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"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

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

"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 16, 2004


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  • Iraq Explodes in Violence
    as Sunnis and Shiites
    Rise up to Oppose U.S. Occupation

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  • Congresswoman Maxine Waters Decries
    U.S.-Installed Haitian Government's Embrace
    of Death Squad Leaders
    Who Overthrew President Aristide

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  • After Long Delay,
    South Africa Begins Offering
    Treatment to AIDS Patients

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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:

Iraq Explodes in Violence
as Sunnis and Shiites
Rise up to Oppose U.S. Occupation

Interview with Mel Goodman,
former CIA analyst
conducted by Scott Harris

With intensifying combat in the Sunni triangle and new attacks from a Shiite militia group, U.S. troops in Iraq are facing a dramatic escalation of violence and instability. In response to the killing and mutilation of four employees of a private security firm in Falluja, American forces mounted a massive assault on insurgents in this, city which has become a symbol of resistance to the U.S. occupation.

On a new and dangerous front, eight U.S. soldiers and dozens of Iraqis were killed in the first day of battles between American troops, and members of a militia group loyal to Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr. The fighting broke out after the U.S. closed down Sadr's newspaper and arrested his close associates. In response, the militia group launched an uprising in six Iraqi cities. The U.S. occupation authority has since issued an arrest warrant for Sadr on charges connected to the murder of a rival cleric, but the Shiite leader's followers vowed to prevent his capture. Growing resentment of the American occupation in Iraq has led to an unlikely alliance of some Shiites and Sunnis now united in their calls for a withdrawal of U.S. troops.

Despite the increasing violence and chaos, President Bush maintains that a transfer of power from U.S. authority to an interim Iraqi government will proceed as scheduled on June 30. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with former CIA analyst Mel Goodman, a professor at the National War College and author of the book, "Bush League Diplomacy." Goodman assesses the dangers ahead for the U.S. military in Iraq, whose citizens are ever more hostile to continued U.S. occupation.

Mel Goodman is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. Goodman's book, "Bush League Diplomacy: How the Neo-Conservatives are Putting the World at Risk", is published by Prometheus Books Contact the Center by calling (202) 232-3317 or visit their website at:

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters Decries
U.S.-Installed Haitian Government's Embrace
of Death Squad Leaders
Who Overthrew President Aristide

Interview with Congresswoman Maxine Waters,
conducted by Scott Harris

After rebels led attacks overthrowing his government, deposed Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide charged that he was the victim of a political kidnapping carried out by members of the United States military. After being forced to leave Haiti, American soldiers and State Department officials flew the democratically-elected president to the Central African Republic, where he remained until U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, a Jamaican parliamentarian and the former head of Trans Africa, Randall Robinson, chartered a plane to bring him back to Jamaica.

President Aristide's call for an investigation and prosecution of those responsible for his overthrow has been supported by member nations of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), who thus far have refused to recognize Haiti's new U.S.-installed government. While U.S., French, Canadian and Chilean troops patrol the streets of Haiti's cities, rebels have continued to attack and murder members of President Aristide's Lavalas party. Haiti's new Washington-installed Prime Minister Gerard Latortue, raised fears of renewed violence when he praised the rebels that overthrew President Aristide as "freedom fighters." Many of these men are convicted murderers and accused drug traffickers.

Before Secretary of State Colin Powell traveled to Haiti on April 5, 13 members of Congress addressed a letter to Powell asking him to extend the protection of the U.S. military to Lavalas Party officials, including the former prime minister, who have been attacked or threatened. Powell failed to respond, but said the U.S. was looking into prosecuting President Aristide on corruption charges.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Congresswoman Maxine Waters, a signer of the letter, who discusses her call for a congressional investigation into the U.S. role in the overthrow of President Aristide, and her effort to prevent more bloodshed in Haiti.

For more information, call California Congresswoman Maxine Water's office at (202) 225-2201, or visit her website at

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After Long Delay,
South Africa Begins Offering
Treatment to AIDS Patients

Interview with Dudu Dlamini,
of South Africa's Treatment
Action Campaign,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

More people are living and dying with AIDS in South Africa than in any other country. More than a million have died so far and hundreds of thousands of children have been orphaned. An estimated one out of nine people over age 2 is infected. The impact of such statistics on the social and economic fabric of South Africa is almost unimaginable.

In December 1998, the Treatment Action Campaign, or TAC, was launched to demand that the government of President Thabo Mbeki provide anti-retroviral treatment for people with HIV/AIDS, including HIV-positive pregnant women. Mbeki's position had long been that poverty, not HIV, causes AIDS, and he appointed ministers of health who promoted their own unscientific theories and treatments. Under diplomatic and political pressure, the government pledged a roll-out of anti-retrovirals beginning April 1, but later said the start date would be postponed until June because it would take that long to sign contracts with drug companies. In mid-March, TAC threatened to take the government to court to force implementation, and on April 1, a limited distribution of drugs began for the most seriously ill AIDS patients.

In late March, Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Dudu Dlamini, treatment project coordinator with TAC, at her office in Johannesburg. She contracted HIV from her abusive former husband and gave birth to a baby who died of AIDS at the age of 2. She went public with her case in 1999 and began treatment in a drug trial that has restored her health. Dlamini spoke about the government's position on AIDS, in light of upcoming national elections on April 14, and her hopes for tackling the disease in South Africa.

For more information, visit South Africa's Treatment Action Campaign website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Despite continuing human rights abuses, U.S. supports Colombian President Alvaro Uribe's free trade policies and privatization plans for the state-owned oil company. ("Terror in Colombia," The Nation, March 23, 2004)
  • Women of the Wall, a campaign of both Orthodox and Reform Jewish women, seek broader reforms in Judaism which will grant women the right to pray aloud from the Torah at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem without facing criminal charges and a prison sentence. ("Jewish Women Wage a Holy War," World Press Review, March 2004)
  • Florida's sugar industry, which gave over $19 million in donations to federal candidates in the 1990s, has succeeded in exempting itself from cleanup costs after decades of cultivation practices which have harmed the Everglades. ("Cattail Country," New Internationalist, December 2003)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Prue Cullen
Segment producer: Melinda Tuhus
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Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 4/9/04

Election 2004

"Kerry's Crucible: The Challenger has Entered a Perilous Zone," by William Greider, The Nation, April 26, 2004

"Mainstream Talking Head Schneider: Memo 'Could Be Seriously Damaging,'" CNN, Apr. 10, 2004

"FBI Disputes Rice Testimony," Newsday, Apr. 9, 2004

"Condolezza Rice: The Artful Dodger," By Joe Conason,, Apr. 9, 2004

"Bush Told of Hijack Warning Weeks Before 9/11," The Guardian, April 9, 2004

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"U.S. Seeks Major Military Base On United Cyprus" Asia Times, Apr. 10, 2004

"9/11 Commission Overlooks Results Of Proxy War Strategy," by Tony Karon,, April 8, 2004

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq

"British Commanders Condemn U.S. Military Tactics," Telegraph/UK, Apr. 12, 2004

"Sunni And Shia Unite Against Common Enemy," Guardian/UK, Apr. 10, 2004

"A Coalition Showing Signs of Fracture," by the Guardian/UK, April 9, 2004

"Sunni-Shiite Unity Breaks Through U.S. Roadblocks" Agence France-Presse, Apr. 9, 2004

"U.S. Forces Want Al-Jazeera Out Of Fallujah,", Apr. 9, 2004

"One Year Later," By Riverbend, Baghdad's Burning, Apr. 9, 2004

"The War's Simple Truth: The Iraqis Do Not Want Us," By Robert Fisk, Counterpunch, Apr. 9, 2004

"Former Pentagon Insider: 'When We Lie About Stuff,' People Die," The Free Lance-Star, Apr. 9, 2004

"In Iraq, A 'Perfect Storm,'" Christian Science Monitor, Apr. 9, 2004

"The Iraqi Resistance: A New Phase," By Tariq Ali, Counterpunch, Apr. 9, 2004

"U.S.-Backed Iraqi Governing Council Splits With Americans; Demands Immediate Ceasefire," Associated Press, Apr. 9, 2004

"Under Fire, Security Firms Form An Alliance," Washington Post, Apr. 8, 2004

"Account Of Broad Shiite Revolt Contradicts White House Stand," The New York Times, April 8, 2004

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties

"Peaceful Protest Under Attack," Denver Post editorial, Apr. 9, 2004

"Confiscating A Reporter's Tapes: Do Scalia's Tactics Violate first Amendment?," Los Angeles Times, Apr. 9, 2004

"Reporters Ordered To Erase Tapes While Covering Scalia Speech," Associated Press, Apr. 7, 2004

"Into The Shadows," by Tom Engelhardt,, April 5, 2004

"Is Playing Paintball And Firing Legal Guns Terrorism?," By Elaine Cassel, FindLaw, Mar. 25, 2004

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (But May Be At Your Local Art Theatre)," Counterpunch, Apr. 9, 2004

"Despite Setbacks, Top U.S. Papers Back U.S. War In Iraq," Editor & Publisher, Apr. 9, 2004

"Misreporting The Uprising In Iraq," By Danny Schechter,, Apr. 7, 2004

More newswire ...


"Woman Who Lost Son Now Protests; Faults Bush, Rumsfeld," Ledger-Enquirer, Apr. 9, 2004

"U.S. Muslims Seek Pentagon Probe On Iraq Photo," Electronic Iraq, Apr. 8, 2004

More newswire ...

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