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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 30 December 2007

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1: Iranians Ponder Their Future With an Obama Admin

Ann Wright

Just a month ago, while Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and US President George Bush met for the last time as heads of state in late November 2008 in Washington and continued their relentless bellicose rhetoric toward Iran, I and three activists ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00470.htm

2: Israeli Navy pull in towards Gaza Port

International Solidarity Movement

2:30am 29th December 2008 - Canadian Human Rights Activist Eva Bartlett has reported that the Israeli attacks into the Gaza Strip have escalated again, with the Israeli Navy shelling Gaza.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00595.htm

3: The $6 Million Social Worker

Walter Brasch

The New York Yankees just bought a first baseman for $180 million. For the next eight years, Mark Teixeira will earn about $22.5 million a season. The week before, the Yanks bought seven years of pitcher CC Sabathia's life for $161 million, about ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00467.htm

4: Israeli Navy Attacking Civilian Mercy Ship

Friends Of Gaza

The Dignity, a Free Gaza boat on a mission of mercy to besieged Gaza, is being attacked by the Israeli Navy in international waters. The Dignity has been surrounded by at least half-a-dozen Israeli warships. They are firing live ammunition around the Dignity, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00610.htm

5: Auckland: Protest slaughter in Gaza - 4pm Today

Global Peace And Justice Auckland

1. The deafening silence of the New Zealand government on the massacre in Gaza. New Zealand should unreservedly condemn Israel’s slaughter in Gaza and support calls for an international boycott of Israel.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00309.htm

6: Air New Zealand Biofuel Test Flight Underway

Air New Zealand

The world's first commercial aviation test flight powered by a sustainable second-generation biofuel took-off at 11:30am (NZ time) from Auckland International Airport.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00483.htm

7: Abukar Arman: The Belligerence of Oppression

Abukar Arman

By now, most of the world is aware of the horrific news of death and destruction that visited upon the people of Gaza . Millions have watched in utter shock the footage depicting Israel ’s indiscriminate and disproportionate bombing of Gaza .

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00463.htm

8: Francis A. Boyle: From Dachau to Gaza

Prof. Francis A. Boyle

During the summer of 1982 I had the opportunity to visit the Nazi concentration camp just outside Dachau, Germany and then the little town itself. Given the proximity of the town to the camp, my immediate reaction was: “This town is so close to the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00472.htm

9: Air New Zealand succeeds with biofuel flight

EECA

New Zealand's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority has congratulated Air New Zealand for its successful test flight using second-generation biofuels.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00486.htm

10: Obama's Silence On Gaza Atrocities Is Deafening

Allen Roland

President Elect Obama's silence on the ongoing criminal atrocities of Gazans by Israel is a deafening affirmation of the Bush policy of preemptive criminal attack and force to achieve limited political capital. As such, Israel's obvious moral decay ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00469.htm

11: Over 200,000 Afghans To Receive Winter Aid

United Nations

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners have started to deliver supplies to help an estimated 200,000 Afghan returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) get through the country’s harsh winter.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00600.htm

12: Air NZ Test Flight Proves Viability of Biofuel

Air New Zealand

The world's first commercial aviation test flight powered by the sustainable second-generation biofuel jatropha has been successfully completed in Auckland.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00487.htm

13: Military Officer In Darfur Dies After Car-Jacking

United Nations

A military officer serving with the United Nations-African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) died today, after being shot in the leg two days ago during a car-jacking in the strife-torn Sudanese region.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00605.htm

14: Ban: Israel And Hamas Must Halt Violence

United Nations

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today demanded that Israel and Hamas halt their acts of violence, take all necessary measures to avoid civilian casualties, and that Israel keep open all border crossings necessary for the continued provision ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00606.htm

15: NZ meat exports at risk after ill-informed comment

Federated Farmers

“New Zealand's superb on farm verification standards means we are streets ahead of Australia in terms of sheep meat and other exports into the European Union," said Lachlan McKenzie, Federated Farmers board spokesperson.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00485.htm

16: NZ dollar hits 7 month high vs pound

Content.net

Dec. 30 – The New Zealand dollar reached a seven-month high against the British pound after a report showed the slump in U.K. property prices would extend into next year, indicating a prolonged recession.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00476.htm

17: World leaders respond timidly to Israeli attacks

Dan Lieberman

The tepid response of world leaders to Israel’s ferocious attack on a defenseless Gaza conveys a helpless feeling to all world citizens - brutality rules and we are all vulnerable to attack. EU foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, commented that ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00462.htm

18: Open Letter to Prime Minister John Key on Gaza

Palestine Human Rights Campaign

As a member of the world community, New Zealand has a responsibility to play its part in helping to secure international peace and stability. The present carnage in the Gaza Strip is the latest episode in the State of Israel's sixty-year history ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00311.htm

19: Journal: Attacks last night in Gaza

International Solidarity Movement

This will be hurried as very short collision of internet, electricity, and me, before we have to head for our night time locations before dark.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00601.htm

20: Dignity Leaves for Gaza

Free Gaza Movement

(Larnaca, Cyprus 29 December 2008) - There is a time when silence is complicity and inaction is unacceptable. On Saturday, December 27, Israel began Operation "Cast Lead," a military onslaught against the civilian population of the Gaza Strip ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00598.htm

21: UN De-Mining Programme In Cyprus Threatened

United Nations

A United Nations-backed landmine clearing operation in Cyprus is in danger of folding next month before its work in de-mining the buffer zone on the island is complete, risking the lives of the local population.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00604.htm

22: What is Israel's goal?

Neve Gordon

Israel seems more concerned with electoral politics and restoring its military reputation than stopping the Qassam rockets The first bombardment took three minutes and 40 seconds. Sixty Israeli F-16 fighter jets bombed 50 sites in Gaza, killing more than ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00468.htm

23: Rhythm and Vines opens its gates!

Rhythm and Vines

Thousands of music lovers rolled into Waiohika Estate yesterday to take part in the biggest New Year’s music festival event in the country. The music kicked off early on with the likes of The Constituents, The Suns of IO and The Mystery Jets. During ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0812/S00253.htm

24: Obama’s Mishandling of the Intelligence Community

Melvin A. Goodman

During his campaign for the presidency, Barack Obama spoke out against the militarization and politicization of the intelligence community and indicated that an Obama administration would address the intelligence abuses of the past decade. Unfortunately, his maneuvers ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00477.htm

25: Missing boat and passengers located

New Zealand Police

The TECT Rescue Helicopter from Tauranga has located the missing vessel 'WAIT N SEA' 3km west of Motiti Island.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0812/S00341.htm

26: GPJA Calls For Boycot Of Israel

Global Peace And Justice Auckland

At the 4pm protest this afternoon GPJA will be calling for a comprehensive boycott of Israel in response to the latest massacres of Palestinians trapped in the siege of Gaza.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00310.htm

27: 'Stop criticizing Obama. You'll ruin everything!'

Michael Collins

'Stop criticizing Obama. You'll ruin everything!' The Absolute Right of Citizens to Speaking Freely

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00466.htm

28: CWS partners need urgent help in Gaza

Christian World Service

CWS is launching an appeal to assist the DSPR health programme as it struggles to cope with emergency cases at its clinics.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00608.htm

29: NZ Labour Party - Statement on Gaza

New Zealand Labour Party

Rt Hon Helen Clark, Labour Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, today endorsed the call of the United Nations Security Council for a cessation of violence on all sides in Gaza.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00266.htm

30: Text Message Believed To Be From Missing Vessel

Maritime New Zealand

Family members of a group of people missing in a boat off the Tauranga coast have reported receiving a second text message this morning from those on board seeking help.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0812/S00335.htm

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