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Scoop Top 30 Weekend Ratings - 2-3 Dec. 2006


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

1: How Bin Laden's Master Spy Penetrated the CIA

New details have emerged about how an al Qaeda spy named Ali Mohamed penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets and the FBI before the 9/11 attacks. We speak with investigative journalist Peter Lance about his new book, "Triple Cross." [includes rush transcript]

2: Bolton: Somalia, N. Korea, Nepal, Lebanon & Burma

US State Department

Ambassador John R. Bolton, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Remarks to the media following a Security Council Stakeout New York City December 1, 2006

3: Mazur: John Deuss' Editors On Record On The Man

Suzan Mazur
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THE HUSH HUSH nature of the John Deuss investigation related to VAT-skimming deposits at his offshore First Curacao International Bank gives the impression that deeper politics are at play.

4: Human Rights Lobby should punt for "Harry Potter"

Project SafeCom

"The entire human rights lobby in Australia should back the Labor Party's Harry Potter - Kevin Rudd, who not only carries the nickname of the magic wunderkind Harry Potter, but who also looks like him," WA Rights group Project SafeCom said this ...

5: Julie Webb-Pullman: Oaxaca – Means and Ends

Julie Webb-Pullman

The Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) protest marches in Oaxaca of 20 and 25 November have seen an unprecedented escalation of violence, the former resulting in over 50 requiring hospitalisation and more than 100 detained, and that ...

6: Hitting The Snooze Button On The Iran Alarm

Russ Wellen

Before the election most Americans were constitutionally incapable of believing we would attack Iran. We just assumed that even an administration as obtuse as this one could see we're stretched too thin in Iraq and Afghanistan to contemplate another ...

7: Charles Shaw: Stealing Green

Charles Shaw

Mega-corps GE, BP and Wal-Mart have joined the chorus for sustainability by re-branding themselves as green companies. A pioneering green business consultant contends it’s more than just PR.

8: Public Address 01/12/06 - Aggregate Me, Baby!

HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

Do we have a little bit of a situation here? A senior employee from iTunes in the US has been here this week - not that there's anything happening, you understand - to talk with potential aggregators for New Zealand content on the iTunes store ...

9: COHA: Revolution In Mexico Cannot Be Ruled Out

Council on Hemispheric Affairs

With Calderón’s Deeply Troubled Inauguration Last Night, Amidst a Deteriorating Security Situation in Oaxaca, the Possibility of a New Mexican Revolution Cannot Be Ruled Out

10: Images: RNZAF Boeing 757 In Top Gun Like Action

Kevin List

One aspect missing from Scoops' coverage of the recent dedication of the London Memorial was piccies of the RNZAF Boeing 757 and some RAF Typhoon jets whizzing above – mainly because Scoop was terrestially based for the event. However, thanks to the ...

11: National’s Shadow Cabinet revealed

New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader John Key has announced a reshuffled portfolio lineup that will form the foundation of National’s team heading into the next election. A highlight of the reshuffle is the replacement of the front bench group with a Shadow Cabinet ...

12: Ethnic Cleansing And Israel’s Racist Discourse

Ramzy Baroud

“The term ethnic cleansing refers to various policies of forcibly removing people of another ethnic group. At one end of the spectrum, it is virtually indistinguishable from forced emigration and population transfer, while at the other it merges with ...

13: Bill English National Education: Signing Off

New Zealand National Party

Katherine Rich has my full support as the new Spokesperson on Education. Katherine is hard working, smart and approachable. She will do an excellent job, as she did in the welfare portfolio she held for some time. Katherine will be the Minister of ...

14: Kelpie Wilson: The Fallible Patriarch

Kelpie Wilson

Pope Benedict XVI is in Turkey this week on a trip originally planned for the purpose of meeting with Eastern Orthodox leader Bartholomew, although the world is viewing it as the pope's opportunity to make amends for a speech that caused great offense ...

15: Swanson: Hearings on Bush Crimes Will Unite Nation

David Swanson

An astonishing 44 percent of Americans do not want President Bush impeached (Newsweek), 36 percent approve of the job he's doing (AP-Ipsos), 33 percent support the Iraq War (CNN). What, you may ask, is the matter with these people? Well, primarily this: ...

16: Predictions for Top Ten Security Threats in 2007


McAfee Avert Labs Unveils Predictions for Top Ten Security Threats in 2007 as Hacking Comes of Age Professionalism of Malware Threats to Watch in 2007 Include Increase in Password-Stealing Web sites, More Spam and Likelihood of Hackers Targeting Video

17: Lehrman - Partnerships to Combat WMD Terrorism

US State Department

Thomas Lehrman, Director, Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism Remarks at the U.S. Military Academy Washington, DC November 7, 2006

18: Qarase Concedes - Military Achieves Political Coup

Selwyn Manning - Scoop Auckland

Qarase Backs Down - Fiji Military Achieves Political Coup In Fiji? Click here to send Scoop your info and comments Fiji's prime minister, Laisenia Qarase has bowed to the island nation's military demands, agreeing to withdrawing two controversial ...

19: Hezbollah Beirut Protest Urges Lebanon PM To Quit

Sophie McNeill

Sophie McNeill in Beirut writes: Hundreds of thousands of Hezbollah supporters packed the roads of the Lebanese capital yesterday as they took part in a huge anti-government rally. "We're from the north and the south and we've come to fill your squares, Beirut," ...

20: WHO calls for accountability in the HIV/AIDS fight

World Health Organisation

Press Release Public Information Office Tel: (63 2) 528 9991 Email : WHO calls for accountability in the fight against HIV/AIDS

21: H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad To American People

Iranian Government

Noble Americans, Were we not faced with the activities of the US administration in this part of the world and the negative ramifications of those activities on the daily lives of our peoples, coupled with the many wars and calamities caused by the ...

22: Elizabeth de la Vega: Indictment US v GWB et al.

Elizabeth de la Vega

Assistant United States Attorney: Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. We're here today in the case of United States v. George W. Bush et al. In addition to President Bush, the defendants are Vice President Richard B. Cheney, former National Security ...

23: Report: US Still Manipulating Iraq Intelligence

Jason Leopold

The Department of Defense has exaggerated the readiness of Iraqi army and police forces, claiming 312,400 men have been "trained and equipped," a figure that is so wildly off the mark that the country will likely require the support of the US military ...

24: Greg Palast: Get the Film that Got Us Busted!

Greg Palast

Just released today : Big Easy to Big Empty DVD —the real story of how the White House drowned New Orleans and holds it underwater today. On August 22, my producer and I were charged by the Department of Homeland Security with violating anti-terror ...

25: Top Scoops: Comment & Opinion Digest To Dec. 2

Alastair Thompson

Mexico: Julie Webb-Pullman Reports On A Protest Turning Ugly In Oaxaca - Media & Finance: John Deuss The Publisher - Green-Washing: GE, BP and Wal-Mart Exercise Their Ecomaginations - New Orleans: Greg Palast Releases Big Easy to Big Empty - Iraq: ...

26: Innovative Award winning i-car Released

Mitsubishi Motors

The smart technology and innovative design that has made the Mitsubishi i-car a huge success in Japan, is now available in New Zealand.

27: Non-Resident Indians Feelings About India

Dr P.L Joshi

Manama, Bahrain, December1, 2006: The Non-resident Indians (NRIs) are considered as ambassadors for Brand India in foreign lands. They try to remove a lot of misconceptions that foreigners may have about India. It is seen that most of the time they try to ...

28: Torture, Geneva Conv. & the School of the Americas

Ann Wright

I spoke for the first time at the School of the Americas Watch protest at Fort Benning, Georgia, on Saturday, November 17, 2006. As a US Army veteran with 29 years of active and reserve duty who retired as a colonel, I felt tremendous emotions while addressing ...

29: Bill Berkowitz: Charles Colson's Complaint

Bill Berkowitz

Those opposed to faith-based prison projects are blind to the threat of terrorism in the "homeland" from former inmates who have converted to Islam while in America's prisons, Charles Colson, one of President Richard Nixon's key operatives during the ...

30: Scoop Satire: Internet Clippings

Lyndon Hood

New internet petition - To: Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama; From;; Petition To: The Democracy Movement of Tonga; From; New screenplay at


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