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1: The Real But Unspoken Reasons For The Iraq War

Although completely suppressed in the U.S. media, the answer to the Iraq enigma is simple yet shocking - it an an oil CURRENCY war. The Real Reason for this upcoming war is this administration’s goal of preventing further OPEC momentum towards the ...

2: Aquatic plants solution to arsenic contamination

A HortResearch scientist thinks that aquatic plants may provide an answer to a global problem of arsenic-contaminated drinking water.

3: Background Briefing on Oil as a Weapon of Terror

Staff: We'll have a briefing on oil as a weapon of terror. It will be a background briefing. Comments will be attributed to a senior Defense official. Senior Defense Official: Good morning, everybody. I appreciate the opportunity to spend a few minutes ...

4: Citizen Weapon Inspection Team arrives in Wgtn

Today the New Zealand Citizen Weapon Inspection Team (NZCWIT) arrived in Wellington in preparation for the upcoming weapon inspection of the US embassy. It is believed that the US embassy could act in support of the world’s largest arsenal of weapons ...

5: HARD NEWS - Lots Of New Stuff!

Just a quick note to point you to the recent postings on Public Address. Among other things, I've been banging on about war, Chad has been to the King's Arms and Debra has made the week's best post.

6: Firas Al-Atraqchi: Countdown to February 22nd

Middle East intelligence sources have revealed that a massive aerial assault on Iraq will begin in the early hours of February 22nd, give or take a day.

7: Bizarre Cultural Ruling In Court Case

New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters has described the outcome of an Employment Court case involving a Wanganui mental health worker as “truly bizarre” and a potential threat to Maori employment.

8: Image: Italian Naval Chief Visits Government House

Admiral Marcello De Donno, the head of the Italian Navy, at Government House yesterday meeting Governor General Dame Sylvia Cartwright, NZ Defence Minister Mark Burton looks on.

9: Bernard Weiner: Examining Bush&Co.'s Real Motives

As we approach the three-month mark following the midterm election, here are a handful of things that have come into focus much more clearly. Let's cut to the chase first, and then elaborate below.

10: UQ Wire: All He Left Unsaid

On Tuesday night, the wretched specter of September 11th returned to Logan airport, departure point for the planes that took down the Twin Towers. Hours before George W. Bush delivered his State of the Union speech, a commercial aircraft had to be ...

11: President Bush’s State of the Union address - PM

Prime Minister Helen Clark said today President Bush’s State of the Union address made it clear that the probability of military action against Iraq was increasing.

12: Satellite Images: Iraq Bathed In A Winged Cloud

Image taken by the NASA MODIS satellite Terra 01/28/03 07:50 UTC

13: Undernews: Conflagration Competency Exam

1. In order to get rid of Saddam Hussein it is likely that some Americans will be killed as well. How many do you think is a reasonable number? How many is too many?

14: 100,000 Customers - But How Much Money?

ACT Finance Spokesman Rodney Hide said today that Kiwibank advocates Jim Anderton and Jim Bolger should release what the average customer is depositing with Kiwibank.

15: State of the Union Address by President G. W. Bush

THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Vice President Cheney, members of Congress, distinguished citizens and fellow citizens: Every year, by law and by custom, we meet here to consider the state of the union. This year, we gather in this chamber deeply aware of decisive ...

16: Undernews: State Of The Bush

Patient has regressed since last visit. Whereas previously he only sought to be sheriff of all of the U.S. and selected countries he called "the axis of evil," his grandiosity now encompasses every nation that has a non-democratic dictatorial ...

17: Plagiarist Prebble Denies Past Policies

New Zealand First has described Richard Prebble’s pledge to investigate and expose Maori gravy trains as “total hypocrisy” because he helped create the gravy train industry as a Labour cabinet minister in the 1984-90 government.

18: Scoop Feedback: Divergent Views On The War

In This Edition: Ali Baba And The 200 Million Thieves - Treason - Please Keep Up Your Great Coverage Of The Iraq Situation – GSA Replies To C.D.Sludge

19: Clampdown On Illegal Street Racing

More streets are to be restricted to non-residential traffic on weekends and public holidays in order to tackle the scourge of illegal street racing in Manukau. This will include a large stretch of Te Irirangi Drive between Dawson Road in Otara and ...

20: Neville Bennett - $US

The US provides the largest global market for goods and services. It performs extremely efficiently in providing employment not only for its own citizens, but also for the rest of the world. Its influence sways the fortunes of New Zealand farmers, Pakistani ...

21: UQ Wire: 911 - They Let It Happen On Purpose!

Imagine you wake up from a coma and you learn that 11 months ago, an "Attack on America" destroyed some significant buildings, killed 3,000 people and forced a war against terrorism. You switch on the news and see pictures of Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, ...

22: Small New Zealand Towns under the Microscope

New research at The University of Auckland seeks to find out more about the lifelong learning opportunities available to people living in small towns and communities in New Zealand.

23: UQ Wire: Kissinger, Scowcroft BNL & Iraq

(UQ WIRE EDITOR’S note: Nothing ever changes under the sun… the following comes from deep within the archives of, but it could have been written today with a few names changed. Kissinger you will recall was nominated to head the 911 Commission, ...

24: Democratic Leaders Respond To State Of Union

NOTE: Democratic Party releases in response to George Bush's State Of The Union address from two Democratic Party Presidential contenders, Joe Lieberman and John Kerry. Senators Hillary Clinton and John Edwards have not yet responded to the address. ...

25: Kelsey on GATS: "Spread the word!"

More than 100 people crowded into Wellington City Council chambers yesterday evening to attend the launch of Professor Jane Kelsey's 'Serving whose interests?', a shocking expose on what the secretly negotiated GATS (the General Agreement on Trade in Services) ...

26: Brash Blind Spot On Cost Of Imports

"Of those politicians who responded today to Don Brash's suggestion to scrap the dole, none mentioned the economic cost of imports", says MADENZ founder Stephen Tindall the woman.

27: Open letter to the Hon. Chris Carter

Dear Sir, I have just read the News Release “Minister Condemns Iceland...” and your subsequent interview with Radio Pacific’s Bill Ralston. I thought it was important to send you some information about whaling since you are in a position to comment ...

28: New Zealand Taxpayer 'designer' cows. Buyer beware

New Zealand taxpayer funded 'designer' cows has cost New Zealand over 12 million dollars for15 transgenic cows already. The private/ public partnership of PPL and AgResearch has bred only eleven 'Casein-plus' cows from 120 surrogate cows over two ...

29: MAF officers kept busy at New Zealand’s airports

MAF Quarantine Service officers continue to collect a monthly average of almost 10,000 biosecurity risk items such as meat and egg products from inbound airline travellers, according to MAF Biosecurity statistics for 2002.

30: Don ‘sugarbag’ Brash reveals secret agenda

Most New Zealanders will find National’s plan to abolish the unemployment benefit and reinstitute ‘work camps’ repugnant, says Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey.

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