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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: U.S. Ambassador To NZ Considers The Big Nuke Questions
Peters Details His Three Post-Election Options
Mallard Hints At Student Loan Tweaking
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Scoop Full Coverage: Zimbabwe Cricket Tour
Scoop Link: Journalist In Iraq Killed For Damning Expose
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News & More Is There!
Independence Day
Norm Dixon Explores The Flaws In The G8 Poverty Deal
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OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Nats Go High Tech With IT Campaign
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LEAD STORY:
U.S. Ambassador To NZ Considers The Big Nuke Questions

File
Image: Nuclear Weapon detonated.So the question is: what are these differences? Are they inevitable because of different ways of viewing the world, or are they a product of a single split in policy that happened twenty years ago? Can we bring ourselves closer, or will we continue to drift ever further apart? Believe me, I have thought over these questions long and hard over the past four years. And I confess that I do not have the answers. But I do have a suggestion-- We need to talk about it. See... Swindells: Silencing The Echoes Of The Past [1] ALSO:

  • Govt - Nuclear policy - gone by lunchtime under Nats [2]
  • Greens - Don can't be trusted to keep NZ nuclear-free [3]
  • Greens -Greens suggest agenda for dialogue with US [4]
  • ACT - Lifting nuclear ban answer to NZ-US relationship [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00039.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00101.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00102.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00080.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00079.htm


    Peters Details His Three Post-Election Options

    - "I make this guarantee that whatever decision New Zealand First arrives at post election, it will be made public by the day the Writs are returned, which is within three weeks from polling day... But I give you this warning – the media is going to have to be more sophisticated in its understanding of multi-party democracy if it is going to report this election accurately. Because there will be three large parties after this election and the nature of the government formed subsequently will be unique to that environment." See... Winston Peters Speech - No Re-Run Of 1996 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00107.htm


    Mallard Hints At Student Loan Tweaking

    - Kevin List reports that before the Prime Minister took any questions at yesterdays post cabinet press conference, Education Minister Trevor Mallard, found time to attack Bill English’s latest press statement and hint at impending changes regarding student loan repayments. The prospect of changes surrounding the student loan scheme was also hinted at by Mr Mallard. These changes would be aimed at reducing the amount of time it takes to pay back a student loan. See... Mallard Attacks English And Hints At New Policy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00048.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Trustees Say Funding Review Is Urgent [1]
  • Ahmed Zaoui to speak at Victoria University [2]
  • Good Returns: Weekly Home Loan report [3]
  • Too much TV in childhood is bad for education [4]
  • Federated Farmers Is Supporting Negligence - SPCA [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00016.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00014.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0507/S00058.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00013.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00033.htm


    Scoop Full Coverage: Zimbabwe Cricket Tour

    - Kevin List Reports From Parliament: “For Parliament to legislate in this area really raises a number of very unfortunate precedents. I think that it is important in a democracy that when we try and deal with a problem you don’t end up compromising your own values in seeking to deal with that problem,” the Prime Minister explained at her regular Monday post-cabinet press conference. See... this and a complete run down on all aspects of the Black Cap's tour to Zimbabwe issue… Full Coverage: Black Caps Zimbabwe Cricket Tour [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00056.htm


    The Death Of An Apostle – Now You See It…

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0507/S00054.htm

    Scoop Link: Journalist In Iraq Killed For Damning Expose

    - BAGHDAD, Iraq - Yasser Salihee, an Iraqi special correspondent for Knight Ridder, was shot to death in Baghdad last Friday. The shot appears to have been fired by a U.S. military sniper, though there were Iraqi soldiers in the area who also may have been shooting at the time. Salihee, 30, had the day off and was driving alone near his home in the western Baghdad neighborhood of Amariyah when a single bullet pierced his windshield and then his skull. He was shot as his car neared a joint patrol of American and Iraqi troops who'd stopped to search a building for snipers. American and Iraqi soldiers are frequently targeted by suicide car bombers. See... Links: Reporter Murdered And The Story He Died For [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00047.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • UK: Bushmen Slam Museum's Diamonds Exhibition [1]
  • At African Summit, Annan Announces Democracy Fund [2]
  • Zimbabwe Envoy to Visit Victoria Falls Region [3]
  • Pirates Seize UN Food Relief Boat Off Somali Coast [4]
  • Covert U.S. Ops Send Wrong Message To The World [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00058.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00057.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00056.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00040.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00038.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News & More Is There!

    - So what exactly did yesterday's OECD report say about New Zealand's economic position and prospects. Depends who you ask. In the Dominion Post, Vernon Small's story leads thus: "The economy has won a strong report card from the OECD, which says New Zealand ... See... Public Address 05/07/05 - What People Think [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00055.htm


    Independence Day

    - The barbeques are sizzling, flags are fluttering everywhere, patriotic parades and speeches are the course of the day. Although large biting fish have deterred swimmers on the East Coast, people have flocked to parks, beaches and lakes to celebrate the 229th anniversary of America’s independence. But there is something missing this year. It is largely intangible, more of a feeling or mood in the air, but it is also palpable and very real. It is, in a word, a sense of withdrawal. See... Paul G. Buchanan: Cracks In The Façade [1] MORE:

  • Kamala Sarup - US Independence Day [2]
  • Martin Lefevre - Martin LeFevre: Vultures at Gleneagles [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00054.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00050.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00014.htm


    Norm Dixon Explores The Flaws In The G8 Poverty Deal

    - The mass media hype about “a new deal between rich and poor”, in response to the powerful Group of Eight industrialised countries’ plan to cancel multilateral debts owed by 18 mainly African countries, has led many people to believe that a new era of international social justice has dawned. The deal is expected to be ratified by G8 leaders in Scotland on July 6-8. See... G8: How The Rich World Short-Changes Africa [1] MORE:

  • John Roughan - Make Poverty History! [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00052.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00041.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • Anne Else - Letter from Elsewhere: A Right Old Family Fight [1]
  • No Right Turn - F**k Iraq, Part IV [2]
  • Rosalea Barker - Stateside: Anything Good On TV? [3]
  • Scoop Reader Op-ed - Career Of A Chemical [4]
  • Narconews - Friedsky: Authentic Media from Below in Bolivia [5]
  • Sanjay Upadhya - Nepal: Miasma Of Maoist-Mainstream Alliance [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00036.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00040.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00039.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00037.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00053.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00051.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Nats Go High Tech With IT Campaign

    - The National Party today launched three new internet initiatives as it continues to ramp up for the upcoming election campaign. National TV at http://www.nationaltv.org.nz is a streaming web channel which can be used by voters to view National Party programmes, commercials and video speeches. National TV has been launched with the seven speeches from the National Party conference nine days ago, including the keynote address from Leader Don Brash. See... National ramps up web campaign with NTV [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00082.htm


    MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:

  • Govt - Brash: cancel 105,000 operations to pay for roads [1]
  • Govt - Hodgson Speech: Wellington's transport solution [2]
  • Govt - $660 million Wellington transport investment [3]
  • Govt - Government already reviewing low quality provision [4]
  • Govt - Wellington MPs back transport solution [5]
  • Govt - More funding for new ECE centres [6]
  • Govt - Water management [7]
  • Progressives - Adopt Progressive's graduate debt relief policy [8]
  • Greens - Govt gets Wellington transport priorities wrong [9]
  • Greens - Health effect of mega-lines needs review [10]
  • Greens - Greens keep pressure on for legislative solution [11]
  • NZ First - Peters Calls For Compassion In Lehmann Case [12]
  • NZ First - Free Dental Care Likely To Disappear [13]
  • Nats - OECD highlights Labour's health sector failings [14]
  • Nats - OECD highlights Labour's health sector failings [15]
  • Nats - OECD endorses National's employment law policy [16]
  • Nats - OECD gives Labour an ‘F’ for failure [17]
  • Nats - Labour knew Transpower deal was to be outlawed [18]
  • Nats - Labour presides over worsening dental crisis [19]
  • Nats - OECD critical of Labour roadblocks [20]
  • Nats - Lobbying by NZ Post unacceptable [21]
  • United - Dunne slams roading 'farce' [22]
  • United - Dunne denounces Maori Party [23]
  • ACT - Taxpayer-funded charm offensive "offensive" [24]
  • ACT - OECD report warns about Labour’s approach [25]
  • ACT - Stop the thuggery not the cricket [26]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00108.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00106.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00105.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00099.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00094.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00091.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00084.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00093.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00089.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00088.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00077.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00112.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00110.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00109.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00109.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00090.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00087.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00086.htm
    [19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00085.htm
    [20] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00081.htm
    [21] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00078.htm
    [22] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00111.htm
    [23] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00083.htm
    [24] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00098.htm
    [25] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00097.htm
    [26] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00092.htm

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