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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 20 February 2006


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

1: UN urges Ethiopia and Eritrea to set border

In order to resolve the current impasse between Ethiopia and Eritrea, the United Nations Security Council today urged the two parties to sit down with the commission charged with setting a permanent border between the two countries and to abide by ...

2: Transatlantic Security: The Importance of NATO

Kurt Volker, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Remarks at Howard University's Model NATO Conference Washington, DC February 23, 2006

3: Plame Whistleblowers Targeted by Administration

Two top Bush administration officials who played an active role in the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, have been removing from their jobs, career State Deptartment weapons experts who have spoken to investigators during the past two ...

4: Accusations of Satanism show nature of pro s59'ers

An article by the pastor of a Wanganui church sent widely around New Zealand has alleged that Green MP Sue Bradford is "under the control of Satan" because she is advocating the repeal of section 59 of the Crimes Act.

5: Bill Moyers Speech - Restoring the Public Trust

I will leave to Jon Stewart the rich threads of humor to pluck from the hunting incident in Texas. All of us are relieved that the Vice President's friend has survived. I can accept Dick Cheney's word that the accident was one of the worst moments of ...

6: A Week of It: RadioNZ Ructions – Air NZ Advisories

Radio Ructions – The Story You Probably Won't Hear On Mediawatch - Air NZ Boss Leaves Potentially Departing Staff Inspiring Recorded Message - Andrew Little discusses Air NZ lay offs - National's Foreign Affairs dude lashes Out At Ex U.S. President...

7: Burma: A Way Forward - Eric John Speech

Eric John, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Remarks at Harvard University, Asia Center Cambridge, Massachusetts February 17, 2006

8: Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches: Who Benefits?

The most important question to ask regarding the bombings of the Golden Mosque in Samarra on the 22nd is: who benefits? Prior to asking this question, let us note the timing of the bombing. The last weeks in Iraq have been a PR disaster for the ...

9: PM's Presser: Latest (27/02/06) DBP Questions

Scoop Audio: It's official – there is no other story the New Zealand media is more interested in than David Benson-Pope and his ill-fated teaching exploits at Bayfield High. Today the Prime Minister of New Zealand faced a barrage of questions regarding ...

10: Benson-Pope responds to latest allegations

I consider the allegations being made by Investigate Magazine a nonsense.

11: Stateside With Rosalea: I Am Curious, Jaundiced

Thursday night's CBS News included a segment that had me hopping mad by the end of it, so you can imagine my surprise when it was repeated on Friday night because it had garnered such a lot of feedback--presumably positive--from the public.

12: Condoleezza Rice Briefing En Route Shannon Ireland

SECRETARY RICE: Last night's GCC meeting was, of course, the last in a series of consultations with our allies and friends in the region about multiple challenges that the region currently faces. We talked last night, as I talked with others, about ...

13: Let's Get Real about Violence says Sharples

"It's time to get real about the crisis facing many of our families in confronting violent crime" stated Dr Pita Sharples today in response to the media release describing a dramatic increase in number of youths caught for grievous or serious assaults.

14: The Letter – Monday, 27 February 2006

Helen Clark and Michael Cullen have been reading the reports of the think tank, 'The New Zealand Institute'. David Skilling's paper showing most Kiwis have no savings and home ownership is in decline is the motivation behind the Kiwi Savings scheme. ...

15: Adderall - Black Market Profits In Plain Sight

Dubbed "Kiddie Coke," Adderall is being abused by increasing numbers of high school and college students all across America. It's difficult to quantify the extent of the abuse among students due the availability of the drug through legal prescriptions ...

16: Public Address 27/02/06 - Four Strange Men

For all that we've been deluged lately with pronouncements about speech, free and otherwise, this clip might actually be the best thing I've seen all year. The late Frank Zappa deadpans his way through a 1986 episode of CNN's Crossfire dedicated ...

17: IDF opens fire on medical team wounding many

"We were standing in the alley way, everything was quite when suddenly without warning we heard a big explosion and heard gun shots. I then saw Jarar and Ihab liying on the floor. Ihab wasn't moving." Wounded Dutch medical volunteer

18: Heatley releases letters from Taito Phillip Field

National Party Housing spokesman Phil Heatley has released two letters (see PDF file at bottom of story) from Taito Phillip Field to Housing New Zealand relating to a property dispute in South Auckland.

19: What's Wrong with Keynesian Economics?

In a famous passage at the end of his major economic work, the economist John Maynard Keynes wrote: “The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood ...

20: Arts Festival Review - Tea: A Mirror of Soul

Dun’s shorter works have been heard by NZSO concertgoers and his score for the soundtrack of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon has familiarised a huge audience worldwide with his work. So it was pleasing but hardly surprising to see the Michael Fowler centre ...

21: Anderton: UK National Farmers Union Conference

Anderton today praised New Zealand farmers and their innovation at the UK National Farmers' Union Annual conference in Birmingham.

22: An Open Letter To Bush On Eve Of South Asia Visit

Dear President Bush, I write this even as you are, so to speak, packing your bags for your 'historic' visit to India and Pakistan in the near future. As you most certainly are aware, your diplomatic mission to South Asia will take place in an environment ...

23: "Refugees don't sink damned boats, Mr Howard!"

"Refugees don't sink damned boats, Mr Howard!," says WA Rights group Project SafeCom this morning, after The Australian reported today that the Prime Minister John Howard in the book "The Howard factor", sponsored by The Australian, ...

24: Remember When Cartoons Used to be Funny?

When I was a kid, I used to read the Andy Capp comic strip - he was a sort of everyman whose thoughts of politics and life transcended the world around him. He would be slouched over a bar stool with a pool cue in his hand from which he would parry the ...

25: Pierre Tristam: Iraq’s Cambodian Jungle

The standard line about Iraq right now is that the country is on the verge of civil war . That “simmering hatreds” are boiling to the surface. That “sectarianism” is to blame. All those regurgitated clichés of the Orientalist canon may well be true.

26: Maori Party calls for Inquiry into Kohanga Reo

Tariana Turia, Co-leader of the Maori Party, told a Marae documentary into Te Kohanga Reo National Trust, that the "practices at a national level are highly questionable".

27: Côte d’Ivoire: 20 released after UN intervenes

Twenty people arrested by the Forces Nouvelles armed opposition in Côte d’Ivoire, on charges of spying or being disloyal to the movement, have been released after human rights officers from the United Nations mission in the West African country ...

28: Big polluters capture climate change policy

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has sharply criticised the Ministry for the Environment for allowing big business to capture the climate change policy process.

29: Climate Change Conference to hear top scientists

New Zealanders interested in the definitive science on climate change and its effect on the Pacific should register now for one of the most important conferences of its kind ever held in New Zealand.

30: Israel’s confiscation of Palestinian revenues

Events within the Occupied Territories following Hamas’s victory in Palestinian legislative council elections last month have again demonstrated Israel’s and Washington’s blatant disregard for international law.


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