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New Haven Advocate's
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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

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For The Week Ending March 5, 2004



  • U.S. Fails to Act as Death Squads Vow
    to Overthrow Government of
    Haitian President Aristide

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  • Revived Energy Bill, with Giveaways
    to Big Energy Companies,
    is Again Before Congress

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  • Leading U.S. Scientists Condemn
    White House Censorship and
    Distortion of Science Data

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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:

U.S. Fails to Act as Death Squads Vow
to Overthrow Government of
Haitian President Aristide

Interview with Larry Birns,
executive director of Council on Hemispheric Affairs,
conducted by Scott Harris

As armed rebels seized Haiti's second largest city, Cap Haitien, consolidating their control over the northern half of the country, food supplies were looted and paramilitary gangs hunted down loyalists of embattled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Meanwhile American, French and Organization of American States diplomats attempted to convince opposition groups to accept a peace plan, already agreed to by President Aristide, that would institute a power-sharing arrangement and plan for new legislative elections.

In the capital of Port-au-Prince, supporters of President Aristide built barricades and patrolled city streets to repel an expected rebel attack there. Haiti's small and ill-equipped police force is no match for the heavily armed rebels, many of whom are former members of Haiti's disbanded army. Rebel leaders Louis-Jodel Chamblain and Guy Phillipe are both associated with FRAPH, a death squad accused of murdering, raping and torturing thousands of Haitians after the military overthrew Aristide's first government in 1991. Critics charge that opposition groups who are calling for Aristide's ouster have been funded by the Bush administration through the National Endowment for Democracy, long used by Washington to funnel support to allies.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Larry Birns, executive director with the Council on Hemispheric Affairs. Birns discusses U.S. policy in this crisis and the need for international intervention to prevent the establishment of another military dictatorship in Haiti, a nation which has suffered through dozens of coups and revolts over the past 200 years.

Contact the Council on Hemispheric Affairs by calling (202) 216-9261 or visit their web site at

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Revived Energy Bill, with Giveaways
to Big Energy Companies,
is Again Before Congress

Interview with Karen Wayland,
acting legislative director,
Natural Resources Defense Council,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Last November, the Senate defeated a mammoth energy bill that would have increased U.S. reliance on oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear power while throwing crumbs to promote renewable energy and conservation. In addition to the active opposition of environmental groups, what killed the bill in the end was the insistence of some legislative leaders that the measure provide protection from lawsuits filed against makers of MTBE, a toxic gasoline additive demonstrated to have contaminated groundwater across the country.

The bill has been introduced in Congress again by Sen. Pete Domenici, Republican of New Mexico. This time, the Senate version omits the liability protection for MTBE, but House Majority Leader Tom DeLay says that makes the bill a non-starter in the House of Representatives. DeLay's district is home to companies that produce MTBE. Other features of the bill include big tax breaks for the oil industry, and expensive tax-payer funded offshore drilling incentives such as a proposed giveaway of undersea oil to energy companies in environmentally fragile Alaskan areas.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Karen Wayland, acting legislative director of the Natural Resources Defense Council. She examines who stands to win and lose in this new incarnation of the energy bill.

For more information on the energy bill, call the NRDC at (202) 513- 6241 or visit their website at

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Leading U.S. Scientists Condemn
White House Censorship
and Distortion of Science Data

Interview with Dr. Kurt Gottfried,
chairman of the Union of Concerned Scientists,
conducted by Scott Harris

In a statement signed by more than 60 prominent scientists -- including 20 Nobel laureates -- leading medical experts, former heads of government agencies and presidents of universities condemned the Bush administration for suppressing and distorting scientific analysis and taking actions which have undermined the quality of scientific advisory panels. Russell Train, who served as head of the Environmental Protection Agency under Republican presidents Nixon and Ford, was among the endorsers. The declaration, and an accompanying report titled "Scientific Integrity in Policymaking," was issued by the Union of Concerned Scientists on Feb. 18.

The signers of the statement maintain that the administration has employed censorship, and manipulated data in areas such as air pollution, climate change and the control of toxic substances in pursuit of partisan political gain. Allegations that scientists working at several federal agencies have been subjected to political interference in their research are examined in the report.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Dr. Kurt Gottfried, emeritus professor of physics at Cornell University and chairman of the Union of Concerned Scientists board of directors. Dr. Gottfried summarizes the scientist's critique of the White House handling of science issues and their call for congressional hearings to investigate their charges.

To obtain a copy of the group's statement and report, contact the Union of Concerned Scientists at (617) 547-5552 or visit their website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • UN report accuses Rwanda of arming militias in order to gain control of the Congo's diamond and gold mines. ("UN names forces in struggle for Congo Gold Fields," The Guardian, Dec. 4, 2004)
  • UN investigators are making a new push to have former General Wiranto, the one-time Indonesian defense minister and a current presidential candidate placed under arrest. ("UN seeks arrest of Indonesian president hopeful," Financial Times, Jan. 28, 2004)
  • The Bush-Cheney re-election campaign has been in high gear for months employing their big money advantage and voter intimidation tactics. ("The GOP Deploys," American Prospect, February 2004)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Sasha Summer Cousineau
News reader: Prue Cullen
Segment producer: Melinda Tuhus
Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates
Senior Web editor/producer: Anna Manzo
Web producer: Jeff Yates
Web editors: Hank Hoffman and Bill Cosentino
Executive producer: Scott Harris
Theme music: Mikata

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Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 2/27/04

Election 2004

"The Junk Science Of George W. Bush," By Robert F. Kennedy Jr., The Nation, Mar. 8, 2004

"Bush's Gay Marriage Amendment Support A Move To Satisfy Conservative Base," Washington Post, Feb. 25, 2004

"Disenchanted Bush Voters Consider Crossing Over," by Elisabeth Rosenthal, The New York Times, Feb. 22, 2004

"Kerry & The 'Special Interest' Hit Piece," By Sam Parry, Consortium News, Feb. 19, 2004

"Now In Previews, Political Theater In The Street," The New York Times, Feb. 19, 2004

"Pentagon Offices Face Probe On Iraq Claims," ABC Online, Feb. 19, 2004

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Tomorrow The World," By Thomas Powers, New York Review of Books, Mar. 11, 2004

"Is What's Good For Boeing And Halliburton Good For America?," World Policy Institute, Feb., 2004

"Soldier For The Truth: An Interview With Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski (Ret.)," By Marc Cooper, L.A. Weekly, Feb. 20, 2004

"How Far Will The U.S. Go To Maintain Its Illegitimate Primacy In Iraq?," By Tariq Ali, Information Clearing House, Feb. 18, 2004

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq

"Washington Conceals U.S. Casualties In Iraq," Coastal Post Online, Mar., 2004

"Report Says Military Distorts War Deaths," The Boston Globe, Feb. 18, 2004

"Iraq Bombings Reveal Bigger U.S. Problems," San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 17, 2004

Civil Liberties

"Pentagon Bans Rights Groups From Guantanamo Trials," By Jim Lobe,, Feb. 24, 2004

"U.S. Still Funding Total Information Awareness Projects," Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 23, 2004

"You Could Get 10 Years In Prison Just For Reading This," By David Grenier, Counterpunch, Feb. 20, 2004

"Rhode Island Governor's Homeland Security Bill Under Fire," Associated Press, Feb. 18, 2004

"John Ashcroft's Subpoena Blitz," FindLaw, Feb. 18, 2004

Media And Activism

"NY Times Fails To Acknowledge Its Role In WMD Hype" Editor & Publisher, Feb. 20, 2004

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

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