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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, March 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 9, 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!


  • White House Attack
    on Former Counter-Terrorism Chief
    Follows Pattern of Smearing

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  • Israeli Assassination of Hamas Leader
    Occurs as Ariel Sharon Plans
    to Withdraw from Gaza Strip

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  • Food Industry Pushing Junk Food
    a Prime Contributor
    to Obesity Crisis

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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 13, 2004.

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

White House Attack
on Former Counter-Terrorism Chief
Follows Pattern of Smearing

Interview with Daniel Ellsberg,
former U.S. Defense Department analyst
prosecuted for his release
of now-famous "Pentagon Papers,"
conducted by Scott Harris

In testimony before the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington, former counter-terrorism chief Richard Clarke charged that the Bush administration failed to recognize the urgent threat posed by al Qaeda before 9/11 and manipulated America into fighting an unprovoked war against Iraq. Since giving his damaging testimony and the release of his book, "Against All Enemies," Clarke's credibility has been attacked by the White House and its allies as an opportunist looking for work in a future Democratic administration, and as an inconsistent, untrustworthy figure trying to sell his new book.

But Clarke, who served under Ronald Reagan, the first Bush White House, Bill Clinton and the current administration, says that his detractors are engaged in character assassination rather than dealing with the substance of his criticism. The stakes are high in this election year, with many observers predicting that White House attacks on Clarke will only further weaken President Bush.

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In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg was a career U.S. government analyst when he leaked the now-famous "Pentagon Papers" to the press. The 47-volume Defense Department internal study of the U.S. role in Southeast Asian conflicts over three decades was classified top secret. The documents chronicled the lies and deceit employed by government officials to justify U.S. military intervention in the region's wars. Ellsberg, originally a strong supporter of the Vietnam War became a committed opponent, and faced felony charges that could have put him in prison for 115 years. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Daniel Ellsberg, who assesses the significance of Richard Clarke's testimony and the damage that could result to Bush's presidency.

Daniel Ellsberg's release of "The Pentagon Papers" in 1971 bolstered opposition to the Vietnam War. Ellsberg's book, "Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers" is published by Viking. Visit his website at

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Those Who Dared to Come Forward
In-depth compilation on Washington insiders who are speaking out on Bush administration policies and actions

Israeli Assassination of Hamas Leader
Occurs as Ariel Sharon Plans
to Withdraw from Gaza Strip

Interview with Phyllis Bennis,
fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies,
conducted Scott Harris

Israel is bracing for retaliatory attacks after Ariel Sharon's government carried out the March 22nd assassination of Sheik Ahmed Yassin, founder and spiritual leader of the militant Palestinian group Hamas. Replacing the wheelchair-bound Sheik Yassin is the new leader of Hamas, Dr. Abdel Aziz Rantisi, who has vowed to launch attacks on Israel using all available means, including suicide bombers who target Israeli civilians in their fight to liberate Palestine.

While much of the world denounced the killing of Sheik Yassin as a dangerous escalation of Israeli-Palestinian violence, the Bush administration withheld judgment and worked to defeat a UN Security Council resolution condemning the murder. Observers noted that the assassination of Sheik Yassin may have been timed to bolster public support for Ariel Sharon in advance of his government's expected unilateral withdrawl of Israeli troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip and areas of the West Bank. Meanwhile, Sharon is facing a possible indictment on political corruption charges that could bring down his government.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, who examines the rationale and timing of Sheik Yassin's assassination and the likely repercussions of the killing, including the possible strengthening of the Sheik's Hamas movement.

Phyllis Bennis is author of the book, "Before and After: U.S. Foreign Policy and the September 11 Crisis." Contact the Institute by calling (202) 234-9382 or visit their website at

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Food Industry Pushing Junk Food
a Prime Contributor
to Obesity Crisis

Interview with Kelly Brownell,
director of the Yale University Center
for Eating and Weight Disorders,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Recent studies have shown that obesity in the U.S. has reached epidemic proportions. An estimated 65 percent of all Americans are overweight, a direct cause of diabetes, heart disease and skyrocketing health care costs. The food industry, which promotes the consumption of junk food high in sugar, fat and calories, but low on nutrition, has played a primary role in contributing to this health crisis. These powerful corporations target children with advertising campaigns that successfully influence young people to adopt poor eating habits.

While healthy foods can be expensive and are often are hard to find, junk food is ubiquitous and cheap. High-calorie foods and sugary soft drinks are sold everywhere from gas stations to schools. Researchers say sedentary lifestyles exacerbate the obesity crisis, with television viewing and video game playing often replacing physical exercise.

In their book, "Food Fight: How America is Eating Itself into a National Health Crisis and What We Can Do About It," Kelly Brownell and Katherine Horgen describe the root causes of the obesity epidemic. The authors also discuss public policy initiatives that they say could help reverse America's expanding waistline.

Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Brownell, director of Yale University's Center for Eating and Weight Disorders, who describes the food industry's role in the obesity crisis, and proposals that would tax junk food and make healthy foods more affordable.

For more information about "Food Fight," visit the Center for Eating and Weight Disorder's website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • U.S. government investing $10 billion in a new Manhattan Project, doubling the budget for chemical and biological defense projects. ("The Next Worst Thing," by Michael Scherer, Mother Jones, March/April 2004)
  • Bush administration offers another bailout for the nuclear industry by proposing a $1.1 billion reactor to manufacture hydrogen as the "ultimate" alternative fuel. ("Three Mile Island," The Nation, April 5, 2004)
  • Fox News Channel likes to boast that it's number one in cable news, but according to the media watch group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, CNN has higher cumulative ratings, or total number of viewers watching specific channels for at least six minutes a day. ("The Ratings Mirage," by Steve Rendall, Extra, March/April, 2004)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Zelphia Hunter
Segment producer: Melinda Tuhus
Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates
Senior Web editor/producer: Anna Manzo
Web producer: Jeff Yates
Newswire Editor: Hank Hoffman
Web editor: Bill Cosentino
Executive producer: Scott Harris
Theme music: Mikata

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Between The Lines Week Ending 4/2/04

Election 2004

"GOP Operatives Lead At Iraq Press Office," Associated Press, Apr. 4, 2004

"Secret GOP Email Gives Advice On Denying Climate Change," Observer/UK, Apr. 4, 2004

"Former FBI Translator: Condolezza Rice Told An 'Outrageous Lie;' Plans To Attack With Aircraft Known Pre-9/11," The Independent/UK, Apr. 2, 2004

"Nader Believes His Campaign Can Help Kerry," Seattle Times, Apr. 1, 2004

"Bush's Warfare State," By Barbara Ehrenreich, The Progressive, Mar. 30, 2004

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Uzbekistan: The Next Iraq?," By Ali Abunimah, Electronic Iraq, Apr. 3, 2004

"Still Dreaming of Tehran," The Nation, April 12, 2004

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq

"Let's Make Enemies: Bremer Unveils Tricks For Retaining U.S. Power In Iraq After June 30," By Naomi Klein, The Nation, Apr. 19, 2004

"10 U.S. Troops Killed In Iraq Violence," Associated Press, Apr. 4, 2004

"Blair Told U.S. Targeting Saddam 'Just Days After 9/11,'" Independent/UK, Apr. 4, 2004

"Families Rage," By Robert Fisk, Independent/UK, Apr. 3, 2004

"Lessons Of Fallujah," By Justin Raimondo,, Apr. 2, 2004

"Horror In Fallujah Points To Rising Anti-American Rage," Agence France Presse, Apr. 1, 2004

"Latest Attack Belies Military Assurances Of Progress," Oakland Tribune, Apr. 1, 2004

"Coalition Of The Mercenaries," By Robert Fisk, Independent/UK, Apr. 1, 2004

"A Grim Milestone: American Fatalities Reach 600,", Apr. 1, 2004

"Medical Evacuations In Iraq War Hit 18,000," UPI, Mar. 31, 2004

"More Killings, Death Threats And Closure Deepen Media Crisis In Iraq," Electronic Iraq, Mar. 30, 2004

"Mercenaries 'R' Us," By Bill Berkowitz, Alternet, Mar. 24, 2004

Civil Liberties

"License To Criticize The PATRIOT Act," By Nancy Talanian, Common Dreams, Apr. 2, 2004

"Be Careful What You Say On Campus," By Beshara Doumani, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Apr. 2, 2004

"University Of Fear," L.A. Weekly, Apr. 2, 2004

"Inside America's Concentration Camp," Counterpunch, Apr. 1, 2004

"Guantanamo: Maybe None Of Them Are Terrorists," By Isabel Hilton, Guardian/UK, Mar. 31, 2004

Media Issues

"When Mainstream Political Kibitzing Comes Online," By Matt Stoller, Blogging of the President 2004, Apr. 4, 2004

"Reporter Apologizes For Media's Iraq Coverage," Editor & Publisher, Mar. 29, 2004


"Beit Leqiya" By Starhawk,, Mar. 30, 2004

"GM Canola On The Priarie: Gene Patents, Farmers' Rights," By Matthew Rimmer, openDemocracy, Mar. 26, 2004

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