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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Report Accuses Oz & NZ Of Bullying Pacific On Trade
Big Brother Seen Lurking In American Visitor Changes
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Bev Harris Gets Inside Sequoia's Voting Machines
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard New & More Is There
Ramzy Baroud: Voting Incentives In the United States
Patricia L. Johnson: When 308,000 New Jobs Aren't
Jason Leopold: In Search Of Condi Comment On Al Qaeda
Chuckman: Comparing Iraqi Atrocities
Film Review: Marina Of Afghanistan
Uri Avnery: Taking Issue With Arafat Comments On The Passion
Scoop Poem: A Palestinian Funeral
Daily Katya Rivas - The Passion

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Holiday's Act Changes Hitting Disabled Hard
Politics According To Prebble – The Letter
Alexander Suggests Locke And Robson Look After Zaoui
Govt. Has Lost Sight Of The Beaches – Greens
NZ's Doctors Continuing To Leave The Country
Ministerial Speechifying
HSNO Framework Takes Over Dangerous Substances
Farmers Having Kids Get Parental Benefit
Greens See Warning For NZ In Bayer UK GE Move
Nick Smith Takes Contempt Fine On The Chin
Cyber Communities ‘Jobs Jolt’

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LEAD STORY:
Report Accuses Oz & NZ Of Bullying Pacific On Trade

- Pacific governments must draw back their veil of secrecy and engage in open, informed, and participatory debate and discussions with their people on the trade and political negotiations they are drawn into, says the Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG). See... No more secret negotiations - PANG [1] MORE: - PANG - Launch of Trade Report [2] & Report Accuses Australia & NZ Of Bullying Pacific [3] - Full Kelsey Report - Professor Jane Kelsey: Big Brothers Behaving Badly [4] - Greens - Free trade spells disaster for Pacific Islands [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0404/S00028.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0404/S00027.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0404/S00026.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0404/S00030.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0404/S00091.htm


Big Brother Seen Lurking In American Visitor Changes

- Green MP Keith Locke is warning that US plans to fingerprint and photograph everyone visiting that country could lead to a universal ID system, with huge ramifications for individual freedoms and human rights. See... Big Brother is watching...and fingerprinting [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0404/S00081.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Council’s Holiday Programme Cuts A Disgrace [1]
  • GPJA Forum Reminder And A Few Updates [2]
  • Màori Economic Development At The Hui Taumata '04 [3]
  • Phone ban will have little impact on accident rate [4]
  • Meridian reports $67 million half-year profit [5]
  • Skycity To Purchase Shares In Christchurch Casino [6]
  • Censor Uses Listener Column To Slur The Passion [7]
  • Memorial service: Michael King & Maria Jungowska [8]
  • A Taste of Winter [9]
  • Ibuprofen to be available from supermarkets [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0404/S00031.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0404/S00025.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0404/S00024.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0404/S00022.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0404/S00048.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0404/S00051.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0404/S00016.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0404/S00015.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0404/S00016.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0404/S00025.htm


    Bev Harris Gets Inside Sequoia's Voting Machines

    - On election night, March 2nd 2004, two people who do not work for the County, Sequoia employees Michael Frontera and Eddie Campbell were observed to access the WinEds central tabulator during the middle of the count. See... Bev Harris: Inside Sequoia's Vote Counting Program [1] and Sludge Report #162 - Sequoia Voting Code Released [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00024.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0404/S00028.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Amnesty Makes Recommendation to UN Over Haiti [1]
  • Palestine:Israel must facilitate not hinder relief [2]
  • Broader Coverage On Aceh Demanded [3]
  • Actions to fight HIV/AIDS in 8 African countries [4]
  • 100 hours of curfew in Nablus [5]
  • Human Rights Committee Examines Five Nations [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0404/S00036.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0404/S00035.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0404/S00034.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0404/S00032.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0404/S00031.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0404/S00030.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00330.htm
    Robert Brenner - New Boom Or New Bubble?

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard New & More Is There

    - Gilbert Wong's feature story on Don Brash in the new Metro is very good. Unlike most of the Brash profiles so far, it seeks to determine who actually wrote the Orewa speech and from what sources, and how faithful it is to those sources... See... Public Address 05/04/04 - Commonsense And Soul [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0404/S00037.htm


    Ramzy Baroud: Voting Incentives In the United States

    - Since I obtained my right to vote in the US presidential elections years ago, I was frequently reminded to vote for the ''lesser of two evils.'' Thus I never cast a vote. See... US Elections: ‘Lesser of Two Evils’ No More [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0404/S00036.htm


    Patricia L. Johnson: When 308,000 New Jobs Aren't

    - WOW! U.S. non-farm employment rose by 308,000 for March while January and February 2004 figures were revised (click here) by 159,000 and 46,000, respectively. Now that we’ve heard the oohs and aahs, let’s get down to the looking at the real numbers. See... Are The Gobs Of Jobs Here Or There? [1] . See also... Robert Brenner: The Trajectory of the US Economy


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0404/S00029.htm


    Jason Leopold: In Search Of Condi Comment On Al Qaeda

    - Richard Clarke was right. So was Paul O’Neill. During the six months before the 9/11 terrorist attacks the Bush administration paid little attention to the threat from al-Qaeda and instead set the stage for a war with Iraq. See... Rice Never Spoke About Al-Qaeda Before 9/11 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0404/S00039.htm


    Chuckman: Comparing Iraqi Atrocities

    - Two current events cartoons by John Chuckman… Chuckman Cartoons: Iraqi Atrocities & Airplanes [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0404/S00035.htm


    Film Review: Marina Of Afghanistan

    - On Thursday, the second annual Chicago International Documentary Festival opened with the international premiere of " MARINA: AFGHANISTAN SHOUJO NO KANASHIMI WO TORU "; (2003). Director Naofumi Nakamura of NHK-Japan Broadcasting Corporation captures the life of Marina Golbahari, heroine of Siddiq Barmak’s OSAMA. See... Marina: Afghanistan Shoujo No Kanashimi Wo Toru [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0404/S00034.htm


    Uri Avnery: Taking Issue With Arafat Comments On The Passion

    - In the weekly Palestinian paper, The Jerusalem Times, there appeared on March 26 a short item reporting that you have viewed the controversial film of Mel Gibson, ''The Passion of the Christ''. See... Letter To Arafat About "The Passion Of The Christ" [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0404/S00033.htm


    Scoop Poem: A Palestinian Funeral

    - Bodies borne aloft : Shut into death's release : Float in caskets swaying : On a sea of Arab hands. See... Poem: Palestinian Martyrs Triumphant [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0404/S00032.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas - The Passion

    - My little daughter, let yourself be embraced by My most ardent desire that all souls come and purify themselves in the water of penance, and that the feeling of confidence, and not fear, may penetrate them, because I am a God of Mercy and I am always ready ... See... Katya Rivas: The Passion Extracts 1-5 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0404/S00031.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0404/S00042.htm
    Saving Papamoa's Dunes

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Holiday's Act Changes Hitting Disabled Hard

    - Disability service providers are about to be hit very hard by the Holidays Act and the Government must urgently address the issue, says National's Disability spokesperson Sandra Goudie. See... Disability sector faces funding shortfall [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0404/S00093.htm


    Politics According To Prebble – The Letter

    The Act Party's weekly look at curent events and their political implications See... Act's The Letter - 5 April 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0404/S00089.htm


    Alexander Suggests Locke And Robson Look After Zaoui

    - United Future MP, Marc Alexander, today announced what he modestly described as a 'brilliantly stunning' solution to the drawn-out and expensive Ahmed Zaoui saga. See... Alexander's 'stunning resolution' to Zaoui debacle [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0404/S00092.htm


    Govt. Has Lost Sight Of The Beaches – Greens

    - The Green Party says the Government has lost sight of some fundamental principles in its proposed Foreshore and Seabed legislation. See... Greens offer alternatives on Foreshore and Seabed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0404/S00088.htm


    NZ's Doctors Continuing To Leave The Country

    - The New Zealand Medical Association's claims, and figures released by the New Zealand Medical Council, confirm what everyone thought to be true about number of newly graduated doctors heading overseas - we continue to train more and more doctors for export, ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy said today. See... Training Our Doctors For Export [1] and National. Labour's policies forcing health graduates out [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0404/S00087.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0404/S00090.htm


    Ministerial Speechifying

    - See... Tariana Turia Speech to Child Health Summit [1] , Jim Sutton Labour Party Rotorua Conference Speech [2] and Jim Sutton speech to Champions of Cheese [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0404/S00086.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0404/S00083.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0404/S00079.htm


    HSNO Framework Takes Over Dangerous Substances

    - Many of New Zealand's most-used hazardous substances will be more effectively managed with the phasing out of the old Dangerous Goods Act and their transfer to the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act. See... Hazardous substances under new management [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0404/S00084.htm


    Farmers Having Kids Get Parental Benefit

    - Families working in seasonal rural work will benefit from the extension of the Paid Parental Leave scheme, Rural Affairs Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... Rural Families Benefit From Govt. Decisions [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0404/S00082.htm


    Greens See Warning For NZ In Bayer UK GE Move

    - Green Party Agriculture Spokesperson Ian Ewen Street MP today warned New Zealand's agricultural sector that opposition to genetic engineering in farming is mounting overseas. See... Bayer's UK back-off is a market signal for GE [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0404/S00080.htm


    Nick Smith Takes Contempt Fine On The Chin

    - Nelson MP Nick Smith says the fine imposed over his contempt case allows him to move on and focus on reform of the Family Court. See... Nick Smith takes sentence on the chin [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0404/S00078.htm


    Cyber Communities ‘Jobs Jolt’

    - A new employment partnership with community sector organisations targeting job seekers needing to improve their information and communications technology (ICT) skills was launched today. See... Cyber Communities ‘Jobs Jolt’ programme a win-win [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0404/S00077.htm

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