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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
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

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For The Week Ending April 13, 2007


"Energy Wars: Popular Movements at Home and Abroad" discussion and booksigning with Benjamin Dangl, author of "The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia," Saturday, April 28, 2007 from 2-4 p.m. at the Kasbah Garden Cafe, 105 Howe St., New Haven, CT

Ben Dangl, who is also editor of the online publication,, will be speaking on "Why the Left is Winning in Latin America." Social justice activist Frank Panzarella, who is organizing "Fight the Hike", will discuss "Resisting Utility Price Hikes and Deregulation"; clean energy advocate and mechanical engineer Bruce Crowder will talk about public power and environmentally sustainable energy production in his speech, "Connecticut Power Trip: From Power Plant to Pool Pump and all the Tolls in Between"

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  • Seizure of British Sailors
    Likely Linked to U.S. Capture
    of 5 Iranian Diplomats

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  • Palestinan Activist Fights for Release
    after U.S. Fails to Prove Terrorism Charges

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  • Oil Industry Blamed for Destruction
    of New Orleans' Wetlands

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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:

Seizure of British Sailors
Likely Linked to U.S. Capture
of 5 Iranian Diplomats

Interview with journalist David Lindorff,
conducted by Scott Harris


Newspapers and television screens around the world were filled with the images of captives being held by the Iranian government after 15 British sailors and Marines were seized by naval units of the Revolutionary Guards on March 23. The British crew had been captured after boarding and inspecting an Iraqi boat in the Persian Gulf. Although Britain has declared that their naval forces were in Iraqi waters at the time of their capture, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad released Britain's eight sailors and seven Marines on April 4.

Rising tensions between Iran and the West came shortly after the United Nations imposed new sanctions on Tehran for refusing to halt their uranium enrichment program. The U.S. and its allies have accused Iran of working to develop nuclear weapons, a charge denied by the Islamic government, which maintains it is pursuing a civilian nuclear power program. President Bush has deployed two aircraft carrier groups off the Iranian coast.

Soon after the Bush administration had publicly accused Iran of being involved in providing weapons and training to Iraqi insurgents, on Jan. 11, the U.S. military seized five Iranian diplomats in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil. It increasingly appears that the seizure of the British naval force was connected to the U.S. capture of these Iranian diplomats. This was underscored when a senior Iraqi foreign ministry official said that his government was "intensively" seeking release of the Iranians held by the U.S. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with journalist Dave Lindorff, who examines the unintended consequences of the Bush administration's decision to capture and hold Iranian diplomats.

Journalist Dave Lindorff is co-author, with Barbara Olshansky, of the book, "The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office." Read Lindorff's articles online at

Palestinan Activist Fights for Release
after U.S. Fails to Prove Terrorism Charges

Interview with Laila al-Arian,
daughter of Palestinian activist Dr. Sami al-Arian,
conducted by Scott Harris


Dr. Sami Al-Arian, a Palestinian, Kuwaiti-born activist and former University of South Florida computer engineer, was arrested on Feb. 20, 2003, and charged with aiding terrorists, conspiracy to maim or murder, perjury, and immigration violations. But after a six-month trial costing the U.S. government $50 million, a Tampa, Fla. jury in December deadlocked on nine charges, found al-Arian not guilty on eight other counts and acquitted three co-defendants on all 34 charges against them.

In order to avoid a second trial, al-Arian made a deal with federal prosecutors to plead guilty to one count of conspiring to provide support to a Palestinian terrorist organization, agreed to an additional 11 months in prison and to be deported from the U.S. But an assistant federal prosecutor in Virginia called on al-Arian to testify before a grand jury investigating an Islamic group. Although al-Arian's attorneys say the subpoena violated the plea agreement, on Nov. 16 al-Arian was brought before a grand jury and placed in civil contempt for refusing to testify, facing an additional 18 months in prison.

In protest of his continuing imprisonment Al-Arian, a diabetic, conducted a 60-day hunger strike beginning on Jan. 22. He ended his fast only after pleas from his family March 24, after losing 54 pounds -- 25 percent of his body weight,. Between The Lines Scott Harris spoke with al-Arian's daughter Laila, who is a freelance journalist based in New York City. She summarizes her father's trial and comments on what she believes the case says about the U.S. justice system.

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Oil Industry Blamed for Destruction
of New Orleans' Wetlands

Interview with Jerome Ringo,
chairman of the board of directors,
of the National Wildlife Foundation and the Apollo Alliance,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


New Orleans and other parts of coastal Louisiana are still struggling to recover from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which hit within less than a month of each other in 2005. The Army Corps of Engineers has admitted that its levee system was inadequate to protect residents from flooding. But much less attention has been paid to the role of the oil and gas industry in the destruction of the wetlands, which in turn had a huge impact on the failure of the levees.

Louisiana loses more land to the ocean every year than anyplace else on earth. Over 1 million acres of the Louisiana coast has been lost since the 1930s. Another one-third of a million acres could be lost in the next 50 years unless corrective actions is taken. Wetland areas provide a natural storm barrier for coastal Louisiana and New Orleans. But oil and gas canals in the city have long been blamed for allowing salt water into the marshlands and eroding the land. Some geologists also believe that as oil is pumped from the ground, New Orleans sinks.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Jerome Ringo, chairman of the board of directors of the National Wildlife Federation and president of the Apollo Alliance, which brings together labor and environmentalists to create "green" jobs. Ringo, a native of Louisiana, previously spent 20 years working in that state's petro-chemical industry. He talks about how the oil and gas industry's actions have expedited the loss of land and what needs to be done to reverse course, if it's not too late already.

For more information on the loss of wetlands in Louisiana, call (225) 767-4181 or visit the website of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana in Baton Rouge at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • In February, 49 nations, excluding the U.S., China and Russia met at the Oslo Conference on Cluster Munitions to push for a binding treaty to ban cluster bombs, but Middle East politics may get in the way. ("A Cluster Bomb Treaty: Again, It's U.S. vs. the World," Foreign Policy in Focus, March 23, 2007; "Senators Eye Curbs on Cluster Bombs, Widening Matter Beyond Israel's Use," The Hill, Feb. 27, 2007)
  • Mexico City, now run by the leftist Party of Democratic Revolution, is poised to pass a law legalizing abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. ("Mexico: Legal Abortion No Longer a Distant Goal of Activists," Inter Press Service, March 21, 2007; "Mexico Begins Abortion Bill Hearings," Los Angeles Times, March 29, 2007)
  • Members of the Catholic Worker's 135 independent communities across the country take a vow of poverty and reject foundation and government grants, allowing it to take aggressive stands against war and for social justice. ("Catholic Worker Altruism Isn't Deductible," Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2007)

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Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 4/6/07

U.S. Politics

"Failure To Relaunch: GOP Conservatives Learned Nothing From 2006 Election," by Matthew Yglesias, The American Prospect, Apr. 10, 2007

"McCain's Orwellian PR Stunt," by Paul Campos, Rocky Mountain News (Colorado), Apr. 10, 2007

"Senators Press For More Files On Fired Prosecutors," The New York Times, Apr. 10, 2007

"Radical Christian Right Preaches Liberal Evil," by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, Apr. 10, 2007

"Circuit City Slaughter: Seniority Means A Pink Slip," by Barbara Ehrenreich, AlterNet, Apr. 10, 2007

"Pelosi, Clinton, Obama Favor More Nuclear Plants," Los Angeles Times, Apr. 9, 2007

"Gingrich Sees Spanish As A Threat," by Roberto Lovato,, Apr. 9, 2007

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Conyers Sends Gonzales Documents Subpoenas," Associated Press, Apr. 10, 2007

"Which U.S. Attorneys Did Rove's Bidding?," by John Nichols, The Nation, Apr. 10, 2007

"GOP-Issued Laptops Now A White House Headache," Los Angeles Times, Apr. 9, 2007

"The Bush Administration's Latest Plan To Build New Nuclear Weapons," by Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, Apr. 9, 2007

"Resisting The War On Science," by Jacob Wheeler, In These Times, Apr. 8, 2007

"Bush/Cheney Still Lie With Abandon," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Apr. 6, 2007

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Six Crises In Search Of An Author: The Theater Of The Imperially Absurd," by Tom Engelhardt,, Apr. 9, 2007

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"From Hiding, Sadr Rallies Against The U.S.," Christian Science Monitor, Apr. 10, 2007

"Huge Protest In Iraq Demands U.S. Withdraw," The New York Times, Apr. 10, 2007

"Iraqi Refugees Languish In Neighboring Countries," by Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service, Apr. 10, 2007

"San Antonio War Reporter Challenges McCain's View Of Iraq," Editor & Publisher, Apr. 9, 2007

"Casualty Rate Surges: Troops Continue To Die For Bush's Lies," by Evelyn Pringle, Counterpunch, Apr. 9, 2007

"How To Get Out Of Iraq," by Juan Cole, The Nation, Apr. 9, 2007

"Shiite Leader Calls For More Attacks On U.S. Troops," Independent/UK, Apr. 9, 2007

"Inside: Missteps Soured Iraqis On U.S.," Associated Press, Apr. 9, 2007

"Hundreds Of Thousands In Iraq March Against Occupation," Agence France Presse, Apr. 9, 2007

"Iraqi Insurgents Recruit Among U.S.-Held Detainees," Los Angeles Times, Apr. 8, 2007

"We Want The Taliban Back, Say Ordinary Afghans," Independent/UK, Apr. 8, 2007

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Guantanamo Detainees Stage Hunger Strike," The New York Times, Apr. 9, 2007

"Guantanamo Hunger Strike Expands," Associated Press, Apr. 9, 2007

"The True Story Of Free Speech In America," by Robert Fisk, Independent/UK, Apr. 8, 2007

"My Name Used To Be #200343: An American Imprisoned And Tortured In Iraq By the U.S. Military," by David Phinney, Inter Press Service, Apr. 7, 2007

"Democracy's Enemies: American Corporations Outdo Chinese Government In Suppressing Labor Rights," by Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect, Apr. 5, 2007

"A Child In War: Detaining Omar Khadr Violates Our Moral And Legal Principles," by Rick Wilson, Legal Times, Apr. 2, 2007

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Do National Journalists Agree With Gary Kamiya?," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Apr. 10, 2007

"Iraq: Why The Media Failed," by Gary Kamiya, Salon, Apr. 10, 2007

"The Unresolved Story Of ABC News' False Saddam-Anthrax Reportds," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Apr. 9, 2007

"Obama, Clinton Join Edwards In Skipping Fox-Sponsored Debate," Associated Press, Apr. 9, 2007

"Can Protests Bring Hate-Spewing Don Imus Down, After Another Incident Of Racist Commentary?," by Don Hazen, AlterNet, Apr. 9, 2007

"The Wall Street Journal And Criminal Intent," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Apr. 8, 2007

More newswire ...


"How Concessions By UAW Lost Jobs," by Lee Sustar, Counterpunch, Apr. 10, 2007

"An Open Letter To Maj. Gen. Charles Jacoby, Jr.: History Will Vindicate Lt. Ehren Watada," by Paul Rockwell, Counterpunch, Apr. 10, 2007

"Thousands In L.A. Demand Immigrant Rights," Associated Press, Apr. 8, 2007

"Protesters Decry War Supply Shipments," San Francisco Chronicle, Apr. 8, 2007

"Opposing Capitalist Globalization Before Seattle," by Ron Jacobs, ZNet, Apr. 7, 2007

"Activist Contends Passport Stall Tied To Antiwar Efforts," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Apr. 6, 2007

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