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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 And Profiteering

Those Who Dared to Come Forward
Compilation of 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

Multi-Ethnic Issues Advocacy

Dr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson's Commentaries, The Hutchinson Report
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For The Week Ending July 16, 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!


  • Violence and Scandals Surround
    Newly Appointed Iraqi Interim Government

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  • Prometheus Radio Project
    Wins Federal Court Case
    Overturning FCC Media Deregulation Plan

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  • Success of "Fahrenheit 9/11"
    Linked to Public's Search for Answers on
    Failed Bush Administration Foreign Policies

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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 July 20, 2004.

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

Violence and Scandals Surround
Newly Appointed Iraqi Interim Government

Interview with Denis Halliday,
former United Nations under-secretary general
and past coordinator of Iraq's oil for food program,
conducted by Scott Harris

The U.S. handing over of power to a newly appointed interim Iraqi government on June 28 has had no discernible affect on the violence that continues to grip the nation. A succession of car bombings, ambushes and kidnapping of private contractors and U.S. soldiers signifies Iraqi insurgents rejection of a transition process that the Bush administration maintains will lead to national elections and full sovereignty in early 2005.

U.S. administrator Paul Bremer left Iraq immediately following a secret ceremony where power was symbolically transferred to the new government, but not before he put in place a series of decrees that locks Iraq into privatizing some of the nation's key public industries and pushes the economy towards free trade and low tax policies favored by Washington. Meanwhile, an investigation continues into alleged bribes paid by Saddam Hussein to U.N. officials that allowed him to divert $5 billion from the U.N.-run Oil-for-Food program to his personal bank accounts. But new questions are also being raised by the humanitarian relief organization Christian Aid, that says the U.S.-led coalition Provisional Authority has not properly accounted for $20 billion of Iraq's oil revenue under its control.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Denis Halliday, a former under-secretary general at the U.N. who administered Iraq's oil for food program before his resignation in protest of economic sanctions in 1998. Halliday examines the obstacles ahead for Baghdad's newly appointed interim government and the investigations into scandals involving Iraq's oil revenue.

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Prometheus Radio Project
Wins Federal Court Case
Overturning FCC Media Deregulation Plan

Interview with Hannah Sassaman,
The Prometheus Radio Project program director,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

In late June, a victory for the public, and especially for community media, was handed down by a US District Court when it ruled the Federal Communications Commission had to come up with a new set of rules governing access to the public airwaves. At the forefront of this struggle was the Prometheus Radio Project, a Philadelphia-based group that supports low power FM broadcasting and media democracy.

In June 2003, the FCC ignored 3 million comments sent in by people opposed to the commission's proposal to deregulate big media corporations that would have permitted unprecedented industry consolidation. The public's response to the FCC measure was by far the largest-ever on proposed rule changes by any governmental body. Prometheus was the lead plaintiff, joined by other groups, in a lawsuit against the FCC that was filed a year ago.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Hannah Sassaman, program director of the Prometheus Radio Project, about the danger the original FCC rule changes posed, not only by concentrating ownership within a medium like radio or television, but across all communications media. She also discusses a promising new development in Congress.

For more information, call (215) 727-9620 or visit the group's website at

Success of "Fahrenheit 9/11"
Stems from Public's Search for Answers on
Failed Bush Administration Foreign Policies

Interview with Steve Rendall,
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
senior analyst,
conducted by Scott Harris

Since its release on June 27, Michael Moore's newest movie "Fahrenheit 9/11" has broken all box office records for a documentary film. From the start "Fahrenheit, " a sometimes humorous film that assembles an arsenal of facts to attack the Bush presidency on its post- 9/11and Iraq war policies, has attracted lots of media attention. In May, the Disney corporation -- citing the political nature of the film in a presidential election year -- ordered its Miramax subsidiary to block distribution. Soon after, Fahrenheit won the Palm d'Or first prize award at France's prestigious Cannes film festival.

Before the film was even released, "Fahrenheit" was attacked by Republican politicians and some critics for what they claimed were gross inaccuracies and the promotion of conspiracy theories designed to help defeat George W. Bush in November's presidential election. But despite a campaign by groups attempting to keep the film out of theaters and a complaint lodged with the Federal Elections Commission to limit the movie's advertising, "Fahrenheit" has packed movie houses across America.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris, spoke with Steve Rendall, senior analyst with the media watch group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting who takes a look at the phenomenal success of Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" and why many Americans are desperately seeking answers to how and why the Bush administration launched an increasingly unpopular war on Iraq.

Call FAIR at (212) 633-6700 or visit their website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Immigration rights advocates receiving reports of aggressive new tactics by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a division of the Dept. of Homeland Security. ("Roundups Ratcheted," In These Times, July 5, 2004)
  • Human rights groups hailing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 30 that affirms the standing of the 1798 Alien Tort Claims Act that allows non-U.S. citizens access to U.S. courts as victims of torture and genocide abroad. ("ATCA Lives," Earth Rights International press release, June 29, 2004; "Human rights abuses worldwide are held to fall under US courts," New York Times, June 30, 2004)
  • McCain-Feingold campaign finance law has failed to put a lid on the corporate-sponsored parties of this summer's Democratic and Republican conventions. ("Party Favors," Mother Jones, July/August, 2004)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Elaine Osowski
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 7/9/04

Bush Regime/Election 2004

"Bush's Mistakes Cost Hundreds Of Lives, Kerry Says," Independent/UK, July 12, 2004

"Cancel The Elections? The War Party Is In The Saddle Whoever Wins," by Justin Raimondo,, 2004

"Kerry To Reach Out To 'People On The Right,'" Los Angeles Times, July 11, 2004

"U.S. Mulling How to Delay Nov. Vote in Case of Attack," Reuters, July 11, 2004

"Kerry and Edwards Criticize Bush Administration for Misleading the Nation," The Boston Globe, July 10, 2004

"Dean Hits Nader Where It Hurts,", July 10, 2004

"Democrats Avoid Platform Fight Over Iraq," Guardian/UK, July 10, 2004

"Ridge Terror Warning: Some Question If Bush Administration Is Preading Fear For Political Purposes," San Francisco Chronicle, July 9, 2004

"Pentagon Says Bush Records Of Service Were Destroyed," The New York Times, July 9, 2004

"Kerry Would Keep U.S. Troops In Iraq Far Longer Than Bush," by Jonathan Steele, Guardian/UK, July 9, 2004

"Pakistan For Bush: July Surprise?," by John B. Judis, Spencer Ackerman & Massoud Ansari, The New Republic, July 7, 2004

"Classified Letters Regarding FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds," The Memory Hole, June 25, 2004

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Venezuelan President Chavez Again Accuses U.S. Of Backing Campaign To Oust Him," Agence France Presse, July 11, 2004

"Rights Groups: Pentagon Subverting Court's Decision," by Jim Lobe,, July 10, 2004

"Master Class," by Chris Floyd, Moscow Times, July 9, 2004

"Pentagon Reportedly Aimed To Hold Detainees In Secret," Los Angeles Times, July 9, 2004

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq

"'A Global Intelligence Failure': Report Damns Pretext For War," Independent/UK, July 10, 2004

"Army Whistleblower Says Superiors Hid Torture," by David DeBatto, The New Standard, July 10, 2004

"Facing The Enemy On The Ground," by Scott Ritter, Alternet, July 9, 2004

"Army's Propaganda War Collides With Reality," Chicago Tribune July 9, 2004

"Pressure From Washington Encouraged Abu Ghraib Abuses," U.S. News & World Report, July 9, 2004

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties

"Assaults On Justice Undermine The Constitution," by August Wilson, Seattle Times, July 12, 2004

"Welcome To The MATRIX," by Madeleine Baran, The New Standard, July 10, 2004

"GOP Makes Time For PATRIOT Act Vote," San Francisco Chronicle, July 9, 2004

"Charges Dropped Against Bush Protesters," Fox News, July 9, 2004

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Fahrenheit 212," by Charlie Lawing, Axis Of Logic, July 13, 2004

"Clear Channel Kills Non-Profits Antiwar Ad For N.Y.C Times Square," San Francisco Chronicle, July 12, 2004

"'Outfoxed': How Rupert Murdoch Is Destroying American Journalism," by Don Hazen, Alternet, July 10, 2004

"How Chalabi Played The Press," by Douglas McCollam, Columbia Journalism Review, July/August, 2004

More newswire ...


"Soldiers Fresh From Iraq Speak Out Against War, Bush Administration," Associated Press, July 8, 2004

More newswire ...

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