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Home Free!

- An American billionaire caught importing over 100 grams of cannabis is flying home today leaving controversy in his wake. Chris Holm Reports. See... Anonymous Drug Importing Billionaire Leaves Today [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00022.htm


Kofi Annan to Visit Godzone

-United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan will make a flying visit to New Zealand shores in the last week of February as part of a regional visit to Australia and South-east Asia. He is expected to be in Wellington from the 22nd to the 24th of February and will meet with Prime Minister Helen Clark and Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff to discuss peacekeeping and disarmament issues. Mr Annan is the second Secretary General of the United Nations to visit New Zealand since Butros-Butros Ghali in 1995.


Black Caps Clean Sweep Windies

- The Black Caps won yesterday's One Day International. Scoring 302 for 6 the Windies gave chase but ended 282 all out with one ball remaining. Winning all tests and one-days the win gives the Black Caps a clean sweep of both the test and one day series.


French To Leave Mururoa Soon

- After 37 years the fifth French foreign military regiment is leaving the Mururoa and Fangataufla atolls used for nuclear testing between 1963 and 1996. However, the atolls future remains fragile. John Howard reports. See... French Abandon Atolls [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00019.htm


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Tone It Down Jonah!

- New Zealand First Deputy Leader Peter Brown MP today expressed his concern at Jonah Lomu’s stated desire to hold the world record for the loudest car stereo. See... Tone It Down Jonah! [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0001/S00010.htm


Immunisation Reminder

- AS an immunisation initiative takes effect in schools this month, the Ministry of Health is reminding parents that immunisation is one of the most effective means of stopping vaccine-preventable disease. See... Immunisation Effective Means of Preventing Disease [1] in the General News wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0001/S00020.htm


1.5 Millionth Photo Drivers Licence

- The Land Transport Safety Authority has issued its 1.5 millionth photo driver licence, following the introduction of the new licensing system in May last year. See... 1.5 million upgrade to new photo driver licences [1] in the General News wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0001/S00019.htm


Greenies Challenge

- Forestry scientists at Canterbury University's School of Forestry have been challenged by conservationists to address the key threats facing New Zealand forestry rather than campaigning for the logging of New Zealand's rainforests. See... Conservationists Challenge Academics [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0001/S00003.htm


Timberlands Claims Disputed

- Claims of support for the cancelled Timberlands West Coast beech logging by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) are false, says the New Zealand elected representative to the IUCN Council and spokesperson for the NZ Committee of IUCN members, Dr Wren. See... Committee Rejects Support For Timberland's Scheme [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0001/S00007.htm


Dolphin Deaths Still a Mystery

- Extensive testing of organ samples from dolphins found in the Bay of Islands before Christmas has ruled out disease or viral infection as the cause of death. See... Dolphin Deaths Not From Viral Infections [1] in the Science wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0001/S00002.htm


CLEAR’s New Package

- CLEAR Communications today announced a new one-stop package for businesses wanting to leap onto the Internet – without spending thousands of dollars on web site development. See... CLEAR launches one-stop online package [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0001/S00015.htm

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Gordon Campbell: On The Media Collusion With National’s Attack Lines

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Gregor Thompson: Don’t Be Too Pessimistic About New Zealand’s Future.

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Eric Zuesse: U.S. Empire: Biden And Kerry Gave Orders To Ukraine’s President

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Binoy Kampmark: Budget Cockups In The Time Of Coronavirus: Reporting Errors And Australia’s JobKeeper Scheme

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Binoy Kampmark: Altars Of Hypocrisy: George Floyd, Protest And Black Face

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Binoy Kampmark: Welcome Deaths: Coronavirus And The Open Plan Office

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Binoy Kampmark: Why Thinking Makes It So: Donald Trump’s Obamagate Fixation

The “gate” suffix has been wearing thin since the break-in scandal that gave it its birth. Since Watergate, virtually anything dubious and suggestive, and much more besides, is suffixed. Which brings us to the issue of President Donald Trump’s ... More>>



Binoy Kampmark: Brutal Choices: Anders Tegnell And Sweden’s Herd Immunity Goal

If the title of epidemiological czar were to be created, its first occupant would have to be Sweden’s Anders Tegnell. He has held sway in the face of sceptics and concern that his “herd immunity” approach to COVID-19 is a dangerous, and breathtakingly ... More>>