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For The Week Ending Sept. 5, 2003


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  • Bombing of U.N. Office in Baghdad
    Provokes Reassessment of
    International Organization's Role
    in Occupied Iraq

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  • Cuban-American Community
    Pressures White House
    into Confrontation with Castro

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  • Consumer Groups Link Power Outage
    and Failing Grid to Utility Deregulation

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Bombing of U.N. Office in Baghdad
Provokes Reassessment of
International Organization's Role
in Occupied Iraq

Interview with Nathaniel Hurd,
independent consultant to the United Nations,
conducted by Scott Harris

The powerful bomb which destroyed United Nations' headquarters in Baghdad Aug. 19, killing 20, including the U.N.'s top diplomat in Iraq, Sergio de Mello, has caused many to reflect on the world body's role in the war-torn nation now under American-British occupation. The deteriorating security situation inside Iraq has prompted many U.N. and aid workers with nongovernmental organizations to head home.

With more than a dozen attacks carried out against coalition troops daily by a shadowy guerrilla force, an increasing number of military analysts and politicians are calling for additional American soldiers to be sent to Iraq. But the Bush administration has thus far resisted pressure to deploy more than the 139,000 U.S. troops already stationed inside Iraq.

In the days after the U.N. bombing, the White House seized on the tragic loss of life to solicit support to send additional troops and aid to Iraq, from a skeptical Security Council. However, nations such as France, Germany, India and Pakistan are resisting pressure to place their troops under U.S. command, preferring instead to be part of a mission sanctioned by the U.N. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Nathaniel Hurd, an independent consultant to the United Nations, who assesses the fallout from the U.N. bombing and the obstacles ahead for the U.S. in stabilizing Iraq and gaining international cooperation.

For more information and analysis on the U.S. occupation of Iraq, contact the group Occupation Watch at (415) 255-7296 or visit their website at

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Cuban-American Community
Pressures White House
into Confrontation with Castro

Interview with William Turner,
former FBI agent,
conducted by Denise Manzari

As potential candidates set their sights on the 2004 U.S. presidential election, U.S.-Cuba relations hang in the balance.

Although the Bush administration has maintained a tough anti-Castro stance during the past 3 years, a group of Republican leaders in south Florida have recently signed their name to a letter demanding harsh changes to current Cuba policy.

Thirty-four elected Cuban-Americans from the Miami area, the hotbed of anti-Castro sentiment, signed the letter which asks for funds to increase the broadcast range of Radio and TV Marti. It also asks for implementation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, which allows Cuban-Americans to sue in U.S. courts for property situated outside the U.S., to stop Cubans from being repatriated when picked up at sea, and to cease any further sale of food to Cuba by U.S. farmers.

Although some who signed the letter said it should not be perceived as a threat, the document claims unfulfilled promises by President Bush may result in the loss of economic and political Cuban-American support for the GOP.

William Turner is a former FBI agent and author of nine books, the most recent titled, "Rearview Mirror: Looking Back at the FBI, CIA and Other Tails." He spoke with Between the Lines' Denise Manzari, about how the upcoming 2004 presidential election may affect U.S.-Cuba relations.

"Rearview Mirror: Looking Back at the FBI, CIA, and Other Tails," is published by Penmarin Press.

Consumer Groups Link Power Outage
and Failing Grid to Utility Deregulation

Interview with Wenonah Hauter,
of Public Citizen's Critical Mass Energy Project,
conducted by Scott Harris

On the afternoon of Aug. 14, the lights went out across eight states in the Northeast, Midwest and eastern Canada. The massive power outage, which disrupted the lives of an estimated 50 million people, was triggered by faults on the grid believed to have started at an electric plant in Ohio.

Since power was restored, representatives of utility companies and government officials have placed the blame on what they describe as an antiquated electric transmission grid system in desperate need of modernization. The Electric Power Research Institute, a group funded by the utility industry, has estimated that it will cost taxpayers $100 billion to upgrade the grid.

But consumer groups point to deregulation as one of the primary sources of problems on the grid. They claim that a privatized profit-driven system promotes high-volume energy trading that overloads transmission lines, provides disincentives to make necessary repairs and hire adequate numbers of personnel to perform preventive maintenance.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Wenonah Hauter, director of Public Citizen's Critical Mass Energy Project, who examines deregulation's role in the degradation of the grid and pending energy legislation that she says will likely exacerbate the problem.

Contact Public Citizen by calling (202) 546-4996 or visit their web site at
Public Citizen's Critical Mass Energy and Environment Program,
Public Citizen's Critical Mass Energy and Environment Program's Faxing System,

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Northeast Energy Deregulation

California's Energy Deregulation

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • High-powered lawyers and retired federal judges decry Bush administration's treatment of American citizen Jose Padilla, an alleged al-Qaeda operative classified as an enemy combatant. Padilla has been in military custody for over a year, and has never been charged with a crime or given access to a lawyer. ("Bush's Tactics in Terror Case Called Illegal," New York Observer, Aug. 11, 2003)
  • The Center for Public Integrity reports that top FCC commissioners and staff took nearly $2.8 million in travel and entertainment gifts from media and telecommunications industries since the mid-1990s. ("On The Road Again and Again," The Public I Newsletter, July 2003).
  • Human rights activists praise an Egyptian appeals court for releasing 11 gay men who had earlier been convicted of "debauchery" -- an Egyptian law that bans consensual gay sex. ("Egypt: Homosexual Prosecutions Overturned," Human Rights Watch, July 22, 2003; "Remembering Ahmad," Amnesty Now, Summer 2003)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Segment producer: Denise Manzari
Program narration: Sasha Summer Cousineau
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Between The Lines Week Ending 8/29/03

Bush Re-Election Issues

"Halliburton's Deals Greater Than Thought," Washington Post, Aug. 28, 2003

"Is a Perfect Storm Brewing for Bush?" Reuters, Aug. 24, 2003

"A Tally of US Taxpayers' Tab for Iraq," by David R. Francis, The Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 25 2003

"The Bush Administration Adopts a Worse-than- Nixonian Tactic: The Deadly Serious Crime Of Naming CIA Operatives," by John W. Dean, Aug. 15, 2003

"Iraq Arms Critic Reacts to Report on Wife," New York Times, Aug. 7 2003

"Read Between The Lines of Those Missing 28 Pages," The Nation, July 29, 2003

"Impeaching Bush,"Counterpunch, July 25, 2003

"Tenet Says White House Official Insisted Questionable Information Be Included in Speech," The Associated Press, July 17, 2003

"White House Admits Bush Lied About Iraqi Nukes," "Capitol Hill Blue, July 8, 2003

"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

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Poindexter Resigns but Defends Programs," The Washington Post, Aug. 13, 2003

"A Debate Over U.S. 'Empire' Builds in Unexpected Circles," The Washington Post, Aug. 10, 2003

"As Ordered, It's About Oil," San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 8, 2003

"Immunity for Iraqi Oil Dealings Raises Alarm," Los Angeles Times, Aug. 7, 2003

"North Korea Next to Hear U.S. War Drum," Toronto Globe and Mail, Aug. 7, 2003

"Rivals Say Halliburton Dominates Iraq Oil Work," New York Times, Aug. 8, 2003

"Pipeline Politics: Oil, The Taliban, and the Political Balance of Central Asia," World Press Review Special Report, Nov.-Dec. 2001

"Another Scandalous No-Bid Contract Makes Us Look Like Fools,", 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

"Killing of Ayatollah Is Start of Iraqi Civil War," Pacific News Service, Aug. 29, 2003

"Saudis in Iraq 'Preparing For a Holy War,'"The Financial Times, Aug. 18 2003

"Democracy Might be Impossible, US Was Told," The Boston Globe, Aug. 14, 2003

Civil Liberties

"Conservative Backlash," Conservative Backlash, Baltimore Sun Editorial, Aug. 22, 2003

"Lawyers Furious as US Builds Death Chambers,", Times UK Online, July 5, 2003

"Fascism Anyone?" 14 Signs of Fascism, Free Inquiry Magazine, Volume 23, No. 2

"Germany In 1933: The Easy Slide Into Fascism," The Crisis Papers, June 9, 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

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