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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 16 January 2006

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

1: Jason Leopold: Fitzgerald Maintains Focus on Rove

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is said to have spent the past month preparing evidence he will present to a grand jury alleging that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove knowingly made false statements to FBI and Justice Department investigators ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00073.htm

2: Nepal's China-Card

Why could Nepalese autocrats play a China-card effectively in the regional politics for continuing their unjust and undemocratic regime? Whenever Nepal had democratically elected governments, the Chinese autocrats lost the partners in autocratic governance ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00095.htm

3: Why NZ wasn’t at the Climate Change Conference

Alasdair Thompson from the Employers and Manufacturers Association has asked why New Zealand’s Climate Change Minister wasn’t at the recent Sydney Climate Change Conference. The reasons are that it wasn’t a conference, it wasn’t open to the public ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0601/S00013.htm

4: New Zealand congratulates new President of Chile

Prime Minister Helen Clark has offered her congratulations to the new President-elect of Chile, Michelle Bachelet.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00049.htm

5: M. Shahid Alam: Real Men Go To Tehran

The United States and Israel have been itching to go to Tehran since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. That Revolution was a strategic setback for both powers. It overthrew the Iranian monarchy, a great friend of the US and Israel, and brought to power the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00108.htm

6: Haiti: slander campaign against UN mission

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has registered his opposition to a campaign of defamation against the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) as well as his senior envoy to the country.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0601/S00162.htm

7: DEA Says It Will Investigate Agents in Colombia

The DEA is already feeling the heat from Bill Conroy’s explosive report published in Narco News this week. Conroy received a leaked internal memo written by attorney Thomas M. Kent, an attorney with the U.S. Justice Department. The memo accused Drug ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00100.htm

8: Public Address 16/01/06 - Second-Time Blog Virgin

Deborah Coddington claims to have discovered the blogosphere last week, and she was shocked. Shocked. "Planet blogger is a sad, pathetic sphere," she lamented in her newspaper column. She's not entirely wrong, especially as regards the character of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00111.htm

9: Is Waihopai spying on Japan's whalers?

How a spy report came to be released with David Lange's papers should not get in the way of a serious public debate over its contents, Green Party Security and Intelligence Spokesperson Keith Locke says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00047.htm

10: US Bishops Urge “Serious Civil Dialogue” On Iraq

Catholic Bishops Call for “Responsible Transition” in Iraq; Urge “Serious Civil Dialogue” WASHINGTON (January 12, 2006)—Calling for a national civil dialogue that will lead to a responsible transition in Iraq, the Chairman of the Committee on International ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0601/S00153.htm

11: How the West and the West Bank Were Won

As I write to you from the heart of the Midwest, the epicenter of one of history's most egregious and shameful genocides, I watch with horror and moral revulsion as the US military industrial complex underwrites and supports a similar act of social ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00114.htm

12: Japan misleads public about anti-whaling actions

On the 10th of January, Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) released a series of photographs designed to insinuate that Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd are working together

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0601/S00035.htm

13: Does Abortion Impact the Mental Health of Women?

A new study from New Zealand, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, raises important questions about the impact of abortion on the mental health of women.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00106.htm

14: Full Coverage: The NSA Domestic Spying Scandal

Jason Leopold: Illegal NSA Spying Began Earlier Than Thought - The National Security Agency advised President Bush in early 2001 that it had been eavesdropping on Americans during the course of its work monitoring suspected terrorists and foreigners believed ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00112.htm

15: Bush Authorized Domestic Spying Before 9/11

The National Security Agency advised President Bush in early 2001 that it had been eavesdropping on Americans during the course of its work monitoring suspected terrorists and foreigners believed to have ties to terrorist groups, according to a declassified ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00110.htm

16: Men Intoxicated with Power & Servile Courtiers

Individually, the new "dots" supplied by revelations about the Iraq war in James Risen's State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration are not very surprising. Collectively, though, they provide valuable insight into the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00102.htm

17: Côte d’Ivoire: UN mission should expand and extend

UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire should be expanded and extended for one year, Annan says

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0601/S00157.htm

18: Iraq: IFJ Calls US to Explain Raid on Journalist

IFJ Calls on United States to Explain Army Raid on Home of Investigative Journalist in Iraq

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0601/S00163.htm

19: Charlize Theron to attend New Zealand Premiere

Hollywood glamour is coming to New Zealand with the confirmation that Academy Award© winning actress Charlize Theron will be in Auckland with New Zealand director Niki Caro to attend the New Zealand Premiere of Caro’s new film North Country.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0601/S00048.htm

20: “Totalitarian Witch-hunt” Defamation Crisis, Asia

The International Federation of Journalists today condemned a “totalitarian witch-hunt” by the Hun Sen government against journalists and press freedom activists, following a string of recent arrests on criminal defamation grounds in Cambodia.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0601/S00165.htm

21: Mana Island seabird colonisation plot thickens

Click for big version DOC fauna biodiversity technical support officer Lynn Adams with one of the 40 fluttering shearwater chicks transferred to Mana Island yesterday. Photo: Richard Gill/DOC.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0601/S00016.htm

22: Property values continue to climb

Statistics released today by QV indicate that residential property values are still rising, with New Zealand residential properties growing in value by 15.8% over the 12 months to December, up from 15% annual growth to November.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0601/S00065.htm

23: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing January 13, 2006

IRAN Undersecretary Robert Joseph to Travel to Vienna / Undersecretary Nicholas Burns to Travel to London to / Next IAEA Board of Governors Meeting / U.S. Coordination with Other Countries / UN Security Council Referral / Hope for Diplomatic Solution ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0601/S00154.htm

24: Southern Ocean Whaling Conflict Implications

Skirmishes between anti-whaling activists and the Japanese whaling fleet conducting purported scientific culling of minke and finback whales in the Southern Ocean nature sanctuary have led to calls for military intervention on both sides.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00084.htm

25: Slower service for a higher price

"Today's announcement of a deal between Telecom and TelstraClear on a range of wholesale matters is good news for TelstraClear, but potentially bad news for Internet users," said InternetNZ Executive Director Keith Davidson, commenting on the late-afternoon ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0601/S00066.htm

26: Exhaust rule changes 'window dressing'

National Party MP Nicky Wagner says new rules for noisy exhausts are only window dressing and won't do anything to curb the boy racer culture.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00044.htm

27: Mazur: Sotheby's Pre-Auction Euphronios Transcript

In the 1970s oil boom years, before Mu-ammar al-Gaddafi nationalized Bunker Hunt's oilfield and the silver market collapsed, he and brother Herbert amassed a quarter-ton of ancient coins and some astonishing pieces of ancient art. These were put up for ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00076.htm

28: Martin LeFevre: We Are Not At War

Let’s step back for a minute during this first month of the New Year, and examine the Bush Administration’s ‘evolving’ rationale for the invasion of Iraq, as well as the crumbling ideology supporting “the war against terror.” What makes them a ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00109.htm

29: Second watchdog asked to examine Greens staffing

National Party Deputy Leader Gerry Brownlee says he is asking a second government watchdog to examine and explain the Green Party's unique staffing arrangement.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00042.htm

30: Waitangi Tribunal Kaipara Report

The Waitangi Tribunal has today released its district report on the Kaipara area. The report covers 14 individual claims stretching from Dargaville down the West Coast to Muriwai, and from Mangawhai on the East Coast to Riverhead on the Waitemata harbour.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0601/S00034.htm

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