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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
EXCLUSIVE: And The Villain Of The Peace Is…
Dylanesque Optimism On The Streets Of London
NEW ZEALAND NEWS HEADLINES:
Palestinian Humanitarian Crisis Looms
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:
SCOOP COLUMNS:
Upton On-Line – Diaspora Edition
Stateside: A Cruise Into The Past
Jay Shaft: George Bush's Holy War
Public Address's Latest
Enron's Accountant Appointed To Run U.S. Military Ballot
Katya Daily

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Cullen Gives Auckland Business View Of Economic Direction
Mental Health Patients Suffering Due To System
English: Taupo Justice Hui To Set Separatist Agenda
Immigration Policy Cause Of Auckland’s Rates Hike: Peters
King Speaks To GPs Conference
Why Is Under-funded CYF Paying For Minister’s Adviser?
Govt Mush Not Negotiate On Foreshore Says ACT
Govt’s No Consultation Stance No Surprise: ACT

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY - THE NIGER ROW:
EXCLUSIVE: And The Villain Of The Peace Is…

- A Pentagon committee led by Paul Wolfowitz, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, advised President Bush to include a reference in his January State of the Union address about Iraq trying to purchase 500 tons of uranium from Niger to bolster the case for war in Iraq, despite the fact that the CIA warned Wolfowitz’s committee that the information was unreliable, according to a CIA intelligence official and four members of the Senate’s intelligence committee who have been investigating the issue. See... Wolfowitz Cttee. Advised Use Of Niger Uranium Ref. [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00136.htm


Dylanesque Optimism On The Streets Of London

- I feel a change is a comin’. The Peace is going to topple both Bush and Blair. How pissed off will the Bush family be with Saddam that they won two wars against him and lost two elections! See... William Moloney: I Feel A Change Is A Comin’ [1] For MUCH more on this issue see… STORY OF THE WEEK


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00142.htm


NEW ZEALAND NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Expert care needed for chronically ill [1]
  • Public Space To Protect Homeless Wellingtonians [2]
  • NIWA Says Severe Drought Finally Breaks [3]
  • University Research Supports CTU Case [4]
  • 1000s Of 'Animal Bioreactor' Sheep For Slaughter [5]
  • Parent’s Centre Says Pharmac Decision Exposes Families To Risk [6]
  • Leading Asthma Medicine Now Available In NZ [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0307/S00045.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0307/S00092.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0307/S00078.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0307/S00092.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0307/S00075.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0307/S00054.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0307/S00055.htm


    Palestinian Humanitarian Crisis Looms

    - The United Nations agency in charge of helping Palestinian refugees said that if its appeal for millions of dollars in aid was not answered immediately, then the agency, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, UNRWA, will have to cut humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. See... 100,000s Palestinians Face Humanitarian Aid Cut [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00225.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:

    Middle East

  • Palestinians, Egyptians See Eye-to-Eye on ‘Roadmap [1]
  • Shaath Slams Israeli Incitement against Arafat [2]
  • Peace Camp Is Reborn As "Protest Camp" [3]
  • PCR calls for Int volunteers with media skills [4]
  • Hearing For ISM Prisoners Tomorrow [5]

  • Iraq
  • Abizaid: Coalition Faces Guerrilla Warfare in Iraq [6]
  • Iraq: courts trying past crimes must be fair [7]

  • Africa
  • Sudan: human rights violations in govt-areas [8]
  • ICC To Consider Action In Congo [9]
  • Danger in delaying troop deployment to Liberia [10]

  • Asia Pacific
  • Annan calls for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's release [11]

  • United Nations
  • UN Radio: ICC May Take Legal Action on Massacres [12]
  • Annan strongly condemns coup in São Tomé [13]

  • United Kingdom
  • United Kingdom Govt: Press Briefing [14]

  • United States
  • Chile, Singapore FTAs Begin Move Through Congress [15]
  • U.S. And Germany Still Hope for N. Korea Diplomatic Solution [16]
  • Powell Remarks With German FM Joschka Fischer [17]
  • State Dept. Daily Press Briefing for July 17 [18]
  • North Korean Claims on Reprocessing Nuke Fuel Q&As [19]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00226.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00224.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00213.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00212.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00211.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00221.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00210.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00209.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00207.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00216.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00215.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00220.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00214.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00208.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00223.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00222.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00219.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00218.htm
    [19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00217.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Upton On-Line – Diaspora Edition

    - In this issue: Preserving French cultural exceptionalism in the new European Constitution; cancelling arts festivals as an exceptional new way of promoting culture; re-opening the Hundred Years' War 550 years down the line; challenges to the French Republic by Islamic fundamentalists and Corsican nationalists - and some relections on what lessons each may hold for New Zealand; and finally, a change of heart by the City of Paris on the cultural merit of its €200,000 parrot. See... Upton-on-line: Diaspora Edition [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00139.htm


    Stateside: A Cruise Into The Past

    - Being a child of the fifties, I have a fondness for WWII memorabilia. And when that memorabilia takes the form of an actual, functioning Liberty Ship going on a cruise from San Francisco to the inland port of Stockton. See... Stateside With Rosalea: Hello Sailors [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00137.htm


    Jay Shaft: George Bush's Holy War

    - By making statements about God Blessing America in the war on Iraq, did U.S. President George Bush inadvertently make it a Holy War? See... Jay Shaft: Bush’s Use Of God to Justify War [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00138.htm


    Public Address's Latest

    - Big ups to everyone who e-mailed me in response to the post about my mother's death. There have been too many for me to respond to individually but the flurry of correspondence was a reminder of the web's reach and the simple pleasure of being contacted by people ... See... Hard News 17/07/03 - Big Ups [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00143.htm


    Enron's Accountant Appointed To Run U.S. Military Ballot

    - Last year, while President Bush marshalled U.S. forces for the invasion of Iraq, the patriots at the Department of Defense awarded the contract for a new online voting system for the military... to an offshore company. See... Offshore Company Captures Online Military Vote [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00140.htm


    Katya Daily

    - When My reign comes, I shall extend My hand and rescue the rest of My people dispersed throughout the earth. The infidels will be united to them and will invoke My name. See... Katya Rivas: My New City Constitutes Salvation [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00135.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Cullen Gives Auckland Business View Of Economic Direction

    - In setting the scene for our discussion, I am going to give you an overview of where I see the economy heading, talk very briefly about the exchange rate, which seems to be a topic of conversation in some business circles, and make mention of what ... See... Cullen Address to the Auckland Business Network [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00314.htm


    Mental Health Patients Suffering Due To System

    - National says the Health Minister must assure New Zealanders that their mental health services are safe after the death of a Southland mental health patient left alone in a room at Southland Hospital. See... Mental health patients falling through the gaps [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00309.htm


    English: Taupo Justice Hui To Set Separatist Agenda

    - Plans for a separate justice system for Maori, to be discussed at a hui in Taupo tomorrow, have been encouraged by the Government's vacillating on moves towards separate development, says Opposition leader Bill English. See... Another step towards separatism [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00313.htm


    Immigration Policy Cause Of Auckland’s Rates Hike: Peters

    - New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters has pointed out the recent rates hike by the Auckland Regional Council means that ratepayers are now paying for the Government’s stupid immigration policy. See... Immigration Policy Blamed For Rates Hike [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00312.htm


    King Speaks To GPs Conference

    - Thank you very much for inviting me today. It is great to have arrived without any hiccups this time! The last time I tried to conference of GPs in the South Island, my plane circled Christchurch unable to land because of fog. See... Royal NZ College of GPs Conference - Towards Unity [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00311.htm


    Why Is Under-funded CYF Paying For Minister’s Adviser?

    - ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today demanded to know how much spare time CYF chief social worker Shannon Pakura could have when her agency is plagued by systemic failure, and a record that reads like a litany of tragedy. See... Pakura Can't Have Her Cake And Eat It Too [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00310.htm


    Govt Mush Not Negotiate On Foreshore Says ACT

    - ACT New Zealand Maori Affairs Spokesman Stephen Franks today said that the Government should not even consider negotiating over foreshore and seabed until it has a clear bottom line - and the 95 percent of New Zealanders who don't believe in race privileges ... See... Labour Made Its Seabed, Now It Must Lie In It [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00308.htm


    Govt’s No Consultation Stance No Surprise: ACT

    - ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff said today he was not surprised that Convenor on Climate Change Pete Hodgson had withdrawn a promise of further consultation with farmers over the proposed Flatulence Tax. See... Hodgson Loses More Ground With Farmers [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00307.htm

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