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Top Scoop Stories - 28 July 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 28 July 2008

LEAD STORY:

Welfare: Cullen Sceptical Of Key's New Enthusiasm For WFF

NZ POLITICS:

Foreign Affairs: Condoleezza Rice Says NZ and USA Now Allies
Oddspot: Perigo Rails At English Anti-Smoking Laws
Justice: Kurariki Holding Up Against Huge Odds Says Kim Workman
Donations: Peters "Rejects Unfounded Claims"

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Bickering: Auckland Airport And Canadians Debate Costs
Rural Affairs: Farmers Want Better telecommunications

WORLD:

China Leans On Nepal: Abuses Against Tibetans Protesting China's Tibet Crackdown
Photo Essay: Barack Obama Visits No. 10 Downing Street, UK
Northern Lights: Aurora Borealis Mystery Solved By UCLA Scientists
University Of Manchester: Worries Over The Future Of Thailand's Elephants
War of Perceptions: The Colombian Government Versus FARC
Proliferation Pathways: Weak States, Rogues & Non-State Actors
Wheels Of Justice: Extradition Deadline Passes For Radovan Karadzic
Ending Impunity: "Peace & Justice Go Hand In Hand" -- Outgoing UN Legal Chief

COMMENT:

Roger Buick & Nasa: Follow The H2O Or Energy Not Selection
Stateside with Rosalea: Convention watch
Uri Avnery: "If I Forget Thee, Umm Touba..."
ICC and al-Bashir: Ocampo's Justice
Secret "Torture Memo" Gave Legal Cover to Interrogators Who Acted in "Good Faith"
Walter Brasch: Geo Beach - A Swamp Yankee in the Last Frontier
Martin LeFevre: Why Is Man Separate from Nature?
Scoop Review of Books: On the Morality of Zionism
Bush Accused of Tyranny and Murder: House Justice Committee Hears Kucinich Resolution
Kenneth Ring: The Ordeal of Mohammed Omer

LIFESTYLE:

Auctions: Barn Stored Motorbike Fetches Record Price
Scottish Diaspora: Largest International Clan Gathering Planned For 2009
Artiness: Middle East And Spansih Ceramics Inspire Photographer
Queer Theorising: Animated Lecture Likely In Auckland
Pearls of Wisdom: Some Advice For The Young Ones


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LEAD STORY

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Welfare: Cullen Sceptical Of Key's New Enthusiasm For WFF - John Key's complete reversal on Working for Families - a programme he has consistently attacked as middle class welfare - makes it increasingly clear he cannot be trusted to stand by his own beliefs, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00485.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00486.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00492.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00494.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00493.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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Foreign Affairs: Condoleezza Rice Says NZ and USA Now Allies - Scoop Report (Audio + Images): US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice said Saturday that New Zealand is now a friend and an ally. That's one step up from the 'New Zealand is a very, very close friend of the United States' which was how President Bush referred to New Zealand in 2007. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00286.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/10990.html
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/10973.html
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00761.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00737.htm


Oddspot: Perigo Rails At English Anti-Smoking Laws - Contrary to Rule Britannia, Britons ever ever ever shall be slaves, if today's news from Aberystwyth is any indication, says SOLO Principal Lindsay Perigo. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00336.htm


Justice: Kurariki Holding Up Against Huge Odds Says Kim Workman - "Bailey Kurariki Jnr has held up until now, against huge odds", said Kim Workman, former National Director of Prison Fellowship, on hearing that Bailey had been arrested on suspicion of using illicit drugs. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00328.htm


Donations: Peters "Rejects Unfounded Claims" - A series of newspaper articles, radio and television items this week about New Zealand First election funding are "unsubstantiated rubbish". More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00481.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00282.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/10965.html
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00481.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00238.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Bickering: Auckland Airport And Canadians Debate Costs - Auckland Airport has received notice of a claim from Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and its subsidiary, NZ Airport NC Limited, (together, "CPPIB"). The claim relates to Auckland Airport's request for reimbursement of expenses More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00493.htm


Rural Affairs: Farmers Want Better telecommunications - Federated Farmers telecommunications spokesman Donald Aubrey welcomes the release earlier today of a report that recommends a range of reforms to the Telecommunications Service Obligation. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00477.htm


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WORLD

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China Leans On Nepal: Abuses Against Tibetans Protesting China's Tibet Crackdown - "Nepal's government is turning the screws on peaceful Tibetan protesters at the behest of China," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "How can a government that came to power on a wave of public protests justify crushing peaceful protests by Tibetans?" More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00787.htm


Photo Essay: Barack Obama Visits No. 10 Downing Street, UK - Foreign Policy issues, including Iraq & Middle East, were high on the agenda this morning as U.S. Presidential nominee Barack Obama met with Gordon Brown. Mr Obama is on a worldwide tour that has taken him to Iraq and Israel, and the two compared notes. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00767.htm


Northern Lights: Aurora Borealis Mystery Solved By UCLA Scientists - UCLA space scientists & colleagues have identified the mechanism that triggers substorms in space; wreaks havoc on satellites, power grids & communications systems; leads to the explosive release of energy that causes the aurora borealis (northern lights). More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00782.htm


University Of Manchester: Worries Over The Future Of Thailand's Elephants - Worries over the future of Thailand's famous elephants have emerged following an investigation by a University of Manchester team. Though transferring to the tourism trade has improved working conditions, their future remains under a cloud. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00781.htm


War of Perceptions: The Colombian Government Versus FARC - Colombian Minister of National Defense Juan Manuel Santos has addressed lingering questions regarding the extraordinarily successful July 2 rescue of fifteen hostages from the grip of las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionárias de Colombia (FARC). More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00778.htm


Proliferation Pathways: Weak States, Rogues & Non-State Actors - Even as we expend maximum effort at denying hostile states and terrorists access to nuclear and other WMD, we must be prepared to defend ourselves if they should succeed. In the last 35 years the number of states possessing ballistic missiles has increased from 9 to more than two dozen today. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00789.htm


Wheels Of Justice: Extradition Deadline Passes For Radovan Karadzic - A deadline for ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to appeal against extradition on genocide and other charges has expired. However, an appeal notice is said to have been posted by his lawyer just before 1800 GMT at an unknown location in Serbia. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00775.htm


Ending Impunity: "Peace & Justice Go Hand In Hand" -- Outgoing UN Legal Chief - Although maintaining the balance between restoring peace and ending impunity can be sensitive and complex, amnesties for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide are unacceptable, according to the United Nations Legal Counsel. More >> [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00764.htm


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COMMENT

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Roger Buick & Nasa: Follow The H2O Or Energy Not Selection - Roger Buick, a native Australian, not only looks like a "rock star" with his long dark hair swept to one side and has the name to match, he actually is one. That is, he studies rocks and evidence of sulfur eating bacteria and pre-Snowball ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00300.htm


Stateside with Rosalea: Convention watch - In just four weeks' time, the world's media will be lining up in Denver, Colorado, to receive their press credentials to cover the Democratic national convention; a week later, ditto in St. Paul, Minnesota, for the Republican convention. But already... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00304.htm


Uri Avnery: "If I Forget Thee, Umm Touba..." - IN ONE of the most beautiful songs in the Bible, the poet vows: "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, / Let my right hand forget her cunning. / If I do not remember thee, / Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; / If I prefer not Jerusalem above ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00290.htm


ICC and al-Bashir: Ocampo's Justice - The crimes committed against innocent people in Darfur represent a shameful episode in the history of Sudan and its neighbours, including Chad, which has played a dubious role in sustaining the seething conflict. Equally disgraceful is the politicising ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00289.htm


Secret "Torture Memo" Gave Legal Cover to Interrogators Who Acted in "Good Faith" - A Justice Department legal opinion issued in August 2002 advised the CIA that its interrogators would not be prosecuted for violating anti-torture laws as long as they acted in "good faith" while using brutal techniques to obtain information from suspected... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00297.htm


Walter Brasch: Geo Beach - A Swamp Yankee in the Last Frontier - When Geo Beach looks you in the eye and says that "Tougher in Alaska," his 13 week series on the History Channel, isn't Reality TV, you believe him. It might be the sincerity seen... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00306.htm


Martin LeFevre: Why Is Man Separate from Nature? - As I see it, human consciousness is an unexplained contradiction in the infinitely dynamic order of the universe. Consciousness is not 'evolving,' and things are going from bad to worse. Is there an understanding of the relationship between humankind ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00293.htm


Scoop Review of Books: On the Morality of Zionism - A Just Zionism: On the Morality of the Jewish State by Chaim Gans Oxford University Press. Reviewed by JEREMIAH HABER for the Scoop Review of Books I have in my hands -- well, next to my computer... More >> [1]

[1] - http://books.scoop.co.nz/on-the-morality-of-zionism/


Bush Accused of Tyranny and Murder: House Justice Committee Hears Kucinich Resolution - Today's hearing on the abuse of presidential powers before the House Committee on the Judiciary turned into a devastating political ambush by Chairman John Conyers (D-MI), committee Democrats, and the extraordinary panel of witnesses... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00285.htm


Kenneth Ring: The Ordeal of Mohammed Omer - We are used to hearing about the hazards, often fatal, of being a journalist these days. Everyone is familiar with accounts of courageous Russian journalists who have been assassinated and of course with stories of war correspondents who have been ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00279.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Auctions: Barn Stored Motorbike Fetches Record Price - A Mowbrays' subsidiary has notched up a New Zealand record auction price for a vintage motorbike which till recently had been lying idle in an old barn. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00269.htm


Scottish Diaspora: Largest International Clan Gathering Planned For 2009 - Taking place on the 25th and 26th July 2009, The Gathering 2009 is one of the key events of next year's Homecoming Scotland programme and is expected to be the largest international clan gathering and Highland Games ever held in Scotland. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00270.htm


Artiness: Middle East And Spansih Ceramics Inspire Photographer - The visual inspiration Morag's set of photographic works came primarily from time living and working in the Middle East, but was also fed by her love of Spanish ceramic decoration. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00268.htm


Queer Theorising: Animated Lecture Likely In Auckland - The University of Auckland's Department of Film, Television and Media Studies is pleased to announce a public lecture by internationally renowned queer theorist Judith Halberstam on August 7, 2008. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00259.htm


Pearls of Wisdom: Some Advice For The Young Ones - "What advice would you give an 18 year old leaving home?" This was the question posed by Maria Carlton as she asked 50 coaches, parenting and lifestyle experts, parents and authors from around the world. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00261.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 28 July 2008

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