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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

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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?" 21 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 Nov. 4, 2005


"Parallel Deceptions: The Bush Agenda for War in Iraq and Iran"
Speech and Q&A with former U.N. Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter,
Sept. 17

"Ladies and gentlemen, we are already at war with Iran." -- Scott Ritter, former U.N. chief weapons inspector and Marine Intelligence officer

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News stories on this event:

  • Taliban Attacks and Election
    of Warlords Spark Concern
    about America's Forgotten War in Afghanistan

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  • Media Spins 'Success'
    of Iraqi Troops in
    Bush War Plan

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  • Congress Moves Closer to Permit
    Oil Drilling in Alaska's National Wildlife Refuge

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Taliban Attacks and Election
of Warlords Spark Concern
about America's Forgotten War in Afghanistan

Interview with James Ingalls,
co-director of Afghan Women's Mission,
conducted by Scott Harris

The ongoing war in Afghanistan remains overshadowed by the larger conflict in Iraq. But a recent surge in Taliban attacks has many observers concerned about the future of Afghanistan. Taliban fighters, using "improvised explosive devices" along roadways, similar to those employed by insurgents in Iraq, have launched almost daily attacks over the past month on U.S., international and Afghan soldiers and police.

An Australian television report recently revealed that U.S. Army soldiers had burned the bodies of two dead Taliban fighters and then used the incident, and insults shouted over a loudspeaker, as part of a psychological operation in an Afghan village to draw out insurgents. The Islamic faith and the Geneva Conventions both forbid the cremation of fallen combatants -- prompting human rights groups to warn that these kinds of tactics are likely to trigger a violent backlash against American troops.

Further, Afghanistan's September ballot for parliament and provincial councils, has resulted in the election of some powerful warlords -- several of whom have joined President Hamid Karzai's government. Many of these warlords have been condemned for their abuse of power and human rights violations. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with James Ingalls, co-director of the group Afghan Women's Mission. He takes a critical look at the political and military situation in Afghanistan -- which has become America's forgotten war.

Contact the Afghan Women's Mission by calling (626) 676-7884 or visit their website at

Related links:

  • Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan

Media Spins 'Success'
of Iraqi Troops in
Bush War Plan

Interview with John R. MacArthur,
publisher of Harper's magazine,
conducted by Scott Harris

The White House, now embroiled in a major scandal involving the most senior White House aides, Karl Rove and Lewis Libby, still struggles to paint an optimistic picture of the war in Iraq. But with the death toll of US soldiers now reaching the 2,000 mark, and a solid majority of the American people believing that the war was a mistake, President Bush has an ever-tougher job selling his "stay the course" Iraq policy.

Despite the apparent passage of a draft constitution for Iraq in the Oct. 15th referendum, the insurgents capitalizing on ethnic and religious polarization continue to launch deadly attacks on military and civilian targets. Three suicide bombs carried in vehicles exploded in quick succession October 24th near the Palestine and Sheraton Hotels, the base for many foreign reporters. The blasts killed an estimated 20, but would have been far more deadly had one of the bombs, concealed in a cement mixer, reached its intended target, the Palestine Hotel.

Critics of the Bush administration's pre-war campaign to win support for the Iraq invasion point to the complicity of the media as cheerleaders rather than skeptics when the policy could have been challenged and reversed. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with John R. MacArthur, author of a book covering the 1991 Iraq War titled, "Second Front, Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War." MacArthur, publisher of Harper's Magazine, assesses the U.S. media's coverage of the Iraq War and the unfolding CIA leak scandal.

John R. MacArthur's book, "Second Front, Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War," published by University of California Press. Visit Harper's magazine website at

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Congress Moves Closer to Permit
Oil Drilling in Alaska's National Wildlife Refuge

Opponents gear up to oppose plan

Interview with Annie Strickler,
a spokesperson for the Sierra Club,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Drilling for oil in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, came one step closer to approval last week. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved opening part of the 1.5 million-acre refuge to drilling in order to raise $2.4 billion over five years. The argument in favor of the bill was based in part on the idea that revenue generated would help pay for reconstruction costs in the hurricane battered Gulf Coast. While neither supporters nor opponents of drilling are claiming that passing legislation this year will do anything in the short term to reduce high gasoline prices, supporters do say that once the oil from ANWR is flowing, it should help ease the tight supply of oil and eventually reduce prices. But critics note that no oil would flow for at least ten years after passage of the proposed legislation.

An amendment sponsored by Democrats that would have prohibited the export of oil from ANWR was defeated, ensuring that if the bill is passed in its present form, some of the oil will be sold outside the U.S. The main rationale for drilling in ANWR put forward by proponents is that the project would reduce dependence on foreign oil. But one Democratic senator maintains that over the next 20 years, such dependence would be reduced only slightly, from 68 percent to 64 percent.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Annie Strickler, spokesperson for the Sierra Club about what's at stake in this fight, and what opponents of drilling in ANWR are doing to defeat the measure.

For more information about the fight to save ANWR, call the Sierra Club at (202) 547-1141 or visit, the website of a coalition of conservation, labor, and religious groups who are working to preserve the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon and Melinda Tuhus

  • The U.S. military has greatly expanded its use of DU ammunition in Iraq, from tank shells to bunker-buster bombs and pistol ammunition shells. When deployed, DU ammo creates a cloud of microparticles that remain radioactive for billions of years. ("Radioactive Wounds of War," In These Times, Sept. 19, 2005)
  • A joint Human Rights Watch/Amnesty International study found over 2,200 Americans are serving life sentences without parole for crimes they committed as children. ("Throw Away the Key: Thousands of U.S. Children Serving Life Sentences without Parole,", Oct. 12, 2005; "Human Rights Watch Summary: The Rest of Their Lives,";, Oct. 12, 2005)
  • Gulf Coast eco-activists have little faith in the EPA and state agencies to protect public health after Hurricane Katrina caused 40 major oil spills in the region, dumping more than eight million gallons of crude oil. ("Toxic Gumbo,", Oct. 7, 2005)

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U.S. Politics

"Democrats Force Senate Into Closed Session Over Iraq Data," Associated Press, Nov. 1, 2005

"Heated Day In D.C. Leads To More Prewar Probes," MSNBC, Nov. 1, 2005

"Pro-War Liberals Frozen In The Headlights," by John R. MacArthur, Providence Journal, Nov. 1, 2005

"Electoral Funding Scandals Expose Cracks In Still-Broken System," by Michelle Chen, The New Standard, Nov. 1, 2005

"New York Antiwar Left Seeks Challenger To Hillary Clinton: Cindy Sheenan?," by Kristen Lombardi, Village Voice, Nov. 1, 2005

"Why Aren't The Democrats Screaming Bloody Murder?," by Laura Santina, Common Dreams, Oct. 31, 2005

"Big Election Theft In A Little Town," by Bob Geiger, Yellow Dog Blog, Oct. 31, 2005

"Cuts In Federal Programs Come Into Focus," by Brendan Coyne, The New Standard, Oct. 31, 2005

"Democratic Leaders Critical Of Alito Nomination: Statements Of Sens. Harry Reid And Patrick Leahy," Truthout, Oct. 31, 2005

"Democrats Demand Rove's Firing," Washington Post, Oct. 31, 2005

"The White House Criminal Conspiracy," by Tom Engelhardt & Elizabeth de la Vega,, Oct. 29, 2005

"Inflation Up, Wages Down: Fastest Decline In Real Wages On Record," by Jared Bernstein, Counterpunch, Oct. 28, 2005

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Bush Regime

"Bush Taps 'Scalia-Lite' To Replace O'Connor," by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, Nov. 1, 2005

"Administration Missing Dozens Of Post-9/11 Security Deadlines," Associated Press, Oct. 31, 2005

"The Next Antonin Scalia," by Mary Lynn F. Jones, AlterNet, Oct. 31, 2005

"Samuel Alito's America," Think Progress, Oct. 31, 2005

"What Libby's Indictment Means For The Jacobins," by Paul Craig Roberts,, Oct. 31, 2005

"Five Unanswered Questions Raised By the Libby Indictment," by Geov Parrish, Working For Change, Oct. 31, 2005

"Bloodied By Scandals, Bush Seeks Time To Regroup," Time, Oct. 30, 2005

"The Watergate Parallel," by Tom Hayden, Common Dreams, Oct. 30, 2005

"Addington's Role In Cheney's Office Draws Fresh Attention," by Murray Waas & Paul Singer, National Journal, Oct. 30, 2005

"Did Patrick Fitzgerald Let The White House Walk?," by Robert Parry, Consortium News Oct. 30, 2005

"Indicting America," by Scott Ritter, Common Dreams, Oct. 29, 2005

"Mysterious 'Official A' Is Karl Rove; ," by Juan Cole,, Oct. 28, 2005

"All The Vice President's Men," by Juan Cole,, Oct. 28, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Mass Argentine Protest Planned For Bush Visit," Financial Times/UK, Nov. 1, 2005

"Bush Heading Into Den Of Leftists," Chicago Tribune, Oct. 31, 2005

"Syria And Iran: Is It A State Of Crisis Yet?," by Ron Jacobs, Alternative Press Review, Oct. 29, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"U.S. 'Had No Policy' In Place To Rebuild Iraq," Financial Times/UK, Oct. 31, 2005

"U.S. Bombs Near Syria Border Kill 40," Reuters, Oct. 31, 2005

"U.S. Blunders Provoke Burgeoning Civil War," by Tom Maertens, St. Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota), Oct. 30, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"On John Yoo And The Imperial Presidency," by Tom Engelhardt & David Cole,, Nov. 1, 2005

"Guantanamo Desperation Seen In Suicide Attempts," Washington Post, Nov. 1, 2005

"Kent State: Wise Up And Back Off," by Jeffrey St. Clair, Counterpunch, Nov. 1, 2005

"Crackdown At Kent State: University Threatens Expulsion For Iraq Vet's Counter-Recruitment Action," by Nikki Robinson, Counterpunch, Oct. 29/30, 2005

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Media Issues

"Hersh Winces At Media Protecting 'Lying' Sources," by Antonia Zerbisias, Toronto Star/Canada, Nov. 1, 2005

"Russert Watch: The Comeback," by Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post, Oct. 31, 2005

"Milwaukee Paper Apologizes For Accepting 'Cooked' WMD Evidence," Editor & Publisher, Oct. 31, 2005

"Cheney-Staffer-Turned-Reporter Now Covering Libby Indictment For NBC News," by David Sirota, Independent/UK, Oct. 31, 2005

"Katrina: Runors, Lies And Racist Fantasies," by Slavoj Zizek, In These Times, Oct. 31, 2005

"New Pub-casting Chief Completes Right-Wing Coup," by Timothy Karr, Common Dreams, Oct. 31, 2005

"Our Myth Brooks," by Greg Mitchell, Editor & Publisher, Oct. 30, 2005

"Framing The Poor: Katrina, Conservative Myth-Making And The Poor," by Tim Wise, Counterpunch, Oct. 29/30, 2005

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"The World Can't Wait; Nov. 2 As Day Of Action," by Russ Baker,, Nov. 1, 2005

"Interview With Kent State's Dave Airhart," by Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch, Nov. 1, 2005

"Military Faces Parental Counterattack," Washington Post, Nov. 1, 2005

"Nun Jailed Over Protest Says She Has No Regrets," Louisville Courier-Journal (Kentucky), Oct. 31, 2005

"Student Activism Thrives: Let The PIRGs Begin!," by Ralph Nader, Counterpunch, Oct. 29/30, 2005

"2,000 Antiwar Protesters March On Boston Common," Boston Globe, Oct. 30, 2005

"'Bush Lied, 2,000 Died;' New Yorkers Take To The Streets," by Sarah Ferguson, Village Voice, Nov. 1, 2005

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