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1: Saddam Hussein Captured In Tikrit

British Prime Minister Tony Blair as confirmed Saddam Hussein has been captured in Tikrit, Iraq. Unconfirmed news broke late Sunday night (NZ Time) after Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani was quoted by the official Iranian news agency saying that the former ...

2: U.S. Defense Details Saddam's Capture Near Tikrit

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2003 — With three words – “We got him” – Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III announced at a press briefing in Baghdad today that U.S. forces had captured Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein near his hometown of Tikrit.

3: Wrong Again, Prime Minister

It seems that Prime Minister Helen Clark's crystal ball has let her down yet again, this time over the possibility of US forces ever capturing Saddam Hussein, ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader Ken Shirley said today.

4: Public Address 15/12/03 - History Pivots

The thing that struck me is how different a weekend it could have been - if Saddam had somehow stayed safe in his hole and the terrorists had killed Musharaf. Although it has inevitably been swamped by news of Saddam's capture, the Pakistani leader ...

5: Deck of Cards Helps Identify Regime's Most Wanted

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2003 – Coalition forces in Iraq are using a specially created deck of 55 playing cards to identify the "most wanted" members of Saddam Hussein's regime.

6: USA Moves To Impose Sanctions Against Syria

The Act purports to impose upon the President requirements to take certain actions against Syria unless the President either determines and certifies to the Congress that the Government of Syria has taken specific actions, or determines that it is ...

7: Firas Al-Atraqchi: Saddam Must be Tried in Iraq

''Ladies and Gentleman, we got him,'' said L. Paul Bremer at a news conference, confirming eight hours of speculation that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had been captured.

8: Stateside with Rosalea: I Really Think So

What did the Japanese know, and when did they know it? That's my question.

9: Jim gives job losses for Xmas!

"Carter Holt Harvey's closure of Tokoroa Sawmill is as much evidence as you need that this Government cares very little for the forestry workers of New Zealand," says Brian Connell, National's spokesman for Forestry.

10: 911 Victim Ellen Mariani Open Letter To The POTUS

This ''open letter'' is coming from my heart. I want you to know that I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat and that this is not an attempt to ''bash the Government''.

11: Tariana Turia Speech - Sharing and partnership

E nga iwi e huihui nei i mua i Taputeranga, te motu o Kupe, i nga takutai o te Moana o Raukawa, tena koutou katoa.

12: Clark must reject Tariana Turia's demands

Tariana Turia's claim today that Maori would never allow the Crown or anyone else to hold seabed and foreshore ownership is unacceptable to most New Zealanders, says National Party Leader Don Brash.

13: Rules in place, Russia must join Kyoto now

Milan At the close of the climate negotiations in Milan, Greenpeace called upon Russia to do the right thing, and join the 120 other nations that have ratified the Kyoto Protocol. Russia's ratification is required for the Kyoto Protocol to enter into ...

14: Medical Cannabis Grower Non Conviction Applauded

The National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML NZ) applauded last week's decision by a Judge not to convict a Christchurch businessman who was caught growing cannabis for medical use.

15: Peoples Moratorium to take action at Pac N’ Save

The Peoples Moratorium Enforcement Agency (PMEA) will today be giving tours of Pac N’ Save to inform interested participants and customers of Pac N’ Save which supermarket products may contain GE ingredients.

16: 911 Victim’s Wife Files RICO Case Against GW Bush

Philip J. Berg, Esquire, announced today that he, attorney for Ellen Mariani, wife of Louis Neil Mariani, who died when United Air Lines flight 175 was flown into the South Tower of the World Trade Center on 9-11 at a news conference regarding the ...

17: ACT's The Letter - Monday 15 December 2003

The government hopes to end parliament and announce the foreshore policy with no parliamentary scrutiny. Labour is pleased Maori are criticising the proposals because that means the rest of the country concludes it must be ok. The Letter fears the ...

18: Helen Clark welcomes Saddam’s capture

Prime Minister Helen Clark has today welcomed the capture of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

19: 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.

20: 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.

21: Stateside with Rosalea: Movie Review

A couple of weekends ago, one of the local movie theatres had a preview screening of The Last Samurai. I ended up getting back too late from a trip up the Marin coastline and had to be satisfied that day with a very Taranaki-like drizzly outlook over a ...

22: Children in benefit-led households

Question: What is the total number of children living in benefit-led households as at 31 October 2003, broken down by region?

23: Chuckman Cartoon: Whitehouse Christmas Card

Cartoon by John Chuckman

24: Katya Rivas: My Divine Wish

The happiest moment for children is that which they can spend with their little friends, talking, playing, and having a good time. The same happens with Me.

25: Campaign To Appoint 9/11 Widow On 9/11 Commission

A mass email campaign has begun reaching out to tens of thousands of concerned citizens encouraging them to lobby Senator Daschle to appoint Kristen Breitweiser to take the place of departing Max Cleland, who will likely be confirmed at the Import-Export ...

26: NZers deceived over engineers' Iraq military role

Green MP Keith Locke has accused the Government of deception over the role of our army engineers in Iraq, following revelations by Nicky Hager in the Sunday Star-Times today that New Zealand defence personnel in Iraq are in fact assisting British military ...

27: Richard Ehrlich: Executing 'P' Dealers In Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand used its new lethal injection system for the first time to enforce its controversial war on drugs by executing four people in a single day, including three convicted for possessing a massive amount of methamphetamines.

28: Chuckman Cartoon: The Gipper's Dime

Cartoon by John Chuckman

29: Public Address 12/12/03 - Bad Things And Good

I guess if I was Steve Williams' lawyer I'd have my client say "the P made me do it" too. It certainly makes for good headlines. But what's his excuse for the other 88 convictions?...

30: Labour Fuels Treaty Grievance Industry

ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader Ken Shirley today accused the Labour Government of duplicity and inconsistency over the transfer of ownership of 14 Rotorua lakes and foreshores from the Crown to local iwi.

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