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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, 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
"Martial Law Threat is Real," by Dave Lindorff, commondreams.org, 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, Rawstory.com July 19, 2007
"Fascist America, in 10 easy steps," by Naomi Wolf, The Guardian, April 24, 2007
"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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This week we present Between The Lines' summary of under-reported news stories and:
Venezuela's Voters to DecideVenezuelan president Hugo Chavez, bent on remaking his oil-rich country into a living model of what he calls "Socialism for the 21st Century," will place a package of 69 proposed changes to his nation's constitution in a Dec. 2nd referendum. While the Western press has devoted most of its coverage to controversial articles that would eliminate term limits for the presidency and give the executive branch increased power, other proposed reforms provide citizens with greater access to education and more local control over economic decisions in their neighborhoods. Still other articles offer citizens protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation or health conditions and a universal pension plan.
on Sweeping Changes
to Nation's Constitution
Interview with Gregory Wilpert,
sociologist and journalist living in Caracas,
conducted by Scott Harris
Student protests both for and against changes to the constitution has triggered tension and some violence in the streets of Venezuela in the lead up to the Dec. 2nd referendum. One of Chavez's longtime allies, former Minister of Defense Raul Baduel, has broken with the president and actively campaigned for a "No" vote on the reforms. Polls indicate that this vote is likely to be a close one for Chavez, who has decisively won 11 consecutive national elections and plebiscites over the last 8 years.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Gregory Wilpert, a sociologist and journalist living in Caracas. Wilpert, who is the author of a new book titled, "Changing Venezuela by Taking Power," examines the larger context of the proposed constitutional reforms and Chavez's central role in moving Venezuela towards socialism.
Gregory Wilpert's articles can be read online at www.venezuelaanalysis.com
Counter-Recruitment Campaign WorksAlthough it isn't over yet, 2007 has already become the deadliest year for American troops in the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan. As the conflicts grind on, the U.S. military needs to find replacements for the almost 4,300 men and women in uniform who have died, and the tens of thousands more who been severely injured or finished their military hitches and chosen not to re-enlist. Without a draft, recruiters are looking for those replacements in high schools and wherever teens gather.
to Challenge Aggressive Pentagon Recruitment Drive
Interview with counter-recruitment
activist Aimee Allison
conducted by Melinda Tuhus
But there's a growing movement of young people and adults who are providing information to potential recruits that counters the military's propaganda.
Aimee Allison served in the Army during the Persian Gulf War and was honorably discharged as a conscientious objector. Now she travels the country as one half of a team giving workshops called "Army of None," where she shares counter-recruitment strategies with local organizers. As a result of her work Allison, along with David Solnit, wrote the book titled, "Army of None: Strategies to Counter Military Recruitment, End War and Build a Better World." Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Aimee Allison who explains how the military seeks to sign up young recruits, and successful strategies to counter the Pentagon's attempt to militarize our schools.
For more information on Aimee Allison's book, visit their publisher's website at www.sevenstories.com
Media's Coverage of U.S. ElectionU.S. citizens have one of the highest voter abstention rates among nations around the world. Dissatisfaction about the choice of candidates, dirty tactics and lack of substance in campaigns are some of the complaints that play into many voters' decision not to participate in the political process.
Trivializes Politics, Repels Voters
Interview with Danny Schechter,
executive editor at MediaChannel.org,
conducted by Scott Harris
With the advent of 24-hour a day cable news channels, many observers hoped for media coverage of U.S. politics focused more on substance than style. But sadly cable news has followed the lead of broadcast TV and big newspapers in devoting much of their coverage to horse race issues: endlessly repeating poll numbers and reporting which candidates are raking in the most money.
Years ago non-partisan groups like the League of Women Voters sponsored candidate debates, but now television networks are organizing their own candidate forums with the tone and format framed by ratings conscious business executives. In a recent CNN sponsored debate among Democratic presidential candidates in Las Vegas, a student who asked Hillary Clinton whether she preferred "diamonds or pearls," later stated that CNN had forced her to ask the inane question instead of a pre-approved question she had submitted about Nevada's Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. Between The Lines Scott Harris spoke with author and film maker Danny Schechter of Media Channel.org. who takes a critical look at what he views as the corporate media's flawed coverage of the 2008 U.S. Presidential election campaign.
Danny Schechter's latest documentary film, "In Debt We Trust," examines the deepening U.S. credit crisis. See a trailer of the documentary at www.Indebtwetrust.com
This week's summary
of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
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"Disgraced General Who Pushed Torture Is Now A Spokesman For Democrats?,"by Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!, Nov. 27, 2007
"Politics Creates Odd Pair: Sanchez And Democrats,"Washington Post, Nov. 27, 2007
"Mayors Warn Worst Of Mortgage Crisis Is Ahead,"The New York Times, Nov. 27, 2007
"Lobbying Lucre Awaits Lott,"Politico, Nov. 27, 2007
"Minorities Hit Hardest by Housing Crisis,"Reuters, Nov. 26, 2007
"Hillary And The Politics Of Disappointment,"by Paul Rogat Loeb, Common Dreams, Nov. 25, 2007
"Was Perot Right?,"by David Sirota, Counterpunch, Nov. 25, 2007
"Iran And The 2008 Elections: Preventing The Impending War On Iran,"by Marjorie Cohn, Counterpunch, Nov. 24/25, 2007
"The Immigration Con Artists,"by David Sirota, Creators Syndicate, Nov. 24, 2007
"Mike Huckabee Is Not A Sane Man,"by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, Nov. 24, 2007
"Banks Gone Wild,"by Paul Krugman, The New York Times, Nov. 23, 2007
"Justice Stevens And The Tipping Point,"Los Angeles Times, Nov. 23, 2007
"Faith-Based Sending Goes Relatively Unchecked,"by Thomas D. Williams, Truthout, Nov. 23, 2007
"Democrats' Bill On Iraq Wouldn't End War,"Associated Press, Nov. 23, 2007
"The Promised Land,"by E.J. Dionne, TruthDig, Nov. 22, 2007
"Obama's Plan For Open Source Democracy,"by Kate Sheppard, The American Prospect, Nov. 21, 2007
"The Future Of The Corporation,"by Robert Kuttner, Boston Globe, Nov. 21, 2007
"The Youth Vote, The Culture Wars And Barack Obama,"by Paul Waldman, The American Prospect, Nov. 21, 2007
"Cheering For Ron Paul,"by Robert Scheer, TruthDig, Nov. 20, 2007
"The Anti-Crusader,"by Josh Harkinson, Mother Jones, Nov. 20, 2007
"The Man Behind The Torture,"by David Cole, The New York Review of Books, Dec. 6, 2007
"Congress Scrutinizes 'State Secrets,'"Associated Press, Nov. 26, 2007
"Another Bogus 'Press Conference' Revealed, This Time At Homeland Security,"Associated Press, Nov. 26, 2007
"Impeachment: If Not Now, When?,"by Linda Boyd, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Nov. 25, 2007
"Reckoning: The Economic Consequences Of Mr. Bush,"by Joseph E. Stiglitz, Vanity Fair, Nov. 24, 2007
"The Bush Rules Of Evidence,"by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Nov. 24, 2007
"At The White House, Truth Is A Casualty,"by Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 23, 2007
"French Prosecutors Throw Out Rumsfeld Torture Case,"Reuters, Nov. 23, 2007
"Good Riddance To Them All,"by Joseph L. Galloway, McClatchy Newspapers, Nov. 21, 2007
"Release Justice's Secrets,"by Nicholas deB. Katzenbach and Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr., The New York Times, Nov. 20 2007
American Empire/War Profiteering
"U.S. Wages Covert War On Iraq-Iran Border,"Asia Times, Nov. 28, 2007
"Venezuela's Bad Example,"by Alberto Cruz, Ceprid, Nov. 27, 2007
"The Right Wing Counterattack: The Final Battle In Bolivia,"by Roger Burbach, Counterpunch, Nov. 26, 2007
"Venezuela's Still A Democracy,"by Mark Weisbrot, New Statesman/UK, Nov. 26, 2007
"America In The Time Of Empire,"by Chris Hedges, Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 26, 2007
"Massive Student Demonstration In Support Of Reforms,"by Kiraz Janicke, Venezuelanalysis.com, Nov. 26, 2007
"The U.S. Aggression Process And Its Collaborators,"by Edward S. Herman & Davis Peterson, ZNet, Nov. 25, 2007
"Iran In Crosshairs As Fuel Delivery To Gulf Forces Increases,"Reuters, Nov. 23, 2007
"Iran's Ahmadinejad Slammed For Accusing Rivals,"Agence France Presse, Nov. 22, 2007
"Hands Off Iran,"by Chris Hedges, The Nation, Nov. 21, 2007
"Suitcase Nukes Said Unlikely To Exist,"Associated Press, Nov. 10, 2007
"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan
"Reporters Say Baghdad Too Dangerous Despite Surge,"Reuters, Nov. 28, 2007
"Bush Commits Troops To Iraq For The Long Term,"Guardian/UK, Nov. 27, 2007
"The Algebra Of Occupation,"by Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy in Focus, Nov. 27, 2007
"U.S. Military Kills More Civilians In Iraq, Apologizes Again,"McClatchy Newspapers, Nov. 27, 2007
"Detentions Escalate In Diwaniyeh,"by Ali al-Fadhily, Inter Press Service, Nov. 27, 2007
"How Fragile Is Baghdad's Calm?,"Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 27, 2007
"Petraeus Sought To Prevent Release Of Iranians,"by Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service, Nov. 27, 2007
"Controlling The Story, Pentagon-Style: Iraq Has Only Militants, No Civilians,"by Tom Engelhardt & Dahr Jamail, TomDispatch.com, Nov. 26, 2007
"War Czar: Permanent Bases Won't Require Senate Ratification,"by Spencer Ackerman, Talking Points Memo, Nov. 26, 2007
"U.S.-Iraq Deal Sees Long-Term U.S. Presence,"Associated Press, Nov. 26, 2007
"American-Backed Killer Militias Strut Across Iraq,"The Sunday Times/UK, Nov. 25, 2007
"U.S. Scales Back Political Goals For Iraqi Unity,"The New York Times, Nov. 25, 2007
"Iraq Embassy As Gilded Palace,"by Christopher Brauchli, Counterpunch, Nov. 24/25, 2007
"U.S. Blames Iran-Backed Group For Baghdad Bombing,"Reuters, Nov. 24, 2007
"Ricks Of 'Wash Post': Don't Celebrate Turnaround In Iraq Just Yet,"Editor & Publisher, Nov. 24, 2007
"The Primary Point Of The Occupation Of Iraq Is The Occupation Itself,"by Joshua Holland, AlterNet, Nov. 23, 2007
"Executions Not Leading To Iraq Reconciliation,"by Ali al-Fadhily, Inter Press Service, Nov. 23, 2007
"Trying To Stop The Other Invasion Of Iraq,"by Cam Sylvester, The Tyee, Nov. 23, 2007
"More Than Half Of Afghanistan 'Under Taliban,'"Independent/UK, Nov. 22, 2007
"Ex-Iraq Commander Says Bring The Troops Home,"Associated Press, Nov. 21, 2007
"Report: Resurgent Taliban Closing In On Kabul,"Reuters, Nov. 21, 2007
"Fallujah Now Under A Different Kind Of Siege,"by Ali al-Fadhily, Inter Press Service, Nov. 21, 2007
"Sleight Of Hand Surge,"by Jeff Huber, Military.com, Nov. 21, 2007
"Iraq: Toward National Reconciliation Or A Warlord State?,"by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Nov. 21, 2007
Civil Liberties/ Human Rights
"Washington Teachers Under Fire For War Protest Participation,"King 5 News (Washington), 2007
"Civil Libertarians Warn Of 'PATRIOT Act Lite,'"by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Nov. 27, 2007
"Amnesty Film On Stress Positions: Waiting For The Guards,"by Stephen Soldz, Psyche, Science and Society, Nov. 27, 2007
"Justices Uphold Welfare Home Searches,"Los Angeles Times, Nov. 27, 2007
"The Violent Radicalization And Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act,"by Philip Giraldi, Huffington Post, Nov. 26, 2007
"Challenges Brew Over 'State Secrets,'"Associated Press, Nov. 26, 2007
"Flight Logs Reveal Secret Rendition,"London Sunday Times/UK, Nov. 25, 2007
"UN: Tasers Are A Form Of Torture,"CBS News, Nov. 25, 2007
"A Nation On The Edge Of The Final Descent (III): Obey Or Die,"by Arthur Silber, Once Upon A Time, Nov. 25, 2007
"Welcome To The Jackboot State, Ann Arbor Division: The Ordeal Of Catherine Wilkerson, MD,"by Alexander Cockburn, Counterpunch, Nov. 24/25, 2007
"Foes Of Electronic Spying May Have A New Way Of Challenging It,"San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 24, 2007
"Cellphone Tracking Powers On Request,"Washington Post, Nov. 23, 2007
"Shocked In Death, Shocked In Life: More Than A Taser Story,"by Naomi Wolf, Los Angeles Times, Nov. 22, 2007
"Moussaoui Judge Questions Government,"Associated Press, Nov. 20, 2007
"Congress And The Disappeared,"by Nat Hentoff, Village Voice, Nov. 20, 2007
"Climate Of Fear,"by George Arnold, Arkansas Democrat-Gazete, Nov. 6, 2007
"Everything That Is Rancid And Corrupt With Modern Journalism: The Nutshell,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Nov. 27, 2007
"Time Magazine Lavishly Rewards Journalistic Malpractice,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Nov. 26, 2007
"Invasion: A Comparison Of Western And Soviet Media Performance, Part 1,"by Nikolai Lanine & Media Lens, ZNet, Nov. 24, 2007
"Why Is Imus Back In The Game?,"by Dave Zirin, Los Angeles Times, Nov. 21, 2007
"WGA: Pick It And Click It,"by Christopher Lisotta, The Nation, Nov. 27, 2007
"Military Recruiting Vans Draw Fire,"by Pat Elder, Common Dreams, Nov. 26, 2007
"In Davis, Sodexho Workers Struggle,"by Seth Sandronsky, ZNet, Nov. 24, 2007
"Out From The Weather Underground,"by Cathy Wilkerson, Seven Stories, Nov. 23, 2007
"What's On The Line In The Writer's Strike,"by Harold Meyerson, ZNet, Nov. 20, 2007