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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 31 May 2006


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

Dates: 01/Jun/2006 1: Norman Solomon: Media Memorial Day

People who are concerned about the state of the US news media in 2006 might pause to consider those who have lost their lives in the midst of journalistic neglect, avoidance and bias.

2: Theatresports

Wellington’s funniest improvisers pit themselves against each other in a battle of wits with the audience as judge, jury and (possibly) executioner. More real than reality TV, this is comedy the way you want it – stand up, sit down, lie about – ...

3: National Congratulates Inglis

The National Party has congratulated double amputee and mountaineer Mark Inglis and his team for successfully scaling the world's highest peak.

4: Improved farm practices win praise

Dairy farmers are making significant progress in implementing farm practices to improve water quality in New Zealand's freshwater rivers and streams, a new report shows.

5: Latin America - The Path Away from U.S. Domination

Washington rumbles with suppressed outrage over Latin America’s latest demonstrations of its sovereignty - Bolivia’s nationalization of its oil and natural gas reserves. At the same time, newly inaugurated president Evo Morales is a prime candidate to ...

6: R. Wellen: Making the World Safe for Anti-Semitism

Remember when fanatical Islamists burst on the scene and shocked us with the shamelessness of their anti-Semitism? Their blithe disregard for the tolerance and brotherly love intrinsic to all religion would have been liberating in a Nietzschean way. Were it ...

7: One Travel Management Co Happy to Grow Smaller

While global business travel management companies are rapidly consolidating into a distinctive ‘big five’, one global travel management brand remains committed to ‘growing small’.

8: Will Major Media Finally Cover Election Fraud?

That the presidential elections of 2000 and 2004 were stolen has become an article of faith for millions of mainstream Americans. But there has been barely a whiff of coverage in the major media about any problems with the electronic voting machines ...

9: UN Convention Recognises GM Tree Threat

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) passed a formal declaration at its Eighth Conference of the Parties (COP-8) in Curitiba, Brazil on 31 March 2006 to recognize the threats posed by genetically modified (GM) (same as genetically engineered (GE)) ...

10: George Stone: The Plan to Drug US School Children

This paper outlines the deliberate marketing of harmful drugs to children as a direct result of the drug industry take over of the American mental health system. My point of departure is Ivan Illich’s broader assertion that “The medical system has become ...

11: Zimbabwe: Satellite images shocking evidence

Amnesty International today released the first-ever satellite images of the wholesale destruction of a large community in Zimbabwe -- providing the clearest possible evidence to date of the devastating impact of the Zimbabwean government's policy of house ...

12: Timor-Leste: UN official ‘hits ground running'

With a senior United Nations official on the ground in Timor-Leste today seeking to defuse the violence that has torn through the small country in recent weeks, UN agencies have resumed food distributions to camps holding 100,000 internally displaced ...

13: Jason Leopold: George W. Bush and Kenneth Lay

The Bush administration knew Enron was on a collision course two months before the high-flying energy company collapsed in a wave of accounting scandals that wiped out $60 billion in shareholder value and left thousands of company employees penniless.

14: World First Ski Area Trail Map Technology Launched

World leading trail map technology has made its debut on Mt Ruapehu's website The technology was developed by Kiwi web specialists, and keen Mt Ruapehu snowboarders, Michael 'Harry' Harralambi and Loren Greenfield. 'Harry', ex-drummer for classic ...

15: NZ Intel Failure Evident In Timor Leste Crisis

Paul Buchanan writes: Political instability and collective violence in Fiji, the Solomons, East Timor raises questions about NZ’s intelligence and security capabilities in its primary area of geostrategic concern, the southwestern Pacific Rim.

16: Myanmar: Annan to fight on for Aung San Suu Kyi

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today vowed to continue working for the release of Myanmar democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, whose house arrest the authorities have extended.

17: Ernest Partridge: Swords Into Plowshares

An analysis of the events that have followed the fall of the Soviet Union fifteen years ago, leads to a tragic conclusion: The United States economy, as currently constituted, cannot maintain itself without an international enemy.

18: Marjorie Cohn: The Haditha Massacre

On November 19, 2005, Marines from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division based at Camp Pendleton allegedly killed 24 unarmed civilians in Haditha, Iraq, in a three to five hour rampage. One victim was a 76-year-old amputee ...

19: NAFTA's Role in Fueling Illegal Immigration to US

Immigration has emerged as one of the most contentious issues in U.S. politics this year. A punitive bill has passed the House of Representatives, which would criminalize undocumented workers and citizens who help them, and fund construction of a wall ...

20: Somalia: Official Urges Factions to Act Humanely

Reacting to reports of indiscriminate shelling of civilian populations and medical facilities in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu – with dozens dead in the last few days – a senior United Nations official today called on the warring factions to spare ...

21: State Of It: NZ Intel Failure Demands Inquiry

The Timor Leste crisis demonstrates all the social conditions necessary for terror organisations to embed, to grow, to flourish. That NZ's intelligence apparatus was unable to determine what was looming in Timor suggests an inquiry must follow.

22: Jerusalem: Protest with Refugees & Asylum Seekers

The protest will take place on Monday, 5 June 2006 and will begin at 10:30 in front of the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem. Afterwards, the protest will move on to the Ben-Yehuda Pedestrian Mall for a march which will end at Zion Square with ...

23: Iraqi union leader kidnapped, tortured & murdered

Brussels (ICFTU OnLine): In the latest brutal attack against the Iraqi trade union movement, the General Federation of Iraqi Workers (GFIW) has reported the kidnapping and murder of Thabet Hussein Ali, Head of the General Trade Union for Health Sector ...

24: Bernard Weiner: The Seven Pillars of Misrule

There is so much political chaff swirling around that I find it useful every so often to follow the Buddhist dictum: "Don't just do something, sit there." In other words, meditate on the quiet core, pay less attention to the noisy fringe.

25: Condoleezza Rice Videotaped Statement on Burma

SECRETARY RICE: This week in 1990, the Burmese people were robbed of their freedom and their democratic rights. The military regime refused to recognize the results of Burma's legitimate parliamentary election which was won overwhelmingly by the ...

26: William Fisher: The Mouse on Steroids

We can't be blamed if Venezuela's mini-public diplomacy program reminds us of "The Mouse That Roared" - and we can almost hear the gnashing teeth in the White House SitRoom.

27: Official NZ Top 40 Chart & Commentary May 31

We’re finally there - the 500th #1 Single since the Official NZ Music Charts were first published on May 2 1975. The honour goes to newcomer Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy.

28: Manifesto of the Third Camp against US Militarism

Manifesto of the Third Camp against US Militarism and Islamic Terrorism The present conflict between the Western governments and the Islamic Republic of Iran can have disastrous human, political and social consequences. The terrible experience of Iraq ...

29: Fiji’s Chaudhry ponders action,possible opposition

The Fiji Labour Party is reported to be planning what steps to take if President Iloilo does not appoint its leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, as the opposition leader.

30: Pro-democracy march planned in Tonga

Pro-democracy groups plan to march in the Tonga capital, Nuku’alofa, tomorrow and will again petition the King to make his government fully democratic.

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