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New Haven Advocate's
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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

Project for the New American Century's Letter to President Clinton on Iraq, Jan. 26, 1998 Urges President Clinton to remove the threat that Iraq poses by stating a strategy to do so in his "upcoming State of the Union Address."

"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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Between The Lines
For The Week Ending Nov. 12, 2004


This week's program was produced prior to knowing
the results of the Nov. 2nd presidential election.

However, the interviews we present here cover critical issues
which will confront whoever wins the White House.


  • Continuing Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
    Poses Grave Risks for U.S.

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  • U.S. Quest for Oil Drives
    Dangerous Foreign Policy

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  • Anti-War Groups Prepare
    for Post-Election Strategies
    to End U.S.-Iraq Occupation

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

    For full summary and audio, Click here!
LISTEN to this week's half-hour program of Between The Lines by clicking on one of the links below. MP3 files available until Nov. 16, 2004.

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

Continuing Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Poses Grave Risks for U.S.

Interview with Clayton Swisher,
author and Middle East analyst,
conducted by Scott Harris

While America is focused on the war in Iraq and the threat of international terrorism, the bloody conflict between Israelis and Palestinians continues without any serious effort by the U.S. or other nations to renew the failed peace process. While members of Hamas and other militant Palestinian groups carry out attacks against Israeli settlements and civilian targets, the Israeli military continues to assassinate leaders of armed Palestinian groups, destroy civilian houses and erect a controversial security barrier dividing Israel from the occupied territories.

Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon plans to go forward with the withdrawal of 8,000 settlers from the Israeli occupied Gaza Strip -- while making permanent some large settlements in the West Bank. But few observers expect that the Israeli leader's unilateral action, without negotiations with the Palestinians, can lead to peace.

Around the world, and especially in the Middle East, the continuing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as U.S. support for Israel, exacerbates already dangerous hatred toward America and aids terrorist groups such as al Qaeda in recruiting new members. Clayton Swisher is a former Marine reservist, federal investigator and a Middle East analyst who's new book is titled, "The Truth About Camp David." Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Swisher about the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and why he feels it is urgent for the U.S. to aggressively pursue renewed Middle East peace talks.

Clayton Swisher's book is titled, "The Truth About Camp David: The Untold Story About the Collapse of the Middle East Peace Process," published by Nation Books.

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U.S. Quest for Oil Drives
Dangerous Foreign Policy

Interview with Michael Klare,
director of the Peace and World Security Studies program,
at Hampshire College,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Whether or not one believes that Iraq's oil is a fundamental reason for the U.S. war there, it's undeniable that U.S. access to cheap Middle Eastern oil has been essential to powering the American and world economies.

Professor Michael Klare is director of the Peace and World Security Studies program at Hampshire College in Massachusetts and an authority on foreign policy and national security. His newest book is titled, "Blood and Oil: The dangers and consequences of America's petroleum dependency" in which he delineates the key role of oil in guiding U.S. foreign policy in the past and present. "Ultimately," he writes, "the cost of oil will be measured in blood: the blood of American soldiers who die in combat, the blood of the many other casualties of oil-related violence, including the victims of terrorism."

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with professor Klare about the historical links between access to imported oil and U.S. foreign policies, and why he believes it is essential for the US to separate energy policy from its security commitments.

For more information, call the Peace and World Security Studies program at Hampshire College, (413) 559-5367 or visit their website at

Anti-War Groups Prepare
for Post-Election Strategies
to End U.S.-Iraq Occupation

Interview with Leslie Cagan,
national coordinator of
United of Peace and Justice,
conducted by Scott Harris

In the months before the Bush administration launched their invasion of Iraq, a powerful international peace movement organized to oppose the impending war. During global protests Feb. 15, 2003 some 10 million people in more than 600 cities marched to oppose President Bush's "pre-emptive" war plan. The New York Times wrote at the time that George Bush had met the other "superpower": world opinion.

After the Iraq war began, organizers continued to mobilize opposition in the U.S. and around the world, putting pressure on the governments of Spain, Italy and Britain that had signed onto the war. During the Republican National convention held in New York City in August, an estimated half a million people marched to oppose the war and the Bush agenda.

Many in the peace movement believe that no matter who sits in the White House after the November election, the U.S. occupation of Iraq will continue to cause death and destruction, and may likely escalate through the deployment of thousands more American troops. The largest anti-war coalition in the United States is United for Peace and Justice. The group's national coordinator, Leslie Cagan has been in the forefront of peace and social justice organizing since the Vietnam War and had a leading role in organizing many of the nation's largest demonstrations. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Cagan about the role of the peace movement after the U.S. presidential election.

Contact United for Peace and Justice at (212) 868-5545 or visit their website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The Christian Science Monitor reports that huge swarms of locusts -- some up to 40 miles long -- have overtaken parts of west Africa, devastating crops and threatening famine. ("In Africa, when it rains, it swarms," Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 14, 2004)
  • Indonesian prosecutors have accused Abu Bakar Ba'asyir, the spiritual leader of the Islamic group Jemaah Islamiyah, of being mastermind behind the 2002 Bali bombing. ("Cleric faces charges over Bali," BBC, Oct. 16, 2004)
  • Mexican activists marched along the U.S.-Mexico border to protest a decade-long immigration crackdown by the U.S. border patrol that critics say has resulted in the deaths of 2,000 migrants since 1998. ("Mexicans Mark Border-Crackdown Anniversary," The Associated Press, Oct. 2, 2004)

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Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Ruben Abreu
News reader: Nigel Rees
Segment producer: 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
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Election 2004

"George, John & Warren: 'Homeland Security' And A Vote Counting Lockdown," by Keith Olbermann, MSNBC, Nov. 8, 2004

"Election Stolen, Group Suspects," Madison Capital Times, Nov. 8, 2004

"Worse Than 2000: Tuesday's Electoral Disaster," by William Rivers Pitt, Truthout, Nov. 8, 2004

"Learning From The Loss," by Tom Hayden, Alternet, Nov. 8, 2004

"None Dare Call It Voter Suppression And Fraud," by Bob Fitrakis, Columbus Free Press, Nov. 7, 2004

"Do We Still Have A Democracy?," by Ernest Partridge, Crisis Papers, Nov. 5, 2004

"Did Kerry Concede Too Soon?," by Bob Fitrakis, Columbus Free Press, Nov. 5, 2004

"America Votes, Bush Wins, The World Responds,", Nov. 3, 2004

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Aggressive War: Supreme International Crime," by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, Nov. 9, 2004

"Bio-Terror: Bush's Homeland Security 'Woefully Unprepared,'" Washington Post, Nov. 8, 2004

"The New Republican Reality: No Policy Is Too Right-Wing," Independent/UK, Nov. 8, 2004

"GOP Plans To Give Environment Rules A Free-Market Tilt," The New York Times, Nov. 8, 2004

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Will Iran Be Next?," by James Fallows, The Atlantic Monthly, Dec., 2004

"A Grab For Global, Totalitarian Power: U.S. Ready To Put Weapons In Space," Observer/UK, Nov. 7, 2004

"Neo-Con Agenda: Iran, China, Russia, Latin America...," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Nov. 6, 2004

"U.S. Of Amnesia: An Interview With Gore Vidal," by Marc Cooper, L.A. Weekly, Nov. 5, 2004

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"The Screams Will Not Be Heard: It will Be Months Before We Learn The Truth About The Assault On Fallujah," by Madeleine Bunting, Guardian/UK, Nov. 8, 2004

"Fallujah: All The Makings Of A War Crime," by Tony Kevin, Sydney Morning Herald/Australia, Nov. 8, 2004

"Resistance Over Fallujah Builds Up In Baghdad," by Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service, Nov. 8, 2004

"Mothers And Children, Run And Hide! America Is Coming To Town!," by Kirsten Anderberg, Alternative Press Review, Nov. 8, 2004

"The Iraqi Judge Who Knew Too Much-- And Was Fired For It," by Doug Ireland,, Nov. 8, 2004

"U.S. Troops Launch Fallujah Assault" Associated Press, Nov. 8, 2004

"No Carrots, All Stick: Bush Set To Blunder Again In Iraq--And Iran," by Dilip Hiro,, Nov. 8, 2004

"U.S. Forces Unleash 'Phantom Fury' To Seize Fallujah," Agence France Presse, Nov. 8, 2004

"Holy War: Evangelical Marines Prepare To Battle Barbarians," Agence France Presse, Nov. 7, 2004

"Iraq's Allwai Declares Martial Law," Reuters, Nov. 7, 2004

"Military Hospital Preparing For Fallujah Battle; Toll Expected To Rival Those Of Vietnam," Knight Ridder, Nov. 5, 2004

"10,000 G.I.s Ring Fallujah In Preparation For Massive Battle," Associated Press, Nov. 5, 2004

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties

"U.S. Judge Halts Military Trial Of Al Qaeda Suspect," The New York Times, Nov. 8, 2004

"CIA Role Inside U.S. Increasing; Civil Libertarians Concerned," USA Today, Nov. 7, 2004

"Security Planning For Bush Inaugural At Unmatched Level," Washington Post, Nov. 7, 2004

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"'Media Blacks Out Voting Problems," by David Swanson, International Labor Communications Association, Nov. 8, 2004

"'Moral Values' Factor Skewed By Faulty Exit Polling," by Andrew Tyndall,, Nov. 5, 2004

"New York Times Killed "Bush Bulge" Story,"Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, Nov. 5, 2004

More newswire ...


"Hundreds Take To Seattle Streets For Antiwar Protest," Associated Press, Nov. 7, 2004

More newswire ...

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