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DECEMBER 4TH’S TOP SCOOPS (Catchup Edition)
LEAD STORY: Hundreds Mark Two Years In Prison For Zaoui
An Alliance Forms Against Dioxin At Parliament
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Greenpeace On Bhopal Disaster Anniversary
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
American Coup II: Federal Courts Step Into Ohio Recount Legal Melee
American Coup II: New York Daily News On The Ohio Recount
American Coup II: The Ethic of Total Opposition

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Upton On-Line Diaspora Edition: 2nd December 2004
Iraq Veterans Call for an End to a War They Say Can't be Won
Kamala Sarup: World Buddhist Summit
Steve Weissman: What Are Iran's Nuclear Aims?
UQ Wire: More FBI Whistleblowers Join Sibel Edmonds

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Do Wayward Youth Need More Discipline?
No Crime Pays
Govt Plugs Skill Gaps In Rail
Housing Seen By Progressives As Priority
Robson Looks At Civil Unions And Drinking
Foreign Turtles Targeted By NZ First
The Weeks Political Events In Bite Sized Portions
Cullen Taxes Rodney Hide's Patience
Newman Warns Bill May Close Sheltered Workshops
Report looks At UN Structure
Christians, Muslims And Jews Get Together To Promote Harmony
Scoop Was In The House

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http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00045.htm
Zaoui Public Rally: Two Years In Prison
Ahmad Esau reads a message from Ahmed Zaoui.

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Hundreds Mark Two Years In Prison For Zaoui

- Around 300 people today gathered at a public rally outside the Auckland Central Remand Prison (ACRP) to protest against New Zealand having detained Ahmed Zaoui for two years without charge or trial. See... Hundreds Mark Two Years In Prison For Zaoui [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00045.htm


An Alliance Forms Against Dioxin At Parliament

- The groups here today represent Dioxin Investigation Action Group, SWAP – Sawmill Workers Against Poisons, Vietnam Vets. Te Waka Kai Ora and by proxy all peoples of Aotearoa/NZ. See... Groups Protest Against Dioxin at Parliament [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00042.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • GPJA Newsletter #7, December 3, 2004 [1]
  • Snap! #13 Out Now! - US Ambassador Goes Ape! [2]
  • Groups Protest Against Dioxin at Parliament [3]
  • Urgent Funds Needed for Aged Care Sector [4]
  • Bank becomes an accredited NZX participant [5]
  • Business Council welcomes RMA reform progress [6]
  • Kiwi company is short-listed for top awards [7]
  • New vehicle market heads for a 15 year record [8]
  • New Super 12 Jerseys Unveiled In London [9]
  • TVNZ Announces Close Up @ 7 Team [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00047.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00044.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00042.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00041.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0412/S00069.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0412/S00068.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0412/S00066.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0412/S00062.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0412/S00060.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0412/S00059.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS:


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00035.htm
    Raising The Banned West Papua Flag In West Papua

    See also... http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00024.htm
    West Papua Flag Flies In New Zealand

    Greenpeace On Bhopal Disaster Anniversary

    - Bhopal, India, 2 December 2004 - The people of Bhopal need action now not another survey or PR stunt Greenpeace warned today in response to the Indian Government's announcement that it is to commission a Bhopal contamination survey as a "first step" to a clean-up. See... Greenpeace Welcomes Indian Action On Bhopal [1] and Justice Must Be Served In Bhopal [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00039.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00037.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Powell Interview With Samir Nader of Radio Sawa [1]
  • NATO-led Mission Ends in Bosnia and Herzegovina [2]
  • State Dept. Daily Press Briefing for December 2 [3] & Dec. 1 [4]
  • US NGOs write Indonesian President on Munir [5]
  • Update On Sri Lankan Hungerstrike In Baxter [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00049.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00048.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00047.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00042.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00046.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00038.htm

    SCOOP SPECIAL REPORT - American Coup II:
    American Coup II: Federal Courts Step Into Ohio Recount Legal Melee

    - Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb today filed counterclaims in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio against Republican Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, asserting that Blackwell is stalling the Ohio recount ... See... Cobb Sues Blackwell in Federal Court Over Recount [1] and Federal Court Strikes Order Stopping Ohio Recount [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00045.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00043.htm


    American Coup II: New York Daily News On The Ohio Recount

    - It has been a month now and we still don't have a clear count of the votes for our own presidential race from the state of Ohio. For those who may have forgotten, Ohio supposedly assured George W. Bush a second term in the White House - only the most ... See... New York Daily News - Ohio Tally Fit For Ukraine [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00038.htm


    American Coup II: The Ethic of Total Opposition

    - I was sitting at the bar the other day with Hannah, talking politics over a mug. I commented that morale among those in the progressive movement had cratered since the Presidential election, that the energy and hopefulness which had marked the long ... See... William Rivers Pitt: The Ethic of Total Opposition [1] See also...Full Coverage of American Coup II [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00044.htm
    [2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=usacoup


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Upton On-Line Diaspora Edition: 2nd December 2004

    - The coronation of Nicolas Sarkozy; the regulatory wonderland of the French education system; language as a means of cultural transmission; and the use of science in environmental policy making – a report from the NZ Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. See... Upton-on-line Diaspora Edition: 2nd December 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00039.htm


    Iraq Veterans Call for an End to a War They Say Can't be Won

    - Interview With Former Marine Cpl. Michael Hoffman, Co-Founder Of Iraq Veterans Against The War, Conducted By Scott Harris See... Vets Call for an End to a War That Can't be Won [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00042.htm


    Kamala Sarup: World Buddhist Summit

    - The second World Buddhist Summit, attended by more than 150 delegates from 28 countries including government representatives from none countries - India, China, bhutan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Egypt at Lumbini with the hope of spreading peace ... See... World Buddhist Summit And Message For Peace [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00043.htm


    Steve Weissman: What Are Iran's Nuclear Aims?

    - Do the oil-rich Ayatollahs simply want to use atomic energy to generate electricity, as they insist? Or do they seek to join Pakistan, India, and Israel as a regional nuclear power? See... Nukes, Neo-Cons, and the Bush Who Cried Wolf (2) [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00041.htm


    UQ Wire: More FBI Whistleblowers Join Sibel Edmonds

    - Among the unanswered questions of 9-11 is the part played by the FBI in handling the various tips and information pouring through its translation section at the Washington, D.C., field office. See... UQ Wire: More FBI 9/11 Whistleblowers Emerge [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00040.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0412/S00053.htm
    IMAGE: George Of The Bush

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Do Wayward Youth Need More Discipline?

    - The Government is still failing to get on top of the youth crime rate as it promised, says National's Police spokesman, Tony Ryall. See... Clark failing on youth crime promise [1] MORE: - GOVT - Youth offending stable [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00114.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00115.htm


    No Crime Pays

    - Three Auckland teenagers jailed for a crime they did not commit have been offered compensation of around $160,000 each, Justice Minister Phil Goff said today. See... Three teens offered over $160,000 each [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00090.htm


    Govt Plugs Skill Gaps In Rail

    - Meeting skills gaps in the rail industry is the impetus behind a new jobs partnership announced today by Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey. See... Jobs on track from new rail industry partnership [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00113.htm


    Housing Seen By Progressives As Priority

    - Progressive leader Jim Anderton visited the Hutt motorway site of one of the Progressive billboards on housing today, the day before the Progressives start door to door campaigning on their housing policy. See…Progressives canvassing on housing [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00112.htm


    Robson Looks At Civil Unions And Drinking

    - More for early childhood education - Thinkers Not Drinkers - The Bill of Rights, national security, and Mr Zaoui - Maori student debt is the country's debt. See... robson-on-politics 3 December [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00109.htm


    Foreign Turtles Targeted By NZ First

    - If bets were being taken on whether the red-eared slider turtle could establish itself as another foreign pest before the Minister of Conservation banned sales of it, my money would be on the turtles, says New Zealand First’s conservation spokesman Edwin. See... Turtles Faster Than Minister [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00106.htm


    The Weeks Political Events In Bite Sized Portions

    - Civil Union Bill passes second reading - Negotiations to start on free trade deal with ASEAN - Government, business and unions tackle productivity - National Centre for Tertiary Excellence announced. See... Beehive Bulletin Fri, 3 Dec 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00105.htm


    Cullen Taxes Rodney Hide's Patience

    - ACT Leader Rodney Hide said the Finance Minister's latest excuse for not cutting taxes for fear of over-stimulating an already booming economy is laughable. See... Cullen's tax cut excuses wearing very thin [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00104.htm


    Newman Warns Bill May Close Sheltered Workshops

    - Disability Minister Ruth Dyson's claim that Labour is assisting disabled New Zealanders into paid work couldn't be further from the truth, ACT Deputy Leader Dr Muriel Newman said today. See... Disabled NZers deserve a fair go [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00100.htm


    Report looks At UN Structure

    - Foreign Minister Phil Goff has welcomed a report calling for major reforms to the United Nations and responses to global security threats. See... NZ welcomes report on UN reforms [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00096.htm


    Christians, Muslims And Jews Get Together To Promote Harmony

    - Ten eminent New Zealanders will travel to Indonesia next week to take part in an inter-faith dialogue aimed at fostering cooperation and countering destructive religious extremism, Foreign Minister Phil Goff said today. See... Goff names NZ delegation to inter-faith dialogue [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00093.htm


    Scoop Was In The House

    – For Thursday's questions & answers see… Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 2 December '04 [1] . For Wednesday's Q&A see... Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 1 December '04 [2] . For Tuesday's see... Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 30 November [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00087.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00053.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00001.htm

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