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For The Week Ending Sept. 12, 2003


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  • Bombing of Shiite Holy Shrine
    Kills Powerful Cleric and Further
    Destabilizes U.S.-Occupied Iraq

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  • D.C. Congresswoman Fights
    to Reprioritize U.S. Spending
    from Weapons Programs to Social Needs

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  • Jesse Jackson Supports Yale University Strikers;
    Makes Connections Between Labor
    and Civil Rights Struggles

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

    For full summary and audio, LISTEN to this week's half-hour program of Between The Lines by clicking on one of the links below. MP3 files available until Sept. 16, 2003.

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

    Bombing of Shiite Holy Shrine
    Kills Powerful Cleric and Further
    Destabilizes U.S.-Occupied Iraq

    Interview with Erik Gustafson,
    president of the Education for Peace in Iraq Center,
    conducted by Scott Harris

    The car bomb which blew up outside Iraq's holiest Shiite shrine in the southern city of Najaf on Aug. 29 took the lives more than 100 worshippers, including that of Ayatollah Muhammad Bakr al-Hakim, one of Shiia's most powerful and moderate religious leaders. While the U.S. occupation force blamed Baathist party loyalists or al Qaeda-connected terrorist groups for the assassination, a tape recording purported to carry the voice of Saddam Hussein denied responsibility. Iraqi police arrested nine people in connection with the bombings, who they say have ties to al-Qaeda.

    This was the third and most deadly bombing to have shattered the U.S. occupation since the American-British invasion force overthrew Saddam Hussein's regime in April. Those responsible for previous bombings of the Jordanian embassy and U.N. headquarters have not yet been identified or apprehended. Some observers believe that more militant sectors of the Shiite community may benefit from the assassination by opening up political space for their more directly hostile attitude toward the American occupation and growing public support for the formation of a religious militia to protect the Shiite population.

    Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Erik Gustafson, a veteran of the 1991 Persian Gulf War and president of the Education for Peace in Iraq Center. He assesses the growing violence and instability in Iraq and his organization's call for a congressional investigation into White House manipulation of intelligence used to justify the war.

    Contact the Education for Peace in Iraq Center by calling (202) 543-6176 or visit their website at

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    D.C. Congresswoman Fights
    to Reprioritize U.S. Spending
    from Weapons Programs to Social Needs

    Interview with Eleanor Holmes Norton,
    U.S. representative,
    conducted by David Goodman
    and Marc Stern

    When Congress returns to work following its summer recess, members will have to figure out how to pay for the ongoing U.S. presence in Iraq and Afghanistan; as well as the country's other spending priorities. Not even counting the funds being spent on these ongoing military actions, half of the $800 billion Congress appropriates annually -- using its discretionary power -- already goes to the Pentagon.

    This reality disturbs Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington D.C., who has sponsored a bill every year since 1993 that would shift spending from expensive weapons systems to people-centered needs. Called The Nuclear Disarmament and Economic Conversion Act, the measure requires the United States to dismantle its nuclear weapons following other nuclear nations doing the same, and then to divert those resources to such things as housing, health care, Social Security and the environment.

    David Goodman and Marc Stern of the "Radio With A View" program at WMBR, in Cambridge, Mass. recently spoke with Rep. Norton, a law professor and six-term non-voting Democrat representing the District of Columbia. Norton, who has long fought for full voting rights for Washington D.C.'s residents, describes the genesis of the bill and her fight for a less militarized world.

    Contact Eleanor Holmes Norton's office by calling (202) 225-8050 or visit her website at:

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    Jesse Jackson Supports Yale University Strikers;
    Makes Connections Between Labor
    and Civil Rights Struggles

    Excerpt of speech by Rev. Jesse Jackson,
    speaking at Yale University,
    produced by Melinda Tuhus

    Over the course of several days in the last week of August, the Rev. Jesse Jackson stood in solidarity with striking workers at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Locals 34 and 35 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union represent 4,000 office, maintenance and dining hall workers who walked out Aug. 27, 19 months after their last contract expired. They're seeking better wages, more protection against layoffs through outsourcing, and higher pensions. The average monthly pension for those with 20 or more years of service at Yale is $621, while the president of Yale, Richard Levin, recently got a deal from the university's board of trustees to pay him a pension of $29,000 a month when he retires.

    Jackson has been in the streets rallying with thousands of Yale strikers and their supporters among faculty, students and community residents. He also held a private meeting with Levin after eight retirees conducted a sit-in at the office of David F. Swensen, the university's chief investment officer. The long-time civil rights leader was arrested on Labor Day at Yale, along with 18 others after they blocked an intersection in an act of civil disobedience.

    Aug. 28 was the 40th anniversary of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington, best known for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Jackson delivers a national address every year on the anniversary of the march. This year he spoke from a platform set up on a New Haven street where Yale employees have been picketing. Hanging from the platform was a banner with the words "Bux (as in 'bucks') et Veritas," a spoof on Yale's motto of "lux et veritas" or "truth and light." The following are excerpts from Jackson's speech, recorded by Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus.

    For more information, about the demands of the workers and the latest developments in Yale's labor struggle, call HERE at (203) 624-5161 or visit

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    This week's summary
    of under-reported news

    Compiled by Bob Nixon

    • Survivors of Peru's 20-year civil war are skeptical about ability of the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission to mete out justice. ("Peruvian wait for answers," BBC News, Aug. 28, 2003; "Peru reports 69,000 died in civil war," New York Times, Aug. 29, 2003)
    • AIDS now leading cause of death among African-American men between 25 to 44 years old. ("The Changing Face of AIDS," In These Times, Aug. 11, 2003).
    • Unions rethinking stance on healthcare reform as they find they can't fix America's healthcare crisis at the bargaining table. ("Labor's Health Problem," The Nation, July 7, 2003)

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    Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
    Segment producers: Melinda Tuhus, David Goodman and Marc Stern
    Program narration: Sasha Summer Cousineau
    News reader: Denise Manzari
    Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates and Bill Cosentino
    Senior Web editor/producer: Anna Manzo
    Web producer: Jeff Yates
    Web editor: Bill Cosentino
    Executive producer: Scott Harris
    Theme music: Mikata

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Between The Lines Week Ending 9/5/03

Bush Re-Election Issues

"From Swagger to Stagger," New York Times, Sept. 7, 2003

"U.N. Role Won't Fix U.S. Mess in Iraq," Boston Globe, Sept. 4, 2003

"Bush Seeks an Exit Strategy as War Threatens His Career," The Observer, Sept. 7, 2003

"Who's Counting the Dead in Iraq?" Knight Ridder, Sept. 6, 2003

"Iraq: Civil War a Credible Hypothesis," La Liberation, Sept. 4, 2003

"White House CoverUp: What Was Known About Post-9/11 Air," NBC News, Sept. 3, 2003

"Number of Wounded in Action on Rise," Washington Post, Sept. 2, 2003

"U.S. Failures in Iraq Set Stage For Deeper Trouble," by Georgie Anne Geyer, Universal Press Syndicate, Aug. 29, 2003

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

"Impeaching Bush,"Counterpunch, July 25, 2003

American Empire/War Profiteering

"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

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

Postwar Occupation of Iraq

"Many Iraqis working for U.S. are labeled traitors and killed," Chicago Tribune, Aug. 31, 2003

"Massive Explosion at U.N. Headquarters in Iraq,", Aug. 18, 2003, CBS video

"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

"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

Multi-Ethnic Issues Advocacy

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