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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


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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, truthout.org, 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, TomDispatch.com, 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

Dr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson's Commentaries, The Hutchinson Report
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For The Week Ending June 23, 2006

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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.

Audio files:

  • 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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THIS WEEK'S PROGRAM
  • 3 Suicides at Guantanamo Prison Renews
    Calls for Closing "America's Gulag"

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  • Zarqawi's Death Will Have
    Little Effect Upon Course
    of Iraq War

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  • Bush-GOP Tax Cuts Benefit Wealthy
    While Jeopardizing U.S. Economic Future

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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 June 27, 2006.

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

3 Suicides at Guantanamo Prison Renews
Calls for Closing "America's Gulag"

Interview with Retired Brig. Gen. Stephen Xenakis,
a psychiatrist,
conducted by Scott Harris

guantanamo

Three detainees at the U.S. Navy's detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba were found dead in their cells June 10, after hanging themselves with clothes and bed sheets. Two of the men who killed themselves were from Saudi Arabia and one was from Yemen. About 460 people, many of them captured in Afghanistan, have been imprisoned at the Pentagon-run facility some for as long as 4 12 years. Only 10 of the prisoners there have been charged with crimes while the remaining detainees have been held without charges or trials.

The Pentagon admits that there had been 41 suicide attempts by 25 detainees at Guantanamo, and as many as 89 inmates have participated in hunger strikes this year. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy Coleen Graffy commented that the suicides were "a good PR move," while Rear Adm. Harry Harris, Guantanamo's commander characterized the inmate's deaths as "asymmetric warfare."

The three suicides have renewed calls for the closure of the Guantanamo facility. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights, European governments and religious denominations are among the international groups that have demanded that the prison be closed. Between the Lines Scott Harris spoke with retired Brig. Gen. and psychiatrist Stephen Xenakis, a spokesperson with Physicians for Human Rights, who discusses the conditions at the Guantanamo detention center that contributed to the suicides of the three detainees.

Contact Physicians for Human Rights by calling (202) 728-5335 or visit their website at www.phrusa.org

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Zarqawi's Death Will Have
Little Effect Upon Course
of Iraq War

Interview with Aaron Glantz,
journalist and author,
conducted by Scott Harris

zarqawi

A U.S. air strike which dropped two 500-pound bombs on a farmhouse north of Baghdad June 7, killed Jordanian-born terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, his spiritual adviser and four other people including a woman and a child. Since the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003, Zarqawi, the self-declared leader of al Qaeda in Iraq had taken credit for hundreds of suicide bombings, kidnappings and beheadings. Before the war, the Bush administration had pointed to Zarqawi's presence in Iraq to help justify the war, although he was not in a zone controlled by Saddam Hussein.

Both President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki applauded the killing of Zarqawi, but acknowledged that his demise would not end the insurgency. Zarqawi's death diverted American media attention from the investigation into charges that US Marines had killed 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha last November.

Amid increasing opposition among Americans to the Iraq war, President Bush flew to Baghdad on June 13 to show support for Prime Minister Maliki's newly installed government. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with journalist and author Aaron Glantz, who looks at the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Haditha massacre and the impact these events may have on the course of the Iraq War.

Journalist Aaron Glantz is author of the book, "How America Lost Iraq." Read his articles online at: www.aaronglantz.com

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Bush-GOP Tax Cuts Benefit Wealthy
While Jeopardizing U.S. Economic Future

Interview with Len Berman,
director of the Tax Policy Center,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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Last month, the U.S. Congress voted to extend until 2010 an earlier tax cut it passed at the behest of President Bush. That extension, along with postponing for one year the requirement for many tax filers to comply with the alternative minimum tax, amounts to a $70 billion tax cut, the vast majority of it going to the wealthiest Americans. The non-partisan Tax Policy Center estimates that the richest 20 percent of Americans will reap almost three-quarters of the benefits, while the top one-half of one percent will gain 20 percent of the benefits from the tax cut. But the corporate media, for the most part, reported as fact conservatives' claim that this move would benefit the American economy broadly.

Then last week, the Senate voted down an attempt to repeal the estate tax outright that would have cost the government up to $1 trillion in revenue over the coming decade. But Congress left intact many changes that have allowed wealthy families to avoid paying significant taxes upon the death of a wealthy head of household. The tax cuts and changes to inheritance laws have together dramatically shifted the tax burden from the wealthy to middle- and working class citizens at a time when the U.S. is spending $250 million a day on the war in Iraq and faces a $400 billion deficit.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Len Berman, director of the Tax Policy Center, which is a joint project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution. He explains who's really benefiting from the cuts, and who's suffering.

Contact the Tax Policy Center at www.taxpolicycenter.org or by calling (202) 833-7200.

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Human Rights Watch report says rape victims in Mexico face a "second assault" when local officials deny their right to a safe and legal abortion. ("Mexico Rape Victims Denied Legal Abortion," Human Rights Watch, March 7, 2006; "Mexico 'Assaults' Rape Victims, Charges Report Evoking South Dakota Abortion," by Abid Aslam, Oneworld.net, March 9, 2006)
  • The 20-year ban on commercial whaling is in danger, as the International Whaling Commission meets in mid-June, with the majority of the commission's nations supporting the pro-whaling nations of Japan, Norway and Iceland. ("Japan Sets Course for a Return to Commercial Whaling," The Guardian, May 30, 2006; "Australia Lobbies Pacific Nations Against Whaling," May 30, 2006; "Japan Tipped to Wrest Control of Whaling Commission," Agence France Presse, June 12, 2006)
  • A state-funded, Bible-centered program in an Iowa prison run by Chuck Colson's Prison Fellowship Ministries has been ruled unconstitutional by a district court ruling in response to a lawsuit from Americans United for Separation of Church and State. ("Judge Bars Tax-Funded Religious Jail Projects," Washington Post, June 3, 2006; "Court Rejects Evangelical Prison Plan Over State Aid," New York Times, June 3, 2006; "Bible-based Prison Program Unconstitutional," June 5, 2006)

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Executive producer: Scott Harris
Segment producers: Scott Harris, Melinda Tuhus
Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Elaine Osowski
News copy editing: Chris Ferrio
Senior web editor/producer: Anna Manzo
Web producer: Jeff Yates
Newswire editor: Hank Hoffman
Photo editor: Scott Harris
Outreach coordinator: Anna Manzo
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U.S. Politics

"Hillary Clinton's Big Problem: Premature Triangulation," by Norman Solomon, Counterpunch, June 15, 2006

"Feingold Is Gold," by Isaiah J. Poole, TomPaine.com, June 14, 2006

by Robert Scheer, The Nation, June 14, 2006

"The Bigots' Last Gasp," by Paul Waldman, TomPaine.com, June 14, 2006

"Recipe For A Fair Election," by Steven Hill, TomPaine.com, June 12, 2006

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Baghdad Visit: 'Mission Accomplished' In A Business Suit," by Sidney Blumenthal, Guardian/UK, June 15, 2006

"The Moon-Bush Cash Conduit," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, June 14, 2006

"Bush's Iraq Offensive," by Robert Dreyfuss, TomPaine.com, June 14, 2006

"Now, What About Cheney?," by John Nichols, The Nation, June 14, 2006

"Analysis: Telling The FBI The Truth Saved Rove," by Pete Yost, Associated Press, June 13, 2006

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"'New American Century' Project Ends With A Whimper," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, June 13, 2006

"The Rebel And Mr. Danger: Is Bush's Nightmare Venezuela's Salvation?," by Greg Grandin, ZNet, June 12, 2006

"U.S. Image Plummets In Latin America," South Florida Sun-Sentinel, June 11, 2006

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Pentagon Says Military Deaths In Iraq Hit 2,500," Boston Globe, June 15, 2006

"Ramadi: Fallujah Redux," by Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service, June 14, 2006

"At Least 36 Killed As Bush Makes Surprise Photo Op Visit To Baghdad," Agence France Presse, June 13, 2006

"Music Video About Marine Sparks Anger," Associated Press, June 13, 2006

"Another U.S. Coverup Surfaces In Iraq," by Dahr Jamail & Arkan Hamed, Inter Press Service, June 13, 2006

"The Iraq War As A Trophy Photo," by Tom Engelhardt & David Swanson, TomDispatch.com, June 13, 2006

"Reporter On 'Suicide Watch' At Gitmo," by Greg Mitchell, Editor & Publisher, June 13, 2006

"Fear Of Big Battle Panics Ramadi," Los Angeles Times, June, 11, 2006

"Zarqawi's End Is Not A Famous Victory," by Robert Fisk, Counterpunch, June 10/11, 2006

"The Cost Of Killing Civilians In Iraq," by Greg Mitchell, Editor & Publisher, June 10, 2006

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"High Court Backs Police No-Knock Searches," Associated Press, June 15, 2006

"Military Officials Cancel Guantanamo Visits By Lawyers And Journalists," Washington Post, June 15, 2006

"Judge Rules U.S. Has Broad Powers To Detain Non-Citizens Indefinitely," The New York Times, June 15, 2006

"ACLU Sues Pentagon Over Antiwar Group Monitoring," Reuters, June 14, 2006

"Rights Groups Urge Independent Probe Of Suicides," Washington Post, June 13, 2006

"The General, The New York Times And The Gitmo Suicides," by Anthony Alessandrini, Counterpunch, June 13, 2006

"AMA Bans Doctor Participation In Torture," Reuters, June 12, 2006

"Cause Of Gitmo Deaths: Gross Injustice," by Zachary Katznelson, Guardian/UK, June 12, 2006

"U.S. Steps Back From Gitmo Suicide Comments," Associated Press, June 12, 2006

"ACLU Tries To Stop Warrantless Wiretapping," Associated Press, June 12, 2006

"Former Guantanamo Detainees Recall Despair" Associated Press, June 11, 2006

"Herr Gitmo Kommandant: Suicides Were 'Act Of War,'" BBC News/UK, June 11, 2006

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Newsweek's Apology Too Little, 20 Years Too Late," by Caryl Rivers, Women's eNews, June 15, 2006

"YearlyKos Convention: Progressive Nation 1.0," by Jeffrey Feldman, Frameshop, June 13, 2006

"When Will Mainstream Media Question The 2004 Election?," by Kenneth F. Bunting, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 9, 2006

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Activism

"Double-Crossing CODEPINK: Progressive Dems Suppress Antiwar Dissent At Conference," by Medea Benjamin, Counterpunch, June 13, 2006

"Lieutenant Watada's War Against The War," by Jeremy Brecher & Brendan Smith, The Nation, June 12, 2006

"Young People's Protests Are Easy To Mock, But Ignore Them At Your Peril," by Gary Younge, Guardian/UK, June 12, 2006

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