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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

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For The Week Ending July 23, 2004


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  • Senate Committee Slams CIA
    on Pre-Iraq War Intelligence

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  • 2 Decisions Find Israel's Security Wall
    Violates Rights of Palestinians

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  • Kerry Campaign
    Works to Hold On
    to Progressive Voters

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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 27, 2004.

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

Senate Committee Slams CIA
on Pre-Iraq War Intelligence

Report on White House role
in manipulating intelligence
delayed until after election

Interview with author and former Ambassador Joseph Wilson,
conducted by Scott Harris

The recently released Senate Intelligence committee report on U.S. pre-war assessments of the threat posed by Iraq, has harshly criticized the CIA for making the false claim that Baghdad possessed weapons of mass destruction, a conclusion which led to a costly war and occupation. This heavily-censored initial report, however, does not examine the Bush administration's involvement in misrepresenting or exaggerating the flawed intelligence to justify its desire to wage war on Iraq. The bipartisan Senate panel will be investigating these issues, but won't make public its conclusions until after the November presidential election.

Several Democrats on the committee have expressed their frustration about the delay in releasing this portion of the investigation, which they say will effectively insulate the White House from criticism for their actions and limit accountability at the ballot box. Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson found himself in the middle of the battle over intelligence when the CIA sent him to the African nation of Niger to investigate the claim that Saddam Hussein was attempting to procure uranium there for an alleged Iraqi nuclear weapons program. Wilson found that the charge was false, but President Bush later included the allegation in his 2003 pre-Iraq war state of the union address. When Wilson contradicted the president in a New York Times op ed piece, White House officials revealed to several reporters that the ambassador's wife was a CIA covert operative. That information was published by conservative columnist Robert Novak, triggering an ongoing federal investigation into the unknown White House officials who violated federal laws protecting the identity of intelligence agents.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ambassador Wilson, a career diplomat, who has served Republican and Democratic presidents for over 20 years. Wilson, now a foreign policy advisor to Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry, discusses the Senate Intelligence Committee Report and his grave concerns about the possible re-election of Bush.

Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson's book, "The Politics of Truth, Inside the Lies that led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity," is published by Carroll & Graph.

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2 Decisions Find Israel's Security Wall
Violates Rights of Palestinians

Interview with John Quigley,
professor of law at
Ohio State University
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Two recent court rulings have declared illegal at least some portions of the 425-mile security barrier Israel is building, one-quarter of which is finished. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says the barrier is necessary to protect Israelis from Palestinian attacks. But Palestinians say it is a land grab, since most of the barrier is being built on the Palestinian side of the border, and in many parts well inside Palestinian territory.

On June 30th, Israel's Supreme Court ruled that 20 miles of the barrier must be rerouted because that segment violates the human rights of Palestinians, even if Israeli security is compromised by the changes. The court said that while Israel has a right to build a wall, the route chosen "severely violated" freedom of movement and "severely impaired" the livelihood of locals, leaving villages in a "virtual chokehold."

On July 9th, the International Court of Justice issued an advisory opinion that construction of the wall violated international law. It ruled that Israel must stop construction and dismantle parts already built in occupied Palestinian territory, including areas in and around East Jerusalem. The advisory opinion has been sent for consideration to the United Nations General Assembly, which has historically upheld the rights of Palestinians. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with John Quigley, professor of law at Ohio State University and author of the book, "Palestine and Israel: A Challenge to Justice." He describes the impact these court decisions may have on public opinion in the Middle East and on Washington's historic support for Israeli security policy.

John Quigley's book, "Palestine and Israel: A Challenge to Justice," is published by Duke University Press.

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Kerry Campaign
Works to Hold On
to Progressive Voters

Nader fails to move Democrats to the left

Interview with David Moberg,
senior editor,
In These Times,
conducted by Scott Harris

Sen. John Kerry's choice of John Edwards as his vice presidential running mate, has excited many in the Democratic party who had backed the North Carolina Senator's primary campaign for the nomination. But polls indicate that his presence on the ticket hasn't made much of a difference in the close race between Kerry and President Bush.

The Democrats, who will gather in Boston for their nominating convention from July 26 - 29, will need to take advantage of their prime time exposure to better define what Kerry and Edwards stand for. Both candidates supported the congressional resolution authorizing Bush's war with Iraq and offer only minor differences with White House policy on the war. Although Ralph Nader did not win the Green party endorsement, the anti-war presidential candidate is running on the Reform Party slate and is struggling to overcome challenges by Democratic activists to get on other state ballots. Press reports indicate that a number of Republican Party funders are now contributing to Nader's campaign, a move Democrats assert is designed to draw votes away from Kerry.

Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with David Moberg, senior editor with the Chicago-based weekly "In These Times," who assesses the Kerry campaign's strengths and weaknesses and how it's relating to progressive voters.

Read David Moberg's columns online

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The assassinations of Paul Klebnikov, American-born editor of Forbes Russia magazine, and other journalists since President Vladimir Putin took office chills investigative reporting in Russia. ("Killing Strikes Fear in Russian Media," The Observer, July 11, 2004)
  • Ralph Nader's independent run for president is in part being fueled by rich Republican donors who have also given heavily to the Bush-Cheney ticket. ("GOP donors funding Nader," San Francisco Chronicle, July 9, 2004)
  • A "Green Works Projects Administration" could help revive a devastated U.S. manufacturing economy, but neither Kerry nor Bush have discussed federal investment in an building an environmentally sustainable infrastructure. ("Mean Green Jobs Machine," The Nation, May 24, 2004)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Indu Anan
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 7/16/04

Bush Regime/Election 2004

"It's Over, Ralph," by Barbara Ehrenreich, The New York Times, July 18, 2004

"Who Would Jesus Torture? The Religion Of George Bush," by Christian Dewar, Democratic Underground, July 18, 2004

"On Campaign Trail, Bush Stays Close To The Right Wing," Boston Globe, July 18, 2004

"Enron Email Has DeLay In Hot Water," Associated Press, July 18, 2004

"Rumblings Are Felt At Bush's Base Of Support," Los Angeles Times, July 17, 2004

"AP Asks Judge To Order Release Of Bush's Military Records," Dow Jones Newswire, July 16, 2004

"Terrorism And The Elections: Trial Balloons And Spin," by Norman Solomon, Common Dreams, July 16, 2004

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Regime Change in Iran Now In Bush's Sights," Sunday Herald/Scotland, July 18, 2004

"What's Fair About A Draft?," by Michael Kinsley, Washington Post, July 18, 2004

"Kerry Backs Much Of Bush's Pre-Emption Doctrine," Associated Press, July 17, 2004

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq

"British PM Blair Admits Mass Graves Claim Untrue," Observer/UK, July 18, 2004

"'Enemy Contact. Kill 'Em. Kill 'Em.' Troops Unprepared For Psychological Distress," Los Angeles Times July 18, 2004

"The Era Of Strategic Deception," by Eric Margolis, Toronto Sun/Canada, July 18, 2004

"Hard Man For A Tough Country: Allawi a 'Saddam-Lite' In The Making?," Sydney Morning Herald/Australia, July 18, 2004

"'Here You Go. Here's Iraq. Take It,'" Toronto Star/Canada, July 17, 2004

"The Iraqi Leader Seeking A Peaceful Path to Liberation," by Jonathan Steele, Guardian/UK, July 16, 2004

"'Secret Film Shows Iraq Prisoners Sodomised,'" Independent/UK, July 16, 2004

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties

"Acquitted Saudi Man Remains In Idaho Jail," Associated Press, July 17, 2004

"Hoping For The Best, Planning For The Worst: Will Boston Respect DNC Protesters' Rights?," by Michael Blanding, Alternet, July 16, 2004

"Padilla, Hamdi And Rasul: Charge Them Or Release Them," by Jacob Hornberger, Future Of Freedom Foundation, July 16, 2004

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Dictionary Creates Vocabulary For A Future Without Bush," Associated Press, July 18, 2004

"A Pause For Hindsight," The New York Times editorial, July 16, 2004

More newswire ...


"Dissent At The War Memorial," by Howard Zinn, The Progressive, August, 2004

More newswire ...

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