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New Haven Advocate's
"Best of New Haven 2001"
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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


ISSUES IN-DEPTH

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, truthout.org, 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, U.N. 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, TomDispatch.com, 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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"Unwelcome Guests at a Coronation"
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Protests at the Presidential Inauguration of George W. Bush

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Doris "Granny D" Haddock, activist who, at the age of 90, walked 3,200 miles across the country to build grassroots support for campaign finance reform, speaking at the D.C. Anti-War Network's Jan. 20, 2005 Counter-Inaugural Rally at Malcolm X Park, Washington, D.C. Granny D celebrated her 95th birthday over the weekend.

Aidan Delgado, U.S. Army Reserve soldier, at the D.C. Anti-War Network's Jan. 20, 2005 Counter-Inaugural Rally at Malcolm X Park, in Washington, D.C.

The Raging Grannies, acapella singing group at the D.C. Anti-War Network's Jan. 20, 2005 Counter-Inaugural Rally at McPherson Square in Washington, D.C.

Interview with investigative journalist and former National Security Agency analyst Wayne Madsen, at McPherson Square in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2005, on journalist Seymour Hersh's New Yorker magazine report that the Bush administration is planning airstrikes against Iran.

David Cobb, 2004 Green Party presidential candidate at the D.C. Anti-War Network's Jan. 20, 2005 Counter-Inaugural Rally at Malcom X Park in Washington, D.C. In Ohio, Cobb and Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik demanded a recount of the vote and worked to investigate and expose voter suppression, voter fraud , flaws in election machinery and other irregularities that many progressives feel changed the outcome of the presidential election.

Medea Benjamin, cofounder of the human rights group Global Exchange and the women's peace group Code Pink -- two organizations that have been actively involved in organizing the U.S. antiwar movement, at the D.C. Anti-War Network's Jan. 20, 2005 Counter-Inaugural Rally at Malcolm X Park in Washington, D.C. Benjamin has traveled several times to Iraq and in January 2005, she organized a delegation of families of U.S. military personnel killed in Iraq and victims of the 9-11 attacks to bring $600,000 worth of humanitarian aid to the survivors of the American attack on Fallujah.

Stan Goff, an author and former soldier in the U.S. Army's Special Operations force who has served in Vietnam, Grenada, and Haiti, at the D.C. Anti-War Network's Jan. 20, 2005 Counter-Inaugural Rally at Malcolm X Park in Washington, D.C. He is a founding member of the Bring Them Home Now campaign and member of Military Families Speak Out.

Brian Becker, co-director of the International Action Center and national coordinator for the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, speaks to thousands of anti-Bush protesters assembled near Washington, D.C.'s Pennsylvania Avenue and 4th Street, moments before President Bush's motorcade traveled down the traditional parade route for the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20, 2005. The crowd can be heard booing and chanting as his limousine and police escorts sped by.


Between The Lines
For The Week Ending Jan. 28, 2005

THIS WEEK'S PROGRAM

  • New Palestinian Leader
    Confronts Familiar Obstacles
    in Restarting Peace Talks

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  • Right-wing Talk Show Host Armstrong Williams
    Implicated in Taxpayer-Funded Government
    Propaganda Campaign

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  • Faith-based Group Calls
    for Grassroots Resistance
    to Iraq War

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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

New Palestinian Leader
Confronts Familiar Obstacles
in Restarting Peace Talks

Interview with Ali Abunimah,
writer and activist,
conducted by Scott Harris

After the Jan. 9 election of Mahmoud Abbas to succeed the late Yasir Arafat as president of the Palestinian Authority, there was renewed hope among many Western observers for a revival of the long stalled Middle East peace talks. But shortly after Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, was sworn into office, those hopes were dashed. An attack by Palestinian militants on a Gaza checkpoint, killing six Israeli civilians on Jan. 13 prompted Israeli Prime Minister Arial Sharon to suspend all contacts with Abbas and his government.

In the face of Israeli threats to stage a large retaliatory raid into northern Gaza to stop rocket and mortar attacks there against Israelis, Abbas has ordered his security force to crack down on armed Palestinian groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad. While Abbas has publicly characterized assaults against Israel as "counterproductive," many Palestinians frustrated with decades of occupation support the militant fighters and their strikes, which include suicide bombings.

The renewed tension comes as Sharon's government prepares to dismantle Israeli settlements in Gaza this summer. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with writer and activist Ali Abunimah, who assesses the chances for peace following the election of Mahmoud Abbas as Palestinian Authority president.

Writer and activist Ali Abunimah is a founder of the Electronic Intifada website www.electronicintifada.net

Right-wing Talk Show Host Armstrong Williams
Implicated in Taxpayer-Funded Government
Propaganda Campaign

Interview with Josh Silver,
executive director of Free Press,
conducted by Scott Harris

While much of the media was focused on the CBS television network's internal investigation into its "60 Minutes" program's mishandling of a pre-election story on President Bush's National Guard service, another more disturbing scandal emerged involving right-wing commentator Armstrong Williams. Williams, who writes a column and hosts radio and TV talk shows, accepted $240,000 from the Education Department to promote the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind Act legislation, then pending before Congress.

As part of the Education Department's million-dollar contract with the Ketchum Public Relations firm, Williams was obligated to endorse the president's education policy and interview Secretary of Education Rod Paige on his TV show, broadcast nationally, and carried on 51 stations owned by the conservative Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Federal regulations prohibit broadcast journalists from accepting funds in exchange for promoting certain points of view without fully disclosing sponsorship information to its audience. After receiving some 18,000 letters urging the Federal Communications Commission to take action against Williams, FCC Chair Michael Powell launched an investigation into Armstrong Williams' conduct. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Josh Silver, executive director of the group Free Press, who looks at the Armstrong Williams scandal and the wider problem of media consolidation.

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Faith-based Group Calls
for Grassroots Resistance
to Iraq War

Call to Resist, sponsored by
Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice,
produced by Melinda Tuhus

On Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, a faith-based group in Connecticut, Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice, commemorated Dr. King's call for an end to the war in Vietnam. Members of the group read the names of all the U.S. service members killed thus far in the Iraq war, alternating with the names of some of the Iraqi civilians who have died, numbering an estimated 100,000 . Then the group issued a call to resist the current war, based on a statement written by author and activist Jeremy Brecher. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus was there and filed this report.

Visit the group's website at www.reclaimingthepropheticvoice.com

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has granted more than 300 million acres of public lands to ranchers for grazing their cattle, in a deal heavily subsidized by American taxpayers. Eco-activists call cattle ranching one of the most destructive uses of the fragile environment of the American west, with widespread damange to water quality, soil erosion and threats to endangered and threatened species. ("Wasting the West," E Magazine, July/August, 2005)

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Election 2004

"Bush: The Secret History Of A Reelection," by Vincent Jauvert, Le Nouvel Observateur/France, Jan. 20, 2005

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Bush To Seek Cuts in Medicaid, Benefits," Associated Press, Jan. 22, 2005

"Heartfelt Flow Of Fire And Brimstone: 'God-Drenched' Speech Is Second Nature To Bush," Guardian/UK, Jan. 22, 2005

"Bush Administration OKs Expanded Oil Drilling In Alaska," Associated Press, Jan. 22, 2005

"Presaging Economic Disaster: What Could Go Wrong In 2005?," by Marshall Auerback, TomDispatch.com, Jan. 21, 2005

"Rumsfeld Cancels German Trip Over Fears Of War Crimes Prosecutions," Deutsche Presse-Agentur/Germany, Jan. 21, 2005

"An Empty Exercise In Deceit," by John Nichols, The Nation, Jan. 21, 2005

"The Rhetoric Of Bush's Inaugural Address Versus The Reality Of Bush Policy," by Stephen Zunes, Common Dreams, Jan. 21, 2005

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Chomsky Interview: U.S. At War To Control Oil," independent/UK, Jan. 24, 2005

"Bush, Cheney Team Up To Soften Up Americans For War On Iran," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Jan. 22, 2005

"Cheney Says Iran 'Right At The Top' Of Administration's List," Los Angeles Times, Jan. 21, 2005

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Election Divides A Nation," by Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service, Jan. 24, 2005

"Insurgency Grows Larger, More Effective," Knight Ridder, Jan. 21, 2005

"What We Owe Iraq," by Bradford Plumer, Mother Jones, Jan. 21, 2005

"White House Scraps 'Coalition Of the Willing' List," Reuters, Jan. 21, 2005

"The Salvador Option," by Scott Ritter, Aljazeera, Jan. 20, 2005

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Rights Without A Country," by Deborah Perlstein, The American Prospect, Jan. 22, 2005

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"FCC Chairman Powell Said To Be Resigning," Associated Press, Jan. 21, 2005

"Cable News Dismissed And Ridiculed Inauguration Protesters," Media Matters For America, Jan. 21, 2005

More newswire ...

Activism

"Hundreds Of Evanston High School Students Walkout In Protest Of Bush," Chicago Tribune, Jan. 21, 2005

"Mock Coffins And Jeers As Bush Sworn In," Reuters, Jan. 21, 2005

"Taking It To The Streets; Thousands Protest Inaugural" by Michael Blanding, Alternet, Jan. 21, 2005

"Unwelcome And Unfazed, Demonstrators Push Messages," Washington Post, Jan. 21, 2005

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