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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

"The Global Gulag: Into The Shadows," by Tom Engelhardt,, April 5, 2004

"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 June 18, 2004


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  • June 30th Transition of Power in Iraq
    Criticized as Hollow Attempt to
    Bolster Bush Re-Election Bid

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  • Planned Parenthood Court Challenge
    Overturns GOP-Backed Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act

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  • Death of President Ronald Reagan
    Spurs Distorted Media View
    of His Administration's Successes and Failures

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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:

June 30th Transition of Power in Iraq
Criticized as Hollow Attempt to
Bolster Bush Re-Election Bid

Interview with Rahul Mahajan,
author and commentator,
conducted by Scott Harris

After more than a year of deadly failures in Iraq, the Bush administration is working hard to gain international legitimacy as it prepares for a symbolic handover of sovereignty to a new interim, hand-picked Iraqi government on June 30. On June 9, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a resolution jointly sponsored by the U.S. and Britain, which endorses the continuing presence of an American-led military force in the country after the transfer of power.

In what was described as another success by the Bush administration, U.S. officials and Iraq's newly appointed Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, announced in early June that they had brokered an agreement that will disband nine of the nation's largest militia groups. But two of the groups most closely identified with the ongoing violence in Iraq, were excluded from the accord: the militant Shiite Mahdi Army loyal to Sheik Moktada al-Sadr, and the Falluja Brigade made up of ex-Republican Guard troops and insurgents.

But despite successes on the diplomatic front, Iraqi insurgents continue to attack U.S. soldiers and their allies across Iraq. As of June 7, more than 825 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq with another 18,000 injured and evacuated. Thus far, an estimated 10,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed since the U.S. invasion in March 2003. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Rahul Mahajan, author of the book, "Full Spectrum Dominance: U.S. Power in Iraq and Beyond." Mahajan, who has visited Iraq twice since January, examines the difficulties ahead for the U.S. and its Iraqi partners as the June 30th date of transfer approaches.

Rahul Mahajan's book, "Full Spectrum Dominance: U.S. Power in Iraq and Beyond," is published by Seven Stories Press. Read Mahajan's commentaries online at:

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Planned Parenthood Court Challenge
Overturns GOP-Backed Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act

Interview with Beth Parker,
attorney representing Planned Parenthood
in the Partial Birth Abortion Ban court case,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

On June 1, federal judge Phyllis Hamilton struck down the so-called Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, as unconstitutional on three grounds. The federal law -- passed by the Republican-controlled Congress and signed into law by President Bush -- was challenged in court by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

But while the judge's landmark ruling protects doctors who provide abortions at all Planned Parenthood clinics throughout the country, she declined to issue a more comprehensive injunction protecting all abortion providers out of deference to two other challenges to the law currently underway in Nebraska and New York. The Bush administration has vowed to appeal any and all adverse rulings, which could involve three separate circuit courts. If there's a split in the rulings of the circuit courts, the case will go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Beth Parker, the San Francisco attorney who won the case on behalf of Planned Parenthood. She summarizes the judge's ruling, examines current public support for abortion rights, and what a possible second term for George W. Bush could mean for women seeking abortions.

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Death of President Ronald Reagan
Spurs Distorted Media View
of His Administration's Successes and Failures

Interview with Robert Jensen,
professor of journalism at the University of Texas,
conducted by Scott Harris

After a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, died at his home in California on June 5. Since his death, the U.S. media has focused much attention on the career of the 93-year-old president and one-time movie actor. In often reverential tones, Reagan has been characterized as one of the nation's most popular and successful presidents -- with little attention paid to his administration's scandals and controversial domestic and foreign policies.

While President Reagan will surely go down in history as an adept politician who was successful in shifting the national debate toward his right-wing agenda, the consequences of his policies deserve close scrutiny. During his 1980 election campaign against Jimmy Carter, Reagan's advisors have been accused of making a deal with the Iranian government to delay the release of American hostages it was holding. In the infamous Iran-Contra affair, Reagan traded arms to Iran in exchange for U.S. hostages held in Lebanon, then diverted funds to his illegal Contra war against Nicaragua. The president, who survived a 1981 assassination attempt, supported Central American death squads and the apartheid regime in South Africa, with which he worked to prosecute a bloody war against Angola. While in office, Reagan also sold arms to Iraq's Saddam Hussein and armed Islamic fundamentalists fighting the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

In domestic policy, Reagan's tax cuts for the wealthy increased military spending and gutting of programs benefiting the underprivileged, resulted in a widening gap between rich and poor, and record deficits. He will be remembered by many for busting the air traffic controller's union, ignoring the AIDS epidemic and classifying catsup as a vegetable for school lunch programs. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Robert Jensen, author and professor of journalism at the University of Texas, who takes a critical look at how the U.S. media has portrayed Ronald Reagan and explains why he feels it is important for Americans to have an objective understanding of both the accomplishments and failures of his administration.

Robert Jensen is author of "Citizens of the Empire, The Struggle to Claim our Humanity" is published by City Lights Books. Read his articles online at:

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • U.N. peacekeeping troops accused of sexually abusing young women in refugee camps in the war-torn Congo. ("Sex and Death in the Heart of Africa," The Independent, May 25, 2004 and reports from the New York Times, June 4 and 5, 2004)
  • The Indonesian government has ordered Sidney Jones, regional director of the human rights organization International Crisis Group, to leave the Asian country. Jones' report on the Indonesian military's repression in Aceh, has angered the country's security services. ("Indonesia orders head of Crisis Group to leave," The Financial Times, June 3, 2004)
  • International green development groups are blasting the World Bank for pledging limited funding increases to renewable energy projects. ("Greens furious with World Bank over renewable energy commitments,", June 5, 2004)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Bill Cosentino
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
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Between The Lines Week Ending 6/11/04

Bush Regime/Election 2004

"Kerry: We Must Stay In Iraq," Sydney Morning Herald/Australia, June 14, 2004

"Former Military Commanders, Diplomats, Say Bush Must Go," Los Angeles Times, June 13, 2004

"Christian Soldiers For The Bush Campaign," by Robyn Blumner, St. Petersburg Times, June 13, 2004

"Bush Asked For Vatican's Help On Political Issues," Los Angeles Times, June 13, 2004

"Progressives Against Bush: A Mixed Blessing For Democrats?," by Geov Parrish, Working For Change, June 12, 2004

"Putting Hoods On The Heads Of Congress," by David Sarasohn, The Oregonian, June 11, 2004

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Cheney's Office 'Briefed On Pentagon Deal,'" Financial Times/UK, June 14, 2004

"Iraq Tactics Have Long History With U.S. Intelligence," Washington Post, June 13, 2004

"Lies Upon Lies Upon Lies: U.S. Military In Crisis," by Brian Cloughley, Counterpunch, June 12, 2004

"Contracting Justice," Mother Jones, June 11, 2004

"Controversial Commando Wins Iraq Contract," CorpWatch, June 9, 2004

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq

"War Crimes: Gen. Sanchez Hid Prisoner From Red Cross," U.S. News & World Report, June 21, 2004

"Iraqi General: U.S. Helped Us As We Used Chemical Weapons,", June 13, 2004

"Top Ranking Officer OK'ed Dogs Without Muzzles During Interrogations," Washington Post, June 13, 2004

"Interrogation Abuses Were 'Approved At The Highest Levels,'" Telegraph/UK, June 13, 2004

"Iraqis Put Contempt For Troops On Display," Washington Post, June 12, 2004

"Baghdad Fumes As Americans Seek Safety In 'Tombstone' Forts," by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, June 12, 2004

"When A Picture Doesn't Tell The Whole Story," by Josh Marshall, The Hill, June 10, 2004

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties

"The Pentagon: Spying In America?," by Michael Isikoff, Newsweek, June 21, 2004

"Bio-Terrorism And Art: Who's Really Persecuting Steven Kurtz?," by Chuck Richardson, Niagara Buzz, June 14, 2004

"Secret World Of U.S. Jails," Observer/UK, June 13, 2004

"PATRIOT Act Is Praised In U.S. Attorney's Mailing," Boston Globe, June 13, 2004

"Guantanamo: What The World Should Know" by Michael Ratner & Ellen Ray, Alternet, June 11, 2004

"Top Lawyers Call Legal OK For Torture 'Preposterous,'" Financial Times, June 10, 2004

"Cooking Up Excuses With The Pentagon: How To Torture And Get Away With It,'" by Phillip Carter, Slate, June 10, 2004

"The Agenda: The Banality Of Evil," Digsby Blog, June 9, 2004

"Human Rights Lawyers File Lawsuit Against U.S. Civilian Contractors" Associated Press, June 9, 2004

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Summertime Movie Fare Offers No Escape From Politics," by Rory O'Connor,, June 14, 2004

"Kerry Comes Out Against Big Media-- Sort Of," by Timothy Karr,, June 10, 2004

"Making The Myth, Forgetting The Man," by Danny Schechter,, June 7, 2004

More newswire ...


"Boston Protester Faces Felony Charges For Protesting Abu Ghraib Abuses,", June 3, 2004

More newswire ...

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