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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?" 14 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 July 21, 2006


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"The Case for Impeachment"

Co-authors journalist David Lindorff and Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Barbara Olshansky speak about their book, "The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office," at the United Church on the Green, in New Haven, June 24.

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  • Israeli Assault on Gaza
    Strengthens Palestinian Support
    for Hamas Government

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  • Mexicans Organize Historic March
    to Demand Presidential
    Election Recount

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  • Punitive Welfare Reform Measures
    Fail to Alleviate Poverty for
    Nation's Poor Women and Children

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Israeli Assault on Gaza
Strengthens Palestinian Support
for Hamas Government

Interview with Naseer Aruri,
professor emeritus of political science
at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
conducted by Scott Harris


On June 25, Palestinian militants tunneled into Israel and conducted a raid in which they took a hostage, Israeli soldier, Cpl. Gilad Shalit. Soon after the Israeli Army launched an assault of the Gaza Strip, Palestinian territory it had withdrawn from last year. Israeli forces took dozens of Palestinian government officials and activists prisoner, while planes and tanks destroyed bridges and the territory's electrical generating station, causing a medical crisis and shortages of food. More than 50 Palestinian militants and civilians have died in Gaza since Israel began its assault on Gaza.

Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal in Syria has offered to free the Israeli soldier in exchange for the release of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel, a deal flatly rejected by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Israel has refused to negotiate with the Hamas government, elected by Palestinians in January, as they consider the Islamic party to be a terrorist group.

Israeli officials also rejected a call by Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya for a ceasefire, saying that Cpl. Shalit must first be released, and Qassam rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel must stop. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Naseer Aruri, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth who examines the proportionality and repercussions from Israel's invasion of Gaza.

Naseer Aruri is author of the book, "Dishonest Broker: America's Role in Israel and Palestine." His forthcoming book is "Palestine and Palestinians."

Mexicans Organize Historic March
to Demand Presidential
Election Recount

Interview with John Ross,
journalist and author,
conducted by Scott Harris


One week after Mexicans went to the polls to vote for president, hundreds of thousands of supporters of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, of the Party of Democratic Revolution, converged on Mexico City's Zocalo or central square, to demand a recount in one of the most hotly contested elections in that nation's history. A preliminary count had Lopez Obrador's opponent Filipe Calderon, of the conservative National Action Party winning by some 400,000 votes. A second count of the July 2nd vote narrowed the margin between the two candidates to 243,000 of 41 million cast.

But Lopez Obrador has criticized Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute for not counting almost 1 million ballots which poll workers claimed could not be deciphered. The candidate, a long time advocate for Mexico's poor, laid out numerous other election anomalies and screened video tapes to illustrate what he maintains is evidence of ballot tampering. The Federal Electoral Tribunal has until August 31st to rule on Lopez Obrador's demand for a recount. The case can also be appealed to the Supreme Court.

In his Mexico City rally Lopez Obrador announced plans for a national march to demand a vote-by-vote recount. The protest march will conclude in the capital on July 16. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with journalist and author John Ross, who has covered Mexico for decades. Ross, reached in Mexico City, reports on the aftermath of Mexico's contested presidential election.

Ross' latest book is titled, "Murdered by Capitalism," published by Nation Books. Read Ross's articles online at

Punitive Welfare Reform Measures
Fail to Alleviate Poverty for
Nation's Poor Women and Children

Interview with Mimi Abramovitz,
professor of social policy at Hunter College,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


After four years of controversy, tough new rules for welfare recipients were just enacted with President Bush's signing of the latest budget bill. The new regulations add more stringent work requirements to the welfare reform law passed in 1996 known as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, or TANF. For 60 years before that, welfare was known as Aid to Families with Dependent Children, or AFDC. The program was set up in 1935 to help poor people, mostly women, take care of their children. Welfare rolls peaked in 1970, and continued their downward trend after the 1996 law was passed, as many poor women entered the workforce in a then booming economy. But now with a weak economy, some women are reaching the end of their five-year lifetime limit for receiving welfare benefits.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Mimi Abramovitz, a professor of social policy at the Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City. For two decades, she has studied how changes in the nation's welfare policies affect poor women, and recently co-authored a book titled, "Taxes are a Woman's Issue: Reframing the Debate," that relates tax policy to the issue of welfare reform.

Abramovitz explains that in 1990, 85 percent of those eligible were receiving some kind of welfare assistance; today it's 48 percent. She says some women benefited from welfare reform, but the large majority of women who are no longer receiving welfare benefits are still mired in poverty. And she explains some of the thinking behind punitive welfare reform legislation.

Mimi Abramovitz is co-author with Sandra Morgen, of the book, "Taxes are a Woman's Issue: Reframing the Debate."

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • A year after British Prime Minister Tony Blair created the Commission on Africa in advance ot the 2005 G8 Summit, the commission has shut its doors. ("One Year On, Commission on Africa is No More," The Scotsman, July 2, 2006; "Africa Out of Limelight: the Debt Crisis One Year After Gleneagles G8," Africa Action press release, July 6, 2006)
  • After a student protest at the National University of El Salvador where two police officers and three students were killed, the Salvadoran National Assembly is trying to pass an anti-terrorist bill that would criminalize many nonviolent protest tactics. (Women's Global Green Action Network)
  • Cambodia is launching a war crimes tribunal to investigate "the killing fields" of the mid-1970s in which 1.7 million people died from execution, forced labor or starvation. Critics are concerned about the unusual makeup of the panel which includes 13 international jurists and 17 Cambodian judges. ("Khmer Rouge Victims Demand Day in Court," Inter Press Service, July 4, 2006)

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U.S. Politics

"Clinton, Health Care Industry Get Cozy," by Dave Zweifel, Madison Capital Times (Wisconsin), July 17, 2006

"Blowing The Whistle On Diebold," by John Ireland, In These Times, July 17, 2006

"Lieberman Hopes His Fate Isn't Sealed With A Kiss," The New York Times, July 16, 2006

"GOP Needs World War III, Says Gingrich," Seattle Times, July 16, 2006

"Killing The Voting Rights Act? It's Time To Think The Unthinkable," by Bruce Dixon, The Black Commentator, July 15, 2006

"Poll: Americans Want Democrats In Power," Associated Press, July 14, 2006

"Bill Clinton Defends Lieberman's Iraq Stance," Associated Press, July 14, 2006

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Bush Administration Plans Devastating Medicare Changes," The New York Times, July 17, 2006

"Abu Ghraib Rewarded: Promoting A Torture Proponent," The New York Times editorial, July 17, 2006

"Bush: Worse Than Nixon," by Morton Halperin, Los Angeles Times, July 16, 2006

"The Middle East Aflame And The Bush Administration Adrift," by Tom Engelhardt,, July 16, 2006

"Plame Says Government Betrayed Her Trust," Associated Press, July 14, 2006

"EPA Slammed, Sued For Lowering Pollution Regs," The New Standard, July 14, 2006

"Lawyers Challenge Bush," by Mickey Edwards, The Nation, July 14, 2006

"Triumph Of The Authoritarians," by John Dean, Boston Globe, July 14, 2006

"Wealthiest Americans' 'Share' Soared In 2004," The New Standard, July 14, 2006

"Bush Rejects Lebanon's Call For A Ceasefire," Associated Press, July 14, 2006

"Wilkerson: Cheney's Office Cultivated A Pro-Torture Environment," by Steve Clemons, The Washington Note, July 12, 2006

"Krauthammer And Justice Davis: Does A State of War Give Bush The Right To Commit War Crimes?," by David Lindorff, Counterpunch, July 12, 2006

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Me, Hugo And George," by Cindy Sheehan, Truthout, July 17, 2006

"Neocons Rise From Mideast Ashes," by Robert Dreyfuss,, July 17, 2006

"Is It Time For A Third World War?," by Danny Schechter, Common Dreams, July 17, 2006

"Strikes Are Called Part Of U.S./ Israel Strategy," Washington Post, July 16, 2006

"Wildly Disproportionate Attack On Lebanon Seems Like Pretext To Confront Iran," by Linda McQuaig, Toronto Star/Canada, July 16, 2006

"Putin Rejects Bush's Iraq Democracy Model," CNN, July 15, 2006

"U.S. Needing Options, Finds Its Hands Tied By Hawkish Foreign Policy," The New York Times, July 15, 2006

"Cowboy Diplomacy Is Not Dead Yet," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, July 15, 2006

"The U.S. Military Descends On Paraguay," by Benjamin Dangl, The Nation, July 12, 2006

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Is U.S. Winning? Army Chief Is at A Loss," Los Angeles Times, July 15, 2006

"'Closer To The Beginning' In IraqWar," Associated Press, July 15, 2006

"Gunmen Kidnap 50 In Baghdad," Reuters, July 15, 2006

"Baghdad Starts To Collapse As Its People Flee A life Of Death," Times Online/UK, July 13, 2006

"U.S. Iraq War Costs May Rise By $406 Billion By 2016," Reuters, July 13, 2006

"Sexual Terrorism And Iraqi Women," by Tom Engelhardt & Ruth Rosen,, July 13, 2006

"More Troops May Be Needed In Baghdad, U.S. General Says," The New York Times, July 13, 2006

"Hidden Toll: Civilians Killed Accidentally," by Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer, July 12, 2006

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Bush 'Will Be Given More Power To Eavesdrop' In Bill," Independent/UK, July 15, 2006

"Secret Court May End Up Hearing AT&T Illegal Surveillance Suit," San Francisco Chronicle, July 15, 2006

"Top Officials Of Bush Administration Split On Treatment Of Detainees," Washington Post, July 14, 2006

"Military Lawyers Urge Protections For Detainees," The New York Times, July 14, 2006

"Spy Or Risk Green Card: How The Bush Administration 'Recruits' Muslim Informants," Democracy Now!, July 13, 2006

"Report: Treatment Of U.S. Suspects At Home Mirrors That Of Terror Suspects In Military Custody," by Larisa Alexandrovna, Raw Story, July 13, 2006

"Government Monitored Antiwar Group Emails," Daily Californian, July 13, 2006

"Bill To Squash Illegal Use Of Slain Service Members' Photos, Info," Army Times, July 13, 2006

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"More Atomic Bomb Balm From The New York Times," by Harvey Wasserman, Common Dreams, July 17, 2006

"Shadid In Beirut Offers Frank Look At Israeli Attacks," Editor & Publisher, July 16, 2006

"Racism Plagues Western Media Coverage," by Ramzy Baroud, ZNet, July 13, 2006

More newswire ...


"Feminists In Jackson Outnumber Operation Save America," by Sarah Olson, Truthout, July 17, 2006

"Where Are Iraq's Pentagon Papers?," by Daniel Ellsberg, ZNet, July 16, 2006

"Hundreds In Metro Detroit Protest Israeli Attacks," Detroit Free Press, July 14, 2006

"Hundreds Turn Out To Support War Protester," Daily Tribune (Michigan), July 11, 2006

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