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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 30 November 2005

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

1: Veil of Secrecy lifted on Somali Community

In a national first, one of New Zealand’s newest and most misunderstood communities is the focus of a social photography project due to open at the Waikato Museum on December 3.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0511/S00213.htm


2: Eritrea/Ethiopia: UN increasingly restricted

Increasing restrictions on the freedom of movement of United Nations peacekeepers following an Eritrean ban on helicopter flights has made it harder to warn the international community of any new outbreak of hostilities on the tense frontier with Ethiopia, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00560.htm


3: Making New Zealand Prosperous, Clean and Green

The late Dr John Hayward introduced me to hydrology. John had a big impact not just through his science but through the many students that he taught and inspired. I know. I was one of them.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00428.htm


4: Pressure to Release "Bomb Al Jazeera" Transcript

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is coming under opposition pressure to release a memo which reportedly show that he dissuaded President Bush from ordering the bombing the Head Quarters of Al Jazeera TV in Qatar, an ally of the United States.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00374.htm


5: Jason Leopold: Fitzgerald Targets Rove Again

Continuing his two-year-old investigation into the leak of Valerie Plame Wilson's identity as a covert CIA agent, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald will present evidence to a second grand jury this week that could lead to a criminal indictment ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00357.htm


6: William Engdahl: Bird Flu & Chicken Factory Farms

Clouds can have ‘silver linings’ the adage goes, and Bird Flu seems to be no exception. While much of the world trembles in panic and fear over an as-yet-non-existent human-to-human mutation of the Avian Flu or H5N1 virus, and while most worry what to do to protect ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00351.htm


7: Dr Bollard and the First Law of Holes

The First Law of Holes says "stop digging". It applies, universally, to anyone who's in a hole. And Dr Alan Bollard, Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand certainly is in a hole.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00360.htm


8: Arms Sales to Chavez Bad, Chilean F-16s Good

This fall has been a trying time for the Bush administration, both at home and around the world, but in no arena is its reputation more compromised or the contempt with which it is held is greater than throughout Latin America. In the midst of the most ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00535.htm


9: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing November 28 2005

DEPARTMENT Secretary Rice and Deputy Secretary Zoellick Upcoming Travel to Europe Secretary Rice's Visit to Germany /Meetings and Agenda Issue of Reported Secret Prisons and Possibility of Topic Being Raised During Secretary's Travel to Europe

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00548.htm


10: Nguyen Tuong Van Will Be Hanged on Dec. 2

1. This is to inform you that the death sentence passed on Nguyen Tuong Van will be carried out on 2 Dec 2005.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00364.htm


11: Public Address 30/11/05 - Coffee And Culture

Somebody served me a long black without a crema last week. In Wellington. The café had everything else: nice décor, convivial company, Cafenet connectivity, that capital city buzz. But no crema. Certainly, I am a bit of a nut about this sort of thing...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00372.htm


12: US Climate Change Press Conf In Montréal, Canada

Dr. Harlan L. Watson, Senior Climate Negotiator and Special Representative and Alternate Head of the U.S. Delegation

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00556.htm


13: Bush-Blair Al-Jazeera Bombing Transcript Leak

An unverified document discovered by the UK tabloid The Daily Mirror claiming to have been leaked from Downing Street has been reported to contain a statement from US President George W. Bush about wishing to bomb the headquarters of Arabic TV station ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00363.htm


14: Bill Berkowitz: Vulnerable Venezuela

Two weeks ago, the Chicago White Sox, led by manager Ozzie Guillen (Oswaldo Jose Guillen Barrios as he is known in his home town of Ocumare del Tuy, Venezuela), swept the Houston Astros to win their first World Series since 1917. As popular as baseball ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00366.htm


15: Oxfam Exposes Illegal Agricultural Subsidies

The European Union and the United States are illegally subsidizing their production of corn, rice, sorghum, fruit juice, canned fruit, tomatoes, dairy products, tobacco and wine, according to new research published today by international agency Oxfam.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00235.htm


16: Cow Bombs In Costa Rica: Only A Matter Of Time?

Returning to America after a recent trip to Costa Rica, I could practically smell the fear in the Phoenix airport. Welcome to the Terrified States of America, folks. Kindly remove almost every item of clothing and check all common sense at the gate.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00370.htm


17: Kiwi Beachwear On the World Stage

The best beachwear proposals enrolled to Mittelmoda will be exhibited in Cannes once again during the Salone 100% Beachwear Maredimoda, dedicated to beachwear fabrics and accessories, which will take place from 29 November to 1 December 2005, Cannes.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0511/S00215.htm


18: ICJ Concern over ASIO Raids on Tamils In Melbourne

ASIO raids on the homes of Melbourne’s Sri Lankan Tamil community last week highlight serious concerns held by ICJ Australia that counter-terrorism laws may ensnare innocent charitable donors in their net, and may be used by foreign governments to pursue ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00510.htm


19: Audio: Robert Fisk Speaks On Middle East

Audio courtesy of L.A. Sound Posse - Robert Fisk: Report From The Middle East, U.C.L.A. ....in association with an introduction of his latest book "The Great War for Civilization: The Conquest of the Middle East".

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00245.htm


20: Redford's Festival Picks NZ Film

Toa Fraser's debut feature No.2 has been selected in competition for the USA's most famous film event, the top ranking Sundance Film Festival founded by Hollywood star, Robert Redford. The film is one of only 16 films from around the world selected for ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0511/S00221.htm


21: Army Woman Shatters Glass Ceiling

Promotion is a milestone in anyone's career, but for the New Zealand Army's newest Brigadier it is particularly significant. Brigadier Anne Campbell became the first woman to reach the higher echelons of military office when the Chief of Defence Force, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00226.htm


22: Starbucks Anti-Union Practices a Global Phenomenon

As Starbucks in the United States faces a hearing over allegations that managers dismissed employees for promoting unionisation, New Zealand fast-food workers are facing similar problems.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0511/S00454.htm


23: Evelyn Pringle: Pharma's Poisoned Generation

A growing number of professionals in the health care field are reporting that a relationship exists between the epidemic in neurodevelopmental disorders of autism, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, and speech or language delay all across the country, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00347.htm


24: Fitrakis & Wasserman: Ohio's Diebold Debacle

Massive Election Day irregularities are emerging in reports from all over Ohio after the introduction of Diebold's electronic voting in nearly half of the Buckeye State’s counties. A recently released report by the non-partisan General Accountability Office ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00340.htm


25: Public Address 28-29/11/05 - Call Of The Wild

After defecting from the Communist Party, my grandfather worked the Golden Triangle with a fleet of trucks as an opium smuggler. When the family got to Singapore from Burma, the PAP tried to hire him as a political strategist - Nguyen Tuong Van's not ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00358.htm


26: Keith Rankin: Dr Bollard & the First Law of Holes

The First Law of Holes says "stop digging". It applies, universally, to anyone who's in a hole. And Dr Alan Bollard, Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand certainly is in a hole.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00373.htm


27: Every brain cell helps in understanding ADHD

The holy grail of a diagnostic test for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) could be discovered through interdisciplinary collaborations set up at a University of Otago conference on the neurobiology of ADHD.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0511/S00061.htm


28: No Right Turn: The Axis of Impunity

-One of the positive steps in international law in recent years has been the establishment of the International Criminal Court , a permanant standing court to try cases of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Unfortunately, since its inception, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00375.htm


29: Pioneer of the trade union struggle in Haiti

Brussels, 28 November 2005 (ICFTU OnLine): A pioneer of the trade union struggle in Haiti, Yannick explains how the complex strategy combining local action and international mobilisation was organised. As one of the key players in the birth of Haiti's first ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00505.htm


30: 2005 Roger Award Finalists Chosen

The finalists have been chosen for the 2005 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand. There are eight transnational corporations (TNCs), equalling the highest number ever (from 2003). They are (in no particular ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00221.htm

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