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For The Week Ending Nov. 15, 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 Nov. 20, 2002.

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

Language in UN Resolution on Iraq Critical
in Legitimizing a Future U.S. War

Interview with Phyllis Bennis,
with the Institute for Policy Studies
conducted by Scott Harris

Since the Bush administration began beating the drums of war against Iraq this past summer, the United Nations has been placed at the center of debate on the question of renewed weapons inspections and the legitimacy of any future U.S. attack. France, Russia and China -- three of the five permanent members of the Security Council, each with veto power -- have objected to the White House demand for a single resolution mandating a tough new round of weapons inspections, which if impeded by Baghdad, would automatically authorize a U.S. invasion. Instead, France, Russia and China have advocated a set of two resolutions: one laying out conditions for weapons inspections and a second resolution, when and if Saddam Hussein's government fails to comply.

But over the past seven weeks, Secretary of State Colin Powell has worked behind the scenes applying heavy pressure to U.S. allies on the Security Council to accede to Washington's plan. As a result, a compromise resolution may soon be approved by the Council that could adopt ambiguous language that would satisfy both President Bush's pursuit of war making authority and those that oppose it.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, who examines the high stakes negotiations at the U.N. and continuing international opposition to a U.S.-led war against Iraq.

Contact the Institute for Policy Studies by calling (202) 234-9382 or visit their Web site at

In Post-9/11 Climate, Canada Warns Some
of Its Foreign-Born Citizens Not to Travel to U.S.

Interview with Michael Ratner,
president for the Center for Constitutional Rights,
conducted by Scott Harris

When Maher Arar, a man holding joint Canadian-Syrian citizenship changed planes at New York's Kennedy airport on Sept. 26, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service detained and eventually deported him to Syria. The action by the U.S. State Department prompted the Canadian government to protest and issue an unprecedented travel advisory, warning their citizens who were born in several Middle East and South Asian countries targeted by the U.S. for anti-terror scrutiny, to avoid traveling to America.

A Canadian foreign affairs department official, Reynald Doiron, charged that the U.S. policy is discriminatory because it targets citizens based on where they were born. Canada believes that their citizens should be exempt from new measures established by Washington one year after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The U.S. National Security Entry Exit Registration System authorizes the INS to photograph, fingerprint, and closely monitor visitors to America who were born in Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Sudan.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with attorney Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights about these new U.S. travel regulations and the balance between legitimate security concerns and the rights of foreign nationals who visit America.

Contact the Center for Constitutional Rights at (212) 614-6464 or visit the group's website at

U.S. Army's School of the Americas Target of Anti-Terrorism Campaign
Interview with Father Roy Bourgeois,
founder of the School of the Americas Watch,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Tens of thousands of protesters and those willing to commit nonviolent civil disobedience are preparing to converge on the U.S. Army's School of the Americas, based at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. Over the decades, thousands of Latin American soldiers have been trained at U.S. government expense, purportedly to instill respect for democracy. But, opponents point out, many of these high-ranking military men have returned to their home countries to carry out murder, rape and repression against their own people.

School of the Americas Watch was founded by Father Roy Bourgeois, a Maryknoll priest who, while serving in Latin America, got to know some of the six Jesuit priests who were killed by the Salvadoran military in 1989. An investigation traced their murders to soldiers who had been trained at the U.S. School of the Americas. The annual protest actions at Fort Benning, now in its 13th year, are held Nov. 15-17th, the anniversary of those murders.

Last year, the school was renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, but opponents assert that a new name has changed nothing. They continue their campaign demanding that Congress cut funding to the school and close it down. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Father Bourgeois about the movement to close the School of the America's and the upcoming protest.

For more information on the protest, call the School of the Americas Watch at (202) 903-7257 or visit the group's Web site at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • One-third of anti-AIDS drugs destined for Africa -- worth $18 million -- diverted and resold in Europe at excessive profit. ("Profiteers resell Africa's Cheap Drugs," The Guardian, Oct. 10-16, 2002, "Europeans Investigate Resale of AIDS Drugs," Oct. 29, 2002)
  • Climate change has the potential to create tens of millions of new ecological refugees who lack any of the international protections for people who flee political repression. ("Environmental Refugees," The Ecologist, July/August, 2002)
  • Giant agribusiness supports laws that would hinder citizen and press investigation into factory farming. ("Trouble on the Farm," The, June 5, 2002)

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

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Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 11/8/02

March on Washington, D.C. Against the War with Iraq Saturday, Oct. 26

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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.

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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