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New Haven Advocate's
"Best of New Haven 2001"
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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 Aug. 6, 2004


  • Victims' Families Say 9/11 Commission Report
    Avoids Certain Truths, But Makes
    Some Valuable Recommendations

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  • Influenced by Hard-core Exile Groups,
    Bush Imposes New Sanctions
    Against Cuba

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  • Democrats at Boston Convention
    Prepare for Moderate and
    Cautious Election Campaign

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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:

Victims' Families Say 9/11 Commission Report
Avoids Certain Truths, But Makes
Some Valuable Recommendations

Interview with David Potorti,
September 11th Families
for Peaceful Tomorrows,
conducted by Scott Harris

The bipartisan commission appointed to investigate the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks released their final 567-page report on July 22. The commission examined the activities of the al-Qaeda terrorist network, the flaws in U.S. intelligence operations prior to the attacks, the performance of the Bush and Clinton administrations and rescue efforts on 9/11. The commission made several recommendations for the re-organization of the nation's 15 intelligence agencies, including the appointment of a Cabinet-level national intelligence director.

The report also examined the Bush administration's planning for the Iraq war and found there was no connection between Saddam Hussein's government and the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington. President Bush, who initially resisted the establishment of the 9/11 commission, now says he is considering the panel's recommendations.

One of the organizations closely following the proceedings of the Commission was September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, "founded by family members of those killed on 9/11 who have united to turn their grief into action for peace." Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with David Potorti, co-director of the group, whose brother died at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Potorti assesses the Commission's report and expresses solidarity with victims of terrorism, violence and war from around the world.

September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows is conducting a march commemorating civilian war dead from Boston, the site of the Democratic National Convention to New York City, where the GOP will hold its presidential convention at the end of August. Get more information about the march by calling (212) 598-0970 or visit the group's website at

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Influenced by Hard-core Exile Groups,
Bush Imposes New Sanctions
Against Cuba

Interview with Wayne Smith,
senior fellow with
the Center for International Policy,
conducted by Denise Manzari

On May 6, President Bush announced a series of strict new measures his administration will impose against Cuba. These included restrictions severely limiting visits to Cuba by family members living in the U.S. to only once every three years, compared to the previous once-a-year limitation. The range of relatives to whom money can be sent has also been narrowed. In addition,the White House is considering a proposal for the use of military aircraft to transmit radio and television programming to Cuba from international airspace, a violation of the International Communications Convention.

U.S. Representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Republican of Florida, is one of the Cuban exiles in Congress offering cues to the White House. He is urging that the U.S. once again consider assassinating Cuban President Fidel Castro. Other Florida politicians are calling for the use of military force against Castro's government. Shortly after Bush announced his Cuba sanctions, more than a million people in Havana demonstrated against the policies.

Wayne Smith is a senior fellow with the Center for International Policy in Washington, and former chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana under the Carter administration. He spoke with Between The Lines' Denise Manzari about the new Cuba measures and compares them with the Bush administration's controversial policies toward Iraq.

Contact the Center for International Policy in Washington at (202) 232-3317 or visit their website at

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Democrats at Boston Convention
Prepare for Moderate and
Cautious Election Campaign

Interview with John Nichols,
Washington correspondent,
The Nation magazine,
conducted by Scott Harris

As thousands of Democratic Party delegates converged on Boston for their nominating convention, police put in place an extraordinary array of security measures across the city, including the closure of an interstate highway. Near the FleetCenter convention site, protesters were restricted to a so-called "free speech zone" that the federal judge presiding over the case challenging the controlled space, likened to an internment camp.

As has been the trend with both major political parties in recent years, their conventions are highly-scripted events with tight restrictions applied even to messages written on placards held by delegates. With the predictability and lack of dramatic news stories at today's conventions, broadcast television is devoting decreasing amounts of coverage. This year, the major networks will only air one hour of coverage on three of the four nights of both conventions.

While Democrats appear to be united in the campaign to defeat President Bush in November, the delegates who are gathered in Boston to nominate John Kerry as their candidate for the White House differ with the Massachusetts senator on some key issues. An overwhelming majority of delegates opposed the Iraq invasion from the beginning, unlike Kerry, who voted to give Bush the authority to launch the war. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with John Nichols, Washington correspondent with The Nation magazine, who was in Boston covering the convention. He assesses the platform and strategy of the Democrats as they prepare for what many describe as the most important election in their lifetime.

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • GOP-dominated House of Representatives passes Nethercutt Amendment, which bans economic aid to nations that do not sign agreement exempting U.S. personnel from jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. ("House Republicans take initiative against International Criminal Court,", July 19, 2004)
  • ACLU going to trial in Ohio in attempt to throw out punch card machines, where nearly 75 percent of Ohio voters use such ballots and minority votes are more likely to be undercounted. ("ACLU punchcard lawsuit goes to trial," Associated Press, July 25, 2004)
  • Two federal airport security trainers terminated from their jobs file for whistleblower protection status after complaining to supervisors and Transportation Security Administration headquarters about witnessing numerous security lapses at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. ("Flight Risk," Mother Jones, July/August 2004)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Nigel Rees
Segment producer: Denise Manzari
Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates
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Web producer: Jeff Yates
Newswire editor: Hank Hoffman
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Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 7/30/04

Bush Regime/Election 2004

"Kerry 'Will Not Change Foreign Policy,'" Telegraph/UK, July 29, 2004

"White House to Project Record Deficit," Associated Press, July 28, 2004

"Lost Record '02 Florida Vote Raises '04 Concern," The New York Times, July 28, 2004

"The Real Deal At The Convention," by Tom Engelhardt,, July 28, 2004

"Loss Of Vote Data In Florida Raises New Alarms Over E-Voting," Miami Herald, July 28, 2004

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"The Unbearable Costs Of Empire," by Mark Weisbrot, Business Week, July 29, 2004

"Bush Floats War Against Iran," by Ted Rall,, July 28, 2004

"Cheney Lobbied Congress To Ease Sanctions Against Terrorist Countries While He Was CEO Of Halliburton,", July 22, 2004

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq

"Three Days Of Extraordinary Bloodshed Shake Iraq," The New Standard, July 29, 2004

"Radical Islam Grows Among Iraq's Sunnis," Christian Science Monitor, July 28, 2004

"U.S. General Witnessed Abuses, Iraqi Says," Associated Press, July 28, 2004

"Fort Carson Soldier: I Was Ordered To Push Iraqis Off Bridge," Associated Press, July 28, 2004

"The Occupation At 114 Degrees; Baghdad Is Swamped In The Smell Of The Dead," by Robert Fisk, Independent/UK, July 28, 2004

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties

"Arab Americans Report Abuse," Washington Post, July 29, 2004

"Canadian Sent To Syrian Prison Disputes U.S. Claims Against Torture," Knight Ridder, July 28, 2004

"Former Prisoners Challenge The Legacy Of Torture In Chicago's Jails," The New Standard, July 28, 2004

"Boston's Pen Of Shame," by Thad Williamson, Common Dreams, July 28, 2004

"U.S. Wins Dubious 'Big Brother' Award," Associated Press, July 28, 2004

"Free Speech Behind The Razor Wire," Wired News, July 27, 2004

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Patriot Game, Media Shame" by Lawrence Martin, Globe and Mail/Canada, July 29, 2004

"Our Media Kills A Troubling Story The Rest Of The World Saw," by Joshua Holland, Common Dreams, July 29, 2004

"Bloggers Line Up At Media Buffet", July 27, 2004

More newswire ...


"Anti-Bush Group Combines Humor, Street Theater To Deliver Its Message," Knight Ridder, July 29, 2004

More newswire ...

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