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Scoop: Weekend Ratings


The weekend’s top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Scoop Cartoon: George, Laura & War

2: US Space Shuttle Columbia Explodes Over Texas

Breaking News: NASA declared an emergency in the early hours of Sunday morning New Zealand time after the space shuttle Columbia exploded over Texas. The Shuttle was on a descending heading toward Florida where it was scheduled to land.

3: Senator Hagel Admits Owning Voting Machine Company

BREAKING NEWS: Senate Ethics Director Resigns; Senator Hagel Admits Owning Voting Machine Company By Bev Harris

4: Bush and Powell Will Lose the Diplomatic Game

Bluntly stated, George W. Bush and Colin Powell will lose the diplomatic game with France and Germany. Both men lack the necessary intellectual capacity; they are, in a word, outmatched by their European counterparts. In the end they must resort ...

5: John Kaminski : A Rabid Flock Of Lying Killers

DOES GOD want us to kill innocent Iraqi children? Judging by the apparently unanimous approval in the Senate chamber from all those truth-immune political celebrities watching President Bush's most recent State of the Union address — all of whom are ...

6: SEC Should Probe Sale Of Army Secretary’s Mansion

A lifelong Army veteran with no corporate experience takes a job at an upstart energy company, earns tens of millions of dollars in questionable stock sales before the company goes belly up and lands a powerful position working in the administration ...

7: It’s a White, White, White, White Media World

Who got to preview and review President George W. Bush’s State of the Union address?

8: UQ Wire: Kissinger, Scowcroft BNL & Iraq

(UQ WIRE EDITOR’S note: Nothing ever changes under the sun… the following comes from deep within the archives of, but it could have been written today with a few names changed. Kissinger you will recall was nominated to head the 911 Commission, ...

9: The Real But Unspoken Reasons For The Iraq War

Although completely suppressed in the U.S. media, the answer to the Iraq enigma is simple yet shocking - it an an oil CURRENCY war. The Real Reason for this upcoming war is this administration’s goal of preventing further OPEC momentum towards the ...

10: Israel's Summary Executions Continue in Tulkarem.

As the crowd fled, the 2 critically injured men were forced to lie face down on the ground. One was Eyze Jabar, 27, who was linked to the Al-Aqsa Brigade and was the apparent target of the attack. The other was Baddeea Kakurah, 26, a sweet shop owner ...

11: Recovered History: When Donald Met Saddam

As diplomats and weapons inspectors in New York, Washington, London, Paris, Moscow, and Beijing pour over the 12,000 pages of Iraq’s weapons declaration it is a good time to resurrect a key part of un-told story of Iraq’s relationship with weapons ...

12: Kaminski: The World Can't Trust What America Says

The key to integrity, this old Mayan guy once told me, is admitting our faults. If we don't do that, our whole lives are built on a bed of lies. This is the United States of America 2003 version — built on a bed of lies and disintegrating all around ...

13: Bush To Use Iraq War To Push Through Energy Policy

President Bush may try and use a possible war with Iraq to get Senate Republicans to push through his controversial energy plan, which calls for drilling in the environmentally sensitive Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, saying the country must begin to tap into ...

14: 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 ...

15: Undernews: State Of The Bush

Patient has regressed since last visit. Whereas previously he only sought to be sheriff of all of the U.S. and selected countries he called "the axis of evil," his grandiosity now encompasses every nation that has a non-democratic dictatorial ...

16: The 911 Evidence that May Hang George W. Bush

The Case Against G.W. Bush: a Preliminary "Hearing" in the Court of Common Sense

17: Russell Coutts Speaks On Team NZ Departure

Alinghi skipper Russell Coutts revealed today the circumstances of his and Brad Butterworth's decision to leave Team New Zealand in May 2000.

18: UN receives report on nuclear WMD in Netherlands

New York, September 27 2003 - Coinciding with the much anticipated U.N. report on weapons inspections in Iraq, this morning an international group of Citizens Inspectors faxed a startling report to all members of the U.N. Security Council in New York.

19: 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.

20: Firas Al-Atraqchi: Scorched Earth?

The day after U.S. President George Bush announced his near-declaration of a war against Iraq during the State of the Union Address, the Dow Jones and NASDAQ looked flimsy at best. Bush's economic recovery plan has failed to impress and the opening ...

21: 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.

22: Terrorists Among The Apples

All of Hebron was under total curfew today. I could sense something was wrong. As I walked up the street I soon realized there was trouble at Al Manara. I was horrified at what I saw. There were two tanks and two bulldozers leveling the produce market ...

23: Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics

Scoop Wants You To Help Save Air New Zealand - Coutts Spills The Beans – It Was The Factory’s Fault - American Coup: The Senator With The Keys To The Kingdom - Firas Al-Atraqchi: Bush Strategy Is ‘Iraq Or Bust’ - Just Another Day On The West Bank ...

24: World-wide protests demand: `Don't attack Iraq!'

The wave of global anti-war protests on January 18 was a massive show of opposition by the world's working people — in particular those in the United States — to a US war on Iraq. The protests also signal that the US administration no longer enjoys ...

25: Bernard Weiner: Examining Bush&Co.'s Real Motives

As we approach the three-month mark following the midterm election, here are a handful of things that have come into focus much more clearly. Let's cut to the chase first, and then elaborate below.

26: 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, ...

27: FAIR: Wolf Blitzer for the Defense (Department)

On the rare occasion when a mainstream news program interviews a forthright critic of U.S. policy, the interviewer often seems less like a journalist and more like a government spokesperson.

28: Scoop Images: The Last Iraq War Looked Like This

A few days after the end of the Gulf ground war, an American soldier inspects the carbonized bodies of Iraqi soldiers killed when their convoy of vehicles was bombed and strafed by Allied aircraft as the convoy attempted to retreat from Kuwait back ...

29: Nepal: Human rights must be a priority!

In response to the cease-fire announced by the government of Nepal and the leaders of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) on 29 January 2003, Amnesty International today urged both parties to make human rights an integral part of the agenda for ...

30: Scoop Archive: UQ Wire: Connecting The Dots Bush..Bath..Bin Laden

Saudi Sheikh Khalid bin Mahfouz, an Osama bin Laden benefactor, has laundered money into tax-exempt U.S. entities for years as a foreign financier of terrorism. But a new 9/11 lawsuit is thrusting Mahfouz's latent past business links to George W. ...

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