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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

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"Pipeline Politics: Oil, The Taliban, and the Political Balance of Central Asia," World Press Review Special Report, Nov.-Dec. 2001

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"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

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For The Week Ending April 8, 2005


Coffins at an anti-war protest in Hartford, Conn. marking the second anniversary of the Iraq war. The black coffins represent those for Iraqi victims of the war. (Photo by Anna Manzo)
  • Bush Foreign Policy Continues
    to Alienate Friends and
    Enemies Around the World

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  • GOP/Christian Right "Pro-Life" Rhetoric
    Rife with Contradictions

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  • Race/Gender Wage Study Reveals
    Surprising View of U.S. Work Force

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Bush Foreign Policy Continues
to Alienate Friends and
Enemies Around the World

Interview with Stephen Damours,
author of "America The Almighty: The Maverick Superpower,"
conducted by Scott Harris


A new poll published on March 28 found that far fewer Australians had a positive view of the United States as compared to other nations and groups such as China, France and the United Nations. Alarmingly, Australians -- a people who have long been staunch allies of the U.S. -- were evenly divided on whether American foreign policy or Islamic fundamentalism presented a greater threat to the world today.

Last year, a survey conducted in European and Arab nations by the Pew Global Attitudes Project found increasing hostility toward America and its foreign policy. The public opinion poll revealed that since the U.S. invasion of Iraq, anger at America had intensified among the people of France, Germany and Britain. In Muslim countries, resentment against the U.S. was found to be pervasive. Critics maintain that antipathy toward the U.S. in much of the world illustrates the damage done to America's standing by President Bush's unilateral and militaristic foreign policy since the September 11th terrorist attacks.

With President Bush's appointment of John Bolton to become the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations despite his long record of hostility toward the world body, concern is growing about the direction of America's foreign policy in the president's second term. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Stephen Damours, a former officer with the U.S. State Department and author of the book, "America The Almighty: The Maverick Hyperpower." Damours assesses the global repercussions of the Bush administration's neo-conservative driven foreign policy.

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GOP/Christian Right "Pro-Life" Rhetoric
Rife with Contradictions

Interview with Simon Harak,
Jesuit priest and War Resisters League organizer,
conducted by Scott Harris

terri's life
A conservative Christian activist in the Terry Schiavo case.

The family dispute surrounding the case of Terry Schiavo in Florida has in recent weeks drawn the nation into a heated debate on end-of-life ethics. The Republican party, working to gain favor with the conservative Christian movement, a key ally, has led Congress to make an unprecedented, but unsuccessful effort to intervene in determining the fate of Schiavo -- who according to doctors has been in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years.

Although Florida's courts determined that Terry's husband was rightfully carrying out the brain-damaged woman's wishes by terminating life support, in the face of challenges by her parents, congressional Republicans passed special legislation narrowly addressing the Schiavo case in an attempt to exploit the personal tragedy for political advantage. A Republican Party memo with talking points about their Schiavo-related bill circulated on the floor of the U.S. Senate referenced the upcoming election of a Democratic senator. The memo stated -- quote: "This is a great political issue, because Senator Nelson of Florida has already refused to become a co-sponsor and this is a tough issue for Democrats."

Republican House majority leader Tom Delay who has aggressively led the fight to overturn the judgment of Florida's courts to remove a feeding tube from Terry Schiavo, had himself 16 years ago agreed to withdraw life support from his severely injured father. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Simon Harak, Jesuit Priest and anti-militarism coordinator with the War Resisters League, who takes a critical look at the contradictions he sees in the "culture of life" promoted by Republicans and conservative Christians around the Terry Schiavo case.

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Race/Gender Wage Study Reveals
Surprising View of U.S. Work Force

Interview with Avis Jones-DeWeever,
Institute for Women's Policy Research,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

A new report released in late March by the U.S. Census Bureau on the average earnings of workers with a four-year college education reveals that African American and Asian women earn significantly more than white women. Asian American women average almost $44,000 a year, while black women make $41,000 and white women just under $38,000. The survey also shows that white women earn just 58 percent of the $66,000 that white men with a bachelor's degree earn. Among men, whites earn the most, followed by Asians, then Hispanics with African Americans in last place. Far fewer black men than black women have college degrees.

One explanation for these disparities offered by economists and sociologists takes into account the fact that minority women tend to hold more than one job at a time, work more than 40 hours a week and return to the work force earlier than other groups after child birth. Racial discrimination on the job continues to create obstacles in hiring and advancement to management positions among men.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Avis Jones-DeWeever, a researcher and Study Director with the Institute for Women's Policy Research in Washington D.C., about the survey results. She says that while more analysis is needed to fully understand the numbers, one thing is clear: higher education benefits men and women of all ages in the job market.

Contact the Institute for Women's Policy Research at (202) 785-5100 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Grants to opposition forces by U.S. government-funded National Democratic Institute and Freedom House, a human rights group, may have fueled ouster of longtime Kyrgyzstan strongman Askar Akayev. ("Islamists see opening in Central Asia Crisis," Associated Press, March 24, 2005)
  • Jose Pinera, labor minister to Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, is credited by free market libertarians with inspiring George W. Bush to push for Social Security privatization. ("The Siren of Santiago," Mother Jones, March/April 2005)
  • Tuberculosis rates have tripled since 1990 at a rate of three to four percent a year in African nations where HIV is raging. ("Africa Wracked by Tuberculosis," USA Today, March 24, 2005)

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U.S. Politics

"Movement In The Pews Tries To Jolt Ohio," The New York Times, Mar. 27, 2005

"Where's The Party At? Dems Should Use Dean's Popularity To Rally The Base," by Ari Melber, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Mar. 26, 2005

"Conservatives Invoke Schiavo Case In Fundraising," The New York Times, Mar. 25, 2005

"Shameless Right-Wingers Exploiting Terry Schiavo," by Joe Conason, Working For Change, Mar. 23, 2005

"The Schiavo Case And the Islamization Of The Republican Party," by Juan Cole, Informed Comment, Mar. 22, 2005

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Bush Regime

"59 American Ex-Diplomats Oppose Bolton," Associated Press, Mar. 29, 2005

"TSA Misled Public On Passenger Screening," Associated Press, Mar. 26, 2005

"Bush's Approval Rating Hits New Low For His Presidency," Knight Ridder, Mar. 25, 2005

"Bolton Vs. The United Nations: Bush's Mad Cop--Bad Cop Ruse," by Ian Williams, In These Times, Mar. 18, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Halliburton Destroys Babylon," by Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation, Mar. 25, 2005

"Venezuela Defends Its Right To Defend Itself Against U.S.," United Press International, Mar. 24, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Iraq Assembly Fractures, Media Banned," BBC News/UK, Mar. 29, 2005

"Sgrena Sets The Record Straight: 'There Was No Checkpoint, There Was No Self-Defense,'" by Jeremy Scahill, Common Dreams, Mar. 28, 2005

"Sunnis' Exclusion From Political Process Stokes Fear Of Civil War," Knight Ridder, Mar. 27, 2005

"Army Probe Finds 'Systematic Abuse' At Base Near Mosul," Associated Press, Mar. 26, 2005

"UK: Firestorm Over Illegal War Grows," Associated Press, Mar. 24, 2005

"Iraq Checkpoint Killings Unchecked," by Jeremy Scahill, NYC Indypendent, Mar. 23, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Homeland Security's Chertoff: No Friend Of Immigrants," by Tom Barry, International Relations Center, Mar. 29, 2005

"A Ban On New 5th Avenue Parades? Who Knew?," The New York Times, Mar. 29, 2005

"Targeted By Conservatives For Teaching Philosophy," by Jacqueline Marcus, Common Dreams, Mar. 28, 2005

"Fresh Details Emerge Of Iraqis' Abuse By U.S. Soldiers In Mosul," Independent/UK, Mar. 27, 2005

"Army Admits Violating Geneva Convention," Associated Press, Mar. 26, 2005

"U.S. Won't Prosecute 17 Soldiers In Prisoners' Deaths," The New York Times, Mar. 26, 2005

"Left-Right Coalition Rises To Oppose USA PATRIOT Act Provisions," OneWorld US, Mar. 25, 2005

"U.K. Lawmakers Accuse U.S. Of Grave Rights Violations," Reuters, Mar. 24, 2005

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Media Issues

"Will The Truth Rise Again?," by Danny Schechter,, Mar. 28, 2005

"On IMAX Corp's Response To Concerns About Theatre Programming," by Jon Seymour, Orwellian Tremors, Mar. 27, 2005

"U.S. Networks Build Their Own Fortress America," by Antonia Zerbisias, Toronto Star/Canada, Mar. 27, 2005

"Man Sells Device That Blocks FOX News," Associated Press, Mar. 26, 2005

"Little Reporting On Paranoia In High Places," by Norman Solomon,, Mar. 26, 2005

"Every Nook And Cranny: The Dangerous Spread Of Commercialized Culture," by Gary Ruskin & Juliet Schor, Multinational Monitor, Mar. 25 2005

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"Antiwar Sailor Faces Special Court-Martial," Associated Press, Mar. 26, 2005

"How To Turn Your Red State Blue," by Christopher Hayes, In These Times, Mar. 25, 2005

"Over A Dozen Arrests At Pentagon Good Friday Antiwar Protest," WTOP News (Washington, D.C.), Mar. 25, 2005

"Antiwar Prankster Smuggles Art Into Top Museums," Reuters, Mar. 25, 2005

"Canada Denies Refugee Status To U.S. Soldier," Associated Press, Mar. 24, 2005

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