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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Govt Commits Troops To Solomons Until 2006
Prime Minister Tweeks The Executive
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Amnesty Says UN Must Stop Arms Transfers To Sudanese Militia
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
PM's Presser: PM Responds To Brash On Law'n'Order
Hard News Is There!
Photo Essay: The First Snows Of 2004
Stateside: Independence Day
Mapping The Real Deal July 4th Special
A Defector Who Wants To Return To The Warmth
Ramzy Baroud: The War Is Here
Martin LeFevre: Individual And Social Intelligence
Toni Solo: Imperious American Translated
Victory At Last For Wall Opponents In Israel/OT
Chuckman: Meet Mr Kerrybush
Kidd Millennium: Kid Gets Bush's Goat
Michel Chossudovsky

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Young Labour Vs SPCS & Maxim
ACT's Letter Enters The Law'n'Order Debate
Don Brash Law'n'Order Fallout Continues
Progressives Forecasting Hate Speech Campaign
South East Hemisphere Free Trade Deal In The Works
New Judge
Helping Boys To Achieve At School
Tourism Showcase In Sydney
Nandor Supports National Youth Council Proposal
Correspondence School Exclusion Concerns English
Computers In Preschools
Overpaid Principals Concern Donnelly
Skill Shortages And Immigration Exercise MPs
Introducing Cultural Diplomacy

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LEAD STORY:
Govt Commits Troops To Solomons Until 2006

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced New Zealand's military contribution to the Regional Assistance Mission in Solomon Islands (RAMSI) will continue for a further two years. See... NZ contribution to Solomon Islands to continue [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00093.htm


Prime Minister Tweeks The Executive

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today appointed Mahara Okeroa as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary, and announced new responsibilities for John Tamihere, Dover Samuels, Harry Duynhoven, and Mita Ririnui. See... New Ministerial Appointments [1] ALSO: Tamihere welcomes challenge of new department [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00092.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00095.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Top of the South Transmission/RMA problem [1]
  • TLN responds to Thai trade agreement critics [2]
  • Fisheries Officers Call Off Action After Threat [3]
  • Families Commission Appoints Interim CEO [4]
  • Foodbanks Still In Use [5]
  • Soup Night at the Auckland City Mission [6]
  • Palestine Rights Campaign Applauds NZ Aid Package [7]
  • World Vision plans emergency airlift to Darfur [8]
  • New vehicle sales surge in June [9]
  • Commissioner Demands Brash Clarify 12 Year-Old Crim Plan [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00120.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00064.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00043.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00060.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00059.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0407/S00020.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00048.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00034.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0407/S00042.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00044.htm


    Amnesty Says UN Must Stop Arms Transfers To Sudanese Militia

    - Amnesty International Says UN Security Council should stop arms transfers to Sudan and the Janjawid militia See... Security Council Should Stop Arms Transfers To Sudan [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00041.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Avnery: Justice, Gas and Tears + more [1]
  • WA Businesses get a Boost with Asian FTA [2]
  • Spain: Govt must live up to its responsibilities [3]
  • Equatorial Guinea: Must Stop the killings [4]
  • Reports from Freedom Summer Palestine [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00036.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00043.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00040.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00039.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00038.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    PM's Presser: PM Responds To Brash On Law'n'Order

    - In This Edition: National Leader Don Brash's Law and Order speech - New Roles for Labour's Maori Caucus Members - Cultural Diplomacy - Conviction Of Israeli's For Passport Fraud/Theft See... PM's Presser: Brash & Law'n'Order, Spies & Cabinet [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00052.htm


    Hard News Is There!

    - Whatever the merits of Canwest's New Zealand IPO, it might not be wise to count its acquisition of MTV programming for C4 among them: not when MTV itself may be with us as soon as September... See... Public Address 06/06/04 - Gossip, Rumour And Fact [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00051.htm


    Photo Essay: The First Snows Of 2004

    - A photo essay of a trip to Whakapapa Ski-field on the first weekend of the July school holidays by Scoop co-editor Alastair Thompson and family. Much to the delight of everybody around 50cms of snow fell on Saturday night… See... Scoop Images: Whakapapa Opens For 2004 [1] , Panorama Image: The Valley Prepares For Opening [2] and Panorama Image: Above The Cares Of The World [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00055.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00054.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00053.htm


    Stateside: Independence Day

    - I've moved to the land where Jesus es el senor, and the brother at the diner yesterday morning wished me a blessed day. Well, I'm not quite moved -- there's still a bunch of stuff back at the old place, but it's getting near dark and I'm waiting to be ... See... Stateside: In Transit On The Fourth Of July [1] More 4th Of July Comment: - William Rivers Pitt: What is Good [2] - William Marina: The American Revolution and Iraq [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00050.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00042.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00028.htm


    Mapping The Real Deal July 4th Special

    - I think of Jesus as a real deal, straight up kind of guy who always cared deeply about his fellow man. That's why we often ask “What would Jesus do?” when looking for the action of highest integrity. See... Mapping the Real Deal : Where Would Jesus Bank? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00040.htm


    A Defector Who Wants To Return To The Warmth

    - An American sergeant who slipped into North Korea in 1965 may soon emerge from his time-warp existence, if he can dodge a U.S. court martial for allegedly deserting the army and defecting to the communist regime. See... The Sergeant Who Wants To Come In From The Cold [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00049.htm


    Ramzy Baroud: The War Is Here

    - Those who predicted chaos throughout the Middle East in the case of an American war on Iraq were not the least mistaken. Their bleak prediction is coming to life. See... Ramzy Baroud: Blame The Culture Of War For Chaos [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00041.htm


    Martin LeFevre: Individual And Social Intelligence

    - It’s late morning, a typically hot summer morning inland in California. But a fine breeze blows through the brown hills, and it takes the edge off the heat, making the hike enjoyable. See... Awakening Individual And Social Intelligence [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00048.htm


    Toni Solo: Imperious American Translated

    - Few people get to read US imperial declarations in the original. Access to official imperial texts is mostly via the interpretations and translations offered in newspapers, magazines and radio or TV. See... Empire-Speak - A Primer In Practical Translation [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00047.htm


    Victory At Last For Wall Opponents In Israel/OT

    - In the silence of the courtroom, there was an audible gasp of surprise and shock when Supreme Justice Aharon Barak, reading the court’s decision, reached the words: ''The military commander did not use his discretion in a proportional way, as required.'' See... Uri Avnery: Justice, Gas and Tears [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00046.htm


    Chuckman: Meet Mr Kerrybush

    - Cartoon by John Chuckman See... Chuckman Cartoon: American Soliloquy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00045.htm


    Kidd Millennium: Kid Gets Bush's Goat

    - Cartoon by kiddmillennium.com… See... Kidd Millennium Cartoon: Selective Editing [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00044.htm


    Michel Chossudovsky

    - Porter Goss & Terror Following George Tenet's resignation as Director of Central Intelligence at the CIA, the Bush administration immediately pointed to Rep. Porter Goss, as its handpicked nominee. See... CIA Nominee's Dubious Links To The Terror Network [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00043.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0407/S00044.htm
    Emirates Wins Melbourne Cup Sponsor Deal
    Melbourne Cup To Tour NZ

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Young Labour Vs SPCS & Maxim

    - In their hilarious response to Young Labour's identification of a ludicrous mistake in Maxim's recent bulletin (which argued that a lack of complaints to the Human Rights Commission meant that the law contained no discrimination that mattered), the "Society for the Promotion of Community Standards" have publicly identified their link with the Maxim Institute. See... Unholy Coupling: Maxim and SPCS [1] MORE: - SPCS - Response to Attack on Maxim [2] - Maxim - Response to Young Labour President [3] - Young Labour - Young Labour: Maxim Lose it! [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00057.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00055.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00051.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00047.htm


    ACT's Letter Enters The Law'n'Order Debate

    - In NZ, crime is an issue because the chances of you being a victim of crime are now higher than in America. This country has gone from being one of the world's safest places to live to being one of the Western world's most dangerous. ... See... The Letter [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00098.htm


    Don Brash Law'n'Order Fallout Continues

    - United Future’s law and order spokesman, Marc Alexander, says he welcomes National’s new-found commitment to fighting crime in New Zealand, but says National also needs United Future’s youth, gang and victims’ rights focus to make up a whole package. See... Alexander offers Nats help for crime policies [1] MORE: - ACT - Another U-Turn On Crime From Labour? [2] - Children's Commissioner - Need for responsible approach to youth justice [3] - Libertarianz -Libz says Brash half right on crime [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00103.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00099.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00044.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00042.htm


    Progressives Forecasting Hate Speech Campaign

    - Progressive deputy leader Matt Robson accuses NZ First of softening up New Zealanders for another Winston Peters hate campaign against migrants. See... Brace yourself for another Peters hate campaign [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00119.htm


    South East Hemisphere Free Trade Deal In The Works

    - Confirmation that a free trade negotiation involving ASEAN, New Zealand and Australia is likely to be launched at a special leaders' summit in November is good news for New Zealand, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... New Zealand welcomes ASEAN-CER backing [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00117.htm


    New Judge

    - Attorney-General Margaret Wilson today announced the appointment of Christopher John Allan as a Judge of the High Court. See... New High Court Judge appointed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00116.htm


    Helping Boys To Achieve At School

    - The membership of a reference group that will provide advice on boys’ educational achievement was announced today by Education Minister Trevor Mallard. See... Lifting boys' educational achievement [1] and speech… Boys achievement investigation underway [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00115.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00118.htm


    Tourism Showcase In Sydney

    - Tourism Minister Mark Burton will travel to Sydney tomorrow, to promote New Zealand at the 100% Pure New Zealand Showcase - an event that will showcase New Zealand to over 300 Australian business and political leaders, as well as key media representatives. See... Mark Burton to promote New Zealand in Sydney [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00114.htm


    Nandor Supports National Youth Council Proposal

    - Green MP Nandor Tanczos added his full support today to the idea of a National Youth Council, saying a nationwide young people's forum would be a step forward for the young people of New Zealand. See... Young people should be seen and heard [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00112.htm


    Correspondence School Exclusion Concerns English

    - A move by Trevor Mallard to ban parents from moves to restructure New Zealand's biggest school is another example of Labour's anti-parent policies, says National's Education spokesman, Bill English. See... Minister disregards parents of 20,000 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00110.htm


    Computers In Preschools

    - Education Minister Trevor Mallard today announced the development of a new strategy around the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the early childhood education sector. See... Maximising ICT in early childhood education [1] and speech… Vision for ICT in early childhood education [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00107.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00106.htm


    Overpaid Principals Concern Donnelly

    - “Principals who have been receiving supplements to their salary packages have been acting unprofessionally,” states New Zealand First education spokesperson, Brian Donnelly. See... Overpaid Principals Acting Unprofessionally [1] MORE: - United Future - Ogilvy backs principals’ payments [2] - National - Schools break rules to keep principals [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00105.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00102.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00101.htm


    Skill Shortages And Immigration Exercise MPs

    - New Zealand First has accused Labour and National of softening up New Zealanders for another immigrant invasion under the guise of meeting a shortage of skilled workers. See... Brace Yourself For Another Immigrant Invasion [1] and National … Graduates ideal to fill skilled migrant shortfall [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00104.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00109.htm


    Introducing Cultural Diplomacy

    - Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Helen Clark today announced a $2.35 million per annum Cultural Diplomacy International Programme to promote New Zealand and New Zealand’s culture overseas. See... Govt launches new cultural diplomacy programme [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00094.htm

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

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