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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 22 February 2006



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

1: Recent Developments In Nepal's Maoist Insurgency

Kathmandu, 19 Feb: This paper focuses on recent developments, vis-à-vis Nepal's Maoist insurgency, especially the past one year, while providing an overview of its genesis, social and political roots and locale.

2: Questions And Answers - 21 February 2006

1. SUE BRADFORD (Green) to the Minister of Finance: Does he believe that, as 82 percent shareholder of Air New Zealand, he should have been more proactive in finding a solution that would keep Air New Zealand’s engineering work in New Zealand?

3: Satire: President Bush's Next Speech

Ladies and gentleone's. Glad ya could make it. Want ta talk to you about healthcare. It's important. Everyone needs your health. Without it, what can you do. And with it, there are only limitations, which means you can do anything. The sky's the limit, ...

4: NSC, Cheney Aides Conspired to Out CIA Operative

The investigation into the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson is heating up. Evidence is mounting that senior officials in the office of Vice President Dick Cheney and the National Security Council conspired to unmask Plame Wilson's identity ...

5: UN health agency reports rapid spread of bird flu

UN health agency reports rapid spread of bird flu to 13 new countries in February

6: Flashback: Beginning of the Final World War

The optimists, who await an end to the post September 11 crisis, would end up as much disappointed tomorrow as the pacifists are today. Those who exaggerate the fear of "fundamentalist" Islam but underestimate the resistance in the Muslim world would ...

7: Karen Hughes Remarks at U.S.-Islamic World Forum

Your Highness, Sheikh Haamid Emir of Qatar, OIC Secretary General Ihsanoglu distinguished guests and friends, it's an honor and pleasure to be here with you. I thank the organizers of this Forum and the many partners, including the Qatari government, for their hard ...

8: Least developed countries review economic progress

Nearly 80 representatives from Africa’s 34 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are attending a regional meeting in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, to prepare for a global mid-term review of their 10-year poverty reduction programme.

9: Slicing Away Liberty: 1933 Germany, 2006 America

I must confess that I'm utterly baffled by the lack of sustained, organized outrage and opposition from Democratic officials and ordinary citizens at the Bush Administration's never-ending scandals, corruptions, war-initiations, and the amassing of more and ...

10: Canwest Decision Quashes Right To Free Protest

Family Life International is outraged at the unbelievably arrogant, insensitive, and confrontational decision by CanWest to advance the broadcast of the highly offensive Bloody Mary episode of the South Park cartoon series.

11: Mary Pitt: Talking to Bush Republicans

While sitting in the waiting room of our doctor's clinic, an old friend arrived, accompanied by her daughter, and we began to chat since we had not seen each other for a while. The daughter inquired as to whether we had "signed up" for the new prescription ...

12: Questions for Oral Answer - 22 February 2006

1. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Transport; if so, why?

13: PM's Office Announced Abizaid's Visit Too Early

Scoop Report: Fairfax's Dominion Post reported that the PM's office called around press gallery reporters on Monday requesting that they not report that the Prime Minister had announced that United States general John Abizaid would be in New Zealand ...

14: Petrodollars and Nuclear Weapons Proliferation

Iran has been in the gun-sights of George W. Bush and his entourage from the moment that he was parachuted into the presidency in November 2000 by his father’s Supreme Court.

15: Scoop Fringe Images: Excess, Loonesco

The blurb for Excess encourages us to "Enjoy the visual symphony of suitcases as an installation and as a movement of energy through the streets of Wellington". Scoop caught Excess in installation mode above Civic Square on the 18th.

16: Address on Economic Assistance to Morocco

E. Anthony Wayne, Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs U.S. Chamber of Commerce Washington, DC February 16, 2006

17: King misses point about speakers at gun conference

Police Minister Annette King should stop dodging the issue and investigate the Police role in inviting five pro-gun lobbyists to be keynote speakers at the gun safety conference taking place in Christchurch, Green Party Police Spokesperson Keith Locke ...

18: Public Address 22/02/06 - Telecommunications & God

I'm inclined to believe that the Business Roundtable's submission of a column by its chairman Rob McLeod arguing against regulation of Telecom - without the fairly important declaration that McLeod is a director of Telecom - was an error, rather ...

19: A Tale Of Two Gitmos: Where Was The MSM?

Last June 17, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told reporters, "If you think of the people down there (at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba), these are people, all of whom were captured on a battlefield. They're terrorists, trainers, bomb makers, recruiters, ...

20: Southpark: Canwest backs down

National MP Bill English says Canwest's decision to screen a "gross and offensive" episode of Southpark two months earlier than scheduled is a backdown.

21: How Washington Thinks And Why It Doesn't Work

In trying to figure out why Washington takes such a different view towards the security of business class and the security of cargo containers it occurred to me that most policy makers don't travel by container ship.

22: Rice Roundtable With Arab Print Journalists

MR. MCCORMACK: This is an on-the-record session. I think it's intended for the Secretary to talk about her upcoming trip to the Middle East, which we have announced. Madame Secretary, I don't know if you have any opening thoughts, but I think if there aren't, ...

23: Soft-Criticism Of Unappreciative U.S. Fair Comment

State Of It: Editorial - Criticisms by Winston Peters, of the USA' level of understanding of NZ's role in the Pacific is fully justified and indicates a shift in thinking – from that of an opposition MP to ministerial responsibility. It ought to be encouraged...

24: Sam Smith: The Real Holocaust Denial

THE jailing of Holocaust denier David Irving in Austria is a reminder of how easy it is to imitate evil even as one excoriates it. The law that convicted Irving is of the sort the Nazis would have invoked, albeit for far different purposes, and ...

25: Mark Drolette: Living the American Ream

Whoa! I can’t believe my luck. This came out just in time. Now I have my defense for the bank robbery rap I face in court next week: I’ll tell the judge that when I thrust that gun into the teller’s face and handed her the note, I wasn’t making ...

26: Tensions Come to Head for New Palestinian PM

Ismail Haniyeh was nominated Sunday to be Palestinian prime minister... IDF establishes 'Israeli-only' entry points that bar Palestinians... Israel blocking Hamas members from PLC swearing-in... Israel 'has annexed Jordan Valley and shut out Palestinians'...

27: Rep Thompson Letter On UAE Ports Deal

February 17, 2006 Chairman Peter King Committee on Homeland Security U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Peter: During the past several days, I have read with great interest your comments regarding the $6.8 million sale of ...

28: Suzan Mazur: The Italy-Met Euphronios Accord?

The battle for ownership of the Euphronios vase illustrates perfectly how the New York Times publishing family fools only itself. Sales of the newspaper deservedly continue to decline as the people responsible for putting the Times out think they ...

29: Call for facts in broadband debate

Business NZ has called for a more factually based argument over broadband access.

30: Didymo could cut hydro generation and boost prices

Power cuts and higher power bills could well be the result of this Government's inept handling of biosecurity, says National Biosecurity spokesman Shane Ardern.

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