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For The Week Ending Aug. 26, 2005


  • Federal Court Overturns
    "Cuban 5" Espionage Conviction,
    Calls for New Trial

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  • Christian Right Campaigns for Radical Reform
    of U.S. Judicial System

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  • Cindy Sheehan's Vigil at President's Texas Ranch
    Sparks Powerful Antiwar Activism Among Soldiers' Families

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Federal Court Overturns
"Cuban 5" Espionage Conviction,
Calls for New Trial

Interview with attorney Leonard Weinglass,
conducted by Denise Manzari

On Aug. 9, in a landmark decision, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Ga. overturned the convictions of the Cuban 5 and awarded them a new trial with a change in venue. The three-judge panel based their decision on the premise that the five men could not get a fair trial in Miami, a hotbed of anti-Castro activism.

The five men, Gerardo Hernandez, Rene Gonzalez, Ruben Campa, Antonio Guerrero and Luis Medina are hailed as heroes in Cuba. Charged by the U.S. government with spying on U.S. military bases and exile leaders in Miami for Cuba, the five were arrested in Florida in 1998 and were tried and convicted of espionage, conspiracy and other charges.

However, the Cuban government claims the five were in Miami to monitor the actions of the violent, right-wing Cuban exile community in order to protect Cuba from terrorist attacks. All five remained incarcerated for almost three years before their trial began in Miami in 2001 which critics say was rife with prejudice, media bias and even juror harassment.

Two of the men were sentenced to 20 years and three were given life sentences. Leonard Weinglass is one of the attorneys representing Antonio Guerrero of the Cuban 5. Between The Lines' Denise Manzari spoke with him about the significance of the appeal and what it means for U.S.-Cuba relations.

For more information on the case, call the National Committee to Free the Five at (415) 821-6545 or visit their website at

Christian Right Campaigns for Radical Reform
of U.S. Judicial System

Interview with Frederick Clarkson,
journalist and author,
conducted by Scott Harris


The Conservative Christian fundamentalist movement across America has become an increasingly important constituency within the Republican Party. The Christian Right's ability to mobilize voters is credited with the Republican Party's winning streak in recent national and state elections. Political observers say that on issues such as abortion, gay marriage and stem cell research, Christian conservatives virtually dictate GOP policy positions.

The case of Terry Schiavo in Florida saw President Bush and Republican Congressional leaders attempt to prevent Terry's husband from terminating life-support for the woman who had been in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years. Public opinion swung strongly against the GOP's unsuccessful attempt to intervene in the Schiavo family dispute.

The Christian Right is currently engaged in a fight to transform the nation's judicial system and push for the appointment of conservative judges to the federal bench. Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council is the organizer of two gatherings of conservative clergy and Republican politicians dubbed, "Justice Sunday," the most recent event being held in Nashville on Aug. 14. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, speaking at the gathering broadcast nationally on TV and radio, branded the judiciary as, "unelected, unaccountable and arrogant." Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Frederick Clarkson, who has written about the religious Right for over two decades. He discusses the goals of the Christian fundamentalist's Justice Sunday campaign and their push to change the balance on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Frederick Clarkson's book, "Eternal Hostility, The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy" is published by Common Courage Press. Visit his website at

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Cindy Sheehan's Vigil at President's Texas Ranch
Sparks Powerful Antiwar Activism Among Soldiers' Families

Interview with Celeste Zappala,
mother of an American soldier killed in Iraq,
cofounder of Gold Star Families for Peace,
conducted by Scott Harris

san mateo

1,500 vigils were held nationwide Wednesday Aug. 17, from San Mateo, Calif. ...

white house

... to the White House, in solidarity with Cindy Sheehan, who keeps vigil for her son at President Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch.

What began as a lonely vigil in front of President Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch by Cindy Sheehan -- the mother of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq -- has transformed into a powerful expression of the growing anti-war sentiment among Americans. Hundreds of peace activists, veterans and families of service men and women killed, wounded or currently serving in Iraq, have converged on Crawford to support Sheehan's call for a face to face meeting with the President to ask the question, "What noble cause have our soldiers died for in Iraq?" Supporters of the President have organized counterprotests in Crawford. One 46-year-old man used his pickup truck to run over hundreds of white crosses, each painted with the name of a fallen U.S. soldier. The crosses were placed near the ranch entrance by peace activists.

The unscripted spontaneous movement that Sheehan sparked comes as public opinion polls find increasing opposition to the war. A poll conducted by CNN/ Gallup/USA Today found that Americans by a 55-44% majority believe that the U.S. made a mistake in sending troops to Iraq. Fifty-six percent of those polled say some or all U.S. troops should be withdrawn now.

Celeste Zappala of Philadelphia traveled to Crawford to stand for several days outside the president's ranch with Cindy Sheehan and hundreds of other supporters. Her oldest son, Pennsylvania National Guardsman Sgt. Sherwood Baker, was killed in Baghdad in April 2004. She is a co-founder, along with Cindy Sheehan, of Gold Star Families for Peace. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Zappala about the power of the Crawford protest and why she advocates a quick withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

For more information on the Crawford vigil, visit the Gold Star Families website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • One-third of Niger's population of 11 million people, mostly subsistence farmers, are hungry. Critics say the food crisis could have been averted if not for the government's pursuit of free trade policies. ("Don't Blame the Locusts," The Guardian, Aug. 12, 2005; "Niger Struggles to Find Hunger Solutions," Associated Press, Aug. 12, 2005)
  • The Pentagon is moving in federal court to block new video depictions of prisoner abuse at Iraq's infamous Abu Ghraib prison. ("Fearing Backlash, Pentagon moves to block new Abu Ghraib photos," Agence France Press, Aug. 13, 2005; "Legal Papers Unsealed Today in ACLU Quest for Government's Abu Ghraib Torture Images," ACLU, Aug. 11, 2005)
  • China's industrial growth comes with severe environmental and public health costs.("Pollution poisons China's Progress," USA Today, July 5, 2005)

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U.S. Politics

"Mississippi's Democrats Show The Potential Of Howard Dean's '50-State Strategy,'" by Rose Aguilar, AlterNet, Aug. 23, 2005

"Democrats Split Over Position On Iraq War; Activists Vocal As Leaders Decline To Challenge Bush," Washington Post, Aug. 22, 2005

"Leaderless On The Left: Rising Antiwar Sentiment Finds No Congressional Expression," by Gary Younge, Guardian/UK, Aug. 22, 2005

"Beltway Dems Regurgitate Right-Wing B.S. On Iraq War; Grassroots Fights Back," by David Sirota, Huffington Post, Aug. 21, 2005

"Feingold Tunes Into Antiwar Sentiment," by John Nichols, The Nation, Aug. 19, 2005

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Bush Regime

"Bush To Face Protests As He Defends Iraq Policy," Reuters, Aug. 22, 2005

"Could It Be Bush's Watergate? Advisor Shows His Nixonian Roots," by Thomas Pauken, Houston Chronicle, Aug. 22, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"No Proof Found Of Iran Arms Program," Washington Post, Aug, 23, 2005

"Televangelist Pat Robertson Calls For Chavez's Assassination," Associated Press, Aug, 23, 2005

"Like Old Times: U.S. Wars Against Latin American Leftists," The New York Times, Aug. 19, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Sunnis Threaten Civil War As Iraq Constitution Deadline Extended" Times Online/UK, Aug. 23, 2005

"Bush Caves In To Islamic Constitution For Iraq," by KDoug Ireland, ZNet, Aug. 22, 2005

"The Latest Falsehood: The U.S. Is In Iraq To Stabilize It," by Kevin Zeese, Counterpunch, Aug. 22, 2005

"New Abu Ghraib Images Far Worse Than The Original," by Ari Berman, The Nation, Aug. 22, 2005

"Army Planning For Four More Years In Iraq," Associated Press, Aug. 20, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"A Legal Update: Prosecuting Bush In Canada For Torture," Counterpunch Wire, Aug. 23, 2005

"Are We There Yet? Fascism In America," by Stew Albert, Counterpunch, Aug. 23, 2005

"Pittsburgh Police Arrest 5 Antiwar Protesters, 2 Injured, In March," Associated Press, Aug. 21, 2005

"Santorum's People, Aided By State Trooper, Toss Young People Out Of Barnes & Noble Bookstore," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Aug. 19, 2005

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Media Issues

"Gaza Coverage Offers Many Questions, Few Answers," by Danny Schechter,, Aug. 23, 2005

"Miller Embedded Over Her Head In Washington," by Robert Scheerw,, Aug. 23, 2005

"City-Sponsored Wi-Fi's Wild Ride," by Neal Pierce, Settle Times, Aug. 21, 2005

"Utah TV Station Refuses To Air Cindy Sheehan Antiwar Ad Days Before Bush Visit," Associated Press, Aug. 21, 2005

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"'Warning: You Are Under Martial Law': Violent Echoes Of Kent State," by Karen Kilroy, Counterpunch, Aug. 23, 2005

"Thousands Protest Bush, Iraq War In Salt Lake City," KUTV Salt Lake City, Aug. 22, 2005

"The Swift Boating Of Cindy Sheehan," by Frank Rich, The New York Times, Aug. 21, 2005

"Hypocrites And Liars," by Cindy Sheehan, Common Dreams, Aug. 20, 2005

"Can Cindy Sheehan Stop The War?," by Alexander Cockburn, Counterpunch, Aug. 20, 2005

"PETA Throws Bomb In New Haven," by Andrew Christie, Common Dreams, Aug. 19, 2005

"Unions Broaden Fight Against Wal-Mart," Guardian/UK, Aug. 19, 2005

"The Iraq War And MoveOn," by Norman Solomon, Common Dreams, Aug. 18, 2005

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