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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Govt. Heads Off A Rail Collision With Toll Holdings
Israel’s Assassination Policy Challenged By USA Lawyers
Pros And Cons Of Bringing It On
Losing Peace In Iraq
Dodgy Nuke Reactor A Catastrophic Risk
Techniques Of Deceit Seep Close To Home
Legal Beagles Ignor White House Attacks
Hard News Is There! Corngate Revisited
Public Address Presents A Full Slate

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Why Is Middlemore’s New Surgery Centre Not In Use?
Meningitis Death Exposes A&E Failures
Kedgley Releases Corngate II Private Members Bill
Winners of Korean War Essays Announced
United Future Announces Youth Wing
Think Before You Buy Grog For Kids Launched
National’s Right Talk Is In

Why Is Middlemore’s New Surgery Centre Not In Use?

- At Middlemore Hospital the new surgery centre isn't being used. Desperate patients, many of whom can't work because of pain, are kept waiting because there is no funding for their surgery.


Meningitis Death Exposes A&E Failures

- The death of meningococcal disease victim Nileema Sharan has highlighted many of the problems that currently exist in Accident and Emergency Departments throughout the country - and points to systemic failure, rather than the errors of individual ... See... Government Fails Doctors And Kills Patients [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00172.htm


Kedgley Releases Corngate II Private Members Bill

- The latest GE 'corntamination' scare has prompted Sue Kedgley to release a private member's bill which will enable consumers to identify which foods on sale in New Zealand contain or are made from GE. See... Right to know Bill will shed GE light for consumer [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00173.htm


Winners of Korean War Essays Announced

- Prime Minister Helen Clark Monday announced the winners of the student essay competition on the Korean War. See... PM announces winners of Korean War essay comp [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00166.htm


United Future Announces Youth Wing

- United Future leader, Peter Dunne, today announced the formation of a youth wing for United Future New Zealand. See... United Future youth wing formed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00171.htm


Think Before You Buy Grog For Kids Launched

- Associate Health Minister and Progressive leader Jim Anderton today launched the ‘Think- before you buy Under 18s alcohol’ campaign for the Wellington region. See... Buying alcohol for under 18s is not the best [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00169.htm


National’s Right Talk Is In

- National's three-day annual Party conference starts in Christchurch on Friday. It is only a year since the election, but our rebuilding process is well under way. The biggest constitutional changes in Party history have shaped the party organisation ... See... Right Talk 7 July 2003 [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00168.htm

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Govt. Heads Off A Rail Collision With Toll Holdings

- The government has negotiated a deal with Toll Holdings under which the Crown will regain ownership of the track for $1 and both parties will commit to rebuilding the rail network should Toll succeed in its bid for Tranz Rail. See... Govt-Toll reach accommodation on Tranz Rail [1] AND Cullen & Little Press Conference On Tranz Rail [2] MORE:Full Text: Heads Of Agreement With Tranz Rail [3] Full Text: Heads Of Agreement With Toll Group [4] Tranz Rail Board Gives Shareholder Recommendation [5] Government cuts another secret deal [6] Tranz Rail to evaluate latest move [7] Withdrawal Of Toll Offer For Tranz Rail [8] Government infrastructure stocktake project begins [9] Railways Bill delivers promised safety regime [10] US rail company deserves explanation [11]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00153.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00167.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00157.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00156.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0307/S00061.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00158.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0307/S00073.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0307/S00072.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00177.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00174.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00170.htm


Israel’s Assassination Policy Challenged By USA Lawyers

- Two Portland attorneys today announced that they, on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild and the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, are challenging in Israeli Courts, Israel’s assassinations of Palestinians. See... US Attorneys Challenge Israeli Assassinations [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00068.htm

Pros And Cons Of Bringing It On

- Things aren’t going well for the White House lately. The economy’s lost 2.5 million jobs. Unemployment at a 10-year high. The budget deficit passed $400 billion without breaking a sweat. What were Saddam’s weapons o’ mass destruction a few months ago ... See... Niche Marketing The President [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00054.htm


Losing Peace In Iraq

- The United States and Britain may have won the war in Iraq but they are in danger of losing the peace. Since President Bush declared major hostilities over two months ago, the casualty rate for the Coalition forces has been steadily rising. See... David Miller Online: America’s Failing War [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00055.htm


Dodgy Nuke Reactor A Catastrophic Risk

- Ohio's infamous nuke with the hole in its head is being forced toward critical mass. Only a global outcry can stop it. Meanwhile, ample wind power is ready right there to replace the plant. See... Anger Against Re-Start of Davis-Besse Reactor [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00060.htm


Techniques Of Deceit Seep Close To Home

- Back in February, when I began cataloging the ''techniques of deceit'' the Bush administration was employing to sell the public on the need to invade and occupy Iraq, I never would have thought that the administration would stoop to stealing one of my own. See... Dennis Hans: Bushies Stole My Con! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00059.htm


Legal Beagles Ignor White House Attacks

- Supreme Court Turns Back White House Attack on Affirmative Action - Interview with Lani Guinier, Harvard University professor of law, conducted by Scott Harris See... Sup. Court Turns Back Attack On Affirmative Action [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00057.htm


Hard News Is There! Corngate Revisited

- On Friday afternoon, in the hours after the Broadcasting Standards Authority released its decision on complaints over TV3's so-called "Corngate" special, the news angle you heard depended greatly on what radio station you were listening to... See… Hard News 07/07/03 - Corngate Revisited [1]


[1] - http://publicaddress.net/default,hardnews.sm#post529


Public Address Presents A Full Slate

- Public address's weekend lineup of commentary: Corngate revisited (Russell Brown's Hard News)- The Brian Drain (Damian Christie - Cracker With Attitude) – Exile (Rob O'Neill live in Sydney) - In the land of the free (Jolisa Gracewood in NYC) - Weary blues (Chad Taylor's Muse Lounge). See.. Hard News 07/07/03 - Full Slate

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Why Is Middlemore’s New Surgery Centre Not In Use?

- At Middlemore Hospital the new surgery centre isn't being used. Desperate patients, many of whom can't work because of pain, are kept waiting because there is no funding for their surgery.


Meningitis Death Exposes A&E Failures

- The death of meningococcal disease victim Nileema Sharan has highlighted many of the problems that currently exist in Accident and Emergency Departments throughout the country - and points to systemic failure, rather than the errors of individual ... See... Government Fails Doctors And Kills Patients [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00172.htm


Kedgley Releases Corngate II Private Members Bill

- The latest GE 'corntamination' scare has prompted Sue Kedgley to release a private member's bill which will enable consumers to identify which foods on sale in New Zealand contain or are made from GE. See... Right to know Bill will shed GE light for consumer [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00173.htm


Winners of Korean War Essays Announced

- Prime Minister Helen Clark Monday announced the winners of the student essay competition on the Korean War. See... PM announces winners of Korean War essay comp [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00166.htm


United Future Announces Youth Wing

- United Future leader, Peter Dunne, today announced the formation of a youth wing for United Future New Zealand. See... United Future youth wing formed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00171.htm


Think Before You Buy Grog For Kids Launched

- Associate Health Minister and Progressive leader Jim Anderton today launched the ‘Think- before you buy Under 18s alcohol’ campaign for the Wellington region. See... Buying alcohol for under 18s is not the best [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00169.htm


National’s Right Talk Is In

- National's three-day annual Party conference starts in Christchurch on Friday. It is only a year since the election, but our rebuilding process is well under way. The biggest constitutional changes in Party history have shaped the party organisation ... See... Right Talk 7 July 2003 [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00168.htm

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Julie Webb-Pullman: Palestinian National Unity Government: The Power Of One

A national unity government. Elections. A new-look PLO. Community reconciliation. Big hopes, even bigger expectations as representatives of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Hamas came to an agreement in Gaza today to form a national ... More>>

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Charles Drace: What Really Happened In Ukraine

I went to Ukraine for dental treatment last year and saved enough on the treatment to pay for several weeks visiting both Western Ukraine and the Russian speaking part. I made friends with people from both parts, or should I say, both 'sides' as Ukraine ... More>>

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Vincent L. Guarisco: A Western Shoshone Tragedy Vs Nevada Millionaire Rancher

Wow, I am always puzzled at how lucky some people are as apposed to others. Presently, a lot of media fanfare and armed militia have come to the aid of rancher 'Cliven Bundy.' It seems that they have helped him win the day. Or, so it would seem at least ... More>>

David Swanson: Torture Is Mainstream Now

As Rebecca Gordon notes in her new book, Mainstreaming Torture, polls find greater support in the United States for torture now than when Bush was president. And it's not hard to see why that would be the case. More>>

Uri Avnery: In One Word: Poof!

Poor John Kerry. This week he emitted a sound that was more expressive than pages of diplomatic babble. In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations committee he explained how the actions of the Israeli government had torpedoed the “peace ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: The Poverty Incentive: Making The Poor Carry The Refugee Can

The poorer you are, the more likely you need to shoulder more. This axiomatic rule of social intercourse, engagement and daily living is simple and brutal enough: the poor shall hold, conserve, preserve. More>>

Nureddin Sabir: BBC Misreports John Kerry On Talks Failure

For once, US Secretary of State John Kerry was not mincing his words when he blamed Israel for the breakdown of talks with the Palestinians. But you would not have known this if you were following the story from the BBC News website. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Narendra Modi, And The Elections In India

On the upside, the gigantic election process that began yesterday in India is the largest exercise in democracy on the planet. Reportedly, a staggering five million people are employed, directly or indirectly, in the election process. The likely outcome is not quite so welcome... More>>

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