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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

"Greenspan Testimony Highlights Bush Plan for Deliberate Federal Bankruptcy," by Michael Meurer,, March 2, 2004

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"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

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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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Between The Lines
For The Week Ending Aug. 5, 2005

  • Draft of New Iraqi Constitution
    Would Roll Back Women's Rights

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  • Despite Lack of Long Judicial Record,
    Supreme Court Nominee John Roberts
    Has Sided with Executive
    Branch and Corporate Power

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  • FBI Surveillance of Progressive Activist Groups
    Will Chill Free Speech, Critics Charge

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Draft of New Iraqi Constitution
Would Roll Back Women's Rights

Interview with Yifat Susskind,
of women's human rights group MADRE,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


The current draft of Iraq's new constitution threatens to replace a very progressive set of laws regarding women's rights with a new document that subordinates women's human rights and international law to religious Sharia law. A draft of the constitution is due to be voted on by the current Iraqi government by Aug. 15. When they learned about the draft constitution, many women's groups took to the streets in Baghdad to protest the growing influence of Islamic fundamentalism in a country that historically had been the most secular in the Middle East.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Yifat Susskind, associate director of MADRE, a women's human rights organization that works with women across the globe and in Iraq. She explains that Iraqi women have struggled for and won rights not held by women in the strict religious monarchies that rule many nations in the Persian Gulf region. Susskind also describes Iraqi women's response to this new threat, as well as the role American political leaders have played on the issue of Iraqi women's equality.

For more information on women's rights issues around the world, call them at (212) 627-0444 or visit the group's website at

Despite Lack of Long Judicial Record,
Supreme Court Nominee John Roberts
Has Sided with Executive
Branch and Corporate Power

Interview with Bruce Shapiro,
of the Nation magazine,
conducted by Scott Harris

john roberts

President Bush and his Supreme Court nominee,
U.S. Court of Appeals Judge John G. Roberts Jr.

With the resignation of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Conner, the long expected battle over the future of the Supreme Court was joined. President Bush's nominee to fill the vacancy, federal appeals court judge John Roberts is a dedicated conservative with a long history of work in Republican administrations. With only two years as a federal judge in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Roberts has a short record with which to assess his judicial philosophy.

But in a landmark decision issued just one day after being interviewed for the Supreme Court by President Bush, Roberts and his colleagues on the D.C. circuit court decided against according Geneva Convention protections to prisoners held in the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay Naval base in Cuba. An important clue as to Robert's view on abortion rights can be seen in a 1991 legal brief signed by Roberts, then deputy solicitor general in President Bush's father's administration, where he stated, "We continue to believe that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and should be overruled."

Despite Roberts' repeated denials that he was a member of the controversial Federalist Society, press reports revealed that he was listed as member of the 1997-98 steering committee of the conservative legal organization's D.C. chapter. As Senate confirmation hearings approach in September, battle lines have already been drawn over the release of memos and documents written by Roberts during his tenure as deputy solicitor general in the late 80s and early 90s. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Bruce Shapiro, former director of the Nation Institute's Supreme Court Watch, who assesses the character and known record of John Roberts.

Bruce Shapiro's Nation magazine article, "The Stakes in Roberts' Nomination," can be read online at

FBI Surveillance of Progressive Activist Groups
Will Chill Free Speech, Critics Charge

Interview with Barbara Olshansky,
attorney with the
Center for Constitutional Rights,
conducted by Scott Harris

Under the guise of fighting terrorism, the FBI has monitored the activities of U.S. civil liberties, antiwar and environmental organizations. A lawsuit brought by activist groups charging that the FBI has targeted critics of the Bush administration forced the Justice Department to reveal that the FBI has amassed more than 3,500 pages of documents on progressive American advocacy organizations.

Thus far, the FBI has identified 1,173 pages related to the American Civil Liberties Union and 2,383 pages detailing surveillance of the environmental group Greenpeace. Other documents provide evidence of the Bureau's monitoring of peace groups such as the national anti-Iraq war coalition United for Peace and Justice that had organized a series of large protests at last August's Republican National Convention in New York City.

The FBI denies that its investigation of groups critical of President Bush are designed to quell free speech, but rather to prevent disruptive or criminal behavior. However, representatives of the groups targeted charge that the FBI's monitoring of their legal and constitutionally protected activities amounts to an abuse of power. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Barbara Olshansky, an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, who takes a critical look at the FBI's surveillance of dissidents and what she believes is the resulting chilling effect on free speech.

Contact the Center for Constitutional Rights by calling (212) 614-6464 or visit the group's website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • GE to profit from U.S. nuclear deal with India, after President Bush signed cooperation agreement on expanding American ties with India's civilian nuclear power projects. ("With Bush's Help, GE Courts Indian President, Nuke Sector," Reuters, July 23, 2005)
  • Rev. Sun Myung Moon, head of the Unification Church and North Korean Dictator Kim il-Sung's friendship has paid off in commercial investments and the development of Pyongyang's missile launch technology. ("Dear Leader's Paper Moon," American Prospect, July 2005)
  • The U.S. Commerce Department confiscates 43 boxes of aid from Pastors for Peace's Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba. The group's 140 tons of aid consisted of computer equipment, two-way radios, wheelchairs, crutches and other medical supplies. (Pastors for Peace press release)

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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

"Conservatives Hail Roberts, Democrats Hold Back," The New York Times, July 20, 2005

"House Votes Against Early Iraq Withdrawal," Associated Press, July 20, 2005

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"The Stakes In Roberts' Nomination: If You Like The PATRIOT Act And Gitmo; You'll Love Roberts," by Bruce Shapiro, The Nation, July 20, 2005

"Straight Corporate: Business As Usual With Judge Roberts," by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair, Counterpunch, July 20, 2005

"George W. Strangelove And The Triumph Of Nuclear Faith," by Norman Solomon,, July 20, 2005

"Another Activist Judge," by John NIchols, The Nation, July 20, 2005

"The John Roberts Dossier," by Katharine Mieszkowski,, July 20, 2005

"Bush's First Supreme Court Nominee Faces Questioning On Host Of Contentious Issues," Associated Press, July 20, 2005

"Rove Saga Raises Fresh Questions About Administration's Credibility," by Dick Polman, San Luis Obispo Tribune (California), July 20, 2005

"Bush's First Nominee: The Pick Is In," by Mary Lynn F. Jones, AlterNet, July 20, 2005

"Rove-Plame: Pattern Of Deception, Revealed," by Molly Ivins, AlterNet, July 20, 2005

"Bush Raises Threshhold For Firing Aides In Leak Probe," Washington Post, July 19, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Oil-Control Formula," by Robert Dreyfuss,, July 18, 2005

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Draft Iraqi Charter Backs Islamic Law; Could Curb Women's Rights," The New York Times, July 20, 2005

"Iraq Conflict Claims 34 Lives Each Day As 'Anarchy' Beckons," Independent/UK, July 20, 2005

"Murder Of Sunnis Deals Blow To Hopes Of Early Iraqi constitution," Daily Star/Lebanon, July 20, 2005

"25,000 Civilians Killed Since Iraq Invasion, Says Report," Guardian/UK, July 19, 2005

"Iraq's Top Shia Cleric Warns Of 'Genocidal War,'" Independent/UK, July 19, 2005

"Did Washington Try To Manipulate Iraq's Election?," by Seymour Hersh, The New Yorker, July 18, 2005

"Iraq's War On Women," by by Lesley Abdela,, July 18, 2005

"How Iraq War Compares To Vietnam Conflict," Sacramento Bee, July 18, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"FBI Targets Bush Critics," by William Fisher,, July 20, 2005

"Orwell Meets Kafka," by Robert Kuttner, Boston Globe, July 20, 2005

"Judge Dread: John Roberts And Enemy Combatants," by Chris Floyd, Counterpunch, July 20, 2005

"U.S. A Battlefield, Solicitor General Tells Judges; Argues Bush May Detain 'Enemy Combatants' Indefinitely," Washington Post, July 20, 2005

"FBI Keeping Lengthy Files On Groups Opposed To Bush's Policies,", July 19, 2005

"Large Volume Of FBI Files Alarms U.S. Activist Groups," The New York Times, July 18, 2005

"Anti-Bush Protester Sues Houston Cops," Associated Press, July 15, 2005

"California National Guard Story Grows Stranger," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, July 7, 2005

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Media Issues

"Justice Department Opposes Federal Shield Law For Reporters," by Howard Kurtz, Washington Post, July 20, 2005

"American Mullahs And The Cult Of Fear: Network News As Counter-Reality," by Steven Laffoley, Common Dreams, July 19, 2005

"Danner Vs. Kinsley On The Memo And The War," by Tom Engelhardt, Michael Kinsley & Mark Danner,, July 19, 2005

"Whe Few Graphic Images From Iraq Make It Into U.S. Papers," by Barabara Bedway, Editor & Publisher, July 18, 2005

"How Comcast Censors Political Content," by David Swanson,, July 16, 2005

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"100 Years Of The Wobblies: Power To The Pictures," by David Moberg, In These Times, July 19, 2005

"September 24-26: A Weekend To Stop The War," by Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch, July 18, 2005

"Debating Labor's Future," by Janice Fine, The Nation, July 14, 2005

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