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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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For The Week Ending June 17, 2005



    With the revelation of former FBI official Mark Felt as the Washington Post source "Deep Throat" in the Watergate scandal, come listen to director/filmmaker Danny Schechter discuss the post-Watergate journalism era at a screening of his documentary "Weapons of Mass Deception" on the 33rd anniversary of the Watergate break-in Friday, June 17, 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Society of New Haven, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, CT!

    The award-winning "Weapons of Mass Deception" is a documentary about the corporate media's complicity in misleading the American public prior to the Iraq war and occupation. A discussion and reception with refreshments hosted by Between The Lines' producers Scott Harris, Denise Manzari, and Melinda Tuhus will follow. Schechter is a Globalvision filmmaker and Emmy Award-winning former ABC 20/20 and CNN producer. You're invited! Suggested price: $15. For tickets, advance reservations and directions. click here for more information.

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    Click here to find out how to support our media outreach campaign and get this unique T-shirt with the George Orwell quote: "Speaking truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act," as well as film documentaries and interviews with progressive activists. (To go directly to our premiums, Click here!)

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Bolivia's Poor Indigenous Population
Rises Up to Demand Nationalization
of their Nation's Energy Resources

Interview with Jim Schultz,
executive director of the Democracy Center,
conducted by Scott Harris

"Nationalization Now!! Or Die!!"

After two weeks of militant protests across Bolivia demanding the nationalization of the Latin American country's energy resources, President Carlos Mesa offered his resignation in a televised address on June 6. Mesa's resignation, the second time he's offered to step down in a year, would not take effect until accepted by Bolivia's Congress. Evo Morales, leader of Bolivia's leading opposition party, the Movement Toward Socialism, said that the resignation of President Mesa was not enough and called for the resignation of both the Senate president and speaker of the House. New elections could be called by a caretaker government headed by the chief justice of Bolivia's Supreme Court.

Tens of thousands of protesters made up of miners, labor activists and Bolivia's poor majority indigenous population had converged on Bolivia's capital city of La Paz the night President Mesa resigned. The people of La Paz have experienced food and fuel shortages as a result of road blockades erected by demonstrators in recent weeks.

Although 92 percent of Bolivians had supported a 2004 referendum directing the government to take back control of the nation's oil and gas industries, the International Monetary Fund had threatened to withhold aid if contracts with private energy companies were challenged. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jim Schultz, executive director of the Democracy Center in Cochabamba, Bolivia, who analyzes the roots of the nation's popular resistance to U.S.-backed neo-liberal economic policies and their connection to the wider progressive movements across Latin America.

Contact the Democracy Center by calling their San Francisco office at (415) 564-4767 or visit their website at

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Grassroots Movement Works to Focus
Public Attention on Downing Street Memo
that Reveals Bush Administration's
Dishonest Justification for Iraq War

Excerpt of speech Medea Benjamin,
cofounder of Global Exchange,
produced by Melinda Tuhus

Medea Benjamin, right, talks to a family during a Global Exchange delegation for peace in Iraq.

Medea Benjamin is a longtime peace and social justice activist. In the 1980s, she co-founded Global Exchange, a non-profit research, education and action center that fosters people-to-people ties around the world. After the 9/11 terrorist attack, and in response to the Bush administration's color-coded terror threat alert system, she co-founded CodePink, a creative movement of women and men who oppose what they brand the Bush agenda of never-ending war.

Benjamin spoke last week in New Haven, Conn., as part of a tour promoting a new book she co-edited with fellow CodePink activist Jodie Evans titled, "Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism." In the following excerpt, Benjamin says that, although exposure of lies and atrocities by the Bush administration has not yet triggered massive, vocal opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, she is confident that a future disclosure will eventually provide that spark.

One possible smoking gun she discusses is the so-called Downing Street memo, first published in the British press on May 1 that revealed the Bush administration had fixed its intelligence on Iraq around the policy of justifying the war. Benjamin also talks about the need to re-inspire some elements of the peace movement to realize that "staying the course" in Iraq just because U.S. troops are already there, is not the way to peace.

"Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism," is published by Inner Ocean Publishing (San Francisco). For more information about CodePink, call (310) 827-4320 or visit their website at

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Progressive Activists Gather to Strategize
and Build Independent Political Infrastructure

Interview with Robert Borosage,
co-founder of Campaign for America's Future,
conducted by Scott Harris

Since suffering significant losses in the 2004 presidential election, progressive activists have been assessing their strengths and weaknesses and re-considering strategies needed to build a movement that can effectively promote peace and social justice in the national debate and at the ballot box.

Over 2,000 progressive political activists, academics and commentators recently gathered in Washington, D.C. for the "Take Back America" conference sponsored by the Campaign for America's Future. The conference, convened in early June, featured dozens of issue workshops and speeches from the likes of Democratic party Chairman Howard Dean, National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney and public television's Bill Moyers.

Organizers of the conference hoped the gathering would be a "...catalyst for building the infrastructure needed to ensure the voice of the progressive majority is heard." Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with veteran political organizer Robert Borosage, co-founder of the Campaign for America's Future. Borosage talks about the political priorities discussed at the "Take Back America" conference, the largest gathering of progressives since the 2004 presidential election.

Contact the Campaign for America's Future by calling (202) 955-5665, or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The United Nations World Food Program says 3.5 million people in Darfur, more than half the population, is in need of food aid, due to violence from government-backed paramilitary units preventing farmers from planting crops. ("WFP says 3.5 million people now hungry in Darfur," Reuters, June 2, 2005; "AIDS groups plead for Africa hunger relief," Associated Press, June 4, 2005)
  • For the first time in 20 years, Canada is debating building new nuclear power plants as an alternative to energy sources that create greenhouse gases; however, environmentalists and economists say nuclear power is not a safe nor cost-effective option. ("Nukes- Against-Global Warming Strategy Scored as Too Costly," Inter Press Service, June 2, 2005; "Amend and Hallelujah, The Grist, May 26, 2005)
  • Under the media radar screen, the Bush-appointed majority on the National Labor Relations Board has taken away the right of workers contracted with temporary agencies to organize. ("A Temporary Fix," The American Prospect, March 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

Mark Danner, New Yorker writer and author of "Torture and Truth," MacArthur Fellow
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Barbara Olshansky, deputy director at the Center for Constitutional Rights
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U.S. Politics

"Dean Slams Fox News As GOP "Propaganda Outlet,'" Chicago Tribune, June 12, 2005

"Extraordinarily Rancid Justice: The Craven Compromise," by Paul Rogat Loeb, Common Dreams, June 10, 2005

"Latest Confirmed Nominee Sees Slavery In Liberalism," The New York Times, June 9, 2005

"Something Rotten In Ohio," by Gore Vidal, The Nation, June 9, 2005

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Bush Regime

"Another Damning Document: Bush And Blair Deny Early Decision For War," by Gary Leupp, Counterpunch, June 13, 2005

"Full Text Of British Briefing Papers Revealed More Evidence Intel Was Fixed", June 13, 2005

"UK Ministers Were Told Of Need For Gulf War 'Excuse,'" Sunday Times/UK, June 12, 2005

"White House Presents Misleading Terror Data," Washington Post, June 12, 2005

"White House Official Resigns After Climate Documents Flap," Agence France Presse, June 12, 2005

"Bush On Iraq: The Revenge Of Baghdad Bob," by Juan Cole,, June 9, 2005

"'Downing Street Memo' Gets Fresh Attention," USA Today, June 8, 2005

"Bush Aide Softened Greenhouse Gas Links To Global Warming," The New York Times, June 8, 2005

"Revealed: How Oil Giant Influenced Bush," Guardian/UK, June 8, 2005

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"The Battle For Global Civil Society: Interview With William I. Robinson," by Jonah Gindin,, June 13, 2005

"Who Keeps Tabs On Contractors In Raq?," Associated Press, June 13, 2005

"Letter From Tehran: In Washington's Crosshairs," by Norman Solomon, Common Dreams, June 13, 2005

"Hypocritical U.S. Fight For 'Freedom,'" by William D. Hartung & Frida Berrigan, New York Newsday June 13, 2005

"Chavez Blames Bush For Bolivia," UPI, June 13, 2005

"National Guard Stretched To The Limit," The Oregonian, June 12, 2005

"Zero Hour In Bolivia: What To Watch For Today," by Al Giordano, Narco News, June 9, 2005

"When Marine Recruiters Go WAy Beyond The Call," by Susan Paynter, Seattle Post Intelliencer, June 8, 2005

"After Lowering Goal, Army Still Falls Short Of May Recruits," The New York Times, June 8, 2005

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Military Action Won't End Insurgency, Growing Number Of U.S. Officers Believe," Knight Ridder, June 12, 2005

"GOP Congressman Wants Troops Out Of Iraq," Associated Press, June 12, 2005

"Two Armies, Two Reporters, Too Much Trouble In Iraq," by Greg Mitchell, Editor & Publisher, June 11, 2005

"Return Of The Body Counts," by Mark Benjamin,, June 11, 2005

"'Support Our Torturers!': We Regret Any Inconvenience Caused By Your Humiliation," by Brian Cloughley, Counterpunch, June 10/12, 2005

"State Sponsored Civil War," by Dahr Jamail, Electronic Iraq, June 10, 2005

"Military Investigating American Guards In Fallujah Shooting Spree," MSNBC, June 9, 2005

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Cheney Loves Guantanamo," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, June 13, 2005

"The New Blacklist," by Doug Ireland, LA Weekly, June 13, 2005

"Time Report Fuels Guantanamo Criticism," CNN, June 13, 2005

"Immigration Law As Anti-Terrorism Tool," Washington Post, June 13, 2005

"Democracy In Action? Thoughts On The PATRIOT Act Hearing Farce," by Chip Pitts, Truthout, June 12, 2005

"Extracts From An Interrogation Log," Time, June 12, 2005

"PATRIOT Act Push Angers Some On The Right," Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2005

"Bush Team Said To Be Split On Closing Guantanamo," Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2005

"Protesting Too Much On 'Gulag,'" by HDS Greenway, Boston Globe, June 10, 2005

"Repression 101: Antiwar Students Sanctioned At San Francisco State," by Katrina Yeaw & Alex Schmaus, Counterpunch, June 9, 2005

"Amnesty Refuses To Retract Torture Charges Against U.S.," by Barry Grey, World Socialist Web Site, June 8, 2005

"No Peace Banners On Memorial Day," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, June 3 2005

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Media Issues

"An Air American Girl," by Andrew Varnon, Valley Advocate (Springfield, MA), June 11, 2005

"Free Press Fights Sessions Bill To Ban Local Governments From Offering Free Broadband," by John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable, June 10, 2005

"Front-Runner For Public Broadcasting Agency Job Is Former GOP Chair," Washington Post, June 9, 2005

"Public Domains For Public Media," by Patricia R. Zimmerman,, June 9, 2005

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"Born On The Fourth Of July: The Long Journey Home," by Ron Kovic, AlterNet, June 13, 2005

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