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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:
Neoconservatives AttackThe dust has yet to settle from the Dec. 3 disclosure by 16 U.S. intelligence agencies that they believe with high confidence that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons program in the fall of 2003 and the program remains frozen today. Since the release of a declassified summary of the National Intelligence Estimate or NIE, prominent neoconservatives have challenged the credibility of the document. Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton and Norman Podhoretz, Podhoretz, a senior foreign policy adviser to GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, have called for a congressional investigation into what they claim is the report's politicization by intelligence officials who may be attempting to undermine President Bush Iran policy.
Intelligence Finding on
Iran Nuclear Weapons
Interview with Dr. Bahram Rajaee,
senior policy consultant,
with the National Iranian American Council,
conducted by Scott Harris
But, according to a report by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, it was Vice President Dick Cheney and his aides who were trying to alter, and then delay release of the NIE report on Iran.
While Iran denies ever having a covert nuclear weapons program -- maintaining their research is designed for civilian electricity production only -- Israeli officials believe Iran's nuclear weapons operation was suspended in 2003, but resumed in 2005.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Dr. Bahram Rajaee, senior policy consultant with the National Iranian American Council. He examines the possible effect the U.S. intelligence estimate may have on President Bush's policy toward Tehran in his last year in office.
Contact the National Iranian American Council at (202) 386-6325 or visit their website at www. NIACouncil.org
Bush's Proposed BailoutPredictions of a U.S. recession in the coming year are tied in part to the deepening crisis over defaults and foreclosures in the U.S. housing market. According to the Center for Responsible Lending, 7.2 million American families carry subprime mortgages, with many facing skyrocketing adjustable interest rates. As of November, 14.4 percent of these mortgages were in default with an estimated 2 million mortgage foreclosures expected over the next two years.
for U.S. Mortgage Meltdown
a "Katrina-type" Response
Interview with economist Max Wolff,
conducted by Scott Harris
President Bush's Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has proposed a voluntary bailout plan called the Hope Now Alliance, which critics charge is structured more to protect investor losses than homeowners in trouble. The plan, which would freeze interest rates for five years on a limited number of teaser subprime loans, will prevent the participation of mortgage holders with good credit.
On Dec. 10 Rev. Jesse Jackson attempted to bring attention to the unfolding financial meltdown by holding a protest on Wall Street. Rev. Jackson and his allies allege that Wall Street banks and mortgage lenders are engaging in predatory lending practices and targeting the black community and ethnic minorities. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with economist Max Wolff, who takes a critical look at the deepening U.S. subprime mortgage crisis and President Bush's voluntary bailout plan.
Read Max Wolff's commentaries online at www.huffingtonpost.com and www.globalmacroscope.com.
Increase in Teen PregnanciesA new study from the federal Centers for Disease Control found that the teen birth rate in the US has gone up 3.5 percent, after 14 years of decline. Even at its lowest level, the rate of teen pregnancy in the U.S. was much higher than in many other nations. The rate stood at 64 per thousand live births in the U.S. in 1993, while it was from six to 16 times less in Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, France, Switzerland and Japan. Between 1991 and 2003, the incidence of teen pregnancy in the U.S. dropped 31 percent.
Could be Linked to
"Abstinence Only" Sex
Interview with David Landry,
researcher at the Alan Guttmacher Institute in New York,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus
The Bush administration came under attack by some groups working on reproductive health issues, for diverting funds from comprehensive sex education to abstinence programs. In recent years, the federal government has spent more than $1 billion on abstinence-only sex education programs, which studies have found do not reduce the number of teen pregnancies or sexually transmitted infections.
Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with David Landry, a researcher with the Alan Guttmacher Institute in New York, which studies sexual and reproductive health issues. While he says it's too early to know if this increase is a trend, recent factors have come into play that make such a negative trend more likely.
Contact the Alan Guttmacher Institute by calling (212) 248-1111 or visit the group's website at www.guttmacher.org
This week's summary
of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
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"The Roberts Court: Repeaking The 20th Century,"by Simon Lazarus, The American Prospect, Dec. 12, 2007
"Who Strangled The FDA? The Responsibility Of Movement Conservativism,"by Greg Anrig, The American Prospect, Dec. 12, 2007
"The Freedom To Starve: Why The Left Should Reject Ron Paul,"by Sherry Wolf, Counterpunch, Dec. 12, 2007
"Ron Paul's Campaign Deserves Our Attention: An Open Letter To The Antiwar Left,"by Joshua Frank, Counterpunch, Dec. 12, 2007
"House Democrats Pull Budget Offer; Accuse GOP Of Negotiating In Bad Faith,"Washington Post, Dec. 11, 2007
"The Conspiracy Continues: The Democrats And War Funding,"by Ron Jacobs, ZNet, Dec. 11, 2007
"Pelosi And Dem Leaders Complicit In Bush's Torture Policy?,"by Jeremy Brecher & Brendan L. Smith, AlterNet, Dec. 11, 2007
"Democrats Accuse White House Of Cooking Climate Change Testimony,"McClatchy Newspapers, Dec. 10, 2007
"The Housing Market Meltdown,"by Dean Baker, Truthout, Dec. 10, 2007
"Hanging Hate: An Epidemic Of Public Nooses,"by David A. Love, In These Times, Dec. 10, 2007
"Democratic Complicity In Bush's Torture Regimen,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Dec. 9, 2007
"Hill, Including Pelosi, Briefed On Wareboarding In 2002,"Washington Post, Dec. 9, 2007
"Democrats Want Probe Of Tapes Destruction,"Associated Press, Dec. 7, 2007
"Bush Loses Ground With Military Families,"Los Angeles Times, Dec. 7, 2007
"Military Families Question Iraq War As Support For Bush Slips,"Bloomberg.com, Dec. 6, 2007
"Whatever Happened To Moderate Republicans?,"by Thomas F. Schaller, The American Prospect, Dec. 6, 2007
"High Court Rulings Threaten State 'Labs Of Democracy,'"by Jane Anne Morris, Common Dreams, Dec. 6, 2007
"Huckabee Tries To Shoot The Messenger But Wounds His Campaign Instead,"by Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post, Dec. 6, 2007
"Clinton, Edwards Up The Ante On Foreclosures,"Los Angeles Times, Dec. 6, 2007
"Congress To Clash With Bush Over 'Torture' Technique,"Guardian/UK, Dec. 6, 2007
"Poll: GOP Driving Hispanics Away With Anti-Immigration Push,"by Thomas B. Edsall, Huffington Post, Dec. 6, 2007
"Woe Is The American Worker,"by Paul Waldman, The American Prospect, Dec. 5, 2007
"Ex-CIA Interrogator: We Tortured Because The White House Told Us To,"Think Progress, Dec. 11, 2007
"Hayden To Tesify About CIA Videotapes,"Associated Press, Dec. 11, 2007
"Hayden To Tesify About CIA Videotapes,"Associated Press, Dec. 11, 2007
"Caught On Tape: More Evidence Of The Bush Administration's Culture Of Raw Self-Justifying Power,"by Deborah Pearlstein, The American Prospect, Dec. 10, 2007
"Hayden Says CIA Videotapes Destroyed,"Associated Press, Dec. 6, 2007
"The Ticking Lie Scenario,"by David Bromwich, Huffington Post, Dec. 6, 2007
"Lies And Misconceptions-Iran On The Agenda?,"by Ron Jacobs, ZNet, Dec. 6, 2007
"What Did Bush Know On Iran, And When Did He Know It?,"by Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!, Dec. 5, 2007
"Bush Told In August Iran May Have Halted Nuclear Program,"Reuters, Dec. 5, 2007
"The CIA 'War' On Bush: The New Neocon Ploy,"by Marc Cooper, Huffington Post, Dec. 5, 2007
"Bush May Still Bomb Iran, Despite N.I.E.,"by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Dec. 4, 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
"The Warpath To Regime Change,"by Gareth Porter, Antiwar.com, Dec. 6, 2007
"Telling The Truth About Iran,"by Joe Conason, Truthdig, Dec. 6, 2007
"Blackwater's Bu$ine$$,"by Jeremy Scahill, The Nation, Dec. 6, 2007
"The Roll-Out Goes Flat,"by Scott Horton, Harper's, Dec. 3, 2007
"The Mysteries Of The American Empire,"by Fred Halliday, OpenDemocracy, Dec. 3, 2007
"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan
"Nothing Is Resolved In Iraq: What Really Happened During The Surge?,"by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Dec. 12, 2007
"Iraq's Sadr Uses Lull to Rebuild Army,"Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 11, 2007
"Iraqi Policewomen Are Told To Surrender Their Weapons,"Los Angeles Times, Dec. 11, 2007
"Victim: Gang-Rape Cover-up By U.S., Halliburton/KBR,"ABC News, Dec. 10, 2007
"This Generation's 'Winter Soldiers' To Expose Horrific Reality Of U.S. Occupation,"by Liam Madden, AlterNet, Dec. 7, 2007
"Iraq's Million,"by Robert C. Koehler, Common Wonders, Dec. 6, 2007
Civil Liberties/ Human Rights
"Torture, Lies And Videotape: Are Americans Really 'Better Than That?,'"by Ray McGovern, Counterpunch, Dec. 12, 2007
"U.S. Intelligence Is Tapping Indonesian Phones: Detachment 88, Korpassus Get U.S. Aid"by Ray McGovern, Counterpunch, Dec. 12, 2007
"Preventive Detention And The Constitution: It's Waco All Over Again,"by Paul Craig Roberts, Counterpunch, Dec. 12, 2007
"Spy Court Withholds U.S. Wiretapping Docs,"Associated Press, Dec. 11, 2007
"Appeals Court Says Some PATRIOT Act Provisions Unconstitutional,"Fresno Bee (California), Dec. 10, 2007
"Man Held By CIA Says He Was Tortured,"The New York Times, Dec. 9, 2007
"Guantanamo: Legal No-Man's Land?,"Associated Press, Dec. 8, 2007
"Navy Vet Says Waterboarding Scarred Him For Life,"Newhouse News Service, Dec. 8, 2007
"'Homegrown Terror' Act An Attack On Internet Freedom?,"by Rep. Ron Paul, Antiwar.com, Dec. 7, 2007
"Justices Appear Divided On Detainee Rights,"Washington Post, Dec. 6, 2007
"Evidence Ignored, German Man Detained,"Associated Press, Dec. 5, 2007
"Arguing About Gitmo,"by Jon Weiner, The Nation, Dec. 5, 2007
"Key Rulings On Detainee Rights,"Washington Post, Dec. 3, 2007
"Domestic Spying, Inc.,"by Tim Shorrock, CorpWatch, Nov. 27, 2007
"'Information Intervention': A Test Of Democratic Intent,"by Laura Kyrke-Smith, OpenDEmocracy, Dec. 12, 2007
"Gail Collins Versus The Underdogs: Why Disparage The Political Self-Starters?,"by Ralph Nader, Counterpunch, Dec. 12, 2007
"CIA Tape Scandal: News Outlets Struggle With Word 'Torture,'"by Greg Mitchell, Editor & Publisher, Dec. 8, 2007
"NPR Debate Moderators All Wet On Sweatshop Labor,"by Peter Dreier, Huffington Post, Dec. 7, 2007
"The State Of Journalism: We're Killin' All The Bees,"by Joyce Marcel, Common Dreams, Dec. 6, 2007
"Media Ownership Fight Moves To Congress,"by Peter Rothberg, The Nation, Dec. 5, 2007
"Debunking Iran's Nuclear Program: Another 'Intelligence Failure'-On The Part Of The Press,"by Greg Mitchell, Editor & Publisher, Dec. 4, 2007
"Student Antiwar Walkouts Spark Small Town Backlash,"The Indypendent, Dec. 12, 2007
"Is There A Left Here Left?,"by Joann Wypijewski, Counterpunch, Dec. 10, 2007