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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

Multi-Ethnic Issues Advocacy

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For The Week Ending Aug. 4, 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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  • Israel and U.S., Partners
    in Lebanon Offensive

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  • American Bar Association Panel:
    Bush Signing Statements
    Undermines the Rule of Law

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  • Bush Stem Cell Bill Veto
    Another Christian Right
    Victory Over Common Good

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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., Partners
in Lebanon Offensive

Interview with Phyllis Bennis,
a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies,
conducted by Scott Harris


As Israel's military offensive against Lebanon entered its third week, nearly 400 Lebanese have been killed, most of them civilians -- with more than 1,500 wounded and an estimated 800,000 Lebanese displaced. Forty-one Israelis have been killed in the conflict thus far, with more than 300 civilians wounded. Many of the Israeli casualties have resulted from missiles fired into northern Israel by the Hezbollah militia.

Jan Egeland, U.N. Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief, condemned the devastation caused by Israeli airstrikes in Beirut, saying Israel's "disproportionate response" was a "violation of international humanitarian law." Both the U.S. and Israel have rejected a cease-fire in an apparent effort to give the Israeli army more time to degrade Hezbollah's offensive capability. Rejection of a cease-fire angered many in the Arab world, especially after it was learned that the Bush administration had rushed a shipment of precision bombs to Israel in the early days of the offensive.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice received an angry reception when she made a brief visit to Beirut on July 24, where she heard demands from Lebanese officials for an immediate cease-fire. Discussions about establishing an international force as a buffer between Hezbollah and Israeli forces in southern Lebanon have recently begun. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, who examines the chronology of events -- beyond the July 12 capture of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah -- that led to the current conflict in Lebanon.

Phyllis Bennis' latest book is titled, "Challenging Empire: How People, Governments and the U.N. Defy U.S. Power." Contact IPS by calling (202) 234-9382 or visit their website at

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American Bar Association Panel:
Bush Signing Statements
Undermines the Rule of Law

Interview with Michael Greco,
president of the American Bar Association,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


On July 23, a bi-partisan panel of the American Bar Association issued a report declaring that President George W. Bush's use of signing statements is unconstitutional. In the 5 1/2 years of his presidency, Bush has issued over 800 statements that he will not enforce selected provisions of bills that he's signed. The extent of this practice under Bush came to light April 30 of this year when a Boston Globe reporter Charlie Savage catalogued all of the president's signing statements. The best-known is probably his statement that he would not enforce the ban on torture passed by Congress earlier this year.

Between The Lines' Melanie Tuhus spoke with Michael Greco, president of the American Bar Association. He convened the panel, which unanimously supported four recommendations for corrective action that will be taken up at the ABA's convention in Hawaii Aug. 7 and 8. Greco says he's confident the entire organization will embrace the recommendations.

Greco discusses Bush's rationales for his signing statements and the danger the practice poses to American democracy.

To read the report, visit the group's website at To contact the ABA, call 1-(800) 285-2221.

Bush Stem Cell Bill Veto
Another Christian Right
Victory Over Common Good

Interview with Esther Kaplan,
author of "With God on Their Side,"
conducted by Scott Harris


The Republican Party has in recent years come to increasingly rely on its conservative Christian fundamentalist base to turn out votes in critical elections. The GOP's ability to mobilize Christian right voters on issues such as abortion, gay marriage and stem cell research is credited with victories in presidential, congressional and statewide races. Many political observers believe that Christian conservatives now virtually dictate GOP, and hence national public policy.

When the U.S. Senate joined the House in approving the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, President Bush, for the first time in his presidency, vetoed a congressional bill. Neither the House or Senate had enough votes to override the veto. The legislation would have expanded federal funding for human embryonic-stem-cell research by developing new stem cell lines from embryos used in fertility treatments and destined to be discarded. The president's veto was a set back for potential cures for diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, diabetes and spinal injuries that affect millions of people in the U.S. and around the world.

White House press secretary Tony Snow initially said that Bush believed stem-cell research amounted to "murder," but later made a vague correction by asserting the president opposed using federal funds for such research because it involves "a destruction of human life." Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Esther Kaplan, author of the book, "With God on Their Side," who discusses President Bush's veto of stem cell research and the Christian fundamentalist movement's growing influence on U.S. public policy.

Esther Kaplan is author of the book, "With God on Their Side: How Christian Fundamentalists Trampled Science, Policy, and Democracy in George W. Bush's White House." For more information on organizations supporting the constitutional separation between church and state visit People for the American Way's website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Ethiopia has intervened in neighboring Somalia by sending troops to defend the weak UN-recognized interim government. International observers fear a civil war could break out soon in Somalia. ("Somalis Demonstrate Against Gresence of Ethiopian Troops," Agence France Presse, July 24, 2006; "Ethiopia Vows to Crush Somali Islamists Amid Incursion Reports," Agence France Presse, July 22, 2006; "Somalia Braces for War as Talks Break Down," Reuters, July 22, 2006; "Why Ethiopia is on War Footing," BBC News, July 21, 2006)
  • On July 16, 2006, 1.5 million Mexicans rallied in the main square of Mexico City in support of center-left presidential candidate Andrew Manuel Lopez Obrador, challenging the vote totals in more than 50,000 of Mexico's 130,000 polling places, demanding a vote-by-vote recount. Lopez Obrador's supporters are holding vigils at 300 government offices across Mexico, where ballots are being stored to prevent tampering. ("U.S. Could Learn Lessons From Mexican Voting Process" by Norman Stockwell, Madison Capital Times, July 22, 2006)
  • Former Christian Coalition Director Ralph Reed has lost his primary bid to be the Republican candidate for Lt. Gov. of Georgia. Reed, has close ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pled guilty to charges of fraud, tax evasion and bribery. ("Ralph Reed Loses Georgia Primary Race," New York Times, July 19, 2006; "Ralph Reed Did Not Repeat,", July 19, 2006; "Powerful GOP Activist See His Influence Slip over Abramoff Dealing," Washington Post, July 9, 2006)

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U.S. Politics

"Swing-Time In New Mexico," by Marc Cooper, The Nation, July 31, 2006

"Bringing On 'World War III,'" by Bill Berkowitz, Inter Press Service, July 21, 2006

"A Different Kind Of Three-Way: Bill and Hillary Triangulate On Lieberman,'" by Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post, July 21, 2006

"Let's Get Off The Paper Trail," by Mark Crispin Miller,, July 21, 2006

"Craven Image: The Senate Bows To Imperial Power," by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, July 21, 2006

"Ralph Reed Did Not Repent," by David Donnelly,, July 20, 2006

"Welfare Deformed: The GOP Fights To Keep Women In Poverty," by Maureen Lane,, July 20, 2006

"Democracy In Crisis: Interview With Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.," BradBlog, July 20, 2006

"The Growing Threat Of Right-Wing Christians," by Onnesha Roychoudhuri, AlterNet, July 19, 2006

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Bush Administration Using Hiring To Undermine Civil Rights Division," Boston Globe, July 23, 2006

"George Bush, Hypocrisy And The Culture Of Death," by Anthony Wade, OpEd News, July 23, 2006

"Rechecking The Balance Of Powers," by Glenn Greenwald, In These Times, July 21, 2006

"Challenge Emerges To Bush Signing Statements," U.S. News & World Report, July 21, 2006

"Cheney Uses Mideast As Campaign Issue," Associated Press, July 21, 2006

"In Mideast Strife, Bush Sees A Step To Peace," Washington Post, July 21, 2006

"Bush Gets Chilly Reception At NAACP," Los Angeles Times, July 21, 2006

"The Color Of 'Transparency' Is Black: Bush's Redacted Reality," by Tom Engelhardt & Karen Greenberg,, July 20, 2006

"Bush Pulls Plug On Eavesdropping Probe," Boston Globe editorial, July 20, 2006

"Bush's Signing Statements Are A Real Danger," by Bob Barr,, July 18, 2006

"What Bush's Open Mic Revealed," by Robert Scheer, TruthDig, July 18, 2006

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Iran: The Next War," by James Bamford, Rolling Stone, July 24, 2006

"U.S. Speeds Up Bomb Delivery For The Israelis," The New York Times, July 22, 2006

"Alive And Still Kicking Hard: Washington's Neocons," by Ehsan Ahrari,, July 22, 2006

"Mideast Conflict Bosts Chance Of U.S.-Iran Showdown," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, July 21, 2006

"Halliburton's Hella Good Deal," by Charlie Cray,, July 21, 2006

"Overruling Democracy," by Marjorie Cohn, ZNet, July 19, 2006

"An Imperial 'Defeatist' And Proud Of It," by Tom Engelhardt & Michael Klare,, July 18, 2006

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"More Than 100 Iraqis Being Killed Each Day, Says U.N.; 3,149 Killed In June Alone," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, July 24, 2006

"Report: U.S. Torture Of Detainees Widespread In Iraq," Reuters, July 23, 2006

"Car Bombs In Baghdad, Kirkuk Kill Dozens," Associated Press, July 23, 2006

"Afghanistan Close To Anarchy, Warns British General," The New York Times, July 22, 2006

"More Troops To Be Deployed In Baghdad, General Says," Guardian/UK, July 22, 2006

"Iraq Parliament Speaker Calls For U.S. Withdrawal," Agence France Presse, July 22, 2006

"Iraq's Bloody July," by Robert Dreyfuss,, July 21, 2006

"Bush's Double Game On An Iraq Withdrawal Plan," by Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service, July 19, 2006

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Today's Conservatives Are Eager To Trade Freedom For Security," by James Bovard, American Conservative, July 31, 2006

"Arrested Bush Dissenters Eye Courts," Associated Press, July 22, 2006

"Judge Won't Dismiss Suit Over Domestic Spying," San Francisco Chronicle, July 21, 2006

"Surveillance Bill Meets Resistance In Senate," Washington Post, July 21, 2006

"Experts Differ About Surveillance And Privacy," The New York Times, July 20, 2006

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Media Issues

"Where DC Pundits Get Their Placebo Politics," by Eric Boehlert, Washington Monthly, July 24, 2006

"The Fog Of Cable," by Lawrence Pintak, Columbia Journalism Review Daily, July 22, 2006

"News Bias In The Associated Press," by Peter Phillips, Common Dreams, July 22, 2006

"Grassroots Gears Up As FCC Revisits Ownership Rules," by Catherine Komp, The New Standard, July 21, 2006

"In The Line Of Media Fire: Notes From Northern Israel," by Jonathan Cook, ZNet, July 19, 2006

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"Officer Faces Court-Martial For Refusing To Deploy To Iraq," The New York Times, July 23, 2006

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