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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY: Torture Memos: William Rivers Pitt On Nuremberg
Fish Ministry Details Orange Roughy Study
UNICEF Director Disturbed By Darfur Situation
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News & More Is There!
In Inside Oil From Molesworth & Featherston
Chris Sanders: Chinese Inflation & The Economic Order
David Miller (UK) Analyses The Mainstream Media
Jim Hightower: Power To The People's Media
Torture Memos: No Right Turn On Denials
Torture Memos: Steve Weissman On The Tortured Mr. Bush
Torture Memos: Bernard Weiner - No Other Way To Say This
Torture Memos: Torture Incorporated
Greg Palast: While Reagan Napped

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Defence Minister Indicates Regional Security Strategy
Police/Immigration Cooperation Improved
Politics According To Dr Don - The Budget & Law'n'Order
English Suspects A Decile Funding U-Turn Is In The Wind
Resource Management Act Reference Group Appointed
Key Not Surprised By OECD Goal Abandonment
King Talks Health In Otago
Winston Heads South
Copeland Still Wants Income Splitting Considered

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Scoop Is In The House

- For today's questions see... Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday, 16 June 200 [1] . For Tuesday's questions and answers see... Questions & Answers For Oral Answer - 15 June 2004 [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00220.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00216.htm

LEAD STORY:
Torture Memos: William Rivers Pitt On Nuremberg

- The document is titled 'Standards of Conduct for Interrogation under U.S.C. 2340-2340A.' It is a memo dated August 1, 2002, and was written at the specific request of Alberto R. Gonzales, Counsel to the President of the United States of America. See... William Rivers Pitt: Nuremberg Revised [1] - Full Text: The US DoD Torture Memo - Scoop - LINK: The Gonzales Memo - Washington Post [2] SEE ALSO... MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY ON THE TORTURE MEMOS (also linked below)


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00139.htm
[2] - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A38894-2004Jun13.html


Fish Ministry Details Orange Roughy Study

- Research starts next month to discover more about one of New Zealand's most valuable fish species, orange roughy. See... Research To Begin on Orange Roughy Stocks [1] MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Six Candidates For Te Tai Hauauru [2]
  • Greens: Roadside Migrant Checks Will Sour Relations [3]
  • Christians Support Civil Unions Bill [4]
  • Abortion Stats Show New Strategy Needed [5]
  • Forum launched to save the world’s largest seabird [6]
  • AA Calls For Sensible Approach To Vehicle Recall [7]
  • Future Lefts - Budget Blather & Frothing Fundies [8]
  • Sealegs To Challenge Fastest Channel Crossing [9]
  • Kiwibank To Launch Text Banking Service [10]
  • Corporate Reputation On The Chinese Agenda [11]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00160.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00158.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00218.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00157.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00156.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00159.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00166.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00164.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0406/S00217.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0406/S00216.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0406/S00213.htm


    UNICEF Director Disturbed By Darfur Situation

    - Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy on the conclusion of her visit to the Darfur Region See... UNICEF Director Speaks Of Conditions In Dafur [1] ALSO: Day Of African Child Marked By UNICEF [2] - International Refugee Day – a time for celebration [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00185.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00175.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00174.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Crunch time for stalled world trade talks - Oxfam [1]
  • Annan Urges Russia To Focus On Millennium Goals [2]
  • Nations Make Progress Against Trafficking People [3]
  • More Sudanese Refugees Reaching Chad [4]
  • Congolese Refugees Continue To Flood Into Burundi [5]
  • Giving a voice to undocumented migrants [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00165.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00184.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00181.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00178.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00177.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00171.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News & More Is There!

    - Q: Why did the neocons lie? A: Because their in-house philosopher declared that it was not only permissible but necessary to mislead the "unintelligent majority". I had been vaguely aware of the late Leo Strauss, of the University of Chicago, but ... See... Public Address 16/06/04 - On Morality [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00144.htm


    In Inside Oil From Molesworth & Featherston

    - A new leader for Act dominates our look at politics this week. We have a look at National’s issues and a few personalities strengthening their position in the party. The Government goes looking for gas and a broadband provider gets the once over…all this and our exclusive rolling poll of polls.See... Molesworth & Featherston - 15 June 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00143.htm


    Chris Sanders: Chinese Inflation & The Economic Order

    - Chinese inflation slowed month on month in May, presumably relieving those analysts who have been fretting about the Bank of China forcing a hard landing on the Chinese economy. See... Chris Sanders: Problems Of The Age Of Order [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00141.htm


    David Miller (UK) Analyses The Mainstream Media

    - In a cacophony of apologetics, mainstream journalists are saying sorry for swallowing and amplifying the lies pumped out by the Bush and Blair propaganda machine to justify the attack on Iraq. See... David Miller (UK): In And Out Of The Mainstream [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00140.htm


    Jim Hightower: Power To The People's Media

    - Democratic reformer Henry Adams, who decried the decline in democracy as the robber barons rose to power in the nineteenth century, did not mince words about the failure of the news media of his day: See... Jim Hightower: The People's Media [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00138.htm


    Torture Memos: No Right Turn On Denials

    - The headline screams "Rumsfeld says torture not allowed" . But when you look at what he said, there's an enormous gap in his words which some journalists really ought to be probing into: See... No Right Turn: Non-Denial Denials [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00142.htm


    Torture Memos: Steve Weissman On The Tortured Mr. Bush

    - Should George W. Bush lose his bid for re-election this November, historians will find a major cause in the flood of pornographic photographs that show American soldiers torturing and sexually humiliating naked Iraqis. How will publishers of sanitized ... See... Steve Weissman: Torturing Mr. Bush [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00145.htm


    Torture Memos: Bernard Weiner - No Other Way To Say This

    - Conveniently buried in the all-Reagan-all-the-time news coverage last week was the smoking-gun revelation, in the so-called torture-memos, that the Bush Administration was actively engaged in setting up a governmental system where Bush becomes the sole law of the land. In this set-up, no court, no legislature, nobody can touch him. He is to be the Supreme Leader. See... Weiner: Torture Memos Reveal Fascist Mentality [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00137.htm


    Torture Memos: Torture Incorporated

    - The U.S. Army has employed as many as 27 contractors to run its interrogation operations, according to media reports. But while CACI and Titan are getting all the mainstream media play, it appears that far more than 27 contract employees were involved in recruiting and placing interrogators in various locations. See... Torture Inc. - Oliver North Joins the Party [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00124.htm


    Greg Palast: While Reagan Napped

    - Vinnie the Chin had a great alibi. The New York mob capo shuffled down the street in his bathrobe, unshaved, drooling out the side of his mouth. When he got busted, he pleaded he was too gone-in-the-head to know about the Cosa Nostra running rackets from his candy shop. See... Greg Palast: Ronnie, Osama & The Chin Defense [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00136.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0406/S00089.htm
    Opera Takes To The Road

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Defence Minister Indicates Regional Security Strategy

    - New Zealand continues to work closely with other nations to ensure security in the Asia-Pacific region, says Defence Minister Mark Burton. See... Partnership key to regional security [1] and New Zealand's role in the global Defence community [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00219.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00231.htm


    Police/Immigration Cooperation Improved

    - A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), due to be signed at the end of this month between the Immigration Service and Police' will not see Police target illegal immigrants. See... Police and Immigration formalise practices [1] MORE: - Greens - Roadside Migrant Checks Will Sour Relations [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00228.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00218.htm


    Politics According To Dr Don - The Budget & Law'n'Order

    - It's a sad day when the Government is so unconvinced of the merits of its own policies that it feels the need to employ advertising agencies to sell them to the public. But that's exactly what is happening with this year's Budget. See... Brash-Report - No. 32, 16 June 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00225.htm


    English Suspects A Decile Funding U-Turn Is In The Wind

    - An indication from the Education Minister today that his review of race-based funding in schools has forced the Government to reconsider the decile funding formula looks like another U-turn in the making, says National's Education spokesman, Bill English. See... Decile funding: another U-turn looms [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00232.htm


    Resource Management Act Reference Group Appointed

    - Associate Minister for the Environment David Benson-Pope has named a five-member reference group to provide independent advice on the recently announced review of the Resource Management Act (RMA). See... RMA reference group offers real world perspectives [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00227.htm


    Key Not Surprised By OECD Goal Abandonment

    - National's Deputy Finance spokesman John Key says it is no surprise Labour has forsaken its pro-growth goal of getting New Zealand back into the top half of the OECD. See... No surprise Minister abandons OECD target [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00226.htm


    King Talks Health In Otago

    - Health Minister Annette King outlined the Government's health priorities for the coming year to staff and students from the Dunedin School of Medicine and staff from the Otago District Health Board. See... Hon Annette King: Otago University Medical Forum [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00230.htm


    Winston Heads South

    - New Zealand First leader the Rt Hon Winston Peters will be part of two significant events in Christchurch on Friday 18 June. See... Rt Hon Winston Peters To Visit Christchurch [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00229.htm


    Copeland Still Wants Income Splitting Considered

    - United Future’s revenue spokesman Gordon Copeland today urged Parliament to take a serious look at splitting household income for tax purposes as an additional way of helping middle and upper-income New Zealand families. See... Copeland pushes income splitting to help families [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00221.htm

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