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For The Week Ending Oct. 25, 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 Oct. 23, 2002.

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

Congress Gives Green Light for War with Iraq
as Media Narrows National Debate

Interview with Norman Solomon,
author and syndicated columnist
by Scott Harris

After several days of debate which included impassioned pleas by Sen. Robert Byrd to resist the march to war, Congress voted by a sizeable majority to give President Bush unrestricted authority to launch an attack against Iraq and overthrow the government of Saddam Hussein. Just before the House and Senate debate got underway, CIA Director George Tenet issued a letter which undermined many of the White House claims that Saddam Hussein posed an imminent threat to the U.S. The letter addressed to Congress stated that Iraq was not likely to mount terrorist attacks with weapons of mass destruction, unless faced with a U.S-led attack.

While the Bush administration focused its attention on gaining support for a war against Baghdad, terrorist attacks attributed to the al Qaeda network were reported across the globe. The killing of a U.S. marine in Kuwait, an attack on a French tanker off the coast of Yemen and the deadly bombing of a night club in Bali, Indonesia resulting in more than 180 fatalities, all seemed to point to a pattern of renewed activity by the group dispersed from its sanctuary in Afghanistan one year ago.

Before the Congressional vote, the Institute for Public Accuracy, a group which works to gain access for dissenting points of view in corporate media, organized a fact-finding delegation to Iraq in mid-September. The delegation included U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, Democrat of West Virginia, former South Dakota Sen. James Abourezk, Dr. James Jennings of Conscience International and syndicated columnist Norman Solomon who serves as the executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Norman Solomon, who assesses the congressional green light for war with Iraq and describes what he saw and heard during his recent trip to Baghdad.

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'Lula' and His Workers Party Poised
to Win Brazilian Presidency

Interview with Luis Gomez,
Andean bureau chief with Narco News
conducted by Scott Harris

In the first round of the Brazilian presidential election on Oct. 6, Workers Party candidate Luiz Inacio da Silva won 46 percent of the vote, falling just short of the 51 percent he needed to avoid a runoff. In the final round of voting scheduled for Oct. 27, da Silva, known as Lula to Brazilians, will face Jose Serra of the ruling Brazilian Social Democratic Party. Brazil's troubled economy contributed to the weak showing of Mr. Serra in the first round where he received only 23 percent of the vote.

Da Silva, once the head of the metal workers union, led his party to gain the largest number of seats in Brazil's congressional lower house and picked up the endorsement of two first round presidential candidates who together won 30 percent of the vote. While Lula is far ahead in public opinion polls anxiety among the financial sector about the prospects of a Worker's Party government has by many accounts contributed to the steep devaluation of the Brazilian currency, the Real.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Luis Gomez, Andean bureau chief with the online publication Narco News, who reports from Sao Paolo on what may be the most important political contest this year. Gomez discusses Lula's prospects as the final round of voting approaches and what the world can expect from a Worker's Party government.

Read Luis Gomez's reports on the Brazilian election by visiting the online publication's Web site at

Ousted Chair of U.N. Climate Panel Says
U.S. Role Critical to Reverse Global Warming

Interview with Robert Watson,
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
conducted by Melinda Tuhus.

Even the Bush administration has now acknowledged that human dependency on fossil fuels is causing global warming. President Bush's response is to say people should simply adjust to this new fact of life, rather than try to reverse the trend. But the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, took a more proactive stance under the leadership of Robert Watson. Founded by the United Nations in 1988, the IPCC has issued three reports on climate change, each providing more conclusive evidence than the preceding one on the environmental damage attributable to climate change triggered by human technology.

Robert Watson, a native Australian who is now a U.S. citizen, headed the IPCC when the group's third report was issued in 2001. As head of the organization, Watson made an urgent call to the nations of the world to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. After the Bush administration withdrew U.S. support for his re-election this fall, Watson was defeated by the less aggressive Dr. Rajendra Pachauri of India, whom the White House actively supported.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Robert Watson about the environmental and social impacts of global warming, the roles of the industrialized and developing nations in the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gases and the Bush administration's rationale for withdrawing from the Kyoto treaty.

To learn more about the IPCC, visit their Web site at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Turkey as well as major American oil interests including Halliburton, ExxonMobil and ChevronTexaco have their eyes on untapped oil fields in northern, post-U.S. invasion Iraq. ("Crude Maneuvers," In These Times, Oct. 28, 2002)
  • Palestinian lawsuit in Belgian court against Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon thrown out after assassinations of Christian militia leaders who were to testify on the 1982 Lebanese Sabra and Shatila massacre. ("Marking a Massacre," The, Sept. 26, 2002)
  • Green Party now using public financing to appeal to mainstream voters. ("Green for the Greens-Finally," E Magazine, September/October, 2002)

Senior news editor/writer: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Jeff Wignall
Segment producer: 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 10/18/02

IMF/World Bank and Anti-Iraq War Protest Interviews, Teach-Ins Sept. 27-29,2002 Interviews with Mary Bull, Medea Benjamin, Ralph Nader in D.C. (in MP3 format) Others to follow on our website.

"Stopping Water Privatizers at Home and Abroad," Part 1 Featuring Clemente Martinez and Rudolf Amenga-Etego on campaigns in Nicaragua and Ghana. In RealAudio.

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,

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

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