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New Haven Advocate's
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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 10, 2005


  • With the revelation of former FBI official Mark Felt as the Washington Post source "Deep Throat" in the Watergate scandal, come listen to director/filmmaker Danny Schechter discuss the post-Watergate journalism era at a screening of his documentary "Weapons of Mass Deception" on the 33rd anniversary of the Watergate break-in Friday, June 17, 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Society of New Haven, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, CT!

    The award-winning "Weapons of Mass Deception" is a documentary about the corporate media's complicity in misleading the American public prior to the Iraq war and occupation. A discussion and reception with refreshments will follow for Schechter, a Globalvision filmmaker and Emmy Award-winning former ABC 20/20 and CNN producer. You're invited! Advance reservations available until June 12. Click here for more information

  • Support Between The Lines' efforts to increase our listenership, through our Spring 2005 "Speaking Truth" Media Campaign!

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Amnesty International Calls for Prosecutions
of U.S. Officials Who Violated
Geneva Conventions and
U.N. Convention Against Torture

Interview with Joshua Rubenstein,
northeast regional director
with Amnesty International USA,
conducted by Scott Harris


In a severe condemnation of U.S. conduct in its war against terrorism, Amnesty International Secretary General Irene Khan charged that the Bush administration had abdicated its responsibility to set a global example in upholding human rights. Speaking at a May 25th news conference in London unveiling the group's annual human rights report, Khan said, the American-run prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba "has become the gulag of our time."

Amnesty International is calling for the closing of the Guantanamo detention facility, which currently holds some 540 prisoners from 40 nations -- many detained without charge, and some held more than three years. Over the past year, investigations by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the FBI have documented cases of abuse and torture at the hands of U.S. personnel at Guantanamo and prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan.

William Schultz, executive director of Amnesty International USA, called on foreign governments to investigate and prosecute all senior U.S. officials who have violated the Geneva Conventions and the U.N. Convention Against Torture. Among those he named were President Bush, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Joshua Rubenstein, northeast regional director of Amnesty International USA, who summarizes his group's condemnation of Bush administration policies that have condoned torture.

Contact Amnesty International USA by calling (212) 807-8400 or visit their Web site at

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U.S. Army Iraq Veteran
Says Oil and Profiteering Were
Motives for Invasion and Occupation

Interview with Perry Jeffries,
U.S. Army Iraq veteran
and Operation Truth activist,
conducted by Scott Harris


In recent weeks, insurgents fighting U.S. troops and their Iraqi allies have sharply escalated their attacks. Hundreds of soldiers and civilians have died as a result of suicide bombings, ambushes and roadside bombs targeting military and police vehicles. The plan by Iraq's interim government to deploy some 40,000 U.S.-trained troops to crack down on rebels, was met by fierce resistance and coordinated counter-attacks by insurgents.

With the escalating violence comes new signs of inter-ethnic conflict between Shiite and Sunnis. Sunnis, who largely boycotted Iraq's national election in January, are reported to be growing fearful of the Shiite majority government's counter-insurgency campaign. Fueling concern was a May 30th incident in which American troops briefly arrested a powerful Sunni political leader, Moshen Abdul Hamid. Hamid, of the Iraqi Islamic Party, was released after the U.S. command claimed it had detained him by mistake.

Perry Jeffries served as a first sergeant with the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division in occupied Iraq and was among the soldiers in the first wave of invasion forces in March 2003. Jeffries left the Army in October 2003 and became active with the veterans advocacy group Operation Truth, where he now serves as volunteer veterans coordinator. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jeffries, who takes a critical look at the conditions under which American soldiers are fighting in Iraq and his view on the real reasons President Bush took the nation to war.

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Latino Youth Targeted as U.S. Military
Falls Short of Recruitment Goal

Interview with Marela Zaccarias,
of Latinos Contra la Guerra/
Latinos Against the War,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

The Pentagon invoked a mid-May stand-down of military recruiters in order to reorient them in the legal requirements of their job, since many were carrying out illegal activities in their ever-more desperate efforts to meet recruitment quotas. As U.S. casualties have continued to mount in Iraq, with no end to the conflict in sight, both the Army and the Marines have failed to meet their quotas over the past several months.

According to Pentagon officials as of April 30, the Army had achieved only 85 percent of its recruitment target for the first five months of the fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, 2004. This shortfall has come despite offering the largest enlistment bonuses in Army history. Recruiters have stepped up their contacts with high school students to a degree that in many cases can only be described as harassment.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Marela Zaccarias, who works with the Connecticut-based group, Latinos Contra la Guerra or Latinos Against War. She describes how the war in Iraq has disproportionately affected Latinos, in part because low-income Latino youth are more vulnerable to military recruitment as they have fewer employment and educational opportunities.

Contact the Latinos Contra la Guerra or Latinos Against War, part of the Alternatives to Military Recruitment coalition at (413) 210-7374 or visit their website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • A 17-day march by 12,000 landless peasants mobilized by Brazil's powerful Landless Workers Movement campaigned for more aggressive land reform by President Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva, but ended in a confrontation with police. ("Brazil's poor are cut down after 150-mile protest march," The Independent, May 19, 2005; "Landless peasants march in Brazil, build a new road by walking," March 20, 2005)
  • In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal that argued that 51 Mexicans on death row had been denied their legal rights. ("Court dismisses death row rights appeal," Associated Press, May 23, 2005)
  • Defying a veto threat by President Bush and opposition of Republican leaders, the House of Representatives voted to lift limitations on funding for embryonic stem cell research by a vote of 238-194. ("Bioethics, Bush style," The Progressive, May 2005; "House votes to ease stem cell restrictions," Associated Press, May 24, 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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Barbara Olshansky, deputy director at the Center for Constitutional Rights
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U.S. Politics

"Urban Archipelago: Progressive Islands In The Conservative Sea," by John Nichols, The Nation, June 20, 2005

"Three Top DNC Fundraisers Resign As Dean Pushes Grassroots Funding For Democrats," by Alexander Bolton, The Hill, June 7, 2005

"Dean's Democrats Remain Pathetic," by John R. MacArthur, Providence Journal (Rhode Island), June 7, 2005

"In God We Trust: America's Rising Religious Zealotry," Independent/UK, June 7, 2005

"Houses Of Right-Wing Worship," by Rose Aguilar, AlterNet, June 7, 2005

"The Mugging Of The American Dream," by Bill Moyers, AlterNet, June 6, 2005

"Battle Over Supreme Court Nominee Looms," Associated Press, June 6, 2005

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Bush Regime

"President Bush, With The Candlestick...," by Robert Parry, Consortium News June 7, 2005

"The First Amendment President?," by Rory O'Connor, AlterNet, June 7, 2005

"Un-Housing The Poor: HUD Leads The Charge To Deny Assistance To Needy Families," by Dan Frosch, AlterNet, June 6, 2005

"Administration's Offenses Impeachable," by Robert Shetterly, Bangor Daily News (Maine), Jun. 3, 2005

"Rummy Rules: Rummy Watch II," by Nick Turse & Tom Engelhardt,, June 3, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Bill Would Give CIA More Power Overseas," Washington Post, June 7, 2005

"World Military Spending Tops $1 Trillion In 2004; U.S. Leads The Way," Reuters, June 7, 2005

"Despite U.S. Pledges, Fear Of Draft Persists," Seattle Times, June 6, 2005

"'War On Terror' Has Latin American Indigenous People In Its Sight," Inter Press Service, June 6, 2005

"Children's Crusade: Military Programs Move Into Middle Schools To Fish For Future Soldiers," by Jennifer Wedekind, In These Times, June 3, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Iraqis Desperate For Work, Blind To Dangers," by Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service, June 7, 2005

"Liberation Vs. Survival In Iraq," by Col. Dan Smith (Ret.), Counterpunch, June 7, 2005

"Saddam Trial To Focus On Most Notorious Atrocities," Independent/UK, June 7, 2005

"Torture's Part Of The Territory," by Naomi Klein, Los Angeles Times, June 7, 2005

"Sadr To Stay Out Of Politics Until Occupation Ends," Associated Press, June 6, 2005

"Iraq's Politically Savvy Insurgency Proves Its Staying Power," Army Times, June 6, 2005

"Son Of Antiwar Minnesota State Senator Killed In Iraq," Democracy Now, June 6, 2005

"Critics: Pre-9/11, Pentagon In Blinders Over Low Tech Warfare," Chicago Tribune, June 6, 2005

"Iraqi Plan To Cut State Jobs Could Further Swell Insurgent Ranks," Los Angeles Times, June 6, 2005

"A Lie Of Historic Proportions," by Cindy Sheehan, Common Dreams, June 6, 2005

"G.I.'s In Afghanistan Wage 'Forgotten War,'" Chicago Tribune, June 5, 2005

"The Failed Siege Of Fallujah," by Dahr Jamail, Asia Times, June 3, 2005

"Advocates See Veterans Of The 'War On Terror' Joining The Ranks Of The Homeless," Stars & Stripes, June 2, 2005

"Vicious Circle: The Dynamics Of Occupation And Resistance In Iraq," by Carl Conetta, Project on Defense Alternatives, May 18, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Desperate For Terror Arrests, FBI Turns To Entrapment," by Paul Craig Roberts,, June 7, 2005

"9/11 Commission For Prisoner Abuse?," by William Fisher,, June 7, 2005

"PATRIOT Act Should Be Reined In," by Anita Ramasastry, FindLaw, June 6, 2005

"Rights Group Leader Says U.S. Has Secret Jails," CNN, June 6, 2005

"Hands Off My Medical History," by Ann Farmer, Women's eNews, June 6, 2005

"'Secret' Senate Meeting On PATRIOT Act Moves To Authorize FBI 'Fishing Expeditions,'" Christian Science Monitor, June 6, 2005

"Close Camp Delta," by Michael Posner, Baltimore Sun, June 5, 2005

"Trial To Reveal Reach Of U.S. Surveillance," Washington Post, June 5, 2005

"Animal Rights Activists Face Trial Under Terror Law," Reuters, June 4, 2005

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Media Issues

"Watergate Coup Was Harmful For Media," by Antonia Zerbisias, Toronto Star/Canada, June 7, 2005

"Missing The Big Picture On PBS:Before Getting Too Commercial, System Needs To Return To Public Service Roots," by William Hoynes, New York Newsday, June 5, 2005 ZNet, May 31, 2005

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"Debate Over The Future Of The AFL-CIO: More Heat Than Light," by Bill Fletcher, Jr., Common Dreams, June 7, 2005

"Former Supporter Joins Foes Over War," Boston Globe, June 5, 2005

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