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For The Week Ending Feb. 1, 2002


LISTEN to this week's half-hour program of Between The Lines by clicking on one of the links below. MP3 files available until Feb. 6, 2002.

This week we present Between The Lines' summary
of under-reported news stories and:

Estimate of Civilian Deaths Resulting
from U.S. War in Afghanistan Exceeds Number
Slain at World Trade Center

Story ignored by American media
Interview by Scott Harris.

In early December, university professor Marc Herold released a report which concluded that the U.S. bombing campaign begun in Afghanistan Oct. 7 had resulted in the deaths of more than 3,500 civilians. Herold, a professor of economics and women's studies at the University of New Hampshire, has since expanded his estimate to 4,000, a number based on international press reports and eyewitness accounts.

The study titled, "A Dossier on Civilian Victims of U.S. Aerial Bombing in Afghanistan: A Comprehensive Accounting," offers detailed analysis of the unintended consequences of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, which has largely been spared much scrutiny by America's corporate media. Groups like the Project on Defense Alternatives calculated smaller numbers than Herold, stating that 1,000 to 1,300 Afghans died in the U.S. air strikes. But the Pentagon and Afghanistan's interim government have declined to release any estimate of civilians killed or injured during the U.S. led campaign to oust the Taliban government and their Al Qaeda allies.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Marc Herold, about the reasons he undertook this research and why he believes it is critical for Americans to know the true cost of the U.S. war against terrorism.

Marc Herold's report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan can be found on the Internet at

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Tens of Thousands of Activists, Officials
Expected at World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil

Will explore alternative economic development models to further social justice
Interview by Scott Harris.

While thousands of environmental, labor and student activists fill the streets of New York City to protest the elite annual meeting of the World Economic Forum at the end of January, many international activists dedicated to social justice will be gathering in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Some of the world's most powerful corporate and political figures will be in New York to discuss, behind closed doors, plans to expand free trade, neoliberal economic policy and their corporate vision for globalization. In stark contrast to the elite gathering in New York, the 2nd annual meeting of the World Social Forum in Brazil will draw tens of thousands of activists, academics and workers representing a growing global social justice movement who will explore alternative models for economic and environmentally sustainable development.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Victor Menotti, program director with the International Forum on Globalization, who will be attending the meetings in Porto Alegre. He discusses the goals of the World Social Forum and the concrete action which may come out of this international gathering of progressive forces.

Contact the International Forum on Globalization by calling (415) 561-3482 or visit their Web site at The World Social Forum Web site can be accessed at

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Mining Project Threatens Montana Wilderness Area
Environmental groups mobilize opposition
Interview by Melinda Tuhus.

The Cabinet Mountains comprise 94,000 acres of designated wilderness in the far northwest corner of Montana. It is here that a mining company has proposed developing a copper and silver mine, and has received approval to do so from the U.S. Forest Service and the Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality.

This project pits the 1872 Mining Act against the 1964 Wilderness Act. The Mining Act allows extractive industries to take out natural resources while paying only a tiny fraction of their worth, often leaving environmental devastation in their wake. The Wilderness Act decrees that the lands so designated should be free of impact by humans. Several citizen lawsuits are planned or already underway to try to stop the mine from being established.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Roger Flynn, an attorney with the Western Mining Action Project, a nonprofit environmental law center based in Boulder, Colo. The group, founded in 1993, represents citizens' groups and native American tribes on western mining issues. Flynn describes the Cabinet Mountain wilderness area, the threat presented by the proposed mine, and the campaign being organized to stop it.

For more information, contact the Western Mining Action Project at (303) 473-9618 or email them at

This week's summary of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon and Denise Manzari

  • Political campaign contributions by Air Transport Association and airlines helped block tighter airport security measures for 11 years. ("Airline Insecurity," by Mother Jones, January/February 2002)
  • Great Britain taking "soft path" in dealing with drug addiction, while U.S. is increasingly isolated in three decade War on Drugs. ("Drug War Retreat," by Adam J. Smith, In These Times, Jan. 7, 2002)
  • Allegations of poor training and over-reaction by police in shooting death of emotionally disturbed man leads to lawsuit filed against Brattleboro, Vt. ("Woodward Family Sues Town," by Susan Smallheer, Rutland Herald, Jan. 21, 2002)

Senior news editor/writer: Bob Nixon
Newswriter: Denise Manzari
Program narration: Denise Manzari
Segment Producer: Melinda Tuhus
News reader: Elaine Osowski
Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates
Web editor/producer: Anna Manzo
Executive producer: Scott Harris

... MORE ...

World Economic Forum Protests, Jan. 31-Feb. 4, 2002, World Economic Forum Conference and National Student Mobilization, Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, Columbia University, New York City. See conference schedule.

Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch

Another World is Possible Coalition

Anti-Capitalist Convergence

New York Independent Media Center

Globalize This!

"Energy Standoff in Central Asia

"Bush Fuels Oil Conspiracy Theory," by Ted Rall,, Jan. 10, 2002

"Pipeline Politics: Oil, The Taliban and the Political Balance of Central Asia," World Press Review Special Report

"The New Great Game: Oil Politics in Central Asia" by Ted Rall,, October 11, 2001,

Economic Globalization Resources

ZNet's Global Economic Crisis resource site Excellent source for understanding global economics and trade issues and particularly in preparation for ongoing demonstrations about economic justice

"The Fight for Everything" A series of interviews with activists and leaders of grassroots, progressive groups analyzing the goals, strategy and tactics of the global social justice movement

Multi-Ethnic Public Issues Advocacy

Dr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson's Commentaries, The Hutchinson Report

Between The Lines' 10th Anniversary CD


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