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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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International Movement OpposesDuring the past several years as the Bush administration rattled its sabers at Iran over accusations that the Islamic Republic was attempting to develop nuclear weapons, Washington has been working to deploy an anti-missile system in Eastern Europe. The White House claims that a U.S. radar installation and missile interceptors based in the Czech Republic and Poland respectively would protect most of Europe and the continental United States against a potential long-range missile attack from Iran.
U.S. Deployment of Anti-Missile System
in Poland and Czech Republic
Interview with Joanne Landy,
co-director of the Campaign for Peace and Democracy,
conducted by Scott Harris
Despite the recent release of a U.S. National Intelligence Estimate concluding that Iran had ended its covert nuclear weapons program in 2003, President Bush continues to warn against the dangers posed by Iran, and is not likely to scrap plans for the anti-missile system in Eastern Europe. The majority of citizens in both the Czech Republic and Poland oppose deployment of the U.S. missile system in their nations, and the issue has created rifts within NATO.
Earlier this year, a top Russian general, distrustful of U.S. intentions, warned that the Czech Republic and Poland could be targeted by Russian missiles if they agree to base the missile systems on their territory. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Joanne Landy, co-director of the Campaign for Peace and Democracy. She discusses her group's efforts to support Eastern European peace groups opposed to the missile deployment and fears that the move by Washington could trigger a new cold war.
Call the Campaign for Peace and Democracy at (212) 666-4001 or visit their website at www.cpdweb.org
Despite Environmental and Economic Hazards,Editor's Note: This interview was recorded before the passage of congressional energy legislation, signed into law by President Bush, and approval of an appropriations bill that provided $18.5 billion for loan guarantees to support development of new nuclear power plants.
Nuclear Power Industry Lobbies Congress for New Reactors
Interview with Jim Riccio,
nuclear policy analyst with Greenpeace USA,
conducted by Scott Harris
The Energy Independence and Security Act mandates higher fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks and requires the annual production of 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels by 2022. But the legislation did not cut tax subsidies for oil companies, funds which were to be used to support research and development of alternative renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal.
The House passage of an energy bill on Dec. 6 made a clean break with the previous GOP-controlled Congress, which had bent over backwards to protect multinational energy companies that have seen record-breaking profits in recent years. Prior legislation lavished huge tax breaks on Big Oil and did little or nothing to mandate an increase in vehicle fuel economy and the use of renewable energy sources.
While negotiations proceed between the House and the U.S. Senate, where the Republican minority can launch a filibuster to derail legislation, the issue of taxpayer subsidies to build new nuclear power plants is still unresolved. The nuclear industry’s best friend on Capitol Hill, Sen. Pete Domenici, Republican of New Mexico, failed to in his effort to include billions of dollars in subsidies to build new nuclear power plants across the U.S. But undeterred, Domenici continues to work for the inclusion of $25 billion in loan guarantees for new nukes in the pending Fiscal Year 2008 appropriations bill.
While nuclear power is now being touted by some as a green energy source that can be used to offset carbon emissions contributing to global climate change, many environmentalists challenge the notion that nukes are environmentally safe. According to the Rocky Mountain Institute, each dollar invested in electricity efficiency displaces nearly seven times more carbon than a dollar invested in nuclear power. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jim Riccio, nuclear policy analyst with Greenpeace USA, who looks at the environmental and economic hazards of nuclear power and the well-financed campaign launched to revive the once moribund industry.
Contact the Greenpeace USA at (202) 462-1177 or visit their website at www.greenpeaceusa.org Related links:
Apollo Alliance Advocates RestructuringAs concerns about energy independence and global warming take center stage, many towns and cities are holding forums exploring how their community might become more sustainable. Such a forum was recently held in New Haven, Connecticut, featuring panelists including: city planners, smart growth advocates and urban foresters. The keynote speaker was Jerome Ringo, former chairman of the Wildlife Federation of America and current president of the Apollo Alliance, an organization bringing together labor unions and environmental groups. The Alliance advocates a restructuring of the American economy in order to head off the worst impacts of global warming by creating millions of green jobs.
of U.S. Economy to Limit
Effects of Global Warming
Excerpt of speech by Jerome Ringo,
president of the Apollo Alliance,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus
Ringo grew up in Louisiana and worked in the petro-chemical industry for many years before becoming one of the country's leading environmentalists. He is the only African American ever to head one of the Big Ten environmental organizations, whose leaders meet periodically in what they call "the Green Group."
In this excerpt from his speech, Ringo explains the purpose of the Apollo Alliance, then goes on to talk about the importance of building a movement that includes everyone, including people of color who have historically been marginalized in the U.S. environmental movement.
Call the Apollo Alliance at (415) 371-1700 or visit their website at www.apolloalliance.org
This week's summary
of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
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"Gathering Signatures In Cyberspace, Lawmaker Sets Out To Impeach Cheney,"McClatchy Newspapers, Dec. 26, 2007
"The Evangelical Rebellion,"by Chris Hedges, TruthDig, Dec. 23, 2007
"Mitt Romney's Pursuit Of Tyrannical Power, Literally,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Dec. 23, 2007
"Dems Sign On: The Vote For Endless War,"by David Bromwich, Huffington Post, Dec. 20, 2007
"CIA Torture And Other War Crimes,"by Philip Giraldi, Huffington Post, Dec. 26, 2007
"CIA Official To Drag White House Into Torture Cover-Up Storm," Times Online/UK, Dec. 23, 2007
"The Torture Tape Fingering Bush As A War Criminal,"by Andrew Sullivan, Times Online/UK, Dec. 23, 2007
"Cheney Accused Of Blocking Californian Bid To Cut Car Fumes,"Guardian/UK, Dec. 24, 2007
"Bush's Class Warfare,"by Peter Dreier, Huffington Post, Dec. 21, 2007
"Lawyers Stepping Up To Challenge Administration's Illegalities,"by Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation, Dec. 21, 2007
American Empire/War Profiteering
"The Unholy Trinity: Death Squads, Disappearances And Torture-From Latin America To Iraq,"by Tom Engelhardt & Greg Grandin, TomDispatch.com, Dec. 11, 2007
"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan
"Shiite Contest Sharpens In Iraq,"Washington Post, Dec. 26, 2007
"Top Ten Myths About Iraq 2007,"by Juan Cole, Informed Comment, Dec. 26, 2007
"Iraq: 'Awakening' Forces Arouse New Conflicts,"by Ali al-Fadhily & Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service, Dec. 26, 2007
"The Surge: Illusion And Reality,"by Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy in Focus, Dec. 24, 2007
"An Update On The Trial Of Bilal Hussein,"by Scott Horton, Harper's, Dec. 23, 2007
"Intel Failures, Battlefield Myths And Unaccountable Prisons In Afghanistan,"by Andy Worthington, Counterpunch, Dec. 22/23, 2007
Civil Liberties/ Human Rights
"Psychologists Should Play No Role In Interrogations,"by Bernice Lott, Providence Journal (Rhode Island), Dec. 24, 2007
"Hoover Planned Mass Jailing In 1950,"The New York Times, Dec. 23, 2007
"Spying On Us,"Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial, Dec. 22, 2007
"Five Myths About Torture And Truth,"by Darius REjali, Washington Post, Dec. 16, 2007
"The FCC's Gift To Big Media,"by Amy Goodman, TruthDig, Dec. 24, 2007
"Media Is The Key To Democracy,"by Robert Parry, Consortum News, Dec. 20, 2007
"Demonstrators Want Peace On Earth, Including In Iraq,"Fresno Bee, Dec. 26, 2007
"Anarchists In The Aisle? Stores Provide A Stage,"The New York Times, Dec. 24, 2007