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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Scoop in Nigeria – An Empire On The Brink
Beach Protest Warnings As Beach Battle Is Rejoined
NZ NEWS HEADLINES:
Abducted Are The Peacemakers
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
10 Scoop Readers' Chomsky Christmas
Hard News & More Is There!
Stateside: If you're living in San Francisco…
Guest Article: DVT And Air Travel
Feedback: Disappointed From The Philippines Writes To Dalziel
Mingus Casey: The Wages Of Terror
Ramzy Baroud: Palestinian Graffiti
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
A Bitter Pill – Therapeutics Surrender Condemned
ACT's Letter Rails Against The Power Of The Unions
Brash Has Some Advice For CHOGM
NZ Credit Rating Maintenance Is Welcomed
Kyoto Friendly Projects Selected
Tis The Season To Be A Sad Dad
SIS Lies And Videotape
Tuku Morgan Is Helen Clark's Fault - Hide
Auckland Seeks To Head Of Cullen Transport Plan

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Scoop Feature - Selwyn Manning reports from Abuja, Nigeria.

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LEAD STORY:
Scoop in Nigeria – An Empire On The Brink

- Nowhere is Commonwealth impotence more apparent than at this year’s CHOGM in Nigeria. The real Nigeria, the real Commonwealth, is here for all who choose to see it. One only needs not to turn away. But then, it is not pleasant, it challenges the senses. It dirties the shoes and makes one think. See... FULL COVERAGE: Scoop in Nigeria Feature page... Updates From Abuja: - Zimbabwe Remains Suspended From Commonwealth [1] - Symbols Of Commonwealth Irrelevancy [2] - Images - Denis Marshall: Wake Me Up Before You Go Go… [3] - Images - Photo Essay: Nigeria – Hub Of African Humanity [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00068.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00067.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00066.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00065.htm


Beach Protest Warnings As Beach Battle Is Rejoined

- The Government must take responsibility for suggestions of Maori taking direct protest action on our beaches this summer, says National Party Maori Affairs spokeswoman Georgina te Heuheu. See... Beach Users Will Pay For Govt Arrogance [1] MORE: - Peter Dunne - Dunne: Radical threats on NZ beaches a disgrace [2] - Stephen Franks - Maori Threats In Government Favour [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00171.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00169.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00168.htm


NZ NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Human Rights Commission Okays Student Loan Claim
  • [1]
  • UK Snaps up Social Workers
  • [2]
  • Fonterra Signs NZ$590 Mn IT Outsourcing Contract
  • [3]
  • Fishery Officers’ Pay Rise Needed Post Scampi
  • [4]
  • How your pay negotiations went – Survey results
  • [5]
  • Oar Blacks to take on the world in North Atlantic
  • [6]
  • SPCA Condemns Weak New Rodeo Code
  • [7]
  • Modern Apprenticeships: Training for the Boys?
  • [8]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0312/S00035.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00072.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00070.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00068.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00063.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0312/S00050.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0312/S00043.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0312/S00036.htm


    Abducted Are The Peacemakers

    - What does the Israeli government have to fear from nonviolent civil disobedience against the occupation that it would spend so much time, money and energy into the abduction and arrest of a 25-year-old female American non-violent human rights activist? See... My Abduction By Israeli Undercover Police [1] and Update on Radhika Sainath [2] EARLIER: ISM Activist To Fight Illegal Deportation [3] Peace Activist About To Be Deported From Israel [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00041.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00044.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00032.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00031.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Disappearing Ice Sends A Warning For Climate
  • [1]
  • Diebold Election Systems Responds To Critics
  • [2]
  • Leaders Urged To Help Resolve Kashmir Dispute
  • [3]
  • EU welcomes termination of US steel safeguard
  • [4]
  • Egypt: Release Conscience Prisoner Ashraf Ibrahim
  • [5]
  • Uzbekistan: Auth. stop death penalty conference
  • [6]
  • Where Is the Justice for East Timor and Indonesia
  • [7]
  • ET Alliance for Intl Tribunal recalls Invasion Day
  • [8]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00037.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00040.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00039.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00038.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00047.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00046.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00045.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00043.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00066.htm
    IMAGE: Strength Of Nations - NZ's Dennis Marshall In Abuja

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    10 Scoop Readers' Chomsky Christmas

    - The first 10 winners of the joint Scoop / Allen & Unwin promotional campaign for Noam Chomsky's Hegemony or Survival are listed below. The lucky winners can expect to receive their copies of the book in the post in coming days. Congratulations!!! See... First 10 Noam Chomsky Book Draw Winners [1] MORE: - Meditations: Reflections on Chomsky's Perspective [2] - Click Here To Subscribe To My Scoop And Be In To Win One Of 10 Remaining Copies Of Hegemony or Survival [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00076.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00063.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/cgi-bin/newsagent/new_user.cgi?form=home


    Hard News & More Is There!

    - Well, we seem to be getting a bit closer to the precise nature of the threat posed by Ahmed Zaoui. Strike out "terrorist", "physical threat" and "means us harm" and put a ring around "might p*ss off the French"... See... Public Address 08/12/03 - Officially Official [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00075.htm


    Stateside: If you're living in San Francisco…

    - ... be sure to vote Gonzalez on the 9th. All those who vote in San Francisco have a chance to make a difference in the world. See... Stateside: If you're living in San Francisco… [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00074.htm


    Guest Article: DVT And Air Travel

    - The problem of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) after airline travel rises to public consciousness from time to time as the popular press report stories about healthy young travellers succumbing to the condition, or provide details of high profile case going to court. See... Deep Vein Thrombosis – Advice For Air Travellers [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00073.htm


    Feedback: Disappointed From The Philippines Writes To Dalziel

    - We were genuinely shocked to receive the letter from your embassy in Bangkok, telling us that our application for immigration under the General Skills Category had lapsed. See... Open Letter to L. Dalziel: A Question of Fairness [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00072.htm


    Mingus Casey: The Wages Of Terror

    - There is growing evidence that some proportion of the attacks on American and coalition forces in Iraq are being funded by an external source. American intelligence has found that people are being paid to make and plant ieds (improvised explosive devices). See... Mingus Casey: Who Funds The Iraqi Attacks? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00071.htm


    Ramzy Baroud: Palestinian Graffiti

    - While in high school, I used to write a weekly article. Pretending to use the school’s restroom, I would hide a scrap of paper behind a specified toilet and leave. See... Ramzy Baroud: The War on Aljazeera [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00070.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - I do not want the consecrated souls to be silent, because only then will sin move away from them and they will grow in virtue. See... Katya Rivas: Priests to Return to My Sacred Heart [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00069.htm


    AIDs Runners End Nation-length Trek

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    A Bitter Pill – Therapeutics Surrender Condemned

    - The Health Minister has effectively given Australia control of New Zealand's $200 million dietary supplements industry, Green MP Sue Kedgley charged today. See... Govt surrenders $200m industry to Australia [1] MORE: - EMA - Therapeutics Decision Cuts Choice, Ramps Up Costs [2] EARLIER: - Greens - Government jumps the gun on year-long inquiry [3] - NZ First - Minister Mocks Democratic Process [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00166.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00073.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00112.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00116.htm


    ACT's Letter Rails Against The Power Of The Unions

    - The new Employment Relations Law Reform Bill reflects this Labour government. “Just technical amendments. Employers predicted doom and gloom over the Employment Relations Act and employment is up,” said Margaret Wilson. See... ACT's The Letter - Monday 8 December 2003 [1] MORE COLUMNS: - Matt Robson - robson-on-politics 5 December [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00172.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00162.htm


    Brash Has Some Advice For CHOGM

    - National Party Leader Don Brash says CHOGM should have moved to expel Zimbabwe at its meeting in Nigeria, before giving Robert Mugabe a stage from which to grandstand. See... CHOGM should have expelled Zimbabwe - Brash [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00170.htm


    NZ Credit Rating Maintenance Is Welcomed

    - Finance Minister Michael Cullen welcomed Moody’s reaffirmation today of New Zealand’s Aaa foreign currency credit rating, saying it amounted to a vote of confidence in the government. See... Moody’s report welcomed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00167.htm


    Kyoto Friendly Projects Selected

    - Fifteen projects, including wind farms, hydro-electricity schemes and industrial heat plants, have won a share of Kyoto Protocol 'carbon credits' from the Government for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. See... 15 climate-friendly projects win Kyoto credits [1] MORE ON KYOTO: - Joint Govt/Business - On track to conclude climate change agreement [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00165.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00164.htm


    Tis The Season To Be A Sad Dad

    - As we face the festive season we should spare a thought for the tens of thousands of New Zealand children who will be denied the opportunity to spend time with their fathers on Christmas Day because of the Family Court and the Domestic Purposes Benefit. See... Care of Children Bill - A Glimmer of Hope? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00163.htm


    SIS Lies And Videotape

    - Green MP Keith Locke is calling for an inquiry into SIS and police mishandling of the Ahmed Zaoui investigation, following the revelation that a significant portion of audio from an interview with Mr Zaoui had gone "missing". See... The SIS, Lies And Videotape [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00161.htm


    Tuku Morgan Is Helen Clark's Fault - Hide

    - ACT New Zealand Finance Spokesman Rodney Hide today slammed Prime Minister Helen Clark for the "rip-off" culture that has developed under her leadership. See... Rip-Off Culture Helen Clark's Fault [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00160.htm


    Auckland Seeks To Head Of Cullen Transport Plan

    - Auckland’s Mayor, Hon John Banks, today released previously confidential detail on the regional transport governance structure Auckland City believes will deliver the most effective results. See... Auckland discloses plan for best-results [1] MORE: - Released Auckland Transport Documents [2] - Auckland City Transport Letter To Michael Cullen [3] - Auckland City considers urban rail link [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0312/S00047.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0312/S00046.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0312/S00048.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0312/S00049.htm

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