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New Haven Advocate's
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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, 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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Mexican Civil Society Rises Up to Protest
Ruling Party's Attempt to Keep
Progressive Candidate Off Presidential Ballot

Interview with John Ross,
journalist and author,
conducted by Scott Harris

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Thousands of followers of Mexico City's left wing Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador fill the capital's main square, April 24, 2005, during a rally to protest against his impeachment and pending prosecution for contempt of court. (REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar)

When Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party or PRI -- in power for 71 years -- lost the presidential election in 2000 to Vicente Fox of the conservative National Action Party, many Mexicans were hopeful that their nation, after seven decades of one party rule would finally move toward democracy. But as Mexico prepares for its next presidential election in 2006, there is growing concern that Fox's government is using familiar dirty tricks to prevent Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the mayor of Mexico City, from running in the race that polls suggest he would win.

At the behest of the Fox administration, the Mexican Congress stripped Lopez Obrador, the nation's most popular progressive politician, of his immunity from prosecution on dubious contempt of court charges related to a stop work order on the building of an access road to a hospital. Outraged at the perceived undermining of democracy, Lopez Obrador's supporters from throughout the country have staged two giant protest rallies in Mexico City's Zocalo or central square. The latest silent demonstration on April 24th, with an estimated 1 million participants, may have been the largest such political gathering in recent Mexican history.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with journalist and author John Ross who has lived and worked in Mexico for decades. Reached by phone in Mexico City, Ross reports on the diverse pro-democracy movement that has rallied to support the candidacy of Lopez Obrador of the party of the Democratic Revolution and how the Bush administration has responded to the actions of their ally Mexican president Vicente Fox.

John Ross's latest book is titled, "Murdered by Capitalism," published by Nation Books. Read Ross's articles online by visiting the Counterpunch website at

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U.S. Media Fails to Hold Government Accountable
in War and During Electoral Campaigns

Interview with Robert McChesney,
founder and president
of the media reform group Free Press,
conducted by Scott Harris

(From the film documentary, "Weapons of Mass Deception," directed by Danny Schechter.)

Over the past several years, America has seen a growing public backlash against policies deregulating the ownership of U.S. broadcast outlets. Sweeping plans for further deregulation put forward by former Federal Communications Commission chair Michael Powell in 2002 - ignited a nationwide campaign to oppose the rules change, and succeeded in temporarily blocking the measure. The grassroots movement that rose up to oppose deregulation is also critical of the programming choices available to citizens - leading them to strongly advocate for an increase in diversity of viewpoints on the airwaves.

The fact that half or more Americans mistakenly still believe that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and supported al Qaeda justifying the Bush administration's war in Iraq -- has led many observers to criticize the performance of the U.S. media. Critics say the lack of investigative and reliable reporting on these critical issues - both before the U.S. invasion of Iraq and during the 2004 presidential election campaign -- has significantly diminished political dialogue and debate in America.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Robert McChesney, professor of communication at the University of Illinois and founder of the media reform group Free Press. McChesney discusses the White House practice of paying commentators to present the administration's views and why he believes American media and journalism is in crisis.

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Professor McChesney is an editor of the forthcoming book, "The Future of Media, Resistance and Reform in the 21st Century," published by Seven Stories Press.

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Auto Industry Resists Fuel Efficiency Standards
Making U.S. Increasingly Dependent on Foreign Oil

Jim Motavalli,
editor of E: The Environmental Magazine,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

The Bush White House has been attempting to get an energy bill through Congress for the past four years. It came one step closer when the House approved the most recent version in mid-April. The bill is full of tax breaks for the fossil fuel and nuclear power industries, while providing miniscule support for renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. The legislation calls for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and protects oil companies that manufactured the toxic fuel additive MTBE, that were the targets of lawsuits. The bill now goes to the Senate.

Democratic critics say a major weakness of the legislation is its failure to set stricter vehicle fuel economy standards in order to reduce dependence on foreign oil. Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standards were established by Congress in the 1970s in response to the Arab oil embargo and a spike in gasoline prices. CAFE standards have changed very little over the past three decades, and are now 27.5 miles per gallon for automobiles, and 20.7 for light trucks, with the standard for trucks rising only slightly by 2007.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Jim Motavalli, editor of E, the Environmental Magazine, who has written extensively on environmental and transportation issues. He talks about why the CAFE standards have remained static, and lays out an alternative to the policies put forward by the Bush administration.

Jim Motavalli is author of "Feeling the Heat: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Change," published by Routledge. Call E Magazine at (203) 854-5559 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • For the first time in six years, Brazil has stopped accepting loans from the International Monetary Fund, allowing the nation to increase social investment to benefit the poor, which constitute one-third of the population. ("IMF on the Ropes in Brazil," In These Times, May 9, 2005)
  • Eighty percent of America's computer waste ends up in China and India where workers strip wiring, burn plastic and break apart monitors for $3 or $4 a day and are exposed to toxic chemicals. ("China's Computer Wasteland," The Progressive, January 2005)
  • In February, home childcare workers won their first U.S. union contract in Illinois and the biggest union organizing victory since 1999. ("Union Blues Lift in Chicago,", April 9, 2005)

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U.S. Politics

"What's The Matter With Liberals?," by Thomas Frank, The New York Review of Books, May 12, 2005

"Religious Right Seeks Judiciary That Dissolves Church/State Separation," by Dick Polman, Knight Ridder, May 1, 2005

"Justice Under Fire: Will The Religious Right's Coup Against The Judiciary Succeed?," by Dan Kennedy, Boston Phoenix, Apr. 30, 2005

"Open Letter To Howard Dean," by Tom Hayden, The Nation, Apr. 28, 2005

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Bush Regime

"Naked Power: The Bush-DeLay Axis," by Saul Landau, Counterpunch, Apr. 30/May 1, 2005

"'Bully Bolton' Slammed Dissenters, Witnesses Say," Washington Post, Apr. 29, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Labor Imperialism Redux?," by Kim Scipes, ZNet, May 1, 2005

"Growing U.S. Alarm Over Venezuela-Cuba Axis," The Scotsman/UK, Apr. 28, 2005

"Letting In The Draft?," by Michael Schwartz & Tom Engelhardt,, Apr. 27, 2005

"Contract Quagmire In Iraq," by David Phinney, CorpWatch, Apr. 27, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Dereliction Of Duty Regarding Iraq" by Scott Ritter, Aljazeera, 2005

"Bush: No Timetable For Withdrawal," Reuters, Apr. 29, 2005

"Fire Bombs In Iraq: Napalm By Another Name," Iraq Analysis Group, Apr. 15, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Growing Evidence U.S. Sending Prisoners To Torture Capital," The New York Times, May 1, 2005

"Inquiry FindsTorture At Guantanamo," The New York Times, May 1, 2005

"Striking A Blow For Dissent," by Robyn Blumner, St. Petersburg Times (Florida), May 1, 2005

"The Stain Of Abu Ghraib," by Reed Brody,, Apr. 29, 2005

"U.S. Officials Responsible For Torture Get Promoted Not Punished, Rights Group Charges,", Apr. 29, 2005

"Kerry Supporters Arrested At Bush Rally Sue Law Enforcement," Associated Press, Apr. 29, 2005

"Pentagon Moves To Bar CIA 'Ghost' Detainees," Wired News, Apr. 28, 2005

"U.S. Courts Granted All Requested Wiretaps In 2004," Associated Press, Apr. 28, 2005

"Senate Panel Questions PATRIOT Act Uses," Washington Post, Apr. 28, 2005

"Interrogations Faked At Guantanamo," Reuters, Apr. 28, 2005

"Secret Service Searches Home Of Protester," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Apr. 27, 2005

"Alabama GOP Legislator Targets 'Gay' Books," CBS News, Apr. 26, 2005

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Media Issues

"Protest And Survive: The Critical Role Of Journals Of Dissent," by Victor Navasky, The Nation, May 16, 2005

"The Psycho Prime-Time News Conference," by Mike Whitney,, Apr. 30, 2005

"Senators Push Broadcasting 'Truth': Disclaimers On Government Video Press Releases," Broadcasting & Cable, Apr. 28, 2005

"Media For The People," by Aaron Sarver, In These Times, Apr. 27, 2005

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"Anti-Nuclear Demonstrations Held In New York," The New York Times, May 1, 2005

"Protesters Throng ChevronTexaco Annual Meeting," Contra Costa Times (California), Apr. 28, 2005

"Antiwar Clothing Line Grows At Record Speed," PRWeb, Apr. 28, 2005

"AWOL In America: When Desertion Is The Only Option," by Kathy Dobie, Harper's, Apr. 27, 2005

"MoveOn Muscles Up," by Don Hazen, AlterNet, Apr. 26, 2005

"Yale And Columbia Grad Teachers Strike For Union Rights," by Holly Beck, WireTap, Apr. 22, 2005

"War Tax Resistance On The Rise," by Ruth Benn, Nonviolent Activist, Mar./Apr., 2005

"Dispatch From Fayetteville: New Directions For The Antiwar Movement," by Steve Theberge, Nonviolent Activist, Mar./Apr., 2005

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