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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Govt Will Not Ease Criminality Of Cannabis Use
New GM Laws Lift Moratorium Today
NZ NEWS HEADLINES:
UK Angered Over Israel’s Delay Of Tom Hurndall Shooting Investigation
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Stateside: Kiwi Women On U.S. TV
Solomons Letter: Did Our Small Nation Luck Out?
The Facts Vs Bush, The Facts Win
Douglas Mattern: Nukes, Fools, and Asteroids
Ivan Eland: Time To Prepare For Quagmire Iraq
UQ Wire: In Defence Of The Independent 911 Commission
UQ Wire: The Independent 911 Commission Goes To Pakistan
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Brash's Honeymoon Over Rather Quickly
Money For Foster Carer's Overdue
The Strange Case Of Parolee Attacker Lloyd McIntosh
Peace Protestors Call For Troop Withdrawal
Students Interests To Be Protected In Carich Receivership
United Future Declares 'Al Capone’ War On Gangs
A Portrait Of A Speaker
Lots Of Ideas For Helping To Save The World
CYF Legal Action From Smith Costs Kids - Dyson

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LEAD STORY:
Govt Will Not Ease Criminality Of Cannabis Use

- Associate Health Minister, Jim Anderton, today released the coalition government's formal response to the recent Health Select Committee's Inquiry into the Public Health Strategies Related to Cannabis use and the Most Appropriate Legal Status. See... Coalition Govt won't change cannabis legal status [1] ALSO: Background Notes on Cannabis Report [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00685.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00686.htm


New GM Laws Lift Moratorium Today

- Amendments strengthening the main legislation covering genetic modification (GM) come into effect today (Thursday). See... New GM legislation in force as moratorium expires [1] and Public can still debate genetic modification [2] ALSO: - Progressives - Best to proceed with caution on GE [3] - ACT - ACT Welcomes Lifting Of GM Moratorium [4] - LSN - Life Sciences Network Claims Considerable Credit [5] - LSN - Moratorium Lifted Now Thinking Must Begin [6] - GE Free NZ - GE Free NZ: Backing for Parliament Vigil [7] - Greens - Labour Commits Economic Sabotage With GE [8]


[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/PA0310/S00676.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00679.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0310/S00119.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0310/S00118.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00246.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00657.htm


NZ NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Army’s Biggest Exercise For 2003 [1]
  • Sunsmart Groups Stand Behind UV Index [2]
  • Standby for Unsettled Weather this Weekend [3]
  • Highest Sept New Dwelling Units in 30 Years [4]
  • Manufacturing sector gears up for Christmas [5]
  • Injury prevention & stopping violence on children [6]
  • New Zealand’s Army Museum Turns 25 Years Old [7]
  • Fonterra To Reduce Landfill Rubbish by 75% [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00252.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0310/S00280.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0310/S00120.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0310/S00278.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0310/S00281.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00251.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00249.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0310/S00277.htm


    UK Angered Over Israel’s Delay Of Tom Hurndall Shooting Investigation

    - TEL AVIV - - After months of delays and postponing, the Israeli military Attorney General, General Menachem Finkelstein, has finally agreed to open an investigation in the critical wounding of a British peace activist by the Israeli forces in the city of Rafah last April, Al Quds Al Arabi newspaper said. See... Israel To Investigate IDF Shooting of Tom Hurndall [1] ALSO:ISM Calls For Independent Investigation Of IDF Hurndall Shooting [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00308.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00312.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

    Iraq Coalition To Receive Oil For Food Programme - The United Nations remains on schedule to transfer the running of the Iraq Oil-for-Food programme on November 21st. Executive Director of the programme Benon Sevan told the Security Council he is confident of handing over responsibility and the programme's ... See... UN Radio: UN to Hand Over Oil-For-Food Programme [1]

  • UN opium production on the rise in Afghanistan [2]
  • Exploitation of children at German-Czech border [3]
  • UN Blocked From Inspecting Rwandan Troops in Congo [4]
  • Powell: Middle East Can Counter Anti-Americanism [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00319.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00315.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00316.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00317.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00310.htm


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    STORY: http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00315.htm
    Opium Production Increases In Afghanistan

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Stateside: Kiwi Women On U.S. TV

    - Last Sunday we put our clocks back an hour, with the result that I woke up "earlier" than usual and caught the movie reviews on the CBS network's Sunday morning magazine. To my astonishment the two movies being reviewed had something in common: they were both directed by women of Kiwi origin. See... Stateside with Rosalea: Sylvia, Sylvia and Don [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00245.htm


    Solomons Letter: Did Our Small Nation Luck Out?

    - How close did the Solomons come to society collapse as happened and continues to take place in sub-Sahara Africa as we speak? Take the Rwanda case for instance. See... John Roughan: Nation-Building And The Churches [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00253.htm


    The Facts Vs Bush, The Facts Win

    - Analysts are available to scrutinize some of President Bush's claims, including those from Tuesday's news conference, focusing on Iraq and the recent attacks there: See... Bush vs. Facts - Institute for Public Accuracy [1] and Bush's speech President Holds Press Conference - October 28 2003 [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00252.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00320.htm


    Douglas Mattern: Nukes, Fools, and Asteroids

    - ''A fools game'' is how the former chief of the U.S. strategic Air Command, General George Lee Butler, describes nuclear weapons and policy. The General says there is no security in these weapons and the only rational option is for their complete elimination. See... Douglas Mattern: Nukes, Fools, and Asteroids [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00251.htm


    Ivan Eland: Time To Prepare For Quagmire Iraq

    - After a rocket attack on the Rashid hotel in Baghdad landed only one floor away from a clearly shaken Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, Paul Bremer, the American viceroy for Iraq, stated the obvious—that the U.S. occupation forces had had a bad day. Both the Bush administration and the American people better get ready for many more. See... Ivan Eland: Having a Bad Day, Wolfie? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00250.htm


    UQ Wire: In Defence Of The Independent 911 Commission

    - An Open Letter to Columnist John Podhoretz in defense of Chairman Kean and his Commission's request for ''highly sensitive'' but ''highly material'' documents now being withheld by the Bush Administration. See... UQ Wire: An Open Letter regardng the Kean Mutiny [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00249.htm


    UQ Wire: The Independent 911 Commission Goes To Pakistan

    Here follows two articles on a secret mission to Pakistan by members of the 9/11 Commission leaving one wondering if perhaps when the Joint Inquiry Report refers to "foreign involvement" preceding 28 redacted pages that it may be referring to Pakistan in addition to Saudi Arabia, widely held under suspicion about a possible role in 9/11. See... UQ Wire: 911 Commission Secret Mission To Pakistan [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00248.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - My dear little children, confide your thoughts to me. When aches and afflictions that seem to have no end overtake you, remember my Assumption into Heaven. See... Katya Rivas: Make Your Children Children of God [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00247.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Brash's Honeymoon Over Rather Quickly

    Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today he was deeply disappointed that Don Brash’s first financial statement as Leader of the National Party contains what can only be described as an “outright lie.” See... Watch your reputation, Brash [1] MORE: - Democrats - Democrats Delighted With Dr. Brash [2] - Greens - Brash's No. 1 priority: tax cuts for the rich [3] - Govt. - Brash will have MPs wondering what they unleashed [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00695.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00247.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00680.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00669.htm


    Money For Foster Carer's Overdue

    - NZ First’s family affairs spokesperson, Barbara Stewart, has welcomed CYF’s Minister Ruth Dyson’s announcement of additional funding for the training of new foster carers. See... New Funds For Foster Carers Well Overdue [1] and CYF extends foster care training [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00694.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00670.htm


    The Strange Case Of Parolee Attacker Lloyd McIntosh

    - Justice Minister Phil Goff should stop fudging and order a full and independent investigation into the failed supervision of Lloyd McIntosh. See... Why independent investigation needed [1] MORE: - NZ First - Who’s The Real Offender, The Govt. Or Mcintosh? [2] - ACT - Lock Him Up And Throw Away The Key [3] - United Future - Alexander: Paedophile supervision a tragic joke [4] - ACT - Labour Doesn't Give a Stuff! [5] - National - National calls for independent inquiry on McIntosh [6]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00693.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00687.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00678.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00673.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00672.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00666.htm


    Peace Protestors Call For Troop Withdrawal

    - The wounding of New Zealand soldier Hayden Gardner highlights the fact that New Zealand soldiers are in Iraq as part of the US-led military occupation. See... Bring the troops back from Iraq [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00248.htm


    Students Interests To Be Protected In Carich Receivership

    - General Manager of the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), Ann Clark, is reassuring Carich students that their educational and financial interests will be protected. See... Students Interests To Be Protected [1] MORE: - Private Education Providers - Closure of Carich Training Centre Raises Questions [2] - Carich - Background Briefing Documents to Carich Story [3] - Carich - Carich announces receivership [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0310/S00114.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0310/S00115.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0310/S00113.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0310/S00112.htm


    United Future Declares 'Al Capone’ War On Gangs

    - It’s time that gangs that live off crime were classified as criminal organisations, United Future leader Peter Dunne said today. See... United Future declares war on gangs [1] MORE: - Marc My Words: Crime Gangs Must Be Targeted! [2] - Gangs not just bad boys, bikes and leather anymore [3] - Dunne, Alexander: How to ‘Al Capone’ the gangs [4] - Gangs to give until it hurts – taxpayer not paying [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00691.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00692.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00690.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00689.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00688.htm


    A Portrait Of A Speaker

    - The Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Jonathan Hunt is to be the subject of a painted portrait commission which is part of the prize package for the New Zealand Portrait Gallery's Adam Biennial Portrait Competition 2004. See... Adam Portrait Award Recognises Parliament's 150th [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00684.htm


    Lots Of Ideas For Helping To Save The World

    - More than 40 large and small organisations have put forward proposals for projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in return for a share of Kyoto Protocol ‘carbon credits’ on offer from the Government. See... Outstanding response for climate-friendly projects [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00683.htm


    CYF Legal Action From Smith Costs Kids - Dyson

    - Child, Youth and Family Minister Ruth Dyson says National MP Nick Smith has wasted more than $20,000 of taxpayers’ money in legal costs and staff time for Child, Youth and Family, trying to pursue legal action against the department’s chief executive. See... Nick Smith wastes taxpayers’ money [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00681.htm

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