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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 9 January 2006


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

1: Border tension between Ethiopia, Eritrea continues

The United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) has reported that the military situation in the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) separating the two countries continues to be “tense and potentially volatile,” about a month after Eritrea demanded ...

2: Jason Leopold: The NSA Spy Engine - Echelon

A clandestine National Security Agency spy program code-named Echelon was likely responsible for tapping into the emails, telephone calls and facsimiles of thousands of average American citizens over the past four years in its effort to identify people ...

3: Mercy Shot

It is an unpleasant oddity, this moment when Greenpeace activists and the whalers want the same thing...the end of a whale's life. We put our boats in the way, we put our safety on the line, we endure freezing cold spray and brutal conditions to ...

4: Staff for Greens should be stood down

National Party Deputy Leader Gerry Brownlee says the taxpayer-funded Ministerial advisors to the Greens should be stood down while the Auditor- General investigates whether their appointments are legal.

5: National Pushes Limits Of Campaign Spending

In the battle for the hearts and minds of the New Zealand voter in 2005 National spent more than two million dollars in order to get their message across. According to figures that have just become available at the Electoral Commission National spent ...

6: Poutasi appointment a step backwards

National’s Education spokesman, Bill English, says newly appointed NZQA boss Karen Poutasi is bound to fail unless she becomes an advocate for students and not a stooge for the Minister.

7: 12 Political Insights: A Starter-Kit for 2006

Bush&Co.'s scandals are coming so rapidly and getting so huge that it's hard to lay off talking about them at length, but in this new year, let's step back a bit for some longer-range perspectives.

8: Axis of Fanatics: Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad

With Ariel Sharon out of the picture, Benjamin Netanyahu has a better chance to become prime minister of Israel. He's media savvy. He knows how to spin on American television. And he's very dangerous.

9: Qualifications Authority Chief Executive announced

The new Chief Executive of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority is Dr Karen Poutasi, the current Director-General of Health. She will take up her new role at the beginning of May.

10: Send Your Cards to Tom Instead of George

Our history books tell us that George Washington was the father of the abomination America has become. Many around the world, including some Americans, have written off the possibility that the United States is capable of acting with morality and ...

11: Dahr Jamail: US Propaganda vs. Iraqi Reality

It appears as though the Cheney administration will soon “redeploy” thousands of US troops out of Iraq. While several permanent US military bases are under construction there as I type this, the Capital Hill Cabal, desperate to paint the Iraq disaster ...

12: Gruesome whale kill continues...

Southern Ocean Saturday, 07 January, 2006 : Greenpeace activists last night witnessed the slow and bloody death of yet another minke whale, fully documented by photos and video footage.

13: John Roughan: Customers Not Cattle!

An overseas business house has recently made a drastic, hardnosed business decision. A newly established Honiara shipping company has invested big bucks in two ships to transport village people in style. It's fleet of two ships--new, fast, clean, ...

14: Report Confirms Labour Choking NZ Economic Freedom

“The grip of Labour’s fingers around NZ’s economic throat have tightened,” claimed Libertarianz leader Bernard Darnton today. “Libertarianz has been saying this for years and it has been confirmed by the newly released 2006 Index of Economic Freedom ...

15: Coal producer invests in major CO2 storage pilot

Coal producer Solid Energy is a founding shareholder, with several Australian coal, oil and gas majors, in a new company that will operate Australasia’s first project to trial carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration (storage) technology.

16: Greed and Gall: Asking Iraq to Pay for Occupation

The minority of Americans who support the war largely do so out of a sense of responsibility to Iraqis. They favor reconstruction and restoration as well as ongoing occupation. And most of the majority who favor ending the war support the financing of reconstruction, ...

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18: Morocco/Western Sahara: Congressional Letter

Question: What is US response to a letter sent by 104 Congressmen to Secretary Rice calling for action on negotiations and expressing concern on terrorist threats in Western Sahara?

19: Carter orders review of camping opportunities

The Department of Conservation is to review the availability of family-friendly camping opportunities for New Zealanders, particularly in coastal areas, Conservation Minister Chris Carter announced today.

20: UN's force commander in Haiti found dead

As investigators began probing the death of the senior military official leading the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Haiti, a 58-year old Brazilian general who was found dead today in Port au Prince, UN officials praised his legacy of peace.

21: Japanese Whalers ram Greenpeace ship

Southern Ocean Sunday, 08 January, 2006 : Greenpeace reports no whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary today, following a dangerous collision caused by a whaling ship.


THE NEW ZEALAND ORDER OF MERIT The Queen has been pleased, on the occasion of the celebration of the New Year, to make the following appointments to The New Zealand Order of Merit: P.C.N.Z.M. To be a Principal Companion of the said Order: Professor ...

23: Where's Waitangi In Treaty Roadshow?

New Zealand First is perplexed that neither Waitangi nor Waitangi Day are to feature significantly in the Treaty 2 U roadshow.

24: Assassinated MP Had Strong NZ Connections

Global Peace and Justice Auckland supporters were deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the assassination of Sri Lankan MP and human rights activist Joseph Pararajasingham as he attended a Catholic Church service in Sri Lanka on December 27th. Mr Pararajasingham ...

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26: CYF spending priorities in disarray

National’s Welfare spokeswoman, Judith Collins, says the Department of Child, Youth and Family is spending up large on conferences for management while frontline staff are struggling to deliver positive outcomes for our most vulnerable children.

27: Muslim community joins 'Human Shield' in appeal

Australia's Muslim community has joined forces with former 'human shield' and aid worker in Iraq, Donna Mulhearn, to make a direct appeal on Al Jazeera television to the kidnappers of four members of the Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT) still held ...

28: Cambodia: Activist arrest as govt pressures courts

The Cambodian government must end its manipulation of the courts, said Amnesty International today after yet another activist critical of the government was charged with defamation.

29: New Zealand sends message of support to Sharon

A message of support to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been sent on behalf of the government and the people of New Zealand, Duty Minister Chris Carter said today.

30: Ranjitkar: Independence of Judiciary in Nepal

Is it not the appointment of the four pro-palace persons to the positions of temporary justices of the Supreme Court, the king's direct move to take the advantage of the Supreme Court of Nepal, making the Judicial Council and the Chief Justice the pawns ...


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