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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House

LEAD STORY:
Security Council Holds Urgent Open Meeting On Israel Attack
BERL Predicts Economic Growth Will Continue
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Powell & Rumsfeld Testify at 9-11 Inquiry - Truth Movement Holds Presser
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News & More Is There!
UQ Wire: Did President Bush Fly For The CIA In 1974?
Martin LeFevre: Meditaions On ET
Molesworth & Featherston's Political Update
Land Of The Free And The Home Of The Brave?
The Corporate Leviathan's "Global Realization"
Genevieve Cora Fraser: Earthquake in April
UQ Wire: William Rivers Pitt Visits Ground Zero
Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Brash's Latest Update On His One Law For All Campaign
Rich Denies Involvement In 'Kick-A-Nigger' Month
Ken Shirley Solves The Seabed & Foreshore Dispute
Israel And US Undermining War On Terror - Robson
Wayne Mapp Expecting Thanks From Territorials
Nick Smith Convicted Of Contempt Of Court
Problem Gambling Strategy Unveiled
Winston Peters Comes To ACC Claimants' Aid
Don Brash Challenged To Debate Kiwibank's Future
David Carter Questions Minister On Unsafe School
Greens Seek Ban On Risky Anti-depresants


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Scoop Is In The House

– For today's questions see... Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday, 24 March [1] . For Tuesday’s questions & answers for oral answer see...Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 23 March 2004 [2] . Come back this evening for answers.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00512.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00499.htm


LEAD STORY:
Security Council Holds Urgent Open Meeting On Israel Attack

- Amid rising tensions in the Middle East following Monday's assassination of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in Gaza, the Security Council held an open meeting today with nearly 40 speakers scheduled to take part in the debate. See... Security Council meets on killing of Hamas leader [1] ALSO: Security Council Urged: Act Against Israel Crimes [2] - Palestine Calls For UN Security Council Meeting [3] - US Refuses to Condemn Yasin’s Assassination [4] - 16 Killed on Monday by the IOF, 45 Wounded in oPt [5] - UN Concern: Hizbollah Attacks Israeli Retaliation [6] FULL COVERAGE:Reports on the Israel Palestine Crisis [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00325.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00318.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00316.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00315.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00317.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00320.htm
[7] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=israelpalestine


BERL Predicts Economic Growth Will Continue

- The combination of on-going net migration inflows, employment and income growth, a range of infrastructure projects, regional development initiatives, as well as surging Australian and recovering US economies ensure that expansion continues… See... BERL: Growth to continue despite uncertainty [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0403/S00267.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Wellington Anti-GE Action Date: Wednesday [1]
  • CYF: second anti-family violence forum [2]
  • When Tom Joined Annette For Dinner [3]
  • Business Survey: NZ Top And Bottom [4]
  • Employment Book launched [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00170.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00169.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00168.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0403/S00262.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0403/S00265.htm


    Powell & Rumsfeld Testify at 9-11 Inquiry - Truth Movement Holds Presser

    - Today has been a very busy day in Washington D.C. on 9/11 related matters. See... UQ Wire: Rumsfeld & Powell Testify at 9-11 Inquiry [1] MORE: - 911truth.org - San Francisco Press Conf. 26 March [2] - 911 Citizens Watch - Breakthrough For 911 Truth On C-SPAN! [3] - Rumsfeld - Prepared Testiimony To 9/11 Commission [4] - Powell - 9/11 Testimony On Counterterrorism Policy [5] - Scott McClellan - 22nd March WH Press Briefing [6] - Scott McClellan - 23rd March WH Press Briefing [7] - Dick Cheney - Rush Limbaugh Interview [8] - George Bush - Discusses Economy and Terrorism [9]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00275.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00333.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00265.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00332.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00313.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00331.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00330.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00329.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00328.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Nepal Fighting Between Govt & Communists Continues [1]
  • Donations Needed Locust Plague In Northwest Africa [2]
  • Murder Of Humanitarian Worker In Somalia Deplored [3]
  • Australia Increases Refugee Numbers By 2000 [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00323.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00322.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00321.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00311.htm


    http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=israelpalestine
    Outrage: Israel Assassinates Sheikh Yasin

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News & More Is There!

    - So Helen Clark declined to appear on Holmes last night, and Don Brash wouldn't go on Havoc. I'm sure there's a gag in there somewhere. Clark, of course, was never going to allowed herself to be summonsed onto television - between elections ... See... Public Address 24/03/04 - What's On Telly? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00274.htm


    UQ Wire: Did President Bush Fly For The CIA In 1974?

    - During the summer of 1974 George W Bush flew for a CIA-connected airline in Alaska later suspected by the Iran Contra Commission of being involved in CIA drug trafficking in support of the Contras, the MadCowMorningNews has learned. See... UQ Wire: Bush Flew For Airline Tied To Iran Contra [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00273.htm


    Martin LeFevre: Meditaions On ET

    - The search for life on other planets is intensifying. A field that was dismissed as fringe science only a decade ago is now closing in from many angles on the question of extraterrestrial life. See... Intelligent Life, Terrestrial & Extra-Terrestrial [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00271.htm


    Molesworth & Featherston's Political Update

    - After a week on the road, we’re back with the latest from the streets of power and fortune. This week we anticipate the next set of economic data and analyse the effect of current polls on the small parties, curiosities around the ‘powdergate’ charges, the release of university rankings, and oddities from the Law Commission. All that, plus our weekly update of business at Cabinet, in Parliament and our exclusive M & F rolling poll of polls…See... Molesworth & Featherston: Wednesday, 24 March 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00270.htm


    Land Of The Free And The Home Of The Brave?

    - On March 21, 2003, as I headed home, a day after the United States for-mally invaded Iraq, I ran into a colleague from Northeastern University – a professor of the humanities – at the Ruggles train station in Boston. See... World's Greatest Country: Do The Facts Lie? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00269.htm


    The Corporate Leviathan's "Global Realization"

    - The struggle humanity is now facing to escape the chains of slavery and serfdom presently being inflicted on us by corporate multinationals that is making automatons of us all is one that must be manifested to the masses… See... Manuel Valenzuela: Automatons and Slaves [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00268.htm


    Genevieve Cora Fraser: Earthquake in April

    - Today the above quote by Nazmi Al-Ju'beh resonates as both history and prophesy as Israel flexes the full force of its might and muscle throughout the Terra Sancta, the Holy Land. See... Israel Escalates Assaults on Palestine [1] and See...


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00267.htm


    UQ Wire: William Rivers Pitt Visits Ground Zero

    - I went to New York City this weekend to cover the protests marking the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. It was a good showing as far as these things go; having covered the massive demonstrations last year, I was impressed by the number of people who turned out. See... William Rivers Pitt - Before These Crowded Streets [1] MORE M20 COMMENT: - Bernard Weiner - Peace Marching Good - Getting Rid of Bush Better [2] - Genevieve Cora Fraser - Poem: Marching With An IDF Soldier Against War [3] - Nicolas Levis - UQ Wire: 9/11 Truth Block at NYC Antiwar Demo [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00264.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00247.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00248.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00232.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

    - Pilate has pronounced sentence. My little children, consider attentively how My Heart suffered… See... Katya Rivas: Jesus Forgives The Greatest Sinners [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00263.htm



    http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=motornet
    MOTORNET: Saab's New Drop-Top

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Brash's Latest Update On His One Law For All Campaign

    - The Government still appears intent on setting up some kind of Commission of Inquiry to provide advice on - well, we are not yet sure what it will be providing advice on. Possibly just what the Government should do with the seabed and foreshore, possibly what the Government should do with the Treaty of Waitangi, or possibly what the Government should do about our (unwritten) constitution more generally. See... The Brash-Report - No. 26, 24 March 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00523.htm


    Rich Denies Involvement In 'Kick-A-Nigger' Month

    - National Party Social Services spokeswoman Katherine Rich is appalled that she has been accused of taking part in 'kick-a-nigger' month by the Northland Maori identity behind a new Maori television station. See... "Kick a nigger" comment unacceptable [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00526.htm


    Ken Shirley Solves The Seabed & Foreshore Dispute

    - ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader Ken Shirley today delivered the keynote address to the 6th Annual Public Law Forum, where he outlined a framework to solve the country's current foreshore and seabed impasse. See... ACT Has The Answer [1] and Foreshore & Seabed, An Opposition View [2] Click here for more STORY OF THE WEEK coverage.


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00508.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00507.htm


    Israel And US Undermining War On Terror - Robson

    - Progressive MP Matt Robson says the governments of Israel and the United States are undermining the efforts of democratic nations to combat terrorism from fundamentalist organizations. See... Israel US govts show terrible leadership on terror [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00503.htm


    Wayne Mapp Expecting Thanks From Territorials

    - Members of the territorial and reserve forces will welcome today's enactment of the Volunteers Employment Protection Bill, says the Bill's sponsor, National Party MP Dr Wayne Mapp. See... New Act will protect soldiers' jobs [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00525.htm


    Nick Smith Convicted Of Contempt Of Court

    - ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today labelled National MP Dr Nick Smith's contempt of court conviction as nothing more than a completely avoidable misuse of justice. See... Smith Conviction Justice Gone Wrong [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00524.htm


    Problem Gambling Strategy Unveiled

    - The government's proposed problem gambling strategy has the potential to make New Zealand a world leader in addressing gambling harm. See... Government proposes problem gambling strategy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00527.htm


    Winston Peters Comes To ACC Claimants' Aid

    - Rt Hon Winston Peters has asked the ACC Minister Ruth Dyson to explain why some Waikato accident victims are being forced to go through a bizarre ACC vocational rehabilitation plan or lose their payments. See... Peters Questions "Bizarre" Acc Rehab Plan [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00522.htm


    Don Brash Challenged To Debate Kiwibank's Future

    - Don Brash would have to be blind deaf and dumb to really believe Kiwibank has not improved competition in the banking sector as he suggested on the Holmes Show last night, Jim Anderton said today. See... Anderton challenges Brash to debate Kiwibank sale [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00520.htm


    David Carter Questions Minister On Unsafe School

    - Revelations that a Christchurch school has advised parents that it is an "extremely unsafe environment" requires immediate action from the Minister of Education, says local National MP David Carter. See... 'Extremely unsafe environment' no place for kids [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00517.htm


    Greens Seek Ban On Risky Anti-depresants

    - Green MP Sue Kedgley is calling on the Minister of Health to direct Medsafe to prohibit GPs from prescribing potentially dangerous anti-depressants to children and teenagers. See... Greens call for ban on risky anti-depressants [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00509.htm

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