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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
Compilation of 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 July 9, 2004


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  • Darfur Region of Sudan
    in Midst of Humanitarian Crisis

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  • Symbolic Transfer of Power
    in Iraq Changes Little
    in War-Ravaged Nation

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  • Amnesty International Calls
    for Special Counsel to Investigate
    Charges of Torture in U.S.-Run Military Prisons

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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:

Darfur Region of Sudan
in Midst of Humanitarian Crisis

Black Congressional Caucus Calls on U.S. to Intervene

Interview with Salih Booker,
executive director of Africa Action,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

A humanitarian crisis is ongoing in Darfur, the western region of Sudan, where over the past year, at least 10,000 black Muslim Sudanese have been killed by Arab Muslim Sudanese militias with the tacit support of the Arab central government in Khartoum. In addition, a million residents of Darfur have been displaced -- ethnically cleansed -- with 120,000 of them fleeing to refugee camps in neighboring Chad. Aid groups say a million or more people from the Darfur region are at risk of dying from starvation and disease if nothing is done. The conflict has historical roots, but escalated in 2003 when two rebel groups in Darfur demanded an end to chronic economic marginalization and sought power sharing within the Arab-ruled Sudanese state.

The U.S. Congress recently authorized additional funds to aid in the relief effort. At the end of June, both United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell traveled to Darfur to assess the situation. On June 23, the Congressional Black Caucus endorsed a petition drive initiated by the group Africa Action that calls on the U.S. government to define the events in Darfur as "genocide" and to intervene militarily to stop the killing and displacement.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Salih Booker, executive director of Africa Action, about the role the US could play in providing humanitarian relief in Sudan, the dangers that poses, and why, as the world was remembering the tenth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide last April, the UN has been so slow to intervene in this current crisis.

To get more information, or to sign the group's petition, call them at (202) 546-7961, or visit the group's website at

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Symbolic Transfer of Power
in Iraq Changes Little
in War-Ravaged Nation

Costs of Conflict Detailed in New Report

Interview with Emira Woods,
co-director of the group
Foreign Policy in Focus,
conducted by Scott Harris

On June 28, two days ahead of schedule, U.S. authorities in Baghdad handed over power to an appointed, interim Iraqi government. The symbolic transfer of authority took place in virtual secrecy in a move designed to evade an expected wave of violence by insurgents bent on disrupting the original handover date. Saddam Hussein was placed in the custody of the new government, but will still be guarded by foreign soldiers. Questions remain about how much real power the new government will be able to exercise on major policy issues and the authority it will have over the 138,000 U.S. troops and other forces which remain in the country.

Iraqis are widely skeptical about the legitimacy of the new government led by Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, a man who was on the CIA payroll for many years. A June survey conducted by a British polling firm found that 60 percent of Iraqis think the U.S. invasion of their country was wrong, not surprising given the chaos and violence which continue to consume Iraq 15 months after the Bush administration's pre-emptive strike.

The Institute for Policy Studies, along with Foreign Policy in Focus have recently published a study on the costs of the Iraq war, both human and economic, incurred by the people of Iraq, the U.S. and the world. The study titled, "Paying The Price, The Mounting Costs of the Iraq War," provides a comprehensive analysis of civilian and military deaths, reconstruction costs and the resulting cuts to social programs in America's domestic budget. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Emira Woods, co-director of the group Foreign Policy in Focus, who assesses the U.S. transfer of power and the staggering costs of the war thus far.

Read "Paying The Price, The Mounting Costs of the Iraq War," online at or contact Institute for Policy Studies at (202) 234-9382.

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Amnesty International Calls
for Special Counsel to Investigate
Charges of Torture in U.S.-Run Military Prisons

Interview with Samer Rabadi,
of Amnesty International
conducted by Scott Harris

After years of legal challenges to the Bush administration's policy of holding individuals it declared "enemy combatants" indefinitely without due process, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued two rulings in related cases. The court affirmed the legal rights of both U.S. and foreign citizens to challenge their detention before a judge or other neutral decision-maker. The decision rejected arguments made by the White House that the president should retain unchecked power to hold prisoners without charge and without access to the courts. The cases were filed on behalf of a U.S. citizen and 16 foreign-born men seized in Afghanistan during the U.S invasion there in 2001 and 2002.

In another area, Amnesty International has called for the immediate appointment of a special counsel to investigate claims that detainees held in U.S prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan, Cuba and other secret facilities have been subjected to torture and inhumane treatment. The human rights group says that current probes of the abuse are compromised due to the possible complicity of high government officials in authorizing torture techniques. Documents leaked in the aftermath of Abu Ghraib prison scandal provide evidence that Bush administration officials wrote legal opinions asserting that the president was not restricted by U.S. and international law prohibiting torture.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Samer Rabadi, deputy director of Amnesty International's Western Regional Office, who examines the recent Supreme Court decisions on the rights of detainees and explains why his group is calling for a special counsel to investigate torture allegations.

Contact Amnesty International USA at 1-800 AMNESTY or visit their website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Some U.S. scientists are barred by the Bush administration's Health and Human Services Department from attending the 15th International AIDS Conference July 11 to 16. ("U.S. Charged with Silencing Scientists," Reuters, June 25, 2004)
  • Italy's anti-terror chief and 29 police officers on trial for fabricating evidence to justify a violent raid three years ago against activists at the Genoa Social Forum. ("Italian Police on trial over G8 Summit beatings," The Guardian, June 28, 2004)
  • In 2002, the "Biscuit Fire" ravaged 500,000 acres of national forest and wilderness in Oregon and northern California. The Bush administration and its timber industry allies are eager to log fire-damaged trees, but environmentalists observe that the least expensive option for taxpayers is to let the Biscuit area recover on its own. ("Western fire season tests politics, ecology," The Christian Science Monitor, June 4, 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
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Web producer: Jeff Yates
Newswire editor: Hank Hoffman
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Executive producer: Scott Harris
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Between The Lines Week Ending 7/2/04

Bush Regime/Election 2004

"Attacked By The New York Times For Calling Bush On 'Lies,'" by David Corn, The Nation, July 5, 2004

"Translator In Eye Of Storm Over Retroactive Classification," Boston Globe, July 5, 2004

"Kerry Foreign Policy: Brent Scowcroft Redux?" by Joshua Micah Marshall, Atlantic, July/August, 2004

"Green Party's National Strategy 'Realistic' Or Laughable?'" Maine Sunday Telegram, July 4, 2004

"Takes A Lot To Make Bush Feel 'Welcome,'" by David Rossie, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, July 4, 2004

"Florida Purges Eligible Black Voters," Miami Herald, July 3, 2004

"Suicide Right On Stage: The Demise Of The Green Party," by Jeffrey St. Clair, Counterpunch, July 2, 2004

"U.S. Lawmakers Request UN Observers For November 2 Presidential Election," Agence France Presse, July 2, 2004

"Illegal People: Kerry Opposes Immigrant Rights" by Lee Ballinger, Counterpunch, July 2, 2004

"Nader Adrift," by Norman Solomon, Baltimore Sun, July 1, 2004

"Why I Changed My Voter Registration Today," by Norman Solomon, June 28, 2004

"Bush-Appointed Voting Official: Guidelines Needed For Cancelling Or Rescheduling Election," Associated Press, June 25, 2004

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"U.S. Imperialism In Latin America: September 11, July 4 And Systematic Torture," by Forrest Hylton, Counterpunch, July 5, 2004

"As Troops Spread Thin, Some Fear Return Of Military Draft," Cincinnati Post, July 5, 2004

"U.S. Sidles Up To Well-Oiled Azerbaijani Autocracy," Guardian/UK, July 2, 2004

"New Halliburton Waste Alleged," NBC News, July 1, 2004

"Buzz Words And Venezuela," by Saul Landau, Progreso Weekly, July 1, 2004

"Venezuela; The Gang's All Here," by Alexander Cockburn, Counterpunch, June 26, 2004

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq

"General: Rumsfeld Gave Go-Ahead For Abu Ghraib Tactics," Telegraph/UK, July 5, 2004

"Kerry: More International Help Needed For Success In Iraq," Agence France Presse, July 4, 2004

"Pentagon Tried To Censor Saddam's Hearing," by Robert Fisk, Independent/UK, July 3, 2004

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties

"Americans Increasingly Unwilling To Surrender Civil Liberties," by Cynthia Tucker, Philadelphia Inquirer, July 5, 2004

"Supreme Court Leaves Bush Guantanamo Policy Close To Collapse," Observer/UK, July 4, 2004

"Bush's Police State And Independence Day," by Elaine Cassel, Counterpunch, July 3, 2004

"Disappearing Prisoners," by Nat Hentoff, Village Voice, July 2, 2004

"Narrow Victory For U.S. Constitution," by Robert Kuttner, Boston Globe, June 30, 2004

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"What Michael Moore Misses About The Empire," by Robert Jensen, Counterpunch, July 5, 2004

"Midwest Theaters Ban 'Fahrenheit 9/11,'" Associated Press, July 3, 2004

"'Fahrenheit 9/11': Firing Up The Choir,'" by Peter Sussman, Pacific News Service, July 2, 2004

More newswire ...


"New York Activists Ready For Republican Invasion," Globe & Mail/Canada, July 5, 2004

"MoveOn Works The Hollywood Spotlight To Amplify Its Voice," Los Angeles Times, July 4, 2004

More newswire ...

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