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New Haven Advocate's
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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

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For The Week Ending June 1, 2007


"Images of Iraq," photographer Daniel Smith, on the eve of his sixth trip to Iraq, will speak about his unembedded experiences in the war-torn country in a visual presentation, accompanied by violinist Netta Hadari, playing music of J.S. Bach

8 p.m., Thursday, May 31
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Temple and Elm Streets, New Haven

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With special guest, Scott Harris, host of the syndicated radio program, 'Between the Lines'. Q&A following.

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We thank the speakers in our successful spring fundraising 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 Wins War Funding Battle
    While Peace Groups
    Continue to Pressure Congress

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  • Democrats' Free Trade Deal
    with White House Splits Party

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  • New Haven, Conn.'s City ID Card Program
    Could be National Model
    to Provide Immigrants Access to Basic Services

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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 Wins War Funding Battle
While Peace Groups
Continue to Pressure Congress

Interview with Leslie Cagan,
national coordinator of United for Peace and Justice,
conducted by Scott Harris


While public opinion polls indicate that a majority of Americans want a quick end to the Iraq war and support Congressional Democrats' call for a timetable for withdrawal, President Bush appears to have emerged victorious in his confrontation with Congress over Iraq War funding. On May 22, leaders of the House and Senate tentatively agreed to legislation that will allocate $100 billion for the war through September 30, but without setting any schedule for reducing the number of U.S. troops deployed in Iraq. However, the proposed measure will include benchmarks designed to pressure Iraq's government to redouble their efforts to reduce the civil war's violence, or risk losing some U.S. reconstruction aid.

On May 1, President Bush had vetoed Congress' original legislation authorizing funds for the Iraq War, that had included an Oct. 1 deadline to begin withdrawing most of the 147,000 U.S. soldiers from Iraq. Democrats say they will continue to pressure the president to accept a deadline for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq, by placing such conditions in defense appropriations and defense authorization bills over the summer.

Since January, the anti-war movement has worked hard to move the Democrats to take a more aggressive stance against the war. And while they lost the first round of this confrontation with the president, peace groups vow to keep up the pressure on Democrats and Republicans alike. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Leslie Cagan, national coordinator of United for Peace and Justice, who discusses the ways in which the peace movement will pursue their primary goal of cutting off funds for the Iraq war.

Contact United for Peace and Justice by calling (212) 868-5545 or visit their website at

Democrats' Free Trade Deal
with White House Splits Party

Interview with David Sirota,
author and political strategist,
conducted by Scott Harris


At a press conference held on May 10, leaders of congressional Democrats announced that they had successfully negotiated a package of trade deals with the White House. The deal was conceived to ratify pending trade agreements with Panama, Peru, Colombia, and South Korea and renew President Bush's "Fast Track" negotiating authority. Fast Track allows the president to propose trade agreements, permitting no amendments.

However, since this agreement was announced, there has been growing controversy regarding the still secret provisions of the legislation. Despite assurances from trade deal negotiators, New York Rep. Charles Rangel, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and Wyoming's Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, advocates of "Fair Trade" policy inside and outside of Congress are skeptical of promises that labor and environmental standards will be included in the core of the agreement.

While the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other corporate interest groups applauded the deal, the AFL-CIO has yet to endorse the pact. Seventy-one freshman "Fair Trade" Democrats in the House had written a letter earlier this year asking Chairman Rangel not to compromise on fair trade principles. Many are now angry that they were cut out of any input on the trade deal. With a growing split among Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have to depend on Republicans to pass the measure. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with author and political strategist David Sirota, who examines the trade deal's negative impact on U.S. workers and possible fallout for the Democratic Party.

David Sirota is author of the book, "Hostile Takeover: How Big Money and Corruption Conquered Our Government and How We Take It Back." Read Sirota's articles online at

New Haven, Conn.'s City ID Card Program
Could be National Model
to Provide Immigrants Access to Basic Services

Interview with Mike Wishnie,
Yale University law school professor,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


As the U.S. Congress began debate on immigration reform legislation, the city of New Haven, Conn., is discussing a proposal to create a municipal identification card that all residents -- whether they are citizens or not -- may obtain. There are an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Local census figures indicate around 5,000 undocumented immigrants live in New Haven's Latino neighborhood of Fair Haven.

A study undertaken two years ago to determine the legality of such a local ID program has finally produced results. The proposal was unanimously passed by the city's aldermanic finance committee in mid-May. The measure will go before the full Board of Aldermen in early June and is expected to pass. If approved, New Haven will likely be the first city in the U.S. to create a municipal ID for the purpose of protecting its undocumented residents. In its current form, the ID can be used by all residents for a variety of purposes, from opening a bank account without a Social Security number to checking books out of the library. Proponents say one reason the card is needed is that undocumented immigrants are unable to open bank accounts and therefore often carry large amounts of cash, becoming easy targets for robbery and violence.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Mike Wishnie, a clinical professor at Yale University law school. He discusses the issues and research that led New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. to support the municipal ID program.

For more information on New Haven's ID card program, call Junta for Progressive Action at (203) 787-0191 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Amnesty International blasts the Chinese government for using the upcoming 2008 Olympic Games as a pretext to increase internal repression. ("Report Faults China on Rights Failures," Washington Post, April 30, 2007; "China: Olympics Outgrown -- important reforms marred by increasing repression," Amnesty International press release, April 30, 2007; "Spielberg Urges China Over Darfur," BBC News, May 14, 2007)
  • Over 400 young women have been murdered in Juarez, Mexico since the early 1990s. Critics and victims' families have condemned the police investigations into the crimes as incompetent. Nobody was disciplined when a federal investigator found 130 public officials were negligent or abused their authority during the investigation. ("In Juarez," Washington Post, May 14, 2007)
  • Democrats want a Guam prosecutor's firing included in the ongoing investigation of the firing of nine U.S. attorneys. Frederick Black, the Guam U.S. Attorney for a decade, inquiring into the case of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, was directed to White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales, and was later forced out of his job. ("Attorneygate in Guam," The Nation, April 16, 2007)

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Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 5/25/07

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

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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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