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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Why This U.S. Move To Constrain Iran Is Lunacy
NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
CNN Confronts DoD On The Saving Private Lynch Story
SCOOP COLUMNS:
Jay Shaft: Killing Iraq's Future
Sam Smith On The War On Drugs
How Stealing Iraqi Oil Revenue Begins At Home
Hans: New Republic, Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass - Bird's Of A Feather
Hartmann: A Liberal Talk Radio Revival Is Forecast
Katya Daily

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Prebble Counts Poll Votes: WE WILL WIN!
Govt Restructures Immigration Fees
Govt Must Think Again On War On Terror
Creating Jobs Not Poverty Is The Key: Robson
DHBs Now Smoke Free
$1mil To Fight SARS
NZ First Campaigns For Home Security
Dunne’s Not Taking The DOC Bait
Tertiary Sector Charter Criteria Published
Counting The Cost Of Failed Health Policy
John T’s Delivers A Maori Business Plan
Cullen Addresses BOP Business
United Says There Is Another Way
Is Te Mangai Paho Tip Of An Iceberg?

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LEAD STORY:
Why This U.S. Move To Constrain Iran Is Lunacy

- In order to protect itself against plots hatched by US-funded dissidents the government will extend surveillance and control of moderates to the extent of repressing such freedoms as already exist. Those attempting to speak in support of liberty will be brutally punished. See... Brian Cloughley: Iran - Don't Fence It In [1] ALSO: Jason Leopold: Here we go again. While postwar Iraq continues to crumble, the Bush administration is now setting its sights on a new target—Iran—in its so-called effort to reshape most of the Middle East and bring democracy to countries ruled by vicious dictators. See... Jason Leopold: US Plans To Overthrow Iran Regime [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00189.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00188.htm


NEW ZEALAND NEWS:

  • Another discount special from Shell [1]
  • Cheap Fuel at BP [2]
  • Fletcher Challenge Forests insider trading inquiry [3]
  • Violinist Ilya Gringolts To Play With NZSO (includes image) [4]
  • No More Body Shots For Elle [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0305/S00343.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0305/S00327.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0305/S00328.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0305/S00134.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0305/S00135.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

    Human Rights

  • Amnesty Int. Human Rights Report 2003 [1]
  • Amnesty Int. World more insecure than since end of Cold War [2]

  • United Nations
  • UNICEF: massive effort to find Sudan's missing [3]
  • UN mulls emergency force to northeastern Congo [4]

  • Iraq
  • Amnesty Int. Weekly Field Update in Iraq [5]
  • USAID Awards Five Iraq Com Development Contracts [6]

  • Washington File
  • Bush Optimistic About Israeli-Palestinian Meeting [7]
  • Bush To Confront Russia On Aiding Iran [8]
  • United States, Chile Reach Free Trade Agreement [9]
  • Bush to Visit Egypt, Jordan, Qatar June 2-5 [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00283.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00276.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00286.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00284.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00287.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00282.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00281.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00280.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00279.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00278.htm


    CNN Confronts DoD On The Saving Private Lynch Story

    - Its a script straight out of Hollywood and the story that gave America an injection of patriotism. A raid in the dead of night under enemy lines where US soldiers daringly rescued one Private Jessica Lynch held captive in an Iraqi hospital. But a BBC reporter here in Britain is challenging the Pentagons version of the story. See... Whitman Interview with CNN On Saving Private Lynch [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00291.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Jay Shaft: Killing Iraq's Future

    - Half of Iraq's population of 24.5 million are children. - 1 in 8 children die before age 8. - One in every four children under five is malnourished. - 70% of all child deaths are from diarrhea or respiratory illnesses. - Preventable disease has risen 100% since 1990. See... Iraq: the Children are Dying - More Now Than Ever [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00191.htm


    Sam Smith On The War On Drugs

    The angry American reaction to Canada's move towards sanity on drug laws raises a question that is seldom asked, let alone studied by academics or the media. Given that the drug war has been a demonstrable failure why does it continue to be so strongly supported by the American political and legal establishment? See... Why Do We Have The War On Some Drugs, Anyway? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00190.htm


    How Stealing Iraqi Oil Revenue Begins At Home

    - It hasn’t been reported in the press – until now – but Milan, Italy's chief prosecutor has obtained thousands of documents that show how for more than 20 years Saddam Hussein used the Western bank and corporate secrecy system to launder bribes skimmed from oil revenues to pay his security forces and buy Western arms during international embargoes. See... Rumsfeld Queried On Offshore Banking Reform [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00194.htm


    Hans: New Republic, Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass - Bird's Of A Feather

    - On May 11, the same day the New York Times devoted four pages to explaining how young reporter Jayson Blair regularly deceived his editors and Times readers, CBS’s 60 Minutes devoted a segment to the Jayson Blair of the 1990s, Stephen Glass of the New Republic (NR) magazine. See... Stephen Glass Was No More Fake Than His Publisher [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00193.htm


    Hartmann: A Liberal Talk Radio Revival Is Forecast

    - A political explosion happened the weekend of May 17th-18th in New York, and it may be the big one that gives Karl Rove nightmares. It could mean the end of George W. See... Move Over, Right Wing Radio - Liberals Are Coming [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00192.htm


    Katya Daily

    - I have searched among My sheep for one that would give itself to My solicitudes of Wisdom and of Love… Not a few seem to avoid My hand and many have run away. See... Katya Rivas: Soon You Will Be Clean [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00187.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Prebble Counts Poll Votes: WE WILL WIN!

    - Thank you for the invitation to speak to the Diplomatic Club. I thought it would be helpful to give you an insider's view of the political scene and why Labour faces electoral defeat. See... Prebble Speech: Why Labour Will Lose Next Election [1] ALSO: - NZ First - No Thanks Richard Says Winston [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00736.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00731.htm


    Govt Restructures Immigration Fees

    - A new set of immigration fees is being established following the first general review of fees since 1999, Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel said today. See... New immigration fees structure [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00739.htm


    Govt Must Think Again On War On Terror

    - The Green Party is calling for the Government to reconsider its commitment to the co-called "war on terrorism" in the wake of a scathing Amnesty International report. See... Govt ought to rethink a war it can't win [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00735.htm


    Creating Jobs Not Poverty Is The Key: Robson

    - The National Party is right to say that social welfare should be thought of as a temporary safety net for people between jobs and training - but work for the dole is no replacement for real jobs says Progressive Deputy Leader Matt Robson MP. See... Work for the dole no replacement for real jobs [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00734.htm


    DHBs Now Smoke Free

    - Associate Health Minister Damien O'Connor today welcomed a decision by District Health Boards to introduce smokefree worksites, saying it is a continuation of New Zealand's work as a world leader in tobacco control. See... O'Connor applauds DHBs' decision to go smoke-free [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00733.htm


    $1mil To Fight SARS

    - New Zealand has pledged $850,000 of aid money to help China fight the potentially fatal disease, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). See... NZ gives over $1 million to tackle SARS [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00732.htm


    NZ First Campaigns For Home Security

    - Every household in New Zealand is to be advised of New Zealand First’s major new law and order initiative. See... Police Strategy - Nationwide Campaign [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00730.htm


    Dunne’s Not Taking The DOC Bait

    - United Future leader, Peter Dunne, has come out strongly in support of the New Zealand Recreational Fishing Council in its battle against Department of Conservation attempts to lock up the vast majority of the country's recreational fishing areas. See... Dunne backs fishermen against DOC [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00737.htm


    Tertiary Sector Charter Criteria Published

    - The publication today of the criteria for tertiary education organisation charters marks an important milestone in the tertiary education reforms becoming a reality, says Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey. See... Charters will ‘open up’ tertiary education sector [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00727.htm


    Counting The Cost Of Failed Health Policy

    - ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy today attacked the Labour Government for letting yet another patient die, in the wake of reports that a second man has died while awaiting heart surgery at Wellington Hospital. See... Why Is Labour Letting Patients Die? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00726.htm


    John T’s Delivers A Maori Business Plan

    - The good news for the tourism industry and for small businesses is that the old spirit of Kiwi ingenuity and the number eight fencing wire approach is still well and alive and inspiring a proliferation of small to medium sized businesses in New Zealand. See... Tamihere: Approach to Maori small-medium business [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00723.htm


    Cullen Addresses BOP Business

    - Good evening and thank you for coming along to this forum. I know that you are all busy people, and it is difficult for you to take time away from running your businesses to talk with government ministers about how we can work together. See... Cullen Address to BOP Regional Business-Govt Forum [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00722.htm


    United Says There Is Another Way

    - National's welfare discussion paper has diagnosed the problem, but its prescription is a rehash of 'hit 'em hard' policies of the type that won't work in isolation, United Future's social services spokeswoman Judy Turner said today. See... Nats' diagnosis right, prescription past expiry [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00721.htm


    Is Te Mangai Paho Tip Of An Iceberg?

    - National MP Murray McCully and ACT MP Rodney Hide said today that the Te Mangai Paho funding scandal reported on today was just a tip of a very large iceberg. See... Maori Funding a Problem Across the Board [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00720.htm

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