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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

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, U.N. 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 Feb. 18, 2005


  • Opponents Prepare to Challenge
    Bush Budget Cuts and Drive
    to Privatize Social Security

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  • 5th Annual World Social Forum
    Tackles Global Justice Issues

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  • Campaign to Free Leonard Peltier
    Continues as the Native American Activist
    Spends His 30th Year in Prison

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Opponents Prepare to Challenge
Bush Budget Cuts and Drive
to Privatize Social Security

Interview with Roger Hickey,
co-director of the Campaign for America's Future,
conducted by Scott Harris

After winning a narrow victory in the November 2004 election, President Bush set out an audacious set of foreign and domestic policy goals in his State of the Union address and his administration's budget proposal. In his State of the Union speech, Mr. Bush gloated about the higher than expected turnout in the Iraqi election and threatened the nations of Iran and Syria, demanding they comply with Washington's blueprint for a democratic transformation of the Middle East.

On the domestic front, the president made many questionable declarations about the imminent demise of the Social Security system while proposing that the nation follow his prescription of moving toward costly partial privatization of the popular New Deal era program. In his administration's 2006 budget proposal, Bush put forth a plan that would eliminate or deeply cut programs benefiting veterans, food stamp recipients, students and farmers, while increasing funding for the Pentagon. The dramatic cuts were said to be part of a plan to reduce record deficits amassed during the president's 1st term in office.

But much of the country greeted Bush's audacious agenda with skepticism, noting that with the U.S. tied down in a bloody guerrilla war in Iraq, threats made against Iran and Syria were mere empty gestures. And although solutions to long-range shortfalls in Social Security and current budget deficits could easily be addressed with a rollback of the president's tax cuts primarily benefiting the rich, these obvious resolutions were willfully ignored. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Roger Hickey, co-director of the Campaign for America's Future, who takes a critical look at the president's agenda and the strategies being discussed to oppose his policies.

Contact Campaign for America's Future by calling (202) 955-5665 or visit their website at

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5th Annual World Social Forum
Tackles Global Justice Issues

Interview with Njoki Njehu,
director of the 50 Years is Enough Network,
conducted by Scott Harris

Now in its 5th year, the World Social Forum returned to its birthplace in Porto Alegre, Brazil this year, after moving to Mumbai, India in 2004. The gathering of progressive activists drew more than 100,000 delegates to this year's event held Jan. 26th through 31.

The World Social Forum began in 2001 as a way to counter the agenda of the World Economic Forum convened annually in Davos, Switzerland. While business and political leaders in Switzerland discuss how free markets and corporations will address international economic and development issues, delegates to the World Social Forum advocate for structural reforms to eliminate poverty, environmental destruction and social injustice.

As a testament to the success of the World Social Forum, many delegates in Davos this year echoed some of the same concerns long focused on by their progressive counterparts in Brazil. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Njoki Njehu, director of the 50 Years is Enough Network who just returned from the World Social Forum. She summarizes some of the issues considered at this year's global summit.

Contact 50 Years is Enough Network by calling (202) 463-2265 or visit their website at Access the World Social Forum's web site at

Campaign to Free Leonard Peltier
Continues as the Native American Activist
Spends His 30th Year in Prison

Interview with Barry Bachrach,
attorney for Native American activist
and political prisoner Leonard Peltier,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Feb. 6 marked the beginning of Native American activist Leonard Peltier's 30th year behind bars. Peltier was convicted of murdering two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Lakota Sioux reservation in June 1975. The incident was made famous in fiction and non-fiction films as well as Peter Matthiessen's book, "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse." The murders took place during a state of siege on the reservation when the federal government collaborated with a corrupt tribal government against Indians observing a traditional way of life with the support of American Indian Movement members.

After the confrontation, Peltier fled to Canada, where he was extradited back to the U.S. based on perjured testimony. Two others charged in the murders of the FBI agents were acquitted based on a claim of self-defense. Peltier's trial was rife with government misconduct, which later came to light in documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, although several thousand documents are still being withheld. His supporters waged an intensive campaign to convince former President Bill Clinton to grant Peltier clemency, but the outgoing democratic president declined to do so.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Peltier's lawyer, Barry Bachrach, who discusses efforts currently under way to free his client.

Contact the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee at (785) 842-5774 or visit the Committee's website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The International Criminal Court is at the center of the UN decision on war crimes in the Darfur district of Sudan, while the Bush administration attempts to divert the case to an ad hoc tribunal. ("Bush urged to drop anti-ICC campaign for Darfur's sake,", Feb. 1, 2005)
  • The FBI criticizes female interrogators' sexual touching of Muslim prisoners at U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. ("Gitmo soldier details sexual tactics,", Jan. 28, 2005)
  • Riggs Bank admits to money laundering for former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet; and failing to file suspicious activity reports of their biggest clients: top government officials of Equatorial Guinea. ("Riggs Bank agrees to guilty plea and fine," Washington Post, Jan. 28, 2005)

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"Unwelcome Guests at a Coronation," Jan. 20, 2005 Counter-Inaugural Speeches and Protests

Election 2004

"15 Things You Don't Know About The Exit Polls," by Mitchell Rofsky, Common Dreams, Feb. 1, 2005

"Long Waits, Bad Equipment, Worse Than Election Fraud," by Joel McNally, Capital Times (Wisconsin), Jan. 30, 2005

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Bush Regime

"Judge: Bush Administration Violated Endangered Species Act," Associated Press, Feb. 2, 2005

"Democrats Flash Steel On Gonzales Nomination," Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 1, 2005

"Filibuster Rule Could Haunt GOP," by Kevin Drum, San Diego Union Tribune, Feb. 1, 2005

"Rumsfeld Seeks To Revive Bunker Buster Nuke," Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2005

"Bush, GOP, Quietly Dismantling Employer-Provided Health Insurance System," Los Angeles Times, Jan. 31, 2005

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Neo-cons: More Cannon Fodder, Please," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Feb. 2, 2005

"Who's Afraid Of Venezuela?," by Micah Holmquist,, Feb. 2, 2005

"Losing Feith: Are The Neo-Cons Losing Influence?," by Jim Lobe,, Feb. 1, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"What I Heard About Iraq," by Eliot Weinberger, London Review of Books, Feb. 3, 2005

"Living Under The Bombs," by Dahr Jamail & Tom Engelhardt,, Feb. 2, 2005

"Iraq's Shiites Plan A Humble Rise To Power," Washington Post, Feb. 2, 2005

"What They Are Not Telling You About The 'Election,'" by Dahr Jamail, ZNet, Feb. 1, 2005

"Insurgents Attacked But Voters Persevered," Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2005

"Train Wreck Of An Election," by James Carroll, Boston Globe, Feb. 1, 2005

"Iraq Seeks Answers After Fatal Riot At U.S. Camp," Reuters, Feb. 1, 2005

"Disgruntled Sunnis Could Thwart Iraq Constitution," Reuters, Feb. 1, 2005

"The Vietnam Turnout Was Good As Well," by Sami Ramadani, Guardian/UK, Feb. 1, 2005

"Will Vote For Food?," by Dahr Jamail,, Feb. 1, 2005

"Now U.S. Must Get Out Of Iraq's Way," by Robert Scheer, Los Angeles Times, Feb. 1, 2005

"In Mosul, Many Pleasantly Surprised By Election," Inter Press Service, Feb. 1, 2005

"A Victory For The Shia," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Jan. 31, 2005

"The Iraq Election: First Impressions," by Juan Cole, History News Network, Jan. 31, 2005

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Videos Of Riot Squads At Guantanamo Show Prisoners Being Punched And Stripped From The Waist Down," Associated Press, Feb. 2, 2005

"Principal Bans 'Anti-military,' 'Anti-American' Materials," Associated Press, Feb. 2, 2005

"Gonzales OK Could Be Seen As OK For Torture Rules," by Robert Collier, San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 2, 2005

"Pentagon's Guantanamo Courts Ruled Illegal," Inter Press Service, Feb. 1, 2005

"The Road To Abu Ghraib: The Legal Narrative," by Joshua L. Dratel, Common Dreams, Feb. 1, 2005

"Surfing The Web With Big Brother," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Feb. 1, 2005

"Abandoning Liberty, Gaining Insecurity," by Paul Criag Roberts,, Feb. 1, 2005

"The Emergence Of The Homeland Security State, Part 2: The Civilian Half," by Nick Turse & Tom Engelhardt,, Jan. 31, 2005

"Canada To Counter PATRIOT Act," Canoe (canada), Jan. 31, 2005

"Wausau PoliceDrop Charge On Man With 'Bushit' Sign," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Jan. 28, 2005

"The Emergence Of The Homeland Security State, Part 1: The Military Half," by Nick Turse & Tom Engelhardt,, Jan. 28, 2005

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Media Issues

"O'Reilly's Fatwah On 'Un-American' Professors: FOXNews Puts Me In Its Crosshairs," by M. Shahid Alam, Feb. 2, 2005

"The GOP Media Machine Churns On," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Feb. 2, 2005

"4 Networks Reject Ad Opposing Bush On Lawsuits," The New York Times, Feb. 1, 2005

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"To The Inauguration And Back: An Anarchist's Tale," by Jim Cape, Northern Star (Northern Illinois University), Feb. 3, 2005

"Sentencing The SOA Activists: Punishing The Wrong People," by Patrick Mulvaney, Feb. 1, 2005

"New Republic Writer Calls For Death And Torture For Antiwar Activists," by Dave Zirin, Counterpunch, Jan. 31, 2005

"Much At Stake For The Antiwar Movement," Newsday, Jan. 31, 2005

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