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

1: Full Coverage: Nicolas Berg Beheading

Firas Al-Atraqchi: Zarqawi Be Damned - Nicholas Berg screamed. He screamed when he saw the sword brandished in the hands of one of his captors. He screamed when he was pushed down on the ground and his held pulled back, ready for the slaughter. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00151.htm


2: Firas Al-Atraqchi: Zarqawi Be Damned

Nicholas Berg screamed. He screamed when he saw the sword brandished in the hands of one of his captors. He screamed when he was pushed down on the ground and his held pulled back, ready for the slaughter.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00124.htm


3: Why Not Just Genetically Engineer Women For Milk?

MAdGE (Mothers Against Genetic Engineering in Food and the Environment) today launched a highly controversial billboard campaign in Auckland and Wellington to provoke public debate about the social and cultural ethics of genetic engineering in New Zealand.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00003.htm


4: Iraq: Beheading Of Civilian Condemned

Amnesty International condemns in the strongest terms the abduction and beheading of an American civilian by an armed group, Muntada al-Ansar, in Iraq - a video of which was released yesterday. The organization is appalled by the public display ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00145.htm


5: Scoop Link: Seymour M. Hersh - The Gray Zone

The roots of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal lie not in the criminal inclinations of a few Army reservists but in a decision, approved last year by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, to expand a highly secret operation, which had been focussed on ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00155.htm


6: Images: U.S.Troops In Iraq Sexual Abuse Photos

*** WARNING: This page contains graphic images of sexual abuse seemingly being committed by US Troops against Iraqi civilians and POWs. While images have been edited to remove sexually explicit details, many of the images remain highly offensive. Please view ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00001.htm


7: Images: Lord Of The Rings Exhibition At Te Papa

In anticipation of the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the central instalment in writer/director/producer Peter Jackson's epic trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien masterpiece, Te Papa proudly announces a world exclusive and a bold ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0210/S00234.htm


8: John Chuckman: Sex, Lies, And Videotapes

Among the hoard of pictures from Iraq viewed by members of America's Senate in a top-secret, eavesdrop-proof room - a rather grandiose version of one of those smelly little, stained booths for which patrons of Times Square shops used to pay to watch ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00161.htm


9: Mac Deford: Don Rumsfeld and Al Capone

Should Rumsfeld be fired over the prisoner abuse scandal? Frankly, at this point, we're talking barn doors and escaped cows.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00165.htm


10: Continuing Grave Human Rights Problems in Haiti

A Delegation from the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) visited Haiti from April 12-19, and documented serious continuing violations of human rights, including killings, disappearances, burning of homes and intimidation, often directed at supporters of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00167.htm


11: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 18 May 2004

1 Auckland Central Remand Prison—Review 2 Tertiary Education Organisations—Standards 3 Kiwibank—Success 4 Television New Zealand—Charter Funding 5 Civil Union Bill—Introduction 6 Nuclear-free Legislation—Amendments 7 Parole—Breaches

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00382.htm


12: Bush Condemns Brutal Execution of Nicholas Berg

THE PRESIDENT: I want to express my condolences to the family and friends of Nicholas Berg. Nicholas Berg was an innocent civilian who was in Iraq to help build a free Iraq. There is no justification for the brutal execution of Nicholas Berg -- no justification ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00126.htm


13: Images: Peter Jackson & The Plane From Casablanca

Members of the Aviation Heritage Centre Trust flew up to Wellington airport from Marlborough in a Lockheed 12 aircraft today to meet Mr Anderton and Peter Jackson, who is a strong supporter of the Centre and has aircraft based there already.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00185.htm


14: A Chance To Meet Mary-Kate And Ashley In LA

The ZM radio network in association with the mary-kateandashley brand is searching for New Zealand's biggest Mary-Kate and Ashley fan! The winner and two companions will get to meet the most famous teenagers on the planet in their home city, Los ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0310/S00118.htm


15: Wind power on the rise

The opening of TrustPower's expanded Tararua windfarm today marks the beginning of an era of rapid growth for wind power in New Zealand, says Energy Minister Pete Hodgson.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00359.htm


16: Martin LeFevre: Whirling on the Axis of Twin Evils

Just when I thought I couldn’t feel more disgust in this race-to-the-bottom ''war against terrorism,'' both sides attain new depths of human depravity.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00149.htm


17: W. David Jenkins III: Mourning America

The Bush- and Rumsfeld-haters have never been so happy. Like pigs rolling in, as the expression has it, effluent. They're downright rejoicing - glorying! - in the shame the United States has suffered at the hands of the Abu Ghraib yahoos.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00164.htm


18: Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 18 May 2004

1. MARC ALEXANDER to the Minister of Corrections: Has he decided to conduct a review of the Auckland Central Remand Prison; if so, why?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00369.htm


19: Images: 1 Million Cubans March Against US Policy

CUBA PROTESTS AND ACCUSES By Ángel Rodríguez Álvarez http://www.ain.cubaweb.cu/english/may13edprotest.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00164.htm


20: Scoop Archive: UQ Wire: 9/11 Visibility Project - Action Alert

A number of AMAZING breakthroughs are taking place right now within the 9/11 Truth movement. There are so many, in fact, that we decided to compile them together into this single ACTION newsletter, rather than send them out one at a time.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/archive/scoop/stories/37/e7/200405141149.61e7bd7f.html


21: No Right Turn: Somebody's Going To Jail

Seymour Hersh's latest instalment in the New Yorker is earth-shattering:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00167.htm


22: Corporate Political Censorship Runs Wild

It appears that the Corporate Media giants have decided to cripple the efforts of the most effective critics of Bush Republicanism going into the 2004 Presidential elections.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00166.htm


23: Public Address 18/05/04 - Spoiled For Choice

So what's the lead in Iraq today? Head of Governing Council assassinated? One not-very-mass WMD turns up? Pentagon denial of New Yorker claim that accountability for prison abuse goes all the way up followed by another investigation that says the same thing? ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00181.htm


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http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0405/S00172.htm


25: Students win complaint against sexist advertising

A campaign against sexist advertising led by students has ended in a complaint being upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority about a sexist promotion at Dunedin pub the Bowler.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00180.htm


26: Scoop Feedback: Death and Casualty From Iraq

The following feedback has been received from Scoop readers in response to our decision to publish graphic pictures from Al Jazeera showing the true horror of war.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0303/S00265.htm


27: Jim Peron: Atrocities And The Mentality Of War

There are times that the world is a horrific place. And we've witnessed two events that can turn the biggest optimist about the human condition into a pessimist.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00157.htm


28: The Abortion Bonus

In a similar way to the economic upside that is now being attached to divorce – that it doubles the market – researchers are now redefining the economic and social consequences of abortion. Abortion used to be a purely moral issue with the debate surrounding ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00015.htm


29: A Political Miscalculation or Outright Arrogance

Don Brash’s foray into defence and nuclear issues last week was not a success and it is not surprising that he has quickly returned to beating his race-relations drum. After all, this is safer ground for the National leader to tread. Yet Dr. Brash cannot ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00180.htm


30: Kidd Millennium Cartoon: Secretary Of Offense

Cartoon by kiddmillennium.com…

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00160.htm

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