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"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

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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,, 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

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"Martial Law Threat is Real," by Dave Lindorff,, 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, July 19, 2007

"The Global Gulag: Into The Shadows," by Tom Engelhardt,, April 5, 2004

"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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For The Week Ending Aug. 17, 2007

  • Pro-War Pundits Declare
    Iraq Troop Surge a Success

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  • Congress Moves to Finance
    New Nuclear Power Plants

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  • Wall Street Journal Takeover
    Expands Murdoch Media Empire

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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Pro-War Pundits Declare
Iraq Troop Surge a Success

Interview with Michael Schwartz,
professor of sociology at Stony Brook University,
conducted by Scott Harris


As public opinion in the United States increasingly turns against the Iraq war, the Bush administration and their allies are aggressively working to defend the president's so-called troop surge, which has since January deployed an additional 30,000 U.S. soldiers into the conflict. While many Democrats and a growing number of Republicans have proclaimed their opposition to the current war strategy, the White House is asking Congress to give the surge more time -- and await a progress report due in September. The report and recommendations will be presented to Congress by Army Gen. David Petraeus, senior U.S. commander in Iraq, and U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker.

But as pressure mounts to change direction in Iraq, a July 30 op-ed piece in the New York Times titled, "A War We Just Might Win," by Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack of the Brookings Institution, has attempted to recast the debate in Washington. The editorial discusses progress on the military and political fronts in Iraq, citing the formation of new alliances between some Sunni Arab militias and the U.S. to challenge Al Qaeda forces.

But despite the optimistic report from O'Hanlon and Pollack taken from their recent trip to Iraq, the news from Baghdad is not good. The violence continues and the U.S.-backed government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has been threatened by a walkout by five more members of his Cabinet. Almost half of al-Maliki's Cabinet, have already fully or partially withdrawn from the weakened coalition government. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Michael Schwartz, professor of sociology at Stony Brook University. Schwartz, who recently wrote the article titled, "Benchmarking Iraq for Disaster," takes a critical look at the recent wave of positive spin on President Bush's Iraq troop.

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Congress Moves to Finance
New Nuclear Power Plants

Interview with the Kevin Kamps,
with the group Beyond Nuclear,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Last week, the U.S. Congress passed energy legislation that was a very mixed bag for the promotion of safe, renewable energy. The Senate bill mandates an increase in automobile fuel efficiency to 35 mpg, and the House version includes a renewable energy portfolio standard mandating 15 percent of electricity production levels from renewable sources by 2020. These are both major steps toward reducing dependence on foreign oil and for reducing carbon emissions that cause global warming. The differences in the House and Senate bills will have to be worked out in conference committee when Congress returns from its August recess after Labor Day, but there's no guarantee that either of these progressive elements will make it into the final version.

Meanwhile, both versions of the energy bill were passed with language that was slipped into the legislation without debate that could provide up to $50 billion in loan guarantees for the nuclear industry to construct new reactors. According to the Rocky Mountain Institute, each dollar invested in electric efficiency displaces nearly seven times more carbon than a dollar invested in nuclear power. Differences in the House and Senate bills on the nuclear subsidies will also have to be worked out in conference committee, whose members have yet to be appointed.

Between The Lines Melinda Tuhus spoke with Kevin Kamps, an authority on nuclear policy with the group Beyond Nuclear, an organization whose goal is to rid the world of both nuclear power and nuclear weapons. He explains the consequences of the nuclear provisions of the energy bill - both for safe energy and taxpayers if it becomes law.

Beyond Nuclear is affiliated with the Nuclear Policy Research Institute, founded by Dr. Helen Caldicott. Contact the group at (301) 270-2209 or visit their website at

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  • Contact Public Citizen's Energy Program at (202) 588-1000 or visit their website at

Wall Street Journal Takeover
Expands Murdoch Media Empire

Interview with Steve Rendall,
senior analyst with the media watch group,
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, conducted by Scott Harris


In the latest chapter of giant media company mergers and the consolidation of corporate control over newspapers, radio, TV and publishing, the Bancroft family agreed to sell the Wall Street Journal's parent firm, Dow Jones & Company to Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation for $5 billion on July 31.

The acquisition of the Journal adds a prestigious name to the Australian-born Murdoch's growing media empire. His international holdings include more than 100 newspapers, television networks in Europe and Asia such as Fox, Sky and Star TV - movie companies including Twentieth Century Fox, along with MySpace on the Internet and publisher HarperCollins.

Rupert Murdoch is notorious for using his aggressive business skills to promote his right-wing ideology. During the lead-up to the Iraq war, the media mogul cheer-led the overthrow of Saddam Hussein through his U.S. tabloids and conservative Fox Cable News Channel. With Murdoch's takeover of the Wall Street Journal, known for its conservative editorial page and with a reputation for quality journalism, many observers fear the loss of the paper's independence within the News Corp. empire. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke Steve Rendall, senior analyst with the media watch group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. While Rendall challenges the conventional wisdom about the Wall Street Journal's contribution to hard-hitting journalism, he fears the further concentration of power and influence in the hands of Rupert Murdoch.

Call FAIR at (212) 633-6700 or visit their website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • French President Nicholas Sarkozy has come under fire for approving a $400 million arms deal with Libya, a week after Libya released Bulgarian health workers convicted of infecting children with the AIDS virus. ("France Confirms EADS Arms Deal with Libya," Agence France Presse, Aug. 4, 2007; "Sarkozy Under Fire Over Alleged Libyan Arms Deal," Agence France Presse, Aug. 2, 2007; "Libyan Market Seen a Bonanza," Associated Press, Aug. 3, 2007)
  • The Cambodian war crimes tribunal has brought charges against Kang Kek Leu, also known as Duch, the former head of the infamous Tuol Sleg prison in Phnom Penh were over 14,000 men, women and children were tortured during the 1970s "killing fields" period,. ("Khmer Rouge Figure is First Charged in Atrocities," New York Times, Aug. 1, 2007; "Key Figures in the Khmer Rouge," BBC, July 31, 2007)
  • FBI and IRS agents recently raided the home of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) in a wide-ranging corruption probe focusing on his ties to VECO, an oil services company. ("Sen. Stevens' Oil Ties Focus of Probe," USA Today, Aug. 1, 2007; "FBI Probes Stevens' Earmark," Washington Post, Aug. 1, 2007; "Ted Stevens - and Senate GOP - in Trouble," The Nation, July 31, 2007)

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Between The Lines Week Ending 8/10/07

U.S. Politics

"Democratic Iraq Betrayal: Treachery On The Campaign Trail,"by Paul Street, ZNet, Aug. 15, 2007

"RNC Now Seeks Shelter Of Executive Privilege,"by Jason Leopold, Truthout, Aug. 14, 2007

"Pelosi Needs To Pust Impeachment On The Table,"by Bruce Fein, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 14, 2007

"Ready, Ames, Fire: Straw Poll Hits, Misses,"by John Nichols, The Nation, Aug. 13, 2007

"Democrats Say Leaving Iraq Could Take Years,"The New York Times, Aug. 12, 2007

"A Personal Vision For Cindy Sheehan's Campaign,"by Daniel Ellsberg, ZNet, Aug. 11, 2007

"How The Democrats Blew It In Only Eight Months,"by Alexander Cockburn, The Nation, Aug. 10, 2007

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Bush Regime

"Bush's Brain Steps Down: Facing Subpoenas, Karl Rove Resigns," by Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!, Aug. 15, 2007

"What Is Karl Rove Hiding?," by Marcy Wheeler, Guardian/UK, Aug. 14, 2007

"Gonzales Could Get Say In States' Executions," Los Angeles Times, Aug. 14, 2007

"Rove's Off White House Payroll: Will That Free Him To Play Even Dirtier Tricks?," by Rick Perlstein,, Aug. 13, 2007

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"The Mercenary Revolution: Flush With Profits From The Iraq War, Military Contractors See A World Of Business Opportunities," by Jeremy Scahill, The Indypendent, Aug. 13, 2007

"Mechanistic Destruction: American Foreign Policy At Point Zero," by Gabriel Kolko,, Aug. 11, 2007

"Paraguay: A Laboratory For Latin America's New Militarism," by Ben Dangl, Guerilla News Network, Aug. 3, 2007

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Escalation By The Numbers,"by Tom Engelhardt,, Aug. 13, 2007

"The Truth Behind The Pollack-O'Hanlon Trip To Iraq,"by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, 2007

"No Light, Just Tunnel: The Bipartisan Guarantee Of Continuing War In Iraq,"by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Aug. 12, 2007

"Our War Crimes,"by Steven Greenhut, Orange County Register, Aug. 12, 2007

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"I Know What You Did Last Summer: Destroyed The Fourth Amendment," by Jonathan Alter, Newsweek, Aug. 20, 2007

"NSA Wiretapping Trial Begins," Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 14, 2007

"You Have No Rights: Interview With Matthew Rothschild," TruthDig, Aug. 14, 2007

"'Impeach Bush' Sign= Littering?," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Aug. 14, 2007

"Cowardly Democrats Give In To President On NSA Wiretapping," by Bill Press, Baltimore Sun, Aug. 13, 2007

"The FBI In Peace And War: Still The Same," by Saul Landau, ZNet, Aug. 11, 2007

"FISA Revised: A Blank Check For Domestic Spying," by Marjorie Cohn, Common Dreams, Aug. 10, 2007

"How Bush Gained The Power To Spy On You Without Security Justifications," by Aziz Huq, The Nation, Aug. 10, 2007

"Breaking Bush's Resistance: Pending Court Case Could Expose Administration's Torture Regime," by James Bovard, The American Conservative, July 30, 2007

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Media Issues

"Hollywood Tears Up Script To Make Antiwar Films While Conflicts Rage," Guardian/UK, Aug. 14, 2007

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"Speaking Different Languages: How The Peace Movement Works With The Military Community," by Zoltan Grossman, ZNet, Aug. 14, 2007

"U.N. Web Site Hacked With Antiwar Protest," The Associated Press, Aug. 14, 2007

"Hungry For End To War, Code Pink Activists Set Up Camp," San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 13, 2007

"We Should All Be At Heathrow Protesting," by Johann Hari, Independent/UK, Aug. 13, 2007

"Heathrow Eco-Protesters Steal A March On Police," Guardian/UK, Aug. 13, 2007

"From Sniper To War Resister: My Journey," by Army National Guard Spc. Eleonai "Eli" Israel, Common Dreams, Aug. 12, 2007

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