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

1: UQ Wire: Gore Vidal‘s The Enemy Within

Gore Vidal is America’s most controversial writer and a ferocious, often isolated, critic of the Bush administration. Here, against a backdrop of spreading unease about America’s response to the events of 11 September 2001 and their aftermath, we publish ...

2: UQ Wire: Harken Energy Chronology

PLEASE NOTE: This is a work in progress and will be updated periodically. Check back at for the latest version. The last version was published on 27 August 2002

4: Osama bin Laden: Why We Are Attacking America

Here we outline our reply to two questions addressing the Americans: Q1) Why are we waging Jihad against you? Q2) What advice do we have for you and what do we want from you?

5: Wellstone Plane Was Out Of Control – Media Survey

The following is a summary of the facts available at this time via the media, surrounding Senator Paul Wellstone's airplane crash of 10-25-02. Judge for yourself, was this more likely an assassination or an accident?

6: UQ Wire: Wheels Come Off U.S. War Plans For Iraq

INSIDE THIS REPORT: * Reported Coup Attempt in Qatar Threatens Base * Worldwide Attacks on U.S. Interests * Massive Domestic/International Protests * U.N./Foreign Political Opposition Proves Effective

7: US Army Secretary Helped Cook Enron's Books

Three months before he was nominated as secretary of the Army by President Bush, Thomas White faced what surely was the most difficult task in his 10-year career as an Enron executive: Helping hide the hundreds of millions of dollars in losses ...

8: Revealing Areva’s Plutonium Weapons Connection

Auckland, October 29, 2002 - Greenpeace activists inflated a 15 metre high balloon bomb outside the French base in the Viaduct Basin this morning. The inflatable bomb was tethered to large yellow barrels marked Areva –the French nuclear company sponsoring ...

9: Streets of London: Do Mention The War

Streets of London special: on the Streets of Berlin. Malcolm Aitken speaks with some Berliners about Iraq, Saddam Hussein, war and the Nazis at Tacheles, Berlin’s renowned alternative arts centre.

10: Press Silent As US Army Is Entrusted To Wrongdoer

Secretary of the Army Thomas White is preparing to lead thousands of the nation’s soldiers into war with Iraq and still, not one journalist has spilled any ink on White’s knowledge of the suspect accounting practices at Enron Energy Services, the ...

11: Ask Ministry About Fishing Corruption - Peters

New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says any inquiry into allegations of corruption around the scampi industry should be aimed at the dysfunctional Ministry of Fisheries.

12: Poll Watch: TV1 And TV3 Final Election 2002 Polls

TV1’s Colmar Brunton Poll and TV3’s NFO Poll have recorded remarkably similar results on the night before the final day of the election campaign. Today will not be recorded among National Party Leader Bill English's finest moments.

13: UQ Wire: Investment Espionage And The White House

There is growing evidence that the FBI and other government intelligence entities are more closely linked to the documented accumulation of pre-9/11 insider trading profits than was originally thought.

14: Peters Gets Nod For Intelligence Committee

National Leader Bill English has nominated New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters for an opposition roll on the committee overseeing the country's intelligence service.

15: National Pushes Fisheries Inquiry

National is looking for support from all political parties as it pushes for an urgent select committee inquiry into alleged corruption at the Ministry of Fisheries.

16: Paulo Politico - Worth’s Egypt Antics Defy Belief!

National MP Richard Worth was selected to represent the opposition to mark the commemoration of the Battle of El Alamein. But during a commemorative service, Worth decided to go sightseeing!

17: General Tommy Franks Briefs At The Pentagon

DoD News Briefing General Tommy Franks, commander, U.S. Central Command Tuesday, October 29, 2002 - 12:32 p.m. EST

18: Big News: How ACC Breaks The Law

Much has been made of ACC’s “stock” comments when referring to claimants, and Scoop revealed last week that ACC – related complaints to the Ombudsman doubled in two years.

19: Scoop Feedback: All About ACC

In This Edition: ACC Claimant’s Rights - ACC - ACC Articles - Feedback - Catalyst And Still No Rehab Plan

20: Jason Leopold – Shafted By The New York Times

Editor's Note: This is a story about a story. A great story. A scoop that ought to see a member of George Bush's cabinet at least indicted, if not behind bars. But that is not what has happened. This is a scoop, that for reasons unknown to its author, ...

21: Today's Celebrity News

He's been married less than four months but already Danny Moder's out and about seeing pretty women in LA's strip clubs. Julia Roberts' hubby and pals were spotted partying up a storm in the Fourplay club, chugging down lagers and stuffing girls' garters ...

22: Greens urge Cullen not to sell Air New Zealand

Green co-leader Rod Donald today urged Finance Minister Michael Cullen to reject selling any of Air New Zealand to Qantas.

23: UQ Wire: 911 - They Let It Happen On Purpose!

Imagine you wake up from a coma and you learn that 11 months ago, an "Attack on America" destroyed some significant buildings, killed 3,000 people and forced a war against terrorism. You switch on the news and see pictures of Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, ...

24: Assistance To War Crimes Tribunal To Be Punishable

Assistance to International War Crimes Tribunal to be punishable - Israeli Government Coalition Chair proposes new bill - Gush Shalom activists would face 10 years in prison

25: Anti-War Protest This Saturday - QE2 at Noon

Saturday 26th October is another day of international action to oppose American plans to attack Iraq. Big gatherings are planned in many centres around the world - including Washington - and here in New Zealand marches are planned in several centres. The ...

26: Senator Wellstone, Minnesota, Dies In Plane Crash

Senator Paul Wellstone, his wife, and his two daughters were killed today in a plane crash in northern Minnesota. The plane was a two-engine turboprop; five other people were on board and also killed.

27: Upton-On-Line - Diaspora Edition 26th October

We cover issues profane and profound: the divertissements that Paris’s Mayor Bertrand Delanoe has been organising for his ratepayers and the deep foreign policy confessions of one of Australia’s leading strategic thinkers, Hugh White. Also, the response ...

28: Joy in Brasilia, Despair in Buenos Aires

While a majority of Brazilians are seized by hope as a result of Lula's triumph in their country's presidential race, Argentina's economic crisis has left its population unemployed, deeply embittered, resentful of government corruption and snarling at ...

29: No Select Committee Inquiry into Armstrong Affair

Cosgrove: Today the Finance & Expenditure Select Committee considered a proposal put forward by Rt Hon Winston Peters for an inquiry to be held into the circumstances relating to Dr Ross Armstrong’s resignation.

30: Stateside With Rosalea - New York, New York

Columbus Day this year was observed on October 14. As usual, it wasn't observed by everyone, including my employer, so I had to take a day's leave in order to have a long weekend. But it was a holiday for most schools and federal and state employees, ...

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Dunne Speaks: Labour's High Water Mark
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Our Man In Washington: Morrison’s Tour Of Deception

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Binoy Kampmark: Melbourne Quake: Shaken, Not Stirred

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