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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
English Tabloid Reports Saddam Really Captured By Kurds
Free Zaoui Vigil In Christchurch 1pm Today
NZ NEWS HEADLINES:
Nablus: Israel Refugee Camp Occupation
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
ZZZZZzzzzt Scoop Has Feedback
The Latest From Public Address
Tony Baldwin On The Future Of Fonterra
Saddam Capture: Uri Avnery Wants Saddam Trial In The Hague
Saddam Capture: Is It Over Yet?
Saddam Capture Cartoons: Mano a Mano & Iraqnids
UQ Wire: Re: Thomas Kean's Sudden U-Turn
UQ Wire: A Woman Who Tells It Like It Is
Jose Padilla Decision A Setback For Police State America
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Greenpeace Says ERMA’s GE Onion Decision Should Be Scrapped
Cullen Superfund Excuses Start Early - ACT
David Bain Case Reports Released
Swearing Review Initiated
NZ Makes Plans For ANZAC Cove
What NGOs Are Not Supposed To Do With Govt. Funds
Ideas To Prevent Fires In The Countryside
Child Support System Inadequate And Onerous - United
Lockwood Discovers Trans-Tasman Tensions
United Future Goes Into Bat For NZ Fishers
Tangiwai Disaster Remembered 50 Years On
Improving The Box For Christmas Viewers

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Ahmed Zaoui Case: Justice Williams Summary Of Judgement

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
English Tabloid Reports Saddam Really Captured By Kurds

- A series of stories have been published today , so far in Europe, Australia and Asia, casting the capture of Saddam Hussein in an entirely new light. If the stories are confirmed true it would appear that the spider-hole story is another piece of pure United States Military psy-ops propaganda, just like the fall of the Saddam statue in Baghdad [1] . See... Links: Widespread Claims Kurds Got Saddam First [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00117.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00184.htm


Free Zaoui Vigil In Christchurch 1pm Today

- Christchurch supporters of imprisoned Algerian refugee Ahmed Zaoui will gather outside the offices of the SIS at 1pm this afternoon. A citizens delegation will then proceed to the SIS office to ask the SIS for the summary of the charges against Mr. Zaoui. See... Free Ahmed Zaoui: Vigil In ChCh Today [1] FULL TEXT: Ahmed Zaoui Case: Summary Of Judgment: Justice Williams [2] AND Ahmed Zaoui Case - Full Judgement Justice Williams [3] and Refugee Status Appeal pdf document MORE: - National - Let's Just Get On With The Ahmed Zaoui Case [4] - Amnesty International - AI welcomes outcomes of judicial review of Zaoui [5] - HRC - Commission welcomes High Court Decision [6] - Matt Robson - A victory for the rule of law in the Zaoui case [7] - For more about the Ahmed Zaoui case, See... freezaoui.org.nz


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00157.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00163.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00164.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00521.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00156.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00155.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00504.htm


NZ NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Electro-Convulsive Therapy Review Announced [1]
  • NZ Superannuation Fund Issues First Performance [2]
  • BSA Decision On Holmes’ Kofi Annan Comments [3]
  • Kiwi Aircraft Manufacturer Receives World Orders [4]
  • Rare seaweeds discovered in Northland [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0312/S00096.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00165.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00159.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00265.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0312/S00060.htm


    Nablus: Israel Refugee Camp Occupation

    Remains - Two Palestinians, including a teenage boy, died early Sunday of wounds sustained earlier by Israeli Occupation Forces’ (IOF) gunfire in Nablus and Qalqilya. IOF also detained more than 200 Palestinian activists in the West Bank in the past week… See... Israeli Onslaught Continues in Nablus Balatah Camp [1] ALSO: Palestinian Prisoner Cut off From the Outer World [2] - Nablus: Palestinian Boy Dies of Wounds [3] - Israel’s Weekly Cabinet Meeting Summary [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00153.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00152.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00151.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00154.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Arafat Accuses U.S. Of Backing Sharon's Plan [1]
  • Bush Welcomes Libyan Decision to End WMD Programs [2]
  • Bush Turns Up Fear Factor To High Alert [3]
  • International Solidarity Writes: Rafah Lives [4]
  • Amnesty: China: Brands Peaceful Activists As Terrorists [5]
  • Amnesty: Governments Fail To Protect Human Right Defenders [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00150.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00156.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00149.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00147.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00145.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00144.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    ZZZZZzzzzt Scoop Has Feedback

    - Broadcasting Standards Authority: Paul Holmes - Dates Reported Re Saddam Hussein's Capture - Congratulations Scoop - CFS Social Workers - More Reality Of War Comments - Green Party And School Discipline Policy - Good On Ya Chuckman - Do Managers Hide ... See... Weekend's Letters To Scoop [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00173.htm


    The Latest From Public Address

    - I don't know who writes ACT MP Muriel Newman's press releases, but they're on to a winning formula. My favourite titles to date: "Stop Beating Around The Child Support Bush" "The Grinch who stole hard-working families' Christmas" ... See... Public Address 22/12/03 - Liberty And Justice [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00183.htm


    Tony Baldwin On The Future Of Fonterra

    - Dairy farmers have a long and deep distrust of outsiders. This powerful and well-documented suspicion surfaced on the industry’s birth over 100 years ago. It continues to have a profound influence over the industry’s current structure and future direction. See... Tony Baldwin: Fonterra, Andrew Ferrier’s Challenge [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00182.htm


    Saddam Capture: Uri Avnery Wants Saddam Trial In The Hague

    - The spectacle was disgusting. ''Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth, lest the Lord see it, and it displeaseth Him, and He turn away His wrath from him!'' See... Uri Avnery: Send Saddam to The Hague! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00181.htm


    Saddam Capture: Is It Over Yet?

    - If the capture of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on December 13, by American forces, is of any contribution to the Iraq quagmire, it is a further inflection of an already augmented array of paradoxes. See... Ramzy Baroud: Is The Capture Of Saddam Really Over [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00180.htm


    Saddam Capture Cartoons: Mano a Mano & Iraqnids

    - See... Chuckman Cartoon: Saddam Vs Bush [1] and Kidd Millennium Cartoon: Iraqnid Celebration [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00179.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00177.htm


    UQ Wire: Re: Thomas Kean's Sudden U-Turn

    - December 17th: 9/11 Commission Chairman Kean fires off a news blip claiming the September 11 attacks were ''preventable,'' some officials had ''simply failed'', and ''major revelations'' are due next month.. See... UQ Wire: Daschle Pnackles ''Commission Incredible' [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00178.htm


    UQ Wire: A Woman Who Tells It Like It Is

    - Kristen Breitweiser, Widow Of 9/11 Victim: Well, I think it doesn't come as a surprise that he [911 Commission Chair Thomas Kean] stated that 9/11 could have been prevented. See... UQ Wire: 911 Widow Kristen Breitweiser On Hardball [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00175.htm


    Jose Padilla Decision A Setback For Police State America

    - In a landmark victory for constitutional protections and the separation of powers in the post-9/11 era, a panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 ruling barring the president from declaring a U.S. citizen an “enemy combatant” without congressional authorization. See... Jose Padilla: A Constitutional Challenge for All [1] and Lawyers Praise Second Circuit Padilla V. Rumsfeld


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00176.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - Courage, love of My sorrows, flower of My Passion, your intimate union with Me is what makes you share My grief and My sorrow for a corrupted world. You moan and cry; it is your passion united to My Passion. See... Katya Rivas: It Is The Hour Of Darkness [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00174.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Greenpeace Says ERMA’s GE Onion Decision Should Be Scrapped

    - Greenpeace today criticised the decision of ERMA to approve Crop and Food’s GE onions. “This is an experiment that ERMA themselves concede has little environmental or economic benefit and is a waste of research funding (1) ... See... GE onions: Risky waste of taxpayers money [1] ALSO: - Fed Farmers - Crop Vandalism Should Not Be Tolerated [2] - Greens - GE onion trial is dead-end science, say Greens [3] - Life Sciences Network - GE Onions Decision Reflects Sound Science [4] - Soil and Health Association - Hobbs Must Veto ERMA’s GE-Onion Trial [5] - GE Free NZ - Timing of Erma Decision insensitive to Christmas [6]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00158.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00166.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00515.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0312/S00062.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00161.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0312/S00061.htm


    Cullen Superfund Excuses Start Early - ACT

    - ACT New Zealand Finance Spokesman Rodney Hide today said that the failure of the Government's Super Fund to meet its targets was hardly a surprise. See... Excuses Start Early For Govt Super Fund [1] and NZ Superannuation Fund Issues First Performance [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00523.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0312/S00165.htm


    David Bain Case Reports Released

    - Justice Minister Phil Goff today released the Ministry of Justice's report and Sir Thomas Thorp's review of the David Bain case. See... Goff releases reports into Bain case [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00527.htm


    Swearing Review Initiated

    - A comprehensive review of New Zealand’s oaths and affirmations is to be undertaken by an inter-departmental working group, Justice Minister Phil Goff said today. See... Oaths and affirmations to be reviewed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00526.htm


    NZ Makes Plans For ANZAC Cove

    - Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Helen Clark, said today that the New Zealand Historic Places Trust was looking at ways to recognise the heritage importance to New Zealanders of Anzac Cove, Gallipoli. See... NZ plans to recognise importance of Anzac Cove [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00525.htm


    What NGOs Are Not Supposed To Do With Govt. Funds

    - Associate Finance Minister Trevor Mallard welcomed updated guidelines on contracting between non-government organisations (NGOs) and government agencies, released by Treasury today. See... Updated guidelines for NGO - government contracts [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00524.htm


    Ideas To Prevent Fires In The Countryside

    - ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff today urged South Island regional councils to implement contingency plans to close public roads that access to the high country, due to the extremely dry conditions. See... Councils Urged To Shut Roads As Fire Risk Grows [1] and


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00522.htm


    Child Support System Inadequate And Onerous - United

    - More than 8000 custodial parents, often already struggling financially, are being chased for nearly $8 million by Inland Revenue because of an inadequate child support system, United Future's Judy Turner said today. See... Turner: Custodial parents up for $8 million [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00519.htm


    Lockwood Discovers Trans-Tasman Tensions

    - The Government's reluctance to support regional initiatives has been confirmed by Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer, says National's Foreign Affairs spokesman Hon Dr Lockwood Smith. See... Downer confirms trans-Tasman bond strained [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00517.htm


    United Future Goes Into Bat For NZ Fishers

    - Thousands of New Zealand fishing jobs are going begging as this country continues to allow overseas fishing operators to pay foreign crews Third World pay rates in our waters, United Future leader Peter Dunne said from Nelson today. See... Dunne: Thousands of fishing jobs go begging [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00513.htm


    Tangiwai Disaster Remembered 50 Years On

    - The text of the Governor-General's speech at the Tangiwai commemorations, including the Queen's message. See... Tangiwai - Governor Gen's speech & Queen's message [1] see also ACT.. Tangiwai: History Set To Repeat [2] & Don't Dishonour The Dead [3] and National…Government Ignores Lessons Of Tangiwai [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00510.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00511.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00505.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00506.htm


    Improving The Box For Christmas Viewers

    - Green MP Sue Kedgley is calling for a "Kiwi Content Day" to replace the annual dose of snow, cartoons and aging UK crooners served up by Television New Zealand on Christmas Day. See... Kedgley calls for Kiwi Christmas content [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00509.htm

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