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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Afghanistan: Goff Announces $5 million For On-going Reconstruction
Sea Rescue: Crew Member Found Dead Tied To Beacon
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Wins Recall Referendum
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Photo Essay: Youth Parliament 2004
Hard News Is There!
William Rivers Pitt Writes To George Bush
Making The World More Dangerous For Americans
A Palestinian American Writes From The Besieged West Bank
B.S. Away! Clearing Away The Political Spin & Slime
UQ Wire: 9/11 Truth Portal Gets A Facelift
Vincent L. Guarisco: Have You Taken The Red Pill Yet?
A Plea For A Truce On The Left Of US Politics
Another Accomplishment In Bush's War On Terrorism

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
A Warning On The Project Protector Budget From John Carter
Targeted Tax Measures For The Hidden Economy
Did Cambridge High Contribute Towards This Perhaps?
Bill English Discovers Why The NCEA Barks
NZ First Urges Public Input On Public Access Measures
Dr Don Crosses The Ditch For The Recess
Overcrowded Prisons Creating A Public Hazard
NZ First Seeks A Domestic Violence Law Review
Chocolate Fish For Dept. That Practices What It Preaches
Police Risking Respect Through Cash Collection

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Youth Parliament Photo Essay

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Afghanistan: Goff Announces $5 million For On-going Reconstruction

- Foreign Minister Phil Goff is in Afghanistan to meet government leaders and visit New Zealand Defence Force personnel in the south-east of the country, in Kabul and Bamiyan. See... Goff meets leaders, NZ troops in Afghanistan [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00293.htm


Sea Rescue: Crew Member Found Dead Tied To Beacon

- Searchers recovered the body of one of the missing crew members and an RNZAF Orion located the Iron Maiden’s life raft. A NIWA vessel Tangaroa retrieved the life raft at about 8:00am and confirmed it was empty. See...Update on Iron Maiden search [1] and Update on Iron Maiden search [2] ALSO: Search Continues Off Northland Coast For Lost Crew [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0408/S00135.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0408/S00132.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0408/S00131.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Broadcaster Sharon Crosbie Gets A Gong [1]
  • Aussie Snaps Competition Wins Prizes For Eight Kiwis [2]
  • Accident On HMNZS Endeavour [3]
  • Call To Racial Harmony Meeting Outside Parliament [4]
  • POAL records a 20% rise in after-tax surplus [5]
  • The NBR New Zealand Opera Comes To Te Papa [6]
  • Hitwise: NZ Online Trends - August 2004 [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00156.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0408/S00119.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00150.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00151.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0408/S00198.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0408/S00117.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0408/S00058.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00165.htm
    Venezuela's Hugo Chavez Survives Recall Referenda

    - Image Source: VHeadline.comhttp://www.vheadline.com/main.asp


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Photo Essay: Youth Parliament 2004

    - Yesterday the biennial Youth Parliament took shape. This event brings together 120 young people aged between 16 and 18, each sponsored by a different member of parliament, to participate in (mock) debates, oral questions and select committees. See... The 2004 Youth Parliament - Photo Essay [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00171.htm


    Hard News Is There!

    - One of the perils of the line of work into which I have fallen, the media criticism part anyway, is that you won't always meet the standards you recommend to those around you. Thus, my new Wide Area News column in The Listener contains an error and an ... See... Public Address 17/08/04 - Trivial Typing Errors [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00166.htm


    William Rivers Pitt Writes To George Bush

    - Dear George: A pretty awful joke has been making the rounds lately. Some might say it's an awful joke because of the comparison. Most, however, think it's an awful joke because it isn't funny. It's too close to the truth to be funny. See... UQ Wire: Brain Dead, Made of Money, No Future [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00168.htm


    Making The World More Dangerous For Americans

    - American athletes at the heavily fortified Olympic games in Athens have been assigned bodyguards by the U.S. State Department and have practically had to assume secret identities in an attempt to remain safe. See... Ivan Eland: Protecting You from Terrorism? Or Not [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00169.htm


    A Palestinian American Writes From The Besieged West Bank

    - Where Israel is concerned, U.S. foreign policy never ceases to amaze. When Palestinian in-fighting took place in Gaza last week, Secretary of State Colin Powell had the following to say about the United States’ position: ''Just have to watch it unfold.'' See... Sam Bahour: Powell And My Grandmother [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00164.htm


    B.S. Away! Clearing Away The Political Spin & Slime

    - So much campaign slime, so many lies told and retold -- my head was spinning from listening to the sludge that passes for political discourse these days. So I headed down to Silicon Valley, to get another cannister of ''B.S. Away!'' from my ingenious ... See... B.S. Away! Cuts Through the Political Spin & Slime [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00163.htm


    UQ Wire: 9/11 Truth Portal Gets A Facelift

    - Now there is a 9/11 Truth portal that... - brings together many of the movement's best - cuts across the political spectrum - doesn't pull punches - relies on confirmable facts and sober logic - minimizes disinformation & rhetoric… See... UQ Wire: Gamma Version at 911Truth.org [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00162.htm


    Vincent L. Guarisco: Have You Taken The Red Pill Yet?

    - Ever since we fell into this dark, gloomy abyss shortly after the thievish 2000 (s)election, many of us felt stranded -- forced to live in fear and confusion above the transitory rabbit hole. More times than not, I felt I was locked in an alternate universe ... See... Living the Matrix -- Can You Believe It? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00161.htm


    A Plea For A Truce On The Left Of US Politics

    - It's time for the Kerry, Nader and Green campaigns to get locked in a room until they disarm the circular firing squad and focus on the real enemy, George W. Bush. See... Kerry, Nader, Greens & The Circular Firing Squad [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00160.htm


    Another Accomplishment In Bush's War On Terrorism

    - Mr. Bush's war on terrorism has now gone domestic. It shows every sign of becoming the same sort of fiasco as his global counterterrorism strategy. See... Cointelpro Ressurected For GOP National Convention [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00159.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00293.htm
    IMAGE: Goff Meets With Afghanistan's President Karzai


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    A Warning On The Project Protector Budget From John Carter

    - A failure by the Defence Minister to go through the detail of the Tenix deal could see the defence budget blown to the tune of $45 million each year, says National's Defence spokesman, John Carter. See... Incompetent Burton blows the budget [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00303.htm


    Targeted Tax Measures For The Hidden Economy

    - A discussion document released today sets out government proposals for cracking down on the hidden economy through targeted tax measures. See... Tackling industry-wide tax evasion [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00302.htm


    Did Cambridge High Contribute Towards This Perhaps?

    - The proportion of students leaving school with no qualifications has hit the lowest level in ten years, Education Minister Trevor Mallard said today. See... Fewer Students Leave School Without Quals [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00301.htm


    Bill English Discovers Why The NCEA Barks

    - The latest NZQA publication on assessment shows why the NCEA is in trouble, says National's Education spokesman, Bill English. See... It's official - anything goes for NCEA [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00300.htm


    NZ First Urges Public Input On Public Access Measures

    - New Zealand First is urging all interested parties to make submissions to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee with regard to the Overseas Investment (Queens Chain Extension) Amendment Bill. See... Public Should Speak Their Mind Over Access Issues [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00299.htm


    Dr Don Crosses The Ditch For The Recess

    - National Party Leader Don Brash heads to Australia this week, just days after the Australian Senate signed off on a Free Trade Agreement with the United States. See... Don Brash in Australia this week [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00298.htm


    Overcrowded Prisons Creating A Public Hazard

    - Letting accused criminals roam free when they should be held on remand will put the public at risk, says National MP Tony Ryall. See... Remand Muster Crisis Puts Public At Risk [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00297.htm


    NZ First Seeks A Domestic Violence Law Review

    - New Zealand First social services spokesperson Bill Gudgeon has called for a review of protection order provisions and police responses to domestic incidents under the Domestic Violence Act. See... Review Domestic Violence Act Says NZ First [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00295.htm


    Chocolate Fish For Dept. That Practices What It Preaches

    - Green MP Mike Ward says Marian Hobb’s announcement today that the Environment Ministry has reduced its waste to landfill by 80 per cent is great news. See... Environment Ministry deserves chocolate fish [1] and Simple system helps ministry shed kilos [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00294.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00291.htm


    Police Risking Respect Through Cash Collection

    - The police are in danger of losing their greatest weapon - the respect of middle New Zealand, United Future leader Peter Dunne said today. See... Dunne: Cash-collecting cops losing respect [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00292.htm

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