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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Kiwi Personnel Off To Iraq
GE Free NZ Says Govt Must Back-Off US/EU GM Case
MORE NEW ZEALAND NEWS HEADLINES:
LEAD INTL STORY: Arafat Enraged At Israel’s Askar Refugee Camp Invasion
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:
SCOOP COLUMNS:
Bev Harris: Diebold U-Turns, And Who Paid Who?
LATEST KEY LINKS FROM THE AMERICAN COUP PAGE
Streets Of London: Napoleon Was Right About England
Stateside: Being In The USA Is Like….
Ehrlich: The Severed Head Of A Bomber Is Found
Dennis Hans: Willingly Whitewashed In The White House
Dig Deeper: FAIR Calls For Corporate Media Probity
Could ENRON Cook This Fast?
John Chuckman: Action George & Political Autism
William Rivers Pitt Talks To Veterans For Peace
Cartoon Comment: Re. Bing, Hope, Bliar And Bush
Mini WTO-Ministerial Brings Mass Arrests
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Dunne Says United Will Pull Support Over Pot
Govt Must Stop Property Rights Erosion: ACT
United Wants Anti-Smoking Bill Stalled
New Maths Books Launched
Bill English Speaks To Rotary
Prebble’s The Letter
Dog Control Legislation Unworkable: ACT

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Kidd Millennium: The Road To Baghdad

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Kiwi Personnel Off To Iraq

- Prime Minister Helen Clark and Defence Minister Mark Burton announced today that an engineering detachment of 61 New Zealand Defence Force personnel will be deployed in late September to work alongside the United Kingdom forces, and the forces of ... See... NZDF deployment to Iraq [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00207.htm


GE Free NZ Says Govt Must Back-Off US/EU GM Case

- It is unethical for the New Zealand government to be backing the US administration’s case against the European Union aimed at forcing consumers to accept GM foods. See… Government Must Quit Unethical Attack on EU at WTO [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0308/S00030.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Kendall And Tobin Medal Success for NZL Boardsailors and Laser Class [1]
  • 50,000 Businesses To Be Better Off [2]
  • June Quarter Retail Sales Increase 0.3 Percent [3]
  • Symantec's Top 10 Malcious Virus Threats For July 2003 [4]
  • Microsoft To Windows Users: Must Download Security Patch Today [5]
  • Oxford Uni Squad to Tackle Waikato Uni Great Race [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0308/S00031.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00091.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00089.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0308/S00032.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0308/S00031.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0308/S00035.htm


    LEAD INTL STORY: Arafat Enraged At Israel’s Askar Refugee Camp Invasion

    - Palestinians React Angrily to Friday’s Israeli Deadly Raid Arafat: Israel Is Destroying the Whole Peace Process See... Arafat On Israel's Invasion Of Askar Refugee Camp [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00107.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:

    Asia Pacific

  • Pacific Forum Motorcade: Minimal Auckland Traffic Disruption Likely [1]
  • 30 Countries & Orgs Represented At 34th Forum [2]
  • West Papua: The Forgotten Pacific Country [3]
  • Central America and Caribbean
  • Dominican Republic: police fire on trade unionists [4]
  • Europe and Russia
  • Russia: State has an obligation to defend NGOs [5]
  • Portugal: Human rights must be addressed [6]
  • From The Middle East
  • Israel Weekly Cabinet meeting [7]
  • $250 million to Rebuild Palestinian Security Force [8]
  • Our Direct Actions Will Continue [9]
  • "We Didn't Mean to Shoot Him" Israeli Military [10]
  • And It Takes a Bulldozer to Finish the Job [11]
  • It Takes Seven Tanks to Rape a Village [12]
  • From The United States
  • U.S. President's Radio Address [13]
  • U.S. Designates Chechen Rebel Leader as Terrorist [14]
  • NATO to Assume Command of ISAF in Kabul August 11 [15]
  • U.S. Scientist Discovers Telekinesis Equation [16]
  • From The United Nations
  • UN Radio: War Crimes Prosecutor Will Stay On [17]
  • Afghanistan: disarmament to start in Sholgara [18]
  • UN Envoy finds support for reconstruction of Iraq [19]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00095.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00094.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00090.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00093.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00092.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00091.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00108.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00106.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00099.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00098.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00097.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00096.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00105.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00101.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00100.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0308/S00029.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00104.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00103.htm
    [19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00102.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Diebold U-Turns, And Who Paid Who?

    - Everyone wonders why, when it costs only about $15 to have the touch screens print out paper ballots that voters can verify, that can be kept in a ballot box for use if needed as evidence and an audit trail, the Election Center quietly passed around a letter to the election industry advocating against the paper trail. See... Bev Harris: The Election Center and R. Doug Lewis [1] More From Bev Harris On E-Voting: Bev Harris: Diebold GA Position Reversed Again [2] & Bev Harris: Voting Company Reverses Stand [3] Bev Harris: Diebold's 2nd FTP Security Breach [4] Bev Harris: Sign This Letter To President Carter [5] Bev Harris: GOP, Dems, Libz Request Diebold Docs [6] FOR MUCH MUCH MORE SEE SCOOP'S FEATURE PAGE... "A Very American Coup" [7]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00072.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00071.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00045.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00070.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00069.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00068.htm
    [7] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=usacoup


    LATEST KEY LINKS FROM THE AMERICAN COUP PAGE

    **** US: RIGGED ELECTIONS ON U.S. HORIZON - IMC [1] **** US: MARYLAND PLANS CODE REVIEW – SLASHDOT [2] ***** US: BEV HARRIS: DIEBOLD POSITION REVERSED (AGAIN) [3] ***** US: NEW SECURITY WOES FOR E-VOTE FIRM - WIRED [4] *** US: EHRLICH ORDERS SECURITY STUDY – WASH POST [5] ***** US: SAIC TO WHITEWASH DIEBOLD? – DU FORUM [6] **** US: BALLOT SANCTITY – BALT SUN [7] (max of five stars in ratings for new links)


    [1] - http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=336785&group=webcast
    [2] - http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/08/07/1350208&mode=thread&tid=103&tid=185&tid=99
    [3] - http://www.blackboxvoting.org
    [4] - http://www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,59925,00.html
    [5] - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A25673-2003Aug6.html
    [6] - http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=104&topic_id=131243&mesg_id=131243&page=
    [7] - http://www.sunspot.net/news/opinion/bal-ed.vote08aug08,0,1326841.story?coll=bal-opinion-headlines


    Streets Of London: Napoleon Was Right About England

    - Image is everything. Fame is enough. Talent is dead. Napoleon would still recognise the England he described. All commerce and no art. See... Streets of London: A Nation Of Shopkeepers [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00065.htm


    Stateside: Being In The USA Is Like….

    I imagine that anyone who grew up in the area served by the dental school in Wellington will know how it feels to be living in the United States at this particular time. See... Two Little Missing Words [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00058.htm


    Ehrlich: The Severed Head Of A Bomber Is Found

    - This densely-populated capital has descended into gloomy suspense after police identified a severed head found in the wreckage of the JW Marriott Hotel as that of a suspected Islamic extremist responsible for the car bomb which killed 10 people and wounded 150. See... Indonesia Severed Head [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00054.htm


    Dennis Hans: Willingly Whitewashed In The White House

    - Unless, that is, you’re the president addressing the nation or senior aides explaining the Niger gaffe to dim, servile Washington journalists. See... Dennis Hans: Know Means Know, Unless… [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00063.htm


    Dig Deeper: FAIR Calls For Corporate Media Probity

    Corporate Media Must Widen Iraq-Gate Investigation Beyond the ''16 Words'' - Interview with Steve Rendall, senior analyst with Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, conducted by Melinda Tuhus See... Corporate Media Must Widen Iraq-Gate Investigation [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00064.htm


    Could ENRON Cook This Fast?

    - Wholesale Enron-style looting of US taxpayer money on a scale that threatens the stability and safety of every American has prompted an historic alliance between activism, technology, and financial expertise. See... Michael C. Ruppert: Where Is The Money? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00061.htm


    John Chuckman: Action George & Political Autism

    - See cartoon... Chuckman Cartoon: The Stature For The Job… [1] & comment: "I've read that severe autism involves receiving a storm of sensory perceptions, literally assaulting a mind unable to properly sort them out. It is a terrifying experience, driving sufferers to avoid human contact." See... The Painful Horrors Of Political Autism [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00067.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00056.htm


    William Rivers Pitt Talks To Veterans For Peace

    - I must begin by saying that standing here before you is, simply, one of the greatest honors of my life. I have never served in the armed forces in any capacity. My father, however, did. See... UQ Wire: William Rivers Pitt - We Stand Our Ground [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00066.htm


    Cartoon Comment: Re. Bing, Hope, Bliar And Bush

    - With the recent passing of Bob Hope, fond memories of the "road" flicks that made Hope and Bing Crosby household names are apt to seep back into our collective nostalgic psyches. See... Kidd Millennium Cartoon & Comment: Road to Baghdad [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00059.htm


    Mini WTO-Ministerial Brings Mass Arrests

    Canada's ambassador to the WTO, Sergio Marchi defended the invitation-only nature of the informal mini-Ministerial held in Montreal from 28-30 July, claiming: " Someone has to act as the locomotive for the entire train". See... Montreal: Mini-Ministerial Mass Arrests [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00053.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    As a continuation of My work of salvation, I chose two creatures to represent the past that is projected into the future. I did it at the Tabor through Moses and Elijah. See... Katya Rivas: The Transfiguration [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00057.htm



    Chuckman Cartoon

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Dunne Says United Will Pull Support Over Pot

    - No future government will be formed with United Future backing unless it commits to keeping cannabis illegal, United Future leader Peter Dunne said today. See... Dunne: Anti-cannabis stand here to stay [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00203.htm


    Govt Must Stop Property Rights Erosion: ACT

    - ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader Ken Shirley today called upon Prime Minister Helen Clark, and her Cabinet, to stop the erosion of property rights by un-elected and non-mandated pressure groups. See... Stop The Erosion [1] ALSO: United - Dunne restates position on foreshores and seabeds [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00197.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00201.htm


    United Wants Anti-Smoking Bill Stalled

    - United Future leader, Peter Dunne, has called on Rotorua Labour MP, Steve Chadwick, to delay Parliament's consideration on Wednesday of the committee stages of her anti-smoking Bill to allow detailed consideration of new research into smokefree work environments. See... Dunne seeks delay in anti-smoking legislation [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00198.htm


    New Maths Books Launched

    - Education Minister Trevor Mallard today launched six books in the “Figure It Out” series, aimed at better maths teaching and learning for students in years 7 and 8 (ages 11 and 12). See... New books to boost numeracy achievement [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00204.htm


    Bill English Speaks To Rotary

    - It's as much the job of Opposition to propose, as it is to oppose. New Zealand faces some real and crucial choices on what place we give to the Treaty of Waitangi over the next few decades. See... English Address to the Wellington Rotary Club [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00200.htm


    Prebble’s The Letter

    - Any government that interferes with New Zealanders' right to walk along the beach faces certain electoral defeat. See... ACT's The Letter - Monday, 11 August [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00199.htm


    Dog Control Legislation Unworkable: ACT

    - "The Labour-promoted dog control legislation introduced to Parliament is unworkable, imposing massive and unreasonable costs on dog owners and ratepayers alike" ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader Ken Shirley said today. See... Dog Control Measures Farcical [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00202.htm

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