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Those Who Dared to Come Forward
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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

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"War Profiteering," by The Nation editors, April 24, 2003

"An Annotated Saddam Chronology," ZNet, Dec. 15, 2003

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"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 May 12, 2006


New York City March for Peace, Justice and Democracy,
April 29, 2006

NYCApril 29

March for Peace, Justice and Democracy press conference speakers the Rev. Jesse Jackson, left; Leslie Cagan, United for Peace and Justice march organizer; peace activist Cindy Sheehan; the Rev. Al Sharpton, and others lead the march April 29, 2006 in New York City. Organizers estimate 350,000 marchers participated.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris recorded the full United for Peace and Justice press conference prior to the march. Click here for Parts 1 and 2 in MP3. Additional interviews, photos, movies forthcoming. Visit the United for Peace and Justice website for more information on past and upcoming events.

  • Special Prosecutor Seeking
    to Indict Karl Rove
    in CIA Leak Case

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  • Labor's Embrace of Immigration
    Issues Could Reverse
    Unions' Decline

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  • Bush White House
    Accused of Distorting Science
    Like No Other Administration

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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:

Special Prosecutor Seeking
to Indict Karl Rove
in CIA Leak Case

Interview with Jason Leopold,
investigative reporter,
conducted by Scott Harris


President Bush's senior counselor Karl Rove testified for three-and-a-half hours before a federal grand jury on April 26. The political strategist's appearance was part of the continuing investigation by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald into who in the White House leaked the name of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame, in an effort to discredit her husband Joseph Wilson, who challenged the president's rationale for the Iraq war.

Just one week before he made his fifth appearance before the grand jury, Rove lost his position as Bush's chief policy coordinator in a White House shakeup. Sources close to the investigation have told reporters that Fitzgerald is now seeking an indictment of Rove for perjury committed in previous grand jury testimony and for lying to FBI investigators. Rove withdrew his original denials that he had no conversations with reporters concerning the identity of Valerie Plame after he learned that Time magazine's Matt Cooper would testify that Rove was a source for his Time story on Plame.

In early April, Fitzgerald filed court documents revealing that indicted former chief of staff to Vice President Lewis Libby testified that Dick Cheney had told him that President Bush personally authorized the release of classified intelligence in July 2003 to refute critics of his administration's justification for war. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with investigative reporter Jason Leopold, who explains why he believes special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is now seeking the indictment of Karl Rove.

Read Jason Leopold's articles online at Leopold's just published book is titled, "News Junkie."

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Labor's Embrace of Immigration
Issues Could Reverse
Unions' Decline

Interview with Michael Zweig,
State University of New York economics professor,
conducted by Scott Harris


The mobilization of hundreds of thousands of immigrants and their allies in over 200 cities around the U.S. on May 1, marked another historic moment in the rising consciousness and activism of this once-marginalized segment of the nations' population. Large numbers of immigrants participated in marches, rallies, boycotts, skipping school or work in what was billed as "A Day Without Immigrants." While Latinos comprised the largest numbers of participants, thousands of immigrants from the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and Europe also joined in the day's activities.

The driving force behind the outpouring of activism in the immigrant community was the passage of legislation in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives that would criminalize the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and those who assist them. Negotiations over less draconian immigration reform proposals that could lead to legalization are pending in the Senate.

The immigration protests coincided with May Day, the international workers holiday borne out of the struggle for an eight-hour workday, the 1886 Chicago Haymarket bombing, and the subsequent hanging of four activists. In recent years, unions in the U.S. have been drawing closer to the struggle for immigrant rights, not least because these millions of unorganized workers could help provide new members to a labor movement that has been on the decline over the last three decades. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Michael Zweig, professor of economics at the State University of New York, Stony Brook and director of the Center for Study of Working Class Life. Zweig examines the relationship between America's newly mobilized immigrant community and the labor movement.

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Bush White House
Accused of Distorting Science
Like No Other Administration

Interview with Lexi Shultz,
Washington representative for Scientific Inquiry,
at the Union of Concerned Scientists,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


In the latest of many decisions that put politics ahead of science, the Bush administration's Food and Drug Administration in mid-April issued a ruling that "no sound scientific studies" support the medical use of marijuana. This contradicts a 1999 report issued by the Institute of Medicine, a part of the National Academy of Sciences, which is the nation's most prestigious scientific advisory body. That review found marijuana to be useful for treating nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy used in cancer treatment, and for reducing the wasting effect of AIDS. Eleven states have legalized the medicinal use of marijuana, but the Drug Enforcement Administration and the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy have opposed those laws.

Other issues where science has collided with the Bush administration's right wing ideology include downplaying the existence of climate change, calling on scientists to alter their data to show that mercury pollution is less damaging to health than scientific studies originally showed, and concerns around reproductive health.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Lexi Shultz, Washington Representative for Scientific Integrity at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She compares President Bush's manipulation of science to that of previous administrations, and explains what UCS and other groups are doing to help restore scientific integrity to policy making.

Contact the Union of Concerned Scientists by calling (202) 223-6133 or visit their website at Click on the Scientific Integrity link to view reports on the issue.

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Thirteen medical specialists accuse the World Bank, which has a $20 billion annual budget, of slashing its malaria staff to zero, and promoting "clinically obsolete treatments." The World Health Organization says 3,000 children die from malaria every day. ("World Bank Accused of Lying over Funding to Fight Malaria," The Independent, April 25, 2006)
  • Bush gives red carpet treatment to President Aliev of Azerbaijan, a powerful oil state in the volatile Caucasus region. Aliev is accused of human rights abuses. ("Why White House Woos Azerbaijan," Christian Science Monitor, April 28, 2006; "Rights Take a Back Seat to Oil," Associated Press, April 28, 2006; "Bush Must Press for Human Rights Reform in Azerbaijan," Human Rights Watch, press release, April 25, 2006)
  • An Ohio coalition of Christian and Jewish clergy have filed complaints with the Internal Revenue Service against two conservative churches for actively supporting the candidacy of Republican J. Kenneth Blackwell, the current Ohio secretary of state who is running for governor, and was accused of partisan manipulation of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio. ("Ohio Churches' Political Activities Challenged," Washington Post, April 25, 2006)

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U.S. Politics

"The Progressive Identity Complex," by Paul Waldman,, May 3, 2006

"Challenging Hillary Clinton: New York Takes On The war Party," by Joshua Frank, Dissident Voice, May 3, 2006

"Immigration Anxiety: The Solution Is Protecting All Workers," by Thomas I. Palley,, May 3, 2006

"3 Democrats Slam President Over Defying Statutes," Boston Globe, May 2, 2006

"Sour News For GOP In Poll," USA Today, May 2, 2006

"Ginsberg: Congress' Watchdog Plan 'Scary,'" Associated Press, May 2, 2006

"Edward Kennedy's Bland, Tepid Book Reflects A Directionless Party," by John R. MacArthur, Providence Journal (Rhode Island), May 2, 2006

"Electronic Voting Switch Threatens Mass Confusion," The Financial Times/UK, May 1, 2006

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Hearing Vowed On Bush's Powers," Boston Globe, May 3, 2006

"Impeachment Weighed Again," by David Lindorff & Barbara Olshansky, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 3, 2006

"Outed U.S. Spy Was Researching Iran Nuclear Program," Agence France Presse, May 3, 2006

"Endgame For The Constitution," by Paul Craig Roberts, Counterpunch, May 2, 2006

"Court Orders Release Of Logs Showing Abramoff White House Visits," Associated Press, May 2, 2006

"Bush's Nuclear Madness," by Joshua Holland, AlterNet, May 2, 2006

"36 U.S. House Reps Want Bush Impeachment Probe," Atlanta Progressive News (Georgia), May 2, 2006

"Bush Claims Right To Ignore Hundreds Of Laws," Boston Globe, Apr. 30, 2006

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Bolivian Natural Gas Nationalization Makes Morales A U.S. Target Along With Chavez," by Stephen Lendman, ZNet, May3, 2006

"Strikes On Iran Too Risky, U.S. General Says," Telegraph/UK, May 2, 2006

"Peddling Democracy," by Tom Engelhardt & Chalmers Johnson,, May 2, 2006

"The United States, Israel And The Possible Attack On Iran," by Stephen Zunes, ZNet, May 2, 2006

"Hideous Kinky: The Pentagon Plan For Dirty War," by Chris Floyd,, May 1, 2006

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Cut And Run? You Bet," by Lt. Gen. William E. Odom, Foreign Policy, May/June, 2006

"In The Chaos Of Iraq, One Project Is On Target: A Giant U.S. Embassy," Times Online/UK, May 3, 2006

"Iraqis Begin Duty With Refusal," Washington Post, May 2, 2006

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Amnesty: Torture 'Widespread' Under U.S. Custody," Reuters, May 3, 2006

"FBI And The USA PATRIOT Act In The Spotlight As Congress Considers How To Fight Terror," Christian Science Monitor, May 3, 2006

"Gitmo Releases Sugest Numerous Mistakes," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, May 3, 2006

"Feds Go All Out To Kill Spy Suit," Wired News, May 2, 2006

"FBI Sought Data On Thousands In '05," Washington Post, May 2, 2006

"Scapegoats In The Terror War," by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, May 1, 2006

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Video News Releases: Television Stations Respond...And It's Worse Than you Think," by Diane Farsetta, Center for Media & Democracy, May 3, 2006

"Freedom Of The Press Deteriorates Worldwide," Le Monde, May 2, 2006

"Stephen Colbert's Take At The White House Correspondents Dinner," by Stephen Colbert, Daily Kos, May 1, 2006

"The Media's Missing Links," by A.L. Kennedy, Guardian/UK, May 1, 2006

More newswire ...


"L.A.'s Two May Day Marches," by Jon Weiner, The Nation, May 1, 2006

"Protesters March For Broad Agenda In New York Antiwar Demo," The New Standard, May 1, 2006

"This Is A Social Movement," by Sam Graham-Felsen, The Nation, May 1, 2006

"Giving The President A Pink Slip In New York City," by Tom Engelhardt,, Apr. 30, 2006

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