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Scoop Is In The House

LEAD STORY:
Israeli Prime Minister Orders Gun-Ship Assassination Of Hamas Head
REACTION: Palestine’s Ahmad Qurei Says Assassination A Crazy Act
SCOOP COMMENTARY: David Miller

Maori TV To Finally Arrive This Sunday
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Afghanistan: Escalation Of Deadly Attacks Shock UN
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES
STORY OF THE WEEK: Winston Seeks Holmes Debate With Dr Don

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News & David Slack Are There
MOTORNET: A Saab With A Drop-Top
UQ Wire: Catherine Austin Fitts Says Follow The Money
Jason Leopold: Cheney Linked To Californian Energy Pirates
No Right Turn: The Wherefores And Whys Of Treaty Clauses
Toni Solo: The "Independent" Misses The Boat On Chavez
Robert Higgs: The War Justification Revisited
Between The Lines: Torture In Afghanistan
UQ Wire: 9-11 Truth On The D.C. Metro
Genevieve Cora Fraser: Stealing Palestine
Bernard Weiner: On Marching For Peace In The USA
Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Hooks Hidden In Charities Legislation - Greens
Money Well Spent On Prison Consultation - Robson
Greens Want Govt. To Get Bold On Obesity
Watch Out On Them There Roads For The Cameras
G20 & Cairns Group Agree To Pursue Agriculture Trade Reform
Mallard Boosts Literacy Programmes

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Outrage Over Attack On Hamas' Sheikh Yassin

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Scoop Is In The House

– For today’s questions for oral answer see... Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 23 March 2004 [1] . Come back this evening for the uncorrected transcript of the answers.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00481.htm

LEAD STORY:
Israeli Prime Minister Orders Gun-Ship Assassination Of Hamas Head

- Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) extra-judicially executed the founder and spiritual leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas Sheikh Ahmad Yassin while leaving a mosque after he performed his predawn prayers in Gaza City early Monday. See... Assassination of Sheik Yasin Opened Pandora's box [1] ALSO: Arafat Orders 3day Mourning in Palestine, Diaspora [2] Palestinians Shocked, Gloomy and Boiling [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00292.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00291.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00293.htm


REACTION: Palestine’s Ahmad Qurei Says Assassination A Crazy Act

- Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) extra-judicially assassinated the spiritual leader of Hamas Sheikh Ahmad Yasin while leaving a mosque after he performed his predawn prayers in Gaza early Monday. The martyr founded the Islamic Resistance Movement ... See... Palestine PM: Killing Crazy Dangerous Cowardly Act [1] ALSO: Sharon Speaks On His Assassination of Sheikh Yasin [2] - Israel Says Yasin Directly Responsible for Attacks [3] - EU Says Assassination Bad News For Peace Process [4] - USA Reacts to Israeli Killing of Hamas Founder [5] - UN Head condemns Israeli assassination of Yasin [6] - Amnesty condemns the assassination of Sheikh Yasin [7] - NZ Govt: Yassin Killing Will Heighten Middle East Violence [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00300.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00296.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00294.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00299.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00298.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00297.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00295.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00475.htm


SCOOP COMMENTARY: David Miller

- Last year, this column wrote that Israel’s deployment of F-16 fighters to attack leading Palestinian militants marked a significant development in the conflict between the two sides. See... David Miller: Israel’s ‘Decapitation’ Strike [1] & instant feedback Scoop Feedback: D. Miller's Decaptitation Strike [2] - Chuckman Cartoon - Chuckman Cartoon: Yassin [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00257.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00261.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00251.htm


Maori TV To Finally Arrive This Sunday

- The countdown is on for the launch of Mâori Television, New Zealand’s first national indigenous television channel this Sunday 28 March 2004. See... Maori Television Set To Launch [1] REACTION: - National - Taxpayers funding second Maori TV channel [2] - John Tamihere - A window on a Maori world [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0403/S00133.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00477.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00489.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Councils can make their own rulings on GE [1]
  • Bold action needed on child obesity [2]
  • Supergrans to get CYF grant [3]
  • Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, Annette ? [4]
  • Irish Workers Strike Causes Mail Delays To Ireland [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0403/S00078.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00478.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00474.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00163.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0403/S00251.htm


    Afghanistan: Escalation Of Deadly Attacks Shock UN

    - The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan appealed today to all parties to restore law and order in the western city of Herat where deadly violence yesterday claimed the life of Aviation and Tourism Minister Mirwais Siddiq, among others. See... Appeals For Calm Following Deadly Herat Violence [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00302.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Equatorial Guinea: activists risk torture & death [1]
  • China: moratorium on the death penalty is urgent [2]
  • Update on situation in Budrus [3]
  • Funeral Held In Kosovo Without Incident [4]
  • Sudan: World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00307.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00306.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00303.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00301.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00289.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK: Winston Seeks Holmes Debate With Dr Don

    - Rt Hon Winston Peters has offered to appear on TVNZ’s Holmes show with National leader Don Brash tonight to debate the major political issues facing New Zealand. See... Peters Challenges Brash To TV Debate [1] and Brash Running Scared Says Peters [2] Click here for more STORY OF THE WEEK coverage. [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00476.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00493.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/index.html#msow



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00300.htm
    The Remains Of Sheikh Yassin's Wheelchair

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News & David Slack Are There

    - One of the joys of being a self-employed knowledge worker is that when you want to go and do something, you go and do it. So When the ninth South African wicket fell at Eden Park yesterday, Fiona and I decided we'd get down there and witness a historic ... See... Public Address 23/03/04 - Out For A Duck [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00259.htm


    MOTORNET: A Saab With A Drop-Top

    - I have to confess to a certain scepticism when it comes to convertibles, and by extension, to the types of people who drive them. Call me old fashioned, but they rarely strike me as serious and in some regards, could even be dismissed as being frivolous. See... MOTORNET: Saab Drop-Top An Eye Opener [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00258.htm


    UQ Wire: Catherine Austin Fitts Says Follow The Money

    - Much has transpired since September 11, 2001. Something does not add up. Someone has something to hide. See... The Real Deal: 9-11 Profiteering [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00244.htm


    Jason Leopold: Cheney Linked To Californian Energy Pirates

    - Three years ago, while California’s energy crisis was spiraling out of control, Vice President Dick Cheney secretly met with half-dozen corporate executives of the country’s largest energy companies to hammer out a national energy policy for President George W. Bush. See... Cheney Connected Co. Faces CA Criminal Charges [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00243.htm


    No Right Turn: The Wherefores And Whys Of Treaty Clauses

    - Don Brash has talked about removing "Treaty clauses" from legislation, condemning them as both vague and an example of "Maori privilege". What are they and why are they necessary? See... No Right Turn: The Importance Of "Treaty Clauses" [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00256.htm


    Toni Solo: The "Independent" Misses The Boat On Chavez

    - Many people read the London based Independent newspaper because among its reporters is the outstanding Robert Fisk. The anti-war stance of the newspaper on Iraq and its stance on genetically manipulated foods and other environmental issues may give the impression that the Independent is a responsible newspaper across the board. But a look at its coverage of Venezuela reveals the same old story of distortion, omission and deceit on US intervention in Latin America that one finds everywhere else in the corporate media. See... Toni Solo: Independent Mis-reporting In Venezuela [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00255.htm


    Robert Higgs: The War Justification Revisited

    - One year ago the United States unleashed its armed forces in an invasion of Iraq. For everyone except those blinded by partisan loyalty to the Bush administration, the truth is now all too obvious. The administration was wrong and the critics were right. See... Robert Higgs: Taking Stock One Year After The War [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00253.htm


    Between The Lines: Torture In Afghanistan

    - Human Rights Group Charges U.S. is Abusing Prisoners in Afghanistan - Interview with John Sifton, researcher with the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch, conducted Scott Harris See... Human Rights Group Charges US is Abusing Prisoners [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00252.htm


    UQ Wire: 9-11 Truth On The D.C. Metro

    - A month-long $35,000 "No 9-11 Cover-up" ad campaign with colorful, eye-catching posters on all 267 Washington, DC metro train cars transporting 600,000 commuters back and forth throughout the District of Columbia and its surrounding bedroom suburbs in Virginia and Maryland began today. See... UQ Wire: 9-11 Cover-up Ads in Washington, DC [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00250.htm


    Genevieve Cora Fraser: Stealing Palestine

    - You've got to hand it to Israeli planners working hand in glove with the military. Not since the Zionist take-over of Palestine in 1948 have the pieces locked into place so perfectly. See... Death Squads Wear Suits as Well As Uniforms [1] .


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00249.htm


    Bernard Weiner: On Marching For Peace In The USA

    - Don't get me wrong. It felt great Saturday to be in the street-company of tens of thousands of anti-war compadres, letting the powers that be know that we're still here, still resisting, still serving as a kind of theatrical chorus while our leaders lie and manipulate and wind up slaughtering innocent people and endangering our national security in the process. See... Peace Marching Good - Getting Rid of Bush Better [1] MORE M20 COMMENT: - Genevieve Cora Fraser - Poem: Marching With An IDF Soldier Against War [2] - Nicolas Levis - UQ Wire: 9/11 Truth Block at NYC Antiwar Demo [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00247.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00248.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00232.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

    - Pilate was looking for ways to free Me. He was worried because of his wife’s warning and confused between the guilt of his conscience and the fear that the people would initiate a riot against him. See... Katya Rivas: Barrabas Is Set Free [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00246.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0403/S00132.htm
    Kiwi Cultural Diversity On Exhibition @ The Edge

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Hooks Hidden In Charities Legislation - Greens

    - The Green Party is alarmed by aspects of the government's Charities Bill being tabled in Parliament today and will be working to change the Bill during the Select Committee process. See... Green Party warns of dangers in Charities Bill [1] MORE: - Govt - Charities Bill tabled in Parliament [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00486.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00484.htm


    Money Well Spent On Prison Consultation - Robson

    - The thorough consultation with Tainui to prepare the way for the new prison at Spring Hill near Mere Mere was worth every penny spent over the last four years says former Corrections Minister and Progressive MP Matt Robson. See... Iwi consultation on new prison is money well spent [1] MORE: - National - Massive cost blowout for Meremere prison [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00479.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00494.htm


    Greens Want Govt. To Get Bold On Obesity

    - The Green Party is calling for bold, sweeping actions from the government in response to the new Hawkes Bay study by paediatricians confirming that the number of obese children in New Zealand has doubled over the past 11 years. See... Bold action needed on child obesity [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00478.htm


    Watch Out On Them There Roads For The Cameras

    - More drivers will be getting speeding tickets as Police around the country give fewer warnings to motorists. See... Fewer warnings, more tickets, more revenue [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00496.htm


    G20 & Cairns Group Agree To Pursue Agriculture Trade Reform

    - Agreement between the Cairns Group and the G20 to work together to achieve common goals in international trade in agriculture is a milestone in international trade, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... NZ welcomes Cairns Group-G20 co-operation [1] and the CTU...Cairns Group and G20 Move Makes Sense [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00483.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00166.htm


    Mallard Boosts Literacy Programmes

    - Education Minister Trevor Mallard announced today a major extension of literacy programmes that will benefit thousands of students in primary and secondary schools around the country. See... Thousands more students to benefit from literacy [1] . See also National... Literacy scheme an admission of failure [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00482.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00491.htm

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