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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Winston Peters Front-foots Corruption Allegations From TVNZ
The Unpleasant Reality If Child Labour In NZ
NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Australia Called Upon To Stop Stealing From East Timor
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Aziz Choudry: The ''Smart Bombs'' of US Trade and Investment Policy
Manuel Valenzuela: American Ali Baba
Norma Sherry Maps Out A Bush Removal Gameplan
UQ Wire: Theory? Here Are Some Facts
How Civilians Claim Compensation In Iraq (Or Not)
Stateside: Rosalea Reflects On The Computer
Cuban Ambassador: Why Amnesty Was Wrong – Part II
Thailand Confronted With Religious Conflict Concerns
Will The Hutton Report Tell Us How Dr David Kelly Died?
Thailand Denies Bird Flu Cover-up Accusations
Analysis: A Role For France's Nuclear Deterrent In EU Security
Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Algerian Ambassadorial Visit Cancelled
Dr Don Brash Visits Ratana & Talks Separatism
Inventive Lawsuit Against Parole Board Applauded
Employee Police Background Check Delays
Greens Get Party Backing For Foreshore Position
Project Aqua Needs Input From The Invisible MP
Another High Country Station Purchased By DOC
Greens & United Future Agree On Waste Free Future
Large Numbers Desperately Seeking A State House
Schools Preparing For Closure Announcements

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LEAD STORY:
Winston Peters Front-foots Corruption Allegations From TVNZ

Rt Hon Winston Peters has rejected fresh allegations on TVNZ tonight that: - During the Scampi inquiry in 2003 he went to the Kermadec restaurant between three and ten times. - Went to the Kermadec about every two months. - Never paid his account. - Cashed “rats and mice” cheques for fifty dollars. - Was seen dining at the restaurant with Peter Simunovich and Vaughn Wilkinson during the inquiry. See...Peters Rejects TVNZ Allegations [1] and Legal Action To Be Taken Against TVNZ [2] MORE: - National - Nats Reject Involvement In Winston Peters Saga [3] - TVNZ - TVNZ Stands By Its Winston Peters Story [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00180.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00179.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00190.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0401/S00056.htm


The Unpleasant Reality If Child Labour In NZ

- When it's lunchtime, they pretend they're not hungry or they forgot their lunch. When there's a school trip, they've forgotten their permission slip. On special PTA lunch days to raise school funds, they claim they don't like hot dogs or pizza. See… PHA calls on teachers to be alert to child poverty [1] MORE: - Child Poverty Action Group - Children Work To Supplement Family Earnings [2] - CTU - Report on Working Children Shows Needs [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0401/S00069.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0401/S00066.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0401/S00062.htm


NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Algerian ambassador no-show confirms suspicions [1]
  • Eco-Terrorism Graduates Show What They Learnt [2]
  • Electricity Prices for the Week Ending 25 January [3]
  • Uniform Conditions Helps Unions Hurts Low-Skilled [4]
  • GLOBAL Peace Festival - Aotearoa 14th-15th Feb [5]
  • Smartest parking machines in the country trialed [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00191.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0401/S00064.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0401/S00107.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0401/S00103.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0401/S00064.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0401/S00082.htm


    Australia Called Upon To Stop Stealing From East Timor

    - To mark the Australian national holiday, Australia Day, the East Timor Action Network/U.S. (ETAN) today demanded that the Australian government honor the national sovereignty and resource rights of East Timor. See... Wake-Up Call for Australia on E Timor Resources [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00176.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • President Bush Order's Ribs In Roswell [1]
  • Oz Refugee Advocates launch 2004 Election Strategy [2]
  • Pacific Journalism Review – Call For Papers [3]
  • Indonesia: German Journalist Freed After Arrest [4]
  • Indonesia: Editorial - Press Freedom In Danger [5]
  • Nablus: Where is the world? [6]
  • Visitor Restrictions To The Occupied Territories [7]
  • UN Agency Condemns Israeli Demolition Of Homes [8]
  • Coke with Yet Another New Twist: Toxic Cola [9]
  • Greenpeace Win On Russian Court Case [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00178.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00177.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00175.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00174.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00172.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00173.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00171.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00168.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00170.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00169.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Aziz Choudry: The ''Smart Bombs'' of US Trade and Investment Policy

    - While the US military unleashed laser-guided weapons of mass destruction on the peoples of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush Administration’s aggressive international trade and investment agenda has developed some “smart bombs” of its own. See... Laser-Guided Liberalization and Latin America [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00114.htm


    Manuel Valenzuela: American Ali Baba

    - Iraqis have a slang term for those whom they believe guilty of thievery and chicanery, those people who steal, lie, cheat and are endowed with low levels of scruples. See... George W. Bush And The Stealing Of America [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00113.htm


    Norma Sherry Maps Out A Bush Removal Gameplan

    - We need to stop singing to the choir. We've already got it. We know all too well what's wrong and what needs fixing. Now we need to reach the other side. We need to put aside our frustration, our anger, and start doing something productive. See... Norma Sherry: What Are We To Do? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00112.htm


    UQ Wire: Theory? Here Are Some Facts

    - Just before his death, James Jesus Angleton, the legendary chief of counterintelligence at the Central Intelligence Agency, was a bitter man. He felt betrayed by the people he had worked for all his life. See... UQ Wire: Commentary - Paranoid Shift [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00111.htm


    How Civilians Claim Compensation In Iraq (Or Not)

    - Two human rights groups have issued a searing indictment of the U.S. military's system for compensating Iraqi civilians victimized by American troops. See... Iraq Civilian Claims Process as ''Kafkaesque'' [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00110.htm


    Stateside: Rosalea Reflects On The Computer

    - It was twenty years ago yesterday... a weird little computer was advertised during the Superbowl, launching it on its path to change the face of computing forever. See... Stateside with Rosalea: The Little Tool That Could [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00109.htm


    Cuban Ambassador: Why Amnesty Was Wrong – Part II

    - As I promised, I will dedicate the second part of my rebuttal of Amnesty International’s defamation against Cuba by concentrating in What we are doing in Cuba in favour of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and why everything that Amnesty International has said does not reflect Cuba’s reality. See... Scoop Feedback: Cuban Ambassador On Amnesty (2) [1] and Scoop Feedback: The Cuban Ambassador On Amnesty [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00108.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00088.htm


    Thailand Confronted With Religious Conflict Concerns

    - The government warned against a Muslim-Buddhist "religious conflict" after assassins killed two Buddhist monks and a novice in southern Thailand, while the army cancelled sending Israeli-trained Thai troops to Iraq because they might anger Iraqis. See... Religious Conflict & Sensitivities In Thailand [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00107.htm


    Will The Hutton Report Tell Us How Dr David Kelly Died?

    - On the eve of publication of the Hutton Report, medical specialists are making public their doubts over how Dr David Kelly died. Items found with his body suggested suicide, but a UK surgeon and a specialist anaesthesiologist from South Africa believe the case may not be so clear-cut. See... Medical Professionals Dispute How David Kelly Died [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00106.htm


    Thailand Denies Bird Flu Cover-up Accusations

    - Wobbling after widespread condemnation of dangerously unethical behavior, the Thai government denied on Saturday (Jan. 24) it covered up the spread of bird flu, suspected of killing at least one person in Thailand and five others in Vietnam. See... Richard Ehrlich: Thailand Denies Bird Flu Cover-up [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00105.htm


    Analysis: A Role For France's Nuclear Deterrent In EU Security

    - Political change in Europe has profoundly changed the face of the European continent as well as its political and security needs. See... Analysis: Europe And Its Security Identity [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00104.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

    - My little ones, I am calling you to conversion, repentance, I want all of you for the Celestial Heaven. I come as Ambassadress, bringing you the invitation to Eternal Life, but few listen to me. See... Katya Rivas: Visit Churches with Heads Covered [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00103.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0401/S00070.htm
    Saltarello – Royal NZ Ballet

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Algerian Ambassadorial Visit Cancelled

    - Green MP Keith Locke said today that the abrupt cancellation of the Algerian ambassador's visit to New Zealand raised doubts over the real purpose of his visit. See... Algerian ambassador no-show confirms suspicions [1] and Govt must resist Algerian attempt to get Zaoui [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00191.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00185.htm


    Dr Don Brash Visits Ratana & Talks Separatism

    - A drift towards ethnic separatism is rapidly becoming the biggest issue facing New Zealand, National Party leader Don Brash said at the Ratana celebrations today. See... 'Ethnic Separatism' Becoming The Big Issue [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00182.htm


    Inventive Lawsuit Against Parole Board Applauded

    - "I usually deplore inventive new lawsuits, but this one is good news," was ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks' welcome to reports that Tai Hobson is seeking $5 million damages for government negligence in letting parolee ... See...ACT Welcomes Parole Lawsuit [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00183.htm


    Employee Police Background Check Delays

    - National Party Regional Development spokesman Phil Heatley says that while Labour is promising all sorts of party tricks for business it can't provide even basic services. See...Government failing on basic services [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00187.htm


    Greens Get Party Backing For Foreshore Position

    - The Green position on the Foreshore and Seabed has been endorsed at the party's annual policy conference in Dunedin today (Sunday). See...Greens endorse foreshore stand [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00186.htm


    Project Aqua Needs Input From The Invisible MP

    - "Otago deserves better representation on the Project Aqua debate," warns Brian Connell, MP for Rakaia and Spokesman for Commerce. See... Saddam Found, Parker Still Missing! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00196.htm


    Another High Country Station Purchased By DOC

    - A huge high country station and haven for the critically endangered black stilt has been purchased by the Government to form the centrepiece of a vast new conservation park in the South Island. See... Haven for black stilt purchased for $10 million [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00195.htm


    Greens & United Future Agree On Waste Free Future

    - The Green Party sees a waste-free society as essential to New Zealand's future well being and will push for product durability standards, package reuse and an end to landfills to achieve it. See... Greens want waste-free New Zealand [1] and Dunne applauds belated Green support [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00192.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00194.htm


    Large Numbers Desperately Seeking A State House

    - ACT New Zealand Housing Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today expressed concern - but not surprise - at new information that has revealed a huge increase in the number of people urgently awaiting state housing. See... In Need Of A Home? Don't Ask Labour [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00188.htm


    Schools Preparing For Closure Announcements

    - Communities up and down the country should be preparing to fight when Trevor Mallard tells them what schools he plans to close as part of his Government's network review, National Party Education spokesman Bill English says. See...Crunch time for communities hit by schools review [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00184.htm

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