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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 28 February 2006

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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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00464.htm


2: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00328.htm


3: BioEthics & Pandora's Box of Genetic Engineering

Few people who have seen David Cronenberg's 1986 classic, The Fly, could ever wish upon themselves the horror and personal tragedy that the genetic disaster in that film ultimately created.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00345.htm


4: Comedic Aural Terrorists Target Society's Fabric

Scoop has obtained an audio recording of what could be called, by many upstanding citizens, comic hooliganism. A small group of comedians going by the name of the The Rock, Frank Martinez, and The Row have been interacting with various Government ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00340.htm


5: Nuclear Proliferation: Challenges and U.S. Respons

Andrew K. Semmel, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy and Negotiations Remarks at Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA February 24, 2006

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00477.htm


6: Questions for Oral Answer - 28 February 2006

1. JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What complaints, if any, has he been advised of that could seriously impact on his ability to carry out his job as Minister of Social Development and Employment?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00439.htm


7: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 28 Feb. 2006

1. Social Development and Employment, Minister—Complaints 2. Kamo Intermediate School—Roll Audit 3. Ministers—Confidence 4. KiwiSaver Scheme—Reports 5. Social Development and Employment, Minister—Complaints 6. Burglaries—Reports 7. School Property Consultant, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00454.htm


8: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00336.htm


9: Think Global, Act Local: Rinse, Repeat, Die

Think globally, act locally—this has been the mantra of activists worldwide since at least the 1970s, so much so that it has become cliché, coopted, and corporatized as much as any slogan or phrase since “the American people,” or “my good friend.”

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00348.htm


10: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00325.htm


11: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00331.htm


12: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00409.htm


13: Too Much Hollywood And Bollywood Smoking

Youth, parents and public health leaders around the world seek action re: world¡¦s two most prolific movie industries¡¦ continued promotion of smoking to youth

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0602/S00079.htm


14: "Reality check" needed on oil use

Finance Minister Michael Cullen's "reality check" on the economy should include a "reality check" on oil use, Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00448.htm


15: Cullen - Reality check needed on economy

In deference to my host and to the recent Chinese New Year celebration, I thought I should entitle my address this afternoon, "Economic priorities in the Year of the Dog". One should bear in mind first of all that the connotations of the dog in Chinese ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00432.htm


16: Personal Explanation of David Benson-Pope MP

Personal Explanation of David Benson-Pope MP (Note the following was not delivered in the house as there was an objection from the opposition.)

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00453.htm


17: Jason Leopold: Enron Trial Avoids the Real Ripoff

More than 400 pages of documents released by federal energy regulators suggest that former Enron chairman Ken Lay and former chief executive Jeff Skilling were aware that the company's west coast traders may have broken the law by using manipulative ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00353.htm


18: Karen Hughes Press Roundtable United Arab Emirates

Under Secretary Hughes: We've had a great visit and one of the things I've tried to do as I travel around the world is to reach out and listen, because I view public diplomacy as very much a conversation, which means that I'm not just coming into ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00478.htm


19: KiwiSaver – security and choice

KiwiSaver will give New Zealanders more choices for securing their financial futures, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00435.htm


20: Mallard - Biotechnology the rising star of NZ

Speech to the NZBio Distinguished and Emerging Biotechnologist Awards Dinner, Auckland War Museum

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00433.htm


21: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00430.htm


22: PM: Speech at EMA Auckland CEO’s Network Breakfast

My brief is to expand on the government’s policy programme, with particular reference to the economy and issues affecting business.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00452.htm


23: Hartmann: When Americans No Longer Own America

The Dubai Ports World deal is waking Americans up to a painful reality: So-called "conservatives" and "flat world" globalists have bankrupted our nation for their own bag of silver, and in the process are selling off America.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00351.htm


24: Public Address 28/02/06 - The Long Goodbye

So. Farewell Then David Benson-Pope It looks As though You will be taking An early shower. Which is what Alanis Morissette Would call Ironic.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00354.htm


25: Industrial shredders to be checked

The Department of Labour is checking the safety of industrial shredders, used in refuse transfer stations, in the wake of last week’s accident in New Plymouth.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0602/S00177.htm


26: Marjorie Cohn: Human Rights Hypocrisy

Last week, the President of the United Nations General Assembly announced a new proposal to revamp the UN Human Rights Commission and rename it the UN Human Rights Council. The product of months of negotiations between the 53 member nations of the Commission, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00346.htm


27: KiwiSaver Questions and Answers

1. What is KiwiSaver? KiwiSaver was announced in Budget 2005 as part of a package of government initiatives designed to increase the level of savings by New Zealand households and support New Zealanders in retirement. Other initiatives include:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00441.htm


28: U.S. Economic Diplomacy: Priorities and Concerns

E. Anthony Wayne, Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Remarks at the Bank of San Francisco Washington, DC February 17, 2006

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00476.htm


29: 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

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00459.htm


30: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00463.htm

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