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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, truthout.org, 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
"Martial Law Threat is Real," by Dave Lindorff, commondreams.org, 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, Rawstory.com 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, TomDispatch.com, 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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This week we present Between The Lines' summary of under-reported news stories and:
Canadian Citizen Rendered to SyriaSyrian-born Canadian citizen Maher Arar was returning home to Canada from a family vacation in 2002 via JFK airport in New York City, when he was detained, interrogated, and then sent to a torture cell in Syria by the Bush administration. Arar, accused of being a member of al Qaeda, suffered brutal torture at the hands of his Syrian jailers for 10 months before being released.
for Torture by White House
Demands Justice in U.S. Court
Interview with Maria LaHood,
senior attorney with
the Center for Constitutional Rights
conducted by Scott Harris
Arar challenged his rendition to Syria in a U.S. court in 2004, but a federal judge dismissed the case in 2006 on the grounds that the lawsuit would jeopardize national security. The Canadian government has since issued a report finding that Arar had no ties to terrorists, committed no crime -- and offered an apology, awarding him $10 million dollars in compensation.
Arar, who is still banned from entering the U.S., had his attorneys back in court in early November to appeal the case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. He hopes his lawsuit will expose the Bush administration's practice of "extraordinary rendition," secure an official apology from the U.S. government and reach a monetary damages settlement. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Maria LaHood, senior attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights who is working on the Arar case. She discusses the importance of the appeal in forcing the Bush administration to comply with international human rights law.
Contact the Center by calling (212) 614-6464 or visit their website at www.ccr-ny.org
Movement Demanding ClosureOn Nov. 16-18, School of the Americas Watch is holding its 18th annual protest outside the gates of Fort Benning, Ga., which is home to a U.S.-funded military training school originally called School of the Americas, or SOA, and now named the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, or WHINSEC.
of U.S. Army's Training School for
Latin American Soldiers Makes Progress
Interview with Maryknoll priest
Father Roy Bourgeois,
School of the Americas Watch founder,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus
SOA-Watch was founded in 1990 when Father Roy Bourgeois, a Maryknoll missionary priest, and two others carried out a creative non-violent protest action on the military base. They were protesting the assassinations on Nov. 16, 1989 of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her teenage daughter in El Salvador by Salvadoran troops whose officers had been trained at the School of the Americas.
Over the years, the protests have grown astronomically. Last year, about 20,000 people came from all over the U.S. to participate in workshops, hold musical celebrations, and march in a solemn funeral procession commemorating the tens of thousands of civilians from all over Latin America who have died at the hands of graduates of the school. Earlier this year, a resolution to cut funding to the school failed in the House by only six votes. Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with SOA Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois about the progress made toward closing the school since last year's protest. He also recalls his 1990 action that marked the beginning of this powerful movement for peace and justice.
Call School of the Americas Watch at (202) 234-3440 or visit their website at www.soaw.org.
Kucinich Succeeds in MovingAs voters cast ballots in local elections across the U.S. on Nov. 6, Congress was voting on a resolution calling for the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney. The measure, sponsored by Democratic presidential candidate Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich has 22 co-sponsors, but had been bottled up by the Democratic leadership for six months.
Impeachment Resolution Against Cheney Forward
Interview with journalist David Lindorff,
conducted by Scott Harris
When a vote finally did occur, Republicans, in an attempt to embarrass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has repeatedly stated that impeachment was "off the table," supported the legislation. At the last minute, however, many Democrats not wanting to be seen as defending Cheney, changed their votes from supporting Pelosi's attempt to table the measure, to supporting the resolution. As a result of all the political maneuvering, the impeachment debate will now move to the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Michigan Democrat Rep. John Conyers.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with journalist Dave Lindorff, who co-authored the book, "The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office," with attorney Barbara Olshansky. Lindorff summarizes the basis for the Cheney impeachment resolution and looks at the road ahead for getting a serious hearing on the high crimes and misdemeanors that Kucinich and many others assert have been committed by both the vice president and President Bush.
Read Lindorff's articles online at his website: ThisCantBeHappening.net
This week's summary
of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
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"The Social Security Scare Squad,"by Dean Baker, Truthout, Nov. 19, 2007
"Clinton Flogs Iranian Role In Iraq-Even More Than Bush,"by Robert Naiman, Common Dreams, Nov. 17, 2007
"Watchdogs Pressure Pelosi Over Ethics Office,"The Hill, Nov. 16, 2007
"Democrats Cowed By GOP Scare Tactics On Immigrants,"by Juan Gonzalez, New York Daily News, Nov. 15, 2007
"An Appeal To Barack Obama,"by Tom Hayden, ZNet, Nov. 15, 2007
"Don't Believe The Hype (Ron Paul Is Not Your Savior),"by Aura Bogado, ZNet, Nov. 14, 2007
"McClellan Points Finger At Bush, Rove Over Plame Deceptions,"by Mike Allen & Michael Calderone, The Politico, Nov. 20, 2007
"'Fall Of The House Of Bush:' Six Questions For Craig Unger,"by Scott Horton, Harper's, Nov. 19, 2007
"Strange Bedfellows: George W. Bush & The New York Times,"by David Benjamin, Common Dreams, Nov. 17, 2007
"State Official, Brother Are Called For Hearing On Blackwater,"Washington Post, Nov. 17, 2007
"Fired Attorneys Build Case Against Gonzales,"by Jason Leopold, Truthout, Nov. 16, 2007
"Can Democrats Stop Bush And Cheney From Depriving The Bush Presidential Library Of The Papers They Wish To Keep Secret?,"by John W. Dean, FindLaw, Nov. 16, 2007
"Beyond Mukasey's Confirmation, White House Liability Issues Loom Large,"by Elizabeth Holtzman, TRuthout, Nov. 13, 2007
American Empire/War Profiteering
"Coup D'Etat Rumblings In Venezuela,"by Stephen Lendman, ZNet, Nov. 19, 2007
"U.S. Peace Activists Support Major Czech Demonstrations Against U.S. Radar In The Czech REpublic,"by Joanne Landy, ZNet, Nov. 17, 2007
"U.S. Media Bias And Recent Student Violence In Venezuela,"by JoJo Farrell, ZNet, Nov. 15, 2007
"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan
Baghdad's Weary Start To Exhale As Security Improves,"The New York Times, Nov. 20, 2007
"Alarm Over Case Against Award-Winning AP Photographer,"Associated Press, Nov. 20, 2007
"Sects Unite To Battle Al Qaeda In Iraq,"Los Angeles Times, Nov. 19, 2007
"Sergeant Fled Army, But Not The War In His Head,"The New York Times, Nov. 18, 2007
"Losing Afghanistan, One Civilian At A Time,"by Peter Bergen & Katherine Tiedemann, Washington Post, Nov. 18, 2007
"Canada Shuts Door To U.S. War Resisters,"by Aaron Glantz, Inter Press Service, Nov. 16, 2007
Civil Liberties/ Human Rights
"Guantanamo Whistleblower Launches A New Attack O Rigged Tribunals,"by Andy Worthington, counterpunch, Nov. 20, 2007
"Congress And The Disappeared,"by Nat Hentoff, Village Voice (New York), Nov. 20, 2007
"Democrats Face Uphill Battle In Rolling Back Spy Powers,"by Maya Schenwar & Matt Renner, Truthout, Nov. 20, 2007
"Here Come The Thought Police,"by Ralph E. Shaffer & R. William Robinson, Baltimore Sun, Nov. 19, 2007
"War On Terrorism Leads To Rights Abuses: Watchdog,"Reuters, Nov. 19, 2007
"Leaked Guantanamo Document Confirms Routine Use Of Isolation As Psychological Torture,"by Stephen Soldz, ZNet, Nov. 18, 2007
"Court Deals Blow To Wiretapping Case,"Associated Press, Nov. 16, 2007
"The Threat From Terrorism Does Not Justify Slicing Away Our Freedoms,"by Timothy Garton Ash, Guardian/UK, Nov. 15, 2007
"A Primer On The Law Of Torture,"by Anthony Piel, Truthout, Nov. 15, 2007
"The Media And The War: Seeing The Human,"by Philip Bennett, Open Democracy, Nov. 20, 2007
"Bad Reviews Pile Up For FCC Chief's Plan,"Los Angeles Times, Nov. 19, 2007
"U.S. Media Poodles,"by Norman Solomon, Guardian/UK, Nov. 19, 2007
"FOX News: A Myth In The Unmaking,"by Michael Tomasky, Guardian/UK, Nov. 19, 2007
"As The Media Merges With Politics, Can We Resist 'Electotaiment'?,"by Danny Schechter, Common Dreams, Nov. 19, 2007
"Disservice Journalism At The Democratic Presidential Debates,"by Matthew Yglesas, Guardian/UK, Nov. 17, 2007
"What A Fearless Journalist Looks Like,"by Amy Goodman, ZNet, Nov. 16, 2007
"Wolf Blitzer Loses Democratic Debate,"by David Swanson, Counterpunch, Nov. 16, 2007
"Howard Zinn's Rebel Voices: A Call For Civil Disobedience,"by Andre Banks, AlterNet, Nov. 20, 2007
"The Problem With Youth Activism,"by Courtney E, Martin, The American Prospect, Nov. 20, 2007
"Protesters Arrested At Gonzales Speech,"The Independent Florida Alligator, Nov. 20, 2007
"Twenty Thousand Protest At Fort Benning; 11 Face Federal Criminal Trials,"by Bill Quigley, Common Dreams, Nov. 19, 2007
"Hundreds Rally In Olympia To Back Port Demonstrators,"The Olympian (Washington), Nov. 18, 2007
"Thousands Protest U.S. Army's 'School Of Murder, Torture,'"Reuters, Nov. 18, 2007
"Six Degrees Of Exploitation: Anti-Sweatshop Activists Target Kevin Bacon,"by Zack Knorr, Common Dreams, Nov. 17, 2007
"The Stryker Blockade: 10 Days That Shook Olympia,"by Peter Bohmer, Counterpunch, Nov. 15, 2007