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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
NZ Calls For End To War At United Nations
Scoop Is In The House
Scoop Editorial: The Graphic Portrayal Of Real War
Anti-War Protest Devonport Naval Base Auckland
Intelligence Failure In Iraq (1)
Intelligence Failure In Iraq (2)
UnansweredQuestions.Org Briefing To National Commission On 911
An Eyewitness Account From Baghdad
Firas Al-Atraqchi: The Civilian Casualties That Aren't
War Propaganda And Asylum Seekers
Jason Leopold: Federal Energy Regulators Find Widespread Abuse In California
Someone Doesn't Like Arab TV Broadcasts
Jason Leopold: NZ Music Is Being Noticed In California
Stateside: Rosalea's War Diary - Wednesday
Katya Rivas's Passion
Katya Rivas Special: Readings For Peace

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Maori Involvement In Ocean Management- Hodgson
Ngati Awa BOP Treaty Settlement Signed
Declassification Of CER Negotiations Material Marks Anniversary
US Found Guilty By WTO On Steel Tariffs
Op-Ed From Gordon Copeland On Energy Issues
Jeanette Fitzsimmons On Coal
Two New Energy Efficiency Tsars
Matt Robson's Weekly Political Column
Peter Dunne Talks Straight
Keeping Crime Apart From Prostitution
Copeland Applauds Call For Lower Interest Rates
Speed Violence Expected In Far North

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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NZ Calls For End To War At United Nations

- While we acknowledge the endeavour to avoid civilian casualties, the loss of life on both sides is of deep concern. It is also essential that the Geneva Conventions be adhered to by all parties. See... NZ statement on Iraq to UN Security Council [1] REACTION: - National - Frost thickens between Washington and Wellington [2] - Greens - Greens applaud NZ Call for end to hostilities [3] - ACT - Clark Further Insults Coalition of the Willing [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00513.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00511.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00510.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00492.htm


Scoop Is In The House

– For Today’s questions for oral answer see... Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 27 March [1] - EARLIER Q&A - Tuesday's Transcript [2] - Wednesday's Transcript [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00505.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00477.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00498.htm


Scoop Editorial: The Graphic Portrayal Of Real War

- Scoop is determined that its editorial policy will continue to serve truth, accuracy and honesty and that its reportage of this US invasion of Iraq will not be censored nor sanitised. Let us consider why this is so. See... Scoop Continues To Publish Reality Of War Images [1] . See also Photo-Essay 1: Death and Casualty From Iraq [2] , Part 2 [3] and Part 3 [4] (WARNING. GRAPHIC IMAGES MAY DISTURB).


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00261.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00258.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00259.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00260.htm


Anti-War Protest Devonport Naval Base Auckland

- Global Peace and Justice Auckland is organising a protest on the return of the frigate Te Kaha tomorrow [Thursday March 27] from "escort duties" in the Gulf of Oman where its role has included escorting American warships as they make their way into the war zone to attack Iraq. See... Protest Planned At Te Kaha Return Tomorrow [Thurs] [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00224.htm


Intelligence Failure In Iraq (1)

- It was a lesson learned by the Russians in their campaign against the Wehrmacht that the way to defeat a blitzkrieg (essentially a modern cavalry raid) was to trade space for time – where the theatre offered sufficient operational depth to facilitate this - and to allow the spearheads’ momentum to exhaust itself before counterattacking their vulnerable flanks in force. See... Battlefield Questions - Who Said It Would Be Easy? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00248.htm


Intelligence Failure In Iraq (2)

- Remember all those "intelligence sources" who promised that Iraqis would be cheering as the U.S. and U.K. armies rolled into Basra or Nasiriyah or any major town in southern Iraq? Apparently, in day 7 of the invasion of Iraq, these intelligence sources and their data are proving to be fallible.See... Firas Al-Atraqchi: What You Aren't Being Told [1] 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 [2] , Part 2 [3] and Part 3 [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00247.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00231.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00242.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00256.htm


UnansweredQuestions.Org Briefing To National Commission On 911

- In light of the government sanctioned National Commission on 9/11's first open hearing to be held this coming Monday and Tuesday in NYC, here is a list of key unanswered questions that many feel MUST be addressed by their investigation. See... Top 11 Questions/Talking Points For 911 Commission [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00255.htm


An Eyewitness Account From Baghdad

- Here Scoop provides links to eyewitness accounts from inside Baghdad. Here an American peace activist gives an audio account of an emerging human and environmental catastrophe. See... Eyewitness Audio From Baghdad [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00254.htm


Firas Al-Atraqchi: The Civilian Casualties That Aren't

- The images of carnage and severed bodies are quite telling. On Wednesday, coalition fighter jets bombed what they claimed were missile launchers located 'near' civilian areas in Baghdad. Instead, they hit a bustling marketplace in the heart of Baghdad. See... When the Coalition Kills and CNN Lies [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00253.htm


War Propaganda And Asylum Seekers

- 'They Were All Asylum Seekers': The Propaganda Campaign To Link Iraq To Terrorism At The Expense Of Refugees. By David Miller - Stirling University See... Linking Iraq To Terrorism At Expense Of Refugees [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00262.htm


Jason Leopold: Federal Energy Regulators Find Widespread Abuse In California

- The sky-high electricity and natural gas prices in California between 2000 and 2001 that bankrupted the state’s largest utility and caused several days of rolling blackouts was the result of widespread manipulation by several Texas-based energy companies with close ties to President Bush, federal energy regulators ruled Wednesday. See... Abuse During Calif Energy Crisis; $Bns In Refunds [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00252.htm


Someone Doesn't Like Arab TV Broadcasts

- Al-Jazeera the internet wing of the Arab Satellite news agency has suffered an organised ‘hack attack’ blasting it off the face of cyber-space. See... Al Jazeera Is Brought Down By Hack Attackers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00249.htm


Jason Leopold: NZ Music Is Being Noticed In California

- Not since Nirvana turned Seattle into a breeding ground for grunge and post-punk has a geographic area become synonymous with a particular style of music. See... NZ/Melbourne - Breeding Ground For Rock Revolution [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00246.htm


Stateside: Rosalea's War Diary - Wednesday

- Hi Tony. Before you meet with your friend today (yes, you *do* have a friend, G!), could you please give Helen a tinkle and ask her who was elected PM in 1935? Then do a web search on his first and last name. See... Stateside with Rosalea: Tuesday, sandy Tuesday [1] EARLIER ROSALEA: - Tuesday - Don't be alarmed. No, really. Don't. [2] - Monday - Stateside: You Go, Gollum! [3] - Sunday - "Musul Bombalanyor" and "The City That Knows How" [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00250.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00236.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00220.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00206.htm


Katya Rivas's Passion

- Look at Me, My dear ones. Letting Myself be led with the meekness of a lamb to the terrible torture of the scourging. On My Body, already covered with blows and overwhelmed with fatigue, the executioners cruelly discharge terrible lashes with braided rope, ... See... Katya Rivas: The Scourging of Jesus [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00251.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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Maori Involvement In Ocean Management- Hodgson

- In Stage One of Oceans Policy development, Defining the vision, a Ministerial Advisory Committee, led by Dame Cath Tizard, asked thousands of New Zealanders what they wanted for our oceans. See... Hodgson Speech: Oceans Policy: Maori engagement [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00514.htm


Ngati Awa BOP Treaty Settlement Signed

- The signing of a Deed of Settlement between the Crown and Ngati Awa marks the acceptance of the first comprehensive Treaty settlement in the Bay of Plenty, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Margaret Wilson said today. See... First settlement in the Bay of Plenty signed today [1] and Crown and Ngati Awa Settlement General Background [2] EARLIER: - Govt. - Deed of Settlement will be signed [3] - ACT - Debate Blocked on Treaty Settlement [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00503.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00504.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00494.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00493.htm


Declassification Of CER Negotiations Material Marks Anniversary

- Foreign Minister Phil Goff will tonight launch a volume of previously restricted documents on the negotiation of CER, at a function marking the 20th anniversary of the trans-Tasman agreement. See... Volume of de-classified documents marks CER's 20th [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00499.htm


US Found Guilty By WTO On Steel Tariffs

- Reports that a World Trade Organisation disputes panel had ruled that the United States safeguards on imports of steel breached relevant WTO obligations relating to the imposition of safeguards were great news for the New Zealand steel industry, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... New Zealand wins WTO steel case [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00509.htm


Op-Ed From Gordon Copeland On Energy Issues

- The last sentence in Greens co-leader, Jeannette Fitzsimons's anti-coal diatribe ("Let's say goodbye to black rivers and smokestacks" NZ Herald March 27) very neatly encapsulates the Green attitude towards New Zealand's energy needs. See... Opinion piece from Gordon Copeland [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00512.htm


Jeanette Fitzsimmons On Coal

- Coal advocates should get their heads out of the ground and stop taking a free ride on the environment and public health, Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said today. See... Greens call for stop to fossil freeloading [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00507.htm


Two New Energy Efficiency Tsars

- Energy Minister Pete Hodgson today announced the appointment of two new members to the board of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). See... Two new EECA board members [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00508.htm


Matt Robson's Weekly Political Column

- Although the haka was from nine inmates, the voice of the victim in offending is increasingly being heard. Restorative Justice advocates from throughout New Zealand met near Hastings last weekend. See... Robson on Politics: Restorative Justice conference [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00506.htm


Peter Dunne Talks Straight

- New Zealanders like to say we punch above our weight in the fields of sport or international affairs. It’s a very good description of how United Future is performing in relation to the Labour-led Government. See... Straight talk… With Peter Dunne [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00502.htm


Keeping Crime Apart From Prostitution

- Justice Minister Phil Goff today tabled amendments to the Prostitution Reform Bill giving police power to prevent criminals from running sex businesses, and assisting local authorities to control where brothels are established. See... Prostitution Bill amendments target criminals [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00497.htm


Copeland Applauds Call For Lower Interest Rates

- United Future finance spokesperson Gordon Copeland today praised the call by economic forecaster BERL in its March forecast that the time was right for the Reserve Bank to reduce interest rates to a level closer to those in Australia. See... Copeland praises BERL analysis [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00496.htm


Speed Violence Expected In Far North

- The discovery of the third suspected drug laboratory in Northland this year shows gang problems are out of control, ACT Police Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today. See... Prediction of Speed-Fuelled Violence in Northland [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00495.htm


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