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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,, 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

Civil Liberties

"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

"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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For The Week Ending April 4, 2008


  • Survey Reveals Decline
    in Status of Iraqi Women

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  • Planned U.S. Missile Defense Bases
    in Eastern Europe Provokes Protest

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  • Media's Fondness of John McCain
    Skews Coverage of Candidate's Gaffes and Scandals

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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 Survey Reveals Decline
in Status of Iraqi Women

Interview with Tobey Goldfarb,
researcher at Women for Women International,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Women for Women International works with women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts. In 2004, the organization surveyed 1,000 women in Iraq and found that 90 percent of them were optimistic about the future. Women for Women has just published a followup report on Iraq in conjunction with the NGO Coordination Committee in Iraq, which surveyed 1,500 of the most marginalized women in the country -- those who have been adversely affected by the war and in desperate need of services.

The latest survey conducted in the fifth year of the Iraq war found just 27 percent expressing optimism about the future. Two-thirds said violence against women is increasing, while 70 percent said their families are unable to earn enough money to pay for daily necessities. Almost 90 percent of the women surveyed said the divisions in Iraq along religious and sectarian lines have had a negative impact on the country.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Tobey Goldfarb, a researcher with Women for Women International and author of the 2008 Iraq report, part of the group's Stronger Women, Stronger Nations report series. She summarizes the survey's findings and the impact the U.S invasion has had on Iraqi women.

Women for Women International works in several countries around the world to give marginalized women the knowledge, skills and resources to move from victim to survivor to active citizen. Visit the group's website at or call (202) 737-7705 to obtain a copy of the group's Iraq report.

Planned U.S. Missile Defense Bases
in Eastern Europe Provokes Protest

Interview with Bruce Gagnon,
coordinator of the
Global Network Against Weapons and
Nuclear Power in Space,
conducted by Scott Harris


The U.S. shootdown of a failed American spy satellite using sea-based Aegis missiles on Feb. 20 was criticized by China and other nations suspicious that the Bush administration used the falling satellite as a target of opportunity to test advanced anti-missile technology. While the U.S. had criticized China after it had succeeded in shooting down one of its own satellites in January of 2007, the Pentagon insisted its targeting of the U.S. satellite was solely to protect people on the ground from the satellite's payload of toxic fuel.

But the U.S. refusal to sign an international treaty sponsored by Russia and China that would ban the deployment or use of weapons in outer space has fueled concerns that the Pentagon is now embarked on its publicly stated goal of achieving full spectrum military dominance in outer space. Part of that plan can be seen in missile interceptor bases recently built in California and Alaska. President Bush's plan to deploy 10 missile interceptors in Poland and a radar installation linked to the program inside the Czech Republic, justified as a defense against Iranian missile attack, has provoked angry opposition in Russia.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. Gagnon, who has actively opposed the weaponization of space for more than a decade, discusses the links between these various U.S. weapons systems and why a growing grassroots movement is opposing new ground and space-based missile defense programs.

Call the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power at (207) 443-9502 or visit their website at

Media's Fondness of John McCain
Skews Coverage of Candidate's Gaffes and Scandals

Interview with Eric Boehlert,
senior fellow with Media Matters for America,
conducted by Scott Harris


The firestorm that erupted after the repeated broadcast of a blunt sermon criticizing U.S. policy delivered by Sen. Barack Obama's pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, was skillfully addressed in the presidential candidate's March 18 Philadelphia speech on racial issues facing the nation. While the media's attention on Rev. Wright's incendiary comments is understandable, the lack of media scrutiny of endorsements sought out by presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain from radical right pastors Rev. John Hagee and Rev. Rod Parsley is hard to explain. Hagee has a long history of anti-Catholic bigotry and McCain described Parsley, a dominionist who advocates the destruction of Islam, as his "spiritual guide."

The U.S. corporate media's bias has been a topic of discussion on the political left and right for some time, but media critics have noted a particular bias against Democratic presidential candidates in recent elections. Many point to influential newspapers and network TV's habit of uncritically repeating GOP talking points and using smear tactics challenging candidates' patriotism and morality.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with journalist Eric Boehlert, a senior fellow with Media Matters for America, who has written for both and Rolling Stone magazine. Boehlert examines what he believes is the corporate media's double standard of accountability for Republican presidential candidate John McCain, and new strategies that progressive activists on the Internet are employing to confront the perceived bias.

Eric Boehlert is the author of "Lapdogs: How the Press rolled Over for Bush." Read Boehlert's articles online at

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  • Zimbabwe's main opposition has charged President Robert Mugabe and his ruling Zanu-PF party with planning massive voter fraud in the upcoming national election. ("Opposition Party in Zimbabwe Accused Mugabe of Printing Millions of Extra Ballots," Associated Press, March 24, 2008; "Q&A: Zimbabwe Elections," BBC News, March 18, 2008; "Zimbabwe: Free and Fair Election Unlikely," Human Rights Watch press release, March 19, 2008)
  • Environmentalists say British Petroleum's huge investments in strip-mining to convert Canada's Alberta tar sands into petroleum are exacting an enormous environmental toll. ("Beyond Propaganda," In These Times, March 19, 2008)
  • U.S. Supreme Court has reversed conviction of Louisiana death row inmate Allen Snyder because prosecutors excluded African-Americans from the jury. ("Blacks Were Improperly Kept Off L.A. Jury, High Court Rules," Washington Post, March 20, 2008)

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U.S. Politics

"Toward A New New Deal (Forum)," The Nation, Apr. 7, 2008

"Just A Typical Black Person," by Sean Gonsalves, Common Dreams, Mar. 25, 2008

"Conservatives' Hate-Based Campaign Against Obama," by Paul Waldman, The American Prospect, Mar. 25, 2008

"Financial Meltdown: Time For A Holiday From Progressive Politics?," by Dean Baker, Common Dreams, Mar. 25, 2008

"Detroit Mayor Charged With Perjury," Associated Press, Mar. 24, 2008

"The Obama Doctrine," by Spencer Ackerman, The American Prospect, Mar. 24, 2008

"Blonde Ambition: Hillary's Berserker Campaign... For 2012," by Jeffrey St. Clair, Counterpunch, Mar. 24, 2008

"Obama Race Speech Analysis," by Black Commentator, Mar. 24, 2008

"A Real Dialogue On Race," by Courtney E. Martin, The American Prospect, Mar. 24, 2008

"A Conscientious Objection," by Chris Hedges, TruthDig, Mar. 23, 2008

"Democrats Making Big Inroads In Party Identification," Congressional Quarterly, Mar. 23, 2008

"The Republican Resurrection," by Frank Rich, The New York Times, Mar. 23, 2008

"The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright And The Audacity Of Truth," by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III, Truthout, Mar. 22, 2008

"Passport Peeping: More Than Just Curiosity?," San Francisco Chronicle, Mar. 22, 2008

"Barack Obama's Smart Speech 'A More Perfect Union': Did It Reveal Him To Be Too Intellectual To Be President?," by John W. Dean, FindLaw, Mar. 21, 2008

"Will Rush Limbaugh Be Indicted For Voter Fraud?," by Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet, Mar. 21, 2008

"The Speech: A Conservative's Take," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Mar. 21, 2008

"Bomb, Bomb Iran?," by Joe Conason, Salon, Mar. 21, 2008

"Richardson Endorses Obama," The New York Times, Mar. 21, 2008

"Clinton Lie Kills Her Credibility On Trade Policy," by John Nichols, The Nation, Mar. 20, 2008

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Bush Regime

"The Torture President," by Nat Hentoff, Sacramento Bee (California), Mar. 25, 2008

"4,000 Periods And One Comma," by Greg Mitchell,, Mar. 24, 2008

"White House Balks At Email Search," by Jason Leopold, Consortium News, Mar. 24, 2008

"Dick Cheney's Error: It's Government By The People," by Mickey Edwards, Washington Post, Mar. 22, 2008

"Dick Cheney Tour Sparks Iran War Rumors," Telegraph/UK, Mar. 21, 2008

"Cheney Impeachment Not Off The Table," by Ray McGovern, Consortium News, Mar. 21, 2008

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Beware An Attack On Iran," by Marjorie Cohn, ZNet, Mar. 24, 2008

"Globalization And War," by Susan George, ZNet, Mar. 24, 2008

"The Coming War On Venezuela," by George Ciccariello-Maher, Counterpunch, Mar. 24, 2008

"Petraeus: Iran Behind Green Zone Attack," BBC News/UK, Mar. 24, 2008

"The Coming Uncertain War Against Iran," by Ramzy Baroud, Common Dreams, Mar. 22, 2008

"The March 20, 2008 U.S. Declaration Of War On Iran," by John McGlynn, Japan Focus, Mar. 22, 2008

"Resisting The Empire," by Joseph Gerson, Foreign Policy in Focus, Mar. 20, 2008

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Sadr Militia Battle Troops In Four Iraqi Cities," Agence France Presse, Mar. 25, 2008

"Exposure: The Woman Behind The Camera At Abu Ghraib," by Philip Gourevitch & Errol Morris, The New Yorker, Mar. 24, 2008

"The Iraqi Civil War Bush And The Media Don't Tell You About," by Raed Jarrar, Foreign Policy in Focus, Mar. 24, 2008

"Winter Soldier," by Laila Al-Arian & Laura Hanna, The Nation, Mar. 24, 2008

"Anbar: U.S. Trophy For Iraq Security Losing Its Shine," Reuters, Mar. 23, 2008

"The Battle Of Baghdad: How To Disintegrate A City," by Tom Engelhardt & Michael Schwartz,, Mar. 23, 2008

"U.S. Pushed Allies On Iraq, Diplomat Writes," Washington Post, Mar. 23, 2008

"U.S. Death Toll In Iraq War Hits 4,000," Associated Press, Mar. 23, 2008

"Iraqi Police Say U.S. Kills Sunni Allies," Associated Press, Mar. 22, 2008

"Blackwater's Grey Zone," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Mar. 21, 2008

"Blackwater 'Blood Money' Angers Iraqis," ABC News, Mar. 21, 2008

"The Woman Who Nearly Stopped The War," by Martin Bright, The New Statesman/UK, Mar. 19, 2008

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Torture In Our Backyards: The Fight Against Supermax Prisons," by Jessica Pupovac, AlterNet, Mar. 24, 2008

"Torture Stories Dog Guantanamo Trials: 'Guards Would Grab Me by Pressure Points Behind My Ears, Under the Jaw and on My Neck,'" by Andy Worthington, Counterpunch, Mar. 22/23, 2008

"The Obama Passport Snooping And The Unchecked Surveillance State," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Mar. 21, 2008

"Legality Of Guantanamo On Trial In Canada," The Star/Canada, Mar. 21, 2008

"Rights Of Protesters Violated, Judge Rules," Washington Post, Mar. 21, 2008

"Watch-List Name Confusion Causes Hardship," San Francisco Chronicle, Mar. 20, 2008

"Lawyers: Terror Suspect Tortured, Insane," Miami Herald, Mar. 20, 2008

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Media Issues

"Journalists, McCain And The False Iran-Al-Qaeda Link," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Mar. 24, 2008

"The War Endures, But Where's The Media?," by Richard Perez-Pena, The New york Times, Mar. 24, 2008

"The Media's Special Relationship With John McCain," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Mar. 20, 2008

"Fast And Loose With The Facts," by Spencer Ackerman, Washington Independent, Mar. 19, 2008

"The Worst, Sleaziest Press Corps Possible," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Mar. 19, 2008

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"Rain Can't Dampen Impeachment Protest," North Jersey Record-Online (New Jersey), Mar. 24, 2008

"Iraq War Protesters Disrupt Chicago Mass," Chicago Tribune, Mar. 24, 2008

"Echoes Of 1968 Return To Haunt The Divided Democrats," by Paul Harris, Guardian/UK, Mar. 24, 2008

"A War Protest Falls Short In Manhattan," The New York Times, Mar. 23, 2008

"Roundup: Belgian Police Arrest 500 At NATO Headquarters," DPA International News Service, Mar. 22, 2008

"More Antiwar Protests In Vermont," WCAX-TV News (Burlington, VT), Mar. 22, 2008

"Where Has All The Rage Gone? Revisiting 1968," by Tariq Ali, Guardian/UK, Mar. 22, 2008

"World's Best-Known Protest Symbol Turns 50," BBC News/UK, Mar. 20, 2008

"U.S. Police Crack Down On Iraq Rallies," Reuters, Mar. 20, 2008

"S.F. Activists Use Twitter, Purate Radio To Manage Antiwar Protesters," by Sarah Lai Stirlan, Wired News, Mar. 19, 2008

"Resistance Is Futile-Or Is It?," by Steven T. Jones, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Mar. 19, 2008

"Retail Clerks Unite!: Can Wal-Mart Revive The Labor Movement," by David Macaray, Counterpunch, Mar. 18, 2008

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