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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Govt Says WTO 'Breakthrough' Could Save NZ $1billion a Year
Brash Ruth Richardson In Drag – Only Taller, Says Winston
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Algeria Urged To Investigate Latest Mass Grave
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
ZAOUI!!!
Hard News & More Is There!
John Roughan's Letter From The Solomons
No Right Turn: Damned Dams
Big News On Elias Vs Clark
Simon Pound Assesses Leighton Smith's Cultural Sensitivity
Rosalea Barker Is Surprised At John Kerry's Ancestry
U.S. Senator Accuses NORAD Of Deceiving 911 Commission
UQ Wire: An Open Letter From 911 Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds
Jim Shultz: The Curse Of Mineral Wealth
Ramzy Baroud: Critical Phase For The Intifada
Kidd Millenium Cartoon: Watch Out Big Apple!
Greg Palast On The Anointing Of Candidate Kerry
John Chuckman Nearly Chucks Over John Edwards

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Calls For Sacking Of Public Servant For "Civil War" Submission
GST Rates Bill Gets Departmental Scrutiny
ACT Seeks Input On Awatere Huata Appeal Decision
World Breastfeeding Week
'Eco-Imperialist' Concerns Over Great Barrier Reserve Proposal
United Wants More Fish For NZ Fishers
Warning That Fisheries Settlement Will Head Back To Court
Alternative Medicine Backed In New Report
Locke Defends Holocaust Deniers Right To Visit NZ
Labour MPs Safe From Selection Battles For Now
Psychiatric Patients Settlement Options Explored

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Govt Says WTO 'Breakthrough' Could Save NZ $1billion a Year

- The Doha Development Round is firmly back on track to success, Trade Negotiations and Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... Marathon negotiation gets WTO back on track [1] ALSO: WTO - WTO Meetings Produce ‘Historic’ Breakthrough' [2] - Text of the WTO ‘July package’ [3] - WTO: July 2004 Package: Meeting Summary 30 July [4] - Greens -Fresh water before champagne [5] - ACT - ACT Welcomes WTO Development [6] - Nats - WTO development has huge significance for NZ [7] - Arena - Developing Countries Under Duress in Negotiations [8] - Trade Libs - WTO Agreement an Outstanding Achievement ! [9]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00001.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00004.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00003.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00002.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00035.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00021.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00004.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00001.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0408/S00001.htm


Brash Ruth Richardson In Drag – Only Taller, Says Winston

- If Don Brash wants to be Prime Minister he has to be more than an anonymous version of Ruth Richardson in drag – only taller. See... Winston Peters:The Sounds Of Silence in Parliament [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00026.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Best of student art on tour [1]
  • Goff welcomes UN action on Darfur [2]
  • DHB Extends Sympathy To Sharan Family [3]
  • Nats: Piripi must retract, apologise or ship out [4]
  • Lomu Donor Identified As Grant Kereama [5]
  • Jonah Lomu Recovering At Home After Transplant [6]
  • Merger Risks “Hollowed out” Teacher Training [7]
  • Goff welcomes UN action on Darfur [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00022.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00005.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0408/S00001.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00002.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0408/S00014.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0408/S00001.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0408/S00001.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00005.htm


    Algeria Urged To Investigate Latest Mass Grave

    - Following the discovery of another mass grave on Thursday, Amnesty International calls on the Algerian authorities to fully investigate the site and to treat previously unearthed graves similarly. See... Algeria: Mass Graves Must Be Investigated [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00011.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Changes To Australia's Contribution To Iraq [1]
  • Children In Detention In Australia - Statistics [2]
  • Viet Nam: Appalling Sentence For Elderly Dissident [3]
  • Uganda: ICC Investigation Step Toward Justice [4]
  • Gush Shalom - August Update [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00006.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00005.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00008.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00007.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00001.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    ZAOUI!!!

    - Last night's Zaoui Concert at the Wellington State Opera House was attended by around 450 supporters of human rights marking the 1st anniversary of the Refugee Status Appeals Authority decision declaring Algerian MP Ahmed Zaoui to be a bona fide refugee. See... Scoop Images: The Zaoui Concert!!! [1] see also some pre-concert publicity fun from Friday evening… Scoop: We Want You To Go To The Zaoui Concert! [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00002.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00247.htm


    Hard News & More Is There!

    - Yes, it'll take another two years at least to conclude negotiations, and as long as the rich countries can wangle to properly implement, but the outcome of the Geneva WTO round - which finally puts agricultural export subsidies on the block - is both ... See... Public Address 02/08/04 - A Better Day, Perhaps [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00010.htm


    John Roughan's Letter From The Solomons

    - Australia currently spends big bucks in the Solomons. So too does New Zealand! Australia's first year contribution, for instance, is more than a billion dollars and it intends to continue its generosity for many years to come. See... John Roughan: Solomon Guest Workers! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00008.htm


    No Right Turn: Damned Dams

    - There was a minor kerfuffle last week in response to the release of the Ministry of Economic Development's report Identification of Potential Hydroelectric Resources . See... No Right Turn: Greens Damn Dams [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00006.htm


    Big News On Elias Vs Clark

    - The war of words between the country's top judge and Cabinet Ministers still continues over the new Supreme Court. This war has been brewing since Dame Sian Elias handed down the Foreshore and Seabed decision in the Appeal Court. See... Big News: The War Between The Judge & The Cabinet [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00005.htm


    Simon Pound Assesses Leighton Smith's Cultural Sensitivity

    - We are talking here about the fuss over the burka-ed Muslim women declining to unveil to give evidence in a Court case. See... Inforapound: Dance of the Two Veils [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00004.htm


    Rosalea Barker Is Surprised At John Kerry's Ancestry

    - So. There was a reason John Kerry's jawline made me think of a village in Transylvania - his grandfather changed the family name from Kohn to Kerry, and converted from the Jewish faith to Catholicism before leaving Eastern Europe for the United States ... See... Sleeper Cells Awake And Their Name Is John Kerry! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00007.htm


    U.S. Senator Accuses NORAD Of Deceiving 911 Commission

    - At last someone in government, and a Senator at that, is willing to call a spade a spade in this so-called investigation into 9/11. And a member of the press has the courage to run with the story putting it as a headline over the focus on recommendations that flow from a flawed or incomplete report: See... UQ Wire: Senator Dayton says: "NORAD lied" [1] MORE: - 9/11 CitizensWatch - UQ Wire: Statement from FAA Contradicts 911 Report [2] - Sen. Dayton - UQ Wire: Sen. Dayton's "NORAD Lied" Transcript [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00001.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00013.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00028.htm


    UQ Wire: An Open Letter From 911 Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds

    - It has been almost three years since the terrorist attacks on September 11; during which time we, the people, have been placed under a constant threat of terror and asked to exercise vigilance in our daily lives. See... UQ Wire: Sibel Edmonds Letter To Thomas Kean [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00012.htm


    Jim Shultz: The Curse Of Mineral Wealth

    - Cochabamba, Bolivia - When Bolivians went to the polls earlier this month to vote on how to develop the nation's vast oil and gas reserves, they went with history on their minds. See... Jim Shultz: The Curse Of Wealth Under The Ground [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00011.htm


    Ramzy Baroud: Critical Phase For The Intifada

    - In an oversimplified gesture of a defused crisis, Palestinian Authority President, Yasser Arafat and his Prime Minister, Ahmed Qurei kissed, hugged and raised victory signs. See... Palestinian Uprising Enduring Most Critical Phase [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00009.htm


    Kidd Millenium Cartoon: Watch Out Big Apple!

    - With the Democrats Boston Tea Party at a close, all eyes are now focused on the Bush leaguers and their march onto NYC. See... Kidd Millennium Cartoon: Bush Garden [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00015.htm


    Greg Palast On The Anointing Of Candidate Kerry

    - The millionaires are dancing now. The balloons are falling on John Kerry, John Edwards and their nuclear families. Greg Palast: Johnnie Been Good? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00248.htm


    John Chuckman Nearly Chucks Over John Edwards

    - I heard several lines from John Edwards' convention speech on the radio before I clicked it off. Anymore and I would have vomited. See... John Chuckman:The Disturbing Words of John Edwards [1] More DNC Comment: - Stateside Convention Watch: Churl Or Hurl? [2] - Sugar-Free Confections Of A Democratic Convention [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00014.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00241.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0407/S00240.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Calls For Sacking Of Public Servant For "Civil War" Submission

    - “Haami Piripi’s comments on National Radio this morning leaves the board of the Maori Language Commission with no choice other than to sack him,” says National’s Maori Affairs spokesman, Gerry Brownlee. See... No choice – Piripi must go [1] MORE: - ACT - One Standard Or Two On Political Corruption? [2] - National - Piripi must retract, apologise or ship out [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00024.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00017.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00002.htm


    GST Rates Bill Gets Departmental Scrutiny

    - United Future MP Murray Smith's Member's Bill to close a Local Government Act loophole being exploited by the Hutt City Council and some South Island councils, has won praise from Local Government Minister Chris Carter who is assigning officials to study it. See... Minister's backing boosts Smith's Bill [1] MORE: - ACT - GST Off Rates Not The Answer, Says Shirley [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00018.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00033.htm


    ACT Seeks Input On Awatere Huata Appeal Decision

    - ACT must decide by Friday whether to appeal the Court of Appeal decision that Donna Awatere Huata is still (for electoral purposes) an ACT MP despite being declared an independent MP. See... ACT's The Letter - Monday 2 August 2004 [1] MORE COLUMNS: - Govt. - Beehive Bulletin - Friday, July 30, 2004 [2] - Matt Robson - robson-on-politics [3] - Marc Alexander - Government Help To Business Is The Kiss Of Death [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00030.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00027.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00025.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00019.htm


    World Breastfeeding Week

    - Hon Annette King 2 August 2004 Speech Notes World Breastfeeding Week 2004, and presentation of Baby Friendly Hospital certificates See... Annette King - World Breastfeeding Week 2004 Spch. [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00040.htm


    'Eco-Imperialist' Concerns Over Great Barrier Reserve Proposal

    - The Conservation Department's plan for a 50,000-hectare marine reserve at Great Barrier Island is yet another example of the Labour Government and its environmental supporters' eco-imperialist attitude towards conservation, ACT New Zealand Fisheries Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff said today. See... DOC's Advocacy Role Must Be Abolished [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00038.htm


    United Wants More Fish For NZ Fishers

    - United Future's Larry Baldock today backed a call for New Zealand fishing boats and crew to get the major share of quota and fishing opportunities. See... Baldock backs call to protect NZ fishing industry [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00037.htm


    Warning That Fisheries Settlement Will Head Back To Court

    - ACT New Zealand Fisheries and Other Sea-related Select Committee member Ken Shirley today predicted that the Labour Government's Maori Fisheries Bill will lay the framework for a further round of costly and wasteful litigation. See... Maori Fisheries Bill: More Litigation Ahead [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00036.htm


    Alternative Medicine Backed In New Report

    - A need for more research on complementary and alternative medicine is highlighted in a major report released today. See... MACCAH report released [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00034.htm


    Locke Defends Holocaust Deniers Right To Visit NZ

    - Green MP Keith Locke has accused the Immigration Service of not upholding the right of free speech in its refusal to allow David Irving into the country. See... Irving decision is a blow for free speech - Locke [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00020.htm


    Labour MPs Safe From Selection Battles For Now

    - Labour's first round of nominations have closed with all sitting Labour MPs re-nominated without opposition. See... Labour's first round of nominations have closed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00015.htm


    Psychiatric Patients Settlement Options Explored

    - Exploring ideas for psychiatric claims Attorney-General Margaret Wilson is exploring ways to allow former psychiatric patients to avoid court cases if they wish. See... Exploring ideas for psychiatric claims [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00007.htm

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