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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Xtra Has A Whole Dumb Week – Could This Be Why?
Cullen Views On Air NZ Capital Raising "Misplaced"
Commerce Commission Saves Air New Zealand - For Now
Air NZ Urged To Give Up Monopolistic Ambitions
Hard News And More Is There!
John Chuckman: A One-eyed View Of The Rights Of Man
A History Lesson In Fascism – Lest We Forget
SRA Commentary: War Is An Expensive Business
Christiaan Briggs: Enjoy The Celebrations While You Can
USA Says Baghdad Is ‘Liberated’
Scoop Feedback: Where Are Scoop’s ‘Liberation’ Reports?
Another View Of The Toppling Of Saddam
Stateside: Rosalea's War Diary - Thursday
Katya Rivas's Passion - A Mother's View

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
NZ Can Lead On UN Reconstruction Initiative
English Seethes Over PM’s Comments
Should War Be Second Fiddle To Trade?
Why War Is Abhorrent
International Days of Action Against War
Greens To Attend Anti-War Rallies
Accommodation Numbers Higher Again
PNG Gets Some Govt Loot
Tizard Releases Labelling Discussion Paper
ACT Cites Farmers Highlighting Crime Problem
Cullen Speaks On Air NZ-Qantas Deal
Air NZ Should Stop Wasting Our Money
Dalziel Spins Confidence Upon Builders
Can We Fix It?
Cullen Must Steer Rail Woes
ACT Livered Over Escalating DPB Problem
EDS And Jobs: Anderton
CYFs Structure Needs Reviewing

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http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00117.htm
Does This Look Like The Fall Of The Berlin Wall?

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Xtra Has A Whole Dumb Week – Could This Be Why?

- This Scoop may shed some light on the question of why Xtra was so keen to change its Terms of Service in such a way that it was by default licensed to deal with it's clients intellectual property as it saw fit. See... Scoop Link: Xtra Lifts Webpages Without Permission [1] . See also Progressive Coalition reaction... Intellectual property challenges threaten economy [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00114.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00253.htm


Cullen Views On Air NZ Capital Raising "Misplaced"

- Andrew McDouall Managing Director of McDouall Stuart Securities, a NZSE firm, said this morning that Finance Minister Michael Cullen's concerns over raising capital for Air New Zealand appeared "misplaced". See... Broker Says Air NZ Capital Can Be Raised At Home [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00113.htm


Commerce Commission Saves Air New Zealand - For Now

- The Commerce Commission has put the kibosh (albeit a “preliminary” one) on Qantas' proposal to take a 22.5% stake in the national carrier and enter into a strategic alliance with Air New Zealand. See... KangKoru Airline Alliance Grounded For Now [1] Announcement - Commerce Act: Qantas & Air NZ draft determinations [2] - Qantas Air NZ Draft Determination - Exec. Summary [3] Air NZ Reaction - Air NZ Recommits To Pressing Case For Alliance [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00103.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0304/S00105.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0304/S00106.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0304/S00112.htm


Air NZ Urged To Give Up Monopolistic Ambitions

- FULL COVERAGE: There was little doubt that the Commerce Commission was going to reject the airlines’ Alliance proposal, but the character of the decision makes it uncertain whether the airlines will even bother to go into the next round. See... Air NZ Should Think About Throwing In The Towel [1] and if so inclined, sign up to support the Save Air New Zealand campaign. EARLIER: - Govt - Air NZ – Qantas deal enters next stage of process [2] - Nats - Kiwi travellers triumph as Government deal crashes [3] - Greens - Keep that kangaroo out of the cockpit! [4] - United Future - Rejection of Air NZ-Qantas proposal welcomed [5] - CTU - Public Benefit Demands Job Guarantees [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00105.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00223.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00222.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00217.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00211.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00074.htm


Hard News And More Is There!

- The extraordinary lifting of tyranny in Baghdad this week has been compared, by the US leadership among others, to the fall of the exhausted communist regimes in Eastern Europe more than a decade ago. But, even in Romania, those peaceful revolutions left the civil infrastructure relatively intact... See… Hard News: The to-do list [1] . And there's tons to read while you're sitting at your desk pretending to work on a Friday afternoon. See... Hard News 11/04/03 - New and Good [2] and . Hard News 9-10/04/03 - Looking Forward [3]


[1] - http://publicaddress.net/default,hardnews.sm#post382
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00119.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00110.htm


John Chuckman: A One-eyed View Of The Rights Of Man

- The U.S. is claiming a "sovereign right" to try Iraqi officials as war criminals. I thought it was a nice touch, including, as it does, an allusion both to Bush's scholarly observations on Nazis and an assertion of rights. See... America's Right To Do Whatever It Pleases [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00118.htm


A History Lesson In Fascism – Lest We Forget

- Nazism was a form of government that restricted personal freedom but permitted private ownership of property. It called for aggressive nationalism, militarism and expansion of Germany's spheres of control through military conquest. See... Laurie Manis: Lest We Forget [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00116.htm


SRA Commentary: War Is An Expensive Business

- Theodore Roosevelt's admonition to "walk softly and carry a big stick" appears to have been replaced by the Bush doctrine: shout loudly and hope someone else pays. See... SRA Comment: So How Will America Pay For The War? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00115.htm


Christiaan Briggs: Enjoy The Celebrations While You Can

- Saddam's regime is on the brink, a joyous occasion to be sure, after years of tyranny, supported by the US, UK and other western governments while committing his worst crimes, and then 12 years of sanctions which made his regime stronger and ordinary Iraqi people weaker. See... Soak Up That Propaganda [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00109.htm


USA Says Baghdad Is ‘Liberated’

- The United States today secured its position in Baghdad to applause and jubilation in both the ancient city and in waves across the USA. Hundreds of the 'liberated' paraded about Baghdad streets, clearly orchestrated, clearly a PR exercise, clearly happy the slaughter had seemingly ended... See... Invaders ‘Liberate’ Baghdad – Counting The Cost [1] ALSO: - Scoop Photo-Essay - Photo-Essay : White House ‘Liberation’ Images [2] See also... Scoop’s War Images Feature Page…


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00108.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00106.htm


Scoop Feedback: Where Are Scoop’s ‘Liberation’ Reports?

- In this edition of Scoop Feedback a Scoop Reader takes issue with the absence of celebratory coverage on Scoop today concerning the fall of Baghdad. Following this you will see a reply from the Scoop Editor explaining why this is so. See... Scoop Feedback: Missing Coverage? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00107.htm


Another View Of The Toppling Of Saddam

- The above image is a wide angle shot – source unknown – of the scene around the famous fall of the bronze statue in Baghdad, a scene hailed by US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as the equivalent of the fall of the Berlin Wall and purveyed on the front cover of 90% of the world's newspapers today. See... Image: A Wider Angle View Of The Fall Of Baghdad [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00117.htm


Stateside: Rosalea's War Diary - Thursday

- Looks like the Commander-in-Chief's speechwriters got it right for once in the April 8 press release announcing National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day: "... these proud patriots continue to inspire us today as we work with our allies to extend peace, liberty, and opportunity to people around the world." Would that be the opportunity to strip hospitals bare and the liberty to unleash sectarian violence? See... Turning to very ugly custard indeed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00112.htm


Katya Rivas's Passion - A Mother's View

- Many prophets spoke about me: they prophesied that it was necessary for me to suffer to become worthy of being the Mother of God. On earth they anticipated knowledge of me but it had to be in a very guarded way. See... Katya Rivas: The Sorrows of the Virgin Mary [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00111.htm



http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00061.htm
Huge Anti-War March This Saturday

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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NZ Can Lead On UN Reconstruction Initiative

- The Green Party is urging the Government to push strongly for the United Nations, not the United States, to take charge Iraqi reconstruction. See... NZ should take the lead in UN initiative [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00233.htm


English Seethes Over PM’s Comments

- National Party Leader Bill English is calling on Helen Clark to explain what appears to be another diplomatic insult fired at our traditional allies. See... Clark can't keep her foot from her mouth [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00249.htm


Should War Be Second Fiddle To Trade?

- The National Party says the Government is still actively insulting New Zealand's key trading partners over their position on the war in Iraq. See... Govt continues to trade insults with our allies [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00231.htm


Why War Is Abhorrent

- "I am his mother" she whispered. Nothing else. I held her without a word. This is from Jo Wilding, a British peace activist and law student in Bagdhad in her daily email. The scene: a mother with her dying son after he had been hit in a missile ... See... Robson-on-politics [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00234.htm


International Days of Action Against War

- * 11 and 12 April - International Women's Peace Action: Women's Worldwide Wailing and Silent Vigils - “be creative, dress in black and collectively mourn and wail against the war on Iraq and injustices worldwide ... See... PMA what’s on where listings [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00088.htm


Greens To Attend Anti-War Rallies

- A number of peace rallies will be held throughout the country over the weekend as part of an international day of action against the war. See... Green MPs at Wellington, Dunedin peace rallies [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00250.htm


Accommodation Numbers Higher Again

- A record occupancy rate for February 2003 shows that the accommodation sector is still strong. See... Accommodation survey highlights challenges [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00252.htm


PNG Gets Some Govt Loot

- New Zealand is giving Papua New Guinea additional assistance of more than $100,000, Aid Minister Marian Hobbs announced today from PNG. See... NZ help for one of poorest Pacific countries [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00248.htm


Tizard Releases Labelling Discussion Paper

- A discussion paper on the development of a voluntary GM free labelling system for food and food products has been released today, says Consumer Affairs Minister Judith Tizard. See... Discussion paper on GM-free labelling system [1] ALSO: - Greens - GE-Free labelling regime a copout [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00241.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00246.htm


ACT Cites Farmers Highlighting Crime Problem

- Federated Farmers is doing every non-criminal New Zealander a favour in highlighting lawlessness in rural New Zealand, ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said today. See... Clean, Green, But Not Very Safe [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00244.htm


Cullen Speaks On Air NZ-Qantas Deal

- The decision today by the Commerce Commission here and the ACCC in Australia was pretty much the expected one in terms of the actual decision or the draft decision, although I think some of the elements of it were not so expected. See... Transcript of Cullen on Air NZ-Qantas Deal [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00230.htm


Air NZ Should Stop Wasting Our Money

- United Future New Zealand leader, Peter Dunne, today called on Air New Zealand to stop wasting taxpayers' money in its continued pursuit of an anti-competitive merger with Qantas. See... Dunne to Air NZ: start doing your job [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00243.htm


Dalziel Spins Confidence Upon Builders

- On 1 January 2003, I assumed responsibility for the Building Act as Minister of Commerce. See... Lianne Dalziel: Address to Master Builders [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00242.htm


Can We Fix It?

- SPEECH by Rt Hon Winston Peters MP, Leader New Zealand First to National Council of Women, Northshore Branch, 15 Cambridge Terrace, Devonport, 7pm 10th April 2003 See... Peters Speech: “The New Zealand Revolution” [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00239.htm


Cullen Must Steer Rail Woes

- New Zealand First Transport spokesperson Peter Brown is calling on the Minister of Finance Michael Cullen to take responsibility for our failing rail system. See... Cullen Must Take Ownership Of Rail Problem [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00238.htm


ACT Livered Over Escalating DPB Problem

- ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today described Social Service and Employment Minister Steve Maharey's response to the DPB problem as pathetic, in light of new figures showing that the number of women on the DPB who have refused ... See... Leaping Figures Must Be Addressed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00237.htm


EDS And Jobs: Anderton

- Papers showing that EDS will receive $1.5 million to create 360 high skilled jobs in New Zealand or return the money were released by Economic Development Minister Jim Anderton today. See... Papers show Govt supporting business and jobs [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00235.htm


CYFs Structure Needs Reviewing

- New Zealand First family affairs spokesperson Barbara Stewart says the Government must review the current CYFS structure before any more children suffer at the hands of known sex offenders. See... Mikus Report Highlights Departmental Failure [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00229.htm

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