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Arts: NZ International Arts Festival Opening Weekend
David Benson-Pope: As Benny Hillesque Accusations 'Carry On' PM Responds -
Legal Issues: Malevolent Occult Forces Not Involved In Legislation Say Greens -
Scoop Column: Sackings, Sackings and Slaggings
Prison Vids: Is What We Have Here A Failure To Rehabilatate?
MORE HEADLINES:
Israel’s confiscation of Palestinian revenues: a brazen violation of international law
UN human rights chief distressed by Chechnya’s law enforcement system
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Dahr Jamail & Ors On Sectarian Violence In Iraq
Jason Leopold On The PlameGate Blowback
MORE COMMENTARY & OPINION:

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics):
Pita Sharples Suggests A Violence Reality Check
Navy Seeks New Home For Old Boat
Govt. Approves Plans To Move Rare Snails
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Arts: NZ International Arts Festival Opening Weekend

The
Earth From AboveOpening night of the New Zealand International Arts Festival. There's a sense of importance and occasion among the crowd at the St James, even if some of them were not sufficiently awed to remember to turn their cell phones off. This is serious fun. The gentleman next to me had spent the day in Auckland, listening to Bill Clinton, and this was apparently the first of 40 festival events on his schedule. He was clearly ready to fork out serious money to be entertained. See... Arts Festival Review: The History Boys [1] MORE SCOOP REVIEWS:

  • Dr Buller's Birds [2]
  • Tea: A Mirror of Soul [3]
  • Les Arts Sauts [4]
  • Antonio Forcione Quartet [5]
  • The Earth from Above [6]
  • Eraritjaritjaka - The Museuim of Phrases [7]
  • King and Country [8]
  • Mikelangelo & the Black Sea Gentlemen [9]
  • Jan Preston [10]
  • New Zealand String Quartet [11]
  • ALSO:
  • NZ Arts Festival - Lights, camera, action! [12]
  • SCOOP FULL COVERAGE: Festival 2006 [13]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00306.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00335.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00310.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00309.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00308.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00307.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00305.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00304.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00303.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00334.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00333.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0602/S00199.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/features/festival2006.html

    David Benson-Pope: As Benny Hillesque Accusations 'Carry On' PM Responds -

    Scoop Audio: It's official – there is no other story the New Zealand media is more interested in than David Benson-Pope and his ill-fated teaching exploits at Bayfield High. Today the Prime Minister of New Zealand faced a barrage of questions regarding Mr Benson-Pope. There was no chance for a hesitant hack, as reporters yelled over the top of each other with their questions. See... PM's Presser: Latest (27/02/06) DBP Questions [1] ALSO:

  • Benson-Pope responds to latest allegations [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00336.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00402.htm


    Legal Issues: Malevolent Occult Forces Not Involved In Legislation Say Greens -

    An article by the pastor of a Wanganui church sent widely around New Zealand has alleged that Green MP Sue Bradford is "under the control of Satan" because she is advocating the repeal of section 59 of the Crimes Act. "This reminds me of the campaign against the Prostitution Reform Bill when equally hysterical and medieval claims were made, for example by fundamentalist Catholics telling us we were going straight to hell," Ms Bradford says. See... Accusations of Satanism show nature of pro s59'ers [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00409.htm


    Scoop Column: Sackings, Sackings and Slaggings

    - A Week Of It reveals how competition among media-co's has intensified even for freelancers - Air NZ get's the last say on who will or will not be sacked - And, National gets septic over Bill Clinton's talk-fest! See... Radio Ructions - The Story You Probably Won't Hear On Mediawatch - Air NZ Boss Leaves Potentially Departing Staff Inspiring Recorded Message - Andrew Little discusses Air NZ lay offs - National's Foreign Affairs dude lashes Out At Ex U.S. President... A Week of It: RadioNZ Ructions - Air NZ Advisories [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00301.htm


    Prison Vids: Is What We Have Here A Failure To Rehabilatate?

    - National's Law & Order spokesman, Simon Power, says it is little wonder some rehabilitation programmes are not working when the Corrections Department is letting prisoners watch movies containing graphic violence, nudity, drug abuse and jail breaks. See... R-rated movies don't rehabilitate prisoners [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00413.htm


    MORE HEADLINES:

  • Heatley releases letters from Taito Phillip Field [1]
  • Cancellation of Dancing in the Streets [2]
  • What's Wrong with Keynesian Economics? [3]
  • Big polluters capture climate change policy [4]
  • World Poker Champ Set To Compete In Christchurch [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00405.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0602/S00188.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0602/S00352.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0602/S00044.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0602/S00215.htm


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    SCOOP COLUMNS


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    Israel’s confiscation of Palestinian revenues: a brazen violation of international law

    - Events within the Occupied Territories following Hamas’s victory in Palestinian legislative council elections last month have again demonstrated Israel’s and Washington’s blatant disregard for international law. Israel’s confiscation of Palestinian tax and customs revenues worth an estimated $50 million a month is indicative of the illegal measures currently being implemented. The Bush administration has unambiguously backed this provocative response to the Islamists’ election win. See... Israel’s confiscation of Palestinian revenues [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00473.htm


    UN human rights chief distressed by Chechnya’s law enforcement system

    - After a second visit to the Russian Federation that included time in the troubled region of Chechnya, the United Nations top human rights official said today in Moscow that she had “very serious concerns” about Chechnya’s law enforcement system. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said she found two phenomena particularly disturbing: the use of torture to extract confessions and information, and the intimidation of people who make complaints against public officials. See... UN human rights chief distressed by Chechnya’s law [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00462.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • "Refugees don't sink damned boats, Mr Howard!" [1]
  • Somalia: Reconciliation over chaos urges UN [2]
  • UN urges Ethiopia and Eritrea to set border [3]
  • Pakistan: Bush Should Urge End to Military Rule [4]
  • Attacks On Iraqi Religious Sites "An Outrage" [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00470.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00468.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00464.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00461.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00451.htm


    Dahr Jamail & Ors On Sectarian Violence In Iraq

    - The most important question to ask regarding the bombings of the Golden Mosque in Samarra on the 22nd is: who benefits? Prior to asking this question, let us note the timing of the bombing. The last weeks in Iraq have been a PR disaster for the occupiers. See... Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches: Who Benefits? [1] MORE:

  • Pierre Tristam: Iraq’s Cambodian Jungle [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00331.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00316.htm


    Jason Leopold On The PlameGate Blowback

    - Two top Bush administration officials who played an active role in the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, have been removing from their jobs, career State Deptartment weapons experts who have spoken to investigators during the past two years about the officials role in the leak, according to a half-dozen State Department officials. See... Plame Whistleblowers Targeted by Administration [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00328.htm


    MORE COMMENTARY & OPINION:

  • The Letter – Monday, 27 February 2006 [1]
  • Public Address 27/02/06 - Four Strange Men [2]
  • Stateside With Rosalea: I Am Curious, Jaundiced [3]
  • Adderall - Black Market Profits In Plain Sight [4]
  • William Fisher: Death In U.S. Custody [5]
  • Bill Moyers Speech - Restoring the Public Trust [6]
  • Well, I Was Wondering Whose Government It Was [7]
  • Remember When Cartoons Used to be Funny? [8]
  • Mark W. Bradley: The Declaration of Dependence [9]
  • Mary Pitt: The Good News [10]
  • Bolivia's Moment, Part I: Leonilda Zurita's Visa [11]
  • William Fisher: Remember Rendition? [12]
  • Huge March Planned for Eve of Katrina Evictions [13]
  • Another Testing time for Australian Muslims [14]
  • Bereaved Israelis Meet with Hamas to Discuss Peace [15]
  • An Open Letter To Bush On Eve Of South Asia Visit [16]
  • Mexico: "Other Campaign" Organizer Imprisoned [17]
  • Kamala Sarup: Women Give Birth To Create Peace [18]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00332.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00330.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00329.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00327.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00326.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00325.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00324.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00323.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00322.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00321.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00320.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00319.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00318.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00317.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00315.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00314.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00313.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00312.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)


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    Pita Sharples Suggests A Violence Reality Check

    - "It's time to get real about the crisis facing many of our families in confronting violent crime" stated Dr Pita Sharples today in response to the media release describing a dramatic increase in number of youths caught for grievous or serious assaults. See... Let's Get Real about Violence says Sharples [1] MORE: NZ First - Judge Confirms Worrying Trend [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00430.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00424.htm


    Navy Seeks New Home For Old Boat

    - The Royal New Zealand Navy will being seeking proposals for disposal of the decommissioned frigate HMNZS Canterbury within the next few weeks, Defence Minister Phil said today. See... Navy to seek proposals for disposal of Canterbury [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00427.htm


    Govt. Approves Plans To Move Rare Snails

    - Conservation Minister Chris Carter has approved a permit under the Wildlife Act to allow Solid Energy to move a small population of Powelliphanta Augustus snails at the southern end of its Stockton Mine. . Carter approves permit to move Powelliphanta snail [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00426.htm


    MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:

  • NZ First - AgResearch Welcomed Back On Track [1]
  • Govt. - Anderton: UK National Farmers Union Conference [2]
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  • Maori - Maori Party calls for Inquiry into Kohanga Reo [3]
  • Govt. - Burton: Address to IAATI Australasian Seminar [4]
  • Govt. - Biotech's $400 million value-add [5]
  • National - Govt stretching truth with small business report [6]
  • United - Review of CYF Ignores Community Agencies [7]
  • National - $6m research under-spend puts fish stocks at risk [8]
  • National - Mt Eden to add to prisons budget blowout [9]
  • National - Airline policy a clear breach of human rights [10]
  • National - Ethnic question in Census still confusing [11]
  • National - Questions over ministry contracts still unanswered [12]
  • National - R-rated movies don't rehabilitate prisoners [13]
  • Greens - Bradford boosted by business backing [14]
  • National - Parents set to face teachers' childcare costs [15]
  • National - Aust tax move should be mirrored in NZ [16]
  • ACT - DHB Deficit Control is 'Mission Impossible' [17]
  • National - Stop the land access talk-fest [18]
  • National - NZTE and Minister need to answer to Parliament [19]
  • National - Heatley releases letters from Taito Phillip Field [20]
  • National - Labour must take blame for fines dodgers [21]
  • Govt. - Showcasing business success and innovation [22]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00429.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00428.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00425.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00423.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00422.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00421.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00420.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00419.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00418.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00417.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00416.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00415.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00413.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00412.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00411.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00410.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00408.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00407.htm
    [19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00406.htm
    [20] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00405.htm
    [21] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00404.htm
    [22] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00403.htm

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