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War And Profiteering

Those Who Dared to Come Forward
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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 Sept. 2, 2005

  • Israeli Withdrawal from Gaza
    Accompanied by Destabilizing Expansion
    of Settlements in the West Bank

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  • Documents Reveal Supreme Court Nominee John Roberts
    Disparaged Anti-Discrimination Efforts

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  • Opponents of Prison Industrial Complex
    Rally for Policy Change in Nation's Capital

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Israeli Withdrawal from Gaza
Accompanied by Destabilizing Expansion
of Settlements in the West Bank

Interview with Neve Gordon,
of Ben-Gurion University,
conducted by Scott Harris


Israeli soldiers carry a Jewish settler into a bus as they detain her in the Jewish settlement of Neve Dekalim, in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday Aug. 17, 2005. Hundreds of soldiers marched in formation through Neve Dekalim's gate, part of the operation into Gaza's 21 settlements to begin the forcible eviction of settlers. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

The evacuation of some 9,000 settlers and their supporters from Israeli occupied Gaza -- and four smaller settlements in the West Bank -- was completed without the much of the violent resistance and national discord initially feared. Now that the settlers have been forced out, the Israeli army will be demolishing houses and other infrastructure left behind. The Palestinian Authority, not yet certain about the extent of their new power after the Israeli withdrawal, are making plans to build apartments for Gaza's desperately poor population on the land once occupied by Jewish settlers.

The unilateral decision by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to close the Gaza settlements, was accompanied by a parallel plan to continue expanding Israel's 120 settlements in the occupied West Bank. The current population of more than 220,000 settlers in the West Bank, not including those living in East Jerusalem, has been expanding at the rate of 10,000 a year. Israelis and Palestinians advocating a resumption of peace talks believe Sharon's policy of expanding West Bank settlements is a key obstacle standing in the way of negotiating a lasting peace agreement.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Neve Gordon, who teaches political science at Israel's Ben-Gurion University. He considers the affect of Sharon's withdrawal of settlements from occupied Gaza on the long stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

Neve Gordon's article, "Will Withdrawal Make Gaza a Frontier Ghetto?" was published in the Aug. 18 edition of In These Times magazine, can be read online at

Documents Reveal Supreme Court Nominee John Roberts
Disparaged Anti-Discrimination Efforts

Interview with Kim Gandy,
president of the National Organization for Women,
conducted by Scott Harris

As the U.S. Senate prepares to conduct confirmation hearings this September on John Roberts, President Bush's nominee to the Supreme Court, thousands of documents have been released from Robert's tenure as an attorney working in President Reagan's White House counsel's office from 1982 to 1986. But the Bush administration continues to block the release of more recent documents from the period when Roberts served as deputy solicitor general under the president's father from 1989 to 1993.

Among the papers released by the government and the Reagan library was an internal memo that showed Roberts had less than a supportive view of efforts to combat discrimination against women. In 1985 he asked "whether encouraging homemakers to become lawyers contributes to the common good." In another memo, Roberts labeled measures to require employers to provide men and women with equal pay for equal work as "staggeringly pernicious and anti- capitalist."

Along with Robert's unsettling views on women's rights, there is growing concern among pro-choice groups on the nominee's hostility toward the right to privacy and reproductive rights. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women, who assesses the known record of John Roberts, who if confirmed by the Senate, would replace retiring moderate Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

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Opponents of Prison Industrial Complex
Rally for Policy Change in Nation's Capital

Interview with Barbara Fair,
of People Against Injustice,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

On Aug. 13, people opposed to what they call the prison-industrial complex rallied in Washington, D.C. under the banner, "Two million incarcerated is too many!" That's a reference to the more than two million prison inmates in the U.S., who are overwhelmingly poor and mostly people of color. A large percentage of the U.S. prison population are serving time for non-violent, mostly drug-related, crimes. The rally in the nation's capital was the brainchild of Roberta Franklin, an ex-felon who works with an Alabama prison reform group, Family Members and Friends of People Incarcerated.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Barbara Fair, an organizer with People Against Injustice in New Haven, Conn., one of several local groups in the state that have been fighting discrimination in the prison industrial complex. Three of her sons have been caught up in the criminal justice system, and she says she's fighting to make sure her grandchildren don't suffer the same fate. Fair, who helped organize the Washington rally, recounts some of the issues highlighted there, as well as future directions for the prison reform movement.

For more information on national prison reform efforts, call rally organizer Roberta Franklin at (334) 220-4670 or visit her group's website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The mid-August release of the last 404 Moroccan prisoners of war captured by the pro-independence Polisario Front in the disputed region of western Sahara could spark a new peace initiative in the territory which Morocco invaded in 1975. ("Morocco to welcome home Polisario's last POWs," Reuters, Aug. 19, 2005; "Moroccans rally for war prisoners," BBC News, March 6, 2005; Polisario Front Communique, Aug. 17, 2005; "Congressman commends planned release of Moroccan POWs," Congressman Joe Pitts press release, Aug. 17, 2005 )
  • New documents in human rights lawsuits against Chevron link the oil giant to retaliatory violence by the Nigerian military, after villagers went to a Chevron facility to demand payment for environmental damage. ("New document alleges tie between Chevron and Human Rights Abuses in Nigeria,", Aug. 12, 2005; "Chevron documents show payments for attacks on Nigerian villages," Earth Rights International press release, Aug. 3, 2005)
  • The U.S. Marines want to build a sea-based helioport on top of a coral reef near an Okinawan coast, which could endanger 50 species living in the ocean environment.("Marines and Manatees," E Magazine, January/February, 2005)

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U.S. Politics

"Storm Turns Focus To Global Warming," Los Angeles Times, Aug. 30, 2005

"Republicans Accused Of Witch-Hunt Against Climate Change Scientists," Guardian/UK, Aug. 30, 2005

"Kentucky GOP Governor Appears Before Grand Jury After Issuing Pardons In Personnel Probe," Associated Press, Aug. 30, 2005

"Democrats Still Backing Senseless War," by Helen Thomas, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Aug. 30, 2005

"'All I Did Was Say They Can't Run A Fair Election,'" by Andrew Gumbel, Independent/UK, Aug. 29, 2005

"Strategizing A Christian Coup d'Etat," Los Angeles Times, Aug. 28, 2005

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Bush Regime

"Destroying FEMA," by Eric Holdeman, Washington Post, Aug. 30, 2005

"Bush's Ratings Tumble As Iraqi Sunnis Nix Charter," Independent/UK, Aug. 29, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Uncle Sam Wants You, Kid," By Karen Houppert, The Nation, Sept. 12, 2005

"The Woman Who Blew The Whistle On Halliburton Gets Canned," by Evelyn Pringle, Counterpunch, Aug. 30, 2005

"Venezuela To Seek Legal Action Against Robertson," Reuters, Aug. 29, 2005

"Halliburton Contract Critic Loses Her Army Job," Washington Post, Aug. 29, 2005

"The Fine Art Of Handling U.S.-Sanctioned Terrorists," by Marjorie Childress, ZNet Aug. 29, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"U.S. Air Strikes Kill 56 Civilians, 7 Insurgents," CNN, Aug. 30, 2005

"Sunnis In Crisis Over Iraqi Constitution," Guardian/UK, Aug. 30, 2005

"Shi'ite Infighting Opens New Front In Iraq," Reuters, Aug. 29, 2005

"Iraq War Already More Costly Than World War I," by David R. Francis, Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 29, 2005

"Iraq Vets: Off The Front Lines And Forgotten," by Rose Aguilar, AlterNet, Aug. 29, 2005

"Does Anyone Know What We Are Doing In Iraq?," by Paul Craig Roberts,, Aug. 29, 2005

"Factions Join Hands Against The Constitution," Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 29, 2005

"An 'Ex-Hawk' Hears Echoes Of Vietnam In Baghdad," by Lewis M. Simons, Washington Post, Aug. 28, 2005

"Iraqi Rebels Fight U.S. To Standoff," Knight Ridder, Aug. 28, 2005

"Militants, Swept From Battleground, Return When Troops Leave, U.S. Says," Knight Ridder, Aug. 28, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"The More Americans Know About The PATRIOT Act, The Less They Like It," Chicago Sun-Times, Aug. 30, 2005

"Gonzales Criticizes Proposed Curtailment Of PATRIOT Act Powers," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Aug. 30, 2005

"Secrecy Shrouds PATRIOT Act," Washington Post, Aug. 30, 2005

"FBI, Michigan Police Tag Peace Group, Affirmative Action Group And Others As 'Terrorist,'" by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Aug. 29, 2005

"FBI Documents Label Michigan Affirmative Action And Peace Groups As Terrorists," American Civil Liberties Union press release, Aug. 29, 2005

"Lockheed Rules Roost In Electronic Surveillance," Washington Post, Aug. 29, 2005

"State Secrecy Vs. Sibel Edmonds: The Danger Of Keeping Secrets," by Robyn E. Blumner, St. Petersburg Times, Aug. 28, 2005

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Media Issues

"Pundits' Triangulation For War," by Norman Solomon, ZNet, Aug. 29, 2005

"When The News About The News Is The News," by Danny Schechter, Common Dreams, Aug. 28, 2005

"More Journalists Killed In Iraq Than In Vietnam," Reuters, Aug. 28, 2005

"U.S. Rejects Media's Concern About Iraq Detentions," Reuters, Aug. 26, 2005

"Old-School Community Journalism Shows: It's A Wonderful 'Light,'" by David LaFontaine, Online Journalism Review, Aug. 26, 2005

"The Whiteness Of Wi-Fi," by Roberto Lovato, In These Times, Aug. 23, 2005

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"Antiwar America," by Todd Gitlin,, Aug. 30, 2005

"Smearing The Antiwar Movement: The Politics Of Slander," by Bill Berkowitz, Media Transparency, Aug. 26, 2005

"Mendocino School Board Joins Bold 'Opt-Out' Movement," Mendocino Beacon (California), Aug. 25, 2005

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