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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

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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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  • Democrats Fall for GOP Spin,
    Run Away from Feingold Censure Resolution

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  • Iraqi Woman Touring U.S.
    Calls for End to Occupation

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  • Growing Income Inequality in U.S.
    Eroding Middle Class

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  • Underreported News Summary
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Democrats Fall for GOP Spin,
Run Away from Feingold Censure Resolution

Interview with John Nichols,
Washington correspondent for the Nation magazine,
conducted by Scott Harris


Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis. calls for Bush censure

President Bush's admission that he ordered warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens' international phone and email communication over the past four years captured national headlines, but the Republican-controlled Congress seems eager to legitimize the apparent illegal action. GOP Senators Dewine, Graham, Hagel and Snowe have sponsored legislation that would retroactively make legal the president's refusal to seek court warrants required under the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

But the issue took an unexpected turn on March 13 when Sen. Russ Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat, introduced a resolution that would censure President Bush for authorizing the warrantless spy program conducted by the National Security Agency. However, only two Democratic senators, Barbara Boxer of California and Tom Harkin of Iowa stepped forward to co-sponsor the measure. The U.S. Senate has only censured a president once -- Andrew Jackson, back in 1834.

A Newsweek poll taken March 16 and 17 found that 50 percent of those surveyed opposed censuring Bush while 42 percent supported it. Sixty percent of Democrats polled favored censure. The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to begin hearings on Feingold's motion on March 31. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with John Nichols, Washington correspondent for the Nation Magazine. Nichols examines the reasons why so many Democrats have run away from Feingold's motion of censure.

Read John Nichols' columns online at Nichols is a co-author with Robert McChesney of the book, "Tragedy & Farce: How American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections and Destroy Democracy."

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Iraqi Woman Touring U.S.
Calls for End to Occupation

Interview with Eman Ahmad Khamas,
Iraqi member of the "Women Say No to War" tour
traveling the U.S.,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Eman Ahmad Khamas

As violence and chaos seem to increase daily in Iraq, a group of Iraqi women have come to the U.S. as part of the "Women Say No to War" tour sponsored by Code Pink and other peace organizations. They arrived just before International Women's Day, March 8, and the five women are spending up to six weeks traveling the U.S. individually, with U.S. hosts, in order to maximize the number of Americans they can reach.

Among the Iraqi women on the U.S tour is Eman Ahmad Khamas, a journalist, English professor at Baghdad University and activist who is making her first trip to America. She is a member of the Women's Will organization, which defends women's rights. For the past three years, she has been documenting crimes committed by U.S. and Iraqi forces in her country. She is the former director of International Occupation Watch Center, Baghdad, and is married with two daughters.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Eman Khamas, who explains what she believes is fueling sectarian violence in her country and why she is calling for an end to the American occupation.

Contact Code Pink, which is organizing the "Women Say No to War" tour, by calling (310) 827-4320 or visit their website at

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Growing Income Inequality in U.S.
Eroding Middle Class

Interview with Miles Rapoport,
president of DEMOS,
conducted by Scott Harris

America has an ugly secret, the growing gap between rich and poor. But while economic inequality in the U.S. is known to much of the world, our nation's citizens remain largely in the dark about the increasing concentration of wealth which has eroded the once-thriving American middle class. The devastation resulting from Hurricane Katrina last fall briefly exposed the large numbers of poor people living in New Orleans and the Gulf coast region, but sustained media coverage of the institutional causes of poverty has largely been absent.

Economists point to the rising cost of health care, education and housing, disappearing pensions and the outsourcing of high-paying jobs as several sources of inequality. But tax policies favoring the wealthy and a weakened labor movement have also contributed to a growing class divide.

DEMOS, a group that combines research and advocacy to strengthen American democracy has recently published a book exploring this topic titled, "Inequality Matters: The Growing Economic Divide in America and Its Poisonous Consequences." Contributors to the book, who write about the political and social dimensions of economic disparity include: Barbara Ehrenreich, William Greider, Charles Lewis and Bill Moyers. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Miles Rapoport, president of DEMOS, who examines America's growing income inequality.

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Former U.S. Marine Brian Stiedle, who witnessed the Darfur genocide firsthand, is on a 22-city speaking tour promoting "A Million Voices for Darfur," a yearlong grassroots campaign to urge one million people to send postcards to President Bush demanding quick action on Darfur. ("Raising a Million Voices for Darfur," In These Times, March 15, 2006; "UN Speeds Darfur Peace Mission," BBC News, March 25, 2006; "To Save Darfur," International Crisis Group, March 17, 2006)
  • On March 17, the Islamic regime in Iran released leading dissident Akbar Ganji, who had been arrested in April 2000 for writing articles exposing high-level security officials involved in assassinations of political dissidents. ("Iranian Dissident Released from Jail," Washington Post, March 19, 2006; "Iran's Leading Dissident Freed from Jail," Reuters, March 18, 2006; "Iranian Dissident is Freed and Still Fiery," Los Angeles Times, March 19, 2006)
  • Gay rights groups filing lawsuits to win state court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage. ("Wave of Lawsuits Targets Ban on Same-Sex Marriage," USA Today, March 23, 2006; "Poll Finds U.S. Warming to Gay Marriage," San Francisco Chronicle, March 23, 2006)

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U.S. Politics

"Bernie Sanders' Independent Revolution," by Blair Golson, TruthDig, March 27, 2006

"FEC Won't Regulate Internet Politics," Associated Press, March 27, 2006

"In An Election Year, A Shift In Public Opinion On the War," The New York Times, March 27, 2006

"The South Dakota Curveball," by Alexandra Walker,, March 27, 2006

"Feingold's Popularity Surges On Censure Stand," Associated Press, March 26, 2006

"With Anti-Immigrant Bill, Sensenbrenner Awakens A Sleeping Giant," by Max Blumenthal, Huffington Post, March 26, 2006

"War May Hurt GOP In Heartland," Los Angeles Times, March 26, 2006

"Election Whistle-Blower Stymied By Vendors," Washington Post, March 26, 2006

"Republicans On The Run," Time, March 26, 2006

"The Politics Of Abortion: The FDA And Plan B," by Elaine Cassel, Counterpunch, March 25/26, 2006

"Impeach! The Shot Heard 'Round The World," by Kathryn Casa, Vermont Guardian, March 24, 2006

"Abramoff Probe Widens To Murder," Associated Press, March 24, 2006

"Why Ned Lamont Is A Democrat," by Sam Seder, In These Times, March 21, 2006

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Reigniting The Arms Race," by Michael Klare, The Nation, Apr. 3, 2006

"The Founders Never Imagined A Bush Administration," by Joyce Appleby & Gary Hart, History News Network, March 27, 2006

"British Memo: Bush Was Set On Path To War," The New York Times, March 27, 2006

"Court Case Challenges Power Of President," Washington Post, March 26, 2006

"Bush Budget: Housing Cuts For The Poor, Tax Cuts For The Rich," by Gene C. Gerard, Columbus Free Press (Ohio), March 27, 2006

"Bush Shuns PATRIOT Act Requirement," Boston Globe, March 24, 2006

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"How Bush Unified A Continent," by Tom Engelhardt & Nick Miroff,, March 25, 2006

"The U.S. Empire Vs. Reality," by Gabriel Kolko, Counterpunch, March 24, 2006

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Baghdad Governor Suspends Cooperation With U.S.," Reuters, March 27, 2006

"Shiite Fighters Clash With G.I.s And Iraqi Forces," The New York Times, March 27, 2006

"War Crime In A Mosque," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, March 27, 2006

"'Unit's' Military Expert Has Fighting Words For Bush" by David Kronke, Los Angeles Daily News, March 26, 2006

"Iraqis Killed By U.S. Troops 'On Rampage,'" Sunday Times of London/UK, March 26, 2006

"The Battle For Baghdad Has Already Begun," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, March 25/26, 2006

"Death In The Village Of Isahaqi," by Chris Floyd, Counterpunch, March 25/26, 2006

"Bush's Requests For Iraqi Base Funding Make Some Wary of Extended Stay" Los Angeles Times, March 24, 2006

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"FBI Keeps Watch On Activists," Los Angeles Times, March 27, 2006

"Keeping Tabs On The Peaceniks," by Nick Schwellenbach, AlterNet, March 27, 2006

"Woman Gets $100 Ticket For BUSHIT Bumper Sticker," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, March 27, 2006

"Scalia: Detainees Have No Rights," Associated Press, March 26, 2006

"Justice Department: NSA Could've Monitored Lawyers Calls," Associated Press, March 25, 2006

"Bush's NSA Program: Historical Context, Specter's Recent Bill & Feingold's Censure Motion," by John W. Dean, FindLaw, March 24, 2006

"Judge Rules Teachers Have No Free Speech Rights In Classroom," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, March 24, 2006

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Literary Honor For Riverbend, Baghdad Blogger," Times Online/UK, March 27, 2006

"The Fear Is In The Room: Inside Our Unbrave Media World," by Danny Schechter,, March 27, 2006

"Impeachment Movement Gains Momentum; Media Yawns," by Peter Phillips, Counterpunch, March 24, 2006

"Google's Wi-Fi Privacy Ploy," by Jeff Chester, The Nation, March 24, 2006

"U.S. Media Bias Covering Israel/Palestine," by Remi Kanazi, ZNet, March 23, 2006

"Panic In The Newspaper Biz," by Molly Ivins, Creator's Syndicate, March 23, 2006

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"Immigration Reform In Living Color," by Marc Cooper, AlterNet, March 27, 2006

"'Si Se Puede!' On Chicago's Streets," by Sharon Smith, Counterpunch, March 25/26, 2006

"Thousands Rally Across The Country For Immigrants' Rights," Associated Press, March 25, 2006

"More Than 500,000 Rally In Los Angeles For Immigrants' Rights," Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2006

"'Bring Troops Home' Call Echoes Across U.S.," by Lisa Soderlindh, Inter Press Service, March 25, 2006

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