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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Eyewitness Reports Of Inside Iraq
EU Agri Policy Aids NZ
NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News & More Is There!
ZZZZzzzzt Scoop Has Feedback
St Molesworth's Top 10
STORY OF THE WEEK: Prostitution Law Reform: Asraf Explain His Critical Decision To Abstain
A Family's Anguish
Liberty Belle In London
Images: Norman's Rocky Mountain High
Images: Mark Burton At Solomons Signing
Howard's End: Did Pakeha Conquer The Beaches?
Katya Daily

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Govt Encouraged EU Trade Opportunities Loom
Cullen Considers Confidence Indicators
Govt Driving Public Concerns Of A Maori Land-Grab
Kaipara Will Restrict GE Release
Highs And Lows On The Oldest Profession
Is Govt’s Tranz Rail Deal Off The Rails?
Anderton Eyes Marlborough Favourably
Select Committee Business For The Week
Brash: Productivity Rprt Should Silence 80s/90s Econ Critics
PM & King To Visit Newtown Union Health
Burton Saddened By Soldier’s Death
Long Term Commitment Needed on Solomon’s Crisis


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Making Snow On Mt Ruapehu

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Eyewitness Reports Of Inside Iraq

- World Vision Correspondent James Addis writes of how Arabs and Kurds have suffered due to divisive policies. Fathi Mutar is an Arab; Othman Pasim a Kurd, they live within 200 metres of each other and are victims of an “arabisation” policy, which left each of their large families homeless and impoverished. See... Inside Iraq: Divide and dispossess [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00198.htm


EU Agri Policy Aids NZ

- The reform package for the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy was a step in the right direction, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... EU makes a step in the right direction [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00523.htm


NEW ZEALAND NEWS HEADLINES:

Robson: Europe Keeps Hope Alive For Fair Trade [1]

  • Cullen on GDP result [2]
  • Govt deal to buy Tranz Rail de-railed – Toll Holdings Buys 20% [3]
  • Sex Offender volunteers for rehabilitation course [4]
  • Poultry Industry Welcomes New Welfare Code [5]
  • Manufacturing Slowdown Continues [6]
  • Competition Success For AUT Alumni [7]
  • Waitakere a top performer in RMA survey [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00525.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00528.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00527.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0306/S00171.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0306/S00292.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0306/S00289.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0306/S00060.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0306/S00126.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

    European Union

  • £30m to tackle Russia's nuclear legacy [1]
  • Spanish Government Challenges right to protest [2]
  • UK Pressured over Radioactive Discharges [3]
  • European Union Midday Express [4]

  • Africa
  • UN Radio: Fighting in Liberia Hampers Relief [5]
  • Access to Monrovia people dwindles fighting rages [6]
  • UN calls on Congolese parties to renounce violence [7]

  • United Nations
  • UN warns: Al-Qaida still poses significant threat [8]
  • Annan heads to Geneva for senior UN official talks [9]

  • Middle East
  • Bush’s Dismantle Hamas Call Would Cause Civil War [10]
  • Tour of Arab capitals bidding for Mid East Peace [11]
  • Israel's Persistent Assassinations Ruins Roadmap [12]
  • Israeli Assassination Policy Threatens Truce [13]

  • Asia Pacific
  • NZ Australia Joint Press Conference On Solomons [14]
  • Torture and ill-treatment -- scourge of Cambodia [15]
  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00405.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00402.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00401.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00417.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00416.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00415.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00414.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00413.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00412.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00408.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00411.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00410.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00409.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00407.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00403.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News & More Is There!

    Ralston Appointed Head Of TVNZ News? - Oh, for goodness sake. It's Bill Ralston already. It looked today - again - as if TVNZ might finally announce the worst-kept secret of the century - that Ralston is its new head of news and current affairs... See... Hard News 27/06/03 - Love and war [1] . Also on Public Address Today.. - Why did the Muslim sit on the fence? As one of my producers remarked before I interviewed Tim Barnett today, it seems like a great opening line for a joke. Well, the punchline is that we have now legalised prostitution in New Zealand... Cracker With Attitude: Pros & Cons [2] . - For the full set of today's links see… Hard News 27/06/03 - Four New Posts! [3]


    [1] - http://publicaddress.net/default,hardnews.sm#post512
    [2] - http://publicaddress.net/default,cracker.sm#post510
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00209.htm


    ZZZZzzzzt Scoop Has Feedback

    - In This Edition: Sludge #153 - Was Ashraf Pushed Or Did He Fall - Sludge the Fudge - "The Real Clash Of Civilizations: Liberals Versus The Crypto-Nazis" - Futile Antarctica Welcomes Recognition Of Same-Sex Parenting. See... Feedback: Ashraf, Civilisation And Penguins [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00208.htm


    St Molesworth's Top 10

    - Top 10 things overheard in Parliament during the prostitution bill debate. See... Top 10 Things In The Prostitution Bill Debate [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00207.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK: Prostitution Law Reform: Asraf Explain His Critical Decision To Abstain

    - "I had a considered and deliberate view that I would not vote for this bill because of my faith, my background - and my community would not expect me to vote for it. I'm pleased I didn't vote for it. But for me to vote against the bill would have negated the potential benefits for those unfortunate women who are in that situation. I said to them I would not vote for it because it is against my own beliefs and it is against the community's beliefs." See... Scoop Link: Why I Didn't Vote - Ashraf Choudhary [1] For more links and access to research resources see... Story Of The Week: Prostitution Law Reform [2] Today's Postmortem Links: - Maxim Institute - Maxim Institute - real issues - No. 69 [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00205.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00203.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0306/S00173.htm


    A Family's Anguish

    - On 20 February 2003, Georgia Tawera McCarten-Graham - aged 4 years and 3 days - was killed by a man driving his car. See... McCarten Family Report - Death Of Georgia Tawera [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0306/S00175.htm


    Liberty Belle In London

    - Today I spotted this advertisement on the London Underground. It pictured a grumpy-faced little boy wearing an Indian head-dress (as if playing cowboys and Indians), saying, "I want the groceries I ordered. And a puppy. One that plays football!" See... Liberty Belle: Making Demands [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00526.htm


    Images: Norman's Rocky Mountain High

    - I thought you might like this beauty for your site. I took it this morning at 0745. It was a chilly start to the day with the air temperature outside at only -3C. See... Scoop Images: Mt Sefton [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00206.htm


    Images: Mark Burton At Solomons Signing

    - For background on this meeting see the press conference transcript… See... Images: Mark Burton & Robert Hill Solomons Presser [1] NZ Australia Joint Press Conference On Solomons


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00202.htm


    Howard's End: Did Pakeha Conquer The Beaches?

    - As the debate rages across the country over Maori customary use of the sea-bed and foreshore it is well to remember that the basis our land laws is a fiction which started over nine hundred years ago when William the Conqueror stood on a hill in England and declared that he now owned all the land by right of conquest. Maree Howard writes. See... Maori Customary Rights & William The Conqueror [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00197.htm


    Katya Daily

    - The road of the Cross is the surest way to obtain the divine gifts on earth. But one must go through it voluntarily, certain, valiant and without weaknesses. See... Katya Rivas: Recognize My Voice [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00201.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00202.htm
    Images: Mark Burton Sets The Aussie Media Straight


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Govt Encouraged EU Trade Opportunities Loom

    - The reform package for the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy was a step in the right direction, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... EU makes a step in the right direction [1] ALSO: Nats End Week Happy Over Trade Prospects - The European Union's decision to look at reducing farm subsidies is welcome news for our farmers who've had a rough ride this week with the Government's ridiculous tax plan for animal emissions, says National's Agriculture spokesman David Carter. See... Good news welcome at the end of rough week [2] ALSO: Nats - US next step for free trade [3] Progressive Coalition - Europe Keeps Hope Alive For Fair Trade [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00523.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00541.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00529.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00525.htm


    Cullen Considers Confidence Indicators

    - “The latest National Bank outlook showing a modest rebound in both headline confidence and the own activity indicator suggests that even if the economy does contract in the June quarter, the contraction will be shallow and short,” Finance Minister Michael ... See... Cullen on business confidence figures [1] ALSO: Cullen - Cullen on GDP result [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00515.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00528.htm


    Govt Driving Public Concerns Of A Maori Land-Grab

    - The Government is responsible for driving up unfounded fears that Maori are conducting a land-grab that will deny New Zealanders the chance to swim or go fishing, Green MP Metiria Turei said today. See... Government stewing in its own foreshore pickle [1] ALSO: ACT - Government In Hopeless Position [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00540.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00533.htm


    Kaipara Will Restrict GE Release

    - The Greens welcome Kaipara District Council's announcement today that it will limit the release of genetically engineered organisms after the scheduled lifting of the GE moratorium in October. See... Greens salute Kaipara GE decision [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00539.htm


    Highs And Lows On The Oldest Profession

    - The passage of the Prostitution Reform Bill this week was the lowest point in my year at Parliament. Rather than ennobling society it enshrines soliciting, running a brothel and pimping, as legitimate enterprises. See... Marc My Words: How much is a woman worth? [1] ALSO: ACT - Prostitution Law Challenges Local Councils [2] - ACT - ACT Proxy Vote Changed NZ [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00538.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00537.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00532.htm


    Is Govt’s Tranz Rail Deal Off The Rails?

    - The Government proposal to buy Tranz Rail appears to have been derailed, says National Party Transport spokesman Roger Sowry. See... Govt deal to buy Tranz Rail de-railed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00527.htm


    Anderton Eyes Marlborough Favourably

    - Economic Development Minister Jim Anderton who is visiting Marlborough today said he is impressed with the level of innovation of companies and individuals in the region. See... Marlborough region doing well [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00536.htm


    Select Committee Business For The Week

    - The Auckland War Memorial Museum Site Empowering Bill was referred to the Government Administration Committee with a report due by 15 August 2003. See... Select Committee Business to 27 June 2003 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00535.htm


    Brash: Productivity Rprt Should Silence 80s/90s Econ Critics

    - The release today of a major report on productivity should silence once and for all the clamour against the reforms of the 80's and 90's, says National's Finance spokesman, Don Brash. See... Productivity the path to prosperity [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00534.htm


    PM & King To Visit Newtown Union Health

    - Prime Minister Helen Clark and Health Minister Annette King will visit the Newtown Union Health Service at 10.30am on Tuesday, July 1, to announce the latest developments in Primary Health Organisations (PHOs). See... Prime Minister and Health Minister celebrate PHOs [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00531.htm


    Burton Saddened By Soldier’s Death

    - Minister of Defence Mark Burton is deeply saddened at the news of a young soldier’s death earlier this week from a suspected case of meningococcal disease. See... Meningococcal disease suspected in recruit’s death [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00530.htm


    Coddington’s Liberty Belle

    - Today I spotted this advertisement on the London Underground. It pictured a grumpy-faced little boy wearing an Indian head-dress (as if playing cowboys and Indians), saying, "I want the groceries I ordered. And a puppy. One that plays football!" See... Liberty Belle: Making Demands [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00526.htm


    Long Term Commitment Needed on Solomon’s Crisis

    - New Zealand needs to make a long-term and serious commitment if it's going to be effective in the effort to restore order to the Solomon Islands, says National Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Dr Wayne Mapp. See... Long-term commitment needed on Solomon's [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00524.htm

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    Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

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    Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

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