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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Inside An Internet Scoop
NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Russia Steps Up Role In Middle East Peace
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
SCOOP COLUMNS:
Howard's End: Is This Justice?
In The Jungle Of Laos The Vietnam Conflict Continues
Stateside On Election 2004: Is Impeachment In The Wind?
Nigergate: The President Is A Criminal
CIA Director George Tenet Falls On His Sword
Nigergate: Follow The Forgeries
Senator Robert Byrd On Laurence's Lessons From Arabia
Kidd Millennium Cartoon & Comment: Hill & Bill 2008?
Brian Cloughley: The Sleeping Dragon
Katya Daily

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
English Delighted at Election Of New Nat President
Bill English Speech To National Conference
Brash Bashes Govt’s Economic Framework
NZ Memorial To Be Built In London
Govt To Blame Over Foreshore Claims Says ACT
Come On Look Lively!
Prebble’s The Letter: Why Labour Likes A Winter Holiday
Wellington’s Closed Schools Tip Of Iceberg
Reparations Collection Benefits Victims Of Crime
Rich appalled At WINZ Mix-Up
Does ACT Have Non-Parole-Board Answer?

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LEAD STORY:
Inside An Internet Scoop

- Last week's Scoop exposes on security problems with Election vote counting software in the United States have been far and way Scoop's top rating stories ever. For analysis on how the story has caught the wider Internet's attention see... U.S. Elections - Anatomy Of An Internet Scoop [1] and Story Of The Week: Inside A U.S. Election Program [2] . Meanwhile, the original report has even been translated into German! See… Schlamm Bericht #154 - Größer als Watergate! [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00110.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00108.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00102.htm


NEW ZEALAND NEWS HEADLINES:

  • National Party Elects President And New Board [1]
  • New Nat President’s Speech to National Party Conference [2]
  • Genetically modified organisms – who’s liable? [3]
  • Another First For Tourism In Rotorua [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00240.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00243.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0307/S00038.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0307/S00035.htm


    Russia Steps Up Role In Middle East Peace

    - Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov is expected in Ramallah, coming from Jordan, the first leg of a five-day visit to the Middle East aiming to step up Russia’s role in the peace process and to discuss the idea of international forces deployment to monitor the implementation of the “roadmap”. See... Russia's In Middle East to Discuss Int Forces [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00152.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:

    Middle East

  • Abbas Slams Israeli Threats against Arafat [1]
  • Israel’s Weekly Cabinet Meeting [2]
  • Deportation hearing / Statement from ISM prisoners [3]
  • The Wall Is The Issue [4]

  • Iraq
  • UN Registers 1000s of Palestinian Refugees in Iraq [5]
  • Iraq: UN envoy hails Governing Council [6]
  • Saudi Prince vows support for peace in Iraq [7]

  • Central Asia
  • Rebuilding Afghanistan requires reform [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00153.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00150.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00146.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00145.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00151.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00149.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00147.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00148.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Howard's End: Is This Justice?

    - Just how bad can our justice and courts' system be when the Privy Council is overturning Court of Appeal decisions, the High Court doesn't tell people about their right to appeal or how to appeal a judgment, and the District Court in the ACC jurisdiction is not following the Practice Note issued by the Chief District Court judge. Maree Howard writes. See... Howard's End: Justice In Error Is Justice Denied [1] . See also... Howard's End: Lord Steyn Explains A Judge's Lot [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00106.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00091.htm


    In The Jungle Of Laos The Vietnam Conflict Continues

    - Americans supporting anti-communist Hmong guerrillas in Laos should realize they lost the CIA's support in 1975 and the abandoned stragglers must be rescued because they cannot fight, according to two European journalists who were jailed and deported after meeting the rebels. See... Freed Journalists Describe Laotian Guerillas [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00105.htm


    Stateside On Election 2004: Is Impeachment In The Wind?

    - Am I the only person to think it was weird that the USS Ronald Reagan was launched yesterday while Bush was in Africa? Is there a back story here to do with the Reagans and the Bushes? Did George W. offend the Navy in some way with his photo-op a few months ago? Is he simply becoming an embarrassment to the administration and his party, or is impeachment seriously in the wind? See... Stateside with Rosalea: 2004 Election [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00097.htm


    Nigergate: The President Is A Criminal

    -It's well past time to say it. Despite the weaseling and finger-pointing--in fact, because of it--the Forged Niger letter is indeed the smoking gun, and the chips have yet to stop falling. Who wrote the damn thing, and on whose orders? See... Daniel Patrick Welch: Our President is a Criminal [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00104.htm


    CIA Director George Tenet Falls On His Sword

    - Legitimate questions have arisen about how remarks on alleged Iraqi attempts to obtain uranium in Africa made it into the President’s State of the Union speech. Let me be clear about several things right up front. See... Statement From CIA Director George Tenet On Niger [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00144.htm


    Nigergate: Follow The Forgeries

    - So, the head of CIA has fallen on his sword to protect his boss. Yet this feels like Watergate, with the floodgates poised to open wide. I've been pleased in recent days to discover that the corporate media actually has a pulse. See... Advice For Reporters: Follow The Niger Forgeries [1] MORE ON NIGERGATE: - Dennis Hans - Italian Connection is Key to Niger Connection [2] - William River's Pitt - UQ Wire: Mr. Bush, You Are A Liar [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00107.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00090.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00093.htm


    Senator Robert Byrd On Laurence's Lessons From Arabia

    - On August 22, 1920, an article written by former Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence appeared in one of the great newspapers of London, the Sunday Times. This legendary British military officer -- better known as Lawrence of Arabia -- began his commentary with a sharp warning about his country's occupation of ancient lands in the Middle East. See... A Call for International Assistance, Not Isolation [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00142.htm


    Kidd Millennium Cartoon & Comment: Hill & Bill 2008?

    - The Will history repeat itself? Will Fleetwood Mac and the gang be dusted off one more time to usher the Clintons back into the White House? See... Kidd Millennium: Clintons In 2008! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00103.htm


    Brian Cloughley: The Sleeping Dragon

    - The gesture by China concerning non-violent resolution of regional difficulties is comforting, but we should not imagine for a moment that if military muscle is exerted by others, then Beijing will lie down like a purring pussy cat. See... Leave the South China Sea to Asians [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00101.htm


    Katya Daily

    - I shall give food sparingly to the greedy person and shall put abundance on the table of the humble one. He who hides behind selfishness will not find Me satisfied, and I shall be generous with whoever extends his arms. See... Katya Rivas: Mercy and Justice [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00098.htm



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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    English Delighted at Election Of New Nat President

    - National Party Leader Bill English says he is delighted the Party's newly elected Board of Directors has reinstalled Judy Kirk as President. See... National Party elects President and new board [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00240.htm


    Bill English Speech To National Conference

    - On election night 2002, I talked about the heritage of the National Party, that our philosophy had deep roots in the community, that National had strong instincts for what is best for New Zealand. See... English Address to National Party Conference [1] ALSO: New Nat President Judy Kirk Address to National Party Conference [2] - Sowry Address to National Party Conference [3] - Mapp Speech To National Party Conference [4] - Brash Address to National Party Conference [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00244.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00243.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00245.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00242.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00238.htm


    Brash Bashes Govt’s Economic Framework

    - National's Finance spokesman, Don Brash, is predicting tough times ahead for the country's economy unless the Government comes up with a solid framework to lift our long-term growth prospects. See... Vision and direction will lift growth [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00239.htm


    NZ Memorial To Be Built In London

    - Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today that a New Zealand Memorial is to be built in London as an enduring symbol of the longstanding ties between New Zealand and the United Kingdom. See... PM announces NZ Memorial in London [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00234.htm


    Govt To Blame Over Foreshore Claims Says ACT

    - ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader Ken Shirley, the only MP not identified as Maori to attend the Hauraki hui on seabed and foreshore claims, today said that the Labour Government has no one to blame but itself for the unreasonable expectations that ... See... Foreshore Troubles Of Government's Own Making [1] ALSO: - United - Dunne: Labour Waffling Must Stop Now [2] - ACT - Maori Myth-Making Grows From PM Dithering [3] - National - English stinging attack on foreshore claim [4] - ACT - Franks: Will Prime Minister Cry Again Next February? [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00252.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00251.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00248.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00241.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00236.htm


    Come On Look Lively!

    - Sport and Recreation Minister Trevor Mallard launched the Early Childhood and Physical Activity Reference Group today at Wellington's Te Wharemarie Tamariki Preschool. See... Getting Young New Zealanders Active [1] ALSO: - Mallard’s Speech - Early childhood education a worthwhile career [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00253.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00246.htm


    Prebble’s The Letter: Why Labour Likes A Winter Holiday

    - Parliament is currently in a two-week recess so Helen can indulge in her passion – visiting Europe to talk to Lefties. Nearly half the Cabinet is overseas. After four years of Government, Labour Ministers not accustomed to hard work are feeling ... See... ACT's The Letter 14 July 2003 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00250.htm


    Wellington’s Closed Schools Tip Of Iceberg

    - ACT New Zealand Education Spokesman Deborah Coddington said today that reports of five Wellington schools, worth $4 million, remaining empty and unused 19 months after their closure was only the tip of the iceberg. See... Idle Minister, Idle Schools [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00249.htm


    Reparations Collection Benefits Victims Of Crime

    - A substantial increase in the amount of reparations collected in the 2002-03 financial year showed that the government was committed to helping the victims of crime, Courts Minister Rick Barker said today. See... Victims benefitting from reparations collection [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00247.htm


    Rich appalled At WINZ Mix-Up

    - Dunedin-based National MP Katherine Rich is appalled by a mix up at Work and Income, which has seen the mother of a murder victim granted, then denied emergency benefits within the space of just one week. See... WINZ apology too late for murder victim's mum [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00237.htm


    Does ACT Have Non-Parole-Board Answer?

    - ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks today called on Justice Minister Phil Goff to accept ACT's amendments to the Sentencing ACT, after the Appeal Court described the Act's restrictions on Judges' power to set minimum non-parole periods ... See... Will Goff Ever Admit Non-Parole Law Blunder? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00235.htm

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