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1: US Soldiers to America: Bring Us Home Now

I had the unique opportunity to interview five US military servicemen who just got back from Iraq, or in the case of two men, corresponded with their wives so that I could ask questions of these soldiers by mail.

2: Israel Sequesters Palestinian Farms West of Wall

[Occupied West Bank] Contrary to what the Israeli establishment has been saying, the government of Ariel Sharon has made another big land grab. A new order issued by the military commander of the West Bank announced to Palestinians that they are ...

3: John Roughan: Silence Is Health!

Part of the fall out from our last five years of social unrest is to deepen the custom of our people keeping quiet when things go wrong. In fact, the greater the crime, the deeper the silence.

4: Bomb Destroys U.S. Diplomatic Vehicle Three Killed

Gaza Strip - An explosion has destroyed a U.S. diplomatic vehicle killing three Americans and wounding one. The attack follows U.S. President Bush stating Israel’s latest bloodied invasion of refugee camps in the Palestinian Territories a justifiable defence.

5: Bush Sets Up Commission To 'Free' Cuba From Castro

Clearly, the Castro regime will not change by its own choice. But Cuba must change. So today I'm announcing several new initiatives intended to hasten the arrival of a new, free, democratic Cuba. (Applause.)

6: US Soldiers to America: Bring Us Home Now (Pt. 2)

The following interview was with a Sergeant First Class in the United States Army. He has been deployed both in Afghanistan and most recently in Iraq in Falujah and in Kirkuk, which have been the heart of Iraqi resistance and attacks on US forces.

7: Bolivia In Crisis Over Gas Sale To California

Bolivia is once again in a state of political crisis. Since mid-September, a wave of protest has spread across the country demanding government action on a variety of issues - the main one suspension of a proposed mega-deal to sell Bolivian natural ...

8: Peter Dunne's Letter From British American Tobacco

Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimmons was refused permission to table the following letter in Parliament today during question time. The attempted tabling came during a question to Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen from Peter Dunne concerning the ...

9: Top 10 Conditions To Be Imposed On Paul Holmes

1. Holmes only to be served cappucinos or lattes - no black coffee.

10: US Soldiers to America: Bring Us Home Now (Pt. 3)

The following interview is with a sergeant in the U.S. Army who until recently has been completely dedicated to the cause of the US and 100% patriotic by his own definition. He said he has never had the reason or want, to question the government or the validity ...

11: Bush to Focus at APEC on Free Trade, Security Coop

Calling prosperity and security "inseparable," National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice told reporters that President Bush will stress the need to put security at the heart of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) mission and work to ...

12: Upton-On-Line: Issue On Constitution-Building

Some thoughts about the proposed European Constitution; some further thoughts about the axing of appeals from New Zealand to the Privy Council; some even further reflections on referenda and whether minorities have the right to secede in the face of majority ...

13: Bush administration targets Greenpeace

In a move unprecedented in its history, the US government has indicted an entire organization - Greenpeace, Inc. (the Greenpeace entity in the US) - for the peaceful protest activities of its supporters.

14: Public Address 16/10/03 - Some Guy Things

My record collection is taking a real battering in the old style. A couple of weekends ago a mate, Dan, came around and I played him all sorts of old NZ stuff. He found it depressing...

15: Inside A U.S. Election Vote Counting Program

Publication of this story marks a watershed in American political history. It is offered freely for publication in full or part on any and all internet forums, blogs and noticeboards. All other media are also encouraged to utilise material. Readers ...

16: Wednesday’s Questions & Answers For Oral Answer

1. DEBORAH CODDINGTON (ACT) to the Minister of Education: How long have schools been given to respond to the Ministry of Education paper on the Consolidation of the Private Schools Conditional Integration Act into the Education Act?

17: Thai Terror Concerns Heightened As APEC Approaches

BANGKOK, Thailand -- U.S. President George Bush and 20 other leaders meet next week in this nervous "Land of Smiles" where Bangkok's pro-U.S. government is trying to mummify anti-American dissent, stop Islamic terrorists destroying airplanes and hotels, ...

18: Wellington Central, Quite Frankly

Last year, as we headed into an early election, some of you asked me why I was standing again. Good friends wanted to know whether I had come to my senses. Had the mid-life crisis that lifted me from my comfortable berth in legal practice run its course?

19: Can America ''Spin'' Away Anti-U.S. Hatred?

A study group chosen by the Bush administration has just spent the public’s tax dollars reaching a conclusion worthy of Rip Van Winkle: ''Hostility toward America has reached shocking levels.''

20: Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday, 16 October

1. LARRY BALDOCK to the Minister of Transport: Will the review of major roading projects currently underway by Transit New Zealand and Transfund New Zealand be completed by December 2003 as stated, and will the review process result in delays to the construction ...

21: Chuckman Cartoon: President Clarkandbush

Cartoon by John Chuckman….

22: Jason Leopold: From Terminator To Deregulator

Forget about the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger is taking on a new role as Governor-elect of California: The Deregulator.

23: Medium Rare: The Murder Of Dr. David Kelly

This first part lays out the case from the evidence presented in the Hutton inquiry why the death of Dr. David Kelly was not by suicide. Part two will show the reasons, in this writer's opinion, Dr. Kelly was killed.)

24: U.S. Presents Draft Resolution on Iraq

United Nations -- The United States October 14 formally placed its draft resolution on Iraq before the Security Council and said that it wants a vote before the end of the week.

25: CIA Officer Speaks Out Against White House Leak

Critics Question Credibility of FBI Investigation into White House Leak Exposing CIA Operative - Interview with Ray McGovern, retired CIA analyst, conducted by Scott Harris

26: Sony launches its first DVD Handycam camcorders

AUCKLAND, 10 September, 2003 – Sony's has launched a new DVD Handycam® camcorder that advances the simplicity of making and sharing videos. The new camcorder produces DVD recordings that play back in most current home and PC DVD players, as well as ...

27: Sludge Report #154 – Bigger Than Watergate!

In This Edition: Bigger Than Watergate! - How To Rig An Election In The United States - Fantasy vs Reality - How We Discovered The Backdoor - Evidence Of Motive - Evidence Of Opportunity - Evidence Of Method - Evidence Of Prior Conduct - Consistent Unexplained ...

28: Bolivia’s Gas Warfare Becomes Explosive

As casualty-numbers mount for protesters, and those demonstrating against the Sánchez de Lozada government increase their momentum, Bolivia’s president was forced to step back from authorizing the construction of a foreign-owned pipeline to ship the country’s ...

29: Appointment Process Already Contaminated

Attorney-General Margaret Wilson's advertisements for new judges fit with her rejection of any mechanism to ensure they are appointed without political bias, ACT New Zealand Justice spokesman Stephen Franks said today.

30: Timor-Leste making good progress, more help needed

Timor-Leste has made tremendous progress in governing itself in the 17 months that the United Nations has been helping the newly independent country, but serious problems of security, order and economic transformation remain, the top UN envoy in the country ...

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Dr Terrence Loomis: Does Petroleum Industry Spying Really Matter?

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