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Top Scoop Stories - 19 July 2007 News Summary


Today's Top Scoops - July 19, 2007

LEAD STORY:

*** NEWSFLASH: Explosion In Manhattan *** [1]

Foreign Affairs: Dissident Slams NZ Govt's Relationship With China [2]

NZ POLITICS:

QUESTIONS OF THE DAY: [1] [2] [3]
Education: Minister back-peddles over porn-site teacher
Foreign Affairs: Rethinking New Zealand's Relationship With ASEAN
Foreign Affairs: Peters Gives Lecture On Diplomacy
The Ahmed Zaoui Case - Security, Paranoia, and Immigration

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Biosecurity: MAF Swoops On GM Aquarium Fish
Agriculture: Three Percent Of Farmers Happy With The RMA
Transport: NZ Rail Industry Launches First Rail Safety Week
Interest: The RBNZ’s war on inflation is not over

WORLD:

Scoop News: Reports Show Involvement of US Psychologists
UN Report: Asian-Pacific Countries Discuss Change
UN Report: UN Reform Discussed in Meeting
UN Report: $2.5 Billion Global Shortfall in Aid

COMMENT:

Freedom Rider: Nazis Attack Iran
Congo and Darfur: A Tale of Two Genocides -
Robert Parry: If the Democrats Want to Win
Marjorie Cohn: Reining In an Out-of-Control Executive

LIFESTYLE:

Rememberance: Poppy Pack remembers New Zealand’s worst disaster
TV: Outrageously Good Ratings For Kiwi Drama
Fashion: Call for Fresh Faces for Style Pasifika
Debating: International 'War Of Words' Win For Victoria


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LEAD STORY

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*** NEWSFLASH: Explosion In Manhattan *** [1]

Foreign Affairs: Dissident Slams NZ Govt's Relationship With China [2] - Yesterday dissident and former Chinese diplomat Mr Yonglin Chen visited the New Zealand parliament and spoke at a press conference organised by the Green Party regarding Chinese human rights abuses. One of the more intense moments of the conference occurred when Mr Chen alleged that the Chinese government had abducted a permanent resident of New Zealand who was originally from China. More >> [3]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0707/S00266.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0707/S00256.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0707/S00256.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0707/S00177.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0707/S00210.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0707/S00305.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0707/S00302.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0707/S00273.htm


Education: Minister back-peddles over porn-site teacher - It is no wonder that the Education Minister is distancing himself from the recent decision of the Teachers Council Disciplinary Tribunal to allow a teacher who posted hard-core pornographic pictures of himself and two women on internet sex sites to continue teaching, says National’s Education spokeswoman Katherine Rich. “The decision is utterly indefensible." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0707/S00293.htm


Foreign Affairs: Rethinking New Zealand's Relationship With ASEAN - Naing Ko Ko Writes: Since New Zealand departed from the Australia-New Zealand-United States security framework (Anzus) in the 1980s, New Zealand foreign policy has played a useful role on the global stage, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. New Zealand's support of rule-based international order and multiculturalism gives it an excellent identity in the world. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0707/S00253.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0707/S00267.htm


Foreign Affairs: Peters Gives Lecture On Diplomacy - Thank you for the invitation to deliver the opening lecture in this year’s “New Zealand Diplomacy” course, which continues the tradition of the Foreign Minister, and senior Foreign Affairs staff, offering insights into the practical aspects of diplomacy. The purpose of today's lecture is to consider the role of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0707/S00301.htm


The Ahmed Zaoui Case - Security, Paranoia, and Immigration - Gordon Campbell writes: It is particularly easy to despair when Michael Cullen can get up in the House – as he did yesterday - and deliver the same old inaccurate rant against Zaoui and his false passport, while attacking Zaoui’s lawyers to boot. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0707/S00232.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0707/S00174.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0707/S00108.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/features/nauru.html
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0707/S00069.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00004.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0707/S00177.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0707/S00065.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Biosecurity: MAF Swoops On GM Aquarium Fish - MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) yesterday entered four Christchurch premises in response to information that people at those addresses were breeding and/or selling genetically modified aquarium fish. The fish, genetically modified Zebra danio (Danio rerio), were brought to MAFBNZ’s attention by concerned members of the public who had seen them for sale online. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0707/S00043.htm


Agriculture: Three Percent Of Farmers Happy With The RMA - The urgent need for change to the Resource Management Act has been confirmed by an independent survey of farmers. The survey by Research New Zealand found that 73 percent of farmers with some experience of the RMA believed that the Act and how local councils apply it should be changed. Only three percent were happy with the RMA. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0707/S00342.htm


Transport: NZ Rail Industry Launches First Rail Safety Week - Growing concern over behaviour around the rail network has prompted key members of the New Zealand rail industry to join forces to participate for the first time in Australasian Rail Safety Week, which starts on Monday, 23 July. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0707/S00325.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0707/S00220.htm


Interest: The RBNZ’s war on inflation is not over - In a change of forecast, JPMorgan now expects the RBNZ to raise the OCR to a record high 8.25% next Thursday, 26 July. Thus far, RBNZ officials' firm resolve to pull the housing market into line, frustrations over expansionary fiscal policy, and concerns about the positive flow-on effects from surging dairy prices, have fuelled the RBNZ's willingness to tighten policy. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0707/S00318.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0707/S00328.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0707/S00329.htm


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WORLD

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Scoop News: Reports Show Involvement of US Psychologists - Today’s deeply disturbing revelations in Vanity Fair show the essential role US psychologists played in the torture of detainees in CIA and Department of Defense (DoD) custody, heightening the urgent need for the American Psychological Association (APA) to issue clear ethical guidelines prohibiting psychologists in the military or intelligence services from violating basic human rights as part of interrogation processes, the Coalition for an Ethical APA stated . More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0707/S00250.htm


UN Report: Asian-Pacific Countries Discuss Change - A United Nations-backed meeting on how Asian-Pacific countries can mitigate the impacts of climate change began today in Seoul, where participants called for action to foster sustainable growth. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0707/S00248.htm


UN Report: UN Reform Discussed in Meeting - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met yesterday with the foreign affairs committees of the United States Senate and House of Representatives in Washington, DC, discussing an array of issues from United Nations reform to the situation of Iraqi refugees. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0707/S00247.htm


UN Report: $2.5 Billion Global Shortfall in Aid - The top United Nations humanitarian official said today that, six months after the launch of an appeal to meet the most urgent needs of 27 million people in nearly 30 countries, the world body and its partners still require $2.5 billion to respond to the world's most severe crises. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0707/S00232.htm


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COMMENT

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Freedom Rider: Nazis Attack Iran - The Americans think it is ridiculous and libelous to accuse them of acting like Nazis - and then they do. The planned attack on Iran, a people we know no better than we knew the Iraqis, will be a slaughter for which the world will hold the American people... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0707/S00261.htm


Congo and Darfur: A Tale of Two Genocides - - As many as five million people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A quarter million or so have perished in Darfur, western Sudan. Both are abominations, genocides, crimes against humanity, but only Darfur rates coverage in the U.S. corporate media... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0707/S00260.htm


Robert Parry: If the Democrats Want to Win - If the Democrats really want to prevail over George W. Bush on the Iraq War and on his authoritarian vision of presidential powers, they would put back on the table two options that their leaders have removed: a cut-off of war funding and impeachment... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0707/S00249.htm


Marjorie Cohn: Reining In an Out-of-Control Executive - Our Founding Fathers created three separate but co-equal branches of government to check and balance each other so no one branch would become all powerful. Indeed, James Madison wrote in the Federalist Papers, “The preservation of liberty requires that the three great departments of power should be separate and distinct.” Madison warned, “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary in the same hands ... may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” More than 200 years later, we have another King George. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0707/S00247.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Rememberance: Poppy Pack remembers New Zealand’s worst disaster - All New Zealanders, including those travelling to cheer on the All Blacks in Europe later this year, are being urged to buy a commemorative Poppy Pack, launched today (19 July), to mark the 90th anniversary of the worst disaster in New Zealand’s history. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0707/S00194.htm


TV: Outrageously Good Ratings For Kiwi Drama - TV3’s hit local series, Outrageous Fortune, launched its third series last night with its highest ratings ever, performing as strongly as the most popular international shows on air, such as the award-winning HOUSE. The show, which stars Robyn Malcolm, Antony Starr, Antonia Prebble and Siobhan Marshall, attracted 465,200 viewers. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0707/S00333.htm


Fashion: Call for Fresh Faces for Style Pasifika - For one day only the producers of Westfield Style Pasifika will be auditioning fresh new faces for what is New Zealand's premiere fashion award and entertainment spectacular - and anyone who is an excellent performer is welcome to audition. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0707/S00189.htm


Debating: International 'War Of Words' Win For Victoria - A Victoria Debating Society team came second in the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships held in Kuala Lumpur last week, with one member winning the Martin Sorenson Cup for best speaker out of 324 competitors. Sayeqa Islam, won both the Martin Sorenson Cup and the Jock Fanselow Cup for best speaker in the final. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0707/S00061.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, July 19, 2007

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