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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

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, 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,, 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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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 Feb. 11, 2005


  • Despite Success of Iraq Vote,
    Anti-Occupation Insurgency
    Likely to Continue

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  • Throughout History, Transition to Democracy
    Rare Under Military Occupation

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  • As Connecticut Plans First Execution in 45 Years,
    Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation
    Opposes Death Penalty

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Despite Success of Iraq Vote,
Anti-Occupation Insurgency
Likely to Continue

Interview with Hussein Ibish,
vice chairman of the Progressive Muslim Union,
conducted by Scott Harris

The Jan. 30 Iraqi election, which produced a higher turnout among Shiite and Kurdish voters than expected, prompted President Bush and his supporters to declare the vote a triumph of democracy and a defeat for insurgents who had launched attacks to disrupt the ballot. Supporters of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq were quick to declare the election a vindication of their war policy, although the democratization of Iraq was clearly not the original justification for the conflict. In a televised address to the nation shortly after the election, the president said, "The people of Iraq have spoken to the world, and the world is hearing the voice of freedom from the center of the Middle East." Iraq's new 275-member transitional national assembly is to draft a constitution, with a referendum on that document to take place in October.

But because many in the Sunni minority of Iraq's population either boycotted the election -- or stayed away from the polls due to threats of violence -- there is concern that a new government that will be dominated by Shiite political parties could set off inter-religious conflicts or a civil war. There is also concern in the region and among policymakers in Washington that a new Shiite government could move toward establishing an Islamic fundamentalist theocracy allied with Iran.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Hussein Ibish, vice chairman of the Progressive Muslim Union, who assesses the Jan. 30 Iraqi election and what it may mean for the future of Iraq and the insurgency fighting to end the U.S. military occupation.

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Throughout History, Transition to Democracy
Rare Under Military Occupation

Interview with historian Howard Zinn,
conducted by Scott Harris

While many political observers in the U.S. are trumpeting the success of Iraq's Jan. 30 election as a first concrete step toward democracy and stability, others caution that the strength of the insurgency will not soon diminish and the war will likely continue. President Bush has cited his invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq that brought elections to those nations, as an example of what he says is among his administration's top priorities: the democratic transformation of the Middle East and other authoritarian countries across the world.

But people living in Arab nations had mixed reactions to the vote. Many are skeptical that a credible election can take place under a military occupation, while others are concerned that the divisions inside Iraq will be exacerbated by the vote and could lead to civil war. Still, some citizens living under one-party rule expressed hope that a democratic change would take hold in their countries and improve their own lives.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with historian and activist Howard Zinn, who examines the Iraq election by looking at the track record of establishing democracies under military occupations throughout history.

Howard Zinn's best-known work is titled, "A People's History of the United States." Learn more about his work by visiting the website:

As Connecticut Plans First Execution in 45 Years,
Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation
Opposes Death Penalty

Interview with pacifist and activist Art Laffin,
member of Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Last week, serial killer and rapist Michael Ross came very close to being the first person executed in Connecticut -- and all of New England -- in 45 years. After spending 17 years on death row, Ross had dropped his voluntary appeals and convinced judges, lawyers and psychiatrists that he was competent to choose death. But his execution has been postponed several times due to court intervention. The most recent delay in carrying out the death sentence occurred on Jan. 31 after Ross' attorney, T. R. Paulding, filed motions in state and federal court asking for a hearing on his client's competency based on new and significant evidence.

Death penalty abolitionists, who have been organizing against the execution for the past three months, gathered at a church near the maximum security prison where Ross was to receive a lethal injection at 2:01 a.m. on Jan. 29. They came to pray, sing and listen to speakers who stated their view that the state-sponsored taking of human life is wrong.

One of the speakers was Art Laffin, a lifelong pacifist and activist with the Catholic Worker movement and a member of Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation. He explains his reaction to his brother's murder and why, despite his personal loss, he continues to believe that capital punishment is wrong. This interview was conducted shortly before Michael Ross's execution was postponed, when Laffin still expected the death sentence to be carried out.

Visit the Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation's website at:

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • John Walker Lindh, dubbed "the American Taliban," scheduled to go on trial in mid-June 2002, was prepared to talk in open court about the alleged torture he had endured by his American captors. But Pentagon lawyers stopped that by offering to drop the terrorism charges in return for a guilty plea for aiding an "enemy of the United States." ("Chertoff and Torture," The Nation, Feb. 14, 2005)
  • As British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who chairs the G7 industrialized group of nations works on a plan for 100 percent debt relief to poor nations, address climate change and HIV/AIDS, the Bush administration cuts back on its funding allocation to UN millennium goals that aim to reduce global poverty in half by 2015. ("Iraq War, budget pressures squeeze aid to poor nations,", Jan. 28, 2005; BBC, Financial Times and Wall Street Journal)
  • The controversial Central American Free Trade Agreement cleared its first hurdle in late December, when the parliament of El Salvador ratified the treaty. But workers and civil society groups vow to oppose the trade agreement policies they say will hurt the region's poor majority. ("The War Over CAFTA is just beginning," Interpress Service, Dec. 29, 2005)

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Election 2004

"15 Things You Don't Know About The Exit Polls," by Mitchell Rofsky, Common Dreams, Feb. 1, 2005

"Long Waits, Bad Equipment, Worse Than Election Fraud," by Joel McNally, Capital Times (Wisconsin), Jan. 30, 2005

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Bush Regime

"Judge: Bush Administration Violated Endangered Species Act," Associated Press, Feb. 2, 2005

"Democrats Flash Steel On Gonzales Nomination," Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 1, 2005

"Filibuster Rule Could Haunt GOP," by Kevin Drum, San Diego Union Tribune, Feb. 1, 2005

"Rumsfeld Seeks To Revive Bunker Buster Nuke," Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2005

"Bush, GOP, Quietly Dismantling Employer-Provided Health Insurance System," Los Angeles Times, Jan. 31, 2005

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Neo-cons: More Cannon Fodder, Please," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Feb. 2, 2005

"Who's Afraid Of Venezuela?," by Micah Holmquist,, Feb. 2, 2005

"Losing Feith: Are The Neo-Cons Losing Influence?," by Jim Lobe,, Feb. 1, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"What I Heard About Iraq," by Eliot Weinberger, London Review of Books, Feb. 3, 2005

"Living Under The Bombs," by Dahr Jamail & Tom Engelhardt,, Feb. 2, 2005

"Iraq's Shiites Plan A Humble Rise To Power," Washington Post, Feb. 2, 2005

"What They Are Not Telling You About The 'Election,'" by Dahr Jamail, ZNet, Feb. 1, 2005

"Insurgents Attacked But Voters Persevered," Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2005

"Train Wreck Of An Election," by James Carroll, Boston Globe, Feb. 1, 2005

"Iraq Seeks Answers After Fatal Riot At U.S. Camp," Reuters, Feb. 1, 2005

"Disgruntled Sunnis Could Thwart Iraq Constitution," Reuters, Feb. 1, 2005

"The Vietnam Turnout Was Good As Well," by Sami Ramadani, Guardian/UK, Feb. 1, 2005

"Will Vote For Food?," by Dahr Jamail,, Feb. 1, 2005

"Now U.S. Must Get Out Of Iraq's Way," by Robert Scheer, Los Angeles Times, Feb. 1, 2005

"In Mosul, Many Pleasantly Surprised By Election," Inter Press Service, Feb. 1, 2005

"A Victory For The Shia," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Jan. 31, 2005

"The Iraq Election: First Impressions," by Juan Cole, History News Network, Jan. 31, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Videos Of Riot Squads At Guantanamo Show Prisoners Being Punched And Stripped From The Waist Down," Associated Press, Feb. 2, 2005

"Principal Bans 'Anti-military,' 'Anti-American' Materials," Associated Press, Feb. 2, 2005

"Gonzales OK Could Be Seen As OK For Torture Rules," by Robert Collier, San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 2, 2005

"Pentagon's Guantanamo Courts Ruled Illegal," Inter Press Service, Feb. 1, 2005

"The Road To Abu Ghraib: The Legal Narrative," by Joshua L. Dratel, Common Dreams, Feb. 1, 2005

"Surfing The Web With Big Brother," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Feb. 1, 2005

"Abandoning Liberty, Gaining Insecurity," by Paul Criag Roberts,, Feb. 1, 2005

"The Emergence Of The Homeland Security State, Part 2: The Civilian Half," by Nick Turse & Tom Engelhardt,, Jan. 31, 2005

"Canada To Counter PATRIOT Act," Canoe (canada), Jan. 31, 2005

"Wausau PoliceDrop Charge On Man With 'Bushit' Sign," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Jan. 28, 2005

"The Emergence Of The Homeland Security State, Part 1: The Military Half," by Nick Turse & Tom Engelhardt,, Jan. 28, 2005

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Media Issues

"O'Reilly's Fatwah On 'Un-American' Professors: FOXNews Puts Me In Its Crosshairs," by M. Shahid Alam, Feb. 2, 2005

"The GOP Media Machine Churns On," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Feb. 2, 2005

"4 Networks Reject Ad Opposing Bush On Lawsuits," The New York Times, Feb. 1, 2005

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"To The Inauguration And Back: An Anarchist's Tale," by Jim Cape, Northern Star (Northern Illinois University), Feb. 3, 2005

"Sentencing The SOA Activists: Punishing The Wrong People," by Patrick Mulvaney, Feb. 1, 2005

"New Republic Writer Calls For Death And Torture For Antiwar Activists," by Dave Zirin, Counterpunch, Jan. 31, 2005

"Much At Stake For The Antiwar Movement," Newsday, Jan. 31, 2005

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