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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?" 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 Dec. 2, 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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  • U.S. Violation of International Law,
    Human Rights Necessitates
    Citizen Action

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  • Challenges to U.S. Cuba Travel Ban
    Derailed in Senate

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  • Automakers Campaign to Stop
    Landmark Fuel Efficiency
    Standards in California

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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:

U.S. Violation of International Law,
Human Rights Necessitates
Citizen Action

Interview with Jeremy Brecher,
co-editor of the book
"In the Name of Democracy: American War Crimes in Iraq and Beyond,"
conducted by Scott Harris

In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Bush administration justified a whole range of foreign and domestic policies that either skirted or directly violated U.S. constitutional law or international treaties, such as the Geneva conventions. From President Bush's defiance of the United Nations in launching his war against Iraq, to official policies that led to the torture and mistreatment of detainees, America's image as a defender of human rights has been severely tarnished.

Photos of Iraqi detainees being tortured at Abu Ghraib prison alongside accounts of mistreatment at U.S.-run detention centers in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have provoked lawsuits and investigations. Washington's covert rendition of prisoners to third nations for the purpose of torture and recent press reports alleging U.S. secret prisons in Eastern Europe have inflamed hatred and fear of the U.S. government. A recent Italian television documentary charging that the U.S. military used napalm and white phosphorous weapons in the 2004 siege of Falluja are just the latest set of disturbing accusations undermining America's standing in the world community.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jeremy Brecher, co-editor of the book, "In the Name of Democracy: American War Crimes in Iraq and Beyond." Brecher, a historian, discusses investigations into U.S. war crimes and the responsibility of ordinary citizens to challenge their government's violation of international law.

"In the Name of Democracy: American War Crimes in Iraq and Beyond" is published by Metropolitan Books.

Challenges to U.S. Cuba Travel Ban
Derailed in Senate

Interview with Mavis Anderson,
Latin America Working Group,
conducted by Denise Manzari

In an Oct. 20th Senate debate over the Treasury Department budget, Sen. Byron Dorgan, a Democrat from North Dakota, reintroduced his amendment to cut funding for enforcement of the U.S. travel ban against Cuba.

However, before members of the Senate engaged in full debate on the issue, Sen. John Ensign, a Republican from Nevada, succeeded in introducing a "second degree amendment" to Sen. Dorgan's proposal. Sen. Ensign's amendment was related to the issue of parental consent for abortions. Given the controversial nature of the abortion issue, Sen. Dorgan ultimately withdrew his proposal and criticized Ensign's maneuver as arbitrary and anti-democratic.

Both U.S. citizens and members of Congress are increasingly supportive of free and open travel to Cuba. However, the Bush administration recently tightened travel restrictions by limiting trips by Cuban-Americans to visit their families in Cuba to once every three years and only with special permission.

Between The Lines' Denise Manzari spoke with Mavis Anderson, senior associate with the Latin American Working Group, who talks about the fate of the Dorgan amendment and what her group will be doing to combat the ongoing travel ban by the United States against Cuba.

For more information contact the Latin American Working Group by calling (202) 546-7010 or visit their website at

Automakers Campaign to Stop
Landmark Fuel Efficiency
Standards in California

Interview with California state Rep. Fran Pavley,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Many motorists confronting the recent spike in gasoline prices are sitting up and paying attention to fuel efficiency, some for the first time. But the federal government is still dragging its feet regarding fuel economy standards, and years ago, the initiative passed to the states. California passed a landmark global warming bill in 2002 that also increases fuel efficiency standards. It's called the Pavley Law, after its main sponsor, Fran Pavley.

Pavley was elected to the California State Assembly in 2000, where she is an outspoken defender of the environment. Her bill requires automobile manufacturers to reduce tailpipe emissions by 30 percent by 2016, beginning with the 2009 model year. Similar legislation has been passed in half a dozen other states, mostly in the Northeast.

Although the bill was enacted into law, signed by the former governor and supported by the current governor, it is now tied up in litigation brought by an alliance of automotive interests. The outcome is uncertain. California, with its large share of the auto market, has enormous influence on the development of auto technology nationally and internationally. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Pavley during a clean vehicles and global warming conference in Hartford, Conn. on Oct. 24. She describes the broad coalition organized to get her legislation passed -- and the forces aligned against it -- in a state with 36 million residents and 25 million cars.

For more information on fuel efficiency legislation, contact the Natural Resources Defense Council at (212) 727-2700 or visit their website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Acting Iraqi Human Rights Minister Narmin Uthman is investigating the use of white phosphorous by U.S. troops in the siege of Fallujah in November, 2004. Because white phosphorous ignites on contact with oxygen and will burn human flesh, its use against civilians is prohibited by a treaty known as the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons -- which the U.S. has not signed. ("Iraq probes U.S. phosphorous weapons,"BBC News, Nov. 16, 2005; "The Fog of War: White Phosphorous, Fallujah and Some Burning Questions," Independent/UK, Nov. 15, 2005; "U.S. used chemical weapons in Iraq and lied about it," op-ed by George Monblot, The Guardian, Nov. 15, 2005)
  • Critics say some national disaster aid appeals in recent months feature inappropriate images of naked victims that rely on outdated stereotypes.("Aid cash rivalry leads to poster pornography," Reuters, Oct. 11, 2005)
  • Twenty million acres of public land with mineral wealth could be sold if a House Republican-backed proposed change in federal law is passed. ("House could alter 19th century mining law," Associated Press, Nov. 11, 2005)

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U.S. Politics

"Al Franken Overrules Antonin Scalia," by John Nichols, The Nation, Nov. 28, 2005

"GOP Hawk Congressman Pleads Guilty To Taking Bribes, Tax Evasion," San Diego Union-Tribune, Nov. 28, 2005

"As Calls For An Iraq Pullout Rise, Two Political Calendars Loom," The New York Times, Nov. 28, 2005

"The Democrats And Iraqi WMD's: Bush Is Right, Sort Of...," by Stephen Zunes, Common Dreams, Nov. 27, 2005

"The Income Gap Grows," by Robert Frank, Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 27, 2005

"Hillary On Iraq: She's Not Listening," by Jeff Cohen, Common Dreams, Nov. 26, 2005

"Defense Hawk Dicks Says He Now Sees War As A Mistake," Seattle Times, Nov. 25, 2005

"Democratic Lawmakers Lament Iraq War Vote," Associated Press, Nov. 25, 2005

"The Fall Of The One-Party Empire," by Jonathan Schell, The Nation, Nov. 22, 2005

"The Real McCain," by Ari Berman, The Nation, Nov. 22, 2005

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Bush Regime

"'86 Alito Memo Argues Against Foreigners' Rights," Washington Post, Nov. 29, 2005

"Beyond Wilkerson's Remark On Cheney As A War Criminal," by David Corn, The Nation, Nov. 29, 2005

"Is Total Privatization Of Public Lands Coming Down The Pike?," by Bill Berkowitz, Media Transparency, Nov. 28, 2005

"Testimony From Rove's Former Assistant May Solidify Case That He Misled Leak Inquiry," Raw Story, Nov. 28, 2005

"Alito's Artless Dodges," by Marianne Means, Daily Camera (Boulder, Colorado), Nov. 25, 2005

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Nuking Iran Without The Dachsund," by Jorge Hirsch,, Nov. 26, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Evidence Of Death Squads Mounts In Iraq," The New York Times, Nov. 29, 2005

"Can Fallujah Be Rebuilt?," Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 28, 2005

"Use Of Chemical In Iraq Ignites Debate," Los Angeles Times, Nov. 28, 2005

"Up In The Air: Where Is The Iraq War Headed Next?," by Seymour Hersh, The New Yorker, Nov. 28, 2005

"Private Security Crews Add To Fear In Baghdad," Washington Post, Nov. 28, 2005

"U.S. May Use Airstrikes As Substitute For Troops," Guardian/UK, Nov. 28, 2005

"Ambassador: U.S. Reaching Out To Some Insurgent Groups," Agence France Press, Nov. 28, 2005

"'Trophy' Video Exposes Security Contractors Shooting Up Iraqi Drivers," Telegraph/UK, Nov. 27, 2005

"U.S. War Crimes List Keeps Growing," by David Lindorff, Counterpunch, Nov. 26/27, 2005

"The Struggle To Gauge A War's Psychological Cost," The New York Times, Nov. 26, 2005

"Troops Who Burned Taliban Bodies Face Discipline But No Charges," Associated Press, Nov. 26, 2005

"Resistance Not Terrorism, Says Iraq Sunni Leader," Agence France Presse, Nov. 25, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"The Police State Mentality," by Paul Craig Roberts,, Nov. 29, 2005

"The Pentagon's Domestic Spying Operation," by Mike Whitney, Counterpunch, Nov. 28, 2005

"Bush's Antiterror Plan Irks Big Business," Wall Street Journal, Nov. 28, 2005

"Bush Game On Padilla May Backfire," by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, Nov. 28, 2005

"Supreme Court Rejects Sibel Edmonds' Appeal," Reuters, Nov. 28, 2005

"Torture, American-Style," by David Luban, Washington Post, Nov. 27, 2005

"Pentagon Expanding Its Domestic Surveillance Activities," Washington Post, Nov. 27, 2005

"In Terror Cases, Administration Sets Its Own Rules," The New York Times, Nov. 27, 2005

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Media Issues

"Dumbing Down The Audience," by Ralph Nader, Common Dreams, Nov. 26, 2005

"The Press: The Enemy Within," by Michael Massing, New York Review of Books, Nov. 16, 2005

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"Grassroots Mobilizing To Demand Action On Climate Crisis," by Ted Glick, ZNet, Nov. 29, 2005

"Bruce Willis Plans To Make Pro-War Film," Australian/Australia, Nov. 28, 2005

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