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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Goff Condemns Terror Killing Of Child Hostages
Nats Challenge Labour To Face Up To Maori Party Poll
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Amnesty Calls For End To Child Executions
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
STORY OF THE WEEK: Pig In Mud, Chicks, And Puss In Powder Blue
One Woman's Experience In Guantanamo On The Hudson

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Maori Party Calls For Sackings As Corrections Ducks For Cover
Hard News & More Is There!
Anne Else's Letter From Elsewhere Returns Today
An Appeal To Exxon Mobil Shareholders Over Acheh
Stateside: Rosalea Reviews Arundhati Roy's New Book
Announcing www.bilaterals.org
John Roughan's Letter From Honiara
David Miller On The Taming Of Scotland's New Parliament
Iraqi Prisoners Seek Compensation in U.S. Courts
Mary Pitt: US Border Security
A US Soldier In Iraq Objects To Working For Halliburton
Cartoons
Ramzy Baroud: The Arab World Rallies To Free French Hostages
Israel's Intelligence Activity In The United States

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Govt Cites Statistics Positive On Sentencing Laws
PCP Exposure Report Received By Govt
ACT Warns Of The Return Of The Crims
Managing The Varroa Bee Mite Problem
Sutton Welcomes ASEAN Decision Over FTAs
Greens Support Govt Plan To Make Solar Heating Compulsory On New Homes
Bradford To Join Whangarei Protest
Anderton Considers A Brash Resignation
Speech From The ACT Regional Conference
Welfare Reform According To ACT
Reforming The RMA ACT-Style
Newman Online Is In

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LEAD STORY:
Goff Condemns Terror Killing Of Child Hostages

- The world will forever condemn those who used children as political pawns in hostage taking, Foreign Minister Phil Goff said when condemning the killing of child hostages. See... NZ condemns hostage-takers [1] ALSO: - Kofi Annan - Horror At Hostage Death Toll At Russian School [2] - Russell Brown - HARD NEWS 06/09/04 - The Innocents [3] - World Vision - World Vision Offers Help In Russian Hostage Drama [4] - Red Cross - Red Cross Launches Russian Hostage Victims Appeal [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00099.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00074.htm
[3] - http://publicaddress.net/default,1452.sm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00047.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00046.htm


Nats Challenge Labour To Face Up To Maori Party Poll

- National Party Associate Treaty spokesman Wayne Mapp is concerned by the reluctance of some academics to distance themselves from claims of 'civil war' over the Foreshore and Seabed legislation. See... Academics prove PM wrong [1] & Labour Must Show Hand On Maori Issues [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00116.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00113.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • A Silent Holocaust [1]
  • Flag Burners call for court to throw out charges [2]
  • Te Raupatu o Tauranga Moana report released [3]
  • Telecom Introduces Prepaid Cheaper Calling [4]
  • Winners Of Westfield Style Pasifika Fashion Awards [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00045.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00043.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00041.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0409/S00046.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0409/S00022.htm


    Amnesty Calls For End To Child Executions

    - Amnesty International and medical experts from seven countries have sent an open letter to the heads of government in China, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Philippines, Iran, Sudan and the USA urging them to stop using the death penalty ... See... World: Med Experts Urge End to Child Executions [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00067.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Annan Wants Int Presence To Stop Darfur Attacks [1]
  • >
  • Crisis: 1.6 Million People Displaced In Uganda [2]
  • Probe Examines Role Of Cats In Bird Flu Infection [3]
  • Team To Probe Uranium Enrichment In North Korea [4]
  • URGENT ALERT: Eviction Threat to Cave Dwellers [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00077.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00073.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00072.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00071.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00068.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK:

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00041.htm
    See Inside Guantanamo On The Hudson During The RNC

    Pig In Mud, Chicks, And Puss In Powder Blue

    - I never did get to write a Convention Watch for the final few days of the Republican National Convention, but I know what stands out in my mind as I look back on it. See... Stateside: Convention In A Rear View Mirror [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00061.htm


    One Woman's Experience In Guantanamo On The Hudson

    - I was one of 1,800+ people who were arrested during the RNC protests. I was arrested on Tuesday evening at 7:00pm and not released until Thursday at 4:10pm for doing nothing more than exercising my first amendment constitutional rights! See... UQ Wire: My Illegal Arrest And Detainment, RNC, NY [1] See more Scoop RNC coverage… STORY OF THE WEEK - Republican National Convention (2) [2] and STORY OF THE WEEK - Republican National Convention (1) [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00050.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0409/S00040.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0409/S00015.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Maori Party Calls For Sackings As Corrections Ducks For Cover

    - Earlier this year, in April, the Department of Corrections was found to have acted outside the law by Justice Ron Young. Following his criticism of Correction's behaviour modification regime (BMR) in his April decision, Justice Young awarded nearly half a million dollars in costs and compensation to the inmates who were subjected to BMR, in early September 2004. See... Who Is Responsible For Prison Abuse? [1] . See also... Maori Party Demands Resignation of General Manager [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00044.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00094.htm


    Hard News & More Is There!

    - The Beslan massacre has unfolded before all our eyes, and we have all thought "how could they kill children like this?" It was ghastly. But what do we then think about the fact that, according to Genocide Watch, Russian forces have slaughtered 50,000 ... See... Public Address 06/09/04 - The Innocents [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00064.htm


    Anne Else's Letter From Elsewhere Returns Today

    - I wonder what Sarah Freeman would have thought of the Destiny Church ''Enough is Enough'' campaign. Back in April her Melbourne employer, a jeans shop, made everyone working there wear a tight low-cut T-shirt with ''STOP PRETENDING YOU DON’T WANT ME'' printed across the chest. See... Anne Else: When Is A T-Shirt Not Just A T-Shirt? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00055.htm


    An Appeal To Exxon Mobil Shareholders Over Acheh

    - In the past decade Exxon Mobil has earned $US40 billion from exploiting Acheh’s resources. CUT ZAHARA HAMZA pleads with shareholders at an ExxonMobil annual meeting in Texas to stop supporting the Indonesian military forces in Acheh which continue to commit atrocities on innocent villagers in the name of protecting the company’s interests. See... Pacific Ecologist: Cry For Acheh [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00054.htm


    Stateside: Rosalea Reviews Arundhati Roy's New Book

    - Imagine a bookshelf with a pair of bookends, both of which represent women novelists who have grown up in the British Commonwealth and written bestselling books. See... Book Review: An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00062.htm


    Announcing www.bilaterals.org

    - A rash of bilateral free trade and investment agreements is spreading quietly and quickly across the planet. But peoples' movements in a growing number of countries are mobilising to fight and neutralise them. See... A Website Against Bilateral Free Trade Agreements [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00053.htm


    John Roughan's Letter From Honiara

    - Solomons' need for capacity building for individuals as well as institutions, groups and organizations is the current 'hot ticket' plan to turn the country around. See... Solomons: Building Capacity AND Changing Attitudes [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00051.htm


    David Miller On The Taming Of Scotland's New Parliament

    - Devolved government in Scotland was supposed to bring democracy closer to the people. It was a risk to vested interests. See... David Miller: Taking The Risk Out Of Devolution [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00048.htm


    Iraqi Prisoners Seek Compensation in U.S. Courts

    - When the media exposed the photographs of Abu Ghraib prisoners, the international community showed outrage. Soon afterward, the U.S. Army released the investigative Taguba Report, written by Major General Antonio Taguba, which details the U.S. prison ... See... Iraqi Prisoners Seek Compensation in U.S. Courts [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00060.htm


    Mary Pitt: US Border Security

    - In a recent television interview, T. J. Bonnes, president of the National Border Patrol Association, states that the border control is in crisis with half the personnel considering finding other employment. See... Mary Pitt: US Border Security [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00059.htm


    A US Soldier In Iraq Objects To Working For Halliburton

    - I am a soldier stationed in Iraq concerned about the role of private contractors in this war, and would like to ask for your help. How can you who are way over there help me way over here? Well, let me tell you how. See... US Soldiers Asked To Protect Halliburton Profits [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00063.htm


    Cartoons

    - See... Kidd Millennium Cartoon: The F Word [1] and Chuckman Cartoon: Bush Family Housecall [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00058.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00057.htm


    Ramzy Baroud: The Arab World Rallies To Free French Hostages

    - I would’ve suggested a ‘hint of subtle racism’ and ‘unconcealed bias’ in the Chicago Sun-Times’ article, ''Arabs express rare outrage at kidnapping of French journalists.'' (Sep. 1) But I didn’t, for the article’s assessment was disturbingly true. See... Ramzy Baroud: Racist Discourse in Hostage Butchery [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00052.htm


    Israel's Intelligence Activity In The United States

    - For those who believe AIPAC and Israel are at the root of propelling the United States into the misguided Iraq War and subsequent occupation, the Israel spy case involving classified information on Iran is serving as the proverbial string entwining the various conflicts in the Middle East. See... G. Cora Fraser: Do I Spy an Israeli Spy in AIPAC? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00049.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0409/S00019.htm
    Golden Triathlete Hamish Carter Gets A New Car

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Govt Cites Statistics Positive On Sentencing Laws

    - Two years after its introduction, statistics show that the Sentencing Act's tougher laws are having a strong impact, says Justice Minister Phil Goff. See... Statistics/review show Sentencing Act working well [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00117.htm


    PCP Exposure Report Received By Govt

    - New research into the health of former timber workers exposed to pentachlorophenol (PCP) has been welcomed by Associate Labour Minister Ruth Dyson today. See... Research into timber workers’ exposure to PCP [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00110.htm


    ACT Warns Of The Return Of The Crims

    - Legal action planned against the Government, over the treatment of some Auckland remand prisoners, shows that the trickle of lawsuits will rapidly grow to a torrent, ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said today. See... Floodgates Open For Prisoner Lawsuits [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00109.htm


    Managing The Varroa Bee Mite Problem

    - Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton today approved the National Pest Management Strategy with the objective of keeping the South Island free of the destructive varroa mite. See... Varroa Pest Management Strategy Approved [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00107.htm


    Sutton Welcomes ASEAN Decision Over FTAs

    - Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton today welcomed the decision of ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand ministers to recommend the launch of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement. See... Ministers recommend trade negotiations [1] ALSO: Tell The Truth On Trade, Mr Sutton [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00106.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00115.htm


    Greens Support Govt Plan To Make Solar Heating Compulsory On New Homes

    - The Green Party has congratulated the Government on its plan to make solar water heating compulsory on new homes but says more must be done to bring the price down first. See... Greens encourage govt to warm to solar energy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00103.htm


    Bradford To Join Whangarei Protest

    - Green MP Sue Bradford will be joining a protest in Whangarei tomorrow (Monday 6th September) to ask for the restoration of 24-hour surgical cover to Kaitaia Hospital. See... ‘Save our hospital’ message taken to Whangarei [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00102.htm


    Anderton Considers A Brash Resignation

    - Today's resignation talk by Don Brash sends a very clear message to the National Party, says Progressive leader, Jim Anderton. See... Don Brash's Resignation Talk [1] ALSO: Brash is stuck in the 80s and doomed to opposition [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00101.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00111.htm


    Speech From The ACT Regional Conference

    - Speech to ACT Waikato/BOP Regional Conference; The Pavilion, Rose Gardens, Cobham Drive, Hamilton; Saturday September 4, 2004. See... The Coming Election [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00100.htm


    Welfare Reform According To ACT

    - Last month in Parliament ACT hosted a symposium on the need for welfare reform. Bringing together a wide range of speakers from around the world, from academics, legislators, commentators, and providers, as well as victims of our welfare state, .. See... Welfare Reform Needed Now [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00098.htm


    Reforming The RMA ACT-Style

    - "The Resource Management Act is fundamentally flawed and needs overhauling", ACT New Zealand Environment and Conservation Spokesman Ken Shirley told an audience in Hamilton today. See... RMA Needs Overhauling - Shirley [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00097.htm


    Newman Online Is In

    - This week, Newman On-Line examines the functions of the Human Rights Commission, and looks at why it still has not become widely accepted by the New Zealand public. See... Newman Online [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00095.htm

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