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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY:
Nats Call For Anderton's Resignation After Damning Scheme Report
Queer Students To Show Their Support Of Civil Unions At Parlt.
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Marjorie Cohn: Images of Torture, Rage
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
American Coup II: Formal Ohio Recount Demands Filed Today By US Greens
American Coup II: Greg Palast Responds To The Nation's David Corn
American Coup II: Freepress.org - Ohio Election Fraud Uproar Blasting To New Level

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News Is There!
Am Johal Visits Vancouver's Safe Injection Site
Ernest Partridge: The Indelible Evil of this War
Bush + Republicans + Amway = Fraud
Michael Hammerschlag: Could America Go Bad?
Manuel Valenzeula On Progressive Thinking
Two Kamala Sarup Updates On The Nepalese Quest For Peace

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
PM Gives Karzai The Thumbs Up
Peters Thinks Zaoui Case Should Be Left In Hands Of Trustworthy Unbiased Politicians
Hobbs Addresses Parliamentarians For Disarmament
TEC COOL-IT Inquiry A Partial Backdown By Maharey Says English
Alexander Backs Calls To Jail Teenage Fine Accumulator
Jim Anderton Welcomes Boost To Film & TV Industry
Mark Burton Opens Tourism Research Conference
Greens Welcome Cleaner Dairy Farms
5 Years Down And No Progress Yet – Hide On Home Economics


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Senior counsel Dr Rodney Harrison marks Ahmed Zaoui’s 44th birthday.

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Scoop Is In The House

– For Tuesday's questions and answers see… Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 7 December '04 [1] (There are no questions Wednesday as the house is in urgency. Questions return Thursday.)


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00188.htm

LEAD STORY:
Nats Call For Anderton's Resignation After Damning Scheme Report

- National Party Deputy Leader Gerry Brownlee is calling for Economic Development Minister Jim Anderton's head after a damning report on the Trade and Enterprise business grants scheme. See... Anderton should resign over report [1] MORE: - ACT - Auditor-General Slams Anderton's Lolly Scramble [2] - Govt. - Auditor-General report on NZ T&E [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00199.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00184.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00172.htm


Queer Students To Show Their Support Of Civil Unions At Parlt.

UniQ, the representative group for queer students at Victoria University, in conjunction with their umbrella association VUWSA, will host a final show of support at Parliament tomorrow as the Civil Union Bill is voted on for the last time. See... Support For The Civil Union Bill [1] MORE LAST MINUTE LOBBYING EFFORTS: - Aids Foundation - Call To Maori Party To Support Civil Union Bill [2] - Maxim - Civil Union Bill Rush An Outrage [3] - Christians For Civil Unions - Broad Christian Support for Civil Unions [4] - Campaign Against Civil Unions - Protest Civil Union Bill: A Parasitic Pantomime [5] & Civil unions and calling evil good and good evil [6] For full coverage see... STORY OF THE WEEK [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00088.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00077.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00075.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00074.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00078.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00073.htm
[7] - #sow


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • New prison beds will heighten staffing shortage - PSA [1]
  • Children to Protest Against Battery Hen Cruelty [2]
  • Creative Obstruction to Te Aro Destruction [3]
  • Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #77 [4]
  • Listen to labour on China FTA, union tells govt [5]
  • Greater protection for retirement villages residents [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00087.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00086.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00082.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00081.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00079.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00083.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS:


    Images Of Torture & Rage

    Marjorie Cohn: Images of Torture, Rage

    - Twenty-four days after the September 11 attacks, I wrote in an article called Hoist on Our Own Petard: ''The hatred that fueled 19 people to blow themselves up and take thousands with them has its genesis in a history of the United States government’s ... See... Marjorie Cohn: Chickens Come Home to Roost [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00082.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • UN Uganda President Discuss1.6 Million Displaced Persons [1]
  • Australia On Track To Meet Kyoto Climate Targets [2]
  • Major Funding Needed To Avert China Aids Epidemic [3]
  • Myanmar Urged To Release Political Prisoners [4]
  • A wake up call to the crisis in our oceans [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00120.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00116.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00100.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00096.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00095.htm


    SCOOP SPECIAL REPORT - American Coup II:

    Formal Ohio Recount Demands Filed Today By US Greens

    - Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb today announced his formal demand for a recount of the Ohio presidential vote, following Monday's official certification of the tally by Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell who admitted that "glitches" ... See… Cobb Files Formal Ohio Recount Demand Today [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00113.htm


    American Coup II: Greg Palast Responds To The Nation's David Corn

    - I'd just stepped out of my black helicopter to read that one of my favorite journalists, David Corn, had attacked my analysis of the vote in Ohio as the stuff of "grassy knoll conspiracy theorists." ( "A Stolen Election," The Nation, November 9 ) See... Greg Palast: The View From My Black Helicopter [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00077.htm


    American Coup II: Freepress.org - Ohio Election Fraud Uproar Blasting To New Level

    - The bitter battle over the stolen November 2 election in Ohio has turned into a rapidly escalating all-out multi-front war with the outcome of the real presidential vote count increasingly in doubt. See... Ohio Election Fraud Uproar Blasting To New Level [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00088.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News Is There!

    - I wouldn't want them to get big-headed, but DogBitingMen does seem to reach places that other blogs don't. Item: Neil Falloon's thinkpiece on Stephen Franks, based on what I am assured is a genuine conversation, comes up with a brilliant, and probably ... See... Public Address 08/12/04 - Sharp [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00086.htm


    Am Johal Visits Vancouver's Safe Injection Site

    - Jeff West, one of the coordinators of the safe injection site known as Insight, walks me through the doorway. There's track lighting in here and the floors are clean. See... Urban Jungle: Vancouver's Safe Injection Site [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00080.htm


    Ernest Partridge: The Indelible Evil of this War

    - Like Shakespeare’s Brutus, I am sick of many griefs. An incurious, narcissistic psychopath sits in the Oval Office – an office he did not legitimately win four years ago – an office that he may have seized last month through massive, many-faceted electoral ... See... Ernest Partridge: The Indelible Evil of this War [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00081.htm


    Bush + Republicans + Amway = Fraud

    - Former Amway insider, Eric Scheibeler, has written a must read new book called ''Merchants Of Deception''. This one time member of the Amway motivational cult has turned whistleblower and FBI witness and boy does he have some tales to tell. See... Evelyn Pringle: Bush + Republicans + Amway = Fraud [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00079.htm


    Michael Hammerschlag: Could America Go Bad?

    - After the total defeat of the Democratic ticket by a ruthless demagogic President, and the ascension of extremist elements in the Congress, Executive, and Supreme Court; one must question how long America will retain its tattered moral authority in the ... See... Michael Hammerschlag: Could America Go Bad? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00078.htm


    Manuel Valenzeula On Progressive Thinking

    - If the sands of time and the passing of the seasons tell humanity anything, it is the inevitable push forward that drives our species, the collective tidal wave surging us away from the darkness of archaic thought and past conservative ideology, and ... See... The Inevitable Triumph of Progressive Thought [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00085.htm


    Two Kamala Sarup Updates On The Nepalese Quest For Peace

    - The Peace Media Board Advisor Dr. Alok K. Bohara, argued: "A negotiated solution is in everyone's interest. But the constitution needs some tinkering to remove dangerous ambiguities." See... Kamala Sarup: Truce And Negotiated Settlement [1] and K. Sarup: Human Rights Crisis And Human Rights Day [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00084.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00083.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0412/S00028.htm
    Propaganda Posters At National Library

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    PM Gives Karzai The Thumbs Up

    - The Prime Minister Helen Clark has welcomed the inauguration of Hamid Karzai as President of Afghanistan, hailing it as a significant milestone in Afghanistan's progress towards constitutional and democratic government. See... A milestone towards a democratic Afghanistan [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00208.htm


    Peters Thinks Zaoui Case Should Be Left In Hands Of Trustworthy Unbiased Politicians

    - Rt Hon Winston Peters says the Ahmed Zaoui bail application before the Supreme Court tomorrow is a test case that will determine whether an elected government or a panel of appointed judges is responsible for New Zealand’s security and safety. See... Zaoui Case A Constitutional Test [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00206.htm


    Hobbs Addresses Parliamentarians For Disarmament

    - Hon Marian Hobbs: Address to Parliamentary Network for Nuclear Disarmament - "New Agenda Coalition Proposals For Disarmament And Non-Proliferation" 9.40am December 8 2004 See... Hobbs: Network for Nuclear Disarmament [1] and MPs push for peace [2] MORE: - PM Helen Clark - PM Address: Network for Nuclear Disarmament Forum [3] - FM Phil Goff - Goff: Regional security threats post 9/11 [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00201.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00192.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00197.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00195.htm


    TEC COOL-IT Inquiry A Partial Backdown By Maharey Says English

    - National Party Education spokesman, Bill English, says Tertiary Education Minister Steve Maharey has backed down part of the way over Canterbury Polytechnic’s COOL-IT enrolment scandal. See... Maharey backs down part of the way [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00190.htm


    Alexander Backs Calls To Jail Teenage Fine Accumulator

    - Alexander: 'Take his car, keep his fine and throw his ass in jail' The justice system now has the chance to get it right after being too soft on the Rotorua teen who recently had $43,000 worth of fines commuted to 300 hours of community service and then failed ... See... Get tough with defiant yobbo [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00200.htm


    Jim Anderton Welcomes Boost To Film & TV Industry

    - A boost to Auckland's film and television capability is expected to benefit the national screen production industry and help secure further investment in New Zealand production and post-production companies, Industry Development Minister Jim Anderton ... See... Initiative enhances screen production capability [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00198.htm


    Mark Burton Opens Tourism Research Conference

    Tourism research has come a long way over the past five years, and Tourism Minister Mark Burton says even more progress is on the horizon. See... Tourism research moving forward [1] and Burton: Opening of Tourism Research Conference [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00194.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00196.htm


    Greens Welcome Cleaner Dairy Farms

    - Green Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons is welcoming a snapshot of the Clean Stream Accord that shows that most dairy farmers are taking the first steps asked of them, but warns that its success will be measured by how much pollution is detected, not by ... See... Clean clear water is what matters not fence length [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00193.htm


    5 Years Down And No Progress Yet – Hide On Home Economics

    - Dr Cullen has today confirmed what every household already knows: They are no better off after half a decade of Labour, said ACT Leader Rodney Hide. See... Households no better off under Labour [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00189.htm

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