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For The Week Ending Nov. 22, 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 Nov. 27, 2002.

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

UN Security Council Approves Resolution
Renewing Iraq Weapons Inspections

U.S. interpets wording of document as authority to wage war
against Baghdad for any future violations

Interview with James Paul,
executive director of the Global Policy Forum
conducted by Scott Harris

After two months of behind the scenes negotiations, a joint U.S.- British resolution mandating hardline conditions for renewed weapons inspections in Iraq gained unanimous support in the 15-member United Nations Security Council. While the Bush administration pronounced the unexpected show of support for their resolution as a victory for U.S. foreign policy, other nations interpreted the vote quite differently.

France, Russia and China all declared the vote was a triumph of diplomacy over an initial Bush administration's demand for automatic authority to launch a war. The resolution as adopted states that when and if weapons inspectors are obstructed in their work, a report of such violations will be brought back to the Security Council for further action. But Washington interprets the UN document as providing the U.S. a legal basis to go to war unilaterally if the Security Council fails to respond to Iraqi violations.

And even as the Arab league supported the resolution on weapons inspection, they too, emphasized that the Security Council vote was "not a pretext for another military action against Iraq." Although the Iraqi parliament refused to endorse the resolution, president Saddam Hussein, has agreed to renewed weapons inspections. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with James Paul, executive director of the Global Policy Forum, who assesses the significance of the U.N. Security Council action and the likelihood of war.

Contact the Global Policy Forum by calling (212) 557-3161 or visit their Web site that features articles on the Iraq crisis from around the world at

Economic Sanctions on Iraq Continue
to Exact Deadly Toll on Civilian Population

Interview with Joy Gordon,
professor of philosophy at Fairfield University
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

For 12 years, economic sanctions against Iraq have been in place, with the express purpose of pressuring Baghdad to comply with the UN Security Council resolutions that ended the Gulf War and require Iraq to dismantle its weapons of mass destruction.

In 1999, UNICEF estimated that a half-million children under the age of five had died from illnesses and malnutrition directly related to the sanctions. It is believed that about 5,000 children a month are currently dying of the U.N.-imposed restrictions. Joy Gordon, a professor of philosophy at Fairfield University in Connecticut, has focused on ethical issues in international relations and specializes in researching the effects of economic sanctions. She recently published an article on the Iraqi sanctions in Harper's magazine, which led to several television and radio appearances.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Gordon about how the Iraqi sanctions are administered, the impact they're having on the Iraqi people, and what the interplay of sanctions might be with a future war considering the very real specter of a U.S. invasion.

Read Joy Gordon's article: "Cool War: Economic Sanctions as a Weapon of Mass Destruction", Harper's magazine, Nov. 2002.

Conservative Democratic Leadership Council
Biggest Loser in 2002 Election

Democrats who sided with Bush's tax and Iraq war policies
lose seats in House and Senate

Interview with Manning Marable,
professor of history and political science at Columbia University
conducted by Scott Harris.

When all the votes were cast and counted in the Nov. 5th congressional mid-term election, the Democratic party made history. Bucking the decades-long trend of political parties in opposition to a first-term president gaining congressional seats, the Democrats instead lost control of the U.S. Senate and saw their membership decline by five in the House. Without a clear message and with many Democratic candidates allying themselves with key Bush administration positions on war with Iraq and tax cuts, political observers were not surprised at the party's losses.

The Republicans, now in effective control of all three branches of government -- executive, legislative and judicial -- will be in position to fully control the agenda in Washington. The GOP has signaled that in the years ahead their program will include making permanent, large tax cuts for the wealthiest sector of society; authorizing oil exploration in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge; and the appointment of Supreme Court and federal judges pledged to weaken reproductive rights, civil rights and consumer protection law.

Although the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 and the popularity of a "war-time" president were said to be factors in the Democrat's failures, the party's move to the right was also a critical issue in the view of many progressive activists. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Manning Marable, professor of history and political science at Columbia University. Marable, a supporter of the Green Party's Ralph Nader in the 2000 presidential election, examines the 2002 election results and what the Democrats must do to rebuild their party.

Manning Marable is the author of "The Great Wells of Democracy," published by Basic Books. Visit Dr. Marable's Web site at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon and Brita Brundage

  • 15 million people in Ethiopia and five African countries face starvation due to drought and famine three times worse than the 1984 Ethiopian famine which sparked an international relief effort. ("Massive Famine Stalks Ethiopia," BBC, Nov. 11, 2002)
  • New Republican dominated Congress paving the way for massive federal budget deficits. ("Dubyanomics," Citizens for Tax Justice Update, Oct. 1, 2002)
  • Pending Cyber Security Act allows law enforcement agencies to access email and other electronic records without search warrants or court oversight. ("More Surveillance on the Way,", Oct. 30, 2002)

Senior news editor/writer: Bob Nixon and Brita Brundage
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Sasha Summer Cousineau
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 11/15/02

March on Washington, D.C. Against the War with Iraq, Oct. 26

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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,

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

Multi-Ethnic Public Issues Advocacy

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

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