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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

"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

Multi-Ethnic Issues Advocacy

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For The Week Ending May 4, 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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"American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America," A discussion and booksigning with: Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winning, former New York Times correspondent and author of "American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America," (Free Press, 2007), Saturday May 12; Center Church on-the-Green, 250 Temple St., New Haven, CT ($10 suggested contribution)

A reception follows the booksigning from 4-5 p.m. at the Center Church-on-the Green Parish House, 311 Temple St., New Haven, CT. (Behind the New Haven Public Library.) Advance tickets required: $35 for discussion and reception. Call (203) 268-8446 or visit for more details.

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  • Supreme Court Decision on Abortion
    an Assault on Women's Health

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  • Peace Groups Pressure Congress
    to End Iraq Occupation
    as Bush Vetoes War Spending Bill

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  • Virginia Tech Murders Could Rouse
    Public Support for New Gun Laws

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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:

Supreme Court Decision on Abortion
an Assault on Women's Health

Interview with Nancy Keenan,
president of NARAL Pro-Choice America,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


In a 5 to 4 decision on April 18, the U.S. Supreme Court for the first time upheld a specific ban on an abortion procedure, endorsing the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. In the case, Gonzales v. Carhart, the Justices ruled that a technique known medically as dilation and extraction, and labeled by anti-abortion activists as "partial birth abortion," is no longer a legal medical procedure.

Anti-abortion forces claimed the decision as a victory in their gradualist approach to narrowing further and further the ability of women to exercise their constitutional right to an abortion decided by the Supreme court in the 1973 Roe v Wade case. Five thousand women a year in this country have second trimester abortions, though no one knows how many doctors use the now-banned method. Opponents of the prohibition maintain that the procedure is only used by physicians when the health of the mother is in jeopardy.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, about the recent Supreme Court decision. She points out that this is just the kind of decision abortion rights advocates predicted when George Bush was twice elected president, and the Senate confirmed his conservative nominees to serve as Justices on the Supreme Court.

Contact NARAL by calling (202) 973-3000 or visit the group's website at

Peace Groups Pressure Congress
to End Iraq Occupation
as Bush Vetoes War Spending Bill

Interview with Medea Benjamin,
co-founder of the group Code Pink,
conducted by Scott Harris


Against the backdrop of a deadly string of bombings in Baghdad causing the deaths of hundreds of Iraqi civilians and an increased number of U.S. troops, President Bush has threatened to use his veto power to block a Democratic-sponsored Iraq War funding bill. The supplemental funding legislation, which is expected to pass the House and Senate before reaching the president's desk, allocates $124 billion for the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but orders the administration to set benchmarks for success and begin withdrawing troops from Iraq by Oct. 1.

Bush has attacked the Democrat's plan as an attempt to "micromanage the war." While Senate majority leader Harry Reid has said he believes the war has been lost, Democrats don't have the votes to override the president's veto, and Congress and the White House will likely have to reach some compromise to allocate funds for the military. A poll conducted by CBS News in late March found that 59 per cent of respondents think the U.S. should set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

Peace groups in the U.S. have criticized congressional Democrats for their cautious approach to fulfilling their 2006 campaign promise of ending the Iraq war. Anti-war organizers would have liked to see Democrats in Congress use their power of the purse to cut off all money for the occupation, excluding funding to conduct a safe withdrawal. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the group Code Pink Women for Peace. She discusses the role of the anti-war movement as President Bush and Congress negotiate the future of the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

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

Virginia Tech Murders Could Rouse
Public Support for New Gun Laws

Interview with John Lowy,
senior attorney with
the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence,
conducted by Scott Harris


The April 16 murders of 32 students and faculty at Virginia Tech by a mentally ill student, has provoked renewed debate on the nation's gun control laws. The student who committed the murders, Cho Seung-Hui, legally purchased the two guns in the state of Virginia, despite being judged to be a danger to himself and ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment in 2005. Under federal law, his condition would have disqualified him from purchasing firearms, but tragically his psychiatric record was not picked up by authorities.

President Bush, the Republican Congress and Second Amendment activist groups like the National Rifle Association proudly boast of their success in forcing the termination of the federal Assault Weapons Ban in 2004. If the ban had been in effect in 2007, the law would have limited the magazine of bullets loaded by Cho to 10 rounds. Police investigators in Blacksburg, Va. estimate that Cho had legally purchased magazines, used in the murders, loaded with 15 to 33 bullets each. The GOP-controlled Congress passed legislation in 2005 that shields gun manufacturers from liability lawsuits.

Between The Lines Scott Harris spoke with John Lowy, senior attorney with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. He examines current gun control laws and the political climate in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech murders which may enable activists and legislators to impose more restrictions on the purchase of firearms to protect public safety.

Contact the Brady Campaign at (202) 898-0792 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, chairman of a key appropriations committee, has frozen $55 million in aid to Colombia while the U.S. Congress investigates President Alvaro Uribe's Army Chief Mario Montoya's connections to paramilitias and drug dealers. ("U.S. Senate Freezes Colombia Military Funds," Financial Times, April 19, 2007; "U.S. Senator Freezes Colombia Aid over Rights Concerns," Reuters, April 19, 2007, "Colombian President Hits Back," Washington Post, April 21, 2007)
  • Timothy Griffin has been appointed U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Arkansas. Griffin ran 2004 operations in Florida to wrongly purge minority voters from the state's voter registration list. ("The Talented Mr. Griffin," In These Times online edition, April 16, 2007)
  • Maryland is the first state in the nation to pass a living wage law. ("Maryland will be the First State to Provide 'Living Wage," Baltimore Sun, April 10, 2007; "Frequently Asked Questions,"Progressive Maryland)

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Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 4/27/07

U.S. Politics

"Democrats Send Iraq Timeline To Bush," Associated Press, May 1, 2007

"One Person, One Vote, Really," by Jamie Raskin,, May 1, 2007

"Clock Ticking On Republican Support Of Iraq Buildup," Los Angeles Times, Apr. 30, 2007

"Debate Reveals Democrats' Change On Iraq War," McClatchy Newspapers, Apr. 30, 2007

"Time To Outlaw Paperless Electronic Voting," by David L. Dill, Truthout, Apr. 30, 2007

"Rudy Giuliani Exploits Fear For Power And Personal Gain," by Keith Olbermann, Countdown, Apr. 28, 2007

"Law And Revulsion: Justice Kennedy's Opinion Opens Door To Other Abortion Challenges," by Cynthia Gorney, The American Prospect, Apr. 27, 2007

"Rebuttal To Dill's Support Of The HR 811 Trojan Horse," by Nancy Tobi, OpEd News, Apr. 27, 2007

"The Awful Truth: Harry Reid's Honesty Problem," by Terence Samuel, The American Prospect, Apr. 26, 2007

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Bush Vetoes War Spending Bill," Reuters, May 1, 2007

"How Rumsfeld Micromanaged Torture," by Andrew Cockburn, Counterpunch, Apr. 30, 2007

"Tenet's Self-Serving Apologia," by Ray McGovern, Counterpunch, Apr. 30, 2007

"Politicizing Government Service," by Rahm Emanuel,, Apr. 26, 2007

"Are Rove's Missing Emails The Smoking Guns Of The Stolen 2004 Election?," by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman, Free Press, Apr. 25, 2007

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Is The U.S. Already At War With Iran?," by Charles Davis,, Apr. 20, 2007

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Rebuilt Iraq Projects Found Crumbling," The New York Times, Apr. 29, 2007

"Who Will Stop The U.S. Shadow Army In Iraq?," by Tom Engelhardt & Jeremy Scahill,, Apr. 29, 2007

"Iraqi Police Years From Taking Charge," Associated Press, Apr. 28, 2007

"The Great Wall Of Segregation,", by Riverbend, Baghdad Burning, Apr. 26, 2007

"Dying For W," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Apr. 25, 2007

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Ex-Soldier Recalls Horrors Of Abu Ghraib," by Aaron Glantz, Inter Press Service, May 1, 2007

"In Imams' Airline Case, A Clash Of Rights, Prejudice, Security," Christian Science Monitor, May 1, 2007

"82 Inmates Cleared But Still Held At Guantanamo," Washington Post, Apr. 30, 2007

"Guantanamo Lawyers Predict More Suicides," Associated Press, Apr. 30, 2007

"NYC Bar Chides Government On Guantanamo," Associated Press, Apr. 29, 2007

"Britain Becoming A Big Brother Society, Says Data Watchdog," Independent/UK, Apr. 29, 2007

"Can Guantanamo Be Closed?," by Tom Engelhardt & Karen Greenberg,, Apr. 26, 2007

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"The End Of Internet Radio?," by Aram Sinnreich, Truthdig, Apr. 28, 2007

"U.S. Media Have Lost The Ability To Dig Deep," by Greg Palast, Los Angeles Times, Apr. 27, 2007

More newswire ...


"May Day Alert: Only Global Unions Can Stop The Race To The Bottom," Associated Press, May 1, 2007

"De-Unionization Hurts Women, Especially Latinas," by Linda Chavez-Thompson & Gabriela Lemus, Chicago Sun-Times, May 1, 2007

"Thousands Of Protesters Press For Path To Citizenship," Associated Press, May 1, 2007

"Kickin' Out The Jams: Review Of John Sinclair's Guitar Army," by Ron Jacobs, ZNet, Apr. 30, 2007

"While Congress Voted For War, The Peace Movement Protested Inside The Senate," by Kevin Zeese, Counterpunch, Apr. 30, 2007

"Union Disunity," by Matt Smith, SF Weekly, Apr. 30, 2007

"Unions Gone Global," by Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect, Apr. 29, 2007

"Tom Morello: A One Man Musical Revolution," by Gabriel San Roman & Sonali Kolhatkar, Apr. 29, 2007

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