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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 23 February 2006

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

1: Questions And Answers - 22 February 2006

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

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00354.htm

2: Condoleezza Rice Interview On Egyptian TV

QUESTION: Dr. Rice, we're very pleased to have you with us on Egyptian Television.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00384.htm

3: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00353.htm

4: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00227.htm

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

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00367.htm

6: Questions for Oral Answer - 23 February 2006

1. MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Commerce: What progress has been made recently to advance the single economic market agenda between New Zealand and Australia?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00356.htm

7: Paul Buchanan: When Communists Look Good

In 1990, somewhere in the bowels of the Pentagon, someone in the Joint Chiefs of Staff is reputed to have said that the United States would rue the day that the Berlin Wall fell.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00274.htm

8: State Dep. Begins to Pick Off S. America 'pariahs'

• Action taken against Bolivian senator coincides with Rice’s efforts to construct a cordon sanitaire around Washington’s regional foes.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00408.htm

9: U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement - Amb. A Vershbow

Alexander Vershbow, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Address to the Institute for Global Economics Seoul, Korea February 14, 2006

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00386.htm

10: Latin America Revolts Against The Empire

On October 8, 1967, the Argentinean-born socialist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara was murdered by a CIA agent in Bolivia. Having helped lead the successful Cuban Revolution, Che was in Bolivia attempting to spread the struggle against imperialism. Nearly ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00272.htm

11: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00265.htm

12: Ernest Partridge: Perception is Reality

Yogi Berra said it best: “It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.” Predictions in politics rest upon two assumptions: (a) that present trends will continue into the future, and (b) that there will be no totally unexpected “surprises.”

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00273.htm

13: Nigerian bird flu outbreak threatens disaster

The deadly bird flu virus continues to spread in poultry in Nigeria and could cause a regional disaster despite strong control efforts taken by the Nigerian authorities, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today, calling ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00398.htm

14: Ethiopia: Prisoners of conscience to face 'trial'

As international concerns regarding the human rights situation in Ethiopia escalate, Amnesty International called for the immediate and unconditional release of opposition leaders, human rights defenders and journalists who will face trial tomorrow on charges ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00392.htm

15: Public Address 23/02/06 - All You Can Eat ...

Business New Zealand waded into the Broadband debate yesterday. Quoting from the release: Business NZ has called for a more factually based argument over broadband access. Chief Executive Phil O'Reilly says given the conflicting claims over broadband ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00277.htm

16: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00363.htm

17: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00157.htm

18: 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?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00313.htm

19: Human Rights and Democracy in Cambodia

Human Rights and Democracy in Cambodia Joseph A. Mussomeli, U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia Remarks at the University of Cambodia Phnom Penh, Cambodia February 10, 2006

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00385.htm

20: 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...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00263.htm

21: 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, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00238.htm

22: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00252.htm

23: Fringe Review: Conspiracy 911

I must confess to not being a complete newbie to the subject of conspiracy theories in general - and 911 conspiracy theories in particular (Scoop.co.nz is the only New Zealand media source listed in the programme notes) - and so the prospect of reviewing ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00280.htm

24: Psych Drugs - Doctors Serve As Middle-Man Pushers

Although peddling psychiatric drugs for off-label treatment of every ailment known to man is highly profitable, it is also illegal. Marketing schemes that increase the rates at which drugs are prescribed for off-label use, result in the sale of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00270.htm

25: Selling out our neighbours and serving the empire

There was something quite insidious in the way Winston Peters worded his comments about the direction of New Zealand foreign policy for the next five years. His speech on Tuesday seemed to hint at unspeakable things and those who listened to it must ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00275.htm

26: Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Bill

Since time immemorial, whanau, hapu, and iwi have been the custodians over the lands, mountains, waterways, and airspace within each tribal area. As kaitiaki we have assumed the responsibility of caring for the environment to the best of our ability, and ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00352.htm

27: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00317.htm

28: Hodgson: AGM of NZ Self Medication Industry

Thank you very much for inviting me here today to speak at your Annual General Meeting. Prior to your invitation and reading the material you sent to my office, I have to say that while the concept of self-care was something I regularly practice, it was ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00372.htm

29: Parties Positions On Sacking Of Air NZ Workers

Air New Zealand announced this week that it was proceeding with its plan to outsource wide body aircraft heavy maintenance. Around 507 ANZES positions will be made redundant on top of the 110 announced in December, when the decision was made to outsource ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00261.htm

30: NZ- Aus: Ministers announce key achievements

At their annual bilateral meeting today, Australian Treasurer Peter Costello and New Zealand Finance Minister Michael Cullen announced significant progress on single economic market issues. "We are pleased to announce a number of measures that will ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00353.htm

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