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Published: Thu 12 Oct 2006 01:08 PM
TODAY'S TOP SCOOP STORIES
SCOOP LEAD STORY
Geopolitics: Paul Buchanan Article: Folly Or Strategic - Why North Korea Played Its Nuke Card
NEW ZEALAND LEAD:
Legislation: Nat Proposes Amendment To Define Reasonable Smacking
RECOMMENDED AUDIO
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY
Food: Ostrich, Eel, Bunnies, Abalone And Hog - Wild Food Winners
Election Spending: Dunne Tones Down AG Criticism, Undertakes To Pay Back Money
MORE HEADLINES
SCOOP REPORTS
State Of It: Can Cunliffe Explain His Asylum-Seeker Flip-Flop?
Scoop Video & Text: Les Yeux on France – French Elections Heat Up
SCOOP INTERNATIONAL LEAD STORY:
Natural Phenomenon: Locusts Prepare To Invade Africa
UN AUDIO NEWS
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Geopolitics: Folly Or Strategic - Why North Korea Played Its Nuke Card

Security and Geopolitics expert, Paul G. Buchanan, writes that the regime led by Kim Jung-Il may be a weird cult of personality for most foreign observers, and it certainly practices some odd insular logics as it approaches the external world, but when it comes to its nuclear weapons program, it is anything but crazy. Long before George W. Bush backed it into a corner with his “axis of evil” speech… North Korea was using the threat of developing a nuclear weapons capability to extract diplomatic, trade and economic concessions from the West. Image of Paul Buchanan by Jason Dorday. See... Living Life in a Nuclear Armed Crowd [1] ALSO:Former President Jimmy Carter - Solving the Korean Stalemate, One Step at a Time [2]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00163.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00172.htm


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Scoop Audio:
Kevin List On Radio Active discusses: asylum seeker Thomas Yadegary being banged up in prison basically due to his faith, also John Key angry?

KiwiFM Audio:
[1] Wammo and Scoop's Kevin List talk about the dire proposition of being an Iranian asylum seeker who is a chef rather than a tiler.
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00157.htm
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:
Questions And Answers - Wednesday, 11 October 2006 [1] Questions And Answers - Tuesday, 10 October 2006 [2]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00188.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00160.htm
NEW ZEALAND LEAD:


Treasury News: FULL COVERAGE of Labour's $11.5 Billion Surplus Announcement - The National Party's delivered an angry response
[1] to the Government's $11.5 billion surplus. It says the greedy Labour-led Government should apologise for gouging New Zealand taxpayers following the announcement of an enormous $11.5 billion surplus. National Party finance spokesman John Key says: "New Zealand is now running the second biggest surplus in the developed world." For this and all about this issue, See... Full Coverage: Labour Announces $11.5 Billion Surplus [2]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00175.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00175.htm
Legislation: Nat Proposes Amendment To Define Reasonable Smacking
- "The real debate is whether protection afforded to parents and children should be enshrined in legislation or left to government agencies to make social policy by way of guidelines. "It's our job to make laws that are clear and concise and that work, not to abrogate the responsibility for lawmaking by handing it over to unelected officials." See... National to seek amendment to Section 59 bill [1] ALSO:Families Commission - Commission responds to new research on smacking [2] Family First Lobby - Bradford links smacking with sexual perversion [3] EPOCH NZ - Confusing messages about corporal punishment [4]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00184.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00108.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00106.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00119.htm
Food: Ostrich, Eel, Bunnies, Abalone And Hog - Wild Food Winners
- Culinary creations from the earth, sea, sky and everywhere in between marked the winning dishes in the ninth annual Monteith’s Beer and Wild Food Challenge. The awards were announced last night at a dinner in Auckland. The national Monteith’s Beer and Wild Food Challenge winners - Christchurch’s Alchemy Café & Wine Bar and Hamilton’s Embargo restaurant - win the Formal and Informal Categories respectively in the annual competition. See... National wild food winners announced [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0610/S00122.htm
Election Spending: Dunne Tones Down AG Criticism, Undertakes To Pay Back Money
- In recent weeks I have been publicly critical on a couple of occasions of the way in which the Auditor-General and the Solicitor-General have conducted the inquiry into election spending. In doing so, I have fallen into the trap of allowing my strong personal views that their inquiries have been characterised by naiveté and a lack of natural justice to cloud my public judgment and reaction. I now regret that very much. See... Dunne: Statement On Auditor-General [1] EARLIER:United Future - UF Leader's Letter Field 'n' Parliamentary Funding [2]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00178.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0609/S00254.htm
MORE HEADLINES:
Kiwi Troops Deploying To Afghanistan [1] Maori To Make Treaty Claim For British Pensions [2] Progress made in Feltex talks [3] Carter Holt Harvey fined $900,000 for labelling [4] Rare bear breeding success [5]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00116.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00112.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00114.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0610/S00223.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0610/S00019.htm
SCOOP REPORTS:
State Of It: Can Cunliffe Explain His Asylum-Seeker Flip-Flop?
- Scoop's Selwyn Manning writes that prior to David Cunliffe becoming Immigration Minister he supported Thomas Yadegary's plight to seek refuge from Iran in New Zealand. Mr Cunliffe wrote to him on his MP's letterhead indicating ongoing support for Mr Yadegary's refugee status application. Here, Scoop publishes the Cunliffe letters. Why has Cunliffe now gone cold? See... Cunliffe Must Explain Flip-Flop Over Asylum Seeker [1] ALSO:Barnabas Fund - Yadegary: Govt should reconsider [2] GPJA - Cunliffe Accepted - Now Rejects - Thomas Yadegary [3] GPJA - Labour's Own Guantanamo Bay - Here in Mt Eden [4] Scoop Audio: National Party's Lockwood Smith asks Parliamentary questions regarding Yadegary case. [5] Scoop Audio: The Prime Minister Helen Clark was questioned on the Thomas Yadegary case at the post-Cabinet press conference on Monday afternoon. [6]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00121.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00105.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00085.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00069.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00141.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00116.htm
INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Natural Phenomenon: Locusts Prepare To Invade Africa
- Two years after the worst locust infestation to hit North and West Africa in 15 years, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned the region to raise its level of alert against a possible new invasion of the crop-devouring locusts. See... Locust Upsurge Could Threaten Africa [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00276.htm
Scoop Video & Text: Les Yeux on France – French Elections Heat Up
- France - Scoop's Yasmine Ryan reports that as the Socialist Party gears up for its primary elections on the 16 and 23 November, the French media has gone into election mode. It is a transitional period in French politics, with a move towards what many are calling a more ‘American-style’ participatory model. The reason behind this comparison is that the personality of the candidates looks set to play a key role, somewhat overshadowing ideology. See... Les Yeux on France: Race on for the 2007 Elections [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00142.htm
UN AUDIO NEWS:
Annan Says DPRK Actions Complicate an Already Difficult Security Situation - ALSO SPECIAL FEATURES: On International Day for Disaster Reduction, UN Calls for More Commitment to Reduce the Impact of Natural Disasters – AND - Study Provides Picture of Nature, Extent and Causes of Violence against Children.
MORE WORLD HEADLINES:
Iraq - UN Aid Official Calls For Urgent Help In Iraq [1] Global - UN Stresses Need For Education Over Natural Disasters [2] Lebanon - Unicef Voices Concern Over Unexploded Bombs [3] Asia - Unicef Helps Thailand With Preventive Education [4] USA - Evidence Shows Increasing Likelihood Of USA Vote Fraud [5]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00280.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00277.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00275.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00274.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00252.htm
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