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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
"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
"Pipeline Politics: Oil, The Taliban, and the Political Balance of Central Asia," World Press Review Special Report, Nov.-Dec. 2001
"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
"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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Iran Tests Missiles Amid U.S./Israeli ThreatsIranian tests of short and long-range missiles on July 9 were just the latest in a series of actions by Iran, the U.S. and Israel signaling rising tensions which could lead to conflict. Iran's test of nine missiles during war games demonstrating its ability to retaliate against any future attack, came after Israeli military exercises in late June, seen by many as a practice run for possible air strikes against Iran's nuclear research facilities.
Interview with professor William Beeman,
author of "The Great Satan vs. The Mad Mullahs",
conducted by Scott Harris
President Bush maintains that all options, including military action, are still on the table in regard to Washington's belief that Iran is engaged in developing a nuclear weapons program -- all while U.S. aircraft carrier groups cruise the Persian Gulf. On June 6, Israeli Transportation Minister and former Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz was quoted as saying that an attack on Iran was unavoidable if the Islamic Republic didn't stop its development of nuclear weapons.
Added to all this is Seymour Hersh's New Yorker article titled, "Preparing the Battlefield," which alleges that the Bush administration is currently engaged in covert actions inside Iran designed to weaken and destabilize the Tehran government. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with professor William Beeman, chair of the Dept. of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota and author of the book, "The 'Great Satan' vs. The 'Mad Mullahs'." He assesses the rising tension between Iran, the U.S. and Israel, and the danger that conflict could erupt in the lastsix months of the Bush presidency.
Read William Beeman's articles online at www.wbeeman.com
Lawsuit Challenges ConstitutionalityOn July 3, President Bush signed into law an amended version of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which grants sweeping new powers to the executive branch, allowing wholesale collection of American's overseas phone calls and email. The measure, passed by the Senate on July 2, also provides retroactive immunity to telephone companies that participated in Bush's warrantless wiretap program that will likely end pending lawsuits filed against the companies for their role in the illegal spy program.
of New Surveillance Law
Interview with Danielle Tully,
ACLU staff attorney attorney,
conducted by Scott Harris
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the FISA legislation on July 10. Joining the lawsuit were the Nation Magazine, on behalf of two of their contributing writers -- Chris Hedges and Naomi Klein -- and other plaintiffs, including Amnesty International USA, Human Rights Watch, Global Fund for Women, PEN American Center, Washington Office on Latin America, Service Employees International Union and several private attorneys. The groups and individuals signing on to the suit believe their ability to perform work -- which relies on confidential communications -- will be greatly compromised by the new FISA law.
The defendants in the case are the Attorney General of the United States Michael Mukasey; John M. "Mike" McConnell, director of National Intelligence; and Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency and Chief of the Security Service. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with ACLU staff attorney Danielle Tully, one of five lawyers working on the case, who explains why the lawsuit was filed and how the FISA law undermines important protections in the U.S. Constitution.
For more information on the group's FISA lawsuit, contact them at (202) 457-0800 or visit their website at www.aclu.org
Environmental Justice Group FavorsAfter decades of inaction, Congress has recognized the need to deal with carbon emissions, the main source of global climate change. Various bills have been introduced in this session of Congress. The Lieberman-Warner bill, which would have given away millions of dollars in carbon credits as an incentive to reduce overall emissions, was considered to have been the best chance of passage, but that bill was killed by Republican opposition. Other bills would sell carbon credits, rather than giving them away, but those bills haven't made much progress either.
Carbon Tax Over Credits
Interview with Cecil Cobin-Mark,
policy director of WE ACT,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus
Any proposals to tax the amount of carbon dioxide produced, in order to encourage the reduction of CO2, have made no headway in Congress, despite strong support from former Vice President Al Gore and many scientists.
Cecil Corbin-Mark is policy director of WE ACT, a Harlem, New York-based environmental justice organization. His group joined with many others concerned about the disproportionate impact of pollution in general -- and global warming in particular -- on communities of color in the U.S. The group is part of the Environmental Justice Forum on Climate Change. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Corbin-Mark, who explains why his group supports a carbon tax -- along with a carbon cap -- as a fairer, more transparent, less expensive way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Contact WE ACT at (212) 961-1000, or visit the group's website at www.weact.org
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
News reader: Ruben Abreu
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"Obama Botches The Abortion Conversation," by Marie Cocco, Washington Post Writers Group, July 8, 2008
"Supreme Court Inc.: Supremely Pro-Business," by Stephen Lendman, ZNet, July 8, 2008
"The Dems And Truthiness In The FISA Debate," by mcjoan, Daily Kos, July 5, 2008
"Betting It All On Criminal Wiretapping Prosecutions," by Kagro X, Daily Kos, July 5, 2008
"The Political Establishment And Telecom Immunity: Why it Matters," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, July 5, 2008
"Obama Tries And Fails To Put out The FISA Fire In His Own House," by Bob Ostertag, Huffington Post, July 5, 2008
"GOP Just Can't Give Enough To Big Oil," by Joel McNally, Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin), July 5, 2008
"Barack At Risk: No Retreat-If You Want To Win, Stop The War!," by Tom Hayden, Huffington Post, July 5, 2008
"What John McCain Didn't Learn In Vietnam," by Joe Consaon, Salon, July 4, 2008
"Fixing The System Obama Broke," by Bruce Ackerman & Ian Ayres, The American Prospect, July 3, 2008
"Vendor Misinformation In The E-Voting World," by Dan Wallach, Freedom to Tinker, July 2, 2008
"It's Not the Man, It's The Movement," by Amy Goodman, TruthDig, July 2, 2008
"Financial Collapse Edges Closer," Asia Times, by Martin Hutchinson, July 16, 2008
"Fannie, Freddie spent $200M to buy influence," by Lisa Lerer, Politico.com July 16, 2008
"Fannie, Freddie spent millions on lobbying," by Tom Raum and Jim Drinkard, Associated Press, July 17, 2008
"The Financial Tsunami: The Next Big Wave is Breaking Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and US Mortgage Debt," Global Research, by F. William Engdahl, July 15, 2008
American Empire/War Profiteering
"Will The U.S. Support Terrorists To Destabilize Iran?," by William Beeman, New America Media, July 7, 2008
"Bush-Led 'Disaster Capitalism' Exploits Worldwide Misery To Make A Buck," by Naomi Klein, The Nation, July 4, 2008
"U.S. Military Looks To Colombia To Replace Base In Ecuador," by Teo Ballve, Venezueanalysis.com, July 4, 2008
"Military-Industrial Convergence: Raytheon, Boeing And Rice In Prague," by Laray Polk, Counterpunch, July 3, 2008
"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan
"Iraq Insists On Withdrawl Timetable For U.S. Troops," Associated Press, July 8, 2008
"Maliki Wants U.S. Pullout Timetable," by Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, July 7, 2008
"The Bush Administration Strikes Oil In Iraq," by Tom Engelhardt & Nick Turse, TomDispatch.com, July 7, 2008
"Bomb At Indian Embassy Kills 41 In Afghanistan," Associated Press, July 7, 2008
"Military Action In Iran 'Would Destabilize Iraq,'" by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, July 5, 2008
"Journalist Charges Censorship By U.S. Military In Fallujah," by Dahr Jamail, Inter press Service, July 4, 2008
"Rise Of Awakening Groups Sets Off Sunni Power Struggle," Washington Post, July 4, 2008
"Snapshots Of Life And Death In Baghdad," by Robert Fisk, Independent/UK, July 3, 2008
"Marines Extended In Afghanistan As Violence Rises," ABC News, July 3, 2008
Civil Liberties/ Human Rights
"Whistleblowers Speak Out On FISA," by mcjoan, Daily Kos, July 8, 2008
"Truth And The Gitmo Detainees," by Steve Chapman, Reason Magazine, July 7, 2008
"Professor Ticketed For 'Not To Empire' Bumper Sticker," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, July 7, 2008
"'Science Fiction-Like' Weapons On Tap For Political Conventions," by David Edwards & Stephen C. Webster, Raw Story, July 7, 2008
"Authoritarianism," by dday, Daily Kos, July 5, 2008
"'State Secrets' Privilege Details Rendition Suit," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, July 4, 2008
"Civil Liberties Groups Sue For Info On Cell Phone Lojacking," by Julian Sanchez, Ars Technica, July 4, 2008
"Tenant Banned From Flying Flag Upside Down, Gets Death Threat," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, July 4, 2008
"Is The Department Of Justice Tracking Your Cell Phone without A Warrant?," by Chris Nolan, AlterNet, July 3, 2008
"The Founders' Rights Stuff," by Rosa Brooks, Los Angeles Times, July 3, 2008
"How Dare They Rip The Fourth Amendment?," by Joseph L. Galloway, McClatchy Newspapers, July 3, 2008
"Civil Liberties Group Criticizes New FBI Profiling Authority," Associated Press, July 3, 2008
"China Inspired Interrogations At Guantanamo," The New York Times, July 2, 2008
"Torture, Communism And The American Way," by Jacob G. Hornberger, Future of Freedom Foundation, July 2, 2008
Environment and Sustainability
"Bush to G8: Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter,'" by Andrew Grice, The London Independent, July 10, 2008
"Shell shocked," by Gregory Hladky, The Boston Globe, July 13, 2008
"The Press' McCain Rules," by Paul Waldman, The American Prospect, July 8, 2008
"Beltway Myth: The 'Left-Wing Base' Vs. 'The American People' On Iraq," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, July 7, 2008
"Google Ordered To Hand Over YouTube User Details To Viacom," Telegraph/UK, July 4, 2008
"Protesters Gearing Up For Political Conventions," Los Angeles Times, July 7, 2008
"Police Crack Down On Cyclist Group's Traffic Tactic," Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 5, 2008
"Protesters Rally Ahead Of G8 Summit," Agence France Presse, 2008
"My War Story," by Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch, July 4, 2008
"Protesters Interrupt Bush Holiday Speech," ABC News, July 3, 2008
"Reality Time At MyBarackObama.com," by Bob Ostertag, Huffington Post, July 3, 2008