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1: Six Questions Posed To Professor Noam Chomsky

(1) There has been an immense movement of troops and extreme use of military rhetoric, up to comments about terminating governments, etc. Yet, to many people there appears to be considerable restraint...what happened?

2: Sludge Report #111 - The Case Against Peter Davies

C.D. Sludge has often marvelled at the ability of economists to juggle facts and figures to present any manner of results to a stupified public. Last week, we all witnessed an extraordinary set of exchanges, led by the country's most powerful public ...

3: Feedback: Who The Hell Are We Welcoming In?

How far we have come as a nation from the notorious “dawn raids” of the 70s aimed at finding and consequently sending home Samoan overstayers to welcome parades, packets of biscuits, cakes and cuddly toys for illegal Afghan immigrants.
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4: Bin Laden’s Relatives Evacuated From NYC

Patrick Tyler of the New York Times is reporting from Washington: "In the first days after the attacks on Sept. 11, the Saudi Arabian ambasador to Washington, Prince Bandar ibn Sultan, supervised the urgent evacuation of 24 members of Osama bin Laden's ...

5: Feedback: Three Disgruntled Readers

Pacifists like our current Government and the Greens, are far from being the "moral choice" of say refusing to fight for the Nazi's in WW2 would have been are actually hurting the cause of freedom by siding with the perpetrators of terror and whether ...

6: Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 2 October

1. Rt Hon JENNY SHIPLEY to the Prime Minister: What outcome was she trying to achieve when she said on Monday 24 September that statutory management is a "very viable" option for Air New Zealand, which influenced a fall in the Air New Zealand B share ...

7: Scoop Link: White House Lied About Air Force One

The White House has been caught in a lie about the alleged terrorist threat against Air Force One [U.S. President's official airplane] which it had cited as the reason for President Bush's absence from Washington for most of September 11.

8: Howard's End: USA's Achilles Heel – Saudi Arabia

The overwhelming consensus at a dinner party I attended last night was that in the confusion in the West, Osama bin Laden will strike at the corrupt rulers of his home-land and try to recapture the sacred soil of his country which will economically destabilise ...

9: Scoop Images: Waikanae Beach Sunset

Image from Mike Bugden of a sunset on Waikanae Beach Gisborne. Gisborne, on NZ's East Cape, is one of the first places in the world to see the rising sun.

10: More Auckland rail deadlines fail to deliver

Michael Cullen's announcement today that the Government will buy the Auckland rail corridor to 'rescue' the Auckland transport situation is yet another promise that doesn't deliver, Albany MP Murray McCully and National's Transport spokesperson Belinda ...

11: Enya IS Working on LOTR Music!

This comes to me from an insider in London, seems that Enya was there recently (or at least she recorded some music recently that was there) along with Howard Shore working on some LOTR music, read on!

12: David Miller: Tactics for a New Type of War

Over the past week, the Bush Administration appears to have backed off from the threat of launching immediate retaliatory air strikes against targets in Afghanistan. At this point in time this is a wise move as it is doubtful that an air offensive would ...

13: Scoop Poem: The Bones of September, 2001

Two vast and trunkless legs of steel Like silent Pharaohs stood over Wall Street Scraping the vast canvas of immortality

14: The War Prayer by Mark Twain

Editor's note: Outraged by American military intervention in the Phillipines, Mark Twain wrote this and sent it to Harper's Bazaar. This women's magazine rejected it for being too radical, and it wasn't published until after Mark Twain's death, when ...

15: New York City Labor Statement on September 11

September 11 has brought indescribable suffering to New York City's working people. We have lost friends, family members and coworkers of all colors, nationalities and religions -- a thousand of them union members. An estimated one hundred thousand ...

16: Stateside with Rosalea: Bizzaroland

To hell with the twin towers, where's my laundromat?!! Just half a block down the street was the scummiest, not-workingest collection of washers and driers you ever did see, and now the building's been gutted. Its only virtues were that it was close ...

17: A Glimpse of Hell - Newman Speech

The events of September 11, gave us a glimpse of hell. None of us in our worst nightmares could have imagined the destruction of the World Trade Centre by civilian aircraft used as bombs. We will never forget witnessing the mass murder of more that 6000 ...

18: Buy-Back of Auckland Rail Corridors a Money Waste

The government's decision to spend $81 million to buy back the Auckland rail corridors, is a silly waste of taxpayers' money, ACT leader Richard Prebble says.

19: Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics

NZ Contributes To Afghanistan Refugee Aid Fund - Noam Chomsky Answers 6 Questions On Terrorism War - Only United Coalition Will Defeat Terrorism – Annan - Wave Of Poverty To Follow Terrorist Attacks - NY Unions Say “No War”

20: The Rail Deal's A Scandal: Peters

“Overseas investors, and some of our expatriate ones are enjoying another joke at the expense of the New Zealand taxpayer over the purchase of the Auckland rail corridors,” according to New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters.

21: Bin Laden, Taliban Created During Cold War Era

* Afghan Women's Mission's Sonali Kolhatkar says that in the 1980s, the U.S. government, through the CIA, gave billions of dollars' worth of arms, weapons and training to the seven most fundamentalist, extremist parties that the United States could find ...

22: The Bastards Changed The Rules

He looked like a mummy: face frozen, body averted, no eye contact with the other person. Shimon Peres meeting Yasser Arafat. Next to him sat the general who was sent to oversee him, so that he would not talk, God forbid, about solutions, political ...

23: National Shows True Colours Over Afghan Refugees

Calls by the National Party for Afghan refugees to be held at Rangipo Prison Farm while their refugee status is determined show the Party's true colours, says United Future leader, Hon Peter Dunne.

24: Letter To All Member States Of The United Nations

We would like to inform you of a matter of extreme importance and urgency. As many of you know by now, the Security Council of the United Nations quickly adopted a resolution no. 1373 (2001) which requires all states to take sweeping measures to ...

25: TV Screening Will Mark Death Of Great NZ Writer

Leading New Zealand poet Allen Curnow died in Auckland on Sunday 23 September 2001. "Early Days Yet", the only documentary about him, will receive its first television screening on Sunday 7 October at 10.15 pm on TV One.

26: Greens outline position - NZ role combating terror

The Green Party has written to Prime Minister Helen Clark outlining the party's position on the role New Zealand can play in the efforts to combat terrorism, following the recent tragedies in the USA.

27: Inquiry Concludes No Wrong Doing

The following is a statement from New Zealand Army Chief of General Staff, Major General Maurice Dodson today.

28: Poverty To Rise in Wake Of Terrorist Attacks in US

October 1, 2001—The September 11 terrorist attacks in the US will hurt economic growth in developing countries worldwide in 2001 and 2002, condemning as many as 10 million more people to live in poverty next year, and hampering the fight against childhood ...

29: Dodson Should Resign

Action should have been taken against Major-General Dodson, ACT Defence Spokesman MP Owen Jennings said today.

30: Army General should be suspended

The report into the shredding of army documents finding that Major General Dodson should continue in his job despite his 'unwise and inappropriate' conduct is of deep concern, National's Defence spokesperson Max Bradford said today.

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