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1: It's a Massacre - IDF Buries People Alive in Jenin

Eyewitnesses in the Palestinian settlement Jenin say the Israeli army is systematically bombarding and attacking houses by air in the refugee camp, then sending in bulldozers to demolish homes while people are still inside.

2: INVESTIGATION: Sept 11th - Unanswered Questions

Within a few months, the events of Sept. 11th, 2001 became but an echo of the events that followed. War in Afghanistan, anthrax, unprecedented powers of detention: the public mind moves from one shock to another, appearing to accept the government’s ...

3: Hundreds of Israeli Soldiers Refuse To Fight

Hundreds of reserve combat officers and soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces are refusing to fight in the occupied Palestinian territories - saying that to do so is morally indefensible.

4: Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington 8/4/2002

Although Labour denies it will go to the polls early, the party is making plans. The Letter has been told that Labour MPs have been privately briefed to prepare.

5: Firas Al-Atraqchi: The Arabs Are Dogs

The Arabs are dogs. That's the latest finding from a series of seminars titled, "Arabs in the Twenty-first Century" held in Burma last week.

6: Legal action Threatened After Email Spat

Labour Party activist Nick Kelly is threatening legal action against cabinet minister Lianne Dalziel for allegedly defaming him in a comment reported in today’s Dominion.

7: Alliance Candidate Selection In Wellington Central

It is business as usual for the Alliance Party today as it goes to its first candidate selection meeting following the defection of Jim Anderton and some other M.P.s last week.

8: NZ Joins Call For West Bank Withdrawal

New Zealand today formally expressed its deep concern about and opposition to the Israeli military action in the occupied territories.

9: Hard News: Burn & Get Fried

GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... it was the Easter of forgetting. The loss of the old certainty that, on Good Friday, everything that could conceivably be opened would be shut was telling.

10: Wellingtonians Must Be Consultated

Green Transport spokesperson Sue Kedgley is calling on the Wellington Regional Council to undertake a one month consultation process with Wellingtonians before finalising its top 10 transport priorities for Wellington.

11: The Public Not Politicians Should Decide On MMP

The public not politicians should choose what political system they want, says National Party Leader Bill English.

12: Free Cell Phones A Wasted Luxury

Giving all 15,000 Te Wananga o Aotearoa correspondence students free mobile phones as part of their course is a very poor use of public education dollars, says National's Education spokesman, Nick Smith.

13: Commentors Talking Through A Hole In Their Heads

Recent commentary on the comparisons between the Alliance debacle and New Zealand First are in the main cases of commentators talking through a hole in their heads – the wrong one.

14: New Zealand Seeks Export Reform

New Zealand will be putting the case for a more up-dated approach to dairy product export assurances at an international conference setting standards for dairy assurances being held in Wellington from 8 to 12 April.

15: Microsoft NZ In Commerce Commission's Sights

Microsoft NZ may come under fire as the result of a complaint laid against it by Auckland firm Infraserv alleging anti-competitive behaviour.

16: US Approach Even Worse Than Expected

Reports that the US government intend to threaten New Zealand’s clean green image by demanding commercial releases of genetically engineered crops have met opposition from GE Free groups.

17: Stateside With Rosalea: The Bay

Daylight saving begins today so I shall spare you, dear reader, any further brooding ruminations on the state of the world and point out instead that it's Cherry Blossom Festival time in San Francisco's Japantown. Not only that, but Herb Caen Day celebrations ...

18: Battle Royal Over Alliance Election Money

There will be a 'battle royal' between the Alliance factions over just which part will qualify for public funding for election broadcasts, says National MP Tony Ryall.

19: Russian Federation to Provide UN Troops

Hours after an announcement that a "quartet" of envoys from USA, the UN, European Union and Russia would be sent to Israel to insist on a ceasefire, Russia signed an agreement with the United Nations to provide troops for future peacekeeping operations.

20: The New Write 5/4/2002

"I only made one prayer, when I said, 'Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it." – Voltaire

21: Anthony Goicolea Opens At Artspace, 6pm 22 April

Anthony Goicolea pushes narcissistic fantasies into the realm of the absurd His exhibition opens at Artspace, Auckland at 6pm Monday 22 April

22: Censor Has Lost The Plot

- How does the Chief Film Censor describe film which depicts paedophilia; rape; sexual violence; explicit necrophilia; drug taking; intercourse involving human excrement; and all manner of obscene material, according to the censor’s own report, as: “accomplished ...

23: International Interest In NZ Health Changes

The Ministry of Health today launched a report by the European Observatory on Health Care Systems, written in collaboration with the Ministry, examining New Zealand's experience over the past ten years alongside that of European countries.

24: CYF Blame Unjustified, Says PSA

Blaming Child, Youth and Family for youth offending, as the police have done anonymously, is unrealistic and unjustified, PSA national secretary Bryce Fleury said today.

25: Open Letter To Helen Clark On Palestine

We, the undersigned community leaders, creative artists, and senior academics are writing to express our deep dismay at the rapid escalation of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, and at the heavy loss of life which it has entailed. ...

26: Beggar Gangs And Other Drug Dealers - National

National will revamp the Proceeds of Crime Act 1991 to give police a stronger weapon in their war against organised crime, says National Police spokesman Tony Ryall.

27: Anderton’s Believe-It-Or-Not

The discovery of a two-headed snake in Spain, as reported by the BOP Times on Thursday comes as no surprise for Winston Peters, because New Zealand has its own version right in Wigram.

28: Still Images: "The Bank" Movie

Four still images from "The Bank", a new movie thriller set in the world of high finance, a modern day story of alchemy.

29: NZEI early years education conference

In my book, it can be summed up as serious teamwork between early childhood services, primary schools, parents, whanau and the community.

30: Prebble Speech Immigration Leads Inflation

New Zealand is, with Sweden, the only country in the world increasing interest rates. Australia last week held its interest rates down. So why are New Zealand's interest rates rising?

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