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Scoop Top 30 weekend Ratings - Dec. 17-18 2005

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The weekend’s top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: London Oil Depot Fire: Big Satellite Images

Satellite images of Southern England taken over the last two days showing smoke plumes from the burning Buncefield oil depot northwest of London. The fires began with explosions on Sunday morning and are still being fought.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00148.htm


2: British Mercenaries Shooting at Baghdad Motorists

Security contractors of the so-called "Victory" Group of the British mercenary Firm Aegis Defense Services have committed the ultimate war crime: the indiscriminate killing of civilians as part of a "game", not a video game but a real game of shooting ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00108.htm


3: Jason Miller: The Iron Fist of Jesus

How much damage will men like George Bush, James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Sam Brownback, Ralph Reed, and Rick Santorum inflict before reason prevails and they are unmasked as the twisted, malevolent charlatans that they are? Fundamentalist Christians, adherents ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00167.htm


4: Twenty-year vision for Devonport

A master plan for the development of Devonport village is now up for public debate after getting the thumbs up from North Shore City Council.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0512/S00112.htm


5: Karim Sahai: Images Of the Final King Kong Preview

Courtenay Place Wellington was packed to the gills this week with thousands of good citizens eagerly trying to catch a glimpse of the stars on the red carpet outside the Embassy Theatre for the premiere of Peter Jackson's King Kong. Occasional Scoop ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00189.htm


6: WTO: Services Standoff Heightens Risk of Collapse

Outrage has reached new heights over the abuses of power and process that surround talks on trade in services at the 6th WTO ministerial meeting in Hong Kong.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00193.htm


7: Ramzy Baroud: Bush’s New Strategy Hastens Defeat

In a landmark speech before a most friendly audience at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis on November 30, President Bush repeated a familiar mantra. His pronouncements were crafty and political, yet were neither concerned with the plight of Iraqis nor Americans, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00169.htm


8: Fideo Castro Speech: 60th University Commemoration

Speech delivered by Dr. Fidel Castro Ruz, President of the Republic of Cuba, at the Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of his admission to University of Havana, in the Aula Magna of the University of Havana,

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0512/S00120.htm


9: Bill English's 2005 Annual Awards

Biggest Winners: NZUSA scooped the pool with interest-free loans. Now there's no money for anyone. So much for Labour's commitment to quality education.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0512/S00262.htm


10: Bolivia’s Sunday Presidential Elections

• If Bolivia manages to peacefully ride out its convoluted electoral process, stability is far from being guaranteed, even in the event of an Evo Morales victory.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0512/S00293.htm


11: Snails' extinction lies in hands of ministers

The threatened giant land snail may be one step further away from extinction thanks to the tenacity of Forest and Bird and the commonsense of a High Court judge, the Green Party says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0512/S00270.htm


12: WTO: Declaration of Solidarity Lays Down Gauntlet

In an unprecedented show of solidarity among poorer countries of the world, Ministers from every group of governments from the global South (the ‘developing’ and ‘least developed’ countries) have united to present a coherent and coordinated face to the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00192.htm


13: Jason Leopold: The Case Against Karl Rove

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald met with the second grand jury investigating the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson for several hours Friday. Unless Rove's attorney intervenes at the 11th hour yet again, Fitzgerald is expected to ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00194.htm


14: Questions And Answers - 13 December 2005

1. Dr DON BRASH (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in all her Ministers; if not, why not?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0512/S00197.htm


15: Molesworth & Featherston Weekend: Dec 16 2005

We’ll put the new NBR poll into the masher next week to wrap up the year. The Colmar Brunton TV1 poll came into the numbers this week showing Labour suffering from a very negative week of Benson-Papal news, and more signs the economy is slowing and ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00186.htm


16: Lyndon Hood: Movie References for Oral Answer

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS: The answer to that question is to be found in 3 years of emails of the National Party’s internal workings, where the New Zealand Herald is concerned. [Interruption] Oh, I know what those members are thinking: they are wondering ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00191.htm


17: Jane Kelsey WTO: Standoff on Services

Negotiations on the WTO’s agreement on ‘trade in services’ (the GATS) have taken a controversial turn at the 6th ministerial conference in Hong Kong. In the giant chess game of the Doha round, services have tended to have a low profile. Now it ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00185.htm


18: Vessels sighted on Antarctic patrol flight

Several fishing vessels were observed on the first RNZAF surveillance patrol over the Ross Sea for the 2005/06 fishing season, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0512/S00267.htm


19: Public Address 16/12/05 - Stories and Orcas

Just a quick update from the Eastern Front. All my photos from Tuesday are up here, as well as some excellent shots from Sam Graham, a local journalism student. The past two days has been more of the same: Wheeling and dealing inside the conference, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00188.htm


20: Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics

TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS: Jane Kelsey Reports: GATS A Deal Breaker At Hong Kong WTO Summit Photo-Essay: Event Of The Week - King Kong Premieres In Wellington Tax: Dunne Seeks Small Business Tax Change Delay Judge Rules For Snail – Now Minister Must Act Media: ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00190.htm


21: Meditations: A Tale of Torture

Some years ago I met an Argentine man who had been arrested during the 'Dirty War' in the 1970's and was slated to be tortured. His story is the most graphic example of the wrongful use of thought, as well as the potential for transcending thought, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00187.htm


22: 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


23: Israel Prepares To Demolish Elederly Couple's Home

The Israeli authorities are preparing to demolish the house of an elderly couple in East Jerusalem, on the grounds that it was built without a permit. Mohammad and Zarifa Abbasi are in poor health, and there are serious concerns that if they were ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0512/S00295.htm


24: Israeli, Palestinian Lawmakers Brought Together

Bridging the divide on both sides of the Middle East conflict, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has brought together senior officials from Israel and the Palestinian Authority to discuss cooperation on combating drug trafficking ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0512/S00285.htm


25: Cunliffe: Unsolicited Electronic Messages Bill

In just a few years, unsolicited commercial e-mail - generally known as “Spam” -has gone from being a minor nuisance to becoming a significant social and economic issue. It is also a drain on the business and personal productivity of New Zealanders.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0512/S00251.htm


26: National makes new media appointment

National Party Leader Don Brash has announced the appointment of Kevin Taylor to the position of senior press secretary in his office. In this role Kevin will work alongside current senior press secretary Jason Ede in directing National’s media ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0512/S00263.htm


27: WTO: Who Is Responsible For The Violence?

The parallel worlds of protesters who say the WTO is destroying the lives of people in North and South, and of trade ministers who desperately seek a cosmetic deal that can keep the WTO alive, finally met last night when a mass mobilization forced the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00196.htm


28: News: Pacific Airlines CEO Resigns

John Andrews writes: Polynesian Airlines is about to announce its first operating profit in years --- just as its chief executive John Fitzgerald prepares to leave. The Samoa-based airline’s board is expected to reveal a profit for the last financial ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00179.htm


29: Minister wants later small-business tax changes

The Revenue Minister seeks a delay in the start date for 3 small business tax changes

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0512/S00264.htm


30: Jane Kelsey WTO: Development Deceits

See also: BULLETIN #1 - Creating a Climate of Fear in HK BULLETIN #2 - The Antidote to Fear-Mongering BULLETIN #3 - Opening skirmishes

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00184.htm

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