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For The Week Ending April 11, 2008



  • Iraqi Government Assault
    on al-Sadr's Militia Fails

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  • Canadian Parliament Member Works Across
    Borders to Connect Progressive
    Legislators and Activists

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  • Likely Democratic Nominee Obama
    Will Need a Movement to Make Change

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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 Iraqi Government Assault on al-Sadr's Militia Fails

Interview with Raul Mahajan,
journalist and author,
conducted by Scott Harris


The Iraqi government's decision to launch attacks on the militias of Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on March 25 triggered battles from Basra to Baghdad and resulted in the deaths of hundreds on both sides. When Iraqi government troops, backed by U.S. airstrikes, could not dislodge his militia fighters from Basra, al-Sadr called for a conditional cease-fire, demanding the government grant amnesty to members of his militia and release those held in prison not charged with a crime.

Many observers believe that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's failed attempt to drive al-Sadr's militia from Basra has severely weakened his government and bolstered the fortunes of al-Sadr. President Bush was left looking weaker, too, after offering U.S. support for what he claimed was a "bold decision" by Maliki, and describing the failed battle as a "defining moment in the history of a free Iraq." Reports indicate that hundreds of U.S.-trained Iraqi government soldiers and police were fired after refusing to attack the Mahdi militia.

As a result of the still unsettled fighting in Basra, the British government has announced that it would delay a scheduled withdrawal of roughly half of the 4,000 troops currently based at the city's airport. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with journalist and author Rahul Mahajan, who examines the reasons why the Iraqi government decided to attack al-Sadr's militia and how the outcome of this battle may affect the levels of violence in U.S. occupied Iraq.

Rahul Mahajan is author of the book, "Full Spectrum Dominance: U.S. Power in Iraq and Beyond." Read Mahajan's commentaries online at

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Canadian Parliament Member Works Across Borders
to Connect Progressive Legislators and Activists

Interview with Libby Davies,
member of the Canadian Parliament,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


After hearing an Iraqi woman speak at a conference for Women and the Media in Boston on March 29, a member of the Canadian parliament rose from the audience to offer solidarity in the struggle to end the war. British-born Libby Davies has served more than a decade in the Canadian House of Commons. She is the House Leader for the New Democratic Party, a center-left party that, while holding just ten percent of the seats, retains the balance of power in Canada's parliamentary system.

Davies was a member of a team of Canadians and elected officials from other nations who made three trips to the U.S. in the run-up to the Iraq war, looking for weapons of mass destruction. It was a publicity stunt, but one carried out in all seriousness, to expose the dubious claims of the Bush Administration about Iraq's alleged possession of WMDs. The U.S. has more weapons of mass destruction than any other nation in the world.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Davies, who discusses the relationship between the U.S. and Canada, after America's northern neighbor opposed the invasion of Iraq, but chose to deploy troops to Afghanistan. She describes her work for the peaceful resolution of conflicts and her efforts to strengthen contacts between legislators and progressive activists from both nations.

Libby Davies is a New Democratic Party member of the Canadian Parliament. Visit the New Democratic Party's website at

Likely Democratic Nominee Obama
Will Need a Movement to Make Change

Interview with John Nichols,
Washington correspondent
with the Nation magazine,
conducted by Scott Harris


While the media continues to focus on the controversial remarks of Barack Obama's pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Hillary Clinton's exaggerated description of the danger she encountered on her trip to Bosnia as first lady, the voices demanding an end to the bitter Democratic Party primary contest are getting ever louder.

Recent polls suggest that a large number of supporters of Clinton and Obama may decide to vote for Republican John McCain if their preferred candidate did not win the Democratic nomination. The poll and the growing shrillness of the campaign has moved Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean to call for all his party's superdelegates to declare whom they support by July 1, as a way to avoid a divisive fight at the Party Convention in Denver in late August. The nearly 800 superdelegates, who are mostly elected officials and party activists, will play a critical role in that neither Clinton or Obama are expected to gain the needed 2,025 delegates needed to win the nomination outright.

Between The Lines Scott Harris spoke with John Nichols, Washington correspondent with the Nation Magazine, who assesses the urgent calls to end the Democratic primary battle and takes a closer look at the core politics of Sen. Barack Obama, the candidate who most observers are betting will be the eventual Democratic party nominee.

John Nichols is author of the book, "The Genius of Impeachment: The Founders Cure for Royalism." Read Nichols' columns online at

  • On the day the Olympic torch was lit, a Chinese court sentenced dissident Yang Chunlin to five years in prison for petitioning against land seizures in northeast China. His petition opened with, "We want human rights, not the Olympics." ("China Slams Jail Door on Olympic Dissident," Toronto Star, March 25, 2008)
  • Pakistan's new Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has challenged President Perez Musharraf by ordering the release of 10 judges arrested in an early November crackdown. ("New Pakistan Prime Minister Frees Judges," The Guardian, March 25, 2008; "New Pakistan Prime Minister Challenges Musharraf with Order to Release Judges," The Guardian, March 24, 2008)
  • Environmentalists are ringing alarm bells about Democratic frontrunners Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's embrace of so-called "clean coal" as an alternative to foreign oil. ("Clinton, Obama Coal Comments Criticized by Environmental Group;" Friends of the Earth Action press release, March 20, 2008," "Trading off jobs and lives for the 'economic necessity of coal,' Gristmill, March 19, 2008; "New Coal Plants: At What Cost,"March 20, 2008)

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"The Republican War On Voting," by Art Levine, The American Prospect, Apr. 1, 2008

"The John McCain 'Centrism' Fallacy," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Mar. 31, 2008

"Lieberman Is Officially The New Zell Miller," by Steve Benen, Carpetbagger Report, Mar. 31, 2008

"Texas Prosecutes Little Old Ladies For Election Fraud," by Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet, Mar. 31, 2008

"Cash-Strapped Clinton Fails To Pay Bills," Politico, Mar. 30, 2008

"McCain, Lieberman And Rev. Hagee: The Pastor Of Armageddon And The Slave Sale," by Christopher Brauchli, counterpunch, Mar. 29/30, 2008

"Hillary Clinton's Iraq Lies," by Stephen Zunes,, Mar. 29, 2008

"John McCain: The New 'Baghdad Bob'?," by Greg Mitchell,, Mar. 29, 2008

"10 Days That Changed Capitalism," by Robert Borosage, Campaign for America's Future, Mar. 28, 2008

"Obama's Speech: A Touch Of Bigotry," by John V. Walsh, Counterpunch, Mar. 27, 2008

"McCain, Iraq And Bush's Third Term," by David Bromwich, Huffington Post, Mar. 25, 2008

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Bush Regime

"The Bush Administration Intelligence Hydra," by mcjoan, Daily Kos, Mar. 31, 2008

"Gitmo And The GOP Election Effort," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Mar. 29, 2008

"Siegelman Blames Rove For Prosecution," The New York Times, Mar. 29, 2008

"Michael Mukasey's Tearful Lies," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Mar. 29, 2008

"Mukasey Backs Bush On Wiretapping," San Francisco Chronicle, Mar. 28, 2008

"Bush And McCain's Shared Foreign Policy Approach," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Mar. 28, 2008

"The Little Engine That Couldn't: Rebuilding The American Economy, Bush-Style," by Tom Engelhardt,, Mar. 27, 2008

"President Bush: Iraq Violence Is 'Positive Moment,'" Times Online/UK, Mar. 27, 2008

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"CIA Chief Says Iran Has Nuclear Weapons Drive," Agence France Presse, Mar. 30, 2008

"A New Diplomatic Order In Pakistan," The New York Times, Mar. 28, 2008

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Embarrassed U.S. Starts To Disown Basra Operation," by Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service, Apr. 1, 2008

"Why al-Maliki Attacked Basra," by Juan Cole, Salon, Apr. 1, 2008

"How Moqtada al-Sadr Won In Basra," by Charles Crain, Time, Mar. 31, 2008

"Iraq In The Balance," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Mar. 31, 2008

"The Iraq Legacy: Millions Of Women's Lives Destroyed," by Nadje Al-Ali, Comment Is Free, Mar. 31, 2008

"Analysis: Iraq Crackdown Backfires, Strengthens Sadrists," by Ross Colvin, Reuters, Mar. 31, 2008

"Sadr Offers Deal For Truce As Fighting Persists In Iraq," The New York Times, Mar. 31, 2008

"Police Refuse To Support Iraqi PM's Attacks On Mehdi Army," by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, Mar. 29, 2008

"Where Are the Iraqis In The Iraq War?," by Ramzy Baroud, Cyrano's Journal, Mar. 29, 2008

"If It Explodes, It Will Crush Their Rotten Heads," by Ron Jacobs, ZNet, Mar. 29, 2008

"Growing Dread About iraq: The Democrats And Their Lousy Options," by Saul Landau, Counterpunch, Mar. 28, 2008

"Iraqi Prime Minister Softens Ultimatum As Militias Stand Ground," McClatchy Newspapers, Mar. 28, 2008

"Analysis: Iraqis' Basra Fight Not Going Well," by Barbara Starr, CNN, Mar. 28, 2008

"Five Things you Need To Know To Understand The Latest Violence In Iraq," by Joshua Holland & Raed Jarrar, AlterNet, Mar. 27, 2008

"Basra Erupts: The Rising Of The Mehdi Army," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Mar. 27, 2008

"Sadr Offensive Shows Failure Of Petraeus Strategy," by Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service, Mar. 27, 2008

"Iraqi Army's Assault On Militias In Basra Stalls," The New York Times, Mar. 27, 2008

"Thousands In Baghdad Protest Basra Assault," The New york Times, Mar. 27, 2008

"Iraq Implodes as Shiite Fights Shiite," by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, Mar. 27, 2008

"The Threat Of A Re-Surge In Iraq," by Darrin Mortensen, Time, Mar. 26, 2008

"Sadrists Order Disobedience Campaign," Associated Press, Mar. 25, 2008

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"The March 2003 Yoo Memo Emerges!: The Torture Memo To Top All Torture Memos," by Marty Lederman, Balkinization, Apr. 1, 2008

"Secret Spying In U.S. Caused Fears At The Outset," by Eric Lichtblau, The New York Times, Mar. 30, 2008

"Outrage And Controversy At NY Museum Art Show Depicting Police Brutality," by Dread Scott, AlterNet, Mar. 29, 2008

"Unlawful Influence At Gitmo," by Ross Tuttle, The Nation, Mar. 28, 2008

"A Day In A Guantanamo Detainee's Life," by Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times, Mar. 28, 2008

"Governments Ever More Draconian, Group Says," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Mar. 28, 2008

"Growing Database Of Tourist Fingerprints Raises Privay Concerns," by Alexandra Marks, Christian Science Monitor, Mar. 27, 2008

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Media Issues

"Siegelman And The Fairness Doctrine," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Mar. 31, 2008

"Comcast Changes Tune, Won't Blok Lrge Files; Critics Pleased, But Skeptical," San Francisco Chronicle. Mar. 28, 2008

"NPR News: National Pentagon Radio?," by Norman Solomon, Counterpunch, Mar. 27, 2008

"Fear & Favor: News, Journalism And Power," by Janine Jackson, Common Dreams, Mar. 27, 2008

"The Winter Soldier Hearings And Indy Media: Evidence of Weakness?," by Sam Husseini, Counterpunch, Mar. 26, 2008

"NPR Underreports Iraq Deaths," Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting, Mar. 26, 2008

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"Fracturing The Peace To End The War: The Story Of The Holy Name 6," by Jeff Leys, Counterpunch, Apr. 1, 2008

"Police Arrest Antiwar Protester, 80, At Mall," Newsday (New York), Mar. 30, 2008

"An Open Letter To The U.S. Left On the Importance of Culture," by David Rovics, ZNet, Mar. 27, 2008

"Homeowners Plan Demonstration At NYC Offices Of Bear Stearns, JPMorgan Chase To Protest Government Bailout," Democracy Now!, Mar. 26, 2008

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