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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 7 February 2006


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

1: Iran And Venezuela Plan War On Israel

(AP) - According to the minutes of a recent secret meeting, obtained by the Associated Press, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran told President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, "Iran is thinking of flying reconnaissance aircraft with fighter cover over ...

2: What The Mohammed Cartoons Say About The West

I have a lot of sympathy right now for Arabs and Muslims who were offended by the publication of cartoons mocking Mohammed. It’s another example of media irresponsibility: as if the newspaper that published them, Jyllands-Posten, didn’t anticipate this ...

3: Wellington Sevens Fans Attempt To Steal The Show

Today the Wellington Sevens fans did their bit to upstage the colourful parade by the Sevens teams. Yesterday, teams from the Rugby Sevens competition paraded through the streets of Wellington at lunchtime, to the sounds of salsa, pop music and island ...

4: Mark Drolette: Beware Osama bin Saddam Hugo Chavez

I read a headline the other day that was enough to make me spit out my early-morning coffee. Or would’ve been, certainly, had I read it in the early morning and been drinking coffee. I actually read it in the afternoon and wasn’t drinking anything ...

5: Danish cartoon, free press must fully respect all

Reacting with concern to the controversy surrounding cartoons first published in a Danish newspaper, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today emphasized that a free press must respect all religions.

6: Juggernaut Gathering Momentum, Headed for Iran

What President George W. Bush, FOX news, and the Washington Times were saying about Iraq three years ago they are now saying about Iran. After Saturday's vote by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to report Iran's suspicious nuclear activities ...

7: Sikhs condemn the publication of cartoons

New Zealand Sikh Society (Wellington) strongly condemns the deliberate action of some members of New Zealand Press to publish cartoons, which were known to be objectionable to the Muslim community, as it hurts their religious sentiments.

8: Punishing Denmark: Taking on the Wrong Enemy

Only an irresponsible and intellectually inept individual would sketch such insulting images as those depicting Prophet Mohamed by a cartoonist in the Danish Jyllands-Posten newspaper. And no self-respecting newspaper would allow itself to run such filth. ...

9: Annan Speaks On Danish Cartoon Controversy

Reacting with concern to the controversy surrounding cartoons first published in a Danish newspaper, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today emphasized that a free press must respect all religions.

10: Jason Miller: The State of the Empire Address

Today our nation lost a beloved, graceful, courageous woman who called America to its founding ideals and carried on a noble dream. Tonight we are comforted by the fact that my regime is working vigorously to cause that noble dream to unravel at ...

11: Transfer of UN Troops to Côte D’ivoire Authorized

Expressing “serious concern” at the volatile situation in Côte d’Ivoire, where United Nations offices were looted and destroyed last month, the Security Council today authorized extra troops to boost the strength of the UN peacekeeping mission in the ...

12: Audio: Jon Stephenson Reports On Cartoon Fallout

Pakistan - Scoop's Kevin List IV's correspondent, Jon Stephenson, on fallout in the Middle East after some western media, including Wellington's Dominion Post, published cartoon caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

13: Remi Kanazi: What Would Jesus Do?

Picture this: A cartoon of Jesus, with his pants down, smiling, raping a little boy. The caption above it reads “Got Catholicism?” Or how about a picture of a Rabbi with blood dripping from his mouth after bludgeoning a small Palestinian boy with a knife ...

14: Chris Carter comments on publication of cartoons

Ethnic Affairs Minister Chris Carter expressed disappointment today that some New Zealand media had chosen to publish cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed, which had created strife and tension offshore.

15: Annan hopes for talks on Iran’s nuclear ambitions

Annan hopes for talks on Iran’s nuclear ambitions ahead of report to Security Council

16: US: Seventeen Sentenced to Prison, Trials Continue

COLUMBUS, GA – The week after a military jury in Colorado decided not to jail an Army interrogator even after they found him guilty of negligent homicide in the torture and killing of an Iraqi detainee, a federal judge in Columbus, Georgia is sentencing ...

17: Public Address 06/02/06 - The Cartoons

How did a bunch of mostly crappy cartoons published five months ago in an undistinguished newspaper with a smaller circulation that the New Zealand Herald come to this? Have we suddenly lurched into something bad? And what happens next?...

18: Worldwide Energy Needed for Globalization

The rest of the world also would look kindly on this if energy prices would come down from the artificially high levels they currently are at. Lower energy prices would also stimulate economic growth worldwide, to the benefit of all, instead of ...

19: India: World's Most Isolated Tribe Kills Invaders

Members of the world's most isolated tribe, the Sentinelese of the Andaman Islands, killed on 26 January two fishermen who had illegally approached their island. The Sentinelese, who were photographed after the December 2004 tsunami firing an arrow ...

20: ACT's The Letter 7 February 2006

Putting the demonstrators in parliament has given us a quiet Waitangi Day. Labour has had its first cabinet meeting. Political parties have given their "State of the Nation" speeches. Are we headed for a recession? Can this minority government hold ...

21: NZ, NATO agreement to exchange classified info

New Zealand and NATO have reached agreement on exchanging classified information on a regular basis, which will help facilitate peacekeeping operations where both are involved. The Exchange of Letters took place today in Brussels when Defence Minister ...

22: John R. Bolton: Remarks on Sudan

AMBASSADOR BOLTON: OK, well, the Security Council has just issued a Presidential Statement concerning the situation in Darfur. The effect of the statement would be to initiate contingency planning by the Secretariat for the possible transition from ...

23: Sharples: Reflections on Waitangi Day

"The speculation that the Maori Party is the reason that peace prevailed at Waitangi this year is flattering, but it doesn't paint the whole picture" said Dr Pita Sharples.

24: Chuckman: What Did Stephen Harper Actually Win?

There has been a lot of noise about the victory of Stephen Harper, leader of Canada’s new Conservative party, but just what did he win?

25: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing February 6, 2006

DEPARTMENT Statement: Cambodia Pardons Opposition Leader Travel: Secretary Rice to Accompany President Bush to Funeral of Coretta Scott King

26: Iranians welcome Bush's State of Union Speech

Iranians are welcoming President George W. Bush's State of Union Speech, delivered on Tuesday evening, and his public support of the freedom cause in Iran.

27: 'Diplomacy' as a Launch Pad for Missiles To Iran

The current flurry of Western diplomacy will probably turn out to be groundwork for launching missiles at Iran. Air attacks on targets in Iran are very likely. Yet many anti-war Americans seem eager to believe that won't happen.

28: Goff inspects Navy's new MRV at Dutch shipyard

Defence Minister Phil Goff visited the Merwede shipyard in Rotterdam today to inspect the Royal New Zealand Navy's new Multi Role Vessel (MRV), which is due to be launched next weekend. The 9000-tonne MRV is the first of seven ships being built under the ...

29: 96% of parents can’t be wrong

A survey showing that 96% of parents want to choose which schools their children attend shows Labour is out of step with the aspirations of New Zealand families, says National’s Education spokesman, Bill English. He is commenting on the release ...

30: Fitzgerald Focuses on Missing White House Emails

More than two dozen emails sent to various senior Bush administration officials between May 2003 and early July 2003 related to covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson and her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, are missing, and the special prosecutor ...


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