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For The Week Ending Dec. 20, 2002


We have recently moved our office. Our new phone number is (203) 268-8446. WPKN's number is still (203) 331-9756. Due to the move, our email service at was temporarily interrupted Nov. 26-Dec. 1 and has been restored as of Dec. 2. We apologize for any inconvenience and kindly request that you resend any email sent to us during the period our service was disabled. As always, we look forward to hearing from you!


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

U.N.-Iraq Weapons Inspection Process Provides
an Opportunity for Anti-War Groups to Make
Their Case to the U.S. Public

Interview with Jeremy Brecher,
author and activist,
conducted by Scott Harris

Even before the Dec. 8 deadline by which Iraq was directed to present a complete inventory of its weapons programs, the Bush administration was working hard to cast doubt on the viability of the United Nations inspections program to avert conflict. Now that Baghdad has turned over some 12,000 pages of documents they claim detail their compliance with the post-Gulf War ban on their nation's possession of weapons of mass destruction, the White House is searching hard for evidence of a material breach to justify war.

The end game within the U.N. Security Council is playing out as the Pentagon calls up tens of thousands of military reservists, engages in war games and pre-positions troops and equipment throughout the Persian Gulf region.

On Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day, over 150 anti-war events were organized by peace groups in cities across the U.S. While the growing movement of people around the world who oppose a pre-emptive attack on Iraq hope that the inspections process can prevent war, it's very clear that the Bush administration's stated goal of "regime change" in Iraq will not easily be deterred.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with author, activist and historian Jeremy Brecher, whose recent article "A Nightmare to Love: How the peace movement can use Bush's almost desperate attempts to destroy the arms inspection," urges those opposed to war to condemn the White House campaign to construct a pretext justifying an invasion of Iraq.

Jeremy Brecher's article "A Nightmare to Love: How the peace movement can use Bush's almost desperate attempts to destroy the arms inspection," can be read online at

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Canadian-based Coalition Will Send Citizen Inspectors
to Examine U.S. Weapons of Mass Destruction This Winter

Interview with David Langille,
director public affairs at the Centre for Social Justice in Toronto,
conducted by Scott Harris

Later this winter, thousands of volunteer weapons inspectors will enter the U.S from Canada in an effort to examine the U.S. military's arsenal of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. Citing guidelines put forth by the Bush administration itself, the coalition of groups which includes Greenpeace Canada, the Toronto Committee Against War and Sanctions on Iraq, and Global Exchange, hope to expose the double standards and hypocrisy that they say is manifest in White House policies toward Iraq and international law.

The "Rooting Out Evil" coalition, as they call themselves, declared that "the current U.S. administration poses a great threat to global security" and demanded that the Bush administration grant their inspectors immediate and unfettered access to any site in the country including all presidential compounds. The group will field their inspection team on Feb. 22 and 23, 2003.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with David Langille, director of public affairs at the Centre for Social Justice in Toronto, Canada and a coordinator of the Rooting Out Evil Coalition, who explains the goals of the "inspection" campaign and assesses Canadian public opinion toward the U.S. drive for war with Iraq.

Find out how you can become an honorary inspector and participate in this action by visiting the group's Web site at

Opposition to Washington's Neoliberal Free Trade Policies
Bolstered by Key Electoral Victories Across Latin America

Interview with Antonia Juhasz,
program directdor with the International Forum on Globalization,
conducted by Scott Harris

In the second round of Ecuador's presidential election conducted Nov. 24, Edwin Gutierrez was named the winner with 54 percent of the vote. The former army colonel, who took power for several hours in a coup more than two years ago, campaigned on a platform of attacking corruption in high places and promoting economic policies that will benefit his nation's poor majority.

Gutierrez's victory is the latest in a sweep for progressive parties in recent elections throughout Latin America where a severe economic decline has dramatically changed the political landscape. In October, the Workers Party's Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva was the first leftist candidate to win Brazil's presidency. Backed by diverse grassroots movements, political parties that are resisting Washington's economic policies of free trade, privatization and concessions to multinational corporations have also made significant gains in legislative votes in Peru, Bolivia and Costa Rica. Argentina, whose economy many believe was destroyed by adherence to policies set by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, may also see a turn to the left in presidential elections next year.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Antonia Juhasz, program director with the International Forum on Globalization, who assesses Latin America's popular revolt against the so-called Washington consensus and worldwide resistance to corporate-led economic globalization.

Contact the International Forum on Globalization by calling (415) 561-3480 or visit their Web site at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Twenty years after Union Carbide's toxic leak killed 4,000 people in Bhopal, India, only one-third of the settlement agreement of $470 million in damages has gone to victims and a mere $8,300 spent on new drinking water wells. ("Night of the Gas," New Internationalist, December 2002)
  • Union's Justice for Janitors campaign wins in Boston, but immigrants continue to face low wages and lack of legal protection. ("Alien Nation," The Nation, Dec. 2, 2002)
  • Philip Berrigan, pacifist, former Catholic priest and campaigner for nuclear abolition, who died on Dec. 6, leaves a legacy of principled opposition to U.S. militarism.

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

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Between The Lines Week Ending 12/13/02

War With Iraq

U.S. Facing Bigger Bill For Iraq War Total Cost Could Run As High as $200 Billion, by Michael Dobbs, Washington Post, Dec. 1, 2002, Page A01

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)

"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

Multi-Ethnic Public Issues Advocacy

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

Between The Lines' 10th Anniversary CD


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