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"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

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For The Week Ending June 11, 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!


  • The Status of Iraqi Women
    Deteriorates Under U.S. Occupation

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  • The Ballots of 1 Million African-American
    and Latino Voters Likely to be "Lost"
    in 2004 Presidential Election

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  • The Life of Peace, Social Justice Activist
    Dave Dellinger Remembered

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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:

The Status of Iraqi Women
Deteriorates Under U.S. Occupation

Interview with Rania Masri,
director of the Southern Peace Research,
Institute for Southern Studies,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

One month before the symbolic transfer of sovereignty in Iraq, Chief U.S. Administrator Paul Bremer, along with U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and the Iraqi Governing Council, named a new prime minister and president of an interim government who will lead until elections next year. The appointment of Iyad Allawi as Iraq's next prime minister has many observers questioning his acceptability among the Iraqi people, as the exile leader was formerly associated with Saddam Hussein's spy agency and is now linked to the CIA. The process of filling the mostly ceremonial post of president revealed serious conflicts between members of the Governing Council and Washington.

But as combat continues between U.S. occupation forces and resistance fighters in Iraq, the plight of Iraqi women is largely ignored. They are rarely if ever seen in western video footage of the war. But the U.S.-run Coalition Provisional Authority cites as one of their biggest accomplishments the liberation of Iraqi women from the "rape rooms" in use under Saddam Hussein's regime. The Bush administration also touts what they claim will be greater opportunities for women in future political participation under a new Iraqi constitution.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Rania Masri, director of the Southern Peace Research and Education Center at the Institute for Southern Studies in Durham, N.C. Since the U.N.-U.S. sanctions were put in place in 1990 before the first Persian Gulf War, Masri has been active in supporting the people of Iraq during their humanitarian and political crises. She is part of a team that produced a just-released feature film called "About Baghdad." She discusses the status of women under Saddam, during the sanctions, and in the current period under U.S. occupation.

For information on the new film, "About Baghdad," visit the website: Contact the Southern Peace Research by calling (919) 419-8311 or visit their website at

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The Ballots of 1 Million African-American
and Latino Voters Likely to be "Lost"
in 2004 Presidential Election

Interview with Greg Palast,
BBC investigative reporter,
conducted by Scott Harris

Until the 2000 presidential election, most Americans saw their nation as a model of democratic ideals where one-person-one vote was valued above all else. But with memories still fresh about the Florida election scandal -- where tens of thousands of votes were eliminated by defective paper ballots and allegations of deliberate disenfranchisement -- U.S. voters are looking warily at the coming 2004 presidential election

In reaction to the voting scandal, Congress allocated billions of dollars to upgrade the nation's voting equipment, but growing questions about electronic voting machines' reliability and vulnerability to manipulation have slowed progress on modernizing the U.S. electoral system. As November approaches, state, county and municipal governments are scrambling to improve the mechanics of voting, hoping to avoid a repeat of the 2000 election, which saw the Supreme Court install George W. Bush as president, although he had lost the popular vote by half a million ballots.

In the midst of the tumultuous 2000 election recount in Florida, BBC investigative journalist Greg Palast uncovered documents which established that Florida officials had purged more than 57,000 registered voters, a majority of them African Americans, Hispanics and likely Democrats, off the rolls in advance of the November vote. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Greg Palast, author of the New York Times bestseller, "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy," who explains why he believes reform legislation enacted after the scandal-ridden 2000 election, could result in disenfranchising up to one million minority voters in this year's presidential ballot.

Greg Palast is an investigative reporter with BBC television and the London Observer newspaper. Read his columns online at His book "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy," was recently updated and re-released by Penguin.

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The Life of Peace, Social Justice Activist
Dave Dellinger Remembered

Interview with Leonard Weinglass,
human rights attorney,
conducted by Scott Harris

On May 25, David Dellinger, a legendary pacifist organizer who struggled for peace and social justice for more than 60 years, died at the age of 88 in his home state of Vermont. Dellinger, who attended Yale and Oxford, devoted his life to a variety of causes by exercising non-violent direct action. He refused to serve in World War II, for which he went to prison and later published several prominent progressive magazines and spent time in Spain during that nation's pivotal civil war. Dellinger went on to serve as a principal organizer in movements opposing the nuclear arms race and the Vietnam war.

As a defendant in the famous Chicago 8 trial, which followed militant protests that disrupted the 1968 Democratic Convention, Dave Dellinger left his mark as a courageous activist not afraid to speak truth to power. He along with four co-defendants were convicted of crossing state lines to incite a riot, later overturned by a federal appeals court , as were several contempt citations.

Later in life, Dave Dellinger and his wife Elizabeth Peterson moved to Vermont and remained active on many issues including prison reform. At the age of 85, Dave participated in raucous protests in Quebec City aimed at derailing the Free Trade Area of the Americas treaty. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with veteran human rights attorney Leonard Weinglass, who served as counsel, along with William Kunstler, to the defendants in the Chicago 8 trial. Weinglass, who has represented Angela Davis and Mumia Abu Jamal among many others, remembers David Dellinger.

To offer condolences, write to Elizabeth Peterson, c/o Toward Freedom, P.O. Box 468, Burlington, Vermont 05402. Dave Dellinger's autobiography is titled, "From Yale To Jail."

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • A diverse coalition of conservative intellectuals have banded together to oppose the Iraq War and the neo-conservative agenda of Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, as nothing more than empire-building. The Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy includes analysts from the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation and The American Conservative magazine. ("Realistpolitik," American Prospect, May 2004)
  • Lane McCotter, a former Utah state corrections commissioner who is now a prison consultant in the infamous Abu Ghraib scandal, has links to past cases of abuse in the U.S. prison system. ("Exporting America's Prison Problems," The Nation, May 12, 2004)
  • The Bush administration is planning to exempt a well-known arms trader in Africa, Victor Bout, from U.N. sanctions because of Bout's role in aiding U.S. military operations in Iraq. ("U.S. fights U.N. Move for Sanction on Arms Traffickers Linked to Iraq," The Financial Times, May 19, 2004)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Zelphia Hunter
Segment producer: Melinda Tuhus
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Between The Lines Week Ending 6/4/04

Bush Regime/Election 2004

"Leak Probe Appears To Be In Active Phase," Washington Post, June 6, 2004

"Cheney Reportedly Interviewed In Leak Of CIA Officer's Name," The New York Times, June 5, 2004

"Bush's Erratic Behavior Worries White House Aides," Capitol Hill Blue, June 4, 2004

"The Serious Implications Of President Bush's Hiring A Personal Outside Counsel For The Valerie Plame Investigation," by John Dean, FindLaw, June 4, 2004

"Liberal Activists Lukewarm On Kerry," Boston Globe, June 4, 2004

"Nader And The Green Party's Presidential Choice For 2004," by Norman Solomon, ZNet, June 3, 2004

Bush Seeks Lawyer in Probe Over CIA Leak," by Reuters, June 2, 2004

"Nader's Numbers," by Evan Derkacz, Alternet, May 31, 2004

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Under The Banner Of The 'War On Terror,'" by William Greider, The Nation, June 21, 2004

"Venezuela 2004: Nicaragua's Contra War Reprised," by Toni Solo, Counterpunch, June 5, 2004

"More Imperial Intrigue As CIA Director Resigns," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, June 4, 2004

"An Empire Of Denial," by George Monbiot, Guardian/UK, June 1, 2004

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq

"Torture And Truth," by Mark Danner, New York Review of Books, June 10, 2004

"Wide Gaps Seen In U.S. Inquiries On Prison Abuse," The New York Times, June 6, 2004

"The Military: Losing Hearts And Minds?," by Oscar Estrada, Washington Post, June 6, 2004

"Brahimi: Bremer the 'Dictator Of Iraq' In Shaping Iraqi Government," Knight Ridder, June 2, 2004

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties

"Welcome To America," by Elena Lappin, Guardian/UK, June 5, 2004

"The Life Wreckers: A Sorry FBI," by Elaine Cassel, Counterpunch, June 5, 2004

"A New Category Of Persons Without Rights: Toward A Universal Declaration Of Human Wrongs," by C. Douglas Lummis, Counterpunch, June 5, 2004

"Artists Subpoenaed In USA PATRIOT Act Case," Critical Art Ensemble press release, June 3, 2004

"Proof Negative: The Justice Department's Triumphant Victory Over The Constitution," by Dahlia Lithwick, Slate, June 2, 2004

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"One Year On, Big Media More Willing To Cover Up Than To Change," by Danny Schechter,, June 6, 2004

"Censored," by Rory O'Connor,, June 6, 2004

"Plug Pulled On Rome Radio Stations Covering Bush Protests," by Timothy Karr,, June 6, 2004

"Media Falls Short On Iraq, Venezuela," by Mark Weisbrot, ZNet, June 4, 2004

"Satire: The Emperor May Have Had Fewer Clothes Than Originally Reported," by Neil Kitson,, June 3, 2004

"It's Time For Regime Change At The New York Times," Buzzflash, June 1, 2004

"Public Broadcasting Veers To The Right," by Chellie Pingree, Alternet, June 1, 2004

More newswire ...


"Activists Offer Alternatives To Biotech Conference," San Francisco Chronicle, June 7, 2004

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