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For The Week Ending May 3, 2002


LISTEN to this week's half-hour program of Between The Lines by clicking on one of the links below. MP3 files available until May 8, 2002.

This week we present Between The Lines' summary
of under-reported news stories and:

Noam Chomsky on Middle East Conflict
and U.S. War Plan Against Iraq

Interview by Scott Harris

Israel's continued military occupation and assault on West Bank cities has enraged Palestinians, inflamed tensions in many Arab states and turned public opinion in much of the world against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Although investigations into the assault on the Jenin refugee camp has just recently gotten underway, it is clear that Israeli troops destroyed much of the city during more than a week of intense fighting. The number of Palestinian civilians killed during the battle is a matter of bitter dispute, but with aid workers, human rights officials and journalists barred by the Israel military from Jenin for many days after the conflict ended, the truth may never be known.

The Bush administration has been criticized by observers on both the left and right, for what many characterize as an incoherent foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere. Because of the regional tensions produced by the Israeli Palestinian conflict the White House was forced to temporarily put on hold its very public plan to launch a new war against Iraq. But administration officials continue to make the case that the overthrow of Saddam Hussein remains necessary because the Iraqi leader is said to possess biological, chemical and nuclear weapons.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Noam Chomsky, Massachuesetts Institute of Technology professor of linguistics, author and political analyst, who examines the continuing violence in the Middle East and the reasons why the U.S. is planning to launch a new war against Iraq.

Read professor Chomsky's papers and articles by visiting the Z Magazine Web site at

Civil Rights Group Sues Bush Administration on Post-9/11 Mass Detention of Immigrants

Interview by Scott Harris

In the weeks after the September 11th terrorist attacks, some 1,200 immigrants were arrested or detained by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in what the federal government said was a search for individuals connected to the deadly assault on New York City and Washington, D.C. Although nearly all the Muslim or Arabic men picked up were guilty of nothing more than minor visa violations, seven months later more than 300 non-citizens are believed to still be in federal custody with an unknown number having been deported or released on bond.

Many of those held have been denied access to attorneys, and visitation with family members. Other reports indicate that a number of detainees have suffered beatings at the hands of prison guards in the federal system. In response to what many civil liberties advocates assert are abuses by the Bush Justice Department, the Center for Constitutional Rights recently filed a class-action lawsuit asking a federal judge to declare the mass detention of these immigrants unconstitutional.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Barbara J. Olshansky, assistant legal director with the Center for Constitutional Rights who explains her group's objective in filing this lawsuit in what could be a landmark case for civil liberties.

Contact the Center for Constitutional Rights by calling (212) 614-6464 or visit their Web site at

Historic April 20 Washington, D.C. Protest Draws
Broad Coalition to Condemn Bush Policies

Interview by Scott Harris

After the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks, public opinion polls indicated that the vast majority of citizens were enthusiastic supporters of President Bush's "war on terrorism." But in the wake of continued conflict and instability in Afghanistan, an explosion of violence between Israelis and Palestinians and a White House plan to launch a new war against Iraq, a growing number of Americans are openly questioning the direction of Mr. Bush's post-Sept. 11th foreign and domestic policy agenda.

After months of planning and coalition building, tens of thousands of protesters converged on Washington, D.C., the weekend of April 20th in a powerful expression of dissatisfaction with a long list of Mr. Bush's policies. During Saturday's main march and rally, the crowd estimated to have numbered 75,000 to 100,000, called attention to a diversity of issue concerns including: U.S. acquiescence during Israel's brutal military assault on Palestinian cities; thousands of civilian casualties resulting from the American bombing of Afghanistan; expanding U.S. involvement in Colombia's decades-long civil war; the imposition of neo-liberal economic policies on developing nations by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank and concern over an erosion of civil liberties here at home.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with John Cavanagh, executive director of the Institute for Policy Studies who comments on the significance of this large multi-issue protest and the common themes which connected an unusually diverse set of groups together.

Contact IPS by calling (202) 234-9382 or visit their Web site at

This week's summary of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Afghanistan's heroin drug trade still thriving after U.S. military campaign. ("Central Asia's Heroin Problem," The Nation, March 25, 2002)
  • Higher cancer rates among silicon chip workers leads to lawsuit against IBM. ("The Clean Room's Dirty Secret," Mother Jones, March/April 2002)
  • Global warming is melting giant glaciers and snowfields in the Himalayas, threatening floods and destruction of freshwater systems. ("Himalayan warming 'may trigger floods,'" BBC News, April 16, 2002)

    Senior news editor/writer: Bob Nixon
    Program narration: Denise Manzari
    News reader: Sasha Summer Cousineau
    Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates
    Web editor/producer: Anna Manzo
    Executive producer: Scott Harris

  • ... MORE ...

    Last Week's Program

    Between The Lines Week Ending 4/26/02

    Stop the War March on Washington, D.C. April 20th, 2002

    Between The Lines Special Report: Interviews with Rev. Billy and John Cavanagh, Institute for Policy Studies on Washington, D.C. Indymedia Web site April 20 Stop the War at Home and Abroad March on Washington. Independent Progressive Politics Network

    Depleted uranium weapons use in Afghan War

    U.S. Uses Unprecedented Quantities of Depleted Uranium Weapons in Afghan War Between The Lines interview with journalist Robert James Parsons, Week Ending March 22, 2002

    "America's big dirty secret,"by Robert James Parsons, Le Monde Diplomatique, March 2002 (English translation)

    World Economic Forum Protests, Jan. 31-Feb. 4, 2002

    Between The Lines Report, Week Ending 2/15/02. With more related audio files.

    Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch

    Another World is Possible Coalition

    Anti-Capitalist Convergence

    New York Independent Media Center

    Globalize This!

    "Energy Standoff in Central Asia

    "Bush Fuels Oil Conspiracy Theory," by Ted Rall,, Jan. 10, 2002

    "Pipeline Politics: Oil, The Taliban and the Political Balance of Central Asia," World Press Review Special Report

    "The New Great Game: Oil Politics in Central Asia" by Ted Rall,, October 11, 2001,

    Economic Globalization Resources

    ZNet's Global Economic Crisis resource site Excellent source for understanding global economics and trade issues in preparation for ongoing demonstrations about economic justice

    "The Fight for Everything" A series of interviews with activists and leaders of grassroots, progressive groups analyzing the goals, strategy and tactics of the global social justice movement

    Multi-Ethnic Public Issues Advocacy

    Dr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson's Commentaries, The Hutchinson Report

    Between The Lines' 10th Anniversary CD


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