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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

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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 July 8, 2005


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  • Iraqi Union Activists Call
    for End of U.S. Occupation

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  • Peace Groups Organize
    Giant September Anti-War
    Protests in Washington, D.C.

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  • Big Business Will Be Among
    Few Winners if Congress Ratifies
    Central America Free Trade Agreement

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  • Underreported News Summary
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This week we present Between The Lines' summary of under-reported news stories and:

Iraqi Union Activists Call
for End of U.S. Occupation

Interview with Adnan Rashed,
leader of the Iraqi Federation of Labor,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Unemployed Iraqis demand jobs during a protest in front of the Coalition Provisional Authority headquarters in Baghdad in 2003. (Reuters)

A network of more than 100 national, regional and local groups called U.S. Labor Against the War sponsored the first-ever U.S. tour of Iraqi labor activists in June. Six representatives of three Iraqi labor federations visited 20 American cities, with the goal of educating U.S. trade unionists about the conditions faced by Iraqi workers and their struggle to build direct worker-to-worker, union-to-union solidarity. The three federations represent a broad spectrum of the Iraqi labor movement, but all call for the withdrawal of U.S. and British occupation forces and all are working to build a democratic, secular society in Iraq.

Adnan Rashed, a mechanic and a leader of the Iraqi Federation of Labor, spoke in Hartford, Conn. on June 22 at the state headquarters of the Service Employees International Union/1199. While stating that repression of labor was at its worst under Saddam Hussein, Rashed describes how U.S. military forces occupied his union's offices for eight months last year, evidence he says that repression of unions continues.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Rashed through a translator. He discusses the history of repression, current economic conditions, and the support that Iraqi union activists seek from their brothers and sisters in the U.S. labor movement.

Translation for this interview was provided by Mazin Qumsiyeh. Contact the sponsoring organization of the Iraqi labor tour, U.S. Labor Against the War, by visiting their website at

Peace Groups Organize
Giant September Anti-War
Protests in Washington, D.C.

Interview with Leslie Cagan,
national coordinator of United for Peace and Justice,
conducted by Scott Harris

Over 1 million demonstrators filled Hyde Park, London during the "The World Says No to War" simultaneous protests in over 600 cities on Feb. 15, 2003.

Recent public opinion polls indicate that increasing numbers of Americans now oppose the Bush administration's decision to launch the Iraq war and the continuing bloody occupation. A Washington Post-ABC News survey found that more than half of Americans believe the war has not made the U.S. safer. A Gallup poll found 56 percent believe the war to overthrow Saddam Hussein's government was not worth the sacrifice and 60 percent favor a reduction in U.S. troops deployed to Iraq.

After the deaths of more than 1,700 American soldiers and news coverage of the British Downing Street memo that cast doubt on President Bush's stated justification for the war, some Democrats as well as a handful of Republicans in Congress are now openly calling for a timetable for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. President Bush strongly opposes such a move and re-asserted in a June 28 national address his belief that there is a "clear path to victory" in Iraq.

Over the past year, the U.S. peace movement has focused much of its energy on local organizing efforts. But anti-war groups are now planning for major protests this September in the nation's capital to give voice to the growing opposition to the war. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Leslie Cagan, national coordinator of United for Peace and Justice, who discusses the goals of the anti-war actions being organized by a coalition of peace groups for Sept. 24 through 26 in Washington, D.C.

Contact the nationwide coalition United for Peace and Justice by calling (212) 868-5545 or visit their web site at

Big Business Will Be Among
Few Winners if Congress Ratifies
Central American Free Trade Agreement

Interview with Chris Slevin,
deputy director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch,
conducted by Scott Harris


When the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, was debated and approved by the U.S. Congress in 1993, little was known about the treaty's affect on workers in America, Canada and Mexico. But at the time, proponents of NAFTA promised that the agreement would boost the creation of high-paying jobs for thousands of Americans and lift millions of Mexicans out of poverty. More than 10 years later, critics of NAFTA point to data that indicates America has lost 900,000 jobs to cheap foreign labor and 1.3 million small Mexican farmers have lost their land due to unequal competition with giant multinational agribusiness.

Now, President Bush has renewed his call for Congress to ratify the controversial Central America Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA that would eliminate trade barriers between the U.S., Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Critics fear that like NAFTA, CAFTA could accelerate the loss of U.S. jobs, devastate small farmers and encourage the proliferation of sweatshops.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Chris Slevin, deputy director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, part of a coalition of fair trade and labor groups opposing CAFTA. He considers the winners and losers if the Bush administration should prevail in its fight for congressional ratification of the Central American Free Trade Agreement.

Contact Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch by calling (202) 546-4996 or visit

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Four investigators from the United Nations Human Rights Commission are seeking to visit the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. ("UN experts cite credible reports of torture at Guantanamo," Inter Press Service, June 24, 2005)
  • The CIA decision to allow Sudan's intelligence chief Major Gen. Salah Abdallah Gosh to be flown a secret meeting with Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice outrages human rights advocates.("Sudan visitor splits U.S. officials," Los Angeles Times, June 17, 2005)
  • In the largest pension failure in 30 years, a federal court ruling allows United Airlines to turn over its pension to the government-run Pension Benefit Guarantee Corp., which has the responsibility to pay $9.8 billion in pension liabilities and may force the public pension board into bankruptcy. ("Crash Landing," In These Times, June 6, 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

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U.S. Politics

"Liberal Legislative Caucus Envisions Post-Bush Era," San Francisco Chronicle, July 5, 2005

"If Ax Falls On Roe, It May Also Split GOP," Los Angeles Times, July 4, 2005

"'Nuclear Option' Re-Emerges For Supreme Court Fight," Knight Ridder, July 2, 2005

"CAFTA Squeaks By Senate, By Tiniest Margin For Any Trade Bill In History," by Deborah James, Common Dreams, July 1, 2005

"Stage Set For Battle Over Supreme Court Future," by David Paul Kuhn,, July 1, 2005

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Bush Regime

"Karl Rove Was Source Of PLame Leak," by Michael Isikoff, Newsweek, July 11, 2005

"Bush, The Obstacle To A Deal On Global Warming," Independent/UK, July 5, 2005

"Bush's Nuclear Nonsense," by Mark Hertsgaard,, July 5, 2005

"Bush Speech Reveals Ongoing Deceptions About Iraq," by Stephen Zunes, Common Dreams, July 4, 2005

"Rove 'Knowingly' Refusing Interviews On Plame Leak," Editor & Publisher, July 4, 2005

"The Biggest Of Big Lies: A Speech Written And Delivered To Deceive," Capital Times editorial (Madison, WI), June 30, 2005

"Backing For Bush Is Gone, Say Local Veterans," by Michael Mayo, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, June 29, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"It's Imperialism, Stupid," by Noam Chomsky, Uruknet, July 5, 2005

"Military Recruiters Find The War A Difficult Sell," Boston Globe, July 5, 2005

"Barbarism, Inc.," by Gil Hubbard & David Miller,, July 1, 2005

"Bolton's Ready To Bomb Iran," by Michael Tomasky, The American Prospect, June 30, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"The Rumsfeld Solution: Liberating Iraq, One Journalist At A Time," by Mike Whitney,, July 5, 2005

"U.S. Bombs Kill 17 Afghan Villagers As Search Continues For Soldiers," Guardian/UK, July 5, 2005

"Iraq Seen Emerging As Prime Training Ground For Terrorists," Knight Ridder, July 4, 2005

"Acid Attacks On 'Immodest' Women On The Rise In Iraq," Reuters, July 4, 2005

"UK Aid Funds Iraqi Torture Units," Observer/UK, July 3, 2005

"June One Of The Deadliest Months For Troops In Iraq," Knight Ridder, June 30, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"The Right's Assault On The Academy: An Interview With Robert Jensen," by Bob Libal, Counterpunch, July 5, 2005

"Morphing The Gestapo," by Doris Colmes,, July 5, 2005

"Bush Team Uses 'Skin Game' To Attack Porn," by Patrick Moore, Newsday, July 5, 2005

"Patriotism Versus The PATRIOT Act," by Dorothy M. Ehrlich, San Francisco Chronicle, July 4, 2005

"Governmwent Secrecy Reaches Record High," The New York Times, July 3, 2005

"TSA Secretly Snoops On Air Passengers," by Jim Hightower, AlterNet, July 2, 2005

"California Spying, Schwarzenegger-Style," by Seth Sandronsky, Common Dreams, July 2, 2005

"The Stain Of Torture," by Burton J. Lee III, Washington Post, July 1, 2005

"Code Dumb: Look Who's Spying On Your Granny," Sacramento Bee (California) editorial, June 29, 2005

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Media Issues

"Koran Desecration Is Part Of The Torture Plan; So Is Media Silence," by Saul Landau, ZNet, July 5, 2005

"Court Limits Student Publishing Freedom," by Laura Van Hyfte, Michigan Daily News, July 5, 2005

"This July Fourth, Where's The Press?," by Mark Fitzgerald, Editor & Publisher, July 3, 2005

"Pliant American Press Behaving Like Pravda In Coverage Of U.S. President," by Linda McQuaig, Toronto Star/Canada, July 3, 2005

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"Protesters Prepare 'Warm' Welcome For G-8 Leaders," Inter Press Service, July 5, 2005

"Tens Of Thousands Of Anti-Poverty Demonstrators March Through Edinburgh," Associated Press, July 2, 2005

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