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1: Scoop Images: The Nazgul Swoop Into Wellington

Two giant Nazgul riding winged Fell Beasts swooped into Courtenay Place on Sunday in preparation for the festivities surrounding the World premiere of Peter Jackson's Return Of The King, the third part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy next weekend.

2: Te Papa Display 8 Metre LOTRs Tower Of Barad-Dur

To mark the premiere of the third and final film in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, Te Papa will display the eight-metre-high, 6-metre-wide model of Sauron's Barad-Dur tower from Monday 1 December through to Wednesday 28 January 2004. Complete with ...

3: Rafah: Israel Destroys 2000 Homes Displaces 30,000

RAFAH, Palestine -Said Zu’rob, mayor of Rafah municipality, revealed that the Israeli occupying forces had completely destroyed 1500 houses and partially damaged 500 others in Rafah city, south of Gaza Strip, within the last 38 months of Al Aqsa Intifada.

4: SRA Comment: When In Doubt, Blow A Bigger Bubble

It is testimony to the ubiquity of crime in the modern American economy that the criminal investigation of one of the country’s largest corporations and lending institutions has been greeted with the equivalent of a bored yawn.

5: Images: Arrival Of The Nazgul

Images from Scoop's content partner . For the full set of 25 images of the installation of the Fell Beast atop the Embassy Theatre in Wellington see… Fell Beast at the Embassy Theater and Fell Beast above Embassy Theater

6: Mega-Screen Sells Out For LOTRs Screening

Mega-Screen Sells Out For First Session Of The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

7: Breast cancer screening buses lie idle

The six mobile breast-screening buses are lying idle when they could be saving more lives, says National's Health spokeswoman Dr Lynda Scott.

8: U.S. Moves To Reduce Ebola Bioterrorism Threat

A trial of the first experimental vaccine to prevent infection from the deadly Ebola virus began November 18 at the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in Bethesda, Maryland.

9: Scoop Images: Swing Low Sweet Chariot (OFFENSIVE)

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10: Robert S. Rodvik: On "Liberation" and Lies

With the ''weapons of mass destruction'' charade exposed like the bare bones on an X-ray film the Armageddon gang running the White House reverted to that pathetically over-used justification: ''liberation''.

11: Top NZ Photographer Gets The Ultimate Billing

Acclaimed New Zealand landscape photographer Andris Apse has achieved the ultimate exhibition space - on the side of an Air New Zealand Boeing 747-400.

12: Public Address 25/11/03: Waiting For The Clampdown

I seem to be writing even longer blogs than usual at the moment; but you get that on the big jobs. So anyway, my old correspondent Neil Morrison has taken issue with last week's post suggesting that invading and occupying Iraq was having a somewhat ...

13: Blood, Oil, Guns And Bullets - Globalisation & War

Terror, invasion, occupation and militarization are hallmarks of the US-led corporate recolonisation of Iraq. But they have long been the hallmarks of colonialism and imperialism the world over.

14: Tom Cruise Talks To Larry King About NZ

Screening live on Saturday, November 29 from 10pm, Hollywood mega-star, Tom Cruise, will join seasoned CNN anchor, Larry King, for an in-depth interview about his new movie, The Last Samurai, which was shot in Taranaki, New Zealand.

15: Kucinich Requests Hearing On Diebold DMCA Abuses

Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), today, sent a letter to the Chairman and the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee requesting that the Committee hold a hearing to investigate abuses of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) ...

16: Chuckman Cartoon: Istanbul Bombing & Chairman Bush

Cartoon by John Chuckman

17: Indymedia: The Battle Of Miami (FTAA)

Images and stories of the weekend's protests in Miami around a meeting of the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas meeting. Protests at the meeting met an unprecedented level of police violence and intimidation and have many observers wondering whether ...

18: Indian American ISM Activist To Sue Israel

International Solidarity Movement volunteer Radhika Sainath, from Orange County, California is suing the state of Israel on Thursday, November 27 for unlawful imprisonment, negligence and breach of obligations. Leading human rights lawyer Shamai Liebowitz ...

19: ACT Welcomes Tonga Inquiry

ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader Ken Shirley today welcomed news that the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee is to hold an inquiry into New Zealand's relationship with Tonga, saying that - as Pacific neighbours - the futures of both countries are ...

20: Online auction for children’s charity

Meridian Energy is hosting an online auction for the children’s charity Kiwi Can. The auction is on the popular trading site Trade Me ( from 9am Monday 24 November finishing on Monday 1 December.

21: Workers Move To China, India To Reclaim Lost Jobs

Free Trade Zone-- Thousands of blue collar workers are leaving the United States in pursuit of the 2.7 manufacturing jobs that moved overseas during the past three years.

22: New road safety campaign targets driver education

The Transport Minister Paul Swain says almost every driver or owner of a motor vehicle in New Zealand will be encouraged to improve their knowledge of the road code as part of a new education campaign designed to improve road safety.

23: UQ Wire: Donkeys of Mass Destruction

About a month into the Iraq invasion, Congress set aside $79 billion in funds for the military. Recently, Bush requested another $87 billion because the occupation was dragging on far longer, and was costing more in men and materiel, than the rosy ...

24: Rare Congratulations, Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission's simple endorsement of freedom to discriminate in favour of non-smokers is a breath of fresh air. It's the first defence of genuine liberty I've seen from this mob, ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said today.

25: Clampdown On Illegal Street Racing

More streets are to be restricted to non-residential traffic on weekends and public holidays in order to tackle the scourge of illegal street racing in Manukau. This will include a large stretch of Te Irirangi Drive between Dawson Road in Otara and ...

26: U.S. Defense Says Attacks In Iraq Dropped By 70%

Washington --- Despite casualties from rocket attacks and improvised explosives that draw media headlines, U.S. and coalition forces have succeeded in capturing or killing large numbers of regime loyalists, terrorists, and outright criminals in recent military ...

27: Diebold Memos Disclose Florida 2000 E-Voting Fraud

Something very strange happened in Volusia County on election night November 2000, the night that first Gore won Florida, then Bush, and then as everybody can so well remember there was a tie.

28: The Other Side: Slavery Today In NZ & Everywhere

A 10 person deputation from the IMF (International Misery Factory) is starting a 3 week snoop into New Zealand’s financial systems. The FSAP (Fiendish Scheme to Acquire Property-probably yours and mine) was concocted by the IMF (Internal Misery Factory) ...

29: Fish insulin could treat diabetes

Indian researchers have found a way to derive insulin from fish that could be used to treat diabetes. In a study sponsored by the department of biotechnology, part of the science and technolog... More...

30: Public Address 24/11/03 - Somewhat Outraged

I am normally allergic to political arguments that hinge on a definition of "class", but as the outrageous detail of exactly what went on in media baron Conrad Black's Hollinger group seeps out, Dick Meyer's angry editorial, The Predator Class, seems ...

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Binoy Kampmark: Waiting For The Old Bailey: Julian Assange And Britain’s Judicial Establishment

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Gordon Campbell: On The Sorry Plight Of The International Education Sector

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Gordon Campbell: On Trump’s Current Chances Of Re-Election

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The Conversation: Rogue Poll Or Not, All The Signs Point To A Tectonic Shift In New Zealand Politics

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The Coronavirus Republic: Three Million Infections And Rising

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

Be wary what you protest about. The modern moral constabulary are out, and they are assisted by their Silicon Valley friends in the Social Media club. Should you dare take a stand on anything, especially in a dramatic way, you will be found out ... More>>