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"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

Project for the New American Century's Letter to President Clinton on Iraq, Jan. 26, 1998 Urges President Clinton to remove the threat that Iraq poses by stating a strategy to do so in his "upcoming State of the Union Address."

"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

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For The Week Ending Nov. 26, 2004


  • U.S. Wins Battle of Fallujah;
    Critics Call It a "Hollow Victory"

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  • Citizens Testify on Voter Suppression
    as Ohio Election Recount Proceeds

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  • Environmentalists Consider the Dangers,
    Opportunities Under Another
    4 Years of Bush

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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U.S. Wins Battle of Fallujah;
Critics Call It a "Hollow Victory"

Interview with Christian Parenti,
journalist and author,
conducted by Scott Harris

The claim of victory by U.S. forces in the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah came at a very high price. Half the residents of this now virtually destroyed city, once home to 300,000, have fled with an as-yet undetermined number of dead and injured civilians resulting from the weeks of American air strikes and the recent ground assault. The Pentagon says that 38 U.S. soldiers were killed and more than 200 were injured in the post-election Fallujah operation, while killing 1,000 insurgents and taking some 500 prisoners.

Amnesty International declared that both sides may have violated international law in their conduct during the urban battle. The London-based human rights group urged investigations of incidents including a missile attack on a medical clinic killing 20 Iraqi medical staff; the shooting of non-combatants fleeing the city; the reported execution of a wounded insurgent prisoner by a U.S. Marine and the use of Mosques and flags of truce by insurgents to carry out attacks against American forces.

But as U.S. troops continued to secure Fallujah, it became clear that a large number of the Iraqi rebels had fled the city in advance of the assault, moving across the Sunni Triangle to launch counterattacks against American soldiers and Iraqi police. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Christian Parenti, a U.S. journalist who spent four months in Iraq before writing a new book about the war titled: "The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq." Parenti assesses the battle of Fallujah and the prospects for a U.S. military victory in Iraq.

"The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq" is published by the New Press. Read Parenti's articles online at

Citizens Testify on Voter Suppression
as Ohio Election Recount Proceeds

Interview with Bob Fitrakis,
attorney and activist,
conducted by Scott Harris

Since John Kerry's concession speech following the Nov. 2nd presidential election, the Internet has been abuzz with accounts of all manner of voting irregularities. Reports coming in from around the country relate incidents of voting machine malfunctions; secret vote counts; and charges of outright fraud. Several confirmed news stories of over-counts of Bush ballots and undercounts of Kerry votes have mingled with charges of deliberate attempts to change the outcome of voting totals in the key battleground states of Ohio and Florida.

Several statisticians have alleged that anomalies of voting totals in some Florida counties, skewing toward Bush, correlate with the use of a specific type of optical scanner. Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader is pursing a re-count of New Hampshire ballots, while the Green and Libertarian Parties have raised enough money to set in motion an official recount of the votes in Ohio.

Many progressive activists in Ohio are convinced that a deliberate shortage of voting machines in minority precincts, causing long lines, combined with a GOP campaign of suppression, intimidation and legal challenges against Democratic voters has resulted in another stolen election. To that end, public hearings, sponsored by the Election Protection Coalition, were held in the city of Columbus on Nov. 13 and 15, where hundreds of citizens offered sworn testimony about their experiences on Election Day that many feel undermine democracy. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Bob Fitrakis, a professor of political science and attorney, who helped moderate the Ohio hearings. He relates the stories told by angry voters and explains why he believes the results of the 2004 election are tainted.

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Environmentalists Consider the Dangers,
Opportunities Under Another
4 Years of Bush

Interview with Lois Gibbs,
environmental justice activist,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Leading up to the presidential election, polls affirmed that safeguarding of the nation's water, air, and public health, related to environmental protection, were important to a majority of Americans, even though the environment clearly ranked behind such top-tier issues as terrorism, the war in Iraq and the economy. But environmental issues were barely focused on during the presidential campaign, despite the fact that there were more clear differences between President Bush and Sen. John Kerry on this issue than on many others.

Now that George W. Bush has been elected to lead the country for another four years, environmentalists are considering worst-case scenarios, especially regarding global climate change. But some others see a silver lining.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Lois Gibbs, who more than 30 years ago as a housewife and mother, led the fight for justice in response to the burial of toxic chemical waste in her community of Love Canal, N.Y. The organization she founded, the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, has been fighting similar battles since 1981. Gibbs worked for John Kerry's campaign, and says, considering all the energy and passion that millions of people devoted to it, she was surprised he didn't win. Here, she considers the obstacles and opportunities for environmentalists over the next four years of the Bush administration.

Lois Gibbs, is executive director of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice. For more information, call (703) 237-2249 or visit the group's website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Retrial of Abimael Guzman, founder of Peru's infamous Shining Path rebel movement, is suspended for a second time. ("Shining Path Retrial Halted Again," BBC, Nov. 12 and "The day the Maoists went to court," Nov. 16, 2004)
  • A growing number of pharmacists are refusing to fill certain prescriptions, such as contraceptives, for moral or religious reasons. ("Druggists refuse to give out the pill," USA Today, Nov. 9, 2004)
  • After U.S. voters passed 11 state constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage, Canadian provinces and the federal government are moving forward to legalize gay unions. ("Bound by Law," The Economist, Nov. 13, 2004)

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Election 2004

"Ohio Presidential Results to be Challenged," by Steven Rosenfeld,, Nov. 20, 2004

"How Much Fraud Does The GOP Need?," by Steve Weissman, Truthout, Nov. 18, 2004

"Will Vote Recount Settle Doubt?," by Kim Zetter, Wired News, Nov. 17, 2004

"Election 2004: Lingering Suspicions," by Greg Guma, United Press International, Nov. 16, 2004

"The Ohio 'Vote': Ken Blackwell Has Some Explaining To Do," by Hugh Urban, Counterpunch, Nov. 16, 2004

"Kerry Adviser Worked Both Sides Of The Street," by Alexander Bolton, The Hill, Nov. 16, 2004

"Corrupt Before A Vote Was Cast," by Alan Gilbert, Common Dreams, Nov. 16, 2004

"It's Over, Kerry Won...Almost," by Stephen Elliott, Village Voice, Nov. 15, 2004

"Confessions Of An Unwitting Accessory To Vote Fraud," by Ian Solomon, Hartford Courant, Nov. 15, 2004

"Restoring Trust In The Vote," by Thom Hartmann, Common Dreams, Nov. 15, 2004

"Inside The Election Fraud Battle: Think Kerry Is Not Involved? Think Again," by Betsy R. Vasquez, The Moderate Independent, Nov. 10, 2004

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"New CIA Chief Tells Workers To Back Bush Administration Policies," The New York Times, Nov. 17, 2004

"Welcome To The One-Party State," by Sheldon Rampton & John Stauber,, Nov. 17, 2004

"Should Canada Indict Bush For War Crimes?," by Thomas Walkom, Toronto Star/Canada, Nov. 16, 2004

"An Internal War At The CIA," Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 16, 2004

"As Powell Leaves, Hardliners Make Their Move," by Jim Lobe,, Nov. 16, 2004

"Bush Nominates Rice To Succeed Powell," MSNBC, Nov. 16, 2004

"Killing The Messenger: A CIA Full Of Yes-Men," by Spencer Ackerman, Salon, Nov. 16, 2004

"The Peter Principle And The Neocon Coup," by Robert Scheer, Los Angeles Times, Nov. 16, 2004

"Conservatives To GOP Moderates: Get Out Of Our Party," Dallas Morning News, Nov. 16, 2004

"After Day Of Cabinet Resignations, Many Fear A Shift To The Right," Knight Ridder, Nov. 15, 2004

"Bush: The Christian Right's Humble Servant," by Max Blumenthal, Alternet, Nov. 15, 2004

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Bush Confronts New Challenge on Issue of Iran," New York Times, Nov. 19, 2004

"Former G.I.s, Ordered To War, Fight Not To Go," The New York Times, Nov. 16, 2004

"Government Looking At Military Draft Lists," Brownsville Herald, Nov. 16, 2004

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Amnesty Calls For 'Unequivocal Orders' To Prevent War Crimes In Iraq," by Jim Lobe,, Nov. 17, 2004

"The Battle For Minds (Forget The Hearts)," by Jonathan Schell & Tom Engelhardt,, Nov. 17, 2004

"'This One's Faking He's Dead.'; 'He's Dead Now,'" Independent/UK, Nov. 16, 2004

"800 Feared Dead In Fallujahh," by Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service, Nov. 16, 2004

"Video Shows Shooting In Fallujah Mosque," MSNBC, Nov. 16, 2004

"Insurgent Attacks Spread In Iraq," Washington Post, Nov. 16, 2004

"Fallujah Destroyed," Washington Post, Nov. 16, 2004

"'Home-Grown Uprising': Few Foreigners Among The Insurgents," Los Angeles Times, Nov. 16, 2004

"Amnesty International: Rules Of War Broken In Fallujah Assault," Reuters, Nov. 15, 2004

"Obliterating Fallujahh: A War Crime In Real Time," by Francis A. Boyle, Counterpunch, Nov. 15, 2004

"Iraq Vote Could Be Delayed," Guardian/UK, Nov. 15, 2004

"A City Lies In Ruins, Along With The Lives Of The Wretched Survivors," Independent/UK, Nov. 15, 2004

"Fallujahh: The Geneva Convention Is Thrown Out The Window," by Rahul Mahajan, Empire Notes, Nov. 13, 2004

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties

"Gonzales's Views On The Question Of Torture," by Michael Isikoff & Daniel Klaidman, Newsweek, Nov. 22, 2004

"Performing Dylan In Boulder: Of Piercings And Protest Songs," by Greg Cahill, Alternet, Nov. 16, 2004

"Ashcroft: The Worst AG Since The Era Of J. Edgar Hoover," by Arsalan Iftikhar, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Nov. 16, 2004

"The Arrival Of Secret Law," Federation of American Scientists Project on Government Secrecy, Nov. 14, 2004

"Louisiana Teens Getting Drivers License Must Also Register For Selective Service," The Town Talk (Louisiana), Nov. 13, 2004

"Cuffing Bush And The FBI," by Nat Hentoff, Village Voice, Nov. 12, 2004

"Cruel And Unusual: The End Of The Eighth Amendment," by Joan Dayan, Boston Review, Oct./Nov., 2004

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Media Accused Of Ignoring Election Irregularities," by Boston Globe, Nov. 17, 2004

"Wimblehack: The Sad End," by Matt Taibbi, New York Press Nov. 16, 2004

"Elephants? We (Still) Don't See No Elephants," by Liz Cox Barrett, CJR Campaign Desk, Nov. 16, 2004

"A Deadly Year For Journalists: 101 Killed So Far," Associated Press, Nov. 15, 2004

More newswire ...


"Meet The New COs," by Frida Berrigan, The Progressive, Dec., 2004

"Iraq Veteran Speaks Out Against War," South Bend Tribune, Nov. 17, 2004

"Act Like Christians," by Barbara Ehrenreich, The Nation, Nov. 16, 2004

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