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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 8 February 2006

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

1: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0602/S00031.htm

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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00036.htm

3: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00043.htm

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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00055.htm

5: Senator Richard G. Lugar Address to the UNSC

Senator Richard G. Lugar , Chairman, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee UN Security Council New York City February 6, 2006

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00119.htm

6: Paul Buchanan: The Politics of Cartoon Conflict

Recent controversies surrounding the publication of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad have raised the spectre of a deepening cultural clash between Islam and the West. The issue has been debated as one of freedoms of speech and press versus ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00072.htm

7: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00108.htm

8: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00058.htm

9: Cloning Enron: Propagating Economic Collapse

A Mapping The Real Deal Special THE CLONING OF ENRON: Propagating Economic Collapse by Carolyn Baker

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00074.htm

10: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00054.htm

11: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00049.htm

12: Burma Update and Next Steps - Christopher R. Hill

Burma: Update and Next Steps Christopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Statement Before the House International Relations Committee Washington, DC February 7, 2006

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00121.htm

13: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00033.htm

14: $1000 Reward Offered For Bush Iraq Question

At a White House press conference on June 7, 2005, Steve Holland of Reuters asked President Bush and Prime Minister Blair the $1,000 question : (1)

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00065.htm

15: Public Address: Mt Roskill Will Take Over World

[***contains Helen Clark anecdotes***] The year I moved to Wellington one of my flatmates got incredibly excited that I knew someone on Shortland Street. People get excited about that sort of thing in Wellington. I got excited that she knew Kate Camp - and ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00069.htm

16: Maori Party asks 'what's the joke?'

The Maori Party is disgusted at the decision of some media outlets to print cartoons which depict the prophet of Islam. "Where is the joke in poking fun at a group of religious followers"? asked Tariana Turia, co-leader of the Maori Party.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00076.htm

17: Bush Takes Heat on Oprah's Couch (Satire)

Oprah: We're back with President Bush. Recently, you may remember, author James Frey sat here with me and admitted that he told lies in his so-called "memoir." I asked him to come back on the show because I had supported him initially, telling ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00068.htm

18: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00103.htm

19: Argentina rids crops of fruit flies, cutting costs

Two United Nations agencies – one dealing with atomic energy and another with agriculture – have teamed up to help Argentina rid key crops of fruit flies, paving the way for expanded exports to the United States.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00110.htm

20: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00070.htm

21: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00037.htm

22: Media and religious groups meet about cartoons

Media and religious representatives will meet today in Wellington to discuss the issues surrounding the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mahommed in some New Zealand media.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0602/S00039.htm

23: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00035.htm

24: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00048.htm

25: Spca Expresses Concern Over Bequest Controversy

The Royal New Zealand SPCA is concerned over the controversy surrounding a major bequest to the Society.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0602/S00037.htm

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

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

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00100.htm

27: 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. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00038.htm

28: Rugby fans increasingly well connected

A record number of rugby fans are expected to chase virtual rugby glory during this year's Rebel Sport Super 14 season. Telecom Head of Sponsorship Alan Garner says growing demand for broadband should see the number of people playing Telecom Virtual ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0602/S00064.htm

29: Ernest Partridge: The View (Of The US) From Abroad

Except for a Naval Reserve cruise to Hawaii when I was nineteen, I had not, until my fifty-fifth year, stepped off the North American continent.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00067.htm

30: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00042.htm

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