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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY: NZer Detained And Interrogated In Iraq
Private Prisons About To Be Legislated Away
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Bush Speech On Iraq And Terror - Draft UN Res. Tabled
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News Is There!
Letter From The Solomons
Toni Solo: Drugs Terror And War In Latin America
UQ Wire: Why The Perps Of 911 Are Hiding In Plain Sight
Global Research: Who is Ahmed Chalabi?
Torture Scandal: Ramzy Baroud
Latest Scoop News And Views From The Terra Sancta
UQ Wire: The Israelis In Moving Vans Mystery Deepens
Green Left Weekly: Troops In Acheh
Pakistan Returns To The Commonwealth

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Matt Robson Appeals For Aid To Sudan
Peter Dunne Bullied By China
Budget 2004: Money For Quality Tourism
Budget 2004: Funds For Suicide Prevention
MORE BUDGET PREVIEWS - ONE DAY TO GO
Ron Mark Is Still Unhappy With The Parole Board
Katherine Rich: CEG Money For Family Hui A Bit Rich
National Opposes Price Controls On Immirgation Consultants
United's Turner Supports Youth Court Judge

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An Interview With Former Corrections Minister Matt Robson

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Scoop Is In The House

- For Tuesday's questions & answers for oral answer see... Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 25 May 2004 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00530.htm


LEAD STORY:
NZer Detained And Interrogated In Iraq

- Green MP Keith Locke wants answers from the Government over the long detention of a New Zealander, Andreas Schafer, in a US jail in Iraq. See... NZ should challenge US over Schafer detention [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00519.htm


Private Prisons About To Be Legislated Away

- In an interview with Kevin List former Corrections Minister in the Labour-Alliance Government and now Progressive MP Matt Robson picks up the political football of law and order and gives some of the hard issues around private prisons a sound kicking. See... Kevin List: An Audience With Matt Robson [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00239.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Government Censorship Bill Goes Soft on Filth [1]
  • Stand-down Rule Change Good News for Seasonal Work [2]
  • Mysteries of the Deep Sea Expedition - Greenpeace [3]
  • Unsustainable hoki should lose accreditation [4]
  • District Health Board Deficit Decreases [5]
  • Farm Input Prices Rise 0.3 Percent [6]
  • 2004 NZ Remuneration Report [7]

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    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00254.htm
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    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00278.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00273.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00272.htm


    Bush Speech On Iraq And Terror - Draft UN Res. Tabled

    - " America will fund the construction of a modern, maximum security prison. When that prison is completed, detainees at Abu Ghraib will be relocated. Then, with the approval of the Iraqi government, we will demolish the Abu Ghraib prison, as a fitting symbol of Iraq's new beginning." See... Transcript: Bush Speech On Iraq Transition May 24 [1] MORE: - White House Press Briefing by Scott McClellan 5/24 [2] - Fact Sheet: The Transition to Iraqi Self-Govt. [3] - Text of US/UK U.N.S.C Draft Resolution on Iraq [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00236.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00234.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00233.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00231.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • UN Envoy Pledges Full Support For Disarmament Drive [1]
  • Armitage Interview On Australia's Ch 9 60 Minutes [2]
  • Barghouti - Israelis protest against Rafah outrage [3]
  • New Approach To UN Treaty On Rights Of Disabled [4]
  • Same Dog ­New Collar, Says FARC [5]
  • Pope Deplores Bloodshed in Holy Land [6]
  • Independent Investigation Into Rafah Killings Call [7]

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    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00232.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00230.htm


    SCOOP FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT - FULL COVERAGE

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=fc
    Italy Assignment: Full Coverage...

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News Is There!

    - Plenty of reader responses, then, to yesterday's post picking through the falsehoods and faulty logic of the Sunday Star Times "shock" lead story on the Crimes Amendment (No 2) Bill. With a single exception they have all been roughly as appalled as I ... See... Public Address 25/05/04 - Big Issues [1] and Public Address 24/05/04 - Facts Are Out Of Fashion [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00242.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00234.htm


    Letter From The Solomons

    - There's serious fist fighting going on in the Marau area once again. It's about the usual issues, land and logging. Ship passengers are also being beaten up if they come from the 'wrong' place. See... Is Solomons' Peace Breaking Down . . . Again? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00258.htm


    Toni Solo: Drugs Terror And War In Latin America

    - The United States and Britain make suitable partners. Abuse and torture at the Hola camp in Kenya in the 1950s, Fort Morbut in Aden in the 1960s and the Castlereagh interrogation centre for twenty years in Ireland remain potent symbols of British war crimes. See... Govt. Double-Dealing And The Developing Andean War [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00243.htm


    UQ Wire: Why The Perps Of 911 Are Hiding In Plain Sight

    - A stressed network organised around a few crucial nodes is liable to collapse. What if you saw the collapse coming? Might you not try to improve your position in light of your knowledge? Might you not even try to ensure that the timing of the collapse was to your advantage even if not to the advantage of others? See... Chris Sanders: The Ghost Of Adam Smith [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00244.htm


    Global Research: Who is Ahmed Chalabi?

    - On the 19th of May, US forces raided the Baghdad home of the head of the Iraqi National Congress (INC) Ahmed Chalabi. The media in chorus, without further investigation, described the raid as an effort to silence Chalabi's condemnation of the US-led occupation: See... Michel Chossudovsky: Who is Ahmed Chalabi? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00256.htm


    Torture Scandal: Ramzy Baroud

    - ''Iraqis shall covet the day when Saddam or someone like him is back in power,'' declared a colleague of mine in a dissolute coffee shop in some Arab capital. I quivered at the cruel sound of his words, yet held my peace. See... Iraq: A Ring of Hell of Our Own Creation [1] MORE NEW NEWS & COMMENT: - Statewatch - Expulsions By US Agents, Men Tortured In Egypt [2] SEE ALSO SCOOP FULL COVERAGE: - Full Coverage: Abu Ghraib Torture Scandal (5) [3] - (4) [4] - (3) [5] - (2) [6] - (1) [7] - Full Coverage: Nicolas Berg Beheading [8]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00257.htm
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    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00130.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00151.htm


    Latest Scoop News And Views From The Terra Sancta

    - The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund established itself during the first intifada (uprising). The organization formed in response to the urgent needs of Palestinian children caught in the gunfire of the Israel-Palestine conflict. See... Throughout Conflict, Relief Organization Responds [1] MORE: - Genevieve Cora Fraser: Israeli Arms Embargo Urged [2] - Lapid: Rafah Images Reminiscent Of Holocaust [3] - Israeli State Terrorism Goosesteps on Palestine [4] - Chuckman Cartoon: Sharon & The Rafah Tunnels [5] - Guest Opinion - Prisoner Torture Scam Is The Tipping Point In Iraq [6]


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    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00252.htm
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    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00250.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00247.htm


    UQ Wire: The Israelis In Moving Vans Mystery Deepens

    - For the second time in the past two weeks Israelis in a moving van have been detained near a U.S. nuclear facility, this time at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base near St. Marys, GA., near Sea Island, host of the G-8 Summit next month. See... UQ Wire: New Israeli Nuclear (Moving Van) Incident [1] . See also… UQ Wire: Israeli 'Movers' Freed, Back in Miami [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00249.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00248.htm


    Green Left Weekly: Troops In Acheh

    - Jakarta's decision to lift martial law in Aceh, in favour of an ''emergency status'', won't change the lives of ordinary Acehnese for the better, according to a leader of the Acehnese community in Australia. See... Aceh: Martial Law Ends But Troops Remain [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00246.htm


    Pakistan Returns To The Commonwealth

    - Commonwealth foreign ministers have lifted the suspension of Pakistan from the organisation here in London today. Following a meeting in London of the nine-member Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG), Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon said ... See... Pakistan Back In Commonwealth [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00245.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0405/S00115.htm
    RIALTO MOVIE OF THE WEEK
    Elephant

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Matt Robson Appeals For Aid To Sudan

    - Progressive MP Matt Robson is urging members of the public to help as best they can a public appeal by Oxfam for funds to assist alleviate a man-made humanitarian disaster in the Darfur region of Western Sudan. See... Over a million people at risk in Darfur, Sudan [1] and Crisis looming in Darfur: Oxfam [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00529.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00253.htm


    Peter Dunne Bullied By China

    - United Future leader Peter Dunne today questioned how many New Zealanders have been bullied - "and there is no other word for it" - by the Chinese Government, over their dealings with Taiwan. See... Dunne questions Chinese 'bullying' over Taiwan [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00528.htm


    Budget 2004: Money For Quality Tourism

    - Government has taken another significant step in ensuring a high quality tourism sector for New Zealand. See... Government continues to invest in quality tourism [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00516.htm


    Budget 2004: Funds For Suicide Prevention

    - Jim Anderton announced today that his Progressive Party had secured significant new investment to address suicide prevention in the Budget because suicide remains a significant challenge to society. See... Progressive investment in suicide prevention [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00522.htm


    MORE BUDGET PREVIEWS - ONE DAY TO GO

    - Green Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says energy security and sustainability is central to New Zealand's economic future and should be at the forefront of this week's Budget. See... Put more energy into the Budget: Greens [1] MORE: - Gerry Eckhoff - Budget Mustn't Ignore Rural New Zealand [2] - Rodney Hide - Anderton Offers More Lollies In Scramble [3] - Child Poverty Action Group - Leave No Child Behind [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00526.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00523.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00514.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00258.htm


    Ron Mark Is Still Unhappy With The Parole Board

    - New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark is again calling on the Parole Board to stop releasing dangerous criminals back into the community. See... Home Detention For Stabbing Appalling [1] . See also... Alexander: Parole Board lunacy [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00525.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00513.htm


    Katherine Rich: CEG Money For Family Hui A Bit Rich

    - National Party Social Services spokeswoman Katherine Rich says she has uncovered yet more dubious spending from the fund that paid for the now infamous 'hip-hop study tour'. See... More dubious spending from 'hip-hop' fund [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00517.htm


    National Opposes Price Controls On Immirgation Consultants

    - The thought that Government should have price controls on immigration consultants is archaic and has no place in a modern economy, National's Immigration spokesman, Wayne Mapp. See... Immigration price control archaic solution [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00511.htm


    United's Turner Supports Youth Court Judge

    - The recent call by Principal Youth Court Judge Andrew Becroft to split youth justice from CYFS was yet further recognition that the department's mandate was simply too broad, United Future's Judy Turner said today. See... Turner: Judge's comments on the mark [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00527.htm

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