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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
UN Security Council Meets Over Israel Assassinations
PM Expresses Sympathy For Ratu Mara
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
U.S. President Bush Nominates Negroponte To Iraq Ambassadorship
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES
STORY OF THE WEEK - ISRAEL PASSPORT SCANDAL: PM's Presser: Spies Maketh A Media Frenzy

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News Is There!
Motornet: Smart & Small
John Roughan: Easter In The Solomons
David Miller: The Speech That Refuses To Die
A Mother's Indictment Of America's Leaders From Arizona
Kidd Millennium
Between The Lines: Robert Scheer On Orwell & The White House
Film Review: Al-Jazeera
Sheila Samples On Colin Powell
Michel Chossudovsky On The War On A Noun
Chuckman: Evil In Jerusalem
UQ Wire: Remember Genoa
Top Dog Reflects On The Road To Iraq Circa 2004
Doug Giebel: Annexing Iraq

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
National Blind To The Value Of Maori Culture Foreign Affairs
Public Need Answers On West Auckland Spray
Ron Mark Rails Against A Merciful Judge
Maharey's Input Sought In Wellington Homeless Debate
Bulk Software Deals Good For Schools
Mallard Leaves On South American Education Mission
Don Brash Feels Damage From Too Many Holidays
PPTA Blind To Labour's Education Policy - Coddington
Hide Seeks Details Of Anderton "Slush Fund"
Ken Shirley Doesn't Like Treaty Website

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LEAD STORY:
UN Security Council Meets Over Israel Assassinations

- Less than a month after several countries in the United Nations Security Council condemned the killing of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the 15-member body met today to discuss the assassination by Israel of his replacement, Abdelaziz Rantissi, ... See... Security Council discusses killing of Hamas leader [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00199.htm


PM Expresses Sympathy For Ratu Mara

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today expressed New Zealand's deep sympathy to the people of Fiji at the loss of former president Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara. See... Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara [1] ALSO: Australian Govt - Death of Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00291.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00198.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • ACT: Anderton Must Reveal Slush Fund Details [1]
  • Call for Pakeha to join hikoi [2]
  • Haylon Smith: Age Blocks Candidacy [3]
  • Bring Back Maori Battalions: Destiny NZ [4]
  • Ellerslie Flower Show On Hold [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00297.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00126.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00125.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00124.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0404/S00090.htm


    U.S. President Bush Nominates Negroponte To Iraq Ambassadorship

    - Remarks by the President in Announcement of Intention to Nominate John Negroponte to be Ambassador to Iraq The Oval Office See... US President Announces Iraq Ambassador Nomination [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00200.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • East Timor Environmentalist Wins Top Global Award [1]
  • A Special Prison Just For Mordechai Vanunu [2]
  • Timor Sea Movement Talks [3]
  • Removal Of Equipment, Buildings From Iraq Concerns [4]
  • Kosovo Urged To Address Causes Of Recent Violence [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00197.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00195.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00192.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00184.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00183.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00164.htm
    PM's Views On Israeli Spy Case

    STORY OF THE WEEK - ISRAEL PASSPORT SCANDAL: PM's Presser: Spies Maketh A Media Frenzy

    - The whiff of John Le Carre pervaded most of the Prime Minister’s Press Conference with allegations of spies, the potential that the New Zealand passport may have been violated by agents of Mossad, and the potential fallout from this alleged violation. See... PM's Presser: Fraud + Israeli Spies = Media Frenzy [1] and for the other stuff in the weekly Presser see… PM's Presser: Beyer, Greig, Iraq, Israel & Nauru [2] . EARLIER: - Scoop - Govt Held High Powered Secret Meetings On Spy Case [3] - PM’s Office: Meetings Did Not Include LP President [4] MORE: - Greens - Minister of Health or Minister of Hide and Seek? [5] - PM Helen Clark - PM responds to passport case [6] - NZ First - Protect our passports integrity says Mark [7] - Protestors - Protest Assassination At Auckland Town Hall [8]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00164.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00163.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00141.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00146.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00268.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00267.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00270.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00106.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News Is There!

    - Should we just burn all our history books then? The new Treaty of Waitangi website, launched yesterday, is wordy, serious and determinedly equivocal. The political response to it was predictable and a bit embarrassing.. See... Public Address 20/04/04 - Impasse [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00162.htm


    Motornet: Smart & Small

    - It takes a bit of getting used to driving a Smart car. People smile at you, sometimes even laugh and it's quite common for small children to point while pulling on their parent’s jumpers to get their attention. See... MOTORNET: Smarter Than Some [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00160.htm


    John Roughan: Easter In The Solomons

    - Holy Week, the 7 day period preceding Easter Sunday, is a sacred time. Christians worldwide grapple with the meaning not only of their faith but with the mystery of life itself. See... John Roughan: Easter Youth! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00159.htm


    David Miller: The Speech That Refuses To Die

    - No matter whether one agrees with the Orewa speech or not, there is no denying that it refuses to vanish from the political landscape. See... The Real Casualty after the Orewa Speech [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00158.htm


    A Mother's Indictment Of America's Leaders From Arizona

    - In my 56 years on this beautiful planet; our home and mother, I have never seen the ravages of male recklessness, violence, oppression, and war so predominant and frightening as now. Gentlemen, and I use the term loosely, you have gone too far! See... A Woman in Tucson is Screaming, Crying [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00157.htm


    Kidd Millennium

    - Cartoon by kiddmillennium.com… See... Kidd Millennium Cartoon: Presidential Pardons [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00161.htm


    Between The Lines: Robert Scheer On Orwell & The White House

    - Critic Charges Bush Administration's "Language of Lying" Transformed into "an Orwellian Artform" - Interview with Robert Scheer, syndicated columnist and author, conducted by Scott Harris See... Bush Admin's 'Language Of Lying' Orwellian.... [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00156.htm


    Film Review: Al-Jazeera

    - U.S. mainstream media coverage reports that terrorism predominates the Arab world. After the Arabic satellite news channel Al-Jazeera became available to Americans, viewers saw the stereotypes of the Arab people in the U.S. news cycle. See... Film Review: Al-Jazeera, Arab Voices [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00155.htm


    Sheila Samples On Colin Powell

    - He has always been there, barely visible -- his comforting presence more felt than seen. From ROTC to Vietnam, from Iran-Contra to Desert Storm, from the Joint Chiefs to Foggy Bottom, he has been quietly steady, honest, trustworthy and obedient. See... Sheila Samples: My Master's House... [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00154.htm


    Michel Chossudovsky On The War On A Noun

    -While the Western media highlights the death and ''kidnapping'' of paid mercenaries, on contract to Western security firms, there is a deafening silence on the massacre of more than 700 civilians in Fallujah by coalition forces. See... Michel Chossudovsky: Iraq & The War On Terrorism [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00153.htm


    Chuckman: Evil In Jerusalem

    - It did appear that that mountainous bulk of murder and corruption, Ariel Sharon, was about to leave politics. Much as with Al Capone, authorities only caught up with him through a trail of crooked money. See... John Chuckman: Evil Does Often Triumph [1] MORE ON ISRAEL: - Genevieve Cora Fraser - Al-Awda -Palestinians Uphold Their Right to Return [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00152.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00148.htm


    UQ Wire: Remember Genoa

    - President Bush, Condi Rice and the 9/11 Commissioners all mentioned the G-8 Summit over the past week. However, most are just not looking at or acknowledging that there is now an 'Elephant in the Room.' See... UQ Wire: Dancing Around The Genoa Warning [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00151.htm


    Top Dog Reflects On The Road To Iraq Circa 2004

    - I think today is a good time to examine some of the things that were said during the run-up to the Iraq war, and in it's early days. See... Dog Skin Report: Back To The Future [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00150.htm


    Doug Giebel: Annexing Iraq

    - Is Uncle Sam about to sew a fifty-first star on Old Glory? See... Doug Giebel: The State of Iraq [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00149.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0404/S00066.htm
    Waikato's Ironman Woman Champions Environment/Human Rights

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    National Blind To The Value Of Maori Culture Foreign Affairs

    - Foreign Minister Phil Goff says the National Party's new-found aversion to Maori culture is blinding them to the value of promoting New Zealand's unique culture in important overseas markets. See... Nats wrong on value of hiki tapu, says Goff [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00310.htm


    Public Need Answers On West Auckland Spray

    - “The Government should take the public into its confidence with respect to the aerial spraying for apple moth in West Auckland,” said New Zealand First biosecurity spokesperson Brent Catchpole. See... What Health Risk Is The Spray Causing? [1] MORE: - Greens - Inquiry needed into MAF's moth inaction [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00309.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00300.htm


    Ron Mark Rails Against A Merciful Judge

    - New Zealand First law and order spokesperson, Ron Mark, is outraged at a Wellington Judge’s decision not to give a Pakistani man a criminal conviction for indecent assault. See... Mercy Sentence A Joke Says Mark [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00311.htm


    Maharey's Input Sought In Wellington Homeless Debate

    - ACT New Zealand Housing Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today demanded to know why Housing Minister Steve Maharey has not yet entered into the debate over what to do about Wellington's homeless people. See... House The Homeless [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00308.htm


    Bulk Software Deals Good For Schools

    - The latest Microsoft software products will soon be available, at no cost, to all state and state-integrated schools as part of a multi-million dollar agreement struck with Microsoft, Education Minister Trevor Mallard announced today. See... Schools to receive Microsoft software at no cost [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00307.htm


    Mallard Leaves On South American Education Mission

    - Education Minister Trevor Mallard leaves this afternoon for an education mission to Latin America, accompanied by a delegation of New Zealand education sector representatives. See... Education mission to Latin America [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00305.htm


    Don Brash Feels Damage From Too Many Holidays

    - National Party Leader Don Brash has launched a scathing attack on the Holidays Act, describing it as "a step back to the days when New Zealand was closed at the weekend." See... Don Brash fears long-term damage from Holidays Act [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00302.htm


    PPTA Blind To Labour's Education Policy - Coddington

    - ACT New Zealand Education Spokesman Deborah Coddington today urged the Post Primary Teachers Association to rethink its support for Labour, after president Phil Smith threatened more industrial action if National and ACT form the next government. See... What's Labour Ever Done For Teachers? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00298.htm


    Hide Seeks Details Of Anderton "Slush Fund"

    - ACT New Zealand Finance Spokesman Rodney Hide today said it was imperative that Economic Development Minister Jim Anderton reveal who had been the beneficiaries of his secret million-dollar slush fund. See... Anderton Must Reveal Slush Fund Details [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00297.htm


    Ken Shirley Doesn't Like Treaty Website

    - ACT New Zealand Acting Leader Ken Shirley today expressed concern over the launch of Labour's Treaty of Waitangi website, and said it was very worrying when any government engaged in indoctrination programmes. See... Mass Education Not Role Of Govt [1] MORE: - Govt - Treaty of Waitangi website launched [2] - Trevor Mallard Speech - Launch of Treaty of Waitangi website - Speech [3] - NZ First - Treaty Education Should Await Commission [4] - National - Treaty education, information or propaganda? [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00296.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00290.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00289.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00287.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00283.htm

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