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New Haven Advocate's
"Best of New Haven 2001"
-- Staff Picks --
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 Oct. 8, 2004


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  • Bush Administration Policies
    Erode Bill of Rights While
    Supporting Advocates of Theocracy

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  • Code Pink Brings Creativity and
    New Energy to Progressive Activism

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  • Defying President Bush, House Passes
    Legislation Overturning His New
    Trade, Travel Restrictions on Cuba

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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 Oct. 12, 2004.

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

Bush Administration Policies
Erode Bill of Rights While
Supporting Advocates of Theocracy

Interview with Mark Crispin Miller,
author and media critic,
conducted by Scott Harris

As the presidential election campaign goes into high gear with just several weeks remaining before the Nov. 2 vote, the U.S. corporate media continues to focus its coverage on marginal issues. CBS's "60 Minutes 2" program cancelled its broadcast of an investigative piece on the Bush administration's use of forged documents to back its pre-war claim that Saddam Hussein was building a nuclear weapons program. Instead, the network aired what is now known to be a flawed story on President Bush's Vietnam war era National Guard service using suspect memos.

While U.S. soldiers and civilians continue to be killed and injured in an increasingly violent conflict in Iraq, much of the media is covering election horse-race issues, tracking the candidate's advertising campaigns and interpreting poll numbers. Meanwhile, an intelligence report given to the White House two months before President Bush launched the U.S. war against Iraq predicted that an American invasion would increase support for radical Islamic movements, result in a deeply divided Iraq prone to conflict and warned of a possible insurgency.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Mark Crispin Miller, professor of media studies at New York University and author of the book, "Cruel and Unusual, Bush/Cheney's New World Order." Miller discusses the threat to democracy he sees in the Bush administration's authoritarian policies at home and abroad, and support for religious groups working to establish a theocracy in America.

Mark Crispin Miller's "Cruel and Unusual, Bush/Cheney's New World Order" is published by W.W. Norton. Visit the website to find out more about Miller's new film titled, "A Patriot Act."

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Code Pink Brings Creativity and
New Energy to Progressive Activism

Interview with Medea Benjamin,
co-founder of Code Pink Alert,
Women for Peace,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

In 1988, activist Medea Benjamin cofounded Global Exchange, an international human rights organization promoting environmental, political and social justice. Among its many projects, the organization offers reality tours for North Americans to learn first-hand about conditions on the ground in hotspots around the world. Global Exchange is also bringing a group of election observers from around the world to monitor the U.S. presidential election in November. Benjamin was the California Green Party's candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in 2000.

After the Bush administration launched its war on terrorism and announced color-coded terror alerts, Benjamin and others founded a new group called Code Pink Alert -- Women for Peace, to give voice to women and men who oppose the administration's pre-emptive war strategy and attacks on civil liberties. Members of Code Pink were among the most creative and visible activists at protests outside both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions this summer.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus recently spoke with Medea Benjamin, who discussed the work Code Pink does to shake up the establishment and keep activists energized.

For more information, including a list of Code Pink's local chapters, call 1 (800) 497-1994 or visit the group's website at

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Defying President Bush, House Passes
Legislation Overturning His New
Trade, Travel Restrictions on Cuba

Interview with Alvaro Fernandez,
president of the Cuban American Commission
for Family Rights, conducted by Denise Manzari

On Sept. 21, several Cuba-related amendments were introduced in the House of Representatives that would lift the new trade and travel sanctions recently imposed by the Bush administration. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), offered an amendent to end restrictions on financing for agricultural and medical sales to Cuba and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) introduced a measure to end restrictions on educational exchanges with the island nation. After some debate, both amendments were passed on a voice vote.

Rep. Jim Davis (D-Fla.) introduced an amendment to the Transportation-Treasury Appropriation bill calling for an end to funding for enforcement of the harsh new travel restrictions on Cuban-Americans. The bill passed 225-174. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) passionately called for a complete end to the U.S. embargo against Cuba, which was ultimately defeated by a vote of 225-188. Legislation now moves to a House-Senate conference committee where these successes have often reached a dead-end.

After the new travel restrictions were passed on June 30 of this year, 14 Cuban-Americans got together and formed the Cuban American Commission for Family Rights based in Miami. Between The Lines' Denise Manzari spoke with Alvaro Fernandez, president of the group who says that more work is needed to finally overturn the 45-year-old U.S. embargo against Cuba.

For more information on the Cuban American Commission on Family Rights, visit

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The Bush administration is poised to sell Israel $319 million worth of air-launched bombs, including 500 "Bunker Busters" with the power to knock out Iran's underground nuclear facilities. ("Eyeing Iran reactors, Israel seeks U.S. Bunker Bombs," Reuters, Sept. 21, 2004)
  • The day after the U.N High Commissioner for Refugees Rudd Lubbers called for autonomy for the war-torn Darfur region, the Sudanese government arrested opposition leaders. ("Sudan imposes security clampdown after saying it crushed coup bid," Agence France Press, Sept. 25, 2004; "U.N. Official proposes autonomy for Sudan's embattled Darfur region," Sept. 24, 2004)
  • Iowa governor signs first state law to ban the use of thimerosal, a mercury preservative used in flu vaccines, thought to be connected to autism in children. ("Hawekeyes Eye Mercury," In These Times, July 5, 2004)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Bill Cosentino
Segment producers: Melinda Tuhus and Denise Manzari
Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates, Bill Cosentino
Senior Web editor/producer: Anna Manzo
Web producer: Jeff Yates
Newswire editor: Hank Hoffman
Technical assistance: Rod Richardson
Executive producer: Scott Harris
Theme music: Mikata

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Between The Lines Week Ending 10/1/04

Bush Regime/Election 2004

"Bush Tries To Shut Off Criticism On Iraq," by Peter Beinart, The New Republic, Oct. 11, 2004

"Labor Organizers Call Bush's Threat To Workers 'Unprecedented,'" by Madeleine Baran, The New Standard, Oct. 5, 2004

"Kerry Hits The Nail On The Head," by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, Oct. 4, 2004

"New Investigation Uncovers More Racism, Voter Intimidation And Faulty Poll Machines," Sunday Herald/Scotland, Oct. 3, 2004

"Now On DVD: The Passion Of The Bush," by Frank Rich, The New York Times, Oct. 3, 2004

"The 'Flip-Flopper' Label--How It's Done," by Dave Johnson, Seeing The Forest, Oct. 3, 2004

"Father Kerry Versus Boy George," by Steven Rosenfeld & Jan Frel, Alternet, Oct. 1, 2004

"Under The Radar: The Final Push To Nov. 2 (Some Of It Fishy)," by Don Hazen, Alternet, Sept. 30, 2004

"Telling The Truth About The Election: A Different Viewpoint," by Asad Haider, Left Hook, Sept. 28, 2004

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"U.S. Policies Stir More Fear Than Confidence," Los Angeles Times, Oct. 3, 2004

"How Cheney's Halliburton Bribed Nigerians," Independent/UK, Oct. 3, 2004

"Hemmed In By Iraq Debacle, Bush Tempers Arguments For Pre-emptive Strikes," San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 2, 2004

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq

"Iraqi Nuke Evidence Debunked In 2002," The New York Times, Oct. 3, 2004

"Onslaught On Samarra Escalates In 'Dress Rehearsal' For Major Assault On Rebels," Independent/UK, Oct. 3, 2004

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties

"The Real Truth About Camp Delta: Extreme Conditions, Little Intelligence Value," by David Rose, Observer/UK, Oct. 3, 2004

"Guantanamo Prisoner's Letter Claims He Was Witness To Murder," Guardian/UK, Oct. 2, 2004

"Diebold Loses Key Copyright Case," Wired News, Sept. 30, 2004

"U.S. Agents Seize Control Of Free Radio Santa Cruz," Monterey Herald, Sept. 30, 2004

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Not In Our Mainstream Media: The Grief Of Baghdad,' by Evan Derkasz, Alternet, Oct. 5, 2004

"Will Wall Street Journal Reporter Who Wrote Famous Email On Horrid Iraq Conditions Lose Her Beat?,' by Greg Mitchell, Editor & Publisher, Oct. 4, 2004

"Fox News Apologizes For Kerry 'Joke,"', Oct. 2, 2004

More newswire ...


"Greenpeace Protest Exposes Threat Of Nuclear Terror," Independent/UK, Oct. 3, 2004

"Springsteen, R.E.M., Kick Off 'Vote For Change' Concerts Across Swing States," Associated Press, Oct. 2, 2004

"A Tale Of Two RNC Protests," by Jim Straub, Left Turn, Sept. 27, 2004

More newswire ...

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