside with Rosalea: David Carson at SFSU [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00016.htm


Countdown To War: Hawk Talk

- Paul Wolfowitz - Wolfowitz IV with Nolan Finley of the Detroit News [1] and Wolfowitz Media Stakeout with Phoenix TV/TV France [2] - Colin Powell IVs - Spain's TVE [3] , Turkish TV [4] , Russia's ORT [5] , Germany's RTL [6] , United Kingdom s ITN France's TF-2 [7] - State Dept. - State Dept. Daily Press Briefing for March 3 [8] - DoD -. Chemical & Biological Defense Readiness Briefing [9] - DoD - Coalition News Briefing on Humanitarian Assistance [10]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00066.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00047.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00057.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00056.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00055.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00054.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00053.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00052.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00049.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00048.htm


Countdown To War: Dove Talk

Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Ivanov Speaks by Telephone to Ministers for Foreign Affairs Dominique de Villepin of France and Joschka Fischer of Germany See... Russia, France, Germany Hold Telephone Conference [1] and. Russian Citizens Pulled Out of Iraq [2] - German Govt. - Iraqi cooperation showing progress and deficits [3] - Vatican - John Paul II Has Confidence in Bush, Papal Envoy [4] - UN - Missile Destruction 'positive' but more required [5] - UN - 'Delicate question' of Iraq tops Security Council [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00065.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00064.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00058.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00050.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00062.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00060.htm


Chemical Warfare In The Holy Land

- Israeli light planes carrying toxic chemicals raided today wide arable lands owned by the southern Negev Palestinian inhabitants, and sprayed these prohibited chemicals over the area. See... Israeli Planes Spray Chemicals On Palestinians [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00042.htm


Early April Draft Ruling On Airline Merger Expected

- The Commerce Commission intends to release simultaneously two draft determinations relating to two applications by Qantas and Air New Zealand for authorisation under the Commerce Act in early April 2003. See... Air New Zealand and Qantas [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0303/S00033.htm


Daily Katya Rivas's Passion

- Reflections that Jesus makes on the mystery of His suffering and the value it has on the Redemption. See... Katya Rivas: The Passion - Imprimatur [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00017.htm


Muscle Bound, Broke, And Spoiling For A Fight

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Nats Trivialise Grave Iraq Crisis

- It's quite clear that National sees minor matters of parliamentary procedure as more important than the chance for this country to deal with the imminent major war in Iraq, United Future leader Peter Dunne said today. See... Iraq doesn't figure in Nats' little world [1] ALSO: The Scrap Began Like This… Nats Say Dunne’s a Lap-Dog - The Shadow Leader of the House says United Future's done its image as a Labour lap-dog no favours after launching an unprovoked and fundamentally flawed attack on the National Party. See... Common-sense? More Like confused! [2] - United Future - Dunne: Nats 'game-playing' on Iraq a disgrace [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00052.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00046.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00044.htm


Education Credit Transfer Policy Announced

- Tertiary learners can be assured that if they move from one place of learning to another, or one course to another, what they’ve achieved will not be lost, under a new credit transfer policy announced today. See... Education sector agrees on credit recognition [1] ALSO: Maharey Speech: Maharey Speech: Listening to Students [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00049.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00050.htm


We’re Off To View Some Refugees: NZ First

- Four New Zealand First MPs will be visiting the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre on Sunday 9th March 2003 at 10.00am. See... NZ First Mps To Visit Refugee Resettlement Centre [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00048.htm


Cullen Announces Charities Commission Signoff Due

- The new Charities Commission should be operational next year after the Cabinet this week signed off the design details, Finance Minister Michael Cullen announced today. See... Design of Charities Commission agreed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00043.htm


O’Connor’s Fat Speech

- Good morning ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to this symposium on obesity and children. As a Minister I am pleased to welcome you here to Parliament. Given the issue we're discussing it would be more appropriate to be holding this forum in the gymnasium ... See... Damien O’Connor Speech: Obesity and children ? [1] ALSO: Obesity conference PR [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00042.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00038.htm


Govt Cracks Down Further on Child Porn

- Justice Minister Phil Goff today signalled the government's intention to significantly increase penalties for child pornography offences. See... Government plans big jump in child porn penalties [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00041.htm

Learning To Swim a Necessity

- Parents must go the distance to ensure their children can swim 200m, after efforts to secure sponsorship for a new swimming initiative failed, Green Party MP Mike Ward said today. See... Learning to swim should not be a lottery [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00045.htm


ACT Stifles Racing Industry

- Green MP Sue Bradford said the racing industry in rural New Zealand will continue to struggle under the weight of the rich and privileged clubs thanks to the ACT Party. See... Rural racing stifled by ACT's vested interests [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00051.htm


Prebble Says Awatere Has No Cred

- "I have been informed by the media that disgraced MP Donna Awatere-Huata is the source of allegations against the ACT Parliamentary staff," ACT Leader Richard Prebble said today. See... Donna Awatere Huata Not Credible [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00040.htm


Goff Welcomes Arrests for Uganda Killings

- Foreign Minister Phil Goff today welcomed news that three Rwandans are likely to face charges in the United States in relation to the 1999 killing of eight tourists, including two New Zealanders, in Uganda. See... Goff welcomes US charges over Uganda murders [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00039.htm


Judiciary Must Make Use Of New Laws

- After years of lobbying the Government for law changes, anti-child porn group ECPAT NZ, was generous in its praise for the Government’s indication to “significantly” increase penalties for child pornography. See... Impact Of Law Changes Depends On Judiciary [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00021.htm


STV Is Catching On

- Poll demands on the local voting system were turned in on Friday 28 February to Napier, Hutt and Tasman councils. lf successful, voters in those areas will get to have their say in May, adding to the thirteen referenda already scheduled this year. See... STV: It's Spreading [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00020.htm


1000 Previous Offenders Go Straight

- Fresh Start Inc. was incorporated in May 1998 and approved by IRD as a charity. Since then more than 1000 ex-offenders have been assisted into paid employment. See... Fresh Start Makes Major Economic Gains [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00019.htm


Medical Council Endorses Bill

- The Medical Council is overall in favour of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Bill and believes it will be good for patient safety, said the President of the Medical Council, Professor John Campbell. The Medical Council appeared before Parliament’s ... See... Council supports public safety focus in new Bill [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00018.htm


Scientists Say Greens Need To Check Facts

- The Green Party should check what it thinks are the facts before it starts quoting the statements of people who do not share its philosophy on gene technology, the Director of the University of California Biotechnology programme, Professor Martina ... See... Green Party should check its facts [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00017.htm


HIV Diagnoses Increase By One Each Day

- HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men in 2002 were the highest in New Zealand since 1996. Fifty men who have sex with men (MSM) were found to be infected with HIV through antibody testing, a rise from a stable number of about 35 over each of ... See... HIV diagnoses among gay men increase one per week [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00015.htm

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