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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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This week we present Between The Lines' summary of under-reported news stories and:
Instability Plagues PakistanThe Dec. 27 assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto triggered violence and instability across that nation, resulting in the postponement of parliamentary elections from Jan. 8 to Feb. 18. The circumstances surrounding Bhutto's murder are unclear, with reports that she was shot or received severe head injuries resulting from a bomb blast near her limousine. The government of Gen. Pervez Musharraf, which named a Pakistani ally of al Qaeda and the Taliban as the architect of Bhutto's assassination, has invited British investigators from Scotland Yard to assist in the investigation.
after Bhutto Assassination
Interview with Junaid Ahmad,
of the People's Rights Movement,
conducted by Scott Harris
Benazir Bhutto's 19-year-old son, Bilawal, was appointed the new chairman of the Pakistan People's Party. The Oxford University student called for a U.N.-backed investigation of his mother's murder, maintaining that the government failed to provide her with adequate security and he did not trust them to solve her murder.
The New York Times recently reported that Bush administration officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and national security aides discussed a new proposal for CIA operatives based in Afghanistan to direct military support for counter-terrorism operations in neighboring Pakistan. However, Pakistan's chief military spokesman, Maj. General Waheed Arshad, said such reports were baseless. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Junaid Ahmad, of the Pakistan-based People's Rights Movement, who assesses the situation in Pakistan after Benazir Bhutto's assassination and the likely consequences of any future U.S. covert strikes inside Pakistan.
Read Junaid Ahmad's recent article, "What's Behind Benazir Bhutto's Assassination?" online at www.zmag.org.
Destruction of CIA Torture TapesThe revelation made by the CIA on Dec. 6 that the agency had, in 2005, destroyed hundreds of hours of videotapes documenting the 2002 interrogations and waterboarding of two al Qaeda suspects held by the U.S., has provoked Congressional demands for answers and a Justice Department investigation. The Bush administration's authorization of interrogation techniques, such as simulated drowning or waterboarding, violates U.S. and international law.
Designed to Protect Bush White House
Interview with Michael Ratner,
president of the Center for Constitutional Rights,
conducted by Scott Harris
A federal judge and the former co-chairmen of the bipartisan September 11th commission have asserted that the CIA obstructed their investigations by not informing them of the existence of the interrogation tapes. Although there had been a growing demand for a special counsel in the case, Attorney General Michael Mukasey appointed a federal prosecutor from Connecticut to lead a Department of Justice investigation into the matter.
In December, Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have prohibited the CIA from using harsh interrogation methods including waterboarding, mock executions and other techniques banned in the U.S. Army's field manual on interrogation. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who explains why he believes that the destruction of the interrogation video tapes was designed to protect senior Bush administration officials from prosecution.
Michael Ratner is the winner of the 2007 Puffin-Nation Prize for creative citizenship. Contact the Center by calling (212) 614-6464 or visit their website at www.ccrjustice.org
States Sue EPA for DenyingIn 2002, California passed legislation to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks. California is the only state in the nation allowed to set its own environmental standards, but it needs a waiver from the federal Environmental Protection Agency in order to do so. For the first time in 30 years, the EPA declined to grant the waiver, under pressure from a coalition of automakers. California has now sued the EPA.
Waiver on California's Stricter
Vehicle Emission Standards
Interview with Richard Blumenthal,
Connecticut attorney general,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus
Sixteen other states are ready to follow the California standards, which are stricter than the new mileage standards included in the energy bill recently passed by Congress. The Bush administration contends that the new law will cover the whole nation and they do not want to see a "patchwork" of different regulations state by state. But California and other state officials contest that view.
Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who was in the lead among 15 other state officials that joined California's lawsuit against the EPA in support of that state's waiver request. Blumenthal explains the differences between the bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush and the California car emission standards.
For more information on this issue call the Natural Resources Defense Council, a party to the suit, at (212) 727-2700 or visit their website at www.NRDC.org
This week's summary
of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
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"Space Invaders: Five Million Aliens For Hillary," by Greg Palast, ZNet, Jan. 15, 2008
"Running Away From Bush," by E.J. Dionne, TruthDig, Jan. 15, 2008
"Hillary Clinton's Dirty Campaign Tactics," by Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet, Jan. 15, 2008
"Now The Theocrats Want 'American Religious History Week,'" by Chris Hedges, The Nation, Jan. 15, 2008
"A Defining Moment For The Clintons: The Lawsuit Against Nevada's Culinary Workers Union," by Thomas De Zengotita, Huffington Post, Jan. 14, 2008
"We're Mad As Hell And The Dems Aren't Listening," by Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown, Jan. 14, 2008
"The Democrats' Strategic Challenge," by Paul Starr, The American Prospect, Jan. 14, 2008
"Worsening Economy Gives Obama And Clinton Chance To Copy Edwards' Populist Ideas," by William Greider, The Nation, Jan. 14, 2008
"Financial Forces Run Amok," by Al Meyerhoff, Los Angeles Times, Jan. 14, 2008
"Voter ID Scam Is The Real Fraud," by Cynthia Tucker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jan. 14, 2008
"U.S. Corporate Elite Fear Candidate Edwards," Reuters, Jan. 11, 2008
"The Fraud Of Voter ID Laws," by Amanda Terkel, The American Prospect, Jan. 11, 2008
"Antiwar Lessons From New Hampshire," by Tom Hayden, The Nation, Jan. 10, 2008
"An Old Democratic Fault Line," by Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect, Jan. 10, 2008
"Why I'm Still Not For Hillary Clinton," by Francis Kissling, Salon, Jan. 10, 2008
"Lantos' Tarnished Legacy," by Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, Jan. 8, 2008
"The End Of The Road For George W. Bush," by Chris Hedges, TruthDig, Jan. 14, 2008
"President Bush's Only Achievement In Middle East Is To Increase Power Of Iran," by Johann Hari, Independent/UK, Jan. 14, 2008
"Ex-CIA Official May Refuse To Testify About Videotapes," Washington Post, Jan. 10, 2008
American Empire/War Profiteering
"Gulf Of Tonkin Will Be Tough To Repeat," by Ray McGovern, Antiwar.com, Jan. 14, 2008
"Did 'Filipino Monkey' Almost Cause World War III?," by Scott MacLeod, Time, Jan. 14, 2008
"60 Years Of Empire," by Saul Landau, Counterpunch, Jan. 12/13, 2008
"Toward Militarism, War, Empire, Caskets And Bankruptcy," by Jacob Hornberger, Future of Freedom Foundation, Jan. 11, 2008
"The U.S. Military Inflicts More Damage On Its Credibility," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Jan. 10, 2008
"U.S. Voices On Recording May Not Have Been From Iranian Speedboats," ABC News, Jan. 10, 2008
"Will Naval Incident Undermine Bush's Iran Messafe?," by Trita Parsi, Inter Press Service, Jan. 10, 2008
"An Ominous Non-Event: The Gulf Of Tonkin And The Strait Of Hormuz," by Robert Fantina, Counterpunch, Jan. 8, 2008
"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan
"Iraqi Opposition Alliance Threatens Government," Telegraph/UK, Jan. 14, 2008
"3,200 Marines Prepare For Afghan Tour," Associated Press, Jan. 14, 2008
"Gross Distortions, Sloppy Methodology And Tendentious Reporting: How The New England Journal Of Medicine Undercounted Iraqi Civilian Deaths," by Andrew Cockburn, Counterpunch, Jan. 12/13, 2008
"Iraq's Insurgents Are Ordinary People," by Emily Wilson, AlterNet, Jan. 11, 2008
"On Anniversary, Views Of Surge Diverge," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Jan. 11, 2008
"Pentagon, Big Pharma: Drug Troops To Numb Them Of Horrors Of War," Penny Coleman, AlterNet, Jan. 10, 2008
"2005 Use Of Gas By Blackwater Leaves Questions," The New York Times, Jan. 10, 2008
"The Myth Of Sectarian Violence In Iraq," by Dahr Jamail, ZNet, Jan. 10, 2008
"The 'Good War' Is A Bad War," by John Pilger, Antiwar.com, Jan. 10, 2008
"U.S. War Planes Flatten 'Safe Havens' In Iraq," Associated Press, Jan. 10, 2008
"U.S. Airstrike In Iraq Is One Of Largest Of War," USA Today, Jan. 10, 2008
"U.S. General Says 'Spectacular' Qaeda Attacks Rise In Iraq," Agence France Presse, Jan. 9, 2008
"Iraq Outlook 2008," by Erik Leaver, Foreign Policy in Focus, Jan. 9, 2008
Civil Liberties/ Human Rights
"Much Ado About Padilla Vs. Yoo," by David Luban, Balkinization, Jan. 13, 2008
"Repress U: How To Build A Homeland Security Campus In Seven Steps," by Tom Engelhardt & Michael Gould-Wartofsky, TomDispatch.com, Jan. 10, 2008
"Senationalist Media Did Pentagon's Bidding In Fake Naval 'Provocation' With Iran," by Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!, Jan. 14, 2008
"The Greatest Media Revolution Since Gutenberg?," by Lydia Sargent, ZNet, Jan. 1, 2008
"The Commons, The State And Transformative Politics," by Hilary Wainwright, Red Pepper, Jan. 14, 2008
"Eighty Arrested At Protest Calling For Gitmo Closure," Associated Press, Jan. 11, 2008
"Protesters Disrupt Vermont Governor's State Of the State Address," Times Argus (Vermont), Jan. 11, 2008