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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Ex-Pat NZers Connected To Govt Eyed By Israeli Intelligence
Goff Releases Part Of The MFAT Briefing Notes
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Ivan Eland: Who Should Be Held Responsible?
Firas Al-Atraqchi: Zarqawi Be Damned
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Interview: Dalziel Talks About Immigration
Fighting Talk Digest
Hard News & Much More Is There!
Eco-Economy: Wondering About The Impact Of Rising Oil Prices - READ THIS!
Stateside: Inside Rosalea's Mailbag
Nathan Hoturoa Gray: Reflections On The Hikoi
As Cuba Marches - A Letter To The United Nations
Tribune Intl. - Indian Election Result Analysis
Hanan Ashrawi Comes To Boston

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Scoop Is In The House
Australian Wine Tax Move Seen As Illegal Subsidy
Goff And Hodgson Detect Kyoto Craveness In Nats
US Israel Posture Is Undermining War On Terror - Robson
Politician's Columns: Matt Robson
Those Were The Days Of Our Select Committees
Private Prison Dumping Seen As Poke In Tge Eye For United
Green Party Announces AGM Date And Venue
Campaign Against Disposable Diapers Begins
Copeland Wants To Investigate An ANZAC Dollar
Murray Smith Proposes Smacking Regulation
Budget 2004: Money For Tourism Facilities
New Judicial Complaints Process Becomes Law
Winston Seeks Urgent Probe Into Paraparaumu Airport Sale
The End Of The PAM Spraying Programme
Marriage Being Back In Fashion Is No Surprise


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The Rainbow Warrior Arrives On A Grey Auckland Day

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Ex-Pat NZers Connected To Govt Eyed By Israeli Intelligence

- Non-Government-Organisations with New Zealand connections are being sent a stern message from the Israeli intelligence community apparently in retaliation for New Zealand openly trying two suspected Israel intelligence connectives on passport charges. See... Israel Agents Send NZ Message Via Asian-Based NGOs [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00133.htm


Goff Releases Part Of The MFAT Briefing Notes

- "Certainly it is not my intention today to release comments that were made by United States Senators. They have not commented publicly on the nature of the discussions." See... Phil Goff Press Conf. Notes - Brash Nuke Remarks [1] and Phil Goff 's release…Release of Brash comments on nuclear issue [2] MORE: - Don Brash - No secret agenda on ship visits - Don Brash [3] - Richard Prebble - PM Caught Telling Porkies [4] SEE ALSO....MORE STORY OF THE WEEK COVERAGE [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00146.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00312.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00317.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00313.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/index.html#msow


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Government Censorship Bill Has Problems [1]
  • Christchurch Firm Profits From US War In Iraq [2]
  • Marriage stats show the way for Govt policy [3]
  • Number of Marriages Highest Since 1991 [4]
  • Roger Kerr Speech - Sizing Up The 2004 Budget [5]
  • Rainbow Warrior receives moving welcome [6]
  • Maori Battalion Memorial At Cassino Station [7]
  • PAC CT/4E Airtrainer Snapped Up By Thais [8]
  • Retail Trade Survey: March 2004 quarter [9]
  • Soil & Health Letter To MAF's Brett Sangster [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00155.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00153.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00152.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00148.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00151.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00150.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00146.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00160.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00158.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0405/S00040.htm


    Ivan Eland: Who Should Be Held Responsible?

    - If the torture and abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. military personnel is revolting, almost as shocking is the reaction of American politicians to the scandal. Under political pressure, President Bush grudgingly apologized only after the apologies by his subordinates. See... Torture in Iraq And Politicians' Reactions [1] MORE: - Chuckman Cartoon - Chuckman Cartoon: American Women Can Do Anything [2] - LINKS: Global Research -Torture And War Crimes [3] - Colin L. Powell IV on BBC TV with Huw Edwards [4] - George Bush - President Reaffirms Commitments in Iraq [5] - Full Text: The Taguba Report On Iraq Prison Abuse [6] - Daniel P. Welch - No Apology Necessary - Off to the Hague! [7] - Harvey Wasserman - Bush The Torturer Must Leave Office [8] SEE ALSO: Full Coverage: Iraq's Abu Ghraib Torture Scandal [9]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00122.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00136.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00135.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00142.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00125.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00122.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00121.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00119.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0405/S00130.htm


    Firas Al-Atraqchi: Zarqawi Be Damned

    - Nicholas Berg screamed. He screamed when he saw the sword brandished in the hands of one of his captors. He screamed when he was pushed down on the ground and his held pulled back, ready for the slaughter. See... Firas Al-Atraqchi: Zarqawi Be Damned [1] MORE: - Amnesty Intl. - Iraq: Beheading Of Civilian Condemned [2] - UN - Annan Horrified By Hostage's Murder [3] - State Dept. - State Dept. Daily Press Briefing May 12, 2004 [4] - White House - Bush Condemns Brutal Execution of Nicholas Berg [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00124.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00145.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00135.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00141.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00126.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • UQ Wire: 9/11 Visibility Project - Action Alert [1]
  • Afghanistan: Voter Registration Sites To Increase [2]
  • In Iraq, Brahimi Continues Talks On Transition [3]
  • Arab Journalists Urged To Give Full Picture Of UN [4]
  • People of Budrus Protest Confiscation of Any Land [5]
  • Cook Islands Govt Seeks Libel Action Over Spoof [6]
  • North American Peace Alliance Lobbies for Peace [7]
  • The America's Cup Welcomes Grupo Santander [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00161.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00160.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00156.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00154.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00153.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00152.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00149.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00148.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Interview: Dalziel Talks About Immigration

    - In this interview with Scoop's Kevin List, former Immigration Minister Hon Lianne Dalziel sheds some light on a policy area often clouded by murky political point scoring. See... Kevin List: An Audience With Lianne Dalziel (I) [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00147.htm


    Fighting Talk Digest

    - I was at the Hikoi. I still can't deciding whether I was participating, watching, or just practicing with my digital camera. I didn't do any marching as such. I can tell you that what bought me out on that alarmingly windy lunchtime was the strong ... See... Fighting Talk From Fighting Talk [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00145.htm


    Hard News & Much More Is There!

    - After wondering whether we'd have anything to post today I unexpectedly find us with a Friday feast. You are cordially invited skive off and spend the rest of the day reading blogs. See... PUBLIC ADDRESS 14/05/04 - Five For Friday! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00144.htm


    Eco-Economy: Wondering About The Impact Of Rising Oil Prices - READ THIS!

    - I sometimes think peak oil has already hit Manhattan as subways become increasingly unpredictable (although surveillance cameras are state-of-the-art) and escalator shut-downs present stair master survival challenges, a kind of perverse underground amusement. See... Suzan Mazur: Peak Oil - Debate Or Vendetta? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00143.htm


    Stateside: Inside Rosalea's Mailbag

    - Seeing as how you can't turn on the TV or pick up a paper or go to a news website without seeing yet more reasons for genetically engineering the xy chromosome out of existence, I'm left with the radio and my most constant penpal, the Direct Marketing ... See... Stateside With Rosalea: Rosalea's Mailbag [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00142.htm


    Nathan Hoturoa Gray: Reflections On The Hikoi

    - The hikoi towards parliament is about many things. For some it is a chance to get out and see the country. For others it is to be hanging with friends. For 12 that I met on route, it is about trying their best to relay run from Cape Reinga to the Cook Strait on a once in a lifetime experience tackling the elements and themselves. See... Reflections On The Seabed & Foreshore Hikoi [1] Naked In Nuhaka: Global Warming On The Big Screen - I've always been a fan of disaster movies. I'm particularly excited about a new flick due to arrive on the world's screens at the end of this month, "The Day After Tomorrow." See... Naked in Nuhaka: The Day After Tomorrow [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00141.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00140.htm


    As Cuba Marches - A Letter To The United Nations

    - An open letter to Kofi Annan. There is a march today NZ time (Friday 14 May) along the Malecon past the US interests Section in Havana, expected to have over a million protesting at the measures. See... Cuba Reclaims The Right To Self Determination [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00139.htm


    Tribune Intl. - Indian Election Result Analysis

    - The three weeks of political battle in the election process in the world's largest democracy, ended with negating all the pre-poll surveys and exit polls. See... Analysis: Congress 's Political Dynasty Shinning [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00137.htm


    Hanan Ashrawi Comes To Boston

    - Sign waving Zionist protesters congregated outside the Cathedral at St. Paul's on Tremont Street, Boston. They came to harass supporters of Dr. Hanan Mikhail Ashrawi, renowned Palestinian human rights activist and winner of numerous international peace, human rights and democracy awards. See... Palestinian Peacemaker Hanan Ashrawi Comes to Town [1] . See also… See... Sonia Nettnin: Al-Nakba - The Catastrophe (Part 1) [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00134.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00138.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0405/S00070.htm
    Pilgrim's Progress: NZ Ballet UK Tour Update

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Scoop Is In The House

    - For Thursday's Q&A see… Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 13 May 2004 [1] . For Wednesday's Q&A see... Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 12 May 2004 [2] . For Tuesday's see... Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 11 May 2004 [3] .


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0405/S00291.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00252.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00213.htm


    Australian Wine Tax Move Seen As Illegal Subsidy

    - Australia appears to have breached its CER obligations and potentially overstepped WTO rules by introducing what was effectively a subsidy for local wine producers, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... Wine tax concerns to be raised with Australia [1] and Australian budget tax on wine may breach CER [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00297.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00289.htm


    Goff And Hodgson Detect Kyoto Craveness In Nats

    - The National Party has abandoned both principle and independence in its latest position on the Kyoto Protocol, says the Convenor of the Ministerial Group on Climate Change, Pete Hodgson. See... National playing poodle on Kyoto [1] and Spineless Nats in foreign policy give-away [2] MORE: - Greens - Where America goes, there go the Nats [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00288.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00287.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00285.htm


    US Israel Posture Is Undermining War On Terror - Robson

    - The U.S. government's inconsistent Middle East policies are undermining the global campaign against fundamentalist terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda, Progressive MP Matt Robson said today. See... US Mideast policies undermine War on Terror [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00286.htm


    Politician's Columns: Matt Robson

    - The best debate for years on the North Shore will be: 1pm this Monday, 17 May, Massey University at Albany: from Gate 1 go to the Round Room in the Atrium building. The question is "Ahmed Zaoui: refugee or risk?" See... robson-on-politics, 13 May 2004 [1] MORE: - Marc Alexander - Marc My Words - 13 May 2004 - NZ Idle? [2] - Labour Party - Beehive Bulletin – Friday 14 May [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00318.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00316.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00315.htm


    Those Were The Days Of Our Select Committees

    - Nineteen committee meetings were held this week, eighteen in the parliamentary complex and one in Auckland. See... Select Committee Business [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00314.htm


    Private Prison Dumping Seen As Poke In Tge Eye For United

    - The Government has dumped on United Future again with the confirmation today that our only private prison contract will be cancelled next year, says National MP Tony Ryall. See... Govt dumps on United again [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00310.htm


    Green Party Announces AGM Date And Venue

    - The Green Party is holding its Annual General meeting and conference at Victoria University, Wellington over 5th - 7th June. See... Greens hold AGM in Wellington [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00308.htm


    Campaign Against Disposable Diapers Begins

    - Cloth nappies will be making a comeback if Green Party MP Mike Ward and Angela Dixon of Funkybumz have their way. See... Disposable nappies mean babies dump two tonnes each [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00307.htm


    Copeland Wants To Investigate An ANZAC Dollar

    - United Future finance spokesman Gordon Copeland today added his voice to the growing chorus, on both sides of the Tasman, for a good hard look at the possibility of a common currency between Australia and New Zealand. See... Copeland: Common currency should be explored [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00306.htm


    Murray Smith Proposes Smacking Regulation

    - United Future's Murray Smith today launched a member's bill on the physical disciplining of children "to inject common sense, balance and detail into an area in which the debate has lacked all of the above". See... Smith launches Parental Discipline Bill [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00304.htm


    Budget 2004: Money For Tourism Facilities

    - Tourism Minister Mark Burton today announced an $11 million initiative that will assist small communities to fund basic infrastructure See... $11 million boost for tourism infrastructure [1] and Hon Mark Burton: Investment in Tourism - Speech [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00301.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00300.htm


    New Judicial Complaints Process Becomes Law

    - The Judicial Matters Bill, which sets out the process for complaints about judges' conduct and their investigation, was passed in Parliament today. See... Judicial Matters Bill passes into law [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00296.htm


    Winston Seeks Urgent Probe Into Paraparaumu Airport Sale

    - New Zealand First is calling for an inquiry into the sale of Paraparaumu Airport in 1995 to establish why proper procedures were not followed by the then National Government. See... Urgent Airport Probe Called By Peters [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00295.htm


    The End Of The PAM Spraying Programme

    - The final aerial treatment operation for painted apple moth marked a major milestone in the battle to wipe out the pest, Biosecurity Minister Jim Sutton and Acting Biosecurity Minister Marian Hobbs said today. See... Painted Apple Moth spray programme ends [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00292.htm


    Marriage Being Back In Fashion Is No Surprise

    - National's Families spokeswoman Judith Collins says it is no surprise that marriage is back in fashion. See... Marriage back in fashion [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00319.htm

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