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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 July 1, 2005


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  • Progressive Activists and Legislators
    Challenge Corporate Media's Failure
    to Cover Downing Street Memo

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  • Leonard Peltier's Attorney Disputes
    Conviction of the Imprisoned
    Native American Activist

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  • Shortage of Nurses in U.S.
    Connected to Cost-Cutting,
    Restructuring and Disrespect

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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This week we present Between The Lines' summary of under-reported news stories and:

Progressive Activists and Legislators
Challenge Corporate Media's Failure
to Cover Downing Street Memo

Interview with Danny Schechter,
journalist and filmmaker,
conducted by Scott Harris

U.S. Rep. John Conyers, (D-Mich.) delivers 560,000 petition signatures demanding an investigation of the Downing Street memo to an unidentified aide at the White House June 16.

The Downing Street memo, first published by the Times of London on May 1st is a document that records the minutes of a July 2002 meeting of British government officials that indicates that the Bush administration had already made a decision to invade Iraq, justified by intelligence and facts that were being fixed around the policy.

Although the document had been released just before Britain's May parliamentary election -- generally believed to have reduced the margin of Prime Minister Tony Blaire's victory, most major U.S. corporate media outlets have either refused to cover the memo, or relegated the story to the back pages. But after a surge of grassroots activism pressuring government officials and media companies to pay more attention to the story, the document that many observers believe is a smoking gun in a potentially damaging scandal has begun to command a little more attention. Reporters are beginning to ask more questions of Bush administration officials, while Representative John Conyers, Democrat of Michigan has collected more than half a million signatures demanding that President Bush answer questions about the memo. Conyers also conducted a June 16th un-official hearing on the Downing Street Memo that heard testimony from administration critics who maintain the document confirms that President Bush was dishonest in his justification for launching the Iraq war.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with author and film maker Danny Schechter of Media Schechter, whose documentary film, "Weapons of Mass Deception," examines how the media failed to challenge the government's dubious rationale for the Iraq war, discusses why U.S. corporate media has thus far failed again to cover a critical news story damaging President Bush and his administration.

Danny Schechter's latest film, "Weapons of Mass Deception,"examines the media's coverage of the Iraq War. See a trailer of the documentary at

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Leonard Peltier's Attorney Disputes
Conviction of the Imprisoned
Native American Activist

Interview with Barry Bachrach,
attorney representing Leonard Peltier,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Leonard Peltier

One of the most under-reported news stories of our time is that of Native American activist Leonard Peltier who is serving his 30th year of incarceration after being convicted of murdering two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota in 1975. The killings occurred during a wave of violence that lasted several years and included the deaths of dozens of Native Americans on the reservation. Two other members of the American Indian Movement were acquitted of killing the agents, while charges were dropped against a fourth man.

Over the decades, Peltier has become an accomplished painter, author and defender of human rights around the world from his prison cell in Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in Kansas. In Europe, he is perhaps the best-known American political prisoner. Despite documented misconduct in his case by federal agents and judges, and despite efforts by an array of attorneys and support committees, Peltier is still in prison.

The latest effort to free him came in a hearing on June 15th in Fargo, N.D., site of Peltier's original trial. His attorney for the past three years, Barry Bachrach, argued that Peltier had not been charged with murder under the federal statutes governing crime on Indian reservations, as he should have been.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Bachrach after the hearing. He explains his argument and strategy in this latest attempt to free Leonard Peltier.

Call the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee at (785) 842-5774 or visit their website at

Shortage of Nurses in U.S.
Connected to Cost-Cutting,
Restructuring and Disrespect

Interview with Suzanne Gordon,
author and journalist,
conducted by Scott Harris


Large numbers of experienced nurses across the United States are leaving their profession causing a critical shortage of the skilled workforce that constitutes the backbone of the health care system. Rising costs resulting in hospital staffing cuts and deteriorating working conditions has motivated many RNs to leave the nursing field. The nursing crisis comes at a time when the population of aging and sick patients is on the rise.

Award-winning journalist Suzanne Gordon is the author of the book, "Nursing Against the Odds: How Health Care Cost Cutting, Media Stereotypes and Medical Hubris Undermine Nurses and Patient Care." Through interviews and investigative reporting, Gordon examines the causes of the nursing crisis, and by extension, the crisis in America's healthcare system.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Gordon about her analysis of the problems within the nursing profession -- including the lack of respect and recognition many experience on the job. She also looks at solutions, such as single-payer universal coverage, addressing the larger crisis of providing quality and inclusive patient care in American medicine.

Visit Suzanne Gordon's website at

Related links:

  • "Nursing Against the Odds," by David Swanson,, review of Suzanne Gordon's book, "Nursing Against the Odds: How Health Care Cost Cutting, Media Stereotypes, and Medical Hubris Undermine Nurses and Patient Care"
This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Healthcare workers trained in the Third World have migrated to rich nations to work. ("Out of Africa" and "Acute Phase," New Internationalist, June 2005)
  • New campaign launched urging Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo to reopen the murder investigation of Tampa Tribune reporter Todd Smith.("New report links reputed kingpin to murder," Associated Press, Dec. 12, 2005)
  • Cable industry fights to ban community Internet and "municipal broadband" in rural and mid-sized communities across the U.S. ("GigaFight," Mother Jones, May/June 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

More newswire ...

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

More newswire ...

"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

More newswire ...


"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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