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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Scoop Report: Helen Clark Rules Out Green Zimbabwe Ban Plan
GE Test-Tube Cows To Graze In NZ
Mallard Tells Trustees Nats Lied Over Ed Ministry Funding Claim
Aust/NZ Bilateral: Goff And Downer Broker Progress On Aussie Apple Ban
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Colombia Fighting Between Govt And Rebel Forces Intensifies
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Russell Brown Reports From The Cake Tin
Anne Else: A Right Old Family Fight
MORE SCOOP NZ COMMENTARY:
John Roughan On Live8 Via Satellite
Marjorie Cohn: Sacrificing America’s Youth
MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Mallard Raises Heat On Nats
Aust/NZ Bilateral: Australia and NZ Link Arms Over Zimbabwe Abuses
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LEAD STORY:
Scoop Report: Helen Clark Rules Out Green Zimbabwe Ban Plan

Selwyn Manning reports that Prime Minister Helen Clark this morning ruled out the Green Party's plan designed to stop NZ Cricket's Black Cap tour of Zimbabwe from going ahead. Helen Clark told TVNZ's Breakfast programme that her government would not resort to "Mugabe style" laws to prevent the tour from going ahead. Greens co-leader Rod Donald said: "I have drafted the Bill in such a way that it preserves the freedoms of individual New Zealanders enshrined in the Bill of Rights Act." See... Prime Minister Rules Out Green Party Zimbabwe Plan [1]

  • Scroll down to Just Politics for more on the Black Caps Tour Of Zimbabwe… [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00038.htm
    [2] - #zimbtour


    GE Test-Tube Cows To Graze In NZ

    - AgResearch's deal to grow GE Cows for pharmaceuticals will meet with huge public opposition as it is a threat to our Dairy industry's international reputation which could cost the country millions. The proposal is totally contrary to the findings of the Royal Commission on GM that our dairy herd should not be used like this. There is also a financial cloud over the company involved that could leave New Zealand exposed to huge costs if, like previous ventures, the deal ends in bankruptcy. See... GE Cows Threaten NZ Dairy Industry [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00021.htm


    Mallard Tells Trustees Nats Lied Over Ed Ministry Funding Claim

    - Claims that Budget 2005 delivered more funding to the Ministry of Education than to schools has been attacked by Education Minister Trevor Mallard as one of a series of National Party lies. "That schools didn't get a substantial increase in funding out of the budget is a complete myth," said Trevor Mallard. "Bill English has repeatedly said this. It is one of his biggest lies." See... Minister dismantles National lies about education [1] ALSO:

  • National - Mallard’s attack shows Labour’s true colours [2]
  • Govt - Wealth shouldn't decide students' education access [3]
  • Mallard Speech: NZ School Trustees Association [4]
  • Mallard Speech: NZUSA Conference, Auckland [5]
  • Nats - Education unions run up the white flag [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00049.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00046.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00048.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00050.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00052.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00044.htm


    Aust/NZ Bilateral: Goff And Downer Broker Progress On Aussie Apple Ban

    - The longstanding dispute over access for New Zealand apples to the Australian market should be resolved soon. Strong indications were given of this in a discussion between the Foreign Ministers of Australia and New Zealand in Queensland yesterday. "Alexander Downer confirmed this weekend that the analysis would be released 'soon' and that the decision made on it would be science-based. See… Progress on New Zealand apples access to Australia [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00042.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Spending on Environment Protection Levels Off [1]
  • First Official Step Taken To Save Lake Rotoiti [2]
  • 1000 business start-ups from TWoA Course [3]
  • NZ's HIV Approach an example to follow says UN [4]
  • Travel Tips To Cope With The Auckland V Lions Game [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0507/S00042.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0507/S00031.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00009.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0507/S00010.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0507/S00029.htm


    Colombia Fighting Between Govt And Rebel Forces Intensifies

    - The United Nations refugee agency today voiced deep concern over the “humanitarian crisis” threatening thousands of people in southern Colombia in fighting between Government and rebel forces, the latest of many recent warnings about the impact of the decades-old conflict on local communities in the South American country. See... Concern For Refugees Caught Among Fighting In Colombia [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00042.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Pirates Seize UN Food Relief Boat Off Somali Coast [1]
  • Covert U.S. Ops Send Wrong Message To The World [2]
  • Amnesty Int.: Australia: Detention regime breaches human rights [3]
  • Southern Lebanon: Firing Across Blue Line Deplored [4]
  • Treaty On Endangered Species Marks 30th Birthday [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00040.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00038.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00037.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00031.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00043.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Russell Brown Reports From The Cake Tin

    - The Wellington Stadium is a marvellous place to watch rugby. It is an arena in a sense that other New Zealand grounds are not, in that its shape and symmetry have the effect of concentrating atmosphere... See... Public Address 04/07/05 - Glory Days [1] MORE:

  • Scoop - Scoop Images: Russell Brown In Black & White [2]
  • Russell Brown - Public Address 29/06/05 - A Very Big Day For Me [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00043.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00001.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00404.htm


    Anne Else: A Right Old Family Fight

    - The far right are so intent on attacking Labour in general, and prominent Labour women in particular (and the Governor General, and the Chief Justice, and any other woman who has somehow managed to weasel her way into a top public service job for the first time in 150 years as part of an evil feminist plot – well, it couldn’t possibly be on merit) that they haven’t noticed they’re crashing headlong into each other with completely contradictory messages. See... Letter from Elsewhere: A Right Old Family Fight [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00036.htm


    MORE SCOOP NZ COMMENTARY:

  • No Right Turn - F**k Iraq, Part IV [1]
  • Rosalea Barker - Stateside: Anything Good On TV? [2]
  • Scoop Reader Op-ed - Career Of A Chemical [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00040.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00039.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00037.htm


    John Roughan On Live8 Via Satellite

    - On stages across the world on Sunday last a fierce campaign was waged to end African poverty. 10 live concerts from Japan through US, Canada, South Africa, Europe and ending up in London held musical specials underlining the idea to 'make poverty history'. See... John Roughan: Make Poverty History! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00041.htm


    Marjorie Cohn: Sacrificing America’s Youth

    - Like the recruiter trying to get the youth to enlist in the military, George Bush invoked the September 11 terrorist attacks in his June 28 speech - six times. Bush ended his address with a recruiting pitch: "I thank those of you who have re-enlisted in an hour when your country needs you. And to those watching tonight who are considering a military career, there is no higher calling than service in our armed forces." See... Marjorie Cohn: The Creeping Draft [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00025.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • Jack Dalton - More Talk As Veterans Continue to be Left Behind [1]
  • Toni Solo - Bolanos, Chavez: A Tale Of Two Presidents [2]
  • Patricia L Johnson - Defending and Advancing Liberty a.k.a. Deprivation [3]
  • Kamala Sarup - Financial Reforms In Nepal [4]
  • Mary Pitt - Mary Pitt: First Light [5]
  • Bob Fitrakis - Open Letter to J. Tanner, Voting Section, U.S. DoJ [6]
  • Translation by Sol Salbe - Shulamit Aloni: Holy insanity [7]
  • Uri Avnery - Arik's Horror Show [8]
  • John Chuckman - Cartoon: George Bush Grows Up [9]
  • Narconews - Rovai - Scent of a Coup in Brazil [10]
  • Stirling Newberry - The December Decision [11]
  • William Fisher - Hoping For A Miracle [12]
  • John Chuckman - Canada's Blessings, Including Gay Marriage [13]
  • Narconews - Zapatistas Decl..: "How We Are Going to Do It" [14]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00042.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00035.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00034.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00033.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00032.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00031.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00029.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00028.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00027.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00026.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00024.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00023.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00022.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00021.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Mallard Raises Heat On Nats

    - National, in attempting to spin itself out of its education lies, have revealed they don't think teachers are important to children's education says Education Minister Trevor Mallard. Speaking at the New Zealand School Trustees Association's (NZSTA) annual conference in Auckland yesterday Trevor Mallard dismantled National's lie that that Budget 2005 delivered more funding to the Ministry of Education than to schools. See... English tells schools: 'teachers don't count' [1] ALSO:

  • Nats - Parents right to be angry over school reviews [2]
  • Govt - Wealth shouldn't decide students' education access [3]
  • Nats - Education unions run up the white flag [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00067.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00062.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00048.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00044.htm


    Aust/NZ Bilateral: Australia and NZ Link Arms Over Zimbabwe Abuses

    - Hon. Alexander Downer MP Hon. Phil Goff MP Minister for Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia New Zealand The continued failure of the Zimbabwean Government to respect democracy and human rights needs to be addressed firmly by the international community. The Australian and New Zealand Foreign Ministers today agreed on a range of measures aimed at increasing international pressure on the Mugabe regime to cease its abhorrent and egregious destruction of its people’s homes, livelihoods and basic human rights. See... Australia/NZ Joint Action On Zimbabwe [1] ALSO:

  • Greens - Zimbabwean Residency A Welcome Show Of Compassion [2]
  • Greens - Opponents Misrepresent Zimbabwe Sanction Bill [3]
  • Greens - Greens Want Goff To Deny Visas To Zimbabwe Bankers [4]
  • ACT - What goes around comes around [5]
  • GPJA - Protest Against Zimbabwe Cricket Tour July 16 [6]
  • Greens - New law needed to stop cricket tour [7]
  • Nats - National will not support Greens’ Zimbabwe Bill [8]
  • ACT - Politicians should butt out of cricket tour – ACT [9]
  • NZ First - New Zealand First to take up Cricket Briefing [10]
  • United - Greens demonstrate (again) their utter irrelevance [11]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00041.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00058.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00056.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00055.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00059.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00016.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00047.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00045.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00051.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00054.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00060.htm


    EARLIER:

    Scoop File Image:
Should NZ Cricket's Black Caps pack their bags and tour
Zimbabwe?. Zimbabwe: Amnesty International (NZ) Cites Deaths At Harare Settlement [1] As New Zealand continues to debate whether the Black Caps go to Zimbabwe, Amnesty International has cited reports that at least three have died -- including a pregnant woman and a four-year-old child. “Over the last 48 hours, Porta Farm – a settlement of at least 10,000 people -- has been obliterated. People have watched their lives being completely destroyed – and many are now being forcibly removed in trucks by police. At the moment we are not sure where they are being taken,” said spokesperson Kolawole Olaniyan. See... Zimbabwe: Deaths as mass evictions continue [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00005.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00005.htm


    MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:

  • PM - Community-based projects fund launched [1]
  • ACT - Hide Speech to Takapuna North Rotary [2]
  • ACT - ACT's The Letter [3]
  • NZ First - Taihape School Review Needs Rethinking [4]
  • Nats - Labour must act on ‘Maori police’ [5]
  • Nats - Coal workers row over measly amount [6]
  • Labour - Climate Change Reinforces Need For Kyoto Protocol [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00068.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00066.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00064.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00063.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00057.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00043.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00053.htm


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