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For The Week Ending Jan. 12, 2007


"The Case for Impeachment"

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Co-authors journalist David Lindorff and Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Barbara Olshansky speak about their book, "The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office," at the United Church on the Green, in New Haven, June 24.

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  • U.S.-Iran Tensions Rise
    as Second American Aircraft Carrier
    Heads to Persian Gulf

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  • Business and Consumer Groups
    Pressure New Congress to Shift
    Research Funds from
    Oil and Nuclear to Renewable Energy

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  • National Grassroots Media Reform Movement
    to Gather in Memphis, Tenn.

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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U.S.-Iran Tensions Rise
as Second American Aircraft Carrier
Heads to Persian Gulf

Interview with Trita Parsi,
president of the National Iranian- American Council,
conducted by Scott Harris


After months of tense negotiations, the United Nations' Security Council voted unanimously Dec. 23rd to impose limited economic sanctions against Iran for that nation's refusal to halt its uranium enrichment operation. The council voted to block all countries from selling technology and equipment that could assist Iran in developing its nuclear research and missile capabilities. In addition, the U.N. froze the assets of 10 Iranian corporations and 12 individuals linked to its nuclear and missile programs. Iranian officials responded defiantly, vowing to continue their enrichment of uranium and warning of future changes in their relationship with the U.N. nuclear monitoring agency.

With the Bush administration's decision to dispatch a second aircraft carrier group to the waters off the Iranian coast and the recent arrest by U.S. soldiers of four Iranian diplomats inside Iraq, tension between the U.S. and Iran appeared to be on the rise as the new year began. At the same time that Bush rejected the Iraq Study group's recommendation for opening talks with Iran over the situation in Iraq, the rushed execution of Saddam Hussein threatened to escalate violence between the majority Shiite and minority Sunni population.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian- American Council, who looks at the increasing tension between the U.S. and Iran in the context of the continuing American occupation of Iraq.

Contact the National Iranian- American Council at (202) 719-8071 or visit their website at

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Business and Consumer Groups
Pressure New Congress to Shift
Research Funds from
Oil and Nuclear to Renewable Energy

Interview with Ken Bossong,
of the Sustainable Energy Network,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


In late December, as the Democratic Party was preparing to take control of the reins of both the House and Senate on Jan. 4., advocates representing 102 business, consumer, environmental and energy policy groups sent a letter to congressional leaders. The groups urged federal energy research and development funds be shifted from fossil fuel and nuclear power programs to those supporting renewable energy and energy efficiency. The letter specifically proposes changes in the FiscalYear 2007 budget for the U.S. Department of Energy, which the 110th Congress is expected to consider shortly after convening in early January.

The groups noted that "a shift in federal funding from mature and/or polluting technologies to cleaner, safer, and sustainable energy sources offers the best option for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing oil imports, and addressing the nation's other pressing energy and deficit-reduction needs within the constraints of a very tight federal budget."

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Ken Bossong, of the Sustainable Energy Network, which sent out the letter. He talks about the role that mandating efficiency regulations can play in reducing energy demand that is effective, both in terms of environmental impact and cost, and how renewables such as wind, solar, and geothermal can reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global climate change. Bossong also points out that the Democratic Party- controlled Congress still presents obstacles to achieving the Network's goals.

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National Grassroots Media Reform Movement
to Gather in Memphis, Tenn.

Interview with Craig Aaron,
communications director with Free Press,
conducted by Scott Harris


Over the last several years, discontent with the U.S. media system has been building. Sweeping plans for deregulation of broadcast outlet ownership put forward by former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell in 2002 ignited a nationwide campaign to oppose the rules change, and succeeded in blocking the measure temporarily. The grassroots movement that rose up to oppose deregulation is also critical of the programming choices available to citizens, leading them to strongly advocate for an increase in diversity of viewpoints on the airwaves.

The group Free Press has been one of the key organizations coordinating this media mobilization. They are now making plans to hold their third annual National Conference for Media Reform, which will be held Jan. 12 through 14 in Memphis, Tenn. The conference will feature dozens of panels and workshops on a wide range of issues including federal broadcast regulatory reform, media literacy, independent media, civil rights and social justice.

Among the speakers who will be addressing the conference are: FCC Commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Michael Copps; Ben Bagdikian, author of the seminal book, "The Media Monopoly;" documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald; Free Press co-founder Bill Moyers; the Rev. Jesse Jackson and actress and activist Jane Fonda. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Craig Aaron, communications director with Free Press who talks about the important media issues that will be discussed at this year's conference.

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Somalia's fundamentalist Union of Islamic Courts collapsed after facing the troops of the internationally recognized interim government of Somalia Prime Minister Ali Mohammad Gedi, backed by the Ethiopian army and air force. ("Ethiopian Army to Stay in Somalia in Coming Weeks," Reuters, Jan. 2, 2007; "A New Reality in Somalia," Los Angeles Times, Jan. 2, 2007; "This 'Victory' Could Mean a Return to Anarchy," Times Online, Dec. 29, 2006)
  • Bush has relaunched his $1.2 billion malaria initiative in 15 hardhit African nations. But the bulk of USAID funding goes to U.S.-based consultants and marketing, not for new drug development. ("Fatal Inaction", Washington Monthly, July-August 2006; "Bush Renews Effort to Cut Malaria Deaths," Washington Post, Dec. 17, 2006)
  • British Petroleum's carefully crafted environmental-friendly reputation took a big hit in March 2006, when a corroded transit pipe ruptured in an oil field in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, spilling 200,000 gallons of crude oil, the largest oil spill in Alaska's fragile north slope. ("Hype v. Hope: Is Corporate Do-Goodery for Real?" Mother Jones, November/December 2006; "BP Transfers Prudhoe Chief Out of Alaska -- Report," Reuters, Dec. 1, 2006)

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Between The Lines Week Ending 1/5/07

U.S. Politics

"Socialist Senator Makes U.S. History," BBC News, Jan. 3, 2007

"Rudy Can Fail: Guiliani's Southern Problem," by Michael Tomasky, The American Prospect, Jan. 3, 2007

"Electronic Voting Led To Errors, Report Says," Houston Chronicle, Jan. 3, 2007

"Keith Ellison And The Jefferson Koran," by John Nichols, The Nation, Jan. 3, 2007

"Activists On The Left Applying Pressure To Democratic Leaders," Washington Post, Jan. 3, 2007

"No Easy Way Out For Dems On Iraq," by Matthew Yglesias, The American Prospect, Jan. 2, 2007

"Edwards Pushing Universal Health Care," Associated Press, Jan. 1, 2007

"America's Holy Warriors," by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, Dec. 31, 2006

"House Democrats To Object To Florida Election Outcome," The New York Times, Dec. 30, 2006

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Bush Regime

"Bush Silences A Dangerous Witness," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Dec. 30, 2006

"Senseless 'Sacrifice' In Iraq Must End," by Keith Olbermann, MSNBC, Jan. 3, 2007

"In Search Of A Criminal: Donald Rumsfeld's Name Tops List Of Those Accused Of War Crimes," by Alexia Garamfalvi, Legal Times, Dec. 25, 2006

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"America's Complicity In Saddam's Crimes," by Jon Weiner, The Nation, Jan. 3, 2007

"Let's Do It Again! Doubling Down On The Imperial Mission In 2007," by Tom Engelhardt,, Jan. 2, 2007

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"An Acy Of Barbarism Against A Monster Of Our Own Creation," by Robert Scheer The Nation, Jan. 3, 2007

"Saddam's Death Squad Hanging," by Robert Dreyfuss,, Jan. 3, 2007

"TV Studio Shut Down For 'Incitement To Violence' After Showing Footage Of Saddam Mourners," Reporters Without Borders statement, Jan. 3, 2007

"10% Of Active Journalists In Iraq Were Killed In 2006," by Mohammed A. Salih, IPS News, Jan. 3, 2007

"Chaos Overran Iraq Plan In '06, Bush Team Says," The New York Times, Jan. 2, 2007

"'Illegal' Execution Enrages Arabs," by Dahr Jamail & Ali Al-Fadhily, Electronic Iraq, Jan. 2, 2007

"Sunnis Fear Saddam's Execution Will Provoke Sectarian Violence," Independent/UK, Jan. 2, 2007

"Era Ends As Saddam Hussein Is Put To Death," Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 2, 2007

"So Long To 'Our' Tyrant," by Andrew Cockburn, Los Angeles Times, Jan. 1, 2007

"Crowds Protest Saddam Hanging In Iraq," Associated Press, Jan. 1, 2007

"A Dictator Created Then Destroyed By America," by Robert Fisk, Independent/UK, Jan. 1, 2007

"A Grim Milestone In Iraq: 3,000 American Deaths," The New York Times, Dec. 31, 2006

"End Of Another Year...," by Riverbend, Baghdad Burning, Dec. 29, 2006

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"FBI Details Possible Detainee Torture," Associated Press, Jan. 3, 2007

"Torture, Lies And Videotape," by Arlen Parsa, Truthout, Jan. 3, 2007

"Reporter Summoned To Testify Against War Resister," by Aaron Glantz, Inter Press Service, Jan. 2, 2007

"The Private Arm Of The Law," Washington Post, Jan. 2, 2007

"Army Attempts To Redefine Free Speech," by Sarah Olson, AlterNet, Jan. 2, 2007

"For Guantanamo Review Boards, Limits Abound," The New York Times, Dec. 31, 2006

"The Bill Of Wrongs: The 10 Most Outrageous Civil Liberties Violations Of 2006," by Dahlia Lithwick, Slate, Dec. 30, 2006

"Maine Man Takes On Bush's Domestic Surveillance," Portland Press Herald (Maine), Dec. 30, 2006

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Free Press Takes On Corporate Ownership," Commercial-Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee), Jan. 3, 2007

"Protecting Internet Democracy," The New York Times editorial, Jan. 3, 2007

"Digital Give And Take," by Derek Slater,, Jan. 3, 2007

"'Surge' Protectors," by Greg Mitchell, Editor & Publisher, Dec. 29, 2006

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"No Worker Is Illegal: SEIU Members Push Their Union To Change Its Position On Immigration," by William Johnson, Counterpunch, Jan. 3, 2007

"Arrested On The Golden Gate Bridge For 3,000 Dead," by Col. Ann Wright, Ret., Truthout, Jan. 3, 2007

"MoveOn Members Call For Change," by Adam Doster, In These Times, Jan. 3, 2007

"2006 Activist Success," by Rebecca Solnit, AlterNet, Jan. 2, 2007

"Hopeful Signs For Global Justice," by Mark Engler, AlterNet, Jan. 2, 2007

"Grannies Read NY, NJ And CT War Dead Names," Associated Press, Jan. 1, 2007

"U.S. Peace Groups Rally After 3,000th Soldier Killed," Reuters, Jan. 1, 2007

"Dissent Is American," by Ralph Young, History News Network, Jan. 1, 2007

"Second Coming Of SDS," by Billy Manes, Orlando Weekly, Dec. 13, 2006

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