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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

"Cheney is Longtime Bad News for U.S.," by John Nichols, by the Madison Capital Times (Wisconsin), Jan. 16, 2007

"Bush administration provokes open war on Iran: Irbil raid, and other operations, authorized "several months ago," by Larry Chin, Global Research, Jan. 15, 2007

"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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For The Week Ending March 16, 2007


"The Case for Impeachment"

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Co-authors journalist David Lindorff and Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Barbara Olshansky speak about their book, "The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office," at the United Church on the Green, in New Haven, June 24.

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  • Iraq's Proposed Oil Law Fails
    to Resolve Who Will Profit
    From Nation's Key Resource

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  • Women Suffer Untold Violence
    and Repression in U.S.-Occupied Iraq

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  • House Passes Labor Law Reform,
    but GOP and President Bush
    Vow to Kill It

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Iraq's Proposed Oil Law Fails
to Resolve Who Will Profit
From Nation's Key Resource

Interview with Christian Parenti,
author and journalist,
conducted by Scott Harris


The Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki endorsed a proposed, new controversial law that would govern the nation's oil exploration and revenue distribution. The draft measure, which now goes to the Iraqi parliament, was approved on Feb. 26, after months of conflict over the volatile issue of who will benefit from Iraq's immense oil wealth.

The hydrocarbons law, as its called, proposes to distribute all of Iraq's oil revenues to regional governments based on each area's population. While regional governments and foreign oil companies can draft contracts to pump existing oil or explore new fields, a new federal Oil And Gas Council, controlled by the prime minister, will oversee these agreements and have the power to modify or veto them.

Troubling to many in Iraq is the draft law's lack of any mandate for a specific percentage of Iraqi ownership in energy projects, no limit on foreign oil companies' ability to take profits out of the country and no demand for the use of Iraqi labor and materials in oil production. In a sign of the difficult road ahead for the law, an oil workers' union is opposed to the measure and the Muslim Scholars Association, a leading organization of Sunni clerics, has condemned the law as being invalid and lacking legitimacy. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with author and journalist Christian Parenti, who examines the winners and losers in the controversial Iraqi hydrocarbon law in his recent cover story for the Nation magazine titled, "Who Will Get the Oil?"

Christian Parenti is the author of "The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq," published by the New Press.

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Women Suffer Untold Violence
and Repression in U.S.-Occupied Iraq

Interview with Yifat Susskind,
communications director with MADRE
and author of a report
on violence against Iraqi women,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


The situation for Iraqi women since the U.S. invasion four years ago this month has deteriorated dramatically by every measure of daily survival: lack of access to clean water, electricity, food, education and jobs; and the absence of personal security. Women have virtually disappeared from public life in Iraq, yet their disappearance has been barely noted by media coverage of the war.

On March 6, MADRE, an international women's human rights organization based in New York City, released a report titled, "Promising Democracy, Imposing Theocracy: Gender-Based Violence and the US War on Iraq." The report, made public at a meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations, exposes what it calls "the incidence, causes, and legalization of gender-based violence in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion."

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Yifat Susskind, communications director with MADRE and author of the report. She discusses how Iraq's gender war and civil war are intertwined, as well as the role of U.S. occupation forces in the abuse of Iraqi women.

Read a copy of the report online at or call the group at (212) 627-0444.

House Passes Labor Law Reform,
but GOP and President Bush
Vow to Kill It

Interview with Michael Zweig,
economics professor at the State University of New York,
conducted by Scott Harris


After 12 years out of power in the U.S. Congress, Democrats now control both the House and Senate. Among the Democrats' most loyal constituencies during the years of Republican rule was organized labor, which has seen a steady decline in membership from 20 percent of the workforce in 1983 to 12 percent in 2006. After Democrats regained majority status on Capital Hill, congressional leaders prioritized several issues of major concern to American workers, including an increase in the minimum wage and reform of labor laws, making it easier for unions to gain workplace recognition.

On March 1, the House passed the Employee Free Choice Act, by a 241 to 185 vote. The legislation, hailed by the AFL-CIO as the most important labor law reform in 70 years, will allow workers to establish a union when a simple majority of workers sign cards supporting it. The measure, which still faces the threat of a filibuster in the Senate and a veto by President Bush, denies employers their right, under current law, to demand secret-ballot elections. Labor activists assert that the hiring of union-busting consultants, intimidation, and firing of workers advocating unionization, have tainted workplace elections and put labor at a severe disadvantage.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Michael Zweig, professor of economics at the State University of New York, Stony Brook and director of the Center for Study of Working Class Life. Zweig assesses the importance of passage of the Employee Free Choice Act and the obstacles ahead for America's labor movement.

Zweig is the author of "What's Class Got To Do With It: American Society in the 21st Century."

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The International Criminal Court has identified two Sudanese suspects responsible for war crimes in Darfur, where over 300,000 people have been killed since 2003 and more than 2 million people have been forced to flee their homes. ("Two face trials at The Hague Over Darfur Atrocities," New York Times, Feb. 28, 2007; "Sketches of Sudanese War Crime Suspects, Associated Press, Feb. 27, 2007; "Rights Activists Welcome ICC Summons on Darfur," InterPress Service, Feb. 27, 2007)
  • Over the past decade, the U.S. Energy Department's main nuclear weapons plant, known as Pantex in northern Texas, has been cited for major safety lapses that led to over $230,000 in fines. ("Safety Alarms Raised at Nuclear Weapons Plant," Los Angeles Times, Feb. 21, 2007)
  • A new generation of allegedly "non-lethal" weapons are being manufactured by military contractors for use by law enforcement, the military and in prisons, utilizing sci-fi technology like plasma clouds, microwave beams and electrified bullets. ("Non-Lethal Weaponry: The Next Generation," In These Times, January 2007)

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Between The Lines Week Ending 3/9/07

U.S. Politics

"(Social Needs Suffer But) There's Always Money For War," by Jared Bernstein,, Mar. 12, 2007

"Dems Abandon Provision Rquiring Authorization For Iran War," Associated Press, Mar. 12, 2007

"Reid To Attack On Iraq; Dems Try To Slpit GOP," Roll Call, Mar. 12, 2007

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"The Quality Of Justice," by Aziz Huq,, Mar. 13, 2007

"Gonzales Again Called Upon To Resign," Los Angeles Times, Mar. 13, 2007

"Attorney Firings Had Genesis In White House," Washington Post, Mar. 13, 2007

"Overblown Personnel Matters," by Paul Krugman, The New York Times, Mar. 12, 2007

"Bush Seeks Iraq War Funds 'With No Strings,'" The New York Times, Mar. 12, 2007

"Congress Demands Rove Testimony On Attorney Firings," Washington Post, Mar. 12, 2007

"Political Purging: U.S. Attorneys Replaced With Bush Loyalists," by Marjorie Cohn, AlterNet, Mar. 12, 2007

"Bush Seeks 8,200 More Troops For Wars," Associated Press, Mar. 11, 2007

"Angry Crowds Hunt Bush As Protests Mark Start Of Latin American Tour," Guardian/UK, Mar. 10, 2007

"Probe In Prosecutors' Dismissals Widens," Los Angeles Times, Mar. 10, 2007

"Privatized Walter Reed Workforce Gets Scrutiny," Washington Post, Mar. 10, 2007

"Bush's New U.S. Attorney A Criminal?," by Greg Palast,, Mar. 7, 2007

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"KBR's $400 Million Iraq Question," by Jeremy Scahill & Garrett Ordower, The Nation, Mar. 12, 2007

"On Eve Of Bush Visit, U.S. Military Activity In Colombia Confirmed," Associated Press, Mar. 11, 2007

"Bush Trip To Counter Chavez Destined To Fail," by Roger Burbach, ZNet, Mar. 10, 2007

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Shrine Bombing As War's Turning Point Debated," Washington Post, Mar. 13, 2007

"The Hidden Costs Of The War," by Andrew Stephen, The New Statesman/UK, Mar. 12, 2007

"Study: Quarter Of U.S. War Vets Diagnosed With Mental Disorder," Agence France Presse, Mar. 12, 2007

"'Smart' Rebels Outstrip U.S.," Observer/UK, Mar. 11, 2007

"Surge And Destroy: Iraq As A Caldron Of American State Terrorism," by Tom Engelhardt & Michael Schwartz,, Mar. 11, 2007

"Beyond Quagmire," by Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone, Mar., 2007

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Scenes From A Cop Riot In Ann Arbor," by Catherine Wilkerson, M.D., Counterpunch, Mar. 13, 2007

"Treasury Casts A Wide Net Under PATRIOT Act," McClatchy Newspapers, Mar. 12, 2007

"Feds, AT&T Urge Against Wiretap Trial," Associated Press, Mar. 12, 2007

"New Whistleblowers Back Sibel Edmonds," by Scott Horton,, Mar. 10, 2007

"FBI Abuses May Lead To PATRIOT Act Limits," Los Angeles Times, Mar. 10, 2007

"Gonzalez, Mueller Admit FBI Broke Law," Associated Press, Mar. 10, 2007

"Gitmo Decorum: 11 Ways To Report On Guantanamo Without Upsetting The Pentagon,," by Tom Engelhardt & Karen Greenberg,, Mar. 8, 2007

"'It Can't Happen Here,'" by Jacob G. Hornberger, Future of Freedom Foundation, Mar. 7, 2007

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Media Issues

"U.S. Military Defends Deleting AP Images From Afghanistan," Associated Press, Mar. 10, 2007

More newswire ...


"How To Talk To A War Criminal: Greeting Rumsfeld In Taos," by Jeff Conant, Counterpunch, Mar. 13, 2007

"Dozens Arrested In Tacoma: Protest Speaks Through Arrests," News-Tribune (Tacoma, Washington), Mar. 12, 2007

"Showdown At Port Tacoma: Confronting The War Machine In The Pacific Northwest," by Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch, Mar. 12, 2007

"Why I Will March To Support The Troops And End The War," by Ann Wright, Truthout, Mar. 12, 2007

"The Students Are Stirring: A Campus Antiwar Movement Begins To Make Its Mark," by Ron Jacobs, ZNet, Mar. 11, 2007

"War Protesters Target Lawmakers' Offices," Associated Press, Mar. 8, 2007

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