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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 March 17, 2006


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  • Israel and U.S. Attempt
    to Isolate New Palestinian
    Hardline Hamas Government

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  • Poll Finds U.S. Soldiers in Iraq
    Overwhelmingly Favor Withdrawal Within a Year

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  • Bush Administration Budget Cuts Targeting
    U.S. Park Service Imperils Infrastructure

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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:

Israel and U.S. Attempt
to Isolate New Palestinian
Hardline Hamas Government

Interview with Lori Allen,
post-doctoral fellow at Brown University,
conducted by Scott Harris


Hamas party prime minister-designate
Ismail Hanieh salutes supporters outside
his house at the al-Shati refugee camp
in Gaza City in a Jan. 26, 2006 photo.
(Photo by Associated Press)

Much of the world was caught by surprise when the militant Hamas movement won an overwhelming victory in the Jan. 25 Palestinian parliamentary election. Hamas won 74 seats, while the long-ruling Fatah movement took only 45 seats in the 132-seat legislature. Israel, the U.S. and European Union consider Hamas to be a terrorist group, but these nations differ on how they will deal with a new Hamas-led government that is expected to be formed by the time Israelis go to the polls to elect a new government on March 28.

Israel, which has been the target of numerous Hamas suicide bombers and other attacks, has refused to negotiate with what they label a terrorist government, and is withholding millions of dollars in taxes collected from Palestinians. But, fearing that the lack of funds would cripple the Palestinian Authority, thereby creating more chaos, the Europeans recently provided $143 million to the Palestinians. However, the European Union says it will not continue to fund the Palestinian Authority unless Hamas recognizes Israel, disavows violence and honors previous agreements between Israel and the Fatah-run Palestinian government.

Conflict between Hamas and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas broke into the open on March 6 when the Hamas majority rescinded legislation giving Abbas increased powers, ratified during the final session of the Fatah-controlled parliament. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Lori Allen, a post-doctoral fellow at Brown University, who assesses the hard-line Islamic movement's chances for forming a viable government.

Some of Lori Allen's articles are published in the pages of Middle East Report, which can be found online at

Poll Finds U.S. Soldiers in Iraq
Overwhelmingly Favor Withdrawal Within a Year

Interview with Kelly Dougherty,
cofounder of Iraq Veterans Against the War,
conducted by Scott Harris


Two weeks after the bombing of one of Shiite Islam's most holy shrines in Iraq, sectarian violence continues to claim victims across the country. Although Iraq has not yet descended into all-out civil war, religious polarization is evident in the make up of the country's police, where credible allegations indicate these forces are engaged in death squad activity and torture.

Despite the increasing violence, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Peter Pace did his best to place a positive spin on the news from Iraq. On NBC's "Meet the Press" program March 5, General Pace said that the war is going in the right direction, a view the majority of Americans strongly disagree with.

As the third anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq approaches a new poll of American soldiers serving in Iraq reveals that most favor a rapid withdrawal from the embattled country. A Le Moyne College/Zogby International survey conducted Jan. 18 through Feb. 14, found 72 percent think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year, and more than one in four say the troops should leave immediately. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Kelly Dougherty, co-founder of Iraq Veterans against the War, who served eight years in the Colorado Army National Guard as a medic and MP, including a year in Iraq and eight months in the Balkans. She analyzes the opinions held by American soldiers found in the Zogby poll.

Contact Iraq Veterans Against the War by calling (215) 241-7123 or visit their website at

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Bush Administration Budget Cuts Targeting
U.S. Park Service Imperils Infrastructure

Interview with Alexander Brash,
of the National Parks Conservation Association,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


The U.S. National Park Service was the first government agency of its kind in the world. The service manages 348 sites, from Denali National Park in Alaska to historic buildings in the northeast, including the Freedom Trail and the Underground Railroad. The system currently has a $600 million shortfall, and faces a $100 million funding cut in President Bush's proposed budget that will exacerbate the department's crisis.

Critics maintain that the White House funding cuts may well be designed to create pressure for increased commercialization, exploitation and privatization of services within the Park system.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Alexander Brash, the northeast regional staff person for the National Parks Conservation Association, a 90-year-old nonprofit organization independent of the U.S. government. Its mandate is to protect and enhance the national parks. Brash explains how the funding crisis has impacted the whole system, and what it may mean for America's national park system if the situation is not reversed.

Call the National Parks Conservation Association at (212) 454-3311 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The Bush administration is working to block a new proposal for a United Nations Human Rights Council that would replace the often-discredited UN Commission on Human Rights, which had members from rights abusing governments like Sudan, Libya and Zimbabwe. ("UN chief frustrated, disappointed at U.S. opposition to new rights council," Associated Press, March 4, 2006; "U.S. isolated in opposing plan for new UN Rights Council," New York Times, March 4, 2006; "Planned UN Human Rights Council Criticized by U.S. Lawmaker, Experts," March 1, 2006)
  • Individual states debating legalizing over-the-counter sale of the morning-after pill. ("Plan B Battles Embroil States," Washington Post, Feb. 27, 2006; "In Reversal, Wal-Mart Will Sell Contraceptive," March 4, 2006)
  • Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, a former Taliban spokesperson has been accepted at Yale as a special student with temporary status. He has 4th-grade education and a GED equivalency diploma. ("The Freshman," New York Times Magazine, Feb. 26, 2006)

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U.S. Politics

"Election 2006: GOP's Culture Of Corruption Versus Democrats' Culture Of Weakness," by David Sirota, Working For Change, Mar. 14, 2006

"That Old Fashioned Corruption," by Geov Parrish, Working For Change, Mar. 13, 2006

"South Dakota's Taliban: The Fanatics Are On The Loose," by Mike Whitney, Counterpunch, Mar. 13, 2006

"Feingold Proposes Bush Censure Over Spying," Associated Press, Mar. 13, 2006

"Ex-Justice O'Connor Says U.S. Risks Edging Near To Dictatorship," Guardian/UK, Mar. 13, 2006

"The Democrats: Still Ducking The War Issue," by Ari Berman, Mar. 9, 2006

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Bush Regime

"Impeachment Talk Reaches The Mainstream," by William Goodman, AlterNet, 2006

"Lawless And Incompetent: Bush At The Tipping Point," by Ralph Nader, Counterpunch, Mar. 11/12, 2006

"Mass Casualties In Collapse Of Ports Deal," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Mar. 11, 2006

"Judge Orders CIA To Turn Over Intelligence Briefings On Libby," Associated Press, Mar. 10, 2006

"Ridge: War On Terror Will Not End," Macon Telegraph (Georgia), Mar. 10, 2006

"Bush's Approval Rating Falls To New Low," Associated Press, Mar. 10, 2006

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Deja Vu All Over Iran," by Robert Dreyfuss,, Mar. 14, 2006

"Iran: Here We Go Again," by Ian Williams, Asia Times, Mar. 14, 2006

"U.S. Campaign Is Aimed At Iran's Leaders," Washington Post, Mar. 12, 2006

"Venezuela In Washington's Sights," by Salim Lamrani, ZNet, Mar. 11, 2006

"Iran Renews Retaliation Promise In Nuclear Row," Agence France Presse, Mar. 11, 2006

"U.S. More Intent On Blocking Chavez," Los Angeles Times, Mar. 11, 2006

"Iran: It's Regime Change, Again," by Tom Porteous,, Mar. 10, 2006

"Of Propaganda And Policy," by John Brown,, Mar. 10, 2006

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Afghanistan: The Other War," by Christian Parenti, The Nation, Mar. 27, 2006

"Iraq: Permanent U.S. Colony," by Dahr Jamail, Truthout, Mar. 14, 2006

"Bush Ties Iran to Deadly Iraq Bombs," Agence France Presse, Mar. 13, 2006

"80 Killed, Over 200 Wounded In Black Sunday," by Juan Cole, Informed Comment, Mar. 13, 2006

"Death Squads Operated From Inside Iraqi Government," Knight Ridder, Mar. 12, 2006

"The Campaign To Pacify Sunni Iraq," by Tom Engelhardt & Michael Scwartz,, Mar. 12, 2006

"Abu Ghraib Prisoner Describes His Torture," The New York Times, Mar. 11, 2006

"Peace Activist Taken Hostage In Iraq Is Found Dead," Washington Post, Mar. 11, 2006

"No One Knows How Many Iraqis Have Died," Associated Press, Mar. 10, 2006

"Admiral: U.S. Military Expecting Violent Afghan Spring," Reuters, Mar. 9, 2006

"U.S. Officials Now Say Civil War, Not Insurgency, Greatest Security Threat In Iraq," Christian Science Monitor, Mar. 9, 2006

"Iraq's Sovereignty Vacuum," by Tom Engelhardt & Michael Scwartz,, Mar. 9, 2006

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"The Government's Plans For An 'Immigration Emergency' Include Relocation And Detention Centers," by Joseph Richey, AlterNet, Mar. 14, 2006

"ACLU Releases First 'Concrete Evidence' Of Domestic Spying For Antiwar Views," Raw Story, Mar. 14, 2006

"U.S. Abuses, Sense Of Irony Missed In State Department's Rights Report," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Mar. 14, 2006

"Polls: Public Worried About Government Secrecy," Associated Press, Mar. 12, 2006

"Despite Criticism By Doctors' Group, U.S. Defends Guantanamo Force-Feeding," Reuters, Mar. 11, 2006

"FBI Grills Professor Over Support For Venezuela," by Elena Shore, Counterpunch, Mar. 10, 2006

"War On The First Amendment: The Great Green Scare And The Feds' 'Case' Against Rod Coronado," by Ben Rosenfeld, Counterpunch, Mar. 10, 2006

"Surveillance, Infiltration And Harassment Of Environmental Organizations," by Hope Marston, Truthout, Mar. 10, 2006

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Journalism Under Siege In Baghdad," by Tom Engelhardt & Orville Schell,, Mar. 14, 2006

"Now The Little Guy Is The True Pit Bull Of Journalism," by Arianna Huffington, Guardian/UK, Mar. 14, 2006

"Eight Easy Pieces: News You May Have Missed If You Rely Upon The Deficit Disorder Mainstream Media," by John Atcheson, Common Dreams, Mar. 13, 2006

"More News Outlets, Fewer Stories: The New Media 'Paradox,'" by James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, Mar. 13, 2006

"Extra, Extra! Media Report On Feingold Censure Motion," by Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch, Mar. 13, 2006

"Bloggers At The Gate: What Was Good For EBay Should Be Good for Politics," by Adam Cohen, The New York Times, Mar. 12, 2006

"Village Voice: The Alt-Press Flagship Goes Corporate," by John Strausbaugh, Counterpunch, Mar. 11/12, 2006

"Lap Dogs Of The Press," by Helen Thomas, The Nation, Mar. 10, 2006

More newswire ...


"Hungering For Justice At My First Congressional Testimony," by Mike Ferner, ZNet, Mar. 13, 2006

"Outernational: Not Your Parents' Protest Music," by Naeem Mohaiemen, AlterNet, Mar. 13, 2006

"Gandhi In California: The 2006 Latino Peace Pilgrimage To End The Iraq War," by David Howard, Truthout, Mar. 11, 2006

"Antiwar Protesters Interrupt Clinton Visit," Associated Press, Mar. 10, 2006

"Bringing The War Home: Organizing In Congressional Districts," by John Nichols, The Nation, Mar. 9, 2006

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