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For The Week Ending March 21, 2003


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

  • Resignations and Leaks
    in U.S. State Department Signal
    Growing Dissent Against Iraq War

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  • Vietnam-era Peace Activist
    Reflects on Today's Antiwar Movement

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  • Religious Leaders Propose 11th Hour
    Peace Initiative to Avert U.S. Iraq War

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  • Underreported News Summary from Around the World
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LISTEN to this week's half-hour program of Between The Lines by clicking on one of the links below. MP3 files available until March 25, 2003.

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

Resignations and Leaks in U.S. State Department
Signal Growing Internal Dissent Against Iraq War

Interview with Daniel Ellsberg,
former U.S. government military analyst
who released the "Pentagon Papers,"
conducted by Scott Harris

Daniel Ellsberg was a career U.S. government military analyst when, in 1971, he leaked the now-famous "Pentagon Papers" to the press, which bolstered opposition to the Vietnam War. The 47-volume Defense Department internal study of the U.S. role in Southeast Asian conflicts for more than three decades was classified top secret. The documents chronicled the lies and deceit employed by government officials to justify U.S. military intervention in the region's wars. Mr. Ellsberg, originally a strong supporter of the Vietnam War, became a committed opponent, risking his career and freedom when he released these documents to the New York Times.

He was indicted by the Nixon administration for the unauthorized release of state secrets and faced a possible 115-year prison term. But the charges were dismissed in 1973 after it was revealed that President Nixon had authorized White House aides to burglarize Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office in an attempt to discredit him.

In an indication of growing internal opposition to the Bush administration's plans for a "pre-emptive" war in Iraq, several career State Department diplomats have recently resigned in protest. In Britain, an intelligence agency operative leaked a document from the U.S. National Security Agency outlining Washington's plans to spy on United Nations delegates from nations whose votes are being sought by the U.S. to pass a resolution authorizing war in the Security Council. British authorities recently arrested an employee at the government Communications Headquarters for violating that nation's Official Secrets Act. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Daniel Ellsberg, who reflects on the current White House drive for war with Iraq and growing dissent now bubbling to the surface within the government bureaucracy.

Ellsberg's book, "Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers" is published by Viking. Visit Daniel Ellsberg's website at

Vietnam-era Peace Activist
Reflects on Today's Antiwar Movement

Interview with William Sloan Coffin Jr.,
former Yale University chaplain
and Vietnam War-era peace activist,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

As the nation moves, seemingly inexorably, toward war with Iraq, a voice that inspired millions of Americans and university students in their opposition to the Vietnam War was heard once again on campus. William Sloan Coffin Jr., the chaplain at Yale University from the mid-1950s through the turbulent early1970s, came back to Yale recently to open an exhibit dedicated to peace activism.

Coffin has been at the forefront of various movements struggling for social justice for half a century. He is best known for his support of draft resistance, for which he was indicted, tried and convicted in 1967 as part of the "Boston 5," along with Dr. Benjamin Spock and three other activists. They faced the possibility of five years in prison, but the conviction was overturned on appeal. Coffin, now 78, lives in retirement in Vermont, but he remains active in the peace movement.

Coffin spoke at Yale in late February in conjunction with the opening of an exhibit at the undergraduate library titled, "Give Peace a Chance." The exhibit highlights peace movements from World War I through the late 1980s anti-nuclear weapons campaign. But its main focus is the Vietnam War, and the heart of the exhibit is memorabilia from Coffin's recently catalogued papers, which he donated to Yale. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with William Sloan Coffin who assesses today's movement opposing a U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and the possibility of a revival of a military draft.

Related information
The exhibit, "Give Peace a Chance," at Yale's Sterling Memorial Library, is free and open to the public. It runs through April 5. Call (203) 432-2798 for information, or visit the website at

Religious Leaders Propose 11th Hour
Peace Initiative to Avert U.S. Iraq War

Interview with Rev. Jim Wallis,
editor of Sojourners magazine,
conducted by Scott Harris

Across the globe, religious leaders are speaking out against the Bush administration's plan for a U.S. war with Iraq. The Pope, an outspoken opponent of this war, has sent emissaries to meet with heads of state including President Bush in an effort to avoid war. Representatives of major U.S. Christian denominations recently traveled to London where they met for nearly an hour with British Prime Minister Tony Blair in an attempt to avert what they believe will be an unjustified and unpredictable second Persian Gulf war. Thus far, the same group of religious leaders has been turned down by the White House for a requested meeting with President Bush.

Rev. Jim Wallis, the editor of Sojourners Magazine, was among the American clergy who met with Prime Minister Blair, and who have since drafted an 11th hour initiative that they hope can prevent war. The 6-point plan titled, "An Alternative to War for Defeating Saddam Hussein, A Religious Initiative," proposes intensified weapons inspections, the indictment of Saddam Hussein for war crimes, revival of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations and humanitarian aid for the Iraqi people.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Rev. Wallis who summarizes the peace initiative he calls a "third way between war and ineffectual responses," and discusses why he believes a pre-emptive war against Iraq will unnecessarily cause widespread bloodshed and fuel terrorism.

Contact Sojourners by calling (202) 328-8842. Read the religious peace initiative online at:

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Nestle, once target of an international boycott for selling expensive baby milk formula in developing nations, violates marketing code in West African nations, causing women to rely on unaffordable formula over safer, healthier breast milk. ("Nestle Breaks Code on Baby Milk for Third World," The Independent, Jan. 21, 2003, (web version))
  • Bush administration opposing all restrictions on tobacco advertising, second-hand smoke and new tobacco taxes at World Health Organization Convention treaty negotiations. ("Secondhand Diplomacy," Mother Jones, March/April 2003.)
  • Immigrant food service workers at airports, making wage gains prior to Sept. 11 terror attacks, now subjected to exhaustive background checks which sometimes cause workers with legal immigration status to lose their jobs. ("Forced departure" The Progressive, February 2003)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Segment producer: Melinda Tuhus
Program narration: Denise Manzari
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Greg Palast, BBC journalist, comes to New Haven, CT Sat., April 12!
Listen to the author of NY Times' bestseller "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" and other groundbreaking investigations, speaking on "Who Profits from War On Iraq?" Reception to follow. You're invited! RSVP by April 1. Click here for more information

Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 3/14/03

War With Iraq

Between The Lines Special Report: Interviews Recorded at "The World Says 'No' to War" in NYC, Feb. 15, 2003 in MP3. Bishop Desmond Tutu, Angela Davis, Leslie Cagan, Medea Benjamin, Ossie Davis and more.

"The World Says 'No' to War" National Mobilization on Feb. 15, 2003 New York City and Feb. 16, San Francisco, United for Peace & Justice

"New York City Sued Over War Protest Permit,"

200,000 to 500,000 at Anti-War March, 1/18/03 in Washington, D.C. Interviews with International A.N.S.W.E.R. organizer Brian Becker, Institute for Policy Studies' Phyllis Bennis and Vietnam War veteran, Jaime Vazquez. Organizers say 200,000 to 500,000 attended the protest

"U.S. Had Key Role in Iraq Buildup: Trade in Chemical Arms Allowed Despite Their Use on Iranians, Kurds" By Michael Dobbs, Washington Post, Dec. 30, 2002, Page A01

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
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