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Scoop Top 30 weekend Ratings - Nov. 19-20 2005


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

1: Audio: Robert Fisk Speaks On Middle East

Audio courtesy of L.A. Sound Posse - Robert Fisk: Report From The Middle East, U.C.L.A. association with an introduction of his latest book "The Great War for Civilization: The Conquest of the Middle East".

2: Bush Gang Swore Saddam Was Behind 9/11 In Lawsuit

Much to the dismay of President Bush, Americans can remember all on their own, without any coaching from Democrats, that in the run up to war in Iraq, it was top official from the administration who were making the claim that Saddam was in cahoots with ...

3: UN struggles to monitor Ethiopia-Eritrea frontier

The ability of the United Nations to monitor the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) separating Ethiopia and Eritrea is shrinking while posturing by the formerly-warring Horn of Africa countries is raising the stakes, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping ...
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4: New Wind Energy Investment Proving Popular

Interest in the NZ Windfarms' share offer has excited the company’s CEO Chris Freear.

5: Amman Bombings: More Holes in the Official Story

The "Al Qaeda in Iraq" website which allegedly claimed responsibility for the Amman bombings, states that the attacks were directed against Israelis, members of Western intelligence agencies and their Shiite accomplices:

6: Marc My Words: TVNZ Makes Astrology Look Good

Consultation is what happens when you talk through your problems with your employer. Gossip, recrimination and endless public finger-pointing is what happens when your employment is funded by the taxpayer and your employer is TVNZ.

7: Mark P. Lagon: The United Nations and Democracy

Dr. Mark P. Lagon, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs Lecture for the Institute of International Law and Politics, Georgetown University Washington, DC November 15, 2005

8: VIDEO: Ranucci Doco - Fallujah The Hidden Massacre

A video doco by Sigfrido Ranucci entitled "Fallujah: the Hidden Massacre," provides evidence that White Phosphorous - a new form of napalm - was used against Fallujah. WARNING: This video contains graphic and possibly disturbing footage.

9: Molesworth & Featherston (Weekend) – 18 Nov. 2005

The outlook for a successful Doha round in December looks more bleak than ever as Apec leaders gather this weekend. Crucial talks last week were hyped in advance as the ‘do-ordie’ opportunity for the Doha talks. They flopped. Now negotiators are ...

10: Sheila Samples: Bobcats In A Brave, New World

Goodness gracious! Henny Penny! Since defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and vice president Dick Cheney teamed up to lead the charge to create a New World Order, the whole universe has become untidy. Very untidy. My friend Bernie says Dick and Rummy's ...

11: Court stabs another GOP knife into US democracy

With nary a peep from the mainstream media, the US Supreme Court has stabbed yet another partisan knife into the American electoral system.

12: EU should implement democratic safeguards now

EU should implement democratic safeguards in stalled Constitution now without waiting for ratification, says CoR President

13: Explosive Action On Te Kaha

Onboard HMNZS TE KAHA it’s just another day in the office as POWT Greg Bishell and LWT Darren Lyall load a torpedo, and observe it successfully fire during a fortnight of operational warfare exercises conducted with the Royal Australian Navy off the ...

14: Report shows police desperately short of staff

National’s Law & Order spokesman, Simon Power, says it is clear from the police briefing to the incoming minister that the department is desperately short of staff in most areas.

15: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 17 Nov. 2005

1. Schools—Performance 2. Treasury Briefing—Economic Growth 3. Mâoridom—Speech from the Throne 4. Treasury Briefing—Taxation Rates 5. Pathology Services—Coroners and Police 6. China—Trade 7. Taxation—Income Splitting 8. Electricity Transmission—Capacity

16: Jim Peron, Kiddie Porn & Immigration Snub

Newstalk ZB reported yesterday that: "The Department of Labour has cancelled the business visa of Auckland bookshop owner Jim Peron. The American was barred from re-entering New Zealand in July [2005] after he went to Germany [in March 2005] to ...

17: The U.S. Strategy for Nuclear Proliferation

Andrew K. Semmel, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Nonproliferation Address to the National Strategy Forum Chicago, Illinois November 14, 2005

18: Brian Carter's The Night Sky

December is the month of the shortest nights for looking at the stars, but gives more time for daytime activities. Planets - December is a good month for viewing the planets. Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible for the whole of the ...

19: Public Address 17-18/11/05 - Rugby Will Be Winner

I've been a little surprised that no one today appears to have noted that when we host Rugby World Cup 2011, it will (failing some sort of coalition collapse) also be an election year. And that if the tournament dates are similar to those in Australia ...

20: Invasive Marketing Of food Must Be Regulated

“We won’t get children to change their behaviour when it comes to junk food unless we regulate the invasive marketing methods used by food manufacturers”, says Professor of Marketing Janet Hoek of Massey University. Professor Hoek was speaking at a seminar ...

21: Reserve Bank issues Financial Stability Report

The Reserve Bank today released its Financial Stability Report (, a twice-yearly report that assesses the robustness of the New Zealand financial system.

22: Photo: Quick Reaction Force in Afghanistan

Private William Sims of the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Afghanistan secures a Bamyan airfield as a C-130 Hercules comes in to land.

23: Energy Experts Ponder End of Oil

Energy Experts Ponder ‘Once Oil’s Gone, Then What’? - Otago University hosts international conference on sustainable energy options-

24: Ecuador Mobilizes Against Free Trade Agreement

For the last two days, in various points across Ecuador, the social movements and organizations have been, once again, on the warpath. The enemy, always the same at heart, today bears the name Free Trade Agreement.

25: Myanmar: Stop forced labour, penalizing protesters

As the International Labour Organization (ILO) meets to discuss the practice of forced labour in Myanmar, Amnesty International expresses concern at the deteriorating human rights situation in the country.

26: Mary Pitt: The Economy Gap

Having wakened a bit early and turned to my usual morning fodder of whatever is on C-Span, I was treated (?) to a re-broadcast of an appearance of Alan Greenspan before Congress Now, requiring a barely functional brain to decypher this man's message ...

27: New Non-Fiction: "Lawless World" By Philippe Sands

Lawless World - America and the making and breaking of Global Rules from FDR's Atlantic Charter to George Bush's Illegal war -A New Book By Philippe Sands

28: NZ Wins Bid To Host 2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand has successfully won the bid to host the 2011 Rugby World Cup in 2011. New Zealand's chance came when South Africa, tipped to be a strong second runner to Japan, was voted out in the first round.

29: Chilling Impact of Ukraine Election Law on Media

The International Federation of Journalists joined protests led today by the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine (IMTUU) against the current law governing the forthcoming parliamentary election campaign.

30: Housing Minister Can Do Better

National Party Housing spokesman, Phil Heatley, says the Housing Minister needs to answer a few more questions about the alleged large-scale immigration scam being run out of a state house in Hastings.


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