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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: UN Condemns Israel For Latest Killings
Sowry Chucks In The Towel
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Bosnia: EU Forces Take Over From NATO
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News & More Is There!
David Miller: A New Confident National Party
A Reader Warns Re: Psychiatric Propaganda
Rohan Quinby: Auckland Public Transport - Simply Terrible
Michel Chossudovsky: Postponing US Democracy
Richard Ehrlich: Richard Gere In Thailand
Doug Giebel: George In His Own Spin
John Kerry Cartoon By John Chuckman
Between The Lines: A Victory For The Little Guys In The US Media Wars
Alun Fosta Reviews Fahrenheit 911
Mary Pitt: Unsolicited Advice For Libby Dole

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Sutton Details Singapore/NZ CEP
Online Career Planning Tool Launched
Lockie Smith Still Sour On US FTA Failure
Govt Buys Up Counties Land For Schools
Greens Say PPPs = Priority Private Profits
Home Improvements: Tamihere’s House Building Tips
Police Need Transport Taskforce Say Nats
Toll Man Maurice Dumps On Govt Transport Spin
Govt Cited As Anti-Ageist
Kakapo Mystery Disease Causes Concern

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LEAD STORY:
UN Condemns Israel For Latest Killings

- The top United Nations envoy for the Middle East, Terje Roed-Larsen, today condemned the rash of killings of Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over the past few days. See... UN Condemns Latest Israel Killing Of Palestinians [1] ALSO: Agreement To Rebuild Destroyed Homes In Gaza Strip [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00128.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00121.htm


Sowry Chucks In The Towel

- Roger Sowry, National Member of Parliament, announced today he would be retiring from politics at the next General Election. See... Roger Sowry retiring from politics [1] ALSO: Judy Kirk - Hon Roger Sowry Announces Retirement [2] Brash - Roger Sowry thanked for outstanding contribution [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00217.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00221.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00213.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Six Work Stoppages Ended in March 2004 Quarter [1]
  • Greens Question Singapore NZ FTA “Unequal Partnership” [2]
  • Otago Union Delegates Gather for Meeting with PM [3]
  • Baker, Mune, Morrison join NZflag.com debate [4]
  • Kakapo deaths sad news for all New Zealanders [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0407/S00122.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00203.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00127.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00126.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0407/S00125.htm


    Bosnia: EU Forces Take Over From NATO

    - EU Foreign Ministers Today: NEW EU force in Bosnia-Herzegovina must not make the same mistakes as "SFOR" See… Bosnia: EU Force Must Learn From NATO Shortcomings [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00112.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Health Concerns Postpone Miloševic Trial Again [1]
  • Sudan: Mixed Progress On Humanitarian Access [2]
  • UN Outlines Steps To Curb Problem Of Spam Email [3]
  • How Asia Tackles HIV/AIDS Will Affect Future [4]
  • Former Political Prisoner 1st Adviser On Genocide [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00127.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00126.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00125.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00123.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0407/S00120.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News & More Is There!

    - Righto: APN has signed off on plans for its new Sunday newspaper, which will publish out of the New Zealand Herald's offices but can't hire any Herald staff. It will launch in September. Former INL people Rick Neville and former Sunday Star Times ... See... Public Address 13/07/04 - News & Schnurgle [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00108.htm


    David Miller: A New Confident National Party

    - Whether you agree with their policy statements or not, there is no denying that the National Party has emerged from its first conference under Don Brash with renewed optimism and spirit as the election campaign begins to gather momentum. See... Should Labour Fear National’s Backslapping? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00099.htm


    A Reader Warns Re: Psychiatric Propaganda

    - This letter concerns the deceitful press release, Psychiatry: a Human Rights Abuse tour issued by the so-called Citizen's Commision on Human Rights (CCHR) a Scientology recruiting group whose mission is to destroy, by any means possible (including the murder of psychiatrists) all mental health professionals so they can take over the field of mental health. See... Deceptive Press Release by CCHR and Scientology [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00097.htm


    Rohan Quinby: Auckland Public Transport - Simply Terrible

    - The answer can probably be laid at the doors of privatisation, a poor regulatory environment and a funding system that favours roads over the development of the kind of public transport system that other comparable cities take for granted. See... Why Is Auckland's Public Transport System So Poor? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00102.htm


    Michel Chossudovsky: Postponing US Democracy

    - ... Credible reporting indicates that Al Qaeda is moving forward with its plans to carry out a large-scale attack in the United States in an effort to disrupt our democratic process... See... ''Guidelines'' for Postponing November Elections [1] and


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00107.htm


    Richard Ehrlich: Richard Gere In Thailand

    - BANGKOK, Thailand -- U.S. film star Richard Gere opened an international AIDS Film Festival by condemning America's ''insane war in Iraq'' and refusing a suggestion that he become the next president of the United States. See... Richard Gere Speaks Out Against War In Thailand [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00106.htm


    Doug Giebel: George In His Own Spin

    - [T]he proliferation of prisons, however necessary, is no substitute for hope and order in our souls . . . America, at its best, is a place where personal responsibility is valued and expected. Encouraging responsibility is not a search for scapegoats, ... See... Doug Giebel: What Is America? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00105.htm


    John Kerry Cartoon By John Chuckman

    - See... Chuckman Cartoon: John Kerry - The Real Deal [1] . More cartoons.. Chuckman Cartoon: Frankenstein Wants You! [2] and Kidd Millennium Cartoon: Fit To Be Tried [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00104.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00089.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00088.htm


    Between The Lines: A Victory For The Little Guys In The US Media Wars

    - Prometheus Radio Project Wins Federal Court Case Overturning FCC Media Deregulation Plan - Interview with Hannah Sassaman, The Prometheus Radio Project program director, conducted by Melinda Tuhus See... FCC Media Deregulation Plan Overturned [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00103.htm


    Alun Fosta Reviews Fahrenheit 911

    - A truly amazing and long overdue film. This is not a film that you "enjoy" it is one that you experience. Michael Moore exposes "the Establishment" which consists of the government OF the few, BY the few, FOR the few. I don't know ... See... Alun Fosta: Fahrenheit 9/11-A Review [1] . For many more views on the movie see… Scoop's US Opening Coverage. [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00101.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0406/S00267.htm


    Mary Pitt: Unsolicited Advice For Libby Dole

    - Dear Elizabeth, Oh, yes, it is now officially ''Liddy'', isn't it? You must excuse an old habit, it has been ''Elizabeth'' for such a long time. Well, I don't really mean a LONG time, actually much longer in my case than in yours. heh heh. See... Mary Pitt: A Chat With Elizabeth (Dole) [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00100.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Sutton Details Singapore/NZ CEP

    - Closer trade links with Singapore over the past three years have strengthened New Zealand's business profile in the island state and helped develop a new trade gateway into Asia, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... NZ and Singapore happy with CEP [1] ALSO: Greens - Singapore makes the most of unequal 'partnership' [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00214.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00203.htm


    Online Career Planning Tool Launched

    - The launch of New Zealand's free comprehensive online career planning tool, KiwiCareers Pathfinder, is a groundbreaking step for careers advice, Education Minister Trevor Mallard said today. See... Online careers planning tool launched [1] ALSO: Mallard Speech: Career planning goes online [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00206.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00205.htm


    Lockie Smith Still Sour On US FTA Failure

    - National Party Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman Lockwood Smith is sure Electrolux won't be the only business opting to take advantage of better trading conditions across the Tasman. See... Continuing fallout from free trade failure [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00222.htm


    Govt Buys Up Counties Land For Schools

    - Education Minister Trevor Mallard and Acting Housing Minister Rick Barker today announced the purchase of 36.4 hectares of adjoining land in Papakura, Auckland for new schooling and housing. See... Govt buys 36.4ha for education/housing in Papukura [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00210.htm


    Greens Say PPPs = Priority Private Profits

    - Green Co-Leader Rod Donald says those behind today's call for Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in infrastructure development are thinking first and foremost about private profits, rather than the public good. See... PPPs line private pockets with public money [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00212.htm


    Home Improvements: Tamihere’s House Building Tips

    - New Zealanders can have confidence that buildings will be designed and built right first time, thanks to new legislation going through Parliament, Associate Commerce Minister John Tamihere says. See... Legislation means better buildings [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00219.htm


    Police Need Transport Taskforce Say Nats

    - The Police are between a rock and a hard place in clearing traffic accidents, and the Government needs to urgently set up a taskforce to improve procedures, says National Police spokesman Tony Ryall. See... Government must act on accident gridlocks [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00218.htm


    Toll Man Maurice Dumps On Govt Transport Spin

    - National Party Transport spokesman Maurice Williamson is urging Pete Hodgson to be honest with New Zealanders about the level of spending on our roads. See... Roading crisis requires more than spin [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00211.htm


    Govt Cited As Anti-Ageist

    - “Draconian measures in this years’ budget relating to student loans means that this government’s idea of equity is to be unfair to all,” claims New Zealand First education spokesperson Brian Donnelly. See... Government Guilty Of Age Discrimination [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00208.htm


    Kakapo Mystery Disease Causes Concern

    - New Zealand First’s conservation spokesman Edwin Perry has expressed concern that a mystery disease has caused the deaths of three kakapo chicks on Chalky Island. See... Kakapo - National Treasure At Risk [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0407/S00207.htm

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