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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

"The Future of Iraq: The Spoils of War," Blood and oil: How the West will profit from Iraq's most precious commodity, by Danny Fortson, Andrew Murray-Watson and Tim Webb, The Independent/UK, Jan. 7, 2007

"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

"Martial Law Threat is Real," by Dave Lindorff,, July 27, 2007

"ACLU: US Constitution in Grave Danger,"United Press International, July 25, 2007

"Old-line Republican warns 'something's in the works' to trigger a police state," by Muriel Kane, July 19, 2007

"Fascist America, in 10 easy steps," by Naomi Wolf, The Guardian, April 24, 2007

"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

"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 Sept. 28, 2007



A Public Forum on Universal Health Care
with Physicians for a National Health Program
co-founder Dr. Stephanie Woolhandler
and John Wilhelm, UNITE HERE president/hospitality industry
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  • War Drums Beating Louder
    for U.S. Attack on Iran

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  • Resistance Growing to U.S. Military Bases
    Around the World

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  • New Iraq War Moratorium
    Modeled on Tactic Used
    During Vietnam War Era

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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:

War Drums Beating Louder
for U.S. Attack on Iran

Interview with Joseph Gerson,
director of programs at the New England
American Friends Service Committee,
conducted by Scott Harris


While Americans focused last week on the White House public relations offensive to prolong the Iraq war -- which featured congressional testimony from Gen. David Petraus and U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker followed by a nationally televised address by President Bush -- tensions are heating up with Iran. In a briefing at the National Press Club, Petraeus stated that arms exported from Iran, including 240mm rockets and explosively formed projectiles, "contributed to a sophistication of attacks that would by no means be possible without Iranian support." Pentagon officials maintain that some Iraqi Shia militia forces are being trained by the Iranian Republican Guard Corps Quds Force. U.S. officers have also alleged that an advanced Iranian-made missile had been fired at an American base inside Iraq.

Meanwhile, the U.S. and some European nations are pushing for harsher sanctions against Iran for their failure to comply with a U.N. demand to halt their uranium enrichment program. Reacting to statements from the newly-elected government of French President Nicolas Sarkozy threatening war with Iran if it did not submit to the U.N., International Atomic Energy Agency Chief Mohamed Elbaradei urged Iran's critics to learn from the deadly miscalculations of the Iraq invasion. Elbaradei is currently negotiating with Iran to reveal past nuclear activities that could be linked to a weapons program. Tehran maintains their nuclear research is for peaceful purposes only.

But many observers looking at the U.S. deployment of two aircraft carrier groups off Iran's coast, and press reports that the Pentagon has prepared contingency plans for a massive airstrike against Iran's nuclear research facilities are concerned that momentum toward conflict has reached a critical moment. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Joseph Gerson, director of programs at the American Friends Service Committee in New England about the rising tensions surrounding the the U.S. confrontation with Iran.

Joseph Gerson is author of the book, "Empire and the Bomb: How the United States Uses Nuclear Weapons to Dominate the World." Visit the Friends Committee website at

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Resistance Growing to U.S. Military Bases
Around the World

Interview with Zoltan Grossman,
Evergreen State College professor,

conducted by Melinda Tuhus


As members of Congress and various presidential candidates debate the war in Iraq and proposals for withdrawing American forces, most put forth the idea that the U.S. must leave military bases behind for the training of Iraqi troops and countering terrorism. A few, like Democratic presidential hopefuls Bill Richardson and Dennis Kucinich, pledge to bring all the troops home.

Iraq is currently one of about 160 nations around the world that host a total of 700 U.S. military bases and a number of other smaller outposts. Some of these bases are a legacy of World War II and the Cold War, located in Europe and the Pacific. There are relatively few bases in Latin America and Africa. But across the globe, there is growing opposition to America's military presence, which has sparked movements pushing for the closure of these bases.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Zoltan Grossman, a geographer and faculty member at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. who is an authority on U.S. military bases. He talks about where they have proliferated most recently, what model the U.S. is following, and how international resistance is growing.

Zoltan Grossman is author of the article, "New U.S. Military Bases: Side Effects or Causes of War?" For more information, visit the website of the International Network for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases at

New Iraq War Moratorium
Modeled on Tactic Used
During Vietnam War Era

Interview with Jeremy Brecher,
historian and author,
conducted by Scott Harris


The November 2006 congressional election which saw the Republicans lose control of both the House and Senate, was seen by many political observers as a referendum on President Bush's presidency, but more specifically an expression of widespread opposition to the Iraq War. But since taking over Congress, Democrats have not used their power of the purse to either end the conflict or significantly change course in Iraq. Many anti-war activists who worked hard in 2006 to defeat legislators supportive of President Bush and his war have become frustrated with Washington's lack of responsiveness to the public demand for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. A recent poll conducted by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center found that 54 percent of Americans surveyed favor bringing the troops home as soon as possible.

Despite more than four years of large and small protests around the U.S., the peace movement has not been able to affect change. Now a new strategy has been initiated modeled on the 1969 "Moratorium" launched against the Vietnam War, which saw the participation of millions of Americans in thousands of communities. Organizers say that the Iraq War Moratorium will be an escalating, monthly series of actions demanding an end to the war. The Moratorium is set to begin Sept. 28st and continue on the Third Friday of every month thereafter. The objective, supported by a growing list of peace groups, activists and celebrities, is to make a break with business as usual and engage the majority of Americans opposed to the war to take action.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with historian and author Jeremy Brecher, who is a long time peace and justice activist and a former member of Students for a Democratic Society. He recently co-wrote an article with Brendan Smith summarizing the objectives of the moratorium for The Nation Magazine titled, "A Moratorium Wired to Stop the War."

For more information on the Iraq Moratorium, visit the website Read Brecher and Smith's article, "A Moratorium Wired to Stop the War," online at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Advocates of alien tort claims lost their first case against multinational corporations are optimistic about using lawsuits to provide a forum for justice for people across the world. ("To Avoid Risk of Alien Tort Claims Act Cases, Companies Must Improve Human Rights,", Aug. 17, 2007)
  • From Oct. 12 to Oct. 19, nonprofit community groups will have the unique opportunity to file applications for full-power FM radio licenses. ("The Great Spectrum Giveaway," In These Times, July 18, 2007)
  • With a hunger strike looming, Baltimore Orioles' stadium cleanup crew - many of whom live in homeless shelters - won a 50 percent wage boost to $11.30 an hour, in line with Maryland's new statewide living wage law. ("Cleaning Up After the Orioles," The Nation, Sept. 4, 2007; "Stadium Crews Get Raise," Baltimore Sun, Sept. 7, 2007)

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U.S. Politics

"High Court To Review Voter I.D. Plan,"Associated Press, Sept. 25, 2007

"U.S. House Votes To Tighten Iran Sanctions,"Agence France Presse, Sept. 25, 2007

"Fred Thompson: Desperate Republicans Cheer For A Reagan Wannabe,"by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, Sept. 24, 2007

"Politics In Black And White,"by Paul Krugman, The New York Times, Sept. 24, 2007

"The Whole (Jena 6) Story?,"by Sean Gonsalves, Common Dreams, Sept. 24, 2007

"White Supremacist Backlash Builds Over Jena Case,"Chicago Tribune, Sept. 24, 2007

"From 'Support The Troops' To Condemning MoveOn: The Cult Of The Military And The Decline Of Democratic Values,"by Donna Saggia, Common Dreams, Sept. 24, 2007

"GOP In Danger Of Losing Independents,"Associated Press, Sept. 23, 2007

"Dianne Feinstein, Symbol Of The Worthless Beltway Democrat,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 23, 2007

"Generals Opposing Iraq War Break With Military Tradition,"San Diego Union-Tribune, Sept. 23, 2007

"The Latest Betrayal By Senate Democrats,"by John V. Walsh, Counterpunch, Sept. 22/23, 2007

"In 2008, Bush V. Gore Redux?,"by Bob Herbert, The New york Times, Sept. 22, 2007

"Far Right Sells Iraq War To 'Values Voters,'"by Bill Berkowitz,, Sept. 22, 2007

"Former Clinton Officials Lobby For Amnesty For FISA Lawbreaking,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 22, 2007

"CEOs, Bush Rangers Rebuff Republicans On War, Widening Deficit"Bloomberg News, Sept. 22, 2007

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"How The White House Worked To Scutlle California's Climate Law," San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 25, 2007

"U.S. Attorney In Minnesota Faces Probe," Washington Post, Sept. 23, 2007

"Cheney Mulled Israeli Strike On Iran: Newsweek,"Reuters, Sept. 23, 2007

"Bush Vows To Veto Kids' Health Bill,"Associated Press, Sept. 22, 2007

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Pusue Diplomacy, Not War, With Iran,"by Marjorie cohn, Common Dreams, Sept. 25, 2007

"A Plea From The Iranian People,"by Akbar Ganji, The Nation, Sept. 25, 2007

"America's Oil Lust Means Long Middle East Involvement,"by Cynthia Tucker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sept. 24, 2007

"Turning Ahmadinejad Into Public Enemy No. 1,"by Juan Cole, Salon, Sept. 24, 2007

"Washington Promotes 'Independent' Media In Venezuela,"by Michael Barker, ZNet, Sept. 20, 2007

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Emboldened Taliban Reflected In More Attacks, Greater Reach," Washington Post, Sept. 25, 2007

"U.S. Moves In Iraq May Push Iraqi And Iranian Governments Closer," Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 25, 2007

"Weapons Left By U.S. Troops 'Used As Bait To Kill Iraqis,'" Independent/UK, Sept. 25, 2007

"Let's Make It About You: Can We Stop The Slaughter Now?"by Arthur Silber, Once Upon A Time, Sept. 23, 2007

"The Real Story Of Baghdad's Bloody Sunday,"Independent/UK, Sept. 21, 2007

"Feds Probe Blackwater Links To Arms Smuggling,"Associated Press, Sept. 21, 2007

"Checkbook Imperialism: The Blackwater Fiasco,"by Robert Scheer, Truthdig, Sept. 21, 2007

"Blackwater Back On The Streets Of Baghdad,"Agence France Presse, Sept. 21, 2007

"New Military Report Acknowledges Signs Of Police State In Baghdad,"by Tom Hayden, Huffington Post, Sept. 18, 2007

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Closing Guantanamo Lockup Looks Increasingly Unlikely," Los Angeles Times, Sept. 24, 2007

"Free Speech Takes A Capitol Beating,"by Mike Ferner, Counterpunch, Sept. 24, 2007

"Activist Silenced For Fear Of Surveillance,"Long Island, NY Newsday, Sept. 24, 2007

"Massive Surveillance Net Keeps Track Of Americans' Travel, Even Size Of Hotel Beds," Raw Story, Sept. 23, 2007

"Gitmo Ruling Clouds Attorney Access,"Associated Press, Sept. 22, 2007

"Collecting Of Details On Travelers Documented,"Washington Post, Sept. 22, 2007

"U.S. Airport Screeners Are Watching What You Read," Wired News, Sept. 20, 2007

"VA Police Delete Photos Taken By Muslim-American Journalist,"by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Sept. 19, 2007

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Hypocrisy Surrounding Ahmadinejad's Visit Was Stunning," by Ian Williams, Comment Is Free, Sept. 25, 2007

"David Brooks And The Deceitful Tactics Of The Beltway Pundit," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 25, 2007

"New York Times Says MoveOn Ad Was 'Mistake,'" Associated Press, Sept. 24, 2007

"Dan Rather's New Courage: A Hefty Lawsuit Against CBS," by Mary Mapes, Huffington Post, Sept. 22, 2007

"Charge: Desperate To Curry Favor With Bush, CBS Execs Tried Not To Run Abu Ghraib Story,"by Greg Sargent, TalkingPoints Memo, Sept. 21, 2007

"Did That Voice Inside You Say, 'I've Heard It All Before?,'"by Jamison Foser, Media Matter, Sept. 21, Sept. 21, 2007

More newswire ...


"On The March Against Racism,"by Nicole Colson, Counterpunch, Spt. 25, 2007

"Reservist 'Repulsed' By Actions Of U.S. Troops," Miami Herald, Sept. 24, 2007

"Reinvigorated SDS Finds Support In Lancaster, Pennsylvania,"Lancaster Intelligencer Journal (Pennsylvania), Sept. 23, 2007

"Rising Up For Justice,"by Scott Horton, Harper's, Sept. 23, 2007

"Marching Against The War,"by Alan Bock,, Sept. 22, 2007

"Halliburton Recruiters Meet Protest In Wisconsin,"Associated Press, Sept. 22, 2007

"Jena Ignites A Movement,"by Jordan Flaherty, ZNet, Sept. 21, 2007

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