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Scoop Top 30 Weekend Ratings - 29-30 April 2006


The Weekend's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: UQ Wire: 911 Conspiracy - A Skeptic’s View

This essay is certain to make many readers very angry with me. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

2: Big-Mouth Bush Told Clinton How To Handle OPEC

While on the campaign trail in 2000, Bush told President Bill Clinton how to handle OPEC, in public no less. “What I think the president ought to do," he said, "is he ought to get on the phone with the OPEC cartel and say we expect you to open your ...

3: Kerry Sponsors Palestine's Collective Punishment

As a former state prosecutor and lieutenant governor whose father was a Foreign Service officer, the former Presidential candidate Senator John Forbes Kerry should know a violation of international law when he sees one.

4: Strike Iran, Watch Pakistan and Turkey Fall

Just when it seemed unlikely that domestic and international events would unfold to test an already incompetent US government, along comes the acceleration of the movement to destroy Iran.

5: Kamala Sarup: World Refugees Day

In 2000 the General Assembly of the United Nations passed a resolution that proclaimed June 20th to be World Refugee Day. Some time ago the UN's High Commissioner for Refugees said the following: "Every day we can observe incredible courage and strength of ...

6: The NZSO Performs A NZ Music Spectacular

A fanfare of music, conducted by Kenneth Young, will be performed at the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's Made in New Zealand concert on 12 May at the Wellington Town Hall.

7: Bush Impeachment Resolution Introduced In Illinois

Representative Karen A. Yarbrough, a Democratic member of the Illinois State Assembly, introduced a resolution calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush.

8: Martin LeFevre: Does God Give a Damn?

Being a philosopher of no faith, in the sense of a belief system, and of shaky faith, in the sense of trust without evidence, I have the perennial question about whether there are ultimately three or just two movements in human consciousness.

9: U.S. Policy in Central Asia: Balancing Priorities

Richard A. Boucher, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Statement to the House International Relations Committee Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia April 26, 2006

10: Public Address 28/04/06 - Backup!

April 3. Book deadline looms, writer finds quiet refuge in inner city apartment. Harbour views. Gym two blocks away. Ferry within six minutes walk. Very fine sushi bar on far side of Hobson Street. No deadline worries now...

11: Statement to Altria Group From Shane Bradbrook

I am Maori, a native New Zealander. I am here to represent Maori in the matter of Philip Morris International using our culture to sell tobacco products.

12: Minister leads education mission to India

Economic Development Minister Trevor Mallard is to lead a second education mission to India, aimed at promoting the New Zealand international education and research industry to Indian institutions and students.

13: William Fisher: We Can All Agree on This, Right?

In the unlikely event that our senators and congresspersons come together to pass an immigration bill sometime in this century, it is virtually certain to overlook a heartbreakingly simple humanitarian issue: battered women seeking asylum.

14: Mazur: Deeper Into The Dillon-Euphronios Nexus

I first met University of Arizona political science professor David N. Gibbs about a year ago while researching a story about the Patrice Lumumba matrix. Dr. Gibbs spent a couple of years in Africa in the Peace Corps(Niger, 1979-1980) where his ...

15: Sonia Nettnin: A Gem of a Film Festival

After five years I have decided to write some of the reasons why the Chicago Palestine Film Festival is one of Chicago’s cinematic treasures.

16: Solomon Islands: Aftermath

(Honiara, 27 April 2006) – On day three in Solomon Islands, we decided to skip Parliament. After PM Snyder Rini’s resignation yesterday, people were surprised it was even sitting, as no new government coalition has formed yet. Word was that Solomon Island’s politicians ...

17: Photo Essay: Welcome To China Town, Honiara

Photo Essay: Welcome To China Town, Honiara Photo Essay By Jason Dorday On Assignment in the Solomon Islands for See also Yasmine Ryan Report… Solomon Islands: Aftermath

18: The Intelligence Failure Behind Honiara’s Riots

Report by Yasmine Ryan Images by Jason Dorday Based on assignment in the Solomon Islands

19: Keith Lyons: Chernobyl - A Thinly Wrapped Monster

A thinly wrapped monster On the 20th birthday of the world’s worst nuclear accident, Keith Lyons recalls his 10th anniversary visit inside Chernobyl’s ‘dead zone’.

20: Yahoo Go - Genuine Personal Entertainment Guide?

With the release of Yahoo Go™, Terry Semel believes he now has a solution that could link virtually every facet of our digital lives into a single coherent user experience (bridge the gaps between the solitary 'islands' of our various entertainment experiences). ...

21: We Support Louise Nicholas March

Auckland University students hope there is public support for Rape Awareness Week (1-7 May). To mark the week a "We Support Louise Nicholas March" will be held on Sunday 30 April at 2.00 pm from Queen Elizabeth Square. The march will proceed up ...

22: Coastal development threatens rare birds

New Zealand fairy terns may be the most critically endangered bird in New Zealand, and perhaps even the world’s rarest tern, new DNA evidence suggests.

23: Alfa Romeo Wins Top BMW Design Award

The Alfa Romeo 8C Spider, the Italian car maker’s proposal for a range topping supercar, has scooped the BMW Group Design Award, along with the Villa d’Este Design Award, at Europe’s leading classic car and design event, the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance, ...

24: Students Take Back The Streets

Students taking part in the national youth environment forum have occupied part of a busy central Wellington road to highlight how much city space is taken by cars.

25: Condoleezza Rice Interview With Ryan Chilcote, CNN

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, a very unprecedented move, both you and Secretary of Defense coming, why both of you?

26: West Papua Legal Action to Expose Jakarta Lobby

MEDIA RELEASE - MEDIA RELEASE - MEDIA RELEASE - MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release: Friday 28th April, 2006.

27: California 2nd State To Introduce Bush Impeachment

Joining Illinois, California has become the second state in which a proposal to impeach President Bush has been introduced in the state legislature. And this one includes Cheney as well.

28: Govt can't keep deferring infrastructure questions

New Zealand cannot go on deferring difficult decisions on major infrastructure upgrades, says National's Energy spokesman, Nick Smith.

29: Result of David Parker Investigation

The Registrar of Companies has announced today that he has accepted the advice of the Auckland Office of the Crown Solicitor, Meredith Connell, that no prosecution action be taken against Mr Davld Parker MP, or any other director associated with ...

30: John Chuckman Cartoons: The Decider

Three Cartoon comments from John Chuckman…


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