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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: GPJA Accuses ANZ Bank Of Profiteering From Iraq Occupation
Labour Moves To Correct Problematic Building Act
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Scoop Report:Scientists Perfect Method Of Rendering Tumour-Cells To Sleep
Palestine Militants Agree To Calm/Power Deal
Israel Charges Mordechai Vanunu With Violating Release Conditions
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SCOOP COLUMNS:
Stateside: Where Rosalea Meets The Cable Guy
William Rivers Pitt: And That Was Yesterday
Greg Palast: The War Behind The War For Oil
Good Returns Book Review: Rich Budget Wise, Dollar Rich
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Mallard: There's A Lotta Money In Animal Health
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LEAD STORY:
GPJA Accuses ANZ Bank Of Profiteering From Iraq Occupation

Scoop file image: GPJA Iraq
Invasion Protest, Auckland, April 12 2003. - Global Peace and Justice Auckland is holding a march on Saturday (March 19, 11am)in conjunction with the Global Day of Action marking the second anniversary of military and economic occupation of Iraq. GPJA has also accused the ANZ Bank of profiteering as part of a consortium set up by the US occupation to manage the Trade Bank of Iraq. See... ANZ: Making a Killing in Iraq - GPJA [1] ALSO:

  • US Cities & Towns Holding M. 18-20 Anti-War Events [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0503/S00158.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00305.htm


    Labour Moves To Correct Problematic Building Act

    -On Thursday, just prior to recess, Labour slipped a Bill into Parliament to fix the problems with building codes in the Building Act 2004. National says the select committee now has only 12 days to consider the Bill. “It is disgraceful that before the ink has even dried on Labour’s new Building Act, amendments are being rushed through Parliament,” says National’s Building and Construction spokesman, Nick Smith. See... Another botch-up in Labour’s building laws [1] ALSO:

  • Maxim - Building Act Problems: The death of DIY? [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00386.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0503/S00162.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Public views sought on future of Ross Sea [1]
  • Panmure, Auck: Armour Guard Knife point robbery [2]
  • Police Arrest Follows Auck Grammar Firearms Scare [3]
  • Metals strike called off - talks to resume [4]
  • Cardrona Rider Juliane Bray Qualifies For Winter Olympics [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0503/S00168.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0503/S00118.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0503/S00117.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0503/S00161.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0503/S00117.htm


    Scoop Report:Scientists Perfect Method Of Rendering Tumour-Cells To Sleep

    - Marietta Gross reports that European scientists of the Marie Curie Research Institute [1] have managed to block the growth of carcinoma by shifting the tumour cells into permanent “deep sleep”, reports the BBC. This breakthrough in cancer research has the potential for completely new methods... See... Tumour Cells Shifted In “Deep Sleep” [2]


    [1] - http://www.mcri.ac.uk/default.html
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00167.htm


    Palestine Militants Agree To Calm/Power Deal

    Palestine's factions agree to
calm.GAZA - Palestinian factions meeting in Cairo today agreed to an extended period of calm with Israel, but conditioned it with an Israeli commitment to cease the aggression. A statement issued by the factions following the inter-Palestinian dialogue asserted that they have agreed to continue the current atmosphere of calm in return for a reciprocal halt to all forms of aggression and a release of Palestinian prisoners. See... Palestinian Factions Agree to Period of Calm [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00322.htm


    Israel Charges Mordechai Vanunu With Violating Release Conditions

    On the afternoon of March 17, Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli nuclear whistleblower who spent 18 years in prison for exposing Israel's secret nuclear program, was served with official notice, that he is to be brought to trial for speaking to the international media. See... Vanunu Charged With Violating Restrictions [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00320.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Proposal Against ICC In Darfur Undermines Justice [1]
  • Croatia: Impunity For War Crimes Must End [2]
  • Zimbabwe: Free Election Participation Impossible [3]
  • UN Peacekeeping Patrols Seize Weapons In Congo [4]
  • $148 Million Needed To Run Afghan Elections [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00318.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00316.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00315.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00314.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00311.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Stateside: Where Rosalea Meets The Cable Guy

    - "Cable's new reality!" That's the breathy ad series a Very Big Cable Company is currently running here in the Bay Area in its fierce battle for market share. Suckered into it, I decide to sign up for a month's free cable internet, with no contract, and $35 a month after that if I decide to keep it. You gets what you pays for, I suppose. See... Stateside with Rosalea: Cableat Emptor [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00173.htm


    William Rivers Pitt: And That Was Yesterday

    - So...to recap: Neocon warlord Paul Wolfowitz will head the World Bank; The White House illegally puts out fake news reports, and the Justice Department does nothing; Another $81 billion of your money and mine is to be poured onto the Iraqi sand; The GOP majority in Congress is preparing to trash 200 years of Senate tradition in order to post a number of certifiably insane people to the bench; Kevin Martin, a conservative Christian activist for the GOP, will now chair the FCC; The Alaskan National Wildlife Reserve, one of the most ecologically pristine areas remaining to us, will be paved and drilled for its tiny amount of petroleum. And that was just yesterday. See... Will Pitt's FYI: The Darkness Drops Again [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00172.htm


    Greg Palast: The War Behind The War For Oil

    - The Bush administration made plans for war and for Iraq's oil before the 9/11 attacks sparking a policy battle between neo-cons and Big Oil, BBC's Newsnight has revealed. See... Greg Palast: Secret U.S. Plans For Iraq's Oil [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00171.htm


    Good Returns Book Review: Rich Budget Wise, Dollar Rich

    - As many as 95 percent of New Zealanders have difficulty simply managing their money day to day; for most people the thought of having money to invest and create wealth is no more than a pipe dream. Budget Wise, Dollar Rich is a practical handbook designed to help readers take control of their personal finances – not a topic that most people choose to think about, let alone discuss or spend time working on. See... Book Review: Rich Budget Wise, Dollar Rich [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00174.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • Russell Brown - Public Address 18/03/05 - The Expat Files 1 [1]
  • Russell Brown - Public Address 18/03/05 - Speaking Freely [2]
  • Mark Bradley - Throwing Junkballs to the Snake Oil Salesman [3]
  • Bill Berkowitz - Bill Berkowitz: Are Moderate Repubs A Dying Breed? [4]
  • Kelpie Wilson - Kelpie Wilson IV: Nigeria's Oil Killing Fields [5]
  • narconews.com - 'Justice and Peace' with Colombian Paramilitaries [6]
  • Kamala Sarup - Kamala Sarup: Who Will Hear The Farmer's Voice? [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00177.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00176.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00178.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00175.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00170.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00169.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00168.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Mallard: There's A Lotta Money In Animal Health

    - About $620 million a year is added to the New Zealand economy by the veterinary profession according to a new report, Education Minister Trevor Mallard said today. "This report shows when downstream impacts are added the total spending in the animal health and animal industries totals more than $1.2 billion. See... Vets contribute $620 million to NZ economy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00394.htm


    MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:

  • PM's Office - Safer journeys to Auckland schools [1]
  • Govt - Nomination of new US Trade Representative [2]
  • Govt - King pleased with flu cooperative approach [3]
  • Progressive Party - Regional Development conference 2005 [4]
  • United Future - UF Policy: Time to Get Tough on Truancy [5]
  • Nats - NCEA cover-up continues [6]
  • Nats - Don Brash backs press freedom [7]
  • Nats - More Labour chaos in immigration [8]
  • Nats - National Party Biosecurity Spokesman [9]
  • NZ First - Keep NZ Police On Shore Says Mark [10]
  • ACT - Lack of consultation outrageous [11]
  • Parl Council - Public Access to Legislation (PAL) Project [12]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00388.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00398.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00396.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00395.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00390.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00397.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00385.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00393.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00391.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00387.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00399.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00389.htm


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  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00384.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00358.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00322.htm


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