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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
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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

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"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

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Between The Lines
For The Week Ending June 15, 2007

  • Immigration Reform Bill Draws
    Fire from All Sides

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  • Role in 2002 Coup Attempt Provoked
    Denial of License
    to Venezuelan Opposition TV Station

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  • Critics: Bush Proposal
    on Global Warming Designed to
    Undercut United Nations

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Immigration Reform Bill Draws
Fire from All Sides

Interview with Deborah Notkin,
past president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, conducted by Scott Harris


Immigration reform legislation now being debated in Congress was once thought to be a strategic compromise that would attract support from all sides. President Bush, Sen. Ted Kennedy and Sen. John McCain support the proposal. But now the measure is headed for trouble. The bill, which pours billions of dollars into border security while offering a path to citizenship to the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. has provoked strong opposition from both the left and the right.

Conservatives label the proposal that allows immigrants to pursue legal status as "amnesty," which they unalterably oppose. This, despite requirements that applicants must pay thousands of dollars in fines and return to their home countries before beginning the process. Many progressive activists and immigration advocates object to the measure's point system where prospective immigrants are judged for entry based on their job skills and education, while denying the right to a large number of extended family members living abroad to join legal residents in the U.S.

Industrial unions, many within the AFL-CIO, oppose the bill's creation of a temporary-worker program allowing an influx of 200,000 immigrants into the U.S. each year, who they fear will be exploited by low wages and substandard working conditions. But the Service Employees Union, which has in recent years actively recruited immigrants to become union members, is less hostile to the bill and doesn't view immigrant workers as a significant threat. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Deborah Notkin, past president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the pending immigration legislation and explains why she is opposed to the measure as it now stands.

Contact the American Immigration Lawyers Association at (202) 216-2400 or visit their website at

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  • "Unions split over immigration bill," Los Angeles Times, June 1, 2007

Role in 2002 Coup Attempt Provoked
Denial of License
to Venezuelan Opposition TV Station

Interview with Bart Jones,
former Associated Press correspondent in Venezuela,
conducted by Scott Harris


The government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's decision to deny opposition television station Radio Caracas TV, a renewal of their broadcast license in May, set off a round of protests both of condemnation and support. RCTV, one of Venezuela's oldest private outlets, was popular for its Tele Novelas and other comedy and news programs since the 1950s.

But during the April 2002 failed military coup launched against Hugo Chavez's democratically elected government, RCTV played a critical role on behalf of those seeking to remove the populist president from power. During the period leading up to the coup attempt, the TV station broadcast non-stop condemnation of Chavez and then appealed for people to attend an opposition protest march. When the rally turned violent and people were killed, RCTV aired manipulated video blaming Chavez supporters for scores of deaths and injuries. While Chavez was being held prisoner by the military, and tens of thousands of his supporters filled the streets to demand his return, the TV station declined to cover the unfolding drama.

Since the government's refusal to renew RCTV's license, Chavez opponents, including many students, have protested the decision. The move has also been condemned by groups including the Committee to Protect Journalists, the European Union, members of the U.S. Congress and the Bush administration which supported the 2002 coup. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Bart Jones, a former Associated Press correspondent who worked as a reporter in Venezuela for 8 years. He examines the rationale, not widely covered in the U.S. media, behind the Chavez government's decision denying renewal of RCTV's license to broadcast.

Bart Jones is author of the forthcoming book titled, "Hugo! The Hugo Chavez Story, from Mud Hut to Perpetual Revolution," to be published this fall.

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Critics: Bush Proposal
on Global Warming Designed to
Undercut United Nations

Interview with Ross Gelbspan,
journalist and author,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


On May 31, President George Bush proposed for the first time during his administration setting "a long-term global goal" for reducing carbon emissions, after six years of ignoring the problem or calling for more studies. The president's proposal calls for a set of international talks to discuss voluntary, not mandatory, compliance, focusing on reducing emissions 50 years and more into the future, rather than on what can be done right now.

The timing of his announcement was tied to the G-8 summit meeting of leading industrial nations in Germany, from June 6-8. But the president's climate change proposal was met mostly with criticism from other world leaders and environmentalists.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Ross Gelbspan, author of "The Heat is On" and "Boiling Point," two books that detail the problems associated with global climate change and propose a way forward. He discusses the relationship between the developed and developing nations regarding carbon emissions, and finds hope in an unlikely sector of American society.

Ross Gelbspan had a 30-year career as a journalist before turning to writing books on global warming. For more information, visit his website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • A new resettlement program by the Sri Lankan Army is moving over 100,000 people displaced by the ongoing civil war, but the effort is facing criticism for not living up to international standards on access to education, water and sanitation. ("Sri Lanka: War Refugees Stressed by Mass Resettlement," Inter Press Service, May 2007; "Sri Lanka Says May Scrap Tattered Truce with Rebels," Reuters, May 31, 2007)
  • Democrats in Congress are laying the groundwork for a thaw in Cuba relations. But the effort is being kept low key, as a sudden shift in Cuba policy could cost both parties key votes in Florida for the 2008 presidential election. ("A New Stance Toward Havana," The Nation, May 14, 2007; "Hold Reforms-Castro is Back," Los Angeles Times, April 28, 2007; "Castr-ated," Washington Monthly, April 2007)
  • A long strike by security guards at the main plant for servicing nuclear weapons may have left the plant vulnerable to terrorist attack. ("Strike at Nuclear Site Stirs Terrorism Fears," Los Angeles Times, May 24, 2007)

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Last Week's Program

Between The Lines Week Ending 6/8/07

U.S. Politics

"A Top Clinton Aide Draws Criticism From Unions," The New York Times, June 5, 2007

"Inaction On Iraq Hurting Democrats," Washington Post, June 5, 2007

"Hillary Vs. Labor," by Ari Berman, The Nation, June 5, 2007

"Jury Indicts Rep. Jefferson In Bribery Probe," Washington Post, June 5, 2007

"Will Electronic Voting Reform Create New Opportunities To Steal Elections?," by Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet, June 4, 2007

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Libby Sentenced: 30 Months Because 'Truth Matters,'" by David Corn, The Nation, June 5, 2007

"Libby Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison," by Matt Renner, Truthout, June 5, 2007

"Justice Official Said To Have Favored GOP Loyalists," Los Angeles Times, June 4, 2007

"Bush Base Erodes On Immigration Debate," ABC News, June 4, 2007

"Iraq Is Korea? Bush's Latest Appalling Historical Analogy," by Fred Kaplan, Slate, May 31, 2007

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Anti-U.S. Uproar Sweeps Italy Over Base Proposal," by David Swanson,, May 8, 2007

"Sanctions Aggravate Iranian Rights Situation," by Praful Bidwai,, May 6, 2007

"Six Questions For Laura Rozen On Iran," by Ken Silverstein, Harper's, May 4, 2007

"Duck And Cover: The Bush Administration Is Reviving The Nuclear Threat," by William D. Hartung & Frida Berrigan, In These Times, Apr. 30, 2007

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Anger Builds In Fallujah Over Security Crackdown," by Ali al-Fadhily, Inter Press Service, June 5, 2007

"U.S., Iraqi Troops Control Only A Third Of Baghdad," Reuters, June 4, 2007

"U.S. Can Forget About Winning In Iraq: Top Retired General," Agence France Presse, June 4, 2007

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Guantanamo Trial In Chaos After Judge Throws Out Two Cases," Guardian/UK, June 5, 2007

"The Tortured Lives Of Interrogators," Washington Post, June 4, 2007

"Judge Dismisses Charges Against Teen Gitmo Detainee," Associated Press, June 4, 2007

"Soviet-Style 'Torture' Becomes 'Interrogation,'" by Scott Shane, The New York Times, June 3, 2007

"What If Our Mercenaries Turn On Us?," by Chris Hedges, Philadelphia Inquirer, June 3, 2007

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"The Price Of Free Airwaves," by Michael J. Copps, The new York Times, June 5, 2007

"The New Media Assault On Gore," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, June 5, 2007

"A Blog Is A Little First Amendment Machine," by Jay Rosen, Huffington Post, June 5, 2007

"Media Coverage Doesn't Cut It," by Jeff Cohen,, June 1, 2007

More newswire ...


"Shaming The Official Antiwar Movement: Libertarian Conference On War And Liberty," by John V. Walsh, Counterpunch, June 5, 2007

"Vet Vows To Continue Speaking Out," Kansas City Star (Missouri), June 4, 2007

"Cindy Sheehan's Farewell," by John Nichols, The Nation, June 2, 2007

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