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For The Week Ending Oct. 10, 2003


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  • Bush's Pre-Emptive War Doctrine
    Condemned as Related Scandals
    Erupt in White House

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  • Coalition Organizes to Oppose
    Deportation of Palestinian Refugees
    in Montreal

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  • Environmental Groups Rally Public
    to Oppose Bush-backed Energy Bill

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Bush's Pre-Emptive War Doctrine
Condemned as Related Scandals
Erupt in White House

Interview with Ian Williams,
author of "United Nations for Beginners,"
conducted by Scott Harris

The U.S. corporate media predictably focused much attention on President Bush's poorly received Sept. 23 address at the United Nations while virtually ignoring an important speech delivered by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan in which he condemned Mr. Bush's pre-emptive war doctrine used to justify America's invasion and occupation of Iraq. The White House doctrine, Annan said, "represents a fundamental challenge to the principles on which, however imperfectly, world peace and stability have rested for the last 58 years."

Back in Washington, the Bush administration is reeling from growing criticism of their conduct in the Iraq war. The Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee publicly criticized U.S. intelligence agencies' pre-war assessment of Iraq's weapons programs, a primary rationale for the American invasion. This came on the heels of a preliminary report issued by the administration's own chief investigator checking Iraq's weapons programs who found little evidence supporting the White House line that Baghdad presented an imminent threat to the U.S.

Meanwhile, CIA director George Tenet's request for a Justice Department investigation into allegations that White House officials leaked the identity of a covert CIA operative to a conservative columnist has touched off a political firestorm. The leak exposed the identity of the wife of former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who had openly refuted President Bush's claim that Saddam Hussein was seeking uranium in Africa with which to make nuclear weapons, a matter the administration had earlier sent him to investigate. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with. Ian Williams, author of the "United Nations for Beginners," who examines U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan's condemnation of President Bush's pre-emptive war doctrine and the unfolding scandals surrounding the White House conduct in the Iraq war.

"United Nations for Beginners," is published by Writers and Readers. Read Ian Williams' articles in the pages of the Nation Magazine or online at

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Coalition Organizes to Oppose
Deportation of Palestinian Refugees
in Montreal

Interview with Rabie Masri,
of Montreal's Coalition Against
the Deportation of Palestinian Refugees,
conducted by Stefan Christoff

As the global Palestinian Diaspora mourns the loss of independence activist professor Edward Said, the crisis of more than 4.5 million Palestinian refugees throughout the world who have been denied the right of return to Palestine by the Israeli government has come into focus in Montreal, Canada. There, over 100 Palestinian refugees are now facing deportation. Many Palestinian immigrants come to Canada from refugee camps in Lebanon and the occupied territories, but since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S., their claim of refugee status in Canada has been systematically rejected by Immigration Canada.

Palestinian refugees are the children and grandchildren of some of the 750,000 indigenous families expelled from Palestine in 1948 when the nation-state of Israel was created 55 years ago.

Palestinian immigrants in Montreal facing deportation have organized the Coalition Against the Deportation of Palestinian Refugees to fight Canada's attempt to deport them to camps in Lebanon and the occupied territories that are plagued by poverty and violence. The public campaign to stop the deportation of Palestinian refugees in Montreal has consisted of marches, popular education and direct action. The campaign is centered around two demands directed towards Citizenship and Immigration Canada: a halt to the deportations and granting of legal status to the refugees. Stefan Christoff, of CKUT Radio in Montreal spoke with Rabie Masri of the Coalition Against the Deportation of Palestinian Refugees.

For more information on the Campaign to Stop the Deportation of Palestinian immigrants in Montreal, contact the Coalition Against the Deportation of Palestinian Refugees at (514) 591-3171 or by sending an email to:

Environmental Groups Rally Public
to Oppose Bush-backed Energy Bill

Interview with Sharon Buccino,
Natural Resources Defense Council
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Exploration and exploitation of more energy resources has been a top priority of the Bush administration since it came into office almost three years ago. Now an energy bill is working its way through Congress with a final vote scheduled in the coming days. The legislation reflects the priorities of President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and others in the administration with strong ties to large oil companies. The energy bill calls for oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, exploration for oil and natural gas throughout the Rocky Mountain West and promotes the construction of new nuclear power plants for the first time since the 1970s.

The legislation is also significant for what it leaves out -- it requires no increase in motor vehicle fuel efficiency, even though such an improvement is technically achievable and could drastically reduce the amount of foreign oil the U.S. now imports. The bill also has no provisions mandating the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, the main contributor to global warming.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Sharon Buccino, program staffer with the Natural Resources Defense Council, who takes a critical look at the energy bill and a related effort by the Bush administration to weaken the National Environmental Policy Act, which solicits public input on key environment decisions by the federal government.

For more information, call the Natural Resources Defense Council at (202) 289-2397 or visit their website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Iraq's interim governing council, hand-picked by U.S. administrator Paul Bremer has threatened to ban Arab TV stations al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya from operating in Iraq. ("Arabic TV faces expulsion for 'Incitement,'" The Guardian, Sept. 23, 2003)
  • Public Citizen warns that under free trade regulations, U.S. consumers are at risk of buying tainted imported meat. ("Trade Pacts Weaken U.S. Safety Standards for Meat Imports," Public Citizen News, September/October, 2003).
  • Edward Said, the celebrated literary critic, foe of western colonialism and advocate for Palestinian independence dies. ("The Nation mourns Edward Said," The Nation editors, Sept. 25, 2003; and compiled from other international newspapers and magazines.)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Sasha Summer Cousineau
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Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 10/3/03

Bush Re-Election Issues

"Dispute Over Source Unfolds Amid Probe" Newsday, Oct. 1, 2003

"House Probers Conclude Iraq War Data was Weak," Washington Post, Sept. 28, 2003

"Bush Administration Is Focus of Inquiry: CIA Agent's Identity Was Leaked to Media," Washington Post, Sept. 28, 2003

"CIA Seeks Probe of White House,"By Alex Johnson with Andrea Mitchell, Exclusive | MSNBC and NBC News, Sept. 26, 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

"New Voting Technology Questioned," Kansas City Star, Sept. 22, 2003

"Revenge of the ex-generals," MSNBC, Sept. 25, 2003

"Six Months After the Attack on Iraq, Was the Anti-war Movement Right?", Sept. 23, 2003

"The Big Lie," The London Daily Mirror, Sept. 22, 2003

"Mistakes of Vietnam Repeated With Iraq," Atlanta Journal- Constitution, Sept. 18, 2003

"Kennedy Says Iraq War Case a 'Fraud,'" Associated Press, Sept. 18, 2003

"Bush: No Proof of Saddam Role in 9-11," Associated Press, Sept. 17, 2003

"Cheney in Wonderland," Los Angeles Times editorial, Sept. 16, 2003

"Cheney Link of Iraq, 9/11 Challenged," Boston Globe, Sept. 16, 2003

"Why Don't We Have Answers to these 9/11 Questions?" Philadelphia Daily News, Sept. 11, 2003

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

"Impeaching Bush,"Counterpunch, July 25, 2003

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Cheney's Ties to Halliburton," The Washington Post, Sept. 26, 2003

"Houston Exec Gets Top Iraq Energy Post," Houston Chronicle, Sept. 23, 2003

"Oil Services Firm Paid Cheney as VP," Reuters, Sept. 17, 2003

"Immunity for Iraqi Oil Dealings Raises Alarm," Los Angeles Times, 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

"U.N. Refuses to Help George Bush in Iraq," Le Figaro, Sept. 26, 2003

"Stretched Thin, Lied to & Mistreated: On the ground with US troops in Iraq," The Nation, Oct. 6, 2003

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

Civil Liberties

"Concerns about citizen privacy grow as states create 'Matrix' database," The Associated Press, Sept. 23, 2003

"ACLU to Announce First Nationwide Lawsuit Over Restrictions Against Anti-Bush Protesters," American Civil Liberties Union, Sept. 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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