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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 16 July 2008


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

1: Former Iranian Pres Blames Tehran for Lockerbie

Ludwig De Braeckeleer

In an interview conducted on May 16, Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, the former president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, told me that Tehran, not Libya, had ordered the bombing of Pan Am 103 in revenge for the downing of an Iranian civilian airliner by the USS ...

2: Letter from Elsewhere: The appalling Veitch story
Anne Else

I can find only three small rays of hope in the appalling story of Tony Veitch’s serious assault on his former partner, and its aftermath. None of them have anything to do with his behaviour after the story broke, let alone with how the media (including ...

3: World Youth Day: WYD08 Opening Mass At Barangaroo
World Youth Day

After Pope Benedict XVI sent text message to pilgrims, the atmosphere was electric. He sent: "Young friend, God & his people expect much from u, because u have within u the Father's supreme gift: the Spirit of Jesus - BXVI"

4: $1/litre petrol drives NZ's roading programme
Green Party

A Green Party analysis of Land Transport New Zealand economic evaluations shows that the Government systematically discriminates against public transport projects, including pricing petrol at $1 dollar a litre.

5: ACC policy: safer workplaces,
New Zealand National Party

National's ACC policy aims to make workplaces safer for workers while delivering certainty of coverage and more effective compensation, says National Party Leader John Key.

6: Burma: Democracy Forces to Challenge Junta at GA
National Council of the Union of Burma

The democratic movement of Burma will be challenging the credentials of the Burmese military junta at the 2008 United Nations General Assembly session and object to its right to represent Burma at the United Nations. Since the endeavor is aimed at ...

7: ANZ National profits from shipping jobs to India

Finance workers union Finsec is saying ANZ National bank is being a bad corporate citizen that is harming our economy following announcements yesterday of proposals to cut nearly 250 jobs in its major processing centres in Auckland and Wellington. ...

8: Kiwi Jobs Go To India – Indians Hide Here!
New Zealand First Party

The madness of the immigration system and the greed of overseas-owned banks have been highlighted by the disappearance of Indian pilgrims here and the loss of banking jobs to India, says New Zealand First economic development spokesman Doug Woolerton.

9: Undernews For July 14, 2008

Hi, this is Senator Tom Bromwell. I can't come to the phone right now because I'm in jail. If you care to leave a message, I'll call you back in six years. By the way, I'm doing okay. -- Recent phone message from former Maryland state senator (D-Baltimore ...

10: Michael Collins: Election Fraud & Tyranny: Part 1
Michael Collins

Mark Crispin Miller's new book, "Loser Take All," identifies and analyzes election fraud, the foundation of extremist power in the United States since 2000. Manipulated elections have enabled everything we've experienced from the Iraq war to the current ...

11: Hollow Men Director Promises Fresh Revelations
Natasha Burling

Scoop Review: We’ve had the book, the play and now the movie. Many will wonder if the film The Hollow Men is political overload. However, there is no doubt this documentary will inspire a great deal of curiosity...

12: Bring Me the Head of Osama bin Laden
Steve Weissman

If Osama bin Laden consciously set out to lure the United States into an ever-widening, never-ending and militarily unwinnable war, President George W. Bush is providing exactly the war the bearded one wanted. Start with Iraq, where for all his talk of ...

13: TV3 Launches Innovative On-Line Election Coverage

New Zealand’s political parties have already begun campaigning for the highly anticipated 2008 election.

14: RNZAF Hercules Shows Muscles During Test Flights
New Zealand Defence Force

Following the recent test flights of the newly modified Boeing 757, the first of the Royal New Zealand Air Force's upgraded C-130 Hercules has completed a series of successful test flights at L-3 Communications Spar Aerospace facilities in Edmonton, ...

15: Globalization and terror - Western Bloc barbarism
Toni Solo

It has not always been so hard to map the frontiers of North Atlantic Treaty Organization country foreign policy beyond which US imperialism goes it alone. Nor, until now, have NATO countries' relations with Israel encroached so blatantly on the enduring ...

16: Successful test flights for Air Force C-130
New Zealand Government

The first of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s upgraded C-130 Hercules has completed a series of successful test flights, Defence Minister Phil Goff said today.

17: UAE blocks social networking websites
Ron Callari

The network StumbleUpon has become the latest casualty of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) web blocking lottery. It is a sad commentary when social networking and content sharing sites get auto-blocked by Etisalat , one of the UAE’s largest telecommunications ...

18: Uproar In Britain After Court Ruling 20 Years Ago

A New Zealand Court of Appeal decision on anonymous evidence from undercover policemen has created legal mayhem in the United Kingdom, with rushed legislation being used to preserve several hundred trials at risk from a House of Lords decision. The House ...

19: TomTom GO 930 Opens Up a World of Travel Options
JML Communications

The new TomTom GO 930 New Zealand offers maps of 45 countries and a host of other premium features ~

20: KiwiFM: Wammo & John Key's Political Roundup
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wammo talks to National Party leader John Key about his bit political issues for the week.

21: Press Conference by President Bush, July 15, 2008
The White House

"The bottom line is this: We're going through a tough time, but our economy has continued growing, consumers are spending, businesses are investing, exports continue increasing, and American productivity remains strong." - President George W. Bush.

22: Media workers homicides increase due to Iraq wa
University of Otago

In many countries, media workers such as journalists, camera/sound operators and translators are being killed due to their jobs, according to just published research by the University of Otago, Wellington.

23: Donkey in Lahore: An Unconventional Love Story
Natasha Burling

Scoop Review: Donkey in Lahore is an enthralling documentary tracing the unlikely love story of a gothic Australian puppeteer and a sheltered Muslim Pakistani.

24: Aussie ETS no model for New Zealand
Green Party

The Green Party is disappointed that Australia's proposed emissions trading scheme will not provide a model for New Zealand.

25: US Secretary of State to visit New Zealand
New Zealand Government

United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is to visit New Zealand in late July, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. Secretary Rice will arrive late on Friday, 25 July, and will meet with Mr Peters and Prime Minister Helen Clark ...

26: $2 airfares up for grabs
Air New Zealand

New Zealand’s favourite website for discounted airfares,, will be celebrating its 2nd birthday with an hilarious mascot race to be held next Thursday 24 July.

27: National continues to duck for cover on ACC
New Zealand Government

National still clearly wants to privatise ACC but is too afraid of a backlash from New Zealand workers to say it, ACC Minister Maryan Street said today.

28: Top Scoop Stories - 16 July 2008 News Summary
The Scoop Editor

Gordon Campbell On Interweb Vs. Immigration Bill / ANZ Firing Staff / Condoleezza To NZ / Roading Bungle / Lime Quarry / Migrant Workers / Trade & Globalization Vs. Prosperity & Stability / Greenpeace Activists Freed Vs. Whaling Corruption Probe.

29: Back Benches 16 July 2008
Back Benches

The panel tonight for Back Benches is Ron Mark NZ First, Judy Turner United Future, Sue Moroney Labour and Chris Tremain National.

30: NZ Wins Worlds Largest Graffiti Competition
Write 4 Gold

Congratulations are in order once again for New Zealand graffiti crew TMD (The Most Dedicated), who triumphed at the World’s Largest Graffiti competition at Splash Festival in Germany on the weekend. Artists Askew, Pest5, Deus, Addict, Gary Grouch ...

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