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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Now Saddam’s Been Captured, What’s Next?
Tariana Talks About The Treaty
NZ NEWS HEADLINES:
Bush Begins Moves Against Syria
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Saddam Capture: Hard News Is There!
Saddam Capture: Where Rosalea Asks A Question
Chomsky Promo: Thaaaats It Folks!
Stateside: Where Rosalea Goes To The Movies
Martin LeFevre: Different Than Chimps
Thailand's Extreme Solution To The 'P' Problem
Cartoons: The Gipper & When Santa Met The Hippy
Daniel Patrick Welch On The Braindead US Media
Royal NZ Ballet’s Peter Pan Reviewed
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
NZ Political Reaction To Saddam Capture
Te Arawa Settlement Irks Nats & ACT
What Are Our Engineers Really Doing In Iraq?
Maurice Williamson Is Forgiven
Foreshore & Seabed Announcement Timing Questioned
Goff Meets Downer - Don't Mention The War
King Meets Christmas Deadline On Hospital Upgrades
CHH Mill Closure Jim's Fault
How Many Children Are On The Benefit
PHO Reports Confirm ACT Views
Rod Donald Goes West

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http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00121.htm
Saddam Hussein Captured - In U.S. Custody

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Now Saddam’s Been Captured, What’s Next?

- Saddam Has Been Captured, but one must not lose sight of the tribulations plaguing Iraq. Sectarian violence still threatens to rip the country apart. Infrastructure repairs are a long way off and the economy is still in disarray and offer a daunting task. See... Firas Al-Atraqchi: Saddam Must be Tried in Iraq [1] ALSO: Saddam Hussein Captured In Tikrit [2] - Bush Addresses USA on the Capture of Saddam [3] and U.S. Defense Details Saddam's Capture Near Tikrit [4] - See below for more Scoop Comment on the capture and NZ Political Reaction to the capture


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00130.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00121.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00077.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00076.htm


Tariana Talks About The Treaty

- E nga iwi e huihui nei i mua i Taputeranga, te motu o Kupe, i nga takutai o te Moana o Raukawa, tena koutou katoa. See... Tariana Turia Speech - Sharing and partnership [1] REACTION: - Don Brash - Clark must reject Tariana Turia's demands [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00357.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00367.htm


NZ NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Medical Cannabis Grower Non Conviction Applauded [1]
  • Te Arawa lakes settlement offer [2]
  • Manufacturing Sales Decrease 1.0 Percent [3]
  • Defence Launches Medals Website [4]
  • Manukau Mayor Opposed To Brothels In Residential Areas [5]
  • Peoples Moratorium to take action at Pac N’ Save [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00116.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00351.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00152.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00115.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0312/S00106.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00114.htm


    Bush Begins Moves Against Syria

    - The Act purports to impose upon the President requirements to take certain actions against Syria unless the President either determines and certifies to the Congress that the Government of Syria has taken specific actions, or determines that it is in the national security interest of the United States to waive such requirements and reports the reasons for that determination to the Congress. USA Moves To Impose Sanctions Against Syria [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00082.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

    UK Supports Caution Over EU Constitution - Prime Minister Tony Blair has said it was better to wait and get the right agreement on a future constitution for the EU than to continue talks at the Brussels summit. See… Better to wait & get the right EU agreement: Blair [1] ALSO: Germany: Fischer: "We want a constitution for Europe!" [2] MORE HEADLINES:

  • Blair: Shadow of Saddam lifted of Iraq [3]
  • Blair on Saddam Hussein's capture [4]
  • Rumsfeld on the Capture of Saddam Hussein [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00084.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00083.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00086.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00085.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00081.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Saddam Capture: Hard News Is There!

    - The thing that struck me is how different a weekend it could have been - if Saddam had somehow stayed safe in his hole and the terrorists had killed Musharaf. Although it has inevitably been swamped by news of Saddam's capture, the Pakistani leader ... See... Public Address 15/12/03 - History Pivots [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00132.htm


    Saddam Capture: Where Rosalea Asks A Question

    - What did the Japanese know, and when did they know it? That's my question. See... Stateside with Rosalea: I Really Think So [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00129.htm


    Chomsky Promo: Thaaaats It Folks!

    - The second and final 10 winners of the Noam Chomsky's Hegemony or Survival from our joint Allen & Unwin / Scoop promotion. See... Second 10 Noam Chomsky Book Draw Winners [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00131.htm


    Stateside: Where Rosalea Goes To The Movies

    - A couple of weekends ago, one of the local movie theatres had a preview screening of The Last Samurai. I ended up getting back too late from a trip up the Marin coastline and had to be satisfied that day with a very Taranaki-like drizzly outlook over a ... See... Stateside with Rosalea: Movie Review [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00128.htm


    Martin LeFevre: Different Than Chimps

    - The amusing declarative headline in a prominent California paper read: ''What separates us from chimps.'' Indulging in a tautology, I am tempted to say that what separates us from chimps is separating ourselves from chimps, and everything else. See... Meditations: What Separates Us from Chimps? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00127.htm


    Thailand's Extreme Solution To The 'P' Problem

    - Thailand used its new lethal injection system for the first time to enforce its controversial war on drugs by executing four people in a single day, including three convicted for possessing a massive amount of methamphetamines. See... Richard Ehrlich: Executing 'P' Dealers In Thailand [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00126.htm


    Cartoons: The Gipper & When Santa Met The Hippy

    - Cartoon by John Chuckman See... Chuckman Cartoon: The Gipper's Dime [1] Kidd Millennium Cartoon: What Goes Around… [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00125.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00123.htm


    Daniel Patrick Welch On The Braindead US Media

    - ''I'm Ted Koppel and thisssssssss.... is 'Nightline.''' If you remember that line, or the Saturday Night Live exaggeration of it, then you are old enough to know who Ted Koppel is, and why he might be bored by a debate with too little blood on the floor. See... Daniel Patrick Welch: Mickey Mouse-ing the Vote [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00124.htm


    Royal NZ Ballet’s Peter Pan Reviewed

    - It is not simply a sense of unaffected nostalgia incited by the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s interpretation of the childhood classic Peter Pan, but a deeper conglomeration of post youth enlightenment, combined with a sense of personal re-evaluation. See... Scoop Review: Royal NZ Ballet’s Peter Pan [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00120.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - The happiest moment for children is that which they can spend with their little friends, talking, playing, and having a good time. The same happens with Me. See... Katya Rivas: My Divine Wish [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00122.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    NZ Political Reaction To Saddam Capture

    - Prime Minister Helen Clark has today welcomed the capture of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. See... Helen Clark welcomes Saddam’s capture [1] MORE: - ACT - Wrong Again, Prime Minister [2] - National - Brash congratulates US forces over Saddam capture [3] - Greens - Iraq must judge Saddam, say Greens [4] - Peace Action Wellington - US and NZ must get out of Iraq [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00362.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00361.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00356.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00354.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00112.htm


    Te Arawa Settlement Irks Nats & ACT

    - ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader Ken Shirley today accused the Labour Government of duplicity and inconsistency over the transfer of ownership of 14 Rotorua lakes and foreshores from the Crown to local iwi. See... Labour Fuels Treaty Grievance Industry [1] MORE: - Govt. - Background To Te Arawa Lakes Settlement Offer [2] - Govt. - Te Arawa lakes settlement offer [3] - National - Reach of Te Arawa settlement unclear [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00365.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00352.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00351.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00346.htm


    What Are Our Engineers Really Doing In Iraq?

    - Green MP Keith Locke has accused the Government of deception over the role of our army engineers in Iraq, following revelations by Nicky Hager in the Sunday Star-Times today that New Zealand defence personnel in Iraq are in fact assisting British military forces in the Basra area. See... NZers deceived over engineers' Iraq military role [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00353.htm


    Maurice Williamson Is Forgiven

    - The Board of Directors of the New Zealand National Party has today announced it will reinstate the party membership of suspended National Party MP Hon Maurice Williamson. See... Williamson Suspension Lifted [1] , Don Brash welcomes Maurice Williamson decision [2] and Williamson pleased to be back - and apologises [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00350.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00349.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00348.htm


    Foreshore & Seabed Announcement Timing Questioned

    - The Government's intention to announce proposals to settle the foreshore and seabed issue after Parliament closes for the year is an unacceptable abuse of the democratic process, says National's Deputy Leader Gerry Brownlee. See... Govt dodging Parliament to hide foreshore seabed [1] and ACT Welcomes National Call For Seabed Debate [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00347.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00344.htm


    Goff Meets Downer - Don't Mention The War

    - Pacific issues will be a feature of the Australia-New Zealand Foreign Ministers’ Talks at Portage in the Marlborough Sounds this weekend. See... Pacific focus for Foreign Minister talks [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00343.htm


    King Meets Christmas Deadline On Hospital Upgrades

    - Health Minister Annette King today announced approval for substantial redevelopments at Wairarapa and Dunstan Hospitals totalling almost $35 million. See... Wairarapa and Dunstan Hospitals redevelopments [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00364.htm


    CHH Mill Closure Jim's Fault

    - "Carter Holt Harvey's closure of Tokoroa Sawmill is as much evidence as you need that this Government cares very little for the forestry workers of New Zealand," says Brian Connell, National's spokesman for Forestry. See... Jim gives job losses for Xmas! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00363.htm


    How Many Children Are On The Benefit

    - Question: What is the total number of children living in benefit-led households as at 31 October 2003, broken down by region? See... Children in benefit-led households [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00360.htm


    PHO Reports Confirm ACT Views

    - Media reports today of PHO staff criticisms of the Government's implementation of the primary health strategy, have simply re-iterated what ACT has always warned - that changes in the delivery of primary healthcare have actually resulted in very little improvement, ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy said today. See... PHO Criticisms Echo ACT Warnings [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00358.htm


    Rod Donald Goes West

    - Green Co-Leader Rod Donald is today (Monday) visiting three West Coast schools earmarked for closure. The Green MP will visit Kaiata (10am), Blackball (11.30am) and Ngahere (1pm) schools to meet with teachers and parents. See... Donald to visit threatened West Coast schools [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00355.htm

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