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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. 26, 2007

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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

  • Bush-Sponsored
    Middle East Peace Talks
    Likely to Fail

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  • Iraq War and Global Warming
    Linked in Oct. 22 Protest

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  • Privatization of the Military
    and Government Services
    Weakens Democracy

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Middle East Peace Talks
Likely to Fail

Interview with Dr. Jeff Halper,
coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions,
conducted by Scott Harris


For nearly seven years, President Bush has placed the unresolved conflict between Israelis and Palestinians on the back burner. The president, occupied with post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has publicly shunned the role taken on by his predecessor, Bill Clinton in using the influence of the U.S. in negotiations between the two Middle East adversaries, with the hope of brokering a lasting peace agreement.

But now, with just over a year before he'll leave office, Bush has organized an international Middle East Peace Conference to be held in Annapolis, Md. starting Nov. 26. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stated that the meeting will be "the most serious effort to end this conflict in many, many years" and added that, it's time for the establishment of a Palestinian state. But the many obstacles standing in the way of successful peace talks include major disagreements on establishing new borders, locating a capital for a future Palestinian state, the rights of refugees and dismantling existing Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Another major impediment is the exclusion from negotiations of Hamas, the elected militant religious party that controls the Gaza Strip.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Dr. Jeff Halper, co-founder and coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, a non-violent, direct-action group established to resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the occupied territories. Dr. Halper, currently in the U.S. on a speaking tour, explains why he believes the November peace talks in Maryland have little chance of success.

Visit the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions' website at Dr. Halper is the author of "Obstacles to Peace: A Reframing of the Palestinian - Israeli Conflict."

Iraq War and Global Warming
Linked in Oct. 22 Protest

Interview with Ted Glick,
lead organizer of No War, No Warming,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


On Oct. 22, people from around the Washington, D.C. region will gather at the Capitol for actions sponsored by No War, No Warming, a coalition of 30 anti-war and environmental groups that has linked what organizers call the twin addictions of war and fossil fuel consumption. Creative, colorful actions, including non-violent civil disobedience, will be the order of the day.

Ted Glick is a lead organizer with No War, No Warming. He began a water-only fast on Sept. 4, the day Congress came back from summer recess. After 25 days, he began taking other liquids. Others have joined in. The focus of the action is to increase pressure on Congress to end the war in Iraq and pass climate legislation that will reduce global warming 80 percent by 2050, as the Waxman bill in the House and the Boxer/Sanders bill in the Senate do. Other demands include an appropriation of $25 billion for 2008 to fund projects in energy conservation, efficiency, and jobs in a renewable, clean energy economy. The group is also calling for a moratorium on construction of new coal-fired power plants.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Ted Glick about No War, No Warming and the Oct. 22 actions in Washington D.C.

Contact No War, No Warming by calling 1-888 628-2232 or visit the group's website at

Privatization of the Military
and Government Services
Weakens Democracy

Interview with John Perkins,
author of "The Secret History of the American Empire,"
conducted by Scott Harris


The role of mercenary armies working with U.S. occupation forces in Iraq became the subject of heated public debate after guards working for the private security company Blackwater USA killed 17 Iraqi civilians in an incident on a Baghdad street on Sept. 16. An investigation conducted by Iraqi officials found that the Blackwater guards opened fire without provocation, contradicting the firm's position that its employees acted in self-defense. The Iraqi government is calling for Blackwater and other companies who have committed similar violations to leave the country within six months. The Bush administration has said it would not act to cancel Blackwater's contract until it completes its own investigation.

John Perkins, author of the best-selling book, "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man," describes his work for a Boston-based consulting firm and the U.S. government, employing economic pressure on developing nations around the world to gain control of governments and their resources. In his newest book, "The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals and the Truth About Global Corruption," Perkins writes about how the U.S. government, World Bank and International Monetary Fund push for the privatization of government services around the globe in a move to enrich multi-national corporations.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with John Perkins about how big corporations profited off the Vietnam war and the current conflict in Iraq. He also addresses the strong influence corporations exert on the U.S. presidential election process.

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Costa Rica narrowly approved the Central America Free Trade Act or CAFTA, with a 51 percent majority. ("Costa Rica Approves CAFTA, but Ballots Subject to Recount," Miami Herald, Oct. 9, 2007; "Costa Rica CAFTA 'Si' Vote Called into Question," Upside Down World, Oct. 12, 2007)
  • Che Guevarra's popularity, talk of socialism, Cuban doctors and Venezuelan petrodollars in Latin America has followed the so-called "Pink Tide" of leftist governments taking power from Argentina to Bolivia to Nicaragua. ("Che's Legacy Looms Larger than Ever," Los Angeles Times, Oct. 8, 2007)
  • In the mid-1990s, congressional Republicans cut the federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research's modest budget by 21 percent and a number of specific, possibly unnecessary surgeries soared. Congressional Democrats are now looking to revive federal research into the effectiveness of various medical procedures. ("Newtered," Washington Monthly, October 2007)

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U.S. Politics

"What Did Pelosi Know About NSA Surveillance, And When Did She Know It?,"by Ray McGovern, Common Dreams, Oct. 16, 2007

"Rudy Giuliani's Dirty Money: Cozying Up To Bush's Oil Billionaires,"by Ari Berman, The Nation, Oct. 16, 2007

"Republicans Head For The Exits,"Los Angeles Times, Oct. 16, 2007

"Watching The Bus Plunge In The Wake Of Right's S-CHIP Smear,"by David Neiwert,, Oct. 15, 2007

"Telecom Amnesty Would Forever Foreclose Investigation Of Vital Issues,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Oct. 15, 2007

"Clinton Would Use Violence Against Iran,"Guardian/UK, Oct. 15, 2007

"It's The Secrecy, Stupid: Why The FISA Immunity Debate Is Important"by Jack Balkin, Balkinization, Oct. 14, 2007

"Pelosi: 'Congress Must Approve U.S. Attack On Iran,'"Reuters, Oct. 14, 2007

"Impeachment, Cowardice And The Democrats,"by Ralph Nader. Counterpunch, Oct. 13/14, 2007

"Lawmakers Back CIA's Internal Critic,"Associated Press, Oct. 12, 2007

"How Lobbying Works In The Age Of The Blogosphere,"by Spencer Ackerman, Talking Points Memo, Oct. 11, 2007

"How The Right's S-CHIP Smear Backfired,"by Ezra Klein, The American Prospect, Oct. 11, 2007

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"White House Forbids Telecom Companies From Telling Congress About Surveillance Activity,"Associated Press, Oct. 15, 2007

"Democrats: Bush Ties May Have Led To Iraq Oil Contract,"Dallas Morning News (Texas), Oct. 15, 2007

"Rumsfeld Debate Heats Up At Stanford,"San Jose Mercury-News (California), Oct. 12, 2007

"Bush, Aides 'Grossly Misjudged Putin,'"McClatchy Newspapers, Oct. 12, 2007

"Sources: CIA Legal Official Quit In Protest Over 'Enhanced Interrogations,'"by Ken Silverstein, Harper's, Oct. 12, 2007

"Watchdog Of CIA IS Subject Of CIA Inquiry,"The New York Times, Oct. 11, 2007

"EPA Joins Settlement Of Lawsuit But Adds A Waiver,"Washington Post, Oct. 11, 2007

"Judge Suspends Key Bush Effort In Immigration,"The New York Times, Oct. 11, 2007

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Gabriel Kolko: 'Many In The U.S. Military Think Bush And Cheney Are Out Of Control,'"Spiegel Online/Germany, Oct. 15, 2007

"Why The U.S. Is A Self-Serving Empire: Interview With Tariq Ali,"by Byron Tau, McGill Tribune/Canada, Oct. 13, 2007

"Wesley Clark's Memoir And The Neocon Strategy For A Wider Mideast War,"by Joe Conason, Salon, Oct. 12, 2007

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"The Real Iraq We Knew,"by 12 former Army captains, Washington Post, Oct. 16, 2007

"The Iraqi Genocide,"by Paul Craig Roberts, Counterpunch, Oct. 16, 2007

"Turkish Parliament To Vote On Iraq Action,"The New York Times, Oct. 16, 2007

"Blackwater: America's Own Unlawful Combatants?,"by Julian E. Barnes, Los Angeles Times, Oct. 15, 2007

"Iraqis Decry U.S. Airstrike That Killed Civilians,"Washington Post, Oct. 13, 2007

"White House Defends Progress In Iraq As Ex-Commander Sees 'Nightmare,'"Agence France Presse, Oct. 13, 2007

"Ex-Commander Says Iraq Effort Is 'A Nightmare,'"The New York Times, Oct. 13, 2007

"Afghanistan Is 'Going Down Fast,'"The Australian/Australia, Oct. 13, 2007

"Lawmakers: U.S. Covering Up Iraqi Corruption,"Agence France Presse, Oct. 12, 2007

"Support For Iraq Partition: Cynical And Dangerous,"by Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, Oct. 12, 2007

"New Evidence That Blackwater Guards Took No Fire,"The New York Times, Oct. 12, 2007

"Turkey Plans Incursion, PKK Says Ready To Attack,"Reuters, Oct. 12, 2007

"Blackwater Faces War Crimes Inquiry After Killings In Iraq,"Independent/UK, Oct. 12, 2007

"Iraq: The Other Surge,"by Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, Oct. 11, 2007

"U.S. Attack Kills 15 Civilians, Including 9 Children,"Associated Press, Oct. 11, 2007

"Afghanistan-Pakistan: Zone Of Insecurity,"by Paul Rogers,, Oct. 11, 2007

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Verizon Says It Turned Over Data Without Court Orders,"Washington Post, Oct. 16, 2007

"Pentagon Is Using The FBI To Spy On Americans,"by Nick Juliano, Raw Story, Oct. 16, 2007

"The American Way Of Torture,"by Nicole Colson, Socialist Worker, Oct. 15, 2007

"Outsourcing Torture,"by Chris Hedges, TruthDig, Oct. 15, 2007

"A Gitmo Detainee Finally Gets A Break,"by Andy Worthington, counterpunch, Oct. 15, 2007

"Pentagon Review Faults Bank Record Demands,"The New York Times, Oct. 14, 2007

"Former CEO Says U.S. Punished Phone Firm That Refused To Participate In Illegal NSA Plan,"Washington Post, Oct. 13, 2007

"Miami OK's Payout To FTAA Protesters,"Miami Herald, Oct. 12, 2007

"John Edwards' Dark Leftist America,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Oct. 12, 2007

"Feds Won't Let Go Of Case Accusing Artist Of Bioterrorism,"by Patricia Williams, The Nation, Oct. 12, 2007

"U.S. Demands Passenger Lists For Sun Flights,"Toronto Globe and Mail/Canada, Oct. 11, 2007

"Shadows Whose Fate Can Only Be Guessed At: Lost In The Rendition Machine,"by Stephen Grey, Le Monde Diplomatique/France, Oct. 11, 2007

"U.S. Reviews Gitmo Combatant Hearings,"Associated Press, Oct. 11, 2007

"Were You Really Surprised? No Interrogation Technique 'Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading' As Define By Bush Regime,"by David Luban, Balkinization, Oct. 5, 2007

"Taser Nation,"by Joe Conason, Salon, Sept. 21, 2007

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Media Issues

"The Beltway Establishment's Contempt For The Rule Of Law,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Oct. 14, 2007

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"Watada's Double Jeopardy,"by Jeremy Brecher & Brendan Smith, The Nation, Oct. 12, 2007

"President Avoids St. Pete Protesters,"Tampa Tribune (Florida), Oct. 12, 2007

"What If They Gave A Peace Rally And (Almost) No One Came?,"by Susan Lenfestey, Minneapolis Star-Tribune (Minnesota), Oct. 11, 2007

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