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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 Oct. 5, 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
at United Church on the Green,
270 Temple St.,
New Haven, Conn.
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  • Effort to Restore Habeas Corpus Rights
    to Guantanamo Detainees Fails in Senate

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  • Anti-Abortion Movement Split on Tactics
    to Overturn Roe v. Wade

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  • Rising Inequality in U.S.
    Hurts the Middle Class

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Effort to Restore Habeas Corpus Rights
to Guantanamo Detainees Fails in Senate

Interview with Jennifer Daskal,
U.S. advocacy director of Human Rights Watch,
conducted by Scott Harris


For more than five years, hundreds of detainees designated as "enemy combatants" have been held at the U.S. government's Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba. Although there has been international condemnation of the facility for holding prisoners without charge or trial, President Bush has refused to close Guantanamo down.

After the U.S. Supreme court ruled in 2004 that these prisoners could challenge their detention in U.S. courts, President Bush worked with the GOP-controlled Congress to pass legislation in 2006 that revoked these detainees' habeas corpus rights and prohibits them from seeking redress regarding maltreatment and torture. A special military appeals court recently overturned a lower court ruling that had blocked military tribunals for 340 Guanatanamo prisoners from going forward.

With Democrats winning control of Congress last November, there was some hope that new legislation could be passed that would restore habeas rights to Guantanamo prisoners. But on Sept. 19, the U.S. Senate sustained a Republican filibuster preventing a vote on the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act as an amendment to the 2008 Defense Department Authorization bill. The final vote was 56-43, with every Democrat and six Republicans voting for the bill. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn. was the only non-Republican to vote against the measure. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jennifer Daskal, U.S. advocacy director with Human Rights Watch, who explains the uncertain status of efforts in Congress and the Supreme Court to restore habeas corpus rights to Guantanamo detainees.

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Anti-Abortion Movement Split on Tactics
to Overturn Roe v. Wade

Excerpt of address by Reva Siegel,
Yale law professor,

produced by Melinda Tuhus


A forum held at Yale University Law School on Sept. 20 was titled, "What remains of Roe v Wade? Reproductive Justice after the Federal Abortion Ban." The forum addressed the state of the pro-choice movement after the Supreme Court ruled last April in Gonzales v. Carhart that the so-called partial birth abortion ban is not unconstitutional, even though it includes no exception for a woman's health.

Many pro-choice activists fear that the Gonzales v. Carhart decision is an invitation to state legislatures around the country to pass more restrictions on women's reproductive freedom, and that it won't be too long before the Supreme Court will reconsider the core protections of Roe v. Wade.

One of the speakers at the forum, Yale Law School professor Reva Siegel, has studied the history of the anti-abortion movement and related legal cases. In her talk, she addressed two main points. She discussed how anti-choice forces have adopted the language of feminists on protecting a women's health and freedom of choice and reversed the meaning to promote an end to legal abortion as the way to protect women's health and welfare. Professor Siegel also looked at the two wings of the anti-abortion movement -- the absolutists and the incrementalists. The following excerpt from her talk addresses this issue.

For more information, visit the web site of Planned Parenthood Federation of America at

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Rising Inequality in U.S.
Hurts the Middle Class

Interview with economist Robert Frank,
conducted by Scott Harris


Increasingly, the United States is becoming a land divided by an ever-widening gap between the rich and poor. In the period between World War II and 1979, the expanding U.S. economy helped families in all classes increase their income. But since 1979, America's wealthiest families have seen the largest share of growth in their earnings. In 1980, the richest 5 percent of Americans held 16.5 percent of the nation's income; in 1990 they held 18.5 percent and the latest Census figures for 2005 show that this group has now increased its control of the nation's income to 22.2 percent.

With the very wealthy setting the tone for the ownership of status symbols such as houses, cars and other luxury goods, middle-income families are being induced to spend greater amounts of their near-stagnant incomes to re-establish their economic rank in America's competitive society.

In his new book, "Falling Behind, How Rising Inequality Harms the Middle Class," Cornell University economist Robert Frank investigates the costs of this competition that includes increased work hours and decreased savings rates. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Robert Frank about the conclusions he's reached on how inequality has reduced the quality of life for America's middle class.

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • A week of mass protests by Buddhists monks in Burma, renamed Myanmar by the nation's ruling military junta, have led to the largest public demonstrations since the pro-democracy movement in the late 1980s. ("Myanmar Monks Defy Junta, Resume Rallies," Associated Press, Sept. 25, 2007; "Burma March Largest in 20 Years," BBC, Sept. 23, 2007; "Burma Junta Faces Monks Challenge," BBC, Sept. 20, 2007)
  • Immigration rights advocates are expanding a boycott of Western Union for charging excessive fees - making nearly 20 percent profit on each money exchange. ("Immigrants Target Money-Transfer Industry," InterPress Service, Sept. 17, 2007)
  • Yale University will return hundreds of ancient artifacts taken a century ago from the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, after Peru's government threatens to sue. ("Machu Picchu Artifacts to be Returned to Peru," Los Angeles Times, Sept. 18, 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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