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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. 25, 2005


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

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  • Mother of Slain U.S. Soldier
    Describes Her Grief and
    Opposition to Iraq War

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  • France's Street Violence Ascribed to Decades
    of State Inattention to High Unemployment
    and Poverty Among Immigrants

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  • ExxposeExxon Campaign Works to Inform
    Public About Oil Giant's Windfall
    Profits and Environmental Policies

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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:

Mother of Slain U.S. Soldier
Describes Her Grief and
Opposition to Iraq War

Interview with Dolores Kesterson,
mother of Army chief warrant officer
Erik Kesterson killed in Iraq Nov. 15, 2003,
conducted by Scott Harris

After months of White House and Republican Party scandals and growing opposition to the war in Iraq, President Bush has gone on the offensive, attacking critics who assert that he lied the nation into war. The president, speaking on Veterans Day claimed that those who accuse him of manipulating intelligence to justify the invasion and occupation of Iraq are sending mixed signals to our troops and hurting the war effort.

But the president's credibility won't be easy to repair. According to a Newsweek public opinion poll conducted Nov. 11 and 12, only 36 percent of Americans approve of Bush's job performance. Sixty-eight percent of those surveyed said they were dissatisfied with the direction of the country, the highest number during the Bush presidency. More worrying for the White House is the 50 percent of Americans in this poll who believe that Bush is not honest or ethical.

Since the death toll of American soldiers in Iraq has passed the 2,000 mark, more Americans support a withdrawal of U.S. troops. But the numbers of dead and wounded alone cannot convey the toll that the war has taken on countless families across America. Dolores Kesterson's son Erik, an Army chief warrant officer 1, was killed in Iraq Nov. 15, 2003 while piloting a Black Hawk helicopter over Mosul. Kesterson has spoken against the war in a one-on-one meeting with President Bush and held her ground against right-wing cable TV host Bill O'Reilly. Here, she describes her grief and anger about the war that took her son's life and daily continues to claim American and Iraqi lives.

U.S. Tour of Duty, a group giving voice to veterans and military families can be contacted by calling (310) 842-8794 or visit their website at

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France's Street Violence Ascribed to Decades
of State Inattention to High Unemployment
and Poverty Among Immigrants

Interview with Paul Silverstein,
associate professor of anthropology at Reed College,
conducted by Scott Harris

Two teenagers, believing that French police were pursuing them, hid in a power substation and were accidentally electrocuted to death. Their deaths on Oct. 27 set off almost two weeks of street violence by minority and immigrant youth, that has resulted in thousands of cars burned and millions of dollars in property destruction. Many non-European and Muslim youth in France fear the police, whom they accuse of bigoted and brutal behavior.

Poverty and high unemployment rates among North African immigrants, unaddressed by the French state for decades, are believed by many observers to have contributed to the unrest. In his first address to the nation since the rioting began, French President Jacques Chirac asked parliament to extend a state of emergency until February and establish a youth training and employment program over the next two years.

France's predominately Muslim minority population, many of them immigrants from former colonies, have virtually no political representation in the national or local government, underscoring their lack of integration in the country. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Paul Silverstein, associate professor of anthropology at Reed College. Silverstein, whose research focuses on North African immigration, religion and politics in France, examines the root causes of the French riots.

Paul Silverstein is the author of "Algeria in France: Islam, Berberity and the French Nation State."

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ExxposeExxon Campaign Works to Inform
Public About Oil Giant's Windfall Profits
and Environmental Policies

Interview with Dave Hamilton,
of the Sierra Club,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Exxon Mobil, the world's largest oil company, recently announced quarterly profits of $9.7 billion -- its third consecutive record-breaking profit statement. The announcement came as consumers were paying record prices at the pump for gasoline, although prices have recently been dropping.

A new campaign called Exxpose Exxon is aiming to raise awareness among Americans about Exxon Mobil's windfall profits and its leading role in resisting measures to reduce global climate change, even while it lobbies heavily in Congress for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, to oil drilling. At the same time, some other major oil companies no longer deny that global warming is an issue and are diversifying their portfolios to include renewable energy sources and promoting conservation.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Dave Hamilton, director of Global Warming and Energy Projects at the Sierra Club. He talks about the Exxpose Exxon campaign, which is a collaboration between the Sierra Club and other environmental and public interest groups, such as Political Action and True Majority.

For more information, call the Sierra Club at (415) 977-5500 or visit the campaign's website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • American reconstruction companies working in Iraq -- such as Kellog, Brown and Root, a division of Halliburton -- are dependent on cheap laborers, mostly from Asia, with few job protections. Third-party nationals make up more than 30 percent of contractor deaths in Iraq. ("Cheap labor flows to Iraq," by Cam Simpson and Aamer Madhani, Chicago Tribune, Oct. 16, 2005)
  • The civil rights division of the U.S. Justice Department is in turmoil as many longtime agency staffers complain that conservative political appointees have cut them out of hiring and policy decisions. Over the last five years, racial and gender discrimination cases have fallen by 40 percent.("Civil rights focus shift roils staff and justice," Washington Post, Nov. 13, 2005)
  • Wal-Mart has been awarded a billion dollars in federal subsidies to build new stores, while congressional reports show poorly paid employees of a typical Wal-Mart store receive over $420,000 in public benefits such as Medicaid, food stamps and public housing, more than 10 times the per-store giving of the Wal-Mart Foundation. ("On the Wal-Mart Trail," by Liz Featherstone, The Nation, Nov. 21, 2005)

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U.S. Politics

"Iraq War Debate Eclipses All Other Issues," Washington Post, Nov. 20, 2005

"Abramoff Scandal Threatens To Ensnare GOP Lawmakers," The New York Times, Nov. 20, 2005

"Pathetic Congress: If It Walks And Talks Like A Withdrawal Resolution, Why Not Vote For It?," by Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch, Nov. 19/20, 2005

"Uproar In House As Parties Clash On Iraq Pullout," The New York Times, Nov. 19, 2005

"DeLay Ex-Aide To Plead Guilty In Lobby Case," The New York Times, Nov. 19, 2005

"Call For Troops' Removal Resonates In Murtha's Home District," Los Angeles Times, Nov. 19, 2005

"House Rejects Immediate Iraq Withdrawal," Associated Press, Nov. 18, 2005

"Republicans Pass 11th Hour Spending Cuts That Hurt Poor," Reuters, Nov. 18, 2005

"Your Birthright Up For Grabs: 270 Million Acres Of Public Land On The Block In Budget Bill," by Mike Dombeck, Los Angeles Times, Nov. 18, 2005

"Hawkish House Democrat Calls For Immediate Iraq Pullout," Associated Press, Nov. 17, 2005

"Iraq Policies May Split Congressional GOP," Associated Press, Nov. 16, 2005

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Bush Regime

"An American Tipping Point: The Fear Factor Turns On The Bush Administration" by Tom Engelhardt,, Nov. 20, 2005

"Condi Rice's Disdain For The Civil Rights Movement: Her Father Taught Her Well," by J.L. Chesnut, Jr., Counterpunch, Nov. 19/20, 2005

"Fitzgerald To Give 2nd Grand Jury CIA Leak Evidence,", Nov. 18, 2005

"Bush's War On The Press," by John Nichols & Robert McChesney, The Nation, Nov. 18, 2005

"Justice Dept. Plays Down Memo Critical Of Georgia Voter I.D. Program," Washington Post, Nov. 18, 2005

"Libby Indictment May Open Door To Broader Iraq War Deceptions," by Stephen Zunes,, Nov. 17, 2005

"Cheney Unleashed," by Dan Froomkin,, Nov. 17, 2005

"Cheney Says War Critics 'Dishonest, Reprehensible,'" Reuters, Nov. 16, 2005

"With Friends Like FEMA, Who Needs Jim Crow?" by Benjamin Greenberg, In These Times, Nov. 16, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Che's Second Coming? Evo Morales' Rise In Bolivia," by David Rieff, The New York Times, Nov. 20, 2005

"That Iraq Feeling Comes To Syria," by Ferry Biedermann,, Nov. 19, 2005

"Halliburton Case Referred To Justice Department, Senator Says," The New York Times, Nov. 19, 2005

"Survey: Americans Reject Globo-Cop Role," by Jim Lobe,, Nov. 18, 2005

"Vital Military Jobs So Unfilled, Study Says," The New York Times, Nov. 18, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"The Dirty War: Torture And Mutilation Used On Iraqi 'Insurgents,'" Independent/UK, Nov. 20, 2005

"Frontline Police Of New Iraq Waging Secret War Of Vengeance," Observer/UK, Nov. 20, 2005

"More Wheels Spin Off Iraq Policy," by Jim Lobe,, Nov. 19, 2005

"Our Monsters In Iraq," by Robert Dreyfuss,, Nov. 18, 2005

"Iraqi Torture Practices Could Be More Widespread," Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 17, 2005

"Pentagon Admits Incendiary Use; Denies Use Against Civilians," Associated Press, Nov. 16, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Specter Puts Brakes On PATRIOT Act's Extension," Los Angeles Times, Nov. 19, 2005

"PATRIOT Act Extension Shelved; Critics Left And Right," Boston Globe, Nov. 19, 2005

"Congress At Impasse Over PATRIOT Act Renewal," Washington Post, Nov. 19, 2005

"CIA's Harsh Interrogation Techniques Lead To Questionable Confessions, Death," ABC News, Nov. 18, 2005

"Muslim-American Running Back Off The Team At New Mexico State," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Nov. 18, 2005

"Senators Threaten To Hold Up PATRIOT Act," Associated Press, Nov. 17, 2005

"Congress Arrives At A Deal On PATRIOT Act," Washington Post, Nov. 17, 2005

"The Levin-Graham Amdendment And Due Process At Guantanamo," by Brian J. Foley, Jurist, Nov. 16, 2005

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Media Issues

"A Black Mark For Media," by Joan Vennochi, Boston Globe, Nov. 20, 2005

"Citizen Groups Fight Corporates For Free Internet In U.S. Cities," by Haider Rivzi,, Nov. 20, 2005

"A Media Monster Is Eating The Dems," by Flavia Monteiro Colgan, AlterNet, Nov. 19, 2005

"Woodward Downplayed CIA leak Case Despite Involvement," Democracy Now!, Nov. 18, 2005

"The Corporate Media's Threat To Freedom," by Mike Whitney, Counter Currents, Nov. 16, 2005

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"Record Number Of Protesters Gather At School Of The Americas," Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (Georgia), Nov. 20, 2005

"This War Cannot Be Stopped By A Loyal Opposition," by Jeremy Scahill,, Nov. 19, 2005

"14 Arrested Protersting At CIA Torture Flight Contractor In North Carolina," TV News (Raleigh, NC), Nov. 18, 2005

"Antiwar Protest At Wisconsin Recruiting Station," 27 News (Madison, Wisconsin), Nov. 18, 2005

"A Fractured Antiwar Movement: The Left And Libertarians Need To Unite," by John Walsh, Counterpunch, Nov. 17, 2005

"Cindy Sheehan Demands Trial Over Arrest Outside White House," Associated Press, Nov. 16, 2005

"Cindy Sheehan Going Back To Crawford," Associated Press, Nov. 16, 2005

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