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LEAD STORY:
Israel Indymedia Website Taken Offline
Judge Says P Crims Turn Youths Into Prostitutes
Happy Christmas Message From The Scoopers
NZ NEWS HEADLINES:
UNICEF: 40 Tonnes Of Relief For Iran Quake Victims
NZ Should Act To End Tampa Refugees Hunger-Strike
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP FESTIVE SEASON COLUMNS:
Catherine Austin-Fitts: 10 Christmas Meditations
Bernard Weiner: Ten ''New Year's Revolutions''
Hard News & Public Address Holiday Reading
Uri Avnery: Decoding Ariel
Not Particularly Christmassy Cartoons
Martin LeFevre: Meditations On Christmas
Upton-on-line Reviews The Festive Season From France
Rosalea Goes On A Christmas Vacation In Quakeland
Aung San Suu Kyi Does Not Get A Christmas Visit From Amnesty
Satire: Christmas In Redneckville Oklahoma

OTHER COLUMNS:
Meditations: The Bushes, Senior & Junior
Michel Chossudovsky: Propaganda & The Capture Of Saddam
The Philosophy Of Total Propaganda Control?
Vietnam Kits Up With Fighter Bombers
Allan Rubin: Oil, War and the Euro
M. Shahid Alam: The Moral Case Against Saddam

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http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00213.htm
Tampa Refugees Seek Release From Nauru Detention Centre

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LEAD STORY:
Israel Indymedia Website Taken Offline

- Israel Police have shut down Indymedia in Israel citing material in the 'open publishing zone' of the website as objectionable. Israel's Civil Rights Association states: "The investigation against Indymedia Israel has turned into intimidation..." See... Israel Police Shut Down Indymedia-Israel [1] ALSO: Israeli Physicians Publish Advert in Haaretz [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00223.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00197.htm


Judge Says P Crims Turn Youths Into Prostitutes

- A senior judge has warned that young girls are prostituting themselves for methamphetamine, and that young people are being targeted with 'free samples' of this 'highly addictive drug'. See... Judge says girls prostituting for P [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00560.htm


Happy Christmas Message From The Scoopers

- This note is to thank you all (all 4000 of you subscribers) for your ongoing support during 2003 and inform you of the Scoop operational plan for the Christmas / New Year break. See... Scoop Christmas Message And Holidays Update… [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00198.htm


NZ NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Pacific Aerospace On Aircrash Killing Kelvin Stark [1]
  • Official Holiday Road Toll Begins - Safety Tips [2]
  • Forest Owners Seek Payment For Carbon Credits [3]
  • Nicky Watson Appears At Mercedes Fashion [4]
  • New Year Awards for Film Makers [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00305.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0312/S00179.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00304.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0312/S00130.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0312/S00129.htm


    UNICEF: 40 Tonnes Of Relief For Iran Quake Victims

    - NEW YORK, UNICEF is rushing over 40 tonnes of relief supplies to Iran to help tens of thousands of children affected by Thursday's earthquake near the town of Bam, the agency confirmed today. See… UNICEF Rushes Relief Supplies to Iran Quake Zone [1] ALSO: Red Cross donates $50,000 to Iran earthquake [2] - Iran-Quake: Kiwi Response Overwhelms World Vision [3] - World Vision readies for action in Iran [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00190.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00193.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00192.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00191.htm


    NZ Should Act To End Tampa Refugees Hunger-Strike

    - Green MP Keith Locke wants New Zealand to help break the impasse over hunger-striking Afghan asylum seekers on Nauru. See... Locke calls on NZ to break Nauru deadlock [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0312/S00558.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Tampa Refugees On Hunger Strike In Nauru
  • ISM Training and Reminders [1]
  • The day after the shooting of peace activists [2]
  • IOF Shoots Live Bullets at Israeli Peace Activists [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00196.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00195.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0312/S00194.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00224.htm
    The Real Deal: Angels Watching Over Us

    SCOOP FESTIVE SEASON COLUMNS:

    Catherine Austin-Fitts: 10 Christmas Meditations

    - I first rode down Highway 18 South in 1978 when I was twenty-seven, riding my bicycle across America through the Southern states. I came to visit Willie Louise, my second cousin, who lived in Bolivar, down the road from what is now my home in Hickory Valley, ... See... Mapping the Real Deal: Angels Watching Over Us [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00224.htm


    Bernard Weiner: Ten ''New Year's Revolutions''

    - For many years, four San Francisco families have gathered after Christmas week in a cabin in the Sierra snow. One of our rituals takes place on New Year's Eve: See... Bernard Weiner: Ten ''New Year's Revolutions'' [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00219.htm


    Hard News & Public Address Holiday Reading

    - For a town that has noticeably emptied out for the holidays, Auckland does seem to be offering rather a lot of New Year's Eve action. Me, I'm booked for a grown-up's evening at home, with the option of a dart up to Ponsonby Road later on See... Public Address 29/12/03 - Holiday Reading 1 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00222.htm


    Uri Avnery: Decoding Ariel

    - He read out the written text of his speech, word for word, without raising his eyes from the page. See... Uri Avnery: Sharon's Speech - The Decoded Version [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00221.htm

    Not Particularly Christmassy Cartoons

    - Cartoons by Kidd Millennium… See... Kidd Millennium Cartoon: Despots In A Teapot [1] and John ChuckmanChuckman Cartoon: Person Of The Year / Madcows [2] , Chuckman Cartoon: Peace On Earth [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00217.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00215.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00206.htm


    Martin LeFevre: Meditations On Christmas

    - Christians believe that Jesus "died for our sins." To my mind, that is nonsense. Jesus died because of people's sins, not for their sins, or ours. See... Martin LeFevre: Jesus, We Barely Knew Thee [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00211.htm


    Upton-on-line Reviews The Festive Season From France

    - The festive season leads upton-on-line to focus on two sorts of veils (utterly unconnected except by name); the de-veiling of Moslem France and the problem of illegal fishing behind the the veil of flag state sovereignty. But before that, some reflections on New Zealand as fleetingly experienced through the veil of jet-lag, diesel emissions, hobbits on the rampage and over-priced pinot noir. See... Upton-on-line: Special Christmas Veils Issue [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00210.htm


    Rosalea Goes On A Christmas Vacation In Quakeland

    - It's the day before Christmas Eve here in California, which is sort of like Christmas Eve itself Down Under. Boxing Day isn't recognised in the US, so the two-day holiday includes Christmas Eve day, making this the last working day before the Christmas break. I'm taking two weeks' vacation and started it last Friday night. See... (Touring) Stateside: California's Central Coast [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00209.htm

    Aung San Suu Kyi Does Not Get A Christmas Visit From Amnesty

    - Burma's military regime blocked Amnesty International from meeting Aung San Suu Kyi, the world's most famous political prisoner, during an investigation into "the grave deterioration" of human rights throughout the country, the London-based organization said. See... Amnesty Barred From Seeing Aung San Suu Kyi [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00208.htm


    Satire: Christmas In Redneckville Oklahoma

    - The warm glow of the holiday season dissipated into a lump of coal in the stocking as the Hicks family of Beaver, Oklahoma spent their Christmas day bashing minorities, gays and liberals, according to Andrew Hicks, a political science major at Tulane University. See... Liberal Faces Conservative Relatives At Christmas [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00207.htm


    OTHER COLUMNS:

    Meditations: The Bushes, Senior & Junior

    - After raining all night, the creek was an unrecognizable torrent during a break between storms on Christmas Eve. As I sat at a picnic table overlooking the turbulence, a car drove up on the other side. I had a bad feeling. See... Martin LeFevre: The Sins of the Father, and Son [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00220.htm

    Michel Chossudovsky: Propaganda & The Capture Of Saddam

    - Saddam Hussein, identified in military jargon as a "High Value Target" (HVT) was allegedly found caught in a dirt-tunnel hideout near a remote farm some 12 km south of Tikrit: See... War Propaganda and the Capture of Saddam Hussein [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00218.htm


    The Philosophy Of Total Propaganda Control?

    - The concept of ‘information dominance’ is the key to understanding US and UK propaganda strategy and a central component of the US aim of ‘total spectrum dominance’. See... David Miller: Information Dominance [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00216.htm


    Vietnam Kits Up With Fighter Bombers

    - Vietnam reportedly signed a 100 million U.S. dollar deal to buy four sophisticated Sukhoi warplanes from Russia, its former Cold War ally, after Moscow sold similar Sukhoi fighter-bombers to Indonesia, Malaysia and China. See... Vietnam Buys Russian Warplanes For USD$100million [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00214.htm


    Allan Rubin: Oil, War and the Euro

    - In attempting to make sense of the Bush administration's drive to war in Iraq, we have heard much from the White House of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. When that rationale proved to be an illusion, the administration turned to “liberating” Iraq from Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime. See... Guest Opinion: Oil, War and the Euro [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00205.htm


    M. Shahid Alam: The Moral Case Against Saddam

    - We might glean a few insights about the semantics of the global order – and the reality it tries to mask – from the way in which the United States has framed the moral case against Saddam. See... M. Shahid Alam: Semantics of Empire [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00204.htm

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