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Top Scoop Stories - 12 June 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 12 June 2008

LEAD STORY:

Gordon Campbell: Obama's Readiness to Talk To America's Enemies

NZ POLITICS:

Political Attacks: Cosgrove Sinks Teeth Into National Over REINZ
Hooliganism: Potty Mouthed MP Apologises To Police
Foreign Affairs: Kiwis Call For Release of US held Cuban Political Prisoners
Legal Issues: Proposed Safety Orders Welcomed
Treaty Treat: Revised Settlement Reached With Te Arawa
Gordon Campbell: Bassett Book Review

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Going Down: Manufacturing Activity Weakens In May
Kiwi Ingenuity: Farmers Put Lateral Thinking Caps On

WORLD:

EU: Swift Adoption Of Energy And Climate Policies Seen As Best Response To Rising Oil Prices
Vanished: UN Rights Group Deplores Sri Lanka Disappearances
Trigger Happy: U.S.-Led Coalition Forces Destroy Pakistani Check Post; 11 Dead
Passages: Ban Ki-Moon Mourns Death Of Vo Van Kiet, Former Viet Nam Prime Minister
Food Supply: Global Food Aid Deliveries Reach Lowest Level In Almost 50 Years

COMMENT:

So Far, Not So Good: Failed Project For The New American Century?
US Elections: McCain's Judicial Plans In Lockstep With Bush
Iraq Issues: Iraqi Parliament's Push For Sovereignty
Jurisdictions: FIVE Reasons To Stay Awake

LIFESTYLE:

Wrestling: Smack Down Gets Big Ups
Cult New Zealand noise: Yokel Ono set to play one-off show in Auckland


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LEAD STORY

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Gordon Campbell: Obama's Readiness to Talk To America's Enemies - Almost every other day, the US presidential race - and the place the Iraq war plays within it - manages to leave the rest of the world looking on amazed at the way the world's only superpower conducts its rites of succession. Not to mention at the Republican acceptance of eternal war in Iraq. Earlier today, John McCain was being reported to the effect that "it's not too important" how long the US stays in Iraq, so long as it gets [American] casualties down. More >> [1]

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/obama%e2%80%99s-readiness-to-talk-to-america%e2%80%99s-enemies/


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NZ POLITICS

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Political Attacks: Cosgrove Sinks Teeth Into National Over REINZ - Associate Justice Minister Clayton Cosgrove says the National Party should come clean over any deals it has done with the Real Estate Institute (REINZ) to wind back the government's new legislation to overhaul real estate law. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00169.htm


Hooliganism: Potty Mouthed MP Apologises To Police - National Party Northland MP John Carter says he deeply regrets an incident between himself and a police officer who stopped him for a driving offence. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00166.htm


Foreign Affairs: Kiwis Call For Release of US held Cuban Political Prisoners - Dozens of New Zealand supporters of civil rights have added their names to a letter being delivered to the US consulate in Auckland at 4pm today demanding the release of five Cubans jailed in the USA. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00130.htm


Legal Issues: Proposed Safety Orders Welcomed - Liz Kinley, Jigsaw CEO Strategic Operations, has added Jigsaw's support to the proposal that Police who attend a domestic violence incident be given the power to issue a safety order. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00117.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00136.htm


Treaty Treat: Revised Settlement Reached With Te Arawa - Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa, representing the Affiliate Te Arawa Iwi/Hapu has signed a revised Deed of Settlement with the Crown to settle their historical Treaty of Waitangi claims. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00151.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00150.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00120.htm


Gordon Campbell: Bassett Book Review - Scoop's political guru Gordon Campbell has read and analysed Michael Bassett's history of the Lange years. The book itself was launched Monday More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/gordon-campbell-reviews-working-with-david/
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00109.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00136.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Going Down: Manufacturing Activity Weakens In May - New Zealand's manufacturing sector continued to weaken in May amidst challenging economic conditions, according to the Bank of New Zealand - Business NZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI). More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00216.htm


Kiwi Ingenuity: Farmers Put Lateral Thinking Caps On - Innovations judges announced the winning entries in the Fieldays Innovation Centre this morning, saying that simple and effective solutions to common farm problems were the order of the day. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00214.htm


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WORLD

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EU: Swift Adoption Of Energy And Climate Policies Seen As Best Response To Rising Oil Prices - The European Commission have debated policy responses needed to mitigate the effects of rising global fuel prices. They analysed both structural and cyclical factors and proposes a co-ordinated policy response. Commission President José Manuel Barroso stated: "Rising fuel prices are squeezing the purchasing power of all ... citizens, with the strongest impact on the lowest income families". More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00204.htm


Vanished: UN Rights Group Deplores Sri Lanka Disappearances - The Government of Sri Lanka needs to stamp out a recent wave of disappearances in which women and humanitarian aid workers are among those who have gone missing, a group of United Nations human rights experts said today. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00217.htm


Trigger Happy: U.S.-Led Coalition Forces Destroy Pakistani Check Post; 11 Dead - On the night of 10/11 June, a border check post at Gora Prai in Mohmand Agency was destroyed by Coalition Forces in Afghanistan through an aerial attack. Eleven Security Forces Personnel including one officer were killed. A spokesman condemned this completely unprovoked and cowardly act and regretted the loss of precious lives of the soldiers. He blamed the U.S.-led Coalition Forces for the violent act. More >> [1]

RELATED

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00203.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00224.htm


Passages: Ban Ki-Moon Mourns Death Of Vo Van Kiet, Former Viet Nam Prime Minister - ''As a major force behind the economic reforms in Viet Nam that started in the late 1980s, Mr. Vo Van Kiet paved the way for the country's transition from poverty to a decade of impressive economic growth,'' Mr. Ban's statement noted. "During his time as the prime minister from 1991 to 1997, he also played a pivotal role in improving Viet Nam's diplomatic relations with other countries." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00214.htm


Food Supply: Global Food Aid Deliveries Reach Lowest Level In Almost 50 Years - Global food aid deliveries have sunk to their lowest levels in nearly five decades, with deliveries of wheat and maize facing the sharpest drops due to the impact of food price rises around the world, according to the Unined Nations World Food Programme (WFP). More >> [1]

RELATED

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00194.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00198.htm


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COMMENT

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So Far, Not So Good: Failed Project For The New American Century? - It was early morning (for me) when my roommate got a call from his mother in Wisconsin telling him to turn on the TV. That's when we saw the first building on fire. We ran to our roof in Brooklyn that overlooked Manhattan and saw the plumes of smoke ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00167.htm


US Elections: McCain's Judicial Plans In Lockstep With Bush - While it isn't as eye-catching as the latest reports from Iraq and Afghanistan, or as headline-grabbing as rapidly escalating gas prices and the growing number of housing foreclosures, and few voters cast their ballot based on it, the judicial appointments of whomever wins the U.S. presidency in November will have long-lasting ramifications for the country. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00175.htm


Iraq Issues: Iraqi Parliament's Push For Sovereignty - Most Iraqis strongly oppose the kind of agreement that President Bush hopes to negotiate with Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki. "The majority of Iraqi MPs, and more than 70 percent of the Iraqi people, are against signing any agreements or treaties with the US while Iraq is under the occupation," Al-Jaberi said. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00174.htm


Jurisdictions: FIVE Reasons To Stay Awake - One of the things that the latest Atlanta Appeal ruling in the case of the Cuban Five makes very clear is that international territory, ie what we reasonable people consider belongs to all of us and is subject to international law, is really under the jurisdiction of the United States. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00173.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Wrestling: Smack Down Gets Big Ups - The World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars of WWE Smackdown ECW drew huge crowds of enthusiastic fans to the live event held last night (Wednesday 11th June) at Auckland's Vector Arena. More >> [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0806/S00110.htm


Cult New Zealand noise: Yokel Ono set to play one-off show in Auckland - Cult New Zealand noise-rock outfit Yokel Ono are set to take the stage for a one-off show in Auckland, and it might not be very good, said guitarist Thom Burton. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0806/S00108.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 12 June 2008

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