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ISSUES IN DEPTH
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'S PROGRAM
Between The Lines Special Report:
John McCain Antiwar Protest
About 100 peace activists demonstrated as U.S. Rep. Chris Shays (R-Conn.) and U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) spoke at a Sunday, Feb. 3 rally held at Sacred Heart University, in Fairfield, Conn. for Republican presidential candidate John McCain. Between The Lines' Scott Harris interviewed several protesters (in MP3).
Protesters affiliated with Connecticut Opposes the War demonstrate outside Sacred Heart University in Fairfield Sunday, showing their unhappiness with Republican presidential candidate John McCain. (Tony Spinelli/ConnPost.com)
"War protesters turn out in force," Connecticut Post, Feb. 4, 2008
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 undustry, UNITE HERE union.
This week we present Between The Lines' summary of under-reported news stories and:
Palestinians Break OutSince Hamas took over the government and police in Gaza last June, Israel has tightened its control of the borders of this piece of Palestinian territory. Calling Gaza "a hostile entity," Israel recently cut off delivery of diesel fuel to run government generators and has interfered with the delivery of food and medical supplies. Israel says it is acting in response to the firing of Qassam rockets from Gaza into Israeli towns near the border.
of Gaza "Open Air Prison"
Interview with Iyad Sarraj,
director Gaza Community Mental Health Program,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus
On Jan. 23, groups of militants blew up the fence along the previously sealed border, breaching the barrier separating Gaza from Egypt. An estimated quarter-million to 700,000 Gazans streamed across the border to buy supplies, or, as some said, just to get a break from their open-air prison.
Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Dr. Iyad Sarraj, director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program. His agency runs six community centers throughout the Gaza Strip, delivering services to an estimated 18 percent of the population of 1.5 million. Sarraj describes what it was like for Gazans not to have freedom of movement, the seriousness of the Gaza crisis, and the process by which he'd like to see an end to Israeli military control.
Dr. Iyad Sarraj is a member of the group, Campaign to End the Siege. For more information, visit that group's website at www.end-gaza-siege.ps.
As U.S. Economy Falters,Marking his last year in office, President Bush used his final State of the Union Address to put the best face on one of the most unpopular administrations in recent U.S. history. With predictions of a looming U.S. recession and shaky consumer confidence, Bush urged support for a $150 billion package of tax rebates he had negotiated with House leaders, aimed at boosting consumer spending. Some senators are expected to offer amendments to the package, including an extension of unemployment benefits and tax rebates for senior citizens.
Bush Pushes Corporate Tax Cuts and Free Trade
Interview with David Sirota,
author and columnist,
conducted by Scott Harris
The lame duck president gave credit for the recent decline in violence in Iraq to his surge policy that deployed an additional 30,000 troops to bolster the U.S. occupation of the country. Although Bush indicated 20,000 troops dispatched last year will be returning home in the coming months, there will still likely be more than 100,000 American soldiers in Iraq when a new president is sworn into office next January.
And despite the growing unpopularity of free trade deals between the U.S. and nations around the world, the president took time in his address to ask Congress to approve a set of new free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with syndicated columnist and author David Sirota, who assesses Bush's proposed economic stimulus package and push for new free trade agreements.
David Sirota is author of the forthcoming book, "The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street & Washington." Read Sirota's articles online at www.davidsirota.com
Battle Over Telecom ImmunityThe U.S. Senate has been the most recent battleground over President Bush's domestic surveillance policy. On Jan. 28, Senate Republicans failed to end debate on a Democratic-led effort to amend a bill that reauthorizes the National Security Agency to monitor suspected terrorists' phone conversations and email without court warrants. Many Democrats oppose a White House-backed provision in the bill that grants telecommunications companies retroactive-immunity for their participation in government ordered, illegal, warrantless wiretaps.
Central to Debate Over Warrantless Wiretaps
Interview with Tanya Clay House,
director of Public Policy,
with People for the American Way,
conducted by Scott Harris
The Protect America Act, which revised the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, expires at the end of February. That legislation was approved last summer amid a climate of fear generated by what turned out to be bogus warnings of a possible terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. In his Jan. 28 State of the Union Address, President Bush warned that if the bill is allowed to expire, the nation's ability to track terrorist threats would be weakened and citizens will be in greater danger. Some legislators were attempting to authorize a two-week or 30-day extension of the law.
Because a House version of the same bill, passed last year, did not grant immunity for telecom companies, a conference committee may eventually need to negotiate the differences. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Tanya Clay House, director of Public Policy with People for the American Way, who explains how President Bush and Congressional Republicans have used fear as a tool to intimidate their colleagues into voting for flawed domestic surveillance legislation.
Contact People for the American Way by calling (202) 467-4999 or visit their website at pfaw.org
This week's summary
of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
Executive producer: Scott Harris
Segment producers: Scott Harris, Melinda Tuhus
Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Indu Anand
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"The Madness Of John McCain," by Justin Raimondo, The American Conservative, Feb. 11, 2008
"The Democrats' Choice: Manager Or Visionary?," by Ezra Klein, The American Prospect, Feb. 5, 2008
"The Counter-Narrative Candidate," by Spencer Ackerman, The American Prospect, Feb. 5, 2008
"'Third Way' Think Tank Pushes Telecom Agenda On FISA Bill," by Matt Renner, Truthout, Feb. 5, 2008
"The Recession Watch Can Now End; It's Already Here," CNN, Feb. 5, 2008
"A Question Of Ideology," by Paul Waldman, The American Prospect, Feb. 5, 2008
"There Has Been No Contest Like It," by Michael Tomasky, Guardian/UK, Feb. 5, 2008
"Mythbusting Canadian Health Care: Part 1," by Sara Robinson, Campaign for America's Future, Feb. 4, 2008
"The Democrats' Salvation," by E.J. Dionne, TruthDig, Feb. 4, 2008
"The Fight For the Latino Vote," by Dana Goldstein, The American Prospect, Feb. 4, 2008
"Republicans Have Become The Credibility-Free Party," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Feb. 4, 2008
"Barack Obama, Hip-Hop Candidate," by Latoya Peterson, The American Prospect, Feb. 4, 2008
"Foreign Policy: Behind Obama And Clinton," by Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, Feb. 4, 2008
"How Obama Could Create A Long-Term Democratic Majority," by Paul Rogat Loeb, Common Dreams, Feb. 3, 2008
"Hillary Clinton Lies Again About Iraq," by Stephen Zunes, Common Dreams, Feb. 2, 2008
"Immigration Issue Divides Arizona GOP," Washington Post, Feb. 2, 2008
"War In Iraq Looms As Campaign Issue," San Jose Mercury News (California), Feb. 2, 2008
"The Senate's FISA Agreement," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Feb. 1, 2008
"Blowback From The GOP's Holy War Against Muslims," by Juan Cole, Salon, Feb. 1, 2008
"Barreling Into Recession: How Oil Burst The American Bubble," by Tom Engelhardt & Michael Klare, Jan. 31, 2008
"Fun And Games With Terrorist Threats," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Feb. 5, 2008
"Sibel Edmonds Must Be Heard," by Philip Giraldi, Huffington Post, Feb. 4, 2008
"CREW Calls For Prosecutor In White House Email Probe," Associated Press, Feb. 4, 2008
"Full Cost Excluded On Iraq, Afghanistan In Bush Budget Request," Associated Press, Feb. 4, 2008
"The Case For Impeachment," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Feb. 3, 2008
"Mukasey's Confession," by Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times, Feb. 2, 2008
"Hide And Seek With The Justice Department," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Feb. 2, 2008
"Bush Cuts Domestic Programs," Associated Press, Feb. 2, 2008
"Is Michael Mukasey Prioritizing The Harassment And Imprisonment Of Journalists?," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Feb. 2, 2008
"Bush Legacy: Setting A Standard In Fear-Mongering," by Richard A. Clarke, Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 1, 2008
"Sen. Whitehouse To Mukasey: Why Not Investigate Torture?," by Paul Kiel, Talking Points Memo, Jan. 30, 2008
"Mukasey Refuses To Outlaw Waterboarding," by Paul Kiel, Talking Points Memo, Jan. 30, 2008
American Empire/War Profiteering
"Proposed Military Spending Is Highest Since World War II," The New York Times, Feb. 4, 2008
"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan
"Did Rumsfled Authorize War Crimes?: The Secret Rules Of Engagement In Iraq," by Stephen Soldz, Counterpunch, Feb. 5, 2008
"Sunni Vs. Shia: The Real Bloddy Battle For Baghdad," by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, Feb. 5, 2008
"Pressure Grows On Iraq's Sadr To End Truce," Reuters, Feb. 4, 2008
"When Morality Demands Winter Soldiers," by Camillo "Mac" Bica, Truthout, Feb. 4, 2008
"The Bird Market Bombings: Baghdad Still Lives In Fear," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Feb. 4, 2008
"Insurgencies Spread In Afghanistan And Pakistan," McClatchy Newspapers, Feb. 3, 2008
"U.S. Plan For Afghan Troop Surge," Times Online/UK, Feb. 3, 2008
"Military Contractors Are Hard To Fire," Associated Press, Feb. 2, 2008
"Analysts: U.S. Qaeda Strategy Fatally Flawed," Agence France Presse, Feb. 2, 2008
"Defeat Without End: 'Why Is The Economy Tanking? The War, The War, The War,'" by Robert C. Koehler, Common Wonders, Jan. 31, 2008
Civil Liberties/ Human Rights
"Strange Fruit: America's Gulag And The Good War," by Chris Floyd, Counterpunch, Feb. 5, 2008
"CIA Admits Waterboarding Three Detainees," Reuters, Feb. 5, 2008
"Extraordinary Rendition On Trial," by Christopher Moraff, In These Times, Feb. 4, 2008
"FBI Wants Palm Prints, Eye Scans, Tattoo Mapping," CNN, Feb. 4, 2008
"Rule By Fear Or Rule By Law?," by Lewis Seiler & Dan Hamburg, San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 4, 2008
"Challenging Torture," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Feb. 4, 2008
"Would It Be Torture If It Were Done To You?," by David Bromwich, Huffington Post, Feb. 3, 2008
"Torture Does Not Work, As History Shows," by Robert Fisk, Independent/UK, Feb. 3, 2008
"Gitmo Ruling A Setback For Administration," Associated Press, Feb. 2, 2008
"Welcome To America... You're Under Arrest," by S. Abbas Raza, The Smart Set, Feb. 2, 2008
"Hiding From Real ID," by Kerry Howley, Reason, Feb. 1, 2008
"The Spectacle Of Campaign 2008," by Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, Feb. 5, 2008
"Rich Media, Poor Debates," by Jamison Foser, Media Matters, Feb. 4, 2008
"Times Reporter Subpoenaed Over Source For Book," The New York Times, Feb. 1, 2008
"Latin America News Coverage: Half The Story Is Worse Than None," by Mark Weisbrot, AlterNet, Feb. 1, 2008
"Labor Hits Jackpot," by Melinda Tuhus, In These Times, Feb. 5, 2008
"Climate Protesters Plan Campaign Of Direct Action Against UK Polluters," Independent/UK, Feb. 3, 2008
"Berkeley: Facing Off Over Marine Corps," San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 2, 2008
"The Year Of The Organizer," by Kelly Candaele & Peter Dreier, The American Prospect, Feb. 1, 2008