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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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U.S. Alliance with Iraq's Sunni MilitiasU.S. generals, Republican members of Congress, the media and right-wing pundits have all recently begun to sing the praises of President Bush's deployment of 30,000 additional troops to Iraq, crediting the tactic for a reduction in violence in the occupied nation. The Pentagon reports that al Qaeda in Iraq has virtually been defeated and the weekly number of attacks by insurgents has now decreased to the lowest level since the bombing of a holy Shiite shrine in Samarra in February 2006. Data has also been presented by U.S. and Iraqi officials recording a decrease in the number of civilian deaths as well as U.S. and Iraqi soldiers being killed.
a "Ticking Time Bomb"
Interview with journalist Dahr Jamail,
conducted by Scott Harris
While observers in Iraq acknowledge the uncertain ebb and flow of resistance to the U.S. occupation, most cite the role that a U.S. alliance with some Sunni tribes in embattled provinces has played in reducing violence -- unrelated to the surge. But other factors, such as Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr's call for his militia to halt offensive action -- and the brutal success of an ethnic cleansing campaign in mixed ethnic neighborhoods, have also contributed to a decline in bloodshed. But while the situation on the ground is calmer compared with record levels of violence seen over the last year, over 500 attacks each week continue to result in unspeakable carnage. The changes in Iraq's security front have not been accompanied by any progress towards political reconciliation.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with independent journalist Dahr Jamail, who reported from the streets of Iraq for eight months between November 2003 and February 2005. Jamail, author of the new book, "Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq," assesses what he believe to be false pronouncements that the U.S. is now winning the war in Iraq.
Read Dahr Jamail's articles online at www.dahr.org.
Bush's Failed Nuclear Non-proliferation PolicyThe president of Pakistan, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, under growing pressure at home and abroad to end emergency rule that he imposed on Nov. 3, has released thousands of opposition party members, human rights advocates and lawyers from detention -- and set Jan. 8. as a date for parliamentary elections. However, opposition parties have stated that unless emergency rule is lifted, the election will lack credibility and they are considering a boycott of the ballot.
Seen in Pakistan Crisis
Interview with peace and disarmament correspondent
Jonathan Schell with The Nation magazine, and
author of "The Seventh Decade,"
conducted by Scott Harris
Musharraf, who took power in a 1999 coup, justified his November imposition of emergency rule and firing of the Supreme Court by citing a recent wave of violent attacks by Islamic militants sympathetic to the Taliban and Al Qaeda. But his violent crackdown has been focused on civil society and his secular political opponents.
International observers of Pakistan's political crisis have expressed growing concern over the nuclear-armed nation's instability -- and the prospect that Islamic insurgent groups or their allies could in the future seize control of atomic weapons or nuclear material.
Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jonathan Schell, peace and disarmament correspondent with the Nation magazine and author of "The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger." Schell examines the dangerous situation in Pakistan and how it illustrates the failure of the Bush administration's post 9/11 nuclear non-proliferation policy.
"The Seventh Decade, The New Shape of Nuclear Danger" is published by Metropolitan Books. Read Schell's Nation Magazine column online at www.thenation.com
Young People StormThe issue of global warming was again thrust into the spotlight with the Nov. 17 release of a report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report, written by hundreds of top scientists, warns that unless the world ends its growth of carbon emissions within seven years and phases out carbon emitting technologies within four decades, the planet could see the extinction of as many as 25 percent of all species.
U.S. Capital Demanding
Action on Global Warming
Interview with Jessy Tolkan,
executive director of programs with Energy Action Action,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus
Illustrating the growing urgency on the climate crisis, 6,000 young people met at the University of Maryland for the largest gathering on global warming in U.S. history Nov. 3 through 5. The conference was organized by the Energy Action Coalition, which is made up of 46 youth organizations from the U.S. and Canada, with a focus on the environment and social justice issues. The coalition includes environmental groups like the Sierra Student Coalition, as well as groups representing youth of color, like the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Environmental Justice Climate Change Initiative.
The conference, titled, "Power Shift," brought young people together for panels and workshops. On the last day of the gathering, 2,000 to 3,000 of them spent the day on Capitol Hill, lobbying their elected officials to take strong action on climate change. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Jessy Tolkan, executive director of programs with the Energy Action Coalition. She describes her reaction to the lobbying by Power Shift participants and explains the kind of legislation the coalition is pressing for.
Contact Energy Action Coalition's D.C. office at (202) 536-2845 or visit their website at energyaction.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