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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

"The Future of Iraq: The Spoils of War," Blood and oil: How the West will profit from Iraq's most precious commodity, by Danny Fortson, Andrew Murray-Watson and Tim Webb, The Independent/UK, Jan. 7, 2007

"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

"Martial Law Threat is Real," by Dave Lindorff,, July 27, 2007

"ACLU: US Constitution in Grave Danger,"United Press International, July 25, 2007

"Old-line Republican warns 'something's in the works' to trigger a police state," by Muriel Kane, July 19, 2007

"Fascist America, in 10 easy steps," by Naomi Wolf, The Guardian, April 24, 2007

"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

"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 Sept. 14, 2007

Universal Health Care Forum
with Dr. Stephanie Woolhandler
New Haven, Conn.

  • Bush Photo Op in Iraq Precedes
    Congressional Debate on War Funding

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  • Washington Increases Weapons Aid
    to Israel and Pro-U.S. Arab Nations
    to Shore Up Shaky Middle East Alliance

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  • White House Likely Used
    Katrina Disaster in New Orleans
    to Bolster Fortunes of Louisiana GOP

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Bush Photo Op in Iraq Precedes
Congressional Debate on War Funding

Interview with Leslie Cagan,
national coordinator of United for Peace and Justice,
conducted by Scott Harris


In a surprise Labor Day visit to Iraq, President Bush lauded the "success" he claims his troop surge had brought to the war effort. In his third trip to Iraq in the five-year war, the president spoke to U.S. soldiers and Iraqi leaders in the Anbar province. During his seven-hour visit, Bush said that if security improvements continued across Iraq, as he says is the case in Anbar, some American troops could be withdrawn. But the president did not mention any number of troops or dates when a withdrawal might take place.

Bush's trip preceded renewed debate in Congress over Iraq War funding and a progress report to be delivered to lawmakers by Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker. In addition to the president's trip to Iraq, the White House is hoping that a $15 million pro-war advertising campaign, sponsored by a new group Freedom's Watch, will help influence public opinion and limit congressional action to de-fund the war.

One year before the 2008 presidential and congressional election, Americans continue to oppose the war, and are increasingly blaming both President Bush and the congressional Democrats for their failure to end the conflict. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Leslie Cagan, national coordinator of United for Peace and Justice -- the nation's largest anti-war coalition, who discusses the peace movement's role in the coming congressional debate over the future course of the Iraq War.

Contact United for Peace and Justice by calling (212) 868-5545 or visit their website at

Washington Increases Weapons Aid
to Israel and Pro-U.S. Arab Nations
to Shore Up Shaky Middle East Alliance

Interview with Hussein Ibish,
executive director
of the Hala Foundation for Arab-American Leadership,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Last month, the Bush administration announced a massive increase in military aid to Israel: more than $30 billion in weapons over ten years, a 25 percent increase. The aid package is part of a larger arms deal that includes military assistance to both Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, the situation in the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, and especially Gaza, continues to deteriorate. Three Palestinian children, ages 10 to 12, were killed by the Israeli army last week in Gaza. After originally charging that the children were cooperating with Palestinian terrorists, the Israeli government acknowledged that the children were just playing tag. After their deaths, Islamic Jihad launched a rocket attack on the border town of Sderot in Israel, that caused no injuries, but did provoke Israel to pledge retaliation.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Hussein Ibish, executive director of the Hala Foundation for Arab-American Leadership about what he calls the Bush administration's "desperate" attempt to shore up a pro-American coalition that is shaky due to the continued occupation of Palestine -- making it very difficult for Israel and the Arab states to work together. Ibish believes that's why Washington's bundling of military aid to all three countries is crucial.

For more information call the Hala Foundation for Arab-American Leadership at (202) 438-7297, or visit their website at

White House Likely Used
Katrina Disaster in New Orleans
to Bolster Fortunes of Louisiana GOP

Interview with political blogger Digby,
conducted by Scott Harris


On the second anniversary of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, political blogger, "Digby," raises serious questions about the role politics may have played in the Bush administration's inept response to the storm and its aftermath. Digby notes that President Bush's former political advisor Karl Rove was the one to recommend that Bush not land his plane in New Orleans as "Air Force One" took the now famous over-flight of the flooded city.

As bodies floated in the streets of New Orleans and the Bush administration was widely criticized for mismanaging the post-storm crisis, Karl Rove was put in charge of the Gulf states' hurricane reconstruction effort. Rove, who retired from his post at the White House on Aug. 31, not surprisingly made politics a primary consideration in the rescue and recovery operation. Unlike most other southern states, Louisiana in recent years voted for Bill Clinton and elected Democrats as governor and senator, relying on the black majority of New Orleans to win statewide contests. Now, with only about 66 percent of New Orleans' majority black and democratic-voting residents returning to the city, the GOP is looking to once again make Louisiana a reliably Republican bastion.

Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Digby about her piece titled, "Katrina: Slow As Molasses." She discusses the likelihood that the Bush White House, led by Karl Rove, had taken advantage of the post-Katrina New Orleans' disaster to bolster the fortunes of Louisiana's Republican party.

Political blogger Digby's articles can be read online at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Federal court order rules that the White house violated a 1990 law when it failed to meet deadlines on releasing updated plans to guide federal research on climate change. ("Environmentalists Won White House Suit," Associated Press, Aug. 21, 2007; "Judge Ordered Bush Administration to Issue Global Warming Report,", Aug. 21, 2007)
  • Flush with oil profits, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has pledged nearly $9 billion in aid to other Latin American nations, more than double the aid sent by the Bush administration in 2005. The aid has been directed to new left-leaning governments in Central and South America. ("Chavez Pledging $8.8 Billion in Global Aid," Associated Press, Aug. 27, 2007; "Chavez's Petro-Diplomacy Tour," Los Angeles Times, Aug. 8, 2007)
  • NYC's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, eyeing an independent run for the White House, has claimed success in handing over the city's public education system to corporate manager. ("School's Out," The Nation, July 9, 2007)

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U.S. Politics

"Why The Latino Community's Political Clout Is Rising,"by Roberto Lovato, New American Media, Sept. 11, 2007

"The GOP's '08 Candidates Can't Keep Dodging Iraq Much Longer,"by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, Sept. 10, 2007

"Exposing A Corrupt Prosection And Trial In Alabama,"by Scott Horton, Harper's, Sept. 10, 2007

"The Making Of One Minuteman,"Happening Here blog, Sept. 10, 2007

"AP Poll: Most Say Iraq War Is A Failure,"Associated Press, Sept. 10, 2007

"The D.C. Establishment Vs. American Public Opinion,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 9, 2007

"Dems Accuse Bush Team Of Twisting Truth On Iraq Gains,"Los Angeles Times, Sept. 8, 2007

"Why Fred Thompson Won't Enliven The GOP Race,"by Jon Margolis, The American Prospect, Sept. 7, 2007

"Dems Hold All The Cards On Iraq So Why Are They Folding?,"by Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post, Sept. 6, 2007

"Democratically Controlled Congress Stands On The Brink Of Irrelevance On Iraq,"by Joshua Holland, AlterNet-, Sept. 6, 2007

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Bush Gets No Surge From Petraeus," by Walter Shapiro, Salon, Sept. 11, 2007

"'Broken Government': 'People Should Not Vote For Any Republican,'" by John W. Dean, Salon, Sept. 10, 2007

"The Bush Administration Ramps Up Secrecy," by William Fisher, Truthout, Sept. 10, 2007

"Shutting Down The Information Society, Bush-Style," by Tom Engelhardt & Ruth Rosen,, Sept. 6, 2007

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"The Next Battlefront: The Horn Of Africa," Newsweek, Sept. 17, 2007

"Pakistan On The Brink," by Adele M. Stan, The American Prospect, Sept. 11, 2007

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Why We're Losing The War On Terror," by David Cole & Jules Lobel, The Nation, Sept. 24, 2007

"Imperial Autism: The Petraeus Moment Blots Out The World," by Tom Engelhardt,, Sept. 11, 2007

"The Fakery Of General Petraeus: What Iraqis Think About The Surge," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Sept. 11, 2007

"Petraeus Warns Against A Quick Pullback In Iraq," The New York Times, Sept. 11, 2007

"View From Baghdad: Mounting Death Toll Makes Mockery Of U.S. Optimism," Independent/UK, Sept. 11, 2007

"Is The U.S. Responsible For A Million Iraqi Deaths?," by Patrick McElwee & Robert Naiman, Just Foreign Policy, Sept. 11, 2007

"U.S. To Build Military Base On Iraq/Iran Border," Agence France Presse, Sept. 10, 2007

"What Crocker And Petraeus Didn't Say," McClatchy Newspapers, Sept. 10, 2007

"Documenting Gen. Petraeus' Record Of Statements About The War," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 10, 2007

"Under Siege: What The Surge Really Means In Baghdad," Independent/UK, Sept. 10, 2007

"Petraeus' Testimony Fact Check," Democracy Arsenal, Sept. 10, 2007

"Among Top Officials, 'Surge' Has Sparked Dissent, Infighting," Washington Post, Sept. 9, 2007

"Launching Brand Petraeus: 'Progress' By The Numbers," by Tom Engelhardt,, Sept. 9, 2007

"Afghan Suicide Attacks Rising, Report Says," The New York Times, Sept. 9, 2007

"In Afghanistan, U.S. Losing Ground," Newsday, Sept. 9, 2007

"Iraq Debate Is Sea Of Statistics," Associated Press, Sept. 9, 2007

"Are Petraeus And Westmoreland Birds Of A Feather?," by Ray McGovern, Common Dreams, Sept. 8, 2007

"Leaving Home: Riverbend As A Refugee," Riverbend, Baghdad Burning, Sept. 6, 2007

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Senate Democrats Seek To Regroup Quickly On Surveillance Law Rewrite," The Hill, Sept. 11, 2007

"Amnesty Film Shows Agony Of U.S. Detention Techniques," Independent/UK, Sept. 10, 2007

"FBI Data Mining Reached Beyond Initial Targets," The New York Times, Sept. 9, 2007

"700,000 Name Terror List Still Riddled With False Information," Wired, Sept. 7, 2007

"Policing Speech In Fort Worth: Anti-Government Speeches OK In Park, Not In Street," Fort Worth Weekly (Texas), Sept. 5, 2007

"CBS Early Show Removes Antiwar Protesters From View In Kansas City," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Sept. 4, 2007

"Nightmare On Main Street: More On Bush's Anti-Dissent Order," by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, July 30, 2007

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Brit Hume And The Bush Administration Take Propaganda To A New Level," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 11, 2007

"Denying The Truth: Petraeus, Iraq And our Pontius Pilate," by Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post, Sept. 11, 2007

"Democracy And Media," by Michael J. Copps, Seattle Times, Sept. 9, 2007

"Hooked On War: Thomas Friedman's Deadly Addiction," by Norman Solomon, Counterpunch, Sept. 7, 2007

"Our Internet Policy Is A Disgrace: Here's The Proof," by Art Brodsky, Huffington Post, Sept. 6, 2007

"Unreasoning Hysteria As The Default Position," by Arthur Silber, Once Upon A Time..., Sept. 5, 2007

More newswire ...


"Pelosi's Cops Assault Antiwar Minister At Petraeus Hearing, Break His Leg," FireDogLake, Sept. 11, 2007

"Rookie Filmmaker Revisits Forgotten Chapter In Antiwar History," Associated Press, Sept. 10, 2007

"The Missing Measure Of Our Outrage," by Courtney E. Martin, The American Prospect, Sept. 10, 2007

"APEC Climate Call Is Just Hot Air, Say Activists," Agence France Presse, Sept. 9, 2007

"Street Theater In The California Burbs," Happening Here blog, Sept. 9, 2007

"Troop Blogs Show Increasing Criticism Of War," Associated Press, Sept. 9, 2007

"Dude!," by Alex Horton, Army of Dude blog, Aug. 29, 2007

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