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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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View Between The Lines' single-payer health plan forum "Health Care: Basic Human Right or Privilege?" with Dr. Stephanie Woolhandler, cofounder of Physicians for a National Health Program and John Wilhelm, president/Hospitality Industry UNITE HERE union.
This week we present Between The Lines' summary of under-reported news stories and:
Hugo Chavez and Supporters ReflectVenezuelan president Hugo Chavez lost a bid to make sweeping changes to his oil-rich nation's constitution in a closely contested national referendum Dec. 2. The margin of defeat, 51 to 49 percent, was greeted by Chavez in a late- night TV address where he conceded defeat "for now" and congratulated his opponents.
on Constitutional Referendum Loss
Interview with Bart Jones,
journalist and author,
conducted by Scott Harris
The package of 69 proposed changes to the constitution included the controversial elimination of term limits for the presidency and increased power to the executive branch. Other proposed reforms defeated would have provided citizens with greater access to education, local control over neighborhood economic decisions, protection from discrimination and a universal pension plan.
While Chavez's conservative opponents and the Bush administration cheered the referendum's outcome, supporters of Chavez were examining what went wrong. The complexity of the reform articles, low voter turnout, complacency among Chavez organizers and an opposition dirty tricks campaign were some of the reasons put forth. But public rejection of Chavez's goal of transforming Venezuela into a model of what he calls socialism for the 21st century, could be another factor. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Bart Jones, a journalist who reported from Venezuela for eight years and author of the book, "Hugo! The Hugo Chavez Story From Mud Hut to Perpetual Revolution." Jones considers the reasons why President Hugo Chavez lost the referendum and what's ahead for the popular Latin American leader.
Commission Allows Sentence ReductionsOn Dec. 11, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to retroactively shorten prison terms for some of the 19,500 men and women behind bars who received disproportionately harsh sentences for convictions related to crack cocaine, as opposed to powder cocaine. African Americans, are primarily affected, constituting about 85 percent of federal inmates in prison for crack offenses.
for Crack Cocaine Offenses
Interview with Jasmine Tyler,
deputy director with Drug Policy Alliance,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus
The laws governing sentencing for cocaine possession and sales were passed in the 1980s, when it was believed that crack was a much more addictive and dangerous form of cocaine than the powdered kind, and when crack-fueled crimes were wreaking havoc in America's inner cities.
The Sentencing Commission's decision does not affect mandatory minimum sentences imposed by Congress and will thus likely benefit only a relatively small number of prisoners. The decision becomes effective March 3. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Jasmine Tyler, deputy director of national affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance, an organization that has been pushing to end the disparity in cocaine offense sentencing. She explains who is most likely to benefit from the recent decision, and what Congress can do to bring more fairness to the process.
Contact the Drug Policy Alliance by calling their Washington D.C. office at (202) 216-0035 or visit their website at www.drugpolicy.org
Former Professor Walks from BostonOn Nov. 6, the House of Representatives, defying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, voted to refer articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney to the House Judiciary Committee. The measure was sponsored by presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, with 22 co-sponsors. After the vote, Rep. Bob Wexler, D-Fla., a member of the Judiciary Committee, wrote that he will urge the committee to schedule impeachment hearings immediately.
to Washington, Advocating
Bush, Cheney Impeachment
Interview with John Nirenberg,
Former college professor and dean,
conducted by Scott Harris
The articles of impeachment against Cheney are centered around three charges: purposely manipulating intelligence to fabricate a threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction in order to justify an attack on Iraq; deceiving Congress about an alleged relationship between Iraq and al-Qaida; threatening aggression against the Republic of Iran, absent any real threat to the United States.
John Nirenberg of Brattleboro, Vt., a former college professor and dean, doesn't consider himself to be an activist. But he became so angered in recent years about what he views as the Bush administration's assault on the Constitution and democracy, that on Dec. 1, he began a symbolic walk from Boston to Washington, D.C. to advocate the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. On his 444-mile walk down the northeast coast to challenge Nancy Pelosi to take impeachment off the table, Nirenberg is urging citizens he meets to take action on their nation's dire Constitutional crisis. During the southern Connecticut leg of his walk, Between The Lines' Scott Harris reached Nirenberg by phone and asked him to explain why he undertook this difficult winter journey.
Visit John Nirenbergn's website to read about his journey and blog entries written along the way at www.marchinmyname.org
This week's summary
of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
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"Edwards First Major Candidate Calling For All Troops Out, Breaks With Establishment Consensus On Iraq," by Tom Hayden, Common Dreams, Jan. 2, 2008
"Clinton And Obama Raise $100 Million Each," Guardian/UK, Jan. 2, 2008
"Presidential Hopefuls Need A Reality Check On Iraq," by Scott Ritter, TruthDig, Jan. 2, 2008
"Oprah Winrey Versus John Mellencamp," by John Nichols, The Nation, Jan. 2, 2008
"Iowans Debate The Merits Of Edwards' Populism," by Dana Goldstein, The American Prospect, Jan. 1, 2008
"Nader Throws Support To Edwards, Blasts Clinton," Politico, Jan. 1, 2008
"Edwards' Closing Argument," by Eugene Robinson, TruthDig, Jan. 1, 2008
"A Tale Of Political Dirty Tricks Makes The Case For Election Reform," by Adam Cohen, The New York Times, Jan. 1, 2008
"Obama, Cozy With Corporate Lobbyists, Risks Much With Edwards Attack," by Christine Escobar, Huffington Post, Dec. 31, 2007
"Electronic Voting Is Questioned," Associated Press, Dec. 31, 2007
"Michael Bloomberg: Trans-Partisan Savior," by Glenn Greenwald, SAlon, Dec. 31, 2007
"Nuclear Power Gets Boost From All Candidates Except Edwards," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 30, 2007
"The Free Market: A False Idol After All?," by Peter S. Goodman, The New York Times, Dec. 30, 2007
"GOP Mess In Iowa: Romney Stalls, Giuliani's Flailing, Huckabee Scares The DC Establishment," by David Smith, Observer/UK, Dec. 30, 2007
"When The Old Tricks Stop Working," by David Sirota, Campaign for America's Future, Dec. 30, 2007
"From Iowa Cornfields, A Left-Leaning Tradition," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 30, 2007
"Iowa: Edwards Takes On Corporate Greed," by Marc Cooper, Huffington Post, Dec. 29, 2007
"Rep. Rush Holt To Push For Paper Ballots And Vote Count Audits For 2008," by Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet, Dec. 27, 2007
"Behind The Edwards Surge: Right Message At The Right Time," by John Nichols, The Nation, Dec. 26, 2007
"9/11 Commission: Our Investigation was 'Obstructed,'" by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Jan. 2, 2008
"Move To Impeach Cheney Gains Support In Congress," The Salem-News (Oregon), Jan. 2, 2008
"Conservative Courts Likely To Be Bush Legacy," Los Angeles Times, Jan. 2, 2008
"Looking At America," The New York Times editorial, Dec. 31, 2007
"Bush's Twilight Year Looks Grim," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Dec. 31, 2007
"Judgment And Torture," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Dec. 30, 2007
"Burning Of Tapes Is Like Watergate All Over Again," by Helen Thomas, Modesto Bee (California), Dec. 30, 2007
"Bush's Best-Laid Plans," by Andrew J. Bacevich, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 30, 2007
"Creeping Fascism: Lessons From The Past," by Ray McGovern, Antiwar.com, Dec. 28, 2007
"The Torture Tape Cover-Up: How High Does It Go?," by Marjorie Cohn, Counterpunch, Dec. 27, 2007
"Will Bush Provoke Iran?," by Marjorie Cohn, AlterNet, Dec. 27, 2007
"Trail Of Torture Tapes: What Did Bush Know And When Did He Know It?," by Nat Hentoff, Village Voice (New York City), Dec. 26, 2007
"Senate Meets Briefly To Block Bush," Associated Press, Dec. 26, 2007
American Empire/War Profiteering
"Calls For Intervention In Pakistan: Madness Compounding Madness," by Gary Leupp, Counterpunch, Jan. 2, 2008
"Empires Architecture," by Allen McDuffee, In These Times, Jan. 2, 2008
"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan
"Does A Safer Iraq Mean More U.S. Troops Can Exit?," Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 2, 2008
"30 Dead In Baghdad's Worst Attack In Months," The New York Times, Jan. 2, 2008
"String Of Suicide Bombings In Iraq," Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 2, 2008
"U.S. Casualties In Iraq Hit Record," Associated Press, Jan. 2, 2008
"Record Level Of Violence In Afghanistan," Associated Press, Jan. 1, 2008
"Iraq Progresses To Some Of Its Worst," by Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service, Dec. 31, 2007
"No Place In Iraq Is Safe, Says U.S. Military," Agence France Presse, Dec. 30, 2007
"Fallujah, The Information War And U.S. Propaganda," by Stephen Soldz, Counterpunch, Dec. 27, 2007
"Wars Cost $15 Billion A Month, GOP Senator Says," Washington Post, Dec. 27, 2007
Civil Liberties/ Human Rights
"How Bush Took Us To The Dark Side," by Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, Jan. 2, 2008
"The National Surveillance World," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Jan. 2, 2008
"Criminals With Badges: How The Police Create Crimes," by Paul Craig Robert, Counterpunch, Jan. 2, 2008
"Individual Privacy Under Threat In Europe And U.S., Report Says," Associated Press, Dec. 31, 2007
"Police In Thought Pursuit," by Bruce Fein, Washington Times, Dec. 27, 2007
"Airport Profilers: They're Watching Your Expressions," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Dec. 25, 2007
"Former 'Dateline' Reporter Blasts NBC," Reuters/Hollywood Reporter, Jan. 2, 2008
"Pirates On The Open Airwaves," by Brooke Jarvis, Yes! Magazine, Winter 2008
"Download Uproar: Record Industry Goes After Personal Use," Washington Post, Dec. 30, 2007
"Antiwar Protesters Arrested At Huckabee's Iowa Office," AHN News, Jan. 2, 2008
"The White Rose And The Rose Parade," by Cindy Sheehan, Common Dreams, Jan. 1, 2008
"The Most Valuable Progressives," by John Nichols, The Nation, Jan. 1, 2008
"Man Will Walk 500 Miles To Impeach Bush And Cheney," Julie Bolver, Vilage Voice (New York City), Dec. 29, 2007