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New Haven Advocate's
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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

Multi-Ethnic Issues Advocacy

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For The Week Ending April 20, 2007


"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," Saturday, 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,, 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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  • U.S. Accused of De Facto Complicity
    with Iraqi Death Squads and Ethnic Cleansing

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  • Pentagon Spends Nearly 40 Cents
    of Every U.S. Dollar

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  • New Orleans' St. Bernard Parish Citizens
    Battle Industrial Polluters in Flood Ravaged City

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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U.S. Accused of De Facto Complicity
with Iraqi Death Squads and Ethnic Cleansing

Interview with anti-war activist Tom Hayden,
conducted by Scott Harris


A massive demonstration against the U.S. occupation of Iraq, held in the holy city of Najaf, marked the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad to American troops in 2003. Estimates of up to half a million people marched in the streets, some burning American flags, while demanding a quick withdrawal of U.S. troops. The protest was called by Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr, the powerful leader of the Mahdi Army, who has disappeared from view since President Bush ordered the launch of an American offensive in Baghdad.

Although Iraq's Shiite and Sunni population have been pitted against one another in the nation's brutal civil war, some Sunnis joined the mostly Shiite protest and made common cause with their demand for an end to the U.S. occupation.

But despite President Bush's escalation of the war and a few examples of solidarity between the two branches of Islam -- the slaughter continues with suicide bombers and death squads targeting civilians for assassination and ethnic cleansing. In his recent article, "Stop the Dirty War," veteran anti-war activist and former California state Sen. Tom Hayden decries the de facto U.S. complicity in arming, funding and training the security forces within the Shiite-led government that have engaged in massive repression and murder of Sunni Arabs. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Hayden about Washington's role in Iraq's civil war and his reaction to the large-scale anti-U.S. occupation protests in Najaf.

Visit Tom Hayden's website at His article titled, "Stop The Dirty War," can be read online at

Tom Hayden is author of the forthcoming book, "Ending The War in Iraq," to be published in June.

Pentagon Spends Nearly 40 Cents
of Every U.S. Dollar

Interview with Pamela Schwartz,
communications director
with the National Priorities Project,
conducted by Scott Harris


As U.S. taxpayers were making calculations on their 2006 federal tax returns to meet the mid-April filing deadline, a non-profit research group published a report which found that almost 40 cents of every tax dollar in 2006 was dedicated to past and present military spending. The Massachusetts-based National Priorities Project reported that in addition to 27 cents in current military spending drawn from each tax dollar, nine cents were paid to cover spending for past wars -- and three cents were spent on veteran's benefits. These massive Pentagon expenditures didn't include the final price tag of the Iraq war, which has already cost half a trillion dollars.

The National Priorities Project notes that spending on preventive security measures, such as diplomacy, economic development aid and securing dangerous nuclear materials, amounted to three quarters of a penny in each tax dollar. But even less than that was spent on renewable energy and conservation programs. Affordable housing and nutrition programs received only two and three cents from every federal dollar, respectively.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Pamela Schwartz, communications director with the National Priorities Project. She examines military spending in the U.S. federal budget and how these expenditures reduce funding for critical domestic programs.

Contact the National Priorities Project at (413) 584-9556, or visit their website at:

New Orleans' St. Bernard Parish Citizens
Battle Industrial Polluters in Flood Ravaged City

Interview with Anne Rolfes,
founder of the Louisiana Bucket Bridgade,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


St. Bernard Parish, which lies just east of New Orleans, was more heavily flooded than any other area by the breach of the levees, destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Before Katrina hit, 200 families had formed a group, called "St. Bernard Citizens for Environmental Quality," that fought to force the oil refineries and other polluting industries, that abut residential areas, to clean up the worst of their toxic air emissions. Chalmette, at the eastern edge of the strip of refineries along the Mississippi River west to Baton Rouge, is known as "Cancer Alley." Anne Rolfes founded the Louisiana Bucket Brigade in 1999 to help St. Bernard residents pinpoint the source and identify the chemical makeup of toxic releases.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Rolfes one afternoon in early April in a decimated neighborhood across the street from the St. Bernard Parish Exxon refinery. She explains how the Bucket Brigrade works, and how the St. Bernard citizens group, much reduced in numbers after Katrina, is still battling to get Exxon and other refineries to clean up their pollution.

Contact the Louisiana Bucket Brigade at (504) 522-0500 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Democrats are seeking options to raise taxes fairly to pay off a ballooning deficit that could increase to $7.8 trillion if Bush tax cuts to wealthiest Americans are extended. ("Read My Lips: Raise Taxes," Washington Monthly, January/February 2007)

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Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 4/13/07

U.S. Politics

"House To Probe Into Florida Election," Associated Press, Apr. 16, 2007

"The Showdown In D.C. Over Iraq War Funding," Christian Science Monitor, Apr. 16, 2007

"Is Cheney Right? Will Democrats Cave On Iraq Funding?," by Ray McGovern, Truthout, Apr. 16, 2007

"Hidden Truths Of Progressive Taxes," by George Lakoff & Bruce Budner,, Apr. 16, 2007

"McCloskey Leaves Republican Party," Contra Costa Times (California), Apr. 16, 2007

"The Coming Party Realignment," by Lawrence Goodwyn, The Nation, Apr. 12, 2007

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Bush Allies In congress Keep Prisons Secret," The New York Times, Apr. 17, 2007

"Gonzales Contradicts His Own Testimony," ABC News, Apr. 16, 2007

"Bush, Gonzales Reportedly Discussed Fired Prosecutor," McClatchy Newspapers, Apr. 16, 2007

"Wolfowitz Deflects Questions About Role In Scandal," by Emad Mekay, Inter Press Service, Apr. 16, 2007

"U.S. Attorneys And Voting Rights: The New Watergate," by Marjorie Cohn, AlterNet, Apr. 16, 2007

"Rove, Others Were Warned To Save Emails," Los Angeles Times, Apr. 14, 2007

"New Documents On Attorney Firings Contradict DOJ Official's Testimony," The New York Times, Apr. 13, 2007

"White House Seeks Boost To Spy Powers," Associated Press, Apr. 13, 2007

"Why No One Wants To Be Bush's War Czar," by Fred Kaplan, Slate, Apr. 12, 2007

"Upending The Mayberry Machiavellis," by Sidney Blumenthal, Salon, Apr. 12, 2007

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"An Army Popping At The Seams," Asia Times, Apr. 17, 2007

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Sadr's Rising Star To Eclipse Bush's Surge?," by Dilip Hiro,, Apr. 17, 2007

"Small Iraqi Province In Big Trouble," by Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service, Apr. 17, 2007

"Sadr Raises Pressure For U.S. To Withdraw," Telegraph/UK, Apr. 17, 2007

"U.S. Troop Deaths Climbing In Iraq," McClatchy Newspapers, Apr. 16, 2007

"Sadr Ministers Quit Iraq Government Over U.S. Troops," Reuters, Apr. 16, 2007

"Iraq: New Humanitarian Crisis Looms As More Than 3,000,000 Iraqis Displaced By War," Amnesty International, Apr. 16, 2007

"Trauma Severe For Iraqi Children," USA Today, Apr. 16, 2007

"U.S. Holds 18,000 Detainees In Iraq," Washington Post, Apr. 15, 2007

"'Deletion' Of Images In Afghanistan: Attempt To Cover Up Civilian Killings?," by Greg Mitchell, Editor & Publisher, Apr. 15, 2007

"U.S. Troop Deaths Up 21 Percent In Iraq," Associated Press, Apr. 14, 2007

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Experts: Even If Acquitted, Padilla Could Go To Prison," New York Daily News, Apr. 16, 2007

"U.S. Watchlists Sow Frustration And Fear," Wired News, Apr. 16, 2007

"Shrinks, Lies And Torture: How Psychologists Became The Pentagon's Bitches," by Dr. Trudy Bond, Counterpunch, Apr. 14/15, 2007

"Torture, Secrecy And The Bush Administration," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Apr. 14, 2007

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"The Warped Reality Of Our Media Stars," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Apr. 17, 2007

"Switching Channels: The Larger Meaning Of The FOX Boycott & Imus Fracas," by Michael Tomasky, The American Prospect, Apr. 13, 2007

More newswire ...


"Green Activists Stepped It Up," by Bill McKibben,, Apr. 16, 2007

"Thousands Protest Climate Change Across The Country," AlterNet, Apr. 14, 2007

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