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New Haven Advocate's
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WPKN Radio, 89.5 FM

"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

Multi-Ethnic Issues Advocacy

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For The Week Ending Sept. 23, 2005


"Ladies and gentlemen, we are already at war with Iran." -- Scott Ritter, former U.N. chief weapons inspector and Marine Intelligence officer

"Parallel Deceptions: The Bush Agenda for War in Iraq and Iran"
Speech and Q&A with former U.N. Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter,
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2-4

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News stories on this event:
"Iraq Policy Flawed from the Start," Ritter says, New Haven Register, Sept. 18, 2005

  • Crisis of Confidence in Direction of U.S.
    an Opportunity for Progressive Change

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  • People of New Orleans Fight
    for Voice in City's Reconstruction

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  • Five Unanswered Questions About 9/11
    Critical to Prevent Future Attacks

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Crisis of Confidence in Direction of U.S.
an Opportunity for Progressive Change

Interview with Kevin Danaher,
co-founder of the human rights group
Global Exchange,
conducted by Scott Harris

President Bush's lack of leadership after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast, appears to have been a tipping point for many Americans in their dissatisfaction with the direction of the nation. A Washington Post/ ABC News poll found that 54% disapprove of the way Mr. Bush is handling the recovery from the hurricane and 57% disapprove of his overall performance as commander and chief. The poll found that among African Americans 63% believe that the problems with hurricane relief are an indication of racial inequality in the country.

The president's mother Barbara Bush shocked the nation with comments made at facilities in Houston's Astrodome, set up for evacuees who lost homes and loved ones to the storm. The former First Lady told a reporter that, "many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this, this is working very well for them." Despite the resignation of Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael Brown, there is a widely held perception that Mr. Bush will never admit to a mistake and holds no one in his administration accountable for their failures.

With the growing perception that Mr. Bush is disconnected from the realities confronting average people here in the U.S. and increasing opposition to the war in Iraq, many Americans are searching for answers, or at least new leadership. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Kevin Danaher, co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange. He looks at America's crisis atmosphere, and what he sees as the role of the progressive peace and social justice movement in this moment in history.

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People of New Orleans Fight
for Voice in City's Reconstruction

Interview with Steve Bradbury,
community organizer with New Orleans ACORN,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Rescue and recovery work continues on the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast of Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, with still no reliable estimate of the number who died. But officials are now pulling back from early predictions that 10,000 or more perished in the storm. Thus far Congress has allocated $60 billion in emergency funds to assist the hundreds of thousands who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina

As New Orleans digs out from one of the worst natural disasters in American history, the city's residents are scattered, from Baton Rouge to Texas and points much further away. While plans are being made for the historic city's restoration, the New Orleans and Louisiana chapters of ACORN are determined to play a role in the rebuilding of the Crescent City. ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is the nation's largest community organization of low and moderate-income families. Across the U.S., the group has more than 175,000 member families, including 9,000 families in Louisiana. Among its priorities -- both before and after Hurricane Katrina -- is the construction of affordable housing and the creation of living wage jobs.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Steve Bradberry, the New Orleans lead organizer with ACORN, now relocated to Baton Rouge. He talks about the immediate tasks at hand, as well as longer-term concerns.

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  • ACORN Hurricane Relief, please call 1-800-790-2290

Five Unanswered Questions About 9/11
Critical to Prevent Future Attacks

Interview with James Ridgeway,
Village Voice Washington correspondent,
conducted by Scott Harris

On the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks that targeted the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and brought down an airliner in Pennsylvania, the nation was grappling with the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina and the flawed government response to that disaster. Many Americans had believed that the president and Congress used the intervening four years since 9/11 to strengthen the government's emergency response system to better react in the event of new terrorist attacks or natural disasters. That confidence has now been severely shaken.

As Americans remembered the thousands killed on Sept. 11, 2001, many wonder if the investigations undertaken by Congress and the independent 9/11 Commission exposed the government's intelligence failures so that corrective action could be implemented to thwart future terrorist plots.

Village Voice Washington correspondent James Ridgeway doesn't think so. His new book, "The 5 Unanswered Questions About 9/11," examines the events leading up to the attacks and the glaring holes he found in the official Sept. 11 Commission report. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with James Ridgeway about the shortcomings of the investigation and why no one in government has been held accountable.

Village Voice Washington correspondent James Ridgeway's book, "The 5 Unanswered Questions About 9/11, " will be published by Seven Stories Press in October. Read his columns online at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The Americal Civil Liberties Union has won a round in federal court over the USA Patriot Act. An FBI gag order has been lifted on a Connecticut librarian who had received a demand for records. The gag order was issued to stop the librarian from engaging in congressional debate over the reauthorization of the Patriot Act. ("Judge rules versus U.S. in Patriot Act case," Sept. 10, 2005; "Ruling in ACLU lawsuit deals second blow to National Security Letter provision," ACLU press release, Sept. 10, 2005; "Plaintiffs win round in Patriot Act lawsuit," New York Times, Sept. 10, 2005)
  • Top American scientists are objecting to a far-reaching congressional probe into the work of climate researchers involved with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. ("Republicans accused of witch-hunt against climate change scientists," The Guardian, Aug. 30, 2005)
  • California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has pledged to veto the first gay marriage bill to be approved by a state legislature. ("Citing Prop. 22, Gov. rejects gay marriage bill," Los Angeles Times, Sept. 8, 2005; "Schwarzenegger to veto gay marriage bill," Associated Press, Sept. 8, 2005)

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U.S. Politics

"Katrina And The Poverty Of America: The Poor Have No Lobbysists," by William A. Cook, Counterpunch, Sept. 17/18, 2005

"Antiwar House Members Press For A Withdrawal Plan," San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 16, 2005

"Poll Shows Americans Want Troops Home; Top Dems Ignore The Public," by David Sirota, Working For Change, Sept. 15, 2005

"Roberts Evasive In Confirmation Hearing," CNN, Sept. 14, 2005

"Another GOP Talking Point Bites The Dust: Blanco Followed Protocol In Asking For Assistance," Left In Lowell blog, Sept. 14, 2005

"DeLay Associates Face More Ethics Charges," Associated Press, Sept. 14, 2005

"Katrina Havoc Reflects The New America," by Bill McKibben, Newsday, Sept. 14, 2005

"Democrats And Others Press For Independent Katrina Inquiry," The New York Times, Sept. 14, 2005

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Bush Regime

"Ex-White House Aide Indicted In Corruption Probe," The New York Times, Sept. 20, 2005

"Bush's Crony Capitalism Shows GOP's True Face," by Joe Conason, New York Observer, Sept. 19, 2005

"America Is In The Clutches Of Autocrats," by Paul Craig Roberts, Counterpunch, Sept. 16, 2005

"Joe Allbaugh, The Crony Who Prospered," by Mark Benjamin,, Sept. 16, 2005

"Leaked Email Suggests Government Seeking To Blame Environmental Groups For Levee Breaks," by Jerry Mitchell, Clarion-Ledger (Mississippi), Sept. 16, 2005

"'A Heck Of A Job,'" by Roger Simon, U.S. News & World Report, Sept. 14, 2005

"Bush's Hacks," by Derrick Z. Jackson, Boston Globe, Sept. 14, 2005

"Chertoff Delayed Federal Response, Memo Shows," Knight Ridder, Sept. 13, 2005

"The End Of The Bush Era," by E. J. Dionne, Working For Change, Sept. 13, 2005

"The Graft Goes On: Halliburton Takes Lead In Katrina Reconstruction," by Molly Ivins, Working For Change, Sept. 13, 2005

"Bush's Approval Rating Drops To New Low In Wake Of Storm," Washington Post, Sept. 13, 2005

"Freedom Not On The March," by Cair Lynn Hennessey, Cavalier Daily (University of Virginia), Sept. 13, 2005

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Chavez Takes Bush To Task On World Stage Over Iraq," Associated Press, Sept. 16, 2005

"U.S. Opens Iran Offensive At U.N.," Washington Post, Sept. 14, 2005

"How U.S. Intervention In Venezuela Works, Part 3: Analysis Of Four USAID Contracts," by Philip Agee, Venezuelanalysis, Sept. 11, 2005

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Dismay Over Sliding Turnout For Afghan Poll," Independent/UK, Sept. 20, 2005

"Explosions In Iraq Kill 160, Injure 570," Associated Press, Sept. 14, 2005

"U.S. May Start Pulling Out Of Afghanistan Next Spring," The New York Times, Sept. 14, 2005

"U.S.-Led Troops Go House To House In Tal Afar," Agence France Presse, Sept. 14, 2005

"The Costs Of Quagmire," by Erik Leaver, Foreign Policy In Focus, Sept. 14, 2005

"Looking For Peace In Iraq: Military Power And Occupation Can't Conquer Hearts And Minds," by Adil Shamoo, Foreign Policy In Focus, Sept. 14, 2005

"Thousands Displaced From Tal-Afar By Fighting," Electronic Iraq, Sept. 12, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"NYPD Unplugs Cindy Sheehan" by Sarah Ferguson, Village Voice, Sept. 19, 2005

"The Feds Confront The Antiwar Movement: The St. Patrick's Four," by James Petras, Counterpunch, Sept. 16, 2005

"Gitmo Cases May Go To Civilian Courts," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Sept. 14, 2005

"Guantanamo Hunger Strike Expands," BBC News/UK, Sept. 14, 2005

"Overkill: Feared Blackwater Mercenaries Deploy In New Orleans," by Jeremy Scahill & Daniela Crespo, ZNet, Sept. 13, 2005

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Media Issues

"Net Censors," by George Monbiot, ZNet, Sept. 13, 2005

"Bombs Away On Television News," by Orville Schell, Los Angeles Times, Sept. 12, 2005

"Is The Government Trying To Stem The Tide Of Images From New Orleans By Threatening Journalists?," by Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!, Sept. 9, 2005

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"Far Cry From Vietnam: New Silent Majority Sets Pace For Anti-Iraq War Movement," by Sanford Gottlieb, Pacific News Service, Sept. 19, 2005

"First Federal Conspiracy Trial Of Antiwar Protesters Since Vietnam Begins Sept. 19," St. Patrick's Four press release, Sept. 15, 2005

"Picketers For Hire: The Strange Business Of Protesting Jobs That May Be Better Than Yours," by Stacy J. Willis, Las Vegas Weekly, Sept. 8, 2005

"Sir, No Sir! Interview With David Zeiger, Director Of New Doc On Vietnam-Era G.I. Antiwar Movement," by Jonathan Stein, Mother Jones, Sept. 1, 2005

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