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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

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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

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

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"ACLU: US Constitution in Grave Danger,"United Press International, July 25, 2007

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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

"Germany In 1933: The Easy Slide Into Fascism," The Crisis Papers, June 9, 2003

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For The Week Ending June 13, 2008



  • Deteriorating U.S.-Russia Relations Missing
    from Presidential Election Debate

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  • Israeli Military Resisters Seek
    International Pressure to End
    Occupation of Palestinian Lands

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  • In New Book, Former White House Press Secretary
    Says U.S. Media Complicit in Bush's
    Iraq War Propaganda

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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 Deteriorating U.S.-Russia Relations Missing
from Presidential Election Debate

Interview with Stephen F. Cohen,
professor of Russian Studies
at New York University,
conducted by Scott Harris


Since the end of the Cold War, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the war in Iraq, Washington's attention on U.S.-Russia relations has waned. This, despite the fact that Russia continues to control the world's second largest arsenal of nuclear weapons and holds the world's largest natural gas reserves, the second largest coal reserves, and the eighth largest oil reserves.

Relations between the Washington and Moscow have deteriorated during the presidency of George W. Bush due, in part, to his policies that expanded NATO eastward, abrogation of the anti-ballistic missile treaty and a White House push for the development of a new generation of tactical nuclear weapons. More recently, the White House has sought to establish an anti-missile system in Eastern Europe, with 10 interceptors to be deployed in Poland and an associated radar system inside the Czech Republic.

Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain have criticized former president and current Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for his crackdown on freedom of the press and participatory democracy, both candidates promising to institute a more aggressive policy toward the Kremlin. But some observers believe that Washington's agenda, perceived as hostile by many Russians, has only helped revive nationalism and support for Putin and his successor Dmitry Medvedev. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Stephen F. Cohen, professor of Russian Studies at New York University, who examines the chilly state of U.S.- Russia relations and the lack of substantive debate about Russia in the U.S. presidential election campaign.

Stephen F. Cohen's latest book is titled, "Failed Crusade, America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia." Read Cohen's articles in the Nation magazine at

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Israeli Military Resisters Seek
International Pressure to End
Occupation of Palestinian Lands

Interview with Ofer Neiman,
an activist with the
Israeli military resisters' group, Yesh Gvul,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Among the many peace and human rights groups operating within Israel, Yesh Gvul focuses on support for military resisters. The name can be translated as "there is a limit." The movement was founded in 1982 when the war between Lebanon and Israel began. At the time 3,000 reservists sent a petition to then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, stating they would not serve in Lebanon. Some of the activists were court-martialed and served time in military prison.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus visited Palestine and Israel in late May and spoke with Ofer Neiman, an activist with Yesh Gvul, at an outdoor cafe just outside the gates of Jerusalem's Old City. The 37-year-old served three years' active duty and nine years as a reservist in an elite intelligence unit of the Israeli Air Force. After observing the role of the Air Force in carrying out operations against Palestinians in the Occupied Territories in violation of international law, Neiman requested and was granted transfer to a non-active unit and later received a standard discharge letter. He was not prosecuted.

Neiman said his group still pursues its original goal of supporting military resisters, but has expanded its efforts to enlist support from people around the world to put pressure on Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian lands.

For more information, visit Yesh Gvul's website at

Related links:

  • B'Tselem, the Israeli non-governmental information center for human rights in the occupied territories, at
  • Peace Now at Peace Now

In New Book, Former White House Press Secretary
Says U.S. Media Complicit in Bush's
Iraq War Propaganda

Interview with investigative journalist Robert Parry,
conducted by Scott Harris


In his new book, "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception," former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan asserts that the president used political propaganda and manipulated public opinion in order to sell the Iraq war to the American people. McClellan says that Bush repeatedly shaded the truth in describing the threat posed by Iraq's alleged weapons of mass-destruction, the primary rationale used to justify the war.

In his book, McClellan accuses former White House political adviser Karl Rove of lying to him about his role in the White House operation to reveal the identity of covert CIA officer Valeri Plame Wilson, which the press secretary believes irreparably damaged his credibility with the Washington press corps. In addition to his criticism of the president, McClellan accuses the U.S. media of being deferential, complicit enablers by their failure to challenge the Bush White House case for launching the Iraq war.

Democratic Reps. Robert Wexler of Florida and Jerry Nadler of New York have called for McClellan to testify before the House Judiciary Committee about the administration's deliberate efforts to mislead the American people into the Iraq War and the violations of law and cover-up in the Valerie Plame case. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with investigative journalist Robert Parry who assesses the revelations published in McClellan's book and his critique of the U.S. media.

Robert Parry is winner of the George Polk award for national reporting and is author of "Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush." Read his columns online at

  • The Myanmar junta has started evicting survivors of Cyclone Nagris from relief camps a month after the killer storm, which left 135,000 Burmese killed or reported missing. ("Myanmar Starts Massive Evictions from Cyclone Camps," Reuters, May 30, 2008; "Myanmar Warned Over Forcing Cyclone Survivors Home," Reuters, May 31, 2008; "Burma: Stop Forced Evictions," Human Rights Watch, May 30, 2008; "UN: 1 Million in Myanmar Aren't Getting Basic Aid," Associated Press, May 31, 2008)
  • One hundred eleven nations -- excluding the U.S., Russia, China, Israel, India and Pakistan -- have approved a new global treaty banning the use of cluster bombs. ("111 Nations, Minus the U.S. Agree on Cluster Bomb Ban," Washington Post, May 29, 2008; "U.S. Cluster Bombs to be Banned from UK," The Guardian, May 29, 2008; "America AWOL on Cluster Bombs," Foreign Policy in Focus, May 21, 2008)
  • Several major environmental groups have criticized the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act to battle global warming, for covert aid the legislation provides to the nuclear power industry. ("Hidden Nuclear Handout Seen in Climate Bill,", May 26, 2008; "Lieberman-Warner's Nuclear Subsidies Condemned," Friends of the Earth, May 15, 2008)

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"Using Communion As A Weapon," by E.J. Dionne, TruthDig, June 2, 2008

"Hagee: The Antichrist Is Gay, 'Partially Jewish, As Was Adolf Hitler,'," by Max Blumenthal, Huffington Post, June 2, 2008

"The Lamont Lesson," by David Sirota, TruthDig, May 30, 2008

"For McCain, A Switch On Telecom Immunity?," Washington Post, May 29, 2008

"Bill Clinton And The Rich Women: Fixers Indicated That Hillary Was A Key Player In The Marc Rich Pardon Deal," by Jeffrey St. Clair, Counterpunch, May 29, 2008

"Voting Rights LawyersDefeat texas' Bogus Voter Fraud Prosecutions," by Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet, May 29, 2008

"Aimed At Children, Nationally Distributed Christian Comic Book Called A 'Training Manual' For 'The Next Pogrom Against Jews,'" by Bruce Wilson, Huffington Post, May 29, 2008

"Foreclosure Phil," by David Corn, Mother Jones, May 28, 2008

"GOP Cranking Up Suppression Efforts," by Martin Frost, Politico, May 27, 2008

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Bush Regime

"America's Democratic Collapse," by Chris Hedges, TruthDig, June 3, 2008

"Legislating Tyranny: Bush's War On Civil Liberties," by Paul Craig Roberts & Lawrence M. Stratton, Counterpunch, June 3, 2008

"War Criminals Must Fear Punishment. That's Why I Went For John Bolton," by George Monbiot, Guardian/UK, June 3, 2008

"The Anatomy Of Smear," by Amanda Terkel, The American Prospect, June 3, 2008

"How Cheney Outfoxed His Foes On Iran And EFPs," by Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service, June 3, 2008

"Climate Findings Were Distorted, Probe Finds," Washington Post, June 3, 2008

"'Kill Them! We Are Going To Wipe Them Out!': The Movie-Made War World Of George W. Bush," by Tom Engelhardt,, June 1, 2008

"McClellan Blames Bush, Not Aides, For Disillusionment," Los Angeles Times, May 29, 2008

"Falling Out With The President: The Devious World Of George Bush," by Rupert Cornwell, Independent/UK, May 29, 2008

"Bush Aide Scores White House War Propaganda," by John Nichols, The Nation, May 28, 2008

"John Bolton Escapes Citizen's Arrest At Hay Festival," Telegraph/UK, May 28, 2008

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Invitation To Steal: War Profiteering In Iraq," by William D. Hartung, Foreign Policy in Focus, May 28, 2008

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"The Attack On Damadola: With Friends Like These...," by Brian Cloughley, Counterpunch, May 28, 2008

"Invitation To Steal: War Profiteering In Iraq," by William D. Hartung, Foreign Policy in Focus, May 28, 2008

"Sadr City Truce Strains As Militia Leaders Grumble," Associated Press, May 28, 2008

"Al-Sadr Getting Ready To Lead Iraq?," Washington Post, May 28, 2008

"Iraqis Claim Marines Pushing Christianity In Fallujah," McClatchy Newspapers, May 28, 2008

"The Road To Kuwait: Iraq War Advocates Overstate The Difficulties Of Withdrawal," by Lawrence Korn, The American Conservative, May 19, 2008

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Police Subdue Students With Taser At Rally," Oregon Daily Emerald (Oregon), June 2, 2008

"Coming June 3: The Twin Towers Of Internet Censorship And Atomic Reactor Terror," by Harvey Wasserman, common Dreams, June 2, 2008

"U.S. Accused Of Holding Terror Suspects On Prison Ships," Guardian/UK, June 2, 2008

"Suicide At Guantanamo: A Forgotten Anniversary," by Andy Worthington, Counterpunch, May 31/June 1, 2008

"May 30, 1942: The Day the United States Sold Its Soul," by Robert A. Levy, Star Tribune (St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota), May 30, 2008

"Fry 'Em!: Raytheon's Pain Ray," by Michael Dickinson, Counterpunch, May 28, 2008

"Reflection On Sami al-Haj," by Susan Crane/Witness Against Torture, Common Dreams, May 28, 2008

"Amnesty: Time To Call Tie On Guantanamo," Guardian/UK, May 28, 2008

"In Wake Of Report On U.S. Complicity In Torture, Where Is The Outrage?," by Robert Scheer, TruthDig, May 27, 2008

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Environment and Sustainability

"Life, Liberty, Water," by Maude Barlow, ZNet, June 2, 2008

"New Round Of Climate Talks Open With Big Agenda, Small Hopes," Associated Press, June 1, 2008

"Last Flight Of The Honeybee?," by Alison Benjamin, Guardian/UK, May 31, 2008

"The U.S. Farm Bill And the Global Food Crisis," by Terra Lawson-Remer, Huffington Post, May 30, 2008

"Is Water Becoming 'The New Oil'?," by Mark Clayton, Christian Science Monitor, May 29, 2008

"The World Must End Its Addiction To Oil," by Johann Hari, Independent/UK, May 29, 2008

"Conservative Group Hits Senators On Climate Bill," Associated Press, May 27, 2008

"Warm Winds Comfort Climate Change Models: Study," Agence France Presse, May 25, 2008

"Vandana Shiva: Why We Face Both Food And Water Crises," by Maria Armoudian & Ankine Aghassian, AlterNet, May 15, 2008

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Media Issues

"McClellan's Missile: Media Crimes As War Crimes," by Danny Schechter, Common Dreams, June 2, 2008

"McClellan And His Media Collaborators," by Jeff Cohen, Common Dreams, May 30, 2008

"Who'll Unplug Big Media? Stay Tuned," by Robert W. McChesney & John Nichols, The Nation, May 29, 2008

"The Story Behind My O'Reilly Protest," by Barry Nolan, Think Progress, May 29, 2008

"CNN/MSNBC Reporter: Corporate Executives Forced Pro-Bush, Pro-War Narrative," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, May 29, 2008

"CNN's Yellin: Network Execs Killed Critical White House Stories," by Michael Calderone, Politico, May 29, 2008

"Kids In America(n Torture Camps): Why Does The Media Cover Up War Crimes?," by Ted Rall,, May 28, 2008

"Network News Anchors Praise The Job They Did In Run-Up To War," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, May 28, 2008

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"Feuding In The House Of Labor," by Esther Kaplan, The Nation, June 3, 2008

"1968, Forty Years Later: Interview With Tariq Ali," Democracy Now!, June 2, 2008

"Antiwar Activists Clear Border," Vancouver Sun/Canada, June 2, 2008

"Earth 'Drying Up': Water Rights Activist Will Stand Inside To Accept Award; If Necessary, However, She Will Stand Outside With Protesters," Metro News/Canada, June 2, 2008

"Moving From The Margins To The Mainstream," by Olga Bonfiglio, Common Dreams, June 2, 2008

"Activism And the Arts: A Dream Deferred," by Gary Corseri, Counterpunch, May 31/June 1, 2008

"34 Convicted In Display At U.S. Supreme Court," Washington Post, May 30, 2008

"Utah Phillips Has Left the Stage," by Amy Goodman, TruthDig, May 29, 2008

"Activists Appear In Court As Guantanamo Prisoners," by Haider Rizvi, One, May 29, 2008

"Stopping The War Machine: Military Recruiters Must be Confronted," by Ron Kovic, TruthDig, May 28, 2008

"Powell Speech Draws Antiwar Protesters," News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Indiana), May 28, 2008

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