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WPKN Radio, 89.5 FM

"Giving Voice to Dissent: Bridgeport's WPKN Radio Covers The News With Left-Of-Center Takes Not Found In The Mainstream Media" Hartford Courant, Feb. 26, 2003

"The Rest of the News," New Haven Advocate, July 3, 2003


War Profiteering

"Noam Chomsky on Middle East Conflict and U.S. War Plan Against Iraq," Between The Lines interview with Noam Chomsky, conducted by Scott Harris, for the Week Ending May 3, 2002

"The Iraq War & The Bush Administration's Pursuit of Global Domination," Counterpoint, Sept. 15, 2003

The Iraq Crisis, a Global Policy Forum, UN Security Council section on the 13 years of sanctions and other background of the war, the humanitarian situation, the importance of Iraq's huge oil resources, and disputes over a post-war government and reconstruction plan

"Occupation, Inc." Southern Exposure, Winter, 2003/2004

"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

"An Annotated Saddam Chronology," ZNet, Dec. 15, 2003

Civil Liberties

"Keeping Secrets: The Bush administration is doing the public's business out of the public eye. Here's how--and why," by Christopher H. Schmitt and Edward T. Pound, U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 12, 2003

"FBI Memo: Tactics Used During Protests And Demonstrations" Federal Bureau of Investigation, Oct. 15, 2003

"F.B.I. Scrutinizes Antiwar Rallies" by Eric Lichtblau, New York Times, Nov. 23, 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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For The Week Ending Feb. 20, 2004



  • President Stumbles in Reacting
    to the Public Unraveling of
    White House Justification for Iraq War

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  • Palestinians Charge Israeli Barrier
    Will Bring Neither Security Nor Peace

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  • Armed Rebellion Attempts
    to Oust Haitian President

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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President Stumbles in Reacting
to the Public Unraveling of
White House Justification for Iraq War

Interview with Bill Hartung,
World Policy Institute,
conducted by Scott Harris

Soon after David Kay, the former chief U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq declared publicly that Saddam Hussein's regime likely possessed no weapons of mass destruction at the time of last year's U.S. invasion, the Bush administration came under pressure to agree to the establishment of an independent commission to investigate the issue. After initially resisting the idea, the president agreed to set up such a panel, but with members he alone would select.

The bipartisan commission will be co-chaired by Laurence Silberman, a Republican activist and retired federal judge, and moderate Democrat Charles Robb, a former governor and senator from Virginia. Other members include GOP Senator John McCain; Richard Levin, president of Yale University, and Lloyd Cutler, former legal counsel for two Democratic presidents. But administration critics point out that the commission won't issue a final report until well after November's election. They also complain that the Commission's mandate will narrowly focus on intelligence failures and how to fix them, not on the central question asked around the world: Did the White House manipulate intelligence to gain support for the war?

With many public opinion polls showing Bush running behind Democratic candidate John Kerry, the president recently appeared as a guest on TV's "Meet the Press" program to explain his position on the war and why Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction have not been found. But his performance was not highly rated even by some longtime Republican allies. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Bill Hartung, director of the Arms Trade Research Center at the World Policy Institute, who assesses the Bush administration's reaction to the very public unraveling of their brash justifications for the war in Iraq.

Contact the World Policy Institute at (212) 229-5808 or visit the group's website at Bill Hartung is the author of "How Much are you Making on the War, Daddy? A Quick and Dirty Guide to War Profiteering in the Bush Administration," published by Nation Books.

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Palestinians Charge Israeli Barrier
Will Bring Neither Security Nor Peace

Interview with Mazin Qumsiyeh,
co-founder of Al-Awda,
Palestinian Right to Return,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

The Israeli government has announced that it is altering its construction of what it calls a security barrier, to be closer to the recognized boundaries between Israel and the West Bank and to be less intrusive into Palestinian territory. The barrier is now planned to be 420 miles long, rather than the original 480 miles, and construction, which is one-fourth complete, continues.

The Palestinian authority, which opposes construction of the barrier, says adjustments to the Wall's route are unacceptable. The legitimacy of the Wall is now being challenged at both the International Court of Justice in the Hague, which can issue only an advisory ruling, and the Israeli Supreme Court, where the Association for Civil Rights in Israel contends the barrier infringes on Palestinian rights.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Mazin Qumsiyeh, co-founder of Al-Awda, or the Palestinian Right to Return Coalition. He talks about the wall and about his conviction that the only just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a one-state solution where Jews, Muslims and Christians can live together as equals.

For more information, visit the group's website at Mazin Qumsiyeh is the author of "Sharing the Land of Canaan," soon to be published by Pluto Press.

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Armed Rebellion Attempts
to Oust Haitian President

Interview with Kim Ives,
Haiti Progres editor,
conducted by Scott Harris

Escalating violence between opponents and supporters of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has seen armed rebel groups take over Haiti's fourth largest city, Gonaives, and conflicts in nearly a dozen other cities and towns. The rebellion by former soldiers and those unhappy with the Aristide government, comes after opposition groups refused to enter into negotiations with the president over future legislative elections. These groups demand that Aristide resign two years before his term in office expires.

Jean-Bertrand Aristide was elected president of Haiti in 1990 after decades of brutal dictatorship under the U.S. backed Duvalier family. But a military coup cut short Aristide's presidency in 1991 after just seven months in office. The former Catholic priest who fled into exile was returned to power in 1994 after a combined U.S.-U.N. military force ousted the coup makers. Aristide's term ended the following year, and he was re-elected president in 2000.

Tensions rose in Haiti after opposition parties, backed by the U.S., charged that the May 2000 legislative election was corrupted by fraud. Washington's decision to then block the flow of millions of dollars in economic aid, exacerbated an already dire situation for citizens in the Western hemisphere's poorest nation. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Kim Ives, an editor with the newspaper Haiti Progres, who had just returned from a visit to Haiti. Ives takes a look at the chaotic situation there and examines the makeup of Haiti's opposition groups.

Contact Haiti Progres by calling (718) 434-8100 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Allegations that the Israeli army has carried out summary executions of Palestinians in recent West Bank raids provokes calls for an inquiry. ("Israel's 'execution' troops face death quiz," The Observer, Feb. 1, 2004)
  • Mexican President Vicente Fox's credibility undermined by a pattern of law enforcement indifference to the hundreds of unsolved murders of poor, young women in the industrial city of Ciudad Juarez. ("Shadow of Death In Ciudad Juarez," World Press Review, February 2004)
  • Union organizers confront aggressive anti-labor campaign at Smithfield Foods' hog processing plant in North Carolina. ("Hog Tied," Amnesty Now, Winter 2003)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Sasha Summer Cousineau
Segment producer: Melinda Tuhus
Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates
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Web producer: Jeff Yates
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Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 2/13/04

Election 2004

"Bush's National Guard Service: How Well Did He Serve?," Time, Feb. 15, 2004

"Bush's Iraq Commission Won't Be Investigating The Key WMD Issue," By John Dean, FindLaw, Feb. 13, 2004

"1971 Photo Of Kerry Doctored," Newsday, Feb., 2004

"President Kerry: Beneficiary Of Bush Vs. Bush," By Geov Parrish, Working For Change, Feb. 11, 2004

"W As In AWOL: Case Not Closed," By David Corn, The Nation, Feb. 11, 2004

"Bush Vs. Bush?," By Steve Perry, City Pages, Feb. 11, 2004

"Shaken Father Writes To The President," Home News Tribune, Feb. 5, 2004

"Top Bush Aide Is Questioned in C.I.A. Leak," New York Times, Feb. 10, 2004

"Columbia Journalism Review's Campaign Coverage Critique & Analysis," Columbia Journalism Review

American Empire/War Profiteering

"The Costs Of Empire: Starting With A Solid Base," Asia Times, Feb. 13, 2004

"The Militarization Of U.S. Foreign Policy," By Mel Goodman, Foreign Policy In Focus, Feb., 2004

"Contract Sport: The Cheney-Halliburton Connection," The New Yorker, Feb. 9, 2004

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq

"Professional Raid In Iraq Points To A New Armed Phase," Telegraph/UK, Feb. 16, 2004

"U.S., British Spy Op Wrecked Pre-War Peace Move," Observer/UK, Feb. 15, 2004

"U.S. Has Murky Picture Of Iraq Resistance," Guardian/UK, Feb. 15, 2004

"Fallen Soldier's Mother Says Her Son Died 'For Absolutely Nothing,'" Hopewell Valley News, Feb. 12, 2004

"Calling Major Ritter,'" By Col. David Hackworth, WorldNetDaily, Feb. 10, 2004 <

Civil Liberties

"Criminal Dissent,", Feb. 12, 2004

"U.S. Officials Drop Activist Subpoenas," Des Moines Register, Feb. 11, 2004

"Inquisition In Iowa," Counterpunch, Feb. 10, 2004

Media And Activism

"Now They Tell Us: The Press' Pre-War WMD Failure," By Michael Massing, New York Review Of Books, Feb. 26, 2004

"O'Reilly Eats Words On WMD Claims," New York Daily News, Feb. 11, 2004

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