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New Haven Advocate's
"Best of New Haven 2001"
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Scott Harris, Best Radio News Reporter
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

Multi-Ethnic Issues Advocacy

Dr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson's Commentaries, The Hutchinson Report
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For The Week Ending May 13, 2005


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Bush Administration, Peace Movement Learned
Very Different Lessons from Vietnam War

Interview with Marcus Raskin,
co-founder of the Institute for Policy Studies,
conducted by Scott Harris



With the recent escalation of violence by insurgents in Iraq that includes daily attacks on U.S. and Iraqi forces, car bombings and kidnappings, the optimistic picture recently painted by White House and Pentagon officials of diminishing violence, stability and a short term reduction in the number of American occupation troops seems ever more implausible. Meanwhile, nations such as Italy and the Ukraine that had initially deployed soldiers to support the Bush administration's occupation of Iraq are now steadily withdrawing.

While differences outnumber similarities between the Iraq war and the U.S. war in Vietnam, there are a growing number of observers who are concerned that the Bush administration may be making the same critical mistakes that led to the American defeat and withdrawal from South Vietnam 30 years ago. Critics and supporters of Washington's war in Southeast Asia, haunted by the deaths of 58,000 American troops and more than a million Vietnamese, have drawn very different lessons from the Vietnam conflict.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Marcus Raskin, co-founder of the Institute for Policy Studies in 1963, and a vocal opponent of the Vietnam war and military draft. Raskin assesses the current peace movement's demand for a rapid U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and the lessons he believes should have been learned in Vietnam.

Contact the Institute for Policy Studies by calling (202) 234-9382 or visit their website at Raskin and Carl Lavan are the editors of a new book titled, "In Democracy's Shadow: The Secret World of National Security."

Increasing Energy Demands and Diminishing Supplies
Set Off Intensifying International
Struggle to Capture Petroleum Resources

Excerpt of a speech by Michael Klare,
professor of Peace and World Security Studies
at Hampshire College,
produced by Melinda Tuhus

U.S. trooper backlighted by burning oil well in Rumaila, southern Iraq. (Associated Press)

Michael Klare, professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, is one of the foremost authorities on the politics of oil. He has written widely on the subject -- with his most recent book, "Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Oil," addressing the intensifying international struggle to capture petroleum resources.

Klare was the keynote speaker at a Yale University conference on Global Oil Frontiers on April 29. His topic was "Petroleum Flows and Political Conflict," in which he addressed three areas: The shortfall between supply and demand, and increased competition for the oil that remains; the historic shift in world oil production from the global north to the global south; and the increasing militarization of national policies to protect countries' access to oil. Here we present an excerpt of Klare's speech.

Contact the Hampshire College Peace and World Security Studies Department at (413) 559-5367 or visit their website at Klare's talk was recorded and produced by Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus.

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As Senate Fight over Filibuster Looms,
Extremist Judicial Appointments Hang in the Balance

Interview with Wade Henderson,
executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights,
conducted by Scott Harris


As the likelihood that the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate will soon use extraordinary parliamentary maneuvers to eliminate the filibuster, the Democratic minority's only tool to block lifetime judicial appointments they view as extremist, TV ads from groups on both sides of the issue are hitting the airwaves. 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.

Senate Democrats used the filibuster to block 10 of President Bush's 45 nominees to federal appeals courts during his first term. Since being re-elected Bush has now re-nominated seven of those nominees, including Judges Priscillla Owen and Janice Rogers Brown. At stake is not only the current appointments to federal appeals courts -- but the U.S. Supreme Court, where at least one vacancy is expected in the coming year.

As this fight heats up, a Washington Post-ABC News poll recently found that a majority of Americans -- by a 2-to-1 margin -- oppose the GOP plan to eliminate the filibuster. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, part of a coalition of groups working to prevent a filibuster rules change. Henderson takes a critical look at President Bush's nominees and the consequences he sees of abolishing the Senate filibuster.

Contact the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights by calling (202) 466-3311 or visit their website at

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  • People for the American Way, at (202) 467-4999 or

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • To meet their growing energy needs, China and India have signed multi-billion dollar deals with Iran and are exploring increased military cooperation with the Persian Gulf nation, the second largest oil exporter, with big reserves of natural gas. ("The Axis of Oil," In These Times, Feb. 28, 2005; "Oil, Geopolitics and the Coming War with Iran,", April 11, 2005)
  • Peruvian peasants in the northern Andes mountains oppose expanding gold mining due to environmental destruction and lack of economic benefits to poor farmers living near the mines. ("Halting the Rush against Gold," The Economist, Feb. 5, 2005)
  • After a decade of intense grassroots campaigns by anti-sweatshop activists, clothing retailers such as Nike and the Gap have now admitted that they exploited cheap labor, and as a result the clothing companies are now devising new relationships with fair trade activists. ("The Ethical Revolution Sweeping through the World's Sweatshops," Independent/UK, April 16, 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

"Bracing For The Filibuster Fight And Preparing For Its Fallout," The New York Times, May 8, 2005

"Church Kicks Out Members For Being Democrats," Associated Press, May 7, 2005

"Hatching A New Filibuster Precedent: The Senator From Utah's Revisionist History," by John W. Dean,, May 6, 2005

"On The Brink Of 'Theocracy,'" by Rev. Carlton W. Veazey, Center for American Progress, May 5, 2005

"U.S. Appeals Court Ruling Continues Slide Toward Republican Fundamentalist State," Paperwight's Fair Shot, May 3, 2005

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Bush Regime

"Lobbyist Under Investigation Had Close Ties With Bush," Associated Press, May 6, 2005

"Bush Removes Logging Barrier," USA Today, May 6, 2005

"Roosevelt Letter To Clergy On 'High Purposes' Of Social Security; How Bush Gets It Wrong, Very Wrong," by Glenn W. Smith, Common Dreams, May 6, 2005

"Forest Service To Hire PR Firms To Replace Spokespeople," Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility press release, May 5, 2005

"British Memo Indicates Bush Made Intelligence Fit Iraq Policy," Knight Ridder, May 5, 2005

"Impeachment Time: 'Facts Were Fixed,'" by Greg Palast, Buzzflash, May 5, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Colombia May Prosecute G.I.'s Accused Of Arming Death Squads," by Kim Housego,, May 6, 2005

"GOP Congressman's Mass Mailer: So It Is About Oil After All," Sacramento News & Review, May 5, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Upsurge In Iraq Bloodshed As U.S. Siezes Key Militants," Guardian/UK, May 8, 2005

"A Week Of Bombs And Blood," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, May 6, 2005

"Iraq's Melting Pot Of Blood," by Juan Cole,, May 6, 2005

"Militants' Challenge To The New Iraq," BBC News/UK, May 6, 2005

"Lifting The Censor's Veil On The Shame Of Iraq," by Bob Herbert, The New York Times, May 5, 2005

"How To End The War," by Naomi Klein, In These Times, May 5, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Soldier Lifts Lid On Camp Delta," Observer/UK, May 8, 2005

"Ann Coulter And The Texas Police State, Cont.," by Colin KalmbAcher, Counterpunch, May 7/8, 2005

"Arrest For Heckling Ann Coulter Raises Hackles--And Concerns Over School Policy," Houston Chronicle, May 7, 2005

"Report Details Discipline For Guantanamo Abuses," Los Angeles Times, May 7, 2005

"Abu Ghraib's Message For The Rank And File," Christian Science Monitor, May 6, 2005

"What's So Scary About A National I.D.?," by Jarrett Murphy, Village Voice, May 6, 2005

"The Racist Reality Behind The Real ID Act," by Mitch Jeserich, Common Dreams, May 5, 2005

"FBI Monitoring Of Anarchists In Kansas," The Kansan, Apr. 27, 2005

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Media Issues

"Calling Air America: Progressive Talk Is Here To Stay," by Nicholas von Hoffman, The Nation, May 23, 2005

"Home From Iraq: Why We Are Not Getting The Truth From Mainstream Reporters In Iraq," by Molly Bingham, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), May 8, 2005

"Free Speech In The Crosshairs: Hard Right Rage Against The Truth," by Mike Whitney, Counterpunch, May 7/8, 2005

"PBS Losing Its Autonomy," by David Kennedy, Common Dreams, May 7, 2005

"Citizens In The Rain: No Election Reform Without Media Reform?," by Robert Koehler,, May 5, 2005

"Must-Flee TV: How The GOP IS Taking Over PBS," by Joe Conason, Working For Change, May 4, 2005

"Interview With Helen Thomas: The Media Guards Are Sleeping," by Gael Murphy, AlterNet, May 2, 2005

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"Keep Talking: Princeton Students Filibuster At Frist Student Center," by Asheesh Kapur Siddique, The Nation, May 4, 2005

"From Beatnik To Anarchist: Radical Eruptions In Lawrence, Kansas," The Kansan, Apr. 27, 2005

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