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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

"Iran: The Next War," by James Bamford, Rolling Stone, July 24, 2006

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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Saturday, Oct. 7
"Democracy in Danger: Oil Wars, Corporate Power, Terrorism
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  • Senate-White House Compromise on Detainee Treatment
    a Disaster for Human Rights

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  • Venezuela's Hugo Chavez UN Speech Greeted
    with Cheers in World Body,
    but Jeers in the U.S.

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  • Bush Effort to Overturn
    Clinton-Era Wilderness "Roadless Rule"
    is Stopped by Federal Court

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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:

Senate-White House Compromise on Detainee Treatment
a Disaster for Human Rights

Interview with Marjorie Cohn,
law professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law
and the president-elect of the National Lawyers Guild,
conducted by Scott Harris

In a flurry of activity just six weeks before the mid-term congressional election, Republican U.S. Senators McCain, Warner and Graham negotiated a deal with President Bush to propose new legislation establishing acceptable interrogation techniques for terrorist suspects and the guidelines under which they could be tried in military commissions. The new measure was made necessary after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the president's previous rules governing military commissions citing violations of the US Constitution and Geneva Convention protections for detainees.

But according to civil liberties advocates, the compromise allows President Bush to issue his own interpretation of the Geneva Conventions by executive order and provides immunity to CIA and military personnel for past violations. The proposed law would also eliminate the right of detainees to challenge the legality of their detention through habeas corpus -- a fundamental right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

The case of Canadian citizen Maher Arar is an example of such abuse. While returning home to Canada from a family vacation in 2002, Arar was detained, interrogated, and then sent to a torture cell in Syria by the Bush administration. He remained imprisoned under brutal conditions for 10 months before being released. The Canadian government recently issued a report finding that Arar had committed no crime. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Marjorie Cohn, a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law who explains why she believes the Senate-White House compromise on detainee treatment is a disaster for human rights and the rule of law.

Marjorie Cohn, professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and president-elect of the National Lawyers Guild. Contact the National Lawyers Guild at (212) 627-2656 or visit their website at

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Venezuela's Hugo Chavez UN Speech Greeted
with Cheers in World Body,
but Jeers in the U.S.

Interview with Ian Williams,
UN Correspondent with the Nation Magazine,
conducted by Scott Harris

In a speech like few others delivered at the United Nations, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez forcefully denounced President Bush and U.S. policies around the world. American TV and newspapers provided saturation coverage of Chavez's reference to Bush as "the Devil," while ignoring major points made during the populist Latin American leader's address. Democratic Party House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Charles Rangel joined Republican politicians and conservative pundits in condemning Chavez for disrespecting the U.S. president.

But U.N. delegates boisterously applauded Chavez's speech, which included criticism of the U.S.-supported Israeli war against Lebanon, calling for an end to what he described as the anti-democratic veto power held by five nations in the U.N. Security council, and exposing Washington's double standard and support for right wing terrorists in Latin America. Chavez also repeated his assertion that President Bush had supported an unsuccessful military coup attempt against his government in April 2002.

The war of words at the United Nations momentarily overshadowed the U.S. conflict with Iran and highlighted Venezuela's current effort to win a non-permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, a bid vigorously opposed by the White House. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ian Williams, U.N. correspondent with the Nation Magazine, who discusses international reaction to Chavez's speech.

Ian Williams, author of "United Nations for Beginners," published by Writers and Readers. Read his articles on the United Nations in the pages of the Nation Magazine and online at He is also author of "Rum: A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776."

Bush Effort to Overturn
Clinton-Era Wilderness "Roadless Rule"
is Stopped by Federal Court

Interview with Todd True,
an attorney with EarthJustice,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

In January of 2001, just before leaving office, President Bill Clinton instituted the so-called "roadless rule" to protect 58.5 million acres of federal wilderness areas in the West from development. The Bush administration has been working to overturn the rule ever since, so that roads could be built and extractive industries -- timber, oil and gas -- can extend their reach in to these remote areas. Last year, the White House rescinded the old rule and put a less restrictive one in its place, in which governors of western states have much more control over the use of these almost 60 million acres.

But a coalition of 20 environmental groups, both local and national, sued the Bush administration, as did four western states. They were supported by a million citizens who submitted comments in favor of the roadless rule. And last week, a federal district judge in California overturned the Bush regulation, saying the Forest Service had not followed it own regulations.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Todd True, a staff attorney with EarthJustice, which represents the environmental coalition. He talks about the importance of this ruling, which may or may not be appealed by the Bush administration to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Todd True is an attorney with EarthJustice. Contact the group by calling (510) 550-6700 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The World Bank has only spent one percent of its $2 billion Africa Health budget on tuberculosis, even after health ministers from Africa and the World Health Organization declared the disease a continent-wide emergency in August 2005. ("World Bank Failing to Help Africa Combat its TB Emergency," RESULTS International, Sept. 12, 2006; "World Bank is Faulted on its Tuberculosis Aid Efforts," Boston Globe, Sept. 13, 2006)
  • The ruling Conservative Council of Islamic Courts has taken control over Mogadishu, Somalia from warlords, displacing the weak United Nations recognized interim government. ("In Somalia, a Boot Camp for Islam," Los Angeles Times, Sept. 22, 2006; "Somalia Sees Al-Qaeda Behind First-ever Suicide Bombing," Agence France Presse, Sept. 19, 2006; "Islamic Official: Ethiopian Incursion into Somalia is a Declaration of War," Associated Press, Sept. 25, 2006;)
  • GOP-controlled state legislatures have passed tighter voter ID laws in recent years as part of a crackdown on immigration. Democrats and civil rights groups blasted the measure as a "21st century poll tax." Studies by the League of Women Voters and American Civil Liberties Union show little evidence of fraud at the polls. ("Parties Battle Over New Voter ID Laws," Los Angeles Times, Sept. 12, 2006; "House Takes Up Voter IDs," Los Angeles Times, Sept. 20, 2006; "Judge Strikes Down Missouri Voter ID Law," Sept. 14, 2006; "Georgia Won't Require Photo IDs at Polls," Associated Press, Sept. 22, 2006)

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U.S. Politics

"After Foley, New Fears For The GOP," Washington Post, Oct. 3, 2006

"Our Rigged Elections; The Elephant In The Polling Booth," by Mark Crispin Miller, Washington Spectator, Oct. 3, 2006

"The 'F' Word And How To Escape From Its Clutches," by Bernard Weiner,, Oct. 3, 2006

"The House Republican Leadership Scandal," by John Nichols, The Nation, Oct. 3, 2006

"Lincoln Weeps," by Bill Moyers,, Oct. 3, 2006

"Foley, Gays And The Religious Right: Is This The Nail In The GOP Coffin?," by Evan Derkacz, AlterNet, Oct. 3, 2006

"Second Report Confirms Lieberman Threatening To Caucus With GOP," by David Sirota, SirotaBLOG, Oct. 2, 2006

"Putting Party Before Predators: Why Didn't GOP Leaders Stop Foley?," by Cenk Uygur, AlterNet, Oct. 1, 2006

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Pre-emptive Lawsuit Challenges Bush Detainee Plan," Associated Press, Oct. 2, 2006

"Military Commissions Act 2006-Unchecked Powers?," by Anup Shah, Global Issues, Oct. 2, 2006

"Rumsfeld, Ashcroft Received Warning Of Al Qaeda Attack Before 9/11," McClatchy Newspapers, Oct. 2, 2006

"Two Months Before 9/11, An Urgent Warning To Rice," Washington Post, Oct. 1, 2006

"White House On Defensive Over Woodward Book's Revelations On Iraq," Agence France Presse, Oct. 1, 2006

"Detainee Bill Lifts Bush's Power To New Heights," The New York Times, Sept. 30, 2006

"Bush Says War Critics Embrace 'Enemy's Propaganda,'" Associated Press, Sept. 29, 2006

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"U.S. General Says Chavez Worries Region," The New York Times, Oct. 3, 2006

"Latin America Declares Independence," by Noam Chomsky, International Herald Tribune, Oct. 3, 2006

"Engagement Plans: No Military Solutions To U.S. Problems With Iran," by Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect, Sept. 25, 2006

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Bloody Day In Iraq Leaves 263 Dead,", Oct. 3, 2006

"Frist: Taliban Should Be In Afghan Government," Associated Press, Oct. 2, 2006

"Secret Reports Dispute White House Optimism On Iraq," Washington Post, Oct. 1, 2006

"U.S. Military Is Still Waiting For Iraqi Forces To 'Stand Up,'" Washington Post, Oct. 1, 2006

"Iraq Civilian Deaths Hit Record In September," Reuters, Oct. 1, 2006

"Over 800 Attacks Every Week In Iraq," Guardian/UK, Sept. 30, 2006

"U.S. Commander Says Insurgency In Western Iraq Unlikely To Be Defeated Until U.S. Leaves," Associated Press, Sept. 29, 2006

"Imperial Life In The Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone," Democracy Now!, Sept. 29, 2006

"George Bush's Iraq In 21 Questions," by Tom Engelhardt,, Sept. 28, 2006

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"If A Bill Of Rights Falls In The Forest, Does Anybody Hear?," by Randolph T. Holhut,, Oct. 3, 2006

"Journalist Jailed For Refusal To Turn Over Protest Footage," by Sarah Olson, Truthout, Oct. 3, 2006

"Has Congress Unconstitutionally Suspended The Writ Of Habeas Corpus?," by Jack Balkin, Balkinization, Oct. 3, 2006

"Torture In Context: Senate's Endorsement Is Just Business As Usual For USA," by Geov Parrish,, Oct. 3, 2006

"Fatal Vision: The Deeper Evil Behind The Detainee Bill," by Chris Floyd, Truthout, Oct. 2, 2006

"Are You An 'Unlawful Combatant?,'" by Justin Raimondo,, Oct. 2, 2006

"R.I.P. Bill Of Rights, R.I.P.," by Richard Kim, The Nation, Oct. 1, 2006

"A Constitutional Shredding: Rounding Up U.S. Citizens," by Marjorie Cohn, Counterpunch, Sept. 30/Oct. 1, 2006

"Groups Unanimously Assail New Detention Law," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Sept. 30, 2006

"Legal Battle Over Detainee Bill Is Likely," Los Angeles Times, Sept. 29, 2006

"Detainee Law May Not Provide Total Immunity For CIA interrogators," McClatchy Newspapers, Sept. 29, 2006

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Media Issues

"Media Ownership Issues Return To Spotlight," Associated Press, Oct. 3, 2006

"Is Olbermann On Thin Ice?," by Jeff Cohen, Common Dreams, Oct. 3, 2006

"HP And The Privacy Erosion," by Russell Mokhiber & Robert Weissman, ZNet, Oct. 2, 2006

"How To Read A News Article-A Necessary Reminder," by Carolina Cositore, ZNet, Oct. 1, 2006

"The FCC Scandal," by John Nichols, The Nation, Sept. 28, 2006

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"Antiwar Activists Push For U.N. Arms Treaty,"Inter Press Service, Oct. 3, 2006

"The Right Wing Sets Its Sights On MoveOn,"by Joshua Holland, AlterNet, Oct. 2, 2006

"Four Years Of CODEPINK Rabble-Rousing For Peace,"by Medea Benjamin, Common Dreams, Oct. 2, 2006

"About 1,500 Attend Peace Rally On Bangor Waterfront,"Bangor Daily News, Oct. 2, 2006

"Decorated Army Deserter And Iraq War Critic Returns To U.S. From Canada,"Associated Press, Oct. 1, 2006

"Antiwar Rally At Park Peaceful Week After Police Clash With Protesters,"Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), Oct. 1, 2006

"The Growing Iraq Resistance Movement In The U.S. Military,"by Peter Laufer, AlterNet, Sept. 30, 2006

"Three Antiwar Protesters Arrested, Jailed In Minnesota,"Winona Daily News (Minnesota), Sept. 29, 2006

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