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Scoop Top 30 Ratings - June 14 2005


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

1: Call for Peaceful Resolution of Ethiopia Election

In the days since Ethiopia's disputed elections sparked a wave of violent street protests in the capital, Addis Ababa, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has spoken several times to both Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and opposition ...

2: US Veteran Deported From Laos For Assisting Rebels

BANGKOK, Thailand -- An American, Ed Szendrey, said a former CIA-backed Lao general helped finance his trip into communist Laos, which ended in expulsion last week because Szendrey bought illegal satellite telephones for Hmong rebels, set up a "communications ...

3: 'Claptrap' Substantiated With Concrete Evidence

Sunday, 12 June 2005: Last week Amaltal director Andrew Talley called Greenpeace assertions "unsubstantiated claptrap". Today, photos and footage taken by the Rainbow Warrior crew prove him and others supporting bottom trawling wrong.

4: Evelyn Pringle: TeenScreen - The Law Suits Begin

The scheme concocted by the pharmaceutical industry and pushed forward by the Bush administration to screen the entire nation's public school population for mental illness and treat them with controversial drugs was already setting off alarms among ...

5: Downing Street Memo: Case for Impeachment Builds

The fallout from the revelation of a secret meeting between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his senior national security team appears to be growing. We take a look at the so-called "Downing Street Memo" which reveals how the former director ...

6: UQ Wire: Kevin Ryan - A Personal Decision

Have you ever found yourself caught between several hundred million people and their most cherished lies? After writing a letter to a government scientist, pleading with him to clarify a report of his work, I found myself in just that situation. The letter ...

7: Brash’s promises reckless and unaffordable

Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today that Don Brash’s statements about tax cuts were becoming more and more incredible by the day.

8: Another Downing St Memo – Wrongfooting Saddam

SCOOP EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a transcript of another document leaked to the media concerning the build up to the Iraq war. It concerns a discussion in early 2002 between the UK Ambassador to the US and then Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz.

9: Flashback: USA's Ministry of Propaganda Exposed

Colonel Sam Gardiner (USAF, Ret.) has identified 50 false news stories created and leaked by a secretive White House propaganda apparatus. Bush administration officials are probably having second thoughts about their decision to play hardball with former ...

10: Public Address 13/06/05 - Characters

I was driving on Saturday to buy Tze Ming lunch, by way of reward for that great post, listening to Winston Peters being interviewed at length on National Radio. I realised that what he almost always does is to characterise, rather than describe, ...

11: William Rivers Pitt: Dean Was Right

If the leadership qualities of those in charge of the national Democratic Party could be squeezed into a shampoo bottle, the directions on the back of the bottle might read something like this: “Make tentative statement. Offer equivocation to ...

12: Scoop Report: Earthquake Rocks Matata and BOP

An earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter Scale occurred five kilometers from Matata and was felt throughout the Bay Of Plenty.

13: The Meningococcal Gold Rush - Second Edition

Scoop Editors' Note: Following publication on of Barbara Sumner Burstyn and Ron Law’s report, Investigation: The Meningococcal Gold Rush [1] - a report into the flawed science and bad policy of the MeNZB™ vaccine - the Ministry of Health ...

14: ACT’s The Letter 13 June 2005

Politics has just got very very interesting. The electorate has realised there could be a change of Government. Voters who usually take no interest in politics have taken the phone off the hook and are listening. Labour has been surprised by the change ...

15: Is silence evidence of a split on Maori issues?

National Party Maori Affairs spokesman Gerry Brownlee says the deafening silence confirms that Labour’s Caucus is split on two contentious Maori issues.

16: New President Appointed As Workers Struggle

Last night the Congress accepted the resignation of pro-US president Mesa, and also accepted the refusal of both the presidents of the Senate and Congress to take over as president.

17: Queen's Birthday Honours 2005

The Queen has been pleased, on the occasion of the New Zealand celebration of Her Majesty's Birthday, to make the following appointments to The New Zealand Order of Merit:

18: Sonya Davies: a great New Zealander

“A great New Zealand activist and trade unionist, and a great role model for women” is how CTU president Ross Wilson describes former trade union leader, Member of Parliament and activist Sonya Davies who died today.

19: Helen Clark running scared on Maori issues

"Helen Clark's move to rule out any discussion on a race-based private member's bill before the election is more evidence that she's running scared on Maori issues," says National Party Maori Affairs spokesman Gerry Brownlee.

20: A Week Of It: Agenda, National Policy & Privilege

In This Edition: Agenda Programme Packs Powerful Punch Plenty of National Party Policy Still To Come A Question of Privilege Labour MP Actually Makes It To Privileges Committee – In Mid 80s Mr Rodney Hide May Get Assistance From Human Rights Tribunal ...

21: ACT releases its Party List for 2005 election

She particularly welcomed the selection of Dr Graham Scott at number five on ACT’s list.

22: Bush-Advisor Falsifies Reports On Climate Change

“New York Times” has reported Philip Cooney, former lobbyist of the oil industry, had played down warnings of what global warming will do to the planet.

23: Is Health Ministry in denial over condoms?

National Party Health spokesman Paul Hutchison says claims in ‘Investigate’ magazine relating to the safety and efficiency of condoms require urgent scrutiny.

24: Clark's support for Bill welcome

Prime Minister Helen Clark's public support for the repeal of Section 59 of the Crimes Act has been welcomed by Green MP Sue Bradford.

25: UK Ministers Told Of Need For Gulf War ‘Excuse’

SCOOP LINK: Sunday Times (UK)June 12, 2005 - MINISTERS were warned in July 2002 that Britain was committed to taking part in an American-led invasion of Iraq and they had no choice but to find a way of making it legal.

26: Stateside with Rosalea Barker: Right On!

Would somebody please create a John Tamihere action figure and send it over here for me to take to work? I'd like it to say, "If you're thick enough to ask the question, you don't deserve an answer." And do that arm thing from the haka.

27: Bolivia - Chronology of an Authentic Netwar

In case you blinked – because it all happened so fast – I’ve prepared this summary of the action-packed series of breaking news reports from Luis Gómez and our entire team in Bolivia, and the considerable helping hand lent them from diverse points ...

28: David Michael Green: Bring It Down. Now.

The Downing Street Memo is the gift that just keeps on giving. And well it should. It is the smoking gun which proves that the gravest possible crime was committed by the Bush administration, and among its victims were the American people.

29: Amnesty's Chip Pitt: Democracy in Action?

Friday's Congressional hearing on the USA Patriot Act and civil liberties was indeed an interesting experience. The hearing, called under a special rule by the Democratic minority members, was one of the relatively rare recent opportunities that a diverse ...

30: First time in Russia for NZ Navy

On Friday 10 June, HMNZ Ships TE MANA and ENDEAVOUR will be the first New Zealand warships ever to visit Russia when they berth at Vladivostok.


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