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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 19 November 2007



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

1: Somalia: What the News Failed to Report

Ramzy Baroud

The people of Somalia are enduring yet another round of suffering as Ethiopian forces wreck havoc in the capital, Mogadishu. Apparently in response to an attack on one of its units, and the dragging of a soldier’s mutilated body through the city’s ...

2: Paul Buchanan: Postscript on Operation 8

Paul G. Buchanan

The dust has largely settled after the police whirlwind that was Operation 8. Yet some questions remain about the operation itself, and there are political repercussions that need addressing.

3: 2007 Roger Award’s Eight Finalists Named

Campaign Against Foreign Control Of Aotearoa

The finalists for the annual Roger Award For the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2007 are (in no particular order of preference):

4: No Right Turn: Election Funding Bill Reported Back

No Right Turn

The Justice and Electoral committee has finally reported back [PDF] on the Electoral Finance Bill , and recommended that it be passed.

5: Manukau responds to Ellerslie flower show decision

Manukau City Council

Manukau Mayor Len Brown says it is disappointing the decision has been made to move the Ellerslie International Flower Show out of the Auckland region.

6: Breakthrough Drug for Debilitating Disease

Star Public Relations

A new drug, recently approved for use in New Zealand, has been heralded by one of the country’s leading experts as a “substantial step forward” in the treatment of a debilitating disease.

7: Statement on the Electoral Finance Bill

Human Rights Commission

Several significant changes to the Electoral Finance Bill go some way to addressing the Human Rights Commission’s concerns about freedom of expression and citizen’s rights to participate.

8: Electoral Finance Bill Now Worse

Free Speech Coalition

The Free Speech Coalition has slammed the revised Electoral Finance Bill as being even worse than the original.

9: Labour Selects Wellington Central Candidate

New Zealand Labour Party

The Labour Party today selected Grant Robertson as its candidate for the Wellington Central electorate at next years election. Mr Robertson’s candidacy was endorsed at a meeting of around 100 Labour members and supporters.

10: Animal Liberation Front Rescue Ducks

Auckland Animal Action

Auckland Animal Action has anonymously received footage highlighting the cruel and inhumane conditions that ducks suffer on factory farms and slaughterhouses throughout New Zealand.

11: ICA: Dump the Electoral Finance Bill

Institute of Chartered Accountants

The Institute of Chartered Accountants is joining the Law Society and others in calling for the Electoral Finance Bill to be dumped.

12: Praise for Trans-Tasman Giant's GM-Free Policy

GE Free NZ

GE Free NZ (in food and environment) is welcoming food giant Goodman Fielder's decision to support continuation of Australia's GM moratorium and to put the wishes of their consumers first.

13: Stark warning to governments over climate change

Greenpeace New Zealand

Valencia, Spain, 17 November 2007--The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a stark warning that governments need to take strong action on climate when they meet in Bali to negotiate the Kyoto Protocol's second phase ...

14: Greenpeace response to Election Finance Bill

Greenpeace New Zealand

Auckland 19 November 2007 - Greenpeace has welcomed the recommendations of the Justice and Electoral Committee on the Election Finance Bill, saying the committee has addressed its concerns over the Bill.

15: New Zealand Glaciers Shrinking


New Zealand’s glaciers are shrinking and twelve of the largest glaciers in the Southern Alps are unlikely to return to their earlier lengths without extraordinary cooling of the climate.

16: PM’s husband supports Labour’s election rort

New Zealand National Party

Helen Clark’s husband might have to agree with her latest election rort, but thousands of New Zealanders are sickened at the prospect of laws that will severely restrict political opinion yet let Labour spend up large with their money, says National Deputy ...

17: Action Against Supermarkets and Big Box Retailers

National Distribution Union

NO to worker rights violations, unsustainable distribution practices and the destruction of local independent businesses!

18: Peters completes visit to North Korea

New Zealand Government

New Zealand is willing to assist North Korea’s economic development if it follows through on its commitments under the Six Party Talks, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said after a two-day visit to North Korea.

19: Pluralism Bursts Into The Western Hemisphere

Council on Hemispheric Affairs

No one is arguing that Latin America and the Caribbean have become a priority matter for international diplomacy, save for the U.S., which has witnessed a massive retreat of Washington's vigilance for what it once insisted were its longtime national interests ...

20: Electoral Bill is a direct attack on lobby groups

David Thornton

The Electoral Finance Bill is a direct attack on lobby groups such as the campaign.

21: Democracy still at risk in control freak bill

New Zealand National Party

National remains committed to repealing the anti-democratic Electoral Finance Bill which is still an attack on democracy despite minor changes, says the Party's Deputy Leader Bill English.

22: More family funding needed for Type 1 diabetes

Diabetes New Zealand

Following the Australian government’s recent pledge of increased funding to support a national insulin pump grants programme for Australian children with Type 1 diabetes, Diabetes New Zealand and Diabetes Youth New Zealand are calling for greater funding ...

23: A Portal Into the "Dark Alliances" of the Drug War

A recent plane crash in Mexico has created a firestorm of speculation on the Internet and in certain press outlets on the old question of "dark alliances" between U.S. government agencies -- particularly the CIA -- and drug trafficking. Bill Conroy, ...

24: Withdrawal Not Required in Iraq Funding Bill

Maya Schenwar

The House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday night that aims for a major withdrawal of troops from Iraq by next December, but that promise rides on the back of a $50 billion check to continue war operations. Moreover, the plan sets December ...

25: Greens - victory on free speech & fairer elections

Green Party

With the inclusion of changes negotiated by the Green Party, the Electoral Finance Bill tabled today should allay many of the concerns raised by New Zealanders.

26: Coalition welcomes revised Electoral Finance Bill

Coalition for Open Government

The Coalition for Open Government welcomes the revised the Electoral Finance Bill, saying it is greatly improved by the changes announced today. “We are particularly pleased to see that the bill now abolishes secret trusts and tackles anonymous donations,” ...

27: U.S. Govt Disaster Support Following Cyclone Sidr

US State Department

The United States is responding in the aftermath of Cyclone Sidr to try to meet the immediate needs of the Bangladeshi people, calling into action a multitude of U.S. Government disaster relief agencies and departments.

28: The Military Commissions Act's Hidden Wording

Robert Parry

Robert Parry on the Military Commissions Act's Hidden Wording By Robert Parry Consortium News

29: Festive Falun Gong belong in Auckland Santa Parade

Green Party

Auckland Green MP Keith Locke is calling for the Auckland Chamber of Commerce to rethink its exclusion of Falun Gong from the Santa Parade, after the group's successful participation in the Wellington parade yesterday.

30: Clean coal breakthroughs heartening news

Business Council for Sustainable Development

Major new clean coal technology breakthroughs in the US and Norway are heartening news for New Zealand which has 400 years of coal reserves buried beneath the South Island alone.


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