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Scoop Top 30 Ratings - May 26 2005


Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: New Deputy Envoy for Eritrea, Ethiopia

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed Ambassador Joël W. Adechi of Benin his Deputy Special Representative (DSRSG) with the UN Mission in Eritrea and Ethiopia (UNMEE), effective early June.

2: American Militarism: Is The USA Addicted To War?

Let us consider the possibility that the USA has become addicted, in an economic sense, to war. While the evidence offered below is by no means exhaustive, it is directly relevant and highly probative. Therefore, the reader should consider ALL ...

3: Rialto Movie: Mean Creek Released On NZ

Set in a small Oregon town where secrets are hard to keep and lies even harder, Mean Creek flows with the simple elegance of truth and consequences as it follows a crisis in the lives of its teen characters.

4: The Religious Right (2): Pushing A Deadly Addiction

In recent article, I promised readers that I would address the mindset of the religious right as an addiction. In order to do so with accuracy and clarity, it is first necessary to define addiction and clarify the terms, Christian fundamentalism and Dominionism.

5: Greens offer brighter thinking on energy

"Everything we do depends on energy, and if our energy supply is not sustainable, then neither is our economy or our way of life"

6: Donald Welcomes Chinese With Tibetan Flag - Images

Green Co-Leader Rod Donald "welcomed" the second most-important Chinese politician this morning with the flag of Tibet, a territory that China continues to occupy and oppress.

7: The 9/11 Commission Report: A 571-Page Lie

In discussing my second 9/11 book, The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions , I have often said, only half in jest, that a better title might have been “a 571-page lie.” (Actually, I was saying “a 567-page lie,” because I was forgetting to count ...

8: Saudi Arabia, the US, and Arabic Political Reform

Philip Zelikow, Counselor of the Department Remarks at Conference on U.S.-Saudi Relations Washington, DC May 24, 2005

9: Public Address 26/05/05 - Hot Shots

The health select committee has shot itself in the foot. After sending signals that it would unanimously recommend the removal criminal penalties for the possession of needles used to inject illicit drugs, it has failed to do so, apparently on the ...

10: One Hour Of News And Current Affairs From 5:30pm

From 6th June the Holmes current affairs programme will be live on Prime Television at 6pm one hour earlier than the current time slot.

11: Amnesty Int Report Warns Of A Dangerous New Agenda

Governments are betraying their promise of a world order based on human rights said Amnesty International today as it launched its annual report documenting human rights issues of concern to AI during 2004 and AI’s activities during the year.

12: Lyndon Hood: On The NZ First Chorus Line

I am something of novice reader of parliamentary press releases, but from time to time I see something that I am sure would interest even the most grizzled veteran. For example, I was intrigued to note that Winston Peters had written audience responses ...

13: Narconews: A Time of War in Bolivia

Gualberto Choque, leader of the peasant farmers of the Department of La Paz and, as such, leader of the rural Aymara people, said it yesterday: "This is a time of war." Although nobody listened to him, it was a warning.

14: Does ES&S Really Want To Sell Automark Machines?

Elections Systems and Software (ES&S) has a marketing agreement with AutoMARK Technical Services (ATS) to be the sole purveyor of the AutoMARK voting machine. ATS can market the system, but pricing and contracts are all handled by ES&S. In March of 2004, ...

15: Chinese Govt tries to suppress free speech

Green Co-Leader Rod Donald says it's a disgrace that the Chinese Government tried to prevent him from protesting on the steps of Parliament this morning.

16: Labour approved brother-sister sex paper

Labour approved a discussion paper that proposed legalising brother-sister sex for over-20-year-olds, according to official documents released today by National’s Law and Order spokesman, Tony Ryall.

17: Toni Solo: Taking Sides And Solidarity

"Purity is an idea for ascetics and monks…. You others, you intellectuals, you toss out excuses for doing nothing, Nothing but sitting still with your arms folded. Me, I get my hands dirty, right up to the elbows, deep in shit and blood. ...

18: Federico Fuentes: New Uprising In Bolivia

In 1967, Che Guevara died at the hands of CIA-backed Bolivian soldiers while attempting to lead a guerrilla struggle in Bolivia. In the small town where his body was uncovered 30 years later, graffiti is scrawled declaring: “Che: Alive as they never wanted ...

19: National takes confusion to new heights

Finance Minister Michael Cullen says that after just six days, National’s tax bribe policy lies in tatters.

20: John Chuckman: It Runs In The Family

"In the U.S., if there's a terrible report, people don't riot and kill other people. And you can't excuse what they did because of the mistake - you know, you can't blame it all on Newsweek." - Laura Bush at the start of her trip to prop up the world's ...

21: Condoleezza Rice Interview With AFP

MR. MACKLER: Madame Secretary, obviously, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is in town and you'll be seeing him. The Israelis have been pretty loudly saying that they don't think he's been doing a good enough job in cracking down on the militants. ...

22: Marjorie Cohn: The Vietnam War is Over

April 30th marked 30 years since the end of the Vietnam War. Yet, recently elected California Assemblyman Van Tran is pushing the California State Assembly to adopt the old flag of the Republic of Vietnam as the official and only flag of the Vietnamese-American ...

23: David Miller & Gill Hubbard: Naming The Problem

Everyone, even the most die-hard defender of the established order recognizes that we face serious social and environmental problems. The news media regularly circulate the latest figures on the latest social problems.

24: Rainbow Warrior to campaign on deep sea life

Auckland, Thursday 26 May 2005 In the lead up to the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior, Greenpeace's flagship vessel leaves today for international waters around New Zealand to highlight the destructive impacts of bottom trawling

25: The Graham Report

Good morning everyone. I would like to thank Dr. Bradbury for inviting me to speak to you today.

26: 111 Crisis: Hide Acquires Rescue Centre Tapes

ACT leader Rodney Hide claims to have released recordings of a failed rescue attempt of a vessel in distress. He says the tragedy occurred because of a Police 111 communications centre failure. Hide released details backing his claim on his website this evening ...

27: Improving US Communications With Muslim World

As the Muslim world continued to demonstrate its hostility to the U.S. on the heels of a Newsweek magazine article charging that a copy of the Koran was flushed down a toilet, America's premiere foreign policy organization issued a new report claiming ...

28: Damaged gene causes impaired vision and autism

A University of Otago research team today announced a major breakthrough in understanding a severe genetic disorder that affects a large New Zealand family.

29: Muriel meeting uproar

Act list MP Muriel Newman bit off more than she could chew, in a public meeting last night, on the naming of Whangarei's maunga.

30: Re Employment Court Decision

Employment Court Throws Out Second Attempt by Singapore-Owned NZ Company to Cut Down CEO’s Rights on Dismissal


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