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New Haven Advocate's
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Scott Harris, Best Radio News Reporter
WPKN Radio, 89.5 FM

"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

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

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 Sept. 8, 2006


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"Democracy in Danger: Oil Wars, Corporate Power, Terrorism
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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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  • U.S. Peace Activists, Iraqi Parlimentarians
    Promote Timetable to End
    America's Occupation of Iraq

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  • One Year After Katrina,
    Reconstruction Efforts in New Orleans
    and Gulf Coast Neglects Millions

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  • FDA Approves Over-the-Counter Sale
    of Morning-After Pill

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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:

U.S. Peace Activists, Iraqi Parlimentarians
Promote Timetable to End
America's Occupation of Iraq

Interview with Medea Benjamin,
cofounder of Code Pink Women for Peace
and Global Exchange,
conducted by Scott Harris


Since before the Bush administration invaded Iraq in March 2003, the U.S. peace movement has staged some of the nation's largest anti-war demonstrations. Large and small protests have continued across America throughout the last three years of the war. Last summer, Cindy Sheehan, mother of slain U.S. soldier Casey Sheehan, broke though a virtual media blackout on the peace movement when she camped out in front of President Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch demanding to know, for what noble cause her son died in Iraq.

On July 4th this year, a number of peace activists, including Cindy Sheehan, began a hunger strike in front of the White House demanding the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. After 28 days of fasting, leading members of the Iraqi Parliament invited the fasters to join them in Jordan to discuss their peace and reconciliation plan. In early August, eight hunger strikers traveled to Amman, Jordan to meet with these Iraqi MPs and break their fast.

In Jordan, the group which included Cindy Sheehan, former California state Sen. Tom Hayden and Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink Women for Peace, met with official representatives of the Shiite governing coalition, the minority Sunni bloc, the anti-occupation Muslim Scholars Association, parliamentarians and torture victims from Abu Ghraib prison. The peace activists and the Iraqis agreed at the meeting to promote a specific timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Medea Benjamin, who describes the results of the meeting in Jordan.

Contact Code Pink by calling (310) 827-4320 or visit their website at

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One Year After Katrina,
Reconstruction Efforts in New Orleans
and Gulf Coast Neglects Millions

Interview with Chris Kromm,
executive director of the Institute for Southern Studies,
conducted by Scott Harris


On the one-year anniversary of the massive devastation wrought by hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, millions of the storm's survivors are still trying to pick up the pieces of shattered lives. While Congress has allocated $110 billion in disaster relief, Louisiana's U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu maintains that only 12 percent of those funds have actually reached the people who need it most.

President Bush, observing the one-year anniversary of Katrina in New Orleans said, "It's the beginning of what is going to be a long recovery, but I'm amazed by the opportunity. I'm amazed by the hope that I feel down here." But many who were in the storm's path are reminded daily of the Bush administration's indifference and incompetence in preparing for the storm and dealing with its aftermath. One year after Katrina, less than half the population of New Orleans has returned, only half the city has electricity and half its hospitals remain closed. Tens of thousands of families still live in trailers and mobile homes with no plan in place to move them to permanent housing. Rotting debris and toxic waste from the floodwaters remain in many streets.

The Institute for Southern Studies has just released a comprehensive report titled, "One Year After Katrina: The State of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast," which analyzes over 250 indicators and reports on 13 major issue areas related to post-hurricane reconstruction. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Chris Kromm, executive director of the Institute who summarizes his group's report and discusses the challenges ahead.

Contact the Institute for Southern Studies at (919) 419-8311. Download a copy of the group's "One Year After Katrina" report from their website at

FDA Approves Over-the-Counter Sale
of Morning-After Pill

Decision excludes women under 18

Interview with Ted Miller,
communications director
for NARAL ProChoice America,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


On Aug. 24, the Food and Drug Administration approved the over-the-counter sale of the morning-after pill, known as Plan B, to women over 18. This decision was the culmination of a five-year battle to increase access to the drug, which can prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse. The sooner it's taken, the more effective it is.

The government's decision means that women under 18 will not be able to purchase Plan B without a prescription, despite the recommendation of two FDA advisory panels that it is safe for all ages.

The fight began in February 2001 when more than 60 medical and consumer groups filed a "citizen's petition" with the FDA to make emergency contraception available over the counter, asserting that the morning-after pill was safe enough to be sold without a doctor's supervision. Religious right and anti-abortion activists have opposed Plan B, calling it an abortefacient, but scientific opinion generally holds that it prevents conception and is thus a method of birth control, not abortion.

Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Ted Miller, communications director for NARAL Pro Choice America, about his group's three-year effort to win FDA approval for over-the-counter access to Plan B. He discusses what the compromise decision means for women's health, and how anti-choice groups are likely to react.

For more information on the fight for access to Plan B, call NARAL at (202) 973-3000 or visit the group's website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Oaxaca, Mexico has been the scene of a three-month militant teachers' strike that has given birth to a progressive mass movement for social justice. ("Mexican Protesters Seize Radio Stations," Associated Press, Aug. 21, 2006; "Violent Civil Unrest Tightens Hold on a Mexican City," New York Times, Aug. 24, 2006; "Teacher Rebellion in Oaxaca," In These Times, Aug. 24, 2006)
  • Faced with a decade of environmental lawsusits and up to a billion dollars in toxic cleanup libability, the American Smelting and Refining Company, a copper mining giant, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which allowed it to become profitable by wiping out its environmental liabilities. ("Going for Broke," Sierra Magazine, May/June 2006)
  • Twenty-somethings, the so-called "Millennial Generation," who were born after 1978, are burdened with increasing levels of debt. ("Hey Millenials, Debt Becomes You," In These Times, May 2006)

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U.S. Politics

"The Warrant's Out On Judges," by Aziz Huq & James Sample,, Aug. 30, 2006

"Katrina's Victims Of Ideology," by Isaiah J. Poole,, Aug. 29, 2006

"Has Canada Got The Cure To The U'S. Health Care Problem?," by Holly Dressel, YES! Magazine, Aug. 29, 2006

"Beyond Macaca: The Photograph That Haunts George Allen," by Max Blumenthal, The Nation, Aug. 29, 2006

"Conservative Mag: GOP's Liberal And Conservative Wings At War Heading Into '06 Campaign," Insight, Aug. 28, 2006

"Reclaiming The Issues: Islamic Or Republican Fascism?," by Thom Hartmann, Common Dreams, Aug. 28, 2006

"Katherine Harris And 'Just Us' Moments," by Isaiah J. Poole,, Aug. 28, 2006

"Democrats Now Favored To Take Over DeLay's Old Seat," Congressional Quarterly Politics, Aug. 28, 2006

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"The Bush-Is-An-Idiot Camp Grows," by David Corn,, Aug. 30, 2006

"The Armitage Confession And The Niger Problem," by Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch, Aug. 30, 2006

"Taxpayers Pay For Bush's Campaign Travel," Associated Press, Aug. 30, 2006

"Rumsfeld Likens Iraq War opponents To To Appeasers Of Hitler, Fascism," Associated Press, Aug. 29, 2006

"Bush Turns His Terror War On The Homeland," by Paul Craig Roberts, Counterpunch, Aug. 29, 2006

"See Dick Run (The Country)," by Robert Kuttner, American Prospect, Aug. 29, 2006

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Soldiers Die, CEO's Prosper," by Derrick Jackson, Boston Globe, Aug. 30, 2006

"The Militarization Of The American Language," by Vicki Gray, Truthout, Aug. 30, 2006

"Blatantly Boasting War Profiteers," by Sarah Anderson, AlterNet, Aug. 30, 2006

"U.S. Accused Of Bid To Oust Chavez With Secret Funds," Guardian/UK, Aug. 30, 2006

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Iraqi Minister Cancels Truce With Shiite Militia," Agence France Presse, Aug. 30, 2006

"Iraqi Hospitals Are war's New 'Killing Fields,'" Washington Post, Aug. 30, 2006

"U.S. Attorney General Discusses Interrogation Tactics In Iraq," Agence France Presse, Aug. 29, 2006

"Where's The Outrage Over Atrocities In Iraq?," by William Neikirk, Chicago Tribune, Aug. 27, 2006

"Why It's Not Working In Afghanistan," by Tom Engelhardt & Ann Jones,, Aug. 27, 2006

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Arabic T-Shirt Sparks Airport Row," BBC/UK, Aug. 30, 2006

"Senate Judiciary Committee To Shred Bill Of Rights," by Kurt Nimmo, Another Day in the Empire, Aug. 29, 2006

"Bush White House Said Subpoenaed By Wiretap Lawyers," Raw Story, Aug. 29, 2006

"Teacher Claims Retaliation For Discussing Iraq War," Associated Press, Aug. 27, 2006

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"America Is Losing Iraq: Is Anybody Watching?," by Danny Schechter, ZNet, Aug. 30, 2006

"New York Times To Freedom Of The Press: Drop Dead!,'" by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Aug. 30, 2006

"Sick Puppy Meets Media Beast," by Jeff Cohen, Common Dreams, Aug. 28, 2006

"Beltway Media Pleased To Distort GOP Position On Iraq," by David Sirota,, Aug. 28, 2006

"Reality Behind The 'Net Neutrality' Debate," by Lee Drutman, Providence Journal (Rhode Island), Aug. 28, 2006

"Gore Lashes Out At Media Consolidation," Associated Press, Aug. 28, 2006

"Public Is Hungry For Impeachment News And Information," by Dave Lindorff, Common Dreams, Aug. 28, 2006

More newswire ...


"Return Of People Power," by John Pilger, ZNet, Aug. 30, 2006

"Yes Men Imposter Scams Louisana Officials," CNN, Aug. 28, 2006

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