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New Haven Advocate's
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Scott Harris, Best Radio News Reporter
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 30, 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!


  • "Banana Republicans" Examines
    How GOP Gained Virtual Control
    over U.S. Political Power

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  • Palestinians Suffering in Lebanese Refugee Camps
    Hold Onto Hope for "Right of Return"

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  • U.S. Prison System Requires
    New Commitment to Treat
    Mentally Ill Inmates

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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:

"Banana Republicans" Examines
How GOP Gained Virtual Control
over U.S. Political Power

Interview with John Stauber,
co-author of "Banana Republicans: How the Right-Wing
is Turning America into a One-Party State,"
conducted by Scott Harris

After the last two federal election cycles, the Republican Party finds itself firmly in control of the U.S. government. George W. Bush sits in the White House, thanks to his selection by a GOP-dominated Supreme Court amid controversy in the razor-thin Florida vote, while having decisively lost the national popular ballot.

The Republicans, who also hold power in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, now control all three branches government for the first time since 1932. In so doing, the GOP has fulfilled the dream of the late President Ronald Reagan and other conservative activists. The party has succeeded by working aggressively to out-maneuver and outspend their Democratic rivals in influencing regulation of the electoral system, and dominating the agenda of the lobbying establishment and the nation's media.

The authors of a new book warn that the success of the Republican party in consolidating power across political and corporate spheres, puts America's democratic pluralism at risk. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with John Stauber, who along with Sheldon Rampton, are co-authors of the book, "Banana Republicans: How the Right-Wing is Turning America into a One-Party State." Here, Stauber takes a critical look at how the GOP has been able to dominate U.S. politics and maintain its hold on power.

"Banana Republicans, How the Right-Wing is Turning America into a One-Party State," is published by Tarcher/Penguin. Visit the author's website at Stauber and Rampton run the Madison, Wis.-based Center for Media and Democracy Visit the Center's web site at

Palestinians Suffering in Lebanese Refugee Camps
Hold Onto Hope for "Right of Return"

Interview with Raida Hatoum,
Lebanese activist and organizer,
conducted by Stefan Christoff

The United Nations estimates that there are over 400,000 Palestinian refugees living in impoverished camps scattered throughout Lebanon. Refugees there represent the living face of the displacement crisis for Palestinians worldwide, while also providing context for the Palestinian struggle for the right of return.

The issue of the right of return has been the focus of recent international headlines with the "disengagement plan" put forward by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, endorsed by U.S. President George W. Bush and vocally supported by Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. The "disengagement plan" foresees the eventual evacuation of major Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip but rejects the internationally recognized right of return for millions of Palestinian refugees displaced during the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. For Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, whose political and social identity is defined by a belief in the right of return, the "disengagement plan" put forward by Sharon is a devastating blow.

Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon today say they are subjected to systematic repression by the Lebanese government. They are forbidden from owning property, traveling freely -- working in over 70 professions and unable to obtain proper health care. During a recent trip to Beirut, Between The Lines' Stefan Christoff spoke with Raida Hatoum, a Lebanese activist who works with Najdeh, a women's NGO network operating in Palestinian refugee camps throughout Lebanon.

For more information, visit the Beirut Indymedia website at

Related links:

  • To get more information about the global movement for the Palestinian Right of Return, visit:
  • " U.N.Demands Israel Scrap Barrier," BBC News, July 20, 2004
  • The Electronic Intifada, at Publishes news, commentary, analysis, and reference materials about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict from a Palestinian perspective
  • Tikkun Magazine, A community of people from many faiths and traditions, with a vision of healing and transforming our world. Guided by the principle of to achieve social justice, ecological sanity, and world peace, and the inner healing needed to foster loving relationships, as well as a generous attitude toward the world and toward others
More links ...

U.S. Prison System Requires
New Commitment to Treat
Mentally Ill Inmates

Interview with Mike Lawlor,
Connecticut state representative,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Connecticut was rocked by the suicides of five inmates in a ten-week period from April to June 2004, numbers usually seen in the course of a year. In a system with 18,500 inmates in jails and prisons, the state Department of Corrections has acknowledged that up to 2,500 of those incarcerated are afflicted with serious mental illness.

Each year, 10 million people enter U.S. correction facilities and studies indicate that the incidence of serious mental illness among these individuals is at least three to four times higher than in the general population.

A politically inspired crackdown on quality-of-life offenses such as the possession of narcotics have put many people with mental illness behind bars, hitting hard those dually diagnosed with mental health and substance abuse disorders. Ill-equipped to provide a comprehensive array of services that these individuals need, corrections administrators often see the health of people with mental illness deteriorate further, prompting behavior issues and disciplinary infractions that only prolong their confinement in the criminal justice system.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Connecticut state representative Mike Lawlor, co-chairman of the General Assembly's Judiciary Committee. Lawlor, who also co-chairs the Consensus Project, a national organization that brings together experts in the criminal justice and mental health fields. Lawlor discusses efforts underway to provide better care for mentally ill offenders.

For more information, call the Consensus Project at (212) 482-2320 or visit the group's website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Political violence still grips Cambodia, 25 years after the murderous Khmer Rouge were forced out of power by the Vietnamese army. ("Letter from Cambodia," The Nation, June 28, 2004)
  • The Gap, which owns Old Navy and Banana Republic stores has released a 40-page Social Responsibility Report documenting the low wages and poor working conditions in over 3,000 clothing factories in 50 nations across the globe. ("The Gap Minds Itself," In These Times, July 19, 2004)
  • The U.S Department of Agriculture has reclassified frozen french fries as a "fresh vegetable." ("USDA: Frozen fries are fresh veggies," Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2004)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Elaine Osowski
Segment producers: Melinda Tuhus, Stefan Christoff
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 7/23/04

Bush Regime/Election 2004

"Florida Ex-Felons Face New Roadblock On Recovering Ballot Rights," Miami Herald, July 23, 2004

"Cynthia McKinney Wins Primary; Fiery Progressive Will Return To Congress," Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 21, 2004

"Democrats Blast GOP Lawmaker's 'Suppress The Detroit Vote' Remark," Associated Press, July 21, 2004

"How Green Is Edwards?," by Amada Griscom, Grist Magazine, July 20, 2004

"Halliburton Subpoenaed Over Unit's Iran Work," Reuters, July 19, 2004

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Committee On The Present Danger: Neocons Revive Cold War Group," by Jim Lobe,, July 21, 2004

"Army Offers Breast Implants As Recruiting Perk," Reuters, July 21, 2004

"John Edwards, The Smiling Hawk," by Stephen Zunes,, July 21, 2004

"CIA Disputes Bush's Iran-9/11 Linkage," Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2004

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq

"War Funds Dwindling, GAO Warns," Washington Post, July 22, 2004

"Death Toll Of U.S. Forces In Iraq Reaches 900," Associated Press, July 21, 2004

"Among Troops, Growing Doubts About Mission, And Leaders Who Sent Them," Knight Ridder, July 21, 2004

"Torturing Children," by William Rivers Pitt, Truthout, July 20, 2004

"Officers' Unheroic Example," by Jackson Diehl, Washington Post, July 20, 2004

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties

"Police Cage Free Speech Rights In Boston," by Michael Avery, Truthout, July 25, 2004

"Convention Protesters Upset With Site," Associated Press, July 25, 2004

"Whoopi Doo: The Constitution Is On A Slim-Fast Diet," by Alan Bisbort, Hartford Advocate, July 22, 2004

"9/11 Commission Report Takes On PATRIOT Act, Government Secrecy," American Civil Liberties Union press release, July 22, 2004

"Boston DNC Protest Zone Draws Ire," Boston Globe, July 21, 2004

"America Sings A New Song Of Celebrity Censorship," Independent/UK, July 21, 2004

"Republicans In Green Zone Manhattan," by Nick Turse,, July 20, 2004

"Ghost Prisoners," by Nat Hentoff, Village Voice, July 20, 2004

"Linda Ronstadt Kicked Out Of Casino For Praising Michael Moore," Agence France Presse, July 20, 2004

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"'Fahrenheit 9/11' Making GOP Nervous," Associated Press, July 22, 2004

"Who Will Protest Us From Fox?," by Antonia Zerbisias, Toronto Star/Canada, July 20, 2004

"Corporate Media And Local Interests: Downsizing The Monster," by Michael Copps, San Francisco Chronicle, July 19, 2004

"The Iraq Scandals: Media Failures Are Next," by Danny Schechter,, July 19, 2004

More newswire ...


"Social Forum Of The Americas: Cultural Resistance In Festive Opening Ceremony," Inter Press Service, July 26, 2004

"'It's The War, Stupid,'" CBS News, July 25, 2004

"Activists Ponder DNC Strategy," Los Angeles Times, July 24, 2004

More newswire ...

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