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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 13 October 2005

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

1: The Hunt Is On For Coalition Constructing MPs

In normal times the media draw a politician to them like iron filings towards a highly powered magnet. However when there's coalition shenanigans to be had many MP' would prefer weave a little to the left of the limelight.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00167.htm


2: Suzan Mazur: The Dorak Affair's Final Chapter

The Dorak mystery flower has opened at last. Earlier this week in phone conversations I had with David Stronach, Professor of Near East Archaeology at the University of California - Berkeley, Stronach disclosed that Jimmie Mellaart invented Dorak. He ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00120.htm


3: Helen Clark and Winston Peters meet

Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that she and Michael Cullen had met with Winston Peters and his deputy Peter Brown this morning and that the meeting was very constructive.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00055.htm


4: Cuba Report To UN On Why USA's Blockade Must End

Report by Cuba on Resolution 59/11 of the United Nations General Assembly “The necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba” - The economic, commercial and financial blockade impose ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00197.htm


5: Bush: Iraqis Will Vote October 15 Despite Violence

President Bush expressed optimism that the Iraqi people will vote in the October 15 referendum on the country’s proposed constitution in spite of the violence he anticipates will accompany the election.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00236.htm


6: Public Address 13/10/05 - Ins And Outs

Looks like we might have a government, and pretty much on schedule: even if it does turn out to be at the cost of a superannuation windfall that might just be affordable now but certainly won't when the baby-boomers start clocking off...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00165.htm


7: Al Gore Explains "America’s Alternate Universe"

Former Vice-President Al Gore gave a speech recently that ranged from cultural commentary to political philosophy to a prescription for saving American democracy . He covered everything except the real reason he lost to George W. Bush in 2000, and how it relates ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00163.htm


8: Labour and New Zealand First continue talks

Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that talks between New Zealand First and Labour had continued this afternoon and agreed that NZ First has a vital contribution to make to the stability of the incoming government.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00058.htm


9: Michel Chossudovsky: Cheney's War Without Borders

Vice President Cheney in a recent speech to US military personnel has acknowledged that the war could go on for several decades. This statement, which reveals the Bush Administration's commitment to global warfare, was barely mentioned by the mainstream ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00149.htm


10: It's The Same Old Story

New Zealand First says that despite all the hype, rhetoric and money directed at ‘closing the gaps’ between Maori and non-Maori, the depressing reality is that Maori are still languishing at the bottom of the heap, as shown in a new report.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00065.htm


11: Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie Honoured

Angelina Jolie, the acclaimed actress and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has been honoured for her devotion to the cause by the UN Association of the United States (UNA-USA).

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00256.htm


12: National Moves To Drive Labour From Parliament

Leonard Cohen, a couple of decades back, sang an odd tune about 'taking Berlin' and then somehow 'occupying Manhattan'. Mr Cohen's words could prove prophetic for New Zealand politics in the early 21st century should National prove successful in occupying ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00145.htm


13: Ideology And Pragmatism In Public Policy

An exchange at the meeting between representatives of the Green Party and the business community in Wellington a fortnight ago stimulated the reflections in this talk. One of the Greens present described support for free trade as an ‘ideological’ position.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00183.htm


14: Poll: Americans Favor Impeachment If Bush Lied

By a margin of 50% to 44%, Americans say that President Bush should be impeached if he lied about the war in Iraq, according to a new poll commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org , a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of President ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00212.htm


15: Bonus Joules: The Holey Ozone Layer

The votes are in and counted. The NZ Labour Party led by Helen Clark has the priority right to attempt to form a new government. The political options are being scoped. Around the world, oil continues to be pumped from the ground and rumours are it is ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00154.htm


16: Justice Ministry should be prosecuted for bungle

Nelson MP Nick Smith wants the Ministry of Justice prosecuted for publishing on its website sensitive Family Court information in which a family and children could easily be identified.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00057.htm


17: Pakistan: President, PM ask nation to pray

President General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz have appealed to the nation to offer special prayers on Friday next for speedy relief, recovery and rehabilitation of their earthquake-stricken countrymen. They made this appeal ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00242.htm


18: Before the Deluge: Honoring Journalistic Heroes

A political and media onslaught is about to be unleashed with the indictments of a whole host of key White House officials (including you-know-who) caught up in the Plamegate coverup. The unraveling of this potentially treasonous scandal -- which ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00147.htm


19: Leuren Moret: Depleted Uranium Is WMD

My grandfather, U.S. Army Col. Edwin Joseph McAllister, was born in Battle Creek in 1895. He does not know that his first grandchild is an international expert on depleted uranium. I have worked in two U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories, and in ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00138.htm


20: UN: $4 million for children in northern Kenya?

Thousands of children in northern Kenya are malnourished, or at risk of malnutrition, and face the threat of polio and rising regional violence over scarce water, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said, as it appealed for $4 million.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00224.htm


21: Farmers Will Work With Bradford

Federated Farmers has cautiously welcomed the appointment of Sue Bradford as the Greens' agriculture and rural affairs spokesperson.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00203.htm


22: Transtasman Political Letter – 13 October Digest

The intensity of coalition politics gripped Wellington this week ... Clark is tantalisingly close to a third term … Peters relishes the chance to dance in the limelight again … Will Tariana Turia be splitting another Party in the near future? …Meanwhile Civil ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00168.htm


23: Green MPs reshuffle policy portfolios

The Green Party Caucus has today reallocated its policy portfolios amongst its six MPs for the coming parliamentary term.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00056.htm


24: Goff: NZ's international police deployment

Speech to the NZ Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Hotel, Wellington Delivered at 9.30am

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00060.htm


25: Translation: But Do Jews Drive Out Arabs?

Messages from Hebron are a dime a dozen. I get quite a few from both sides of the political divide. Generally speaking they tend to be monotonous. Often they get deleted before they can be read. But when the word was put out for a volunteer to translate ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00157.htm


26: Scoop Feedback: Brickbats, Bouquets, Tracts

The following is a selction of feedback and other unsolicited email received by Scoop recently. They do not appear in any precise order.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00144.htm


27: Haiti’s fragile electoral process shows gains, UN

With a significant number of voters and with candidates representing a broad range of political opinion gearing up for upcoming elections in Haiti, a credible vote is possible but the Transitional Government must take further measures to ensure ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00227.htm


28: US Applauds Nicaragua's Passage of Free-Trade Pact

The United States has congratulated the Nicaraguan government for passing the U.S.-Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement, known as CAFTA-DR.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00239.htm


29: Eritrea Maintains Restrictions on UN Helicopters

As helicopters of the United Nations peacekeeping mission remained grounded in Eritrea for the eighth straight day, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General today said a meeting with a senior Eritrean official had shed no light on why the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00258.htm


30: Marjorie Cohn: Nobel Prize Slaps Bush Nuke Policy

Last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency and its chief, Mohamed ElBaradei, won the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The award was a slap at George W. Bush, who had pressed for ElBaradei's ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00150.htm

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