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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

"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?" 21 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 Dec. 23, 2005


Scott Harris' "Counterpoint" talk show

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"Parallel Deceptions: The Bush Agenda for War in Iraq and Iran"
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  • Christian American Peace Activists Bring
    Protest Against Torture to Gates of
    U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

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  • After Opposition Parties Boycott Vote,
    Hugo Chavez Wins Total Control
    of Venezuela's Parliament

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  • Global Warming Conference in Montreal
    Turns Back U.S. Attempt
    to Derail Kyoto Treaty

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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LISTEN to this week's half-hour program of Between The Lines by clicking on one of the links below. MP3 files available until Dec. 27, 2005.

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

Christian American Peace Activists Bring
Protest Against Torture to Gates of
U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Interview with Simon Harak,
Jesuit priest and organizer
with the War Resisters League,
conducted by Scott Harris

Allegations that the U.S. systematically mistreats and tortures terrorist suspects was the focus of attention again when Secretary of State Condoleza Rice denied charges that Washington operates secret prisons in several Eastern European countries. Investigations have been launched by the European Union into the complicity of governments where these prisons may be located and whose territories may have been used to transport detainees. While President Bush and other U.S. officials have stated that America does not torture, prisoners who have been released from Guantanamo Bay have alleged that they were menaced with dogs and beaten while in American military custody.

In protest of the treatment of terrorism suspects held at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval base in Cuba and other known and covert facilities around the world, 25 American Christian activists traveled to the gates of the prison and are demanding to meet with the detainees held there. The human rights campaigners flew to Cuba, then marched 80 miles on foot from Santiago, Cuba to Guantanamo, arriving there on Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day. The group now sits at the gate, fasting and praying while awaiting permission to enter the U.S. base. Thus far, the Bush administration has not responded to the group's request.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Simon Harak, Jesuit priest and anti-militarism coordinator with the War Resisters League. He explains why members of the War Resisters League and Catholic Worker communities from across the U.S. have converged on Guantanamo in their Witness to Torture, protesting government policies that they maintain have led to the mistreatment of detainees.

Contact the War Resisters League by calling (212) 228-0450 or visit the Witness to Torture website at

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After Opposition Parties Boycott Vote,
Hugo Chavez Wins Total Control
of Venezuela's Parliament

Interview with Gregory Wilpert,
sociologist and journalist living in Caracas,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

In another of a string of victories, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has won an overwhelming victory in his nation's Dec. 4th legislative election. The president's Fifth Republic Movement won 114 out of 167 seats in the National Assembly, while allied parties won the balance. However, this electoral victory came after five major opposition parties boycotted the vote, resulting in only 25 percent participation by registered voters. The opposition parties, many of which supported the unsuccessful 2002 military coup against Chavez, complained that Venezuela's National Electoral Counsel favored government candidates, despite major changes made by the Counsel in response to opposition grievances.

President Chavez claimed the opposition's boycott of the election was prompted by polls showing they would have suffered an embarrassing defeat, a tactic he says that was backed by Washington to destabilize his government. Now, with commanding control of the legislature, Chavez will have a two-thirds majority in parliament that will allow him to change the constitution, including a current limit of two presidential terms in office.

Meanwhile, Venezuela is continuing its charm offensive by offering Caribbean nations and now, poor residents of Boston and New York, discounts on oil through its state-owned energy company, brand named Citgo in the U.S. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Gregory Wilpert, a sociologist and journalist living in Caracas, who examines Venezuela's recent legislative election.

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Global Warming Conference in Montreal
Turns Back U.S. Attempt
to Derail Kyoto Treaty

Interview with Alden Meyer,
energy special with Union of Concern Scientists,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

As representatives of 163 nations wound up climate change talks in Montreal in mid-December, many environmental groups were critical of what they saw as a lack of progress, and particularly the negative role of the U.S. government. Under the Bush administration, the U.S. "un-signed" the 1992 Kyoto Protocol global warming treaty. The protocol sets a goal for industrialized nations to reduce carbon dioxide and other green house gas emissions by five percent below 1990 levels by 2012 -- and to reduce emissions by 20 to 30 percent by the year 2020.

The U.S., which currently produces 25 percent of worldwide emissions, is among the very few industrialized nations - including Australia -- that have declined to participate in the global warming treaty. Kyoto goals do not currently apply to developing nations such as India and China, even as emissions from those countries are contributing a greater percentage to the total amount of gasses produced globally.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Alden Meyer, an energy specialist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, who has been working on climate change issues since 1989. While much analyses of the Montreal gathering asserted the only result was to agree to more meetings, Meyer -- who is very critical of the U.S. role -- was nevertheless upbeat about the meeting and what it portends for the future of climate change work.

Contact Union of Concerned Scientists by calling (617) 547-5552 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Rumors of a new U.S. military base in Paraguay have been circulating since the South American government agreed to 13 U.S. joint military exercises that will run through December 2006. U.S. hostility toward the leading left-wing Bolivian presidential candidate Evo Morales has raised fears about U.S. intervention. ("U.S. Military Eyes Paraguay," In These Times, Nov. 21, 2005)
  • A 2003 memo shows that six staff lawyers in the U.S. Justice Dept. and two analysts asserted the Texas congressional redistricting plan pushed by then-House Majority leader Tom Delay violated the Voting Rights Act. But, top officials in the Justice Dept. overruled staff opinion and approved the plan. DeLay is now under indictment in Texas for illegally diverting funds to the GOP campaigns of legislators who drew the map. ("Justice Staff Saw Texas Redistricting as Illegal," Washington Post, Dec. 1, 2005)
  • Under threat of a boycott from the archconservative American Family Association, Ford Motor Company has agreed to stop advertising its Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles in gay publications. ("Jaguar, Land Rover ads halted in gay media, Ford confirms,", Dec. 3, 2005; "Ford, gay groups to discuss ad pullout," San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 9, 2005)

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U.S. Politics

"Feingold Beats Bush In PATRIOT Act Fight," by John Nichols, The Nation, Dec. 16, 2005

"Florida Elections Official: Diebold Voting Machines Could Be Hacked," WESH 2 News (Florida), Dec. 16, 2005

"Feingold Now Has Numbers On His Side In PATRIOT Act Battle," Associated Press, Dec. 15, 2005

"U.S. Jews Feel Threatened By Religious Right," Reuters, Dec. 15, 2005

"Run, Lowell, Run," by John Nichols, The Nation, Dec. 15, 2005

"The Left's New Majority," by Colin Greer,, Dec. 14, 2005

"A Defendants' Guide To The GOP 'Revolution,'" by Floyd J. McKay, Seattle Times, Dec. 14, 2005

"Chase Scrooge From Capitol Hill," by Alexandra Walker,, Dec. 14, 2005

"The 'Retreat And Defeat' Deams," by Stephen Pizzo, News For Real, Dec. 14, 2005

"McCarthy Courage Sorely Lacking Today," by Marie Cocco, Long Island NY Newsday, Dec. 13, 2005

"Hillary's New Haters: The Antiwar Left Has Had It With Clinton, And Now Has Options," by Kristen Lombardi, Village Voice, Dec. 13, 2005

"Campaign Finance And The Squirrel-Proof Birdfeeder," by Michael Winship, Common Dreams, Dec. 13, 2005

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Bush Regime

"Report: Bush Withheld Intelligence FromCongress," Washington Post, Dec. 16, 2005

"Alito Threatens Disability Rights Laws, Advocates Charge," by Brendan Coyne, The New Standard, Dec. 14, 2005

"Bush And The Constitution: 'Just A Goddamned Piece Of Paper,'" by Gary Leupp, Counterpunch, Dec. 14, 2005

"Does 30,000 Mean Anything To Bush?," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Dec. 13, 2005

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"The Decline Of The American Empire," by Gabriel Kolko, Counterpunch, Dec. 17, 2005

"The Americans Are Coming! Democracy As Cooperation Between The Secret Services," by Andrej Grubacic, ZNet, Dec. 16, 2005

"In The Footsteps Of Che Guevara: Democracy In South America," Independent/UK, Dec. 16, 2005

"Bolivia's Charge To The Left," by Mark Engler & Nadia Martinez, Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 16, 2005

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Iraq, Ourselves: America's Own Chronicle Of Its Hellish Descent ," by Pierre Tristram, Counterpunch, Dec. 16, 2005

"Iraq's Tipping Point," by Robert Dreyfuss,, Dec. 15, 2005

"U.S. Envoy Calls Torture Severe And Extensive At Two Prisons," Washington Post, Dec. 14, 2005

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Watchdogs Protest Pentagon's 'Mission Creep,'" by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Dec. 16, 2005

"Pentagon Violated Law By Keeping Database On Antiwar Activists," The New York Times, Dec. 16, 2005

"Bush Authorized Domestic Spying," Washington Post, Dec. 16, 2005

"Senate Rejects Extension Of PATRIOT Act," Associated Press, Dec. 16, 2005

"Bush Secretly Lifted Some Limits On Spying In U.S. After 9/11," The New York Times, Dec. 15, 2005

"America's Gulag Problem," by Aziz Huq,, Dec. 15, 2005

"Human Rights, Rendered Meaningless," by Robert Scheer,, Dec. 14, 2005

"Statement On The Reauthorization Of PATRIOT Act," by U.S. Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wisconsin), Dec. 14, 2005

"Senate Set To Require White House To Account For Secret Prisons," The New York Times, Dec. 14, 2005

"Memo Presents New Evidence Of FBI Impropriety," by Brendan Coyne, The New Standard, Dec. 14, 2005

"When Terrorism Paranoia Goes Too Far: The Alpizar Shooting," by Paul Campos, Capitol Hill Blue, Dec. 14, 2005

"Must We Renew The PATRIOT Act?," by Declan McCullagh, CNET News, Dec. 12, 2005

"An Empire Without Virtue: The Defenders Of Torture," by Paul Craig Roberts, Counterpunch, Dec. 12, 2005

"'Never Before': Our Amnesiac Torture Debate," by Naomi Klein, The Nation, Dec. 8, 2005

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Media Issues

"Fact-Checking The Feds In Airport Shooting," by James Bovard, Editor & Publisher, Dec. 15, 2005

"Wal-Mart: Always Deep Pockets, Always," by Peter Hart & Janine Jackson, Extra!, Dec. 14, 2005

"Reality And Spin In The Media: Interview With Larry Beinhart," by Joshua Holland, AlterNet, Dec. 13, 2005

"Media Scandals Across The Arab-Western Divide," by Danny Schechter, ZNet, Dec. 12, 2005

"The Bogus Blurring Of Terrorism And Insurgency In Iraq," by Norman Solomon, ZNet, Dec. 12, 2005

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"Anti-Globalization Protesters March On 3rd Day Of WTO Meeting In Hong Kong," Canadian Press/Canada, Dec. 15, 2005

"United For Peace And Justice On ANSWER," ZNet, Dec. 12, 2005

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