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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 And Profiteering

"Iraq On The Record," U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman report, Mar. 16, 2004

"Greenspan Testimony Highlights Bush Plan for Deliberate Federal Bankruptcy," by Michael Meurer,, March 2, 2004

"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 April 2, 2004


  • In case you missed the Media Reform Conference in Madison, Wis. in November, RealAudio and MP3 of speeches and workshops can be heard by clicking here!


  • World Public Opinion Poll
    Reveals Growing Hostility Toward
    America and Its Foreign Policy

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  • International Protests Against Iraq War
    and Occupation Mark Anniversary of U.S. Invasion

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  • Afghan Women Continue to Face Repression
    2 1/2 Years After the Overthrow
    of the Fundamentalist Taliban Regime

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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 April 6, 2004.

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

World Public Opinion Poll
Reveals Growing Hostility Toward
America and Its Foreign Policy

Interview with Ed Bice,
executive director of
People's Opinion Project,
conducted by Scott Harris

A recent survey conducted in European and Arab nations by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, has found increasing hostility toward America and its foreign policy. The public opinion poll titled, "A Year After the Iraq War: Mistrust of America in Europe Ever Higher, Muslim Anger Persists," revealed that antagonism for the U.S. has intensified among the people of France, Germany and Britain. This comes as there is growing support in Europe for foreign and military policies more independent of the United States.

In Muslim countries surveyed, resentment against the U.S. is pervasive. Majorities of those polled in four Muslim nations doubt the sincerity of the U.S. war on terrorism and believe instead that Washington's policies are aimed at controlling Middle East Oil and to dominate the world. More alarmingly, Osama bin Laden is viewed favorably by large percentages of people in Pakistan, Jordan and Morocco. The recent Israeli assassination of the wheelchair-bound Hamas spiritual leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin has undoubtedly deepened the already burning rage against America in the Arab and Muslim world.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ed Bice, executive director of the People's Opinion Project, who examines the Pew Center's polling data, what it means for America's standing in the world and why there is such a wide gap between world and U.S. public opinion.

Contact the People's Opinion Project by calling (415) 488-0618 or visit their website at

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International Protests Against Iraq War
and Occupation Mark Anniversary of U.S. Invasion

Interview with Leslie Cagan,
national coordinator of
United for Peace and Justice,
conducted Scott Harris

In the months before the Bush administration launched its invasion of Iraq, millions of people throughout the world marched against the coming war. During a global day of protest Feb. 15, 2003, an estimated 30 million people in more than 600 cities marched to oppose President Bush's plan for a "pre-emptive" war against Iraq. Despite overwhelming international opposition and the lack of United Nations authorization, the Bush administration commenced their invasion of Iraq with the so-called "shock and awe" bombing campaign on March 19.

One year later, more than 500 U.S. soldiers have died, 10,000 or more Iraqis have lost their lives with thousands maimed and wounded on all sides. An insurgency fueled by resistance to the U.S. occupation has drawn attacks and terrorist bombings targeting coalition forces and their Iraqi allies.

As the U.S. election campaign heats up, a stream of revelations about the White House rationale for war in Iraq has put President Bush on the defensive. Richard Clarke, the Bush administration's former counterterrorism coordinator, charges in a new book and recent interviews, that the White House failed to recognize the al-Qaeda threat before Sept. 11 attacks and manipulated America into a dangerous war against Iraq. On the one year anniversary of the launching of the war against Iraq, protesters again took to the streets across the world. Some two million people demonstrated in 60 nations on March 20, in cities throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. In the U.S., demonstrations were held in 300 cities and towns with tens of thousands gathering in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Leslie Cagan, national coordinator of United for Peace and Justice, a coalition of anti-war groups. After the New York City rally, which organizers say drew 100,000 protesters, Cagan assessed the achievements of the peace movement since the Iraq invasion.

Contact United for Peace and Justice by calling (212) 868-5545 or visit their website at

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Afghan Women Continue to Face Repression
2 1/2 Years After the Overthrow
of the Fundamentalist Taliban Regime

Interview with Sima Wali,
founder of Refugee Women in Development,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Under the Islamic Fundamentalist Taliban government in Afghanistan, the condition of women deteriorated almost to the state of non-personhood. Under the Taliban, women were not allowed to work outside their homes, girls were not permitted to attend school and women accused of associating with males other than their husbands or relatives faced severe punishment, including execution. Since the U.S. overthrew the Taliban regime in 2001, both Afghans and international aid workers have worked to improve the status of women in that country, but the situation is still desperate in many cases. Taliban guerrilla fighters now attacking the U.S.-backed government of Hamid Karzai appear to be growing in strength.

Sima Wali, an Afghan woman, fled her country after the former Soviet Union invaded in 1979. In 1981, she founded Refugee Women in Development to support uprooted women from many countries to participate in their own economic and social development. Wali returned to Afghanistan for the first time in October 2002, where she ran a skills-training workshop for women-led Afghan non-governmental organizations.

Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Wali about what she views to be the most serious challenges facing Afghan women and her hope for women's participation in the nation's new government.

Contact Refugee Women in Development by calling (703) 931-6442 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The Bush administration refuses to sign onto an American hemisphere communiqué affirming commitment to the "Cairo Consensus," an international agreement on family planning and reproductive services adopted by the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development. ("U.S. isolated at Hemispheric Conference on Gender, Population,", March 12, 2004 via
  • Australia's ecologically diverse Great Barrier Reef could be destroyed by global warming by the year 2050. ("Warmer Pacific Ocean threatens to wipe out coral on Great Barrier Reef," The Independent, online version, Feb. 23, 2004)
  • The failing for-profit Edison Schools Corp. is bailed out by Liberty Partners, a private equity company backed by the Florida Retirement System, the pension fund for public employees. Critics say Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his appointees pushed the deal. ("How Edison survived," The Nation, March 15, 2004)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Prue Cullen
News reader: Denise Manzari
Segment producer: Melinda Tuhus
Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates
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Newswire Editor: Hank Hoffman
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Executive producer: Scott Harris
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Between The Lines Week Ending 3/26/04

Election 2004

"White House Whitewash," by The Sunday Herald (Scotland), March 28, 2004

"Clarke Fends Off White House Dirty Tricks," The Independent/UK, March 28, 2004

"Running Scared from Clarke,"The Guardian/U.K., March 26, 2004

"In Rush to Defend White House, Rice Trips Over Own Words," The Washington Post, March 26, 2004

"Why John Kerry Must Retract His Position On Venezuela,", Mar. 26, 2004

"MIA WMDs--For Bush, It's A Joke," By David Corn, The Nation, Mar. 25, 2004

"Kerry Is Coke, Bush Is Crack," By Paul Street, ZNet, Mar. 24, 2004

"An Open Letter To John Kerry On Venezuela," by Eva Golinger, Counterpunch, March 24, 2004

"Kerry Says Bush Is Soft On Chavez," Miami Herald, Mar. 23, 2004

"Critical Mass: Iraq Charges Against Bush Start To Mount," Reuters, Mar. 23, 2004

"Veterans Face Conundrum: Kerry Or Bush?," USA Today, Feb. 18, 2004

"Lifting the Shroud," by Paul Krugman, New York Times, March 23, 2004

"Richard Clarke: His Case is Deep, Compelling," Minneapolis Star Tribune editorial, March 23, 2004

"Democrats Say Bush Abuses Power in Slamming Critic," Reuters, March 23, 2004

"White House Tries to Discredit Counterterrorism Coordinator," Knight-Ridder, March 22, 2004

"Clinton: Bush Had Urgent Warnings on Al-Qaeda," The New York Times, March 20, 2004

"Ex-Advisor Says Bush Eyed Bombing of Iraq on 9/11," Reuters, March 19, 2004

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Is Venezuela Next? By Saul Landau, Counterpunch, Mar. 24, 2004

"14 'Enduring Bases' Set In Iraq" Chicago Tribune, Mar. 23, 2004

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq

"G.I.s Padlock Baghdad Paper Accused Of Lies" The New York Times, Mar. 29, 2004

"'It's All Bad News:' Chaos In Liberated Iraq" By Nir Rosen, Reason, Mar. 26, 2004

"Widow Of Soldier In Jessica Lynch Unit Blasts Bush" Reuters, Mar. 23, 2004

"Iraqi Cleric Intensifies Opposition To Interim Constitution" Washington Post, Mar. 22, 2004

"Phase III Resistance In Iraq" By William Lind,, Mar. 23, 2004

Civil Liberties

"1660's Justice, American Style," By Robyn E. Blumner, St. Petersburg Times, Mar. 28, 2004

"Grand Rapids Police Monitored Antiwar Protests," Associated Press, Mar. 28, 2004

"Court Open Door To Searches Without Warrants," The New Orleans Channel, Mar. 26, 2004

Media Issues

"Clear Channel Execs Donate More to Bush," USA Today, March 23, 2004

"Failing The 'Lie Detector' Test," By William Jackson, Editor and Publisher, Mar. 22, 2004


"The Antiwar Movement In A Military Town", Mar. 24, 2004

"Worldwide Protests Demand Iraq Pullout," Reuters, March 21, 2004

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