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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Child Advocate Group Accuses Govt Of Illegal Discrimination
NZ and Russia Sign Trade Deal
NZ NEWS HEADLINES:
Sludge: U.S. Gorilla Economy On A Diet
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News & More Is There – Pass It On!
US Policy In Iraq – Terrorise The Terrorists
Ivan Eland: Capitalising On Cleaning Up Your Own Mess
Kidd Millennium On Hangin' Justice
Sam Smith Gets Seriously Philosophical
Mitchel Cohen: The First Thanksgiving
Scoop Review: Cirkus Inferno
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Nandor's Cannabis Use Messages Criticised
Honouring NZ's Fallen Heroes
Tobacco Lobbying Clauses Deleted From Contracts
Wilson Makes Progress With Treaty Settlements
Saving What's Left Of NZ Shipping
EECA Strategy On Target
Another CYF Tragedy
Cullen Welcomes AA+ Credit Rating For NZ
Southern Saltmarsh Mosquito Defeated Again
WTO Win On Apples
TV Produces Get Sharp End Of Charter
Everybody's Thinking (And Talking) About Asia

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C.D. Sludge Spots A $64 Billion Gorilla On Wall St

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Child Advocate Group Accuses Govt Of Illegal Discrimination

- Top government officials have been invited by the Human Rights Commission at the request of the Child Poverty Action Group to a meeting to discuss why approximately 300,000 of New Zealand's poorest children are missing out on financial support because of discriminatory government policies. See... Government Accused Of Illegal Child Discrimination [1] MORE: - Public Health Association - Discriminatory policies penalise poorest NZ kids [2] - DPB Campaigners - CPAG Pushing The Wrong Solution [3] - NZCCSS - Poor burdened by debt [4] - NZNO -Nurses Support Call For Child Poverty Action [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00174.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0311/S00124.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00180.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00178.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0311/S00125.htm


NZ and Russia Sign Trade Deal

- New Zealand has signed a trade agreement with Russia that should help the Russian Federation's accession to the World Trade Organisation, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... NZ signs trade deal with Russia [1] . See also... Fonterra Welcomes New Zealand - Russia Agreement [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00532.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0311/S00323.htm


NZ NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Selling Shark Jaw As Trophy, Sick! [1]
  • An Open Letter To Michael Cullen Re: The IMF [2]
  • Pepperel Attends Oil And Gas Depletion Conference [3]
  • Minister must explain another CYF tragedy [4]
  • WTO decision “Great News” for NZ Pipfruit Industry [5]
  • Trend in the Number of New Dwellings Continues [6]
  • Scientific Data goes Up in Smoke [7]
  • Human Rights Commission Seeks Involvement In Zaoui Case [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00179.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00177.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00176.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00540.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0311/S00321.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0311/S00320.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0311/S00101.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00173.htm


    Sludge: U.S. Gorilla Economy On A Diet

    - Rampant growth reports coming out of the United States have many market commentators a bit confused. According to the statistics the US economy is growing at scorching 8% a year. This is the sort of rate you expect out of developing tiger economy like China's which has been creating jobs at the same rate that the NZ dairy industry has been making blocks of cheese for decades. See... Sludge Report #161 – A $64Bn Gorilla At The Fed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00217.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Number of Hungry People Increased in 1990s [1]
  • Viet Nam: Rights denied in cyberspace [2]
  • Greece ill-treatment of demonstators investigation [3]
  • Liberia: Urgent protection needed for civilians [4]
  • Arab TV Stations Filmed Attacks in Iraq, Rumsfeld [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00256.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00258.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00257.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00255.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00254.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News & More Is There – Pass It On!

    - So we have another media blog. Excellent. Welcome aboard, MediaCow, although I note that the author has taken the rather burdensome path of adopting a third-party persona, and worse, a non-gendered one. I can never quite understand why people do that... See... Public Address 27/11/03 - Pastoral Masters [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00218.htm


    US Policy In Iraq – Terrorise The Terrorists

    - A November 19 press release from the US military's Central Command was headlined, ''Operations Make Iraq Safer, Improve Quality of Life''. It was referring to the renewed offensive by US occupation forces against Iraqi resistance fighters. See... Green Left Weekly: US Terrorises Iraqi Civilians [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00215.htm


    Ivan Eland: Capitalising On Cleaning Up Your Own Mess

    - President Bush’s first political ad for the 2004 campaign indicates that he will play on post-September 11 public fear to attempt to convince voters not to change presidents in the middle of a national security ''crisis.'' See... Generating Crises and Pretending to Solve Them [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00214.htm


    Kidd Millennium On Hangin' Justice

    - Cartoon by kiddmillennium.com… See... Kidd Millennium Cartoon: Michael Jackson [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00213.htm


    Sam Smith Gets Seriously Philosophical

    - A talk to the recent Claim Democracy conference organized by the Center for Voting & Democracy. See... Sam Smith: The Non-Political Side Of Politics [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00212.htm


    Mitchel Cohen: The First Thanksgiving

    - The year was 1492. The Taino-Arawak people of the Bahamas discovered Christopher Columbus on their beach. See... Mitchel Cohen: Why I Hate Thanksgiving [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00211.htm


    Scoop Review: Cirkus Inferno

    - The promoters promised mess mayhem and a fun-filled pre-Christmas treat and Wednesday’s opening night of Cirkus Inferno lived up to all predictions! See... Cirkus: Hilarity From Before the Curtain is Raised [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00209.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - I, your brother, will not leave you. It is necessary for you all to go through this short and complicated phase in the midst of trials, sorrows, afflictions, and also of immense joy. See... Katya Rivas: Ask My Spirit [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00210.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Nandor's Cannabis Use Messages Criticised

    The Green Party's continual push for the decriminalization of cannabis is sending completely the wrong message to young people that the use of dangerous drugs and misuse of alcohol is an acceptable lifestyle choice, Progressive MP Matt Robson says. See... Decriminalization sends wrong message to young [1] and Dunne: Nandor sinks to new pro-cannabis low [2] See also: Make P a police priority, says Nandor [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00536.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00535.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00522.htm


    Honouring NZ's Fallen Heroes

    - Prime Minister Helen Clark and Defence Minister Mark Burton will today present the New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM) to 45 next of kin of New Zealanders who were killed or died in military operations since 1945. See... Next of Kin receive Operational Service Medals [1] MORE FROM NZDF: - PM to present NZOSM medals to Next of Kin [2] - Commitments By New Zealand Forces Since 1945 [3] - New Zealand Operational Service Medal - Background [4] - NZOSM Recipient Biographies [5] -Brief Notes on Recipients at NZOSM Presentation [6] - NZ Deaths On Operational Service Since 3 Sep. 1945 [7]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00533.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00169.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00168.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00167.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00166.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00165.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00164.htm


    Tobacco Lobbying Clauses Deleted From Contracts

    - Lobbying clauses in Ministry of Health contracts with five organisations have been removed following a review of the Ministry's public health non-government organisation contracts. See... Lobbying Contract Clauses Removed [1] MORE: - ACT - MOH Lobbying - Typical Response - No One's Fault [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0311/S00127.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00548.htm


    Wilson Makes Progress With Treaty Settlements

    - The Government and representatives of Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi have today signed a Deed of Settlement settling their historical claims. See... Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi: third Taranaki settlement [1] and Trust to negotiate Moriori settlement [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00546.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00545.htm


    Saving What's Left Of NZ Shipping

    - The Green Party is calling on the Government to take urgent action to save what's left of New Zealand's coastal shipping services. See... Domestic shipping is sinking fast [1] MORE: - NZ First - Minister Swain Is No Lord Nelson! [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00544.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00539.htm


    EECA Strategy On Target

    - New Zealand is on track to meet the targets set by the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy, with a 1.9% improvement in energy efficiency in the Strategy’s first year. See... Energy Efficiency & Conserv. Strategy on target [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00543.htm


    Another CYF Tragedy

    - The comments today of Eru Pokaia - whose three-year-old grandson Tamati was killed in CYF foster-care - are a disturbing reminder of the inadequate procedures in place at the Department of Child, Youth and Family... See... CYF Procedures Lead To Yet Another Tragedy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00542.htm


    Cullen Welcomes AA+ Credit Rating For NZ

    - Finance Minister Michael Cullen today welcomed Standard and Poor’s latest report on New Zealand confirming our AA+ credit rating, saying it highlighted the health of the government’s fiscal position and the resilience of the economy. See... Cullen on S&P report [1] and Minister must explain another CYF tragedy [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00541.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00540.htm


    Southern Saltmarsh Mosquito Defeated Again

    - Health authorities have won a second battle against the Southern Saltmarsh Mosquito but warn that the war against the Aussie invader is still far from over, Associate Biosecurity Minister Marian Hobbs said today. See... Saltmarsh Mosquito eradicated from Mahia [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00537.htm


    WTO Win On Apples

    - The World Trade Organisation appellate body's ruling that Japan's restrictions on apple imports are unjustified was welcome news, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... NZ welcomes WTO appeal ruling on fireblight [1] . See also... WTO decision “Great News” for NZ Pipfruit Industry [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00531.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0311/S00321.htm


    TV Produces Get Sharp End Of Charter

    - "The quality of Kiwi television is doomed to decline if TVNZ is allowed to push on with plans to raid NZ on Air coffers and squeeze out competition from independent producers," says National Party Broadcasting spokeswoman Georgina te Heuheu. See... Independent Producers Pay For TVNZ Charter [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00529.htm


    Everybody's Thinking (And Talking) About Asia

    - New Zealand has undergone huge changes over the last 40 years in its view of the world, its trading patterns and indeed the composition of its community. See... Phil Goff Speech - Serious stocktake [1] .See also Asia 2000…Importance of Asia increasing - Asia 2000 Report [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00528.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0311/S00328.htm

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