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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Scoop Report: How Vulnerable Will Black Caps Be On Zimbabwe Tour?
Scoop Video: First Time In NZ Video Of Zimbabwe Regime's Victimization
Scoop Report: Goff Faces Thousands Over Zimbabwe Tour

CTU: Nat Tax Cuts A Trojan Horse War On Worker’s Wages
Government Releases Education Sector Review
NZ AIDS Foundation Condemns South African Police For Shooting HIV/AIDS Protestors
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Scoop Audio: RadioLive Media Pack Examine The Week
Brazil, Germany, India, Japan Seek Permanent Positions On UN Security Council
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Anne Else Recalls Another Dr Don Brash
Karl Rove Pulls A 360 – Is This What They Call BS?
An In-Depth Statistical Analysis Of Vote Fraud 2004
MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:
London Bombings Commentary
Trans-Party Asia-Pac FTA Signed In Parliament

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Govt Announces SME Tech Development Assistance
Fairfax Poll Shows Nats With Clear Lead
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POLITICAL COLUMNS:

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LEAD STORY:
Scoop Report: How Vulnerable Will Black Caps Be On Zimbabwe Tour?

Zimbabwe Regime victimisation - first time screened in
New Zealand - see video link below. State Of It: Selwyn Manning writes that New Zealand's Black Caps Cricket team will be without direct diplomatic support should the planned tour of Zimbabwe go ahead in August. The team will be reliant on a consulate in Pretoria should the players become pawns in a political scrap between Zimbabwe opposition parties and the Mugabe regime. Scoop understands a lack of direct diplomatic support has had the New Zealand government concerned as it examines indicators of how safe Zimbabwe would be for the touring national cricket side. Scoop also understands that these and other factors were discussed during what was a private meeting between Zimbabwean human rights campaigner, Judith Todd, and New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark, on Saturday. See... Only Filtered Diplomatic Support On BlackCaps Tour [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00255.htm


Scoop Video: First Time In NZ Video Of Zimbabwe Regime's Victimization

- Here for the first time in New Zealand, Scoop broadcasts recent footage of homes being demolished by the Robert Mugabe government in Zimbabwe. This video footage includes interviews with victims and human rights spokespersons inside Zimbabwe. See... Zimbabwe Video Footage Shown For First Time In NZ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00236.htm


Scoop Report: Goff Faces Thousands Over Zimbabwe Tour

- Foreign Minister Phil Goff faced a staunch Global Peace and Justice Auckland (GPJA) protest today calling for the Government to legislate to prevent New Zealand's Black Caps cricket team from touring Zimbabwe. GPJA spokesperson, John Minto said today, that people "can have it both ways". He said the Government must enact a law, or promote a means that would prevent the cricketers from touring Zimbabwe while still honouring New Zealanders' right to freedom of travel. See text, images and audio... Protest Sends Goff Message - No Zimbabwe Tour! [1] ALSO:

  • Scoop - Photo Essay & Audio: Anti-Tour Protest [2]
  • ”Click [3] SCOOP AUDIO: Phil Goff's position. ”ClickSCOOP AUDIO: John Minto responds. POLITICAL REACTION:
  • Greens - Poll Shows Majority Oppose Zimbabwe Tour [4]
  • GPJA - Zimbabwe Tour – Mugabe Heaves a Sigh of Relief [5]
  • ACT - NZers must retain freedom to travel [6]
  • Greens - Snedden Misreads Public Mood On Cricket Tour [7]
  • Greens - Rod Donald Speech: "It's Just Not Cricket" [8]
  • Greens - Govt Should Reconsider Stance On Zimbabwe Tour Law [9]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00233.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00232.htm
    [3] - http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/audio/0507/cricketgoff.m3u
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00336.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00153.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00348.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00346.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00339.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00337.htm

    Nat Tax Cuts A Trojan Horse War On Worker’s Wages

    - In a speech to the Christchurch CTU/Government post-Budget briefing, CTU president Ross Wilson explains why tax cuts will cost working people - and the threat posed if National wins the election. “The National Party has already announced its industrial relations policies. Its policy is nothing less than a declaration of war on unions and the gains we have made for workers.” See... Tax issues and political threats [1] . See also...Tax Cut Promises Hide National's Real Agenda [2] ALSO:

  • Alliance - Call For Labour To Enter Australian IR Debate [3]
  • Brian Easton - The State of the Nation

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00162.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00166.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00155.htm


    Government Releases Education Sector Review

    - The Ministry of Education, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and the Tertiary Education Commission are to adopt a joint approach and work much more closely together to build quality and lift performance in education delivery, State Services Minister Trevor Mallard announced today. See... Education Sector Review released [1] ALSO:

  • ACT - ACT: Tertiary report election-year window dressing [2]
  • NZUSA - Students warn: access must not be compromised [3]
  • ASTE - Commitment to Regional Polytechnic “Just in Time” [4]
  • ASTE - A shake up for Tertiary! [5]
  • NZQA - Education chief executives welcome leadership challenge [6]
  • ASTE - National Day of Campus Action [7]
  • Industry Training Fed - Education announcements step in right direction [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00356.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00358.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00065.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00064.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00063.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00062.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00056.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0507/S00246.htm


    NZ AIDS Foundation Condemns South African Police For Shooting HIV/AIDS Protestors

    - The New Zealand AIDS Foundation has today called for international condemnation of the shooting and injuring by South African police of 40 people engaged in a peaceful protest demanding fair access to HIV treatment on 12 July. See... NZAF condemns police shooting at peaceful protest [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00152.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Imprisonment Handed Down For Paua Offence [1]
  • Progressive Party Changes Name To Jim Anderton's Progressive [2]
  • Consortium To Acquire Major NZ Forest Estates [3]
  • Grey Power challenges Meridian’s price rise [4]
  • Handle the Jandal DIY NZ Music Video Competition [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00170.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00151.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0507/S00237.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00150.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0507/S00130.htm


    Scoop Audio: RadioLive Media Pack Examine The Week

    - On this week’s Radio Live media pack host: Dr Wayne Hope and Scoop's Selwyn Manning; Political Review’s editor Chris Trotter, and Penguin Books’ Finlay Macdonald discussed: top issues for the week, including New Zealand and international reporting of the London bombings; former Christian Heritage Party leader Rev. Graham Capill’s fall from influence after being sentenced to nine years in jail for raping girls under the age of 12, what this means for moralistic party politics and the rise of faith-based politics; and the phony election war examining the performance of political leaders namely: Helen Clark, Don Brash, and Winston Peters. See... Scoop Audio: RadioLive media pack (Sunday July 17) [1] ”Click [2] SCOOP AUDIO: Scoop On Radio Live’s media pack (Sunday July 17 05) [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00234.htm
    [2] - http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/audio/0507/mediapack170705a.m3u
    [3] - http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/audio/0507/mediapack170705a.m3u


    Brazil, Germany, India, Japan Seek Permanent Positions On UN Security Council

    - Senior officials from Brazil, Germany, India and Japan -- all countries that have expressed their desire to become permanent members of the United Nations Security Council -- met today with Secretary-General Kofi Annan in New York ahead of key negotiations on the issue of UN reform. Following the midday meeting, Mr. Annan's spokesman's office said the foreign ministers of the socalled "Group of Four" met to brief Mr. Annan "on the state of play and to reassure him that they are interested in broader UN reform, as well as Security Council reform." See... Annan Meets Foreign Ministers Of Countries [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00297.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • UK's Galloway Speaks On London Bombings [1]
  • UQ Wire: July 21st Event With 911 Authors In DC [2]
  • U.S. State Dept. Press Briefing July 15, 2005 [3]
  • British Turks Condemn London Bombing Attacks [4]
  • UN AIDS Programme Criticizes SA Police Action [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00300.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00301.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00299.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00296.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00284.htm


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    SCOOP COLUMNS

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    Anne Else Recalls Another Dr Don Brash

    - I’ve watched with amazement as Dr Donald Brash’s public image has been transformed in the media over the past year. Gone is the tinder-dry, committed neo-liberal economist with an absolute aversion for the welfare state and an equally absolute faith in cutting both taxes and government spending, so that magic invisible hand can do its stuff. See... Anne Else: Would The Real Dr Brash Please Stand Up [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00254.htm


    Karl Rove Pulls A 360 – Is This What They Call BS?

    - Karl Rove has now given us an astounding insight into PlameGate! According to Karl, Bushevik journalists leaked classified information TO him! Holy, Batbrain, Karl was the last to know! Will wonders never cease? See... BuzzFlash: The Martians Have Landed! [1] and Ambassador Joe Wilson's Letter to the Senate [2] MORE:

  • Time - Link: Matthew Cooper- "What I Told The Grand Jury" [3]
  • Jason Leopold - Report Shows Rove May Have Lied to FBI, A Felony [4]
  • Harvey Wasserman - Will Traitor Rove Follow Nixon's Fatal Footsteps? [5]
  • Greg Palast - : Mr. Rove And The Access Of Evil [6]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00244.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00239.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00251.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00227.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00229.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00184.htm


    An In-Depth Statistical Analysis Of Vote Fraud 2004

    - According to the vote tabulators, in the 2004 presidential election George W. Bush won a stunning victory that defied all odds, particularly those applied by unbiased statisticians. He won despite trailing in most state and national polls. See... The Unanswered Question: Who Really Won In 2004? [1] MORE: See... J. Conyers' What Went Wrong In Ohio – A Summary [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00238.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00237.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • Keith Ng - Public Address 18/07/03 - Two Titanics [1]
  • Rosalea Barker - Stateside With Rosalea: Chocolate Chip Cookies [2]
  • John Roughan - John Roughan: From Law Maker to Project Funder! [3]
  • Richard S. Ehrlich - Iranian Ambassador Accuses Bush Of Interference [4]
  • Kamala Sarup - Kamala Sarup: Corruption Increases Terrorism [5]
  • Narconews - Vivanco Attacks Telesur: The Airwaves Are Falling [6]
  • William Fisher - William Fisher: Abuse, What Abuse? [7]
  • Narconews - Law Enforcer Indicted After Exposing Illegal Abuse [8]
  • Narconews - Narconews: Bigwood - Mycoherbicide Redux [9]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00253.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00252.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00249.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00247.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00246.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00245.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00242.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00241.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00240.htm


    London Bombings Commentary

    M. Shahid Alam
    It appears that Mr. Thomas Friedman has a Muslim problem. He has a great deal of trouble thinking straight when writing about Muslims; and, as the New York Times’ resident expert on Islam, he displays this malaise frequently, often twice a week. See... M. Shahid Alam: A Muslim Problem [1]

    Philip Challinor
    Tony Blair, the Vicar of Downing Street, whom God appears to have blessed with telepathy, has informed his faithful that the London bombings were not motivated by opposition to the invasion of Iraq. That settles that, then. See... Philip Challinor: Devilish Logic [2]

    Greg Palast
    Well, it didn't take long, did it? In the USA, the curtain opened on new anti-terror follies Wednesday when three Senate committees, in blustery response to the London bombings, voted to extend the power of the FBI under the Patriot Act to obtain library ... See... Greg Palast: It Didn't Take Long, Did It? [3] For complete Scoop London Bombing Commentary CLICK HERE [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00250.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00248.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00243.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/features/londonbombing.html#comment

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Trans-Party Asia-Pac FTA Signed In Parliament

    - The first multi-party free trade agreement spanning the Pacific and Asia was signed today in a ceremony at Parliament, announced Prime Minister Helen Clark. The Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership links New Zealand with Chile, Singapore and Brunei, liberalising trade in goods and services between the four countries. Helen Clark said that New Zealand, as the depositary state for the agreement, was hosting the signing ceremony. See... Second free trade agreement to be signed this year [1] ALSO:

  • Wellington Chamber Of Com - Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Signed [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00361.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0507/S00245.htm


    Govt Announces SME Tech Development Assistance

    - A new investment programme aimed at small to medium sized businesses with strong potential for high growth, particularly in the technology area, was announced today by Economic Development Minister, Jim Anderton. The Seed Co-investment Fund (SCIF) will be available for co-investments of up to 50 per cent of an equity investment, where other investor groups will contribute the balance required. Crown investment will be limited to $250,000 in any single proposal by pre-qualified investment partners. The programme will commit up to $40 million capital over five years. See... New investment fund to help high growth SMEs [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00360.htm


    Fairfax Poll Shows Nats With Clear Lead

    - A major opinion poll by Fairfax New Zealand /ACNielsen shows National has outstripped Labour in the lead-up to the forthcoming General Election, setting the stage for a tug-of-love over kingmaker NZ First. See... National Increases Lead Over Labour [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00148.htm


    MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:

  • Govt - Massive Drop In Unallocated CYF Cases [1]
  • Govt - Boot camps tried and failed [2]
  • Govt - Duneland with moa bones purchased for public [3]
  • Govt - First Family Safety Teams launched [4]
  • Govt - Goff Speech: Launch of Family Safety Teams pilot [5]
  • Govt - Hon Tizard to attend Australian Int'l Music Market [6]
  • United - United Future’s Election 2005 List [7]
  • United - UF: Brat camps, more cops and parole [8]
  • United - United Future’s election 2005 list [9]
  • Nats - National values our veterans [10]
  • Nats - Govt agencies boycott leaky homes symposium [11]
  • Nats - Cancelled flights a sign of the times [12]
  • Nats - Labour gets teacher training priorities wrong [13]
  • ACT - For real tax cuts - cut the $1b welfare abuse [14]
  • ACT - DPB mothers won’t name dads [15]
  • ACT - Labour turns unemployed into victims [16]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00357.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00355.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00353.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00352.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00351.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00349.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00334.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00335.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00334.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00345.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00344.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00343.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00342.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00340.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00350.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00333.htm


    POLITICAL COLUMNS:

  • Nats - www.mccully.co.nz - 15 July 2005 [1]
  • ACT - Newman Online Weekly commentary by Muriel Newman [2]
  • ACT - The Letter [3]
  • ACT - Heather Roy's Diary [4]
  • ACT - Deborah Coddington's Liberty Belle [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00347.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00341.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00354.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00338.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00332.htm

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