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New Haven Advocate's
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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
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

Multi-Ethnic Issues Advocacy

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For The Week Ending Sept. 3, 2004


  • Guantanamo Detainees Subjected
    to Pentagon-Run "Kangaroo Court"

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  • Despite Obstacles,
    Protesters Plan Massive Presence
    at GOP Convention in NYC

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  • Pagan Priestess Starhawk Draws
    Connection Between Spirituality
    and Political Activism

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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 Sept. 7, 2004.

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

Guantanamo Detainees Subjected
to Pentagon-Run "Kangaroo Court"

Interview with Michael Ratner,
principal attorney for prisoners held
at Guantanamo Bay, U.S. Naval Base
conducted by Scott Harris

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two landmark rulings which affirmed the legal rights of both U.S. and foreign citizens to challenge their military detention before a judge or other neutral decision-maker. The ruling rejected arguments made by the White House that the president should retain unchecked power to hold prisoners it labels as "enemy combatants," 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.

Now the Pentagon is conducting war crimes trials for some prisoners at Guantanamo and "Combatant Status Review Tribunals" in what the government says is an effort to comply with the Supreme Court ruling. These hearings are conducted by three officers where prisoners are provided with a "personal representative," who as military officers, have no right to confidential consultation with their clients. Additionally, detainees have no right to know the source of charges filed against them.

But, human rights groups and attorneys involved in the cases have condemned the proceedings as non-compliant with the Supreme Court's decision. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a principal attorney for prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base. He assesses the Bush administration's compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to provide these detainees with due process.

Contact the Center for Constitutional Rights by calling (212) 614-6464 or visit their website at Michael Ratner is co-author with with Ellen Ray, of the book: "Guantanamo: What The World Should Know."

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Despite Obstacles,
Protesters Plan Massive Presence
at GOP Convention in NYC

Interview with Leslie Kauffman,
United for Peace and Justice,
mobilization coordinator,
conducted by Scott Harris

Hundreds of thousands of opponents of Bush administration policies are expected to converge on New York City the last week of August to participate in dozens of protests and forums during the Republican National Convention. One year ago, organizers with the group United for Peace and Justice applied with the city to hold the week's largest demonstration at Central Park's Great Lawn on Sunday, Aug. 29th, the day before the Republicans begin their convention. However, New York's Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg has blocked use of the park, and offered instead an area of the West Side Highway. Initially, United for Peace accepted the remote highway site, but later backed out because the city refused to assist in providing water, a sound system and transportation to and from distant subway stations.

Although United for Peace has been granted a permit to hold a legal march past Madison Square Garden -- the site of the GOP convention -- just days before the planned protest, the group sued the city for the use of Central Park. Whatever the outcome of the 11th hour case before the New York State Supreme Court, the Aug. 29 protest may well be one of the largest political demonstrations in recent U.S. history.

New York City police have issued warnings to the public that anarchist groups may be planning property destruction and acts of violence to disrupt the Republican convention -- a charge vehemently denied by these groups. In advance of the summer's political conventions, the FBI has made dozens of visits to the homes of progressive activists across the country in an effort, they say, to head off political violence. Civil liberties advocates are alarmed at what they believe is a determined effort by the government to chill free speech and intimidate those who dissent. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Leslie Kauffman, mobilization coordinator with United for Peace and Justice, who reports on the preparations for protests at the Republican convention and the obstacles activist groups have been forced to overcome.

Leslie Kauffman is mobilization coordinator with United for Peace and Justice. Contact the group by calling (212) 868-8845 or visit their website at

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Pagan Priestess Starhawk Draws
Connection Between Spirituality
and Political Activism

Interview with Starhawk,
pagan priestess and
nonviolent direct action organizer,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Starhawk is perhaps the best-known pagan priestess in America. She defines pagans as those who understand the earth as a living entity of which all life forms are a part, including human beings. She believes the earth and its inhabitants are under assault largely due to policies being carried out by the U.S. government.

Starhawk's spiritual work is focused on trying to bring about social justice through her writings and participation in non-violent direct action at summit meetings of major political and economic powers, such as the G-8, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, the World Trade Organization and the upcoming Republican National Convention.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus recently spoke with Starhawk in New Haven, Conn., before she spoke at an event sponsored by Democracy Uprising, a march of more than 60 people that began in Boston at the end of the Democratic National Convention in July, and which is due to arrive in New York City a few days before the start of the Republican Convention. The group promotes local activism and independence from the two-party system. Here, Starhawk discusses the relationship between spirituality and political activism and her work on behalf of the non-violent struggle for justice in Palestine.

Starhawk's latest book is "Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising," published by New Society. For information on her writings and current activities, visit her website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Amnesty International decries the Haitian jury acquittal of Louis-Jodel Chamblain, top leader in the 1990s paramilitary group, FRAPH, in the controversial retrial of the murder of Antoine Izmery, prominent businessman and supporter of Jean-Bertran Aristide. During the 1990s, FRAPH was blamed for killing 3,000 of its political opponents from the pro-Aristide Lavalas party. ("Haiti jury acquits ex-paramilitary leader," Aug. 17, 2004; Overnight trials an insult to justice," Amnesty International press release, Aug. 16, 2004)
  • Energy giant Halliburton, run by Vice President Dick Cheney from 1995 to 2000, has been awarded a record $4.3 billion in military contracts during 2003. The rising value of contracts comes despite a number of corporate scandals to hit Halliburton, from overcharging the government food service contracts, to oil deliveries. ("Halliburton Contracts Balloon," Center for Public Integrity, Aug. 18, 2004)
  • Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a farmworkers organization near Naples, Fla. has grown to more than 2,700 members. They've won weekly paychecks for immigrant workers; spurred federal investigations of five agricultural "slavery rings" in the south; and launched a boycott of Taco Bell to press for just a penny more per each hundred pounds of tomatoes it buys to raise pickers' wages to $100 a day. ("Power to the Pickers," Mother Jones, July/August, 2004)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Nigel Rees
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
Executive producer: Scott Harris
Theme music: Mikata

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Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 8/27/04

Bush Regime/Election 2004

"Inching Toward A Theocratic White House," by Mark Crispin Miller, Alternet, Aug. 31, 2004

"Of Campaigns And Breakfast Cereals," by Bob Herbert, The New York Times, Aug. 30, 2004

"What That 'Awful' L.A. Times Poll Really Means," by Ruy Texeira, Donkey Rising, Aug. 30, 2004

"'Political Terrorists': Bush's 'Sleeper Cells,'" by Eleanor Clift, MSNBC, Aug. 30, 2004

"Madame Butterfly Flies Off With Ballots: Florida Fixed Again?," by Greg Palast,, Aug. 29, 2004

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"The Resurrection Of The Committee On The Present Danger," by Laura Rozen, Alternet, Aug. 25, 2004

"The Empire's Doctors," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Aug. 25, 2004

"Public Power In The Age Of Empire," by Arundhati Roy, Democracy Now!, Aug. 24, 2004

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq

"Army: Use Of Dogs Came From Top," Washington Post, Aug. 30, 2004

"U.S. Soldier Says Torture Encouraged," Reuters, Aug. 29, 2004

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties

"Bush's War On Democracy,' by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, Aug. 31, 2004

"Goons And Gated Rallies,' by Joel McNally, Capital Times, Aug. 30, 2004

"Protecting The President From Dissent,' by Christopher Brauchli, Daily Camera, Aug. 30, 2004

"The Prison Built On Fear: US And UK Use War On Terror To Curtail Freedom,' by Madeleine Bunting, Guardian/UK, Aug. 30, 2004

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Media Declares War On Antiwar Protests," by Mickey Z, Counterpunch, Aug. 28, 2004

"The Big Media Back Story," by Timothy Karr,, Aug. 26, 2004

More newswire ...


"Welcome To Bushville, USA," by Rachel Neumann, Alternet, Aug. 31, 2004

"The Sound Of Marching, Charging Feet, Boy," by David Lindorff, Counterpunch, Aug. 30, 2004

"Live, From New York! The Majority Claimed No Candidate," by Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch, Aug. 30, 2004

"Voices From The March To Nowhere," by Tom Engelhardt,, Aug. 30, 2004

"Hundreds Of Thousands March Against Bush, War," Boston Globe, Aug. 30, 2004

"Curtain Raiser Is A Show-Stopper" by Juan Gonzalez, Daily News, Aug. 30, 2004

"The Banner Seen 'Round The World," by Don Hazen, Alternet, Aug. 30, 2004

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