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For The Week Ending Oct. 31, 2003


  • Bolivian Uprising is Another Blow
    to Corporate Globalization in Latin America

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  • Despite White House Intimidation Campaign,
    More Military and Intelligence Officials
    Condemn Bush's War Propaganda

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  • New Women's Coalition
    Advances Non-violent Solutions
    to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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

Bolivian Uprising is Another Blow
to Corporate Globalization in Latin America

Interview with Jim Schultz,
executive director
of the Democracy Center,
conducted by Scott Harris

After weeks of rising popular anger and police violence which killed some 75 protesters, Bolivian President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada resigned from office and fled to Miami. The latest in a series of confrontations between the country's poor majority indigenous population and the government involved widespread opposition to a deal that would have sold Bolivian natural gas to the U.S. and Mexico, via a Chilean port.

The outgoing president, a U.S. ally and staunch supporter of free trade and neoliberal economic policies, was replaced by his vice president Carlos Mesa, a journalist and historian who is quite new to politics. As he was sworn into office, Mesa pledged to hold a national referendum to gain approval for any future arrangement to export Bolivian natural gas and to discuss limiting his own term in office by scheduling a special election.

Over the last several years, Bolivia's poor have risen up to overturn the privatization of a major city's water system and derailed the International Monetary Fund's plan to impose harsh budget cuts to social services. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jim Schultz, executive director of the Democracy Center in Cochabamba, Bolivia, who analyzes the roots of that nation's popular rebellion and the wider significance for the growing global and regional movement resisting U.S.-backed economic policies of free trade, privatization and concessions to multi-national corporations.

Contact the Democracy Center by calling (415) 564-4767 or visit their website at

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Despite White House Intimidation Campaign,
More Military and Intelligence Officials
Condemn Bush's War Propaganda

Interview with David MacMichael,
former CIA estimates officer,
conducted by Scott Harris

As the Justice Department and FBI began their investigation into allegations that Bush administration officials leaked the identity of a covert CIA operative to a conservative columnist, questions about the integrity of the probe were coming from senior criminal prosecutors and high level FBI officials. Calls for Attorney General John Ashcroft to recuse himself from the case due to his close political relationship with potential targets of the investigation -- and appoint an independent prosecutor, have been ignored.

Valerie Plame, the CIA agent whose identity was revealed in the scandal, is the wife of former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who had publicly refuted President Bush's claim that Iraq was seeking uranium in the African nation of Niger for a nuclear weapons program. The White House had sent Wilson to Africa in 2002 to investigate the matter but ignored his findings. President Bush repeated the false charge in his January State of the Union speech using it as a key justification for war. Wilson has accused the White House of exposing his wife in an effort to punish him and intimidate others who might come forward to criticize the President's misrepresentations about Iraq and the rationale for war.

Nonetheless, more military and intelligence officials have publicly challenged the White House on its Iraq war policy. Greg Thielmann a former State Department expert on Iraqi weapons systems and aid to Secretary of State Colin Powell now says that key evidence presented by Powell at the U.N. misrepresented the truth and deceived the public. Former retired Air Force Colonel Sam Gardiner, who taught at the National War College, has published a report that documents dozens of deliberate distortions made by U.S. officials to sell the war. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with former CIA estimates officer David MacMichael, who takes a critical look at the Justice Department's investigation into White House leaks and the larger issue of war time propaganda.

During the U.S.-sponsored wars in Central America in the 1980s, former CIA estimates officer David MacMichael publicly challenged the Reagan and Bush administration's belligerent policies there.

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New Women's Coalition
Advances Non-violent Solutions
to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Interview with Yael Martin,
executive director of Promoting Enduring Peace
and the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, produced by Melinda Tuhus

Yael Martin is executive director of the national peace organization, Promoting Enduring Peace, and just returned from three weeks in Israel, where she met with many different women's groups, both Israeli and Palestinian, who are working toward a peaceful resolution of the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. Martin lived in Israel for 20 years, returning to the U.S. in 1999. She is a member of Brit Tsedek v'Shalom, or the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, whose goal is to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory because, in their view it is detrimental to the interests of both Israelis and Palestinians.

Surveys show that only a small percentage of Israeli settlers living in the West Bank and Gaza are there for ideological reasons, while the majority reside there because of the economic incentives offered by the government. One of the ideas promoted by the Jewish Alliance is to pay settlers currently living in the occupied territories to relocate inside Israel's 1967 borders.

Yael Martin was a featured speaker at this year's Women's Studies Conference at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn. whose theme was "Women, War and Peace." In her talk, Martin announced that Women in Black and eight other less well-known women's groups have come together in the Coalition of Women for Peace to advance non-violent solutions in the Middle East. The following are exerpts from her talk recorded Oct. 18th by Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus.

For more information call Promoting Enduring Peace at (203) 878-4769. For more details on the women's walk for peace, visit the website: www.coalitionofwomen4peaceorg.

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon and Brita Brundage

  • U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft overrides immigration court decisions on two Haitian refugee cases to issue a 14-page ruling saying all Haitian immigrants without proper documents must remain in detention. ("Haitians Trapped by War on Terrorism," Amnesty Now, Fall 2003)
  • Journalist in Uzbekistan investigating government corruption is tortured and jailed for homosexual conduct. ("Free Uzbek Rights Defender Ruslan Sharipov," Human Rights Watch)
  • Tobacco farmers switching to organic crops due to increased profitability. ("The Smoke Clears" E:Magazine, July/August, 2003.)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
News writer: Brita Brundage
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Sasha Summer Cousineau
Segment Producer: Melinda Tuhus
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Between The Lines Week Ending 10/24/03

Bush Re-Election Issues

"9/11 Commission Chairman: White House Withholding 9/11 Documents" Reuters, Oct. 26, 2003

"CIA and Pentagon Split Over Uranium Intrigue," The Guardian, Oct. 17, 2003

"State Dept. Study Foresaw Trouble Now Plaguing Iraq," New York Times, Oct. 19, 2003

"Daniel Ellsberg: Nixon-Era Informer Zooms In On Present,Salt Lake Tribune (Utah), Oct. 19, 2003

"Fears of More U.S. Electoral Chaos After Flaws are Discovered in Ballot Computers," Independent UK, Oct. 14, 2003

"Electronic Voting's Vulnerability to Tampering Could Undermine Public Confidence," Between The Lines, Oct. 17, 2003

"Ray McGovern: Critics Question Credibility of FBI Investigation into White House Leak Exposing CIA Operative," Between The Lines, Oct. 17, 2003

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Senate Backs War Profiteering," Capital Times, (Madison, Wis.) Oct. 20, 2003

"U.S. World Leader in Arms Sales, Saudi Arabia number 1 Buyer," Agence France-Presse, Oct. 15, 2003

"Rumsfeld's $9 Billion Slush Fund,", Oct. 10, 2003

"Halliburton Unit In Consortium Fingered For Alleged Corruption," The Houston Business Journal, Oct. 10, 2003

"Scott Ritter: The Iraq War and The Bush Administration's Pursuit of Global Domination," Counterpoint, Sept. 15, 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

"Iraqi Shiite Split Widens," The Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 16, 2003

Civil Liberties

"Bush Denies Torture at Guantanamo," Le Nouvel Observateur, Oct. 19, 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

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