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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Australia Detains Kashmiri Refugee For 2000 Days!
Prime Minister Issues Race Debate Challenge To Brash
… And Don Brash Launches A Broadside At Critics
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Australia and NZ’s Global War On Drugs Nets Praise
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES
STORY OF THE WEEK: Allegations Aristide's Communications Have Been Cut Off

SCOOP COLUMNS:
UQ Wire: Bush 9/11 Ad Campaign Blowback
St Molesworth's Top 10
Stateside: End Of The Week Musings From Rosalea
Genevieve Cora Fraser: Natural History In The Holy Land
Richard Ehrlich: Thai Nightlife's Last Minute Reprieve
Matthew Reid: Kerry's Inconsistent French Connection
Palestine Through The Eyes Of Palestinian Kids
Chemical Multinationals Sue Sick Nicaraguan Workers
Manuel Valenzuela: Politics of Division and Fear
Sam Smith: John Kerry Won
Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Scoop Was In The House
Mallard Almost Says Sorry About School Mosque Remarks
Mayors & Nats Wrong About Foreshore Decision Burden
Community Grp. Rejects Guinea Pig Letter Leak Allegations
These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees
Six Month Delays At Auckland Hospital Outrageous – NZ First
Police Pursuit Law Needs Change Says Ron Mark
Productivity Plans Fails To Impress Sowry
Cullen Outlines Tax Policy Plans

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Australia Detains Kashmiri Refugee For 2000 Days!

- Detainee Peter Muhammad Qasim, a Kashmiri refugee, has this week "commemorated" his 2000th day in detention in an Australian detention centre. See… Kashmiri Refugee "Commemorates" 2000 Days In Australian Detention [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00079.htm


Prime Minister Issues Race Debate Challenge To Brash

- I am not going to stand by and see a cynical and manipulative opposition set out to destroy what our government together with New Zealanders has been busy repairing for four and a quarter years. See... Prime Minister: Hikoi of Hope – Five Years On [1] . See also... Beehive Bulletin - 5 March 2004 [2] MORE: - National - Helen Clark's hypocrisy knows no bounds [3] - National - Massive Waiting List No Sign Of Success [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00116.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00136.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00137.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00133.htm

… And Don Brash Launches A Broadside At Critics

- "A major Sunday newspaper, in comparing me to Australia’s Pauline Hanson, launched one of the most extraordinary exercises in second-rate muckraking journalism that I have ever witnessed. The subsequent editorial attempts to defend this new low in the standards of New Zealand journalism were so lame as to be laughable. One can have only contempt for the mind that conceived that front page spread, and sympathy for those journalists that were unwittingly associated with it." See… Don Brash Responds To His Critics - Speech [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00139.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Treasury Right - DPB Numbers Highest This Century [1]
  • Peace Action Wellington -Secret Deployment to Iraq [2]
  • Tamihere & Te Heuheu To Attend Maori Party Hui [3]
  • Chamber: Compliance Costs Show Case For Shelving Bill [4]
  • Triangle TV to develop regional station in Wgtn [5]
  • New Report Sheds Light on Digital Divide [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00048.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00046.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00044.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0403/S00069.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0403/S00078.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0403/S00076.htm


    Australia and NZ’s Global War On Drugs Nets Praise

    - Australia's unrelenting war on illicit drugs, in particular heroin, have been praised in the 2003 Annual Report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), the Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Chris Ellison, said today. See… Australia's Global Drug War Praised [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00080.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Landmines Campaign Condemns New US Landmine Policy [1]
  • Sudan: Horror, Aerial Bombings, Militia Attacks
  • Annan's Special Envoy On Haiti Goes To Jamaica [2]
  • 64 Falun Gong Torture Deaths in China in 3 Months [3]
  • Proposal To Revitalize UN Counter-Terrorism Body [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00078.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00081.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00077.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00075.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK: Allegations Aristide's Communications Have Been Cut Off

    - Ira Kurzban, the lawyer who represents President Jean Bertrand Aristide has announced that he had just learned that the Central African Republic (CAR) has shut off President Aristide's phone service. See... President Aristide's Phone Service Cut Off, Lawyer [1] MORE: - Prorev.com - Undernews Links: Haiti News Roundup [2] - UN - Annan's Special Envoy On Haiti Goes To Jamaica [3] For much more see STORY OF THE WEEK: Coup d'Etat In Haiti


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00082.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00071.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00081.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    UQ Wire: Bush 9/11 Ad Campaign Blowback

    - US President George Bush's 9/11 based political advertising campaign is bringing a fair degree of blowback. Below are links to a couple of press releases and a couple of news reports. See... UQ Wire: Bush 911 Election Ads Bring On Firestorm [1] MORE: - Families - 911 Families Firefighters Seek Bush Ads Withdrawal [2] - Fire Fighters - Fire Fighters - Bush 911 Ads Political Opportunism [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00081.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00084.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00083.htm


    St Molesworth's Top 10

    - Top 10 reasons why Helen Clark didn't make it to the Oscars see... St Molesworth: 10 Reasons PM Didn't Attend Oscars [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00080.htm


    Stateside: End Of The Week Musings From Rosalea

    - Hey, we’re not talking ego and butt, here. No sirree. I’m saying the percentage of votes won by the measure that I helped campaign for – 72 percent – is bigger than the percentage of votes won by the proposition the governor campaigned for – 71 percent. See... Stateside: Mine’s Bigger Than Arnold’s [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00079.htm


    Genevieve Cora Fraser: Natural History In The Holy Land

    - For those looking for a respite from the Intifada and a reminder of the exquisite beauty native to Palestine, "Spring is Here, Embroidered Flowers of the Palestinian Spring" is a haunting tribute to the region. See... Reverent Depiction of Palestine's Native Splendor [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00078.htm


    Richard Ehrlich: Thai Nightlife's Last Minute Reprieve

    - Thailand's bars, nightclubs, massage parlors and other adult entertainment places are thanking their lucky neon stars for permission to remain open past midnight. See... Thai Nightlife Granted Cinderella Decree Reprieve [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00077.htm


    Matthew Reid: Kerry's Inconsistent French Connection

    - "Where's the backbone of France?" No, that's not the name of the new Toby Keith CD. It's not some ill-timed remark from President Bush or even the title of a new book from Ann Coulter. See... Matthew Reid: Old Kerry Quotes Unearthed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00076.htm


    Palestine Through The Eyes Of Palestinian Kids

    - World leaders should see the art work of Palestinian youth. I saw an art exhibit that contains diary entries, drawings, letters, paintings, and poetry. The exhibit has Palestinian narratives and visual depictions of daily life under Israeli occupation. See... Palestinian Youth Narrate Life under Occupation [1] . See also... Sonia Nettnin: Public Expressions about the Wall [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00075.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00074.htm


    Chemical Multinationals Sue Sick Nicaraguan Workers

    - Fruit/Chemical Companies File $17 Billion Countersuit Against Sick Nicaraguan Banana Workers - Interview with Kathy Hoyt, co-coordinator of the Nicaragua Network, conducted by Melinda Tuhus See... $17B Countersuit Filed Against Sick Nicaraguans [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00073.htm


    Manuel Valenzuela: Politics of Division and Fear

    - The first great civil rights battle of the 21st century has begun. Like ghosts of movements past, the ongoing struggle for gay rights is rising from the hallowed ground of justice and equality for all, gaining its freedom ever slowly from the handcuffed ... See... Manuel Valenzuela: Grave & Gathering Dangers (III) [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00072.htm


    Sam Smith: John Kerry Won

    - The winner is a supporter of three of the worst government decisions of our time: the war in Iraq, the Patriot Act, and the Bush education law. See... Sam Smith: The Election Is Over, We Lost [1] MORE ON KERRY: - Suzan Mazur - Corcoran, The Master Fixer (& Who Is Senator X?) [2] - Chuckman - Chuckman Cartoons: Kerry, Kerry, Kerry & Kerry [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00070.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00063.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00058.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

    - The desire that all souls be clean when they receive Me in the Sacrament of Love, led Me to wash the feet of My Apostles. See... Katya Rivas: Jesus Institutes the Holy Eucharist [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00069.htm



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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Scoop Was In The House

    – For Thursday's Q&As see… Questions & Answers For Oral Answer Thurs March 4 [1] - For Wednesday's Q&As see... Questions and Answers For Oral Answer Wed March 3 [2] . For Tuesday’s see... Questions & Answers for Oral Answer - March 2 2004 [3] .


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00128.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00083.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00048.htm


    Mallard Almost Says Sorry About School Mosque Remarks

    - Education Minister Trevor Mallard today tempered his criticisms of Hagley Community College in Christchurch for using its property funding to provide facilities to a particular religious group. See... Statement on prayer room funding [1] MORE: - Greens - Schools Can Choose Own Extra-Curricular Spaces [2] - ACT - Mallard Must Pay For Vicious Attack [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00117.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00129.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00138.htm


    Mayors & Nats Wrong About Foreshore Decision Burden

    - “The Maori Land Court will be responsible for awarding Maori customary title and rights under the foreshore and seabed framework, not local government,” Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... Nelson and Marlborough Mayors wrong - Cullen [1] . See also... Govt plans to dump foreshore issue on councils [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00135.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00125.htm


    Community Grp. Rejects Guinea Pig Letter Leak Allegations

    - The Shakti Community Council, a human rights advocacy group that provided significant support for Youth A prior to her deportation to Sri Lanka, wishes to make it very clear that its members were not involved in releasing the information/guinea pig letter to the Minister of Immigration. See... Advocate Group Adamant The Leak Not Theirs [1] and Founder Of Shakti Rejects Unfounded Allegations [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00052.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00053.htm


    These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees

    - Fifteen committee meetings were held this week, all in the parliamentary complex with one committee holding part of the meeting in Auckland. See... Select Committee Business to 5 March 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00132.htm


    Six Month Delays At Auckland Hospital Outrageous – NZ First

    - “The six month delay being endured by outpatients in Auckland before they can be seen by a specialist is outrageous,” said New Zealand First’s health spokesperson, Barbara Stewart. See... Outpatient Delay Outrageous [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00131.htm


    Police Pursuit Law Needs Change Says Ron Mark

    - New Zealand law and order spokesperson Ron Mark today joined the growing number of police officers who are sceptical of the new pursuit for car chases where offenders flee from the police. See... Review Of Pursuit Policy Needed Says Mark [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00130.htm


    Productivity Plans Fails To Impress Sowry

    - The Government's new Workplace Productivity Working Group can't be taken seriously unless they look at the rigidity of New Zealand's labour laws, starting with the Employment Relations Law Reform Bill, says National MP Roger Sowry. See... More spin from Govt over productivity [1] . See also... Boosting Workplace Productivity – Group Set Up [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00126.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00118.htm


    Cullen Outlines Tax Policy Plans

    - Policies to support growth and innovation, assist low to middle income families and maintain the revenue base were on the government's tax policy work programme to December next year, Revenue Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... Cullen: Govt's tax policy work programme [1] and Government tax policy programme to December 05 [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00123.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00120.htm

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