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For The Week Ending May 30, 2003


  • Critics Claim Bombings in Saudi Arabia, Morocco
    Expose Failure of Bush War on Terror

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  • Women Under Siege in U.S.-Occupied Iraq
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  • Opponents Organize Resistance to FCC Rules Change
    That Will Strengthen Media Monopolies

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  • Underreported News Summary from Around the World
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Critics Claim Bombings in Saudi Arabia, Morocco
Expose Failure of Bush War on Terror

Interview with Beau Grosscup,
California State University professor of international relations,
conducted by Scott Harris

The bombing attacks on targets in both Saudi Arabia and Morocco over the past week has refocused the world's attention on the threat posed by al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Three simultaneous suicide bombings of western residential compounds in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia killed 34 people including eight Americans. In Casablanca, Morocco, five locations were bombed, resulting in the deaths of 28 victims. Saudi and U.S. officials assert that the attacks in Riyadh were organized by al Qaeda, while less is known about the network that carried out the assault in Casablanca.

The deadly suicide bombings come after more than a year of U.S. preparations for its invasion of Iraq, that the White House declared was an integral part of its war against terrorism. But critics charge that the Bush administration has never substantiated its claim that Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden had worked together to plan the Sept. 11 attacks or any other terrorist strike. With security alerts on high in the Middle East and in the U.S., Florida senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bob Graham recently argued that President Bush's almost exclusive focus on the war against Iraq had allowed al-Qaeda to regenerate.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Beau Grosscup, professor of international relations at California State University, who examines the conduct of the Bush administration's war against terrorism, in view of the recent bombings in Saudi Arabia and Morocco.

Beau Grosscup's book, "The Newest Explosions of Terrorism" is published by New Horizon Press.

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Women Under Siege in U.S.-Occupied Iraq

Interview with Nada Elia,
Arab Women's Solidarity Association,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

As chaos and violence overtake Iraq in the wake of the U.S. overthrow of Saddam Hussein's government, the fate of Iraqi women is little remarked upon. But the negative change in their status has been far reaching. Even before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, decades of war and harsh economic sanctions had sparked a revival of Islamic religious practice under the secular Baathist regime. Several factions of the long repressed Shiite Islamic religious majority of Iraq are now competing for power in a future post-occupation government, with many advocating the creation of an Islamic republic similar to that of Iran.

The Arab Women's Solidarity Association was founded in Egypt in 1982. It was established by a group of 120 women who declared that struggle for the liberation of Arab people must include the liberation of Arab women. By 1985, AWSA had 3,000 members internationally. The group promotes Arab women's active participation in social, economic, cultural, and political life.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Nada Elia, a representative of the Arab Women's Solidarity Association. A writer and teacher, Elia is a Palestinian who was born in Iraq, grew up in Lebanon, and has lived in the U.S. for the past 15 years. She discusses the status of women under Saddam Hussein's regime, the daily struggle for survival they now confront, and their hopes for a better future.

Contact the Arab Women's Solidarity Association at (425) 558-1006 or visit their Web site at

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Opponents Organize Resistance to FCC Rules Change
That Will Strengthen Media Monopolies

Interview with John Nichols,
Washington correspondent with The Nation,
conducted by Scott Harris

The Federal Communications Commission, chaired by Bush administration appointee Michael Powell, is set to further deregulate rules governing the concentration of ownership of the nation's print and broadcast media outlets. Specifically Powell, and his Republican Party majority on the five-member commission, plan to abandon a 1975 rule that prohibits one company from owning a newspaper and television station -- or multiple TV stations -- serving the same market.

The commission, which has scheduled a June 2 vote on these rule changes, is also expected to eliminate restrictions limiting a television network's national coverage area and concentration of ownership of local radio stations. Although Powell only scheduled one public hearing on the proposed deregulation, thousands of citizens have registered their opposition to the plan by attending nine semi-official hearings organized around the U.S. and writing Congress and the FCC.

Many predict that if implemented, the rule changes will result in an extreme transformation of the nation's media and create an ever-shrinking number of media monopolies which offer less diversity of opinion on the airwaves. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation magazine, who takes a critical look at the deregulation plan and the broad coalition of groups that are now fighting for the democratization of the nation's media system.

Contact Media Reform Network, the coalition organizing opposition to FCC deregulation by calling (413) 585-1533 or visit their Web site at

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  • "Plan to Loosen Network Rules Goes to F.C.C," by Stephen Labaton, New York Times, May 13, 2003. Federal Communications Commission proposes most significant overhaul of its media ownership rules in generation, including change that would allow television networks to own enough local stations to reach 90 percent of nation's viewers.
  • "FCC: Public Be Damned," cowritten with professor Robert McChesney. The pair's new book titled, "Our Media, Not Theirs" is published by Seven Stories Press.
  • Visit the Web site of professor Robert McChesney, author of the book "Rich Media, Poor Democracy,"at
  • "Holding the Line at the FCC," by Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols, The Progressive, April 2003
  • "Media Monopolies Have Muzzled Dissent," by Ian Masters, Los Angeles Times, May 1, 2003

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon and Denise Manzari

  • Despite its brutal repression of religious minorities, Uzbekistan has become a major U.S. ally, providing a military base for the occupation of Afghanistan. ("In the Valley of the Dictator," Mother Jones, May/June, 2003l "Uzbek Leader Rebuffs EBRB," Financial Times, May 5, 2003)
  • U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft effort to enlist local police departments to enforce federal immigration laws meets resistance. ("Driving While Immigrant," The Nation, May 12, 2003).
  • Animal protection advocates have launched a major educational campaign in Africa to limit the bushmeat trade. ("Wildlife on the Menu," E Magazine, March/April 2003)

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Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 5/23/03

Bush Re-Election Issues

"Congress Curious About Iraq Deals" by Edward Epstein, The San Francisco Chronicle, May 20, 2003

"Bush Should be Impeached and Tried for War Crimes" by Denise Giardina, The Charleston Gazette, May 12, 2003

"Senator Alleges 9/11 Coverup," by Josh Meyer, The Los Angeles Times, May 12 2003

"The Secrets of September 11," by Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball, Newsweek Web Exclusive, April 30, 2003

American Empire/War Profiteering in Iraq

"Oil Boss Paid $1m a Year by Contract Bidder," by David Teather, The Guardian/UK, May 17, 2003

"Real American Agenda Now Becoming Clear," by Haroon Siddiqui, The Toronto Star, May 4, 2003

"War Profiteering," by The Nation editors, April 24, 2003

"Say it Slowly: It Was About Oil," by Ted Rall,, April 25, 2003

"Reaping the spoils of war. Ousting Saddam could put U.S. oil giants in 'driver's seat'" by Lisa Sanders,, Jan. 31, 2003.

"Post-Saddam Iraq: Linchpin of a New Oil Order," by Michael Renner, Foreign Policy in Focus, January 2003

"Washington's Oilpolitik," by Michael Klare,, July 18, 2002

"Halliburton's Axis of Influence" In These Times, March 28, 2003

"Crude History Lesson" In These Times, March 27, 2003

"Analysis: Oil and the Bush Cabinet," by Katty Kay, BBC, January 29, 2001

"The Bush Administration Corporate Connections," Center for Responsive Politics, Washington, D.C.

Postwar Occupation in Iraq

"Whose Problem, Whose Solution?" The new UN resolution doesn't even try to bring the Iraqi occupation into line with international law The Nation, May 26, 2003

"U.S. Floods Iraq With Dollars," BBC, April 17, 2003

"White House Threatens Belgium over War Crimes Prosecution," by Justin Webb, BBC, April 29, 2003

"A Blinkered Vision for Post-War Iraq,"by Ian Williams, AlterNet, April 29, 2003

Civil Liberties

"Pentagon Readies Massive Spying System," by Michael J. Sniffen, The Guardian Unlimited, May 20, 2003

"New Patriot Act Creates Uproar, Brings Together Uncommon Allies," by Michelle Mittelstadt, Dallas Morning News, April 15, 2003

Between The Lines Special Reports in RealAudio

Allegations of War Profiteering Leveled Against Halliburton and Other Companies With Close Ties to White House," Charlie Cray, corporate reform campaigner at Citizen Works, Week Ending 5/23/03

"Under White House Control, Iraq's Oil Wealth May Be Headed Toward Privatization,"Roger Normand, executive director of the Center for Economic and Social Rights, Week Ending 5/16/03

U.S. War Violates U.N. Charter, Michael Ratner, Center for Constitutional Rights, March 28, 2003

Campaign to Impeach President Bush Will Require Broad Public Support, law professor Francis Boyle, March 7, 2003

White House Successor to USA Patriot Act Threatens Further Erosion of Civil Liberties, author Nancy Chang, Feb. 28, 2003

Multi-Ethnic Issues Advocacy

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