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"The Rest of the News," New Haven Advocate, July 3, 2003
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Those Who Dared to Come Forward
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, truthout.org, 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
"The Global Gulag: Into The Shadows," by Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, 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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THIS WEEK'S PROGRAM
Iraq Veterans Against the War and Military Families Speak Out at the Fayetteville, N.C. march, March 19, 2005. (Photo by Diane Lent)
Interview with Nancy Lessin,
Two years after President Bush made the decision to invade Iraq, in defiance of international law and world opinion, Americans have turned against the war. A poll conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News in early March found that 53 percent of Americans said the war was not worth fighting, while 70 percent believed U.S. casualties, including more than 1,500 deaths, was an unacceptable price to pay. More than half of those surveyed believed, overall, the U.S. war in Iraq was a mistake.
On the weekend marking the second anniversary of the war, protests demanding an end to the U.S. occupation and the withdrawal of American troops were held across the world and the nation. Although smaller than similar demonstrations last year, anti-war protests and vigils were held in major cities in Europe, Asia, and Australia. In the U.S., more than 800 events were organized with tens of thousands of citizens opposed to the war participating in cities large and small. A demonstration in Fayetteville, N.C. home to the U.S. Army's Fort Bragg and five other military bases, drew 5,000 to an anti-war rally sponsored by Military Families Speak Out, Iraq Veterans Against the War and Gold Star Families for Peace. Many veterans and family members who lost loved ones in thewar that attended the Fayetteville protest, expressed strong support for the troops, while insisting they be brought home.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Military Families Speak Out co-founder Nancy Lessin, whose own son had been deployed to Iraq. She discusses the importance of the Fayetteville protest and the state of the anti-war movement across the nation.
Call Military Families Speak Out at (617) 522-9323 or visit their website at www.mfso.org
Describes Fight for Food Sovereignty Around the World
Interview with Jose Bove,
He was recently in the U.S., just back from visiting survivors of the tsunami disaster in Indonesia and participating in the World Social Forum in Brazil. He heads the Confederation Paysanne, the French Farmers Union, which is part of Via Campesina, an international farmers' movement with millions of members.
Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Bove at the winter conference of the Connecticut chapter of NOFA, the Northeast Organic Farming Association, March 5. He discusses the origin of Via Campesina, the international farmers' movement, in response to international free trade agreements, rulings by the World Trade Organization, or WTO and the struggle for "food sovereignty" in Europe and around the world.
For more information, visit the farmers' movement website at www.viacampesina.org
Prepares to Eliminate Filibuster
in Effort to Confirm Extremist Judges
Interview with Elliott Minceberg,
In the U.S. Senate, the Republican majority is threatening to use extraordinary parliamentary maneuvers to eliminate the filibuster, the Democrat's only tool to block lifetime judicial appointments they view as extremist. The GOP idea of abolishing the filibuster, a Senate institution for over 200 years, has infuriated Senate Democrats and led them to threaten non-cooperation in future legislative matters if the so-called "nuclear option" is approved.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Elliot Minceberg, vice president and legal director with People for the American Way, who examines the plan to eliminate the filibuster and other unprecedented actions, such as congressional intervention in the life-support case of Terry Schiavo. He explains how these political tactics have led some observers to conclude that the Republican majority is engaging in a gross abuse of power.
Contact People for the American Way by calling (202) 467-4999 or visit their website at www.pfaw.org
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"Army Probe Finds 'Systematic Abuse' At Base Near Mosul," Associated Press, Mar. 26, 2005
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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights
"Homeland Security's Chertoff: No Friend Of Immigrants," by Tom Barry, International Relations Center, Mar. 29, 2005
"A Ban On New 5th Avenue Parades? Who Knew?," The New York Times, Mar. 29, 2005
"Targeted By Conservatives For Teaching Philosophy," by Jacqueline Marcus, Common Dreams, Mar. 28, 2005
"Fresh Details Emerge Of Iraqis' Abuse By U.S. Soldiers In Mosul," Independent/UK, Mar. 27, 2005
"Army Admits Violating Geneva Convention," Associated Press, Mar. 26, 2005
"U.S. Won't Prosecute 17 Soldiers In Prisoners' Deaths," The New York Times, Mar. 26, 2005
"Left-Right Coalition Rises To Oppose USA PATRIOT Act Provisions," OneWorld US, Mar. 25, 2005
"U.K. Lawmakers Accuse U.S. Of Grave Rights Violations," Reuters, Mar. 24, 2005
"Will The Truth Rise Again?," by Danny Schechter, MediaChannel.org, Mar. 28, 2005
"On IMAX Corp's Response To Concerns About Theatre Programming," by Jon Seymour, Orwellian Tremors, Mar. 27, 2005
"U.S. Networks Build Their Own Fortress America," by Antonia Zerbisias, Toronto Star/Canada, Mar. 27, 2005
"Man Sells Device That Blocks FOX News," Associated Press, Mar. 26, 2005
"Little Reporting On Paranoia In High Places," by Norman Solomon, Antiwar.com, Mar. 26, 2005
"Every Nook And Cranny: The Dangerous Spread Of Commercialized Culture," by Gary Ruskin & Juliet Schor, Multinational Monitor, Mar. 25 2005
"Antiwar Sailor Faces Special Court-Martial," Associated Press, Mar. 26, 2005
"How To Turn Your Red State Blue," by Christopher Hayes, In These Times, Mar. 25, 2005
"Over A Dozen Arrests At Pentagon Good Friday Antiwar Protest," WTOP News (Washington, D.C.), Mar. 25, 2005
"Antiwar Prankster Smuggles Art Into Top Museums," Reuters, Mar. 25, 2005
"Canada Denies Refugee Status To U.S. Soldier," Associated Press, Mar. 24, 2005