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For The Week Ending May 24, 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 29, 2002.

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

Carter Trip to Cuba Sabotaged
by Bush Administration Charges
Against Castro over "Bioweapons Program"

Interview by Denise Manzari

Not since the Cuban Revolution in 1959 has a sitting or former U.S. president visited the island of Cuba.

However, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, with a personal invitation from Cuban President Fidel Castro, has made a five-day visit to the island nation. As part of his stay, Carter held several meetings with Castro, dissidents and addressed the Cuban people across the island in Spanish that was broadcast live on both radio and TV. The former American president focused on the history of U.S.-Cuba relations, human rights and the efforts to normalize relations between the two governments.

On May 6, just days before Carter's visit, the Bush administration launched an anti-Cuba campaign, when Undersecretary of State John Bolton made a number of unsubstantiated allegations accusing Cuba of developing and maintaining a sophisticated offensive biological weapons industry and of providing related technical information to "enemy governments."

Wayne Smith is the former chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana under the Carter administration and is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. He spoke with Denise Manzari about Carter's historic visit to Cuba and the Bush administration's hardline policy toward Castro.

Contact the Center for International Policy at (202) 232-3317 or visit their Web site at

Former Intelligence Officer Accuses White House and Pentagon
Providing Direct Support for Failed Venezuelan Coup Attempt

Interview by Scott Harris

After a coalition of conservative businessmen, labor groups and sectors of the armed forces failed to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, speculation has grown that the Bush administration may have played an important role in the failed April 11th coup attempt. Since Chavez was restored to power published reports have revealed that hundreds of thousands of dollars were funneled to the coup plotters by the congressionally funded National Endowment for Democracy in the months before their grab for power.

Allegations have also been made that the Pentagon provided intelligence to key members of the Venezuelan military involved in the overthrow attempt. Former National Security Agency officer Wayne Madsen charges that under the cover of training exercises in the Caribbean during the coup, the U.S. Navy monitored and jammed communications in Caracas with particular focus on the Cuban, Libyan, Iranian and Iraqi diplomatic missions. He also says that the military's Psychological Warfare Operations or "PSYOPs" unit produced television and radio announcements broadcast as part of the coup operation.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Wayne Madsen, who now serves as the Washington correspondent for Intelligence Online based in Paris. Here, he summarizes the logistical support which he maintains was provided by the Bush administration to the coup plotters.

Read Wayne Madsen's articles about the Venezuela coup online at

Activists Who Walked from New Haven, Conn. to New York City
Call for Peace with Justice in Middle East

Interview by Melinda Tuhus

The news that Israel's ruling conservative Likud party voted on May 12th to reject the creation of a Palestinian state, over the objections of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, was seen as another major obstacle to restarting Middle East peace negotiations and a slap in the face of President Bush, who has explicitly supported the establishment of such a state. Although the vote by Likud's small central committee was part of the domestic political struggle between Sharon and his rival Benjamin Netanyahu - the vote is likely to fuel support for militant Palestinian groups who advocate continued armed struggle.

While escalating Middle East violence has dampened hope for peace, groups here in the U.S. and around the world are engaging in new and creative actions advocating for a just settlement to the conflict. In early April, a Jewish woman living in Connecticut, horrified by the war Israel was waging in the Palestinian territories, helped organize a group of activists who walked from New Haven to New York City in a personal appeal for peace with justice in the region. Debbie Elkin and half a dozen others, mostly Jews, began their walk at the Holocaust Memorial in New Haven by saying Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead, and singing a peace song in Hebrew. Over five days, they walked the 77 miles to Manhattan, ending with visits to the United Nations and the Israeli consulate.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Elkin about her experiences on the "Walk to End the Occupation," how her group was received in New York and the actions she and others hope to take in support of a just settlement of the decades old Middle East conflict.

The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace can be contacted by calling (510) 848-8796 or visit their Web site at:

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

  • Bush administration revving up its war on bioterrorism while Capitol Hill conservatives push to cut global health programs for AIDS and tuberculosis. ("Microbes at the Gate," The Nation, April 22, 2002)
  • Sri Lankan native detained by Canada over his fundraising for a community center with ties to the separatist rebel group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. ("A Community in Legal Limbo," World Press Review, April 2002)
  • Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile workers charge Tiffany jewelry contractor Riva Jewelry Manufacturing with workplace labor violations. ("Fairfield County Weekly, forthcoming article by Bob Nixon)

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

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Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 5/17/02

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.

"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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