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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. ...

2: 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.

3: 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 ...

4: 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.

5: 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 ...

6: 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 ...

7: 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 ...

8: Images: Pyjama Protest At US Embassy In Wellington

Today Stephanie Mills staged a protest against the torture of Iraqi prisoners by marching, along with her 5 month old son and 4 year old daughter, to the US Embassy dressed in nothing but their pajamas. She was inspired by 10 year old Shane Ellis, ...

9: Satire: A New Version Of MS-Office For Presidents

The following satirical image was circulating today by email, it's origin is unknown.

10: 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 ...

11: Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday, 19 May 2004

1. Hon RICHARD PREBBLE to the Minister of Finance: Is it correct that the "Future Directions package" in the May 27 budget is expected to be worth about $2.5 billion and around 300,000 households will benefit, as reported in the New Zealand ...

12: 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 ...

13: More carbon credits on offer

The government is offering more carbon credits to support projects that will reduce New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions.

14: 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

15: Scoop Link: ABC News - 'Definitely a Cover-Up'

Dozens of soldiers - other than the seven military police reservists who have been charged - were involved in the abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, and there is an effort under way in the Army to hide it, a key witness in the investigation told ...

16: Palestinian Blood Is Not Cheap

About 40 tanks and bulldozers invaded Hay Elzaiton at 1 am Tuesday morning with the help of the apaches in the sky. Israeli occupation soldiers took up positions on rooftops at El-Zaiton area, shooting at every moving object. The operation was ...

17: 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.

18: 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.

19: 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 ...

20: What's a kiwi like me to think?

What's a pro-Treaty, pro-New Zealander, pro-Maori kiwi like me to think? I consider myself pro-Treaty, pro-New Zealander, pro-Maori, anti-racist. Not many Pakeha politicians have been bending over backwards to describe themselves that way lately

21: Matt Robson: $1.3m On Jail Talks Money Well Spent

In some countries, governments can build a huge prison, or a nuclear power station, anywhere they like without consulting anyone. The government of North Korea, for example, doesn't subscribe to the view that ordinary Koreans have the right to be ...

22: Satire: Why Isn't David Souter Dead? WH Transcript

PRESIDENT BUSH: Alright, gentlemen. You really screwed up this time. We have very serious business to discuss.

23: Ivan Eland: Think the Unthinkable - Partition Iraq

It just gets worse and worse for the Bush administration. In the U.S. war on terror, allegations have surfaced that the policies of ''torture light'' and sexual humiliation of prisoners were widespread around the world and originated from high levels in ...

24: 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 ...

25: Public Address 19/05/04 - Idols And Obligations

I've never met Oliver Driver, but I'm liking the cut of his jib. Not only did he have an excellent clown fight on Serial Killers on Friday ("Hey, when you get the chance to smack a clown, you take it."), but he fronted Frontseat on Sunday in a ...

26: Decision On Telecom Network Recommendations

Communications Minister Paul Swain today announced his decision on whether to open Telecom New Zealand's network infrastructure to competition.

27: 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.

28: New CEs of Dept of PM and Cabinet and CYFs

The State Services Commissioner, Michael Wintringham today announced the appointment of Paula Tyler as Chief Executive of the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services and Maarten Wevers as Chief Executive of the Department of the Prime Minister and ...

29: 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.

30: 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.


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