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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 16 January 2006


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

1: Al Gore’s Devastating Indictment of President Bush

Al Gore delivered a devastating indictment of President George Bush today in a major speech before three thousand cheering citizens at Washington DC’s Constitution Hall. (See... Al Gore: America's Constitution is in Grave Danger )

2: 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 ...

3: Al Gore: America's Constitution is in Grave Danger

Congressman Barr and I have disagreed many times over the years, but we have joined together today with thousands of our fellow citizens-Democrats and Republicans alike-to express our shared concern that America's Constitution is in grave danger.

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.

5: 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 ...

6: Sri Lanka: Annan urges respect for ceasefire

Responding to the deteriorating security situation in Sri Lanka, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the country’s Government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to support the ceasefire and resume talks.

7: 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.

8: 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

9: Get ready for the Xbox Roadtrip

Auckland, January 17, 2006 - The world’s most powerful next-generation gaming and entertainment experience launches in New Zealand in March with a nationwide Xbox 360 Roadtrip.

10: 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 ...

11: 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.

12: 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 ...

13: 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 ...

14: 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 ...

15: An Apple A Day Can't Be Bad

New Zealand First is calling for common sense when it comes to food regulations, and suggests that Food Standards Australia and New Zealand compare apples with apples.

16: Legality of whaling should be tested - Greens

Japan's insistence that its whale slaughter in Antarctic waters is above board is a matter of opinion and should be up to an international body to decide - not a group of people with a vested interest, the Green Party says.

17: Remaking New Orleans for the wealthy

Under the plan, the mostly working class and poor residents of the hardest-hit areas—comprising some two-thirds of the city and including more than half of its homeowners—would not be allowed to move back and begin rebuilding their homes for at least four months.

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

19: Black Ink Monday – Outsourcing News Editorial

If no one is willing to pay the creators, who will create? We’re in for a mighty bleak world when newspapers stop paying editorial cartoonists.

20: Fiji remains tense after new coup threat

Bitter divisions in ruling circles in the small Pacific island state of Fiji have resurfaced after the country’s military commander, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, last week threatened to stage a coup if the government proceeded with its planned ...

21: Herald launches new business publication

The New Zealand Herald is to launch a new premium business publication, The Business, on Monday 27 February to provide cutting edge-analysis and a flying start to the business week.

22: Nepal: Spine, Head And Heart Of The Matter

With the government adamant on holding municipal polls early next month in the face of escalating Maoist attacks and the mainstream parties' intensifying boycott threats, Nepalis are staring squarely into a murky tunnel.

23: Waitakere Already has Guardian Angels - Whanau

Dr Pita Sharples, Member of Parliament for Tamaki Makaurau, today spoke out about the American initiative being promoted for Waitakere City, by Canadian ‘crime-fighter’, Andy Cawston.

24: 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.

25: “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.

26: 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 ...

27: US tax credit plan "spot on"

The new policy framework announced by US Treasury Secretary John Snow to provide tax credits to people and businesses buying hybrid vehicles is absolutely consistent with the Business Council for Sustainable Development’s recommendations to the New ...

28: Using Exercise To Counteract Depression

The potential benefits of regular activity for nearly 200 older people with depression are to be tested in a University of Auckland study that begins this month.

29: Public Address 17/01/06 - One More Time

Okay, I think I have it straight now, thanks to Geoff Cumming's useful story for the Weekend Herald: the design for the lately controversial Queen Street upgrade and the two rounds of consultation on it were carried out while John Banks was mayor ...

30: 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 ...

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