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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. 12, 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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New Haven, Conn.
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  • Chevron, Other Oil Firms Back
    Brutal Burmese Junta with
    Multi-Million Dollar Investments

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  • Costa Rican Opponents of CAFTA
    Rally to Defeat Trade Pact

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  • Union Dissenters Say No
    to UAW-GM Agreement

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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:

Chevron, Other Oil Firms Back
Brutal Burmese Junta with
Multi-Million Dollar Investments

Interview with Rick Herz,
litigation coordinator with EarthRights International,
conducted by Scott Harris


Violent repression of peaceful protesters in Burma has taken the lives of an unknown number of civilians opposed to the military regime. Buddhist monks led escalating protests for democratic reforms that followed a government decision to increase energy prices Aug. 19th. Over the past month, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Burma's largest cities, before the military cracked down on opponents, shooting into crowds and arresting thousands. The disappearance of large numbers of monks from their monasteries has human rights groups concerned about possible large-scale massacres such as occurred after pro-democracy protests in 1988.

But oil and gas corporations with multi-million dollar investments in extracting energy resources from Burma, renamed Myanmar by the government in 1989, have done little to pressure the military regime during this crisis. Energy companies from Thailand, China, India, France and the United States, some of Burma's top investors, have said little or nothing about the protests or the repression.

EarthRights International, a human rights group specializing in corporate accountability, says Chevron oil company, through its takeover of Unocal, is a partner with Burma's military government in the Yadana natural gas pipeline project. Unocal's construction of that project involved mass forced labor and other human rights abuses, committed by the army on Unocal's behalf. The group, representing Burmese villagers, had filed a lawsuit against Unocal and reached an out-of-court settlement with the company in 2004. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Rick Herz, litigation coordinator with EarthRights International, who discusses the responsibility of Chevron and other companies in Burma to play a positive role during the current crisis.

Contact EarthRights International at (202) 466-5188 or visit their website at

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Costa Rican Opponents of CAFTA
Rally to Defeat Trade Pact

Interview with Burke Stansbury,
executive director
of the Committee in Solidarity
with the People of El Salvador,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Over the past year-and-a-half, five of the six countries targeted by the U.S. for membership in the Central America Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA, have joined. They include El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. Only Costa Rica has yet to ratify the treaty. The country's president, Oscar Arias, is pushing hard for approval, which would dismantle most trade barriers between the United States and member nations.

Supporters say the trade deal would mean lower prices, faster growth, continued U.S. investment and jobs. But opponents point to the disastrous effect of the 14-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement on Mexico, on which CAFTA is modeled. NAFTA is one of the main factors pushing Mexicans to migrate to the U.S., as farmers there have been pushed off their lands due to cheap imports of food crops from the U.S., including the Mexican staple, corn.

Although public opinion was leaning toward approval of CAFTA in a Costa Rican referendum scheduled for Oct. 7, a leaked memo from high government officials outlining a dirty tricks campaign to win the vote has triggered a scandal and possible backlash. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Burke Stansbury, executive director of CISPES -- the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador -- which is part of a broad coalition of groups in the hemisphere called Stop CAFTA. Stansbury talks about the economic effects already visible in Central American nations that have joined CAFTA, and the status of the Vote NO campaign in Costa Rica, where on Oct. 1, 100,000 people turned out to demonstrate their opposition to the trade pact.

Contact CISPES at (202) 521-2510 or visit their website at A report on the economic consequences of CAFTA can be read online at --

Union Dissenters Say No
to UAW-GM Agreement

Interview with Warren Davis,
former United Auto Workers International
executive board member,
conducted by Scott Harris


After their first strike against General Motors in 37 years, the United Auto Workers and GM reached a tentative agreement that included a major shift in the responsibility for retiree's healthcare benefits and a two-tier wage structure for workers. The agreement, which still needs to be ratified by the union's membership, will likely serve as a model for future negotiations with Ford and Chrysler.

Although workers are aware that America's big three automakers lost more than $16 billion in 2006, concessions negotiated by UAW President Ron Gettelfinger have caused great concern among the rank and file. Opposition has been voiced against the agreement's wage structure that puts new workers on a lower pay scale and the establishment of a UAW-run Volunteer Employee Beneficiary Association, or VEBA, that shifts $51 billion in potential healthcare liability off GM's books. GM will only contribute about 70 percent, or $36 billion of what the company had pledged for retiree healthcare coverage.

In an open letter to Ron Gettelfinger and the union's contract negotiators, three former members of the UAW International Executive Board criticized the process that led to the concessions and warned that the establishment of the VEBA would undo decades of hard-won healthcare benefit protections. A VEBA set up by the UAW for Caterpillar employees in 1998 collapsed in 2004, leaving retirees to pay for promised health insurance. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Warren Davis, one of the signatories of the letter, who served for 19 years as a regional director of the UAW. He explains why he and other union dissidents are opposed to the deal struck between the UAW and General Motors.

For more information on the UAW-GM deal, visit the website of Labor Notes magazine at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • While the U.S. and European Union have vocally condemned the violent crackdown on Burmese pro-democracy activists, Burma's neighbors have done little to protest the situation. ("Caution by Junta's Asian neighbors reflects their self-interest," Washington Post, Sept. 28, 2007; "Burmese Monks 'to be sent away,'" BBC News, Oct. 1, 2007)
  • The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case on the constitutionality of a voter identification law in Indiana. Democrats claim the laws, which require such cards as a driver's license or passport, discourage voting blocs such as the poor, elderly and disabled from voting. ("Supreme Court to Hear Voter ID Case," Los Angeles Times, Sept. 26, 2007)
  • The Bush administration has waged a covert campaign to mobilize opposition to a California plan to regulate greenhouse gases in new cars and trucks. ("U.S. Trying to Block California on Emissions," Washington Post, Sept. 25, 2007)

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U.S. Politics

"Religious Right Will Bolt If GOP Nominates Giuliani,"by Greg Sargent, Talking Points Memo, Oct. 4, 2007

"U.S. Attorneys Investigation Waits On House Leadership,"by Paul Kiel, Talking Points Memo, Oct. 3, 2007

"Bush Veto Strategy Threatens Republicans,"McClatchy Newspapers, Oct. 3, 2007

"Freedom's Watch Bears Watching,"by Jim Lobe,, Sept. 30, 2007

"Pro-Democracy Means Anti-Fascism,"by Cindy Sheehan, Common Dreams, Sept. 28, 2007

"Bush, Ahmadinejad And Authoritarianism,"by Nat Parry, Consortium News, Sept. 28, 2007

"The Rise Of The Have-Nots,"by Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect, Sept. 28, 2007

"John Dean: From Nixon To Bush To Giuliani-'Much, Much Worse,'"by Jon Wiener, Huffington Post, Sept. 27, 2007

"No Way, Baby: The GOP And The Race Card,"by Digby,, Sept. 26, 2007

"Ohio, Florida Laws Could Dampen Democratic Voting,"McClatchy News[apers, Sept. 26, 2007

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Bush Regime

"Sycophant Savior: A 'Political General' In Washington,"by Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, Oct. 8, 2007

"Bush Vetoes Child Health Insurance Plan,"Associated Press, Oct. 3, 2007

"The Bush Administration's Ties To Blackwater,"by Ben Van Heuvelen, Salon, Oct. 2, 2007

"In Oregon, 'Impeach' Is Not Just A Bumper Sticker,"The Oregonian, Oct. 2, 2007

"Ex-White House Lawyer Targets Spy Tactic,"Associated Press, Oct. 2, 2007

"Deny The DNI: McConnell Is Lying To Congress,"by Digby, Hullabaloo, Sept. 29, 2007

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Bush's Agenda In Iran,"by Reese Erlich, AlterNet, Oct. 3, 2007

"The Real Reason People Fear Evo Morales: He's Not A Sell-Out,"by Roberto Lovato, New American Media, Oct. 3, 2007

"Frank Talk By Defense Dept. Official: 'I Hate All Iranians,'"by Gary Leupp, Counterpunch, Oct. 2, 2007

"Bush's Global 'Dirty War,'"by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Oct. 1, 2007

"Pre-empting The Next War,"by Paul Rogat Loeb, Common Dreams, Oct. 1, 2007

"My Meeting With Ahmadinejad,"by Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, Sept. 28, 2007

"Once More Into The Breach: The Neocon Propaganda Machine Rolls Toward Iran,"by Justin Logan, The American Conservative, Sept. 24, 2007

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Tension At House Hearing On Blackwater,"by Matt Renner, Truthout, Oct. 3, 2007

"Waxman Casts Blackwater As Rogue Force,"Associated Press, Oct. 2, 2007

"Fall In Iraq Violence May Prove Short-Lived,"Reuters, Oct. 2, 2007

"Report: State Dept., Blackwater Cooperated To Neutralize Killings,"McClatchy Newspapers, Oct. 1, 2007

"Government: Civilian Deaths In Iraq Halve In September,"Reuters, Oct. 1, 2007

"Will Blackwater Be Kicked Out of Iraq After Recent Bloodbath?,"by Jeremy Scahill, The Nation, Sept. 28, 2007

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Secret U.S. Endorsement Of Severe Interrogations,"The New York Times, Oct. 4, 2007

"Planned Parenthood's Fight In Aurora,"by Sara Paretsky, Chicago Tribune, Oct. 3, 2007

"Abu Ghraib Prisoners Accuse U.S. Companies Of Torture,"Agence France Presse, Oct. 3, 2007

"Supreme Court Denies Hearing For Fired 'Honk For Peace' Teacher,"San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 2, 2007

"Files Raise Questions On Gitmo Transfers,"Associated Press, Oct. 2, 2007

"NYC Mayor: Get Used To Surveillance,"USA Today, Oct. 1, 2007

"Backfiring Crackdown On Undocumented Workers,"by Amy Traub,, Oct. 1, 2007

"NYC, The NYPD, The RNC And Me: The Mean Streets Of The Homeland Security State,"by Tom Engelhardt & Nick Turse,, Sept. 30, 2007

"Judge Rules Key Parts Of PATRIOT Act Unconstitutional," Associated Press, Sept. 27, 2007

"A Bad Week At Guantanamo: Lawyers Are Denied Access To Detainees," by Andy Worthington, Counterpunch, Sept. 27, 2007

"A Pandemic Of Police Brutality,"by Paul Craig Roberts, Counterpunch, Sept. 25, 2007

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Media Issues

"The Verizon Warning,"The New York Times editorial, Oct. 3, 2007

"Limbaugh's 'Phony Soldiers' Slur,"by Joe Consaon, Salon, Oct. 3, 2007

"Killing The King: Taking On Limbaugh,"by Digby, Hullabaloo, Oct. 2, 2007

"Fox News' Attack On The Honor And Integrity Of our Generals,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 29, 2007

"The Internet: Our Last Hope For A Free Press,"by Mark Klempner, Common Dreams, Sept. 28, 2007

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"U.S. Protests Shrink While Antiwar Sentiment Grows,"Reuters, Oct. 3, 2007

"Soldier In Winter: John Carlos Speaks Out On The Jena 6,"by Dave Zirin, Counterpunch, Sept. 28, 2007

"Interrupting the Empire 30 Seconds At A Time,"by Mike Ferner, Counterpunch, Sept. 25, 2007

"The Religious Left Grapples With The War,"by Michal Lumsden, The American Prospect, Sept. 24, 2007

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