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For The Week Ending Oct. 18, 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 Oct. 23, 2002.

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

Religious Leaders Oppose White House Drive
for War with Iraq

Interview Robert Edgar,
general secretary of the National Council of Churches
by Scott Harris

As President Bush continued his campaign to gather U.S. and international support to launch a new war against Iraq, opponents of his policy have taken to the streets across the globe. In recent weeks, hundreds of thousands of citizens in Britain, Italy and Spain have voiced strong objections to their government's support for the "Bush doctrine" justifying a pre-emptive strike against the government of Saddam Hussein. Here in the U.S., tens of thousands of protesters have also poured into the streets expressing their opposition to the White House drive for war. Protests organized by the Not In Our Name Coalition and other groups have been held in major cities and towns across the country including New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, Ore.

Even as Congress was poised to approve House and Senate resolutions giving the president broad authority to initiate a war with or without United Nations' backing, national religious leaders were taking a stand against what many believe will be an unprovoked attack on Iraq. Forty-nine heads of American Protestant and Orthodox churches and Catholic religious orders recently signed a letter to President Bush opposing U.S. military action against Baghdad.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Robert Edgar, general secretary of the National Council of Churches, a signer of the letter and a former six-term member of the U.S. Congress from Pennsylvania. Dr. Edgar explains why he and other religious leaders are opposed to the Bush administration's war plans.

Contact the National Council of Churches by calling (212) 870-2511 or visit their Web site at

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U.S. War Against Baghdad Could Result
in Use of Nuclear Weapons

Interview with Dr. Helen Caldicott,
Nobel Peace Prize nominee and founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Dr. Helen Caldicott is a pediatrician and a world-renowned anti-nuclear weapons activist. She founded Physicians for Social Responsibility in 1978 because of her grave concern over the biological impact of nuclear weapons on the human race. The group has 20,000 members who are doctors, nurses or other health professionals. The Australian born Caldicott, who now lives in the U.S., was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts.

In her latest book titled, "The New Nuclear Danger: George Bush's Military Industrial Complex," Caldicott explains why she fears that a future U.S. war against Iraq could involve the use of nuclear weapons. Dr. Caldicott emphasizes that the first war against Iraq, in 1991, was a nuclear war because of the U.S. military's use of depleted uranium weapons. She points to studies that show an increase in birth deformities and an increase in specific types of cancers, especially in Iraq but also among the offspring of U.S. service personnel who served in the Gulf War.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus recently spoke with Helen Caldicott in New Haven, Conn. where she discusses the militarization of the U.S. government and the dangerous precedents set in the Bush doctrine justifying pre-emptive wars and "regime change."

Dr. Helen Caldicott's "The New Nuclear Danger: George Bush's Military Industrial Complex," is published by the New Press. Call Nuclear Policy Institute at (213) 386-1901 or visit their Web site at Physicians for Social Responsibility may be reached at (202) 667-4260 or visit their website at

Citizens Urged to Reverse Erosion
of Civil Liberties Since Sept. 11

Interview with Nancy Chang,
attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights
conducted by Scott Harris.

While the Bush administration is gearing up for a new war with Iraq, the nation is still trying to absorb the many dramatic changes made to the U.S. legal system since the Sept. 11 terroris attacks. Only six weeks after the assaults on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the White House pushed for and received near unanimous backing from Congress for new measures Mr. Bush said were necessary to fight the war on terrorism. With almost no debate or public hearings, the USA PATRIOT Act was signed into law -- curtailing the civil liberties of citizens and non-citizens more sharply than at any time since World War II.

The U.S. government now has wide latitude to hold individuals in secret detention, withhold legal counsel and spy on people engaged in lawful religious and political activity. Despite some recent court decisions ruling that the Bush administration's practice of holding deportation hearings in secret was illegal, the erosion of civil liberties continues to alarm growing numbers of citizens.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Nancy Chang, the senior litigation attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights. She discusses the historical and contemporary attempts to weaken critical provisions of the U.S. Bill of Rights described in her new book titled, "Silencing Political Dissent, How Post-September 11th Anti- Terrorism Measures Threaten our Civil Liberties."

Nancy Chang's book, "Silencing Political Dissent" published by Seven Stories Press. Contact the Center for Constitutional Rights by calling (212) 614-6464 or visit their Web site at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Hundreds of thousands of black farmworkers in Zimbabwe displaced by land seizures of white-owned farms ordered by President Mugabe. ("Black Farm Workers Are Real Victims," The Guardian Weekly, Sept. 26, 2002)
  • White extremist groups are working to infiltrate the global social justice movement. ("Fascists for Che," In These Times, Oct. 14, 2002)
  • Wal-Mart battles union organizing. ("Union Blues at Wal-Mart," The Nation, July 8, 2002)

Senior news editor/writer: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Sasha Summer Cousineau
News reader: Jeff Wignall
Segment producer: Melinda Tuhus
Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates
Web editor/producer: Anna Manzo
Executive producer: Scott Harris

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Capitol switchboard number is (202) 224-3121 or call Common Cause at 1-(800) 236-5495 to get other direct numbers for your representatives and senators, and for other information. The vote may happen this week or early next week.

IMF/World Bank and Anti-Iraq War Protest Interviews, Teach-Ins Sept. 27-29,2002 Interviews with Mary Bull, Medea Benjamin, Ralph Nader in D.C. (in MP3 format) Others to follow on our website.

"Stopping Water Privatizers at Home and Abroad," Part 1 Featuring Clemente Martinez and Rudolf Amenga-Etego on campaigns in Nicaragua and Ghana. In RealAudio.


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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 in preparation for ongoing demonstrations about economic justice

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

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