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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
OSCAR CLEANSWEEP FOR LORD OF THE RINGS: It was 11 out of 11 Oscars for the Lord of the Rings: Return of the King tonight in Hollywood - Best Film, Best Director, Best Costumes, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Song, Best Adapted Screenplay & Best Original Score!!!

LEAD STORY:
Haiti's US Engineered Coup d'Etat
UN International Force Immediate Deployed To Haiti
Bishops Criticise National’s Maori Bashing
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Eye Witness In Palestinian Territories
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Stateside: Rosalea On The Academy Elections
St Molesworth's Top 10
Hard News Is There!
Kidd Millennium Cartoon
Les Blough: The Christian Right, GWB And Gay Marriage
Questions For The Coroner On The Death Of Dr Kelly
John Chuckman On Ralph Nader & Toxic Elections
Brutal Treatment of Palestine is not Upheld by People of Conscience
Dan Spillane: Economic Failure In The White House
The War President's Threat to National and Global Security
Michael St. Jacques: Yip They Did Sign The Geneva Convention
Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Petrol Tax Tricksiness
Mark Prebble New State Services Commissioner
PM To Canberra Tomorrow
Flood Damage Quantified By MAF
Winston Seeks Mano-a-mano Matchup With Dr Don
Politics According To Prebble – The Letter
Scampi Inquiry Response Released
Copeland Addresses The Trade Deficit
More Nurses Needed Say Greens & ACT
NZ Orion Dispatched To Survey Cyclone Ivy Damage
Kiwibank Makes Home Ownership Reachable
World Without Windows Seen As A Breakthrough
Court Referee Strike Hurts Hundreds
Classroom Disruption Ahead – Bill English

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Peter Get's His Oscar + 10 Others

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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OSCAR CLEANSWEEP FOR LORD OF THE RINGS: It was 11 out of 11 Oscars for the Lord of the Rings: Return of the King tonight in Hollywood - Best Film, Best Director, Best Costumes, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Song, Best Adapted Screenplay & Best Original Score!!!

- See images... Scoop Images: Peter Jackson's Triumph [1] and a full list of awards …NEWSFLASH: Return of the King Wins 11 Oscars [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00016.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00015.htm


LEAD STORY:
Haiti's US Engineered Coup d'Etat

- The armed insurrection which contributed to unseating President Aristide on February 29th 2004 was the result of a carefully staged military-intelligence operation. See... Chossudovsky: US Sponsored Coup d'Etat In Haiti [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00014.htm


UN International Force Immediate Deployed To Haiti

- Acting just hours after Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigned as President of Haiti, the United Nations Security Council this evening unanimously authorized the immediate deployment of a Multinational Interim Force to the troubled nation. See... International UN PeaceMaking Force To Haiti [1] ALSO: U.S. President Bush Sends Marines To Haiti [2] - World Vision Commits $50,000 From 40 Hour Famine To Haiti [3] - Support Haitian Democracy, not Rebel Thugs [4] - U.S. President Bush Sends Troops To Haiti [5] - Haiti: Leaders Must Account For Crimes [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00023.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00018.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00007.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00019.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00018.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00014.htm


Bishops Criticise National’s Maori Bashing

- The bishops of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia meeting in Auckland on Feb 18 –19 and the Roman Catholic Bishops of New Zealand, issued this contribution to the current debate on the place of the Treaty of Waitangi in our national life... See... Bishops call for Treaty debate not race debate [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00005.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Attorney-General On Master Anthony Christiansen [1]
  • Treasury Contradicts Employers’ Doom Predictions [2]
  • Nurses Staffing Proposal Should Be Taken Seriously [3]
  • Kiwibank In Reach home loans More People Eligible [4]
  • SAS Soldier's Story Told After Years Of Wrangling [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00001.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0403/S00006.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0403/S00002.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00009.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00004.htm


    Eye Witness In Palestinian Territories

    - The bulldozers and soldiers have arrived in Beit Surik to begin work on the construction of the 'security fence'. A party of internationals heads up from the hostel I'm staying in, unfortunately I can't go with them… See… No olives in Palestine [1] ALSO: New Humanitarian Law Research Portal Launched [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00006.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00004.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Rapid Deployment Forces Crucial To UN Peacekeeping [1]
  • UN Oversees Libya's Chemical Stockpile Destruction [2]
  • Full UN Peacekeeping Operation In Côte D'ivoire [3]
  • Immigration operations rage over Australia [4]
  • Freedom Of The Press Under Fire In South-East Asia [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00016.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00013.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00011.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00005.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00001.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00013.htm
    Anti-Bypass Protestors Crash The Cuba Carnival

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Stateside: Rosalea On The Academy Elections

    - So, it’s nearly time for the election results. No. Not the super Tuesday primary elections, but the Starry Sunday Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences elections. See... Stateside: Let it be M-e! [1] MORE OSCAR COMMENT: - Keith Rankin: Awarding Votes [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00011.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00241.htm


    St Molesworth's Top 10

    - Top 10 signs Trevor Mallard still wants to close your school See... St Molesworth: Top 10 Signs Your School May Close [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00246.htm


    Hard News Is There!

    - What's it like to be so powerful that you're a threat to your own structural integrity? You could ask Rupeni Caucaunibuca. The Blues' Fijian winger has had mutually exclusive problems in the past: if he trained, he got injured; if he didn't train, he got fat... See... Public Address 01/03/04 - Big Monday [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00012.htm


    Kidd Millennium Cartoon

    - See... Kidd Millennium Cartoon: Missing Peace [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00010.htm


    Les Blough: The Christian Right, GWB And Gay Marriage

    - Sometimes, while sitting in my little cabin in the deep woods of New Hampshire, I put one of Tom T. Hall's albums on the stereo and hear this: See... Les Blough: Ban on Gay Marriage [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00009.htm


    Questions For The Coroner On The Death Of Dr Kelly

    - With the release of his report in January, Lord Brian Hutton pronounced the death of scientist David Kelly a suicide. But the evidence given at the inquiry does not substantiate the finding. It is not yet known exactly how he died. See... The Suicide of Dr Kelly: Questions for the Coroner [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00008.htm


    John Chuckman On Ralph Nader & Toxic Elections

    - Ralph Nader has defined a perfect moral dilemma for thinking Americans. He finds himself in a situation resembling that of Dr. Stockmann in Ibsen's drama, "An Enemy of the People." Dr. Stockmann discovered the municipal baths were contaminated, but good burghers worried about the destructive effects of the truth on the town did not want the doctor revealing it. . See... John Chuckman: An Enemy Of The People [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00007.htm


    Brutal Treatment of Palestine is not Upheld by People of Conscience

    - In an article by Senator John Kerry for a Brown University magazine, the Senator refers to Israel as the only true democracy in the Middle East and concludes, "the cause of Israel must be the cause of America--and the cause of people of conscience everywhere." See... Genevieve Cora Fraser: Kerry Listen [1] . See also… Scoop Poems: Palestinian Crystal in Israel's Night [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00005.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00006.htm


    Dan Spillane: Economic Failure In The White House

    - Recently, Democrats called for the resignation of Greg Mankiw, the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and a prominent Harvard University economist. See... Dan Spillane: Economic Failure In The Bush Admin. [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00004.htm


    The War President's Threat to National and Global Security

    - The tip of the iceberg continues its ominous melting and the giant unseen mass of ice below remains submerged, a grave and gathering danger lying waiting in the path of the vessel that is human existence. See... Manuel Valenzuela: Grave and Gathering Dangers (I) [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00003.htm


    Michael St. Jacques: Yip They Did Sign The Geneva Convention

    - There is one question that can solve the mass confusion surrounding the recent conduct of the United States of America in regards to appalling Human Rights Violations. See... Michael St. Jacques: Lead By Example [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00002.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

    - My little daughter, let yourself be embraced by My most ardent desire that all souls come and purify themselves in the water of penance, and that the feeling of confidence, and not fear, may penetrate them, because I am a God of Mercy and I am always ready ... See... Katya Rivas: The Passion [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00001.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0403/S00020.htm
    Phil Goff Visits The Graf Spee In Uruguay


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Petrol Tax Tricksiness

    - The Government has pulled a swiftie on New Zealand motorists with its quiet announcement that fuel excise duty and road user charges for light vehicles will be indexed to inflation from 2006, United Future transport spokesman Larry Baldock said today. See... Baldock: Govt gets sly on petrol tax [1] MORE: - NZ First - ‘Get Your Fingers Out Of The Till’ Says Brown [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00027.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00015.htm


    Mark Prebble New State Services Commissioner

    - State Services Minister Trevor Mallard today announced the appointment of Mark Prebble as the next State Services Commissioner. See... New State Services Commissioner announced [1] REACTION: - ACT - Appointment Questioned [2] - National - National on Mark Prebble appointment [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00024.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00026.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00025.htm


    PM To Canberra Tomorrow

    - Prime Minister Helen Clark departs for Canberra tomorrow for her annual bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister John Howard, to be held on Wednesday morning. See... PM visits Canberra for annual bilateral meeting [1] . See also... Meeting an opportunity not to be squandered [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00023.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00019.htm


    Flood Damage Quantified By MAF

    - The Government is discussing with Federated Farmers and local authorities what help can be offered flood-stricken rural communities, Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... Flood Damage Rpt: Help Offered To Communities [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00021.htm


    Winston Seeks Mano-a-mano Matchup With Dr Don

    Rt Hon Winston Peters has challenged National list MP Don Brash to stand against him in Tauranga at the next election if National is serious about fielding a high profile candidate in the electorate. See... Peters Challenges Brash To Stand In Tauranga [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00018.htm


    Politics According To Prebble – The Letter

    Labour is stunned by its poll reverse and struggling to discover how they got it so wrong. Labour’s own polling had told the party the public was relaxed about race relations, not overly concerned about treaty settlements and, provided there was ... See... ACT's The Letter - Monday 1 March 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00017.htm


    Scampi Inquiry Response Released

    - The Government has accepted the intent of all the recommendations of the Primary Production Committee's inquiry into the scampi fishery. See... Govt response to scampi inquiry recommendations [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00016.htm


    Copeland Addresses The Trade Deficit

    - The news that January’s trade deficit was New Zealand’s worst month since 1986 indicates that it is time for New Zealand to get real about import substitution, according to United Future’s forestry spokesperson, Gordon Copeland. See... Copeland calls for banning of imported timber [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00014.htm


    More Nurses Needed Say Greens & ACT

    - Too few nurses working on our hospital wards is putting patient safety at risk, Green MP Sue Kedgley warned today. See... More nurses mean safer patients, say Greens [1] and Real Answers For A Very Real Problem [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00013.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00012.htm


    NZ Orion Dispatched To Survey Cyclone Ivy Damage

    - An RNZAF P3 Orion is on its way from Auckland to conduct a surveillance flight over Vanuatu’s outlying islands, Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Marian Hobbs said today. See... NZ Orion on Vanuatu mission [1] and NZ gives $70,000 for Vanuatu cyclone relief [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00011.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00010.htm


    Kiwibank Makes Home Ownership Reachable

    - More people will be eligible for a Kiwibank In Reach home loan as a result of changes to eligibility criteria, Housing Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... Kiwibank In Reach home loans More People Eligible [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00009.htm


    World Without Windows Seen As A Breakthrough

    - Green MP Nandor Tanczos is applauding Dick Smith Electronics' move this week to offer Windows-less laptops. See... Over-the-counter 'open source' is a breakthrough [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00008.htm


    Court Referee Strike Hurts Hundreds

    - Hundreds of people turning up at the Small Claims Court are being told to come back in six to twelve weeks as the Government dithers over a strike by the referees who judge small claims cases, says National's Law and Order spokesman, Tony Ryall. See... Govt forces Small Claims Court hearings delay [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00005.htm


    Classroom Disruption Ahead – Bill English

    - More classroom disruptions are likely as the Minister of Education, Trevor Mallard, moves to cut teaching time requirements yet again, says National's Education spokesman, Bill English. See... More classroom disruptions likely [1] and PAC shows Govt out of step with parents [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00004.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00003.htm

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