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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 28 November 2006


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

1: Uri Avnery: An Evening in Jounieh

Uri Avnery

DURING THE first Lebanon war, I visited Jounieh, a town some 20 km north of Beirut. At the time, it served as a port for the Christian forces. It was an exciting evening.

2: New National Leadership Brash And Confident

Kevin List

At a press conference introducing the new National Party Leader (John Key) and Deputy Leader (Bill English) Mr Key was asked about attacks on his wealth ($40 million +) by Labour's Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen.

3: NATO Debates "War And Peace" Behind Closed Doors

Michel Chossudovsky

On the 29th of November, heads of State and heads of government from the 26 States together with Ministers of Defense and senior military brass of the "enlarged" Atlantic Alliance (NATO) will be meeting in Riga, Latvia.

4: Litvinenko Victim of Weapons Grade Polonium?

Scoop Blogwatch

While it sounds like a plot for a not very good who-done-it, Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko, an ex-pat in London, was poisoned with polonium 210 in a sushi restaurant, and dies three weeks later ( The radioactive spy ). Litvinenko accused Putin on his ...

5: NZer Trapped In Oaxaca - Crackdown Underway

Julie Webb-Pullman

NZer Trapped In Oaxaca As Violent Crackdown Underway Trapped In Autonomous University Of Oaxaca Surrounded By Federal Forces From Julie Webb-Pullman

6: Mexico: The Good, The Bad, And The Hopeful

Julie Webb-Pullman

Mexican Attorney General Daniel Cabeza de Vaca on Monday backed down from his refusal to accept the recommendations of the National Commission on Human Rights in relation to the torture of Jesús Zúniga Velázquez, following criticism from the Geneva ...

7: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing November 27, 2006

US State Department

ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS Prime Minister Olmert ’s Comments on Peace and Two-State Solution / Challenges to Ceasefire

8: Ecuadorean Election: Correa’s Important Victory

Council on Hemispheric Affairs

• The Pink Tide resumes its South American course • A major defeat for U.S. regional diplomacy • Malign neglect does not work when it comes to advancing genuine U.S. national interests

9: ID Dunedin 07– a winter wonderland of fashion

Vodafone id Dunedin Fashion Week

Dunedin is preparing for a fashion blizzard of winter wonderland collections at the seventh annual Vodafone ID Dunedin Fashion Show to be held on Saturday 10 March 2007.

10: Latest suicide data – deaths down

New Zealand Government

Suicide Facts: 2004–2005 data, prepared by the Ministry of Health was released today, by Associate Health Minister Jim Anderton, at the 4th National Suicide Prevention Symposium in Dunedin. There were 486 suicide deaths in 2004 compared with 517 in ...

11: Bond And The Return Of The Evil Empire

Scoop Blogwatch

We are living in a prime-time Bond film: we have dashing spies, poisoning, espionage, allegations of undercover assassinations. Murdered journalists are involved, as are billionaire 'tycoons'. What is going on? A former KGB spy, Alexander Litvinenko, ...

12: Video: Hated & Loathed Scoop IV's Clive Edwards

Scoop Video

Tonga's pro-democracy leader, Clive Edwards, is one of the nation's most controversial figures. He's hated by Nobles, loathed by many, his views banned by Tongan authorities. Scoop here publishes an extended interview with the Tongan people's representative.

13: Gaza: Stop The Sige - Stop The War

Peace Movement Aotearoa

This message is primarily about the international Gaza: Stop the Siege - Stop the War! campaign that has been running through November and will culminate in demonstrations around the world on Saturday, 2 December. There are five sections below:

14: Don’t Impeach Bush - Impeach The President

W. David Jenkins III

The recently empowered Democrats have begun their sprint by running in the wrong direction. The above statement by Feingold coupled with the pre and post election statements by Nancy Pelosi show that the Democrats, whether they are in the minority ...

15: Images: U2 & Kanye West Auckland 24 Nov. 2006

Karim Sahai

U2, Kanye West at Mt. Smart Stadium, Auckland, 24 November 2006 Photos by Karim Sahai -

16: Cindy Sheehan: Siege and Seizure in Korea

Cindy Sheehan

Traveling around the world these past months has given me an education about American history that majoring in the subject at UCLA never did. I have witnessed first hand what US imperialism and militarism can do to countries and societies. I sat with ...

17: Bill Berkowitz: Neil Bush's Family Values

Bill Berkowitz

Two years ago, when Neil Bush and his mother, the former first lady Barbara Bush, were featured guests at a $1,000-a-table fundraiser for the Western Heights School District in Oklahoma City, proceeds from the event were specifically earmarked for ...

18: National appoints Chief Press Secretary

New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader John Key is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Taylor as Chief Press Secretary.

19: Key all style, no substance

New Zealand Government

Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen today described John Key's first speech as National leader as shallow, simply being a collection of platitudes with no substance. "The speech tells us what he is not. He is not Don Brash. It doesn't tell us what he is, ...

20: Workplace Health and Safety Strategy gains made

New Zealand Government

Significant progress has been made in implementing the Workplace Health and Safety Strategy in the 17 months since it was launched, Labour Minister Ruth Dyson said today.

21: Key: North Shore National Party luncheon

New Zealand National Party

It’s a real pleasure to be giving my first speech as Leader of the Opposition here in my own electorate of Helensville. The opportunity to do so means a great deal to me. In 2002 and again in 2005 the voters of Helensville expressed their confidence ...

22: Harawira: No trashing the Brash

The Maori Party

A lot of people are expecting me to bash Don Brash because he has been forced to resign, but in fact I respect his decision to stand down.

23: Customs seizes cocaine at Auckland Airport

Ministry Of Customs

Customs officers at Auckland International Airport have intercepted approximately 3.5 kilograms of cocaine, on its way to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.

24: Tourism NZ forgets the environment

Green Party

Tourism New Zealand’s Annual Report shows that while the Government speechwriters may have discovered the environment, Tourism New Zealand has yet to wake up to the environmental challenges to their industry, the Green Party says.

25: Scoop Video: Reaching For Dreams – Who Is John Key

Scoop Video

Scoop Video: John Key reveals the personality he will market in preparation for the 2008 General Election. What exactly will National do with Maori electorates? And, is there really a role for Don Brash in a new look centrist National Party?

26: Labour Should Clean up their own backyard first

The Maori Party

Repeated Labour lines from Shane Jones about Maori Party alliances with this or that party, are becoming tired and boring, said Tariana Turia today, Co-leader of the Maori Party.

27: Dream Team Needs To Wake Up To MMP Reality

New Zealand First Party

National's so-called "dream team" will very quickly find itself in an electoral nightmare unless they ditch the secret radical agendas and come to terms with the realities of MMP, says New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.

28: Advice from the Greens for John and Bill

Green Party

Now that Don Brash has gone the National Party has the chance to show New Zealanders that it is prepared to clean up its act, the Green Party says. "If they ever want their party to be taken seriously again John Key and Bill English must be prepared ...

29: Lap Up The Luxury With Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines

Experience the difference on Singapore Airlines’ new First Class with Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo. The design house, in partnership with Singapore Airlines, has specially created the carrier’s new First Class amenity kit.

30: Prime Minister told ‘this is D Day’

The Maori Party

The Maori Party today called on Helen Clark to exercise her leadership as Prime Minister and put an end to the Government's hostile position being advocated internationally, in their opposition to the draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.


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