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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Winston Peters Proposes To Buy Back Infrastructure Assets
Home Invasion Case Puts Heat Back On 111 Service
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Thai Muslim Mass Suffocation Leads To Threats Of Reprisals
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
STORY OF THE WEEK: Countdown To US Election – One More Day
Countdown To US Election – Osama Chips In

SCOOP COLUMNS:
LINKS: Al Qaqaa Explosives Caught On Camera In Situ
Letter From Elsewhere: Discoloured Other Halves
Stateside: The Day of The Dead
Idiot Savant On The Third Way & Interest Rates
The Latest From Public Address!
Kamala Sarup: The Youngest Victims
Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of the American Empire
Uri Avnery Surveys The Arafat Years

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
ACT's Letter Sums Up Latest Tamihere Developments
Bishops Call For Ahmed Zaoui To Be Released
Peter Dunne Wants Everybody To Grow Up
The Terminator's Latest Fan – Forestry Min. Jim Sutton
How Much Is The River Queen Going To Cost The Taxpayer?
Generous Niue Aid Seen As A Cynical Vote Grab
Greens Support Extended Debate On Care Of Children Bill
Parliament's Only Supreme Court Litigant Defends Independence Of Chief Justice
Animal Welfare And Agriculture Do Not Belong Together
Ruth Dyson Reports On Disability Strategy Progress
Skilled Migrant Category Changes To Help Agriculture (& Zimbabweans)
Farmers Gossiping About Today's Cabinet Agenda

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LEAD STORY:
Winston Peters Proposes To Buy Back Infrastructure Assets

- "We will not allow control of our key assets and infrastructure to lie in the board rooms of London, New York, Geneva or Tokyo. A major mechanism will be to ensure that the superannuation fund that we helped establish focuses on rebuilding the New Zealand owned stake in key industries and infrastructure." See... Peters' Great Lakes Party Conference Speech [1] REACTION: - Progressives - Winston has no real commitment to state assets [2] & 'NZ First won't prop up National' – Yeah Right! [3] - Greens - Peters adopts Green policy [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0411/S00014.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0411/S00028.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0411/S00001.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0411/S00011.htm


Home Invasion Case Puts Heat Back On 111 Service

- The law must be changed to give citizens rights against police who interfere with self-defence, lie to them, or prevent them from helping each other, ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said today in commenting about the nightmare attack on the Bentleys last weekend. See... Self Defence: A Right, Not A Privilege [1] MORE: - United Future – 111 debacles tie into public unease with police [2] - National - Give rural NZ a voice in 111 review - National [3] - ACT - Review Too Little Too Late For Iraena Asher [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0411/S00019.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0411/S00027.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0411/S00008.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0411/S00002.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Hamish Carter lends support to foster care [1]
  • More Action To Follow Fisheries Strike [2]
  • The Fundy Post: Edition Nine [3]
  • New Maori Governance Initiatives Announced by TPK [4]
  • Pacific Ecologist Focus On Media Freedom, Peace [5]
  • Positive Contributions to Race Relations - October [6]
  • Tribunal reports on Crown and Maori atrocities [7]
  • Queen Elizabeth's Aunty Alice Dies [8]
  • New portfolio assigned to Margaret Wilson [9]
  • Teacher, principal collective agreements settled [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0411/S00012.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0411/S00010.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0411/S00009.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0411/S00008.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0411/S00006.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0411/S00005.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0411/S00004.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0411/S00001.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0410/S00532.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0410/S00530.htm


    Thai Muslim Mass Suffocation Leads To Threats Of Reprisals

    - Suicide Muslim insurgents threatened to use ''fire and oil'' to ''burn down'' Bangkok in revenge for the deaths of 85 people, including 78 Muslim men who suffocated after Thai security forces crammed them into army trucks, laying them on top of each other. See... Insurgents Threaten To Burn Bangkok In Revenge [1] MORE: - UN - Thailand: UN Chief Demands Probe Into Killings [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0410/S00346.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0411/S00014.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Afghanistan:Release of Abducted Workers Urged - UN [1] & Amnesty [2]
  • Powell IV With Egyptian Television and Nile News [3]
  • State Dept. Daily Press Briefing for October 29 [4]
  • New European Constitution Boosts EU-UN Cooperation [5]
  • War Crimes Likely Committed in Darfur [6]
  • UN Envoy Briefed On Situation In Fallujah [7]
  • The Other Israel: Sharon, Arafat and US Elections [8]
  • Budrus Residents Set To Challenge Israel Wall [9]
  • Who Will Lead Organization of American States? [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0411/S00022.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0411/S00003.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0411/S00019.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0411/S00016.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0411/S00018.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0411/S00017.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0411/S00012.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0411/S00009.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0411/S00008.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0411/S00004.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK: Countdown To US Election – One More Day

    - In an effort to bridge the gap between those who regard President George W. Bush as a ''liar'' and those who regard him as a mere ''exaggerator,'' I would like to suggest a term that perhaps we all can agree on: ''cheater.'' See... Dennis Hans: ''Just Win, Baby'' [1] LATEST US ELECTION COMMENTARY: - William Rivers Pitt - Stand, Be Counted, Vote [2] - Rosalea Barker - And It's 1, 2, 3: That's What We're Fighting For [3] - John Cory - I Will Vote [4] - Marc Ash - African America to the Rescue [5] - Manuel Valenzuela - At the Crossroads of America [6] - Music Legend Slams Bush Campaign Over Song Theft [7]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0410/S00345.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0411/S00016.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0411/S00013.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0411/S00006.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0411/S00003.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0411/S00001.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0411/S00018.htm


    Countdown To US Election – Osama Chips In

    - It has been a bad few weeks for Bush with discoveries startling enough to kill, or at least stun, a normal candidate. But there is nothing normal about Bush. He just keeps plunging ahead, grunting and gasping, like one of the undead. See... John Chuckman: Osama's Endorsement [1] MORE: - William Rivers Pitt - UQ Wire: Osama's Election Editorial [2] - Michel Chossudovsky - Osama Bin Laden Supports Bush Re-election [3] For Much Much More See... STORY OF THE WEEK: The US Election (1) [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0411/S00004.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0410/S00344.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0411/S00007.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0411/S00017.htm


    LINK: http://kstp.com/article/stories/S3741.html?cat=1
    al Qaqaa Bunker Had IAEA Seal - Image KSTP TV

    & MORE… http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0410/S00333.htm
    LINKS: Explosives Caught On Tape After Invasion

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    LINKS: Al Qaqaa Explosives Caught On Camera In Situ

    - The original link to this KSTP-TV report has a video link at the top which shows the embedded reporters filming the now-disputed explosive materials at the al Qaqaa facility in Iraq. See... LINKS: Explosives Caught On Tape After Invasion [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0410/S00333.htm


    Letter From Elsewhere: Discoloured Other Halves

    - Since my last column three weeks ago, my husband has turned black and blue. No, like most cliches, that’s wrong – he’s more sort of purple and maroon with little yellow bits. See... Anne Else: Three Cheers For The Nanny State [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0411/S00009.htm


    Stateside: The Day of The Dead

    - It's Sunday, 31st October here under the cloudless skies of Fruitvale, California, where pumpkins and marigolds have met with horrifying fates. The first have been hacked with knives and the second have been torn apart by hand. See... Stateside with Rosalea: Dia De Los Muertos [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0411/S00015.htm


    Idiot Savant On The Third Way & Interest Rates

    - Many on the left are suspicious of the third way as providing semantic cover for a shift to the right, and after reading Anthony Giddens' latest article in the New Statesman , I can't blame them one bit. See... No Right Turn: Reason To Be Suspicious [1] and No Right Turn: Second-guessing the Reserve Bank [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0411/S00012.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0410/S00342.htm


    The Latest From Public Address!

    - Craig Unger's book House of Bush, House of Saud has made a compelling link between the first families of two nations. But to what effect? I interviewed Unger three weeks ago for the New Zealand Herald, but space constraints and other events meant ... See... Public Address 01/11/04 - Getting Closer [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0411/S00010.htm


    Kamala Sarup: The Youngest Victims

    - ''We cannot go to our village. We'd like to go home,'' These are words of Hanuman Magar. Hanuman Magar saw the brutal killing of his father, a sergeant with Nepal Police, by the Maoists. See... Kamala Sarup: War-Affected Children [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0411/S00011.htm


    Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of the American Empire

    - A succinct, superb restating of a case that desperately needs to made plain to the American people who've stubbornly refused to hear anything bad about our unelected president. See... BTL Film Review: Hijacking Catastrophe [1] and Review & Deconstruction: Hijacking Catastrophe [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0411/S00002.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0411/S00008.htm


    Uri Avnery Surveys The Arafat Years

    - I remember standing on the roof of a warehouse near Beirut harbor and observing the armed and uniformed PLO fighters, headed by Yasser Arafat, getting on the ships that took them westwards. See... Uri Avnery: The Importance Of Being ''Irrelevant'' [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0411/S00005.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    ACT's Letter Sums Up Latest Tamihere Developments

    - Support for Tamihere in cabinet is rapidly disappearing. The first rule for handling a scandal is find out all details, get them out, then deal with it. The PM does not know the extent of Tamihere's troubles. Despite his frequent claims to "fess up" See... ACT's The Letter - Monday 1 November 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0411/S00026.htm


    Bishops Call For Ahmed Zaoui To Be Released

    - We respectfully urge the Government to provide for Mr Zaoui, pending a hearing, to be released on bail into more humane accommodation such as has been offered by the Dominican friars in Auckland. See... Anglican & Catholic Bishops Seek Bail For Zaoui [1] MORE: MORE: - Maori Party - Turia: Zaoui Case A Human Rights Issue [2] & Turia Leads Maori Call For Justice For Zaoui [3] - Scoop - Brash: Length Of Zaoui’s Detention Unsatisfactory [4] - Greens - Locke welcomes Brash criticism of Zaoui detention [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0411/S00007.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0411/S00005.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0410/S00332.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0410/S00312.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0410/S00510.htm


    Peter Dunne Wants Everybody To Grow Up

    - United Future leader, Peter Dunne, told a party meeting in Christchurch tonight that the time had arrived for New Zealand to step boldly into the future as a progressive, positive, self-confident nation. See... Time for New Zealand to grow up [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0411/S00029.htm


    The Terminator's Latest Fan – Forestry Min. Jim Sutton

    - California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has made Forestry Minister Jim Sutton's day by vetoing a bill that would have discriminated against New Zealand timber products. See... Arnold terminates anti-NZ forestry bill [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0411/S00024.htm


    How Much Is The River Queen Going To Cost The Taxpayer?

    - The Government should come clean on exactly how much taxpayer cash is tied up in the troubled River Queen movie, says National Party Arts and Culture spokeswoman, Georgina te Heuheu. See... Exactly how much did you say, Minister? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0411/S00023.htm


    Generous Niue Aid Seen As A Cynical Vote Grab

    - Helen Clark's pledge of an extra $20 million in aid to Niue is a cynical bid to buy the votes of Niueans in New Zealand, says National's Foreign Affairs spokesman, Lockwood Smith. See... PM spends $20m shopping in Niue [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0411/S00022.htm


    Greens Support Extended Debate On Care Of Children Bill

    - The Green Party will support extended sitting hours for parliament on Thursday (until 10pm) to enable an uninterrupted committee stage debate on the Care of Children Bill. See... Greens support uninterrupted debate [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0411/S00020.htm


    Parliament's Only Supreme Court Litigant Defends Independence Of Chief Justice

    - The statement by the Chief Justice Sian Elias, that judicial independence is under threat and the Prime Minister has no understanding of the importance of judicial independence, needs to be taken very seriously. See... Judicial Independence Vital [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0411/S00018.htm


    Animal Welfare And Agriculture Do Not Belong Together

    - Green MP Sue Kedgley is calling on the Prime Minister to shuffle Jim Sutton out of his portfolio as Minister of Animal Welfare when she re-jigs ministerial portfolios before the end of the year. See... Greens charge Sutton with conflict of interest [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0411/S00017.htm


    Ruth Dyson Reports On Disability Strategy Progress

    - A record number of government agencies have reported on progress in implementing the New Zealand Disability Strategy this year, Disability Issues Minister Ruth Dyson said today. See... Growing support for disability strategy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0411/S00016.htm


    Skilled Migrant Category Changes To Help Agriculture (& Zimbabweans)

    - Enhancements to the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) announced this week are of direct benefit to the agriculture sector, says Associate Immigration and Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor. See... Changes to Immigration rules good for Agriculture [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0411/S00015.htm


    Farmers Gossiping About Today's Cabinet Agenda

    - National Party Agriculture spokesman David Carter says rumours are rife that Labour’s plans for land access are set to go before Cabinet tomorrow. See... Rumours rife on Govt’s land access plans [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0411/S00012.htm

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