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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Jason Leopold: Spying On Kofi Just Part Of The Story
UN Responds To U.S. Britain Spying Claims
Cullen Says Economy Confidence Slide Expected
Weekend Weather Reports – Read And Weep
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
UN Asks Haiti’s Neighbours To Open Borders: US Blocks Refugees
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES
FRINGE '04: Liz Smith Reviews Evil Fiona's Love Test

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News Wants You To Have A Squiz Over There!
Keith Rankin: The Electoral System Of The Academy
Naked in Nuhaka: We Are At A Critical Juncture
Satire: The White House Vs Science
Why I Joined Carlyle Group? SEC Chief Explains
Guest Opinion: Why Dennis Kucinich Won't Say Die
MadCowMorningNews Exclusive: What George Did In 1972?
Scoop Poem: Israel Banks Palestinian Money
Norma Sherry: The New Deal Is A Dead Deal
Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Goff Off To Pay Respects For NZ Sailers In Uruguay
Nats Knew About Stood Down Judge
Govt’s ¾ Of Dole For Flood Victims Insulting
Business Roundtable Welcomes Treaty Tribes Idea
Anti Nuke Day Monday
Govt Remains Stubborn According To United Future
Line Up Line Up Calling All Small Businesses
This Week At Select Committees
Coddington Sounds Forth
Scoop Was In The House

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LEAD STORY:
Jason Leopold: Spying On Kofi Just Part Of The Story

- More evidence emerged Thursday about the United States and Britain’s underhanded tactics aimed at undermining the United Nations Security Council as it considered a U.S.-backed resolution in launching a preemptive strike against Iraq last year. See... Spying On UN Sec. General Part Of Larger Campaign [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00239.htm


UN Responds To U.S. Britain Spying Claims

- Reacting to today's media reports alleging that Secretary-General Kofi Annan's phone conversations were tapped by British intelligence, a United Nations said if this practice exists it should stop. See... If Britain U.S. Bugged UN "Practice Must Stop" [1] ALSO: - UN Radio -UN Radio: Annan Says Spying on Him Should Stop [2] - Greens - Is NZ inadvertently spying on the UN? [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00282.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00283.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00494.htm


Cullen Says Economy Confidence Slide Expected

- Finance Minister Michael Cullen said latest National Bank survey showing a slide in general business confidence from net 16 per cent negative to net 28 per cent since December was unsurprising given the impact of the high dollar on exports. See... Slide in confidence expected - Cullen [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00482.htm


Weekend Weather Reports – Read And Weep

- Come Saturday, comes torrential rain across most of the country. Come Sunday, a monster, slow moving, low system with rain and wind from Invercargill to Cape Reinga. And then to top it off - come Monday, comes cyclone Ivy to Northland, the East Cape and Hawke's Bay. See … Supercomputer Weather: Double Whammy [1] . See also MetService advisory... More Wet-and-Windy Yo-Yo Weather [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00229.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0402/S00107.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Goff to pay tribute to NZ war dead in Uruguay [1]
  • 75 Percent Of Dole Insult To Farmers [2]
  • National warned about Judge's past last year [3]
  • GreyPower Demands Govt Stop Electricity Price Hike [4]
  • Air Wars: Pacific Blue Offers The Lowest Tasman Airfares [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00484.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00492.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00483.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00158.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00320.htm


    UN Asks Haiti’s Neighbours To Open Borders: US Blocks Refugees

    - The United Nations refugee agency today urged Haiti's neighbours to open their borders to those forced to flee the worsening civil strife in the Caribbean country. See... Haiti's Neighbours Asked To Open Borders [1] ALSO: UN Considers International Involvement In Haiti [2] - Security Council Help Sought As Haiti Worsens [3] - Dumas Appointed Annan's Special Adviser On Haiti [4] - Haiti: Aid agency struggles in face of chaos [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00291.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00290.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00289.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00288.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00285.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Georgia's New President Assures of Abkhazia Peace [1]
  • UN Forces Return Fire From Militiamen In Dr Congo [2]
  • Disaster Looms Millions Southern African Children [3]
  • Former Macedonia's President Killed In Plane Crash [4]
  • Côte D'ivoire Peacekeeping Mission To Cost $303m [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00293.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00292.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00284.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00281.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00280.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    FRINGE '04: Liz Smith Reviews Evil Fiona's Love Test

    - For lovers, lechers, losers and users, Evil Fiona’s Love Test is a provocative blend of interpretative dance and music, exploring that sordid game called love. See... FRINGE '04 REVIEW: Evil Fiona’s Love Test [1] See also... Scoop Fringe 2004 Feature [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00243.htm
    [2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=fringe04


    Hard News Wants You To Have A Squiz Over There!

    - A Friday treble for you all. Feel free to turn a friend or three onto Public Address today - we're nearly at the end of our first month of official measurement by Red Sheriff, and every new unique user is a good thing. See... Public Address 27/02/04 - Scandals And All [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00242.htm


    Keith Rankin: The Electoral System Of The Academy

    - The vagaries of first-past-the-post (FPP) voting are far from an historical curiosity for New Zealanders. Not only do we vote for our mayors and electorate MPs by this method, but many of the award ceremonies that are important to us may lead to winners which the majority of the judges believe no not deserve to win. See... Keith Rankin: Awarding Votes [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00241.htm


    Naked in Nuhaka: We Are At A Critical Juncture

    - This is the first in a series of articles that, over the coming months, will examine the concept of nationhood in Aotearoa NZ today. We are at a critical juncture in terms of race relations, economic development, and ecological futures. Our nation is on the brink. The political right is finding success in positing scenarios where the position of Tangata Whenua (the native peoples) will be seriously marginalised. See... Naked in Nuhaka: Envisioning Aotearoa New Zealand [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00240.htm


    Satire: The White House Vs Science

    - President Bush told reporters Saturday that as sure as the sun circles the flat earth, his administration is committed to pseudo-science. See... White House Faces Off Challenges From Scientists [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00238.htm


    Why I Joined Carlyle Group? SEC Chief Explains

    - Former SEC chair ArthurLevitt in recent "unprepared" comments to an investors board meeting in Pasadena defended his decision to join The Carlyle Group as senior adviser, saying he'd been a consultant to Carlyle before President Clinton appointed him securities chief. See... Suzan Mazur: SEC Chair Arthur Levitt Jr. Unplugged [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00244.htm


    Guest Opinion: Why Dennis Kucinich Won't Say Die

    - A Dennis Kucinich Pittsburgh Coordinator’s report on delegates and alternate petitions - By C. Wheeler, inexperienced writer, Pittsburgh, PA. See... Guest Opinion: Not a Chance to Withdraw! Heck, No [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00237.htm


    MadCowMorningNews Exclusive: What George Did In 1972?

    - A MadCowMorningNews investigation into the controversy currently swirling around President George W. Bush’s service in the National Guard has uncovered evidence indicating that Bush’s disputed “lost year” is not the only period of time during his abbreviated stint in the Guard that remains shrouded in mystery. See... UQ Wire: The Secret History Of GWB In Alabama [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00236.htm


    Scoop Poem: Israel Banks Palestinian Money

    Israel robbed the banks today - Storm trooped into Branches - Incased them in razor wire - Confined bank staff and customers - Blocked security cams in sacks - Like common thieves - Stashed millions ... See... Scoop Poem: Israel Banks Palestinian Money [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00235.htm


    Norma Sherry: The New Deal Is A Dead Deal

    - Franklin Delano Roosevelt must be turning in his grave. Entitlement programs, hogwash. Medicare, phooey. Medicaid, who the hell cares? After-school programs, let them take care of themselves. Social Security, let 'em cake. See... Norma Sherry: Slamming Entitlement [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00234.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

    - The hour has come for My spirit to go to the four corners of the world, and I will call all men to Me. This Pentecost is so important! It is also time for "The Great Crusade of Love" to be known by all. See... Katya Rivas: I Want Known Everything I Say [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00233.htm


    SCOOP FRINGE 2004 COVERAGE:

    Opening Tonight @ Thistle Hall
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0402/S00022.htm
    FRINGE '04: Mai Te Ao Kohatu Ki Te Ao Maarama

    See also...
    http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=fringe04
    Scoop Fringe 2004 Feature

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Goff Off To Pay Respects For NZ Sailers In Uruguay

    - Foreign Minister Phil Goff will lay a wreath in Montevideo, Uruguay, tomorrow (approx 9.30am Saturday NZT), commemorating the role of New Zealand sailors in one of the Second World War’s best-known naval engagements. See... Goff to pay tribute to NZ war dead in Uruguay [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00484.htm


    Nats Knew About Stood Down Judge

    - National Party Associate Justice spokeswoman Judith Collins says she warned Margaret Wilson and the Government about the appointment of Anthony Christiansen in February last year. See... National warned about Judge's past last year [1] . See also Margaret Wilson... Master Anthony Christiansen [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00483.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00497.htm


    Govt’s ¾ Of Dole For Flood Victims Insulting

    - New Zealand First is appalled at the Governments offer to give flood-stricken farmers 75 percent of the dole. See... 75 Percent Of Dole Insult To Farmers [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00492.htm


    Business Roundtable Welcomes Treaty Tribes Idea

    - The New Zealand Business Roundtable said today that the government and other political parties should consider very seriously the approach proposed by the Treaty Tribes Coalition on the foreshore and seabed issue. See... Roundtable Welcomes Treaty Tribes Initiative [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00175.htm


    Anti Nuke Day Monday

    - On Monday it is the 50th anniversary of the US 'Bravo' nuclear bomb detonation close to the surface of Bikini Atoll which gouged out a crater 240 feet deep and 6000 feet across, melted huge quantities of coral, sucked them up and distributed them far ... See... Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific Day, Monday [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00170.htm


    Govt Remains Stubborn According To United Future

    - The Government might claim to be listening to the people after being slapped around the ears with a couple of damning polls, but its hearing remains stubbornly selective, United Future's Marc Alexander said today. See... Alexander: Govt listens with van Gogh's ear [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00491.htm


    Line Up Line Up Calling All Small Businesses

    - More than a thousand business people have registered to take part in the first three regional Small Business Days in the South Island next week, Minister for Small Business John Tamihere says. See... Hundreds line up for South I. Small Business Days [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00488.htm


    This Week At Select Committees

    - This week the committee met on 24 February and concluded its consideration of the Shop Trading Hours Act Repeal Act (Abolition of Restrictions) Amendment Bill and the Sale of Liquor Amendment Bill (No 2). See... Select Committee Business to 27 February 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00487.htm


    Coddington Sounds Forth

    - It's not the lump in the throat when returning to this country that defines us as a New Zealander, but the lump in the throat when leaving. See... Liberty Belle: The Leaving Of New Zealand [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00486.htm


    Scoop Was In The House

    – For Thursday's Q&As see... Questions & Answers for Oral Answer - 26 February [1] - For Wednesday's Q&A see... Q&As For Oral Answer [2] . For Tuesday’s see... Questions & Answers for Oral Answer - 24 February [3] .


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00485.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00451.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00431.htm

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