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"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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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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  • Despite Recent Congressional Debate
    on Withdrawal, U.S. Likely
    to Remain In Iraq for Years

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  • Children are Primary Victims
    of International Aid Cut-off
    to Palestinian Territories

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  • Increasing Minimum Wage
    After 9-Year Freeze
    Would Help Working Poor

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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:

Despite Recent Congressional Debate
on Withdrawal, U.S. Likely
to Remain In Iraq for Years

Interview with journalist and author Anthony Arnove,
conducted by Scott Harris


Last week, Congress debated bills related to setting a timetable for a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 87-13 to reject a measure that called for troops to withdraw from Iraq by July 2007. The Senate also rejected by a 60-39 vote a non-binding resolution that called for a withdrawal of troops, but with no specific timetable. A week earlier, the House had voted 256-153 for a Republican measure that stated the U.S. should stay in Iraq until its mission is completed.

Although Republicans had charged Democrats with advocating a "cut and run" policy, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq has himself drafted a timetable for withdrawing up to 7,000 American troops by September.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki put forth a 24-point national reconciliation initiative on June 25, offering amnesty to insurgents who renounce violence and have not engaged in terrorist attacks. Press reports indicated that some Sunni insurgent groups had expressed interest in discussing the plan with the government.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with journalist Anthony Arnove, whose latest book is titled, "Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal." He assesses the political debate in Washington and the viability of the new Iraqi government's reconciliation plan.

Journalist Anthony Arnove's latest book is titled, "Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal." Read his articles online at:

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Children are Primary Victims
of International Aid Cut-off
to Palestinian Territories

Interview with Marixie Mercado,
communications officer with UNICEF's
United Nations' Children's Fund,
conducted by Scott Harris


Violence and hardship have escalated in the Palestinian Territories -- Gaza and the West Bank -- since Hamas came to power in March of this year. Hamas does not recognize Israel's right to exist, and the international community responded with an aid cut-off. However, Hamas is now in negotiations with Fatah, its political rival over a document that would recognize Israel's right to exist and negotiate a two-state solution. Tensions have increased during the month of June, with the killing of at least 20 Palestinian civilians as well as the assassination of two Palestinian militants in Gaza by the Israeli Defense Force. On June 25, Palestinian militants -- including members of Hamas -- tunneled into Israel underneath a Gaza border crossing, in retaliation they said for recent Israeli attacks, and killed two Israeli soldiers and captured another.

Israel has vowed that Palestinians will pay a heavy price for this incursion, especially if the soldier is not returned unharmed. After the attack, Israel closed the border crossings, the only way people and goods can enter or exit the territory. Previous closings have created widespread hardships. Gaza is home to 1.3 million people crammed onto 140 square miles -- much of it desert -- less than a tenth the size of Rhode Island.

Children suffer disproportionately from the violence and from the lack of food and medical care. UNICEF, the United Nations' Children's Fund, released a statement in mid-June warning that one in three newborns in Gaza is at risk of dying due to the lack of medicines and emergency medical equipment in hospitals. .Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Marixie Mercado, communications officer with UNICEF's humanitarian aid programs in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. She describes the current crisis and explains what UNICEF does in Palestine to improve the lives of children in the current climate.

For more information on UNICEF's work in Palestine, call (212) 326-7261 or visit

Children are Primary Victims
of International Aid Cutoff
to Palestinian Territories

Interview with Heather Boushey,
economist with
the Center for Economic and Policy Research,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

minimum wage

In the leadup to this November's midterm election, Congress is debating an increase in the minimum wage, which has been unchanged since 1997. Senate Democrats had proposed raising the federal minimum wage from the current $5.15 an hour to $7.25 by January 2009, but the Republican-controlled Senate killed the proposal with a vote of 52-46 vote, eight short of the 60 needed for passage.

Workers earning minimum wage make about $10,700 a year, only $900 above the official government poverty level. Advocates of an increase in the minimum wage say that an increase to a $7.25 hourly rate would put more than $4,000 in the pockets of 6.5 million Americans.

Despite a freeze in the minimum wage for the past nine years, 21 states and the District of Colombia have set the minimum wage above the federal level of $5.15. Opinion polls indicate the public overwhelmingly supports a minimum-wage increase. While GOP leaders in the House of Representatives have opposed the measure, election year pressure may force the issue to a vote before the summer recess. Between The Lines Scott Harris spoke with Heather Boushey, an economist with the Center for Economic and Policy Research, who looks at the congressional debate on raising the federal minimum wage.

Contact the Center for Economic and Policy Research by calling (202) 293-5380 or visit their website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The Bush administration is engaged in an aggressive diplomatic campaign to stop Venezuela from winning a seat on the UN Security Council. ("U.S. is Aiming to Block Venezuela's Bid for U.N. Role," June 19, 2006, Los Angeles Times; "Venezuela Denies U.N. Misuse Claim," June 22, 2006, BBC News)
  • American Jewish leaders and American Protestant officials are attempting to bridge the growing divide American Jews and mainline Protestant denominations over Israel's right to exist and the occupation of Palestinian territories. ("The Israel Divestment Debate," The Nation, May 8, 2006)
  • A report by the United Nations Environment Program concludes that desert cities like Phoenix and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia are living on borrowed time as temperatures rise, water tables sink, and rising salt levels make daily life increasingly difficult. ("Desert Cities are Living on Borrowed Time, U.N. warns" The Guardian, June 5, 2006)

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U.S. Politics

"Democrats Accuse Bush Of Power Grab," Financial Times, June 28, 2006

"Blow To Fair Elections," by Stuart Comstock-Gay,, June 28, 2006

"Odious Obama's Path To Hell," by Paul Street, Dissident Voice, June 27, 2006

"Why Do Republicans Hate America's Veterans?," by Bob Geiger, AlterNet, June 27, 2006

"Nation Is Divided On Drawdown Of Troops; Poll Shows Bush Support Rising," Washington Post, June 27, 2006

"Showdown In Montana: Burns Versus Tester," by Doug Giebel, Counterpunch, June 27, 2006

"Senate Rejects Flag Desecration Amendment," Associated Press, June 27, 2006

"CounterPunch v. CounterPunch: Taking Impeachment On The Road," by Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch, June 26, 2006

"Democrats Angered By Report On Troop Cuts," Washington Post, June 26, 2006

"A Call To Investigate The 2004 Election," by Steven F. Freeman & Joel Bleifuss, Boston Globe, June 26, 2006

"Analysis Finds E-Voting Machines Vulnerable," USA Today, June 26, 2006

"A Burning (Flag) Issue On Capitol Hill," by Joe Conason, New York Observer, June 26, 2006

"Democracy In Chains: GOP Plans Law Change To Limit Minority Voting," by Greg Palast, Guardian/UK, June 23, 2006

"Minimum Wage: Lowest In 50 Years," The Progress Report, June 22, 2006

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"The New American Cold War," by Stephen F. Cohen, The Nation, July 10, 2006

"Bush Ignores Laws He Signs, Vexing Congress," Associated Press, June 27, 2006

"Bush Slams Leak Of Terror Finance Story," Associated Press, June 26, 2006

"Pro-War 'Vets For Freedom' Tied To Bush's PR Team," by John Stauber, Common Dreams, June 26, 2006

"Cheney And HAL," by William Greider, The Nation, June 22, 2006

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Next We Take Tehran," by Robert Dreyfuss, Mother Jones, July/Aug., 2006

"Mexico's Presidential Front-Runner May Roil U.S. Conservatives," by Tom Hayden, TruthDig, June 27, 2006

"Overthrow, Over And Over," by Laura S. Washington, In These Times, June 27, 2006

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Iraq: A Shocking Waste Of Money," by Matthew Yglesias, American Prospect, June 27, 2006

"Afghanistan Crisis Paves Way For Return Of Taliban," Telegraph/UK, June 27, 2006

"An Accord In Iraq?," by Robert Dreyfuss,, June 27, 2006

"The Hatred Behind 'Hadji Girl,'" by Sheldon Rampton, Center for Media & Democracy, June 26, 2006

"Is U.S. Planning Large Troop Withdrawal In Iraq?," by Tom Regan, Christian Science Monitor, June 26, 2006

"Iraq Conflict Leaves At Least 130,000 Displaced," Washington Post, June 26, 2006

"Afghan Leader Losing Support," Washington Post, June 26, 2006

"Three Iraq Myths That Won't Quit," by Scott Ritter, AlterNet, June 26, 2006

"50,000-Plus Iraqis Have Died Violently Since Invasion Began," Los Angeles Times, June 25, 2006

"Iraqi Leader Offers Reconciliation Plan, Backs Off On Amnesty," The New York Times, June 25, 2006

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"When The FBI Raids The Times," by Dennis Persica,, June 28, 2006

"Pentagon Resists Ban On 'Degrading Treatment,'" by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, June 27, 2006

"Where Were The Doctors And Nurses At Abu Ghraib And Bagram?," by Steven H. Miles, Slate, June 27, 2006

"Bush: Breaking The Law, Again And Again," by Larisa Alexandrovna,, June 26, 2006

"Department Of Defense Admits To Wider Surveillance Of Don't Ask, Don't Tell Groups," by Michael Rogers,, June 26, 2006

"Congressman Accuses Newspapers Of Treason," Associated Press, June 25, 2006

"Bush Administration Stomps On Our Constitutional Rights," by Rhonda Chriss Lokeman, Kansas City Star, June 25, 2006

"'Big Brother' Bush, And Connecting The Data Dots," by Jonathan Turley, Los Angeles Times, June 24, 2006

"Faces From Guantanamo," by Anthony Kaufman, AlterNet, June 22, 2006

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Media Issues

"Welcome To The Media Revolution," by Jessica Clark & Tracy Van Slyke, In These Times, June 28, 2006

"GOP Launches Full Frontal Assault On NYT," by Marie Therse, News Hounds, June 28, 2006

"Why Neil Young Is Wrong," by Stephan Smith-Said, The Progressive, June 28, 2006

"Campus Papers Can Save Journalism," by Sara Gruen, WireTap, June 24, 2006

"Revolutionary Radio In Venezuela," by Peter Lackowski, ZNet, June 24, 2006

"Dan Rather's Raw Deal," by Greg Palast, AlterNet, June 23, 2006

"The Real News Business: Letting Presidents And Corporate Titans Lie," by Rory O'Connor, AlterNet, June 22, 2006

More newswire ...


"To Refuse To Serve," Ret. Col. Ann Wright,, June 27, 2006

"Standing With GIs Who Resist," by Kevin Zeese,, June 26, 2006

"From Grassroots Activism To Nonprofit Bureaucracy," Gavin Leonard, WireTap, June 26, 2006

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