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1: NZ’s Largest Christmas Gift Appeal Support Call

New Zealand's largest Christmas gift appeal has launched across the country, with an aim to collect more than 15,000 gifts for Kiwi's in need from now until Christmas Eve.

2: Feedback: Scoop Offends Ground Zero Worker

As an American Citizen, who was essentially forced to read your "propaganda" for my work, I am compelled to tell you that I am offended. Not that that will mean anything to you, as far away as you are.

3: Guilty For 9-11 (Part 1) – Introduction

On 11 September there were two entire squadrons of combat-ready fighter jets at Andrews. Their job was to protect the skies over Washington D.C. They failed to do their job. Despite over one hour's advance warning of a terrorist attack in progress, not a ...

4: Taupo-Forming Eruption One Of World's Biggest

New research has found that the eruption that formed modern-day Lake Taupo 27,000 years ago is the world's biggest eruption in the last 75,000 years.

5: Howard's End: Flight 587 - Truth Will Out

Some media, including Scoop, is not convinced the explanations of the U.S. administration that American Airlines flight 587 out of JFK New York simply came apart and crashed over Long Island passes the smell test. Maree Howard writes.

6: Opinion: From The Frying Pan To The Fire

Even as the Berlin Wall was taken apart brick by brick, another institution was crumbling around the world: the enforced socio-economic integration of different ethnicities within former Communist nations.

7: Guilty For 9-11 (Part 2) - Cheney's Cover Story

On Sunday, September 16th, Vice-President Richard Cheney was interviewed on NBC TV's 'MEET THE PRESS.' During that interview he made the claim that the military needed authorization from President George W. Bush before scrambling fighter jets to intercept ...

8: Howard's End: Playing The "Great Game" Badly

The West is fighting a war on the other side of the globe. To determine how soon we will extricate ourselves from that regional tar pit, we need to consider how we got into it. Maree Howard writes.

9: PC's Opinion: The Roots of Peace

The beards are coming off, and singing is heard again in Kabul. Although the war against terrorism is far from over, the Taleban retreat makes it possible to believe the war in Afghanistan just might be reaching a conclusion, and that civilisation ...

10: Winners of the DICKNZ Awards 2001

Winners of the DICK (Destructive Industries Connected to Killing) NZ Awards Awards 2001 and the DICKNZ Special 'Guided missiles and misguided men' Awards 2001 [*] for government politicians.

11: Feedback: This Little Piggy’s A Binge Drinker

In this edition: Blame The 6 O’clock Swill For Piggy Drinking Habits - Double-dip, toodle-pip - Letter To Editor Of The Star They Would Not Print

12: The World’s Toughest Multisport Event Is On

The world’s greatest, gutsiest and gruelling adventure race will take place in New Zealand over 28 days at the end of this year.

13: DNA Databank Danger

A huge database of DNA from almost every New Zealander born since 1969 is being held in storage without the knowledge of most donors and with no adequate control over its security and the use it can be put to, Green Party Health Spokesperson Sue Kedgley ...

14: "We've never heard of Kate Sheppard" - ReACTionary

"I am extremely happy to see that ACT is trying to join Young Labour in our effort to to put some fun into politics," said Jordan Carter, Young Labour President.

15: Youth Drinking Linked To Cannabis Hypocrisy

Increased youth drinking is being culturalised far more by a rejection of hypocritical values in society, than the lowering of the drinking age, say Christchurch social ecologists.

16: DoD Images: US Special Forces On Horseback

OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (AFIE) -- U.S. special forces troops ride horseback as they work with members of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom on Nov. 12, 2001. (DoD photo)

17: UK Jury Acquit For Cutting Down GM Crops - Again

Today at Worcester Crown Court a Jury of 8 men and 4 women acquitted, Barbara Charvet, age 59, a retired English teacher and Jim Ridout age 26, a self employed landscape gardener on two counts of criminal damage each when they cut down Genetically Modified ...

18: BBC Transcript Of Osama Bin Laden Statement

Transcript Of Message From Shaykh Usaamah Ibn Laadin (Osama bin Laden) broadcast November 3rd by Al-Jazeera satellite television channel

19: NZ Catholic And Anglican Bishops On Afghanistan

Those of us who live in relative security and affluence need to be honest enough to apologise most sincerely for our years of blindness to the plight of suffering peoples, the poor, and those who carry the heavy and tragic burden of history, wars, ...

20: Opinion: WTO Doha Ministerial: "We Take Over"

The day the World Trade Organisation (WTO) came into existence, on January 1, 1995, the Indian Express had carried a pocket cartoon on its front page. It showed two people walking amidst high rise buildings with huge billboards for popular multinational ...

21: Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics

Conspiracy! Where Were The Fighters On 911? - Cresswell: The Rehabilitation Of Afghanistan - ZZZZZzzzzt Feedback - Taupo Eruption Biggest In Last 75,000 Years - MoH Advises Estelle-35 ED Pill Users To See Their GP - Rifle Stolen From Sleeping Soldiers - ...

22: Between The Lines: Guerrilla War in Afghanistan?

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Eugene J. Carroll Jr. of the Center for Defense Information, who assesses the quick turn of events in Afghanistan and how this may affect the U.S. goal of capturing Osama ...

23: Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics

Howard’s End: Dead Or Alive bin Laden Wins - Howard’s End: Flight 587 Explanations Highly Improbable - Motornet: Honda Accord Never Misses A Beat - The Misguided Winners Of DICKNZ Awards Are... - Supermarkets Go GE Free - Colin Powell Speech: A Vision ...

24: Stealing our Water - Implications of GATS on water

A number of governments of the world's richest countries are pushing for expansion of global negotiations to liberalise trade in services in the World Trade Organisation (WTO). This is being done through an agreement called the General Agreement on Trade ...

25: One Army Rifle Stolen In Waiouru

A New Zealand Army Steyr rifle was stolen from the back of a Land Rover while the vehicle’s occupants were asleep, near Waiouru early this morning. The Land Rover was parked on Defence land around one kilometre from the Desert Road.

26: Symantec 2002, Windows XP Compatible Security

Symantec Makes Internet Security Protection a Breeze with its 2002, Windows XP Compatible, Versions of World’s Most Trusted Security Products

27: Scoop: Daily Ratings

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

28: The GW Bush - Osama Bin Laden Connection

EDITORS NOTE: The following is a transcript of a link submitted to Scoop by a Scoop reader. Clearly questions are raised in this material about the nature of the relationship between the Bush family and the family of Osama Bin Laden.

29: Nandor says alcohol ads have to go

Green Party Drug Policy spokesperson Nandor Tanczos said today that alcohol ads should be banned to help combat an increase in binge drinking by teenagers.

30: Oracle Delivers A First In J2EE With New Java Tool

Oracle Corp., the world's largest enterprise software company, today announced that it will complete delivery of its Oracle9i generation of technology with Oracle9i Jdeveloper: a major Java tool innovation that offers application developers unprecedented ...

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Gordon Campbell: On The Brexit Vote Aftermath

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