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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


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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 Sept. 10, 2004


  • Half a Million Say 'No'
    to Bush Agenda in NYC

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  • Imagine Festival Combines Art
    and Politics in Cultural
    Counterpoint to GOP Convention

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  • Big Media's Coverage of U.S. Politics
    Influenced by their Corporate Agenda

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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. 14, 2004.

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

Half a Million Say 'No'
to Bush Agenda in NYC

Speeches and interviews with a few
of the hundreds of thousands of
protesters on the day before
the Republican National Convention,
produced by Scott Harris

In what's being called the largest protest at a political convention in U.S. history an estimated 500,000 opponents of President Bush took to the streets of midtown Manhattan on Aug. 29, the day before the start of the Republican National Convention in New York City. Between The Lines' Scott Harris was there and files this report.

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Imagine Festival Combines Art
and Politics in Cultural
Counterpoint to GOP Convention

Interview with Chris Wangro,
co-founder and an executive producer,
of the Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues and Ideas,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

The days preceding and during the Republican National Convention in New York City were filled with protests of all kinds: massive bike rides, non-violent civil disobedience, and a massive legal march of hundreds of thousands. But cultural events with a political twist have also been part of the convention scene. The Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues and Ideas is holding more than 200 events, including concerts, film screenings, forums, theater, poetry and more, focused on the many critical issues facing the nation and the world this election year.

The festival, which featured artists such as Yoko Ono, comedian Margaret Cho, actor Richard Gere, playwright Tony Kushner, and musician Lou Reed, promoted the themes of freedom, community, democracy, justice, prosperity and future.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Chris Wangro, co-founder and co-executive producer of the festival, before a kick-off celebration at a nightclub on Aug. 28. Wangro is the former director of special events for the New York City Parks Dept, and an organizer of massive public events such as the papal mass in Central Park. He says this arts festival is meant to engage participants, encouraging them to think and to dialogue with their neighbors.

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Big Media's Coverage of U.S. Politics
Influenced by their Corporate Agenda

Interview with journalist and filmmaker Danny Schechter,
conducted by Scott Harris

Much as the Democratic Party did in Boston during their convention, Republicans are doing their best to transform and moderate their image for TV cameras focused on the party's first-ever convention in New York City. While President Bush ran for office in 2000 as a "compassionate conservative" and as a "uniter not a divider," his administration has staked out radical right positions on national security, tax policy, civil liberties and cultural issues like abortion and gay marriage.

But during the convention, many of the most influential and powerful controversial figures in the White House and Republican congressional leadership remained out of sight. In their place were Republican moderates such as New York Gov. George Pataki, Arizona Sen. John McCain and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger who attempted to convince swing voters in battleground states to support President Bush. As a sign of how politicians will play on the emotions of fearful voters this year, former New York Mayor Rudolf Giuliani opened the convention by exploiting the memory of the Sept. 11 attacks and the thousands who died to promote Bush's re-election.

It will be largely left to the media to interpret and expose the GOP's extreme makeover seen by millions of Americans viewing the convention through the lens of abbreviated network and cable TV coverage. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with author and filmmaker Danny Schechter of, who examines the media's coverage of the Republican convention and the hundreds of thousands of protesters who confronted them in New York City.

Danny Schechter's latest film, "Weapons of Mass Deception," examines the media's coverage of the Iraq War. See a trailer of the documentary at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Newly declassified documents show that Henry Kissinger, secretary of state in the Ford administration, gave a green light to generals who took power in Argentina to suppress the growing left-wing opposition in 1976. ("Kissinger backed dirty war against left in Argentina," The Guardian, Aug. 28, 2004)
  • Prison reform groups are mounting an aggressive voter registration drive in swing states to tap the potential of an estimated 9 million former felons. ("The Ex Factor," In These Times, Aug. 30, 2004)
  • The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed relaxing fire standards that currently call for automatic shutdowns at nuclear power stations. ("Fire Hazard," The Progressive, August 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
Executive producer: Scott Harris
Theme music: Mikata

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Bush Regime/Election 2004

"Trial of Saddam, Aides to Begin Within Weeks," Reuters, Sept. 5, 2004

"Punching Out Overtime: The Grinch That Stole Labor Day," by Greg Palast,, Sept. 6, 2004

"Bush's National Guard File Missing Records," Associated Press, Sept. 5, 2004

"Problems Abound In Election System," Washington Post, Sept. 5, 2004

"Democrat Says He Helped Bush Into Guard to Score Points," The Washington Post, Sept. 4, 200

"Dear John Kerry: Start Explaining, And Fast," by Mark Donham, counterpunch, Sept. 4, 2004

"How Kerry's Foreign Policies Leave Him Vulnerable To Republican Attack," by Stephen Zunes, Common Dreams, Sept. 3, 2004

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"The Bush Crusade," by James Carroll,, Sept. 3, 2004

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq

"Car Bomb Near Fallujah Kills 7 Marines," Associated Press, Sept. 6, 2004

"One By One, Iraqi Cities Become No-Go Zones," The New York Times, Sept. 5, 2004

"In August, U.S. Troops In Iraq See Highest Injury Toll Yet," Washington Post, Sept. 5, 2004

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties

"Member Of Youth Group Gets Swept Up In Arrests On Convention Floor," Newsday, Sept. 5, 2004

"The Prison At Guantanamo: What The World Should Know," by Douglas Valentine, counterpunch, Sept. 4-6, 2004

"Lawsuits Likely To Sing Blues Over NYPD Tactics," New York Daily News, Sept. 4, 2004

"Arrested Protesters Speak," KRCG-TV News, Sept. 4, 2004

"Lockdown Manhattan," by JoAnn Wypijewski, Mother Jones, Sept. 3, 2004

"First They Came For The Protesters," by Rachel Neumann, Alternet, Sept. 3, 2004

"Guantanamo On The Hudson," by Sarah Ferguson, Village Voice, Sept. 2, 2004

"Bush Forms Civil Liberties Board," Wired News, Aug. 31, 2004

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Corporate Press Parrots Sham Study By Far Right Think Tank," by Jessica Azulay, The New Standard, Sept. 5, 2004

"Fight Over Gulf War Film Escalates," Los Angeles Times, Sept. 4, 2004

"Media Reform Needed For A Continuing Democracy," Common Dreams, Sept. 2, 2004

"Pre RNC: Tabloids In Anarcho-Panic," by Sarah Ferguson, Village Voice, Aug. 26, 2004

More newswire ...


"'We Don't Want Our Loved Ones Who Died In 9/11 Used As An Excuse To Start War,'" Sunday herald/Scotland. Sept. 5, 2004

"Protest Groups 'Empowered' by Large Turnout," USA Today, Sept. 3, 2004

"Republicans Among Us," by Mark Engler, ZNet, Sept. 3, 2004

More newswire ...

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