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For The Week Ending Feb. 22, 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. 27, 2002.

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

European Leaders Harshly Critical
of Bush 'Axis of Evil' Speech

Fears expressed that U.S. unilateralism
will undermine fight against terrorism

Interview by Scott Harris.

In his State of the Union address delivered before Congress on Jan. 29th, President Bush singled out three nations: Iraq, Iran, North Korea, and their terrorist allies who he stated "constitute an axis of evil -- arming to threaten the peace of the world." The president went on to say that the U.S. must act against these regimes to deny them "the materials, technology and expertise" to make weapons of mass destruction.

While the president did not specify what actions America would take to achieve his goals, the governments which Mr. Bush threatened reacted with anger and charged that the accusations leveled against them were baseless. But long-time U.S. allies in Europe were also critical of the bellicose tone of the speech. French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin warned that neither American unilateralism or military means alone will reduce the threat of terrorism. Chris Patten, the European Union's commissioner for international relations and former chairman of Britain's Conservative Party, accused the Bush administration of a dangerously "absolutist and simplistic" stance towards the rest of the world. This criticism comes as U.S. military advisors have been deployed to the Philippines and speculation grows about a future U.S. assault on Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Bill Hartung director of the Arms Trade Research Center at the World Policy Institute, who questions the effectiveness of the U.S. war against terrorism and world reaction to president Bush's axis of evil comments.

Contact the World Policy Institute by calling (212) 229-5808 or visit their Web site at

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White House Uses Backdoor Strategy
to Eliminate Environmental Regulations

Interview by Melinda Tuhus.

Whether it's snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park, arsenic in our drinking water, or the country's millions of acres of roadless areas, a number of environmental organizations trying to hold the line claim the Bush administration has a plan for rolling back environmental protections. They say that when environmental regulations are challenged in court the administration responds with a weak defense, but then claims, when the regulations are reversed, that they are not to blame.

Some environmental groups point out that public opposition to President Bush's stands on environmental issues was quite strong before the September 11th terror attacks. They claim that since then government officials have tried, and in some cases succeeded, in carrying out environmental policy behind closed doors.

Betweeen The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Abigail Dillen, an attorney with Earth Justice, a public interest law firm with headquarters in San Francisco and regional offices around the country. Dillen, who is based in Bozeman, Mont., examines the tactics used by the Bush administration in dealing with environmental law and the harm, which she believe has been the result.

For more information, contact Earthjustice at (406) 586-9699 or visit their website at

Enron Payoff to Journalists Reveals
Corruption in Media System

Interview by Scott Harris.

As Congress continues its examination of the collapse of the Enron Corporation, the single largest bankruptcy in U.S. history, many observers remain skeptical that Republicans and Democrats, who received millions of dollars in campaign contributions from the failed energy giant, could conduct a thorough and objective investigation. The strong connections between Enron and the Bush administration raise many more questions about the prospects for a credible inquiry. Attorney General John Ashcroft has recently rejected calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor, despite the fact that as a recipient of Enron campaign contributions, he was forced to recuse himself from the Justice Dept. probe.

But Enron, didn't restrict its attempt to buy influence on Capitol Hill with $5.8 million dollars made in political contributions since 1989 -- mostly to Republicans. Powerful journalists also received large amounts of money from Enron. These reporters included Bill Kristol of the conservative Weekly Standard; Paul Krugman, a columnist with the New York Times; Lawrence Kudlow of CNBC and the National Review, and Peggy Noonan, speechwriter for former President Ronald Reagan, who now works with the Wall Street Journal .

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Peter Hart, an analyst with the media watch group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, who takes a look at the ethical questions raised by these journalists' relationship with Enron and the favorable coverage which may have been purchased.

Contact FAIR by calling 1-800 847-3993 or visit their Web site at

This week's summary of under-reported news
Compiled by Rich Fraser and Bob Nixon

  • Plight of female children forced into combat is largely ignored by nations assisting with disarming and demobilizing child soldiers. (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, September/October 2001)
  • Fallout from Enron's aggressive financing techniques have been felt halfway across the world, most notably in India. (The Nation, Feb. 18, 2002).
  • Fear drives public's resistance to reintroducing the grey wolf in forests of northern New England. (Forest Magazine, November/December, 2001)

Senior news editor/writer: Bob Nixon
Newswriter: Rich Fraser
Program narration: Denise Manzari
Segment producers: Melinda Tuhus
News reader: Jeff Wignall
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

Between The Lines Report, Week Ending 2/15/02. With more related audio files.

Billionaires for Bush, at Columbus Circle, NYC preparing for Feb. 2 march against the elite World Economic Forum. Links to page with MP3 file.

John Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO addresses a "Working Families Economic Forum" in NYC as activists prepare for protests against the elite World Economic Forum. 9MB in MP3.

Scott Harris reports on AFL-CIO Workers Forum in NYC for Free Speech Radio News 2/1/02

"Activists Plan Upcoming WEF Protests," Scott Harris interviews Michael Dolan,, Jan. 21, 2002

"Testing Protest in New York," by Sarah Ferguson,, Jan. 24, 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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