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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY: White House Taken To Task On Guantanamo Prisoners
Winston Peters Denies Bribery Allegations To The House
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Annan Welcomes Handover To Iraq Interim Government
Hard News Is There!
No Right Turn: A Day Of Portent
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Kevin List: PM's Presser
Urgency Likely To Result In A Question Deficit
Scoop Oddity: A Lap Top Bag With Attitude
William Rivers Pitt: Getting Used To Failure
Stateside: Rosalea Reviews Fahrenheit 9/11
Dennis Hans: A Candidate For All Seasons
Between The Lines: Diplomats & Generals Against Bush
Sheila Samples: The Paper Of (Rewriting Its Own) Record
Sonia Nettnin At The Chicago Palestine Film Festival

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Cannabis Body Count Continues To Rise
Law Commission Report On Covert Filming
Greens Back Hamilto City Violence Plan
Greens Back Nurses Fair Pay Petition
Care of Children Bill Amended In Committee
Cross Ditch Commerce Another Step Simpler
Parole Board Attitudes Concern Marc Alexander
Don Brash Reveals National's Advertising Budget
Condoms At School Balls Deserve Commendation
Community Education Funding Announced
Rick Barker Says Nats Will Evict Pensioners

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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 - Tuesday, 29 June 2004 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00470.htm

LEAD STORY:
White House Taken To Task On Guantanamo Prisoners

- The United States Supreme Court has taken a step towards restoring the rule of law for the hundreds of non-US nationals in military custody in Guantánamo Bay, Amnesty International said today in an initial reaction. See... US Courts: Guantanamo Prisoners Have Legal Rights [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00345.htm


Winston Peters Denies Bribery Allegations To The House

- Allegations were made against me during my absence from New Zealand last week. Those allegations are baseless and ridiculous and I immediately instructed my legal counsel to take action, seeking damages and costs from those organisations and individuals who promulgated those allegations. See... Peters Makes Statement To House [1] MORE: - ACT - The Allegations Against Winston – ACT's Letter [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00477.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00450.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Certified Organics Raises Capital [1]
  • Trend In Number of New Dwelling Units Declines [2]
  • Contact Signs Deals With Mighty River Power [3]
  • Flawed Policy Means Experienced Nurses Shut Out [4]
  • 30th June – Iraq Protest at US Consulate [5]
  • Flood-hit Kopane School to be rebuilt [6]
  • Advance Voting Starts In By-Election [7]
  • Free Condoms To Be Commended, Not Condemned [8]
  • Funding To Improve Lake Rotoiti Water Quality [9]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0406/S00361.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0406/S00358.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0406/S00354.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0406/S00102.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00278.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00462.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0406/S00281.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00467.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00466.htm


    Annan Welcomes Handover To Iraq Interim Government

    - United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed Iraq back into the family of independent and sovereign nations and urged the country's people to consolidate stability and foster understanding. See… UN Head Welcomes Iraq Back To Family of Nations ALSO: UN Security Council on Handover to Iraq - Bush and Blair Speak On Iraq Sovereignty - White House Press Briefing on Iraq Transition EARLIER: Scoop Story: Bush Gains EU Support – Eyes NATO Commitment [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00234.htm


    Hard News Is There!

    - It wasn't the tickertape parade that the war's backers would have hoped for, but we should all hope that the surprise handover of sovereignty in Iraq does actually improve things for Iraqis themselves, even if what emerges looks more like the old ... See... Public Address 29/06/04 - Hope [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00262.htm


    No Right Turn: A Day Of Portent

    - There are days when you should feel the weight of history, and today is one of them. See... No Right Turn: The Weight Of History [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00261.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Iraq Transition: Protection of human rights vital [1]
  • Israel: Peace Activists On Trial [2]
  • Action Urged On Behalf Of World's Poorest States [3]
  • Scoop Link: Captive US marine faces execution [4]
  • UN Urges Push Against Organized Crime [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00344.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00352.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00350.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00348.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00347.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Kevin List: PM's Presser

    - In This Edition: The Civil Union Bill Pay Equity The Changeover In Iraq The Impact Of Urgency On Questions Of The Day Allegations Concerning Rt Hon Winston Peters See... PM's Presser: Civil Unions, Equity, Iraq & Winston [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00265.htm


    Urgency Likely To Result In A Question Deficit

    - Question time is usually the first item of business of the Parliamentary day. But under urgency a sitting day can extend over several calendar days, thus if there is to be questions asked of Minister's, unamimous agreement to squeeze in question ... See... Why Question Time Is Being Usurped By Urgency [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00264.htm


    Scoop Oddity: A Lap Top Bag With Attitude

    - In the photo you will see a label from a lap top bag, which is made by a small American company. The label is in French. The translation is below: See... Scoop Oddity: US Lap Top Bag Laundry Instructions [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00263.htm


    William Rivers Pitt: Getting Used To Failure

    - The American people are not comfortable dealing with words like ''total failure'' and ''ruined credibility'', but these are words that all of us are going to have to become accustomed to. See... William Rivers Pitt: Tuck Tail And Run [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00266.htm


    Stateside: Rosalea Reviews Fahrenheit 9/11

    - There's a point during Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 when I felt like I was watching a BBC costume drama. You know the type - with the rich and powerful family entertaining their rich and powerful friends amid the glitter of candlelight reflecting off crystal. ... See... Stateside: Film Review - Fahrenheit 9/11 [1] . See also… Full Coverage: Fahrenheit 9/11 [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00260.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0406/S00267.htm


    Dennis Hans: A Candidate For All Seasons

    - Now that John McCain has said ''No!'' to John Kerry enough times for it to finally sink in, the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee must act quickly to secure an even better running mate. See... Dennis Hans: The Ideal Kerry Running Mate [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00259.htm


    Between The Lines: Diplomats & Generals Against Bush

    - Former Diplomats and Generals Publicly Condemn Bush Foreign Policy - Interview with Robert Oakley, career U.S. diplomat, conducted by Scott Harris See... Diplomats, Generals Condemn Bush Foreign Policy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00258.htm


    Sheila Samples: The Paper Of (Rewriting Its Own) Record

    So, what's up with the New York Times? Looks like being publicly ridiculed for dumping the WMD crap too close to the house and then tracking it in on the rug in those critical months before attacking Iraq would have taught it something. See... Sheila Samples: Truth & Freedom, Slip-Sliding Away [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00257.htm


    Sonia Nettnin At The Chicago Palestine Film Festival

    - RACHEL’S WAR is a documentary short about peace activist, Rachel Corrie. Firas Abdelrahman directed the film (2003). The third annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival showed it on Friday. See... Sonia Nettnin: Film Review - Rachel's War [1] and Sonia Nettnin: Film Review - Route 181 [2] More Palestine Film Reviews: - Sonia Nettnin: Review - Salt Of The Earth [3] - Sonia Nettnin: Film Review - A Stone's Throw Away [4] - Sonia Nettnin: Film Review - Siege [5] - Sonia Nettnin Review: Freedom I Have Lost [6] . - Sonia Nettnin: Film Review - Keys [7] - Review: Elias Chacour - Prophet in His Own Country [8] - Sonia Nettnin: To Create Something Out of Nothing [9]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00256.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00255.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00235.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00228.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00210.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00200.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00184.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00171.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00170.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0406/S00202.htm
    Australian team wins 42 BELOW Cocktail World Cup

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Cannabis Body Count Continues To Rise

    - United Future MPs Judy Turner and Marc Alexander today debunked Nandor Tanczos's 'only users can comment' approach to drug issues as the cannabis body count continues to rise. See... UF MPs: Tanczos gets pedantic while teens die [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00480.htm


    Law Commission Report On Covert Filming

    - Justice Minister Phil Goff today welcomed the Law Commission's report on covert filming, and said the government would introduce legislation creating new offences to cover the making, publishing and possession of voyeuristic recordings. See... Goff welcomes report on covert filming [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00479.htm


    Greens Back Hamilto City Violence Plan

    - Green MPs Sue Bradford and Nandor Tanczos are joining calls from the Hamilton City Council for the Government to fund a precedent-setting domestic violence prevention scheme. See... Anti-violence program deserves Govt intervention [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00476.htm


    Greens Back Nurses Fair Pay Petition

    The Green Party is calling on the Government to act on the petition signed by the 125,000 New Zealanders demanding that safe hospital staffing levels and fair pay for nurses. See... Greens carry nurses' fair pay fight into House [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00474.htm


    Care of Children Bill Amended In Committee

    - Tim Barnett, Chair of the Justice and Electoral Committee, has welcomed the significant changes made by his Committee to the Care of Children Bill. Its report was tabled today in Parliament and is available… See... Select Committee Makes Important Changes To Bill [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00473.htm


    Cross Ditch Commerce Another Step Simpler

    - The Australian and New Zealand governments have taken another step towards achieving the long term goal of a single economic market in the two countries, this time with a focus on competition and consumer protection law. See... Another step taken towards single economic market [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00472.htm


    Parole Board Attitudes Concern Marc Alexander

    - Justice Minister Phil Goff should be less concerned by the Parole Board chief's doubts about probation services and hugely more concerned about the expressed "live in hope" sentiment on the release of prisoners, United Future's Marc Alexander said today. See... Alexander: Worst parole fears confirmed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00469.htm


    Don Brash Reveals National's Advertising Budget

    - National Party Leader Don Brash is calling for more transparency in the spending of taxpayer dollars on communications funded by the Parliamentary Service Commission. See... Don Brash backs more transparency in advertising [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00468.htm


    Condoms At School Balls Deserve Commendation

    - Green MP Nandor Tanczos congratulated student organisers of Edgewater College's school ball today for offering a free condom with each ticket and called on other school ball organisers to show a similar commitment to keeping young people safe. See... Free condoms to be commended, not condemned [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00467.htm


    Community Education Funding Announced

    - New funding arrangements for community education courses taught by public tertiary institutions were announced today. See... Community education funding changes announced [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00461.htm


    Rick Barker Says Nats Will Evict Pensioners

    - National’s new housing policy would see pensioners turfed out of their homes, Acting Housing Minister Rick Barker said today. See... Evicting pensioners: National’s housing plan [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0406/S00460.htm

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