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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
People’s GE Moratorium Begins New Phase Campaign
New GM Laws Lift Moratorium Tomorrow
NZ NEWS HEADLINES:
PNA Claims Israel Taking Activists’ Wives And Minors Hostage
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
St Molesworth's Latest Top Ten
Scoop Called "Obscure" and "Australian" In Newsweek
Satire: President George Goes To Canberra
Jason Leopold: Halliburton Like A Dog With A Bone
William River's Pitt Writes To The CIA
Chuckman Cartoon: We Got Oil
Thom Hartmann: An Open Letter To The GOP
US Election 2004: We Love Dennis Kucinich
UQ Wire: An Alternative View Of 911 Events
Scoop Columnist Catherine Austin Fitts Heads To Court
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Bill English Tops The Letter's Leaders Rankings Survey
Dr Don's Leadership Coup – Full Coverage
Progressive's Speculate On United U-Turn On Smoking Bill
Saving Auckland From Gridlock
OIA Reveals Govt. Advice On Fee Maxima Policy
Hamner Hospital Debate Heats Up
Injured Kiwi Soldier In Iraq
Nats Seek Tougher Drug Money Laws
Blood Money Concerns Over Asian Extortion Gang Member
Northland Courthouse Upgrade

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http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00243.htm
GE People's Moratorium Begins

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00231.htm
ALSO: GE Free Protesters Moved Off Parliament Grounds

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
People’s GE Moratorium Begins New Phase Campaign

- Wellington, Wednesday, 29 Oct 2003: Key groups campaigning against GE release in New Zealand will today deliver a strong message that “the battle is not over” as they launch the next phase of the GE Free campaign: The People’s Moratorium. See... People’s GE Moratorium Launch Begins New Phase [1] ALSO: Photo-Essay: GE-Free Camp Parliament, New Zealand [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00241.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00231.htm


New GM Laws Lift Moratorium Tomorrow

- Amendments strengthening the main legislation covering genetic modification (GM) come into effect tomorrow (Thursday). See... New GM legislation in force as moratorium expires [1] and Public can still debate genetic modification [2] ALSO: - GE Free NZ - GE Free NZ: Backing for Parliament Vigil [3] - Greens - Labour Commits Economic Sabotage With GE [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00655.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00665.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00246.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00657.htm


NZ NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Record Number Of Patients' Complaints Resolved [1]
  • Cheeky Charlie’s Fills Holmes Show Sponsor Void [2]
  • Auckland Indymedia: Alternative Political Docos Tonight [3]
  • New website dedicated to justice for Ahmed Zaoui [4]
  • Extreme Solar Activity May Cause Auroras Over NZ [5]
  • Lincoln Students Want Return From 3.4% Fee Increase [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0310/S00087.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0310/S00272.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00245.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00240.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0310/S00108.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0310/S00109.htm


    PNA Claims Israel Taking Activists’ Wives And Minors Hostage

    - ELBIREH, Palestine -- The Palestinian Prisoners Affair ministry condemned yesterday the continued imprisonment of a Palestinian child in the Israeli jails, as the Israeli occupying forces started detaining Palestinian resistance activists' wives to use them as hostages. See... Israel Detains Activists' Wives as Hostages [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00297.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

    United Nations

  • UN Radio: $2.9 Billion Budget for Next Biennium [1]
  • More than 2.5 million Afghans have returned home [2]
  • Concern about post-election events in Azerbaijan [3]
  • Iraq
  • Iraq: Bloodiest Day Since Occupation Began [4]
  • UN: Attack on Red Cross 'Crime Against Humanity' [5]
  • Iraq: Amnesty condemns the attack on Red Cross [6]
  • Middle East
  • Israel Violates Roadmap Again Allowing Settlements [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00305.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00303.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00302.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00299.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00295.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00291.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00298.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00230.htm
    IMAGES: California Burning

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    St Molesworth's Latest Top Ten

    - See... Top 10 Signs Your Teacher Is From Cuba [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00241.htm


    Scoop Called "Obscure" and "Australian" In Newsweek

    - Most of the time when running a news website you just never know who is reading, or whether your efforts are making a difference. See... Scoop Link: They're Reading Our News Over There [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00239.htm


    Satire: President George Goes To Canberra

    - An unprecedented and massive security operation was mounted to protect President George Bush from evil doers when he visited Australia last week. See... freepressed.com: Special Report - Bush Down Under [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00238.htm


    Jason Leopold: Halliburton Like A Dog With A Bone

    - Halliburton Corp., the oil field services company once headed by Vice President Dick Cheney, told the New York City Comptroller’s office Monday that it won’t scale back its business dealings in Iran, despite concerns from the City’s Comptroller William Thompson about “corporate ties to states sponsoring terrorist activity,” which could force the New York City’s Police and Fire Departments to pull its $23 million investment in the company. See... Halliburton Won’t Back Off Doing Biz In Iran [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00229.htm


    William River's Pitt Writes To The CIA

    - This morning’s front page of the Washington Post carried a story entitled, “Inquiry Faults Intelligence on Iraq.” The story described statements by the Republican-dominated Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. See... UQ Wire: Memo to Central Intelligence Agency [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00233.htm


    Chuckman Cartoon: We Got Oil

    - Cartoon by John Chuckman… See... Chuckman Cartoon: New US$20 Dollar Bill [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00242.htm


    Thom Hartmann: An Open Letter To The GOP

    - Today's so-called Republicans have established a mind-numbing record at polluting the environment; bloating government; appointing crony partisans; pushing the nation into debt to fund tax cuts for the rich; legislatively catering to the world's largest corporations; opposing women's rights; kneecapping states, local communities, and schools; eviscerating constitutional protections of liberty at home; and devastating our nation's reputation abroad. See... Hartmann: Republicans, Please Take Back Your Party [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00237.htm


    US Election 2004: We Love Dennis Kucinich

    - "Whenever I say who my candidate is, I'm either greeted with, 'What? Have you lost it?' or 'He's my choice, too!'" See... Norma Sherry: My Candidate [1] . and in a similar vein …. "I got a note from a supporter of Dennis Kucinich, expressing shock and disbelief that the Congressman who would be President had dared to turn down a second interview with Chris Matthews. What--the Dean of Hardball dissed by that pipsqueak from Cleveland? See... Daniel Patrick Welch: Takes A Whole Lot O' Tryin' [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00236.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00235.htm


    UQ Wire: An Alternative View Of 911 Events

    - In these series of selected excerpts from Chaim Kupferberg's landmark article, Kupferberg reveals the marketing plan to introduce Khalid Shaikh Mohammed to the public as the 9/11 mastermind in June 2002. See... The Official Legend of 9/11 is a fabricated Setup [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00234.htm


    Scoop Columnist Catherine Austin Fitts Heads To Court

    - On the 29th of October, a trial begins in a Federal courtroom in Washington DC. The defendant in the case is our own distinguished advisory board member Catherine Austin Fitts. See... Chris Sanders: Where is the Collateral? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00223.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - Write, My child; you are almost finished with your assignment… Joyous and glorious is the redeemed soul; it goes from the suffering in Purgatory to the delight of Paradise, surrounded by lights, full of Celestial gifts. See... Katya Rivas: Pray for the Souls in Purgatory [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00232.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0310/S00151.htm
    IMAGES: Save The Children's Mountain Challenge Conquers 21st Peak

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Bill English Tops The Letter's Leaders Rankings Survey

    - After ranking of Parliament’s most effective backbench MPs we received requests for the ranking of the front bench. So here it is. There are 15 opposition frontbenchers. We rank them 1 to 15 and then give their overall opposition rank. See... ACT's The Letter - Ranking Party Leaders [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00647.htm


    Dr Don's Leadership Coup – Full Coverage

    - Who says violence in the movies doesn't cause violence on the streets? As if taking its cue from the title of the latest Tarantino splatter movie, the National Party hauled out its chainsaws. See... Molesworth & Featherston - 28 October 2003 [1] MORE: - OPSA - Brash Leap Backwards [2] - SCOOP - NEWSFLASH: Dr Don Brash New Leader Of National [3] - Don Brash - Statement from National Leader, Don Brash [4] - Bill English - English pledges support to Brash leadership [5] - Nat. President - Statement by Party President Judy Kirk [6] - Winston Peters - National’s Brash Leap To Nowhere [7] - Michael Cullen - Cullen on National leadership [8] - Richard Prebble - Prebble on National Leadership [9] - Jim Anderton - Mainstream National Signs Its Death Warrant [10] - Young Nats - Young Nationals back Brash [11] - Business Roundtable - NZBR Welcomes Brash Appointment [12]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00237.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00244.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00226.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00642.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00635.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00638.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00637.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00636.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00634.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00633.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00233.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00232.htm


    Progressive's Speculate On United U-Turn On Smoking Bill

    - Progressive party deputy leader Matt Robson said today he was interpreting the latest United Future media statement as a U-turn in that party's stance on the Smoke Free Environments Bill. See... UF to support Smoke Free Environments Bill? [1] and Debating all Dunne? [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00653.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00242.htm


    Saving Auckland From Gridlock

    - ACT New Zealand Transport Spokesman Deborah Coddington today said she had drafted a Private Member's Bill which would go a long way to solving Auckland's transport mess and provide relief for families trapped in traffic jams. See... Fast Track Legislation To Fix Transport Crisis [1] and


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00664.htm


    OIA Reveals Govt. Advice On Fee Maxima Policy

    - The National Party says documents released under the Official Information Act show the Government ignored high-level advice over its controversial fee maxima policy. See... Documents prove deceit over tertiary fees [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00662.htm


    Hamner Hospital Debate Heats Up

    - The Government's forced closure of the Hanmer Clinic's in-patient drug and alcohol treatment programme is short-sighted, particularly in view of the ever-increasing abuse of methamphetamine, says National Health Spokesperson Dr Lynda Scott. See... Withdrawal of residential drug treatment funding [1] MORE: - Salvation Army - Salvation Army comments on Queen Mary Hospital [2] and ‘P’ trapping people in a cycle of addiction [3] - NUPE - Union To Campaign Hard To Save Queen Mary Hospital [4] and Queen Mary Hospital Hanmer Closure Loss For NZers [5] - MOH - Hanmer completes move to community-based services [6] - Hamner Clinics Ltd. - Hanmer Clinics Moves to Outpatient-Only Treatment [7]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00661.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0310/S00091.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0310/S00090.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0310/S00084.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0310/S00082.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0310/S00081.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0310/S00080.htm


    Injured Kiwi Soldier In Iraq

    - Minister of Defence Mark Burton is relieved that the injuries sustained today by Captain Hayden Gardner are not life threatening. See... Relief soldier’s injuries not life-threatening [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00660.htm


    Nats Seek Tougher Drug Money Laws

    - The National Party wants to revamp the Proceeds of Crime Act to give police a tougher weapon in the fight against organised crime. See... Change law to beggar drug-dealing gangs [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00658.htm


    Blood Money Concerns Over Asian Extortion Gang Member

    - New Zealand First is concerned that once again a local judge has accepted Asian “blood money” and reduced the sentence for a Chinese student who was the ringleader of an extortion gang. See... We Don’t Want Your Blood Money [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00656.htm


    Northland Courthouse Upgrade

    - Dargaville's historic Courthouse was officially re-opened today by Courts Minister Rick Barker, following a $827,000 refurbishment and extensions which he said would bring the community's judicial needs into the modern age. See... Colonial courthouse brought into modern age [1] and Opening of the refurbished Dargaville Court [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00651.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00652.htm

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