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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 Dec. 3, 2004


  • U.S. Iraq Veterans Call for an End
    to a War They Say Can't be Won

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  • Thousands of Protesters Again Demand the Closing
    of the Pentagon's Infamous School of the Americas

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  • U.S. Media Ignores Questions on 2004 Election
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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Iraq Veterans Call for an End
to a War They Say Can't be Won

Interview with former Marine Cpl. Michael Hoffman,
co-founder of Iraq Veterans Against the War,
conducted by Scott Harris

Not long after the U.S. declared victory in Fallujah, asserting that America had broken the back of the insurgency, armed rebels launched attacks against American troops and their Iraqi allies in other cities across the Sunni Triangle. A U.S.-Iraqi police raid on Baghdad's Abu Hanifa Sunni mosque on Nov. 12, resulting in 3 deaths and 40 arrests, triggered battles between Marines and insurgents throughout the capital.

Adding to the skepticism that the U.S., and its appointed Iraqi government, can organize national elections for January 30th, was the recent assassination of Sheik Mohammed Amin al-Faidhi, a member of the Association of Muslim Scholars, a group which has called for a boycott of the election. There are fears that escalating violence and growing anger toward the U.S. could derail the election, particularly in Sunni Arab areas of the country. The election is slated to select a 275- member National Assembly which will then draft a constitution. Amid concern about the January vote, senior U.S. military commanders in Iraq say it is likely that they will need 3,000 to 5,000 more combat troops to confront the resistance.

In July, a handful of U.S. Iraq veterans announced the formation of Iraq Veterans Against the War. The group is demanding an immediate US withdrawal from Iraq and full funding for veterans' benefits at home. Former Marine Lance Corporal Michael Hoffman, who served in Iraq with a 1st Marine Corps Division Artillery Battery, is a co-founder of the group. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Hoffman about his experience in Iraq and why he believes the U.S. cannot achieve a military victory in this war.

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Thousands of Protesters Again Demand the Closing
of the Pentagon's Infamous School of the Americas

Report on the 15th annual protest
at Fort Benning, Ga.
Produced by Melinda Tuhus

Nov. 19-21 marked the 15th annual gathering called by School of the Americas Watch, or SOA Watch, to close down the Pentagon's School of the Americas -- now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, or WHINSEC -- at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. This year more than 15,000 people came from across the country to commemorate the lives of Latin Americans shattered by rape, torture and murder committed by graduates of the military institute.

Saturday featured music, puppetry and short speeches by some activists who have served time in prison for trespassing non-violently onto the base. Among them were celebrities like Susan Sarandon, and the founder of SOA Watch, Maryknoll priest Father Roy Bourgeois. On Sunday, a solemn vigil was held to honor those who died, and 15 more people crossed over, under or through two fences topped with barbed wire to get onto the base to make a powerful personal statement against WHINSEC and its deadly role in Latin America. Those protesters face a probable three- to six-month prison sentence after their trial scheduled for January.

The days were spent connecting with friends and former prisoners of conscience from around the country -- all bolstering the strongly held view among the activists there, that another world is possible. Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus covered the weekend's events, and files our report.

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"16,000 Protest U.S.-Run School of the Americas," by Elliott Minor, The Associated Press, Nov. 22, 2004

U.S. Media Ignores Questions on 2004 Election

Public Distrustful of Press Corps as Watchdog on Bush White House

Interview with Robert Parry,
award-winning investigative journalist,
conducted by Scott Harris

As President Bush reflected on his recent election victory, Republican party officials declared to a divided nation that they saw their narrow electoral win as a "mandate." The president went on to say that he intended to spend the political capital he had earned on Nov. 2nd by advocating legislation to deepen tax cuts and partially privatize Social Security.

But in the aftermath of the closely contested election, disturbing questions are still being asked about GOP voter suppression campaigns and a number of other irregularities in the battleground states of Ohio and Florida. Citizens groups, rather than political parties, have taken the lead in investigating these concerns. But allegations made about flawed electronic voting machines and suspect counting methods, which have led to a state-wide recount in Ohio and a partial recount in New Hampshire, are being virtually ignored by the nation's major corporate media outlets.

Many citizens who have bitter memories of the U.S. press corps' poor performance scrutinizing President Bush's dubious justification for the Iraq war -- and weak coverage of the 2000 presidential election fiasco -- are doubtful that the U.S. media will aggressively examine the 2004 vote or other major political issues confronting the nation. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with award-winning investigative journalist Robert Parry, who broke key elements of the Iran Contra scandal while working with the Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. Parry considers the forces which constrain the American media from more assertively holding those in power accountable for their actions.

Robert Parry is winner of the George Polk award for national reporting. He is the author of "Secrecy and Privilege, Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq." Read his columns online at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Bush administration again putting the squeeze on U.N. Global Fund that fights AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. ("AIDS Fund Payment Slashed," San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 19, 2004)
  • Grassroots campaign emerges to push for U.S. ratificaton of the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (or CEDAW). ("International Holdout," American Prospect, October 2004)
  • Over the last four years, U.S. military aid to Latin American has soared under the guise of the war on terrorism. ("Politics: U.S. militarizing Latin America,", Oct. 6, 2004)

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Election 2004

"How To Take Back A Stolen Election," by Thom Hartmann, Common Dreams, Nov. 29, 2004

"2004 Elections," by Noam Chomsky, ZNet, Nov. 29, 2004

"Electronic Voting 1.0 And No Time To Upgrade," by James Fallows, The New York Times, Nov. 29, 2004

"Recount In Ohio," by Jules Witcover, Baltimore Sun, Nov. 26, 2004

"Top Corporate PACs Favored GOP," CBS News, Nov. 26, 2004

"Why We Must Not 'Get Over It,'" by Ernest Partridge, Crisis Papers, Nov. 24, 2004

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Bush Regime

"Bush's Social Security Plan Said To Require Vast Borrowing," The New York Times, Nov. 28, 2004

"GOP Looks To Break Up 9th Circuit Court," FOX News, Nov. 24, 2004

"Dollar Plunge, Specter Of A Crash," by Philippe Martin, Liberation/Paris, Nov. 22, 2004

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Pentagon Report: 'They Hate Our Policies, Not Our Freedoms,'" Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 29, 2004

"Military Recruiters Target Schools Strategically," Boston Globe, Nov. 29, 2004

"NED Back On The Offensive In Venezuela," by Eva Golinger, ZNet, Nov. 28, 2004

"Audit: Halliburton Lost Track Of Property," Boston Globe, Nov. 26, 2004

"Oil Makes U.S. Raise Military Stakes In Colombia," Newsday, Nov. 26, 2004

"Ukraine's Post-Modern Coup d'Etat," by Jonathan Steele, Guardian/UK, Nov. 26, 2004

"Fighting Oil With Oil In Venezuela," by Jonah Gindin,, Nov. 25, 2004

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"U.S. Officials Say Iraq's Forces Founder Under Rebel Assaults," The New York Times, Nov. 30, 2004

"Which War Is This, Anyway?," by Tom Engelhardt,, Nov. 29, 2004

"'Unusual Weapons' Used In Fallujah," by Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service, Nov. 26, 2004

"The Battle Of Fallujah Part 1," by Tom Lasseter, Knight Ridder, Nov. 24, 2004

"The Battle Of Fallujah Part 2," by Tom Lasseter, Knight Ridder, Nov. 24, 2004

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties

"Clamor For Investigation Into Death Of Elderly Haitian Pastor In U.S. Custody," by Jim Lobe,, Nov. 30, 2004

"Bullies At the Airport," by Rep. Ron Paul,, Nov. 30, 2004

"Smells Like Privacy Invasion," St. Petersburg Times editorial, Nov. 21, 2004

"Ashcroft's Achievements," by Nat Hentoff, Village Voice, Nov. 19, 2004

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"News Media In The 60th Year Of The Nuclear Age," by Norman Solomon, Common Dreams, Nov. 29, 2004

"The Inglorious Exit Of Dan Rather," by Patrick Martin, World Socialist Web Site, Nov. 29, 2004

"What The Battle Of Fallujah Was Really Like," by Greg Mitchell, Editor & Publisher, Nov. 26, 2004

More newswire ...


"Activists Crawl Through Web To Untangle U.S. Secrecy," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, 2004

"60's Morality Is Winning," by Leonard Steinhorn,, Nov. 29, 2004

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