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

1: Seven Months Before 9/11 Said Iraq Posed No Threat

CIA Intelligence Reports Seven Months Before 9/11 Said Iraq Posed No Threat To U.S., Containment Was Working By Jason Leopold

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00211.htm


2: Holy Farce! WMD Castor Beans Seized by DoD

Stop the presses!!!! "The most promising find, yet, in the hunt for WMDs has been located", according to Meg Alexander of NBC's Oklahoma City affiliate, KFOR.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00212.htm


3: Fox Cease-&-Desist Order On Hitler Youth T-Shirts

It was, apparently, just a matter of time. Our company, Agitproperties LLC, the Austin progressive counter-propagandists responsible for the nationally-famous FAUX NEWS Channel, P.N.N. (Pentagon News Network) and Bill O'Reilly Hitler Youth Tee-shirts ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00364.htm


4: Independence For All On July 4

Every 4th of July, the USA celebrates the anniversary of its independence from British colonial rule while denying freedom to people around the world.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0306/S00180.htm


5: European Union Midday Express

Today, EU farm ministers adopted a fundamental reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The reform will completely change the way the EU supports its farm sector. The new CAP will be geared towards consumers and taxpayers, while giving ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00417.htm


6: Auckland Rugby Fans Prepare to salute the Captains

In the lead up to the Rugby World Cup ‘The Captains Dinner’, will see three former Captains and rugby greats - Mark Ella of Australia, Tiaan Strauss of South Africa and Sean Fitzpatrick of New Zealand – take to the stage with their personal World ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0306/S00115.htm


7: Top 10 Things In The Prostitution Bill Debate

1. "You gotta admit, Mr Baldock, it's a bit rich for us politicians to be telling hookers that their business is immoral."

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00207.htm


8: Hard News 27/06/03 - Four New Posts!

Oh, for goodness sake. It's Bill Ralston already. It looked today - again - as if TVNZ might finally announce the worst-kept secret of the century - that Ralston is its new head of news and current affairs... http://publicaddress.net/default,hardnews.sm#post512

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00209.htm


9: Tour of Arab capitals bidding for Mid East Peace

Senior UN envoy to embark on tour of Arab capitals in bid to boost Middle East peace

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00411.htm


10: Inside Iraq: Divide and dispossess

Fathi Mutar is an Arab; Othman Pasim is a Kurd but both have much in common. They live within 200 metres of each other and are victims of an “arabisation” policy, which left each of their large families homeless and impoverished.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00198.htm


11: Papers Show Renewable Energy will be losers!

"Energy efficiency providers and small-scale renewable energy suppliers will be the losers from the Government's Electricity Commission proposal, said Mrs Molly Melhuish, for the Sustainable Energy Forum after reviewing background papers prepared ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0306/S00183.htm


12: UN warns: Al-Qaida still poses significant threat

Despite significant progress in the fight against Al-Qaida, the terrorist group blamed for the 11 September 2001 attacks against the United States still poses a significant threat to international peace and security, including possible use of weapons of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00413.htm


13: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0306/S00021.htm


14: 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


15: Scoop Images: Mt Sefton

I thought you might like this beauty for your site. I took it this morning at 0745. It was a chilly start to the day with the air temperature outside at only -3C.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00206.htm


16: Spanish Government Challenges right to protest

Madrid, 26 June 2003—Greenpeace today called for the release of the organisation’s flagship, the Rainbow Warrior, being detained by authorities in Valencia, Spain since 13 June after a non-violent, peaceful protest against the importation of illegal ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00402.htm


17: UN calls on Congolese parties to renounce violence

Forcefully condemning the recent escalation of violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), members of the United Nations Security Council today called on all the parties in the area to fully commit to the political process and ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00414.htm


18: Torture and ill-treatment -- scourge of Cambodia

"No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" -- Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 5. Adopted 1948

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00403.htm


19: Bush’s Dismantle Hamas Call Would Cause Civil War

The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) rejected Thursday US President Bush’s call to dismantle Hamas and other anti-Israeli occupation groups, saying such an attempt would ignite a Palestinian civil war.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00408.htm


20: John Chuckman: Liberals Versus The Crypto-Nazis

The Real Clash Of Civilizations: Liberals Versus The Crypto-Nazis By John Chuckman June 24, 2003

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00181.htm


21: Feedback: Ashraf, Civilisation And Penguins

In This Edition: Sludge #153 - Was Ashraf Pushed Or Did He Fall - Sludge the Fudge - "The Real Clash Of Civilizations: Liberals Versus The Crypto-Nazis" - Futile Antarctica Welcomes Recognition Of Same-Sex Parenting

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00208.htm


22: NZ Australia Joint Press Conference On Solomons

Can I start by welcoming Mark Burton, the New Zealand Defence Minister here and his party, the Chief of the New Zealand Defence Forces and the Secretary of his department and others. We have annual defence and security discussions with New Zealand and ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00407.htm


23: Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics

Eyewitness Reports Of Inside Iraq - EU Agri Policy Aids NZ - Hard News & More Is There! - ZZZZzzzzt Scoop Has Feedback - St Molesworth's Top 10 - STORY OF THE WEEK: Prostitution Law Reform: Asraf Explain His Critical Decision To Abstain - A Family's ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00210.htm


24: UN Radio: Fighting in Liberia Hampers Relief

UN Radio: Fighting in Liberia Hampers Relief - Security Council Extends Disengagement force in Middle East by 6 Months - Withdrawal of Troops from Bunia - Nuclear Weapons Find in Iraq Shows No Recent Activity - Al-Qaeda Still Poses Threat

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00416.htm


25: Marc My Words: How much is a woman worth?

The passage of the Prostitution Reform Bill this week was the lowest point in my year at Parliament. Rather than ennobling society it enshrines soliciting, running a brothel and pimping, as legitimate enterprises.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00538.htm


26: UK Pressured over Radioactive Discharges

UK was forced to accept the concerns of Member States over radioactive discharges from the nuclear reprocessing plant at Sellafield. The dispute at OSPAR resulted from the UK's failure to meet its commitments over the past five years to reduce ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00401.htm


27: Images: Mark Burton & Robert Hill Solomons Presser

For background on this meeting see the press conference transcript… NZ Australia Joint Press Conference On Solomons

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00202.htm


28: Dennis Hans: Lily Gilder Or Liar?

Here’s the problem with all the euphemisms mainstream commentators use in their strenuous efforts not to brand President George W. Bush a liar: He’s not entitled to a single one.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00193.htm


29: Israel's Persistent Assassinations Ruins Roadmap

Israel Persists in Assassinations: Girl, Man Killed in Gaza Air Raid ‘Sharon Wants to Ruin any Chance to Implement the Roadmap’: Abu Rudeinah

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00410.htm


30: All Blacks Beat France 31-23

The New Zealand All Blacks have beaten the French Rugby team 31-23 at Jade Stadium.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00213.htm


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