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Scoop: Weekend Ratings


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

1: Wolfowitz Interview with Vanity Fair's Tannenhaus

Wolfowitz - ''The truth is that for reasons that have a lot to do with the U.S. government bureaucracy we settled on the one issue that everyone could agree on which was weapons of mass destruction as the core reason, but -- Hold on one second.''

2: Hamas No Choice But Peace If Israel Stops Killings

Minister Shaath: if Israel pledges to stop its aggression policy then Hamas, Jihad May Have No Choice

3: Bull Poop: How Much Is Too Much When Selling War?

Secretary of StaSecretary of State Colin Powell’s recent use of the B-word (''bullshit'') during a practice session at the CIA for his February 5 presentation at the United Nations has lifted the veil, if ever so slightly, on a question that every administration ...

4: Burma Sanctions Effort Blunted By China, India

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Burma has boasted its two "very good neighbors," China and India, will blunt U.S.-led sanctions amid attempts in Washington for tightening boycotts to support detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

5: Images: All Blacks Take A Tour Of Frodo's Plane

Pictures of the majority of the new All Blacks squad - pictured courtesy of All Blacks sponsor Air New Zealand today at Auckland Airport.

6: UQ Wire: The Failure to Defend the Skies on 9/11

On May 21 and 22, 2003, the 9/11 Independent Commission held its second set of public hearings, focusing on the issue of air defense. It's not surprising if you haven't heard about this, because the hearings were poorly covered by the media, with major papers such as the New York Times and Los Angeles Times failing to write any articles on them.

7: Bush Delivers Remarks to Troops in Doha

THE PRESIDENT: Thanks for coming out to say hello. (Applause.) Thanks for your introduction, Tommy. I appreciate this warm welcome. I have a question for you: Can you hear me now? (Applause.)

8: Parody: The World according to

Sourced from - Parody based on original cartoon by Cox & Forkum .

9: Kelly Osbourne Wows MTV Wearing Karen Walker

Kelly Osbourne chose a stunning Karen Walker black satin prom dress to present and interview guests at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards filmed in Los Angeles last Friday.

10: The OAS Meets - A New Latin America Emerges?

- Fallout from the bitter debate over war in Iraq can be expected to play a dominating role at the summit and reshape major relationships among OAS members-if not in the meeting hall, then in the corridors.

11: Strong projects from emerging filmmakers

What would a truly two-dimensional film, devoid of symbol, narrative and space, look like? To answer that question, Porirua installation artist Douglas Bagnall is creating a film-making robot with no concept of space, supported by the Screen Innovation ...

12: Ghana Called On To Arrest President Charles Taylor

Special Court for Sierra Leone: Amnesty International calls on the government of Ghana to arrest President Charles Taylor

13: Farewell To The Streets Of London – A Soliloquy

Born and raised in Upper Hutt, I’m moving back to New Zealand from London in a couple of weeks. I first came to Britain almost eight and a half years ago (1995) and I’ve spent the majority of my time since in this simultaneously interesting yet cynical, ...

14: Scoop Link: Newsweek Notes Bush Family's Nazi Tie

The following highly unusual item appeared in the Polish media this week in the wake of coverage of President Bush's tearful visit to Auschwitz.

15: 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.

16: Bush Will "Reveal the Truth" about WMD in Iraq

President Bush said June 5 that the United States and its coalition partners have "made sure that Iraq is not going to serve as an arsenal" of weapons of mass destruction for terrorist groups.

17: Serbia Montenegro: sex trafficking case collapses

Amnesty International is concerned that victims of forced trafficking are being failed by the judicial system in Montenegro. Recently a high profile trial collapsed after the Prosecutor's Office in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, halted criminal ...

18: America's Cup - Candidate City Shortlist Announced

GENEVA - In the process to find the host city of the 32nd America's Cup, eight European cities were retained for further consideration in March this year. At that time the eight, in alphabetical order: Barcelona (ESP), Elba (ITA), Lisbon (POR), Marseille ...

19: Scoop Satire: Wainuiomata Escapes!

Hutt Valley suburb Wainuiomata was still unaccounted for this morning, despite intensive police efforts to recapture the renegade township after it escaped from its basin enclosure in a daring bid for freedom.

20: Occupation: Our Gift To The World

As a writer I never quite know where the conversations in my head leave off and the paper begins. The internet, moreover, has turned writing into one big conversation, kind of like hip hop, where writers bounce and riff off each others' stuff, constantly ...

21: Stringer Blows Whistle on Unethical LatAm Coverage

Narco News has obtained a copy of an email, sent this morning by El Salvador news correspondent Thomas Long to Newsweek reporter Seth Mnookin. The text is now published for you to read:

22: Kidd Millennium Cartoon: Class Warfare

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23: Sen. Robert Byrd: The Perception of Deception

With each passing day, the questions surrounding Iraq's missing weapons of mass destruction take on added urgency. Where are the massive stockpiles of VX, mustard, and other nerve agents that we were told Iraq was hoarding? Where are the thousands of liters ...

24: UQ Wire: 911 The American Connection

A controversy over the sudden closing of a flight school in Orlando in early March reveals a hidden connection between the bankruptcy in Orlando and the secretive organization which ran Huffman Aviation in Venice, the unacknowledged home base of Mohamed Atta ...

25: Government moves to protect rail network

The government has this afternoon signed a Heads of Agreement to buy the rail network for $1, take out a 35 per cent stake in Tranz Rail and rescue it from insolvency through an immediate cash injection of $44 million, Finance Minister Michael Cullen ...

26: U.S. Sternly Rebukes Zimbabwe's Brutality

"The Government of Zimbabwe has responded to peaceful attempts at public protest this week with an ongoing wave of intolerance and brutality," Deputy Spokesman Philip Reeker said in a statement issued by the State Department June 5.

27: ACC Claimants Fundraise To Drive Inquiry

ACC claimants across the country are running their own fund-raising "Telethon" via the Internet, to gather funds for an independent inquiry after it was revealed by the Sunday Star-Times last weekend that ACC was compiling a list of angry and unstable ...

28: Most Taxpayers Get Little Help From Bush Tax Cuts

Despite misleading presidential rhetoric, almost half of all American taxpayers will get less than $100 this year and next from President Bush’s just-passed tax plan. In 2005, threequarters of taxpayers will get less than $100, and in 2006 and later ...

29: Wolfowitz Remarks at the IISS Asian Security Conf.

Thank you, John. I am delighted that the Shangri-La conference is back for a return engagement and I am delighted to be back again, myself, and very honored to be here sharing the podium with two distinguished Senators like Chuck Hagel and Jack Reed. ...

30: ACT Party Cleared

ACT New Zealand Leader Richard Prebble revealed today he had received a draft report from the Auditor General's office.

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