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For The Week Ending Dec. 5, 2003


  • Pentagon's Operation Iron Hammer in Iraq
    Could Foster More Support
    for Anti-U.S. Insurgency

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  • Police Attack Protesters at Miami's FTAA Summit
    While Negotiators Scale Back
    Scope of Free Trade Treaty

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  • Congress Passes Medicare Prescription Drug Bill
    Which Critics Call a Gift to Pharmaceutical
    Companies and Moves System Toward Privatization

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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LISTEN to this week's half-hour program of Between The Lines by clicking on one of the links below. MP3 files available until Dec. 9, 2003.

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

Pentagon's Operation Iron Hammer in Iraq
Could Foster More Support
for Anti-U.S. Insurgency

Interview with Rahul Mahajan,
author of "Full Spectrum Dominance:
U.S. Power in Iraq and Beyond,"
conducted by Scott Harris

For several weeks now, the U.S. military has been engaged in a counteroffensive against Iraqi insurgents code-named "Operation Iron Hammer." While the Pentagon maintains that their more aggressive tactics in Iraq have reduced the number of daily attacks targeting U.S. forces there, American soldiers continue to die in ambushes and roadside bombings.

Critics warn that the Army's use of high-tech weaponry to blow up buildings and the demolition of homes suspected of being used by insurgents and their allies could backfire by increasing the average Iraqi's resentment against the U.S. occupation while fostering support for anti-American guerrilla fighters. This claim was borne out in a recently leaked classified CIA report which concluded that Iraqis are losing faith in the U.S.-led occupation leading to more sympathy for the insurgents.

The White House has reacted to the deteriorating situation in Iraq with plans to speed up a transition from American rule to an Iraqi provisional government handpicked by the U.S. In a recent New York Times editorial, Max Boot of the Council on Foreign Relations recommends that the U.S. adopt tactics used in the Vietnam War, such as the infamous Phoenix Program, where the CIA assassinated more than 26,000 supporters of the Communist insurgency. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Rahul Mahajan, author of the book, "Full Spectrum Dominance: U.S. Power in Iraq and Beyond," who takes a critical look at the tactics used by the Pentagon in confronting the growing insurgency challenging the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

"Full Spectrum Dominance: U.S. Power in Iraq and Beyond," is published by Seven Stories Press. Visit Rahul Mahajan's website to see "10 Issues The Media Fell Down On."

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Police Attack Protesters at Miami's FTAA Summit
While Negotiators Scale Back
Scope of Free Trade Treaty

Interview with Karen Hansen-Kuhn,
international coordinator with
the Alliance for Responsible Trade,
conducted by Scott Harris

When more than 20,000 protesters converged on Miami to voice opposition to the Free Trade Area of the Americas during a major summit meeting there last week, police had transformed the streets of this resort city into a virtual military camp. As union activists, environmentalists, students and clergy participated in peaceful and legal rallies and marches, many were attacked by police shooting plastic bullets and wielding batons, tear gas and pepper spray. An estimated 250 people were arrested, many with injuries. One student from the University of Massachusetts received a severe head injury at the hands of police, but was denied medical attention while in custody. John DeLeon, a past president of the Miami chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union said, "...the government and police treated these people who came to express their views as enemies rather than as Americans exercising their rights."

But while demonstrators struggled to make their voices heard outside, delegates from 34 nations throughout the Americas came to the realization inside that a comprehensive FTAA treaty, along the lines of the North American Free Trade Agreement, was impossible. So negotiators ended their summit meeting a day early and announced a narrow framework -- dubbed "FTAA Lite" -- which excluded contentious issues such as agricultural tariffs, intellectual property and rules governing foreign investment. Brazil, with support from many nations in Latin America, blocked Washington's blueprint which demanded that governments surrender their sovereignty to multi-national corporations and their quest to maximize profit.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Karen Hansen Kuhn, International Coordinator of the Alliance for Responsible Trade who was in Miami for the FTAA summit meeting. She discusses the widespread opposition to the Washington driven FTAA and why the result of this summit is a victory for those who oppose corporate-led globalization.

Contact the Alliance by calling (202) 898-1566 or visit their website at

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Congress Passes Medicare Prescription Drug Bill
Which Critics Call a Gift to Pharmaceutical
Companies and Moves System Toward Privatization

Seniors to be hit hard by costly premiums and deductibles

Interview with Gail Shearer,
director of health policy analysis,
Consumer's Union,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Employing what one Democrat called the most egregious violation of congressional rules in a quarter century, the House and Senate passed a bill authorizing inclusion of a prescription drug benefit for the Medicare program just before Congress adjourned for the holidays. For the first time since Medicare was established in 1965, this bill provides some assistance for senior citizens to pay for their medications, but it also contains many provisions that critics fear could end Medicare as we know it. Some of the most controversial aspects of the $400 billion bill include: a mandate for private companies to administer the drug benefit; continuation of a ban on importation of cheaper prescription drugs from abroad; and a directive for Medicare to compete head-to-head with private health plans in six metropolitan areas starting in 2010. On the plus side, the bill will speed federal approval of generic drugs and provide increased payments to rural hospitals and doctors.

Seniors will get a drug discount card to use in 2004 and 2005, with full benefits beginning in 2006. Beneficiaries must pay $750 a year in premiums and deductibles before starting to save any money on prescriptions. Then insurance would cover three-quarters of drug costs up to $2,250. Medicare would then pay nothing more until the beneficiary paid $3,600 out of pocket.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Gail Shearer, director of health policy analysis for Consumer's Union, just before final passage of the measure. She explains why her group opposed the legislation, and what seniors can expect down the line with this new bill signed into law.

For more information, call (202) 462-6262 or visit the group's website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Greenpeace faces dual attacks from the United Nation's International Maritime Organisation and U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft. ("Greenpeace under attack by U.N. and U.S.," by Jim Lobe,, Nov. 18, 2003)
  • Over the past century, more than 100,000 Native American children have been forced to attend government-run Christian boarding schools, which critics accuse of perpetrating abuse and cultural genocide. ("Soul Wound," Amnesty Now, Summer 2003)
  • Children's use of prescription drugs has grown by 30 percent since 1997, with uncertain health consequences. ("Doping Kids," by Helen Cordes, Mother Jones, September/October 2003.)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Sasha Summer Cousineau
News reader: Denise Manzari
Segment producer: Melinda Tuhus
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Between The Lines Week Ending 11/28/03

Bush Re-Election Issues

"More Soldiers Die After Bush Visit," Longview News-Journal, Nov. 28, 2003

"Bush Iraq Visit a Photo-Op Stunt," Agence France-Presse, Nov. 28, 2003

"Senate Republican Staffer Put on Leave," The Associated Press, Nov. 25, 2003

"Iraq War Providing a Boost to Al-Qaida," The Sun, Nov. 22, 2003

"War Critics Astonished as U.S. Hawk Admits Invasion Was Illegal," The Guardian UK, Nov. 20, 2003

"CIA Still Finds No Evidence Saddam Tried To Arm Terrorists: Report " Agence France-Presse, Nov. 17, 2003

"Bush & the Environment: Crimes Against Nature," the Rolling Stone, Nov. 11, 2003

American Empire/War Profiteering

"The War Party: Thieves As Well As Liars", Nov. 21, 2003

"The Axis of Oil: How a Plan for the World's Biggest Pipeline Threatens to Wreak Havoc," The Independent UK, Oct. 28, 2003

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq

"Imperial Folly: On Landing In 'Baghdad,'" TomDispatch, Nov.28, 2003

"Army Is Planning for 100,000 G.I.'s in Iraq Till 2006," The New York Times, Nov. 22, 2003

"Americans Turn Tikrit Into Iraq's Own West Bank" The Independent/UK, Nov. 18, 2003

"CIA: The U.S Could Lose In Iraq," The Guardian/UK, Nov. 13, 2003

"Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog From Iraq"

"Juan Cole: Informed Comment"

Civil Liberties

"Amnesty International Calls For Miami Investigation," New York Times, Nov. 27, 2003

"Criminalizing Dissent: What Miami Means,", Nov. 27, 2003

"Gen. Tommy Franks: U.S. + WMD Attack = Military Government,", Nov. 21, 2003

"Mission Creep Hits Home," Los Angeles Times, Nov. 23, 2003

"PATRIOT Act Expansion Moving Through Congress," OneWorld.Net, Nov. 21, 2003

"Arar Case A Symbol of Post-9/11 Excesses, Civil Liberties Group Says," Toronto Star, Nov. 16, 2003

Media And Activism

"George W. Bush Loves Michael Jackson,", Nov. 21, 2003

"FCC Planning New Giveaway To Broadcasters," Center For Digital Democracy, Nov. 12, 2003

"War, Social Justice, Media And Democracy," ZNet, Nov. 10, 2003

National Conference on Media Reform, selected speeches, Nov. 7-9, 2003


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