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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

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For The Week Ending Sept. 30, 2005


"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

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

Scott Ritter, former U.N. chief weapons inspector and Marine Intelligence officer, a pre-Iraq invasion opponent, delivers his speech against war on Iraq and Iran, Sept. 17 at the United Church on the Green, New Haven, Conn. Ritter spoke at a Yale Master's Tea the day before. The event was sponsored by Squeaky Wheel Productions and the Yale Coalition for Peace.

Audience members line up at a microphone in the center aisle of the church to ask Ritter questions. (Photos by Scott Harris)

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News stories on this event:

  • Evasive Responses in Senate Hearing
    Alarm Opponents of Supreme Court Chief Justice
    Nominee John Roberts

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  • Global Warming Linked to the Increased Power
    of Hurricanes Battering the U.S.

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  • Bring Them Home Now Bus Tour Builds
    Momentum Toward Sept. 24 Iraq War Protest
    in Washington, D.C.

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Evasive Responses in Senate Hearing
Alarm Opponents of Supreme Court Chief Justice
Nominee John Roberts

Interview with Elliot Minceberg,
vice president and legal director
of People for the American Way,
conducted by Scott Harris

With the end of Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings on the nomination of John Roberts to become the next chief justice of the Supreme Court, most pundits and politicians predict the smooth talking Roberts will have an easy time gaining approval from the GOP-controlled Senate. But opponents of the Roberts nomination are angry and frustrated with the federal judge's evasive and non-responsive answer to many important questions posed to him during the hearings.

National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy said, "As a lawyer, I have been listening very carefully, and what I've heard is a very clever attorney who has avoided answering many key questions by filibustering and doing the testimonial equivalent of reading the phone book." Groups urging senators to vote against Roberts' confirmation say that precedent-setting decisions on the issues of abortion, civil liberties, voting rights, consumer rights and environmental protection may well be reversed if President Bush's nominee becomes chief justice replacing the late William Rhenquist.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Elliot Minceberg, vice president and legal director with People for the American Way, a key group opposing Robert's nomination. Minceberg assesses the testimony and record of John Roberts, as well as the fight ahead to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Contact People for the American Way by calling (202) 467-4999 or visit their website at

Global Warming Linked to the Increased Power
of Hurricanes Battering the U.S.

Interview with Ross Gelbspan,
journalist and author,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it's more than just the levees around New Orleans that broke. The social compact Americans assumed would protect them from disaster was also shattered. The destruction of most of the wetlands in the Gulf of Mexico -- which used to buffer cities from the worst flooding a hurricane could inflict -- now intensifies the destructive force of hurricanes along the coastline.

Less directly apparent was the connection between the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina and global climate change. But that connection is being made by increasing numbers of scientists and other experts researching the subject.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Ross Gelbspan, a veteran journalist and author of two books on global warming. He describes some of the hurricane-related phenomena that can and cannot be attributed to global warming, and lays out what governments are doing to reduce the effects of global warming, and the conspicuous inaction of the U.S. government under the Bush administration.

Ross Gelbspan's two books on global warming are titled, "The Heat is On," and "Boiling Point." Visit Gelbspan's website at

Related links:

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

Bring Them Home Now Bus Tour Builds
Momentum Toward Sept. 24 Iraq War Protest
in Washington, D.C.

Excerpts of speeches by Cindy Sheehan and Anne Roesler,
of Bring Them Home Now Bus Tour in New Haven, Conn.,
produced by Scott Harris

Cindy Sheehan with a photo of her late son, Casey Sheehan, waits to speak at the rally on the New Haven Green. (Photo by Scott Harris)

After her month-long anti-war vigil in front of President Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch, which drew rare national media attention to the peace movement, Cindy Sheehan, and her allies have hit the road in a 51-city, 28-state bus tour. The Bring Them Home Now tour, organized by Sheehan's Gold Star Families for Peace, Military Families Speak Out and Iraq Veterans Against the War, have three buses criss-crossing the nation in advance of what's expected to be a massive rally against the Iraq war in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 24.

At a stop in New Haven, Conn. on Sept. 18, Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq last year, and others on the tour addressed a crowd of about 1,000 opponents of the war on the city's historic Green. Military Families Speak Out member Anne Roesler of Saratoga, Calif., whose son is in his third Army deployment in Iraq, spoke at the rally about why she opposes the war.

Cindy Sheehan concluded the New Haven rally by thanking President Bush for his decision not to meet with her while she sat in front of his Crawford, Texas ranch and urged those opposed to the war to come to the Washington protest.

For more information on the Sheehan-inspired anti-war bus tour visit their website at Protests, lobbying and non-violent civil disobedience against the Iraq war are scheduled for Sept. 24 through 26 in Washington, D.C. For details, call (212) 868-5545 or visit the United for Peace and Justice website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., is the first prominent Democrat to call for a timetable to pull out U.S. troops from Iraq. ("Feingold could be first antiwar candidate," Associated Press, Sept. 6, 2005; "Feingold debunks myths about U.S. policy in Iraq," press release, Sept. 9, 2005; "The Strategic Class," the Nation magazine, Aug. 29/Sept. 5, 2005)
  • Eco-justice activists are upset over a federal Environmental Agency Policy draft to redefine the mission of environmental justice projects by removing the terms "race" and "low-income" from the criteria used to identify such projects. ("E-Raced," The Grist, Aug. 1, 2005)
  • DKT International, a U.S.-based family planning group is taking the Bush administration to court over its new "anti-prostitution" policy, which requires all non-governmental groups seeking grants in the U.S. or overseas to affirm a policy "explicitly opposing prostitution and sex trafficking." Many groups working on HIV/AIDS fear the policy will harm efforts to stem the pandemic. ("U.S. AID sued over anti-prostitution policy," Inter Press Service, Aug. 23, 2005; DKT International press release, Aug. 12, 2005; "Brazil spurns U.S. terms for AIDS help," May 4, 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

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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

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"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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