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Scoop Top 30 weekend Ratings


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

1: PEN Details Writers In Prison And Killed

"Freedom of speech is a source of power. If used constructively, it is amazing what speech can do. It can fight corruption, free political prisoners, and make oppressive regimes crumble."

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: FAQs Re Light Engineer Group To Iraq

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding The Deployment Of The New Zealand Light Engineer Group To Iraq

4: The Ultimate Weapon of Mass Destruction - Weather

The significant expansion in America's weather warfare arsenal, which is a priority of the Department of Defense is not a matter for debate or discussion.

5: William Rivers Pitt: It Was a Rout

There was a President on that stage in Florida on Thursday night, and his name was not George.

6: Images: Departing LOTR Stars Meet Their Planes

The Lord of the Ring's stars come face to face with themselves on the side of Air NZ planes as they bid New Zealand goodbye at Wellington Airport before boarding the Air New Zealand 767 emblazoned with giant images of the characters Aragorn and Arwen.

7: Scoop Images: Hurricanes Jeanne, Karl And Lisa

Following close in the wake of hurricanes Charley, Frances and Ivan, three new hurricanes - Jeanne, Karl and Lisa - are now meandering around the Atlantic Ocean and bringing a sense of unease to those living in coastal areas of the United States.

8: Inside A U.S. Election Vote Counting Program

Publication of this story marks a watershed in American political history. It is offered freely for publication in full or part on any and all internet forums, blogs and noticeboards. All other media are also encouraged to utilise material. Readers ...

9: ASIA: Don't Sell Women's Bodies Threatening Chaos

By Kamala Sarup (Kamala Sarup is a Co-Ordinator of a media watch group - The Peace Media Research Center - and can be reached at )

10: 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 ...

11: UK - Algerian Once Considered A Threat Set Free

The United Kingdom government has released an Algerian who had been imprisoned on the basis of a security certificate issued against him. The secret information held allegedly linked him to an Algerian terrorist organisation.

12: Unicef Urges More Aid For Haitian Storm Victims

The head of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said she will push for more funding to accelerate the relief and recovery efforts under way in northern Haiti after yesterday visiting the area that has been devastated by Tropical Storm Jeanne.

13: EU Countries Selling Arms To Human Rights Abusers

EU arms controls are not strong enough to prevent weapons from falling into the wrong hands, a coalition of 55 European NGOs warned today. They said there were major loopholes in the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports, which must be strengthened without ...

14: Colombian Army invades Ecuadorean territory

A group of 70 soldiers from the Colombian Army entered violently in Ecuadorean territory. “We’re going to increase the patrolling in this area and we’re not going to allow our national sovereignty to be violated”, said Lieutenant Colonel Pedro Cabezas, ...

15: Antarctic ozone hole – smaller this year

The ozone hole over Antarctica appears to be about 20% smaller than last year's record-breaking ozone hole.

16: Diebold Memos Disclose Florida 2000 E-Voting Fraud

Something very strange happened in Volusia County on election night November 2000, the night that first Gore won Florida, then Bush, and then as everybody can so well remember there was a tie.

17: Kevin List: Trouble At T'[NewsPaper] Mill

THIS weekend, the war begins between two Sunday newspapers destined for the nation’s news stands and New Zealanders’ hearts. Scoop’s KEVIN LIST reports on the controversy surrounding the setting up of the new Herald on Sunday

18: Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #70

NB: GPJA FORUM CANCELLED. The GPJA forum scheduled for this Monday (Oct 4) has had to be cancelled as speakers were not available. We hope to be able to reschedule the Pacific Forum to Monday, November 1. However on Tuesday night there is an important ...

19: Stateside with Rosalea: Hell Yeah

I have a theory that Gretchen Wilson is to Republicans as Michael Moore is to Democrats. Unfortunately for the Dems -- who have only just discovered that one of the biggest blocks of voters out there are single women.

20: Mallard: Learning for the information age

Hon Trevor Mallard Speech to Navcon 'Learning for the Future' Conference, Christchurch Convention Centre, Christchurch.

21: American Democrats In NZ Weigh-In On Debate

CHRISTCHURCH, 1 October 2004—Today’s debate between rival U.S. presidential candidates John Kerry and George W. Bush focussed on foreign policy, with President Bush’s decision to wage war in Iraq taking centre stage. John Kerry admitted he made a mistake voting ...

22: American Coup: Mid-Term Election Polls vs Actuals

Scoop’s analysis found shows that - according to the polls - the Republican Party experienced a pronounced last minute swing in its favour of between 4 and 16 points. Remarkably this last minute swing appears to have been concentrated in its effects ...

23: Pound's Digest: Drug Policies Are Bad, Hmmmm 'Kay

Remember Nandor? You know that alternative guy with the dreadlocks and the hemp suit. The one who blazed into parliament on publicity overload. Who fearlessly fought for dope decriminalisation?

24: UQ Wire: Sibel Edmonds Letter To Thomas Kean

It has been almost three years since the terrorist attacks on September 11; during which time we, the people, have been placed under a constant threat of terror and asked to exercise vigilance in our daily lives.

25: Strategy in Afghanistan on the Eve of Elections

Richard L. Armitage, Deputy Secretary of State Prepared Statement before House Committee on International Relations Washington, DC September 29, 2004

26: Select Committee Business: 24 Sep to 1 Oct

Committee meetings Four committee meetings were held this week, 2 in the parliamentary complex, 1 in Auckland and 1 in Christchurch.

27: Iran: Transcript Q&A on 16 year old's Execution

Transcripts of interviews responding to questions on nuclear-free Iran and 16 year old Atefeh’s execution by the Islamic regime

28: Chuckman Cartoon: John Kerry, Bush Lite

Cartoon by John Chuckman

29: Call for International Tribunal For Timor Leste

Participants in JSMP's Conference, Justice for Timor Leste: Civil Society Strategic Planning for the Future of Serious Crimes, agreed that the most important mechanism of justice for past international crimes in Timor Leste is an International Tribunal.

30: Annan Urges Israel/Palestine To Search For Peace

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced grave concern at the escalation of violence and the rising casualty toll on both sides in the Gaza Strip and adjacent Israeli areas in the past 24 hours, particularly the death and injuries of children.


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