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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Thefts Drive Oxfam To Withdraw Collection Tins
PM Announces New Zealand's Largest Ever Aid Package: $68 Million For Tsunami Victims
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Africa's HIV/AIDS Children Left To Die
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
SCOOP SPECIAL REPORT - American Coup II: A Statistician Talks US Election Malfeasance

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Public Address Is There!
Mark Latham Resigns Australian Labour Party Leadership
Bernard Weiner: A Preview Of Bush's Inaugural Address
UNWRA Chief Describes Gaza Conditions As Horrendous
Ivan Eland: Forget Everything You Think You Know
The Real Reasons For US Social Security Piratisation
Mark Drolette: Lifetime Detainment - No Pros, All Cons
Sonia Netninn Reviews Dhar Jamail's Iraq Coverage
John Kerry Calls For Rumsfeld To Be Rolled

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
NZ Flag Campaign On The Up & Up
NCEA Shambles Obvious In The Explaining
Govt. Wants To Discuss Water
Engineers Pushing For Wage Inflation
Jim Peron Shocked But Still Against Death Penalty
Newman-Online: PCness On The Rise In Godzone
Child Porn Traders Not Imprisoned Enough - Stop Demand Says
Copeland Sceptical About Tamihere Tax Cut Talk
Early School Leavers Leaving To Enter Workforce
Acheh Human Rights Activist Holding Meetings Next Week

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Swarm Of Earthquakes Hits Wellington Region.

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Thefts Drive Oxfam To Withdraw Collection Tins

- Oxfam have regretfully begun the immediate withdrawal of Tsunami Emergency Relief collection tins from the Auckland region following a spate of thefts from Auckland stores. In the three weeks since the tsunami, Oxfam volunteers have distributed tins ... See... Tsunami collection tin travesty [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00138.htm


PM Announces New Zealand's Largest Ever Aid Package: $68 Million For Tsunami Victims

[1] - Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that Cabinet had agreed to New Zealand's offical response to the relief and reconstruction efforts in the region affected by the Boxing Day tsunami reaching $68 million. This figure is inclusive of the $10 million already ... See... New funding package for response to tsunami [2] ALSO: - Greens - Greens welcome Government's tsunami package [3] - Ethnic Councils - Ethnic Councils applaud Government’s aid package [4] - Oxfam - Oxfam welcomes increase in tsunami aid [5] - Caritas - Govt. Tsunami Funding Package Positively Received [6] - Nats - Labour should consult on tsunami aid [7] NZ Update: - Council for Int. Development - Tsunami should not divert attention from poverty [8] - Barnabas Fund - New Zealand Relief Worker Returns from Banda Aceh [9] - World Vision - World Vision funds top $3m [10] - Habitat For Humanity - Indian Ocean Tsunami Victims Need YOUR Expertise [11] - MFAT - MFAT Tsunami Update [12] For FULL COVERAGE: See... Scoop's Tsunami Feature. [13]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00135.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00135.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00136.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00136.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00139.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00134.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00125.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00141.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00140.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00127.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00126.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00125.htm
[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=world


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Consumer Prices Up 0.9 Percent [1]
  • 2004 Busiest Year for Student Food Bank [2]
  • Caitlin Jelicich: Police Await Court Instruction [3]
  • Mt Eden Homicide: Murder charge laid [4]
  • Work begins in Ernest to save Shackleton's legacy [5]
  • Mehrtens to Partner With Navratilova & Seles [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0501/S00079.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0501/S00032.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00146.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00145.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0501/S00026.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0501/S00078.htm

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0501/S00199.htm
    Palestine: Abu Mazen Reaffirms Importance to National Security Commitment.
    ALSO:
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0501/S00198.htm
    Israeli Troops Wound a Teen Boy in Deir Elbalah

    Thefts Drive Oxfam To Withdraw Collection Tins

    - Oxfam have regretfully begun the immediate withdrawal of Tsunami Emergency Relief collection tins from the Auckland region following a spate of thefts from Auckland stores. In the three weeks since the tsunami, Oxfam volunteers have distributed tins ... See... Tsunami collection tin travesty [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00138.htm


    PM Announces New Zealand's Largest Ever Aid Package: $68 Million For Tsunami Victims

    [1] - Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that Cabinet had agreed to New Zealand's offical response to the relief and reconstruction efforts in the region affected by the Boxing Day tsunami reaching $68 million. This figure is inclusive of the $10 million already ... See... New funding package for response to tsunami [2] ALSO: - Greens - Greens welcome Government's tsunami package [3] - Ethnic Councils - Ethnic Councils applaud Government’s aid package [4] - Oxfam - Oxfam welcomes increase in tsunami aid [5] - Caritas - Govt. Tsunami Funding Package Positively Received [6] - Nats - Labour should consult on tsunami aid [7] NZ Update: - Council for Int. Development - Tsunami should not divert attention from poverty [8] - Barnabas Fund - New Zealand Relief Worker Returns from Banda Aceh [9] - World Vision - World Vision funds top $3m [10] - Habitat For Humanity - Indian Ocean Tsunami Victims Need YOUR Expertise [11] - MFAT - MFAT Tsunami Update [12] For FULL COVERAGE: See... Scoop's Tsunami Feature. [13]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00135.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00135.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00136.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00136.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00139.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00134.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00125.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00141.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00140.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00127.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00126.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00125.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=world


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Consumer Prices Up 0.9 Percent [1]
  • 2004 Busiest Year for Student Food Bank [2]
  • Caitlin Jelicich: Police Await Court Instruction [3]
  • Mt Eden Homicide: Murder charge laid [4]
  • Work begins in Ernest to save Shackleton's legacy [5]
  • Mehrtens to Partner With Navratilova & Seles [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0501/S00079.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0501/S00032.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00146.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00145.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0501/S00026.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0501/S00078.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Public Address Is There!

    - Body Shop shaving cream. Body Shop shaving cream. All the way up Rte 91 to Hartford, an hour-long drive in hellishly slushy conditions, I quizzed myself about my partner's beauty products – actually, his only beauty product... See... Public Address 19/1/04 - A Couple For The Road [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00157.htm


    Mark Latham Resigns Australian Labour Party Leadership

    - ALP Leader Mark Latham has resigned his leadership of the Party and also from the Australian parliament to concentrate on recovering from a pancreas illness. See... Australian Labor Party Leader Latham Resigns [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00145.htm


    Bernard Weiner: A Preview Of Bush's Inaugural Address

    - During the past year, my Silicon Valley inventor-friend twice had demonstrated the efficacy of his amazing ''B.S. Away!'' * spray. He spritzed it on newspaper stories, television monitors, government press conferences -- and, voila!, the inner truth ... See... Bush's Inaugural - After A Spritz Of "B.S. Away!" [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00149.htm


    UNWRA Chief Describes Gaza Conditions As Horrendous

    - Peter Hansen, the Danish Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNWRA), who will be leaving his position in March according to reports in the Danish media, spoke out about the conditions in Gaza, Palestine at a recent conference sponsored by the Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace held in East Jerusalem. See... UN Commissioner - Conditions in Gaza Horrendous [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00156.htm


    Ivan Eland: Forget Everything You Think You Know

    - Post-World War II U.S. foreign policy, including that of the Bush administration, has been based on certain assumptions about the nature of the world. Unfortunately, most of those assumptions are suspect. See... U.S. Foreign Policy: Question All Assumptions [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00154.htm


    The Real Reasons For US Social Security Piratisation

    - In order to truly understand the reasoning of the Republicans in general and, specifically, the multi-national corporations in their feeling of urgency to sell their plan to end Social Security, one has to know of and reflect upon life in the United States prior to its beginning. See... Mary Pitt: Why It Must Be Done Now [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00153.htm


    Mark Drolette: Lifetime Detainment - No Pros, All Cons

    - I just read another well-written, facts-inclusive article about the malevolent Bushies that comments on their continuous coddling of that country commonly commended for its commanding compassion: Saudi Arabia. See... To Torture or Not: How Is That Even the Question? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00151.htm


    Sonia Netninn Reviews Dhar Jamail's Iraq Coverage

    - Independent journalist, Dahr Jamail, provides comprehensive news coverage of Iraq at http://www.dahrjamailiraq.com . See... Iraq Coverage - Independent Journalist Dahr Jamail [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00150.htm


    John Kerry Calls For Rumsfeld To Be Rolled

    - Mr. President, I was surprised and disappointed that you told the Washington Post last week that no Bush administration official should be held accountable for our failures in Iraq. See... FYI: Kerry Calls For Rumsfeld To Be Fired [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00147.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00131.htm
    Endangered Stitchbird To Join Karori Wildlife Sanctuary.
    Photograph courtesy of and by Peter Reese.

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    NZ Flag Campaign On The Up & Up

    - The www.nzflag.com campaign to change New Zealand's flag has gained the support of four high profile New Zealanders. The latest endorsers are one of New Zealand's foremost writers C.K. Stead; former Silver Ferns Captain Bernice Mene; former Black Cap Dion Nash.. See... Flag campaign brings more high profile support [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00144.htm


    NCEA Shambles Obvious In The Explaining

    - The shambles that is the NCEA can be no better seen than in the advertising campaign offering employers brochures on how to decipher school leavers' results, United Future's Bernie Ogilvy said today. See... Ogilvy: NCEA ad campaign says it all [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00140.htm


    Govt. Wants To Discuss Water

    - The government is seeking feedback on its preliminary thinking on managing water resources now and into the future, Environment Minister Marian Hobbs said today. See... Meetings to discuss ways to manage our freshwater [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00139.htm


    Engineers Pushing For Wage Inflation

    - In a column for members published on the Newsday site today, Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union national secretary Andrew Little outlines a plan for a campaign to push up wages in the manufacturing sector, including industrial action if necessary. See... Union launches campaign on wage rates [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00143.htm


    Jim Peron Shocked But Still Against Death Penalty

    - Who wasn¹t shocked at the horrific stabbing murder of Mona Morriss? The person who did this is a monster. Rangitikei Mayor Bob Buchanan knows the solution. He wants the death penalty. See... Death Penalty Emotionally Satisfying, Wrong Choice [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00142.htm


    Newman-Online: PCness On The Rise In Godzone

    - This week, Newman on-line looks at the origins of political correctness, its rise in New Zealand, and outlines what Kiwis can do to oppose it. See... Political correctness threatens 'the Kiwi way' [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00141.htm


    Child Porn Traders Not Imprisoned Enough - Stop Demand Says

    - Figures release today by the Department of Internal Affairs’ Censorship Compliance Unit show that in 2004 only seven out of 24 offenders convicted of possessing or trading child sex abuse images received prison sentences. See... Government slow to act on revising weak laws [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00137.htm


    Copeland Sceptical About Tamihere Tax Cut Talk

    - The public needs to apply "great scepticism" to Labour's talk on post-election tax cuts, United Future finance spokesman Gordon Copeland said today. See... Copeland: Tamihere tax talk all waffle - do it now [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00138.htm


    Early School Leavers Leaving To Enter Workforce

    - The true picture of students aged under sixteen leaving secondary school shows that they are all engaged in further learning or employment, says Associate Education Minister David Benson-Pope. See... Leaving Students in further learning or employment [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00137.htm


    Acheh Human Rights Activist Holding Meetings Next Week

    - You are invited to attend a public meeting with Aguswandi, an Acehnese human rights activist currently based in London with TAPOL (Indonesia Human Rights Campaign) who is visiting Aotearoa / New Zealand during January. See... Aceh: Public Meetings 24 & 25 January [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0501/S00135.htm

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