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

1: A Gay Prostitute Inside Bush's Inner Media Circle

In the past few days one of the most bizarre stories in US political media imaginable emerged via the blogosphere, and has since spilled out into the mainstream.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00178.htm


2: Push Forward Ethiopia And Eritrea Dialogue

Security Council Considers Asking For UN Envoy To Help Push Forward Ethiopia And Eritrea Dialogue

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00464.htm


3: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer - 16 Feb. 2005

1. National Certificate of Educational Achievement—Problem Notification 2. Student Allowances—Parental Income 3. National Certificate of Educational Achievement—Scholarship Examination 4. Kyoto Protocol—Australia’s Non-ratification 5. Economy—Government ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00371.htm


4: Is There Such a Thing as Safe Drug Abuse?

Human Rights Watch testimony to the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources briefing

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00488.htm


5: UN Tours Tsunami Countries – First Stop Sri Lanka

UN Assistant Secretary-General Tours Tsunami Countries to Move Recovery Effort Forward – First Stop is Sri Lanka

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00466.htm


6: Iran - The Next Target of US Military Aggression

The Bush administration has officially identified Iran and Syria as the next stage of ''the road map to war''. Targeting Iran is a bipartisan project, which broadly serves the interests of the Anglo-American oil conglomerates, the Wall Street financial ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00167.htm


7: Questions For Oral Answer As At Thursday, 17 Feb

1. Hon PETER DUNNE to the Minister of Education: Is he comfortable with the notion that those students who miss out on allowances must get a job or take out a student loan, as he appeared to state in the House last week?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00384.htm


8: Public Address 17/02/05 - Proper Opposition

It has been heartwarming - well, for everyone but the government - to see some quality Opposition politics emerge, most notably in the work of Bill English. English has not blathered meaninglessly about "political correctness" or the "Sisterhood"...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00198.htm


9: Bernard Weiner: Secret Rightwing Agenda Unearthed

This first article, which seems to have been delivered as a speech to a small group of Rightist movers and shakers, was discovered in a 2063 dig in the ruins of what was once the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. On the top of this copy were the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00181.htm


10: Coke Can't Hide Its Crimes In Colombia

Isidro Segundo Gil, an employee at a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Colombia, was killed at his workplace by paramilitary thugs. His children, now living in hiding with relatives, understand all too well why their homeland is known as "a country where union ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00492.htm


11: Kamala Sarup: Double Standard By Intl. Community

Nepal's internal affairs have been threatened by the international community since the King of Nepal imposes a temporary state of emergency to control a communist insurgency and massive corruption by the government.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00188.htm


12: Helen Clark confirms NCEA cover-up

Helen Clark confirmed today that the Education Minister was aware of the discrepancies in NCEA scholarship exam results well before they became public, says National's Education spokesman Bill English.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00376.htm


13: How America Built Empire On Third-World Debt

(CSRwire) SAN FRANCISCO - “Economic hit men,” John Perkins writes in his controversial new book, “are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00493.htm


14: Clark's praise of Sweden misplaced

Helen Clark wants New Zealand to emulate Sweden. The high tax, welfare state appeals to her. She even argues that high taxes do not effect economic growth. According to press reports Clark said Sweden's tax rates had not stopped the nation growing ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00154.htm


15: Sri Lanka: killing of innocent persons must stop

This attack took place in the Sri Lankan government-controlled area between Punana and Valaichcenai. NESOHR strongly condemns the killings of NESOHR’s Chandra Nehru, former member of parliament, Amparai District and LTTE personnel, including the political ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00430.htm


16: What about freedom of association, Mr de Bres?

The longer Helen Clark delays sacking her mate Joris de Bres, the lower will fall the reputation of the Human Rights Commission, ACT Justice spokesman Stephen Franks said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00383.htm


17: Principals: No Overhaul Of NCEA Needed

The PPTA Principals’ Council has rejected claims by National Party leader Don Brash that the NCEA needs to be completely overhauled.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0502/S00060.htm


18: Steve Freeman: A Corrupted Election

Recall the Election Day exit polls that suggested John Kerry had won a convincing victory? The media readily dismissed those polls and little has been heard about them since.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00187.htm


19: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer - 17 Feb. 2005

1. Tertiary Students—Allowances and Loans 2. National Certificate of Educational Achievement—Scholarship Examination 3. Economy—Indicators Question No. 2 to Minister 4. 111 System—Christchurch Incident 5. Cyclones—Pacific, February 2005-02-17 6. Te ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00403.htm


20: New Zealand-based researcher wins award

The success of a trans-Tasman research project benefiting graingrowers in New Zealand and Australia has been recognised with the presentation of the 2005 Grains Research and Development Corporation ‘Seed of Light’ Award to a New Zealand-based researcher ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0502/S00057.htm


21: HIV/AIDS Threatens Nepal's National Security

The growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in Nepal is a national security issue. If the rate of infection increases, HIV/AIDS could possibly threaten the stability of Nepal.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00180.htm


22: Bill Berkowitz: Hunting Hillary Clinton

''Stop Her Now,'' is the name of the new Web site soon to be launched by Arthur Finkelstein, the chief political guru of New York Governor George Pataki, and one of the country's most successful yet least known political consultants/spin doctors.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00193.htm


23: Helen Clark refuses to move with the times

"Helen Clark's heavy handed edict to ban contemporary musicians from this year's Gallipoli celebrations is elitist and short sighted," says National Party Leader Don Brash.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00388.htm


24: Molesworth & Featherston (Lobby Edition) – 17/2/05

A new satirical feature begins this week, peering into the personal diary of one our leaders. Australian Ministers arrive for annual talks on integration of the Trans- Tasman economies and we have a look at the agenda.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00197.htm


25: Pita Sharples patronising to Maori educators

National Party Maori Affairs spokesman Gerry Brownlee is appalled by the suggestion from Maori Party spokesman Pita Sharples that Maori tertiary institutions should be treated differently to those that are non-Maori. He is referring to comments made ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00386.htm


26: Cylcones Nancy And Olaf – Tracking Information

WTPS31 PGTW 152100 MSGID/GENADMIN/NAVPACMETOCCEN PEARL HARBOR HI/JTWC// SUBJ/TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING// RMKS/ 1. TROPICAL CYCLONE 18P (NANCY) WARNING NR 006 02 ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONES IN SOUTHPAC MAX SUSTAINED WINDS BASED ON ONE-MINUTE AVERAGE --- ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00463.htm


27: Kamala Sarup: Stable Government To Promote Economy

Nepal's moves toward a market economy are well entrenched, but no politician wants to abolish subsidies. Foreign and security policies are rarely election issues.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00194.htm


28: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing for February 15

SYRIA Recall of U.S. Ambassador Margaret Scobey following Murder of Prime Minister Hariri / Syrian Response Syrian Presence in Lebanon / Concerns on Lack of Progress in Syrian Behavior on Border with Iraq and Support for Insurgents /

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00462.htm


29: Martin Appointed By SSC To Lead Review Of NZQA

The Deputy State Services Commissioner, Tony Hartevelt, today announced that he has appointed Doug Martin, Wellington-based director of Martin, Jenkins and Associates, to lead his review into matters relating to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00163.htm


30: Robert Higgs: Bush's New Defense Budget

When the Bush administration released its budget for fiscal year 2006 recently, the news media, as usual, had a tough time in making sense of the government’s proposals for defense spending.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00196.htm

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