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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Scoop Exclusive: Ahmed Zaoui Affidavits Reveal Serious Prison Abuses
New Zealand To Sign Controls Of Cultural Objects Agreement
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
An Acheh Leader Found Dead In Indonesian Cell
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Sludge Report: Can You See GeorgeWBush.Com?
Images: Skiing Heaven On Magic Mountain
Fighting Talk With Fighting Talk
Public Address: Two Guests Are There!
The Inside Oil From Molesworth And Featherston
John Chuckman On The Other White House
Ivan Eland: What Planet Was Paul Bremer On?
Richard Walrath: What Does Growth Mean To You?
Mapping The Real Deal July 4th Special

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Govt. Announces New Electricity Regulation Plans
Film Agreements With Singapore And Germany
Prison Environment Court Decision A Blow ToNats
Locke Urges Whenuapai Considerations Include Environment
Kawakawa Sewage Stench On Govt. Hands
Robson Talks Up Trade With Thailand
WellTrust's Drug Services Recognised In Funding
Sutton Talks To Maori Farmers
"Closing the Gaps" Hasn't Says Pita Paraone

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http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00061.htm
Ahmed Zaoui Investigation Continues: Zaoui In His Own Words
"I am a human being. I am not an animal; I am a professor."

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:

Scoop Exclusive: Ahmed Zaoui Affidavits Reveal Serious Prison Abuses

- NZ’s reputation as a fair and egalitarian society erodes as revelations emerge of ongoing prison abuse of refugee Ahmed Zaoui. Here for the first time Scoop publishes excerpts of Ahmed Zaoui’s account of being behind bars... See... Zaoui Case: Seeking Asylum From Inside A Cell [1] Scoop Investigation: See... Details Emerge About Zaoui Assault Cover-Up [2] . See also this week's STORY OF THE WEEK [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00061.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00058.htm
[3] - #sow


New Zealand To Sign Controls Of Cultural Objects Agreement

- Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Helen Clark announced today that New Zealand intends joining two international conventions designed to prevent the illegal trafficking of cultural heritage objects See… NZ To Sign Illegal Cultural Objects Control Deal [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00146.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Meningococcal B Vaccine Approved [1]
  • Biz Roundtable: Who's Talking Nonsense, Mr Copeland? [2]
  • Mazda 6 and Mazda Atenza Recalled [3]
  • Three Ministers To Speak At Maori Conference [4]
  • International Science Expert Visits New Zealand [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00136.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0407/S00074.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0407/S00071.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00138.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00075.htm


    An Acheh Leader Found Dead In Indonesian Cell

    - Early this morning at 1.00 am Johan was found death in his cell with heavy torture marks all over his body. Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Raajiun (From Allah we came and to Allah we return). See... Acheh: Johan Tortured To Death While Detained [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00066.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • ICC Assigns Cases On Congo Attrocities [1]
  • Austrian President Thomas Klestil's Death Mourned [2]
  • U.S. Peace Activist Remains in Detention [3]
  • Aid Donations To Fight Aids Pandemic Rising [4]
  • US Transferring Nuclear Material Out Of Iraq [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00069.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00068.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00067.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00065.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00064.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00063.htm
    Is The Bush Campaign Website Designed To Decieve?

    SCOOP COLUMNS:

    Sludge Report: Can You See GeorgeWBush.Com?

    - Boy do we have one hell of a job for the thememoryhole.org [1] . If the following hypothesis is correct then the world wide weirdness we call internet propaganda and media just got a whole order more complicated. See... Sludge Report #163: Where Is George? [2]


    [1] - http://thememoryhole.org
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00063.htm


    Images: Skiing Heaven On Magic Mountain

    - Turoa Tuesday. Last night it snowed again… Today the perfect forecast…. & watch this space for more above the clouds action from Whakapapa., Ruapehu. – The Scoop Team See... Scoop Images: Magic Mountain Expecting A Magic Day [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00060.htm


    Fighting Talk With Fighting Talk

    - It looks like pretty soon I'm gonna be flush. I'm expecting $2.2 million, you see, from a barrister who recently made my acquaintance. And that's American money. Yep, two million greenbacks, sir. Or, should you be calling me sir? See... Fighting Talk From Fighting Talk [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00069.htm


    Public Address: Two Guests Are There!

    - The one thing we're all going to have to watch out for is the danger of getting lost in apathy towards the events playing themselves out in the Middle East. I watched 1984 a couple of years back to bring myself up to speed on that old idea of totalitarianism... See... Public Address 08/07/04 - Two Guests [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00065.htm


    The Inside Oil From Molesworth And Featherston

    - Treasury’s latest advice to Ministers this week is positive. There’s not much change in the exclusive Molesworth & Featherston rolling poll of polls. A busy week of government announcements is ahead, culminating in the Te Tai Hauauru byelection. We background ... See... Molesworth & Featherston - 6 July 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00064.htm


    John Chuckman On The Other White House

    - Recently, John Kerry and his wife held a barbecue at the Pennsylvania White House. Never heard of the Pennsylvania White House? It's actually the homestead of Kerry's wife, a white-columned mansion on a tailored estate outside Pittsburgh built from ... See... John Chuckman: A Deafening Silence Of Meaning [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00068.htm


    Ivan Eland: What Planet Was Paul Bremer On?

    - According to former U.S. proconsul Paul Bremer, the transfer of power to Iraqis will launch Iraq on the road to peace, prosperity and democracy. If Bremer is not cynically spouting the Bush administration’s party line, he is in a parallel universe. See... Ivan Eland: Morning in Iraq? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00067.htm


    Richard Walrath: What Does Growth Mean To You?

    - At some point, all these numbers have to translate into something that can be either verified or denounced as false. For almost four years now, we have heard almost every month how the economy is picking up steam, how productivity is up, GDP is growing by leaps and bounds, and corporations are making tons of money. See... Richard Walrath: GDP And Me [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00066.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



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00060.htm
    Images: A Perfect Weekend Forecast For A Magic Mountain

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Govt. Announces New Electricity Regulation Plans

    - Energy Minister Pete Hodgson today released proposed costs for the expansion of the Electricity Commission's (EC) responsibilities through the Electricity and Gas Industries Bill. See... Electricity Commission prepares for new functions [1] and Hodgson to introduce targeted relief on bills [2] MORE: - Progressives - Progressives welcome regulation for cheaper power [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00153.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00152.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00158.htm


    Film Agreements With Singapore And Germany

    - Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Helen Clark announced today that New Zealand is entering new bilateral film co-production agreements with Singapore and Germany. See... Film agreements with Singapore and Germany [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00150.htm


    Prison Environment Court Decision A Blow ToNats

    - Progressive MP and former Corrections Minister Matt Robson welcomes the Environment Court decision on the Springhill prison near Meremere. See... Prison decision a blow for NIMBY National [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00149.htm


    Locke Urges Whenuapai Considerations Include Environment

    - Auckland Green MP Keith Locke says the environmental impact of a second commercial airport for Auckland at Whenuapai has yet to be adequately assessed. See... Whenuapai report must consider environmental impact [1] . See also... John Key says listen to the people on Whenuapai [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00148.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00142.htm


    Kawakawa Sewage Stench On Govt. Hands

    - Far North-based Green MP Sue Bradford says that while the local council is largely to blame, the spill of sewage at Kawakawa should be a wake up call for the Government on water quality issues across the region and around the country. See... Govt cannot wash its hands of Kawakawa sewage [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00147.htm


    Robson Talks Up Trade With Thailand

    - Thai workers deserve the opportunity to afford to eat healthy New Zealand-grown fruit and vegetables and other competitively produced goods, says Progressive MP Matt Robson. "Lowering Thailand's punitive barriers on New Zealand exports would not only be very good for New Zealand workers in the horticultural and farming sectors. See... Thai workers deserve to eat competitive NZ greens [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00156.htm


    WellTrust's Drug Services Recognised In Funding

    - Associate Health Minister Jim Anderton said today that it is great news that WellTrust, the youth drug agency that provides support to teenagers and their families who are faced with alcohol and drug abuse problems in the Wellington region, has had its services recognized with new funding by the Ministry of Health. See... WellTrust funding supports teens battling alcohol [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00154.htm


    Sutton Talks To Maori Farmers

    - Ladies and Gentlemen: I am delighted to be here today among so many people for this meeting. It is important that these hui are to become an annual event. I know that other industries benefit greatly from the networking opportunities these sorts of ... See... Jim Sutton speech to Maori farming hui [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00151.htm


    "Closing the Gaps" Hasn't Says Pita Paraone

    New Zealand First Maori affairs spokesperson Pita Paraone says the Government’s “Closing the Gaps” strategy has failed to produce any real benefits or advancement for disadvantaged Maori and Pacific Islanders. See... Closing Or Widening The Gaps? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00144.htm

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