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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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For The Week Ending March 11, 2005


  • White House and Media
    Escalate War of Words
    Against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

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  • Grass-roots Campaign
    Organizes U.S. Citizen Support
    for Kyoto Protocol
    to Control Global Warming

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  • Bush Administration Establishes New License
    for Publishing Projects in Cuba,
    But with Strings Attached

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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:

White House and Media
Escalate War of Words
Against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

Interview with Eva Gollinger,
attorney reporting from Caracas, Venezuela,
conducted by Scott Harris

Although the left has gained ground throughout Latin America, with the recent election of progressive heads of state in Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador and most recently Uruguay, the White House has singled out populist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as the region's most potentially unstable government and "a threat to democracy." Since President Bush's re-election victory last November, his administration has been engaged in an escalating war of words against Venezuela, the fourth largest supplier of crude oil to the U.S.

The Bush administration is widely believed to have played a supporting role in the April 2002 coup against Chavez, later reversed by a popular uprising. Since then, Washington has helped finance groups that organized last August's failed national recall referendum aimed at forcing the populist president from office. Chavez, who now has won two presidential elections and six referendums, is expected to run for re-election when his current term ends in 2006.

Recent attacks from Washington include charges that Venezuela's new media law will silence Chavez's critics and the government's plan to purchase arms from Russia and patrol planes from Brazil constitutes a regional threat. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Eva Gollinger, an attorney and investigative reporter currently in Caracas, who assesses the Bush administration's renewed campaign to challenge the government of Hugo Chavez.

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Grass-roots Campaign
Organizes U.S. Citizen Support
for Kyoto Protocol
to Control Global Warming

Interview with Tom Stokes,
of the Climate Crisis Coalition,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

The Kyoto Protocol to reduce global warming went into effect on Feb. 16th. But, the United States, which produces one-quarter of all the earth's greenhouse emissions, particularly carbon dioxide, withdrew from the treaty because President George W. Bush said it would cost U.S. jobs and hurt the economy. Meanwhile, the increase in weather-related catastrophes around the globe, such as hurricanes and floods, as well as significant melting of ice at both poles, is proof to virtually all environmental scientists that climate change is well under way and, by some estimates, may become irreversible in 10 years.

The day the Kyoto treaty came into force, a group called the Climate Crisis Coalition launched a petition drive for a People's Ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, a grass-roots effort to bring the United States in line with the rest of the world. Reaching out to groups from the peace, environmental, labor and indigenous movements in the U.S., the coalition has already collected 13,000 signatures.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Tom Stokes, coordinator of the Coalition, about why his group initiated the petition campaign and what organizers hope to accomplish.

For more information or to sign the petition, call the Coalition at (413) 637-2486 or visit their website at

Bush Administration Establishes New License
for Publishing Projects in Cuba,
But with Strings Attached

Interview with attorney Michael Krinsky,
conducted by Denise Manzari

On Dec. 14, 2004, the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control or OFAC added a "general license" for publishing activities to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations. This general license essentially permits collaboration of U.S. persons and Cubans in the creation of books, manuscripts, journals and newspapers for publication never before permitted by the U.S.

However, the regulation exempts any "agencies or instrumentalities" within the government of Cuba, but the Cuban Assets Control Regulations does not clearly define who or what that is.

The general license does not authorize travel to Cuba, permit activities solely because they are in written form, or allow the export of techology that was already prohibited.

Considering the increased travel restrictions enacted by the Bush administration, this latest regulation by OFAC appears contradictory and raises many questions. Michael Krinsky is an attorney whose firm has opposed the U.S.-imposed travel ban against Americans traveling to Cuba for the past 40-plus years. Between The Lines' Denise Manzari spoke with Michael Krinsky, who summarizes and interpets this latest OFAC regulation.

The new regulation, published in the federal register, is available on OFAC's website in the recent actions section at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • A new report by Amnesty International concludes that women in Iraq have made no progress since the U.S. military overthrew the government of Saddam Hussein. ("Iraq: Iraqi women - the need for protective measures," Amnesty International, Feb. 22, 2005; "Iraqi authorities must protect women, change discriminatory legislation," Amnesty International, Feb. 22, 2005; "Demand Safe Treatment of Disappeared Women," Amnesty International USA, Feb. 24, 2005)
  • For the second time in a month, a major international treaty -- the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control -- is going into effect without the support of the Bush administration. ("Tobacco Treaty Takes Effect Without the U.S.,", Feb. 25, 2005)
  • Diseases are moving from humans to animals and between one animal species to another at an alarming rate. ("Connecting the DOTS,"E Magazine, November/December, 2005)

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U.S. Politics

"Senate GOP Twice Votes Down Minimum Wage Hike," Associated Press, Mar. 8, 2005

"Dean: Democrats Raise $3.4 Million In Three Weeks, Working To Close Gap With GOP," Associated Press, Mar. 8, 2005

"Voting Glitches Haunt Statistician," by Rob Zaleski, Madison Capital Times (Wisconsin), Mar. 5, 2005

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Bush Regime

"Bush's America Is Waging A Global Battle Against Women's Rights," by Mary-Ann Stephenson, Guardian/UK, Mar. 8, 2005

"The Debt-Peonage Society," by Paul Krugman, The New York Times, Mar. 8, 2005

"U.N. Ambassador Nominee Bolton Known To Some As Un-Diplomat," Los Angeles Times, Mar. 8, 2005

"Bush, God And The Media: Using Religion To Control American Politics," by David Domke, Media Transparency, Mar. 7, 2005

"Swift Boat And Social Security," by Rick Wilson, Common Dreams, Mar. 5, 2005

"Reverse Robin Hood: GOP Bankruptcy Bill Goes From Bad To Worse," by Molly Ivins, Working For Change, Mar. 3, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Ill-Will Ambassador," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Mar. 8, 2005

"The White House Stage Manages The 'Get Syria' Move," by Saul Landau & Farrah Hassen, Common Dreams, Mar. 4, 2005

"How A Contractor Cashed In On Iraq," by Jason McClure, Legal Times, Mar. 4, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"'Foreign Forces Must Leave Iraq As Soon As Possible,' Declares Head Of Shiite Alliance," Le Monde/France, Mar. 8, 2005

"Soldier Who Denounced Abuses In Iraq Given Psychiatric Exam," Agence France Presse, Mar. 8, 2005

"Video Documents Iraqi Prisoner Abuse By Americans," Agence France Presse, Mar. 8, 2005

"Shootings By U.S. At Iraq Checkpoints Questioned," Washington Post, Mar. 7, 2005

"The Unfortunate Incident Protocol: How The Powerful Dodge Their Own Bullets," by Dr. Theresa Whitehurst,, Mar. 7, 2005

"More War Crimes: Twisting The Minds Of The American People," by Brian Cloughley, Counterpunch, Mar. 7, 2005

"Iraq's Top General Says 10,000 Insurgents In Detention," Agence France Presse, Mar. 6, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"The End Of The Right To Counsel?," by Scott Horton,, Mar. 8, 2005

"Rendition And Tortured Confessions: The Appalling Case Of Amed Omar Abu Ali" by Elaine Cassel, Counterpunch, Mar. 8, 2005

"No Order From Bush To Stop Torture," by Helen Thomas, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Mar. 8, 2005

"Gonzales Defends Sending Suspects To Torturers," Washington Post, Mar. 8, 2005

"Bush Signed Secret Order Allowing The CIA To Outsource Torture," The New York Times, Mar. 6, 2005

"CIA Flying Suspects To Torture?," CBS News 60 Minutes, Mar. 6, 2005

"Maximum Pain Is Aim Of New U.S. Weapon," by David Hambling, New Scientist Magazine, Mar. 3, 2005

"Electronic Anklets Track Asylum Seekers In U.S.," by Daniel Zwerdling, NPR Morning Edition, Mar. 2, 2005

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Media Issues

"Copyright Firestorm: An Uphill Struggle And Downhill Battle," by Zack Pelta-Heller, Alternet, Mar. 8, 2005

"Battling Censorship Of Campus Publications," by Daarel Burnette, Black College Wire, Mar. 8, 2005

"Student Journalist Fired For Gay Story," Alternet, Mar. 8, 2005

"Colleagues Under Fire But U.S. Media Mute," by Antonia Zerbisias, Toronto Star/Canada, Mar. 8, 2005

"Media Repeat Unsubstantiated Horowitz Tale Of Anti-Conservative Bias On Campus,", Mar. 7, 2005

"When The News Is Literally The Party Line," by Edward Cone, News & Record (North Carolina), Mar. 6, 2005

"N.Y. Times Has Really Bad Day On Torture, The Constitution And Pentagon Mendacity," by Doug Ireland,, Mar. 6, 2005

"Sex, Lies And Spies: This Isn't News?," by John Aravosis, Los Angeles Times, Mar. 6, 2005

"Media And Democracy," Madison Capital Times editorial (Wisconsin), Mar. 5, 2005

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"Seven Theses On The Antiwar Movement And Student Resistance," by Asad Haider, ZNet, Mar. 8, 2005

"Lies Military Recruiters Tell," by Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch, Mar. 5/6, 2005

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