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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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"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

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

"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 Aug. 8, 2008



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Each week, Between The Lines provides dissenting views on the status quo, reporting on issues that matter including: skyrocketing energy prices and oil company profiteering; the growing debt crisis; the Republican party and religious extremism; the neoconservative drive for American empire; and the failing U.S. healthcare system.

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Iraq Spike in Violence Underscores Rising Political Instability
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Interview with Dahr Jamail,
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conducted by Scott Harris


In the worst suicide bomb attack in Iraq in over a month, four suicide bombers struck a Shiite pilgrimage in Baghdad and a Kurdish protest rally in northern Iraq on July 28. The attacks, believed to have been carried out by women, killed at least 57 people and wounded nearly 300.

The attack in the northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk targeted Kurdish protesters who were demonstrating their anger at a political deadlock in the national parliament over the scheduling of provincial elections. The Kurds in control of Iraq's semiautonomous northern region are seeking to annex Kirkuk,, which has created a backlash among the city's Arab and Turkmen population.

Rising tensions between Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi army and the U.S.-backed Badr Brigade of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq could trigger new violence among these powerful Shiite rivals. And while Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki recently endorsed Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama's timeline to withdraw U.S. combat troops from Iraq within 16 months of taking office, political instability could dramatically reverse the decline in violence seen in Iraq in recent months. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with independent journalist and author Dahr Jamail, who reported from Iraq for eight months between November 2003 and February 2005. Jamail assesses the success of the surge and how changing conditions on the ground in Iraq could affect the U.S. presidential election campaign.

Read Dahr Jamail's articles online at Jamail is the author of "Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq."

Mississippi River Oil Spill Worst in Decade
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Interview with Wilma Subra,
Louisiana Environmental Action Network advisor,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


On July 23, a ship in the Mississippi River passing through New Orleans rammed an oil barge, cutting it in two and creating the largest oil spill on the lower Mississippi in at least a decade. Almost 400,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil flowed into the river, and the barge continued to leak oil days later as it sat at a pier below the Crescent City Bridge.

The river closure has trapped 200 ships around New Orleans, and the oil has contaminated 100 miles of riverbank and marshes between New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico. Wilma Subra, a native Louisianan, chemist, and winner of a MacArthur "genius award," provides technical assistance to the Louisiana Environmental Action Network. In that capacity, she spent several days examining the spill on the water and from the air to try to determine the extent of damage it caused.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Subra about the nature of the spill, clean-up efforts, and how this environmental disaster may affect recent efforts to open up offshore areas to oil drilling, which Republican John McCain supports and Democrat Barack Obama opposes.

Wilma Subra is principle in the Subra Company and adviser to the Louisiana Environmental Action Network. Contact Wilma Subra at (337) 367-2216 or LEAN at (225) 928-1315 or on the web at

CBS News Sanitizes McCain Interview Gaffes
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Interview with Jioni Palmer,
national press secretary of Media Matters for America,
conducted by Scott Harris

CBS News interview with Republican presidential candidate John McCain, conducted by anchor Katie Couric on July 22, has come in for some very harsh criticism for what the network chose not to broadcast. CBS editors inexplicably removed two statements in which the candidate made embarrassing factual errors. McCain falsely stated that the 2007 troop surge "began the Anbar Awakening," a reference to the U.S.-Sunni alliance that has reduced attacks in the province. CBS replaced the inaccurate statement with an answer McCain had given to a different question during the interview.

Another instance of selective editing found CBS deleting a second false statement where McCain asserted that the war in Iraq was, "the first major conflict since 9/11," when in fact the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan was launched in October 2001, and the invasion of Iraq occurred in March 2003.

The network responded to criticism by maintaining that the report was edited under extreme time constraints and one piece of tape was put in the wrong order. CBS News senior vice president Paul Friedman denied that the editing had in any way distorted what Sen. McCain was saying. However, the group Media Matters for America has called on CBS News to broadcast the complete John McCain interview and inform their audience about their policy on editing interviews. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke Jioni Palmer, national press secretary with Media Matters, who discusses why many find CBS's decision to sanitize a presidential candidate's words on their national newscast so disturbing.

Contact Media Matters by calling (202) 756-4100 or visit their website at

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  • The arrest of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic for war crimes will likely pave the way for Serbia's entry into the European Union. ("Bosnian Serb Under Arrest for War Crimes, " New York Times, July 22, 2008; "The Double Life of an Infamous Serbian Fugitive," New York Times, July 23, 2008; "Kardzic Faces the Hague, but Hunt Goes on For His General," The Guardian, July 22, 2008; "Arresting Developments," American Prospects, July 23, 2008)
  • A federal grand jury has issued subpoenas to the nation's largest sub-prime lenders: Countrywide Financial, New Century Financial and IndyMac Federal Bank, which was recently taken over by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. ("Federal Grand Jury Investigating Countrywide, IndyMac, New Century" Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2008)
  • Oil and gas industry contributions to John McCain's presidential campaign surged after he changed his position and endorsed opening off-shore areas of the U.S. coast to oil exploration. ("Industry Gushed Money After Reversal on Drilling," Washington Post, July 27, 2008)

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"Air tanker drops in wildfires are often just for show,'"by Julie Cart and Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times, Second of five parts July 29, 2008

"Rampage Attributed to Hatred of Liberalism," Associated Press, July 23, 2008

"Lieberman Praises Pastor Repudiated by McCain," by Andy Sullivan, Reuters July 22, 2008

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Bush Regime

"Execution by Military Is Approved by President," by Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, July 29, 2008

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Iraq Contract Fraud: Senators Call For Arrests, Recovery of Funds," by Bruce Falconer, MoJo Blog, July 23, 2008

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Pasadena's Parsons Corp. blamed in failure of $40-million Iraq prison project," by Jim Puzzanghera and Peter Spiegel, Los Angeles Times, July 29, 2008

"Is Blackwater Leaving the Security Biz?" MoJo blog, July 22, 2008

"Maliki's Walk Forward," by Matthew Yglesias, The American Prospect (web only), July 21, 2008

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Guantanamo jurors shown graphic film on Al Qaeda," by Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times, July 29, 2008

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Environment and Sustainability

"Olympics environment: Beijing shuts all building sites and more factories to clear the smog," by Jonathan Watts in Beijing, The Guardian, July 29, 2008

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Media Issues

"Vanity Fair Covers The New Yorker," by Vanity Fair, July 22, 2008

"CBS splices McCain interview clip, expunging his false claim on surge timeline and falsely suggesting he gave different answer," Media Matters, July 23, 2008

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"Md. Police Infiltrated Groups Opposed to War and the Death Penalty," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, July 18, 2008

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