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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Depleted Uranium Use In Iraq Making Population And Soldiers Sick
Govt Moves To Issue Zimbabweans Permanent Residency
Quartet Wakes Up And Demands Israel Meet Road Map Obligations
Police Apologise Over Zaoui/FIS/Terror Link Mistake
Outing A Spy: How The USA Committed A Fed-Crime
Deported: Cat Stevens Hits Back At USA
95bFM’s Simon Pound Digests The News
The Inside Story Of Fiji’s Coups
First Hand: Fear and Loving Inside Palestine
Blogsters Exercise A Democratic Right

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Give The Money Back Now- Not In Election Year, Say Nats
Has Hoki Policy Been A Load of Baloney?
Phil Goff Engages In High Profile Diplomatic Talks
More Raffles Predicted To Fund Schools
More Tertiary Education Options Provided For The Poor
Anderton Talks Drugs In Auckland
Economic Gains A Mirage For Average Kiwi's
More Financial Regulations


...TODAY'S PHOTO STORY...

D-Uranium Use In Iraq Making Population & Soldiers Sick.

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY

Depleted Uranium Use In Iraq Making Population And Soldiers Sick

- Courtesy of Al Jazeera: Illegal weapons of mass destruction have not only been found in Iraq but have been used against Iraqis and have even killed US troops. But Washington and its allies have tried to cover up this outrage because the chief culprit is the US itself, argue American and other experts trying to expose what they say is a war crime. See... DU: Washington's Secret Nuclear War [1] FAQs: NZ Defence To Conduct Health-Checks For Iraq PersonnelDefence Personnel Come Home From Iraq Saturday [2] NZAID in Iraq [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00255.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00234.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00224.htm


NZ LEAD STORY

Govt Moves To Issue Zimbabweans Permanent Residency

- The government has set up a process that will enable Zimbabweans in New Zealand on temporary permits to be considered for permanent residence, Immigration Minister Paul Swain said today. See... Process to resolve residence status of Zimbabweans [1] Zimbabwe 10 dead following police tear gas misuse [2] Zimbabwe Migrant Policy Backed [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00506.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00290.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00235.htm

INT. LEAD STORY


Quiet is Not All Right: a Report on Hebron

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Quartet Wakes Up And Demands Israel Meet Road Map Obligations

- GAZA (IPC + Agencies) -- The international Quartet Committee for peace in the Middle East (United Nations, United States, European Union, Russia) called yesterday on Israel to meet its obligations stipulated in the Road Map peace blueprint, Palestine ... See... Quartet Demands Israel Meet Road Map Obligations [1] Israel Continues To Violates Lebanese Airspace [2] Audio: The IMEMC Weekly Report has been Released [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00295.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00294.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00292.htm

Police Apologise Over Zaoui/FIS/Terror Link Mistake

- Police have apologised to the Prime Minister that they went too far in making statements that the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) had ties to Al Qaeda. See… Police concur they went too far with terror link [1] PM Clarifies Zaoui/FIS/Terror Confusion [2] STORY OF THE WEEK: Ahmed Zaoui (1) [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00208.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00218.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00231.htm


Outing A Spy: How The USA Committed A Fed-Crime

- On Monday, August 2, a federal crime was committed in plain view of millions of Americans and millions more abroad. A Pakistani intelligence mole, crucial in the “war” against al Qaeda, was outed by an individual in the Bush Administration. See... Pravda On The Potomac [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00257.htm


Deported: Cat Stevens Hits Back At USA

- LONDON - Muslim convert and former pop star Cat Stevens returned to Britain on Thursday after his deportation from the U.S. over "potential" terrorism links sparked an Anglo-American diplomatic row. See... Scoop Link: Cat Stevens Slams U.S. Deportation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00256.htm


95bFM’s Simon Pound Digests The News

- Now for this week I thought I’d have a quick look at a couple of papers for rather different reasons, the Guardian Weekly and the NBR. First up, because it is always good to start with something positive first thing in the morning, The Guardian Weekly, ... See... In For A Penny: News Digest [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00254.htm


The Inside Story Of Fiji’s Coups

- The attempted coup by George Speight on 19 May 2000 and the instability and dislocation that followed had severe repercussions for the rule of law. It underscored the fragility of the concept and its susceptibility to assault by destructive forces within our ... See... Fiji: Ethnic Tensions And The Rule Of Law [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00253.htm


First Hand: Fear and Loving Inside Palestine

- About a fifteen minute walk from the street vendors and businesses of the downtown Palestinian cultural capital of Ramallah, is a dangerous subversive place according to the Israeli authorities. So much so that they in fact in 2002 raided the Khalil ... See... Culture and Dissent in Palestine [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00250.htm


Blogsters Exercise A Democratic Right

- Blogosphere-- Fresh on the heels of discrediting memos run by 60 Minutes regarding George W. Bush's service in the Air National Guard, web logs on conservative websites are now questioning the authenticity of another famous document. See... Satire: Bill Of Rights Authenticity In Question [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00249.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Goff-Annan Meeting Canvasses UN Reform Needs.

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Special Immigration Exemption For Zimbabweans

- The government has set up a process that will enable Zimbabweans in New Zealand on temporary permits to be considered for permanent residence, Immigration Minister Paul Swain said today. See... Process to resolve residence status of Zimbabweans [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00506.htm


Give The Money Back Now- Not In Election Year, Say Nats

- National Party Leader Don Brash says Labour should be giving refunds to overtaxed New Zealanders instead of building an election-year war chest of unrivalled proportions. See... Give New Zealanders their tax back [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00499.htm


Has Hoki Policy Been A Load of Baloney?

- National Party Environment spokesman Nick Smith is calling for an inquiry into the Government u-turn on hoki quota. See... Call for inquiry into hoki fishery mismanagement [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00513.htm

Phil Goff Engages In High Profile Diplomatic Talks

- Reform of the United Nations, and its ability to intervene to protect victims against fundamental abuses of human rights were on the top of the agenda at a meeting between Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in New York. See... Goff-Annan Meeting Canvasses UN Reform Needs [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00511.htm


More Raffles Predicted To Fund Schools

- "Under Labour, bureaucratic growth at the Ministry of Education leaves the growth in schools' funding for dead, and parents have been left to meet the shortfall," says National's Education spokesman, Bill English. See... Mallard's funding priorities in disarray [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00508.htm


More Tertiary Education Options Provided For The Poor

- Step Up Scholarships are being extended to enable more university students from low income backgrounds to study in a wider range of fields, Associate Education Minister Steve Maharey announced today in an address to the New Zealand University Students. See... More opportunities from Step Up Scholarships [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00516.htm


Anderton Talks Drugs In Auckland

- The national roll out of public forums on P, alcohol and other drugs promised by Associate Health Minister Jim Anderton in June begins next week in Manukau City. See... Anderton to chair public forum on P in Manukau [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00505.htm


Economic Gains A Mirage For Average Kiwi's

- Rt Hon Winston Peters says New Zealand’s balance of payments is plunging deeply in deficit and that the hollowing out of the economic base has proceeded unchecked as productive assets have continued to pass into foreign hands. See... Ordinary Kiwis Not Benefitting From Bogus Boom [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00504.htm


More Financial Regulations

- Finance Minister Michael Cullen and Commerce Minister Margaret Wilson announced today that officials are undertaking work on the regulation of major financial institutions. See... Trans-Tasman banking integration progress [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00497.htm

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