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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS:
Brash's Foreign Affairs Indecisiveness To Become Election Issue
Transpower Confirms 320 Landowners Affected By Pylons
Labour Issues Third Term Pledge-Card
United Nations Voices Concerns Over Mugabe Abuses
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Hurricane Emily Approaching Mexican Coast
Iraq: Alleged Torture Sees Nine Suffocate In Container
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Tarek Cherkaoui On Developments In Egyptian Politics
Ivan Eland On Rove Vs The Truth
The Once Mighty American Eagle's Fall
Why Australia Has Changed It's Detention Policy
MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics):
Nandor's Cannabis Bill Ignites Policy Debate
Greens Back Tahiti's Oscar Temaru's Pac-Passport Call
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Brash's Foreign Affairs Indecisiveness To Become Election Issue

Scoop
Image: Posters are appearing all over Wellington hitting out
at Brash on his Foreign affairs stance. “I have no doubts whatsoever that an issue in this election will be whether New Zealand makes decisions based on its own values and principles about where it engages militarily offshore,” explained the Prime Minister at yesterday's post-cabinet press conference. The Prime Minister considered that the present conflict in Iraq would very definitely be an issue in the upcoming general election. “[Iraq] is certainly an election issue because it is very clear to everyone that had there been a National Government in power, New Zealanders would have been sent into combat in Iraq,” she said. See... Iraq Conflict Set To Be NZ Election Issue - PM [1] ALSO: Anne Else: Would The Real Dr Brash Please Stand Up [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00258.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00254.htm


Transpower Confirms 320 Landowners Affected By Pylons

- Transpower has confirmed the final route within which the proposed new transmission line through the Waikato and south Auckland would be built. Proceeding with the transmission line is subject to Electricity Commission and Resource Management Act approvals. An interim route was announced in May for the proposed 400 kV transmission line between Otahuhu and Whakamaru. This has now been confirmed as the final route. Information packs are being delivered today to affected landowners and occupiers. See... Transpower Confirms Route For Pylons [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0507/S00264.htm


Labour Issues Third Term Pledge-Card

- Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today that Labour is issuing a pledge card again this election outlining key commitments it is making to New Zealanders, during a third term of a Labour-led government. Helen Clark also announced that one of the key pledges would be Labour's plan to make big improvements to the rates rebates scheme. Helen Clark said that Labour had pioneered the use of pledge cards in New Zealand in response to the public distaste for years of broken promises by previous governments which had preceded Labour's win in the1999 election. See... Labour pledge card for third term in office [1] ALSO:

  • Nats - Pledge card promise on tax was ‘worthless’ [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00375.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00377.htm


    United Nations Voices Concerns Over Mugabe Abuses

    - United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced increasing concern about the human rights and humanitarian aspects of the housing demolitions in Zimbabwe. See... UN Concern About Housing Demolitions In Zimbabwe [1] ALSO: Scoop Report: How Vulnerable Will Black Caps Be On Zimbabwe Tour? 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. See... Only Filtered Diplomatic Support On BlackCaps Tour [2] ALSO:

  • GPJA - Govt Diplomatic Support for Cricketers Illusory [3]
  • Zimbabwe Regime victimisation - first time screened in
New Zealand Scoop Video: First Time In NZ Video Of Zimbabwe Regime's Victimization [4] - 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 [5] MORE:
  • CLICK HERE: for more political reaction. [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00307.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00255.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00172.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00236.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00236.htm
    [6] - #cricket1


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Incidence of AIDS Cases In NZ More Than Doubled [1]
  • Recruitment Drive for 2006 Census Begins [2]
  • EPMU: Break-through in mines talks [3]
  • Emirates Launches 2nd Non-Stop Flight To NYC [4]
  • Robert Harris National Barista Awards 2005 [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0507/S00065.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0507/S00256.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00174.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0507/S00251.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0507/S00133.htm


    Hurricane Emily Approaching Mexican Coast

    - Hurricane Emily is 36 hours away from landfall on the Gulf Coast, most probably close to the Mexico/Texas border ( See supercomputer forecast of landfall below ). The following image shows the most recent National Hurricane Warning Center forecast ... See... Supercomputer Weather: Emily's Landfall Imminent [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00271.htm


    Iraq: Alleged Torture Sees Nine Suffocate In Container

    - Amnesty International has written to Iraq's Interior Minister, Bayan Jabr Solagh, to call for a full investigation into the alleged torture of a group of men detained by Iraqi police on 10 July and the circumstances in which nine of them were suffocated to death after being confined in a police van or container. The nine who died were among a group of 12 men who were detained in Baghdad's al-'Amariya district on 10 July. The Iraqi authorities have suggested they were members of an armed group who had engaged in an exchange of fire with US or Iraqi forces, but other sources claim they were a group of bricklayers who were picked up as suspected insurgents and then brutally tortured by police commandoes before being confined in a police van or container in extremely high temperatures for up to 14 hours. See... Iraq: Amnesty Urges Inquiry Into Custodial Deaths [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00324.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • ISM Update From Palestine [1]
  • UN Makes Progress On AIDS Education Peacekeepers [2]
  • International Criminal Court Briefed On Darfur [3]
  • Peace Deal Between Indonesia And Separatists [4]
  • Mexico: López Obrador’s Presidential Bid Still Leads Polls [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00327.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00323.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00316.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00315.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00329.htm

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    SCOOP COLUMNS


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    Tarek Cherkaoui On Developments In Egyptian Politics

    - Tarek Cherkaoui writes that after decades of political stagnation in Egypt, there is a semblance of change in the Egyptian public arena thanks to the emergence of new actors on the political scene. Yet there are still many challenges ahead. See... Kifaya: The New Player in the Egyptian Politics [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00270.htm


    Ivan Eland On Rove Vs The Truth

    - Much of Washington is abuzz about whether Karl Rove, the president’s deputy chief of staff and chief political operative, or perhaps other Bush administration officials, broke a law that prohibits government officials from disclosing the identity of CIA ... See... Ivan Eland: A Roving Ethical Problem [1] MORE:

  • BuzzFlash - The Martians Have Landed! [2]
  • BuzzFlash - Ambassador Joe Wilson's Letter to the Senate [3]
  • Time - Link: Matthew Cooper- "What I Told The Grand Jury" [4]
  • Jason Leopold - Report Shows Rove May Have Lied to FBI, A Felony [5]
  • Harvey Wasserman - Will Traitor Rove Follow Nixon's Fatal Footsteps? [6]
  • Greg Palast - : Mr. Rove And The Access Of Evil [7]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00268.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00244.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00239.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00251.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00227.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00229.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00184.htm


    The Once Mighty American Eagle's Fall

    - Having long been an observer of history and having lived through much too much of it, I have fond memories of the time when the United States was seen as the savior of the world. Whenever despotism reared its ugly head, nations of the world looked to the United States of America to come to their aid, to free them of their oppressors, and to assist them in rebuilding their country. See... Mary Pitt: From Soaring Eagle To Sitting Duck [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00265.htm


    Why Australia Has Changed It's Detention Policy

    - On the 17th of June this year John Howard announced a softening of his government’s policies concerning the detention of asylum seekers and others in Australia’s Immigration Detention Centres . Before we all rush to congratulate the Australian Government for its sudden enlightenment, it might be worth considering the history which led to these changes. See... Indefinite Detention Across The Ditch – Oz's Gitmo [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00264.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • Russell Brown & Ors - Public Address 19/07/05 - Sound And Light [1]
  • Biff Guevara - B. Guevara: Divination & The Art of Being Winston [2]
  • Kamala Sarup - Kamala Sarup: Iraqi Children Want Peace [3]
  • Seymour Hersh - Did Washington Try to Manipulate Iraq's Election? [4]
  • Jim Mullins - Deceptions Longstanding and Growing [5]
  • Narconews - Wagers & Risks in the Zapatistas' 6th Declaration [6]
  • Sanjay Upadhya - Sanjay Upadhya: Nepal - The Realignment Race [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00269.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00263.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00262.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00261.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00260.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00267.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00266.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)


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    Nandor's Cannabis Bill Ignites Policy Debate

    - The purpose of this Bill is to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 to introduce instant fines for the personal use of cannabis. The Bill aims to: * To decrease the number of criminal convictions given every year for minor cannabis offences; * To decrease police expenditure on cannabis offences and to enable the police to focus more on crimes against people and property; * To enable the establishment of effective drug education and rehabilitation programmes and adequate health treatment; * To implement the findings of the Health Select Committee Inquiry into the Legal Status of cannabis; * To decrease the number of suspensions from schools over cannabis and to enable schools to provide a effective drug education for children and young people; * To break the link between cannabis and hard drugs. See… Text of Nandor's Cannabis Bill [1] ALSO:

  • Greens - Nandor's Bill solution to prohibition crisis [2]
  • United - UF stands firm against Greens’ soft-sell on drugs [3]
  • Nats - Kids must be protected from drugs [4]
  • Garnet Milne - Tanczos’ desire to see more misery [5]
  • NORML - Nandor's Decrim Bill will reduce harms of prohibition [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00382.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00379.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00381.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00380.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00186.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00185.htm


    Greens Back Tahiti's Oscar Temaru's Pac-Passport Call

    - The Green Party is urging the Government to give serious consideration to the idea of a 'Pacific passport' floated by visiting French Polynesia President Oscar Temaru. See... Govt should look at Pacific passport [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00383.htm


    MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:

  • Govt - Code of practice for filming on conservation land [1]
  • Govt - Mount Parahaki changes to Mount Parihaka [2]
  • Govt - Stats NZ making business easier [3]
  • Govt - Cullen: Wellington District Law Society [4]
  • Govt - Burton: Nelson/Tasman Tourism Industry Meeting [5]
  • Govt - Assistance for aerospace manufacturing [6]
  • Govt - Nelson i-SITE Visitor Information Centre Opening [7]
  • Govt - Nelson tourism expected to double over five years [8]
  • Govt - Progress in child abuse would be at risk [9]
  • Govt - Advisory Committee on Official Statistics announce [10]
  • Govt - Hon Pete Hodgson - Transport Assocs. Speech [11]
  • Govt - Nats claim entire tertiary ed sector a waste [12]
  • Nats - Union power leaves thousands stranded [13]
  • Nats - Cullen makes another bungle in silly attack [14]
  • United - Alexander backs probation officer over protocol [15]
  • United - Ogilvy: Great news for common sense, practical ed [16]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00391.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00389.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00388.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00386.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00385.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00384.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00376.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00374.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00373.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00372.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00371.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00369.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00390.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00378.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00387.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00370.htm

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