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

1: Eco-Economy: How America Restores Credit Rating

Talk of empire is everywhere, yet seldom has the word been applied in the context of American foreign policy. That is beginning to change.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00033.htm


2: UQ Wire: John le Carré - USA Has Gone Mad

America has entered one of its periods of historical madness, but this is the worst I can remember: worse than McCarthyism, worse than the Bay of Pigs and in the long term potentially more disastrous than the Vietnam War.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00053.htm


3: Sweden Offers Free-speech Refuge To U.S. Officials

STOCKHOLM - Blaine Williams hasn't stopped grinning since he arrived in Sweden two weeks ago. Several times a day he'll approach a complete stranger, offer a handshake and a smile, introduce himself as a former CIA analyst from America, and proceed ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00082.htm


4: Paulo Politico: Prebble’s Nightmare Unleashed

Troubleshooters in politics will no doubt privately say Prebble is ACTivating the only option available to him – isolating a cancer [the scandal] before it infects the entire party. But scandal and intrigue's what the ACT Party is all about.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00051.htm


5: UQ Wire: The Essence Of GWB's Inner War-Child

Please look at this face. Tell me. What do you see? Do you know who this man is talking to? He's making a speech in front of a group of soldiers in Texas, on January 3, 2003. He's talking to the television.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00034.htm


6: Minister Of Spin At It Again

Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey's supposed clarification, of unemployment statistics I released yesterday, simply shows that the Government does not want to face facts, ACT New Zealand Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00090.htm


7: Oil Price May Spike As Venezuela Strike Bites US

The oil executives strike in Venezuela is beginning to bite on the United States mainland with conditions ripe for a further spike in crude oil prices to levels not seen since the oil shock of 1973. Scoop Editor Alastair Thompson reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00055.htm


8: Why I am not quite an atheist

It's comforting to believe that God sees into the hearts of all mankind. And there you have it - the sum total of my religious beliefs. The words may be a little old-fashioned: for example "mankind" is code for "people". And "God" is code not just for the Christian ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00045.htm


9: Cyclone Ami Damage Assessment Pictures From Fiji

Images captured from the RNZAF P-3 Flight to Fiji of the Cyclone Damage

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00069.htm


10: Snatch and Grab for the Spoils of War

Howard's End: Plans to invade Iraq have been thrown into disarray as the Turks and the Kurds, key partners for the northern-front of the invasion, begin vying for spoils after the war to the point of rummaging through Ottoman Empire archives for the deeds ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00052.htm


11: Comes A War – A Perspective From Saudi Arabia

This morning's Arab News ran two headline stories: "Prince Abdullah Sees No War On Iraq" and just below that: "US Steps Up Military Buildup in Gulf."

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00054.htm


12: PM Tony Blair Press Conference 13 January

Prime Minister Tony Blair has held his monthly press conference in the State Dining Room at Downing Street. These press conferences allow journalists to ask the Prime Minister questions on any aspect of government policy. Mr Blair answered questions ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00062.htm


13: 4.9 Richter Scale Earthquake Felt In Wellington

The following earthquake has been recorded by GeoNet: Reference Number: 2015031/G Universal Time: 2003 Jan 15 23:53 NZ Daylight Time: 2003 Jan 16 12:53 Latitude, Longitude: 40.96°S, 174.14°E Focal Depth: 70 km Richter Magnitude: 4.9

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0301/S00009.htm


14: Clarification: 10-yr plus unemployment statistics

Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey is clarifying unemployment statistics released today by ACT MP Muriel Newman and commented on by National MP Katherine Rich.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00087.htm


15: Auckland mothers should follow rules on GM too

The Life Sciences Network is very confident the attempt by a group of wealthy Auckland mothers to overturn a decision to allow vital scientific research will fail, the Chairman of the LSN, Dr William Rolleston, said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00038.htm


16: UN Secretary-General's press conference - 14 Jan

We start the year with anxiety – anxiety over the prospect of war in Iraq, over nuclear proliferation in the Korean peninsula, and over what seems like violence without end in the Middle East. Even Côte d'Ivoire, which used to be one of the most stable ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00068.htm


17: Blood on their hands

Green MP and veteran peace campaigner, Sue Bradford is calling on the Government to use its vaunted influence with Washington to dissuade George W. Bush from a new war in the Middle East.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00089.htm


18: Clampdown On Illegal Street Racing

More streets are to be restricted to non-residential traffic on weekends and public holidays in order to tackle the scourge of illegal street racing in Manukau. This will include a large stretch of Te Irirangi Drive between Dawson Road in Otara and ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0209/S00105.htm


19: New Zealand tops the travel charts again

Staff of the Lonely Planet travel guide, which publishes 650 travel guidebooks in 14 languages, have named New Zealand as the top travel destination for 2003.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00088.htm


20: Twits Still Rule, Not Okay

“Our education sector certainly does need a lot greater competition if any improvements are going to be made, but to achieve any substantial changes and improvements New Zealand must adopt a much more freedom-orientated attitude towards education,” said ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00043.htm


21: NZ Weapons Inspectors Set Ultimatum To USA

Chief Inspector demands co-operation by US Ambassador during upcoming inspection of facilities. Today the Citizen Weapon Inspectors of New Zealand sent an open letter [see below] to the US Ambassador to New Zealand demanding access to all US facilities ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00044.htm


22: Reserve Bank coinage warning

The Reserve Bank today advised the public that some older 20 cent coins are temporarily causing confusion among some shoppers.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00045.htm


23: Labour employment policy flops

“Michael Joseph Savage would turn in his grave if he knew more than 6000 Kiwis have been on the dole for a decade or more,” according to the National Party’s Employment spokeswoman Katherine Rich.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00086.htm


24: UQ Wire: 911 - They Let It Happen On Purpose!

Imagine you wake up from a coma and you learn that 11 months ago, an "Attack on America" destroyed some significant buildings, killed 3,000 people and forced a war against terrorism. You switch on the news and see pictures of Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00068.htm


25: Minister applauds declaration from NZ Muslims

New Zealand's Muslim community should be applauded for their declaration of peace and goodwill today, Ethnic Affairs Minister Chris Carter said.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00085.htm


26: Stop Burying Your Head In The Sand

Illegal poachers are hammering fisheries resources to death and the issue receives insufficient attention, said New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00100.htm


27: Scoop Images: Helms Deep Press Conference (1)

The following pictures show film director Peter Jackson with members of the cast and crew of the Lord of the Rings trilogy of films, the filming of which is now drawing to a close in the Wellington region.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00121.htm


28: Julz’s World: The small things in life

Starry nights and sexy European accents are the coolest things don’t you think? I can’t get enough of the heady scent of grass after rain, the smell of baking (and better yet, eating it!), and the memories invoked by the smell of sun block the first ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00050.htm


29: Esso's attempt to cybercensor critics in court

A French court will tomorrow hear the next round in Esso's attempt to curtail freedom of expression on the internet. Greenpeace France is appealing a ruling by a Paris judge in favour of Esso France which ordered the environmental group to remove its ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00057.htm


30: ACC Shambles Ruining People’s Lives

Police are being congratulated by ACC support groups for promptly swinging into action on Monday night when a farewell message posted on an ACC support website prompted claimant concern about the safety of one of their own.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00044.htm


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