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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
The Real Deal: The Community Wizard of Sebastopol
Stateside: Rosalea's War Diary - Tuesday
Matthew Reid: Embarrassed In Iraq
Hard News Is There!
The Homefront: How To Take Back America
John Kaminsky: Iraq War Is A Rerun Of Waco
A Peace Activist Whom Dick Cheney Cannot Ignore
John Cory: The Used And Abused War Media
Supercomputer Weather: 12 Day NZ Rain Forecast
One Of The Televised POWs Is A Kiwi!
100,000 Kids Under 5-Years Risk Death in Basra: UN
Katya Rivas's Passion
Katya Rivas Special: Readings For Peace

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
NZ Is Sticking By The UN – Phil Goff Speech
The Costs Of Not Helping To Kill Iraqi Kids Come Home
The Young And The Writeshuss – Featuring Hot Goss!
The Power Crisis – A Cure Worse Than The Disease
Yet Another Unwelcome Moth Discovered In Auckland
Defence Decisions Unveiled
Peace Camp At Wellington Embassy This Weekend
Paul Adams Is On Coddington's Case
The Issue Of Easter Shop Trading Raises Its Head Again
Talking To Kids About The War
Leaky Buildings Report Welcomed By Govt.
Trade NZ & Industry NZ Merger Bill – The Power Of One
Ngati Awa Treaty Settlement Hits A Glitch Or Two
NZ First To Oppose Changes To Prostitution Bill

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Scoop Is In The House

– For Today’s questions for oral answer See... Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 26 March [1] - EARLIER Q&A - Tuesday's Transcript [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00481.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00477.htm


The Real Deal: The Community Wizard of Sebastopol

- In a three part series Scoop's Real Deal Columnist Catherine Austin Fitts lays out a blueprint for why the world's financial systems are presently working to break up and degrade our communities, and proposes a community based solution that can be applied everywhere to fix what is wrong. See... The Community Wizard of Sebastopol – Part 1 [1] and The Community Wizard of Sebastopol – Part 2 [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00231.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00242.htm


Stateside: Rosalea's War Diary - Tuesday

Don't be alarmed. No, really. Don't - Gmng, gmng, gmng! Do you still have a smile that looks like a left-over from last year? That's what a radio ad for a dentist just asked, with totally unconscious humour. See... Don't be alarmed. No, really. Don't. [1] EARLIER ROSALEA: - Monday - Stateside: You Go, Gollum! [2] - Sunday - "Musul Bombalanyor" and "The City That Knows How" [3] - Saturday - Bring Home The Troops - Send In The Protestors [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00236.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00220.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00206.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00201.htm


Matthew Reid: Embarrassed In Iraq

- The Iraqi people have a long and celebrated history. Mesopotamia, the Cradle of Civilization, has been subjugated by the most uncivil of regimes. Saddam Hussein and, to borrow a favorite phrase of the Iraqi Minister of Information, his criminal gang have left a shameful stain on the Iraqi name. See... Matthew Reid: Embarrassing Your Nation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00229.htm


Hard News Is There!

- Official Iraqi information on the war seems to have been a mixture of the familiar grand fantasy and apparently reliable body counts. The coalition side, meanwhile, seems desperately keen to reassure us that it's all going to plan, when in some respects it quite clearly isn't. See... HARD NEWS 26/03/03 - What The Russians Are Seeing [1] - EARLIER - The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines actuality as "reality; realism", or, in plural, "existing conditions". This, said the communications manager of the Arab satellite channel al-Jazeera, Jihad Ali Ballout, to Paul Holmes last night, is the essence of al-Jazeera's job... See... HARD NEWS 25/03/03 - Factualities [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00243.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00230.htm


The Homefront: How To Take Back America

- Marching in the streets is important work, but wouldn't we have greater success if we also took control of the United States government? It's vital to point out right-wing-slanted reporting in the corporate media, but isn't it also important to seize enough political power in Washington to enforce anti-trust laws to break up media monopolies? See... Thom Hartmann: How To Take Back America [1] MORE ON THE U.S. HOMEFRONT: - William Rivers Pitt - The Lords of Vengeance [2] - Bernard Weiner - A Vietnam-era Dad Talks to His Protesting Son [3] - Norma Sherry - The Real American Peace Movement [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00241.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00221.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00208.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00207.htm


John Kaminsky: Iraq War Is A Rerun Of Waco

- Has anybody but me noticed that this tragic and needless Iraq operation is just like Waco? See... Iraq And Waco: Same Op., Larger Scale — Same End? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00240.htm


A Peace Activist Whom Dick Cheney Cannot Ignore

- The London based Arabic daily Al Quds Al Arabi reported on Tuesday, March 25 that the American vice president, Dick Cheney, would soon head to the Jordanian capital, Amman to convince his daughter, who was in the Jordanian capital, to back down her decision to go to Baghdad within a group of volunteers who want to form human shields against the US led attacks on Iraq. See... Scoop Link: Dick Cheney's Daughter A Human Shield? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00239.htm


John Cory: The Used And Abused War Media

- Have you noticed? The media? Used and abused by Rumsfeld and still breathlessly sucking the exhaust pipe of war that left them at the starting gate. See... John Cory: Your Media At Work [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00238.htm


Supercomputer Weather: 12 Day NZ Rain Forecast

- New Zealand is currently experiencing a severe drought. Many farming areas have received no significant rain since Christmas, and Hydro lake inflows were yesterday running at 54% of average. See... Supercomputer Weather: Long Range NZ Rain Forecast [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00234.htm


One Of The Televised POWs Is A Kiwi!

- A USA based news agency has named one of the American POW’s as Sgt. James Riley, who also holds New Zealand citizenship. Riley is reported as having lived in New Zealand until the age of ten years. See... US POW Has New Zealand Citizenship [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00233.htm


100,000 Kids Under 5-Years Risk Death in Basra: UN

- In Basra, Iraq, child deaths are very real from this war, but also from disease, diarrhoea and dehydration. In this region of Iraq alone, the UN estimates 100,000 children under the age of five are at risk. See... What UNICEF said at today’s UN briefing [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00379.htm


Katya Rivas's Passion

- I allowed them to treat Me as a mad man and they covered Me with a white tunic as a sign of their ridicule and their making fun of Me. Later, in the middle of furious mocking shouts, they took Me again before Pilate. See... Katya Rivas: Jesus Is Taken Again before Pilate [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00237.htm


Katya Rivas Special: Readings For Peace

- Today Scoop received the following letter from the Bolivian stigmatist and visionary Katya Rivas, it contains requests from Jesus for prayers and meditations as well as suggested texts for consideration. See... Katya Rivas: Readings From Jesus As War Begins [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00186.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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NZ Is Sticking By The UN – Phil Goff Speech

- Thank you for the opportunity to open your forum. The focus of your discussions is the hope that we have for the future, for peace, prosperity and a fairer and more just world. See... The United Nations: Our hope for the future [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00483.htm


The Costs Of Not Helping To Kill Iraqi Kids Come Home

- The likes of Swaziland and El Salvador are now in the queue ahead of New Zealand for a free trade deal with the US. See... NZ snubbed in favour of Swaziland and El Salvador [1] and ACT's contribution to the debate.. New Zealand Not On The US Trade Agenda [2] . See also... Mapp to meet with Australian Foreign Minister [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00482.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00472.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00466.htm


The Young And The Writeshuss – Featuring Hot Goss!

- Contents: Lindsay Perigo - Keith Locke - Hot Goss from Parliament - Top 10 Reasons I Quit Being A Human Shield in Iraq - Website of the Week... See... The New Write: [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00218.htm


The Power Crisis – A Cure Worse Than The Disease

- After two years of thinking, since the last generation emergency, the best the Government can come up with is threats to dismantle the market - but not for two years - and a `Grid Security Committee' which has now spawned its own `Winter Power Taskforce', ACT SOE Spokesman Stephen Franks said today. See... Cure Worse Than Disease [1] MORE: - National - Govt to turn back the clock on energy sector [2] and Double standard over power stations [3] - Greens - Government turns on to Green power strategy [4] EARLIER: - Knee-jerk reaction already costing power consumers [5] - Govt - Dunne: Brownlee hot air answer to NZ energy needs? [6] - ACT’s Franks - Saved Power, Wasted Opportunities [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00469.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00459.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00458.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00457.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00448.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00443.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00441.htm


Yet Another Unwelcome Moth Discovered In Auckland

- The discovery of yet another moth pest in Auckland challenges MAF to put into practice the lessons it claims to have learned form the disastrous painted apple moth incursion, Green Party Biosecurity Spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street MP said today. See... MAF response must be clear - not a tangled web [1] MORE: - New moth find is no surprise – Forest and Bird [2] - MAF - Crazy Ants found at Mount Maunganui wharf [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00479.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00221.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00220.htm


Defence Decisions Unveiled

- Minister of Defence Mark Burton has today announced several government decisions that will bring about greater joint cooperation across Defence. See... Decisions next step in modernising Defence Forces [1] MORE: - NZDF - Defence Chief Welcomes New Structure [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00478.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00222.htm


Peace Camp At Wellington Embassy This Weekend

- Wellington anti-war activists will establish a peace camp outside of the United States Embassy on Murphy Street this weekend to voice strong opposition to the war on Iraq. See... Peace Camp At The US Embassy This Weekend [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00216.htm


Paul Adams Is On Coddington's Case

- Parliament's only licensed motor vehicle dealer, United Future's Paul Adams, today slammed a letter to dealers by ACT's Deborah Coddington as "scare mongerinq". See... Adams: Car dealers misled by ACT [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00476.htm


The Issue Of Easter Shop Trading Raises Its Head Again

- Another Easter has rolled around and nothing has been done about Easter Shop Trading said New Zealand First leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. See... Another Easter, Another Bill But No Solution [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00475.htm


Talking To Kids About The War

- Children trying to make sense of a world at war on TV, should realise that when they grow up, they can do something to make the world a safer, more just place, Aid Minister Marian Hobbs said today. See... Making our kids good global citizens [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00474.htm


Leaky Buildings Report Welcomed By Govt.

- “A solid body of work which broadly provides a good fit with government initiatives” is how Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel today welcomed the report of the Government Administration Select Committee on weathertightness. See... Minister says report something to build on [1] MORE: - United Future - Porteous resignation late, but appropriate [2] and Homeowners pay for Labour's folly [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00471.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00462.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00460.htm


Trade NZ & Industry NZ Merger Bill – The Power Of One

Jim Anderton speech: New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Bill - Mr Speaker, I move that the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Bill be read a first time. See... New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Bill [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00465.htm


Ngati Awa Treaty Settlement Hits A Glitch Or Two

- The Crown is disappointed the Tuhoe-Waikaremoana Maori Trust Board has threatened to file court proceedings aiming to delay the signing of the Deed of Settlement with another Bay of Plenty iwi, Ngati Awa. See... Cross-claimants are covered [1] and Could Dick Turpin have been Ngati Awa? [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00464.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00470.htm


NZ First To Oppose Changes To Prostitution Bill

- New Zealand First MPs will block attempts to water down the Prostitution Reform Bill and remain unified in their opposition to the legislation. See... NZ First MPs to Oppose Prostitution Moves [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00463.htm

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