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New Haven Advocate's
"Best of New Haven 2001"
-- Staff Picks --
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

Dr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson's Commentaries, The Hutchinson Report
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For The Week Ending Oct. 15, 2004


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  • Shortage of Soldiers to Fight in Iraq
    and Afghanistan Sparks Debate
    Over Reinstitution of Military Draft

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  • U.S. Veteran Returning from Iraq Speaks Out
    Against the War and Killing of Civilians

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  • U.S. Media Fails to Act as Truth-Detector
    in Covering Presidential Election Campaign

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  • Underreported News Summary
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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 Oct. 19, 2004.

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

Shortage of Soldiers to Fight in Iraq
and Afghanistan Sparks Debate
Over Reinstitution of Military Draft

Interview with Tod Ensign,
director of Citizen Soldier,
conducted by Scott Harris

Editor's note: The day after this segment was produced, the House voted on a military draft, a measure which would have required two years of national service. It was rejected 402-2.

As the war in Iraq continues, U.S. occupation forces have stepped up attacks on cities controlled by insurgents in places like Samarra and Falluja. The number of American soldiers killed in the war has now risen to more than 1,060, while the estimated number of Iraqi civilians killed range up to 15,000.

In the midst of the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, reports confirm that the U.S. military is stretched thin. The Army National Guard failed this year to meet its recruitment goal; re-enlistment is down, stop loss orders have extended thousands of soldiers' tours of duty and in recent months, one-third of Ready Reservists refused to report for service. These are among the signs which suggest the military's all-volunteer system, in place since the end of the draft in 1973, may not be able to produce enough soldiers for the Pentagon.

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., has proposed federal legislation that would require military conscription or alternative national service for all young adults. Rangel believes that if those calling for war knew that their children were more likely to be placed in harm's way, they would be more cautious about leading the nation into battle. Rangel's measure was overwhelmingly defeated in the House Oct. 5 in a move by the GOP to quash growing concern about a post-election draft. But, there is still growing debate about how the Pentagon will make up the shortfall of soldiers to fight current and future wars. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Tod Ensign, director of Citizen Soldier, who discusses the possibility that a draft could, in the near future, be re-instituted for young men and women.

Tod Ensign, director of Citizen Soldier, is author of "America's Military Today: The Challenge of Militarism."

Contact Citizen Soldier by calling (212) 679-2250 or visit their website at Read Ensign's article "Draft Chatter" in the Fall 2004 edition of Toward Freedom Magazine online at

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U.S. Veteran Returning from Iraq Speaks Out
Against the War and Killing of Civilians

Excerpts of speech by
Marine Staff Sgt. Jimmy Massey,
produced by Melinda Tuhus

A few months ago, eight U.S. veterans of the Iraq war -- including two women -- founded Iraq Veterans Against the War. The group is calling for an immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and full funding for veterans benefits at home. The organization -- with support from Vietnam Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace -- is open to any active duty reservist or recent veteran of U.S. operations in Iraq. Members of IVAW participated in an Oct. 2 vigil at the White House, along with family members of soldiers serving in Iraq, where they demanded a withdrawal of U.S. troops.

The group has recently launched a nationwide speaking tour. IVAW member Jimmy Massey, a Marine staff sergeant with 12 years of service, spoke in late September at an event in New Haven, Conn. After participating in the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, he began speaking out against the killing of civilians. He came to see himself as a war criminal and suffered severe depression. Massey was honorably discharged in December 2003.

The following are excerpts from Massey's talk recorded and produced by Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus. The "Kia incident" he mentions is a reference to one of many actions in which U.S. soldiers and Marines killed Iraqi civilians.

Visit Iraq Veterans Against the War's website at or contact them via email at

U.S. Media Fails to Act as Truth-Detector
in Covering Presidential Election Campaign

Interview with David Brock,
media critic and
former conservative activist,
conducted by Scott Harris

Since the first of three presidential debates which many say resulted in a decisive victory for Sen. John Kerry, the election campaign has tightened, as indicated by a virtual tie in a number of post-debate public opinion polls. But even as the nation prepared to watch the remaining presidential debates and one match-up between the vice presidential candidates, the media's initial coverage and post debate spin are critical in consolidating the public's perception of winners and losers.

But what role has the corporate media played in covering this year's election campaign? Many critics point to the endless media focus on the president's and Sen. Kerry's Vietnam era military service record, with less attention paid to the more immediate issues of the ongoing war in Iraq and a troubled economy here at home. Although conservative activists have long charged that the nation's major media reported the news with a liberal bias, the public at large in recent years has come to feel that big media companies have a decided conservative slant.

David Brock is a former conservative activist who broke with the right in the late 1990s and went on to write an insider's account of his work targeting the Clinton presidency in the book, "Blinded by the Right, the Conscience of an Ex-Conservative." Brock recently established the website, which monitors the media for conservative misinformation. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Brock about the problems he sees in how the media has covered this year's election campaign, much of which is discussed in his group's new book, "Misstating the State of The Union: Right Wing Media Distortions about the Clinton and Bush Presidencies."

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Bush has a consistent pattern of failing to deliver on promises to combat global AIDS. ("Promises, Promises," American Prospect, August 2004)
  • Russia's decision to ratify the Kyoto Protocol to combat global warming will place renewed pressure on the U.S. to join the international community in reducing the production of greenhouse gases. ("Russian Cabinet Approves Kyoto Protocol," Associated Press, Sept. 25, 2004; "Russian Move Clears Way to Bring Kyoto Into Force," Reuters, Sept. 30, 2004; "Why Putin Is Backing Kyoto Again," by Gwynne Dyer, The Toronto Star, Oct. 5, 2004)
  • Despite the ouster of the Taliban regime, Afghan women are still living under repressive conditions in a land dominated by fundamentalist Islamists and warlords. ("Letter from Afghanistan," The Nation, Oct. 4, 2004)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Zelphia Hunter
Segment producers: Melinda Tuhus
Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates, Bill Cosentino
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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Between The Lines Week Ending 10/8/04

Bush Regime/Election 2004

"A Clean Count? Will The Florida Voting Virus Happen Again?," Newsweek, Oct. 18, 2004

"Bad Signs, W," by Nina Burleigh, Alternet, Oct. 11, 2004

"Tired Of Taking The Fall: CIA 'Old Guard' Goes To War With Bush," Daily Telegraph/UK, Oct. 11, 2004

"Conservatives Have Plenty Of Cause To Abandon Bush," by Bob Barr, Atlanta Creative Loafing, Oct. 11, 2004

"Bush's Security Plan Now Rests On Nothing But Hope," by Peter Galbraith, Guardian/UK, Oct. 11, 2004

"Kerry Caught In The Big Lie," by Paul Craig Roberts,, Oct. 11, 2004

"New Backup Voting System May Pose Problems," Associated Press, Oct. 10, 2004

"GOP Dirty Tricks In Ohio?," by Lisa Chamberlain,, Oct. 9, 2004

"David Cobb, The Greens And The Collapse Of The Left," by Joshua Frank, Counterpunch, Oct. 9, 2004

"Bush's Debate Reference: Dred Scott Case Equals Roe V. Wade" Paperwight's Fair Shot, Oct. 9, 2004

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"The Untold Story Of Aristide's Departure From Haiti," by Kevin Pina, Counterpunch, Oct. 11, 2004

"A Draft--One Way Or The Other," by J. Douglas Allen-Taylor, Berkeley Daily Planet, Oct. 11, 2004

"Oil Wars," by Michael Klare,, Oct. 7, 2004

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Bearing Bloody Witness," by William Rivers Pitt, Truthout, Oct. 12, 2004

"Violence Persists As Rumsfeld Visits Iraq," Washington Post, Oct. 11, 2004

"Homage To Truthtellers," by Gordon Prather,, Oct. 11, 2004

"Iraq's Green Zone Grows Redder By The Day," Reuters, Oct. 10, 2004

"For Marines, A Frustrating Fight," Washington Post, Oct. 10, 2004

"Wide Attacks Threatened If U.S. Enters Fallujah," Boston Globe, Oct. 10, 2004

"Abuse By Iraqis 'Astonished' Guardsmen," The Oregonian, Oct. 9, 2004

"U.S. Plan For Iraq: Invade 30 More Cities," The New York Times, Oct. 9, 2004

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties

"Indymedia Catch-22," by Yossarian, ZNet, Oct. 11, 2004

"Indymedia's Internet Servers Siezed," by Stefania Milan, Inter Press Service, Oct. 11, 2004

"Human Rights Watch: al Qaeda Detainees In U.S. Custody 'Disappeared,'" Associated Press, Oct. 11, 2004

"Papers: FBI Trailed Berkely Activist Mario Savio For Years," Associated Press, Oct. 11, 2004

"Huge Errors In Bush's No-Fly List," Washington Post, Oct. 9, 2004

"Bush, Kerry Consider Civil Liberties Unimportant," by Saadia Iqbal, The New Standard, Oct. 9, 2004

"Dirty Glass: Making Atrocity The Law Of The Land," by Chris Floyd,, Oct. 8, 2004

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Stations Forced To Air Anti-Kerry Ad," Associated Press, Oct. 11, 2004

"Journalist Laments State Of War Coverage," Bismarck Tribune, Oct. 10, 2004

"CACI International Vs. New Standard: Goliath Stirs," by Brian Dominck, The New Standard, Oct. 9, 2004

"Conservative TV Group To Air Anti-Kerry Film," Los Angeles Times, Oct. 9, 2004

More newswire ...


"Breaking Ranks: U.S. Soldiers Speak Out Against The War, And Some Refuse To Fight," by David Goodman, Mother Jones, Oct. 11, 2004

"Senator Warner Misses Meeting With Military Families Speak Out," by Stacy Bannerman, Common Dreams, Oct. 11, 2004

"GOP Convention: Cops Used Overkill On Protesters," by Sheryl McCarthy, Newsday, Oct. 11, 2004

More newswire ...

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