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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY:
Dick Hubbard Rises To Top Of Auck Mayoralty Poll
Govt Spins The Good Oil On Citizenship Changes
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Witnesses Blame Congo Rebels For Burundi August Massacres
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
STORY OF THE WEEK: Stateside: Where Rosalea Falls For John McCain

SCOOP COLUMNS:
PM's Presser Reported By Kevin List
Martin LeFevre: Preparing For The Unthinkable
Stateside: Anti-Semitism And The Left In The USA
Hard News Was There! (Public Address On The Olympics)
Richard Ehrlich: Thailand's Women Do Their Nation Proud
A Pagan Priestess Talks Political Activism
The World Wakes Up To Peak Oil
Ramzy Baroud Joins Palestinian Prisoners Hunger Strike
Kidd Millennium: Double Negatives & Swift Boat Deceit
Greg Palast: Florida Fixed Again? Absentee Ballots Go AWOL

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Mean Spirited Aussies Behind Baby Bashing Bill Say Greens
Army Urged To Draft Dodgy Teens
No Bum Notes Hit By NZ Idol According To Minister
Youth Should Be Better Acquainted With Illegal Drugs
Caged Hens Incarceration Likely To Continue
Media Misses Assault On Innocent Committee Clerk
Mallard Ticks Off Tattle Tale English
Working Party Irons Out Creases In Holidays Act

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Scoop Is In The House

- For today's questions see... Questions for Oral Answer - 31 August 2004 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00542.htm


LEAD STORY:
Dick Hubbard Rises To Top Of Auck Mayoralty Poll

- Russell Brown: And so, unsurprisingly, Dick Hubbard vaults to a lead over John Banks in the Auckland mayoral race by doing little more than putting his hand up. Labour - which, just quietly, was never very passionate about Bruce Hucker in the first place… See... Public Address 31/08/04 - The Race [1] . See also... Statement on the Auckland mayoralty - Bruce Hucker [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00320.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0408/S00285.htm


NEW ZEALAND LEAD STORY

Govt Spins The Good Oil On Citizenship Changes - Proposed changes to the Identity (Citizenship and Travel Documents) Bill will ensure certainty and fairness for applicants, Internal Affairs Minister George Hawkins and Ethnic Affairs Minister Chris Carter say. See… Fairness, certainty aim of Identity Bill changes [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00532.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • ‘Xenotransplantation’ Treated With Concern [1]
  • Cullen's Address to Argentine Business Association [2]
  • NZ IDOL – Funding Provided By NZ On Air [3]
  • Police Seek Info in Shooting of Jack Nicholas (72) [4]
  • The 2004 Wellington Lesbian Ball [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00535.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00533.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00292.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00290.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0408/S00219.htm


    Witnesses Blame Congo Rebels For Burundi August Massacres

    - While two United Nations missions probe the mid-August massacre at the Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report released today that eyewitnesses blamed a rebel group from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), .. See... Rebels Accused of Carrying Out Burundi Massacre [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00283.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Genocide Cited Against Former Rwandan Army Officer [1]
  • Darfur: Displaced remain traumatized from rape [2]
  • Did Howard deal with Bush/Blair outside Executive? [3]
  • Campaigning over DIMIA broken promises begins [4]
  • Nepal: Alarming rise in "disappearances" [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00281.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00280.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00278.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00277.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00276.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK:

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00299.htm
    500,000 People March Against Bush In New York City

    Stateside: Where Rosalea Falls For John McCain

    - The Republicans have to be glad that John McCain isn't running as vice president for the Democrats. He was on the CBS Sunday morning political talking head show, Face the Nation, this morning and, based on this morning's performance, I'd vote for him in a New York minute. See... Convention Watch: Republican Party Convention [1] MORE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION COMMENT: - Bernard Weiner - 25 Things We Now Know Three Years After 9/11 [2] - Marjorie Cohn - Marjorie Cohn: Playing Politics With Torture [3] - Scott Galindez - What You Won't See at the Republican Convention [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00307.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00316.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00310.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00317.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    PM's Presser Reported By Kevin List

    - In this edition: Environment Canterbury's Nuclear Power Investigations Holidays Act Anomalies and Glitches The Decline Of Kiwis In The Military Inquiries Into Historical Rape Allegations In The Police See... PM's Presser: Nuclear Power, Defence & Police Rape [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00322.htm


    Martin LeFevre: Preparing For The Unthinkable

    - After listening to and talking with various Americans in recent weeks, I’m almost certain George Bush will remain (egad!) in power. See... Martin LeFevre: Pray for Kerry, Prepare for Bush [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00321.htm


    Stateside: Anti-Semitism And The Left In The USA

    - This is an account of a conference on Anti-Semitism and the Left that was held in Oakland, California, from 21-23 August, 2004. (And you thought it was about my visit to Sammy Davis Jr National Park!) See... Stateside with Rosalea: Yo, Semite! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00306.htm


    Hard News Was There! (Public Address On The Olympics)

    - So the games are over for another four years, and just one question remains: who was that bloke who apparently represents us on the IOC, and thus hung the medals on our champions? Has anyone ever seen him before? Was I the only one worried every ... See... Public Address 30/08/04 - Counting Up [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00314.htm


    Richard Ehrlich: Thailand's Women Do Their Nation Proud

    - BANGKOK, Thailand -- This Buddhist kingdom achieved surprise enlightenment at the Athens Olympics when five of its daughters defied popular expectations that Thai females should be shy and delicate. See... Thailand's Women Lead The Nation To Olympic Glory [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00319.htm


    A Pagan Priestess Talks Political Activism

    - Pagan Priestess Starhawk Draws Connection Between Spirituality and Political Activism - Interview with Starhawk, pagan priestess and nonviolent direct action organizer, conducted by Melinda Tuhus. See... Starhawk IV On Spirituality & Political Activism [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00318.htm


    The World Wakes Up To Peak Oil

    - Two new realities are fast converging on the public consciousness with what may be serendipitous timing: climate change and peak oil. After years of controversy and denial, there finally seems to be a solid consensus that climate change is here, it threatens everything from agriculture to human health, and it will probably turn out to be even worse than predicted. See... Kelpie Wilson: Get Ready For The Peak Experience [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00313.htm


    Ramzy Baroud Joins Palestinian Prisoners Hunger Strike

    - Today I will fast in solidarity with 2,800 Palestinian political prisoners currently carrying out a hunger strike in 10 Israeli jails. See... Ramzy Baroud: My Own Hunger Strike [1] . See also... Poem: Palestinian Prisoners Brave On [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00309.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00312.htm


    Kidd Millennium: Double Negatives & Swift Boat Deceit

    You don’t have to be a rocket scientist or an advertising executive for that matter, to decipher the differences. When you match up Bush’s dental records to Kerry’s three Purple Hearts, Bronze and Silver Stars, the negative ad controversy seems to be no contest. See... Kidd Millennium: Doubly Negative / Ad Nauseum [1] . See also... Manuel Valenzuela: The Cradle of Devastation [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00311.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00315.htm


    Greg Palast: Florida Fixed Again? Absentee Ballots Go AWOL

    - On Friday, Theresa LePore, Supervisor of Elections in Palm Beach, candidate for re-election as Supervisor of Elections, chose to supervise her own election, no one allowed. This Tuesday, Florida votes for these nominally non-partisan posts. See... Palast: Madame Butterfly's Absentee Ballots AWOL [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00308.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Mean Spirited Aussies Behind Baby Bashing Bill Say Greens

    - Green MP Keith Locke said today that the Government's decision to cancel automatic citizenship for babies born in New Zealand is a capitulation to Australian pressure. See... Govt succumbs to Aussie pressure on citizenship [1] MORE: - Govt - Fairness, certainty aim of Identity Bill changes [2] - NZ First - Citizenship Not For Sale Says Peters [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00549.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00532.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00539.htm


    Army Urged To Draft Dodgy Teens

    - New Zealand First has urged the Government to seriously consider bringing back a form of compulsory military training for troubled youth to ease the worrying shortage of military personnel. See... Peters: Bring Back Compulsory Military TrainingMORE: - National - Winston misses the target - again [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00538.htm


    No Bum Notes Hit By NZ Idol According To Minister

    - The Broadcasting Minister, Steve Maharey, says opposition politicking around the hugely successful New Zealand Idol programme is pathetic. See... Petty politicking can’t take shine off NZ Idol [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00555.htm


    Youth Should Be Better Acquainted With Illegal Drugs

    - New Zealand First youth affairs spokesperson Craig McNair is calling for more effective education strategies to ensure that teenagers are aware of the long-term health effects of heavy cannabis use. See... Educate Teens On Dangers Of Cannabis Use [1] MORE: - Progressive Party - Parties should take heed of cannabis use warning [2] - United Future New Zealand - Turner: Mental illness link to dope holds true [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00543.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00537.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00550.htm


    Caged Hens Incarceration Likely To Continue

    - Green MP Sue Kedgley today urged Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton to reject a draft layer hen code that recommends that New Zealand producers be allowed to keep raising hens in cages indefinitely. See... Govt urged to reject 'barbaric' battery hen code [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00547.htm


    Media Misses Assault On Innocent Committee Clerk

    - The media reported Margaret Mutu’s predictions of violence if the Foreshore bill becomes law but were far too politically correct to report the extent of the fracas at the hearing in Auckland. Before the meeting even began the committee clerk was ... See... The Letter [1] MORE: - National - University must condemn 'civil war' statement [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00528.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00546.htm


    Mallard Ticks Off Tattle Tale English

    - Education Minister Trevor Mallard today called on National leader Don Brash to either back his education spokesman Bill English or sack him for wrongly insinuating Hauraki Plains College teachers and students were NCEA cheats. See... Brash should back English or sack him [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00559.htm


    Working Party Irons Out Creases In Holidays Act

    - Labour Minister Paul Swain today announced proposed changes to the Holidays Act following a working group report. See... Holidays Act changes [1] MORE: - Greens - Greens to protect workers' rights in law changes [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00558.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00548.htm

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