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For The Week Ending Sept. 27, 2002


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

Iraq's Offer to Return U.N. Weapons Inspectors
Fails to Deter Bush War Plans

Interview with John Quigley,
Ohio State University international law professor,
conducted by Scott Harris

One day after the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, President Bush made a speech at the United Nations delivering an ultimatum to Iraq and the world that unless Baghdad immediately complied with U.N. resolutions, a war would be launched. But, on the evening of Sept. 16, Naji Sabri, Iraq's minister of foreign affairs sent a letter to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan stating that the government of Saddam Hussein will now "allow the return of U.N. weapons inspectors to Iraq without conditions."

While Kofi Annan and many nations welcomed this shift in Iraq's position as a first step toward providing assurance that Baghdad no longer possesses weapons of mass destruction, the White House dismissed the Iraqi decision as "a tactic that will fail." Despite the sudden turn of events, Bush administration officials continued to pressure the U.N. Security Council to pass a new resolution demanding Iraq's complete cooperation with inspectors while at the same time authorizing the automatic use of force if it chose not to comply. Permanent Security Council members France and Russia have rejected the American approach and Paris has offered a less bellicose set of resolutions.

Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with John Quigley, professor of international law at Ohio State University, who examines Iraq's decision to allow the return of U.N. weapons inspectors in the context of the Bush administration's threat to launch a unilateral war to depose Saddam Hussein.

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Groups Opposed to a New U.S. War Against Iraq
Organizing Nonviolent Civil Disobedience

Interview with Gordon Clark,
coordinator of the Iraq Pledge of Resistance,
conducted by Scott Harris

As the Bush administration works to undercut Saddam Hussein's offer to allow U.N. weapons inspectors to return to Iraq, the Pentagon is escalating its attacks against Iraqi air defenses. On Sept. 16, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced that in response to Iraqi anti-aircraft fire directed at U.S. and British warplanes patrolling northern and southern no-fly zones, he has ordered allied jets to attack command and control sites that operate Iraq's surface-to-air missile batteries. Many observers view these changes in tactics as a means to degrade Iraq's ability to defend itself in advance of a future U.S. attack.

As part of its preparation for war against Baghdad, the U.S. also recently announced that it will base B-2 bombers at a British airbase on the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, 3,000 miles closer to Iraq than current bases in Missouri. In other signs, that the Bush administration is laying the groundwork for war, Gen. Tommy Franks, the commander of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf, is planning to move key sectors of his headquarters from Tampa, Fla. to Qatar by November.

As the drums of war beat ever louder, peace groups around the U.S. have responded by organizing teach-ins, protests and vigils. One of the projects now underway, the Iraq Pledge of Resistance, is modeled on an earlier effort to stop American military intervention in Central American conflicts during the 1980s. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Gordon Clark, coordinator of the Iraq Pledge of Resistance, who discusses this national movement being organized to oppose a new U.S. war against Iraq.

Iraq Pledge of Resistance can be contacted by calling (301) 608-2450; or visit their Web site at:

Amnesty International Condemns
White House Human Rights Certification
of Colombian Military

Interview with Eric Olson,
of Amnesty International,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus.

On Sept. 9, the Bush administration released $42 million in military aid to the Colombian government after certifying human rights there had improved enough to meet a congressional requirement. Factions, including leftist guerillas, the military and the police have been waging war in Colombia for almost four decades, joined in recent years by right-wing paramilitaries blamed for an increasing share of human rights violations.

Amnesty International estimates that there are 4,000 politically related killings annually in Colombia, with the number likely to go higher this year. Gross human rights violations, including massacres, extra-judicial executions, torture, disappearances and massive displacement of populations have all continued.

Amnesty has protested the most recent White House certification that human rights in Colombia are being respected, as it has in all past certifications. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Eric Olson, Amnesty International's Advocacy director for the Americas, about what he views as a flawed certification process and how the war is impacting Colombians.

Contact Amnesty International at (202) 544-0200 or visit their Web site at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Little international outcry over Russian army sweeps that target civilians in Chechnya. ("Cleansing Chechnya," Amnesty Now, Fall 2002)
  • Botswana's progressive land reform still hampered by a housing crisis. ("Botswana: Land Hits the Black Market," World Press Review, August, 2002)
  • Bush administration accused of defunding mine safety programs. ("Action, Not Words," In These Times, Sept. 16, 2002)

Senior news editor/writer: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Sasha Summer Cousineau
Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates
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Executive producer: Scott Harris

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G8 Aid Pledge to Africa Branded Neocolonialism

Neoliberal Economic Strings Attached in G8 Aid Pledge to Africa Interview with Kevin Danaher, cofounder of Global Exchange

Stop the War March on Washington, D.C. April 20th, 2002

Between The Lines Special Report: Interviews with Rev. Billy and John Cavanagh, Institute for Policy Studies on Independent Progressive Politics Network

"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,

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