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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

"Cheney is Longtime Bad News for U.S.," by John Nichols, by the Madison Capital Times (Wisconsin), Jan. 16, 2007

"Bush administration provokes open war on Iran: Irbil raid, and other operations, authorized "several months ago," by Larry Chin, Global Research, Jan. 15, 2007

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

Those Who Dared to Come Forward
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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

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For The Week Ending Jan. 26, 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's Iraq War Escalation
    Provokes Growing Opposition

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  • Lawyers Representing Guantamano Detainees
    Lash Back at Bush Administration Critics

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  • Hugo Chavez Deepens
    Venezuela's Social and Economic Transformation

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Bush's Iraq War Escalation
Provokes Growing Opposition

Interview with Chris Toensing,
editor of Middle East Report,
conducted by Scott Harris


In a Jan. 10th address to the nation, President Bush detailed his open-ended plan to escalate the Iraq war with an additional 21,500 U.S troops. Bush also called on the Iraqi government to increase its own forces by 8,000 in Baghdad; enact a law to share oil revenues among Iraq's ethnic groups; and launch an Iraqi financed $10 billion jobs and reconstruction program. Provocatively, Bush accused the Iranian government of "providing material support for attacks on American troops" and threatened to "seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies." This comes as Bush dispatched a second aircraft carrier group to the coast off Iran and deployed Patriot anti-missile defense systems to Gulf states.

Reacting to Bush's plan, Democratic Party leaders said they would schedule votes in both the House and Senate on measures that symbolically reject Bush's Iraq strategy. A growing number of Republicans have opposed the administration's escalation of the Iraq war. Chuck Hagel, Republican of Nebraska, labeled Bush's proposed troop increase "the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam."

An ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted after the president's address found 61 percent of Americans surveyed oppose the president's escalation plan, while only 36 percent support it. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Chris Toensing, editor of Middle East Report, who assesses the likely outcome of the president's plan on the ground in Iraq and growing domestic opposition to the war.

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Lawyers Representing Guantamano Detainees
Lash Back at Bush Administration Critics

Interview with Tom Wilner,
attorney with Shearman and Sterling,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Demonstrations in the U.S. and around the world marked Jan. 11, the fifth anniversary of the opening of the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A growing number of members of Congress have joined the protesters call for the closure of the prison. But on Jan. 13, a high-level member of the Bush administration criticized -- not the denial of human rights and civil liberties at the prison -- but the attorneys from prestigious law firms who are representing the detainees pro bono. Charles D. Stimson, deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, suggested that those firms' corporate clients should consider taking their business elsewhere. An editorial in the Wall Street Journal made the same point, "that corporate CEO's seeing this should ask firms to choose between lucrative retainers and representing terrorists." The information on which law firms are representing the detainees was requested by a conservative talk show host and made available through the Freedom of Information Act.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Tom Wilner of the Washington, D.C.-based firm, Shearman & Sterling. His firm was the first to take on pro-bono cases of Guantanamo detainees, with as many as ten attorneys involved. For several years they represented 12 Kuwaiti prisoners, eight of whom have now been released. The Kuwaitis insisted on paying for their representation, but Wilner says his firm donated all the monies to 9/11-based charities. His firm, Shearman & Sterling, is no longer directly representing the remaining Kuwaitis, but instead has taken on a coordinating role on the rule of law issue for all detainees.

For more information on the status of the cases of the Guantanamo detainees, contact the Center for Constitutional Rights at (212) 614-6464 or visit their website at

Hugo Chavez Deepens
Venezuela's Social and Economic Transformation

Interview with Steve Ellner,
professor of economic history
at the Universidad de Oriente in Venezuela,
conducted by Scott Harris


Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was sworn into office on Jan. 10 after winning a landslide, re-election victory by more than 62 percent on Dec. 3. As he began his third term, Chavez announced the nationalization of the country's electricity and telecommunication industries and his intention to seek greater state control over energy projects. He also asked for a constitutional amendment to eliminate the Central Bank's autonomy and increased power to legislate by presidential decree. In December, Chavez called for the merger of various political parties that have supported him to form a new United Socialist Party of Venezuela in order to "construct socialism from below."

In 2004, Chavez and Fidel Castro proposed the formation of a new Latin American economic bloc, called the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, or ALBA, as a counterweight to Washington's proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas. Newly-elected Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega and Bolivian President Evo Morales signed onto the pact with Venezuela and Cuba in January, strengthening Hugo Chavez's influence around the hemisphere.

The Bush administration's support for, and likely involvement in a failed military coup against Chavez in 2002, escalated hostility between the two nations. After his declaration on nationalization, U.S. politicians and commentators have increased their condemnation of the popular Venezuelan leader, some comparing him to Hitler and Mussolini. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Steve Ellner, professor of economic history at the Universidad de Oriente in Venezuela. He discusses Chavez' new policy pronouncements and his oil rich nation's role in influencing Latin American politics.

Steve Ellner is co-editor of the new book, "Venezuela: Hugo Chávez and the Decline of an "Exceptional Democracy," published by Rowman and Littlefield.

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has won considerable praise for allocating billions of dollars to combat disease in the developing world, yet, the charity doesn't apply social and environmental criteria to its investments. ("Dark Cloud Over Good Works of Gates Foundation," Los Angeles Times, Jan. 7, 2007; "Gates Foundation to Reassess Investments," Los Angeles Times, Jan. 11, 2007; "Our Investment Philosophy," Bill and Melinda Gates, Jan. 11, 2007)
  • Canada's Conservative Party Prime Minister Stephen Harper is starting to look like a carbon copy of George W. Bush, by promoting a neo-conservative foreign policy, withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, slashing social programs, and mobilizing a fundamentalist Christian right voter base. ("The New Christian Right," The Nation, Nov. 27, 2007)
  • U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), the only Democrat to support Bush's troop surge in Iraq, and new chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, is backing away from a re-election promise to subpoena records on the Bush administration's bumbling response to Hurricane Katrina. ("No Oversight on Katrina,", Jan. 12, 2007; "Thousands March to Protest New Orleans Murders, "Reuters," Jan. 12, 2007)

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Between The Lines Week Ending 1/19/07

U.S. Politics

"Devastating Criticism On Iraq By Both Parties" The New York Times, Jan. 12, 2007

"How Congress May Block A Troop 'Surge,'" Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 11, 2007

"Presidential Politics 2008: Using The War To Win," by David Corn,, Jan. 10, 2007

"Southern GOP Congressmen Denounce Troop SurgeIn Iraq," Institute for Southern Studies, Jan. 10, 2007

"Democrats Feel Liberals' Antiwar Heat," Los Angeles Times, Jan. 10, 2007

"Democrats Ponder Methods To Thwart Bush On Troops," San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 10, 2007

"Launching The 2008 Presidential Campaign With Ethnic Cleansing In Iraq," by Tom Hayden Huffington Post, Jan. 9, 2007

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Bush Isolates Himself Further," by Jim Lobe Inter Press Service, Jan. 12, 2007

"Bush Channels Nixon," by Robert Dreyfuss,, Jan. 11, 2007

"Bush's Iraq Speech Annotated," by Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, Jan. 11, 2007

"Still Hiring Tree-Haters," by Frank O'Donnell,, Jan. 11, 2007

"Bush's New Strategy: The March Of Folly," by Robert Fisk, Independent/UK, Jan. 11, 2007

"Bush's Rx For More War," by William Hartung, Common Dreams, Jan. 11, 2007

"Continuing The Flight From Reality," by Joseph L. Galloway, Miami Herald, Jan. 10, 2007

"Will Bush Provoke A Constitutional Crisis?," by Jeremy Brecher & Brendan Smith, AlterNet, Jan. 7, 2007

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"U.S. Threatens Iran Over Its Iraq 'Meddling,'" Telegraph/UK, Jan. 12, 2007

"Shades Of Cambodia: Is Bush Planning War Expansion Across Iraq's Borders?," by Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect, Jan. 11, 2007

"U.S. Legislator Fears Bush Preparing To Attack Iran," Agence France Presse, Jan. 11, 2007

"Senators Fear Iraq War May Spill To Syria, Iran," Reuters, Jan. 11, 2007

"Controversy As U.S. Arrests Six In Raid On 'Iranian Consulate,'" Agence France Presse, Jan. 11, 2007

"To Counter Iran's Role In Iraq, Bush Moves Beyond Diplomacy," The New York Times, Jan. 11, 2007

"The War Widens: Iran And Syria In The Crosshairs," by Jeff Leys, Counterpunch, Jan. 10, 2007

"Bush Says U.S. Will Clamp Down On Syria, Iran As Part Of Iraq Strategy," Associated Press, Jan. 10, 2007

"Destabilizing The Horn Of Africa," by Salim Lone,, Jan. 8, 2007

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"In Baghdad, Bush Policy Is Met With Resentment," The New York Times, Jan. 12, 2007

"Surge Toward What? Playing Right Into Al-Sadr's Hands," by Col. Douglas MacGregor, Counterpunch, Jan. 11, 2007

"U.S. Raid On Iranian Consulate Angers Kurds," CNN, Jan. 11, 2007

"Military Experts: Doubt Over Increase, Even Among Some Doubters," San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 11, 2007

"Human Rights Watch: Unprecedented Violence Targets Iraqi Civilians," Agence France Presse, Jan. 11, 2007

"U.S. Unit Patrolling Baghdad Sees Flaws In Bush Strategy," Washington Post, Jan. 11, 2007

"War's Highest Price Paid By Civilians," Toronto Star/Canada, Jan. 11, 2007

"Vietnam All Over Again," by Bobby Muller, AlterNet, Jan. 11, 2007

"U.S. Warns 'Surge' May Take Time," Guardian/UK, Jan. 11, 2007

"Troop Surge Already Under Way," ABC News, Jan. 10, 2007

"Why A Troop Escalation Won't Bring Peace To Iraq," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Jan. 10, 2007

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"U.S. Has Lost Credibility On Rights, Group Asserts," Washington Post, Jan. 12, 2007

"Gitmo Turns Five," by Jonathan Hafetz, The Nation, Jan. 11, 2007

"Trapped At Guantanamo," by Melissa Hoffer, Boston Globe, Jan. 11, 2007

"Advocate Criticizes Government Data Mining," Associated Press, Jan. 10, 2007

"Raids, Reforms And The Labor Movement," by Tim Costello & Jeremy Brecher, Brandan Smith, ZNet, Jan. 10, 2007

"The Government Is Reading Your Mail," by Mark Benjamin,, Jan. 5, 2007

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Why Fixing The Media Syatem Should Be On The Feminist Agenda," by Jennifer L. Pozner, Women in Media & News, Jan. 11, 2007

"Newspapers... And After?," by John Nichola, The Nation, Jan. 11, 2007

"Owner Of Conservative SF Radio Station Trying To Censor Blogger," San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 11, 2007

"Does Media Reform Have A Chance In The Digital Age?," by Don Hazen, AlterNet, Jan. 11, 2007

"Digital Media Marketplace: The Next Frontier For Media Reform," by Jeffrey Chester, AlterNet, Jan. 10, 2007

"'Times' Warp: Paper Backs One Last Chance In Iraq," by Greg Mitchell, Editor & Publisher, Jan. 9, 2007

More newswire ...


"Antiwar Activists Rush To Hold Protests," Associated Press, Jan. 11, 2007

"Protesters Demand Closure Of Gitmo Base," Associated Press, Jan. 11, 2007

"'Without Question?' On Growing Military Opposition To The Invasion Of Iraq," by Paul Street, ZNet, Jan. 11, 2007

"Military Families On Front Lines Of War Protest, Pain," by Stacy Bannerman, Truthout, Jan. 11, 2007

"Bush To Face Street Protests Over Iraq Escalation Plan,", Jan. 10, 2007

"YouTube User Sparks Iraq War Dialogue," Associated Press, Jan. 10, 2007

"Vigil For Detainees At Guantanamo," BBC News/UK, Jan. 10, 2007

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