The Best Of It: Top Stories For The Week July 1-7
The Best Of It - Top Stories For The Week July 1 -7
Welcome to Scoop's The Best Of It – Here for your weekend reading, listening, and viewing pleasure is a collection of the best and most progressive stories and casts on Scoop for the week as distilled by the scoop editorial team. Feel free to nominate your top stories by sending Scoop your picks by clicking here.
STATE OF IT: Labour President Faces Critics - As Labour moves toward celebrating its 90th birthday, insiders cite post-election debt, fears of defeat in 2008, and talk of a dwindling membership as three factors that lie at the centre of a pesty mood overhanging many party faithful. President Mike Williams corrects the critics and tells Scoop exactly how Labour intends to reform to become the party of choice for Kiwi voters. See... Labour Boss Talks About Debt, Factions and 90ths
Scoop Audio (click here to listen): Selwyn Manning and Noelle McCarthy discuss on 95bFM: discuss on 95bFM: Labour's 90th birthday celebrations, challenges, and an interview with its president Mike Williams on claims of debt, factionalism, and distance.
Intelligence: Kiwi Former MI6 Spy Suspected Of New Agent Names Leak New Zealander and former British MI6 operative, Richard Tomlinson, was taken in for questioning by French DST agents on June 29 on suspicions that he was behind further leaks of MI6 agent names. MI6 and Tomlinson have been struggling within a legal-labyrinth since Tomlinson was sacked by the spy agency in 1995. He was arrested in 1997 under the British Official Secrets Act, and served time in prison accused of placing lists of MI6 officers on websites. See... Intelligence: NZ's Tomlinson Draws MI6 Wrath Again
Scoop Audio (click here to listen): Selwyn Manning and Adelaide Radio's Peter Godfrey discuss: Kiwi former spy Richard Tomlinson questioned by French DST. ALSO Discussed: Govt orders welfare dept to probe beneficiary clusters; Weather continues to affect Kiwi travel plans.
Video & Text: Brit MP Advances Investigation Into David Kelly's Death - David Kelly was an employee of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MoD), an expert in biological warfare, and a former United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq. His talk with a journalist about the British government's dossier on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq inadvertently caused a major political scandal, and he was found dead days after appearing before a Parliamentary committee investigating it. The Hutton Inquiry, a public inquiry into his death, ruled that he had committed suicide. Now a British LibDem MP Norman Baker is two months into a private, year-long investigation into the suspicious death.
Video and Text: Investigation Into The Death Of David Kelly
Foreign Affairs: Foreign Minister Fires Shot Across North Korea's Bow - Foreign Minister Winston Peters today condemned North Korea's missile tests, saying it showed wanton disregard for the warnings issued by the international community and that its actions elevate concerns that it has chosen a path towards denunciation as a rogue state. See... Peters condemns North Korean missile tests
Politics: With ACT's The Letters' Demise Robson Seeks Political Punditry Supremacy - I've had feed-back from my prediction National will lose again in 2008. Let me outline three reasons for my confidence: The economy: The Labour-Progressive-Green (LPG) bloc won 47.6% (41.1% + 5.3% + 1.2%) of votes cast last September midway through a six-month period of zero economic growth. See... Robson-on-Politics July 5 2006
RDU Audio: Scoop's Kevin List joins Wammo to discuss the big issues of the week. Issues under the microscope this time are: Beneficiaries, police ticket quotas, soccer and drinks.
RDU Audio: The Prime Minister Helen Clark joins Wammo to discuss: 90th Birthday Parties; All about the weather; The pleasures of walking in the snow; What to do with beneficiaries; And Kyoto.
Scoop Audio: Scoop's Kevin List discusses on Wellington's Radio Active welfare and how former Labour MP John Tamihere has called for the Government to fund Maori beneficiaries through independent trusts.
Scoop Audio: Selwyn Manning and Adelaide Radio's Peter Godfrey discuss: Kiwi former spy Richard Tomlinson questioned by French DST. ALSO Discussed: Govt orders welfare dept to probe beneficiary clusters; Weather continues to affect Kiwi travel plans.
Scoop Audio: Prime Minister's Post-Cabinet Press Conference: On Monday the Parliamentary press gallery seemed deeply concerned by the plight of New Zealand's underclass.
Oddspot: Persecuted Spanish Bulls Arouse Antipodean Exhibitionist's Sympathy - Yesterday in Pamplona Spain, New Zealander Nadine Frew joined more than 1,000 other people from around the world, most of them wearing nothing but plastic bullhorns and red scarves, for PETA's fifth annual headline-grabbing, head-turning Running of the Nudes in Pamplona, Spain, a humane and festive alternative to the cruel Running of the Bulls and the bullfights that follow. See... NZ Activist Bares All For Bulls' Sake
Korean Missile Launch: UN Council Members Agree Swift Action Needed - Expressing “deep concern” over missile launches by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), members of the United Nations Security Council agreed this morning that quick action is needed to deal with the matter, during a closed meeting requested by Japan and the United States. “All members have expressed deep concern after the launching of this ballistic missile by North Korea,” Ambassador Jean-Marc de la Sablière of France, which holds the Council presidency for the month of July, told reporters following the consultations of the 15-member body. See... Korean missile launch: Swift action needed - UN
France-Oceania Summit Formalises Thawing Of France-Pacific Relations - The second edition of a France-Oceania summit, held on Monday in the French capital under the chairmanship of French President Jacques Chirac, has been regarded as heralding a new era in the relationships between France, the Pacific islands and two of its largest countries, Australia and New Zealand. With the two regional powers, relations with France had been lukewarm and sometimes tense during the past two decades, mainly due to the French nuclear tests in French Polynesia (which ended in 1996) and in the mid-1980s, the sinking of the Greenpeace flagship the Rainbow Warrior. See... France-Oceania Summit: A Thawing of Relations
Occupied Palestine: Gaza Under Attack Again - I am writing while the jet fighters are in the sky with their horrible sounds, bringing death and horror. It is 10:30 pm and I am still waiting, like everyone. I hope they will not go ahead with their operation into Gaza; the outcome could be horrible. The resistance movements are going ahead with their preparations too, but it is obvious which side holds the balance of power. Anyway, Israel - resistance or no resistance - is attacking us all the time, but this time will be different, and in the process many civilian lives will be lost. I am listening to the local radio. It seems that the operation started in Khan Yunis. The artillery started shelling under the cover of Apache helicopters and jet fighters. See... Mona Elfarra: Gaza Under Large-Scale Attack
Election: Matt Pascarella Reports On A Looming Mexican Coup - Gore vs. Bush. Kerry vs. Bush. Lopez Obrador vs. Calderon. As in Florida in 2000, as in Ohio in 2004, the exit polls show the voters voted for the progressive candidate, but the race is "officially" too close to call. See... Pascarella, Palast: Stealing Mexico In Plain Sight
American Coup: Bobby Kennedy, Jr. To Sue US Voting Machine Companies - Since Bobby Kennedy, Jr. and attorney Mike Papantonio have now discussed this out loud on the air on their Ring of Fire radio program (where yours truly will be a guest next Saturday, by the way) and since this week's Rolling Stone references it, we may as well share a few more prevoiusly undisclosed exclusive details about the upcoming federal qui tam (false claims or fraud) lawsuits to be filed against two of the major American electronic voting machine companies. See... RFK Jr Files Fed. Suit Against Voting Machine Cos.
Gaza: Israel's Restraint Increasingly Hard To Discern - My friend Hoda , lives next to the ministry of interior building , in Gaza, that was hit last night with 2 rockets ,the attack occurred 2am yesterday, please forgive me about the accuracy , l am starting to lose track of days and nights , and how many times we were attacked , hoda told me that the whole building was shaking. Collective Punishment And State Terrorism In Gaza