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Scoop Ratings: The Week's Top 30

The top 30 rating items on Scoop for the week ended Friday 20th June 2003 were...

1: Sludge Report #152: George W's Revisionist History

In This Edition: Just Whose Revisionist History Is That George? - Revisionist History Is Code For Holocaust Denial - And Does George Really Want To Remind Us About The Holocaust? - Why Then Would Bush Risk Such An Association?

2: Rep. Henry Waxman: Forged Evidence

Dear Dr. Rice: Since March 17, 2003, I have been trying without success to get a direct answer to one simple question: Why did President Bush cite forged evidence about Iraq's nuclear capabilities in his State of the Union address?

3: Bernard Weiner: A Peek Inside Bush's PostWar Diary

Dear Diary: The war went well. We licked those Iraqi towelheads real quick. We didn't get Saddam, though, which is more than a little embarassing, since we also didn't get Osama in Afghanistan. Makes me look bad. Also makes me look like I'd rather have ...

4: All News Is Lies: Lights Are Going Out Over Europe

One by one, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe are falling into line and voting to join the European Union. In all cases, the pattern is basically the same.

5: An Earlier "Patriot" Law Brought Down A President

Many Americans are suggesting that the Patriot Act (and its proposed "improvements" in Patriot II) is totally new in the experience of America and may spell the end of both democracy and the Bill of Rights. History, however, shows another view, which ...

6: Major Iraqi Uprising Looming In Near Future

A real resistance movement seems to be starting up in Iraq. Although the Pentagon and Donald Rumsfeld are blaming attacks against US troops on Saddam supporters and Baath Party members, it looks like a countrywide uprising is starting.

7: UK PM Faces Questions On WMDs (Transcript)

Q1. [116549] Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow): If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 4 June.

8: Photo-Essay 2: Tell Us Is This Liberation?

GRAPHIC IMAGES MAY DISTURB: The purpose of information sharing is to empower individuals to make informed choices. If publishing these images causes those, who would support more killing to consider their decisions, then publishing is justified.

9: Armitage Remarks at Sri Lanka Donors' Conference

Richard L. Armitage, Deputy Secretary of State Akasaka Prince Hotel Tokyo, Japan June 10, 2003

10: UQ Wire: The Dog Ate My WMDs

After several years teaching high school, I've heard all the excuses. I didn't get my homework done because my computer crashed, because my project partner didn't do their part, because I feel sick, because I left it on the bus, because I had a dance ...

11: John Kaminski: The Lies Of Our Leaders

President Bush and virtually the entire American power structure lied to the whole world when they said Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction that were an imminent threat to the safety of the so-called free world.

12: Sen. Jim Jeffords: Does He Think We Don't Notice?

The following speech by Sen. Jim Jeffords was delivered at the National Press Club on June 5, 2003 to commemorate the second anniversary of his decision to leave the Republican Party and become the Senate's only Independent.

13: An Emerging EU Superpower & the U.S Cold-War Clash

A power confrontation between the EU and USA looms. Is the stoush just Washington demanding compliance from a former subservient diplo-partner? Or is this the emergence of a new world superpower, the inauguration of a 21st Century Cold War Clash?

14: Eco-Economy: Argentina, Not Japan

A country with an unsustainable external debt burden, an overvalued exchange rate leading to increasingly large current account deficits, a huge and deteriorating fiscal position: Argentina 2001 or the USA 2003?

15: Somalia: human rights-committed interim parliament

As delegates to the Somalia Peace and Reconciliation Conference begin, in the coming days, to choose an interim parliament, Amnesty International calls on them to ensure that the new members of parliament, and of the interim government it will subsequently ...

16: Afghanistan: An Outright Humanitarian Disaster

Afghanistan, the country the U.S. invaded after 9/11/01 to root out al-Qa’ida and remove the repressive regime of the Taliban. In all respects the stated intentions of U.S. policy makers and leaders have gone terribly off course. This isn’t just ...

17: Kidd Millennium: Free the Fourth Estate

Mass media’s obligation is to fulfill the critical role of fourth estate, the defenders of public interest. The term is frequently attributed to the nineteenth century historian Thomas Carlyle who ranked the press above and apart from the three Estates of Parliament. ...

18: 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 ...

19: It's Time to Turn the Tables On Burma's Thugs

United Nations Special Envoy Razali Ismail has just visited Burma and was able to bring us news that Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and the leader of a peaceful democratic party known as the National League for Democracy, is well and ...

20: Harley Sorensen: The War Built On A Lie

Why mince words? These are the facts: 1) President George W. Bush is a liar. 2) Secretary of State Colin Powell is a liar. 3) Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is a liar. 4) National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice is a liar.

21: Translation Of Newsweek Article On Bush Nazi Ties

NOTE: The following is a translation of the Polish Newsweek article linked to by Scoop last week. A big thankyou to Scoop reader Luke for providing the translation. – The Scoop Editor

22: Did TV3 Suggest Bush is a Professional Fascist?

A Scoop reader has asked if anyone has a screen-shot of TV3 news where a photograph of U.S. President George Bush was thought to be captioned: “Professional Fascist”. All responses to

23: Scoop Images: The Road To Heaven

The photos below were taken at 5.15pm just as the sun was sinking behind the Ohau mountain range. The cloud formation and the setting sun created this wonderful assortment of colours that would be near on impossible to reproduce.

24: Deck of Cards Helps Identify Regime's Most Wanted

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2003 – Coalition forces in Iraq are using a specially created deck of 55 playing cards to identify the "most wanted" members of Saddam Hussein's regime.

25: Bill Moyers: The Progressive Story of America

...there is nothing idealized or romantic about the difference between a society whose arrangements roughly serve all its citizens and one whose institutions have been converted into a stupendous fraud.

26: Security Response: W32.Bugbear.B@mm - SEVERE

W32.Bugbear.B@mm is a variant of W32.Bugbear@mm (originally discovered and named in the Sydney Symantec Security Response Centre in October 2002) and appears to be spreading quickly.

27: White House Under Fire Over WMDs

With No Weapons of Mass Destruction Yet Found in Iraq, White House Justification for War Comes Under Fire - Interview with Reese Erlich, journalist and author, conducted by Scott Harris

28: Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 17 June 2003

1. ROD DONALD to the Minister for the Environment: What steps has the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet taken to ensure that “Sustainable development must be at the core of all government policy.” as announced in the Sustainable Development ...

29: Questions Of The Day Transcript - 17th June 2003

ROD DONALD (Co-Leader—Green): I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. We submitted this question to the Prime Minister because we believed that the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is coordinating the Government’s sustainable development ...

30: Colin Powell IV by The Associated Press June 12th

QUESTION: The trip to Jordan, the stop in Jordan, any chance you’ll go on to Israel and talk to the Palestinians?

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