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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY: NEWSFLASH: 2 Years Of Imprisonment Ends Today For Ahmed Zaoui
Anglican Bishops Support Civil Union Bill
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Amnesty Releases Report On How Women Used As Targets in War
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
Hard News Is There!
Keith Rankin On Discrimination Against Homosexuality In Welfare
Queer Students To Show Their Support Of Civil Unions At Parlt.
SCOOP SPECIAL REPORT - American Coup II: Congressional Hearings On US Election Irregularities

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Motornet: Karl Ferguson Takes To The Streets In The Latest Legacy
Cricket Talk From Fighting Talk
How Many People Does It Take To Fill A Mass Grave?
Green Left Weekly: The Palm Island Aboriginal Uprising
Green Left Weekly: Venezeula's Revolution
Steve Weissman: Nukes, Neo-Cons, and the Bush Who Cried Wolf (Part III)
Thom Hartmann: The Power of Nightmares
Kamala Sarup: War Increases Prostitution

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
National Flip-Flops On Four Weeks Annual Leave
NZ First Calls For Telecom Price Gouging Investigation
Greens To Go Out Tomorrow To Enjoy Smoke Free Bars
Cross Ditch Collaboration On Keeping The Ditch Healthy
Health Committee Recommends A New Look At Alcohol Advertising
Matt Robson Sees The Bright Side In Having Brash As National's Leader
Gay Relationships No, Noisy Cars Yes – Paul Adams On Western Springs
Stop The Brain Drain With More Dosh And A Sweeter Lifestyle - Brash
Mark Burton Opens A New Rotorua Hotel
Blenheim's Courthouse To Be Spruced Up
Health Sector Thanked For Commitment to Health Strategy
Mallard Launches An Online Community For School Staff & Students

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Supreme Court Releases Ahmed Zaoui On Bail

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Scoop Is In The House

– For today's questions see... Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday, 9 December [1] . For Tuesday's questions and answers see… Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 7 December '04 [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00226.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00188.htm

LEAD STORY:
NEWSFLASH: 2 Years Of Imprisonment Ends Today For Ahmed Zaoui

- The Supreme Court of New Zealand has authorised the bail release of Algerian MP Ahmed Zaoui from prison detention and into the care of the Dominican Friars. See... Supreme Court Rules Zaoui Be Released On Bail [1] EARLIER: - Scoop Images: A Media Scrum At The Supreme Court [2] - Supreme Court Decision On Zaoui Bail At 4pm [3] - Zaoui Transfer To Mangere Centre Not Opposed [4] FULL COVERAGE:Scoop's Ahmed Zaoui Special Feature... [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00106.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00104.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00094.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00091.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=nauru


Anglican Bishops Support Civil Union Bill

- The Human Rights Foundation believes that the passing of the Civil Union Bill is a matter of significant importance to human rights in New Zealand in the twenty-first century. The passing of the Bill tomorrow will help to ensure human rights for all .. See... Civil Union Bill Of Significant Importance [1] For full coverage scroll down to see... STORY OF THE WEEK [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00102.htm
[2] - #sow


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • OCR unchanged at 6.50 per cent [1]
  • Letter To Phil Goff On West Papua Crisis [2]
  • Public Trust Announces Sponsorship of the Carer [3]
  • Jim Sutton to receive battery hen cruelty letters [4]
  • Capital Properties Half Year Result [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0412/S00142.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00095.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0412/S00143.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00101.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0412/S00145.htm


    Amnesty Releases Report On How Women Used As Targets in War

    - Women and girls bear the brunt of armed conflicts fought today both as direct targets and as unrecognized "collateral damage". Lives Blown Apart - a new report in Amnesty International's campaign, Stop Violence Against Women, calls for global ... See... Women's lives & bodies unrecognized war casualties [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00123.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • US Special Briefing at Climate Change Conference [1]
  • Ukraines Election Next Steps - Amb. John Tefft [2]
  • UN To Face Hiv/Aids, Genocide, Terrorism in 2005 [3]
  • UN Demands Rwanda Pull Out Military Forces [4]
  • Syria Urged To End Persecution Of Human Rights Defenders [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00137.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00135.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00126.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00124.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00122.htm

    STORY OF THE WEEK:


    Pro & Anti Civil Union Demonstrators At Parliament Today

    Hard News Is There!

    - So here we are, finally. The Civil Union Bill will pass its final reading today - by a far more comfortable margin than either last year's prostitution law reform or the homosexual law reform of 1986 - and, assuming something untoward doesn't happen ... See... Public Address 09/12/04 - Getting On [1] and Public Address 08/12/04 - Sharp [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00099.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00086.htm


    Keith Rankin On Discrimination Against Homosexuality In Welfare

    - One of the most important (yet least discussed) reasons why we need to have ''civil unions'' for same-sex couples is the need for such couples to be treated the same as married couples by government welfare agencies. See... Keith Rankin: Civil Unions And Discrimination [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00098.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] For Much More see... STORY OF THE WEEK: Civil Unions Final Stages (2) [2] & STORY OF THE WEEK: Civil Unions Final Stages (1) [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0412/S00088.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00089.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0412/S00063.htm


    SCOOP SPECIAL REPORT - American Coup II: Congressional Hearings On US Election Irregularities

    - Washington, DC -- On Wednesday December 8, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and other Members of Congress will hold a "Members Briefing" to investigate the voting irregularities in Ohio during Campaign 2004. See... US Greens: Congressional Hearing on US Elections, [1] MORE: - William Rivers Pitt - Live Reports from Conyers Hearing on Ohio Vote [2] See also...Full Coverage of American Coup II [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0412/S00128.htm
    [2] - http://www.truthout.org/cblog.shtml
    [3] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=usacoup


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00095.htm
    MOTORNET: Horses for courses - Subaru 3.0R Spec B

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Motornet: Karl Ferguson Takes To The Streets In The Latest Legacy

    - I'm not really into horses or horse racing for that matter. In fact, the last time I went to a racecourse was a few years ago while living in the US to a little place called Charlotte, Virginia. See... MOTORNET: Horses For Courses - Subaru 3.0R Spec B [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00095.htm


    Cricket Talk From Fighting Talk

    - The term 'political correctness' has become intensely pejorative since it started appearing in dictionaries in the early 90s. It's ironic (as in, /genuinely/ ironic; not like Alanis Morrisette) that things like gender-inclusive language have been ... See... Fighting Talk Digest – Cricketal [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00100.htm


    How Many People Does It Take To Fill A Mass Grave?

    - No, this is not joke, because although I don't know the ''official'' answer, the one thing I do know about mass extermination is that it's typically not a subject that lends itself well to humor. See... Mark Drolette: Are We There Yet? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00096.htm


    Green Left Weekly: The Palm Island Aboriginal Uprising

    - At 11.20am on November 19, a 36-year-old Aboriginal man, Cameron Doomadgee, died in the police watch-house on Palm Island. An hour earlier he was very much alive, singing along the street. See... GLW: Police Terrorise Palm Island Aborigines [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00093.htm


    Green Left Weekly: Venezeula's Revolution

    - If there is one thing that US imperialism cannot stand, it is the threat of a good example. Venezuela's pro-worker government is in Washington's gun sights. See... GLW: Venezuela - An Unfolding Revolution [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00092.htm


    Steve Weissman: Nukes, Neo-Cons, and the Bush Who Cried Wolf (Part III)

    - When Israeli F-16s knocked out Saddam Hussein's OSIRAK nuclear reactor on June 7, 1981, they struck a terrible blow. Supporters cheered another epic feat of Israeli daring, a sophisticated surgical strike to defend the embattled Jewish State. See... The Perils Of A Pentagon Or Israeli Response [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00103.htm


    Thom Hartmann: The Power of Nightmares

    - What if there really was no need for much - or even most - of the Cold War? What if, in fact, the Cold War had been kept alive for two decades based on phony WMD threats? See... Thom Hartmann: The Power of Nightmares [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00102.htm


    Kamala Sarup: War Increases Prostitution

    - Amnesty International said on Wednesday: ''Women and girls in war zones suffer rape and violent abuse while offenders escape punishment, Because national authorities have failed to act to halt such abuses. Despite promises, treaties and legal mechanisms, ... See... Kamala Sarup: War Increases Prostitution [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0412/S00101.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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    National Flip-Flops On Four Weeks Annual Leave

    - Opposition Leader Don Brash says the National Party will give workers choice in their holiday entitlements. See... National to give workers choice in holidays [1] REACTION: - ACT -National Party sells out small business [2] - Govt. - Yet another flip flop for National [3] - Greens - Has the Right seen the light? [4] - Progressives - Brash move on 4 Weeks Leave welcome [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00212.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00228.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00221.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00219.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00216.htm


    NZ First Calls For Telecom Price Gouging Investigation

    - New Zealand First is calling for a full investigation of Telecom and its operations following fresh allegations by the Commerce Commission that the company has been overcharging its mobile phone customers. See... NZ First Calls For Full Investigation Of Telecom [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00227.htm


    Greens To Go Out Tomorrow To Enjoy Smoke Free Bars

    - Green Party members will be out on the town tomorrow celebrating bars and restaurants becoming smokefree. See... Greens celebrate a smokefree New Zealand [1] MORE: - Labour whacks hospitality industry again [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00224.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00223.htm


    Cross Ditch Collaboration On Keeping The Ditch Healthy

    - New Zealand and Australian marine scientists will this week share knowledge on biodiversity in the Tasman Sea as the two countries work towards better protection for the marine environment. See... Scientists collaborating to protect the Tasman Sea [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00230.htm


    Health Committee Recommends A New Look At Alcohol Advertising

    - The current regulatory framework for alcohol advertising should undergo a comprehensive review, the Health Committee has recommended. See... Alcohol advertising report released [1] MORE: - Greens - MPs care more about business than alcohol abuse [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00218.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00214.htm


    Matt Robson Sees The Bright Side In Having Brash As National's Leader

    - Had Don Brash been governor pursuing National's early 1990s annual inflation target of zero to 2%, mortgage interest rates would currently be up to one percentage point higher than they are, Progressive MP Matt Robson says. See... Mortgage rates would have been higher under Brash [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00217.htm


    Gay Relationships No, Noisy Cars Yes – Paul Adams On Western Springs

    - United Future’s Paul Adams has wholeheartedly puts his support behind Auckland's Western Springs speedway and called on the Government to sort out “the ridiculous situation that has been created by the Environment Court’s decision on the noise ... See... Adams backs Western Springs [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00213.htm


    Stop The Brain Drain With More Dosh And A Sweeter Lifestyle - Brash

    - National Party Leader Don Brash says higher salaries and a better standard of living are easily the best ways to reverse the brain drain affecting New Zealand, and taxes are a big part of that. See... Higher salaries best way to reverse brain drain [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00222.htm


    Mark Burton Opens A New Rotorua Hotel

    - Good morning ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for inviting me to join you in celebrating the official opening of Rotorua’s newest international hotel. See... Burton Speech: Opening of Ibis Hotel, Rotorua [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00225.htm


    Blenheim's Courthouse To Be Spruced Up

    - Blenheim's courthouse is on track for refurbishment and a spruce up following the just completed feasibility study. Design planning will swing into action in a few weeks. See... Upgrade Christmas present for Blenheim Courthouse [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00229.htm


    Health Sector Thanked For Commitment to Health Strategy

    - The health sector’s commitment to progress right across the health and disability sector shines through in the fourth report on implementing the New Zealand Health Strategy, says Health Minister Annette King. See... King praises health sector’s commitment [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00231.htm


    Mallard Launches An Online Community For School Staff & Students

    - Education Minister Trevor Mallard today launched a project at Christchurch's Riccarton High School that aims to develop a collaborative online community to assist students, especially those who can't physically attend school, and for teachers to share resources ... See... Online community for teachers and students [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0412/S00220.htm

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    It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>

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    Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

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