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New Haven Advocate's
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WPKN Radio, 89.5 FM

"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 Jan. 6, 2005


Scott Harris' "Counterpoint" talk show

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

"Ladies and gentlemen, we are already at war with Iran." -- Scott Ritter

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  • Momentum Builds for Congressional Investigation
    of Bush's Warrantless Surveillance

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  • Poor Nations Condemn
    World Trade Organization
    Agreements as Unfair

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  • U.S. Can Do More
    to Stop Genocide
    in Darfur

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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:

Momentum Builds for Congressional Investigation
of Bush's Warrantless Surveillance

Interview with Matthew Rothschild,
editor of the Progressive Magazine,
conducted by Scott Harris

The mid-December revelation that President Bush had secretly ordered the National Security Agency to conduct surveillance of international communications involving U.S. residents, without obtaining court approval, has continued to generate condemnation throughout the holiday season. U.S. District Judge James Robertson, one of 11 members of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, resigned from his position on Dec. 19, confiding in colleagues that the warantless monitoring of email and phone calls was legally questionable and may have tainted the FISA court.

The New York Times which broke the wiretap story on Dec. 16, reported Dec. 23 that the scope of the monitoring operation is much larger than acknowledged by the White House. The Times reports that the NSA, in cooperation with the nation's largest telecommunications companies, had mined data directly from the main arteries of American communications networks.

Many Democrats, joined by some prominent Republicans such as Sens. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Olympia Snowe of Maine, have called for a congressional investigation of the covert electronic eavesdropping program. Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers has demanded the censure of President Bush and Vice President Cheney in addition to the creation of a Special Committee to investigate impeaching the president for his administration's widespread abuse of power. Between The Lines Scott Harris spoke with Matthew Rothschild, editor of the Progressive magazine, who explains why he views President Bush's illegal surveillance of Americans as a grave threat to U.S. democracy and an impeachable offense.

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Poor Nations Condemn
World Trade Organization
Agreements as Unfair

Interview with Anuradha Mittal,
executive director of the Oakland Institute,
conducted by Scott Harris

Three years ago, the World Trade Organization ministerial summit meeting in Cancun, Mexico collapsed over disagreements between industrial and developing nations regarding the issue of agricultural and other subsidies, payments which critics blame for hurting poor farmers. At the recently concluded WTO summit in Hong Kong, many of these same disagreements were debated and an eleventh hour accord was reached where the U.S. and European Union agreed to cut export subsidies to their farmers by 2013. Developing nations had fought hard for 2010 as the deadline to scrap subsidies, but lost.

Throughout the six-day summit meeting, thousands of protesters opposed to the WTO agenda staged demonstrations. As was the case in Cancun, hundreds of Korean farmers traveled to Hong Kong to express their opposition to free trade policies that they say threatens their livelihood. Many of these same farmers were among 900 who were arrested as they pushed their way into the hall where the WTO was meeting.

Many non-governmental organizations from around the globe denounced the Hong Kong agreement, accusing wealthy nations of betraying their promise to reform trade rules to promote development. Critics also warned that proposals to open up non-agricultural markets and service industries in poor nations to international competition would undermine development. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Anuradha Mittal, executive director of the Oakland Institute. She was at the Hong Kong summit and explains why her group and many others oppose the WTO agreements.

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U.S. Can Do More
to Stop Genocide
in Darfur

Interview with Salih Booker,
executive director of Africa Action,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

In December, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice urgently requested that Congress provide $50 million to support the African Union observer mission in Darfur, Sudan. But the GOP-controlled Congress declined. The $50 million would have funded about one-third of the monthly cost for the peacekeepers. The European Union has provided most of the remainder.

Since a Darfur rebel group began fighting the central Sudanese government in 2003, up to 200,000 black Africans have been killed by the Sudanese government or their allied Janjaweed Arab militia. During the conflict an estimated 200,000 people in Darfur have died due to the lack of food, water and disease. Another 2.5 million have become internally displaced, and 200,000 to 300,000 are living as refugees in neighboring Chad. Those who have been displaced, both inside and outside the country, are totally dependent on international aid.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Salih Booker, executive director of Africa Action, about the current situation in Darfur, the U.S. response, and why he's hopeful that things will improve in the new year.

Contact Africa Action at (202) 546-7961 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • A year after a massive tsunami ripped through the Indian Ocean basin, over 1.5 million people still lack permanent housing. ("Long after the tsunami's deluge, 1.5 million homeless still battle to survive," The Independent, Dec. 19, 2005)
  • Two Brazilian men convicted and given harsh sentences for murdering Sister Dorothy Stang, a 73-year-old American-born nun and activist in the Amazon rainforest. The landowners who ordered the murder will go to trial early in 2006. ("I was ordered to kill a nun, court told," The Guardian, Dec. 10, 2005; "Amazon nun's killers are jailed," BBC News, Dec. 11, 2005; "Man claims self-defense in nun's death," Associated Press, Dec. 9, 2005)
  • Free trade and green-labled coffee has gone mainstream with Starbucks and big roasters like Proctor and Gamble seeking to appeal to socially conscious consumers. ("What do all those labels mean?" E Magazine, November/December 2005)

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U.S. Politics

"The Republican Crack-Up," by David Moberg, In These Times, Dec. 28, 2005

"Democrats: Losers Or Victims? (Or Both?)" by R.J. Eskow, Huffington Post, Dec. 28, 2005

"Officials Want To Expand Review Of Domestic Spying," The New York Times, Dec. 25, 2005

"Censure Motion Introduced In House Over Iraq, Torture," Raw Story, Dec. 20, 2005

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Bush Regime

"Three Books To Wake You Up: The Dishonor Bush Has Brought On America," by Paul Craig Roberts, Counterpunch, Dec. 28, 2005

"Checks And No Balance: The Story Is Bush's Spying, Not The Story's Messenger," by Sydney H. Schanberg, Village Voice, Dec. 27, 2005

"Impeachment Buzz," by Ruth Conniff, The Progressive, Dec. 27, 2005

"Former Justice Official Stands By Post-9/11 Writings Supporting Torture, Domestic Spying," Washington Post, Dec. 26, 2005

"The Year Of Vanished Credibility," by Alexander Cockburn, Counterpunch, Dec. 24/25, 2005

"Bush Was Denied Wiretaps, Then Bypassed Panel," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Dec. 24, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Nuking Iran With The U.N.'s Blessing," by Jorge Hirsch,, Dec. 28, 2005

"Morales' Triumph Has Washington Concerned," Guardian/UK, Dec. 26, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"In Iraq, The Killing Resumes," by Juan Cole, Informed comment, Dec. 27, 2005

"Many Iraqi Soldiers See Civil War On The Horizon," Knight Ridder, Dec. 27, 2005

"Kurds In Iraqi Army Proclaim Loyalty To Militia," Knight Ridder, Dec. 27, 2005

"White Phosphorous: The U.S. Used It, The U.S. Says It's Illegal," by David Swanson, ZNet, Dec. 27, 2005

"No Date Is Set For Troop Withdrawals From Iraq; Forces May Grow," Washington Post, Dec. 26, 2005

"U.S. Conducts Christmas Morning Raids In Iraq," by Associated Press, Dec. 25, 2005

"Why The War Has Already Been Lost," by Gareth Porter,, Dec. 24, 2005

"Iraq: Game Over," by Robert Dreyfuss,, Dec. 22, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Police State Powers Are Our Biggest Threat," by Martin Garbus, New York Observer, Dec. 28, 2005

"CIA Watchdog Probes Terrorism Renditions," Associated Press, Dec. 28, 2005

"Are You Being Tracked? RFID Tags As Spy Chips," by Devanie Angel, Sacramento News & Review (California), Dec. 27, 2005

"CIA 'Rendition' Exposed By Cell Phone Use," Chicago Tribune, Dec. 27, 2005

"Pentagon Snooping Fits State's Post-9/11 Pattern," by Sean Holstege, San Mateo County Times (California), Dec. 27, 2005

"Bush's Secret Surveillance State," by Anthony Gregory, Future of Freedom Foundation, Dec. 26, 2005

"Big Brother Bush Is Listening," by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, Dec. 26, 2005

"Are You Being Searched?," by Julian Sanchez, Reason, Dec. 26, 2005

"NSA, The Agency That Could Be Big Brother," by James Bamford, The New York Times, Dec. 25, 2005

"Student's Tale Of Agents Visit Over Book A Hoax," Boston Globe, Dec. 24, 2005

"NSA Spy Program Broader Than Bush Has Admitted," Reuters, Dec. 24, 2005

"Fixing The Torture Fix," by Jeremy Brecher & Brendan Smith, ZNet, Dec. 24, 2005

"Not Authorized By Law: Domestic Spying And Congressional Consent," by Jordan Paust, Jurist, Dec. 23, 2005

"Oakland Settles Lawsuit Filed By Antiwar Protester," Bay City News Service (California), Dec. 23, 2005

"Intelligence Abuse, Deja Vu," by Gary Hart, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 21, 2005

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Media Issues

"NSA Spied On Diplomats In Push To Iraq War, And Media Ignored It," by Norman Solomon,, Dec. 28, 2005

"There's Nothing Glorious About Today's Journalism," by Nicholas von Hoffman, New York Observer, Dec. 27, 2005

"Telling It Like It Isn't," by Robert Fisk, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 27, 2005

"News About News," by Danny Schechter, Buzzflash, Dec. 27, 2005

"Bush Presses Media To Hold Back Security Stories," by Howard Kurtz, Washington Post, Dec. 26, 2005

"Bush Pressed Papers To Kill Scoops On Spying," Editor & Publisher, Dec. 26, 2005

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"A Veteran's Iraq Message Upsets Army Recruiters," The New York Times, Dec. 27, 2005

"Drums In The Streets: Protesting The WTO In Hong Kong," by Sascha Matuszak,, Dec. 24, 2005

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