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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: High Seas Vandalism Caught On Camera - Greenpeace
Air Force Orion Locates Yacht In Distress
Eulogies For Sonya Davies, Unionist, Peacemaker
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Don Brash Appears On Agenda – Cullen Unimpressed
Scoop Report: Orgasms... Study Shows Genetics Plays A Significant Role
Over One Million Children Working In Mines
United Nations Backs Blair/Bush Africa Plan
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Rosalea Barker Wants A Tamihere Doll
Russell Brown Assesses The Cut Of Winnie's Jib
Solomons Govt. Hocks Off The National Art Gallery
Howard Dean Bites Republicans, Receives Rapturous Applause
A Kiwi In Bolivia Reports On A Miner's Perspective
MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:
The Downing Street Iraq Cabinet Paper

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Bradford’s Anti-Smacking Bill Gains PM’s Support
Programme Launched To Record WWII Vets Memories
Goff Says Nats Hypocritical Over Anti-Nuke Policy
Nats To Put Druggies To Work
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LEAD STORY:
High Seas Vandalism Caught On Camera - Greenpeace

A
centuries old red coral ripped off the sea bottom is tossed
back into the sea, dead [1] Sunday, 12 June 2005: Last week Amaltal director Andrew Talley called Greenpeace assertions "unsubstantiated claptrap". Today, photos and footage taken by the Rainbow Warrior crew prove him and others supporting bottom trawling wrong. Greenpeace crew from the Rainbow Warrior today captured images of endangered black and red corals being hauled aboard a New Zealand bottom trawler in international waters near Norfolk Island. See... 'Claptrap' Substantiated With Concrete Evidence [2] EARLIER:

  • Greenpeace - Deep Sea Conservation Coalition [3]
  • SEAFIC - Greenpeace assault on a NZ fishing vessel [4]
  • Greenpeace Link: Rainbow Warrior Deap Sea Voyage Blog [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0506/S00101.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0506/S00101.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0506/S00094.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0506/S00134.htm
    [5] - http://weblog.greenpeace.org/deepsea/


    Air Force Orion Locates Yacht In Distress

    - The Air Force’s No. 5 Squadron has capped off a busy weekend, after launching a P3 Orion on a search and rescue mission for the third time in four days. An Orion was launched early this morning after an emergency beacon signal was picked up 740 kilometres northeast of North Cape. At 9.30am the crew of the Orion found the vessel Scot Free floundering in rough and heavy seas. See... Third Search and Rescue for Air Force Orion’s [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0506/S00119.htm


    Eulogies For Sonya Davies, Unionist, Peacemaker

    “A great New Zealand activist and trade unionist, and a great role model for women” is how CTU president Ross Wilson describes former trade union leader, Member of Parliament and activist Sonya Davies who died today. See... Sonya Davies: a great New Zealander [1] MORE:

  • Prime Minister - PM says Sonja Davies’ life was an inspiration [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0506/S00100.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00239.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Scoop Report: Earthquake Rocks Matata and BOP [1]
  • Move to routinely offer antenatal HIV screening [2]
  • Greens Release Conservation Policy [3]
  • Residential Property Values Still on the Rise [4]
  • Winner Of Michael Hill Violin Comp Announced [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00174.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0506/S00062.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00249.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0506/S00176.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0506/S00094.htm


    Don Brash Appears On Agenda – Cullen Unimpressed

    - Dr Don Brash - "We're committed to have tax relief for all hard working New Zealanders that’s what I've said that’s the latest statement I've made and that’s what we'll stick with." Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today that Don Brash’s statements about tax cuts were becoming more and more incredible by the day. See... Brash’s promises reckless and unaffordable [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00237.htm


    SCOOP REPORTS:

    Scoop Report: Orgasms... Study Shows Genetics Plays A Significant Role [1] - Scientists have found the reason why some women have difficulty reaching an orgasm is due to genetics. That’s the result of a study by the Twin Research Unit of the St. Thomas’ Hospital. Studies of 4000 twins showed that a woman’s ability to reach an orgasm was not necessarily as a consequence of psycho-social circumstances as some might suppose and that critical genes could play an important role for the development of drugs for the stimulation of an orgasm. See... Studies Show Orgasm Difficulties Partially Genetic [2] MORE:

  • Marietta Gross: Bush-Advisor Falsifies Reports On Climate Change [3]
  • Kevin List: A Week Of It: Agenda, National Policy & Privilege [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0506/S00065.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0506/S00065.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00175.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00149.htm


    Over One Million Children Working In Mines

    - To mark World Day against Child Labour on Sunday, the United Nations labour agency is spotlighting the problems of over a million children around the world who help to support their families by working as miners, often for small unregulated enterprises. See... More Than A Million Children Work In Mines [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0506/S00151.htm


    United Nations Backs Blair/Bush Africa Plan

    - Just back from a tour of southern African countries crippled by drought, HIV/AIDS and plummeting government services, the head of the United Nations food relief agency praised the so-called "Bush-Blair" initiative, which could dramatically increase the amount of aid for victims of such humanitarian crises on that continent. See... Funding For Africa Could 'Answer Prayers' [1] ALSO:

  • Debt Cancellation Praised By Vatican [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0506/S00152.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0506/S00164.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Genocide Trial Of Former Rwandan Minister Begins [1]
  • Israeli army attacks disabled demonstrators [2]
  • Urgent need for Australian Falun Gong asylum [3]
  • Security Council Concerned By Lebanese Assassinations [4]
  • Congo - Vicious Attacks On Civilians [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0506/S00163.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0506/S00149.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0506/S00148.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0506/S00144.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0506/S00142.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Rosalea Barker Wants A Tamihere Doll

    - Would somebody please create a John Tamihere action figure and send it over here for me to take to work? I'd like it to say, "If you're thick enough to ask the question, you don't deserve an answer." And do that arm thing from the haka. See... Stateside with Rosalea Barker: Right On! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00172.htm


    Russell Brown Assesses The Cut Of Winnie's Jib

    - I was driving on Saturday to buy Tze Ming lunch, by way of reward for that great post, listening to Winston Peters being interviewed at length on National Radio. I realised that what he almost always does is to characterise, rather than describe, his party's policies... See... Public Address 13/06/05 - Characters [1] for the latest from Public Address


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00173.htm


    Solomons Govt. Hocks Off The National Art Gallery

    - Last Saturday morning's SIBC Talk Back Show said it all. 9 of 10 callers bitterly disagreed with Government's recent sale of the National Art Gallery to a foreign buyer. Callers gave strong reasons why the Art Gallery should have never been sold--great setting for local artists to show place their talents, convenient entertainment spot, prime land for future local investors to use, historical site, etc.--but their reasons were cast aside. People once again realise that our political elite have learnt little from the five years of Social Unrest. See... John Roughan: They Don't Listen! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00167.htm


    Howard Dean Bites Republicans, Receives Rapturous Applause

    - If the leadership qualities of those in charge of the national Democratic Party could be squeezed into a shampoo bottle, the directions on the back of the bottle might read something like this: “Make tentative statement. Offer equivocation to avoid appearing adamant. Scramble for cover when colleague offers stinging critique of opposition. Stab colleague in back in public. Palpitate and fret, hem and haw. Lather, rinse, repeat.” See... William Rivers Pitt: Dean Was Right [1] MORE:

  • John Cory - We Love Howard Dean [2]
  • Thom Hartmann - Dean Just Told Them The Truth [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00166.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00161.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00160.htm


    A Kiwi In Bolivia Reports On A Miner's Perspective

    - Last night the Congress accepted the resignation of pro-US president Mesa, and also accepted the refusal of both the presidents of the Senate and Congress to take over as president. The result was that the president of the Supreme Court, Rodriquez, took over as president and he has 180 days to call elections. The strikers got some of what they wanted, but not everything. The big issue is still the nationalization of the natural gas, which won't be decided until the new government takes over See... New President Appointed As Workers Struggle [1] RELATED:

  • Sean Burges - For the OAS, Fort Lauderdale was No Great Success [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00163.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00171.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • Richard S. Ehrlich - US Veteran Deported From Laos For Assisting Rebels [1]
  • Chip Pitt - Democracy in Action? [2]
  • Evelyn Pringle - TeenScreen - The Law Suits Begin [3]
  • Yasser Abu Moailek - Employed Women Find More Suitors In Gaza [4]
  • Paul Levy - Roll On A Collective Awakening [5]
  • Ramzy Baroud - France: No to Neo Liberalism [6]
  • William Fisher - Hate Crime Grows [7]
  • Kamala Sarup - HIV/AIDS Contributes to Instability [8]
  • Uri Avnery - Three in a Bed [9]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00170.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00169.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00168.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00165.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00164.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00162.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00159.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00158.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00157.htm


    The Downing Street Iraq Cabinet Paper

    - Sunday Times (UK)June 12, 2005 - MINISTERS were warned in July 2002 that Britain was committed to taking part in an American-led invasion of Iraq and they had no choice but to find a way of making it legal. See... UK Ministers Told Of Need For Gulf War ‘Excuse’ [1] MORE:

  • Guest Opinion - Flashback: USA's Ministry of Propaganda Exposed [2]
  • David Michael Green - Bring It Down. Now. [3]
  • William Rivers Pitt - After Downing Street [4]
  • Democracy Now - Case for Impeachment Builds [5]
  • BuzzFlash - Rep. J. Conyers Talks Bush Lying America Into War [6]
  • For much much more see... Full Coverage: The Downing Street Memo [7]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00153.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00156.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00150.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00140.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00131.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00136.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00127.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Bradford’s Anti-Smacking Bill Gains PM’s Support

    - Prime Minister Helen Clark's public support for the repeal of Section 59 of the Crimes Act has been welcomed by Green MP Sue Bradford. Ms Bradford has been campaigning for the repeal of the legislation for many years and last week her private member's bill, which could see this dream become a reality, was pulled from the Parliamentary ballot. See... Clark's support for Bill welcome [1] ALSO: Greens - Plunket endorsement of Section 59 bill welcomed [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00253.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00250.htm


    Programme Launched To Record WWII Vets Memories

    - Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Judith Tizard today announced a new oral history programme and website, From Memory, that will collect the stories of New Zealand’s war veterans and preserve them in a collection in the Alexander Turnbull Library. See... From Memory to collect veterans’ stories [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00259.htm


    Goff Says Nats Hypocritical Over Anti-Nuke Policy

    - National dissembling on nuclear policy, says Goff Don Brash's decision not to support Ken Shirley's private members bill allowing nuclear ships to come to New Zealand is pure hypocrisy, says Foreign Minister Phil Goff. "Dr Brash clearly believes in repealing the nuclear free legislation. On Saturday's Agenda programme on TVNZ, he did not deny the accuracy of a senior MP's comments that neither Dr Brash nor most of the National caucus wanted to keep New Zealand nuclear free." See... National dissembling on nuclear policy - Goff [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00240.htm


    Nats To Put Druggies To Work

    - Under National, substance abusers receiving the benefit will be reassessed and put into community work if appropriate, says National’s Welfare spokeswoman, Judith Collins. She is commenting on reports that the cost of supporting beneficiaries who cannot work because of sickness or disability caused by substance abuse has climbed by more than 50 per cent in the past four years. See... National will help addicts help themselves [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00254.htm


    MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:

  • Govt - Chris Carter comments on seal shooting in Otago [1]
  • Govt - Hodgson sets forest owners straight on Kyoto [2]
  • NZ First - ACT Plagiarises Three Strikes - Mark [3]
  • ACT - ACT releases its Party List for 2005 election [4]
  • ACT - ACT’s The Letter 13 June 2005 [5]
  • Nats - Collins Comments 10 June 2005 [6]
  • Nats - Prisoner compo claims loom as bed crisis worsens [7]
  • Nats - Is silence evidence of a split on Maori issues? [8]
  • Nats - Is Health Ministry in denial over condoms? [9]
  • Nats - Integrated schools breach funding rules [10]
  • Nats - Asset testing liable parents - too little too late [11]
  • Nats - Minister must let CYF explain tragedy [12]
  • Nats - Labour Caucus split on Maori issues [13]
  • Greens - A Green world where extinction is an outdated term [14]
  • Progressives - Progressives Announce Joshua Forman As Candidate [15]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00262.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00260.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00261.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00247.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00256.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00257.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00252.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00251.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00246.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00245.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00244.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00243.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00241.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00249.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00248.htm

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