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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

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"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

"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

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For The Week Ending July 6, 2007

  • Violent Split Among Palestinians
    Leads to Search for New Leadership

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  • Human Rights Groups Demand Information
    From U.S. on Status of 39 Disappeared Detainees

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  • Advocates for Undocumented Hope Compromises
    Will Produce an Acceptable Immigration Bill

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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:

Violent Split Among Palestinians
Leads to Search for New Leadership

Interview with Nadia Hijab,
senior fellow at
the Institute for Palestine Studies,
conducted by Scott Harris


After months of escalating battles between rival Palestinian parties, Hamas and Fatah, Hamas seized control of the Gaza strip in mid-June. In response to the Gaza takeover, President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah formed an emergency government in the West Bank, dismissing Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas from his cabinet. The Palestinian territories are now politically divided, with the West Bank under the control of President Abbas and Gaza ruled by Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas.

Hamas, elected in January 2006 has been isolated by Israel, the U.S. and European Union for what they said was Hamas' refusal to recognize Israel's right to exist, renounce violence and honor previous treaties. A brokered deal forming a Fatah-Hamas unity government failed to end the Palestinian's isolation. Now, the U.S., Israel and moderate Arab governments have rushed to support Abbas and further contain Hamas. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert promised to release millions of dollars in withheld Palestinian tax money to Abbas and free 250 members of the Fatah movement from Israeli prisons as a "gesture of good will."

Meanwhile, outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been named special Middle East envoy for the U.S., European Union, Russia and the United Nations, with an assignment to revive stalled peace talks. Between The Lines Scott Harris spoke with Nadia Hijab, senior fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies, who discusses the violent split among Palestinians and the prospects for progress in peace negotiations.

Call the Institute for Palestine Studies at (202) 342-3990 or visit the group's website at

Human Rights Groups Demand Information
From U.S. on Status of 39 Disappeared Detainees

Interview with Joanne Mariner,
terrorism and counterterrorism director
at Human Rights Watch,
conducted by Scott Harris


A coalition of six human rights groups released the names of 39 individuals in early June, who they believe are currently being held in secret prisons by the U.S. government. These "disappeared" persons, from Egypt, Kenya, Libya, Morocco, Pakistan and Spain, include the spouses and children of detainees, one as young as seven years old at the time of the arrest. Three of the human rights groups in the coalition have filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit demanding disclosure of the whereabouts and condition of those missing.

The report issued by the coalition titled, "Off the Record: U.S. Responsibility for Enforced Disappearances in the War on Terror," details the location and mistreatment of prisoners as well as nations colluding with the U.S. covert operation. The information was culled from interviews with former prisoners, witnesses and government and media reports. Human rights groups issuing the paper are calling on the Bush administration to permanently close down the CIA's secret detention and interrogation program.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Joanne Mariner, terrorism and counterterrorism director at Human Rights Watch. She summarizes the coalition report and addresses the responsibility of citizens and Congress to return the U.S. to compliance with international human rights treaties and the rule of law.

Contact Human Rights Watch by calling (212) 290-4700 or visit their website at

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Advocates for Undocumented Hope Compromises
Will Produce an Acceptable Immigration Bill

Interview with Clarisa Martinez de Castro,
of the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


After suffering an almost-fatal blow, the immigration bill has been revived in the U.S. Senate and may come up for a final vote before the July 4th recess. President Bush, who supports the bill, returned from Europe to expend some of his limited political capital in promoting its passage, emphasizing what he calls the security elements of the bill, like building a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Senate will debate a long list of amendments related to the more controversial parts of the legislation, including restrictions on family unification, legalization and security measures. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Clarisa Martinez de Castro, campaign manager of the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. The coalition's strategy council is made up of 43 groups, including civil rights, faith-based and labor organizations such as the United Farm Workers Union. Also part of the coalition is UNITE HERE, which split with their union comrades in the AFL-CIO over the guest worker provision in the bill.

Martinez de Castro discusses the need for a comprehensive immigration bill to be passed this year, recognizing that compromises will be necessary to achieve that goal. She expresses hope that if the bill is passed in the Senate, any flaws can be corrected in the House.

Contact the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform by calling (202) 383-5990 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Vietnamese victims poisoned by Agent Orange during the Vietnam War are trying to reinstate a lawsuit against 37 chemical companies who manufactured the toxic herbicide. ("Agent Orange Appeal Heard in New York," Associated Press, June 18, 2007; "Vietnamese Appeal 'Agent Orange' Suit in New York," Reuters, June 18, 2007; "Victims Press Vietnam Agent Orange Case in U.S. Court," Agence France Presse, June 18, 2007)
  • Human rights activists say the new U.S. funded International Law Enforcement Academy based in El Salvador has led to an increase in police abuses and a crackdown on political dissent. ("The ILEA: U.S. Exporting 'Criminal Justice' to Latin America," CISPES, June 14, 2007; "Human Rights Violations in El Salvador Since Installment of the International Law Enforcement Academy," CISPES fact sheet, Spring 2007; "Legislative Rightwing Approves Funding of the ILEA," Diario Co Latino, March 9, 2007, posted on CISPES website:
  • A wave of student hunger strikes swept elite college campuses this spring in a sign of protest against growing economic inequality. ("Protesters' Hunger Strikes Stir Worry on Campuses," Boston Globe, June 19, 2007)

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Between The Lines Week Ending 6/29/07

U.S. Politics

"Nancy Pelosi And The Low Bar Democrats: Defending The Constitution 'Just Not Worth It,'" by David Lindorff, Counterpunch, July 3, 2007

"Christian Reconstructionists Trying To Take Dominion In U.S., With Help Of Powerful Friends," by Jeremy Leaming, Church and State, July 2, 2007

"To The Courts, Then On Behalf Of The Constitution!," by John Nichols, The Nation, July 2, 2007

"Kissing Up To K Street: Dems Sell Out The Economic Populism That Got Them Elected," by David Sirota, In These Times, July 2, 2007

"Was Campaigning Against Voter Fraud A Republican Ploy?," McClatchy Newspapers, July 1, 2007

"Lieberman Calls For Wider Use Of Surveillance Cameras," The Hill, July 1, 2007

"In Steps Big And Small, Supreme Court Moves Right," The New York Times, July 1, 2007

"Patrick Leahy Ready To Fight White House," Associated Press, July 1, 2007

"Rocky Mountain Right Reeling," by David Sirota,, July 1, 2007

"Vote By Mail Doesn't Deliver," by Michael Slater & Teresa James,, June 29, 2007

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Bush Regime

"Scooter And The Commuter: When Presidents Pardon Their Own Crimes," by David Swanson, Counterpunch, July 3, 2007

"Bush Presidency Enters Terminal Phase," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, July 3, 2007

"DOJ Documents Show Sampson Deleted Email," by Matt Renner, Truthout, July 3, 2007

"The Commutation Fits The Administration," by David Corn, The Nation, July 2, 2007

"Reaction To Bush's Libby Decision," Associated Press, July 2, 2007

"Bush Commutes Libby Sentence," Associated Press, July 2, 2007

"When The Vice President Does It, It Means It's Not Illegal," by Frank Rich, The New York Times, July 1, 2007

"Keeper Of Secrets: Cheney Does The Constitution," by Christopher Brauchli, Counterpunch, June 30/July 1, 2007

"The Misunderestimated Mr. Cheney: A Record Of Willful Violation Of The Law And Wrongfully Claiming Authority To Do So," by John W. Dean, FindLaw, June 29, 2007

"The Imperial Vice Presidency," by Sidney Blumenthal, Salon, June 28, 2007

"Cheney And The Constitution," by Aziz Huq, The Nation, June 26, 2007

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"U.S. Continues Detabilization Push In Venezuela: Interview With Eva Golinger," by Sam King, Green Left Weekly, July 3, 2007

"U.S. Accuses Hezbollah Of Aiding Iran In Iraq," Associated Press, July 2, 2007

"Big Oil & Big Media Vs. Chavez," by Stephen Lendman, ZNet, June 30, 2007

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Iraq Invasion Strengthened The Militants," by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, July 3, 2007

"Enter Turkey: From Cakewalk To Quicksand," by Paul Craig Roberts, Counterpunch, July 2, 2007

"Civilian Deaths Fuel Afghan Outrage," Independent/UK, July 2, 2007

"Civilian Casualties In Afghanistan No Coincidence," by Ira Chernus, Common Dreams, July 2, 2007

"'Up To 80 Civilians Dead' After U.S. Airstrikes In Afghanistan," Observer/UK, July 1, 2007

"Losing The War In Afghanistan, One Civilian Massacre At A Time," by Brian Cloughley, Counterpunch, June 29, 2007

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"The Guantanamo Whistleblowers," by Andy Worthington, Counterpunch, July 2, 2007

"New NSA Whistleblower Speaks," by David Swanson, Truthout, July 2, 2007

"Between SCOTUS And A Hard Place," by Aziz Huq,, July 2, 2007

"A Howl For Literary Freedom," by Dick Meister, ZNet, July 1, 2007

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Rachel Maddow: Progressives' Kickass Funster On The Radio," by Julie A. Weisberg, Raw Story, July 3, 2007

"The Problem With Murdoch," by Bill Moyers,, July 2, 2007

"Caught Red-Handed: Media Backttrack's On Iran's 'Threat,'" by Arash Norouzi,, July 2, 2007

"Our Rotted Press Corp, A Division Of 'Camp Victory,'" by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, June 30, 2007

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"Supermarket Swindle: Grocery Workers' Labor Fight Subject Of New Documentary," by Joshua Holland, AlterNet, July 3, 2007

"Labor Head Andy Stern Has Some Strange Corporate Bedfellows," by Liza Featherstone, The Nation, July 2, 2007

"Antiwar Protesters Rally Before Bush-Putin Talks," Reuters, July 1, 2007

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