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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS:
Election 2005: Millions Spent Attacking Govt Spending
YOU SAID IT! Dr Brash's Anti Racism Message Gets Short Shrift From A Reader
Whales: Botched Japanese Harpooning Leads To High Seas Horror -
Entertainment: Boh Runga Set To Serenade The Chimps -
Politics: Brownlee Wants Green Staff To Have A Long Holiday -
MORE HEADLINES:
Japanese Whalers Ram Greenpeace ship
Narconews.com Is Up Close On The Zapatistas' "Other Campaign"
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Pacific Ecologist: Putting Global Warming In Perspective
Maher Arar – The Story Of A Canadian Kidnapped And Tortured By The US
Scoop Full Coverage: The NSA Domestic Spying Scandal
MUCH MORE COMMENTARY....
NEW ZEALAND & GLOBAL:
IRAQ:
ISRAEL & OCCUPIED PALESTINE:
UNITED STATES:
NEPAL:

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics):
Kiwi Campers Get A DOC Hand Up
Employment: Bah Humbug! Xmas Themed Insults Flow In Employment Scrap -
MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES:
New Year 2006's Honourable Kiwis Honoured

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Election 2005: Millions Spent Attacking Govt Spending

[1] In the battle for the hearts and minds of the New Zealand voter in 2005 National spent in excess of two million dollars. According to figures that have just become available at the Electoral Commission National spent $2,128,028 (incl GST) on election advertising for the 2005 election campaign. National's biggest single expense by far in the 2005 campaign was Billboard rental, which according to their election expense return, exceeded $600,000. See... National Pushes Limits Of Campaign Spending [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00049.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00049.htm


YOU SAID IT! Dr Brash's Anti Racism Message Gets Short Shrift From A Reader

- "You might recall during the electoral campaign in which you described New Zealander's as either 'iwi' or 'kiwi'. Never mind the pain or hurt you caused many people, most of all we citizens of New Zealand who are of Maori descent. Somehow in your limited thinking you promoted the view that because we 'citizens' were less than being 'mainstream' or even a New Zealander, didn't justify us being embraced or referred to as being 'Kiwis'." See... Scoop Feedback: Christmas Leftovers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00053.htm


Whales: Botched Japanese Harpooning Leads To High Seas Horror -

A Greenpeace activist recounts the horror of a botched harpooning. While Greenpeace are intent on disrupting whaling, once an animal is hit by the explosive harpoon, they want the same thing as the whalers do - the end of the animals life. If the whale is lucky this will come in seconds or minutes. For the whale harpooned by the Yushin Maru the agony took nearly half an hour. See... Mercy Shot [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00020.htm


Entertainment: Boh Runga Set To Serenade The Chimps -

Award-winning singer-songwriter Boh Runga, with special guest Nathan King, get the Coca-Cola ZooMusic series off to a stellar start on Saturday 21 January, 6pm-9pm. Both these Kiwi talents, who have songs featured in APRA's 'Top 100 New Zealand Songs of All Time', will be performing material from their respective upcoming new albums. See... Boh Runga brings stellar sounds to Auckland Zoo [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0601/S00020.htm


Politics: Brownlee Wants Green Staff To Have A Long Holiday -

National Party Deputy Leader Gerry Brownlee says the taxpayer-funded Ministerial advisors to the Greens should be stood down while the Auditor- General investigates whether their appointments are legal. The Auditor-General has confirmed an investigation into the legality of attaching two Ministerial advisors to the Greens. The funding comes from the same pool used by legitimate Ministers of the Crown. See... Staff for Greens should be stood down [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00013.htm


MORE HEADLINES:

  • Another tax-funded bauble for Peters [1]
  • Foreign Control - Key facts [2]
  • Qualifications Authority Chief Executive announced [3]
  • 900k for Hawkes bay students [4]
  • Roger Kerr: Perspectives on Productivity [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00016.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0601/S00011.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0601/S00008.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0601/S00003.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0601/S00029.htm


    Japanese Whalers Ram Greenpeace ship

    - Greenpeace reports no whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary today, following a dangerous collision caused by a whaling ship. At 7am this morning [11am AEST] the Greenpeace ship MY Arctic Sunrise was rammed by the Nisshin Maru, the factory ship of the Fisheries Agency of Japan whaling fleet. Speaking from onboard the Arctic Sunrise, the Greenpeace expedition leader Shane Rattenbury said: "There is no way to describe this as anything but a deliberate ramming which placed the safety of our ship and the lives of its crew in severe danger." See... Japanese Whalers ram Greenpeace ship [1] ALSO:

  • Botched Japanese Harpooning Leads To High Seas Horror [2]
  • Gruesome whale kill continues... [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0601/S00008.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00020.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0601/S00007.htm


    Narconews.com Is Up Close On The Zapatistas' "Other Campaign"

    - Two more reports on the opening day of the Zapatistas' "Other Campaign" across Mexico are published in today's Narco News Bulletin. First, Julie Webb-Pullman writes about what it felt like to be among the crowd January 1 in San Crisóbal de las Casas, Mexico: See... Mexico - The Freedom Fighters of Tomorrow [1] MORE NEWS FROM THE "OTHER CAMPAIGN":

  • Mexico - Comandanta Ramona, 1959-2006, Presente! [2]
  • Marcos Sets Off Alone on His Motorcycle [3]
  • The First Report from Chiapas [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00030.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00051.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00028.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00003.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Robert Fisk on Ariel Sharon [1]
  • Sharon’s stroke plunges Israel into turmoil [2]
  • UN's force commander in Haiti found dead [3]
  • The Disappeared - A New Treaty [4]
  • "Whiny Whistleblower of the Year" Responds [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0601/S00018.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0601/S00017.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0601/S00009.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0601/S00016.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0601/S00019.htm


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    SCOOP COLUMNS


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    Pacific Ecologist: Putting Global Warming In Perspective

    - Victoria University's PETER BARRETT compares Global warming with climate fluctuations in the geological past. Greenhouse gas emission rates from human activity have increased in the last few decades, and CO2 levels will soon be higher than at any time in the past 25 million years. If not reduced soon, temperatures will return our climate to where it was before humans existed and global sea level was 70m higher. Much greater effort is needed to reduce CO2 levels, to lessen stresses on global ecosystems and avoid the collapse of civilisation as we know it by the end of this century. See... What 3 Degrees of Global Warming Really Means [1] & Pacific Ecologist issue 11 summer 2005/2006 [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00001.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00308.htm


    Maher Arar – The Story Of A Canadian Kidnapped And Tortured By The US

    - September 26, 2002 to October 5, 2003 The following is a chronology of events as told by Maher Arar, beginning with his arrival at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York on September 26, 2002, and ending with his October 5, 2003 release from Syrian prison... See... The Story of Maher Arar: Unfolding Police State [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00311.htm


    Scoop Full Coverage: The NSA Domestic Spying Scandal

    - A clandestine National Security Agency spy program code-named Echelon was likely responsible for tapping into the emails, telephone calls and facsimiles of thousands of average American citizens over the past four years in its effort to identify people suspected of communicating with al-Qaeda terrorists, according to half-a-dozen current and former intelligence officials from the NSA and FBI. See... Jason Leopold: The NSA Spy Engine - Echelon [1] MORE ON THE NSA SPYING SCANDAL:

  • Ray McGovern - Heck of a Job, Hayden! [2]
  • Jason Leopold - NSA Destroyed Evidence of Domestic Spying [3]
  • Jason Leopold - Bolton Testimony Revealed Domestic Spying [4]
  • David Swanson- What Fate Awaits NSA Spying Whistleblower [5]
  • EARLIER:
  • Jason Leopold - Bush-NSA Spying in Defiance of Congress, Court [6]
  • Jason Leopold - Rice Authorized NSA To Spy On UNSC [7]
  • William Rivers Pitt - Going Too Far [8]
  • Marjorie Cohn - Marjorie Cohn: Big Brother Bush Is Listening [9]
  • Doug Giebel - Impeaching President Bush: A Game Of Ambiguity [10]
  • Norman Solomon - NSA Spied on UN Diplomats in Iraq Invasion Push [11]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00047.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00039.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00038.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00011.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00007.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00295.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00265.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00287.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00277.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00274.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00268.htm


    MUCH MORE COMMENTARY


    NEW ZEALAND & GLOBAL:

  • Russell Brown Et Al. - See... Public Address 5 & 6/01/06 - Sick Of Ham Yet? [1] , Public Address 04/01/06 - Queen St. 2: Die Harder [2] & Public Address 03/01/06 - Exile On Queen Street [3]
  • Rosalea Barker - Stateside: Me, Too! Me, Too! [4]
  • Martin LeFevre - Meditations: What Kind of Revolution? [5]
  • John Roughan - Honiara: Customers Not Cattle! [6] &Change the top and the bottom! [7]
  • Martin LeFevre - Meditations: Cybermind or Awakened Mind? [8]
  • Narconews - Pertierra: Posada Carriles May Soon Hit Streets [9]
  • Between The Lines - IV: U.S. Can Do More to Stop Genocide in Darfur [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00027.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00013.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00012.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00310.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00046.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00045.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00014.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00044.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00052.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00024.htm


    IRAQ:

  • Dahr Jamail - US Propaganda vs. Iraqi Reality [1]
  • Sheila Samples - Sheila Samples: You Can't Go Home Again... [2]
  • David Swanson - Greed and Gall: Asking Iraq to Pay for Occupation [3]
  • Cindy Sheehan - Friends Don't Let Friends Commit War Crimes [4]
  • afterdowningstreet.org - Out of Iraq Events Planned Nationwide on Jan. 7th [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00048.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00042.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00025.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00021.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00009.htm


    ISRAEL & OCCUPIED PALESTINE:

  • Norman Solomon - See... Axis of Fanatics: Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad [1]
  • Genevieve Cora Fraser - Earth to Hillary & Dems. Supportive Of Imperialism [2]
  • Remi Kanazi - Ready, Aim, Cease-fire [3]
  • Ramzy Baroud - Ramzy Baroud: Abundance of Hope for New Year [4]
  • Remi Kanazi - Political Hemorrhaging [5]
  • Genevieve Cora Fraser - Egypt to Iraq - An Israeli Expansionism Discussion [6]
  • Genevieve Cora Fraser - Palestinian Welcome Smashed Against Israeli Wall [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00041.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00031.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00029.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00026.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00018.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00004.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00002.htm


    UNITED STATES:

  • Bernard Weiner - 12 Political Insights: A Starter-Kit for 2006 [1]
  • Jason Miller - Send Your Cards to Tom Instead of George [2]
  • David Swanson- A Peace Movement Demanding the Rule of Law [3]
  • Cindy Sheehan - The Opposite of Good Is Apathy [4]
  • William Fisher - Bush At Year-End [5]
  • William Fisher - State Department's Mixed Messages [6]
  • Marc Ash - I Have a Hammer [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00023.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00040.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00034.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00043.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00008.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00006.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00005.htm


    NEPAL:

  • Sanjay Upadhya - Nepal: A Tale of Two Pillars and Three Poles [1]
  • Siddhi B. Ranjitkar - Independence of Judiciary in Nepal [2]
  • Kamala Sarup - Peace A Chance To See [3]
  • Kamala Sarup - Kamala Sarup: Peace - A Bridge to Bright Future [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00037.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00036.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00022.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00010.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)


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    Kiwi Campers Get A DOC Hand Up

    - The Department of Conservation is to review the availability of family-friendly camping opportunities for New Zealanders, particularly in coastal areas, Conservation Minister Chris Carter announced today. See... Carter orders review of camping opportunities [1] MORE:

  • NZ First - Kiwi Camping Must Be Safe As Houses [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00010.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00018.htm


    Employment: Bah Humbug! Xmas Themed Insults Flow In Employment Scrap -

    Wayne Mapp and the National Party are the real Christmas Grinchs if they expect people to work on public holidays for no extra money, says the country’s largest union. Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union national secretary Andrew Little said that Dr Mapp’s claim that the “Grinch-like Holidays Act” had put a dampener on Christmas because one in three eateries had closed in order to avoid paying penal rates to staff was poppycock. See... Bah humbug to you too, Dr Mapp [1] ALSO:

  • National - Holidays Act dampens festive season [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0601/S00010.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00004.htm


    MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES:

  • National - Put speed cameras in the right places [1]
  • National - Another tax-funded bauble for Peters [2]
  • NZ First - Where's Waitangi In Treaty Roadshow? [3]
  • National - Cash-strapped DHBs delay hospice funds [4]
  • National - CYF spending priorities in disarray [5]
  • NZ Govt. - New Zealand sends message of support to Sharon [6]
  • National - . Hodgson fails kiwi mums and babies [7]
  • NZ Govt. - Palliser purchase secures stunning landscape [8]
  • National - Call for Govt action on GP shortage [9]
  • National - Holidays Act dampens festive season [10]
  • National - O’Connor’s assurances needed [11]
  • NZ Govt. - Public advertising around flu pandemic continues [12]
  • National - Low police confidence an indictment on Labour [13]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00017.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00016.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00015.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00011.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00009.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00008.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00007.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00006.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00005.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00004.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00003.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00002.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00001.htm


    New Year 2006's Honourable Kiwis Honoured

    – The annual list of New Zealanders deserving of letters after their name has been released by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. See… THE NEW YEAR HONOURS 2006 [1] RELATED:

  • GayNZ.com -NZ's Gay New Year's Honours Honours & Dishonours [2]
  • Victoria Uni. -Top honour to Victoria professor [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0512/S00379.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0512/S00196.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0512/S00102.htm

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