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For The Week Ending June 27, 2003


  • Armed Opposition to the U.S. Occupation
    of Iraq Could Signal
    a Protracted Guerilla War

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  • Progressive Coalition United for Peace and Justice
    Holds 1st National Conference
    to Determine Strategy and Action Plan

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  • Anti-Smoking Activists Continue Campaign
    to Curb the Power of Big Tobacco

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Armed Opposition to the U.S. Occupation
of Iraq Could Signal
a Protracted Guerilla War

Interview with Chris Toensing,
executive director and editor of Middle East Report,
conducted by Scott Harris

With growing attention being focused on the Bush administration's failure to locate Iraq's "weapons of mass destruction," the president's principal justification for war, Congress and the media are beginning to ask some tough questions about the possible exaggeration or manipulation of information gathered by intelligence agencies. Against this backdrop, armed resistance to the U.S. military occupation of Iraq is becoming more deadly with each passing day.

Over the past two weeks attacks by guerilla forces centered in cities north of Baghdad have killed at least 10 American soldiers, wounded 25 and shot down an Apache helicopter. Ambushes by these forces against U.S. troops, described by Washington as remnants of the Baathist party loyal to Saddam Hussein or terrorists sympathetic to al Qaeda, are almost a daily occurrence. The U.S. has responded by sending thousands of troops into conflicted areas and aggressive house-to-house searches for weapons, tactics which have angered many anti-Saddam civilians who increasingly resent the occupation of their nation. The killing of 18 un-armed protesters by U.S. soldiers in the city of Falluja last month, has also fanned the flames of hostility and sparked a cry for revenge.

In all, 40 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq, many from hostile fire, since the Pentagon announced the end of the war on May 1. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Chris Toensing, editor of Middle East Report, who examines the growing armed resistance in Iraq and the possibility that the increasing number of guerilla attacks could signal the beginning of a protracted conflict.

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Progressive Coalition United for Peace and Justice
Holds 1st National Conference
to Determine Strategy and Action Plan

Interview with Ted Glick,
national coordinator of the Independent Progressive Politics Network,
conducted by Scott Harris

In the months before the Bush administration invaded Iraq, millions of people across the globe demonstrated their opposition to what they believed was an unprovoked and illegal war driven by America's quest for oil and world domination. Many of the large anti-war protests in the U.S. were organized by United for Peace and Justice, or UFPJ, a new progressive coalition which came together in October 2002. United For Peace helped to organize the historic Feb. 15, "The World Says No to War" protests held in New York, San Francisco and dozens of cities across the U.S., joining over 600 cities worldwide.

But, since the end of the first phase of the U.S.-led Iraq war, street demonstrations have all but disappeared, prompting many to ask, "Whatever happened to the peace movement?" An answer could be found in Chicago, June 6 through 8, where over 550 activists attended the UFPJ's first national conference to determine organizational structure, strategy and priorities. During the three-day gathering, delegates representing 325 local and national groups from 38 states "vowed to fight empire building, permanent war and attacks on civil liberties and immigrants."

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ted Glick, national coordinator of the Independent Progressive Politics Network, who attended the conference. He summarizes the plans that emerged from the meeting, which he believes have the potential to change the American political landscape.

To contact United for Peace and Justice call (212) 603-3700 or visit their website at

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Anti-Smoking Activists Continue Campaign
to Curb the Power of Big Tobacco

Interview with Stanton Glantz,
professor of medicine at the University of California,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Tobacco use causes 400,000 deaths per year in the U.S. Worldwide, deaths attributable to smoking, now stand at 5 million a year. While tobacco companies are aggressively pursuing markets overseas, opponents are stepping up their fight against smoking, with several high-profile campaigns.

Although last month, a Florida appeals court reversed a multi-billion dollar settlement against big tobacco on behalf of that state's smokers, the plaintiffs are expected to appeal the decision.

Meanwhile, other class action suits are going forward, including one charging tobacco companies with false advertising for their claim that low-tar cigarettes are not as harmful as regular cigarettes.

In the international battle against tobacco use, the Bush administration recently reversed its previous opposition to passage of a landmark global anti-smoking treaty sponsored by the World Health Organization. However, the U.S. has not yet signed the accord, which has so far been endorsed by 28 nations.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Stanton Glantz, professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. Glantz, an authority on the health impacts of tobacco, discusses ongoing campaigns to curb smoking, including his own project which attacks the glamorization of tobacco in Hollywood movies.

For more information, call Stanton Glantz's office at the University of California at (415) 476-4683 or visit their research center's website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • South African government reluctant to force white corporations to fund reparations for apartheid system abuses. ("Moment of Truth," World Press Review, Web version, May 2, 2003)
  • Belgian court rankles Israel and the U.S. with its decision to proceed to try lawsuit against Israeli General Amos Yaron, brought by the survivors of the 1982 massacre of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila Lebanese refugee camps. ("Israeli General 'Can Be Tried,'" BBC News, Web version, June 10, 2003).
  • AFL-CIO ties to early 1970s CIA campaign to overthrow Chilean President Salvador Allende revealed. New questions are being raised about the AFL's current connection to destabilization campaign in Venezuela. ("Labor Cold War," The Nation, May 19, 2003)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Segment producers: Melinda Tuhus
Program narration: Denise Manzari
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Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 6/20/03

Bush Re-Election Issues

"Lawmakers Begin Iraq Intelligence Hearings," by Walter Pincus and Dana Priest, The Washington Post, June 19, 2003

"Dean, Kerry: 'Bush Misled America on War'," Independent Investigation Sought of President Bush, By Mike Glover, Associated Press, June 18, 2003

"Word That U.S. Doubted Iraq Would Use Gas," By James Risen, New York Times, June 18, 2003

"Ex-CIA Director Says Administration Stretched Facts on Iraq," by John Diamond, USA TODAY, June 18, 2003

"Impeachable Offense," by Geov Parrish, Seattle Weekly/, June 18, 2003

"Reason to Deceive:WMD Lies Could Be the New Watergate," by Cynthia Cotts, The Village Voice, June 18, 2003

"Leading Democrat Slams Republican Move to Close Hearings on US' Iraq Intelligence," Agence France-Presse, June 12, 2003

"On Election Day 2004, How Will You Know If Your Vote Is Properly Counted?" Congressman Rush Holt's website

"Missing Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Is Lying About The Reason For War An Impeachable Offense?" by John W. Dean, FindLaw's Writ, June 6, 2003

"Shoulder to Shoulder and Stabbed in the Back," by Robin Cook, Britain's former foreign minister, Los Angeles Times, June 6, 2003

"Wolfowitz:'Iraq War Was About Oil,'" Furor shines spotlight on interpretation of weapons intelligence, by George Wright, The Guardian, June 4, 2003

"Bush Should be Impeached and Tried for War Crimes," by Denise Giardina, The Charleston Gazette, May 12, 2003

War Crimes Prosecution

"Short: I was Briefed on Bush and Blair's Secret War Pact," by Patrick Wintour, Chief Political Correspondent, The Guardian, June 18, 2003

"Belgium Gets War Crimes Cases Against Bush/Blair," Reuters, June 19, 2003

American Empire/War Profiteering in Iraq

"Public Citizen Report Exposes Contractor Bechtel as Threat to Iraqi Environment, Human Rights and Basic Services,"

"Imperial America and War," by John Bellamy Foster, Monthly Review, May 28, 2003

"Another Scandalous No-Bid Contract Makes Us Look Like Fools," by Pat Gerber,, May 26, 2003

"Pentagon Hands Major Iraq Deal to Scandal-Ridden WorldCom," The Star Online, May 22, 2003

"War Profiteering," by The Nation editors, April 24, 2003

Postwar Occupation of Iraq

"Iraq's Lethal Peace," The Guardian, June 16, 2003

"The Next War: Iraq," By Michael R. Gordon, New York Times, June 13, 2003

Civil Liberties

"U.S. Can Withhold Names of 9/11 Detainees," by Ted Bridis, Associated Press, June 17, 2003

"Germany In 1933: The Easy Slide Into Fascism," By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers, June 9, 2003

"US Plans Death Camp at Guantanamo," The Courier-Mail, May 26, 2003

Between The Lines Special Reports in RealAudio

"Allegations of War Profiteering Leveled Against Halliburton and Other Companies With Close Ties to White House," Charlie Cray, corporate reform campaigner at Citizen Works, Week Ending 5/23/03

"Campaign to Impeach President Bush Will Require Broad Public Support," law professor Francis Boyle, March 7, 2003

"White House Successor to USA Patriot Act Threatens Further Erosion of Civil Liberties," author Nancy Chang, Feb. 28, 2003

Multi-Ethnic Issues Advocacy

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