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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

Multi-Ethnic Issues Advocacy

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For The Week Ending Sept. 17, 2004


  • Military Families Campaign
    to Bring U.S. Troops
    Back from Iraq Now

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  • Mass Arrests of Protesters
    at GOP Convention in NYC
    Condemned by Civil Liberties Groups

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  • U.S. Poverty on the Rise,
    According to Census Bureau

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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. 21, 2004.

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

Military Families Campaign
to Bring U.S. Troops
Back from Iraq Now

Interview with Charlie Richardson,
co-founder of Military Families Speak Out,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

In the fall of 2002, Nancy Lessin and her husband Charlie Richardson attended an anti-war rally in Washington, D.C. Their son was a Marine who would soon be deployed to Iraq. They met another military family opposed to the war and co-founded the group Military Families Speak Out to give voice to the families who would bear the brunt of U.S. policy in the Middle East. Since then, 1,600 families have joined, including 30 whose loved ones died in Iraq and at least one family whose son committed suicide upon his return from the war. The group states that while many die on the battlefield, there are many more who die in their souls. MFSO has supported the family of Camilo Mejia, an army reservist who served in Iraq and refused to return there when ordered, citing crimes and abuses committed against the Iraqi people. He is currently serving a year in prison for desertion. Lessin and Richardson have spoken at rallies and conferences non-stop for the past 22 months, condemning the war and demanding that the troops come home now.

More than 1,000 U.S. troops have now died in the Iraq war, while an estimated 10,000 have been injured. The death toll of 66 in August was the highest monthly toll since May, while the 1,100 injured in August is the highest monthly total of the entire war. Estimates of the number of Iraqi civilians who have died so far range from 10,000 to 40,000. Military Families Speak Out says the war is a tragedy for all who have been put in harm's way.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with MFSO's Charlie Richardson soon after the Institute for Policy Studies announced that his group would receive the Letelier-Moffitt human rights award, named after two human rights champions assassinated by the regime of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Richardson talks about the rationale for the war in Iraq, and how families who felt they needed to support the war in order to support their own sons and daughters fighting in Iraq have come to change their views.

Call Military Families Speak Out at (617) 522-9323 or visit their website at: The Letelier-Moffitt human rights award will be presented Sept. 30 to Military Families Speak Out -- as well as to journalist Seymour Hersh for exposing the Abu Graib prison scandal -- at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

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Mass Arrests of Protesters
at GOP Convention in NYC
Condemned by Civil Liberties Groups

Interview with Bruce Bentley,
lawyer with the New York City chapter
of the National Lawyers Guild,
conducted by Scott Harris

The day before Republicans gathered in New York City for their national convention, more than half a million citizens opposed to the Bush administration participated in a massive legal demonstration -- the largest protest ever at a U.S. political convention. While the GOP heard endless speeches and nominated George Bush for re-election, many thousands of activists took part in smaller more militant actions targeting President Bush's decision to wage war against Iraq and his economic, social and environmental policies. During the course of the week, police arrested 1,821 protesters, reporters and innocent bystanders in sweeps launched against dozens of demonstrations and civil disobedience actions. Many of those arrested on minor charges were taken to a city-owned warehouse at Pier 57 dubbed by detainees as "Guantanamo on the Hudson." Some of those arrested complained that while at the detention facility they were exposed to toxic waste that caused burns and respiratory problems.

Civil liberties groups charge New York City police unnecessarily held those arrested for excessive periods of time -- a deliberate policy some activists say -- which was implemented to keep protesters off the streets until after the GOP convention concluded. Hundreds of protesters were released from custody on the last day of the convention after New York Supreme Court Justice John Cataldo threatened to fine the city $1,000 for every detainee held past 5 p.m.

Adding to the concern of those observing the protests and police reaction were the comments of New York City Mayor Bloomberg, who likened protesters who shouted at Republican delegates to terrorists. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with attorney Bruce Bentley, the National Lawyers Guild's RNC Mass Defense coordinator, who takes a critical look at police tactics used in the arrests of protesters in New York City.

Call the New York City Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild at (212) 679-6018 or visit the group's website at There, arrestees and witnesses of police actions in New York City may find more information about litigation and can access complaint forms.

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U.S. Poverty on the Rise,
According to Census Bureau

Interview with Scott Klinger,
co-director of United for a Fair Economy's
Responsible Wealth Project,
conducted by Scott Harris

While the Republican National Convention in New York City was underway last week, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the number of Americans living in poverty increased by 1.3 million in 2003, while the numbers of citizens without health insurance grew by 1.4 million. Alarmingly, children were among the hardest hit segments of the population with an increase of about 800,000 living in poverty during 2003. In all, almost 13 million of those under the age of 18 now live below the poverty line. Nearly 45 million, or 15.6 percent of Americans do not have health insurance. This was the third consecutive rise in these numbers from the Census Bureau, which indicate growing income inequality.

Critics of the Bush administration accused the Census Bureau of releasing the data earlier than usual to diminish the impact on the November election, a charge denied by Census director Louis Kincannon, a Bush appointee. The Bureau's statistics could be important in this presidential election year, serving to focus public attention on the failure of President Bush's economic policies. During Bush's administration, 4.3 million Americans have slipped into poverty and 5.2 million have lost their health insurance coverage.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Scott Klinger, co-director of United for A Fair Economy's Responsible Wealth Project, about the Census data and his own group's study of the rise in salaries of CEOs whose companies outsource U.S. jobs overseas.

Contact United for A Fair Economy's at (617) 423-2148 or visit their website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • In late August, the Supreme Court of Chile has stripped the former dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet of his immunity from prosecution in connection with massive human rights abuses in the 1970s and 80s. ("Pinochet Once Again in the Hands of the Courts," Inter Press Agency, Aug. 27, 2004'; "Pinochet is stripped of immunity by court," The Independent, Aug. 27, 2004)
  • World Bank board ignores recommendations of its 3-year report calling for a funding phaseout of oil and coal projects in the developing world. Critics say that despite the World Bank's mandate to reduce poverty, the bank has been unable to demonstrate that its extractive projects have done so. ("World Bank Board Disappoints NGOs over Mining,", Aug. 4, 2004)
  • The growing number of homeless college students is not tracked by universities or the federal government. ("Homeless on Campus," The Progressive, July 2004)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Archibald Currie
Segment producer: Melinda Tuhus
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Between The Lines Week Ending 9/10/04

Bush Regime/Election 2004

"Kerry Stuck In Political Quagmire," Toronto Star/Canada, Sept. 13, 2004

"Antiwar Republicans: A Telling Shift In Allegiance," Boston Globe, Sept. 12, 2004

"Kerry Challenges Bush On Iraq-9/11 Connection," CNN, Sept. 12, 2004

"Economic Hardship Causing Drastic Increase in Homelessness," The New Standard, Sept. 12, 2004

"Seymour Hersh Book Says Bush Officials Warned Of Prisoner Abuse," The New York Times, Sept. 11, 2004

"More Challenges About Whether Bush Documents Are Authentic," Dallas Morning News, Sept. 11, 2004

"Kerry Calls Iraq War 'Catastrophic Choice,'" Boston Globe, Sept. 9, 2004

"Card Says Bush Sees America As A Child Needing A Parent," Boston Globe, Sept. 2, 2004

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Rumsfeld's Dirty War On Terror," Guardian/UK, Sept. 13, 2004

"U.S.: Three Years On, War On Terrorism Looks Like A Loser," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Sept. 11, 2004

"Halliburton's Good Fortune Never Ends," by Christopher Brauchli, Daily Camera, Sept. 11, 2004

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq

"Iraq: It's Worse Than You Think," by Scott Johnson & Babak Dehghanpisheh, Newsweek, Sept. 20, 2004

"'I'm A Journalist! I'm Dying! I'm Dying!': One Of Baghdad's Bloodiest Days," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Sept. 13, 2004

"Key General Criticizes April Attack On Fallujah," Boston Globe Sept. 13, 2004

"Dissolution Of Fallujah Brigade Is Setback For Marines," Los Angeles Times, Sept. 11, 2004

"Retiring U.S. Rep.: War Vote A Mistake," Cincinnati Post, Sept. 11, 2004

"Soldier For The Truth: Sgt. Samuel Provance," by J. David Galland,, Sept. 9, 2004

"'Our Army Is Only Cannon Fodder for Rumsfeld,'" Liberation/France, Sept. 9, 2004

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties

"The War On Civil Liberties," by Noah Leavitt,, Sept. 13, 2004

"CIA May Have Held 100 'Ghost' Detainees," Los Angeles Times, Sept. 10, 2004

"Secret Sevice Takes Out Hecklers For The President," Washington Post, Sept. 8, 2004

"Political Prisoner In NYC," by Eddie Codel, Jibber Jabber, Sept. 5, 2004

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Media Culpa," by Steven Rosenfeld, Alternet, Sept. 10, 2004

"Media Helps Bush Hide The Bodies," by Jeff Horwitz,, Sept. 8, 2004

"Spin Cycle," by Lakshmi Chaudhry Alternet, Sept. 7, 2004

More newswire ...


"Empty Combat Boots: Circles Of Death In Central Park" by Magie Dominic, Common Dreams, Sept. 11, 2004

"From Protest To Rebellion: Lessons From Tom Paine," by Jeffrey Kaplan & Jeff Milchen,, Sept. 11, 2004

"How To Keep The Antiwar Movement Activated: An Interview With Leslie Cagan," by Benjamin Dangl & Andrew Kennis, Counterpunch, Sept. 11, 2004

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