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For The Week Ending Feb. 28, 2003


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

  • Massive Worldwide Protests Demand
    Peaceful Resolution of Iraq Crisis

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  • Report Reveals Saudis Gave $7 Billion to Finance
    Saddam Hussein's Nuclear Weapons Program in 1980s

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  • Critics Say White House Successor to USA Patriot Act
    Threatens Further Erosion of Civil Liberties

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  • Underreported News Summary from Around the World
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LISTEN to this week's half-hour program of Between The Lines by clicking on one of the links below. MP3 files available until March 4, 2003.

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

Massive Worldwide Protests Demand
a Peaceful Resolution of Iraq Crisis

Interviews with Leslie Cagan, veteran protest organizer,
and Angela Davis, long-time activist,
conducted by Scott Harris

During global protests Feb. 15, an estimated 30 million people in more than 600 cities marched to oppose President Bush's plan for a "pre-emptive war against Iraq." The coordinated actions, under the banner of "The World Says No to War," saw some of the largest demonstrations in recent history with three million marching in both Spain and Italy, close to a million taking to the streets of London and half a million protesters gathering in Paris and Berlin.

Despite the many obstacles placed in the way of organizers of New York City's protest, about 500,000 gathered within sight of United Nations headquarters to voice their opposition to the Bush administration's drive for war. Although the rally was mostly peaceful, some 300 protesters were arrested resulting from confrontations with police, triggered organizers say, by the city's refusal to authorize an orderly march from the U.N. to Central Park and the penning-in of demonstrators far from the speakers platform.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with veteran protest organizer Leslie Cagan, who coordinated the New York City rally with the group United for Peace and Justice and long time activist Angela Davis, one of the speakers at the demonstration.

For more information on the ongoing campaign to oppose a U.S. war with Iraq, contact United for Peace and Justice at (646) 473-8934 or visit their Web site at

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Report Reveals Saudis Gave $7 Billion to Finance
Saddam Hussein's Nuclear Weapons Program in 1980s

Special Between The Lines Interview
with Greg Palast, BBC-TV reporter,
conducted by Scott Harris

Editor's Note: The following interview excerpt was conducted prior to the release of Greg Palast's BBC-TV/Guardian newspaper report in Britain. To listen to the full half-hour interview in RealAudio click here! (Needs RealPlayer). Greg Palast will be in New Haven April 12 2-4 p.m. to speak about his investigation and his updated best-selling book, "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy." Details forthcoming.

With France and Germany taking a firm stand against a U.S. war with Iraq, officials of the Bush administration, conservative columnists and right-wing radio talk show hosts have begun a campaign to demonize European nations who are resisting Washington's agenda. But with public opinion in Europe running 70 to 80 percent against war with Baghdad, even in nations whose governments have signed on with the White House, an already serious schism has deepened between America and its European allies.

Mr. Bush is perceived by many European citizens as a shallow extremist, with little credibility given the many questions still surrounding the 2000 U.S. presidential election eventually decided in a partisan Supreme Court. But America's corporate press largely dismisses European concerns with Mr. Bush's go-it-alone policies on arms control, global warming, free-trade, and now his drive for war with Iraq.

Greg Palast is an American journalist who says he had to travel to Britain to find work because U.S. media outlets just weren't interested in his hard-hitting brand of investigative reporting. His award-winning coverage of the 2000 presidential election scandal in Florida; the inner workings of the World Bank and IMF; and the U.S. role in last April's Venezuelan coup attempt for BBC Television and the London Observer have largely been ignored in the U.S. press. Palast's best-selling book "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" has been re-released with new investigative reports on several critical issues related to the Iraq crisis. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Greg Palast, who discusses his recent inquiry into billions of dollars funneled to Iraq by U.S. ally Saudi Arabia to fund Saddam Hussein's nuclear weapons program during the 1980s.

Greg Palast is a reporter with BBC television and the Observer of London newspaper. Read his columns online at His book "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy," has recently been updated and rereleased by Penguin.

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    Critics Say White House Successor to USA Patriot Act
    Threatens Further Erosion of Civil Liberties

    Under "secret" Domestic Security Enhancement Act,
    detainees could lose U.S. citizenship

    Interview with Nancy Chang,
    Center for Constitutional Rights,
    conducted by Scott Harris

    Almost a year and a half after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington D.C., civil liberties advocates are continuing to assess the damage done to the American Constitution and Bill of Rights through the USA Patriot Act pushed by the Bush administration, passed by Congress and signed into law with little serious scrutiny or debate. The legislation has been widely criticized for unnecessarily curtailing civil liberties of citizens and non-citizens more sharply than at any time since World War II.

    But as the White House prepares for war with Iraq, officials at the Justice Department have been working behind the scenes to further clamp down on constitutional rights. A document recently leaked to the Center for Public Integrity confirms that the Bush administration has drafted new legislation dubbed the "Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003." The bill, which remained secret even from members of Congress until leaked to the press, would prohibit the release of information on people detained as terrorist suspects, create a DNA database of individuals alleged to have links to terrorist groups and rewrite federal bail laws.

    Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Nancy Chang, senior litigation attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights. She discusses provisions of the "Domestic Security Enhancement Act," and her fear that if signed into law, the bill would further erode civil liberties for all Americans.

    Nancy Chang is the author of "Silencing Political Dissent,"published by Seven Stories Press. Contact the Center for Constitutional Rights by calling (212) 614-6464 or visit their Web site at:

    This week's summary
    of under-reported news

    Compiled by Bob Nixon

    • Over a million Palestinians in the occupied territories face the prospect of massive hunger similar to crises in the Congo and Zimbabwe. ("Food Running out in Gaza," The Guardian, Feb. 11, 2003)
    • Bush administration backing fossil fuel and nuclear industries, positioning them to dominate the "hydrogen era." ("Hijacking Hydrogen," E: The Environmental Magazine, January/February 2003.)
    • The uncontrolled sprawl of ski resort towns have created serious environmental crises. ("Downhill Slide," Sierra, January/Febuary 2003)

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    Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
    Program narration: Archibald Currie
    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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    Last Week's Program

    Between The Lines Week Ending 2/21/03

    War With Iraq

    Between The Lines Special Report: Interviews Recorded at "The World Says 'No' to War" in NYC, Feb. 15, 2003 in MP3. Bishop Desmond Tutu, Angela Davis, Leslie Cagan, Medea Benjamin, Ossie Davis and more.

    "The World Says 'No' to War" National Mobilization on Feb. 15, 2003 New York City and Feb. 16, San Francisco, United for Peace & Justice

    "New York City Sued Over War Protest Permit,"

    200,000 to 500,000 at Anti-War March, 1/18/03 in Washington, D.C. Interviews with International A.N.S.W.E.R. organizer Brian Becker, Institute for Policy Studies' Phyllis Bennis and Vietnam War veteran, Jaime Vazquez. Organizers say 200,000 to 500,000 attended the protest

    "U.S. Had Key Role in Iraq Buildup: Trade in Chemical Arms Allowed Despite Their Use on Iranians, Kurds" By Michael Dobbs, Washington Post, Dec. 30, 2002, Page A01

    U.S. Facing Bigger Bill For Iraq War Total Cost Could Run As High as $200 Billion, by Michael Dobbs, Washington Post, Dec. 1, 2002, Page A01

    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)

    "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
    and in Audio (needs RealPlayer)


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