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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 June 3, 2005


  • Danny Schechter, director of the award-winning "Weapons of Mass Deception" documentary about the corporate media's complicity in misleading the American public prior to the Iraq war and occupation, comes to a Hamden/New Haven, CT screening of his documentary on Friday, June 17!

    On the 33rd anniversary of the Watergate break-in, listen to the Globalvision filmmaker and Emmy Award-winning former ABC 20/20 and CNN producer discuss the post-Watergate journalism era in his talk, "How the Media Undermines Democracy." Reception to follow. You're invited! Advance reservations available until June 12. Click here for more information

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Posada Carriles Case Exposes
Bush Administration's Double Standard
on Terrorism

Interview with Jane Franklin,
author of "Cuba and the United States: A Chronological History,"
conducted by Denise Manzari


On May 17, Cuban exile Luis Posada-Carriles was detained by customs and immigration police near Miami and transported to the former Homestead Air Force Base in south Florida, reportedly flown there by the Department of Homeland Security.

Posada, 77, an anti-Castro militant seeking asylum, entered the United States illegally through Mexico in March of this year, making his way to Miami. The Bush administration claimed ignorance of his whereabouts, despite a formal asylum petition submitted by Posada.

Venezuela has requested his extradition, which now forces the Bush administration to contend with the issue. The Venezuelan government charges that Luis Posada Carriles, along with Orlando Bosch, masterminded the bombing of Cubana Airlines Flight 455, which exploded shortly after takeoff from Barbados on Oct. 6, 1976, killing 73 people.

Posada Carriles, who has only been charged with entering the U.S. illegally, was planning to leave the U.S. just prior to his arrest. In Havana, more than a million Cubans had marched past and protested at the U.S. Interests Section there May 17, demanding Posada Carriles' arrest by the U.S. government.

Jane Franklin is the author of "Cuba and the United States: a Chronological History." She spoke with Between The Lines' Denise Manzari about Luis Posada's terrorist activities and the double standard the Bush administration exhibits in its fight against terrorism.

"Cuba and the United States: a Chronological History" is published by Ocean Press. For more information on the Posada case, visit or

U.S. Air Force Space Weapons Initiative
Could Trigger New
Global Arms Race

Interview with Bruce Gagnon,
coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons
and Nuclear Power in Space,
conducted by Scott Harris


The U.S. Air Force announced on May 18th their intention to secure presidential authorization to develop and deploy defensive and offensive weapons in outer space. The announcement reveals a weapons program that has already spent billions of dollars on developing space weapons, but largely hidden from public view. President Bush is expected to soon issue a directive that will give the Air Force the authority they seek to pursue a weapons program similar to Ronald Reagan's Star Wars initiative first proposed during the 1980s.

Critics point out that the Pentagon's plan to deploy hunter-killer satellites, platforms in space from which to attack earth targets using laser beams, radio waves and spaceships, may not be technologically feasible or cost effective. Observers also fear that an American move to militarily dominate space would likely trigger a new global arms race.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. Gagnon, who has actively opposed the weaponization of space for more than a decade, discusses the reasons why he believes a U.S. space weapons program could make the nation less secure while needlessly spending hundreds of billions of dollars.

Call the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space at (207) 729-0517 or visit their website at

Women in Post-War Afghanistan
Still Victims of Repression

Interview with Sonali Kolhatkar,
co-director of the group Afghan Women's Mission
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Amid rising violence in his country, Afghan president Hamid Karzai visited Washington May 23rd and expressed his desire for more autonomy for his government, largely under U.S. control since the 2001 American invasion. Mr. Karzai also denounced the mistreatment of prisoners detained by the U.S. military and asked for the return of all Afghan prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay Naval base in Cuba back to Afghanistan.

But he got little satisfaction from President George W. Bush who only addressed the issue vaguely. At least two Afghan men have died in U.S. custody at the American Bagram Air Force base in Afghanistan.

Sonali Kolhatkar is co-director of the Afghan Women's Mission, based in Los Angeles, who last visited Afghanistan in February. Kolhatkar, a radio host at L.A.'s KPFK Radio, asserts that the majority of Afghans elected Hamid Karzai president last year based largely on his vow not to compromise with the warlords who opposed the Taliban but who have a history of violent and misogynist behavior.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Kolhatkar, who explains why many Afghans are upset with Karzai's recent actions that they believe betray his campaign promises. She also provides an update on the status of Afghanistan's women.

Contact the Afghan Women's Mission by calling (626) 676-7884 or visit their website at Get more information on the status of Afghanistan's women by visiting the website of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Since Colombian president Alvaro Uribe engaged right-wing paramilitary group the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) in peace talks in 2003, the group now openly operates in one-third of Colombia's cities and towns, allegedly bankrolled by drug traffickers. ("Politics, Drugs and the Gun," The Economist, April 30, 2005)
  • U.S. Justice Department dragging its feet over investigation into the treatment of immigrants held in American prisons in the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack. ("Inaction in N.Y. Prison Abuse Stirs Anger," Los Angeles Times, May 21, 2005)
  • Orthodox free traders are worried about the bulging U.S. trade deficit while the Bush administration's new push for import restrictions could be a golden opportunity for critics of globalization to make their case. ("Elite Protectionists," The Nation, April 11, 2005; "U.S. puts limits on clothing from China," NY Times, May 14, 2005)

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Speeches from "Denounce Torture: Torture and US Policy - What your government is doing in your name," Teach In at Yale University, by the Yale and New Haven chapters of Amnesty International, April 8, 2005

Mark Danner, New Yorker writer and author of "Torture and Truth," MacArthur Fellow
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The Honorable John Conyers Jr., Congressman, Michigan's 14th District
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U.S. Politics

"Dark Victory: The Cowardice Of The Quisling Democrats," by David Podvin,, May 25, 2005

"Bush And Frist Got What They Wanted," by Robert Kuttner, Boston Globe, May 25, 2005

"Blackmailed Onto The Court," by John Nichols, The Nation, May 25, 2005

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Bush Regime

"Stripping Rumsfeld And Bush Of Impunity," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, July, 2005

"GOP Tilting Balance Of Power To The Right," Washington Post, May 26, 2005

"Give Rumsfled The Pinochet Treatment, Says U.S. Amnesty Chief," by Jim Lobe,, May 26, 2005

"Congressional Setbacks, Low Ratings Could Limit Bush's Effectiveness," Knight Ridder, May 25, 2005

"Rumsfeld Laments Global Reach Of News In Wartime," Associated Press, May 25, 2005

"U.S. Poor Fare Badly By Comparison," by Amitabh Pal, The Progressive, May 25, 2005

"Confirmation Of Bolton Would Shatter Intelligence Agents Morale," by Ray McGovern, Common Dreams, May 25, 2005

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"U.S. Selling More Weapons To Undemocratic Regimes That Support 'War On Terror,'", May 25, 2005

"On Crossing Nuclear Threshholds: Revolutionizing U.S. Nuclear Policy," by Jonathan Schell & Tom Engelhardt,, May 25, 2005

"U.S. Weapons At War 2005: Promoting Freedom Or Fueling Conflict?," Arms Trade Resource Center press release, May 25, 2005

"World Bank, IMF Requirements Stifling Poor Countries Health Spending,", May 24, 2005

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Iraqi Troops To Lock Down Baghdad, Defense Minister Says," Wire Services, May 26, 2005

"House Kills First Vote On Iraq Withdrawal," by Mithch Jeserich,, May 26, 2005

"Congressional French Fries Protester Regrets War Jibe," Guardian/UK, May 25, 2005

"CIA Operative Testifies He Saw SEAL Beating Iraqi Prisoner," Los Angeles Times, May 25, 2005

"The Tillman Lies: Shame On The Army," by Derrick Jackson, Boston Globe, May 25, 2005

"May On Target To Become One Of The Deadliest Months For U.S. Troops," Knight Ridder, May 24, 2005

"The Return Of The Body Count: On The Metrics Of Losing," by Tom Engelhardt,, May 23, 2005 More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"U.S. Terror Laws 'Creating A New Generation Of The Disappeared,'" Independent/UK, May 26, 2005

"FBI Papers Detail Koran Allegations," Washington Post, May 26, 2005

"With The Gloves Off," by Bob Herbert, The New York Times, May 26, 2005

"ACLU Index Of FBI Torture Allegations Memos," American Civil Liberties Union, May 25, 2005

"Amnesty International Take Aim At U.S. In Annual Rights Report," Associated Press, May 25, 2005

"Amnesty: Gitmo A 'Gulag,' Warns U.S. Leaders May Face War Crimes Prosecution," Newsday May 25, 2005

"Youths Take On Homeland Security," by Rebecca Onion, WireTap, May 24, 2005

"What Really Happened At Guantanamo Bay?," by Laura Flanders, AlterNet, May 24, 2005

"Is Photography Becoming Illegal?," Susan Llewelyn Leach, Christian Science Monitor, May 24, 2005

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Newsweek Has Done Worse With No Apologies," by Jim Naureckas, Minuteman Media, May 25, 2005

"The Tillman Scandal: Newsweek Error Bad, Pentagon Lying OK?," by Greg Mitchell, Editor & Publisher, May 24, 2005

More newswire ...


"Where Have All The Young People Gone?," by Kristina Rizga, WireTap, May 26, 2005

"College Faculty, Students Oppose War,'" by Bill Gallagher, Niagara Falls Reporter, May 24, 2005

"Supporting Dissent Is Not Enough," by Camilo Mejia, ZNet, May 24, 2005

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