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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS: NZ Politicians Distance Themselves From US Foreign Policy
Poetry Day Inspires Outpouring of Purple Political Polemic
Clark Expresses Sadness At Second London Bomb Attack
George W Bush Loving 'Democrat' Visits New Zealand Assisted By ACT Party Candidates
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Unanswered Questions: Truth Emergency In Washington D.C. Friday
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Marjorie Cohn Assesses The Supreme Court Nomination
Kelpie Wilson On The New Fuel - Food
Diebold Document Deluge
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London Bombings Commentary

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Report Suggests NZ Social Wellbeing Progressing Nicely
Students' Associations Greet National Tax Rebate Plans With Scepticism
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NZ Politicians Distance Themselves From US Foreign Policy

[1] Dr Brash’s insistence this week that National Party policy is written purely for New Zealanders is a concerning development for lovers of the global free market and may spell the end of hopes for a Free Trade Deal (FTA) with the United States. If Dr Brash isn’t willing to advocate letting the odd nuclear-powered ship into New Zealand ports and is unwilling to assist the people of Iraq in enjoying freedom (those who are still alive), prospects of NZ dairy produce lining the supermarket shelves of Vermont look slim. See... A Week of It: US Friendly Policy Under Fire [2] ALSO:

  • Russell Brown & Che Tibby - Public Address: Confusion [3]
  • US Embassy - US Embassy Statement Regarding Policy Commitments [4]
  • TV3 Interview - Don Brash Struggles With His Iraq Policy [5]
  • Scoop Transcript - Dr Brash: Statements Supporting Iraq Invasion [6]
  • NZ Govt - Brash, in his own words [7]
  • National - Brash Vows Focus on Policies for New Zealand [8]
  • National - 'Policy For Sale' claim absolute rubbish [9]
  • ACT - Clark must back Mallard - or sack him [10]
  • Scoop Background Report: - Iraq Conflict Set To Be NZ Election Issue

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00294.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00294.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00306.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00223.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00292.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00289.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00483.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00462.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00454.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00470.htm


    Poetry Day Inspires Outpouring of Purple Political Polemic

    - The policy, the policy, when do we get the policy? The election will come either way, but was it just frivolity? When they promised us a shadow budget shortly after Mike's?And now they say the Labour Party should be on their bikes, And the country is collapsing (a thing they cannot bear) But when the Government's criticised, the policy's not there! See...Lyndon Hood: Political Poetry Through the Ages [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00295.htm


    Clark Expresses Sadness At Second London Bomb Attack

    - Prime Minister Helen Clark today expressed sadness at the news of more bomb attacks on London's transport system. Helen Clark said that her thoughts today are with Tony Blair and the people of London at this testing time. "I have great respect and admiration for the speed with which the British authorities identified those who carried out the bombings two weeks ago. Their response to these crises has been impressive, and I am sure will be on this occasion. See... ALSO:

  • Wikinews - 4 Small Explosions Strike London Public Transport [1]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00473.htm


    George W Bush Loving 'Democrat' Visits New Zealand Assisted By ACT Party Candidates

    - If you still that Tammy Bruce might be worth a listen (this, despite knowing that she appears on panels with Leighton Smith and Alan Duff), here is her interpretation of the AIDS crisis. According to Ian Wishart's well-adjusted magazine, Investigate, Tammy Bruce believes there is 'a deliberate desire to spread AIDS wider into the community and, perversely increase the virgin power of the gay lobby. See... The Fundy Post 20 July 2005 – Tammy Bruce Special [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00218.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Where’s the rest, Don? [1]
  • NZ Music Special on UK’s Radio One [2]
  • Brothel bylaw dispensations ongoing [3]
  • Researchers run hot and cold on jellyfish stings [4]
  • Lions Tour Boosts Visitor Arrivals [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00087.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0507/S00167.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0507/S00142.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0507/S00081.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0507/S00294.htm


    Unanswered Questions: Truth Emergency In Washington D.C. Friday

    - WASHINGTON - July 21 - On Friday, July 22, 2005, one year to the day after the release of the "9/11 Commission Report," Project Censored founder, Dr. Peter Phillips will lead a National Press Club briefing entitled "The Failure of the 9/11 Commission Report and the Mainstream Media's Disregard." The briefing will feature scores of detailed examples of the Commission's flawed findings, self-censorship, misrepresentations and conflicts of interest that call the accuracy and integrity of their entire investigation into doubt. See... UQ Wire: 911 Families Declare Commission A Failure [1] and UQ Wire: Congressional Briefing On 9/11 Report [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00369.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00371.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Intelligence Officers Write To Congress On Plame [1]
  • Rep. Lee Introduces Resolution Of Inquiry Into DSM [2]
  • R. Nicholas Burns: On United Nations Reform [3]
  • Team Shocked By Condition Of Niger’s Young [4]
  • Human Traffickers In Kosovo Convicted With UN Help [5]
  • Renewed Violence Affects Thousands in Eastern DRC [6]
  • Seeds Surer Way To Curb Hunger In Darfur [7]
  • Zimbabwe: UN Report On Recent Evictions [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00368.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00379.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00377.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00385.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00384.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00383.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00362.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00359.htm

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    SCOOP COLUMNS


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    Marjorie Cohn Assesses The Supreme Court Nomination

    - Who leaked the name of John G. Roberts before Bush's official prime time revelation Tuesday night? My guess: Karl Rove. He had the most to gain from an early announcement. Rove knows the mainstream media has a very short attention span. What better way ... See... Marjorie Cohn: Mr. Roberts' Neighborhood [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00304.htm


    Kelpie Wilson On The New Fuel - Food

    - It was one of those things that you can't quite believe is real. I was flipping through a magazine and saw an ad for a stove that burns corn kernels. For heat. Corn is food, not fuel, I thought, but the ad assured me that "Corn is replenished annually. ... See... Kelpie Wilson: The Tragic Abuse of Corn [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00299.htm


    Diebold Document Deluge

    - JULY 20, 2005: One late night in Texas, 51-year-old Kathleen Wynne did something she never thought she would consider: She jumped into a dumpster. An ordinary citizen who had become concerned about the integrity of Diebold voting machines, Wynne was amazed to find hundreds of pages of documents in the trash. Among them: internal notes and memos, planning information, problems with equipment and customers, price bid worksheets, staff bonuses, and financial statements from Diebold Election Systems. It was early July, just after second quarter financials, and the Diebold elections division seemed to be cleaning house. See…New Diebold Docs. Have A “Stink” To Them [1] MORE:

  • Votersunite.org - VotersUnite: A New EAC Advisory And What It Means [2]
  • "Shocking" Election Practices Revealed in Georgia [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00298.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00382.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00347.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • Russell Brown - Public Address 21/07/04 - King Of The Zeitgeist [1]
  • Bill Berkowitz - Horowitz's Battlefield Academia [2]
  • Sonia Nettnin - Poem: Portrait of a Palestinian Woman [3]
  • Krishna Singh Bam - Nepal: Yes, All Roads Lead To Delhi, But… [4]
  • Harvey Wasserman - Debating William Westmoreland [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00305.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00303.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00302.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00297.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00296.htm


    London Bombings Commentary

    Michel Chossudovsky British investigators have uncovered that the "London bombers" had connections to a mysterious Pakistani engineer named Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan, also known as Abu Talha, who was allegedly behind last year's planned terror attack on Wall Street, ... See... The London Bombers and "Al Qaeda's Webmaster" [1] For complete Scoop London Bombing Commentary CLICK HERE [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00300.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/features/londonbombing.html#comment


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)


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    Report Suggests NZ Social Wellbeing Progressing Nicely

    - Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey welcomed the findings of the latest Social Report as evidence of solid progress on social issues, but warned further investments were needed in core areas such as health, education and family. See... Social indicators up but investment must continue [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00460.htm


    Students' Associations Greet National Tax Rebate Plans With Scepticism

    - Don Brash announced a policy this afternoon targeted at keeping graduates in New Zealand. The rebate works by giving borrowers making repayments a rebate on part of their interest that would then be paid directly onto the principle of their loan. "It is important to see this rebate scheme for graduates in context. When National was last in power student allowance eligibility went down from 85% in 1990 to 36% in 1999. See…Nats rebates will not solve student debt crisis [1] ALSO:

  • National - National tables tax plan on student loans [2]
  • NZ Govt - Nats offer pathetic student support - Mallard [3]
  • NZ First - National Candidates Son Has More Sense Than Father [4]
  • Green Party - Graduates will reject National's overtures [5]
  • ACT - Tax Cuts Beat Tax Rebates Hands Down [6]
  • Progressive Party National's Student Rebate Policy No Encouragement [7]
  • OPSA - National does little to fix student/graduate debt [8]
  • UCSA - 'Hit for Six' by Inequitable Tertiary Scheme [9]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00079.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00446.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00439.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00487.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00443.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00440.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00486.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00078.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00077.htm


    MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:

  • NZ Govt - Good decision-making not on National's RMA agenda [1]
  • NZ Govt - National’s retrograde tax policies [2]
  • NZ Govt - Improved student safety in hostels [3]
  • National - www.mccully.co.nz - 22 July 2005 [4]
  • National - Labour puts public access back on table [5]
  • National - Deep concerns over breast screening service [6]
  • NZ First - PM - When Will You Stop Ripping Seniors Off? [7]
  • Green Party - NZ should be ashamed of its polluted waterways [8]
  • ACT - Sutton's public access claims shredded by ruling [9]
  • ACT - Deborah Coddington's Liberty Belle 22 July 2005 [10]
  • United Future - Day three: Nandor remains silent [11]
  • United Future - ‘Hurt feelings’ claim owes all to Labour, Greens [12]
  • United Future - Copeland calls for government to back off Unlisted [13]
  • United Future - Baldock: Parliament to be tested on Marriage Bill [14]
  • United Future - Bill injured home invader for his hospital care [15]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00459.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00466.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00484.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00481.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00475.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00472.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00479.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00463.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00477.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00474.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00476.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00480.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00478.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00468.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00461.htm

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