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

1: Doco - USA's Afghan Massacre: The Convoy of Death

This film provides eyewitness testimony that U.S. troops massacred of thousands of Taliban prisoners during the Afghan War. It's an account of thousands of prisoners who surrendered to the U.S., were herded into trucks and suffocated...

2: Did The USA Use Tactical Nukes In Afghanistan?

A small sample of Afghan civilians have shown "astonishing" levels of uranium in their urine, an independent scientist says. Other researchers suggest new types of radioactive weapons may have been used by the USA in Afghanistan...

3: U.S.'s Missing $Trillions Make Mainstream At Last

Scoop readers will be well aware of the tale of the missing trillions of dollars from the US Department of Defense. The story of the missing trillions that the world's biggest military organisation has been unable to properly account for has till now ...

4: Rumsfeld Announces Franks' Resignation

General Franks has advised me of his desire to step down as the commander of the U.S. Central Command in the weeks immediately ahead and his intention to retire from active duty later this summer.

5: NewsFlash: All Black Squad Named

The All Blacks squad announced today is undoubtedly the most controversial in recent history with numerous big names, most notably Andrew Mehrtens and Christian Cullen not included.

6: Howard's End: “Too Late Bugger Milk”

Soft-drink giant, Coca-Cola, plans to launch a new milk-based drink in July aimed at children and teenagers called "Swerve", but Scoop reckons NZ milk producers should counter-punch and launch a competition flavoured milk product called "Too ...

7: Top 10 Reasons Helen Sent Trevor to Saudi Arabia

1. Heather Simpson couldn't find Pete Hodgson in the power-crisis darkened corridors of the Beehive. 2. Given it's a desert country, there's little chance Mallard could 'sink' another $34 million into another stupid yacht race.

8: And the Cold Shower Award goes to...

The Green Party is inviting the public to find the nation's worst power squanderers.

9: Liberty Belle 5

As you know, I’m at Wolfson College, one of the very new colleges in Cambridge, compared with the centuries-old Peterhouse, St John’s, Queens’ (yes – the apostrophe’s in the right place; there were two queens), King’s, Gonville & Caius (pronounced ...

10: U.S. Not Planning on Making Changes to the Roadmap

Secretary of State Colin Powell took part in a press conference at the G-8 meetings in Paris May 23. Excerpts from that briefing follow:

11: Free Trade Agreement with the United States

I have been trade minister for almost four years now, and during that time it has been a constant learning process.

12: Oped Faceoff on DoD: Sec. Rumsfeld Vs Rep. Skelton

The following two Op-ed opinion pieces appeared in recent days in the Washington Post Newspaper. They relate to Rumsfeld's push for a $400 billion appropriation for the Department of Defense in which he also pushes to largely eliminate Congressional ...

13: Secrecy Enthusiast Appointed USA Budget Director

New OMB Director Josh Bolten is genetically predisposed to silence. Bolten, 48, is the son of a Seymour Bolten, a CIA agent who worked in covert espionage. Both Josh and his father were cozy with George H.W. Bush.

14: Jayson Bush and Pinocchio Blair

Jayson Blair was a reporter for The New York Times who fooled his employers and readers by making up stories. Until a few weeks ago he embroidered, faked and invented reports that were printed in the now embarrassed NYT and was eventually found out and fired.

15: UQ Wire: The Most Important War

A cavernous conference room within the Colonnade Hotel in Boston became the center of gravity for the Massachusetts liberal/progressive community on the evening of May 17.

16: Hard News 26/05/03 - All Good

I was so happy after the whistle went. I felt dizzy - I think I was hyperventilating from shouting at the top of my lungs. Then I felt a bit emotional. I hugged my friends...

17: Clark abandons 'principled' stand

Within 24 hours of US criticism, Helen Clark has abandoned her 'principled' position on New Zealand's sovereignty for a clumsy fawning offer to send the SAS back to Afghanistan, says the National Party Leader Bill English.

18: Virus Pretends To Come From

W32.Sobig.B@mm is a mass-mailing worm that sends itself to all the email addresses, purporting to have been sent by Microsoft (

19: A Biotechnology Strategy for New Zealand

A vision and direction for the development of biotechnology in New Zealand is set out in the Government’s Biotechnology Strategy, released today [Monday 26 May].

20: Congress Agrees Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons Study

Washington -- The U.S. Congress passed the $400.5 billion fiscal 2004 defense authorization bill that includes a provision authorizing research on two new types of nuclear weapons -- small, low-yield nuclear weapons of less than 5 kilotons, and earth-penetrating ...

21: UNICEF takes Bob Geldof back to Ethiopia

GENEVA / NEW YORK, 26 May 2003 -- Musician and activist Bob Geldof will return to Ethiopia with UNICEF next week for the first time since his landmark visit to the drought-stricken country 20 years ago.

22: Text of Security Council Resolution 1483

Recalling all its previous relevant resolutions,Reaffirming the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq,Reaffirming also the importance of the disarmament of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and of eventual confirmation of the disarmament of Iraq,Stressing ...

23: ACC medical misadventure consultation begins

ACC Minister Ruth Dyson says she is pleased to announce today the release of the consultation document for the review of the medical misadventure provisions in the ACC scheme.

24: High Priestess Helen Abandons Cult

This week justifies celebration across the country as New Zealanders - Maori and pakeha alike - who believe in the sanctity of property rights and one law for all, see the beginning of the end of the Treaty industry. Meanwhile, the Treaty cult has ...

25: Israel Accepts Roadmap Peace Blueprint

Goverment meeting at the PM's office in Jerusalem about the Prime Ministers statement on the Roadmap.

26: Hard News 22/05/03 - Rough Trade

Wow. Shades of 'Economy in Nosedive' or what? The Herald today takes a story that even NBR relegates to page three and devotes its entire front page to this : 'PM's comments death knell to trade deal: US'...

27: Politics create barriers for Deaf

A Human Rights complaint has been laid with the New Zealand Human Rights Commission over the lack of access within politics. Mr Kim Robinson a member of the Kirk Branch under the Labour Party is profoundly Deaf and relies on a NZ Sign Language Interpreter ...

28: Scoop Mystery: Inventing Private Lynch? Or Not…

Another day another inexplicable event on the world wide weirdness. This time we have the odd case of the prescient registration of an Internet Domain Name.

29: Kidd Millennium: Mo-Trix Reloaded

Cartoon by …

30: Parents get to vote on food frights

Parents will have the chance to nominate the best and worst children's foods, at the New Zealand Children's Food Awards, being launched by Green MP Sue Kedgley on Monday 26 May at 12 noon.

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