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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Police Corrupt? Robinson Insists Bad Cops Not Condoned -
Justices Express Concern Over Inspector General’s Competency
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Back To Baghdad: UN To Return To Iraq
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES
STORY OF THE WEEK: Inspite Of Poll Nats Still Don't Want Treaty Commission

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Scoop Images: Global Day Of Action Against War
Hard News & More Is There!
Stateside: Where Rosalea Regresses
Norma Sherry Searches For An Afterlife
The Problems Of Land Reform In The Solomon Islands
Patricia Johnson: Counting The Unemployed (Or Not) In The US
Ron Callari: Eloquent Grave Robbers Who Would Be President
Sonia Nettnin: A War Exhibition
Muqtedar Khan: The Real Reason For Elections
Ramzy Baroud: Why The US Is Misunderstood In The ME
Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Silver Lining Seen In Taiwanese Cloud
National Rules Out Carbon Tax For Kyoto
Human Rights Sacrified For Commerce In Thai Deal
Obnoxious Waitaki Bill Still Unpleasant
Sex Education Boost Called For
Insurance Law Changes To Wait On Law Commission
Stepping Into Steve's Shoes

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Police Corrupt? Robinson Insists Bad Cops Not Condoned -

Police Commissioner Rob Robinson, said tonight that any unprofessional or criminal behaviour by Police was neither tolerated nor condoned. See... Commissioner Says Police Culture 'Healthier" Now [1] ALSO: Police Deny Rape Allegation File Coverup [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00160.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00159.htm


Justices Express Concern Over Inspector General’s Competency

- Two High Court judges today expressed concerns that the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security had agreed to media interviews and had answered questions involving Algerian refugee Ahmed Zaoui. See... Judges Show Concern Over Greig’s Competency [1] ALSO: Zaoui Lawyers Seek Stand Down For Inspector General [2] Full Coverage: Ahmed Zaoui Case Audio: Selwyn Manning/95bFM (Zaoui Case)18-03-04


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00227.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00214.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Hunger Strike Over Queen Mary Hospital [1]
  • Retirement Saving Reaching Critical Point [2]
  • New Breed Of Bee Importation Backed [3]
  • Rural Women and Red Cross boost flood morale [4]
  • German Yachtie Fined on Customs Charges [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00158.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0403/S00238.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0403/S00233.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00157.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00156.htm


    Back To Baghdad: UN To Return To Iraq

    - Secretary-General Kofi Annan has communicated to key players his intention to dispatch United Nations officials to Iraq to help with the transfer of sovereignty later this year. See... UN Announces Intention To Send Team Back To Iraq [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00290.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Sudan: World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding [1]
  • School Enrolment Rates Surging In Afghanistan [2]
  • Kosovo Calming Down After Extra Troops Deployed [3]
  • Genocide Charge For Bosnian Serb Reinstated [4]
  • Annan Writes On Oil-For-Food Corruption Allegation [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00289.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00288.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00287.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00286.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00285.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK: Inspite Of Poll Nats Still Don't Want Treaty Commission

    - National Party Leader Don Brash says the National Party is not prepared to put the future of New Zealand's race relations policy in the hands of a politically appointed tribunal. See... National backs action rather than another talkfest [1] MORE: - United Future - Dunne welcomes public backing [2] - United Future - United Future and foreshore ownership [3] - ACT - Act's -The Letter 22 March 2004 [4] - ACT - Poll Signals Labour's Demise [5] CLICK HERE for last week's story of the week coverage (same subject)…. [6]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00468.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00460.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00459.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00463.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00462.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00225.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Scoop Images: Global Day Of Action Against War

    - On Saturday over 600 people marked the anniversary of the first bombs falling On Iraq and marched against Helen Clark's support of the unjust and illegal occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. See... Scoop Images: March 20 Protests in Wellington [1] and in Auckland… Demands Made For NZ Military To Withdraw From Iraq [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00242.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00228.htm


    Hard News & More Is There!

    - Looks like it's going to be another interesting round of polls. The odd thing about last night's One News Colmar Brunton poll, which saw National jump to 49% support, is that apart from the obvious - running a stark 10 points behind its rival… See... Public Address 22/03/04 - Non-Trivial [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00240.htm


    Stateside: Where Rosalea Regresses

    - I am so embarrassed. Could it really be that I yelled out ''Right on!'' at an event on the Berkeley campus, like this was the sixties or something? See... Stateside with Rosalea: War and Peace [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00239.htm


    Norma Sherry Searches For An Afterlife

    - Is there a Hereafter? Is it a place of perfection and transcendent peace? Does one float or merely walk, yet never get tired? See... Norma Sherry: Is There Life After Death? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00233.htm


    The Problems Of Land Reform In The Solomon Islands

    - Currently Malaitan landowners are blamed for holding back Malaita Province development. Public statements -- provincial-level pronouncements, Bigmen's observations -- have the effect of shaming landowners to give up the only protection they have: their land, their resources, their very means of continued existence. See... Blame Them! Shame Them! And Then, Con Them! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00238.htm


    Patricia Johnson: Counting The Unemployed (Or Not) In The US

    - It appears that the only way we are going to be able to obtain a true picture of the employment situation in the US is for all the unemployed to raise their hands and be counted. See... Patricia Johnson: Raise Your Hand And Be Counted [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00237.htm


    Ron Callari: Eloquent Grave Robbers Who Would Be President

    - When the Greek orator Demosthenes died in 322 BC, the goddess of eloquence, Eulogia, ascended to the heavens, not to return to Terra Firma until 1832. See... Ron Callari: Code Of Silence [1] . See also... Kidd Millennium Cartoon: Skeleton Crew [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00236.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00230.htm


    Sonia Nettnin: A War Exhibition

    - According to Hebrew Scriptures, the Garden of Eden, where human life burst forth, was located in what is now Iraq. In this land, civilization began and humans created the wheel, the earliest system of writing, and the first legal code for social justice. See... Eyes Wide Open: An Exhibition on the Iraq War [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00235.htm


    Muqtedar Khan: The Real Reason For Elections

    - The philosophical premise of my transition from an Indian Muslim to an American Muslim is my understanding of what America stood for. See... Elections And The Future Of Free Society [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00234.htm


    Ramzy Baroud: Why The US Is Misunderstood In The ME

    - The United States government persists in its disrespect for Arabs. Its frequent attempts to win their ''hearts and minds'', through wars, state-of-the-art radio and TV stations and ''reform'' initiatives often lead to new follies, further insults. See... The Problem Is With Product, Not Packaging [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00231.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

    - In the Will of Father I have lived days of intense sadness without complaining but accepting what the Father wanted to make Me feel. See... Katya Rivas: Jesus Is Crowned with Thorns [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00229.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00227.htm
    Zaoui Lawyers Seek Stand Down For Inspector General

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Silver Lining Seen In Taiwanese Cloud

    - Taiwan’s election offers an opportunity to restore momentum to cross-straits dialogue, Foreign Minister Phil Goff said today. See... Election offers hope for cross-straits dialogue [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00467.htm


    National Rules Out Carbon Tax For Kyoto

    - National Energy spokesman Roger Sowry has confirmed National's opposition to carbon taxes under the Kyoto agreement. See... National says no to carbon taxes [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00464.htm


    Human Rights Sacrified For Commerce In Thai Deal

    - The Green Party has urged the government to call off free trade negotiations with Thailand until the Thai government ratifies core international labour and human rights conventions. See... Human rights sacrificed for Thai Free Trade deal [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00461.htm


    Obnoxious Waitaki Bill Still Unpleasant

    - National has been successful in eliminating the most obnoxious provisions in the Government's special legislation for Project Aqua, but the Bill still has serious deficiencies, says Nick Smith, National's Environment Spokesman. See... Waitaki Bill still deficient says National [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00471.htm


    Sex Education Boost Called For

    - New Zealand First is calling on the Government to act immediately and run a public sex education campaign aimed at teenagers to try and stem the alarmingly fast growing rates of sexually transmitted diseases in this age group. See... Sex Education Urgently Needed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00470.htm


    Insurance Law Changes To Wait On Law Commission

    - Commerce Minister Margaret Wilson says the Government will delay law changes regulating non-life insurers until the Law Commission has finished reviewing life insurance. See... Insurance law to be rescheduled [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00469.htm


    Stepping Into Steve's Shoes

    - Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that acting ministers for Hon Steve Maharey’s portfolios were being appointed until further notice. See... Acting Ministers For Steve Maharey's Portfolios [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00454.htm

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