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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Cullen ‘Disappointed’ Over Waitangi Tribunal Seabed Foreshore Report
NZ Commits More Defence Resources To Afghanistan
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Israel’s Military Continues Destruction Inside Gaza Strip
COMMENT: The Forgotten Children Of Palestine & Much More
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES
SCOOP FRINGE 2004 COVERAGE: Nicola Hill Reviews The Stand-up Show

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News & More Is There!
Meditations On Mystical Experience
Jason Leopold: Pakistan's F16s & Cheney's Green-light Nuke Proliferation
Aziz Choudry On The US-Phillipine Nexus
Solomon Islanders Assess The Success of Intervention
An Indian Admiral Writes About Intelligence & DU
An American Writes In Support Of Napier Hospital
Electronic Voting In Berkeley & Baltimore
UQ Wire: 9/11 - The Peace Movement's Ground Zero
UQ Wire: 9/11 Families Object To Bush Adverts
A Black Hole In The Heart Of The Financial System
Kidd Millennium: The Terma-Nader
Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Brownlee Advises PM To Sack Tamihere
Today Is International Women's Day
Prebble Maps ACT’s Role Under Dwindling Poll Ratings
Katherine Rich Has Been Reading The Sunday Star Times
Queen Elizabeth's Message For Commonwealth Day
NZ Supports Tongan Bid To Join WTO
US GE Contamination Implications For Godzone
Crime Figures Show Influence of Gangs
Ministerial Speechifying…
Beekeeper Disagreement Leads To Inquiry

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LEAD STORY:
Cullen ‘Disappointed’ Over Waitangi Tribunal Seabed Foreshore Report

- Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen today described the Waitangi Tribunal report on foreshores and seabeds as "disappointing." See... Waitangi Tribunal report “disappointing” - Cullen [1] MORE REACTION: - ACT - Tribunal Right, And Wrong, On Coastal Policy [2] - Greens - Tribunal report means Government must think again [3] - NZ First - Tribunal Report Adds To Confusion [4] - United Future - Waitangi Tribunal report not the way forward [5] - Greens - Greens encourage debate on constitution [6] - National - Labour Must Accept Blame For Seabed Shambles [7] - Treaty Tribes - Treaty Tribes Coalition: Listen To Tribunal Govt Urged [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00151.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00140.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00149.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00152.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00155.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00164.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00163.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00054.htm


NZ Commits More Defence Resources To Afghanistan

- Prime Minister Helen Clark and Defence Minister Mark Burton today announced the deployment of additional New Zealand Defence Force personnel to Afghanistan and the Gulf region. See... Further NZ Defence contribution to Afghanistan [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00169.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Cheaper Broadband Has Landed [1]
  • Fishery Officers Directed To Avoid Potaka Marae [2]
  • $80m Fund Promoted To Accelerate Gas Exploration Proposed [3]
  • Reclaiming International Women's Day [4]
  • Raelian Women March Topless Against 'Myth Of God' [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0403/S00028.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00055.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0403/S00088.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00057.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0403/S00042.htm


    Israel’s Military Continues Destruction Inside Gaza Strip

    - TULKAREM, Palestine -- The Israeli occupying forces (IOF) continued its ongoing military offensive against the Palestinian citizens, hours only after a massacre in Gaza Strip that left 14 Palestinians dead and 83 others wounded. See… Israel Force Continues Destruction In Gaza [1] ALSO: Death Toll Climbs To 14 After Israel Gaza Invasion [2] - IDF: Terrorist Organizations Exploit Zones [3] - IDF: Activity in the El-Buriej Refugee Camp [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00086.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00085.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00107.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00106.htm


    COMMENT: The Forgotten Children Of Palestine & Much More

    - Palestinian-child-prisoners have almost no attention by the media. The Palestine Monitor reports that over 2,000 children have been arrested since the second Intifada and around 350 children are incarcerated in Israeli detention centers and prisons. See... Sonia Nettnin: The Child Prisoners Of Palestine [1] MORE COMMENT ON THE HOLY LAND: - Genevieve Cora Fraser - The Oath Of Office Is To America, Not Israel [2] - Sol Salbe - Jerusalem Post Smears Rachel Corrie's Memory [3] - Tariq Ali -Tariq Ali:To Be Intimidated Is To Be An Accomplice [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00089.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00097.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00096.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00090.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Burning of girls' schools in Afghanistan condemned [1]
  • Australian Teenagers Demand End To Child Immigrant Detention [2]
  • Kosovo: Police Disable Home-Made Bomb At UN HQ [3]
  • UN Peacekeeping Troop Numbers Will Keep Growing [4]
  • Access To Humanitarian Aid Throughout Haiti Urged [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00105.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00104.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00103.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00102.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00101.htm


    SCOOP FRINGE 2004 COVERAGE: Nicola Hill Reviews The Stand-up Show

    - Auckland comedians Mike Loder and Mark Smith’s Fringe Festival 2004 Stand-up Show ‘showed promise but died too soon’ in a self-fulfilling prophesy. See... FRINGE '04 REVIEW: The Stand-up Show [1] - Jyoti Reviews Punga Legs - Kohu is a surprising journey into the mythical realms of sky dwelling creatures and ritual unknown. See... FRINGE '04 REVIEW: Punga Legs - Kohu [2] - Jyoti Reviews Dear, God Degas - A collection of three works, Dear God, Degas spans broad themes in womanhood. The title piece features ballerinas going through their motions with varying amounts of grace as Degas pokes around looking at them and hazarding to make corrections ... See... FRINGE '04 REVIEW: Dear God, Degas [3] See also... Scoop Fringe 2004 Feature [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00107.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00106.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00105.htm
    [4] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=fringe04


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News & More Is There!

    - Clearly, it is going to be a very long election campaign. Helen Clark has made her "bring it on" speech, Richard Prebble has outlined the case for Act, and Don Brash has sounded the horn of triumph... See... Public Address 08/03/04 - Hits And Myths [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00109.htm


    Meditations On Mystical Experience

    - I dislike the term 'mystical experience.' What happens in the brain during states of meditation is neither mystical, nor an experience. To my mind it's an event, a phenomenon that is new each time. See... Martin LeFevre: Demystifying Mystical Experience [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00108.htm


    Jason Leopold: Pakistan's F16s & Cheney's Green-light Nuke Proliferation

    - When news of Pakistan’s clandestine program involving its top nuclear scientist selling rogue nations, such as Iran and North Korea, blueprints for building an atomic bomb was uncovered last month, the world’s leaders waited, with baited breath, to see what type of punishment President Bush would bestow upon Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharaff. See... Cheney Covered-Up Pakistani Nuclear Proliferation [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00102.htm


    Aziz Choudry On The US-Phillipine Nexus

    - The similarities between George W Bush and Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and the electioneering underway in both countries are both surreal and striking. See... Bush and Arroyo: Big Brother, Little Sister [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00085.htm


    Solomon Islanders Assess The Success of Intervention

    - Seven months ago in mid-July 2003, Solomon Islanders gave the foreign intervention armies of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, etc. a resounding vote of confidence. See... John Roughan: People Speak To RAMSI! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00099.htm


    An Indian Admiral Writes About Intelligence & DU

    - Had `Operation Iraqi Freedom´ not gone sour, had the oil begun to flow to expectations for the `oil majors´ and Afghanistan not in disarray and near anarchy, it is doubtful if the kind of uncomfortable and noisy debate that is reflected in the media, would ... See... Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat: The Intelligence Business [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00098.htm


    An American Writes In Support Of Napier Hospital

    - One of the most memorable experiences I had while visiting New Zealand last winter took place in a suburban dining room in Napier. See... Whale Riding In Napier - Open Letter From America [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00104.htm


    Electronic Voting In Berkeley & Baltimore

    - Being sick last Tuesday, the day of the primary election here in California, had its advantages. I was able to watch more morning news television than usual, leading me to the conclusion that I should find me a job where I don’t have to leave the ... See... Stateside: Chad No More [1] . See also… Avi Rubin: My Experience As An Election Judge [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00103.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00088.htm


    UQ Wire: 9/11 - The Peace Movement's Ground Zero

    It is common knowledge that the Bush team had written the Patriot Act "before" 9-11. We also know through the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) written by Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, etc., that their designs for conquest in Iraq and elsewhere were planned "before" 9-11. See... UQ Wire: Stopping the 9-11 Cover Up is Ground Zero [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00095.htm


    UQ Wire: 9/11 Families Object To Bush Adverts

    - Who owns the imagery of Ground Zero? Who controls its meaning? When is it appropriate for a political campaign to use traumatizing pictures in an effort to influence the vote? See... UQ Wire: Who Owns September 11th? [1] MORE: - Links - UQ Wire: Bush 911 Election Ads Bring On Firestorm [2] - Families - 911 Families Firefighters Seek Bush Ads Withdrawal [3] - Fire Fighters - Fire Fighters - Bush 911 Ads Political Opportunism [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00094.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00081.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00084.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00083.htm


    A Black Hole In The Heart Of The Financial System

    - In other words, the United States government owes slightly over six times as much in liabilities as it has in assets excluding Social Security, Medicare and debt held by government accounts. Because government debt of $2.8 trillion is an internal transaction between two government accounts, it is also not listed as a liability on the balance sheet. See... Patricia Johnson: If Saddam's Hole Was Bad [1] MORE COMMENT ON US ECONOMY: - Dan Spillane: The McMansions Which Ate Your Job [2] - Patricia Johnson: Greenspan Speaks For 'Himself' [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00093.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00092.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00091.htm


    Kidd Millennium: The Terma-Nader

    - Cartoon by kiddmillennium.com... See... Kidd Millennium Cartoon: The Terma-Nader [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00087.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

    - Of My Passion I want you to consider above all, the bitterness that was caused by My knowing the sins, that darkening the mind of man, lead him to aberrations. See... Katya Rivas: Jesus Does the Will of the Father [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00086.htm


    Opening Tonight
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0402/S00082.htm
    FRINGE '04: Nearness

    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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    Brownlee Advises PM To Sack Tamihere

    - Prime Minister Helen Clark should sack Associate Maori Affairs Minister John Tamihere for breaching Cabinet collective responsibility, says National Deputy Leader Gerry Brownlee. See... Call for Clark to sack Tamihere [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00162.htm


    Today Is International Women's Day

    - Prime Minister Helen Clark and Women's Affairs Minister Ruth Dyson announced today that the eligibility and duration of paid parental leave is to be extended. See…Government Extends Paid Parental Leave Scheme [1] MORE: - Greens - A day for women in government to make a difference [2] - CTU - Paid Parental Leave Gains Mark Intl. Women’s Day [3] - Nurses - Equity Action Plan for International Women’s Day [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00170.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00150.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00060.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00059.htm


    Prebble Maps ACT’s Role Under Dwindling Poll Ratings

    -“Don Brash would do better to admit that National invented the term "Closing the Gaps" and much of the race-based policies.” See... Prebble Speech: Where ACT Leads, Others Follow [1] MORE: - ACT's The Letter Monday 8 March 2004 [2] - Party President - Speech In Praise Of Individuals [3] - Ken Shirley - The Rise Of The Centre-Right [4] - Ending Welfare As We Know It [5] - ACT Supports 'Abolish Parole' Campaign [6]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00144.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00171.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00146.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00145.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00142.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00141.htm


    Katherine Rich Has Been Reading The Sunday Star Times

    - Work and Income should stop paying bonuses to staff based on the ethnicity of their clients, says National's social services spokesperson Katherine Rich. See... Race-based bonuses must go [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00148.htm


    Queen Elizabeth's Message For Commonwealth Day

    - The lives of many of my generation were profoundly changed by a world war fought in the name of freedom. See... A Message for Commonwealth Day From The Queen [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00161.htm


    NZ Supports Tongan Bid To Join WTO

    - New Zealand has completed bilateral World Trade Organisation negotiations with Tonga, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton announced today. See... NZ Signs WTO Accession Agreement With Tonga [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00160.htm


    US GE Contamination Implications For Godzone

    - Green MP Jeanette Fitzsimons says today's news that two thirds of some US crops are now contaminated with genetically modified material has serious implications for New Zealand. See... US GE contamination sounds warning for NZ [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00158.htm


    Crime Figures Show Influence of Gangs

    - National's Police spokesman, Tony Ryall, says latest crime figures show the massive impact gangs are having on street crime and serious drugs. See... Violent crime keeps skyrocketing [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00157.htm


    Ministerial Speechifying…

    - "As is customary when tangata whenua get together, our thoughts return to our tupuna, those who established the spiritual and cultural frameworks of our world, and who mapped out our peoples' course through life." See... Tariana Turia: Culture, health and safety [1] MORE: - Rick Barker - Barker Speech: Whangarei Heartland Metro Centre [2] - John Tamihere - Celebrating Marlborough Small Business [3] - Jim Sutton - Speech To Chinese Chamber of Commerce [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00166.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00156.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00167.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00165.htm


    Beekeeper Disagreement Leads To Inquiry

    - A Board of Inquiry will be held into a proposed Varroa National Pest Management Strategy, due to a lack of agreement among South Island beekeepers on the contents of the proposal, Biosecurity Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... Board Of Inquiry To Be Held Into Varroa Strategy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00159.htm

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