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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
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:
Colombia's Raid into EcuadorLast week, the Colombian military entered Ecuadoran territory and killed 17 guerillas, including Raul Reyes, the 59-year-old leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. Reyes was second in command to Manuel Marulanda, the supreme commander who leads the Marxist guerilla organization that has been fighting a 40-year insurgency against the Colombian government. Reacting to the raid, Ecuador broke off diplomatic relations with Colombia. Venezuela, which also shares a border with Colombia, denounced the military action and moved thousands of troops to the Colombian frontier.
Triggers Regional Tension
Interview with journalist Gary Leech,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus
Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Garry Leech, a British-born American journalist who has reported extensively from Colombia. He spent three days at a jungle camp with Raul Reyes last year in the same region where last week's attack took place, and says he's the only western journalist to have interviewed any of the top seven FARC commanders face-to-face in the past eight years.
Leech discusses the significance of Colombia's raid on the FARC camp and the danger of a possible regional military confrontation between Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, as well as the role of the U.S. in supporting the government of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.
For more information, visit the online publication Leech edits, www.colombiajournal.org
New Cuban President Raul CastroAfter 49 years in power, Fidel Castro resigned as president of Cuba on Feb. 19. His younger brother Raul, who had been acting head of state since Fidel underwent major intestinal surgery in August 2006, was chosen as Cuba's new president by the national assembly on Feb. 24. The Cuban legislature also named Jose Ramon Machado, a member of the original Cuban Revolution, to the post of first vice president of the Council of State and Maj. Gen. Julio Casas Regueiro as defense minister.
Looks to Improve International Relations
Interview with Peter Kornbluh,
senior analyst with
the National Security Archive,
conducted by Scott Harris
Although Fidel Castro is no longer head of state, the 81-year-old socialist icon still retains the powerful post of first secretary of the Cuban Communist Party. But not long after Raul officially took over as president, he placed his own stamp on Cuban policy by signing two United Nations human rights treaties, long rejected by his brother. Cuba's signing of the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, may signal an effort to further normalize the island nation's international relations.
While President Bush attacked Raul Castro as a "tyrant" and unworthy of talks on ending Washington's 46-year-old economic embargo against Cuba, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has said that if elected, he's prepared to meet Raul Castro without preconditions. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Peter Kornbluh, senior analyst with the National Security Archive and director of the group's Cuba Documentation project, who assesses Havana's new leader and the chances for improved relations with the U.S.
Contact the National Security Archive by calling (202) 994-7000 or visit their website at www.nsarchive.org
Obama's Presidential CandidacySen. Barack Obama, only the fifth African-American elected to the U.S. Senate, is now the front-runner to win the Democratic Party's nomination to run for president in this year's election. While Sen. Obama's campaign message consciously transcends issues of race, the history of American slavery and racial bigotry will surely play a role in Obama's eventual success or failure.
Prompts Reflection on "Post-Racial Politics"
Interview with Salim Muwakkil,
In These Times senior editor,
conducted by Scott Harris
Early in the primary campaign there was speculation that voters in New Hampshire had told pollsters of their majority support for Obama, then cast their ballots for other candidates in the privacy of the voting booth. What's come to be known as the "Bradley effect," named for former Los Angeles African American mayor Tom Bradley who lost the 1986 election for California governor despite polls predicting a big victory -- looks less like a problem for Obama who has had an impressive string of victories in Democratic primary contests across the nation.
But there is some concern that Obama's political success could have the paradoxical effect of diminishing the urgent need to address the unresolved issues of American racial prejudice and inequality. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Salim Muwakkil, a senior editor at In These Times and an op ed columnist with the Chicago Tribune. He discusses the concerns raised about the Illinois Senator's candidacy covered in his recent article titled, "How Black Is Obama?"
Read Muwakkil's article, "How Black is Obama," online at www.inthesetimes.com
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
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"How Democrats Self-Destruct," by Pierre Tristam, Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), Mar. 4, 2008
"Hillary Goes Orwellian On Iraq," by Andrew Gumbel, Huffington Post, Mar. 4, 2008
"Where Both Democrats Went Wrong In Ohio," by Kevin Mattson & John Gilliom, The American Prospect, Mar. 4, 2008
"Obama, Being Called A Muslim Is Not A Smear," by Naomi Klein, The Nation, Mar. 4, 2008
"The Contours Of The Campaign To Come: GOP Trying To Brand Obama As 'The Other,'" by Paul Waldman, The American Prospect, Mar. 4, 2008
"Deal Close On Wiretapping, Top Democrat Tells CNN," The New York Times, Mar. 3, 2008
"Clinton's Duplicity On Michigan, Florida Delegates," by Paul Rockwell, Common Dreams, Mar. 3, 2008
"Why Isn't Iraq In The 2008 Election?," by Noam Chomsky, Democracy Now!, Mar. 3, 2008
"Blame In Canada: Canadian PM Accused Of Interfering In U.S. Election," The New York Times, Mar. 3, 2008
"House Democratic Leaderhip: Not Just Complicit But Also Self-Destructive," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Mar. 3, 2008
"Shifting Ideas. Shifting Narrative: Is The Tide Turning Against The Right Wing Attack On Government?," by Donald Cohen, Common Dreams, Mar. 2, 2008
"Crisis In Gaza? Not For Obama Or Clinton," by John Nichols, The Nation, Mar. 1, 2008
"A Season Of Change In Texas," by Mary Mapes, The Nation, Feb. 29, 2008
"The Gaza Bombshell," by David Rose, Vanity Fair, Apr., 2008
"Eyeless In Gaza," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Mar. 4, 2008
"A Bipartisan Attack On The Constitution: The Mukasey Conspiracy," by Paul Craig Roberts, Counterpunch, Mar. 3, 2008
"Going To Jail For Being A Democrat: How Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman Got Roved," by Paul Craig Roberts, Counterpunch, Mar. 3, 2008
"Human Rights Hypocrisy: Hidden In Plain Sight," by Robert Weissman, Common Dreams, Mar. 1, 2008
"The Silent Coup," by Liza Persson, OpEd News, Feb. 28, 2008
American Empire/War Profiteering
"The 'Laptop Of Mass Destruction,"' by Gareth Porter, Asia Times, Mar. 4, 2008
"U.S Plotted To Overthrow Hamas After Election Victory," Guardian/UK, Mar. 4, 2008
"Somalis Protest Over U.S. Bombing," BBC News/UK, Mar. 4, 2008
"U.S. Forces Fire Missile Into Somalia At Kenyan," The New York Times, Mar. 4, 2008
"U.S. 'Exaggerating Nuclear Threat From North Korea,'" Independent/UK, 2008
"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan
"The Cold Price Of Hot Blood: New Book Reveals That Iraq Will Cost U.S. At Least $3 Billion," by Gary Kamiya, Salon, 2008
"Iraqi Refugees See No Reason, Or Hope, For Return," by Maki al-Nazzal & Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service, Mar. 3, 2008
"Sunni Insurgents Exploit U.S.-Sponsored Militias," by Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service, Mar. 3, 2008
"Iraq Violence Jumps In February," BBC News/UK, Mar. 1, 2008
Civil Liberties/ Human Rights
"Guantanamo And The European Parliament: Whistleblower Stephen Abraham Makes His Case," by Andy Worthington, Counterpunch, Mar. 4, 2008
"A Wave Of The Watch List, And Speech Disappears," by Adam Liptak, The New York Times, Mar. 4, 2008
"Law Enforcement Officials Secretly Profiling Immigrants," McClatchy Newspapers, Mar. 4, 2008
"Terror Suspects 'Held On Island,'" The Australian/Australia, Mar. 4, 2008
"Torture Shocks," by James Carroll, Boston Globe, Mar. 3, 2008
"The 'Liberal' Position On The Surveillance State," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Mar. 2, 2008
"Teacher Under Fire For Showing Gore Film Without Rebuttal," Salt Lake Tribune (Utah), Mar. 2, 2008
"A Reaction To The APA Vote Sealing Up Key Loopholes In The 2007 Statement on Interrogations," by Stephen Soldz & Brad Olson, ZNet, Mar. 2, 2008
"Exclusive: I Was Kidnapped By The CIA," by Peter Bergen, Mother Jones, Mar./Apr., 2008
"The Enablers: The Psychology Industry's Long And Shameful History With Torture," by David Goodman, Mother Jones, Mar. 1, 2008
"FBI Calls The Progressive's InfraGard Story 'Patently False'; Author Responds," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Mar. 1, 2008
"Department Of Pre-Crime," by Eric Umansky, Mother Jones, Feb. 29, 2008
"Guantanamo Justice," by David Bromwich, Huffington Post, Feb. 29, 2008
"What Howard Kurtz Means By 'Media Scrutiny,'" by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Mar. 2, 2008
"How Hollywood Learned How To Stop Worrying And Love The (Ticking) Bomb," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Mar. 1, 2008
"Here Come The Media Attacks On Obama," by Eric Boehlert, Media Matters for America, Feb. 29, 2008
"Next FCC Must Grasp Change--And Truly Understand History," by Ryan Blethen, Seattle Times, Feb. 29, 2008
"Does Labor Need More Clout?," by Robert Reich, San Francisco Chronicle, Mar. 3, 2008
"Mining Executive An Activist Himself," Palm Beach Post (Florida), Mar. 3, 2008
"Whistle While You Work: Wikileaks & Whistleblowing," by David Leigh & Jonathan Franklin, Guardian/UK, Mar. 2, 2008
"Marine Protests Costly For City Of Berkeley," CBS 5/KCBS (California), Mar. 2, 2008
"Patriot Missiles: Iraq Veterans Against The War," Times Online/UK, Mar. 2, 2008
"Local Union Leader Rosselli Blasts SEIU Boss Andy Stern," by Matt Smith, S.F. Weekly (California), Feb. 20, 2008