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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 Jan. 20, 2006


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  • Israeli-Palestinian Impasse
    Likely to Persist
    after Sharon's Stroke

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  • Court Reversal Upholds
    Civil Suit in Human Rights
    Case Against Salvadoran Generals

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  • West Virginia Coal Mine Deaths
    Expose Bush Weakening
    of Federal Safety Regulation

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Israeli-Palestinian Impasse
Likely to Persist
after Sharon's Stroke

Interview with Phyllis Bennis,
fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies,
conducted by Scott Harris


After suffering a massive stroke on Jan. 4, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon lies in critical condition at a Jerusalem hospital. According to doctors, the extent of the 77-year-old former general's brain damage is not yet known, and he is unlikely to resume his duties in government.

While much of the U.S. media has described Sharon as "a man of peace," praising his unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza strip, many observers disagree. Sharon, who lead the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, is held responsible by many in the Arab world for the massacre of hundreds of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps in Beirut. Many critics also believe Sharon's construction of a separation wall and expansion of West Bank settlements have been an obstacle to peace.

Before his stroke, polls predicted that Israeli voters would have re-elected Sharon in a March 28th parliamentary ballot. Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, is likely to take Sharon's place leading the new Kadima party in the coming election. Palestinians are scheduled to hold their own parliamentary ballot on Jan. 25. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, who examines Ariel Sharon's legacy and the shape of Middle East politics after his departure from the political scene.

Phyllis Bennis' latest book is titled, "Challenging Empire: How People, Governments and the U.N. Defy U.S. Power." Contact the Institute by calling (202) 234-9382 or visit their website at

Court Reversal Upholds
Civil Suit in Human Rights
Case Against Salvadoran Generals

Interview with Moira Feeney,
attorney with the Center for Justice and Accountability,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


On Jan. 6, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Atlanta, reversed its earlier ruling on a seminal human rights case. The court had originally sided with the defendants, Generals Jose Guillermo Garcia and Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, who had both served as defense minister in El Salvador during the 1980s. The men served in governments which tortured its citizens with impunity during the civil war in which 70,000 Salvadorans died, mostly at the hands of the military and its allied death squads.

After three torture survivors won an initial court victory suing the men for their grave human rights abuses, the U.S. appeals court ruled last February that the statute of limitations had expired for bringing suit against the generals, who moved to the U.S. in 1989. But in its new decision, the court ruled that the clock on the 10-year statute of limitations didn't begin ticking until 1992, after a peace agreement ended the war in El Salvador. So the ruling reinstated the finding for the plaintiffs Neris Gonzalez, Juan Romagoza and Carlos Mauricio, who are now eligible to collect damages.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Moira Feeney, a lawyer with the Center for Justice and Accountability in San Francisco, the group which brought the law suit. She explains the mission of the Center, founded in 1998, and summarizes the case against the Salvadoran generals.

For information on this and other human rights lawsuits the group is pursuing, call the Center for Justice and Accountability at (415) 544-0444 or visit their website at

West Virginia Coal Mine Deaths
Expose Bush Weakening
of Federal Safety Regulation

Interview with Chris Kutalik,
editor of Labor Notes,
conducted by Scott Harris


An underground explosion at West Virginia's Sago Coal Mine on Jan. 2, trapped 13 miners and led to the deaths of 12 of those men. Although media attention on the mining accident initially focused on the tragic miscommunication that led family members to believe that all the miners had been saved when only one was actually found alive, more important issues of mine safety have been glossed over.

Over the past two years, the non-union Sago Mine was cited 273 times for safety violations by the Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administration, or MSHA. Sixteen violations, occurring in the past eight months at Sago, were classified as serious safety infractions for which the operator had already received warnings. Eighteen of the 46 most recent violations were issued for inadequate measures to prevent the mines' roof collapsing and insufficient ventilation to avert the build-up of dangerous gases.

A Knight Ridder investigation concluded that since taking office in 2001, the Bush administration has issued fewer and smaller major fines on the coal industry and collected less than half of the money that violators owed. Under Bush, the number of mining inspectors has been reduced by 100. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Chris Kutalik, editor of the magazine Labor Notes, who takes a hard look at mine safety issues surrounding the 12 deaths at the Sago Mine.

Contact Labor Notes' Detroit office by calling (313) 842-6262 or visit the magazine's website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon and Denise Manzari

  • A New Year's Day report from Reporters Without Borders says 126 journalists and 27 cyber-dissidents are in prison around the globe, 63 killed and 1,000 media outlets censored. ("Press Freedom in 2005," Reporters Without Borders, Jan. 4, 2006; "From Iraq to the Philippines, murder is top cause of journalist deaths in '05," press release from Committee to Protect Journalists, Jan. 4, 2006)
  • On Jan. 24, the U.S. government will decide whether to free exiled Cuban militant and convicted terrorist Luis Posada-Carriles from an El Paso immigration facility. ("Ruling on whether Posada can remain in U.S. is only weeks away," by Oscar Corral, Miami Herald, Jan. 7, 2006)
  • Fergana Valley in Kyrgyzstan is the most populated region in Central Asia, but also home to a uranium mine near Mailuu-Suu, 23 radioactive waste dumps in dire need of supervision and repair as well as at risk from mudlisdes and earthquakes. ("Toxic Time Bomb," New Internationalist, September 2005)

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U.S. Politics

"Can Vermont's Democrats And Progressives Just Get Along?," by Bill McKibben, Seven Days, Jan. 12, 2006

"Spreading GOP Scandals: The Rise And Fall Of The True Believers," by Robert Scheer, San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 11, 2006

"Alito Faces Withering Democratic Criticism In Hearing," Associated Press, Jan. 11, 2006

"In Abramoff Case, Most See Evidence Of Wider Problem," Washington Post, Jan. 10, 2006

"Blunt, Boehner Share Broad Network Of Lobbyist Ties With DeLay,", Jan. 10, 2006

" Surrenders; Refuses To Criticize Sen. Clinton On War," by Joshua Frank,, Jan. 10, 2006

"The Real Scandal: Our Big Money Political System," by Nick Nyhart, Common Dreams, Jan. 10, 2006

"From Big-Time Lobbyist To Object Of Derision," The New York Times, Jan. 10, 2006

"McClellan Calls Dean's War Critique 'Irresponsible,'" Editor & Publisher, Jan. 10, 2006

"Will Jackgate Destroy The GOP?," by David Corn, The Nation, Jan. 9, 2006

"Anger And Fury At The Collaborationist Democrats," by Martin Garbus, Huffington Post, Jan. 9, 2006

"Missouri GOP Senators Condone NSA Spying," Columbia Daily Tribune (Missouri), Jan. 8, 2006

"Domestic Spying Issue Likely To Dominate Politics In 2006," by Dick Polman, Knight Ridder, Jan. 8, 2006

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Bush Regime

"The Impeachment Of George W. Bush," by Elizabeth Holtzman, The Nation, Jan. 30, 2006

"Alito Probed On Executive Powers" by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Jan. 12, 2006

"Bush Nominee Alito 'Believes In An All-Powerful Presidency,'" Independent/UK, Jan. 11, 2006

"Probe Set In NSA Bugging," Washington Post, Jan. 11, 2006

"Tenet And Rumsfeld: The Yes Man And The Thug," by Farhad Manjoo,, Jan. 10, 2006

"Alito Sounds Death Knell For Individual Rights," by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, Jan. 10, 2006

"Alito's 'Coaches' May Have Violated Senate Ethics Code," by James Ridgeway with Michael Roston, Village Voice, Jan. 10, 2006

"Bush To Democrats: Don't Slam Iraq Policy," Associated Press, Jan. 10, 2006

"Fitzgerald Maintains Focus On Rove," by Jason Leopold, Truthout, Jan. 10, 2006

"An Imperial Presidency Based On Constitutional Quicksand," by Ivan Eland,, Jan. 10, 2006

"British MPs Leaked Bush Plan To Hit al-Jazeera," Guardian/UK, Jan. 9, 2006

"An Incompetent Commander-In-Chief Losing The War On Terrorism," by Tom Engelhardt & Michael Klare,, Jan. 8, 2006

"Heck Of A Job, Hayden!," by Ray McGovern,, Jan. 7, 2006

"Bush Claims Right To Ignore New Law Banning Torture," Democracy Now!, Jan. 6, 2006

"Mine Tragedy Highlights Decay Of Regulations, Enforcement," by Brendan Coyne, The New Standard, Jan. 5, 2006

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Bush Administration Using CAFTA To Expand Corporate Rights In Central America," by Tom Ricker & Burke Stansbury, Common Dreams, Jan. 11, 2006

"Bolivia's Trial By Fire," by Ben Dangl, Upside Down World, Jan. 11, 2006

"U.S.: Iran Risking Nuclear Escalation," Herald Sun/Australia, Jan. 11, 2006

"The Anti-Empire Report," by William Blum, ZNet, Jan. 10, 2006

"Attack On Iran: A Looming Folly," by William Rivers Pitt, Truthout, Jan. 9, 2006

"How To Stop The Planned Nuking Of Iran," by Jorge Hirsch,, Jan. 9, 2006

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Key Shiite Backs Away From Charter Accord Promises To Sunnis," Washington Post, Jan. 12, 2006

"Local Insurgents Tell Of Clashes With Al Qaeda's Forces In Iraq," The New York Times, Jan. 11, 2006

"'Democracy' Brings Bleak Days To Iraq," by Dahr Jamail with Arkan Hamed,, Jan. 11, 2006

"U.S. Airstrikes In Iraq Could Intensify," Knight Ridder, Jan. 10, 2006

"Formula For Slaughter: The American Rules Of Engagement From The Air," by Tom Engelhardt & Michael Klare,, Jan. 10, 2006

"28 U.S. Troops Killed In Four Days In Iraq," Associated Press, Jan. 9, 2006

"How Many Iraqis Have Died Since The U.S. Invasion In 2003?," by Andrew Cockburn, Counterpunch, Jan. 9, 2006

"Shiites Accuse U.S. Of Appeasing Insurgents," Independent/UK, Jan. 7, 2006

"Iraq War Could Cost U.S. Over $2 Trillion, Says Nobel Prize-Winning Economist," Guardian/UK, Jan. 7, 2006

"Violence Threatens Iraqi Coalition," Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 6, 2006

"Troops Support For War Declining, Survey Says," San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 6, 2006

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"U.S. Tribunals To Try 15 Year Old Gitmo Detainee, Others," Agence France Presse, Jan. 11, 2006

"More Claims Of U.S. Detainee Torture," Herald Sun/Australia, Jan. 11, 2006

"NSA Whistleblower Alleges Massive Illegal Spying," ABC News, Jan. 10, 2006

"Surveillance: You Too Might Be A Terrorist," by R.B. Mitchell, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jan. 10, 2006

"Amnesty International Releases Accounts Of Gitmo Abuse, Torture," Raw Story, Jan. 10, 2006

"NSA Mounted Massive Spy Operation On Baltimore Peace Group, Docs Show," by Kevin Zeese, Raw Story, Jan. 10, 2006

"Scandal Of Force-Fed Prisoners," Observer/UK, Jan. 8, 2006

"35 Years Ago: Supreme Court Ruled President Can't Wiretap Citizens Without A Warrant," San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 8, 2006

"Secret's Out: NSA Is Listening To Americans," Baltimore Sun, Jan. 8, 2006

"The Origins Of The Renditions Program: An Interview With Michael Scheuer," by Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, Die Zeit/Germany, Jan. 7/8, 2006

"Canadian Demands Answers After Being Detained For Being On U.S. No-Fly List," Canadian Press/Canada, Jan. 7, 2006

"Report Questions Legal Basis For Bush's Spying Program," The New York Times, Jan. 6, 2006

"Homeland Security Opening Private Mail," MSNBC, Jan. 6, 2006

"Rollback To 1214 A.D.: Repealing The Magna Carta," by Tom Engelhardt & Nick Turse,, Jan. 5, 2006

"The Lie Detector You'll Never Know Is There," by Paul Marks, New Scientist, Jan. 5, 2006

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Media Issues

"Sierra Club's Green Small Screen," by Matthew Wheeland, AlterNet, Jan. 12, 2006

"The Depraved Heroes Of '24' Are The Himmlers Of Hollywood," by Slavoj Zisek, Guardian/UK, Jan. 10, 2006

"Media's War Images Delude Instead Of Inform," by Norman Solomon, Truthout, Jan. 9, 2006

"How The U.S. Press Squelches Bush Impeachment Drive," by David Lindorff, Counterpunch, Jan. 9, 2006

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"Lawyer Asks Judge To Dismiss Charges Against Antiwar Grandmothers," Associated Press, Jan. 10, 2006

"Antiwar Rally Reflects Changing Attitudes," Lincoln Journal Star (Nebraska), Jan. 8, 2006

"Out Of Iraq Events Planned In Over 130 Cities,", Jan. 5, 2006

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