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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
"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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Senate Filibuster Delays VoteJust before Congress adjourned for their summer recess earlier this year, legislators rushed to pass the Protect America Act, a bill revising the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, which granted the executive branch expanded powers to conduct surveillance on U.S. citizens. The bill, passed in a climate of fear generated by what turned out to be bogus warnings of a possible terrorist attack on Washington, D.C., is set to expire in February.
on Telecommunications Firms' Immunity
in Surveillance Bill
Interview with Danny O'Brien,
international outreach coordinator,
with the Electronic Frontier Foundation,
conducted by Scott Harris
When the U.S. Senate began to debate new FISA legislation on Dec. 17, presidential candidate Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn. rushed back to the capital from campaigning in Iowa to conduct a filibuster to stop the Intelligence Committee version of the bill. Dodd, joined by a group of Democratic colleagues, opposed a provision of the legislation that provided retroactive immunity to telecommunication companies that had cooperated with President Bush's illegal warrantless surveillance program. The filibuster by Dodd and others, succeeded in delaying consideration of new FISA legislation until January.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Danny O'Brien, with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has a pending lawsuit against phone company giant AT&T for their role in illegally allowing the NSA to monitor customer phone and email communications. O'Brien discusses the issues surrounding the immunity provision and what's at stake as Congress debates new legislation regulating the power of government to spy on its people.
Contact the Electronic Frontier Foundation by calling (415) 436-9333 or visit their website at stopthespying.org or www.eff.org
Report Finds HomelessnessThe U.S. Conference of Mayors just released its annual study of hunger and homelessness, and both are on the rise. In 2007, on any given night, 750,000 people are homeless in America, and 40 percent of the homeless are families. Forty-four percent are unsheltered, meaning they're living on the street or in their cars. And the number of violent attacks on homeless people is increasing.
Rising Across the U.S.
Interview with Michael Stoops,
acting executive director
of the National Coalition for the Homeless,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus
The report found that the rising cost of housing and a shortage of affordable housing is a major cause of homelessness in families with children as well as increasing rates of hunger. The survey also noted that the recent rise in home foreclosures, the increased cost of living in general and the increased cost of food in particular as major causes of hunger in America.
Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Michael Stoops, acting executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless. He discusses increasingly punitive measures taken by some cities and towns to disperse their homeless population, the contradictory record of the Bush administration on the issue, and the possible impact of the sub-prime mortgage crisis on homelessness in the U.S.
Contact the National Coalition for the Homeless, based in Washington, D.C. by calling (202) 462-4822 or visit their website at www.nationalhomeless.org.
Public and Congress Set to ChallengeNew media ownership rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in a December 18th vote, removed longstanding regulations prohibiting local newspapers from owning a broadcast outlet in the same city or market. Changes to the newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership ban, sought by FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, passed in a party-line vote with the three Republican Commissioners supporting the measure and two Democrats in opposition.
New FCC Media Cross-Ownership Rules
Interview with Craig Aaron,
with Free Press,
conducted by Scott Harris
Opponents of the ownership rules change were angered at the 11th hour revisions to the measure that granted 40 permanent waivers to big media companies, like Tribune, News Corp., Media General and Gannett that have for many years violated the cross-ownership ban. Of major concern to many is the effect further deregulation will have on decreasing diversity, competition and locally originated programming on media outlets around the nation.
Many of the same groups from across the U.S. political spectrum that rallied to successfully block sweeping ownership deregulation proposed by the FCC in 2003, have vowed to fight again to stop these latest changes. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Craig Aaron, communications director with the media reform group Free Press, who assesses the impact of the FCC vote, and how the public and Congress can reverse the ownership deregulation scheme.
Contact Free Press by calling (202) 265-1490, or visit the group's website at www.freepress.net
This week's summary
of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
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"'Angry John' Vs. KumbayObama: Reflections On Iowa, Business Rule And The Democratic Party's Democratic Disconnect,"by Paul Street, ZNet, Dec. 20, 2007
"Romney Fields Question On False King Claims,"Detroit Free Press, Dec. 20, 2007
"Harry Reid's Pro-Life Stance Vs. Ron Paul's,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Dec. 20, 2007
"Ohio Will Likely Face Big Vote-Counting Problems In 2008,"by Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet, Dec. 19, 2007
"The Conservative Persecution Hoax Exposed,"by Max Blumenthal, Huffington Post, Dec. 19, 2007
"No Democrat Wanted Joe Lieberman's Endorsement,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Dec. 19, 2007
"Paul Keeps White Supremacist Donation,"Associated Press, Dec. 19, 2007
"Economic Blues,"by Robert Borosage, TomPaine.com, Dec. 18, 2007
"Inside A GOP Effort To Rig 2002 New Hampshire Elections,"McClatchy Newspapers, Dec. 18, 2007
"Anatomy And Significance Of Monday's FISA Victory,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Dec. 18, 2007
"Sand Blasting: Throwing Grit In The Gears Of The Machine,"by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Dec. 18, 2007
"Hillary Clinton Joins Joe Lieberman To Resurrect Culture Wars,"by Jane Hamsher, Huffington Post, Dec. 18, 2007
"Obama On The Rise,"by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, Dec. 17, 2007
"Pundits Say Clinton Or Obama, But Edwards Is Best Bet To Beat GOP,"by Joshua Holland, AlterNet, Dec. 16, 2007
"Housing Crash Still Weighs On The Economy,"by Mark Weisbrot, ZNet, Dec. 15, 2007
"The Counterpunch Campaign,"by Ezra Klein, The American Prospect, Dec. 14, 2007
"Democrats And The Politics Of Failure,"by Terence Samuel, The American Prospect, Dec. 14, 2007
"Hillary Clinton Can't Be Trusted On Iraq,"by Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, Dec. 13, 2007
"Democrats Need To Admit They Have A Problem: They Aree Addicted To Backing Down,"by Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post, Dec. 10, 2007
"CIA Told Not To Destroy Interrogation Tapes,"Newsweek, Dec. 24, 2007
"White House Lawyers Told Of Videotapes,"Washington Post, Dec. 20, 2007
"Bush Still Spinning Nukes In Iran,"by Marjorie Cohn, Huffington Post, Dec. 20, 2007
"Constitutional Scholar: 'At Least Six Identifiable Crimes' In CIA Tape Affair,"Raw Story, Dec. 19, 2007
"An Inside Job: Is The NIE Bush's Watergate?,"by Saul Landau, Counterpunch, Dec. 19, 2007
"Is Bush's New Spin Master A Lame Duck?,"by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Dec. 19, 2007
"Court Inquiry On Tape Case Opposed By Justice Department,"The New York Times, Dec. 16, 2007
"Bush Administration Pushes For Control Of Promotions Of Military Lawyers,"Boston Globe, Dec. 15, 2007
"The Investigations Of The Destruction Of CIA Torture Tapes: How An ACLU Lawsut Might Force The Bush Administration To Reveal What Actually Happened,"by John W. Dean, FindLaw, Dec. 14, 2007
"The End Of Impunity?,"by Brian Beutler, The American Prospect, Dec. 14, 2007
American Empire/War Profiteering
"Liquidation Of Empire,"by Gordon Prather, Antiwar.com, Dec. 15, 2007
"Ecuador To Evict U.S., Offer Air Base To China,"by April Howard, AlterNet, Dec. 13, 2007
"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan
"Do U.S. Prisons In Iraq Breed Insurgents?,"Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 20, 2007
"The Coming Fight For Northern Iraq,"by Spencer Ackerman, The American Prospect, Dec. 20, 2007
"All Iraqi Groups Blame U.S. Invasion For Discord, Study Shows,"Washington Post, Dec. 19, 2007
"Analysis: NATO Risks Losing The War In Afghanistan,"Reuters, Dec. 19, 2007
"Afghan Mission Is Reviewed As Concerns Rise,"The New York Times, Dec. 16, 2007
"A Distant War Comes Home To America,"McClatchy Newspapers, Dec. 16, 2007
"Turkey Bombs Kurdish Rebels In North Iraq,"Reuters, Dec. 16, 2007
"IG Investigates Special Ops Shootings In Afghanistan,"Associated Press, Dec. 14, 2007
"Only One Thing Unites Iraqis: Hatred Of The U.S.,"by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, Dec. 14, 2007
Civil Liberties/ Human Rights
"What Happens At A CIA 'Black Site?,'"by Amy Goodman, King Features Syndicate, Dec. 19, 2007
"Due Process At Guantanamo,"by smintheus, Daily Kos, Dec. 19, 2007
"UK Guantanamo Detainee Near Suicide After Years Of Torture, Doctors Warn,"Independent/UK, Dec. 18, 2007
"Retired FBI Agent: Waterboarding Produced 'Crap' Information From Detainee,"by Nick Juliano, Raw Story, Dec. 18, 2007
"Another Milestone On The Road To Serfdom,"by Scott Horton, Harper's, Dec. 17, 2007
"Wider Spying Fuels Aid Plan For Telecom Industry,"The New York Times, Dec. 16, 2007
"Man Who Flies Flag Upside Down Gets A Brick Through His Truck Window And A Rock Through His Daughter's Bedroom Window,"by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Dec. 14, 2007
"Inside The CIA's Notorious 'Black Sites,'"by Mark Benjamin, Salon, Dec. 14, 2007
"What Is Probably On The Missing Tapes,"by Naomi Wolf, Huffington Post, Dec. 13, 2007
"Torture's Blame Game,"by Rosa Brooks, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 13, 2007
"Guantanamo Legal Advisor Refuses To Say Iranians Waterboarding Americans Would Be Torture,"Think Progress, Dec. 11, 2007
"Journalistic Balance Vs. Truth,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Dec. 20, 2007
"Media Hostility Toward Anti-Establishment Candidates,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Dec. 19, 2007
"FCC Votes For Monopoly, Congress Must Vote For Democracy,"by John Nichols, The Nation, Dec. 18, 2007
"MPAA Rejects Gibney's 'Dark' Poster,"Variety, Dec. 18, 2007
"Reporters Without Democracy: Media Watchdog As Democracy Manipulator,"by Michael Barker, ZNet, Dec. 15, 2007
"Defiant FCC Chief Refuses To Delay Vote,"Los Angeles Times, Dec. 14, 2007
"FCC Proposes Greater Media Consolidation,"by Stephen Lendman, ZNet, Dec. 13, 2007
"Big Media Myopia At The FCC,"by Timothy Karr, Huffington Post, Dec. 12, 2007
"Ritual Gloating Postmortems: Corporate Media Vs. Hugo Chavez,"by Stephen Lendman, ZNet, Dec. 12, 2007
"Blackwater Resisters Tried In Closed Court,"by Marcus Melder, Znet, Dec. 19, 2007
"Students For A Democratic Society NorthEast Convention-Winter 2007,"by Robin Markle & Becca Rast, ZNet, Dec. 17, 2007
"In London, The World Gathers Against War,"by Derrick O'Keefe, Rabble, Dec. 17, 2007
"Blocking The Strykers: 13 Days Of War Resistance At The Port Of Olympia,"by Sandy Mayes, ZNet, Dec. 15, 2007