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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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Between The Lines
For The Week Ending May 25, 2007


We thank the speakers in our successful spring fund-raising events: Chris Hedges, Ben Dangl, Frank Panzarella and Bruce Crowder, and to those who came out to hear, discuss and share with a greater public, these important issues that are so under-reported -- and under-analyzed -- by the corporate news monopolies. Thank you to all who support Between The Lines' projects, and continue to strive for peace and justice in the interdependent, global community we all live in.

  • Bush Administration Firing of U.S. Attorneys
    Linked to GOP Election Strategy

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  • Could Blackwater USA,
    a Right-wing Led Mercenary Army,
    Threaten American Democracy?

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  • State of the World's Mothers
    and Children Report:
    28,000 Preventable Child Deaths a Day

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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 Administration Firing of U.S. Attorneys
Linked to GOP Election Strategy

Interview with David Becker,
director of People for the American Way's Democracy Campaign,
conducted by Scott Harris


As congressional investigations continue into the Justice Department firing of 9 U.S. attorneys, there is growing evidence that a Republican Party plan to influence the outcome of the 2006 federal elections was a primary motivation for the terminations. Almost half the U.S. attorneys targeted for firing had been the subject of complaints by Republicans party activists concerned about their lack of aggressiveness in prosecuting alleged cases of voter fraud.

According to press reports and official documents, President Bush's political advisor Karl Rove put pressure on the Justice Department to investigate and prosecute dubious voter-fraud allegations linked to Republican Party electoral strategy. Observers say the GOP has a pattern of employing voter fraud charges to intimidate primarily minority voters in key battleground states.

The May 14 resignation of Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty added to the U.S. attorney scandal, where Democratic and some Republican lawmakers continue to call for the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez. McNulty, the fourth senior Justice Department official to resign as a result of the scandal, had provided false information to Congress on the details of the U.S. attorney firings. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with David Becker, director of People for the American Way's Democracy Campaign. He served as a senior trial attorney with the Justice Department for seven years in both the Clinton and Bush administrations. Becker examines the links between the firings of the U.S. attorneys and the 2006 congressional election.

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Could Blackwater USA,
a Right-wing Led Mercenary Army,
Threaten American Democracy?

Interview with Jeremy Scahill,
author of "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army,"
conducted by Scott Harris


In his new best-selling book, "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army," investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill asserts that the private military contractor and security firm Blackwater USA, is the elite Praetorian Guard for the Bush administration's "global war on terror," with its own military base, a fleet of 20 aircraft, and 20,000 soldiers at the ready.

Blackwater USA first came to the American public's attention in March 2004, when four Blackwater contractors were killed in an ambush in Falluja, Iraq. The men were burned and strung up on a bridge over the Euphrates River. This later led to a brutal U.S. counterattack on Fallujah, which killed hundreds of civilians, fueling the Iraqi insurgency. As Scahill writes in his book, thousands of soldiers of fortune working with Blackwater and other mercenary armies in Iraq, comprise a parallel military, immune from prosecution under Iraqi law and unaccountable under the U.S. Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Blackwater's founder, Erik Prince, is a multi-millionaire, right-wing Christian fundamentalist ex-Navy Seal. Prince and his family have a long history of bankrolling many right-wing causes and are big supporters of President Bush. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jeremy Scahill about Erik Prince's religious philosophy and why he feels that outsourcing the U.S. military could, in the not too distant future, threaten America's democracy.

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State of the World's Mothers
and Children Report:
28,000 Preventable Child Deaths a Day

Interview with Kathryn Bolles,
a child health advocate with Save the Children,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Last week, for Mother's Day, Save the Children released its annual report, "State of the World's Mothers: Saving the Lives of Children Under Five." Niger and Sierra Leone are at the bottom of the list, with the worst maternal and child death rates. But when rating the degree of change between 1990 and 2005 -- both positive and negative -- Iraq topped the list of countries where the situation has worsened. In 1990, Iraq ranked just behind China with 50 child deaths per 1,000 births. Fifteen years later, Iraq's toll is 125 deaths per thousand births, while China's has dropped to just 27 deaths per thousand.

On average, according to the report, 1 in 13 mothers will die in her lifetime from pregnancy-related causes. Nearly 1 in 5 children dies before her fifth birthday, and more than 1 in 3 children suffers from malnutrition. Most of these 28,000 deaths per day worldwide are preventable with simple and inexpensive interventions. Despite progress in some poor nations, the overall trend is negative. The child survival revolution of the 1980s and early 1990s has stalled. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Kathryn Bolles, a child health advocate with Save the Children who contributed to the group's child mortality report. She discusses the situation in Iraq and explains what life-saving methods work and the additional resources needed to save more babies and mothers.

To get a copy of the report, contact Save The Children at 1-800 728-3843 or visit the group's website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Socially responsible investors and Darfur activists are looking for leadership from America's most successful investor, Warren Buffett to put pressure on PetroChina and its parent company, the state-owned China National Petroleum Corp., which has drilling projects in southern Sudan, engulfed in a brutal civil war. ("Berkshire Wealth Clashes with Gates Mission in Sudan," Los Angeles Times, May 4, 2007)
  • Former Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, who pushed President Bill Clinton to embrace balanced budgets and NAFTA over other domestic priorities, has towering influence over the Democrats' message in the coming presidential campaign. ("Friendly Takeover," American Prospect, April 2007)
  • California's solar industry is on the verge of collapse since Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Million Homes initiative backfired after requiring solar rebate applicants to sign up for a costly electric plan which charges more for power during peak hours of demand. ("Rebate Rule Chills Sales of Solar," Los Angeles Times, May 8, 2007)

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Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 5/18/07

U.S. Politics

"House Dems May Seek Short-Term Financing Of War," The New York Times, May 8, 2007

"Snuff Politics: Democrats Escalate Attacks On Single Payer," by Corporate Crime Reporter, Counterpunch, May 8, 2007

"The Lonely Guy: U.S. Rep. Wayne Gilchrest On Being An Antiwar Republican," by David Weigel, Reason, May 8, 2007

"Injury, Death And The American Worker," by Dick Meister,, May 7, 2007

"Giuliani Praise Bush As 'Great President,'" Des Moines Register (Iowa), May 5, 2007

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"DOJ Hired Lawyers Based On Political Affiliations," McClatchy Newspapers, May 6, 2007

"Ex-Analyst Tells A Tale Of Twisted Iraq Intelligence," Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 6, 2007

"The Ongoing Iraq Intel Fraud," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, May 5, 2007

"Bush Determined To Prolong A Lost War," by JosephL. Galloway, McClatchy Newspapers, May 3, 2007

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Anti-U.S. Uproar Sweeps Italy Over Base Proposal," by David Swanson,, May 8, 2007

"Sanctions Aggravate Iranian Rights Situation," by Praful Bidwai,, May 6, 2007

"Six Questions For Laura Rozen On Iran," by Ken Silverstein, Harper's, May 4, 2007

"Duck And Cover: The Bush Administration Is Reviving The Nuclear Threat," by William D. Hartung & Frida Berrigan, In These Times, Apr. 30, 2007

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Anti-U.S. Sentiment On The Rise In Afghanistan," Newsweek, May 14, 2007

"Infant Mortality In Iraq Soars As Young Pay Price For War," Independent/UK, May 8, 2007

"U.S. Attack 'Kills Iraqi Children,'" BBC/UK, May 8, 2007

"Final 'Surge' Brigade Heads To Baghdad," Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2007

"U.S., Iraqi Forces Find Sadr City Torture Chamber," CNN, May 6, 2007

"Propaganda Fear Cited In Account Of Iraq Haditha Killings," The New York Times, May 6, 2007

"The Struggle Over Iraqi Oil," by Tom Engelhardt & Michael Schwartz,, May 6, 2007

"Great Wall May Be Going Up, But There's Still Carnage On The Streets," by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, May 6, 2007

"Memorial Honoring Fallen Soldiers In Iraq, Afghanistan Runs out of Room," San Jose Mercury News, May 4, 2007

"Trainers Say Iraqi Forces Would Collapse Without U.S. Support," Los Angeles Times, May 3, 2007

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"The Hate Equation: Targeting Migrant Children In L.A.," by Juan Santos, Counterpunch, May 8, 2007

"LAPD 'Stands Down' 60 Officers Over May Day Violence," Los Angeles Times, May 8, 2007

"Gitmo Detainees Still Stuck Down There," by Herman Schwartz, Legal Times, May 7, 2007

"GOP Convention Papers Ordered Opened," Associated Press, May 4, 2007

"L.A. Immigration Protest: The Police 'Were Relentless. They Were Merciless,'" by Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!, May 4, 2007

"National I.D. Card A Disaster In The Making," by Richard Forno & Bruce Schneier, CNet News, May 3, 2007

"Spying On Americans," The New York Times editorial, May 2, 2007

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Eulogy For The New Standard," by Steve Anderson,, May 6, 2007

"A Deeper Look: American Massacres And The Media," by Carla Blank, Counterounch, May 5/6, 2007

"Disseminate Information, Protest Democracy: Postal Rate Increases Put Small Presses At Risk," by Teresa Stack, The Nation, May 5, 2007

"Fear Factor: Press Plays 9/11 Card To Justify Somali Slaughter," by Chris Floyd,, May 3, 2007

More newswire ...


"The World Social Forum At The Crossroads," by Walden Bello, Foreign Policy in Focus, May 8, 2007

"'The Other K Street': In The Concrete Canyon Of The Business Lobby, A Pocket Of Liberal Activists Settles In," Washington Post, May 7, 2007

"Antiwar Groups Use New Clout To Influence Democrats On Iraq," The New York Times, May 6, 2007

"Sitting In On Sen. Kohl And The War: A Conversation With Antiwar Students," by Ron Jacobs, ZNet, May 6, 2007

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