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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

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"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 April 29, 2005


  • World Bank/IMF Fail to Agree
    on Plan to Cancel Debt
    or Increase Aid to Poorest Nations

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  • With Humor and Irony,
    A Founding Member of Monty Python
    Blasts Bush and Blair's War on Terror

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  • Sister Helen Prejean Recounts How She Became
    a Leader of the U.S. Campaign
    to Abolish the Death Penalty

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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World Bank/IMF Fail to Agree
on Plan to Cancel Debt
or Increase Aid to Poorest Nations

Interview with Virginia Setshedi,
of the South African Anti-Privatization Forum,
conducted by Scott Harris

bush honors

Five years ago, tens of thousands of demonstrators staged militant protests in Washington, D.C. to oppose the policies of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund toward impoverished nations, while demanding the cancellation of crippling debt. Although the giant financial institutions have adopted some of the rhetoric of global social justice activists in the intervening years, they have not altered their neo-liberal economic model of privatization and free trade. While fewer in number, protesters in Washington again this year expressed anger and dissatisfaction with the Bank's policies -- sentiments shared by millions in the developing world.

During their spring meeting in Washington, delegates to the World Bank and IMF failed to reach agreement on canceling the debt of poor countries and increasing aid directed toward their people. Among those inside and outside the World Bank, there is growing concern that the goal established five years ago to reduce global poverty by 2015, could be undermined by right-wing ideologue and Iraq war architect Paul Wolfowitz, named by President Bush to become the Bank's next president.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Virginia Setshedi of the Anti-Privatization Forum, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, a group that assists poor residents in Soweto to restore water and electricity service shut off by private utilities. Setshedi, who was in Washington to speak out during the meetings, explains why she is critical of World Bank/IMF development policies and her concern about the bank's future under the direction of its new president Paul Wolfowitz.

Contact the 50 Years is Enough Network at (202) IMF-BANK or visit their website at Visit the Anti-Privatization Forums' website at

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With Humor and Irony,
A Founding Member of Monty Python
Blasts Bush and Blair's War on Terror

Interview with Terry Jones,
founding member of the Monty Python comedy troupe,
conducted by Scott Harris


As the daily attacks on U.S. forces and their allies in Iraq step up after a post-election lull, increasing numbers of citizens are becoming skeptical of a White House forecast for stability and a reduction in the number of American troops in the occupied nation. With suicide bombings and kidnappings an almost daily occurrence, few western journalists dare to venture very far from their hotels in the Green security zone in Baghdad to report on the war.

And as the U.S. military switches from offensive operations to training members of the Iraqi police and military, insurgents have also changed their tactics - targeting and killing large numbers of these forces. The situation for civilians has also continued to deteriorate. The United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva recently reported that the number of Iraqi children suffering from malnutrition has doubled since the U.S. invasion toppled the government of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Terry Jones, one of the founding members of the Monty Python comedy troupe has since September 11th, been writing columns in the British press highly critical of George Bush and Tony Blair's militaristic policies in the Middle East. His essays, laced with irony and humor, have now been published in the U.S. under the title, "Terry Jones' War on the War on Terror: Observations and Denunciations by a Founding Member of Monty Python." Reached by phone in London, Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jones about why he feels that the Bush-Blair policies have made the world a more dangerous place.

"Terry Jones's War on the War on Terror," is published by Nation Books.

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Sister Helen Prejean Recounts How She Became
a Leader of the U.S. Campaign
to Abolish the Death Penalty

Excerpts of a speech by Sister Helen Prejean,
death penalty opponent,
produced by Melinda Tuhus

Sister Helen Prejean is one of the country's best-known and most passionate opponents of the death penalty. She has been speaking out since the early 1980s, when she accompanied convicted murderer Patrick Sonnier to his execution by electrocution. She wrote the book "Dead Man Walking" about her experience, which later became an Academy Award-winning movie with Susan Sarandon playing Prejean in the leading role.

Sister Prejean spoke earlier this month at Yale University's Catholic chapel, where she made reference to Connecticut's death penalty law which was recently challenged and debated in the state legislature, though the law authorizing execution by lethal injection was not abolished. Serial rapist and murderer Michael Ross will be executed in Connecticut on May 11 unless a federal judge rules in the next few weeks that he was incompetent to waive his remaining appeals and choose to die. This would mark the first execution in all of New England in 45 years.

Sister Prejean's talk at Yale followed a recent report in Britain's top medical journal, The Lancet, which argued that some prisoners executed by lethal injection may feel extreme pain because they are improperly sedated as they are put to death.

For more information on Sister PreJean's campaign against the death penalty, call (504) 948-6557 or visit her website at Prejean's talk was recorded and produced by Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus.

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The Pentagon resumes voluntary anthrax immunization program that was banned in 2004 by a court order. ("Judge: Pentagon can resume anthrax shots," Associated Press, April 7, 2005; "Soldiers Fear the Needle," Village Voice, March 23, 2005)
  • The "non-lethal" stun gun is growing in popularity, yet some law enforcement professionals worry about the unknown risks of the high-powered stun guns made by Arizona-based Taser International. ("After Shocks," Amnesty International magazine, Spring 2005)
  • Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a prospective 2008 presidential candidate has merged his operations with a powerful Texas law firm with strong ties to the energy industry and the Bush White House, a move that will help him raise millions of dollars for his presidential campaign. ("Giuliani-Come-Lately," Grist, April 8, 2005)

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Speeches from "Denounce Torture: Torture and US Policy - What your government is doing in your name," Teach In at Yale University, by the Yale and New Haven chapters of Amnesty International, April 8, 2005

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U.S. Politics

"The Right's Siege Mentality," by Paul Waldman,, Apr. 25, 2005

"Frist's Message Of Divisiveness," The Progress Report, Apr. 25, 2005

"That Other America: Poor Voters As Faith Voters," by Bob Burnett, Alternet, Apr. 25, 2005

"'Nuclear Option' Creates Rift In GOP Base," Los Angeles Times, Apr. 24, 2005

"The 'Nuclear Option' And The One-Party State," by Paul Street, ZNet, Apr. 23, 2005

"The One-Sided Class War: Wages Slide While Business Lines Its Pockets," by Lee Sustar, Counterpunch, Apr. 22, 2005

"How The Democrats Went To Bat For The Credit Industry," by Yoshie Furuhashi, Counterpunch, Apr. 16/17, 2005

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Bush Regime

"U.S. Take Brakes Off Nuke Arms Race," by Dave Zweifel, Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin), Apr. 25, 2005

"Bush's Most Radical Plan Yet: A Sunset Commission With Hand-Picked Lobbyists," by Osha Gray Davidson, Rolling Stone, Apr. 21, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Venezuela Ends Military Ties And Evicts Some U.S. Officers," Reuters, Apr. 25, 2005

"Enrollment In Army ROTC Down Past 2 School Years," Washington Post, Apr. 24, 2005

"Free Elections For Empire Or Democracy?," by James Petras, Counterpunch, Apr. 23/24, 2005

"Halliburton: Poster Child Of The War Profiteers," by Kevin Zeese, Counterpunch, Apr. 20, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Iraqi Troops Desert Posts As Insurgent Attacks Mount," Telegraph/UK, Apr. 25, 2005

"Terrified U.S. Soldiers Are Still Killing Civilians With Impunity, While The Dead Go Uncounted," by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, Apr. 24, 2005

"Leadership Void Fuels Disarray In Iraq," Los Angeles Times, Apr. 24, 2005

"Iraq's Catch-22," by Robert Dreyfuss,, Apr. 21, 2005

"Interview With Riverbend: Girl Blogger From Iraq," by Lakshmi Chaudhry, AlterNet, Apr. 20, 2005

"You Call This Normal? The New York Times In Fallujah," by Mike Whitney, Counterpunch, Apr. 18, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"In War's Name, Public Loses Information," Boston Globe, Apr. 24, 2005

"U.S. Rights Groups Call For Special Prosecutor To Probe Torture," Agence France Presse, Apr. 24, 2005

"Human Rights Watch: U.S. Sent Up To 150 To Possible Torture Sites," Los Angeles Times, Apr. 24, 2005

"Loosening Religious Grip At U.S. Air Academy," Los Angeles Times, Apr. 24, 2005

"TSA Thwarts Terrorist Armed With Pink Plastic Purse And Teddy Bear," by John L. Smith, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Apr. 24, 2005

"The New McCarthyism," by Juan Cole,, Apr. 23, 2005

"Free Speech...With Permission Only: A Tale Of Two Universities," by Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch, Apr. 16/17, 2005

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Media Issues

"New York Times Minimizes Palestinian Deaths," by Alison Weir, Counterpunch, Apr. 25, 2005

"Military Channel Reports For Duty," Christian Science Monitor, Apr. 25, 2005

"An Argument For Writers Taking Charge," by Johnny Temple, Poets & Writers, Apr. 22, 2005

"For The Press: A Time For Disobedience," by Sydney H. Schanberg, Village Voice, Apr. 19, 2005

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"Union To Input: Outgo," by Rory O'Connor, AlterNet, Apr. 25, 2005

"Backing Democrats Has Pulled The Antiwar Movement To The Right," by Elizabeth Schulte, Counterpunch, Apr. 23/24, 2005

"It's A Wobbly Year: Paul Buhle Interviewed On The IWW's Centenary," by Derek Seidman, Left Hook, Apr. 23, 2005

"Counting On Marla," by Tai Moses, AlterNet, Apr. 18, 2005

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