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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Bankruptcy Incorporated – Who's Paying For This War
Bernard Weiner: Where Next For The New American Century
Neville Bennett: Investing On A War Footing
David Miller: U.S. Hawks Set Sights On The Road To Damascus
An Interview From The Homefront Barricades
Uri Avnery: .. Meanwhile In Israel, The Hangover
On What We Are Expected To Believe
ZZZzzzzzt We Have Disputation
The Real Deal About Enron
John Chuckman Awards A Propaganda Pulitzer
UQ Wire: U.S. Reporter Breaks Bush Blockbusters -- On English TV
William Rivers Pitt: How The U.S. Lost The War
The 25 Day War - Rosalea's War Diary
Katya Rivas's Passion

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Prime Minister About To Back Down: English
GG’s Off To Gallipoli
Hodgson’s Selling Govt’s Kupe Share
Electricity Governance Board Being Established
Donnelly Alleges Enrolment Scan
Tamihere Uncovers Housing Scam
Ngati Tama Legislation Introduced
Sutton Wants More Wood Processing Here
Greens Resist Prescription Policy Change
Burton Opens Sir George’s Travel College
Managing Tourism and the Education Factor
ANZAC To Get WIPO Protection
Jim Schmoozes Ex-Pats

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Bankruptcy Incorporated – Who's Paying For This War

- A table on page six called “The Big Picture” puts this matter as starkly as one could imagine. Total U.S. government liabilities less assets were more than $31 trillion (that is, over $31 thousand billion) or more than 295% of GDP on September 30, 2002. See... SRA Commentary: A Failure of Imagination [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00148.htm


Bernard Weiner: Where Next For The New American Century

- From: Paul Wolfowitz - To: Dick Cheney, Richard Perle, Don Rumsfeld, Bill Kristol, Jim Woolsey - In re: PNAC's next moves (**For Your Eyes Only**) See... Wolfowitz's Confidential Memo on Post-Iraq Plans [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00143.htm


Neville Bennett: Investing On A War Footing

The recent past, from September 11 to the storming of Baghdad, has more than likely caused enduring changes in global investment psychology. See... Neville Bennett: Wealth & Baghdad [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00150.htm


David Miller: U.S. Hawks Set Sights On The Road To Damascus

Less than a week after his armies stormed into Baghdad, George W. Bush has turned his sights towards Syria. See... David Miller Online: Bush’s Syrian Dilemma [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00138.htm


An Interview From The Homefront Barricades

–Here in the U.S., tens of thousands of opponents of the Bush administration's war continue their campaign of street protests and increasingly, since the war began -- employed in the tactic of nonviolent civil disobedience. See... Thousands Engage in Nonviolent Civil Disobedience [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00147.htm


Uri Avnery: .. Meanwhile In Israel, The Hangover

- The next war. It is now fashionable to talk about "the day after". Let's talk about the night after. After the end of hostilities in Iraq, the world will be faced with two decisive facts: First, the immense superiority of American arms can beat any people in the world, valiant as it may be. Second, the small group that initiated this war - an alliance of Christian fundamentalists and Jewish neo-conservatives - has won big, and from now on it will control Washington almost without limits. See... Uri Avnery: The Night After [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00146.htm


On What We Are Expected To Believe

- Talk about revisionist history. It's as if the whole world is Winston Smith, the main character of George Orwell's book "Nineteen Eighty-Four." We are being asked to forget what we know to be true in order to remain loyal to the United States government's official version of reality. See... Brent Flynn: Keep Your Eye On The Ball [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00145.htm


ZZZzzzzzt We Have Disputation

- A few comments from Scoop Editor Alastair Thompson in reply to earlier feedback from reader Eric Bana included in "Scoop Feedback: Missing Coverage?" appear to have created a minor storm among a section of the Scoop readership. The following are three responses from what might be loosely described as the "now admit we are right" pro-war lobby. See... Scoop Feedback: The Pro-War Backlash & Rebuttal [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00152.htm


The Real Deal About Enron

- "These operations get sold and transferred quickly to the people who need to coordinate the cover up. And meantime, the cash gets recycled off shore and moved around as they buy time," Catherine Austin Fitts on the Enron whitewash. See... The Real Deal About Enron (Part 6) – Interview [1] EARLIER: Introduction - Part 1 [2] - Interview - Part 2 [3] - Part 3 [4] - Part 4 [5] - Part 5 [6]


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John Chuckman Awards A Propaganda Pulitzer

- There are scores of candidates for the distinction of trashiest war propaganda in a mainstream publication, and readers outside Canada may not recognize my nominee's name, but I am confident readers will recognize the merit of Margaret Wente's column. See... The Iraq War's Trashiest Piece Of Propaganda [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00149.htm


UQ Wire: U.S. Reporter Breaks Bush Blockbusters -- On English TV

- Remember Cynthia McKinney? The conventional wisdom is that the outspoken congresswoman was too abrasive and too extreme, and she got whacked by an uprising of voters last November. See... UQ Wire: Truth in Exile, Remember Cynthia McKinney [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00144.htm


William Rivers Pitt: How The U.S. Lost The War

- Television news stations, along with newspapers from coast to coast, have been showing scenes of celebration in Baghdad. The dictator, Saddam Hussein, has been removed from power. See... UQ Wire: How America Lost the War [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00142.htm


The 25 Day War - Rosalea's War Diary

- Many aspects of Operation Iraqi Fiefdom have shocked me. Its very existence is as if my host's dog, Lassie - which I've been trying to understand and like and thought I was friends with, even after discovering it was a pitbull - has turned around and ripped off half my face. See... OK, so who's got the ace of peace? [1] (related link… Deck of Cards Helps Identify Regime's Most Wanted [2] ) EARLIER ROSALEA: Friday -Turning to very ugly custard indeed [3] Wednesday - Stateside with Rosalea: Custard, anyone? [4] Tuesday - Tie a digital ribbon round the old oak tree [5] Monday - That and that were then and then; this is now [6] Sunday - Cherry tree, Washington [7] Saturday - A little something to read over the weekend [8] - April 3 [9] - April 2 [10] - April 1 [11] - March 30th [12] - March 29th [13] - March 28th [14] -March 27th [15] - March 26th [16] - March 25th [17] - March 24th [18] - March 23rd [19] - March 22nd [20] - March 21 [21] - March 20 [22] - March 19 [23] - March 18 [24] - March 17 [25]


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Katya Rivas's Passion

- Console me. Accompany me. I have said that I desire that all sanctify themselves and what is it that they do. They struggle for material things that will disappear any moment. See... Katya Rivas: Message For Holy Week 2003 No. 2 [1] and Katya Rivas: The Passion Extracts Six To Ten [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00140.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00139.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Prime Minister About To Back Down: English

- National Party Leader Bill English says Helen Clark is preparing the ground for a major back down on Iraq. See... Clark poised for back down on Iraq clean up [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00311.htm


GG’s Off To Gallipoli

- The Governor-General Dame Silvia Cartwright is to make a state visit to Turkey later this month, Government House announced today. Dame Silvia will travel to the Turkish capital, Ankara, where she will meet Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. See... Governor-General To Travel To Ankara And Gallipoli [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00298.htm


Hodgson’s Selling Govt’s Kupe Share

- The Government has agreed to sell its 11 percent stake in the Kupe gas field to Genesis Power and transfer central North Island geothermal assets to Mighty River Power. See... Crown frees gas and geothermal fields [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00297.htm


Electricity Governance Board Being Established

- The Government is preparing to establish a new governance board for the electricity industry in case the industry fails to reach agreement on a new self-governance structure. See... New electricity governance arrangements prepared [1] ALSO: - Nats -State control won't solve power problems [2] - NZ First - Electricity: Time To Address The Hard Questions [3] - Greens - Greens welcome bright idea on electricity [4] - Alliance - Privatised electricity system fails [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00296.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00312.htm
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[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00295.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00109.htm


Donnelly Alleges Enrolment Scan

- “Pem Bird, a Ministerial appointee to the New Zealand Teachers Council, must be sacked from that body for his part in an enrolment scam,” claims New Zealand First education spokesperson, Brian Donnelly. See... Appointee To Teachers Council Must Be Sacked [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00309.htm


Tamihere Uncovers Housing Scam

- Hon John Tamihere, MP for Tamaki Makaurau, today filed complaints with the Banking Ombudsman, the Serious Fraud Office, the District Commanders, Auckland & Counties Manukau Police, the Auckland District Law Society, and the Commerce Commission… See... Housing scam uncovered [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00308.htm


Ngati Tama Legislation Introduced

- Ngati Tama (north Taranaki) became the second Taranaki iwi to reach the parliamentary stage of the Treaty Settlement process when its Treaty Claims Settlement Bill was introduced to the House today. See... Ngati Tama settlement legislation introduced [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00305.htm


Sutton Wants More Wood Processing Here

- The Government and the forestry industry have agreed to continue and expand their successful partnership approach to encouraging more wood processing in New Zealand, Economic Development Minister Jim Anderton and Forestry Minister Jim Sutton said ... See... Wood processing strategy moves to next stage [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00304.htm


Greens Resist Prescription Policy Change

- A Pharmac proposal to return to the old way of patients picking up three-months' worth of prescription medicine at one visit is absurd and short-sighted, Green Party Health Spokesperson Sue Kedgley said today. See... New policy will close community pharmacies [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00303.htm


Burton Opens Sir George’s Travel College

- Mark Burton Speech: Opening of Sir George Seymour College of Travel and Tourism—Dunedin campus See... Burton Speech: Sir George Seymour College [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00302.htm


Managing Tourism and the Education Factor

- Attention to education, quality management, strategic thinking, and strong public/private partnerships are the best tools for confronting both the short and long-term issues the tourism sector is facing, according to Minister of Tourism Mark Burton. See... Education and quality key to managing tourism [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00301.htm


ANZAC To Get WIPO Protection

- New Zealand and Australia are to make a joint application to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) for international protection for the word ANZAC, Associate Minister of Commerce and Arts, Culture and Heritage Judith Tizard announced today. See... Application to WIPO to protect the word “ANZAC” [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00300.htm


Jim Schmoozes Ex-Pats

- New Zealand’s 700,000 kiwis overseas are a vital resource and we need to make use of them and their networks, said Economic Development Minister Jim Anderton to Kiwi expats in London today. See... Anderton forges links with NZers overseas [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00299.htm

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