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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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Dr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson's Commentaries, The Hutchinson Report
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Between The Lines
For The Week Ending March 25, 2005


  • Critics Challenge White House Claim
    that Iraq War Responsible
    for Tentative Moves Toward
    Middle East Democracy

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  • Washington-Installed Haitian Government's Detention
    of Political Prisoners and Human Rights Violations
    Stirs U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters to Action

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  • Failure of Bush Administration's Clear Skies Initiative
    Activates Regulations to Weaken
    Environmental Enforcement

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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

Critics Challenge White House Claim
that Iraq War Responsible
for Tentative Moves Toward
Middle East Democracy

Interview with Phyllis Bennis,
fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies
conducted by Scott Harris

Since the Jan. 30.election in Iraq, which saw a higher than expected turnout among Shiite and Kurdish voters -- the White House and some major corporate media outlets have been crediting President Bush for what's been characterized as a wave of democracy spreading across the Middle East. The wars launched by the Bush administration in Afghanistan and Iraq -- as well as public pressure on authoritarian governments -- have been cited by some pundits as an important factor in moves toward democracy taking place in Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian territories.

But other analysts point out that movements supporting democracy pre-date Bush's invasions, and in some cases have been hurt by a post-war anti-Washington backlash. Critics also say that the White House has refused to pressure anti-democratic regimes, such as those in Pakistan and some former Soviet states that have cooperated with the Bush administration's war on terrorism.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, who examines the claim that White House policy is responsible for some tentative progress toward democracy in the Middle East. She also looks at Bush's nomination of John Bolton to be the next U.S. ambassador to the U.N. despite his long record of hostility toward the world body.

Phyllis Bennis is author of the book, "Before and After: U.S. Foreign Policy and the September 11th Crisis." Contact the Institute by calling (202) 234-9382 or visit their website at

Washington-Installed Haitian Government's Detention
of Political Prisoners and Human Rights Violations
Stirs U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters to Action

Interview with Congresswoman Maxine Waters
conducted by Scott Harris

One year ago, rebel attacks against the government of Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide led to the Feb. 29 overthrow of that Caribbean nation's first democratically elected president. The former Catholic priest charged that he was the victim of a political kidnapping carried out by members of the United States military when he was taken aboard an American plane and forced into exile in the Central African Republic. Aristide was later given political asylum in Jamaica and now resides in South Africa.

Haiti's Washington-installed Prime Minister, Gerard Latortue, has imprisoned hundreds of officials and supporters of Aristide's overthrown government, including former Prime Minister Yvonne Neptune and Interior Minister Jocelerme Privert. Both men, detained since June 27 without charge, have undertaken a hunger strike in protest. Neptune, who was hospitalized on March 10 for treatment of severe dehydration, has vowed to continue his fast until he's released.

California Congresswoman Maxine Waters visited Haiti on March 7 with a delegation of American human rights advocates and met with Neptune and Privert. The democratic Representative expressed grave concern about the deplorable prison conditions and the human rights situation she observed in Haiti. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Congresswoman Waters about her fact-finding trip to Haiti and her criticism of Bush administration policy toward that troubled island nation.

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Failure of Bush Administration's Clear Skies Initiative
Activates Regulations to Weaken
Environmental Enforcement

Interview with John Walke,
director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's clean air program,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

In 2002, the Bush administration introduced their so-called "Clear Skies Initiative," which would have re-written the bedrock Clean Air Act passed more than 30 years ago. The legislation, which Washington observers say was written by industry, would have tilted the law to favor polluters and away from protecting public health by reducing toxic emissions as quickly as possible. The bill also would have done nothing to regulate greenhouse gasses, a major cause of global warming.

But after three years of trying, the Republican-controlled Congress has been unable to get the bill out of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, where it died recently on a 9 to 9 vote. But the administration immediately activated regulations that implement many of the same things to weaken enforcement that the failed legislation was designed to do.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with John Walke, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's clean air program about these regulations, one of which regulates interstate air pollution, and another that deals with extremely toxic mercury emissions, that Walke warns are especially harmful.

For more information, call the Natural Resources Defense Council at (202) 289-6868 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon and Anna Manzo

  • Elderly pensioners in Moscow protest against cuts in retirement, education and transit benefits. ("'Managed', No More," In These Times, March 28, 2005)
  • After three-year boycott of the fast food giant Taco Bell, Florida farmworkers are declaring victory. ("Farmworkers Win Historic Deal," The Guardian, March 12, 2005)
  • Three Eco-activists arrested for posting fliers near JP Morgan Chase bank CEO's home. One of the activists arrested was Bob Nixon, who serves as Between The Lines' senior newseditor. ("Taking Protest to Bank CEO's Street, 3 Activists Face Charges," by Alison Leigh Cowan, New York Times, March 13, 2005; "Trio Nabbed After Posting Fliers Criticizing CEO," by Martin Cassidy, Greenwich Time, March 9, 2005)

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    U.S. Politics

    "GOP Governors Cut State Workers' Rights," Associated Press, Mar. 21, 2005

    "Young People: The Key To Republican Single Party Rule," by Thom Hartmann, Common Dreams, Mar. 21, 2005

    "DeLay Hammers Home His Heartless Influence On Terry Schiavo," by Ellis Hennican, Newsday, Mar. 20, 2005

    "Democratic Senators Denounce Bush Grab For 'Dictatorship,'" by David Swanson, Truthout, Mar. 17, 2005

    "The Unbranding: Can The Democrats Make Themsel;ves Look Tough?," by Jeffrey Goldberg, The New Yorker, Mar. 14, 2005

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    Bush Regime

    "Stiglitz Warns Of Violence If Wolfowitz Goes To World Bank," Telegraph/UK, Mar. 20, 2005

    "The Age Of Missing Information: The Bush Administration's Campaign Against Openness," by Steven Aftergood, Slate, Mar. 17, 2005

    "Wolf After Wolf: Moving The World Bank From Bad To Worse," by Abu Spinoza, ZNet, Mar. 17, 2005

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    American Empire/War Profiteering

    "Pentagon Stragegy Document Reaffirms Globocop Role," by Jim Lobe,, Mar. 22, 2005

    "'Preemptive Strikes' Become Policy," Los Angeles Times, Mar. 18, 2005

    "Mapping The Oil Motive," by Michael Klare,, Mar. 18, 2005

    "The Democracy Lie," by Juan Cole,, Mar. 15, 2005

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    "Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

    "MI6 Chief Told Blair That U.S. 'Fixed' Cases For Iraq War," Agence France Presse, Mar. 20, 2005

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    Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

    "Dirty Tricks Revisited: William Arkin Targeted By The U.S. Government?," by Justin Raimondo,, Mar. 21, 2005

    "CIA, White House Defend Transfer Of Terror Suspects," Washington Post, Mar. 18, 2005

    "Bush Adviser Seeks Debate On PATRIOT Act," Associated Press, Mar. 17, 2005

    More newswire ...

    Media Issues

    "Undemocratic Media Overseas," by Rory O'Connor, Alternet, Mar. 21, 2005

    "Miscovering Antiwar Protests (Again)," by Danny Schechter, Common Dreams, Mar. 21, 2005

    More newswire ...


    "U.S. Rallies Mark Iraq Anniversary, Reflect Antiwar Groups' Growth, Challenges,", Mar. 21, 2005

    "To End The War, Voices Of Military Personnel And Families Will Be Essential," by Geov Parrish, Working For Change, Mar. 21, 2005

    "Fog Of War: Antiwar In Fayetteville, North Carolina," by Dick Reavis, Alternet, Mar. 21, 2005

    "Anger And Grief Mark Second Anniversary Of Iraq War," Inter Press Service, Mar. 20, 2005

    "Protesting Military Recruiters Leads To Arrests At City College," Amsterdam News (New York), Mar. 17, 2005

    "Antiwar Youth Activism Explodes," by Adam Waxman, Foreign Policy In Focus, Mar. 17, 2005

    "Unions To Wal-Mart: The Gloves Are Off," by Wade Rathke, New Labor Forum, Mar. 17, 2005

    "Have You Heard About The St. Patrick's Four?," by Bill Quigley, Counterpunch, Mar. 17, 2005

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