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

1: Firas Al-Atraqchi: Stifling the Voice of Reason

The campaign to stifle dissent and censor any questioning of current U.S. policies vis-a-vis the Middle East in general, and Iraq in particular, has reached new levels.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00060.htm


2: Exposing Bush and His "Techniques of Deceit"

President George W. Bush and his foreign-policy team have systematically and knowingly deceived the American people in order to gain support for an unprovoked attack on Iraq.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00061.htm


3: MSNBC Struggles To Report Ossama’s Views Of Saddam

More news behind the news, and in a startlingly similar vein to a Scoop from the very recent past. It seems that nothing is quite as effective at tripping up the major US news networks as a statement from public enemy number one.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00081.htm


4: North Korea Threat Part Of U.S. Regional Strategy

North Korea's recent admission of enriching uranium for the purpose of creating a nuclear weapon may be an attempt to foil the U.S. strategy of keeping North Korea a public threat in order to facilitate the creation of the Theater Missile Defense ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00067.htm


5: Guest Opinion: Iraq's Nuclear Non-Capability

As the war storm against Iraq swirls and gathers momentum, seeded by the efforts of the American and British governments, serious doubts arise as to the credibility of their intelligence sources, particularly the issue of Iraq's nuclear capability. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00164.htm


6: Scoop Images: Get Your Deception Dollars Today!

Click on the green folding below ( http://www.delcanton.com/otherprod/deceptiondollars.asp ) to order your own deception dollars. Deception Dollars were reputedly a huge hit during the Jan 18th demonstrations in Washington D.C. and San Francisco at the weekend.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00105.htm


7: Firas Al-Atraqchi: Who is Khidhir Hamza?

This week Khidhir Hamza, a former Iraqi nuclear scientist who defected to the U.S. in 1994, testified before a U.S. Senate panel investigating Iraq's nuclear armaments. Hamza told U.S. Senators that Iraq was three years away from creating up to three ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00013.htm


8: Regional Powers React To U.S. Invasion Of Iraq

The Bush administration's proposed war in Iraq is testing how much regional powers across the globe are willing to lose in their stand against U.S. global hegemony. As the talk of war in Iraq was still building late last year, France and Russia spoke ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00078.htm


9: Scoop Images: Which One Is Mt Doom?

An panoramic image of the central North Island volcanoes, from left Mt. Tongariro, Mt. Ngauruhoe and Mt. Ruapehu. The mountains were a feature location for Lord of the Rings Trilogy filming, primarily for the final film “Return of The King”, due ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00071.htm


10: Firas Al-Atraqchi: Misleading the Public

U.S. media touted the official line before even hearing the tape, or awaiting a reliable translation. "Undeniably links Iraq with Al-Qaida," says one CNN anchor. And then something happened that neither the U.S. administration nor the media anticipated: ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00082.htm


11: Questions For Oral Answer - 12 February 2003

1. GEORGINA BEYER to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: What recent reports has he received on the state of the labour market?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00143.htm


12: UQ Wire: 9/11 family member attacked by O'Reilly

NION Media Office Contact: Cat David 212-625-1137 tel/fax 917-568-2124 mobile media@notinourname.net

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00075.htm


13: UQ Wire: The Crimes Of 9/11 (Part 1)

Where is the line between investigative discretion and obstruction of justice? What level of forewarning of attack is so compelling that failure to order protective measures makes officials liable to prosecution for reckless endangerment?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00079.htm


14: HARD NEWS 12/02/03 - Everybody's Up!

All the bloggers have blogged, so it's time for another post. Chad has been talking to Linda Clark and I've been listening to her. Rob's back, Damon's going away, Jolisa's dumpster-diving in the Big Apple and Debra has teenage sons.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00080.htm


15: Imad Khadduri: The Nuclear Bomb Hoax

In his speech in front of the U.N. Security Council on February 5, 2003, Colin Powell did not offer any viable new evidence concerning Iraq's nuclear weapon capability that Bush and his entourage continue to wave as a red flag in front of the eyes of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00077.htm


16: Control of Oil Behind Bush Drive for War with Iraq

Critics Charge Control of Oil Behind Bush Drive for War with Iraq - Interview with Michael Klare, professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College, conducted by Scott Harris

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00063.htm


17: Scoop Images: Postcards From The Big (Car) Smoke

Sights of Auckland, taken over the weekend with a new Scoop Fuji-finepix digital camera. Scoop thanks those who have supported Scoop via Paypal for making this photo spread possible.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00070.htm


18: Decision of New Maori TV CEO Disturbs Merepeka

Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, a shortlisted candidate for position of CEO of the Maori Television Service, has described the appointment of Mr Fox as unbelievable and highly disturbing.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00073.htm


19: Norma Sherry: The Day Democracy Was Put On Hold

For the greater majority of the world, we remember the exact moment when John F. Kennedy was shot, when Challenger blew up in the Florida sky, when Martin Luther King was assassinated, and how the strike on Pearl Harbor instigated the United States ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00064.htm


20: News Feature: Would Saddam Deploy Chemicals?

Utter panic and ugly scenes of death in a Baghdad heavily hit by US aerial bombing. Then, just as US troops have the special republic guard surrounded and move to storm the last citadel, taking out Iraq’s ruling elite, Saddam Hussein detonates a dirty ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00069.htm


21: Stop! Don't unlock that cage

Next week, I will be the same age the United States presidency was when the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, and it got me to wondering why that office has become so powerful in world politics in so short a time - just 214 years. (Yes, I really am ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00073.htm


22: Government Resurrects Muldoon Era

ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff today slammed Government plans to amend the Resource Management Act, to allow energy projects - such as the Waitaki development scheme - to proceed with haste.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00136.htm


23: Listing of Terrorist Entities

The New Zealand Government this week listed the following groups and individuals as terrorist entities pursuant to the provisions of the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00138.htm


24: How hazardous was spring in New Zealand?

When it comes to earthquakes, spring was much quieter in 2002 than it was in 2001. There were only 89 earthquakes of magnitude four and above in spring 2002, compared with 291 in the same period in 2001.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0302/S00015.htm


25: Air NZ papers released on www.treasury.govt.nz

The first tranche of papers relating to the proposed strategic alliance between Air New Zealand and Qantas was posted today on the Treasury website – www.treasury.govt.nz/release/airnz/alliance/

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00139.htm


26: 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


27: Prime Minister’s Statement To Parliament - 11 Feb.

The Prime Minister’s statement to Parliament on this first sitting day of the year provides a formal opportunity to review public affairs and outline the Labour-Progressive Coalition Government’s legislative and other intentions for the next twelve months.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00123.htm


28: John Kaminski Fake Terror Alerts

How stupid do they think we are? Only hours after our much-praised Secretary of State is revealed to have been using material plagiarized from a college student to justify why we're going to kill thousands of people with bombs, our government ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00056.htm


29: UQ Wire: Blair-Powell UN Report Written by Student

The veracity of Colin Powell's report on Wednesday before the United Nations Security Council was dealt a serious blow when Britain's Channel 4 News broke a story that severely undermines the credibility of the intelligence Powell used to make his case ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00076.htm


30: The high cost of a 'cheap' retail chain

A planned invasion by US discounter giant Costco will harm the local economy, Green MP Mike Ward warned today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00153.htm

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