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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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U.S. Intelligence Report ChallengesAfter months of ratcheting up hostile rhetoric against Iran, with the implicit threat of military action, President Bush's repeated assertion that Tehran was developing nuclear weapons hit a brick wall. On Dec. 3, 16 U.S. intelligence agencies released a National Intelligence Estimate, or NIE, that found with high confidence that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons program in the fall of 2003 and the program remains frozen.
Bush Confrontational Iran Policy
Interview with Stephen Zunes,
political science professor,
conducted by Scott Harris
While the new intelligence report states the U.S. does not know Iran's long-term intentions toward the production of nuclear weapons, the declassified paper contradicts a 2005 National Intelligence Estimate, which found that Iran was determined to develop nuclear arms. Responding to the report that directly challenges his aggressive approach to Iran, President Bush maintained his position that all options are on the table for dealing with Tehran -- and added that the Islamic nation continues to be a danger if they have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon. National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley stated that the U.S. will continue to pursue sanctions against Iran. Iran has long maintained that its current effort to enrich uranium is designed solely for its civilian nuclear power program.
Between The Lines Scott Harris spoke with Stephen Zunes, professor of politics at the University of San Francisco and author of the book, "Tinder Box: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism." He assesses the political fallout resulting from the new intelligence report and whether the NIE's conclusions about Iran's nuclear program will reduce the possibility of a U.S. military strike against Tehran.
Read Stephen Zunes' articles online at www.StephenZunes.org
At Alarming Rates,In a study published in the December 2007 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, researchers have found that one in eight of the 47 million Americans without health insurance is a military veteran or a member of a veteran's household. Thirteen percent of non-elderly veterans were uninsured in 2004, up almost 300,000 since the year 2000.
Veterans and Their Families
Lack Health Insurance
Interview with Dr. Stephanie Woolhandler,
co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus
Almost four million members of veterans' families are uninsured and ineligible for care at the government-run Veterans Administration. Many uninsured middle-income veterans have been barred since 2003 from VA care for health issues that are determined to be unrelated to their military service, but that policy creates many problems of its own.
The veterans study, based on detailed analyses of government surveys between 1988 and 2005, was conducted by Harvard Medical School researchers based at the Cambridge Health Alliance. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program, who helped conduct the study. She explains that veterans used to receive comprehensive health coverage, and why they no longer do.
Contact Physicians for a National Health Program by calling (312) 782-6006 or visit their website at www.pnhp.org
Bolivians Struggle OverWhile the world watched Venezuela's closely contested national referendum, where Hugo Chavez lost his bid to make sweeping changes to his oil-rich nation's constitution, another Latin American country moving to the left was struggling with its own effort to reform its constitution. After his historic election in December 2005 as Bolivia's first indigenous president, Evo Morales established a constituent assembly to rewrite the constitution. Morales' goal of constitutional reform includes a guarantee of autonomy for regional governments, indigenous rights, nationalization of resources, access to land, and basic services such as water, education, healthcare and electricity.
Rewriting Their Constitution
Interview with Benjamin Dangl,
editor at Toward Freedom,
conducted by Scott Harris
But after the opposition boycotted a vote on a draft of the new constitution, and street violence killed three government opponents and injured 100 in late November, tensions are rising in Bolivia. The assembly has until Dec. 14 to approve a new constitution by a two-thirds vote, but can't do so without the participation of opposition parties. Articles not approved in the assembly will be voted on in a future national referendum.
Bolivia is becoming increasingly polarized between indigenous and union activists making up the base of President Morales' Movement Toward Socialism or MAS party, closely allied with Hugo Chavez in Venezuela -- and conservative groups, many from the resource-rich eastern region of the country. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ben Dangl, editor at Toward Freedom.com, and author of the book, "The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia." He reports from Cochabamba, Bolivia on rising tensions and public opinion on President Morales effort to rewrite the constitution.
Read Ben Dangl's articles online at www.towardfreedom.com and www.upsidedownworld.org.
This week's summary
of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
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"Clinton Rivals Hammer Her Iran Vote During Iowa Radio Debate,"Washington Post, Dec. 5, 2007
"The Credit Bomb Detonates In Florida,"by Alan Farago, Counterpunch, Dec. 5, 2007
"The Disconnect: Senators Go To The Mat For Hedge Fund Managers,"by Bill Scher, TomPaine.com, Dec. 5, 2007
"Dems Seeking Answers About Report On Iran,"The Hill, Dec. 5, 2007
"Obama The Terrorist: The Vote-Baiting Smear Begins,"by Pierre Tristam, Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), Dec. 4, 2007
"American College of Physicians Endorses Single-Payer,"Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 4, 2007
"White Backlash And The Right,"by David Neiwert, TomPaine.com, Dec. 4, 2007
"Romney, Victim Of Bigotry, Turns On U.S. Muslims,"by Arsalan Iftikhar, Buffalo News (New York), Dec. 2, 2007
"Democrats Strip Michigan Of Delegates,"Associated Press, Dec. 1, 2007
"The Authoritarian Democrats: Welcome To The Era Of 'Thought Crimes,'"by Arthur Silber, Once Upon A Time..., Nov. 30, 2007
"Have Democrats Already Lost Florida?,"by Bob Moser, The Nation, Nov. 30, 2007
"Republicans Form A New Plot To Rig 2008 Election,"by Johann Hari, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Nov. 30, 2007
"The GOP Debate: Last Night's Viewing And Other Afflictions,"by Michael Winship, Truthout, Nov. 30, 2007
"Bill Clinton Rewrites His Support For Iraq War,"by Matthew Blake, The Nation, Nov. 28, 2007
"Department Of Poorly Coordinated And Unbelievable Cover Stories,"by Scott Horton, Harper's, Dec. 5, 2007
"U.S. Intelligence Review Directly Contradicts Bush's Line On Iran,"by Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service, Dec. 5, 2007
"An Iran Bombshell For Bush,"by Mark Follman, Salon, Dec. 5, 2007
"Leahy Plans Contempt Vote,"Brattleboro Reformer (Vermont), Dec. 5, 2007
"Bush Refuses To Rule Out Iran Strike,"Politico, Dec. 4, 2007
"Intel Report Reveals Bush And Cheney's Iran Warnings As Fraudulent,"by Ray McGovern, Consortium News, Dec. 4, 2007
"It Turns Out Ahmadinejad Was The Truthful One,"by Robert Scheer, TruthDig, Dec. 4, 2007
"Human Rights Crusader Michael Ratner: We'll Keep Going After Bush & Cheney When They Leave Office,"by Joshua Holland, AlterNet, Dec. 3, 2007
"Why The Telecoms Shouldn't Get Immunity,"by Robert Reich, The American Prospect, Dec. 3, 2007
"Somebody Is Lying About FISA,"by Melanie Scarborough, San Francisco Examiner, Dec. 3, 2007
American Empire/War Profiteering
"Venezuela Is Not Florida,"by Mark Weisbrot, Common Dreams, Dec. 5, 2007
"Venezuela In The Aftermath,"by James Petras, Counterpunch, Dec. 5, 2007
"Empire And Nuclear Weapons,"by Joseph Gerson, Foreign Policy in Focus, Dec. 4, 2007
"IAEA: U.S. Iran Report Matches UN Agency,"Guardian/UK, Dec. 4, 2007
"As Chavez Falters: Raising The Stakes For The South American Left,"by Nikolas Kozloff, Counterpunch, Dec. 4, 2007
"U.S. Says Iran Ended Atomic Arms Work,"The New York Times, Dec. 3, 2007
"Like Iraq, U.S. Intel On Iran Faulty,"Associated Press, Dec. 3, 2007
"Study: U.S., Israel Should Begin Planning Strike On Iran Nuclear Sites,"Haaretz, Dec. 3, 2007
"Focus Grouping War With Iran,"by Laura Rozen, Mother Jones, Nov. 19, 2007
"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan
"A Calmer Iraq: Fragile, And Possibly Fleeting,"The New York Times, Dec. 5, 2007
"Leaked Map Shows Half Of Afghanistan Too Dangerous For Aid Workers,"The Times/UK, Dec. 5, 2007
"25 Die In Baghdad Blasts As Gates Visits,"Associated Press, Dec. 5, 2007
"Our Troops Must Leave Iraq,"by Walter Cronkite & David Krieger, Common Dreams, Dec. 4, 2007
"Why Bush's Troop Surge Won't Save Iraq,"by Juan Cole, Salon, Dec. 4, 2007
"Sadr Tells Bush To Get Out Of Iraq,"Herald Sun/Australia, Dec. 4, 2007
"Operation Iraqi Freedom Exposed: Bush Negotiates Permanent Presence In Iraq,"by Marjorie Cohn, Common Dreams, Dec. 3, 2007
"Nonstop Theft And Bribery Stagger Iraq,"The New York Times, Dec. 2, 2007
"Iraq As A Pentagon Construction Site: How The Bush Administration 'Endures,'"by Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, Dec. 2, 2007
"Turkey Says Inflicts Heavy Casualties On PKK In Iraq,"Reuters, Dec. 1, 2007
"Iraq Sunni Arab Leader Says Under House Arrest,"Reuters, Dec. 1, 2007
"Are Iraqi Hospitals Hunting Grounds?,"CBS News, Dec. 1, 2007
"U.S. War Vets To Speak Publicly About War Crimes,"by Aaron Glantz, OneWorld.net, Nov. 30, 2007
"Catch-22 In Iraq: Why American Troops Can't Go Home,"by Tom Engelhardt & Michael Scwartz, TomDispatch.com, Nov. 29, 2007
Civil Liberties/ Human Rights
"Guantanamo Detainees' Fates On Trial,"by Marjorie Cohn, Counterpunch, Dec. 5, 2007
"Guantanamo Detainees Have Sufficient Rights, Bush Administration Says Before Supreme Court,"Associated Press, Dec. 5, 2007
"Evidence Of Innocence Rejected At Guantanamo,"Washington Post, Dec. 5, 2007
"Detainees Deserve Habeas Corpus,"by David S. Marshall, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Dec. 5, 2007
"Jackboot State Stubs Its Toe In Ann Arbor: Wilkerson Acquitted,"by Alexander Cockburn, Counterpunch, Dec. 4, 2007
"AFL-CIO Sues Miami Over FTAA Police State Tactics,"by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Dec. 4, 2007
"Businesses Impeding Free Speech Rights In Workplace,"by Dmitri Iglitizin & Stephen Hill, Common Dreams, Dec. 4, 2007
"Now Online, A Guide To Detainee Treatment,"Washington Post, Dec. 4, 2007
"ACLU: Bush Wiretap Bill Violates Fourth Amendment,"Raw Story, Dec. 4, 2007
"'I Will Never Leave Guantanamo,'"by Russell Mokhiber, Common Dreams, Dec. 3, 2007
"Civics 101: USA Vs. Al Arian,"by Russell Mokhiber, Common Dreams, Dec. 3, 2007
"U.S. Says It Has Right To Kidnap British Citizens,"The Sunday Times/UK, Dec. 2, 2007
"A Nation That Tortures,"by Scott Horton, Harper's, Dec. 1, 2007
"Jordan's Spy Agency: Holding Cell For The CIA,"Washington Post, Dec. 1, 2007
"A Visit From The FBI: When Fear Is Not An Option,"by Shemon Salam, Counterpunch, Dec. 1, 2007
"The Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act: A Tutorial In Orwellian Newspeak,"by Robert Weitzel, Common Dreams, Dec. 1, 2007
"Congress' 'Anti-Extremist' Bill Targets Online Thoughtcrime,"by Declan McCullagh, The Iconoclast, Nov. 28, 2007
"Time Magazine Refuses To Publish Responses To Klein's False Smears,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Dec. 4, 2007
"The Dubious Mr. Dobbs,"by Amy Goodman, TruthDig, Dec. 4, 2007
"Does U.S. Tolerate Anti-Muslim Speech?,"Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 4, 2007
"FCC Chairman Target Of House Panel's Investigation,"Los Angeles Times, Dec. 4, 2007
"America Shuns Hollywood's Take On Iraq,"Guardian/UK, Dec. 2, 2007
"'Is Barack A Vegetarian,' 'Rumsfeld On Chavez' And Other Stories From A Newspaper In Decline,"by Scott Horton, Harper's, Dec. 1, 2007
"The NYT's Michael Cooper Demonstrates What Real Reporting Is,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Nov. 30, 2007
"How The Peace Movement Can Win In 08,"by Tom Hayden, The Nation, Dec 17, 2007
"The Antiwar Enablers: Tom Hayden And The Dead End Democrats,"by Sharon Smith, Counterpunch, Dec. 5, 2007
"Peace Group Barred From Florida Schools,"by Mark Weisenmiller, Inter Press Service, Dec. 5, 2007
"Peace Movement Paralyzed: Time For The Next Step,"by John V. Walsh, Counterpunchm, Dec. 4, 2007
"Birth Of A Movement,"by Alan Jenkins, TomPaine.com, Dec. 4, 2007