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For The Week Ending Aug. 3, 2007

  • Iraqi Opposition
    to New Oil Law Grows

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  • Bush, Blair Push to Restart
    Middle East Peace Talks:
    Genuine Effort or Window Dressing?

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  • Poverty and Economic Inequality Fuel
    Protests and Strikes in Peru

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Iraqi Opposition
to New Oil Law Grows

Interview with Antonia Juhasz,
a fellow with Oil Change International,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


According to President Bush and the U.S. Congress, one of the key benchmarks the Iraqi government is being pressured to achieve by September is passage of a new law governing oil production and distribution, which is being hotly contested inside Iraq. The country's oil resources, the second largest known reserves in the world, were nationalized in the 1970s. Before the U.S. invasion in 2003, the industry was pumping about 2.5 million barrels a day, as compared to the current 2.1 million barrels. State oil companies are still in charge of production, and oil is pumped by the Iraqi Federation of Oil Workers, which is leading opposition to the new oil law.

The proposed Iraq hydrocarbon law would take the majority of Iraq's oil out of the exclusive hands of the Iraqi government and open it to development by private international oil companies for a generation or more. U.S. companies are already making huge profits from marketing Iraq's oil, with an average of 553,000 barrels a day exported to the U.S. last year.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Antonia Juhasz, a fellow with Oil Change International and author of the book "The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time." She discusses the debate over the oil law within Iraq and explains why resistance to the measure has grown.

Contact Oil Change International by calling (202) 518-9029 or visit the group's website at

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Bush, Blair Push to Restart
Middle East Peace Talks:
Genuine Effort or Window Dressing?

Interview with Chris Toensing,
editor of Middle East Report,
conducted by Scott Harris

Tony Blair, Middle East envoy

Not long after stepping down as British prime minister, Tony Blair was named as international envoy by the U.S., the European Union, the United Nations and Russia. The so-called "quartet" of Middle East negotiators have given Blair a limited mandate to strengthen Palestinian institutions.

In his first trip to the region in his new role the week of July 23, Blair made stops in Israel, Jordan and the West Bank, where he held talks with leaders to "listen, learn and reflect." Although Blair expressed cautious optimism for a resumption of long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, political observers were less confident of a breakthrough.

As President Bush's most important ally in the Iraq war, Tony Blair is seen by many Middle Eastern leaders as lacking independence and ultimately subservient to Washington. The Quartet's continued isolation and exclusion of the Palestinian Hamas party from talks is seen as an insurmountable obstacle to reaching a two-state solution. In June, Hamas attacked forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of the Fatah party, taking control of the Gaza Strip and bitterly dividing Palestinians between Hamas and Fatah. In a seeming last ditch effort to break the deadlock, President Bush has called for an international conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict this fall chaired by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Chris Toensing, editor of Middle East Report, who assesses the wisdom of naming Tony Blair as a lead negotiator and the obstacles and opportunities for restarting Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

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Poverty and Economic Inequality Fuel
Protests and Strikes in Peru

Interview with Jo-Marie Burt,
assistant professor of government
and politics at George Mason University,
conducted by Scott Harris


Much like other nations across Latin America, Peru suffers from a wide disparity between the rich and poor. While campaigning for office in 2006, Peruvian President Alan Garcia pledged to fight poverty by growing the economy. One year later Peru's poor have launched militant protests and labor strikes making known their rejection of Garcia's policies.

Three people have been killed during protests called by teachers and farmers that began this summer. Teachers objected to a proposed law that would have mandated competency tests. Other groups joined nation-wide demonstrations and blockades to demand enforcement of labor laws, increased taxes on mining profits and rejection of a free trade deal with the United States.

Garcia's first term as Peru's president from 1985-90, ended with hyperinflation, price controls and a default on its debt. But since he won last year's election against progressive populist Ollanta Humala, Garcia has worked to win the confidence of financial markets and the U.S. by promising "responsible change." Although Peru's economy expanded by 8 percent last year, half of the nation's population mired in poverty, have seen little or no improvement in their lives. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jo-Marie Burt, assistant professor of politics and government at George Mason University, who examines the role economic inequality has played in the protests and labor strikes that have gripped Peru in recent weeks.

Jo-Marie Burt's articles, published by the North American Congress on Latin America, can be read online at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Greenpeace accuses the Japanese nuclear industry of lying about the extent of damage to the world's biggest nuclear plant in Kashiwazaki, Japan, shut down indefinitely after an earthquake. ("Japan Nuclear Plant Shut After Quake," Los Angeles Times, July 19, 2007; "Reaction to Fire at the Japanese Nuclear Power Kashiwazaki-Kariwa," Greenpeace, July 17, 2007)
  • President Bush has threatened to veto an expansion of the decade-old State Child Health Insurance Plan, which covers nearly seven million children. ("Bush: No Deal on Children's Health Plan," Washington Post, July 19, 2007; "Congress, Bush Clash Over Children's Health Insurance," Washington Post, July 15, 2007;)
  • After two years, tomato pickers with The Coalition of Immokalee Workers in Florida won an agreement with McDonald's to double their wages. Tomato pickers were hauling two tons of tomatoes a day to make about $60, or $10,000 annually. ("Doing It For Themselves," In These Times, June 2007)

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"Poll Finds Democrats Favored on War," by Jon Cohen and Dan Balz, The Washington Post, July 24, 2007

"The Impeachment Imbroglio: Sheehan, Conyers, Pelosi, and Feingold," by Ruth Conniff, The Progressive, July 25, 2007

"The Unions’ Man?," John Edwards does more than talk the talk on workers’ but will he walk away with labor’s endorsement?, by David Moberg, In These Times, July 23, 2007

"The Democrats' Iraqi Dilemma: Questions Unasked, Answers Never Volunteered," by Ira Chernus,, July 22, 2007

"Democrats Will Press Ahead on Pulling US Troops From Iraq: Reid," Agence France-Presse, July 22, 2007

"Democrats Press House to Expand Health Care Bill," by Robert Pear, The New York Times, July 23, 2007

"Liberals Convene - and Air Differences Over Democrats," by Miranda Blue, Congressional Quarterly, June 20, 2007

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Bush Regime

"Counsel Sought to Investigate Attorney General's Testimony," by David Stout, The New York Times, July 26, 2007

"FBI Director Contradicts Gonzales," by Laurie Kellman and Lara Jakes Jordan, The Associated Press, July 26, 2007

"House Democrats Pass Contempt Citations," by Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press, July 25, 2007

"Gonzales Denies Pressuring Ashcroft," by Dan Eggen and William Branigin, The Washington Post, July 24, 2007

"Leahy, Specter Lay Into Gonzales," by Paul Kiel, TPM Muckraker, July 24, 2007

"E-mails Show '02 Lobbying For US Attorney Post in Ohio," by Jack Torry and Mark Niquette, The Columbus Dispatch, July 22, 2007

"U.S. Dropped Enron-Like Fraud Probe,"by Marisa Taylor, McClatchy Newspapers, July 23, 2007

"Is Cheney Evil or Just a Weasel?"b y Susan J. Douglas, In These Times, July 12, 2007

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness," by Chris Hedges & Laila Al-Arian, The Nation, July 30, 2007

"The Iraq War Debate: The Great Denier," The New York Times | Editorial, July 21, 2007

"Bribery Network to Bloat War Costs Is Alleged,"by James Glanz, The New York Times, July 21, 2007

"Watchdog Group: Government Awards Contracts Despite Firms' Misconduct," by Roxana Tiron, The Hill, July 19, 2007

"The Rest Is Marketing," by Sidney Blumenthal, The Guardian UK, July 19, 2007

"Slick Connections: U.S. Influence on Iraqi Oil," by Erik Leaver & Greg Muttitt, Foreign Policy In Focus, July 18, 2007

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"More Troops for What?"> by Benjamin H. Friedman, Foreign Policy, July 2007

"Why the US Military Loves Ron Paul," by Tom Engelhardt, The Nation, July 23, 2007

"US Ambassador Says Iraqi Aides Will Quit Unless Granted Asylum," by Ed Pilkington, The Guardian UK, July 23, 2007

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Unlikely Adversary Arises to Criticize Detainee Hearings," by William Glaberson, The New York Times, July 23, 2007

"Patriot Abuse," by Janet Nocek, The Hartford Courant, July 22, 2007

"Court Tells US to Reveal Data on Detainees at Guantánamo," by William Glaberson, The New York Times, July 21, 2007

"The Assault on Due Process and Civil Liberties," by Ian Welsh Firedoglake, July 21, 2007 "Bush Alters Rules for CIA Interrogations," by Katherine Shrader, The Associated Press, July 21, 2007

"Rorschach and Awe," by Katherine Eban, Vanity Fair, July 17, 2007

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Media Issues

"Swift Boat 2004 vs. 'Swift Boat' 2008," by Eric Boehlert, Media Matters, July 24, 2007

"Savage said Imus was 'lynched,' compared his firing to 'what was done in Nazi Germany to Jews,'" Media Matters, July 23, 2007

"The Media's Mayor: Mythologizing Giuliani and 9/11," by Steve Rendall, Extra! May/June 2007

"Incendiary Weapons Are No 'Allegation'" Times corrects a minor error, ignores the big one, Extra!, June 11, 2007

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