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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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For The Week Ending June 24, 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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Neoliberal Conditions Attached to G8 Debt Relief Plan
for Poor Nations Exacerbate Poverty

Interview with Bill Fletcher,
president of Trans Africa Forum,
conducted by Scott Harris


After years of petition drives, protests and direct action by grassroots organizations across the globe the Group of 8 industrialized nations agreed to cancel at least $40 billion of debt owed to international lending agencies by 18 of the world's poorest countries. The nations affected - 14 of them in Africa, must adhere to neo-liberal free market economic policy and anti-corruption measures. Money not going to debt service will be dedicated to funding health, education and other anti-poverty programs.

Non-governmental organizations from around the world that had long campaigned for debt relief greeted the G-8 agreement with guarded optimism. Some pointed out that economic conditions attached to the debt relief program exacerbated poverty. Other organizations noted that 44 impoverished nations not covered in the G-8 agreement will continue to be burdened by devastating debt.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, chairman of the upcoming G-8 Summit in Scotland, had lead the effort for debt relief and is still hoping to gain commitments to double current levels of international aid to poor African nations. But Blair's appeal for Washington to sign onto an expansion of Africa aid was rejected by President Bush. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Bill Fletcher, president of TransAfrica Forum, who examines the G-8 debt agreement and the continuing struggle to combat poverty in Africa.

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Military Spending Cuts Could Enhance
National Security and Restore
Funding for Some Social Programs

Interview with Anita Dancs,
research director of the National Priorities Project,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Under the proposed federal budget for 2006, military spending totals $450 billion, seven times as much as all other homeland security and preventive measures combined. And that doesn't even include the $70 billion to $100 billion a year the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are costing. That money is not included in the defense budget due to political, not budgetary considerations/

Last week, the National Priorities Project released a study showing how $53 billion could be cut from the military budget and redirected to increase protections against terrorist attacks while also allocating $13 billion more for domestic needs. Those dollars, for example, could provide health coverage for almost three million uninsured Americans, or build more than 100,000 low-income housing units.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Anita Dancs, research director of the National Priorities Project, a non-partisan, non-profit organization. She discusses how national tax and spending policies affect the country across a broad range of issues and programs.

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Proposed Bill to Make Permanent
and Expand Provisions
of the Patriot Act
Jeopardize Constitutional Protections

Interview with Nat Hentoff,
columnist and civil liberties advocate,
conducted by Scott Harris


Sixteen provisions of the USA Patriot Act, passed by Congress just six weeks after the September 11 terrorist attacks, are set to expire at the end of 2005. The Bush administration is now campaigning hard to make permanent some of the more controversial portions of the Act that are due to sunset in December. In a closed session on June 7, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to make permanent eight of these provisions and went on to expand the power of the FBI to subpoena an individual's business records, allow wiretaps and searches without presenting links to terrorism or obtaining a judge's approval.

President Bush stated that the Patriot Act has given law enforcement officials the powers needed to make the nation safe from terrorism. Although the president recently claimed that the legislation has resulted in 400 arrests and helped convict 200 people on terrorism charges -- the Washington Post found that only 39 had been convicted of crimes related to terrorism.

Congressional opponents of some key provisions of the Patriot Act have been stymied in their attempt to publicly challenge the administration's claims and expose abuse of the law. A June 10th House Judiciary Committee hearing was abruptly ended by committee chairman Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., after hearing the testimony of four witnesses who questioned the constitutionality of the Patriot Act. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Village Voice columnist and longtime civil liberties advocate Nat Hentoff, who takes a critical look at what's at stake as the Bush administration pushes to make permanent controversial provisions of the Patriot Act.

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The International Relations Committee in the House of Representatives passed a bill that would cut in half U.S. dues to the United Nations, unless controversial reforms are adopted by the world body. ("Congress moves to cut UN funding," InterPress Service, June 9, 2005)
  • Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is pushing ahead on his massive slum clearance campaign that has left 200,000 homeless, a number that could climb to 2 million to 3 million, according to human rights observers.("Zimbabwe's Mugabe shantytown crackdown," Reuters, June 9, 2005; "Zimbabwe arrests 22,000 in shantytown blitz," Reuters, June 1, 2005; Zimbabwe: "In the Midst of Restoring Order Chaos,", June 3, 2005; "Zimbabwe police warn on protests over evictions," Reuters, June 4, 2005)
  • For the first time, animal rights activists in the U.S. are on trial for using tactics branded as terrorism by the government. ("Animal Activists on Trial Under Terrorism Law," Reuters, June 10, 2005; "Eco, Animal rights terrorism called threat," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 19, 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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U.S. Politics

"House Democrat's Forum To Examine Downing Street Memo," Knight Ridder, June 16, 2005

"Why Howard Dean Says Those Things...," by Doug Ireland,, June 15, 2005

"The 'Downing Street Memo' Comes To Washington," by Amy Goodman, Democracy Now, June 15, 2005

"Frist Refused Roll Call vote On Senate Lynching Apology," Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 15, 2005

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Bush Regime

"Ex-White House Official Who Doctored Global Warming Reports To Join ExxonMobil," Associated Press, June 15, 2005

"Six New British Documents Detail Early Plans For Invading Iraq," Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2005

"Damning Down Street Memo Evidence Can't Be Ignored," by David Swanson & Jonathan Schwarz, Baltimore Sun, June 15, 2005

"Let's See The American Memos" by Matthew Yglesias, The American Prospect, June 14, 2005

"The National Campaign To Impeach Bush," by Prof. Francis A. Boyle, Dissident Voice, June 14, 2005

"The Definition Of Insanity; Bush Appointments Show Refusal To Learn From Mistakes," by Molly Ivins, Working For Change, June 14, 2005

"Enabling Evil: Neo-Con Establishment As Bush's Willing Executioners," by Paul Craig Roberts, Counterpunch, June 14, 2005

"Pentagon Psy-War Budget A Hidden Piggy Bank & R&D Lab For GOP Propaganda Operations?,", June 12, 2005

"The Last Laugh: History Will Hold Bush And Blair Accountable," by Joe Conson,, June 10, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Against Neo-Liberalism And Empire: Interview With Bill Fletcher, Jr.," by Derrick O'Keefe, ZNet, June 15, 2005

"How The World Can Help Americans Stop Bush Administration War Crimes," by Jeremy Brecher & Brendan Smith, Foreign Policy In Focus, June 14, 2005

"Rumsfeld Blocked NATO Call For Probe Into Uzbek Massacre," Agence France Presse, June 14, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Five U.S. Marines, American Sailor Killed In Iraq," MSNBC, June 16, 2005

"As Public Tires Of Iraq, Bush Plans Rhetorical Shift," Washington Post June 16, 2005

"Kurdish Officials Sanction Abductions In Kirkuk," Washington Post, June 15, 2005

"U.S. Raids Test Iraqis' Patience," Chicago Tribune, June 15, 2005

"How Bush Is Contributing To Civil War In Iraq," by Gareth Porter,, June 15, 2005

"Fatal Shooting Of Teacher illustrates Why Iraqis Fear U.S. Convoys," Knight Ridder, June 15, 2005

"Pelosi Measure Presses For Timetable On Iraq Withdrawal," San Francisco Chronicle, June 15, 2005

"'This Is Not A Conservative War': House Republicans Vs. Bush," by Joshua Frank, Counterpunch, June 15, 2005

"Down The Iraqi Rabbit Hole," by Tom Engelhardt & Jonathan Schell,, June 15, 2005

"Iraq's Unions: Attacked By Insurgents, Threatened By The U.S.," Reuters, June 14, 2005

"Dispute Over Iraq's Constitutional Process Has Sectarian Tone," Associated Press, June 14, 2005

"U.S., Iraq Consider Amnesty For Insurgents," Associated Press, June 14, 2005

"Iraq News Is Bleak, Even For Pentagon's 'Early Bird,'" by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, June 14, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"House Votes To Curb PATRIOT Act," Washington Post, June 16, 2005

"Patriots Against PATRIOT Act," by Arsalan Iftikhar,, June 16, 2005

"'Heathens' Not Welcome At Air Force Academy," by Bill Berkowitz,, June 16, 2005

"Coverup Isn't Working," by Nat Hentoff, Boulder Daily Camera (Colorado), June 15, 2005

"At Gitmo, Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Still No Day In Court," Newsday, June 15, 2005

"Jules Lobel For the Constitution: Outsourcing Torture And The Stop-Loss Program," by Robert Kent, Counterpunch, June 14, 2005

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Media Issues

"The Blogfather: Using The Internet To Change Democratic Party Politics," by Jan Frel, AlterNet, June 16, 2005

"A Study In Emasculation: A Mission To Explain Replaced By A Mission to Avoid," by Henry Porter, Guardian/UK, June 16, 2005

"Sloppy Reporting On Recruitment Resistance," Media Massage, June 14, 2005

"The Elephant In The Room That American Journalists Refuse To Acknowledge," Media Matters for America, June 14, 2005

"Microsoft Censors Chinese Version Of Its Blog Tool," Reporters Without Borders, June 14, 2005

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"Antiwar Protesters Face Federal Conspiracy Charges," National Catholic Reporter, June 17, 2005

"Military Birthday Bashed In Cambridge," by Michael Blanding AlterNet, June 16, 2005

"Fraying House Of Labor," by Harold Meyerson, Washington Post, June 15, 2005

"Seven Antiwar Activists Arrested At Army's Birthday Celebration" Boston Globe, June 15, 2005

"Building A New 'Movement': The Downing Street Memos," by Bernard Weiner, Crisis Papers, June 14, 2005

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