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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 22 June 2008

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1: NASA Phoenix Mars Lander Confirms Frozen Water

University Of Arizona

"It is with great pride and a lot of joy that I announce today that we have found proof that this hard bright material is really water ice and not some other substance," said Phoenix Principal Investigator Peter Smith of the University of Arizona.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00489.htm


2: Global Research: The Coming war against Iran
Global Research

Covering the period of March-June 2008, this article will try to highlight the political pressure applied by the US and UK governments on Turkey in view of their war plans against Iran. It is complementary to an earlier article titled "Will Turkey be Complicit ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00302.htm


3: Possibilities In Colombia For A U.S. Military Base
Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Rumors persist that the US plans to relocate its military facility from Manta, Ecuador to an unspecified location in Colombia. These have been circulating since late last year, but several recent incidents lend additional credence to them.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00492.htm


4: Stronger protections for casual and temp workers
New Zealand Government

Employment protections for temporary and casual workers are to be strengthened under proposed changes to the Employment Relations Act, Labour Minister Trevor Mallard announced today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00340.htm


5: Peters Speech To Tauranga: 'We're Back'
New Zealand First Party

22 June 2008 2.30pm Mount Branch Mid-Winter Luncheon Omanu Bowling Club Beach end of Gold Road Mt Maunganui.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00342.htm


6: Afghanistan – A threat to Pakistan
Syed Atiq ul Hassan

The three major wars and the 60 years old dispute between Pakistan and India on Kashmir created a traditional rivalry between the two nations. Pakistanis also make India responsible helped the independent movement in East Pakistan which led to the creation ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00292.htm


7: Experts Put Spotlight On Youth Violence
NZ Security Association

Drug use, violence and abuse of teachers and students are plaguing many New Zealand schools to a point where police officers have been stationed in South Auckland schools and parents are being forced to take matters into their own hands.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00277.htm


8: Bush Army in Brzezinski's Afghan Trap
J. Sri Raman

"That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Soviets into the Afghan trap ... The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter: We now have the opportunity of giving to the Soviet ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00307.htm


9: The Inconvenient Truth: Al Gore Exposed
Ross Spencer

The world must embrace a "carbon-neutral lifestyle." So says Al Gore. To do otherwise, he says, will result in a cataclysmic catastrophe. "Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb," warns the website for his film, An Inconvenient Truth . "We have just ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00291.htm


10: Coldplay's Plagiarism Song
LawFuel

Coldplay were on a roll - a new album going to No 1, 300,000 sales in three days, concert sellouts and now this! A damn plagiarism claim from a band called Creaky Boards. Who ever heard of Creaky Boards anyway? They issued the standard categorical ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0806/S00195.htm


11: Congress Funds Another Year of War
Maya Schenwar

In a step that sealed the fate of Iraq war funding until next June, the House of Representatives voted on Thursday to approve $162 billion for the occupation, with no strings attached. The vote follows a series of compromises and revisions over ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00300.htm


12: Draft paper on accounting separation of Telecom
Commerce Commission

The Commerce Commission today issued a draft paper on the principles and regulatory reporting requirements for the accounting separation of Telecom. The draft paper outlines the financial information that Telecom must provide and the guidelines it ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00376.htm


13: Israel: Canadian Citizen Sooden Assaulted Deported
International Solidarity Movement

Harmeet Sooden, travelling on his Canadian passport, was forcibly deported from Israel on June 18th after being held incommunicado for 4 days in Israeli detention. Harmeet was refused entry into Israel after being told by airport officials that he was a ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00474.htm


14: Te Piringa win Māori Performing Arts Competition
Kapa Haka Kura

Te Piringa from Manawatu/Horowhenua has won the overall aggregate title for the National Secondary School Māori Performing Arts Competition 2008.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0806/S00186.htm


15: Work rights getting better for casuals
New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

"The rights at work for casual workers are about to get better, and no party should stand it the way of this much needed law change," Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00276.htm


16: Kiwis Feast on Volunteering
Volunteering New Zealand

Kiwis around the country have been inspired to volunteer during Volunteer Awareness Week.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00278.htm


17: NZ First Pushed For More Worker Protection
New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says casual and temporary workers desperately need the extra protection to be provided by proposed changes to the Employment Relations Act.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00341.htm


18: PA Politics: Resolved to Continue Bigotry
Walter Brasch

There should have been absolutely no controversy in a resolution presented in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives this past week.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00305.htm


19: International Politicians Lobby Shipping Company
Netspace

29 parliamentarians from UK, Norway and New Zealand this morning sent a letter to the shipping company Gearbulk, urging the company to stop their phosphate shipments from occupied Western Sahara.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00475.htm


20: McCain's Nuclear Policy Identical to Bush Admin's
Jason Leopold

GOP Presidential candidate John McCain’s ambitious plan to build 45 new nuclear reactors by 2030 as a means to combat global warming and add juice to the power grid is a policy ripped from the Bush administration’s failed National Energy Policy, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00294.htm


21: Italian Court Blocks Construction of US Bases
Stephanie Westbrook

On Friday, June 20, just days before the area known as Dal Molin was to be turned over to the U.S. military as the site for a second base in Vicenza, Italy, the administrative court of the Veneto region ruled to suspend all work. In the case filed by Codacons, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00304.htm


22: Canterbury: serious hit and run crash
New Zealand Police

Hit and Run crash Christchurch Police are investigating a hit and run crash which left a 29 year old man in critical condition in Intensive Care at Christchurch hospital. Detective Sergeant Greg Cottam said the male was run over and dragged under a car ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0806/S00218.htm


23: Gandhi: Freedom and Democracy
Dr. Ravindra Kumar

Being a great statesman, thinker, humanist and an apostle of peace of the 20eth Century, Mahatma Gandhi was one of those personalities whose theory and practice had similarity and one was supportive of the other. The basis of his theory and practice, as all ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00303.htm


24: US Says Exercise by Israel Seemed Directed at Iran
Scoop Link

Washington - Israel carried out a major military exercise earlier this month that American officials say appeared to be a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00308.htm


25: FIrst Time in NZ: Timbaland Shock Value 2008 Tour
Touring Musicians

Timbaland is one of, if not the greatest producers of our time. He is the single biggest creative force currently active in popular music and has been responsible for making smash hits for some of the biggest artists in the world including Justin ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0806/S00202.htm


26: Kucinich: Impeachment Not "Off the Table"
Christopher Kuttruff

While Congressional leaders silently opt to table impeachment articles against President Bush, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) vows to speak out and keep the articles alive and in the public conscience. Kucinich spoke on Tuesday to Truthout about his ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00290.htm


27: Democrats Give White House Blank-Check For Iraq
Jason Leopold

A Democratic engineered emergency supplemental bill to continue funding the occupation of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan to the tune of $162 billion is expected to win bipartisan support, aides to leaders in the House said late Wednesday.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00297.htm


28: Top Dems Hand Bush Key Victories
Jason Leopold

In November 2006 when Democrats won control of Congress for the first time in 12 years, Rep. Nancy Pelosi explained the significance behind the record voter turnout that helped shift the balance of power in Washington.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00306.htm


29: UK Calls For "New Deal" With Oil Producers
UK Government

"...everybody knows that underlying what has happened to the oil price is [that] demand is ahead of supply and you've got to do something about that. Global change is the dominant force in that." -- Gordon Brown, PM.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00488.htm


30: Secretary Rice Interview With CNN Editorial Board
US State Department

"Things are already obvious... that the decision to liberate Afghans and Iraqis will matter to how the international system evolves. The decision to liberate Iraqis will matter because Iraq is a fundamental state in the Arab world." -- Sec. Rice.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00484.htm

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