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1: Iraq: How Bush, Howard and Blair lied about WMD

On May 30, US President George Bush told Polish television that the US military had found Iraq's “weapons of mass destruction” (WMD). Well, sort of. Remember the three (some media outlets have inaccurately reported two) trailers the US found.

2: Wolfowitz Interview with Vanity Fair's Tannenhaus

Wolfowitz - ''The truth is that for reasons that have a lot to do with the U.S. government bureaucracy we settled on the one issue that everyone could agree on which was weapons of mass destruction as the core reason, but -- Hold on one second.''

3: Thom Hartmann: Midnight Ride of the Rabble

Let's be blunt. The real agenda of the new conservatives is nothing less than the destruction of democracy in the United States of America. And feudalism is one of their weapons.

4: PNA Calls on US to End Israel’s ‘Bloody Practices’

The Palestine National Authority (PNA) Minister of Information, Nabil Amre, condemned the Israeli assassination attempt on Hamas political leader Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi as a “terrorist attack” aimed at sabotaging the Palestinian government’s efforts ...

5: TV3 Story Totally Wrong

ACT Leader Richard Prebble said today that TV3's lead story that the ACT Caucus had re-suspended Donna Awatere Huata is totally wrong.

6: Dire situation as rebels move on Liberia's capital

Forced to evacuate staff and suspend deliveries of desperately needed medical and health supplies, United Nations relief agencies in Liberia warned that a "dire humanitarian situation" is unfolding as rebel forces close in on the capital, ...

7: Israel's Failed Hamas Assasination Condemned

The Palestine National Authority (PNA) strongly condemned the Israeli extra-judicial assassination attempt on the life of Hamas leader Abdul Aziz Al-Rantisi in Gaza City early Tuesday as a premeditated operation to torpedo international efforts to reactivate ...

8: Questions Of The Day Transcript - 10th June 2003

1. Iraq—Peacekeepers 2. Rail Network—Protection 3. United States—Prime Minister's Views 4. Housing—Supply 5. Immigrants—Qualifications 6. Te Mângai Pâho—Mâori Sportscasting International 7. Reports—United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child 8. Mâori ...

9: How Saddam Brought Down the Mother of All Editors

Sources within the New York Times say Howell Raines would still be executive editor if only he had refrained from pressuring publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. to sign off on a major investigative story that, it turned out, simply was not fit to print.

10: Stateside With Rosalea: Blonde v. Blonde

"I'm from the South, so I've had people like that in my home. They're one step up from trailer trash." People like the Clintons, that is. Thus spake a well-heeled matron in a San Francisco bookstore vox pop last week, when asked if she was likely ...

11: Germany In 1933: The Easy Slide Into Fascism

The veneer of civilization is thin. We know this from our own observations, and various writers -- from Shakespeare to Sinclair Lewis (''It Can't Happen Here'') -- have shown us how easily populations can be manipulated by leaders skillfully playing ...

12: Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 11 June 200

1. DAVID BENSON-POPE to the Minister of Immigration: Has she followed up on the correspondence tabled in the House yesterday by Dail Jones who alleged the Minister turned a blind eye to fraudulent and improper activity?

13: Imad Khadduri: Mobile Lies

As the swelter of anger bubbles from the machination of misinformation that led to the faltering WMD casus belli for invading Iraq, the retreat and half-baked excuses of Bush, Blair, Cheney, Wolfowitz and Powell further expose the sharp edge of their ...

14: Brian Cloughley: Media Tales From South Pacific

Tonga's form of governance can be described as a benevolent regal autocracy. Saudi Arabia with freedom for women and no religious police, perhaps. Or a more genial version of any of the Gulf States. The king is, well, King . . .

15: Kidd Millennium Cartoon: Gulliballistic

Cartoon by…

16: Powell Press Briefing En Route To Puerto Rico

SECRETARY POWELL: I want to thank you for joining the party on a Sunday afternoon, and on our way to Santiago, Chile for the annual General Assembly of the Organization of American States.

17: John Chuckman Cartoon: Middle East Realities

Cartoon By John Chuckman

18: Translation Of Newsweek Article On Bush Nazi Ties

NOTE: The following is a translation of the Polish Newsweek article linked to by Scoop last week. A big thankyou to Scoop reader Luke for providing the translation. – The Scoop Editor

19: SRA Commentary: Killer Pork

The G8 summit was portrayed in the usual circles as a success for American diplomacy. This conclusion is apparently based on the idea that the Americans came with an agenda and had another party to go to afterward. That

20: ACC's Blatant Disregard for Human Dignity

ACC SUPPORT-ACTION GROUPS are appalled to see yet another example of ACC's blatant disregard for human dignity featuring on the Holmes Show last night. Following TV 3's exposure on its 20/20 programme of paraplegic Richard Maxwell's plight last weekend, ...

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: The New Write: Newsletter of the Young Nats 11/6

“I voted for the Republicans. The Democrats left a bad taste in my mouth.” -Monica Lewinsky

23: Myanmar: UN Envoy Sees Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar: UN Envoy Sees Daw Aung San Suu Kyi; Annan Urges Her Release United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the report from his Special Envoy for Myanmar that he has seen Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, but also remained seriously concerned ...

24: Stateside with Rosalea: Blue, blue my food is blue

Being still a relative newcomer to the US, I'm sometimes at a loss to understand the correct etiquette in a particular situation. Is it bad manners, for example, to sock a supermarket checkout operator in the chops when she holds you up by reading ...

25: EU Moves To Prevent U.S. Anti-ICC Pressure

(New York, June 10, 2003) - Following a meeting on Friday of legal advisors at European Union (EU) headquarters in Brussels, the EU Political and Security Committee today adopted a revised Common Position reinforcing EU support for the International Criminal ...

26: Ash Pulcifer: Further Fanning Of The Flames

In December of 2002, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released a study titled, "What the World Thinks in 2002." The study, containing poll results from 27 countries around the world, examines how the global community perceives the ...

27: New Zealand welcomes advent of Emirates service

Emirates Airlines decision to fly between Dubai and Auckland from 1 August would provide a significant boost to our links with the Middle East, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today.

28: Howard's End: Televised ACC Failures Just The Tip…

The two ACC failures towards a paraplegic and a tetraplegic reported on TV 3's 20/20 last Sunday and on Holmes last night, are not isolated incidents but are just the tip of an iceberg of systemic failure by an organisation who has responsibility for ...

29: Evidence Doesn’t Hold Up In Powell Denials On WMDs

The evidence, or lack thereof, speaks for itself. In the months leading up to the war in Iraq, the Bush administration produced hundreds of pages of intelligence for members of Congress and for the United Nations that showed how Iraq’s President Saddam ...

30: Capital In Crisis As Coffee-Shortage Kicks In

Wellington is a city twitching irritably in the throes of a crisis today as regional coffee-levels slumped to their lowest point since the pre-café days of the 1970’s.

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