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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
PM Announces NZ Delegation Leaves For Kobe UN Disaster Conference Sunday
Police Seek Identification Of Man In Wanganui Homicide Inquiry
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Nasa's Cassini Probe To Land On Titan
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
Richard Ehrlich's Tsunami Report: Sick Side Of Thai Entrepreneurship
STORY OF THE WEEK: Ramzy Baroud: An Election Charade In The OT
SCOOP SPECIAL REPORT: American Coup II

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Jordan Carter Deconstructs Brash Herald Op-Ed
Evelyn Pringle: Amway vs The Law
Bernard Weiner: Remembering The Last Quagmire
Back From Iraq Rumsfeld Talks Death Squads
Sonia Nettnin: Overseas Voting In Iraq's Election
Scoop Commentary Special: The Gonzales Confirmation
US New Year Stamps and Other Cartoon Comment
Bernard Weiner: A Proposal For A Stealth Draft
Ivan Eland: Fiddling The Nation's Books
M. Shahid Alam Runs Foul Of The Freepers
UQ Wire: Homeland Sec. Nominee's Connection To Terror

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Nats Say Govt Negligent In Retrieving Ex-Pat Child Support
Conservation Minister Put On Notice Over Lahar Risk
Greens Call For Ceasefire In Aceh So Tsunami Aid Can Get In
Waihopai Protest This Weekend
Te Mangoroa Organising Hikoi Ti Highlight Disgust Over Foreshore Seabed Law
Tamaki To Speak At Martin Luther King Commemoration
Police Response Time Compromised Due To Poor Resources
Greens Say Waikato Landfill Fine "Peanuts"

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Kiwis Destroy Fifth Afghanistan Weapons Cache.

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LEAD STORY:
PM Announces NZ Delegation Leaves For Kobe UN Disaster Conference Sunday

[1] - Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today that the government is sending a strong delegation to the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Reduction. "The New Zealand delegation leaves this Sunday for the UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Japan, where there will be discussion of how best to provide tsunami warnings for the Indian Ocean," Helen Clark said. See... NZ at United Nations disaster reduction conference [2] ALSO: Government to sponsor tsunami cricket series [3] NZ Update: - World Vision - Appeal reaches $2.5m [4] - Greens - NZ should join call for Aceh ceasefire to help aid [5] - Skycity - SKYCITY to observe memorial tsunami victims Day [6] INt. Update: - ETAN - Tsunami Must Not Stop Restrictions on Indonesia [7] - United Nations - UN: Achenese Hired To Clear Tsunami Rubble [8] - Australia Defence - HMAS Kanimbla To Arrive At Banda Aceh [9] - United Nations - Global Tsunami Early Warning System Plans [10] - United Nations - Fishermen Suffered Huge Material Toll [11] For FULL COVERAGE: See... Scoop's Tsunami Feature. [12]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00101.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00101.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00095.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00105.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00098.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0501/S00049.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0501/S00134.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0501/S00127.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0501/S00126.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0501/S00121.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0501/S00120.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=world


Police Seek Identification Of Man In Wanganui Homicide Inquiry

- A team of twenty officers were on the streets of Wanganui from 11 p.m. on Thursday, 13 January 2005 through to 11 a.m. on Friday, 14 January 2005, speaking to people who were out and about on the streets of Wanganui in the vicinity of the known route Tania took, including the scene where her body was located in the Wanganui River. See... More sightings of Tania - Operation Somme [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00114.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Exports to Major Trading Partners Up [1]
  • Tairawhiti’s Biggest Immunisation Project Launched [2]
  • Govt must guarantee safety from lahar [3]
  • Brian Tamaki Guest Martin Luther King Commemoration [4]
  • ASB Navratilova Seles Classic tickets hot property [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0501/S00047.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0501/S00015.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00094.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00106.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0501/S00049.htm


    Nasa's Cassini Probe To Land On Titan

    - Early Friday (Jan 14) morning (3:50am EST), the last grand space mission –the 11 year $3 billion Cassini mission to Saturn, will smash a landing probe into the most earthlike atmosphere in the Solar System, the heavy clouds of massive moon Titan. ... See Cloud World: Probe About To Smash Into Titan [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00080.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Bomb Explosion Kills UN Police Officer In Kosovo [1]
  • Fresh Round Of Attacks By Armed Militias In Darfur [2]
  • African Leaders Pledge To Eradicate Polio [3]
  • Scotland Yard Expert Named New UN Security Chief [4]
  • Malta: Alleged ill-treatment of asylum-seekers [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0501/S00125.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0501/S00133.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0501/S00131.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0501/S00129.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0501/S00128.htm


    Richard Ehrlich's Tsunami Report: Sick Side Of Thai Entrepreneurship

    - PHUKET, Thailand -- Shops are selling high-quality, colour photographs of bloated, blackened corpses of foreign tourists and Thais who perished in the tsunami, and video compact disks showing waves battering and flooding Thailand's tiny islands. See... Tsunami Report: Thai Shops Selling Gruesome Photos [1] MORE TSUNAMI SCOOPS: - Between The Lines - US Emergency/Dev. Aid Comes with Strings Attached [2] - Ramzy Baroud - Ramzy Baroud: Tsunami Aid and War Costs [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00082.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00096.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00090.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK: Ramzy Baroud: An Election Charade In The OT

    [1] - The atmosphere created by the Palestinian ‘presidential’ elections was nothing but a spurious charade. It was a dishonest representation of the real problem, and unfortunately many Palestinians played along. See... Despite Elections Charade, Israel Still Holds Keys [2] ALSO: - Hailing New Palestinian President [3] - Abbas Dedicates Fatah Electoral Victory to Arafat [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0501/S00088.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00099.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0501/S00085.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0501/S00088.htm


    SCOOP SPECIAL REPORT

    - American Coup II: [1] Freepress.Org: The Vote Fraud Movement Continues - The lawsuit challenging Ohio's 2004 presidential race has been withdrawn from the Ohio Supreme Court, having served as a lightning rod to draw national attention to the widespread and possibly illegal irregularities in the vote that gave George W.Bush the Presidency. See... Moss V. Bush Moves On And Movement Continues [2]


    [1] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=usacoup
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00102.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Jordan Carter Deconstructs Brash Herald Op-Ed

    - Don Brash has his name on a piece in this morning's Herald, called " Accountability and Consensus Missing ." It gives an interesting insight into the mind of the man who wants to be Prime Minister. See... Just Left: Back to the Future with Brash [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00077.htm


    Evelyn Pringle: Amway vs The Law

    - The paperwork involved in the endless stream of lawsuits filed against Amway and its Kingpin distributors over the past 2 decades would probably fill a 10 story office building. See... Teflon Amway - 20 Years Of Crime & Lawsuits [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00074.htm


    Bernard Weiner: Remembering The Last Quagmire

    - When analysts refer to the quagmire in Iraq as analogous to Vietnam, we assume that readers are well-acqainted with that earlier war. See... A Quagmire Primer: The Iraq & Vietnam Debacles [1] MORE IRAQ WAR COMMENT: - Doug Giebel: Blood Will Have Blood [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00097.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00093.htm


    Back From Iraq Rumsfeld Talks Death Squads

    - In these times of snap, crackle and pop journalism, major news stories dissolve into each other and melt away all too quickly. See... Bill Berkowitz: Rumsfeld's Bloody Paths Of Glory [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00100.htm


    Sonia Nettnin: Overseas Voting In Iraq's Election

    - Beginning January 17th, Iraqis who live abroad can register to vote in Iraq’s January elections. See... Sonia Nettnin: Iraq Out-of-Country Voting Program [1] and Iraqis Abroad Petition Iraq OCV Program [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00103.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00104.htm


    Scoop Commentary Special: The Gonzales Confirmation

    - The Gonzales confirmation is not just about the torture memos. It's much bigger than that. See... Thom Hartmann: First They Came For The Terrorists… [1] MORE: - Ivan Eland: Will the U.S. Senate Endorse Torture? [2] - Marjorie Cohn: Dear Mr. Gonzales [3] - Between The Lines - Documents Show Widespread Torture Pentagon Prisons [4] - Steve Weissman: Torture in the Senate [5] & Gonzales and the Horse He Rode In On [6]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00095.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00094.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00091.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00087.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00076.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00075.htm


    US New Year Stamps and Other Cartoon Comment

    - Cartoon comment from John Chuckman see... Cartoons: Early New Year Issues From US Post [1] and & Chuckman Cartoon: Inauguration, Behind The Fantasy [2] . Cartoons by kiddmillennium.com… Kidd Millennium Cartoon: Drop In The Bucket [3] & Kidd Millennium Cartoon: Birds Of A Feather [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00092.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00069.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00101.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00070.htm


    Bernard Weiner: A Proposal For A Stealth Draft

    - Look, given our needs in Iraq and Afghanistan and given our agenda in helping freedom unfold across the globe -- starting perhaps with Syria and Iran -- we're going to need more bodies. See... A Modest Proposal: How to Initiate a Stealth Draft [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00089.htm


    Ivan Eland: Fiddling The Nation's Books

    - When private companies cook the books, the perpetrators are indicted for fraud and thrown in jail. When politicians in Washington falsify accounts, it's not fraud, just good clean fun on the banks of the Potomac. See... Ivan Eland: Mortgaging The Armed Forces Future [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00088.htm


    M. Shahid Alam Runs Foul Of The Freepers

    - At the time that 9-11 stung America, I had been working on a book that would look into the question of Qur’anic reasoning; it would explore the different modes of reasoning that this Book employs to convey its message. See... M. Shahid Alam: Testing Free Speech In America [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00086.htm


    UQ Wire: Homeland Sec. Nominee's Connection To Terror

    - Michael Chertoff, appointed by President Bush to head the Homeland Security Department, may have shielded from criminal prosecution while in charge of the U.S. Government’s 9.11 investigation a former client suspected by law enforcement of having funneled ... See... UQ: Kerik, Chertoff... Who's Next? Tony Soprano? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00072.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0501/S00021.htm
    Auckland University's Heide Friedrich
    On Verge Of Flood Management Breakthrough.

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    Nats Say Govt Negligent In Retrieving Ex-Pat Child Support

    - National Party Welfare spokeswoman Katherine Rich has released figures that make a mockery of the Government’s explanation and its excuses for failing to collect unpaid child support from liable parents in Australia. See... Labour must explain dodgy Aussie numbers [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00096.htm


    Conservation Minister Put On Notice Over Lahar Risk

    - The Government, the Department of Conservation and Chris Carter need to guarantee the people living near Mt Ruapehu that all that can be done has been done to protect life and livelihood, says National’s Conservation spokesman, Simon Power. See... Govt must guarantee safety from lahar [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00094.htm


    Greens Call For Ceasefire In Aceh So Tsunami Aid Can Get In

    - The Greens are calling for New Zealand to add its voice to calls for a durable ceasefire in Aceh to allow aid for tsunami victims to flow freely. See... NZ should join call for Aceh ceasefire to help aid [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00098.htm


    Spy Protest In Wellington This Year - At Easter

    - The Anti-Bases Campaign (ABC) is doing something a little different after many years of protests at the Waihopai spybase, in Marlborough. We have decided to focus attention instead on Wellington. Why? See... Weekend Of Protest Against Spies And Spybases [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00108.htm


    Te Mangoroa Organising Hikoi Ti Highlight Disgust Over Foreshore Seabed Law

    - Christchurch based “Te Mangoroa” are organising a hikoi through the Christchurch Central Business District to signal their disgust on the day the Seabed and Foreshore legislation comes into effect. See... Te Mangoroa Hikoi against Seabed and Foreshore [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00109.htm


    Tamaki To Speak At Martin Luther King Commemoration

    - Pastor Brian Tamaki, the Senior Minister of Destiny Churches New Zealand, has been invited to appear in a 2 hour commemoration of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network), the world’s largest religious network and America’s most watched ... See... Brian Tamaki Guest Luther King Commemoration [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00106.htm


    Police Response Time Compromised Due To Poor Resources

    - "The police are massively under-staffed and under-resourced," said ACT Deputy Leader and Police spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today. See... Police under-staffed & under-resourced [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00093.htm


    Greens Say Waikato Landfill Fine "Peanuts"

    - Green MP Mike Ward says the “peanuts” fine imposed on a Waikato landfill operator should be a wake up-call that more robust waste management laws are needed to tackle a mounting pollution crisis. See... “Peanuts” dump fine shows waste laws are rubbish [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00099.htm

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