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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Whose Over The Hill Then?
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzztttt… Here’s More War Coverage Feedback
Has Bill English Gone Too Far?
Hey Look Spud’s Chairing WAF
Exploring The New Millennium’s Thieves
Fear-Em Scare-Em In the US-of-A
Of Those Who Dared To Hope
Have New Zealanders Been Smuggling North Koreans?
Catherine Fitts Unanswered Questions On Dyncorp (Revised)
UQ Wire: A Song From MalcontentX
Firas Al-Atraqchi: The War Is Far From Over
Comment & Links: The Massacre In Mosul
Land Of The Midday Moon
The Real Deal About Enron – The Series Completed
Katya Rivas's Passion In Twenty Five Parts

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Transport Bill Wont Allow For PPPs
Goff Delivers NZ’s Commitment To The Pacific
PM Must Be Courageous For Peace
Baghdad's Toppling, A “Momentous Event” A Media Jack-Up
Is Treasury Part of a GE Sham?
Govt Backs Down on Work-Tests for the Ill
Why Shouldn’t We Close: Let Us Count The Reasons
Why Hobbs Is Off To Europe
Any Takers On ACT’s Offer?
What’s Happened To The Crime Victimisation Survey?
Hide’s Been Writing!
Bills Been Thinking
Bill’s Been Considering The 4th Article
Ryall’s Been Digging
GE Impact Report Spells Disaster Will Loom
Thrilled Capill Passes Debt To Merepeka

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Whose Over The Hill Then?

- There’s nothing sadder than when a national news network starts believing its own PR. TVNZ’s much-hyped news revamp seems, sadly enough, to have equated to nothing more than new advertising. See... TUBE TALK With John T. Forde - Over The Hill [1] AND TUBE TALK - Dating: The New Blood Sport [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00187.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00188.htm


Zzzzzzzzzzzzzztttt… Here’s More War Coverage Feedback

- I only found Scoop recently and BRAVO! You don't pull punches. I have emailed your domain to everyone I know. I am an Australian who has been living in the USA for the past five years, almost inexpressibly appalled at what the USA has done in Iraq See... Scoop Feedback 1 – War Coverage [1] MORE: Scoop Feedback 2 – War Coverage [2] - Scoop Feedback 3 – War Coverage [3] ALSO: More Scoop Feedback - I'm Not That Patrick Ryan [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00186.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00185.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00184.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00189.htm


Has Bill English Gone Too Far?

- Howard's End: Bill English, really seems to have thought he was on to something when he issued not one, but two, press releases alleging taxpayers money is being used to teach civil servants about Maori separatism. But has he got it all wrong? See... When National Bill Gets It Wrong [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00183.htm


Hey Look Spud’s Chairing WAF

- World Agricultural Forum approaches. Aziz Choudry writes: "We who oppose the patenting of life, the corporate enclosure of the world's food supply, and the human and ecological havoc wrought by free market agricultural policies must expose and oppose the WAF." See... Neutral, Inclusive - The World Agricultural Forum [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00177.htm


Exploring The New Millennium’s Thieves

- Iraq was pilfered and plundered by two distinct types of thieves – the local proletariat and the professional art thief. The latter, the more astute and world savvy burglar, the caliber one might find in an Indiana Jones flick – went unnoticed however – See... Kidd Millennium: Robbing The cradle [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00182.htm


Fear-Em Scare-Em In the US-of-A

- There is a fear welling in the belly of our country. A fear that we never thought - in our wildest imaginings - we'd actually ever experience. See... The Day Democracy Was Put on Hold Part II [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00181.htm


Of Those Who Dared To Hope

- After 9/11, I also dared to hope, as did Tim Robbins, that some great good might come from the horrors of that day. I imagined that our leaders finally might begin to listen rather than pontificate; that my generation might finally be roused from ... See... Laurie Manis: Talking 'Bout My Generation [1] ALSO: Transcript of the speech given by actor Tim Robbins to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on April 15, 2003. See... A Chill Wind is Blowing in This Nation... [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00180.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00179.htm


Have New Zealanders Been Smuggling North Koreans?

- Green Foreign Affairs spokesperson Keith Locke will be asking the Government to investigate the truth behind reports that New Zealanders were involved in American efforts to smuggle North Korean scientists out of China. See... Did covert Kiwis plan to smuggle North Koreans? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00400.htm


Catherine Fitts On Dyncorp

- Unanswered questions regarding the U.S. sole source contract awarded to CSC DynCorp for police, judiciary and prisons management in Iraq. See... Real Deal: DynCorp & the Economics of Lawlessness [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00158.htm


UQ Wire: A Song From MalcontentX

- The darkness rumbles the concrete crumbles midst a thousand infant cries. Blood-black clouds a familiar shroud blankets our human sky. See... UQ Wire: Baghdad n' Basra, A Song By MalcontentX [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00174.htm


Firas Al-Atraqchi: The War Is Far From Over

- Iraq is likely to remain in the headlines and front pages of international media for quite some time; the war is far from over. See... Saddam's Legacy Or Interventionism Gone Wrong? [1] and Firas Al-Atraqchi: Before You Cheer... [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00173.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00164.htm


Comment & Links: The Massacre In Mosul

- A number of innocent Iraqis were killed and many more injured by the U.S. troops in Mosul in an incident that has been generally downplayed by the U.S. media. See... Sam Smith: What Happened In Mosul? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00169.htm


Land Of The Midday Moon

- Because the Earth sits on a tilted axis, Antarctica experience compete light during the summer and complete darkness during the winter. The first sunset this year was on 20 February after 4 months of 24 hour daylight. See... The last sunset at Scott Base [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00129.htm


The Real Deal About Enron – The Series Completed

- " So what do we do? Essentially, we have to re­engineer our economy from a negative return on investment to a positive return on investment. At the heart of that is re­engineering government investment, credit and regulation by place." See... The Real Deal About Enron (Part 7) – Interview [1] EARLIER: Introduction - Part 1 [2] - Interview - Part 2 [3] - Part 3 [4] - Part 4 [5] - Part 5 [6] - Part 6 [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00172.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00031.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00035.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00063.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00088.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00135.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00151.htm


Katya Rivas's Passion In Twenty Five Parts

- Today is Easter Monday in New Zealand. To read an account of the Passion of Jesus through the eyes of Jesus, God and Mary see... - Katya Rivas: The Passion Extracts One To Five [1] - Katya Rivas: The Passion Extracts Six To Ten [2] - Parts 11 to 15- Katya Rivas: The Trials Of Jesus [3] - Katya Rivas: Passion Extracts Sixteen To Twenty [4] - Katya Rivas: The Passion Extracts 21 To 25 [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00131.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00139.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00156.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00163.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00171.htm



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Scoop Cartoon: Stealing Baghdad

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Transport Bill Wont Allow For PPPs

- Transport spokesman Roger Sowry says that with submissions almost finished it's clear the bill as written won't allow for public-private partnerships or toll roads. See... National slams new transport law [1] ALSO: - Transfund - Multi-modal approach to funding [2] - Business NZ - PPPs unlikely under new Transport Bill [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00411.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00131.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0304/S00213.htm


Goff Delivers NZ’s Commitment To The Pacific

- It is very appropriate that this University is the venue for my speech tonight. USP, as the premier institution for higher education in the region, has a key role to play in developing the future leaders of the South Pacific. See... Phil Goff Speech: New Zealand and the Pacific [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00410.htm


PM Must Be Courageous For Peace

- Green MP Keith Locke wants the Prime Minister to include a strong antiwar message to give European leaders when she packs her bags tomorrow for a 12-day visit. See... PM should pack a peace message, say Greens [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00398.htm


“Momentous Event” A Media Jack-Up

- The April 9th destruction of the statue of Saddam Hussein was reported by the BBC and duly reported by New Zealand television, radio and newspapers as a "momentous event" with the media acting as a "witness to history". New Zealanders were duped ... See... NZers Duped in Propaganda Coup - Apology Due [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00127.htm


Is Treasury Part of a GE Sham?

- Treasury has given the Government a misleading interpretation of the report on the possible economic impacts of GE release in New Zealand, Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said today. See... Treasury misleading Government on GE [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00408.htm


Govt Backs Down on Work-Tests for the Ill

- The Government's reversal on work testing for sickness and invalid beneficiaries is a massive back-down, says National's social services spokesperson Katherine Rich. See... Govt admits benefit work-test removal a disaster [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00407.htm


Why Shouldn’t We Close: Let Us Count The Reasons

- Cattle Creek, Oaonui and Patea schools are all under increasing pressure to show the Education Ministry why they should not be closed, as the Government continues its attack on rural schools to free up resources in the cities, ACT New Zealand Rural ... See... Ministry Must Back Off Rural Schools [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00406.htm


Why Hobbs Is Off To Europe

- Foreign Aid and Disarmament Minister Marian Hobbs leaves for Europe on Sunday to participate in three major international conferences: See... Disarmament talks and aid on minister's agenda [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00405.htm


Any Takers On ACT’s Offer?

- ACT Leader Richard Prebble today offered ACT's vote in Parliament to Labour to pass a prosperity-promoting tax cut. "Labour does not have to rely on either the Greens or United," Mr Prebble said. See... ACT Offers To Support Labour [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00404.htm


What’s Happened To The Crime Victimisation Survey?

- ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks today demanded that Justice Minister Phil Goff come clean over the 2001 Crime Victimisation Survey, now more than a year late. See... Victimisation Report: Fact Or Fiction? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00403.htm


Hide’s Been Writing!

- HideSight is a regular column from Rodney Hide MP sent from his Epsom office. See... Hidesight: How Much Government? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00401.htm


Bills Been Thinking

- Taxpayers' money is being used to teach civil servants about Maori separatism, says National Leader Bill English. See... Labour's Maori separatist programme revealed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00395.htm


Bill’s Been Considering The 4th Article

- The National Party has uncovered a string of official Government papers that refer to the Treaty of Waitangi's phantom Fourth Article, an article that Labour agrees does not exist, according to National Party Leader Bill English. See... Govt pushes Treaty's 4th Article despite denials [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00394.htm


Ryall’s Been Digging

- The Corrections Department must taken action against the prisoner who fathered a child with a prison officer while behind bars, says National's Corrections spokesman, Tony Ryall. "Prison bosses say they are powerless to act against the former ... See... Corrections must act on love child case [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00396.htm


GE Impact Report Spells Disaster Will Loom

- The release of GE organisms would be disastrous for New Zealand agriculture, according to the economic impact report released belatedly by the Government, Green Party MP Ian Ewen-Street said today. See... GE disastrous for NZ agriculture [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00399.htm


Thrilled Capill Passes Debt To Merepeka

- “The CHP welcomes yesterday’s decision of the Disputes Tribunal, that the Party is not responsible for election debts incurred by Merepeka Raukawa-Tait,” said Party Leader Graham Capill. See... CHP not responsible [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00128.htm

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