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Sludge Report: Getting The Peace Train Back On Track
Streets Of London: So Witty, So Daring... Just SO!
Scoop Satire: The Book Of Mate
Tertiary Strategy a Sound Platform, Says University
Feedback: Lets Talk Skyhawks
The Many Faces Of The New Write
Equal Opportunities Terrorism In The USA
Katya Rivas

AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE
US Releases Bin Laden Video, Says Guilt Proved
THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL UN, US & UK COMMENTS

OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)
Southland Schools Hurt By Policy Changes
Immigration Initiative To Help Regions
Taxing Flatulent Cows Not The Way
Reason To Hate The RMA #367
Auckland Needs A Caped Crusader
More Pay For MPs
Poor To Lose Out In PPL Scheme
No More Court Secrecy On Witness Payments


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Sludge Report: Getting The Peace Train Back On Track

- Ironically it is precisely because the centre cannot hold - i.e. because George Bush and Ariel Sharon now appear to have completely lost any perspective they may have had on the path to world peace – that we may now be approaching an opportunity to get the peace train properly back on track. See.. Sludge Report #122: Why The Centre May Yet Hold [1] OFFICIAL STATEMENTS ON US ABM TREATY DECISION: - US Government Statements On ABM Treaty WithdrawalSenate Democrats Criticize ABM Treaty Withdrawal [2] - White House Daily Briefing, December 13, 2001 [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00086.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00129.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00125.htm


Streets Of London: So Witty, So Daring... Just SO!

- There’s a story that a friend of Sunday’s 2001 Turner Prize winner, artist Martin Creed, visited London’s Tate Britain art galleries three times and couldn’t find Creed’s celebrated work. Hardly surprising if he wasn’t aware that The Lights Going on And Off is an empty room…erm…with the lights going on and off, continually. See... Streets Of London: Show Me The Art [1].

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00083.htm

Scoop Satire: The Book Of Mate

- An excerpt from the Book of Mate: Ch 5, verses 6-16. See... Scoop Satire: Moneychangers Chased from NZRFUKU [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00085.htm


Tertiary Strategy a Sound Platform, Says University

- The Government's draft Tertiary Education Strategy creates a sound platform for debate about the future shape of the tertiary sector, the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Auckland, Dr John Hood, said. See... Draft Tertiary Education Strategy [1] MORE: - Business NZ - Business NZ Applauds Tertiary Strategy [2] - Nats - Tertiary Education Strategy? Tick Off! [3] - Govt - Tertiary Strategy To Be Key Tool [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0112/S00016.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0112/S00017.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00260.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00252.htm


Feedback: Lets Talk Skyhawks

- In this edition: Ross Ewing Feeds Back To Mike Campbell’s Feedback Re Axing The Skyhawks - Mike Campbell’s Comments Timely But Ill-informed - Missiles on the RNZAF's Orions. See... Feedback: Stirring Up A Skyhawk’s Nest [1] AIR COMBAT WING DISBANDED: - Feedback - Feedback: Skyhawks Were An Air Combat Arm?? [2] - Geoff Beynon - Scoop Images: Skyhawks Over The City Of Sails [3] - ACT - Vindictive Govt. Blocks ACT from AirForce Farewell [4] - Govt - RNZAF Has Crucial Future Role [5] - SOS - Skyhawk Decision To Be Appealed [6] - ACT - Farewell, But Not For Long [7] - Ross Ewing - What We Are Giving Away [8] - Max Bradford - Black Week For NZ Defence [9]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00082.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00077.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00059.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00234.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00236.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00059.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00186.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00052.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00161.htm


The Many Faces Of The New Write

- “The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces.” -Maureen Murphy. See... The New Write 13/12/2001 [1] . See also TAPE TRANSCRIPT... Usama Bin Laden Discussing September 11 Attacks [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00074.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00127.htm


Equal Opportunities Terrorism In The USA

- Two Jewish members of the Jewish Defense League were arrested in Los Angeles early Wednesday in connection with an alleged plot to bomb Arab-American and Islamic institutions in Culver City, California. See... The Militant Jewish Face of Terrorism In The US [1] . See also... Firas Al-Atraqchi: Terrorism In Goshen, Indiana [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00078.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00071.htm


Katya Rivas

- Little one, I want to instruct you on how to do My Will. It is important that you not want anything, not even to live nor die. Because when you wish for something, it does not allow Me to do My Will in you. See... Katya Rivas: My Father, Who Is in Heaven [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00081.htm


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AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE

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US Releases Bin Laden Video, Says Guilt Proved

- The U. S. government released today a copy of a videotape of Osama bin Laden obtained by U.S. forces in Jalalabad, Afghanistan in late November. See... U.S. Releases Videotape Of Osama Bin Laden [1] . See also TAPE TRANSCRIPT... - Usama Bin Laden Discussing September 11 Attacks [2]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00122.htm

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00127.htm

THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL UN, US & UK COMMENTS

- News Briefing - Secretary Rumsfeld and Gen. Myers [1] - U.S.-EU Relations [2] - White House Daily Briefing, December 13, 2001 [3] - State Dept. Daily Press Briefing December 12 [4] - Clarke Meeting with DoD National Media Pool Bureau [5] U.S. Releases Videotape Of Osama Bin Laden [6]

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00130.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00126.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00125.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00124.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00123.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00122.htm


Southland Schools Hurt By Policy Changes

- Rural Southland schools are being hammered by a change in Government education policy, according to National leader and Clutha-Southland MP Bill English. See... Southland Schools Shafted By Policy Change [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00277.htm


Immigration Initiative To Help Regions

- Two local authorities will be given the opportunity to pilot an initiative aimed at using immigration policy to enhance regional growth, the government announced today. See... Regional Development Supported By Initiative [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00273.htm


Taxing Flatulent Cows Not The Way

- The Green Party said today it would not support any Government moves to introduce a “flatulence tax” on farm animals as a way of meeting Kyoto Protocol targets. See... Flatulence Tax Gone With The Wind - Greens [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00269.htm


Reason To Hate The RMA #367

- The Resource Management Act (RMA) is responsible for serious delays to the eradication of the Painted Apple Moth, ACT Conservation Spokesman MP Gerry Eckhoff said today. See... RMA Delays Eradication Of Painted Apple Moth [1] . See also... MAF Have No Idea On Painted Apple Moth [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00268.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00266.htm


Auckland Needs A Caped Crusader

- It is hardly surprising that violent crime is skyrocketing in Auckland when there is virtually no police presence on the streets at night, says National's Police spokesman Tony Ryall. See... Action Called For On Shrinking Thin Blue Line [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00267.htm


More Pay For MPs

- Acting Prime Minister Jim Anderton says there is always controversy when the Higher Salaries Commission sets MPs’ salaries. See... MPs’ Salary Increases [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00263.htm


Poor To Lose Out In PPL Scheme

- The flawed Paid Parental Leave scheme will put money in the pockets of wealthy and middle-class women at the cost of those on lower incomes, ACT Women's Affairs Spokesman MP Penny Webster said today. See... Paid Parental Leave Takes From The Poor [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00261.htm


No More Court Secrecy On Witness Payments

- The jury and the Judge should know whenever a criminal case witness is paid to give evidence or has an expectation of reward, says ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks. And there need be no delay in requiring that. See... No More Court Secrecy On Witness Payments [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00258.htm

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