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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Where Will The Next America's Cup Be Held? The Short List Is…
The US And UK Are Eliminating Truth From War
Tui Billboard Bandits Operating In Auckland Too
The Graphic Portrayal Of Real War
Ashcroft's Brownshirts Move Against Rock'n'Roll
Chalk Richard Perle's Scalp Up To Seymore Hersh
Investigative Report Examines Rumsfeld's Relationship With Saddam
Stateside: Rosalea's War Diary In Pictures - Thursday
Naked And Hunkering Down In Nuhaka
Sights And Sounds Of A War Refugee Camp
Protestors Welcome Home Te Kaha From The Gulf
More On The Peace Protestor Dick Cheney Cannot Ignore
Kaminsky: It Would Be Comical If It Weren't For The Blood
Scoop Was In The House
All That Contains A Dot Is Not Gold
Katya Rivas's Passion

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
NZ Growing Strongly, But Slow Down Expected
NZ Left Urges Oz To Keep Its Mitts Off The Kiwi
Greens Continue Their Marching For Peace
Female Ban On Kapiti Construction Site Intolerable – King
ACT Asks, What Did NZ Tell The UN?
It's Only Natural To Be Nervous Cullen Says
Confused Katherine Strikes Again
Scary Scarry Earthquake Report Being Assessed
Paul Swain Plays AA Transport Fairy
PM Plays John A Lee
As Easter Approaches Winston Roars
Leaky Home Tzars Appointed
These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees
The Battle Of The Pokie Proceeds Is Joined
Does Hobbs Care About The Moth Invasion?
Taggart's Underlings Targeting Auckland
Corngate Investigation Hits A Blockage
Stroppy Labour Party Branch's New Chair
Lindsay Mitchell: What's Welfare?

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Where Will The Next America's Cup Be Held? The Short List Is…

- Eight cities have been asked for additional informatio with a view to hosting the 32nd America's Cup: Barcelona, Lisbon, Marseille, Naples, Palma de Mallorca, Sardinia - Porto Cervo, Tuscany - Elba, and Valencia. See... 8 Sites Approached To Host The 32nd America's Cup [1] . Meanwhile… Being there was indeed everything for two photographers who captured images of the 2003 America's Cup regatta. See... America's Cup Photography Awards Captured [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0303/S00118.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0303/S00119.htm


The US And UK Are Eliminating Truth From War

- The hackneyed phrase maintains that truth is the first casualty of war, but this does not suggest nearly clearly enough that it is a casualty because the US and UK governments are making a concerted attempt to destroy it. See... The Development Of War Propaganda [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00277.htm


Tui Billboard Bandits Operating In Auckland Too

- Helen Wiseman-Dare, Chairperson, WASP (West Aucklanders Against Aerial Spraying) writes to Scoop regarding a recent Scoop report on the The Tui Billboard Bandits In Wellington . See... Scoop Images: Tui Billboard Bandits In Auckland [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00276.htm


The Graphic Portrayal Of Real War

- The following feedback has been received from Scoop readers in response to our decision to publish graphic pictures from Al Jazeera showing the true horror of war. See... Scoop Feedback: Death and Casualty From Iraq [1] , Scoop Feedback: Death and Casualty From Iraq (2) [2] and Scoop Continues To Publish Reality Of War Images [3] . Images Of War: - The Many Faces of War [4] - Part 2 [5] - Part 3 [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00265.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00278.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00261.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00269.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00267.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00268.htm

Ashcroft's Brownshirts Move Against Rock'n'Roll

- "… a band member of mine who prefers to go unnamed, his mother received a visit from two plain clothes men from the military and this band member of mine has a sibling who is in the Gulf. And they came in and talked to her and said you have a child who's in the gulf and you have a child who's in this band Spearhead who's part of the "resistance" in their words, and they had pictures…" See... Michael Franti on Gov't Surveillance of His Band [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00274.htm


Chalk Richard Perle's Scalp Up To Seymore Hersh

- Richard Perle’s resignation Thursday as chairman of the Defense Policy Board, a Pentagon advisory group, is long overdue. Perle quit the board because he was hired to help bankrupt telecommunications firm Global Crossing win approval from the Department of Defense to sell the company to a Hong Kong billionaire and lawmakers questioned whether Perle’s dual roles was a conflict-of-interest. See... Jason Leopold: Richard Perle - Enterprising Hawk [1] MORE: - Perle Resignation Letter [2] - Secretary Of Defense Accepts Perle's Resignation [3] - Link - Untenable position / Richard Perle is too conflicted to stay [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00279.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00453.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00457.htm
[4] - http://www.post-gazette.com/forum/20030326edperle0326p2.asp


Investigative Report Examines Rumsfeld's Relationship With Saddam

- Examining recently released government and corporate sources, researchers at the Institute for Policy Studies have uncovered new evidence that oil has long been the driving concern behind US-Iraqi relations. See... Rumsfeld Ignored WMDs In Pursuit Of Oil Pipeline [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0303/S00432.htm


Stateside: Rosalea's War Diary In Pictures - Thursday

- 2500 years ago Shakyamuni Buddha said: Victory breeds hatred, The defeated live in pain. Happily the peaceful live, Giving up both victory and defeat. (Dhammapada, Verse 201) See... Stateside with Rosalea: Anti-War Pictures & Link [1] EARLIER ROSALEA: - Wednesday - Stateside with Rosalea: Tuesday, sandy Tuesday [2] - Tuesday - Don't be alarmed. No, really. Don't. [3] - Monday - Stateside: You Go, Gollum! [4]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00272.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00250.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00236.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00220.htm


Naked And Hunkering Down In Nuhaka

- OVER THE PAST WEEK I've been thinking a lot about what my first column would be like since Gulf War II broke out. I was out here in Nuhaka the day the proverbial hit the fan. See... Naked in Nuhaka: Hunkering Down [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00271.htm


Sights And Sounds Of A War Refugee Camp

- Images and Impressions from World Vision's James Addis' first day at third country national (TCN) camp close to Jordan's Iraqi border. See... First Impressions at a Border Refugee Camp [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00266.htm


Protestors Welcome Home Te Kaha From The Gulf

- Photo-Essay - The crew of HMNZS Te Kaha was this afternoon given contrasting messages : a ministerial welcome home, and a roasting from New Zealand's anti-war movement that NZ's presence in the Gulf is abhorrent. See... A Welcome and a Roasting For Te Kaha [1] and Minister welcomes home crew of Te Kaha [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00264.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00523.htm


More On The Peace Protestor Dick Cheney Cannot Ignore

- The United Arab Emirates leading semi-official daily newspaper, Alittihad, reported on Thursday that a US government delegation had arrived in Amman, Jordan, on its way to Baghdad for negotiations with the Iraqi government about an immediate ceasefire. See... Cheney's Daughter To Be Human Shield In Baghdad? [1]


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


Kaminsky: It Would Be Comical If It Weren't For The Blood

- It would be comical if the very president whose whole pretext for existing was predicated on hyping up the U.S. military to unnecessarily scary levels turned out to be the loser who revealed to the world that American defenses were nothing but disoriented kids no match for desert tough guys — plus mighty machines that don't work in bad weather and a sleazy symphony of finely tuned money-consuming BS that was usually false. See... John Kaminski: Alas, Babylon [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00273.htm


Scoop Was In The House

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


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00542.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00477.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00498.htm


All That Contains A Dot Is Not Gold

- The Securities Commission has banned advertising for an investment scheme which appears on the web site www.endeavorplan.com. See... WARNING - Website Investment Scheme [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0303/S00269.htm


Katya Rivas's Passion

- At dawn Caiaphas ordered them to take Me to Pilate so that he might pronounce the sentence of death. Pilate questioned Me, hoping to find a reason to condemn Me, but at the same time his conscience tormented him and he felt great fear at the injustice ... See... Katya Rivas: Jesus Is Sentenced to Death [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00270.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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NZ Growing Strongly, But Slow Down Expected

- Statistics NZ released data showing the NZ economy officially grew by 0.8% during the December quarter which is right on the long term average growth of 0.8% per quarter. In the entire 2002 year growth was 4.4% versus a ten year average of 3.5%. See... NZ Growth Was Strong – But Big Slowdown Ahead [1] and Annual GDP Growth of 4.4 Percent [2] REACTION: - Govt - GDP result at top end of expectations [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0303/S00277.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0303/S00273.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00545.htm


NZ Left Urges Oz To Keep Its Mitts Off The Kiwi

- The Progressives are implacably opposed to currency union with Australia, Progressive deputy leader Matt Robson says. See... Progressives implacably oppose dollaroo [1] , ditto the Greens… Keep your kanga paws off our dollar! [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00544.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00541.htm


Greens Continue Their Marching For Peace

- Green MPs continue to voice strong opposition to the conflict in Iraq, and will participate in rallies throughout New Zealand this weekend. See... Green MPs at weekend peace rallies [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00556.htm


Female Ban On Kapiti Construction Site Intolerable – King

- Health Minister Annette King says the Government will not tolerate an agreement that apparently bans women from the construction site of Capital and Coast District Health Board’s new Kapiti Health Centre in Paraparaumu. See... Annette King statement on Kapiti Health Centre [1] , Health Board held to ransom by PC [2] and Labour Allows Entrenched Sexism [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00549.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00540.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00538.htm


ACT Asks, What Did NZ Tell The UN?

- ACT Leader Richard Prebble said that Helen Clark's statement justifying New Zealand's statement to the Security Council is totally misleading. See... Clark Misleading NZ Media [1] , Humanitarian aid to Iraq [2] and Labour's Fence Sitting Increasingly Painful [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00537.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00536.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00534.htm


It's Only Natural To Be Nervous Cullen Says

- "The fall in headline business confidence - from negative 16 percent last month to negative 33 percent this month - is only natural under the circumstances," Finance Minister Michael Cullen said. See... Fall In Business Confidence "Only Natural" [1] and Energy crisis casts shadow over confidence [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00535.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00557.htm


Confused Katherine Strikes Again

- National’s confused social services spokesperson Katherine Rich has struck again with claims this afternoon that Inland Revenue (IRD) radio advertisments are encouraging more people onto welfare. See... Confused Katherine strikes again [1] and Govt advertising encourages welfare dependency [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00533.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00530.htm


Scary Scarry Earthquake Report Being Assessed

- Concerns raised by engineer John Scarry about the safety of some buildings in earthquakes are being thoroughly assessed, says Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel. See... Government actively seeking assessment of report [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00532.htm


Paul Swain Plays AA Transport Fairy

- Speaking at the New Zealand Automobile Association’s Annual Conference this morning, Transport Minister Paul Swain congratulated the Association on its 100th birthday, and said that the government is addressing the AA’s three birthday wishes. See... Swain addresses AA wish list [1] and Swain Speech: NZ AA annual conference speech [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00552.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00551.htm


PM Plays John A Lee

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today opened a new $9.9 million Housing New Zealand complex in Auckland, saying it further demonstrated the government’s commitment to providing affordable accommodation to low income people. See... PM opens Hillsborough homes [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00546.htm


As Easter Approaches Winston Roars

- Tauranga MP Rt Hon Winston Peters has described Margaret Wilson’s Easter shop trading comments as a deliberate exercise in deception. See... Wilson Distorts Reality Again Says Peters [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00550.htm


Leaky Home Tzars Appointed

- Paul Skinner of Auckland has been appointed Chief Adjudicator of the Weathertight Homes Resolution Service (WHRS), Internal Affairs Minister George Hawkins announced today. See... Weathertight Homes adjudicators announced [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00553.htm


These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees

- There were 19 committee meetings, all in the parliamentary complex. See... Select committee business From 21 April to 28th [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00548.htm


The Battle Of The Pokie Proceeds Is Joined

- New Zealand's major sports have united together in an unprecedented way to fight Labour and Green Party plans to change the way gambling machine proceeds are distributed. See... National fights threat to sports clubs [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00539.htm


Does Hobbs Care About The Moth Invasion?

- The Conservation Minister will find himself with a rapidly shrinking portfolio area if he doesn't do something to help fix New Zealand's abysmal biosecurity record, says National's Biosecurity spokesman, Shane Ardern. See... Biosecurity in tatters but does any Minister care? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00527.htm


Taggart's Underlings Targeting Auckland

- United Future leader Peter Dunne today slammed the combined effect of the lowered police recruiting age and a campaign for British police to come here, questioning whether the New Zealand public is being well served. See... Dunne: Do Kiwis want spotty Glaswegian cops? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00525.htm


Corngate Investigation Hits A Blockage

- Labour MPs have used their majority on the Environment Select Committee against all other parties to prevent further testing of the corn at the centre of the "Corngate" affair. See... "Corngate" inquiry blocked from testing seeds [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0303/S00521.htm


Stroppy Labour Party Branch's New Chair

- Tristan Rossiter-Sheehy welcomed the opportunity to work with a dynamic group of young people intent on making a difference in New Zealand. See... New Chair Looks Forward to Year Ahead [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00232.htm


Lindsay Mitchell: What's Welfare?

- "Welfare" isn't just cash benefits. It includes the provision of health; the care and treatment we receive in public hospitals. See... Lindsay Mitchell: What's Wrong With Welfare? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00228.htm


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