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New Haven Advocate's
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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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Scott Harris' "Counterpoint" talk show

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  • Rise of Death Squads in Iraq Increase
    Likelihood of Civil War

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  • Progressive Businessman Ned Lamont
    Challenges Connecticut U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman,
    "Bush's Favorite Democrat"

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  • Global Warming Spurs Insurance Industry
    to Reconsider "Business as Usual"

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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

Rise of Death Squads in Iraq Increase
Likelihood of Civil War

Interview with Robert Dreyfuss,
journalist and author,
conducted by Scott Harris


On the third anniversary, of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, President Bush traveled the country and held a press conference to defend his policy and repeat an optimistic forecast about progress being made in the war. But there are numerous facts on the ground that directly contradict the president's rosy assertions. Iraq's former U.S.-installed prime minister Ayad Allawi said of the recent intensification of sectarian violence, "We are losing an average 50 to 60 people a day throughout the country, if not more. If this is not civil war," he said, "then God knows what civil war is."

Timed to coincide with the third anniversary of the war, the Pentagon's "Operation Swarmer," involving more than 1,500 U.S. and Iraqi troops and 50 aircraft was billed as the largest military campaign since the start of the conflict. But reporters on the ground say that the operation, which encountered few, if any insurgents, was likely little more than a media show. Meanwhile, the House approved an amendment to an emergency-spending bill by Rep. Barbara Lee Democrat of California, that would prohibit the use of funds to establish permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with journalist Robert Dreyfuss, author of the book, "Devil's Game, How The United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam." He assesses the increasing sectarian violence and death squad activity in Iraq, as the U.S. occupation enters its fourth year.

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Progressive Businessman Ned Lamont
Challenges Connecticut U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman,
"Bush's Favorite Democrat"

Interview with Ned Lamont,
progressive candidate challenging
Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman
for Democratic Party nomination,
conducted by Scott Harris


Ned Lamont

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, left, and President Bush

As Connecticut's junior U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman runs to win another six years in office, the image of the kiss he received from President Bush just after the 2005 State of the Union address burns in the memory of many of the state's progressive voters. Lieberman's strong support for the president's war in Iraq has for several years sparked anger and talk of mounting a challenge to the three-term senator and 2000 Democratic vice-presidential candidate.

Ned Lamont, a Connecticut cable entrepreneur, stepped forward to do just that when he announced his candidacy March 13 to oust the conservative Democrat. A graduate of Harvard and Yale, Lamont says he's running because he's tired of being represented by a senator who is not willing to stand up to the president -- on the war and on the rest of his "wrong-headed judicial, fiscal, and environmental policies." Although Lieberman has a huge advantage in name recognition and fundraising for the Aug. 9 Democratic primary, Lamont is hopeful that his grassroots campaign being organized by experienced progressive activists will surprise the pundits who see his candidacy as a long shot.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ned Lamont about his reasons for challenging Sen. Lieberman, "President Bush's favorite Democrat" and why he believes his campaign is crucial in defining the soul of the Democratic party.

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Global Warming Spurs Insurance Industry
to Reconsider "Business as Usual"

Interview with Joel Gordes,
independent energy consultant,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


In another sign of the times, the insurance commissioners of all 50 U.S. states voted unanimously in early March to set up a task force to look at the impact of climate change on the insurance industry and its consumers. The action was prompted by the last two hurricane seasons in the U.S., which resulted in a record $30 billion in insured losses in 2004 and as much as $60 billion in insured losses from Hurricane Katrina alone in 2005.

Last year was also the costliest year in weather-related natural disasters on record, according to a recent study by the Munich Re Foundation. Re-insurance companies like Munich Re and Swiss Re, underwrite the risk of insurance corporations.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Joel Gordes, an independent energy consultant who has worked since 1994 to determine the impact of climate change on the insurance industry. He talks about the schizophrenic nature of the business and how natural disasters are leading to a re-evaluation of some of the industry's business practices. He begins by explaining that damage due to flooding -- which was determined to be the major cause of much of the destruction from Hurricane Katrina -- is not covered by most insurance policies.

Contact Joel Gordes' group, Environmental Energy Solutions at (860) 561-0566 or visit their website at http:://

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • International Criminal Court has arrested Thomas Lubanga, charging the rebel leader in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with war crimes, including recruiting child soldiers for his militia. ("DR Congo rebel faces Hague trial," BBC News, March 17, 2006)
  • Al-Jazeera International, a new 24-hour English news channel sponsored by the Arabic satellite news service, will be launched in late May. ("New Al-Jazeera International Channel Sparks Conflict," Knight-Ridder, March 2, 2006)
  • Environmentalists waging an aggressive campaign to oust California Rep. Richard Pombo, chairman of the House of Representatives' Resource Committee, and author of a bill to vastly weaken the federal Endangered Species Act. ("Get Richard or Die Tryin'," The Grist, Jan. 6, 2006; "A Donor who had Big Allies," Los Angeles Times, Jan. 8, 2006; "Seeing a Jungle in Congress, Lion of the Nixon Era to Run Again," New York Times, Feb. 11, 2006)

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U.S. Politics

"Bernie Sanders' Independent Revolution," by Blair Golson, TruthDig, Mar. 27, 2006

"FEC Won't Regulate Internet Politics," Associated Press, Mar. 27, 2006

"In An Election Year, A Shift In Public Opinion On the War," The New York Times, Mar. 27, 2006

"The South Dakota Curveball," by Alexandra Walker,, Mar. 27, 2006

"Feingold's Popularity Surges On Censure Stand," Associated Press, Mar. 26, 2006

"With Anti-Immigrant Bill, Sensenbrenner Awakens A Sleeping Giant," by Max Blumenthal, Huffington Post, Mar. 26, 2006

"War May Hurt GOP In Heartland," Los Angeles Times, Mar. 26, 2006

"Election Whistle-Blower Stymied By Vendors," Washington Post, Mar. 26, 2006

"Republicans On The Run," Time, Mar. 26, 2006

"The Politics Of Abortion: The FDA And Plan B," by Elaine Cassel, Counterpunch, Mar. 25/26, 2006

"Impeach! The Shot Heard 'Round The World," by Kathryn Casa, Vermont Guardian, Mar. 24, 2006

"Abramoff Probe Widens To Murder," Associated Press, Mar. 24, 2006

"Why Ned Lamont Is A Democrat," by Sam Seder, In These Times, Mar. 21, 2006

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Reigniting The Arms Race," by Michael Klare, The Nation, Apr. 3, 2006

"The Founders Never Imagined A Bush Administration," by Joyce Appleby & Gary Hart, History News Network, Mar. 27, 2006

"British Memo: Bush Was Set On Path To War," The New York Times, Mar. 27, 2006

"Court Case Challenges Power Of President," Washington Post, Mar. 26, 2006

"Bush Budget: Housing Cuts For The Poor, Tax Cuts For The Rich," by Gene C. Gerard, Columbus Free Press (Ohio), Mar. 27, 2006

"Bush Shuns PATRIOT Act Requirement," Boston Globe, Mar. 24, 2006

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"How Bush Unified A Continent," by Tom Engelhardt & Nick Miroff,, Mar. 25, 2006

"The U.S. Empire Vs. Reality," by Gabriel Kolko, Counterpunch, Mar. 24, 2006

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Baghdad Governor Suspends Cooperation With U.S.," Reuters, Mar. 27, 2006

"Shiite Fighters Clash With G.I.s And Iraqi Forces," The New York Times, Mar. 27, 2006

"War Crime In A Mosque," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Mar. 27, 2006

"'Unit's' Military Expert Has Fighting Words For Bush" by David Kronke, Los Angeles Daily News, Mar. 26, 2006

"Iraqis Killed By U.S. Troops 'On Rampage,'" Sunday Times of London/UK, Mar. 26, 2006

"The Battle For Baghdad Has Already Begun," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Mar. 25/26, 2006

"Death In The Village Of Isahaqi," by Chris Floyd, Counterpunch, Mar. 25/26, 2006

"Bush's Requests For Iraqi Base Funding Make Some Wary of Extended Stay" Los Angeles Times, Mar. 24, 2006

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"FBI Keeps Watch On Activists," Los Angeles Times, Mar. 27, 2006

"Keeping Tabs On The Peaceniks," by Nick Schwellenbach, AlterNet, Mar. 27, 2006

"Woman Gets 4!00 Ticket For BUSHIT Bumper Sticker," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Mar. 27, 2006

"Scalia: Detainees Have No Rights," Associated Press, Mar. 26, 2006

"Justice Department: NSA Could've Monitored Lawyers Calls," Associated Press, Mar. 25, 2006

"Bush's NSA Program: Historical Context, Specter's recent Bill & Feingold's Censure Motion," by John W. Dean, FindLaw, Mar. 24, 2006

"Judge Rules Teachers Have No Free Speech Rights In Classroom," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Mar. 24, 2006

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Literary Honor For Riverbend, Baghdad Blogger," Times Online/UK, Mar. 27, 2006

"The Fear Is In The Room: Inside Our Unbrave Media World," by Danny Schechter,, Mar. 27, 2006

"Impeachment Movement Gains Momentum; Media Yawns," by Peter Phillips, Counterpunch, Mar. 24, 2006

"Google's Wi-Fi Privacy Ploy," by Jeff Chester, The Nation, Mar. 24, 2006

"U.S. Media Bias Covering Israel/Palestine," by Remi Kanazi, ZNet, Mar. 23, 2006

"Panic In The Newspaper Biz," by Molly Ivins, Creator's Syndicate, Mar. 23, 2006

More newswire ...


"Immigration Reform In Living Color," by Marc Cooper, AlterNet, Mar. 27, 2006

"'Si Se Puede!' On Chicago's Streets," by Sharon Smith, Counterpunch, Mar. 25/26, 2006

"Thousands Rally Across The Country For Immigrants' Rights," Associated Press, Mar. 25, 2006

"More Than 500,000 Rally In Los Angeles For Immigrants' Rights," Los Angeles Times, Mar. 25, 2006

"'Bring Troops Home' Call Echoes Across U.S.," by Lisa Soderlindh, Inter Press Service, Mar. 25, 2006

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