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For The Week Ending July 5, 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 July 10, 2002.

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

Bush Middle East Peace Plan Demands Removal
of Arafat But Provides No Timetable for Negotiations

Interview with writer Nadia Hijab
Interview by Scott Harris

While Israeli troops reoccupied large swaths of the West Bank in reaction to recent suicide bombings, President Bush announced that the U.S. would support the establishment of a Palestinian state in the next three years, but only if Yasir Arafat is removed from power. He called for Palestinian legislative elections by the end of the year, a new constitution, economic reform and reorganization of Palestinian security forces. In his June 24 address, Bush also asked Israel to stop building new settlements in the West Bank and Gaza and an eventual pullback to borders established before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

But the president's demand that Arafat be removed from power as a condition for the creation of a Palestinian state was greeted with anger by many Palestinians. Others in the Arab world criticized Mr. Bush's proposal for its lack of a specific timetable and uneven pressure on the Palestinians. Israeli officials, while quite pleased with the speech which echoed Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's own demand that Arafat be deposed, nevertheless rejected the White House call for a provisional Palestinian state over the next 18 months.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with writer Nadia Hijab, who takes a critical look at the Bush peace plan and discusses what she believes must be part of any future peace agreement for it to be succeessful.

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U.S. First Strike Military Doctrine Draws Criticism
That Washington Believes Itself Exempt from International Law

Interview with Matthew Rothschild,
editor of the Progressive Magazine

Interview by Scott Harris

Speaking at commencement exercises at the West Point Military Academy on June 1, President Bush dismissed the Cold War doctrine of containment and deterrence as irrelevant and instead called for the U.S. to adopt a new first-strike military policy. Many observers regarded this pronouncement as part of a White House strategy to prepare the American public for a future U.S. war against Iraq, which is widely expected to be launched in the coming months. These changes are necessary, White House and Pentagon officials say, to destroy weapons of mass destruction held by nations which may in the future transfer them to terrorist groups.

This newly announced doctrine of pre-emptive armed intervention combined with Washington's unilateral abandonment of a number of important global treaties and conventions, has many diplomats from around the world persuaded that the U.S. has taken on the role of an arrogant empire to whom international law no longer applies. In recent years, the U.S. has rejected or abbrogated agreements that include the Kyoto convention on climate change, the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty and the establishment of an International Criminal Court.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Matthew Rothschild, editor of the Progressive Magazine, who assesses the Bush administration's first strike military doctrine and how the rest of the world now perceives the U.S. in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Contact The Progressive by calling (608) 257-4626 or visit their Web site at

Governor of Nation's Wealthiest State Rejects 'Millionaires' Tax'
in Favor of Cutting Services for the Poor

Interview with Shelly Geballe,
co-director of Connecticut Voices for Children

Interview by Melinda Tuhus

Like many other states, Connecticut is wrestling with a massive budget deficit -- almost a billion dollars on a budget of $13.5 billion. But unlike other states, Connecticut is once again number one in terms of per capita income in the U.S., according to the latest census data. Research by the non-profit group Connecticut Voices for Children shows that during the 1990s, the income gap between the state's poorest and wealthiest families increased dramatically, with the poor getting poorer and the rich getting much richer.

So a new coalition called "One Connecticut" -- made up of dozens of social service and social justice groups in the state -- proposed a temporary "millionaire's tax" as the most equitable way to help close the budget deficit. The tax consisted of a one percent surcharge on personal income over a million dollars that would be imposed for two years. A budget that incorporated the tax was approved by the Democrat-controlled state legislature, but vetoed by Gov. John Rowland, a Republican.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Shelly Geballe, co-director of Connecticut Voices for Children, about the state's budget woes and who is likely to suffer in one of the nation's wealthiest states, if program cuts are made to balance the budget.

Connecticut Voices for Children can be contacted at (203) 498-4240 or visit their website at:

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

  • Bush administration using "war on terrorism" to restore military ties with Indonesian army -- a force guilty of gross human rights abuses. ("Indonesia poses test for U.S. on human rights," Christian Science Monitor, June 13, 2002)
  • Sinn Fein wins five seats in the Irish Republic's Dublin Parliament. ("Sinn Fein Rising," The Nation, June 24, 2002)
  • Female inmates receiving substandard health care for reproductive and breast cancer. ("A Cancer Grows," The Nation, May 6, 2002)

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

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Ralph Nader's Democracy Rising Tour Coming to the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, CT June 30

To volunteer and/or attend, visit or call Jason at (203) 562-5000 or email

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Between The Lines Week Ending 6/28/02

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 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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