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Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics - WAR BEGINS

TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
THE IRAQ WAR HAS STARTED
PM Regrets War Has Begun - Full Political Reaction
War Has Begun: Vigil 5pm US Consulate
Who Is On The Side Of This War?
Yeah Right!
Scoop Is In The House
Streets Of London: Regrets In Great Britain
Where's The Money For Civilian Victims Of War?
Halliburton: The Company That Proves The VP Is A Liar
Tube Talk: New News Or New Advertising
Stateside: Rosalea's War Diary
One Way To Bring Shock And Awe To Iraq – Via ICBMs
UNSG Kofi Annan Outlines The Responsibilities Of The Invader
UNMOVIC's Hans Blix On What Might Have Been
War Approaches & Gold And Oil Prices Fall! Go Figure
Rachel Corrie's Parents Call For Congressional Inquiry
The Death Of An Activist – Full Coverage
Daily Katya Rivas's Passion

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Hobbs To World Water Forum
RMA Translated For Immigrants
Franken-Fruit Anyone?
Dog attack Draft Should Be Done
RNZ Ratings Collapse
United on Pam
United Refutes Tax Rate Race Based
Cullen On Remuera Revisited
Browlee Sniffs Out Electricity Inquiry
Govt Delivers Wooly Bill First Reading
Parenting Council Launch
United Delighted On Supreme Court Considerations
Smoking Exemptions A Joke
Wasting Water The Kiwi Way
Labour’s Cred Billows Out
Dunne Seeks Progress on Transmission Gully
Hobbs On Urbanisation
Sutton Says Time On WTO Is Here
Goff Applauds Continued Zimbabwe Suspension
Dunne Hosts Neighbourhood Support Dinner
Parenting Goes To Parliament
Scary Flu Info Advice
Maharey’s Underclass Grows
Power Cuts Grind Progress To A Halt
Prioritised Family Benefit Applauded
MIA Says Govt Inconsistent on Anti-Smoking Ethos
Surgeon’s Resignation Shames Govt

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Could ICBMs Be Used To Induce "Shock & Awe"

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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THE WAR HAS STARTED

- The White House has announced that operations to invade Iraq have begun. For the full text of U.S. President George Bush's announcement that the attack on Iraq had commenced. See... NewsFlash: President Bush Announces Gulf War II [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00172.htm


PM Regrets War Has Begun - Full Political Reaction

- The government reiterates its profound regret that the diplomatic process being conducted in the Security Council and through the inspection and disarmament process was unable to run its course. See... PM Statement to the House on military action [1] MORE: - Govt - Avoid travel to Middle East, warns Goff [2] - Young Labour - Young Labour Condemns Approach of War [3] - National - National pushes for immediate Govt action on Iraq [4] - Greens - Greens MPs join Wellington peace march [5] and Bush's day of shame [6] - Matt Robson -Robson on Military Invasion of Iraq [7] - Govt - $3.3 million to assist humantarian relief in Iraq [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00381.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00382.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00167.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00385.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00384.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00378.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00383.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00377.htm

War Has Begun: Vigil 5pm US Consulate

- The war has started. Bombing reported in Baghdad. There is an emergency protest from 5pm today at the US Consulate, Citibank Building, Customs St. Mass protest this Saturday, assemble 12 noon QE2 Square. See... War Has Begun – Vigil 5pm [1] ALSO: - Peace Movement Aotearoa - War begins: emergency response details [2] - Direct Action - Smash The US Embassy Today At 5pm. [3] - Canterbury Students - Canterbury Students to Rally Against War [4] - Scoop Link: Anti-war Flash [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00175.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00176.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00177.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00178.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00171.htm


Who Is On The Side Of This War?

- The U.S. "Coalition Of The Willing" has finally been named. In naming it U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell observed that it was a bigger group than that arrayed to support the first Gulf War in 1991. The facts indicate otherwise. See... The Coalition Of The Willing [/Killing] Is Named [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00170.htm


Yeah Right!

- Images supplied by a Scoop reader of modified Tui Beer billboards in Wellington… See... Scoop Images: Wellington's Anti-War Tui Billboards [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00169.htm

Scoop Is In The House

– For Today’s questions for oral answer see... Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 20 March [1] - Earlier Transcripts - Tuesday's Q&A [2] - Wednesday's Q&A [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00368.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00330.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00356.htm


Streets Of London: Regrets In Great Britain

- Tuesday night’s House of Commons votes paving the way for war didn’t accurately reflect public opinion. On such a vital issue it would be fairer and wiser to let the people decide. See... The British Public Should Have Had A Say On War [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00168.htm


Where's The Money For Civilian Victims Of War?

- According to the UN High Commission for Refugees, Britain is spending hundreds of millions on the war with Iraq but has pledged only $1million in response to a desperate appeal for money to shelter an estimated 3.5 million Iraqi's predicted to be forced from their homes during the conflict. This is a crime against humanity. Maree Howard writes. See... Military Receives Billions, Civilian's Only Crumbs [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00167.htm


Halliburton: The Company That Proves The VP Is A Liar

- This is my last ditch effort to show the hypocrisy within President Bush’s administration regarding its policies toward Iraq and its President, Saddam Hussein, just as the United States and Britain prepares to invade the country. See... Jason Leopold: As War Looms, Hypocrisy Prevails [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00166.htm


Tube Talk: New News Or New Advertising

- There’s nothing sadder than when a national news network starts believing its own PR. TVNZ’s much-hyped news revamp seems, sadly enough, to have equated to nothing more than new advertising. See... Tube Talk: Over The Hill [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00164.htm


Stateside: Rosalea's War Diary

- Good morning, good morning, good morning! Well, possums, I hope you don't mind if I write to you every day - sharing all the endearing little details of life Stateside. See... Stateside with Rosalea: VE Day [1] EARLIER ROSALEA: - Wednesday - Stateside with Rosalea: Eureka! [2] - Tuesday - Stateside with Rosalea: Faith and gomorrah [3] - Monday - Stateside with Rosalea: Fries with that? [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00163.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00154.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00123.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00104.htm


One Way To Bring Shock And Awe To Iraq – Via ICBMs

-The attack on Iraq may begin with the firing of 5-10 conventionally-armed Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles from the US mainland on Saddam Hussein "strongholds" in and around Baghdad and perhaps Tikrit. See... Possible Use Of ICBMs Against Iraq – 8 Reasons Why [1] . See also... New Research Exposes "Shock and Awe" War Plans [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00162.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00275.htm


Scoop Is In The House

– For Today’s questions for oral answer see... Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 19 March [1] - Earlier Transcripts - Tuesday's Q&A [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00337.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00330.htm


UNSG Kofi Annan Outlines The Responsibilities Of The Invader

- "Under international law, the responsibility for protecting civilians in conflict falls on the belligerents; in any area under military occupation, responsibility for the welfare of the population falls on the occupying power." See... Kofi Annan Statement To The Security Council [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00281.htm


UNMOVIC's Hans Blix On What Might Have Been

- Top United Nations arms inspector Hans Blix today presented a work programme (SEE BELOW) to the Security Council on the key remaining tasks for disarming Iraq, expressing also his sadness that inspections had run out of time. See... Outlining disarmament tasks for Iraq - Blix [1] , Council Hears Report of Chief UN Weapons Inspector [2] and UNSC discusses Iraqi disarmament, relief aid [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00280.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00278.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00277.htm


War Approaches & Gold And Oil Prices Fall! Go Figure

- It has been suggested [1] that we are experiencing a rigged gold and stockmarket in advance of war in Iraq, the following clearly suggests we are also experiencing a rigged oil market. See... The Truth About War And U.S. Oil Stocks [2] MORE ON THE ECONOMICS OF WAR: - SRA Commentary: Dictate, Dependence and Deficits [3] - Neville Bennett: Last Days [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00158.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00160.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00143.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00141.htm


Rachel Corrie's Parents Call For Congressional Inquiry

- Rachel’s Congressman, Brian Baird’s (D-WA) office arranged the press conference, in which the congressman participated and announced his plan to introduce a resolution in Congress later this week. See... The Parents Of Rachel Corrie Hold Press Conference [1] and Congressional Investigation Of Corrie Killing [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00276.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00273.htm


The Death Of An Activist – Full Coverage

- Promoting Awareness of Those Who Are Oppressed: Scoop here presents a memorial photo-essay and reports of the Non-Violent protest works of United States peace activist Rachel Corrie. See... A Memorial to Rachel Corrie [1] MORE: - Condolences for Rachel Corrie (New Email Address) [2] - Rachel Corrie in her own words [3] - NY Jews Condemn Killing Of American Peace Activist [4] - - Condolences for Rachel Corrie [5] - Statement On The Murder Of Rachel Corrie [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00153.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00265.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00236.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00238.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00237.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00235.htm


Daily Katya Rivas's Passion

- I was taken before Caiaphas, where I was received with jeers and insults. One of his soldiers struck My cheek. See... Katya Rivas: Jesus Is Taken before Caiaphas [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00165.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Hobbs To World Water Forum

- (clarifying location of conference: Kyoto not Osaka) Environment Minister Marian Hobbs leaves tomorrow to attend a two-day ministerial conference of the third World Water Forum in Kyoto, Japan. See... Environment Minister to World Water Forum [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00380.htm


RMA Translated For Immigrants

- New Zealand's ethnic communities now have easier access to information on the Resource Management Act (RMA). See... RMA information translated for ethnic people [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00379.htm


Franken-Fruit Anyone?

- It is a travesty the Government has agreed to allow irradiated tropical fruit to be imported into New Zealand, without first asking consumers whether they want to eat nuked food, Green MP Sue Kedgley said today. See... Irradiated mango, anyone? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00376.htm


Dog attack Draft Should Be Done

- National MP Dr Paul Hutchison says he is frustrated that the Government still hasn't produced a draft amendment bill dealing with dog attacks, especially given the huge public concern. See... National frustrated by Govt delays over dog laws [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00375.htm


RNZ Ratings Collapse

- Radio New Zealand's senior management must take responsibility for the network's ratings plummet over the last 12 months, says National's Broadcasting spokesperson Katherine Rich. See... Disastrous radio ratings demand accountability [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00374.htm


United on Pam

- United Future biosecurity and environment spokesman Larry Baldock said today that he was delighted the inquiry he had been calling for into the health effects of the West Auckland painted apple month spraying programme would now take place. See... Baldock's calls for moth-spraying inquiry [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00373.htm


United Refutes Tax Rate Race Based

- United Future finance spokesman, Gordon Copeland, has strongly disputed claims by National, New Zealand First and ACT that the new 19.5 cents in the dollar tax rate for Maori Authorities is race-based. See... Copeland slams Opposition race claims [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00372.htm


Cullen On Remuera Revisited

- It is good to be back in Remuera once more, and have the opportunity to reflect upon the events of the past year. See... Cullen Address to Remuera Men’s Probus Club [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00371.htm


Browlee Sniffs Out Electricity Inquiry

- The National Party Energy spokesman Gerry Brownlee is accusing Government MP's of protecting their own by blocking a request for an inquiry into electricity pricing systems. See... Government MP's stall electricity inquiry [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00370.htm


Govt Delivers Wooly Bill First Reading

- Mr Speaker, on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture I move that the Wool Industry Restructuring Bill now be read a first time. See... Wool Industry Restructuring Bill First Reading [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00369.htm


Parenting Council Launch

- As you know, the Parenting Council is being formed by five of the organisations most active in the parenting field within New Zealand: See... Launch of the Parenting council - Maharey Speech [1] MORE: - Govt - Maharey welcomes formation of Parenting Council [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00367.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00366.htm

United Delighted On Supreme Court Considerations

- United Future is delighted that the justice and electoral select committee, which is considering the Supreme Court Bill, has accepted its proposal to address the fundamental issue of whether New Zealanders' access to the Privy Council should be abolished ... See... UF succeeds in widening Supreme Court inquiry [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00365.htm


Smoking Exemptions A Joke

- Green MP Sue Kedgley is angry the Government is considering exempting clubs from proposed new legislation that would totally ban smoking in bars, restaurants, offices and all other workplaces. See... Government needs to show backbone on smoking law [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00364.htm


Wasting Water The Kiwi Way

- ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff today questioned the logic behind New Zealand's ranking as one of the world's top five water wasters, according to the first ever `Water Poverty Index'. See... Water Wastage Ranking All Wet [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00363.htm


Labour’s Cred Billows Out

- ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy today slammed the Government's proposed Smokefree Bill, calling it so flawed that even Labour's own Ministers are calling for it to be watered down. See... Labour's Credibility Up In Smoke [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00362.htm


Dunne Seeks Progress on Transmission Gully

- Ohariu-Belmont MP and United Future leader, Peter Dunne, is hoping today's Wellington Regional Transport Forum will reconfirm support for building the Transmission Gully motorway. See... Dunne seeks renewed support for Transmission Gully [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00361.htm


Hobbs On Urbanisation

- Marian Hobbs Speech: Urbanism Downunder Congress, Sky City Congress Centre, Auckland Thurs March 20, 9.30am See... Marian Hobbs Speech: Urbanism Downunder Congress [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00360.htm


Sutton Says Time On WTO Is Here

- Trade and Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton today called for agricultural protectionists in Europe and in North Asia to bring a new attitude to the WTO negotiations. See... Protectionists to stop foot-dragging on agricultur [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00359.htm


Goff Applauds Continued Zimbabwe Suspension

- Foreign Minister Phil Goff is welcoming news that Zimbabwe will remain suspended from the Commonwealth until the issue is discussed at December's heads of government meeting in Nigeria. See... Goff welcomes continuation of Zimbabwe suspension [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00358.htm


Dunne Hosts Neighbourhood Support Dinner

- United Future leader, Peter Dunne, says he's delighted to be hosting a function in the Beehive this evening for New Neighbourhood Support (Eds: 5.30pm, Banquet Hall, Parliament). See... Dunne hosts New Neighbourhood Support [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00357.htm


Parenting Goes To Parliament

- Parents hold the future of this country in their hands, says the newly-formed Parenting Council. See... Taking parenting to parliament [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00174.htm


Scary Flu Info Advice

- THE LATEST international information and advice suggest that the threat posed by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome may not be as grim as first feared, the Ministry of Health says. See... SARS situation improving for New Zealand [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00173.htm


Maharey’s Underclass Grows

- "If Mr Maharey was truly genuine about his desire to improve skill and knowledge in New Zealand's work force he would move aside and leave it to the FREE market," said Peter Osborne, Libertarianz Education Deregulation Spokesman, today. "The ... See... Hail Maharey's Underclass [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00172.htm


Power Cuts Grind Progress To A Halt

- The EPMU is calling on the Government to step in as the commercial power crisis hits workers in the manufacturing sector. See... Mills stop work as power prices soar [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00171.htm


Prioritised Family Benefit Applauded

- National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) applauds today's release of Child Poverty Action Group's report (second edition), Our Children: The Priority for Policy. The report has raised debate on the merits of reinstating the Universal benefit and ... See... Call To Prioritise Universal Family Benefit [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00170.htm


MIA Says Govt Inconsistent on Anti-Smoking Ethos

- The new car industry has called on the Government to display some consistency with regard to cleaning up New Zealand’s air quality. Slamming the new anti-smoking legislation as well-meaning but appallingly inconsistent, the Motor Industry Association is calling ... See... Government inconsistency over smoking legislation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00169.htm


Surgeon’s Resignation Shames Govt

- “The resignation of experienced general surgeon Neil Harding-Roberts is a devastating blow for the future of Timaru Hospital leaving it sitting like a ‘house of cards’,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, ... See... Surgeon’s Resignation Devastating Blow For Timaru [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00168.htm


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