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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 June 2, 2006



Saturday, June 24

"The Case for Impeachment," with journalist David Lindorff and Center for Constitutional Rights attorney, Barbara Olshansky, United Church on the Green, 270 Temple St., New Haven, CT 2-4 p.m. Suggested donation: $10, students $5, benefits Squeaky Wheel Productions, nonprofit distributor of Between The Lines radio newsmagazine. Reception to follow with light refreshments. Visit our website at for updates!

Friday, July 7

"Troubadours for Truth," featuring The Furors, the Sawtelles, Hygiene Wilder, Hank Hoffman and more, Cafe Nine, 250 State St., New Haven, CT 9 p.m.; music benefit for Squeaky Wheel Productions. Visit our website at for updates!


The Role of Sweatshops in Free Trade Areas
in the Global Economy

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LEFT: National Labor Committee's Charlie Kernaghan, holds a Nike shirt, which he says sells for $22, costs Nike 8 cents to make, and workers must make in 6 minutes. RIGHT: Bangladeshi workers talk about the work situation in a sweatshop in Jordanian Free Trade area. (Photos by Elaine Osowski)

The National Labor Committee's Charlie Kernaghan spoke at the 20th anniversary dinner of the Norwalk, CT-Nagarote, Nicaragua Sister City Project, about Jordan's Free Trade Area and their "guest" workers from countries such as Bangladesh, who the NLC charges are producing, under abusive sweatshop conditions, apparel for Wal-Mart and other discount stores.

Audio files:

  • Between The Lines' Scott Harris, founding member of the Norwalk-Nagarote Sister City Project, recorded Kernaghan's speech. Click here to listen in MP3.

Related links:

  • Rep. Murtha: U.S. Marines Kill
    Iraqi Civilians "in Cold Blood"

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  • NAFTA Played Critical Role in Fueling
    Illegal Immigration to U.S.

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  • Ned Lamont Forces Aug. 8 Primary Against
    Conn.'s Sen. Joseph Lieberman

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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LISTEN to this week's half-hour program of Between The Lines by clicking on one of the links below. MP3 files available until June 6, 2006.

This week we present Between The Lines' summary of under-reported news stories and:

Rep. Murtha: U.S. Marines Kill
Iraqi Civilians "in Cold Blood"

Interview with John Sifton,
terrorism and counter-terrorism researcher
with Human Rights Watch,
conducted by Scott Harris


Since the March 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, the civilian death toll resulting from the conflict remains a topic rarely discussed by American politicians or corporate media. While the Pentagon has refused to provide an estimate of Iraqi casualties, other groups have used various methods to arrive at the numbers of Iraqis killed. Iraq Body Count website states that up to 42,000 have lost their lives, while The Lancet, a respected British medical journal, reported that a study in 2004 found that over 100,000 Iraqi civilians had died due to the U.S. invasion.

The May 17 pronouncement of Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., that U.S. Marines deliberately killed 15 unarmed Iraqi civilians "in cold blood" last November, has momentarily refocused public attention on the little discussed costs of the occupation. Murtha, an opponent of the war, said that a Pentagon investigation into a Nov. 19 incident in the western Iraqi town of Haditha found that Marines had killed 15 or more Iraqi civilians execution-style in their homes after one of their comrades was killed by a roadside bomb. Among the dead were four women and five children, including a 3-year-old girl. The Pentagon says the probe is not yet complete and refused comment.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with John Sifton, a researcher with Human Rights Watch, who takes a critical look at the Pentagon's credibility in investigating soldiers accused of brutalizing civilians. Sifton also comments on the U.N. Committee Against Torture's call for the closing of the U.S. Navy's detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Contact Human Rights Watch by calling (212) 290-4700 or visit their website at

NAFTA Played Critical Role in Fueling
Illegal Immigration to U.S.

Interview with Jeff Faux,
founder of the Economic Policy Institute,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Immigration has emerged as one of the most contentious issues in U.S. politics this year. A punitive bill has passed the House of Representatives, which would criminalize undocumented workers and citizens who help them, and fund construction of a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. The threat of arrest and deportation prompted millions of people to march for immigrant rights in cities around the country, demanding a path to citizenship for the nation's estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants.

The Senate continues to debate legislation that differs substantially from the House bill. A proposed measure would expel undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. less than two years, create a guest worker program for those here between two and five years, and provide a path to citizenship for those who have been in the country more than five years. But in the debate on Capitol Hill and in the media, one issue is just about never raised, except by the immigrants themselves. That is the U.S role in creating an economic crisis in Mexico, where 75 percent of the undocumented immigrants in the U.S. come from.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Jeff Faux, founder of the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, and now a distinguished fellow there. He explains how the North American Free Trade Agreement destabilized and weakened Mexico's economy, exacerbating cross border immigration and why more than fences are needed to address the problem.

Call Economic Policy Institute at (202) 775-8810 or visit the group's website at Faux's book, "Global Class War," has recently been published by John Wiley & Sons.

Ned Lamont Forces Aug. 8 Primary Against
Conn.'s Sen. Joseph Lieberman

Interview with Ned Lamont,
candidate challenging U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn.,
conducted by Scott Harris

On March 13, Ned Lamont, a relatively unknown communications entrepreneur, announced his candidacy to challenge Connecticut U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman. Since then, the progressive Democrat has criss-crossed the state working to win 15 percent of the delegate votes needed at the Democratic Party nominating convention on May 19 to force a primary against Lieberman. To the surprise of many, including his own campaign staff, Lamont won more than 33 percent of the vote among the party establishment at the convention, and will now go head-to-head with Lieberman in an Aug. 8th primary.

One of the major issues that has polarized Connecticut Democrats on Lieberman is the three-term senator's strong support for President Bush's invasion and occupation of Iraq, and his alliance with the White House agenda on a host of economic and social policies.

This unexpected race between a political newcomer and Lieberman, the party's 2000 vice presidential candidate, has been the focus of growing interest across the U.S. The progressive political action committee is conducting a poll of its 50,000 Connecticut members to determine if the grassroots group will help Lamont in the primary. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ned Lamont about his successful drive to force a primary and the reasons he's challenging Joe Lieberman, often referred to as - "President Bush's favorite Democrat."

Contact the Lamont campaign by calling (203) 622-7091 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The Bush administration is funding secular warlords to counter the growing influence of Islamic militias in Somalia. ("U.S. Secretly Backing Warlords in Somalia," Washington Post, May 17, 2006; "Foreigners Reportedly Fighting in Somalia," Associated Press, May 17, 2006)
  • As Latin American politics moves left, the Sandinista movement in Nicaragua undergoing an identity crisis. ("The New Guy," The American Prospect, May 2006)
  • Bush administration and congressional lawmakers are talking about rewriting fuel efficiency standards, but the formulas for change are radically different. ("Gauge Match," The Grist, May 11, 2006)

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U.S. Politics

"GOP Jams Democracy: How High Did The 2002 New Hampshire Phone Scheme Reach?," by Paul Kiel, In These Times, May 29, 2006

"Kerry Pressing Swift Boat Case Long After Loss," The New York Times, May 28, 2006

"Lamont Challenge To Lieberman: Battle For Dems' Soul?," Los Angeles Times, May 27, 2006

"Enron Conservatism Lives On," by Robert L. Borosage,, May 26, 2006

"Voting Rights And Multilingual Ballots," by Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch, May 25, 2006

"Democrats Gear Up On The Ground," by Laura S. Washington, In These Times, May 23, 2006

"Who's Your Daddy Party?," by Francis Wilkinson, The American Prospect, May 22, 2006

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Brent Wilkes: Man In The Middle," Newsweek, June 5, 2006

"Gonzales Gone Wild," by Mark Anderson,, May 29, 2006

"George W. Bush And Kenneth Lay," by Jason Leopold, Truthout, May 29, 2006

"Why Mine Deaths Are Up," by Peter Dreier, The Nation, May 26, 2006

"Bush's Enron Lies," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, May 26, 2006

"The Bush Administration's War On The Free Press," by Derrick Z. Jackson, Boston Globe, May 24, 2006

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"The Latest Confrontation Between The U.S. Empire And Evo Morales And Hugo Chavez," by Steve Lendman, ZNet, May 26, 2006

"Bush Squares Off With Bolivia And Venezuela Over Hemispheric Model," by Roger Burbach, ZNet, May 26, 2006

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Taliban Rising," Globe and Mail/ Canada, May 29, 2006

"Bloody Scenes Haunt A Marine," Los Angeles Times, May 29, 2006

"The Battle Spreads In Afghanistan," Asia Times, May 29, 2006

"Kabul Erupts In Gunfire," by Stewart Nusbaumer, Truthout, May 29, 2006

"Iranian-Backed Militia Groups Take Control Of Much Of Southern Iraq," Knight Ridder, May 28, 2006

"Murtha: New Scandal Worse Than Abu Ghraib," Associated Press, May 28, 2006

"Marines Accused In Haditha Massacre; U.S. Braces For Reaction," Associated Press, May 28, 2006

"Iraq's My Lai: Not An Isolated Incident," by Joshua Holland, AlterNet, May 27, 2006

"What May Come Of The Haditha Massacre?," by Karen Kwiatkowski,, May 27, 2006

"In Afghanistan, Bombing Without Regrets," by David Lindorff, Counterpunch, May25, 2006

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Justice Dept. Seeks To Block Suits On Spying," Associated Press, May 28, 2006

"My Husband Is On The Government's Terrorist Watch List," by Sarah O'Brien, Baltimore Sun, May 28, 2006

"White House Invokes Secrets Privilege In Eavesdropping Cases," USA Today, May 27, 2006

"Court Filing Confirms AT&T Spy Docs," Wired News, May 26, 2006

"Big Brother Bugs Portland," by Simon Maxwell Apter, The Nation, May 26, 2006

"Top 10 Signs Of The Impending U.S. Police State," by Allan Uthman, Buffalo Beast (New York), May 26, 2006

"Public Heatings Sought By ACLU In Phone Records Scandal," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, May 25, 2006

"Why Does The NSA Engage In Mass Surveillance Of Americans When It's Statistically Impossible For Such Spying To Detect Terrorists?," by Floyd Rudmin, Counterpunch, May 24, 2006

"Inside Donnie Rumsfeld's Orwellian Pentagon," by Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown, May 24, 2006

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Why The Democratic Ethic Of The World Wide Web May Be About To End," by Adam Cohen, The New York Times, May 28, 2006

"MySpace, MyPolitics," by Ari Melber, The Nation, May 26, 2006

"House Moves On 'Net Neutrality' Bill," The New Standard, May 26, 2006

"'The Daily Show' Cause And Effect," by Rachel Joy Larris,, May 24, 2006

"The Burial Of The 9/11 Story That Got Away," by Rory O'Connor, Media Is A Plural, May 24, 2006

"The (Other) Story Judith Miller Didn't Write," by Rory O'Connor, Media Is A Plural, May 17, 2006

More newswire ...


"Cindy Sheehan: Mother Of A Movement?," by Karen Houppert, The Nation, June 12, 2006

"War Draws Older Generation To The Streets," Orange County Register (California), May 28, 2006

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