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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Scoop Is In The House
NZ Asked To Help With Nepal's Constitutional Crisis
Barbara Sumner Burstyn & Ron Law: The Meningococcal Gold Rush
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Condi Rice Visits Israel/OT As Peace Breaks Out
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Suzan Mazur: Was Zaire's Mobutu A CIA Asset?
Watching The Buggers - A Serialised Play By Tim Barcode
Mentally Damaging Prison Regime Gets Scrutiny
Hard News & More Is There!
Hans Blix On Iran's 'Right' To Enrich Uranium
Yasmine Ryan Reviews Steel Magnolias
Dahr Jamail: The High Price Paid By Some Iraqi Voters
Smug Neocons Should Watch Out For Big Teeth
Throughout History, Transition to Democracy Rare Under Military Occupation
Narconews.com: Modes Of Torture Used At Gitmo

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Being In Prison Impedes Felons Job Hunting
Families Package About To Hit Papers And TV Screens
Bush's Agricultural Policies Hailed By Govt
NZ Manufacturing The Hidden Cost In Free Trade Deal
Aged Care Needs Govt Gash Injection
Peters Points Out Not Everyone Is Benefiting From Economic Growth
Darfur Needs Attention Now
Legislation Needed To Get Tough with Child Pornograpers

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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 - 8 February 2005 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00149.htm

LEAD STORY:
NZ Asked To Help With Nepal's Constitutional Crisis

- New Zealanders have a special responsibility to help the people of Nepal to restore democracy, Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson said today. See... Nepalese call for NZ Help to Restore Democracy [1] MORE: - Analysis - Dipta Shah: Making Sense out of Non-sense [2] See also...STORY OF THE WEEK [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00071.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00090.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/index.html#sow


Barbara Sumner Burstyn & Ron Law: The Meningococcal Gold Rush

- New Zealand's meningococcal disease story, as unravelled through analysis of previously secret documents obtained under the Official Information Act, reveals that the New Zealand government, media and public have been mislead and manipulated by officials, advisors and scientists alike. See... Investigation: The Meningococcal Gold Rush [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00064.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Strong seedlings poised for One Tree Hill [1]
  • Pay Rates Lag Behind Price Rises [2]
  • 200 Jobs Lost With Wellington Factory Closure [3]
  • Continued Annual Growth in Wages [4]
  • Fiji Exceeds Half Million Tourists For First Time [5]
  • Mates Rates From Freedom Air [6]
  • Monthly Economic Indicators - January 2005 [7]
  • NZ Farmers Warned Over Loss of Access to Seed [8]
  • Opening Of Stonehenge Aotearoa - E=mc² Launched [9]
  • Fringe About To Hit Bats Theatre [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0502/S00084.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00073.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00087.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00085.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00083.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00081.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00079.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0502/S00028.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0502/S00025.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0502/S00061.htm


    Condi Rice Visits Israel/OT As Peace Breaks Out

    - The United States of America is a major player in the solution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Why wouldn't an American senior official participate in this summit tomorrow? See... Rice Interview With Shireen Younes of Abu Dhabi TV [1] MORE CONDOLEEZZA: - Rice With Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [2] - Rice Remarks With Israeli PM Before Meeting [3] & After [4] - Rice Remarks With Israeli FM Before Meeting [5] & After [6] - Rice IV With Udi Segal of Israel TV Channel 2 [7] - Rice Interview With Israel Television Channel One [8] - Rice Interview With Turkeys Kanal-D TV [9] - Rice Interview With Andrea Koppel of CNN [10] - Rice IV With Germanys BILD Zeitung Newspaper [11] - Rice Interview With David Frost on BBC's [12]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00201.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00210.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00200.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00194.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00198.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00195.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00197.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00196.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00193.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00191.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00190.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00189.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Egypt: arrests amidst talks of political reform [1]
  • Mandela: Speech For The Campaign To End Poverty [2]
  • UK Government Briefing: 11am Monday 7 February 05 [3]
  • Reports Of Unrest Continue To Flow In From Darfur [4]
  • After Tsunami, Acehnese Fear Forced Relocation [5]
  • Cambodia: Opposition Arrested, Forced to Flee [6]
  • Clown Goes To Help Tsunami Victims Smile Again [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00207.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00206.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00192.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00186.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00183.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00182.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00174.htm

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00210.htm
    Condoleezza Rice & Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Suzan Mazur: Was Zaire's Mobutu A CIA Asset?

    - "Meet me under the 59th Street bridge," Mark Garsin said after reading my interview with him about the murder of Patrice Lumumba, the Congo's first democratically elected leader. At the edge of New York on the East River? See... Tempelsman's Man In Kinshasa Emends Lumumba Story [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00092.htm


    Watching The Buggers - A Serialised Play By Tim Barcode

    - The story so far…. In the first four parts we met Coates, a very nervous man sunbathing in a suit at the Huka Lodge, he has been met by Forbes, a brash man in an Hawaiian shirt. Both of them have a very good knowledge of the SIS Acts, but neither will confirm they are agents. Coates is the officer who authorises interception warrants and has come to the Lodge to meet someone. Forbes says he works for the SIS in accounts receivable. See... Watching The Buggers (Part 5 Of 12) [1] (See also... Part 1 [2] , Part 2 [3] , Part 3 [4] , Part 4 [5] )


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00097.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00285.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00013.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00030.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00042.htm


    Mentally Damaging Prison Regime Gets Scrutiny

    - The Behaviour Modification Regime (BMR) introduced into New Zealand prisons in the late 90s has led to the prospect of compensation packages for some of our most dangerous prisoners. Now that this regime has been found to transgress NZ and international laws, just who is taking responsibility for implementing BMR in the first place? See…Who Is Responsible For The Cost Of BMR? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00086.htm


    Hard News & More Is There!

    - I confess, I briefly wondered whether I had chanced upon a stray episode of Eating Media Lunch during the first item of the debut airing of Prime TV's Paul Holmes vehicle, Paul Homes. See... Public Address 8/2/5: Talkback Radio With Pictures [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00094.htm


    Hans Blix On Iran's 'Right' To Enrich Uranium

    - BANGKOK, Thailand -- Iran has ''a legal right'' to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes, but an attack by the U.S. or Israel would probably push the Iranians to build a nuclear bomb, former top U.N. weapons inspector Dr. Hans Blix said. See... Hans Blix - Iran Has Legal Right To Enrich Uranium [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00087.htm


    Yasmine Ryan Reviews Steel Magnolias

    - The action takes place in big-haired beautician Truvy’s Louisiana salon, portrayed in a striking set designed by John Parker, heavily infected with 1980s kitsch. This setting brings together an all-female cast of all ages. See... Scoop Review: Steel Magnolias [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00095.htm


    Dahr Jamail: The High Price Paid By Some Iraqi Voters

    - He writhes in pain, moaning with every other breath. The Iraqi police colonel’s chest is covered in bandages, his legs from the knees down nearly completely hidden from view due to thick bandages holding what is left of his shins together. See... Dahr Jamail's In Iraq: Casualties of Polling [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00093.htm


    Smug Neocons Should Watch Out For Big Teeth

    - In the rich of tradition of ''inside the beltway'' political gimmicks, the all-too-giddy congressional Republicans at President Bush’s recent State of the Union address dipped their fingers in purple ink to show solidarity with Iraqis who voted in the U.S.-initiated Iraqi election. That smugness will likely come back to bite them. See... Ivan Eland: Iraq - Purple or Still Black and Blue? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00091.htm


    Throughout History, Transition to Democracy Rare Under Military Occupation

    - Interview with historian Howard Zinn, conducted by Scott Harris See... Transition to Democracy Rare Under Occupation [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00089.htm


    Narconews.com: Modes Of Torture Used At Gitmo

    - In Chapter 2 their book "Guantánamo: What the World Should Know," Michael Ratner and Ellen Ray look more closely at the specific methods and strategies of torture and interrogation used at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba and other U.S. prison camps. See... Ratner and Ray: Abuse And Torture at Guantánamo Bay [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00088.htm


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    Beijing's New Year Gift To Wellington

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Being In Prison Impedes Felons Job Hunting

    - Privacy concerns being cited as to why no system of checks stopped some 3700 prisoners from receiving $1.8 million in benefits while in prison last year are ridiculous, United Future's Marc Alexander said today. See…Alexander: Prisoners' privacy a weak excuse [1] MORE: - National -Most prisoners rip off benefits [2] - ACT - Inmate benefit payments show Govt soft-on-welfare [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00161.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00147.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00146.htm


    Families Package About To Hit Papers And TV Screens

    - An advertising campaign launched this week is urging New Zealand families to find out what they can gain from the Working for Families package, Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... Working for Families ad campaign launched [1] MORE: - National - Labour forced to back down on propaganda campaign [2] - ACT- ACT slams Labour's election year vote-buying [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00150.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00164.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00163.htm


    Bush's Agricultural Policies Hailed By Govt

    -The Bush administration was serious in its commitment to a successful completion of the Doha Round, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See…Sutton Welcomes Bush's Cuts to Farm Subsidies [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00162.htm


    NZ Manufacturing The Hidden Cost In Free Trade Deal

    - Rt Hon Winston Peters says the Government’s obsession with a free trade deal with China will eventually destroy a large part of New Zealand’s manufacturing. See... NZ Companies Beware Warns Peters [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00158.htm


    Aged Care Needs Govt Gash Injection

    - Green MPs Sue Kedgley and Sue Bradford say that if the Prime Minister is serious about getting more women into work she could start by listening to the aged-care unions' call to her for an increase in Government funding for their sector. See... 'Women in work' PM should listen to aged care [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00156.htm


    Peters Points Out Not Everyone Is Benefiting From Economic Growth

    - An address by Rt Hon Winston Peters to GreyPower Mana/Tawa, Pataka Community Room, Porirua 2pm Tuesday 8 February 2005. See... Rt Hon Winston Peters: “The Forgotten People” [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00155.htm


    Darfur Needs Attention Now

    - The United Nations Security Council must act swiftly on the findings of the United Nations International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur, says Foreign Minister Phil Goff See... Goff calls for action over UN findings on Darfur [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00154.htm


    Legislation Needed To Get Tough with Child Pornograpers

    - ACT Associate Justice spokesman Deborah Coddington today said she would be moving an amendment to the Film, Videos and Publications Classification Amendment Bill to toughen penalties for child pornographers. See... ACT: Tougher penalties for child pornographers [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00153.htm

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