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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

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Those Who Dared to Come Forward
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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

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"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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"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

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For The Week Ending March 28, 2008


  • U.S. Iraq Occupation
    Doomed from the Start

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  • Iraq War Spending Cuts
    Deep into State and Local Budgets

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  • Bear Stearns Bailed Out
    While Millions Face Home Foreclosures

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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 U.S. Iraq Occupation
Doomed from the Start

Interview with journalist and author Jonathan Steele,
conducted by Scott Harris


As March 19 marked the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, there have been extensive news reports on the reduction in violence there since President Bush deployed nearly 30,000 additional troops early last year. But new data shows that the number of attacks on American and Iraqi forces has remained steady from November 2007 through early 2008. Other news reports suggest that violence in Iraq may now be on the rise, casting doubt on repeated White House claims that the "surge is working." This news, combined with a lack of progress on reconciliation by the Iraqi government, leads many observers to conclude that the White House will not make any substantial reduction in the level of U.S. troops before Bush leaves office.

Jonathan Steele, senior foreign correspondent with the Guardian Newspaper of London, reported from Iraq, beginning with the U.S. invasion in 2003 until 2007. In his new book, "Defeat: Why America and Britain Lost Iraq," Steele lays out his view that regardless of the many mistakes made by the U.S. military, violent resistance to foreign occupation was inevitable, given the Iraqi people's history of fighting past colonial occupations.

On March 17, Vice President Dick Cheney made a surprise visit to Baghdad, where he declared that five years of war and nation-building have produced a "successful endeavor" that has been well worth the effort. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Steele about the central message of his book and the way forward for U.S. Iraq policy being debated in this year's American presidential election.

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Iraq War Spending Cuts
Deep into State and Local Budgets

Interview with Greg Speeter,
executive director of the National Priorities Project,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


The grim costs of five years of the Iraq war include up to an estimated 1 million Iraqis dead, 4.5 million internal and external Iraqi refugees, nearly 4,000 American soldiers dead and 60,000 injured. Still, Congress keeps funding the war, now to the tune of almost $600 billion through this fiscal year. Some estimates put the final cost for the war at more than $3 trillion.

The National Priorities Project, a research organization based in Northampton, Mass., looks at U.S. federal funding priorities and how tax dollars are spent by state, congressional district, and in some cases, counties and cities.

The organization just released a new report analyzing President Bush's proposed 2009 budget, which examines the impact of spending, maintaining the president's tax cuts for the wealthy and budget cuts in four federal programs: Section 8 housing, community development block grants, low-income heating assistance and social service block grants. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Greg Speeter, executive director of the National Priorities Project, who summarizes his group's report and describes the impact Iraq war spending has had on federal and state budgets.

Contact the National Priorities Project by calling (413) 219-5658 or visit their website at, where you can read a copy of the Iraq War budget report.

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Bear Stearns Bailed Out
While Millions Face Home Foreclosures

Interview with Michael Zweig,
professor of economics
at the State University of New York,
conducted by Scott Harris


The deepening crisis of the U.S. real estate market has had ever more dramatic ripple effects throughout the nation's economy. In addition to millions of Americans facing foreclosures of their homes, large banks have had to write-off billions of dollars in bad subprime mortgage loans, shaking confidence in the larger U.S. financial system. The Federal Reserve's decision to arrange the bail out and takeover of the multi-billion dollar Bear Stearns investment bank, stands in stark contrast to the unwillingness of the Bush administration to forcefully intervene to assist homeowners facing foreclosures and bankruptcy.

The real estate meltdown, combined with rising unemployment has fueled predictions of a severe recession. Many economists don't believe the hundreds of dollars in tax rebates being sent to American households this spring will stave off the economic crisis. While Washington uses tax payer money to bail out private investment firms, some legislators and citizen groups are demanding stricter regulations and oversight of financial institutions to prevent future irresponsible lending practices.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Michael Zweig, professor of economics at the State University of New York, Stony Brook and director of the Center for Study of Working Class Life. Zweig examines the Bear Stearns bailout in the context of the larger economic crisis facing working men and women across the nation.

Zweig is the author of "What's Class Got To Do With It: American Society in the 21st Century."

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  • After a week of protests led by Buddhist monks, China has unleashed an intense crackdown against dissent in Tibet. ("Dali Lama Denise Chinese Charges over Tibet Riots," Reuters, March 16, 2008; "Beijing Seals Off Tibet as Deadline Looms for Protesters," The Guradian, March 17, 2008; "Timeline: Protests in Tibet," The Guardian, March 17, 2008)
  • Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni proposes a traditional tribal forum as an alternative to International Criminal Court war crimes proceedings against rebel leader Joseph Kony. ("Uganda Defies War Crimes Court Over Indictments," The Guardian, March 12, 2008; "Ugandan Rebel Leader Leaves Base," BBC News, March 17, 2008; "West Angered by Museveni's Call for ICC to Pardon Kony Group,", March 17, 2008)
  • Presidential candidate and former Wal-Mart board member Hillary Clinton is the top recipient of Wal-Mart board contributions in the 2008 election.("Wal-Mart Execs Favor Clinton in Giving," The Morning News, March 1, 2008)

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"The Speech," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Mar. 19, 2008

"The White Preacher Double Standard: How Hagee, Parsley And The Rest Get Away With Everything," by Cenk Uygur, Huffington Post, Mar. 19, 2008

"McCain's Repeated 'Slips Of The Tongue' On Iran And Al-Qaeda," by Glenn Greenwald, SAlon, Mar. 19, 2008

"A More Perfect Union," Speech by Sen. Barack Obama, Mar. 18, 2008

"Obama's Fauth In The Reasoning Abilities Of The American Public," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Mar. 18, 2008

"Obama Finally Puts Race on The Table," by Jon Robin Baitz, Huffington Post, Mar. 18, 2008

"Obama's Speech On Race May Have Saved His Campaign," by William Douglas, McClatchy Newspapers, Mar. 18, 2008

"'State Secrets' Privilege Fuels Surveillance Bill Battle," Christian Science Monitor, Mar. 18, 2008

"Liberals Take Back Their Swagger,", Mar. 18, 2008

"What Is McCain's Economic Agenda?," by Jared Bernstein, The American Prospect, Mar. 17, 2008

"'This Is Our Time': Progressives Poised To Win," by Isaiah J. Poole, Campaign for America's Future, Mar. 17, 2008

"Republicans See Storm Clouds Gathering," Washington Post, Mar. 16, 2008

"GOP Gags Witnesses On Credit Card Woes," Washington Independent (Washington, D.C.), Mar. 14, 2008

"Clinton's Role In Health Program Disputed," Boston Globe, Mar. 14, 2008

"House Democrats Reject Telecom Amnesty, Warrantless Surveillance," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Mar. 14, 2008

"House Passes FISA Bill Without Immunity," Reuters, Mar. 14, 2008

"Obama Cuts Into Clinton's Delegate Lead Among Elected Officials," Bloomberg News, Mar. 14, 2008

"The Principled, Honest House Republicans," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Mar. 13, 2008

"Remembering What Nixon Learned," by David Sirota, TruthDig, Mar. 13, 2008

"Conservatism Is Dying," by Eric Lotke, Campaign for America's Future, Mar. 13, 2008

"Farmer's Folly," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Mar. 13, 2008

"Antiwar Voters Trust McCain To Make Decisions About 'War On Terror,'" by Ira Chernus, AlterNet, Mar. 12, 2008

"McCain's Spiritual Guide: Destroy Islam," by David Corn, Mother Jones, Mar. 12, 2008

"When Change Is Not Enough: The Seven Steps To Revolution," by Sara Robinson, Campaign for America's Future, Feb. 20, 2008

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Bush Regime

"The Assault On Public Integrity Continues," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Mar. 19, 2008

"White House Email Battle Heats Up," ABC News, Mar. 18, 2008

"Audit: Bush Barely Trims FOIA Backlog," Associated Press, Mar. 16, 2008

"The Gathering Storm At Justice," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Mar. 15, 2008

"Watchdogs: Ozone Case Shows Bush Meddling In Science," Reuters, Mar. 15, 2008

"Ozone Rules Weakened At Bush's Behest," Washington Post, Mar. 14, 2008

"President Weakens Espionage Oversight," Boston Globe, Mar. 14, 2008

"Public Integrity, Redefined," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Mar. 14, 2008

"The Torture Veto," by David Cole, The Nation, Mar. 13, 2008

"Spitzer Set Up?," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Mar. 13, 2008

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Philip K. Dick Meet George Bush: Blowing Them Away Means Never Having To Say You're Sorry," by Tom Engelhardt,, Mar. 16, 2008

"Iran Still A Target?," by Stephen Kinzer, Baltimore Sun, Mar. 12, 2008

"Fallon's Fall Highlights Debate Over U.S. Policy On Iran," by Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times, Mar. 12, 2008

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"The U.S. Military's Assassination Problem," by David Case, Mother Jones, Mar./Apr., 2008

"U.S. Vets Testify To Torture Of Detainees," by Aaron Glantz, Inter Press Service, Mar. 19, 2008

"The Terrible Reality Of Iraq: A War Of Lies," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Mar. 19, 2008

"Five Years, No End In Sight," by Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service, Mar. 19, 2008

"U.S.-Led Raid Kills Six Civilians, Afghan Official Says," Agence France Presse, Mar. 18, 2008

"Iraq War Is Killing our Economy," by Robert Pollin & Heidi Garrett-Peltier, The Nation, Mar. 18, 2008

"Winter Soldier: U.S. Vets, Active-Duty Soldiers From Iraq And Afghanistan Testify About Horrors Of War," Democracy Now!, Mar. 17, 2008

"Iraq Vet: Rules Of Engagement 'Thrown Out The Window,'" by Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service, Mar. 17, 2008

"Red Cross: Millions Of Iraqis Lack Water, Healthcare," Reuters, Mar. 17, 2008

"Missing Persons: A Personal Accounting Of Iraqi Dead," Chicago Tribune, Mar. 16, 2008

"How To Destroy A Country In Five Years," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Mar. 15/16, 2008

"War Stories Echo An Earlier Winter," Washington Post, Mar. 15, 2008

"Analysis: Five Years Iraq Strain Army, Force Change," Reuters, Mar. 14, 2008

"U.S. Marched To Iraq With Inaccurate Intelligence," Reuters, Mar. 14, 2008

"Reviving Vietnam War Tactics," by Tom Hayden, The Nation, Mar. 13, 2008

"The Eight Inside-The-Beltway Fundamentals Of The Iraq War," by Tom Engelhardt,, Mar. 13, 2008

"Spike In Violence Follows Troop Wthdrawal," USA Today, Mar. 13, 2008

"Pentagon Cancels Release Of Controversial Iraq Report," McClatchy Newspapers, Mar. 12, 2008

"Twelve Soldiers Killed In Three Days In Iraq," Associated Press, Mar. 12, 2008

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Reforms Failed To Curb FBI Spying," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Mar. 19, 2008

"Papers Detail Complaints Of Links To Treasury List," The New York Times, Mar. 19, 2008

"How To Become A Concentration Guard Without Even Trying," by Joshua Holland, AlterNet, Mar. 18, 2008

"Canadian Says Interrogators Threatened Him With Rape," McClatchy Newspapers, Mar. 18, 2008

"Audit: FBI Watchlist Data Error-Ridden," Associated Press, Mar. 17, 2008

"Guantanamo: The Bigger Picture," by Frida Berrigan, Foreign Policy in Focus, 2008

"Precious Liberty: Exposing The Lie That Innocent Have Nothing To Fear," by A.C. Grayling, Guardian/UK, Mar. 17, 2008

"The Gitmo Farce," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Mar. 16, 2008

"Wiretapping's True Danger," by Julian Sanchez, Los Angeles Times, Mar. 16, 2008

"Interrogators Don't Need To Torture; It Doesn't Work," by Robert Weiner & John Larmett, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Mar. 14, 2008

"Abuse Claims Complicating Gitmo Trials," Associated Press, Mar. 14, 2008

"Another Act Of Evil: Slow Murder At Gitmo," by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Mar. 14, 2008

"The Spitzer Case And The National Surveillance State," by Jack Balkin, Balkinization, Mar. 13, 2008

"The Reality Of Life In A Police State," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Mar. 13, 2008

"FISA: Why We Fight," by Kagro X, Daily Kos, Mar. 13, 2008

"FBI Tried To Cover PATRIOT Act Abuse With Flawed, Retroactive Subpoenas," by Ryan Singel, Wired, Mar. 13, 2008

"ACLU On Resurrected TIA Program," by mcjoan, Daily Kos, Mar. 12, 2008

"UN Torture Investigator Denied Entrance To U.S. Risons In Iraq," Jurist, Mar. 12, 2008

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Media Issues

"Getting It Right On Iraq," by Tom Engelhardt & Greg Mitchell,, Mar. 18, 2008

"Iraq Winter Soldier Hearings: Victory for Independent Media," by Jeff Cohen, Huffington Post, Mar. 16, 2008

"Over One Million Have Been Murdered-And Nothing Has Been Learned," by by Arthur Silber, Once Upon A Time..., Mar. 15, 2008

"The Media Repeat Stream Of Lies About Obama," by Ari Berman, The Nation, Mar. 13, 2008

"Jeff Cohen's Message: Don't Trust Big Corporate Media," Petoskey News-Review (Michigan), Mar. 13, 2008

"How The Press Failed On Iraq," by Greg Mitchell, Salon, Mar. 11, 2008

"Whose Web Is It Anyway?," by Brian Braiker, Newsweek, Feb. 28, 2008

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"The Left Was Right," by Curt Guyette, Metro Times (Detroit, MI), Mar. 19, 2008

"Thirty-Two Arrested In D.C. Antiwar Protest," Reuters, Mar. 19, 2008

"Time To Check Those Union Cards," by Dick Meister, ZNet, Mar. 19, 2008

"Political Theatre Of The Absurd," by Paul Waldman, The American Prospect, Mar. 18, 2008

"Opponents Of Iraq War Plan Series Of Protests In Capitol," Washington Post, Mar. 18, 2008

"Worldwide Protests Over Tibet Crackdown," Associated Press, Mar. 18, 2008

"Antiwar Grannies Arrested Trying To Enlist," Inter Press Service, Mar. 18, 2008

"Over 500 Gather In San Francisco To Protest Iraq War," San Francisco Chronicle, Mar. 17, 2008

"Protesters Across World Condemn Iraq War," Agence France Presse, Mar. 15, 2008

"Activists On Each Side Of War Effort Offer Preview Of Clashes," Washington Post, Mar. 15, 2008

"Marching In March," Guardian/UK, Mar. 15, 2008

"Thoughts Of An Ex-Marine Officer Turned Peace Activist," by Camillo 'Mac' Bica, Truthout, Mar. 14, 2008

"Antiwar Protesters Chant 'War Criminal' At Rice," Reuters, Mar. 13, 2008

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