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WPKN Radio, 89.5 FM

"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


ISSUES IN-DEPTH

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, 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 April 6, 2007

ANNOUNCEMENTS

"Energy Wars: Popular Movements at Home and Abroad" discussion and booksigning with Benjamin Dangl, author of "The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia," April 28, 2007 from 2-4 p.m. at the Kasbah Garden Cafe, 105 Howe St., New Haven, CT

Ben Dangl, who is also editor of the online publication, www.TowardFreedom.com, will be speaking on "Why the Left is Winning in Latin America." Social justice activist Frank Panzarella, who is organizing "Fight the Hike", will discuss "Resisting Utility Price Hikes and Deregulation"; clean energy advocate and mechanical engineer Bruce Crowder will talk about public power and environmentally sustainable energy production in his speech, "Connecticut Power Trip: From Power Plant to Pool Pump and all the Tolls in Between"

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THIS WEEK'S PROGRAM
  • Peace Movement Frustrated
    with House Authorization
    of Iraq War Funds

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  • U.S. and Israel Reject
    Palestinian Unity Government
    as Pressure Mounts for Dialogue

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  • Coalition Puts Forward
    Democracy Protection Act
    to Counter "New Authoritarians"

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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 April 10, 2007.

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

Peace Movement Frustrated
with House Authorization
of Iraq War Funds

Interview with David Swanson,
co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org,
conducted by Scott Harris

pelosi

By a 218 to 212 vote, House Democrats, under Speaker Nancy Pelosi, won a March 23 vote on legislation that authorizes $103 billion in supplemental spending for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill included an additional $7.3 billion for training, equipment and providing care for wounded soldiers, and totaled $124 billion with billions of dollars worth of domestic programs designed to attract votes.

Although the measure calls for most American troops to be withdrawn from Iraq by Sept. 1, 2008, anti-war congresspersons and many peace groups opposed the bill, as it allows President Bush to waive the restrictions. The Out of Iraq caucus in the House, which includes Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif., and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) had initially sponsored an amendment to limit all new spending to a fully-funded withdrawal from the war, but the House leadership prevented any vote on the measure. In the end, the caucus released their members to vote with the majority when they came under pressure from House Speaker Pelosi. Consideration of a supplemental spending bill now moves to the U.S. Senate where the inclusion of any restrictions faces an uphill battle. President Bush has pledged to veto any spending bill that limits his management of the war.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with David Swanson, co-founder of the group AfterDowningStreet.org and Washington director of Democrats.com. He takes a critical look at House passage of the Iraq War spending bill and discusses the internal debate on strategies now being considered by anti-war groups to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq at the earliest possible date.

Contact After Downing street.org by calling (202) 329-7847 or visit their website at www.AfterDowningStreet.org

U.S. and Israel Reject
Palestinian Unity Government
as Pressure Mounts for Dialogue

Interview with Mazin Qumsiyeh,
steering committee member
of the U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

hamasfatah

The past week has seen a flurry of activity regarding Israel and Palestine. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has visited the region, and Hamas and Fatah have announced a unity government in the Palestinian territories as a first step toward the hoped-for recognition of their government by Israel, the U.S. and other countries. Western nations have withheld recognition from the Hamas government, elected more than a year ago, declaring it to be a terrorist organization.

The withholding of recognition and aid has increased the suffering of the Palestinian people, especially in Gaza. But the U.S. and Israel say the unity government will not be recognized, because Hamas has not explicitly said it recognizes Israel's right to exist, has not denounced violence and has not agreed to abide by all prior agreements and treaties with Israel.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Mazin Qumsiyeh, a Palestinian academic living in the U.S. and member of the steering committee of the U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation. Qumsiyeh describes his views on the unity government and explains why he believes a turning point may be coming in the conflict.

Call the U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation at (202) 332-0994 or visit the group's website at www.endtheoccupation.org

Coalition Puts Forward
Democracy Protection Act
to Counter "New Authoritarians"

Air America's New President, Mark Green
Discusses the Progressive Commercial Radio Network's Future

Interview with Mark Green,
president of The New Democracy Project,
conducted by Scott Harris

newdemocracy

A coalition of progressive organizations came together recently to announce a legislative agenda called the "Democracy Protection Act: 40 Ways Toward a More Perfect Union." The initiative -- put forward by the New Democracy Project, New York University's Brennan Center for Justice, Demos and The Nation magazine -- is a proactive response to what the groups sees as a threat to America posed by "new authoritarians who show enormous contempt for the value of democracy." Their agenda includes public funding for federal election campaigns, creating national voting standards, securing the flawed machinery of elections, making CEOs more accountable for excessive corporate compensation and restricting presidential signing statements.

The coalition of groups view the election of a new Congress in 2006 as an opportunity to put forward an agenda that will both repair and strengthen the institutions of democracy so weakened, particularly over the past six years of the Bush presidency.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Mark Green, New York City's first public advocate and past candidate for mayor of New York City and attorney general of New York state. He currently serves as president of the New Democracy Project and is the newly named president of Air America Radio. Here, Green summarizes the Democracy Protection Act and discusses his vision for his progressive radio network.

Read the Democracy Protection Act online at www.newdemocracy.org.Visit Air America's website at www.airamerica.com

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Top U.S. allies in East Africa are cooperating in a scheme to put detainees in secret prisons in Somalia and Ethiopia in a process known as rendition, according to McClatchy Newspapers. ("U.S. Allies in Africa May Have Engaged in Secret Prisoner Renditions," McClatchy Newspapers, March 13, 2007; "America's Jailing in Ethiopia Raises Questions About U.S. Role," McClatchy Newspapers, March 16, 2007)
  • A study by the Woodstock Institute found that sub-prime, high-cost mortgages offered by Citibank, JP Morgan/Chase and Washington Mutual exploded in popularity during the recent housing "bubble" and were far more expensive for minority homeowners. ("Home Loans more Expensive for Blacks," Financial Times, March 15, 2007)
  • According to the Center for Public Integrity, current House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, used his leadership political action committee, AmeriPAC, to direct bundled individual checks collected by special interest groups to selected candidates, but his exploitation of bundling techniques, which exceeded statutory limits, has never been investigated. ("Passing The Bucks," Center for Public Integrity, March 16, 2007)

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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: Ruben Abreu
Senior web editor/producer: Anna Manzo
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Newswire editor: Hank Hoffman
Photo editor: Scott Harris
Outreach coordinator: Anna Manzo
Distribution: Anna Manzo, Jeff Yates and Bill Cosentino
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Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 3/30/07

U.S. Politics

"Senate Keeps Pullout Date In Iraq War Bill," The New York Times, Mar. 27, 2007

"GOP Senators Lug Weight Of Iraq War Toward '08," The New York Times, Mar. 26, 2007

"Emerging Republican Minority," by Paul Krugman, The New York Times, Mar. 26, 2007

"Terrorized By 'War On Terror,'" by Zbigniew Brzezinski, Washington Post, Mar. 25, 2007

"The Crushing Fear That Stalks America," by Robert Fisk, Independent/UK, Mar. 24, 2007

"Explosive New Vote Fraud Developments Continue To Rock Ohio And Florida," by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman, Mar. 23, 2007

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Why U.S. Attorneys Were Fired: The Evidence So Far," Christian Science Monitor, Mar. 27, 2007

"Report Charges Broad White House Effort To Stifle Climate Research," ABC News, Mar. 27, 2007

"Aides To Bush Told Not To Destroy Email," Financial Times, Mar. 26, 2007

"White House Use Of Outside Email Accounts Questioned," by Jason Leopold & Matt Renner, Truthout, Mar. 26, 2007

"Gonzales Aide To Invoke 5th Amendment," Associated Press, Mar. 26, 2007

"Bush Administration Callousness Leaves Vets Buried Alive," by Karen Kwiatkowski, LewRockwell.com, Mar. 23, 2007

"New Developments In The U.S. Attorney Controversy," by John W. Dean, Common Dreams, Mar. 23, 2007

"Military Regs Forbid Bush Using Military Troops As Political Props," by John Aravosis, America Blog, Mar. 23, 2007

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"The Coming War With Iran: Is It Inevitable?," by Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, Mar. 26, 2007

"Subverting Iran: Washington's Covert War Inside Iran," by Gregory Elich, ZNet, Mar. 25, 2007

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"A Searing Assault On Iraq's Intellectuals," Los Angeles Times, Mar. 25, 2007

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"The American Ghosts Of Abu Ghraib," by Sam Provance, Consortium News, Mar. 27, 2007

"Firms Using Gov't 'Terror' Blacklist To Screen Customers," Washington Post, Mar. 27, 2007

"FBI Provided Inaccurate Data For Surveillance Warrants," Washington Post, Mar. 27, 2007

"The Pentagon's Power To Jail American's Indefinitely," by Jacob Hornberger, Future of Freedom Foundation, Mar. 26, 2007

"Torturer's Toll," by Tara McKelvey, American Prospect, Mar. 26, 2007

"Guanatanamo Bay Tribunals To Begin Again," Los Angeles Times, Mar. 26, 2007

"NYC Police Spied Broadly Before 2004 GOP Convention," The New York Times, Mar. 25, 2007

"Terror Database Has Quadrupled In Four Years," Washington Post, Mar. 25, 2007

"Kissinger's Extradition To Uruguay Sought Over Operation Condor," Agence France Presse, Mar. 25, 2007

"Play About Iraq War Divides A Connecticut School," The New York Times, Mar. 24, 2007

"The Sheikh And The Torture Senator," by Ann Wright, Truthout, Mar. 22, 2007

"Dissent Is Not Terrorism," by Chris Pifer, TomPaine.com, Mar. 22, 2007

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"The War Against Google," by Jeff Chester, The Nation, Mar. 25, 2007

"Lies My Paper Told Me," by Allan Uthman, Buffalo Beast (New York), Mar. 24, 2007

"U.S. News Media's 'War On Gore,'" by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Mar. 22, 2007

More newswire ...

Activism

"Arbitrary Discipline At Columbia: Fallout From The Minutemen Protest," by David Judd, Counterpunch, Mar. 27, 2007

"Counter-Recruitment Deserves Higher Place On Peace Agenda," by Pat Elder, Common Dreams, Mar. 25, 2007

"Americans In The Opinion Polls, Not In The Streets," by Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, Mar. 25, 2007

"Radical Youth In DC: Return Of The Black Bloc," by Matthew Provonsha, Counterpunch, Mar. 24/25, 2007

More newswire ...

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