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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

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"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

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For The Week Ending Feb. 24, 2006


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Between The Lines Producers Scott Harris and Anna Manzo were at the World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela, Jan. 24-29.
Eva Gollinger, a U.S. attorney living in Caracas and author of "The Chavez Code: Cracking U.S. Intervention in Venezuela," speaks at a "Media in Crisis" workshop sponsored by Toward Freedom at the World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela. Gollinger is the attorney who had uncovered millions of dollars spent by the U.S. in the 2002 failed coup attempt against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. (Photo by Anna Manzo)
Our colleages at Toward Freedom have additional information about the joint World Social Forum Between The Lines/Toward Freedom workshop on media issues, held in Caracas, Jan. 26. Audio and photos of the workshop forthcoming.
Click below to hear audio interviews conducted at the World Social Forum
  • Eva Gollinger at the World Social Forum Jan. 26, 2006(16:56) (in RealAudio)
  • Interviews at the World Social Forum march (14:30) (in MP3)
  • Medea Benjamin, Global Exchange/Code Pink (1:01) (in MP3)
  • Cheri Honkala, Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign (6:01) (in MP3)
  • Geoff Millard, Iraq war veteran (3:54) (in MP3)
    • Haiti's Poor Erupt in Protest
      After Charges that Presidential
      Vote Count was Manipulated

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    • Protection of Canada's
      Great Bear Rain Forest
      Can Be a Model
      for Future Conservation Efforts

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    • Bush Budget's Permanent Tax Cuts
      and Slashed Social Programs
      Reward the Rich, Punish the Poor

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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:

    Haiti's Poor Erupt in Protest
    After Charges that Presidential
    Vote Count was Manipulated

    News update: Crisis Averted as Preval
    Named New Haitian President

    Interview with Ben Dupuy,
    co-director of Haiti Progres,
    and former Haitian President
    Aristide's ambassador at-large,
    conducted by Scott Harris


    Rene Preval supporters protest vote count results in Haiti's Port-au-Prince.

    Editor's note: This interview was produced prior to Preval's being named as Haiti's new president. See related links below for articles on this development.

    The first national election conducted in Haiti since the February 2004 overthrow of president Jean-Bertrand Aristide descended into chaos after charges were made that vote totals had been manipulated to prevent a former president and Aristide ally Rene Preval from claiming outright victory.

    The Feb. 7 vote had been disorganized, but largely peaceful. However, when preliminary vote totals appeared to show that presidential candidate Rene Preval had won just less than 49 percent of the ballots -- falling short of the 50 percent +1 votes needed to avoid a runoff -- militant protests by his supporters erupted throughout the Haitian capital of Port-Au-Prince, with reports that U.N. peacekeeping forces had killed several demonstrators.

    Of more than 2 million ballots cast, about 125,000 ballots have been declared invalid due to irregularities, raising suspicion among Preval supporters that polling officials were rigging the election. A member of Haiti's Electoral Council, Pierre Richard Duchemin charged that the vote count was being manipulated and called for an investigation. On Feb. 14th, Preval declared victory and said he was convinced there was massive fraud and gross errors that affected the process. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ben Dupuy, co-director of the Haiti Progres newspaper and formerly President Aristide's ambassador at large, who assesses the flawed ballot count and the concern of many that democracy in Haiti is once again being undermined.

    Contact Haiti Progres by calling (718) 434-8100, or visit their website of

    Related links:

    Protection of Canada's
    Great Bear Rain Forest
    Can Be a Model
    for Future Conservation Efforts

    Interview with Merran Smith,
    director of the British Columbia Coastal Program for Forest Ethics,
    conducted by Melinda Tuhus


    Canada's Great Bear Rainforest.

    On Feb. 7, an agreement was reached to protect the world's largest remaining temperate coastal rain forest from destructive logging. Environmentalists, representatives of First Nations indigenous peoples, logging companies and the government of British Columbia, Canada, agreed to protect five million acres of the Great Bear Rain Forest -- about the size of New Jersey -- and to allow only sustainable logging in the 10 million remaining acres of the vast forest. The victory was built on a struggle in the early and mid-1990s to save the old-growth forest in Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

    Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Merran Smith, director of the British Columbia Coastal Program for Forest Ethics, an organization based in Canada and the US that is committed to protecting endangered forests. She discusses the evolution of the struggle and key elements in which it differed from past conservation efforts.

    Contact the British Columbia Coastal Program for Forest Ethics' San Francisco office at (415) 863 4563 or visit the the group's website at

    Bush Budget's Permanent Tax Cuts
    and Slashed Social Programs
    Reward the Rich, Punish the Poor

    Interview with Max Sawicky,
    economist with the Economic Policy Institute,
    conducted by Scott Harris


    As his popularity continues to wane, President George W. Bush unveiled his proposed 2007 federal budget, which seems designed to reward the powerful and punish the weak. The budget would make permanent the tax cuts that primarily benefit the nation's wealthiest citizens, totaling about $3 trillion over 10 years. At the same time, the president is demanding that some of the tax cut shortfall be made up in $65 billion in cuts from vital social programs including education, job training and childcare. Medicare would see a $36 billion reduction through increased premiums from wealthy seniors.

    Among those on the receiving end of the president's budget would be the Pentagon, which would receive a 7 percent increase and the Department of Homeland Security which would get an 8 percent boost. Bush wants Congress to allocate another $50 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but expects that it will actually cost $70 billion.

    The White House projects, that if passed, Bush's budget will increase the federal deficit to a record $423 billion, but hopes to trim that number by almost $70 billion through proposed cuts. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Max Sawicky, an economist with the Economic Policy Institute, who assesses the winners and losers in the Bush budget and the possible moderating effect of this year's congressional elections.

    Contact the Economic Policy Institute. by calling them at (202) 775-8810 or visit their website at:

    This week's summary
    of under-reported news

    Compiled by Bob Nixon

    • Energy barons in Canada are looking to cash in on tax breaks for developing vast reserves of "tar sands" in western Canada to supply energy to the U.S. The oil sands would make Canada second in oil reserves to Saudi Arabia; however, environmentalists call tar sands mining one of the most eco-destructive industries on the planet -- contributing to greenhouse gases and destruction of boreal forest. ("Nigeria of the North," January/February 2006; "Oil Sands Strategy a Comprehensive Abdication of Government's Environmental Responsibilties," Sierra Club of Canada press release, Oct. 27, 2005)
    • World Trade Organization rules that a six-year European Union moratorium on the importation of genetically modified crops violated international trade rules, a complaint filed in 2003 by the U.S., Canada and Argentina. The U.S. biotech industry claims farmers lost $300 million in sales. ("Europe 'Stopped GM Food Imports,'" BBC News, Feb. 7, 2006; "WTO Ruling Backs Biotech Crops," Washington Post, Feb. 8, 2006; "WTO trade war on GMOs, Europe must fight ruling," Friends of the Earth press release, Feb. 8, 2006)
    • While the global diamond trade has claimed to reform its practices on conflict diamonds, the raw gems are still mined by rebel and terrorist groups operating in the West African states of Liberia and the Ivory Coast. ("Rough Trade: Diamond Industry Still Funding Bloody Conflicts in Africa," The Independent, Feb. 10, 2006)

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    U.S. Politics

    "Is The GOP 'Shock-The-Vote' Gang Planning To Heist California?," by R.J. Eskow, Huffington Post, Feb. 21, 2006

    "'Strategic Redeployment': The Democrats' New Stall Strategy," by Bruce Gagnon, Counterpunch, Feb. 21, 2006

    "Supreme Court To Weigh Late-Term Abortion," Associated Press, Feb. 21, 2006

    "Democrats May Unite On Plan To Pull Troops," Boston Globe, Feb. 20, 2006

    "Abramoff's Evangelical Soldiers," by Max Blumenthal, The Nation, Feb. 20, 2006

    "Senators Roll Over On The PATRIOT Act," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Feb. 19, 2006

    "Sen. Russell Feingold: The Lone Patriot," by Robert Kuttner, Boston Globe, Feb. 18, 2006

    "Portage County And Paul Hackett," by Caroline Arnold, Common Dreams, Feb. 17, 2006

    "Congressional Probe Of NSA Spying In Doubt," Washington Post, Feb. 15, 2006

    "Republicans Criticize Bush Mideast Policy," Associated Press, Feb. 15, 2006

    "Congress Stirs To Rein In The President," by Jeremy Brecher & Brendan Smith, The Nation, Feb. 9, 2006

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    Bush Regime

    "Detention Camps and Bush's Mysterious 'New Programs,'" by Nat Parry, Consortium News, Feb. 21, 2006

    "National Security Whistleblowers," by William Fisher, Truthout, Feb. 21, 2006

    "War of the Quailhawks," by Tom Engelhardt,, Feb. 21, 2006

    "U.S. Reclassifies Many Documents In Secret Review," The New York Times, Feb. 21, 2006

    "After One Year, White House Civil Liberties Board Yet To Meet," Los Angeles Times, Feb. 20, 2006

    "NSA: The Dying Scandal That Keeps Growing," by Glenn Greenwald, Unclaimed Territory, Feb. 20, 2006

    "Who's Counting Bush's Mistakes?," by Stephen Pizzo, News For Real, Feb. 20, 2006

    "Senior Lawyer At Pentagon Broke Ranks On Torture," The New York Times, Feb. 20, 2006

    "White House Working To Avoid Wiretap Probe," Washington Post, Feb. 20, 2006

    "Eyewitnesses Peel Back Lies On War Debate," by Jay Bookman, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Feb. 20, 2006

    "NSC, Cheney Aides Conspired To Out CIA Operative," by Jason Leopold, Truthout, Feb. 20, 2006

    "Bush Policies Lamented At Scientific Gathering," The New York Times, Feb. 19, 2006

    "Bush Administration Shielding Big Business," Los Angeles Times, Feb. 19, 2006

    "Bush Gets An Earful In Church," by Helen Thomas, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Feb. 18, 2006

    "The FISA File: Bush Claims Imperial Powers," by Athan G. Theoharis, The Nation, Feb. 16, 2006

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    American Empire/War Profiteering

    "Bolivia's Morales Deftly Keeps Enemies At Bay While Pushing Reforms," by Roger Burbach, New American Media, Feb. 20, 2006

    "WWIII Or Bust: Implications Of A U.S. Attack On Iran," by Heather Wokusch, Common Dreams, Feb. 18, 2006

    "Rice Calls For United Front Against Chavez," BBC News, Feb. 17, 2006

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    "Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

    "Abu Ghraib Is Not Old News," by Aaron Glantz,, Feb. 21, 2006

    "Iraqi Police Tied To Death Squads," Los Angeles Times, Feb. 21, 2006

    "U.S. Warns Iraq It Won't Support Sectarian Goals," The New York Times, Feb. 21, 2006

    "Influential Iraqi Cleric Sadr Rejects Constitution," Reuters, Feb. 19, 2006

    "Iran Empowered, Emboldened By Iraq War Course," Los Angeles Times, Feb. 18, 2006

    "New Abu Ghraib Abuse Photos Broadcast In Australia," Associated Press, Feb. 15, 2006

    "Quick Rise For Purveyors Of Propaganda In Iraq," The New York Times, Feb. 15, 2006

    "Taliban Said To Get Aid In Pakistan," The New York Times, Feb. 14, 2006

    "Iraqi Kurds Take Tough Stand On Kirkuk," Associated Press, Feb. 14, 2006

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    Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

    "Report: Pentagon Ignored Repeated Warnings On Torture And Abuse," Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 20, 2006

    "Halliburton Detention Centers," by Margaret Kimberly, Black Commentator, Feb. 20, 2006

    "How An Internal Effort To Ban The Torture And Abuse Of Detainees Was Thwarted," by Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, Feb. 20, 2006

    "UK Archbishop On Guantanamo: 'The Americans Are Breaking International Law...It's A Society Heading Toward Animal Farm,'" Independent/UK, Feb. 18, 2006

    "The New American Police State," by Richard Reeves, Yahoo News, Feb. 18, 2006

    "Judge Dismisses Arar's Deportation And Torture Suit," Associated Press, Feb. 17, 2006

    "Innocent Men In Legal Limbo Still At Gitmo," ABC News, Feb. 16, 2006

    "325,000 Names On Terrorism List," Washington Post, Feb. 15, 2006

    "Justice Dept. Concedes It Can Begin Release Of Internal Warrantless Surveillance Records March 3," National Security Archives press release, Feb. 13, 2006

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    Media Issues

    "The Media's Next Quarry," by Russ Baker,, Feb. 21, 2006

    "An Upside-Down Media," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Feb. 18, 2006

    "On CNN The Real Abu Ghraib Scandal Is The Photos, Not The Abuse," by Jeremy Scahill, Common Dreams, Feb. 16, 2006

    "Internet Firms To Defend China Policies," Washington Post, Feb. 15, 2006

    "UK Government-Funded Fake TV News Service Passes Off Propaganda As News," by David Miller, Guardian/UK, Feb. 15, 2006

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    "If You Like Your Freedoms, You Should Thank A Protesters," by David Goodner, Iowa City Press-Citizen (Iowa), Feb. 17, 2006

    "Five Antiwar 'Raging Grannies' Arrested At Maryland Enlistment Office," Scripps Howard Foundation Wire, Feb. 15, 2006

    "Grandmothers Try To Enlist In Albany Protest," Albany Times Union, Feb. 15, 2006

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