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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY: USA Will Not Seek Immunity For Its UN Operation Troops
Peters To Sue TVNZ For $7 Million Dollars
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
UN Troops Prepare For Sudan Mission
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Kevin List: All You Need To Know About Corrections
Scoop Feedback: Why You Read What You Do On Scoop
Dennis Hans: How The New York Times Helped Cheney Lie To America
Shallow Throat's Latest Advice To John Kerry
Green Left Weekly: Bush Vs Latham
Richard Walrath: Some Questions For US Voters To Ask Themselves
Man Honored for Averting Nuclear War
UQ Wire: Ray McGovern Previews The 9/11 Commission's Report
UQ Wire: 9-11 Whistleblower Heads Back To Court
Sonia Nettnin At The Chicago Palestine Film Festival

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Two Auckland Roads Get Go Forward
West Coast Rail Problems National's Fault Says Jim
Nelson MPs Not Impressed With WOW Move To Wellington
$1.3Mn 20/20 Contract Nets TVNZ Bully Accusations
PM Addresses The State Of The World
Greens Ramp Up Campaign To Save The Wairau
World Class Kiwi Food And Drink Applauded
Rodney Hide Back To His Old Tricks Says Robson
Govt. Launches New Alcohol Programme
Copeland's GST Off Rates Bill Wins The Ballot
Four Bites Of The Fishing Cherry For Maori
Answers Sought On Meningococcal Vaccine

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Scoop Is In The House

- For today's questions see... Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday, 24 June 2004 [1] . For Wednesday's Q&A see... Questions & Answers for Oral Answer - 23 June 2004 [2] , and Tuesday's Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 22 June 2004 [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00381.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00368.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00317.htm


LEAD STORY:
USA Will Not Seek Immunity For Its UN Operation Troops

- The United States announced today that it would not proceed with a Security Council resolution that would have extended, for a third consecutive year, the immunity of some United Nations peacekeepers from prosecution by the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal. See... US Drops Immunity For Its Troops In UN Operations [1] Flashback: Scoop Investigation 2002 - ICC: Lessons in Justice: Bush’s European Nightmare ALSO: Global Support for ICC Reaffirmed [2] - US State Dept - U.S. Drops ICC Immunity Push for Peace Keepers [3] - Annan: Nations Urged To Support International Law [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00277.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00280.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00278.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00287.htm


Peters To Sue TVNZ For $7 Million Dollars

- Rt Hon Winston Peters today instructed his lawyers to lodge a damages claim for $7million against Television New Zealand. See... Peters Sues TVNZ For Seven Million Dollars [1] MORE: - Greens - Public and Peters deserve a non-political hearing [2] - Scoop - Winston Peters To Respond To Bribe Allegations [3] - Winston Peters - Peters Takes Legal Advice Re TVNZ and RNZ [4] - Joe Cave - Select Committee Scampi Decision Fishy [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00376.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00396.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00206.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00364.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00229.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Second Mortar Attack For Kiwi Troops [1]
  • Neptune’s court expels bottom trawlers [2]
  • Whenuapai: Defence Corrects Dates For Air Force Move [3]
  • Young Labour Says Support Civil Unions [4]
  • Civil Unions a feel good deception [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00236.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00237.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00240.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00239.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00238.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00278.htm
    IMAGE: U.S. Abandons Immunity For Its Troops In UN Operations

    UN Troops Prepare For Sudan Mission

    - A potential United Nations mission in Sudan as well as support for other African peacekeeping efforts are among the issues being discussed during a two-day meeting of countries contributing troops to a stand-by arrangement for UN operations. See... Sudan: UN Contributors Ready to Send Troops [1] ALSO: Sudan: UN Field Workers Report Fresh Attacks [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00286.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00288.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Russia: Brutal Killing of Nikolai Girenko [1]
  • Mbeki Should BeActive In Resolving Zimbabwe Crisis [2]
  • Russia/Chechnya: human rights crisis [3]
  • White House Press Briefing by Scott McClellan [4]
  • Desperate Need For Middle East Political Solution [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00283.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00282.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00281.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00279.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00274.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Kevin List: All You Need To Know About Corrections

    - Ex restaurateur, talkback radio show host, and Sensible Sentencing Trust member - now United Future MP, Marc Alexander took the time in early June to answer some questions from Scoop regarding the recently passed Correction's Bill and related issues. See... An Audience With Marc Alexander [1] and Estimations: Department Of Corrections [2] RELATED: - NZ First - Goon Squad To Be Revisited [3] - United Future - Alexander climbs into Corrections' costs [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00219.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00218.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00375.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00373.htm


    Scoop Feedback: Why You Read What You Do On Scoop

    - In This Edition: The News Agency Scoop (including response from editor) - Freedom Summer Palestine 2004 Planning. See... Scoop Feedback: Scoop & ANNCOL & The ISM [1] . For more reader feedbacl see also... She Said Bomb Them All, Here’s Another Perspective [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00216.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00208.htm


    Dennis Hans: How The New York Times Helped Cheney Lie To America

    - How our newspaper of record and the vice president, with an assist from NBC’s Tim Russert, teamed up to spread the myth of the Iraqi connection to 9-11. See... New York Times And Cheney Once Were Sweethearts [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00215.htm


    Shallow Throat's Latest Advice To John Kerry

    Those who have followed my conversations over the years with ''Shallow Throat''* -- the high-ranking GOP mole in the Bush Administration -- know that ST has been paranoid about being discovered by his employer. See... Shallow Throat: Don't Torture Bush, Just Abuse Him [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00214.htm


    Green Left Weekly: Bush Vs Latham

    - It's no surprise that the US government is leaning heavily on the ALP federal leader Mark Latham to back down on his promise to withdraw Australian troops from Iraq ''by Christmas''. See... Green Left Weekly: Iraq - Bush Bullies Latham [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00213.htm


    Richard Walrath: Some Questions For US Voters To Ask Themselves

    - It's getting close to the time when every man and woman should ask himself or herself the famous question. Am I better off today than I was four years ago? See... Richard Walrath: How About the Rest Of Us? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00212.htm


    Man Honored for Averting Nuclear War

    - This was the CBS News headline on the story of Colonel Stanislav Petrov receiving a special World Citizen Award in Moscow on May 21 of this year. The award was presented by the Association of World Citizens, ... See... Douglas Mattern: Forgotten Hero Honored [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00211.htm


    UQ Wire: Ray McGovern Previews The 9/11 Commission's Report

    - Will the Sept. 11 Commission follow the example set by Congress and the Intelligence Community and let itself be intimidated by Vice President Dick Cheney? See... UQ Wire: Will The 9/11 Commissioners Cave? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00209.htm


    UQ Wire: 9-11 Whistleblower Heads Back To Court

    - FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds sues Ashcroft and DOJ again, asserting that re-classification of her 9-11 allegations was illegal and unconstitutional. See... UQ Wire: Sibel Edmonds Sues Ashcroft Again [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00217.htm


    Sonia Nettnin At The Chicago Palestine Film Festival

    - Israeli soldiers left their mark. In the Ministry of Culture’s office, they draped the windows with barbed wire. On the floor, crates filled with bottles of urine. Feces on the rug. The inside of a Xerox machine smeared brown. See... Sonia Nettnin: Film Review - Siege [1] More Palestine Film Reviews: - Sonia Nettnin Review: Freedom I Have Lost [2] . - Sonia Nettnin: Film Review - Keys [3] - Review: Elias Chacour - Prophet in His Own Country [4] - Sonia Nettnin: To Create Something Out of Nothing [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00210.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00200.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00184.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00171.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00170.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0406/S00167.htm
    Rialto Movie Of The Week: The Cooler

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Two Auckland Roads Get Go Forward

    - Two key links in Auckland's Western ring route today got the green light. See... Green light for $309 million transport projects [1] REACTION: - Greens - Greens challenge SH20 extension [2] - United Future - MPs delighted at green light on Auckland roading [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00401.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00389.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00394.htm


    West Coast Rail Problems National's Fault Says Jim

    - The fragile state of the West Coast rail link exposed by the Kellogg Brown and Root's report on the South Island rail coal route, demonstrates yet another failure of the privatisation of essential infrastucture, Jim Anderton, Progressive Leader said today. See... State of rail link another failure of privatisation [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00400.htm


    Nelson MPs Not Impressed With WOW Move To Wellington

    - "The decision of the World of Wearable Art to relocate its show to Wellington is a body blow for Nelson" says Nelson MP Nick Smith. See... Smith mourns the loss of WOW show to WLG [1] and Mike Ward... WOW will disappear in the crowd [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00383.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00380.htm


    $1.3Mn 20/20 Contract Nets TVNZ Bully Accusations

    - TVNZ is guilty of breaching its Statement of Intent with it's anti-competitive behaviour and bully-boy tactics, says National's Broadcasting spokeswoman, Georgina te Heuheu. See... TVNZ guilty of bully-boy tactics [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00378.htm


    PM Addresses The State Of The World

    - It is a pleasure to be here tonight to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. See... Prime Minister Speech: Institute of International [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00372.htm


    Greens Ramp Up Campaign To Save The Wairau

    - Green Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons is calling on the thousands of New Zealanders who opposed Project Aqua to now mobilise behind a campaign to save another river threatened by a canal-based power scheme. See... Aqua-style scheme can be stopped [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00402.htm


    World Class Kiwi Food And Drink Applauded

    - World class innovations in food and beverages produced in New Zealand have just been awarded SIAL d'Or gold awards in Paris. "Congratulations are in order," says Jim Anderton, Minister of Economic Development. See... Food and beverages from NZ win awards [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00397.htm


    Rodney Hide Back To His Old Tricks Says Robson

    - Mr Rodney Hide, with his usual lack of concern for natural justice and accuracy, has used a leaked internal report from Tainui to make definitive statements about unproven allegations of double dipping regarding contracts with Corrections. See... Hide’s “responsible” makeover vanishes [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00399.htm


    Govt. Launches New Alcohol Programme

    - The Government today announced a major new programme, aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm. See... Government tackles alcohol-related harm [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00395.htm


    Copeland's GST Off Rates Bill Wins The Ballot

    United Future’s finance spokesperson Gordon Copeland is delighted his Goods and Services Tax (Exclusion of Rates) Amendment Bill has been drawn from the ballot of private Members’ Bills. See... ‘GST off rates’ campaign gets big boost [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00392.htm


    Four Bites Of The Fishing Cherry For Maori

    - Labour's proposed marine farming legislation will ensure Maori get four bites of the cherry, says National's Fisheries spokesman, Phil Heatley. "Not only will Maori be allocated 20%, they will also be able to tender for the general allocation, and some iwi groups will be able to claim up to an extra 10% due to preferential rights. See... Aquaculture: Four bites of the cherry for Maori [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00387.htm


    Answers Sought On Meningococcal Vaccine

    - The Minister of Health must explain why she said the meningococcal vaccine is safe and will work, only to have it revealed the next day that Medsafe had not licensed the vaccine, says National's Associate Health spokesman, Dr Paul Hutchison. See... Minister must come clean on vaccine [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00386.htm

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    Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

    It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>

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    Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

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