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

1: 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


2: Bush Knows the Jig Is Up: Let's Hurry To Baghdad

One can almost sense a palpable shifting of momentum, from an unrestricted Bush war-juggernaut rolling to its bloody unfolding to an administration caught between Iraq and a hard place, condemned if it unleashes the dogs of war (imperial warmonger), condemned ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00140.htm


3: President Bush's Ratings Fall Sharply

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The last two months have taken a heavy toll on the president's popularity, but a modest 52% to 46% majority still gives him positive ratings. Two months ago, almost two-thirds of all U.S. adults (64%) ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00200.htm


4: Howard’s End – World Protests Irrelevant Says Bush

Despite the UN and the Security Council resolutions, war with Iraq is definitely on because US President George Bush says the millions who protested globally last weekend were irrelevant to his duty to protect America, he is alluding more and more ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00136.htm


5: US Senator Robert Byrd: We Stand Passively Mute

"To contemplate war is to think about the most horrible of human experiences. On this February day, as this nation stands at the brink of battle, every American on some level must be contemplating the horrors of war.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00153.htm


6: John Cory: Disturbing Questions

On a recent CNN International broadcast, I watched Tom Ridge being interviewed by Wolf Blitzer. Blitzer lobbed softball questions, picked up the slack and explained the White House position when Ridge was at a loss for words, and then framed several ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00143.htm


7: Arundhati Roy: An Old U.S. Government Sport

We know that every argument that is being used to escalate the war against Iraq is a lie. The most ludicrous of them being the U.S. Government's deep commitment to bring democracy to Iraq.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00142.htm


8: Rumsfeld & Bush's War Plan Was Formulated In 1998

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz undertook a full-fledged lobbying campaign in 1998 to get former President Bill Clinton to start a war with Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein’s regime claiming that the country posed ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00133.htm


9: Mike Moore's Memory Loss

Mike Moore's record shows that his claim to the moral highground over the Iraqi situation is undermined by his memory loss, says Progressive deputy leader Matt Robson.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00369.htm


10: Scoop Feedback: Cyberwar, Hypocrites And The ACC

In This Edition: CyberWar – Hypocrites - ACC Letters To The Editor - Self Serving MPs Voting For Prostitution Reform

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00144.htm


11: John Chuckman: Answers To Two Great Mysteries

( YellowTimes.org ) – On Friday, February 14, the Foreign Minister of France, M. de Villepin, gave a remarkable speech to the U.N. Security Council. The precision and force of reason with which he put France's case concerning Iraq were nothing ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00127.htm


12: The Largest Coordinated AntiWar Protest In History

People throughout the world have thronged to anti-war demonstrations on February 14-16 in numbers that even protest organisers thought unimaginable. As Green Left Weekly went to press, it appears, based on conservative estimates, that more than ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00141.htm


13: HARD NEWS 19/02/03 - Fear and Sailing

More new posts from home and abroad. Don't forget to have a look at the Hard News Faith Challenge. Together we can find a better belief system for both sides of the war on terror ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00146.htm


14: Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 20 February

1. LUAMANUVAO WINNIE LABAN to the Minister of Transport: What reports has he received on the road toll for 2002?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00364.htm


15: Democracy for the Middle East? Bah, Humbug!

Mainstream media, talk shows and online columns in the past few weeks have been festooned with the urgent call to liberate Iraq from dictatorship and install democracy in the region. "Liberating the Iraqi people," we are told makes for a sound ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00131.htm


16: 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


17: United Future’s Objectionable and Offensive Bill

SPCS opposes a Private Member’s Bill in the name of Marc Alexander, a first-term United Future Party MP and party spokesman on Internal Affairs, which is set down as item number six on the Order Paper for Wednesday 19th February 2003. United Future ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00138.htm


18: F19 Anti-War Rally At Parliament Panorama Images

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00134.htm


19: Questions Of The Day Transcript - 19 February 2003

1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS (Leader—NZ First) to the Minister of Immigration: What were the total numbers of immigrants that came to New Zealand in the 2001 calendar year and the 2002 calendar year?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00345.htm


20: UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's presser - Feb 18th

Good Morning everyone, and welcome to the monthly press conference. Obviously I will take questions on any issues you want to raise, but there is no point in denying that the issue that is dominating people's minds at the moment is the issue of Iraq ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00191.htm


21: Act not abiding by Speaker’s ruling on votes

A lack of Act votes in Parliament this week appeared to contravene a ruling by the Speaker of the House, Tukituki MP Rick Barker said today following Parliament’s general debate.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00361.htm


22: Prostitution Bill Opposition Increasing

MP’s conscience vote on Tim Barnett’s private members bill to decriminalise prostitution has almost spilt parliament evenly.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00141.htm


23: Public’s Pro-Inspections Posture Is M.I.A. on TV

Memo To Talk-Show Bookers: If You Want A Genuine Opponent Of Bush’s Iraq Policy, Steer Clear Of Clinton And His Foreign-Policy Team By Dennis Hans

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00139.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: Norma Sherry: It's a Wonderful New World

"Doc, I have this searing pain in my neck, my eyes are burning and my gums are bleeding. I'm afraid of the dark - I feel as if there is always someone lurking around the corner."

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00129.htm


26: Inspections Will Go On Until SC Decides Otherwise

United Nations inspectors will carry on with their work until the Security Council decides otherwise, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in Rome, stressing that there is no time limit in the Council's resolutions and that a debate is going on ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00196.htm


27: How some ACC assessments predetermine outcomes

Assessors contracted by ACC are not providing claimants with a fair assessment of their injury and vocational ability, thus limiting the assistance provided by the Corporation.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00137.htm


28: Franco-German Resistance Toward US Power Politics

When the Bush administration took office international diplomacy received an injection of power politics. Beginning with the declaration that North Korea, Iran and Iraq comprised an "axis of evil," and culminating in the current aggression toward Baghdad, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00128.htm


29: New SEC Chair Wm. H. Donaldson's Connections

New appointee to SEC lauded by Wall Street. Not only does he have close ties to the Bush family in several different ways (employed by them, educated at Yale with them), but he also worked under Henry Kissinger in the Nixon State Dept. during Watergate.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00145.htm


30: French Address By Dominique De Villepin to UN

To what extent do the nature and scope of the threat justify the recourse to force? Use of force can only be a final recourse. Why go to war if there still exists an unused space in resolution 1441?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00059.htm


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