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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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Between The Lines
For The Week Ending Aug. 27, 2004


  • Populist Venezuelan President
    Triumphs Over Opponents
    in Aug. 15 Recall Election

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  • Kerry's Ambiguous Position on Iraq
    Alienates Progressive Voters

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  • Counter-Recruitment Campaign
    Warns Youth of Deceptive Methods
    Used by Military Recruiters

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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 Aug. 31, 2004.

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

Populist Venezuelan President
Triumphs Over Opponents
in Aug. 15 Recall Election

Interview with Gregory Wilpert,
sociologist and journalist
living in Caracas,
conducted by Scott Harris

Having survived a failed 2002 coup attempt, crippling strikes and sporadic violence, Venezuela's populist president Hugo Chavez triumphed again on Aug. 15th as he decisively beat back an attempt to remove him from office in his nation's first-ever recall referendum. Despite a hard fought campaign waged against him by opposition groups made up of Venezuela's wealthy minority and business leaders backed by the Bush administration, the former paratrooper won the referendum by a 58 percent to 42 percent margin. Chavez's government received overwhelming support from the nation's poor majority, which has benefited from $1.7 billion in recent social spending obtained from oil profits.

Despite ratification of the election results by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Organization of American States Secretary General Cesar Gaviria, the opposition rejected the outcome, charging they had lost the referendum due to a "gigantic fraud." But the results of the referendum calmed concerns on the international oil market, that a defeat of Chavez could usher in a wave on instability in Venezuela, the world's fifth largest oil exporter.

Chavez, who has now won two presidential elections and six referendums, will complete his term in office which ends in 2006. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Gregory Wilpert, a sociologist and journalist living in Caracas, who takes a look at Venezuela's referendum results and what the future may hold for Chavez and his opponents.

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Kerry's Ambiguous Position on Iraq
Alienates Progressive Voters

Interview with Matthew Rothschild,
editor of the Progressive Magazine,
conducted by Scott Harris

As the war in Iraq continues, rebel attacks have spread to almost all corners of the nation. Battles between U.S troops, Iraqi forces and militiamen loyal to Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr have broken out again in the holy city of Najaf, Badhdad's Sadr City and in other towns across southern Iraq. The U.S. campaign to drive Moktada al-Sadr out of Najaf comes as other insurgent groups continue to carry out attacks against American troops and members of the Iraqi military and police force.

A three-day conference in Baghdad organized to elect a commission that will plan Iraqi elections next year was disrupted on Aug. 15 by mortar attacks and protests by delegates who demanded that the U.S. end its siege of Najaf.

Amid this violence and chaos, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry surprised many when he answered a reporter's question about whether he would still have voted to give President Bush the authority to go to war, even knowing what we know now about the non-existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Kerry answered by saying: "Yes, I would have voted for the authority. I believe it was the right authority for a president to have." Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Matthew Rothschild editor of the Progressive Magazine, who assesses Sen. Kerry's often ambiguous position on Iraq and how this may affect his support among progressive voters in the coming presidential election.

Read Matthew Rothschild's commentary titled, "Kerry on Iraq: Yes to the Imperial President," online at or call the magazine at (608) 257-4626.

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Counter-Recruitment Campaign
Warns Youth of Deceptive Methods
Used by Military Recruiters

Interview with Oskar Castro,
American Friends Service Committee,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

As the war in Iraq continues to go badly for American-led forces, there are indications that the U.S. military is having trouble meeting its quotas for new recruits. Earlier this year, the Pentagon issued "stop-loss" orders to keep thousands of GIs on active duty in Iraq even though they have fulfilled their service requirements. New recruits who signed up under the Delayed Entry Program used to wait almost a year before being activated, but now the Pentagon is calling them sooner, thus making filling its quota for the following year potentially more difficult.

In another indication of disruptions caused by the Iraq war, President Bush announced, on Aug. 16, the re-deployment of 70,000 U.S. troops from Europe and Korea to U.S. bases and areas closer to terrorist threats. Some 12,000 American troops in South Korea will soon be sent to Iraq.

Oskar Castro is with the National Youth and Militarism Program of the American Friends Service Committee, based in Philadelphia. He was a presenter at a counter-recruitment workshop at the Boston Social Forum in July, where he talked about methods military recruiters use to convince young people to sign up, including often illusory promises of training, jobs and money for college. His organization presents the other side of the picture, for example, informing youth that under the Delayed Entry Program, before they are called up, they can change their minds about joining the military and suffer no adverse consequences. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Castro about his group's counter-recruitment campaign.

For more information, call (215) 241-7176 or visit their website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Sudanese police sent to stabilize the war-torn Darfur region are committing new atrocities. ("UN: Sudan police exploit displaced Darfur women," Aug. 14, 2004)
  • American soldiers in Afghanistan are weary of taking on the nation's drug lords. ("U.S. soldiers fear Afghan drug war as opium profits find their way to al-Qaida," The Independent, Aug. 14, 2004)
  • Wal-Mart relies on hidden public subsidies: government-funded health insurance and other social programs to assist its low-paid workers, who make 31 percent less in California than the average retail worker. ("Wal-Mart costs state, study says," San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 3, 2004)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Indu Annand
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
Executive producer: Scott Harris
Theme music: Mikata

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Between The Lines Week Ending 8/20/04

Bush Regime/Election 2004

"2000 Cometh Again: Will Kerry Gore Himself?," by Andrew Christie, Common Dreams, Aug. 23, 2004

"Let Them Do The Dirty Work," by David Corn, Alternet, Aug. 23, 2004

"John Kerry's 1971 Testimony About Vietnam Before The U.S. Seneate Foreign Relations Committee,", Aug. 22, 2004

"Not So Swift Boat Veterans," by William Rivers Pitt,, Aug. 21, 2004

"The Politics Of Bullying," by Paul Rogat Loeb,, Aug. 20, 2004

"An Attack On Democracy," by Dr. Robert Abele,, Aug. 20, 2004

"Fighting A Phony War," by Eleanor Clift, Newsweek, Aug. 20, 2004

"Democrats Play The Jingoist Card," by Derrick Z. Jackson, Boston Globe, Aug. 20, 2004

"Kerry Made A Bush League Error On Iraq," by Robert Scheer, The Nation, Aug. 17, 2004

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"The Thief Of Baghdad," by Pratap Chatterjee, Alternet, Aug. 23, 2004

"Empire Of The 21st Century," by Eric Margolis, Toronto Sun, Aug. 22, 2004

"Palestinians Denounce U.S. Over Settlement Shift," by Reuters, Aug. 22, 2004

"The Empire That Fell As It Rose," by Jonathan Schell & Tom Engelhardt,, Aug. 20, 2004

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq

"U.S. Planes Bomb Najaf, Peace Hopes Fade," Agence France Presse, Aug. 24, 2004

"With The Red Cross In Najaf & Kufa," by Helen Williams, Electronic Iraq, Aug. 23, 2004

"Abu Gjraib Report Faults Top Commanders," MSNBC, Aug. 23, 2004

"U.S. Doctors Tied To Prison Abuse," Toronto Star/Canada, Aug. 20, 2004

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties

"When The Feds Come Knocking," by Steve Weissman,, Aug. 23, 2004

"Guantanamo's Military Trials Condemned As Grossly Unfair," Independent/UK, Aug. 23, 2004

"Anti-Terrorism Tip: Quit Spying On Nonviolent Activists," by Jeff Cohen, Common Dreams, Aug. 23, 2004

"Average Joes Have Tough Time Leaving The No-Fly List," Chicago Sun-Times, Aug. 22, 2004

"FBI Launches 'Preemptive' Investigations," by Marty Logan, Inter Press Service, Aug. 21, 2004

"Theater Canceling Moore Film After Donors Threaten To Pull Funding," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug. 21, 2004

"FBI Comes Calling On Activist Software Engineer," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Aug. 20, 2004

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"How The Mighty Post Has Fallen," by Antonia Zerbisias, Toronto Star, Aug. 22, 2004

"Forget Fahrenheit: Robert Greenwald Uncovers The Lies," by Noy Thrupkaew, American Prospect, Aug. 20, 2004

"Watchdog 101: Gadfly Stirs Hornet's Nest With Journos' Political Donations," Online Journalism Review, Aug. 20, 2004

"What Do We Call The Enemy?," by Tom Engelhardt,, Aug. 18, 2004

"Are Media Covering Their Errors Or Covering Them Up?," by Danny Schechter,, Aug. 16, 2004

More newswire ...


"Peace Activists Reach Out To Students," Palm Beach Post, Aug. 22, 2004

"Dissent Must Come Alive In New York," by Tom Hayden, Newsday, Aug. 22, 2004

"No Bush, No Chicago '68," by Todd Gitlin & John Passacantando, The Nation, Aug. 30, 2004

"The Right's Kind Of Campus," by Joshua Holland, Gadflyer, Aug. 18, 2004

More newswire ...

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