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For The Week Ending June 9, 2006



Saturday, June 24

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"The Case for Impeachment," with journalist David Lindorff and Center for Constitutional Rights attorney, Barbara Olshansky, United Church on the Green, 270 Temple St., New Haven, CT 2-4 p.m. Suggested donation: $10, students $5, benefits Squeaky Wheel Productions, nonprofit distributor of Between The Lines radio newsmagazine. Reception to follow with light refreshments.
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The Role of Sweatshops in U.S. Free Trade Areas
in the Global Economy

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LEFT: National Labor Committee's Charlie Kernaghan, holds a Nike shirt, which he says sells for $22, costs Nike 8 cents to make, and workers must make in 6 minutes. RIGHT: Bangladeshi workers talk about the work situation in a sweatshop in Jordan's U.S. Free Trade area. (Photos by Elaine Osowski)

The National Labor Committee's Charlie Kernaghan spoke at the 20th anniversary dinner of the Norwalk, CT-Nagarote, Nicaragua Sister City Project, about Jordan's U.S. Free Trade Area and their "guest" workers from countries such as Bangladesh, who the NLC charges are producing, under abusive sweatshop conditions, apparel for Wal-Mart and other discount stores.

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  • Between The Lines' Scott Harris, founding member of the Norwalk-Nagarote Sister City Project, recorded Kernaghan's speech. Click here to listen in MP3.

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  • Escalation of Violence in Iraq Leads
    to Renewed Calls for U.S. Withdrawal

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  • Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act
    Unnecessarily Punishes Innocents and Moderates

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  • Guilty Verdict in Enron Case
    Won't End Crony Capitalism

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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:

Escalation of Violence in Iraq Leads
to Renewed Calls for U.S. Withdrawal

Interview with Charlie Richardson,
Military Families Speak Out co-founder,
conducted by Scott Harris

MFSO co-founders Charlie Richardson and Nancy Lessin.

As the U.S. commemorated the nation's war dead on Memorial Day May 29, the killing in Iraq continued with the deaths of 31 Iraqis in bombings and shootings, an American soldier and two crewmen working for CBS News, with dozens of others injured. The roadside bombing which claimed the lives of the news crew also critically wounded CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier. Escalating bloodshed in Iraq comes as the public is getting new details of what appears to be the execution of 24 Iraqi civilians -- men, women and children -- at the hands of U.S. Marines last November in the western city of Haditha.

While the costs of war are the focus of official attention on one day a year in the U.S., anxiety and heartache are something that the families of both Iraqis and Americans killed or injured in the conflict must live with on a daily basis. Thus far, more than 2,400 U.S. servicemen and women have died with tens of thousands injured. Estimates of Iraqi civilians killed in the war range from nearly 40,000 to over 100,000.

In the fall of 2002, Nancy Lessin and her husband Charlie Richardson attended an anti-war rally in Washington, D.C. Their son was a Marine who would soon be deployed to Iraq. They met another military family opposed to the war and co-founded the group Military Families Speak Out to give voice to the families who would bear the brunt of U.S. policy in the Middle East. Since then, nearly 3,000 families have joined. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Military Families Speak Out co-founder Charlie Richardson, who looks at the conduct of the war and the efforts of many with loved ones in the military to end the conflict.

Call Military Families Speak Out. at 617-983-0710 or visit their website at

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Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act
Unnecessarily Punishes Innocents and Moderates

Interview with Josh Ruebner,
U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Since January, when Hamas won the Palestinian parliamentary election, the Bush Administration and the U.S. Congress have withheld American aid and are working to prevent other funds from reaching the Palestinian people. Israel, the U.S. and European Union consider Hamas to be a terrorist group due to the group's suicide bombings and other attacks against Israel. Critics say the U.S. government is, in effect, punishing the Palestinian people for voting in Hamas in an internationally recognized free and fair election -- complicating Washington's effort to convince the world that it is promoting democracy in the Middle East.

Just before leaving for the Memorial Day break, the House of Representatives passed the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act, HR 4681. The legislation's many provisions would deny any support to the Palestinian Authority unless its leaders comply with a long list of demands that could make any future sovereign Palestinian state unviable. The Bush administration, while pursuing its own agenda to limit Hamas's ability to govern, has stated the House bill is "unnecessary." The Senate has yet to vote on a similar measure that has 86 co-sponsors but lacks the support of Republican leaders of key committees, such as Lincoln Chaffee and Richard Lugar.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Josh Ruebner of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a coalition of more than 200 groups founded in 2002. Ruebner explains the consequences of the bill for Palestinians and the peace process.

Call the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. at (202) 332-0994 or visit their website at

Guilty Verdict in Enron Case
Won't End Crony Capitalism

Interview with Charlie Cray,
director of The Center for Corporate Policy,
conducted by Scott Harris


The guilty verdict delivered against Enron chief executives Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling on fraud and conspiracy charges came five years after the energy giant's 2001 collapse. Enron's failure cost stockholders $60 billion dollars, employees lost $2 billion in pension funds and 5,600 lost their jobs. Skilling faces a possible 185 years in jail, while Lay, Enron's founder, could spend up to 45 years in prison.

Before Enron's financial mismanagement was exposed, Ken Lay was one of President Bush's and the Republican Party's biggest contributors. Lay used his influence with the White House to help shape the administration's energy policy and promote corporate deregulation. Enron played a role California's 2001 electricity crisis where energy speculators like Ken Lay made millions and consumers suffered rolling blackouts and skyrocketing utility bills.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Charlie Cray, director of The Center for Corporate Policy, who looks at the guilty verdict delivered against Lay and Skilling as well as the government deregulation which played an important role in Enron's collapse.

Charlie Cray is co-author of "The People's Business: Controlling Corporations and Restoring Democracy." Contact The Center for Corporate Policy and by calling (202) 387-8030, or visit the group's website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • In 2003, Iran's reformist president Mohammad Khatami, offered a comprehensive peace deal to the Bush administration with recognition of Israel, cut-off of aid to Palestinian militia groups like Hamas, and tighter inspections from the U.N. Atomic Energy Agency in exchange for full access to peaceful nuclear technology. The Bush White House quickly dismissed the offer. ("Iran Proposal to U.S. Offered Peace with Israel," Inter Press Service, May 24, 2006)
  • Major food giants like Cargill and McDonald's are fueling the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. ("The 7000 km Journey that Links Amazon Destruction to Fast Food," The Guardian, April 6, 2006)
  • The super-wealthy families who own major American brands like Campbell Soup, Mars Candy and Wal-Mart are covertly working to repeal the federal estate tax. Less than one percent of the wealthiest Americans paid the estate tax in 2005, but the repeal would cost the U.S. Treasury a trillion dollars over a decade. ("Super-Wealthy Families Try to Repeal Estate Tax," Public Citizen News, May/June 2006)

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U.S. Politics

"GOP Jams Democracy: How High Did The 2002 New Hampshire Phone Scheme Reach?," by Paul Kiel, In These Times, May 29, 2006

"Kerry Pressing Swift Boat Case Long After Loss," The New York Times, May 28, 2006

"Lamont Challenge To Lieberman: Battle For Dems' Soul?," Los Angeles Times, May 27, 2006

"Enron Conservatism Lives On," by Robert L. Borosage,, May 26, 2006

"Voting Rights And Multilingual Ballots," by Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch, May 25, 2006

"Democrats Gear Up On The Ground," by Laura S. Washington, In These Times, May 23, 2006

"Who's Your Daddy Party?," by Francis Wilkinson, The American Prospect, May 22, 2006

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Bush Regime

"Brent Wilkes: Man In The Middle," Newsweek, June 5, 2006

"Gonzales Gone Wild," by Mark Anderson,, May 29, 2006

"George W. Bush And Kenneth Lay," by Jason Leopold, Truthout, May 29, 2006

"Why Mine Deaths Are Up," by Peter Dreier, The Nation, May 26, 2006

"Bush's Enron Lies," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, May 26, 2006

"The Bush Administration's War On The Free Press," by Derrick Z. Jackson, Boston Globe, May 24, 2006

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"The Latest Confrontation Between The U.S. Empire And Evo Morales And Hugo Chavez," by Steve Lendman, ZNet, May 26, 2006

"Bush Squares Off With Bolivia And Venezuela Over Hemispheric Model," by Roger Burbach, ZNet, May 26, 2006

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Taliban Rising," Globe and Mail/ Canada, May 29, 2006

"Bloody Scenes Haunt A Marine," Los Angeles Times, May 29, 2006

"The Battle Spreads In Afghanistan," Asia Times, May 29, 2006

"Kabul Erupts In Gunfire," by Stewart Nusbaumer, Truthout, May 29, 2006

"Iranian-Backed Militia Groups Take Control Of Much Of Southern Iraq," Knight Ridder, May 28, 2006

"Murtha: New Scandal Worse Than Abu Ghraib," Associated Press, May 28, 2006

"Marines Accused In Haditha Massacre; U.S. Braces For Reaction," Associated Press, May 28, 2006

"Iraq's My Lai: Not An Isolated Incident," by Joshua Holland, AlterNet, May 27, 2006

"What May Come Of The Haditha Massacre?," by Karen Kwiatkowski,, May 27, 2006

"In Afghanistan, Bombing Without Regrets," by David Lindorff, Counterpunch, May25, 2006

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Justice Dept. Seeks To Block Suits On Spying," Associated Press, May 28, 2006

"My Husband Is On The Government's Terrorist Watch List," by Sarah O'Brien, Baltimore Sun, May 28, 2006

"White House Invokes Secrets Privilege In Eavesdropping Cases," USA Today, May 27, 2006

"Court Filing Confirms AT&T Spy Docs," Wired News, May 26, 2006

"Big Brother Bugs Portland," by Simon Maxwell Apter, The Nation, May 26, 2006

"Top 10 Signs Of The Impending U.S. Police State," by Allan Uthman, Buffalo Beast (New York), May 26, 2006

"Public Heatings Sought By ACLU In Phone Records Scandal," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, May 25, 2006

"Why Does The NSA Engage In Mass Surveillance Of Americans When It's Statistically Impossible For Such Spying To Detect Terrorists?," by Floyd Rudmin, Counterpunch, May 24, 2006

"Inside Donnie Rumsfeld's Orwellian Pentagon," by Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown, May 24, 2006

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Media Issues

"Why The Democratic Ethic Of The World Wide Web May Be About To End," by Adam Cohen, The New York Times, May 28, 2006

"MySpace, MyPolitics," by Ari Melber, The Nation, May 26, 2006

"House Moves On 'Net Neutrality' Bill," The New Standard, May 26, 2006

"'The Daily Show' Cause And Effect," by Rachel Joy Larris,, May 24, 2006

"The Burial Of The 9/11 Story That Got Away," by Rory O'Connor, Media Is A Plural, May 24, 2006

"The (Other) Story Judith Miller Didn't Write," by Rory O'Connor, Media Is A Plural, May 17, 2006

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"Cindy Sheehan: Mother Of A Movement?," by Karen Houppert, The Nation, June 12, 2006

"War Draws Older Generation To The Streets," Orange County Register (California), May 28, 2006

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