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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 15 March 2006

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

1: The 48 Hour Media-blitz For War With Iran

In the last 48 hours all the major players in the Bush administration have issued statements warning of the impending danger of Iran. Cheney blasted the Islamic regime saying there would be "meaningful consequences" if it refuses to comply with international ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00166.htm


2: US illegality in Iraq: Where is the limit?

The Brussells Tribunal Committee http://brusselstribunal.org US illegality in Iraq: Where is the limit? - The United States-led occupation continues to demolish humanitarian law with impunity in Iraq - Occupying powers have bred a culture of insecurity that ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00232.htm


3: Genocide Charges to be laid against Queen

Black GST Elder Robbie Thorpe today announced Charges will be laid against the Sovereign Head of Australia, Queen Elizabeth II for Crimes against humanity, including Genocide, against the Indigenous peoples of Australia under the International Convention on ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00250.htm


4: India-Brazil-South Africa: South'sTrade Powerhouse

• New alliance of regional giants slowly gains strength • India, Brazil, and South Africa (IBSA) spearheads south-south co-operation • IBSA presses issues of poor nations’ development in WTO and UN debates • Economic cooperation remains the largest challenge ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00260.htm


5: Accepting Reality: America Lost the War in Iraq

America has lost the war in Iraq. The chance for victory vanished long ago with the hearts, minds, arms, legs and lives of the Iraqi people. The insurgence hasn’t won; rather the American government never obtained the formula to win. America, led by ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00211.htm


6: Auckland artwork plan New Plymouth foreshore Win

Auckland's artwork plan and New Plymouth foreshore win supreme honours at the NZ landscape architect awards

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0603/S00078.htm


7: No, The Iran Oil Bourse Is Not A Casus Belli…

A number of writings have recently appeared with the thesis that the announced plans of the Teheran government to institute a Teheran Oil Bourse, perhaps as early as this month, is the real hidden reason behind the evident march to war on Iran from ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00210.htm


8: Questions for Oral Answer - 15 March 2006

1. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Conservation: What communications did he or his office have with John Wilson or Bob Harvey prior to his decision on 7 March to overturn the Environment Court on Whangamata Marina that would have given John ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00239.htm


9: Dahr Jamail: Iraq - Permanent US Colony

Why does the Bush Administration refuse to discuss withdrawing occupation forces from Iraq? Why is Halliburton, who landed the no-bid contracts to construct and maintain US military bases in Iraq, posting higher profits than ever before in its 86-year ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00186.htm


10: Cricket Captains Cruel Comments A Set Up

A series of cruel comments from NZ cricket captain Stephen Fleming to his former team mate Mark Richardson is evidently part of an elaborate spoof that will appear on Sky TV later this week.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00171.htm


11: Upton-on-line Diaspora Edition 15th March 2006

The annual French Salon de l’Agriculture takes place amidst self-doubt and virally induced gloom; James Lovelock preaches climate apocalypse and nuclear salvation; and Simon Upton opines on a recently published report, Closing the Net, which brings ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00217.htm


12: New Zealand focussing on fresh water in Tonga

Improving access to fresh water for the people of Tonga would continue to be a priority for New Zealand’s assistance to the island nation, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00230.htm


13: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 14 March 2006

1. Human Rights—United States State Department Special Report 2. Conservation, Minister—Whangamata Marina Decision 3. National Certificate of Educational Achievement—Reports 4. Child, Youth and Family Services, Department—Performance 5. Gangs, Youth—South Auckland ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00225.htm


14: Nat's bill is attack on the vulnerable

A National MP's private member's bill is an attack on the young, the less-skilled, under-educated and the unemployed, Greens Industrial Relations Spokesperson Sue Bradford says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00235.htm


15: Scoop Audio: Scoop Interviews Reporter Robert Fisk

UK Independent Newspaper foreign correspondent Robert Fisk is in New Zealand this week for the Wellington International Arts Festival's Writer's & Readers Week . This morning Scoop Co-editor Alastair Thompson caught up with Mr Fisk en route to Wellington ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00152.htm


16: Peters Wraps Up First Official Visit to Tonga

Prospects for political and economic reform have been discussed with Acting Prime Minister Fred Sevele during Foreign Minister Winston Peters' first official visit to Tonga.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00228.htm


17: Condoleezza Rice: Our Opportunity With India

The week before last President Bush concluded a historic agreement on civilian nuclear cooperation with India, a rising democratic power in a dynamic Asia. This agreement is a strategic achievement: It will strengthen international security. It will enhance ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00254.htm


18: Writers and Readers Week: Joe Sacco

Joe Sacco is a cartoonist best known for his journalistic comics focusing on war zones. Palestine depicts stories and his experiences in Israel and the Palestinian territories - other works have focued on the Bosnian War and he is currently working ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00195.htm


19: Paul Henry swallows Chris Carter's shark story

"Conservation Minister Chris Carter's 'say everything do nothing' ideas on saving the great white got an unexpected boost today from TV One's talk host Paul Henry simply because he was ignorant of the issues", said John Friend ORNZ Marine Coordinator.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00110.htm


20: Afghanistan Progress Report: Counternarcotics

Thomas A. Schweich, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Testimony Before the Middle East and Central Asia Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Committee on International ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00264.htm


21: Soldiers in Iraq Overwhelmingly Favor Withdrawal

Poll Finds U.S. Soldiers in Iraq Overwhelmingly Favor Withdrawal Within a Year - Interview with Kelly Dougherty, cofounder of Iraq Veterans Against the War, conducted by Scott Harris

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00206.htm


22: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 15 March 2006

1. Whangamata Marina—Minister’s Intervention 2. KiwiSaver Scheme—Alternatives 3. Payroll Tax—Employment 4. Pharmac—Subsidies 5. Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology—COOL IT Programme

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00252.htm


23: Tongan education will benefit from NZ assistance

The significant support that New Zealand is providing to education in Tonga will have far-reaching results and provide the platform for a promising future for young Tongans, said Foreign Minister Winston Peters.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00229.htm


24: Reviewing ADHD Drugs - FDA Goes Through The Motion

Some of the top-selling drugs of all time are those prescribed to treat attention deficit disorders. Drug companies have physicians in every field of medicine pushing these medications and dole out millions of dollars worth of free samples each year ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00185.htm


25: Anti-Abortion Forces Try to Overturn Roe vs. Wade

South Dakota Anti-Abortion Forces Working to Overturn Roe vs. Wade - Interview with Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00207.htm


26: Bo Fan case: Hide gets it wrong

ACT leader Rodney Hide is mistakenly or mischievously confusing the issues in the Bo Fan deportation case, says Immigration Minister David Cunliffe.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00242.htm


27: BBC Link: Secret Sale Of UK Plutonium To Israel

The UK supplied Israel with quantities of plutonium while Harold Wilson was prime minister, BBC Newsnight can reveal. The sale was made despite a warning from British intelligence that it might "make a material contribution to an Israeli weapons programme".

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00191.htm


28: Iran: Symbols of Islamic regime set on fire

Thousands of pictures of the Islamic regime's leaders were set on fire, by maverick Iranians, at the occasion of the banned "Tchahar-Shanbe Soori" (Fire Fiest). In places, the constitution of the Islamic regime was also thrown in fire bushes ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00288.htm


29: The Middle East Muddle: Is Peace Still Possible?

The run-up to the impending war against Iran -- and make no mistake, the foundations are being laid daily by the Bush Administration -- bears a remarkable resemblance to the propaganda barrage before the U.S. attacked Iraq: Iran is the repository of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00212.htm


30: Pandemic awareness advertising starts tonight

The next steps in the government's efforts to prepare New Zealand for a possible flu pandemic begin today with the start of a major public awareness campaign, Health Minister Pete Hodgson said.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00227.htm

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