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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Have The People Or Congress Okayed World War IV?
Hard News Is There: Waiting At The Gates Of Babylon
The Path That Leads to Bush's Demise
Kaminsky Sees A Bleak Future If U.S. Wins War
Carving Up The Spoils (1): On U.S. Plans For Its 51st State
Carving Up The Spoils (2): Only Friends Of George And Unka Dick Need Apply
Carving Up The Spoils (3): Destroying Iraq To Save It
Much Ado About Nothing
San Francisco Chronicle Points To Scoop
Upton-On-Line Casts An Eye About The Globe
NGOs Should Issue Aid Not Soldiers
Riding Some Wild And Wet White Horses
Stateside: Rosalea's War Diary – Weekend Edition
Katya Rivas's Passion

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Off With Its Head! BIA Gets The Chop
UN Report Says Time Govt Cared For Kiwi Kids
Reserve Bank Seeks Governance Evolution
Morning The Loss of Irihapeti Ramsden
Dunedin Ticks STV
Maharey Values Mainstream Broadcasters’ War Coverage
Arise Grant Gillon Thoust Have a Role
Prebble’s Letter From Wellington
Let The Euro Lead On GE Food
$500,000 South Island Youth Programme Announced
NZ Must Demand Halt To Landmine Use
New Write From Young Nats

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World War IV!!! Who Voted For This?

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Have The People Or Congress Okayed World War IV?

- This report from CNN is chilling in its audacity. Ex-CIA Director James Woolsey is a Bush insider who is tipped to become the overseer of Iraq once this war is over. Here Woolsey openly talks of a much bigger war, what he calls World War IV. See... Is The Iraq War The Beginning Of World War IV? [1] RELATED LINKS: - Slate - The PowerPoint That Rocked the Pentagon (See particularly the final slide) - NewsWeek - Beyond Baghdad: Expanding The Target List Scoop's Real Deal - The $64 Question: What's Up With the Black Budget? (includes some extremely odd background concerning James Woolsey.)


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00044.htm


Hard News Is There: Waiting At The Gates Of Babylon

- Guess who's waiting on the Jordanian border to save souls for Christ - once His holy weapons have shredded the Iraqi resistance? Missionaries from two of the biggest evangelical Christian missions in the US: the Southern Baptist Convention and the Samaritan's Purse ... See... Hard News: Waiting at the gates of Babylon


The Path That Leads to Bush's Demise

- Let's talk about a subject that remains mostly hidden in American social discourse: depression. And, in particular, where personal depression meets economic and political depression -- and, even more specifically right now, when all these states meet at the nexus of the U.S. war on Iraq. See... Depression - And Its Activism Antidote [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00058.htm


Kaminsky Sees A Bleak Future If U.S. Wins War

- If the out-of-control United States war machine wins its "war" against the hapless population of Iraq, it signals a new era of war without end, war without reason as one imagined enemy country after another becomes scheduled for high-tech demolition and poisoning until the real possibility of doomsday becomes reality. See... John Kaminski: A Prayer For Iraq [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00057.htm


Carving Up The Spoils (1): On U.S. Plans For Its 51st State

- George W. Bush has taken the United States to war in contempt of the U.S. Constitution and in criminal defiance of the UN Charter. As a result, a horrifying majority of the world's population now views America as the single greatest threat to world peace. See... Reconstruction of Iraq Must Be Led By the UN [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00059.htm


Carving Up The Spoils (2): Only Friends Of George And Unka Dick Need Apply

- Who will be the next King of the Road in Baghdad, when the dusty maelstrom settles and the oil starts flowing West? That question should not shock those that understand the path of war from aggression to occupation. See... Kidd Millennium: Iraq For Sale Or Rent [1] . See also... Wartime Contracts Favor Bush's Corporate Cronies [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00056.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0304/S00072.htm


Carving Up The Spoils (3): Destroying Iraq To Save It

The Anglo-American coalition has maintained that they only invaded Iraq for the sake of the Iraqi people. The coalition’s spokesmen still maintain this, and even manage to keep a straight face while doing so. This is no mean achievement. See... NITA: No Honour Among Thieves [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00055.htm


Much Ado About Nothing

- The Bush Roadmap to peace in the Middle East could have been an important document, but. See... Uri Avnery: A Road Map to Nowhere [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00054.htm


San Francisco Chronicle Points To Scoop

- A San Francisco Chronicle columnist writes: "True images of war available. You need a steel stomach and hardened nerves to view them, but they are, in a way, required viewing, something almost everyone should see..." The columnist then links to Scoop. See... Large USA Daily Links To Scoop's War Coverage [1] . See also Scoop War Images Feature Page [2] (Warning Graphic Content)


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00046.htm
[2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=warimages


Upton-On-Line Casts An Eye About The Globe

- In this issue: Ambivalence about who the French would like to see win the war in Iraq, facts and figures on the cradle of civilisation as it stands today, some robust Australian views on rat bag fishing on the high seas, some slightly less robust Australian ... See... Upton-on-line Diaspora Edition [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00050.htm


NGOs Should Issue Aid Not Soldiers

- Global Peace and Justice Auckland has written to Helen Clark today urging that New Zealand aid to Iraq not be given through the armed forces personnel of any country - including New Zealand. See... Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction in Iraq [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00044.htm


Riding Some Wild And Wet White Horses

- On first glance, the journey that extreme kayaker Ben Brown had mapped out around Rotorua, Taupo and Whakapapa looked like a ‘been there/bought the postcard’ collection of stops. Among the sites listed; Huka Falls, the Aratiatia Rapids, an historic walk near Rotorua, and the raw alpine beauty of the Turangi National Park. See... Riding The Whitewater With Ali Smith [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00045.htm


Stateside: Rosalea's War Diary – Weekend Edition

- One of my daily rituals is to look at DIP on sfgate.com - the San Francisco Chronicle's on-line site. Day In Pictures is a little slide show, chosen by the Chron's photo-editors, of the pix from around the world and the nation that are on the news wires. See... Cherry tree, Washington [1] . There was a huge thunderclap overhead last night. It woke me up, truly startled, then truly grateful that it was the work of Mother Nature and not something exploding. See... A little something to read over the weekend [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00053.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00051.htm


Katya Rivas's Passion

- Look with what cruelty these hardened men surround Me. Some pull the Cross and lay it on the ground; others tear off My clothes that adhere to the wounds that open again and blood oozes out. See... Katya Rivas: Jesus Is Nailed to the Cross [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00052.htm


http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00045.htm
Wet And Wild White Horses

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Off With Its Head! BIA Gets The Chop

- The Building Industry Authority (BIA) will be disestablished and its functions moved into a government department when the new Building Act comes into force, Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel announced today. See... Government strengthens BIA accountability [1] ALSO: National - BIA takes fall for Minister's incompetence [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00120.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00123.htm


UN Report Says Time Govt Cared For Kiwi Kids

- Action for Children and Youth Aotearoa - A New Zealand report prepared for the United Nations says the Government has made little progress in implementing its policies for children and young people. See... Call for Govt. to keep its promises to children [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00050.htm


Reserve Bank Seeks Governance Evolution

- The Reserve Bank is seeking to evolve the way it supervises banks, Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard said today. See... RBNZ on governance and banking in NZ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00053.htm


Morning The Loss of Irihapeti Ramsden

- "The death of Irihapeti Ramsden is a great loss for our people, and for this country," said Tariana Turia, Associate Minister of Maori Affairs and Health. See... Poroporoaki to Irihapeti Merenia Ramsden [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00128.htm


Dunedin Ticks STV

- Enthusiasm is spreading across the country for the Single Transferable Voting (STV) system, with the success of today’s Dunedin City referendum in which the majority of those who voted chose STV over first past the post (FPP). See... STV is Spreading: Dunedin Voters Choose STV [1] ALSO: STV Dunedin - Momentum gains for STV [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00047.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00046.htm


Maharey Values Mainstream Broadcasters’ War Coverage

- The war in Iraq has demonstrated the critical importance of public service radio and television in informing New Zealanders, Broadcasting Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... Iraq war highlights importance of public broadcast [1] - Maharey’s Speech - Current issues in New Zealand television [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00125.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00126.htm


Arise Grant Gillon Thoust Have a Role

- First Past the Post victory in Christchurch sends small parties a message about being more constructive in their approach, Progressive Local Government Spokesperson, Grant Gillon, says. See... Minor parties must play constructive role [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00124.htm


Prebble’s Letter From Wellington

- The Letter believes the economy has slowed. Since February, new home consents are down; the America's Cup (an estimated gain of $1 billion) is lost; Fonterra's payment is down and Air NZ has joined the other airlines in cutting overseas flights. See... Richard Prebble’s Letter From Wellington [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00122.htm


Let The Euro Lead On GE Food

- Green MP Sue Kedgley is giving a welcoming kiss on both cheeks, European-style, to a new survey showing that at least half of all Europeans won't eat GE food. See... Europeans say 'non!' to GE food [1] ALSO: - Govt - The organic sector has agreed on a strategy for development that includes a target of $1-billion total sector sales by 2013, Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... Milestone Achieved By The Organic Sector [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00118.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00117.htm


$500,000 South Island Youth Programme Announced

- Christchurch and the South Island will soon have a much needed youth residential treatment centre says local MP and Progressive leader Jim Anderton who chairs the Ministerial Committee on National Drug Policy. See... Chch to benefit from A&D residential treatment [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00115.htm


NZ Must Demand Halt To Landmine Use

- "If New Zealand is going to send personnel into Iraq to help with reconstruction after the war, our Government should be joining the worldwide chorus calling for the end of the use of cluster bombs" says Campaign Against Landmines. See... US Using Cluster Munitions In Iraq [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00052.htm


New Write From Young Nats

- Includes: 1. Word From The Prez 2.. Mps Warned To Avoid Hell 3. Hot Goss From Parliament 4. French Joke Of The Week 5. Website Of The Week See... The New Write - 7th April 2003 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00051.htm


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