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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

"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

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"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

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For The Week Ending Jan. 5, 2007


"The Case for Impeachment"

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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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  • Bush Moves Toward Increasing
    U.S. Troops in Iraq

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  • U.S. Can Do More
    to Pressure Sudan to Allow
    U.N. Protective Force in Darfur

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  • Union Campaigns to Organize Smithfield Workers
    at World's Largest Hog Slaughterhouse

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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:

Bush Moves Toward Increasing
U.S. Troops in Iraq

Interview with David MacMichael,
former CIA analyst,
conducted by Scott Harris


In a post-election search for a new direction in his Iraq policy, President Bush not too subtly dismissed recommendations made by the Iraq Study Group led by former Republican Secretary of State James Baker which had proposed a draw down of American soldiers in Iraq beginning early in 2007. Now Bush is considering a temporary increase in the level of U.S troops there by as many as 30,000. The White House is expected to announce a new strategy for Iraq early in the New Year.

Conflicting news reports paint a picture of division among top brass at the Pentagon over for the so-called "surge" plan. The proposal to escalate the Iraq war, detailed in a paper titled, "Choosing Victory: A Plan for Success in Iraq," was authored by Frederick W. Kagan, a resident neoconservative scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

While members of the Bush administration are reportedly closing ranks in support of the plan to pour new U.S. troops into Iraq, recent public opinion polls show an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose escalation of the war. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with former CIA analyst David MacMichael, who examines the "Surge" plan and the likely response from Democrats who take control of Congress in January.

David MacMichael serves on the steering group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. Read MacMichael's articles online at

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U.S. Can Do More
to Pressure Sudan to Allow
U.N. Protective Force in Darfur

Interview with Nii Akuetteh,
executive director of Africa Action,
conducted by Scott Harris


Despite the presence of a small African Union peacekeeping force numbering about 7,000, fighting continues in the Darfur region of western Sudan where rebel groups seeking autonomy are battling government-backed Arab Janjaweed militias. Now, the war has spilled over into the neighboring country of Chad, where The United Nations reports that more than 70 villages have been attacked, burned or emptied since early November, causing a growing refugee problem there.

With civilians often the target, the deadly conflict in Darfur has cost the lives of more than 200,000 and displaced over 2 million people. U.S. officials have characterized the attacks there as genocide. Recently Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir said he accepts a U.N. package to help end escalating violence in Darfur, and is ready to discuss a ceasefire. But the Sudanese head of state has rejected a Security Council resolution adopted in August that called for more than 20,000 U.N. peacekeepers to replace the African Union force. Hope remains that Sudan may be willing to accept a so-called hybrid protective force made up of both AU and UN troops.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Nii Akuetteh, executive director of Africa Action, who describes the urgent need for the international community and the Bush administration to exert pressure on the government of Sudan to allow the deployment of a UN protective force in Darfur.

To obtain a copy of Africa Action's report, "Leveraging New International Action on Darfur," call (202) 546-7961 or visit their website at

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Union Campaigns to Organize Smithfield Workers
at World's Largest Hog Slaughterhouse

Interview with Gene Bruskin,
organizer with the United Food
and Commercial Workers Union,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


The recent raid by U.S. immigration enforcement agents at six meat packing plants around the country points to the importance of Latino immigrants, including undocumented immigrants, in what has become a largely non-union workforce. A century ago, Jewish, Polish and other European immigrants worked in the packing plants of the Midwest, along with African Americans who had recently emigrated from the South seeking better opportunities. They helped unionize the thousands of workers in those plants. But times have changed, and much of the workforce is non-union once again.

The United Food and Commercial Workers, or UFCW, is now organizing the mostly African American and Latino immigrant workforce at the largest hog slaughterhouse in the world, run by Smithfield Farms in Tarheel, N.C. The union condemns what it describes as the poverty wages, brutal conditions, and crippling injuries which it says plagues the 5,500 workers who are employed at the plant.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Gene Bruskin, director of the UFCW organizing campaign, who discusses the intense union drive now going on at the Smithfield plant and provides an overview of labor history in this sector of the workforce.

For more information on the Smithfield campaign call the UFCW at (202) 223-3311 or visit the union's website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Two years after the massive South Asian tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen nations, survivors still live in temporary housing and face possible eviction. ("Tsunami temporary camp becomes permanent shelters,", Dec. 11, 2006; "Over 25,000 landless families in Aceh still waiting for new homes, Oxfam warns," Dec. 7, 2006; "Two years after the tsunami, 'you never get used to it," Associated Press, Dec. 18, 2006)
  • Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suffered a surprising defeat in local elections and the race for the powerful Assembly of Experts, which oversees Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. ("Ahmadinejad suffers in Iran poll"," Associated Press, Dec. 19, 2006; "What Iran vote says about Ahmadinejad's support," Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 18, 2006; "Iran's election likely to bring rethink at top," Financial Times, Dec. 19, 2006)
  • With housing prices falling and mortgage rates inching upwards, strapped homeowners will face a tough 2005 federal bankruptcy law that makes it harder to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy which creates a clean slate of all debts. Instead, they'll have to file for Chapter 13 protection, forcing them to repay a portion of old debts. ("Bankruptcies likely to spike, experts warn," Orlando Sentinel, Oct. 11, 2006; "Bankruptcies down, frustrations up," Associated Press, Oct. 14, 2006)

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Between The Lines Week Ending 12/29/06

U.S. Politics

"New Year's Utopianism Needed Fast," by David Swanson,, Dec. 27, 2006

"President Gerald Ford Dies At 93; Supported Indonesian Invasion Of East Timor That Killed 1/3 Of Population," Democracy Now!, Dec. 27, 2006

"Adieu Gerald Ford: Farewell To Our Greatest President," by Alexander Cockburn, Counterpunch, Dec. 27, 2006

"A Democrat Who Thinks Like A Democrat To Head DCCC," by John Nichols, The Nation, Dec. 27, 2006

"Democrats Will Soon Get A Say On Iraq," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 27, 2006

"SEC Gives Holiday Present To Corporate America," The New York Times, Dec. 27, 2006

"Ford Pardon Sealed Watergate Shut," Associated Press, Dec. 27, 2006

"Dems Seek To Use Oil Cash For Renewables," Associated Press, Dec. 26, 2006

"1st Muslim Congressman Thrills Crowd In Dearborn," Detroit Free Press, Dec. 26, 2006

"Ike Was Right," by Robert Scheer,, Dec. 26, 2006

"109th Congress: Farewell, And Don't Let The Door Hit You...," by Michael Winship, AlterNet, Dec. 26, 2006

"Biden Vows To Fight Any Iraq Troop Boost," Associated Press, Dec. 26, 2006

"Losing By Winning: The Broken NLRB Process," by Bruce Raynor, The American Prospect, Dec. 25, 2006

"Election Challenge For Florida District Is Taken To The House," Washington Post, Dec. 24, 2006

"Jimmy Carter Speaks A Simple Truth About Palestinian Apartheid," by Chris Hedges, The Nation, Dec. 23, 2006

"Rising Tide: What The Midterm Election Results Tell Us About Hispanic Voters," by Maria Echaveste, The American Prospect, Dec. 22, 2006

"The Rise Of 'Revolving-Door' Consultants," Center for Public Integrity, Dec. 21, 2006

"Democrats: The Big Surprise," by Elizabeth Drew, New York Review of Books, Dec. 13, 2006

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Bush's Great Leap Forward: Escalation In Iraq," by Christ Floyd,, Dec. 27, 2006

"Burning EPA's Books: What They Don't Want You To Read Could Save Your Life," by Christopher Brauchli, Counterpunch, Dec. 27, 2006

"Bush Hiring Lawyers In Expectation Of Democratic Probes," Baltimore Sun, Dec. 26, 2006

"Bush Could Usher In A Very Dangerous New Year," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Dec. 26, 2006

"Delusions Of Victory," by Sidney Blumenthal, Guardian/UK, Dec. 26, 2006

"Bush's Doomed Strategy For Iraq," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Dec. 26, 2006

"Ghost Reading With The Prez," by Sean Gonsalves, Cape Cod Times (Massachusetts), Dec. 26, 2006

"War Critics See New Resistance By Bush," The New York Times, Dec. 25, 2006

"Probes Of Bush Policies In The Works," Boston Globe, Dec. 23, 2006

"Lawmakers Say Bush Using 'Shadow Budget' To Fund War," Reuters, Dec. 22, 2006

"Bush's Biggest Lies Of 2006," by Eleanor Clift, Newsweek, Dec. 22, 2006

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"A Glorious War Plan For Iran," by Glenn Greenwald, Unclaimed Territory, Dec. 27, 2006

"Washinton's Game In Turkmenistan," by Mike Whitney, Dissident Voice, Dec. 26, 2006

"A Bad Year For Empire," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Dec. 26, 2006

"The Iraq Study Group: Has The Empire Really Failed?," by John Bellamy Foster, Monthly Review, Dec. 26, 2006

"Expanding The Military, Without A Draft," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 24, 2006

"What We Wanted To Tell You About Iran," by Flynt Leverett & Hillary Mann, The New York Times, Dec. 22, 2006

"Gunboat Diplomacy: Washington Steps Up The Pressure On Iran," by Laura Rozen, The American Prospect, Dec. 22, 2006

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"When Iraqis Gave Up On Government," by Dahr Jamail & Ali Al-Fadhily, Eectronic Iraq, Dec. 27, 2006

"U.S. Says Captured Iranians Can Be Linked To Attacks," The New York Times, Dec. 27, 2006

"Tension After U.S. Soldier Shoots Sadr Supporter," Agence France Presse, Dec. 27, 2006

"Soldiers Resigned To Fighting Unpopular War In Dangerous Province," San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 26, 2006

"Court Upholds Saddam's Death Sentence By Hanging," Associated Press, Dec. 26, 2006

"Abuse Seen At Iraqi Jail Puts Focus On Rogue Police," The New York Times, Dec. 26, 2006

"Hundreds Disappear Into The Black Hole Of The Kurdish Prison System In Iraq," The New York Times, Dec. 26, 2006

"U.S. Deaths In Iraq Exceed 9/11 Count," Associated Press, Dec. 26, 2006

"Parents Of Slain GIs Travel To Iraq," Washington Post, Dec. 26, 2006

"British Raid Basra Police Station," Guardian/UK, Dec. 25, 2006

"Shiite Rifts Emerge As Militias Battle Police," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 24, 2006

"Troop 'Surge' In Iraq Would Be Another Mistake," by W. Patrick Lang & Ray McGovern, Miami Herald, Dec. 24, 2006

"What About The Iraqis?," by Christian Caryl, New York Review of Books, Dec. 13, 2006

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"U.S. Creates Terrorist Fingerprint Database," Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 27, 2006

"Justice Dept. Database Stirs Privacy Concerns," Washington Post, Dec. 26, 2006

"Hispanic Groups Call For Moratorium On Work Raids," Reuters, Dec. 25, 2006

"Immigrants Go From Farms To Jails, And A Climate Of Fear Settles In," The New York Times, Dec. 24, 2006

"Secret FBI Files On John Lennon Reveal Little New," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 24, 2006

"Five Years Of Infamy: Close Guantanamo!," by Col. Ann Wright, Ret., Truthout, Dec. 23, 2006

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Media Issues

"Announcing The P.U.-litzer Prizes For 2006," by Norman Solomon, Truthout, Dec. 27, 2006

"Dread Beats: The Dub Poetry Of Linton Kwesi Johnson," by Silja J. A. Talvi, In These Times, Dec. 27, 2006

"The GOP's $3 Billion Propaganda Organ," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Dec. 27, 2006

"Inside TV News: We Were Silenced By The Drums Of War," by Jeff Cohen, Truthout, Dec. 26, 2006

"A Feud Over Bush's Pick For CPB," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 22, 2006

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"The World Is Worth Fighting For: The Rebel Legacy Of Joe Strummer," by Alexander Billet, MR Zine, Dec. 27, 2006

"Cop Assaults Activist At Lockheed Protest," by William Hughes, Counterpunch, Dec. 23/24, 2006

"1970's Peace Activist Jerry Rubin Still Fighting War," Associated Press, Dec. 23, 2006

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