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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

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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?" 14 Signs of Fascism, Free Inquiry Magazine, Volume 23, No. 2

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  • After Qana Slaughter, Israel
    and Bush Administration
    Widen War in Lebanon

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  • U.S. Foreign Policy Sacrifices
    Women's Rights to Satisfy
    Interests of Big Oil

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  • Darfur Conflict Rooted in Part,
    on Region's Desertification

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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After Qana Slaughter, Israel
and Bush Administration
Widen War in Lebanon

Interview with Ian Williams,
U.N. correspondent with the Nation magazine,
conducted by Scott Harris


As Israel's assault on Lebanon entered its fourth week, the rising number of civilian casualties has provoked worldwide calls for an unconditional and immediate cease-fire, a move blocked by Israel and the Bush administration. Israel's July 25 attack on a United Nations outpost in southern Lebanon -- killing four peacekeepers, followed by the July 30 airstrike on an apartment building in the city of Qana, killing 56 Lebanese civilians, including 34 children -- further angered the international community. Television images of dozens of dead children in Qana unleashed rage against Israel and the U.S. across the Arab world.

The attack on the U.N. compound was preceded by 10 calls to the Israeli military from U.N. personnel warning them that their artillery shells were striking dangerously close to the outpost. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he was "shocked and deeply distressed by the apparently deliberate targeting ... of a U.N. observer post." He called on Israel to conduct a full investigation.

Following the Qana incident, Israel agreed to a 48-hour cessation of airstrikes in Lebanon, but quickly broke that pledge. On July 31, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced his government would widen its ground offensive in Lebanon. In response to the escalating conflict, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has placed his military on full alert. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ian Williams, U.N. correspondent with the Nation magazine, who discusses the ongoing carnage in Lebanon and the major obstacles preventing a cease fire.

Ian Williams is author of "The United Nations for Beginners," published by Writers and Readers. Read his articles on the United Nations in the pages of the Nation magazine and online at

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U.S. Foreign Policy Sacrifices
Women's Rights to Satisfy
Interests of Big Oil

Interview with author Martha Burk,
conducted by Scott Harris


In January 2002, three months after the U.S. launched the post-9/11 war to overthrow the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, President Bush said, "I like to remind my fellow Americans, there's nothing more joyous to my heart than to see our military liberate women who have lived under the most oppressive regime in the history of mankind." But more than four years after Bush made those remarks, the repression of women in Afghanistan continues. Violence against women and girls is rampant in the country, with domestic and sexual abuse and forced marriages common. Ninety percent of school-age girls in southern Afghanistan do not attend classes -- likely linked to the fact that more than 300 girls' schools have been burned or bombed.

In the aftermath of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and overthrow of Saddam Hussein, women have seen many of their rights disappear in favor of a constitution based on Islamic law.

In her recent cover article for Ms. Magazine titled, "Crude Awakening: U.S. Policies In Afghanistan and Iraq Sell Out Women in Favor of Oil," Martha Burk explains the connections between the Bush administration's wars and America's thirst for oil. She spoke with Between The Lines' Scott Harris about why U.S. foreign policy so readily sacrifices women's rights to satisfy the interests of big energy corporations.

Martha Burk is author of the book, "Cult of Power: Sex Discrimination In Corporate America and What Can Be Done About It." Read her article, "Crude Awakening," in the Summer 2006 edition of Ms. Magazine or visit the publication's website at

Darfur Conflict Rooted in Part,
on Region's Desertification

Interview with Zoe Chafe,
staff researcher with the Worldwatch Institute,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


The embattled region of Darfur, in western Sudan, is in an area of the world that faces increasing desertification, literally the spread of desert-like areas, where agriculture is often no longer viable. The United Nations has declared 2006 the "International Year of Deserts and Desertification" to focus world attention on the problem. In these areas, which affect one-third of the earth's surface and one billion people, topsoil blows away at a rate 16 times faster than it can be replaced.

In sub-Saharan Africa, including Darfur, the growing scarcity of natural resources such as water and arable land have contributed to conflicts among the different groups of peoples living there.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Zoe Chafe, a staff researcher at the Washington, D.C.-based Worldwatch Institute, which works on sustainability issues. She studies the relationship between natural disasters and conflict. Chafe explains the role of disasters such as desertification in the "backstory" of the violence that has raged in Darfur since 2003. The conflict there has led to the deaths of almost half a million people and the displacement of another two million.

Contact the Worldwatch Institute at (202) 452-1992 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • After abdominal surgery, Fidel Castro has provisionally delegated power to his younger brother Raul Castro. (The Granma, Aug. 1, 2006; Pastors for Peace.)
  • Europe' intense heat wave is putting a strain on nuclear power production, which in turn is endangering river water ecology with high wastewater temperatures. ("European Heat Wave Shows Limits of Nuclear Energy," InterPress Service, July 27, 2006; "Europe Swelters as Heat Wave Continues," Associated Press, July 28, 2006)
  • American corporate profits have risen to a 40-year high, while wage stagnation plagues the U.S. high-tech economy. ("That Raise Might Take Four Years to Earn as Well," Los Angeles Times, July 24, 2006; "On the Margin," Wall Street Journal, July 31, 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

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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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