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New Haven Advocate's
"Best of New Haven 2001"
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Scott Harris, Best Radio News Reporter
WPKN Radio, 89.5 FM

"Giving Voice to Dissent: Bridgeport's WPKN Radio Covers The News With Left-Of-Center Takes Not Found In The Mainstream Media" Hartford Courant, Feb. 26, 2003

"The Rest of the News," New Haven Advocate, July 3, 2003


War And Profiteering

Those Who Dared to Come Forward
In-depth compilation on Washington insiders speaking out on Bush administration policies and actions

"Iraq On The Record," U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman report, March 16, 2004

"Greenspan Testimony Highlights Bush Plan for Deliberate Federal Bankruptcy," by Michael Meurer,, March 2, 2004

"Noam Chomsky on Middle East Conflict and U.S. War Plan Against Iraq," Between The Lines interview with Noam Chomsky, conducted by Scott Harris, for the Week Ending May 3, 2002

"The Iraq War & The Bush Administration's Pursuit of Global Domination," Counterpoint, Sept. 15, 2003

The Iraq Crisis, a Global Policy Forum, UN Security Council section on the 13 years of sanctions and other background of the war, the humanitarian situation, the importance of Iraq's huge oil resources, and disputes over a post-war government and reconstruction plan

"Occupation, Inc." Southern Exposure, Winter, 2003/2004

"Pipeline Politics: Oil, The Taliban, and the Political Balance of Central Asia," World Press Review Special Report, Nov.-Dec. 2001

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

"An Annotated Saddam Chronology," ZNet, Dec. 15, 2003

Civil Liberties

"The Global Gulag: Into The Shadows," by Tom Engelhardt,, April 5, 2004

"Keeping Secrets: The Bush administration is doing the public's business out of the public eye. Here's how--and why," by Christopher H. Schmitt and Edward T. Pound, U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 12, 2003

"FBI Memo: Tactics Used During Protests And Demonstrations" Federal Bureau of Investigation, Oct. 15, 2003

"F.B.I. Scrutinizes Antiwar Rallies" by Eric Lichtblau, New York Times, Nov. 23, 2003

"Fascism Anyone?" 14 Signs of Fascism, Free Inquiry Magazine, Volume 23, No. 2

"Germany In 1933: The Easy Slide Into Fascism," The Crisis Papers, June 9, 2003

Multi-Ethnic Issues Advocacy

Dr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson's Commentaries, The Hutchinson Report
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Between The Lines
For The Week Ending May 7, 2004


  • In case you missed the Media Reform Conference in Madison, Wis. in November, RealAudio and MP3 of speeches and workshops can be heard by clicking here!


  • White House Extends Deployment
    of Troops Serving in Iraq
    as Violence Shakes U.S. Occupation

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  • March for Women's Lives Draws
    1 Million to Nation's Capital
    in Defense of Reproductive Rights

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  • World Bank/IMF Policies Challenged
    by Global Justice Activists who Demand
    Cancellation of Debt and an End to Secrecy

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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

White House Extends Deployment
of Troops Serving in Iraq
as Violence Shakes U.S. Occupation

Interview with Nancy Lessin and Charlie Richardson,
Military Families Speak Out,
conducted by Scott Harris

In the month of April, more than 115 U.S. soldiers were killed during intensifying combat across Iraq. Over a thousand Iraqis have also lost their lives during the same period in the two most conflicted areas of the country -- Fallujah and Najaf -- where standoffs between American troops and insurgents have continued for weeks.

As the White House sticks to its original schedule for the symbolic handover of sovereignty to an as-yet unknown provisional government in Iraq on June 30, the Pentagon is sending more troops to Iraq and extending the duty of American soldiers already deployed in the country. But even after the handover of sovereignty, Washington will remain firmly in control for years to come. Marc Grossman, under-secretary of state for political affairs affirmed recently that the U.S. will not tolerate any decisions made by a transitional Iraqi government, which are at variance with American foreign policy.

During the past year, when over 700 U.S. service men and women have died in Iraq, the White House has prevented the media from taking photos of the flag-draped coffins of soldiers returning to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. But through a Freedom of Information request made by website, the Pentagon was forced to release several hundred such photos. Shortly after, the Seattle Times published on their front page, a photo of coffins taken by Pentagon contractor Tami Silicio, who was later fired.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Nancy Lessin and Charlie Richardson, of the group Military Families Speak Out, about the ongoing war in Iraq, the Pentagon's extension of combat duty for U.S. troops and the possibility of a military draft. The couple's son was, until last year, deployed with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq.

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March for Women's Lives Draws
1 Million to Nation's Capital
in Defense of Reproductive Rights

Produced by Melinda Tuhus

According to an actual count made by the organizers of the March for Women's Lives, about a million people came to Washington, D.C., on April 25th to stand up for abortion rights and other issues of critical concern to women. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus was there and filed this report.

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World Bank/IMF Policies Challenged
by Global Justice Activists who Demand
Cancellation of Debt and an End to Secrecy

Interview with David Levy,
organizer with the Mobilization for Global Justice,
conducted by Scott Harris

In the days preceding the massive March for Women's Lives rally, several thousand activists came to Washington D.C. to protest the policies of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund as finance ministers and economists met for their annual spring meetings April 21 through 24. The two global financial institutions, founded 60 years ago at the close of World War II, have been targeted in recent years for their promotion of economic policies that critics maintain exacerbate poverty while benefiting wealthy nations and large corporations.

As in past years students, labor activists, environmentalists and human rights advocates engaged in colorful demonstrations and street theater. Protesters demanded that the World Bank and IMF open their secret meetings to public scrutiny; cancel the corrosive debt owed by impoverished nations; end policies which deny people access to essential services - and stop support for environmentally destructive development projects.

Although this year's demonstrations were considerably smaller than past actions -- and did not employ acts of civil disobedience -- organizers say that the movement against corporate-led globalization remains strong, as evidenced by the collapse of recent World Trade Organization talks in Cancun, Mexico and setbacks in establishing a Free Trade Area of the Americas treaty. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with David Levy, an organizer with the Mobilization for Global Justice, who assesses the IMF/World Bank protests and the influence opponents have had on changing the policies of these powerful financial institutions.

Contact the Mobilization for Global Justice by calling (202) 288-2283 or visit the group's website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Since the 1984 famine, Ethiopia has experienced seven more food crises, often with little media attention. ("Ethiopia's struggle over land reform," World Press Review, April 2004)
  • The right-wing of the Republican party is up in arms over President Bush's "guest worker proposal." ("Immigration Conflagation," American Prospect, April 2004)
  • The testimony of former American Indian Movement activist Ka-Mook Nichols has cast doubt on Leonard Peltier's claim of innocence in the murder of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Peltier, convicted of the 1975 killings, has served 27 years in prison. ("The Truth About Leonard," by Dan Frosch, In These Times, March 18, 2004)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Zelphia Hunter
Segment producer: Melinda Tuhus
Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates
Senior Web editor/producer: Anna Manzo
Web producer: Jeff Yates
Newswire Editor: Hank Hoffman
Web editor: Bill Cosentino
Executive producer: Scott Harris
Theme music: Mikata

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Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 4/30/04

Bush Regime/Election 2004

"Nader: The Power Of A Peace Candidate," by Jackson Diehl, Washington Post, May 2, 2004

"Vanishing Votes,'" by Greg Palast, Alternet, Apr. 30, 2004

"Buzzflash Interview With Ambassador Joseph Wilson," Buzzflash, Apr. 30, 2004

"No Politics, Please, Florida Students Tell Cheney," Reuters, Apr. 30, 2004

"Court Historian Woodward Blowing Smoke For Bush," by Ray McGovern, Common Dreams, Apr. 23, 2004

"Sharp Backlash Among Latinos Over Iraq War," Pacific News Service, Apr. 22, 2004

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Selective Service Eyes Women's Draft," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 1, 2004

"Privatization Of Warfare" by Huck Gutman, Axis Of Logic, May 1, 2004

"General Seeks Boost For Latin American Armies" San Francisco Chronicle, Apr. 30, 2004

"Tomgram: Oil Wars", Apr. 30, 2004

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq

"Torture At Abu Ghraib," by Seymour Hersh, The New Yorker, May 10, 2004

"Torturing Hearts And Minds," by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, May 4, 2004

"The Pictures That Lost The War," Sunday Herald/Scotland, May 2, 2004

"The U.S. Has Lost The Battle Of The Photographs," by Juan Cole,, May 2, 2004

"Officer Suggests Iraqi Jail Abuse Was Encouraged," The New York Times, May 2, 2004

"'We've Had A lot Of Experience Of American Weapons,'" The Observer/UK, May 2, 2004

"U.S. On The Brink Over Iraq," by Jim Lobe,, May 1, 2004

"It Gets Worse: Soldier's Diary Details Wider Abuse At Abu Ghraib," Baltimore Sun, May 1, 2004

"'Good Guys' Who Can Do No Wrong," by Robert Fisk, Counterpunch, May 1, 2004

"An Army Vet On Iraq Torture: Abu Ghraib As My Lai?," by Diane Rejman, Counterpunch, May 1, 2004

"Iraqis Hail Falluja 'Victory,'" Reuters, May 1, 2004

"Depravity As 'Liberation,'" by Justin Raimondo,, Apr. 30, 2004

"How To Lose Friends And Alienate People," by Aaron Glantz, Inter Press Service, Apr. 30, 2004

"Iraq Prison Photos Mar U.S. Image," Reuters, Apr. 30, 2004

"'Iraqi Prisoners Have No Rights,'" Le Nouvel Observateur, Apr. 29, 2004

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties

"PATRIOT Act Allows Surge Of Secret Searches," Los Angeles Times, May 2, 2004

"A Holding Cell In The War On Terror," Washington Post, May 1, 2004

"ACLU Reveals Secret Suit Over FBI Powers," Reuters, Apr. 28, 2004

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"F*cked By The F*CC," by Jeff Jarvis, The Nation, May 17, 2004

"U.S. Media Grapples With Iraq Horrors," BBC Online, May 1, 2004

"Dave The Brave: Letterman Roasts Bush," by Nikki Finke, L.A. Weekly, Apr. 30, 2004

"Nightline Snub," by Timothy Karr,, Apr. 30, 2004

"Is Nightline Taking The Right Line?," by Danny Schechter,, Apr. 30, 2004

"Air America: Clear Channel Lite," by Justin Felux, ZNet, Apr. 27, 2004

More newswire ...


"The Antiwar Movement: Where Do We Go From Here?," by Stephen Shalom, ZNet, Apr. 25, 2004

More newswire ...

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