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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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  • Bush Ally Declares
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    Pro-Torture Nominee
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    Short on Goals,
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Bush Ally Declares
Emergency Rule in Pakistan

Interview with Shahnaz Rouse,
professor of sociology at Sarah Lawrence College,
conducted by Scott Harris


The president of Pakistan, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, declared emergency rule and suspended his nation's constitution on Nov. 3 while ordering the arrests of thousands of opposition leaders, attorneys and human rights activists. Gen. Musharraf fired the Supreme Court days before the justices were to decide if his Oct. 6 re-election as president was lawful. Parliamentary elections, scheduled for January, could now be delayed. Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who upon her return to Pakistan from self-exile on Oct. 18 was targeted by a bomb attack that killed 140 of her supporters, called on Gen. Musharraf to lift martial law and hold elections.

Gen. Musharraf cited a recent wave of violent attacks by Islamic militants sympathetic to the Taliban and Al Qaeda as a justification for declaring emergency rule and firing the Supreme Court. But his violent crackdown has been focused on civil society and his secular political opponents. Gen. Musharraf, one of President Bush's staunchest allies in his wars in Afghanistan and against Al Qaeda, has received more than $10 billion in U.S. aid since 2001, most of it given to the military. President Bush has asked that elections go forward, but has not threatened to suspend military aid.

Pakistan's ousted chief justice Mohammed Chaudhry, under house arrest, has called on the nation to revolt against Gen. Musharraf's imposition of emergency rule. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Shahnaz Rouse, professor of sociology at Sarah Lawrence College, who assesses the volatile political and military situation in nuclear-armed Pakistan after Gen. Musharraf's declaration of emergency rule.

Read articles online about Pakistan at Middle East Report at

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Senate Set to Approve
Pro-Torture Nominee
for U.S. Attorney General

Interview with John Dean,
former counsel to President Nixon
and key figure in the Watergate Scandal,
conducted by Scott Harris


After the controversial tenure and resignation of U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez in August, President Bush nominated Michael Mukasey, a U.S. District Court Judge from New York to fill the post. During his Senate confirmation hearings, Mukasey was asked whether waterboarding was torture. Waterboarding used during the Spanish Inquisition, by the Nazis and Cambodia's Khmer Rouge simulates drowning by shackling and pouring water over the face of the subject whose face is covered with cloth or plastic. U.S. interrogators are reported to have used this technique in an effort to extract information from high-level terrorist suspects.

Mukasey failed to clearly give his view of waterboarding after repeated questions in Senate hearings. When Democrats asked him for an answer in writing, Mukasey responded with a letter stating that waterboarding seemed "over the line" and was "repugnant, but declined to declare it illegal. In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, four retired Judge Advocates General -- the judicial arm of the U.S. military -- sharply criticized Judge Mukasey's equivocation. They unambiguously state that waterboarding is torture. Despite Mukasey's disturbing indication that he would continue to allow the Bush administration to employ torture banned by U.S. and international law, Mukasey's nomination was endorsed by the Senate Judiciary Committee in an 11 to 9 vote on Nov. 6. Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Dianne Feinstein of California joined all nine Republicans in support of Mukasey while all other Democratic senators voted no. Mukasey is now expected to be confirmed by the full Senate.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with John Dean, former Counsel to President Nixon and key figure in the Watergate scandal, who discusses the breakdown of government process and accountability surrounding the nomination of Michael Mukasey as attorney general. He begins by describing a parallel with the Watergate era.

John Dean's newest book is titled, "Broken Government: How Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative, Executive and Judicial Branches." Read Dean's articles online at

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Global Warming Bill
Short on Goals,
Generous to Polluters

Interview with Brent Blackwelder,
president of Friends of the Earth,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


The U.S. Senate has begun grappling with its first serious effort to curb global warming. Known as America's Climate Security Act, the bill is a collaboration between Independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut and Republican John Warner of Virginia. It introduces a cap-and-trade system that covers carbon emissions from electric power, transportation and industry, representing three-quarters of all such emissions from U.S. sources. Although the country's share of global emissions has dropped somewhat from 25 percent, the U.S. is still by far the largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

Most environmental groups support the bill, but virtually all of them want to see major improvements as it moves through the Senate. Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, has co-authored a much stronger global warming bill with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, which would reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050 -- the amount scientists say is necessary in order to avoid massive impacts from climate change. The Lieberman/Warner bill is estimated to reduce emissions by only 50 to 67 percent by 2050.

Because of the legislation's limited goals and that it gives away rather than auctions off more than 80 percent of pollution credits at the start under the cap and trade system, Friends of the Earth has been most critical of the bill. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Brent Blackwelder, president of Friends of the Earth. He explains why his organization is opposed to the bill, and the kind of climate change legislation he would like to see passed.

Contact Friends of the Earth at 1-877 843-8687 or visit the group's website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Argentina's First Lady Christina Fernandez de Kirchner won election as the nation's next president, reflecting a surge in the number of women leaders elected in traditionally male-dominated Latin America. ("South America Ushers in the Era of la Presidenta," Washington Post, Oct. 31, 2007; "Argentina Elected Christina Fernandez de Kitchener: It's the Economy," Mark Weisbrot, Los Angeles, Oct. 30, 2007)
  • At Cygnus factory in Chigago, undocumented Latino workers went on strike after being told to prove their legal immigration status in 15 days or be fired. A parent company Mariette Corp. negotiator settled the dispute and workers got their jobs back -- "no one else would work at their wages." ("On Stike Without a Union," In These Times, October, 2007)
  • Americans drank a record 30 billion bottles of water in 2005; the plastic waste is equal to 1.5 billion barrels of oil. Anti-water bottle activists are facing off against big food and beverage companies. ("The Bottled Water Backlash," AlterNet, Oct. 19, 2007; "Squeezing a Dime Out of Every Bottle," Chicago Tribune, Oct. 10, 2007)

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U.S. Politics

"The 50-Year Strategy: A New Progressive Era,"by Simon Rosenberg & Peter Leyden, Mother Jones, Nov./Dec., 2007

"RNC Protest Plans Already Under Way,"Associated Press, Nov. 13, 2007

"The Giuliani Moderation Fallacy,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Nov. 13, 2007

"Antiwar Activists Focus Fury On Democrats,"Burlington Free Press (Vermont), Nov. 13, 2007

"Democrats In 2007: Majorities In Congress, Still Caving To Bush,"by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Nov. 12, 2007

"The New Right Wing Smear Machine,"by Christopher Hayes, The Nation, Nov. 12, 2007

"Dems Lead In Counterattack To Stop Iran Conflict,"by Brian Beutler, Media Consortium, Nov. 10, 2007

"Dianne Feinstein-Bush's Key Ally In The Senate-To Support Telecom Amnesty,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Nov. 10, 2007

"What Is It Like To Be A Democrat?,"by David Bromwich, Huffington Post, Nov. 10, 2007

"Reforming The Primary Process: Vote Early And Count Often,"by Jonathan Soros, The New York Times, Nov. 10, 2007

"Democrats Surrender on Torture,"by Brent Budowsky, Consortium News, Nov. 9, 2007

"Why Are Democrats Getting Nervous?,"by Terence Samuel, The American Prospect, Nov. 9, 2007

"Hagel Calls Giuliani, Clinton 'Cowboys' For Comments On Iran,"Bloomberg, Nov. 9, 2007

"Now Is The Winter Of Voters' Discontent,"by E.J. Dionne, TruthDig, Nov. 8, 2007

"John Edwards Takes On The War Party; But Is It Too Little, Too Late?,"by Justin Raimondo,, Nov. 7, 2007

"The Enemy Within: Finding American Backs To Stab,"by Tom Engelhardt & William Astore,, Nov. 6, 2007

"The Ron Paul Phenomenom,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Nov. 6, 2007

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Bush Regime

"Domestic Spying Inquiry Restarted At DOJ,"Associated Press, Nov. 13, 2007

"Judge Slaps White House With Restraining Order,"Cox Newspapers, Nov. 12, 2007

"The Coup At Home,"by Frank Rich, The New York Times, Nov. 11, 2007

"U.S. Senate Declares Torture 'Peachy,' Confirms Mukasey as 'Grand Inquisitor,'"by Bob Higgins,, Nov. 9, 2007

"Waterboarding And Torture,"by Keith Olbermann, MSNBC Countdown, Nov. 8, 2007

"A Vote For Mukasey Is A Vote For Torture,"by Amy Goodman, TruthDig, Nov. 7, 2007

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Pakistan's Dictatorships And The United States,"by Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, Nov. 11, 2007

"Experts: No Firm Evidence Of Iranian Nuclear Weapons,"McClatchy Newspapers, Nov. 4, 2007

"Go Ahead On-Start World War III,"by Gordon Prather,, Nov. 3, 2007

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Iraq, Afghan War Costs Are $1.6 Trillion,"Associated Press, Nov. 13, 2007

"U.S. Military Reversing Iraq Troop Surge,"Associated Press, Nov. 12, 2007

"U.S. Rebuffs Iraq Demand For Handover Of Prisoners,"Reuters, Nov. 12, 2007

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Intel Official: Expect Less Privacy"Associated Press, Nov. 11, 2007

"Federal Judge Calls Rendition Process 'Outsourcing,'"The New York Times, Nov. 10, 2007

"Will Democrats Restore Our Liberties Stolen In The Bush Era?,"by Ari Melber, AlterNet, Nov. 10, 2007

"Protest Greets Police Plan To Map Muslim Angelenos,"The New York Times, Nov. 9, 2007

"System Of A Down: Powers, Principalities And The Sacred Right To Torture,"by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Nov. 9, 2007

"LAPD To Build Data On Muslim Areas,"Los Angeles Times, Nov. 9, 2007

"Marine Lawyer Gagged By Pentagon,"by Scott Horton, Harper's, Nov. 8, 2007

"Former Navy Interrogator Tells House Panel Waterboarding Is Torture,"Jurist, Nov. 8, 2007

"Individuals' Allegatins Of What Our Government Did To Them Are Not 'Classified' Information,"by Marty Lederman, Balkinization, Nov. 8, 2007

"Removal Of Bush, Cheney Images Doesn't Quell Debate Over Exhibit,"Portland Press Herald (Maine), Nov. 7, 2007

"Antiwar Veterans Groups Barred from Parade,"Long Beach Press-Telegram (California), Nov. 7, 2007

"Ex-Worker At AT&T Fights Immunity Bill,"The New York Times, Nov. 7, 2007

"The Torture Of Ali al-Marri,"by Andy Worthington, Counterpunch, Nov. 6, 2007

"The Agonizing Truth About CIA Renditions,"by Stephen Grey, Salon, Nov. 5, 2007

"We Have Ways... The Bush Administration Continues To Disavow Torture-And Officialize Its Practice,"by James Bovard, The American Conservative, Nov. 5, 2007

"Only America-Hating Traitors Believe In Due Process For Journalists,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Nov. 5, 2007

"Ailing Professor Cops Plea In Art Prosecution Case,"by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Oct. 17, 2007

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Media Issues

"How The Media Plans To Ambush Ron Paul,"by Mike Whitney,, Nov. 11, 2007

"The Revolt Of The Comic Books,"by Julian Sanchez, The American rospect, Nov. 9, 2007

"Ridiculing Impeachment: Double Standards At The New York Times,"by David Lindorff, Counterpunch, Nov. 8, 2007

"Copps, A Liberal Voice On The FCC, Knows How To Get His Message Out,"Los Angeles Times, Nov. 5, 2007

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"18 Veterans Arrested In Antiwar Protest,"Boston Globe, Nov. 12, 2007

"Protesters Arrested At Washington Port,"Associated Press, Nov. 11, 2007

"Labor Activism Has A Horrific History In U.S.,"by Ed Tant., Nov. 10, 2007

"Case Crumbles Against Officer Who Refused Iraq,"by Aaron Glantz, Inter Press Service, Nov. 10, 2007

"Hawaii War Objector Wins Round Against Retrial,"Honolulu Advertiser (Hawaii), Nov. 9, 2007

"Iraq War Protesters To 'Block' Military Shipment In Olympia, WA,"The Olympian (Washington), Nov. 7, 2007

"Students Call Protest Punishment Too Harsh,"The New York Times, Nov. 7, 2007

"Morton West High School Expulsion,"by Chicago SDS, Nov. 6, 2007

"A New Era Of Green Activism,"by Anabel Lee, The American Prospect, Nov. 5, 2007

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