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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

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. 29, 2008



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Washington Played Critical Role
in Provoking Georgia-Russia Conflict

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Interview with Richard Falk,
professor emeritus of international law
at Princeton University,
conducted by Scott Harris


A major conflict in the Caucasus was triggered on Aug. 7, when Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvil, a U.S. ally, launched a major offensive on the breakaway region of South Ossetia. A large number of civilians were reported dead as a result of Georgia's attack, and provoked Moscow into launching a counter-offensive which saw Russian troops push far into Georgian territory backed by air strikes. This was the most serious confrontation between Russia and the Georgian Republic since South Ossetia won de facto independence from Georgia in 1992.

Russia had hundreds of peacekeeping troops in South Ossetia when Georgia attacked and said that 10 of its peacekeepers were killed in the initial fighting. Before a cease-fire agreement, brokered by French President Sarkozi, was signed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Georgia's President Saakashvili on Aug. 16, both sides made unsubstantiated claims that hundreds of civilians had been killed. Journalists and human rights groups reported that looting and ethnic cleansing were occurring in conflict zones.

Some U.S. politicians and corporate media commentators assert that the recent conflict between Russia and Georgia is a sign that an aggressive "Russian Bear" has awoken 17 years after the demise of the Soviet Union, and could signal a new Cold War. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Richard Falk, professor emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and distinguished visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who explains that the short war between Moscow and Tblisi, has a lot to do with access to oil and Washington's role in ratcheting up tensions in the region.

Richard Falk's latest book is titled, "The Costs of War: International Law, the UN, and World Order After Iraq."

U.S.-Polish Anti-Missile Pact
Part of Pentagon Plan
for Global Military Domination

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


U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed an agreement with the government of Poland on Aug. 20, that will pave the way for deployment of 10 missile interceptors along with a garrison of more than 100 U.S. support personnel. The Polish anti-missile system is part of a U.S. plan to expand its global missile defense shield, linked to a radar-tracking base in the Czech Republic. In signing the agreement in Warsaw, Rice made a connection between the Russian and Georgian conflict and Poland's agreement to deploy the missile system on its territory.

While the Bush administration has stressed that the anti-missile system planned for Poland is designed to defend against emerging threats from so-called rogue nations such as Iran, Russian parliamentary foreign affairs committee chairman, Konstantin Kosachev, was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying the agreement will spark "a real rise in tensions in Russian-American relations." Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn, the Russian armed forces' deputy chief of staff, warned Poland that it was leaving itself open to retaliation -- and possibly even a nuclear strike -- by agreeing to host a U.S. missile base.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. He assesses the danger of rising tensions with Russia over the Polish anti-missile system and the larger U.S. objective of dominating outer space.

Contact the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space at (207) 729-0517 or visit their website at

Rising Number of African Women
with AIDS Requires U.N. Priority Shift

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Interview with Paula Donovan,
co-director of AIDS-Free World,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


The 17th International AIDS Conference concluded in mid-August in Mexico City. At some previous gatherings, no breakthroughs were announced in the areas of prevention or treatment. Since being identified in 1981, AIDS has killed an astounding 25 million people worldwide, and an estimated 33 million people are currently living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

One thing that has changed is the increasing numbers of women contracting the disease worldwide and particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, where women now comprise 57 percent of those with HIV. Three-quarters of young people living with HIV in Africa are young women ages 15 to 24, according to UN AIDS, the United Nations program that researches the disease.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Paula Donovan, co-director of a new organization called AIDS-Free World. Donovan previously worked as senior adviser in the office of the United Nations special envoy for AIDS in Africa. She discusses the role of sexual violence in the spread of AIDS, and proposes restructuring the UN with a higher priority for women's issues as a way to combat what some are calling the "feminization" of AIDS.

Contact AIDS-Free World at their Boston office at (617) 938-3553, or visit their website

This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Bolivian President Evo Morales has triumphed by winning 67 percent of the vote in an Aug. 10 recall election. ("Recall Vote in Bolivia Seen as Win of Morales," New York Times, Aug. 11, 2008)
  • In the months leading up to the GOP national convention this September, the St. Paul, Minn. Police Department has more than doubled its stockpile of Taser stun guns. ("Don't Tase Me, GOP," In These Times, August, 2008)
  • A popular backlash against bottled water is spreading as public pressure builds to protect public water supplies. ("Bottled Water Backlash," E Magazine, May/June, 2008; "Bottled versus Tap War in the U.S. Hits a Boiling Point," Agence France Presse, June 30, 2008 )

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U.S. Politics

"Crisis in Georgia Beginning to Turn Into a Big Political Liability for McCain," by Robert Creamer, Huffington Post, Aug. 18, 2008

"It's His Party," by Dana Goldstein & ezra Klein, The American Prospect, Aug. 18, 2008

"If Obama Loses," by Paul Street, ZNet, Aug. 18, 2008

"The Plot Against Liberal America," by Tom Engelhardt, The New Statesman/UK, Aug. 18, 2008

"Progressives and Obama: The Clash of Narratives," by Norman Solomon, Common Dreams, Aug. 18, 2008

"Swift Boat Economics," by Dean Baker, Truthout, Aug. 18, 2008

"Did McCain Help Bait Russia into Georgia?," by Joe Lauria, Huffington Post, Aug. 17, 2008

"Cindy Sheehan Knows What We Need," by Dick Meister, ZNet, Aug. 17, 2008

"Top CEOs Give Ten Times More to McCain Than to Obama," The Hill, Aug. 15, 2008

"Ohio's Election Stolen Again? State May Face 600K Voter Purge in Coming Weeks," by Advancement Project & Project Vote, Truthout, Aug. 13, 2008

"Voting Machines Can Never Be Trusted, Says GOP Computer Security Expert," Velvet Revolution, Aug. 13, 2008

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

" Endangered species law in danger from Bush," San Francisco Chronicle editorial, Aug. 17, 2008

" Forging the Case for War: Imminent Threats Should Still be a Belli Laugh," by Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch, Aug. 16/17, 2008

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Georgia On The Mind," by Conn Hallinan, Portside, Aug. 18, 2008

"Blowback From Bear-Baiting," by Patrick J. Buchanan, Truthdig, Aug. 16, 2008

"America Watches the War in Georgia with Dumb Goggles," by Mark Ames, The Nation, Aug. 16, 2008

"Georgia: Background to War," by William D. Hartung, Common Dreams, Aug. 15, 2008

"Is Perpetual War Our Future?: Learning the Wrong Lessons from the Bush Era," by Tom Engelhardt & Andrew Bacevich,, Aug. 14, 2008

"U.S. Role in Georgia Crisis," by Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, Aug. 14, 2008

" Russia and Georgia: All About Oil," by Michael Klare, Foreign Policy in Focus, Aug. 13, 2008

"Georgia War a Neocon Election Ploy?," by Robert Scheer, Truthdig, Aug. 12, 2008

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Kurdish Control of Kirkuk Creates a Powder Keg," The New York Times, Aug. 19, 2008

"Iraq moves against some US-backed Sunni fighters," Associated Press, Aug. 18, 2008

"Record Number Of U.S. Contractors In Iraq," Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 18, 2008

"Journalist Says US Target was Al-Jazeera," San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 18, 2008

"NATO-led soldiers 'accidentally' kill four Afghan civilians," Agence France Presse, Aug. 17, 2008

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Torture's Political Invisibility," by John Buell, Bangor Daily News (Maine), Aug. 19, 2008

"Senators seek delay in FBI's expanded spy powers," McClatchy Newspapers, Aug. 18, 2008

"At JFK Airport, Denying Basic Rights Is Just Another Day at the Office," by Emily Feder, AlterNet, Aug. 18, 2008

"Naomi Klein: China's Hi-Tech Surveillance State Is Ready for Export," by Amy Goodman & Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now!, Aug. 18, 2008

"200 protest psychologists' interrogation role," USA Today, Aug. 16, 2008

"Military Judge Finds Political Manipulation in Gitmo, Again," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Aug. 16, 2008

"US May Ease Police Spy Rules," Washington Post, Aug. 16, 2008

"Detention in America Should Not be a Death Sentence," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Aug. 14, 2008

"Army Psychologist Pleads 'Fifth' in Case of Prisoner 900," by Meteor Blades, Daily Kos, Aug. 14, 2008

"Don't Cage Dissent," by Amy Goodman, Truthout, Aug. 13, 2008

"FBI to get freer rein to look for terrorism suspects," McClatchy Newspapers, Aug. 13, 2008

More newswire ...

Environment and Sustainability

"How Wind Farms May Really Replace Coal Mining," by Peter Slavin, AlterNet, Aug. 19, 2008

"G8 Clueless on Food Policy," by Jim Goodman, Common Dreams, Aug. 19, 2008

"A modest proposal for sustainable eating," by Katrina Heron, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 17, 2008

"The Delusion Revolution: We're on the Road to Extinction and in Denial," by Robert Jensen, AlterNet, Aug. 15, 2008

"Raleigh County Mountain at Center of Coal vs. Wind Debate," The State Journal (West Virginia), Aug. 15, 2008

"Suffocating dead zones spread across world's oceans," by David Adam, Guardian/UK< Aug. 15, 2008

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Wireless to The People," by Megan Tady, In These Times, Aug. 16, 2008

"It Is Time to Send Maureen Dowd Packing," by Don Hazen, AlterNet, Aug. 15, 2008

"The Tragic Arkansas Shooting and Conservative Hate Speech," by Steven D., Booman Tribune, Aug. 14, 2008

"FOX News Calls White Supremacist, Holocaust Denier and Anti-Semite a 'Free Speech Activist,'" by Heidi Beirich, Hate Watch, Aug. 13, 2008

"Freedom's Future Online," by Paul Starr, The American Prospect, Aug. 13, 2008

"FCC Commissioner's Scare Tactics Reach New Low," by Josh Silver, Huffington Post, Aug. 13, 2008

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"Antiwar Activists Want Table At School Career Day," Boston Globe, Aug. 17, 2008

"Last Stand In The Big Woods: Resistance and Ignominy at Cove-Mallard," by Jeffrey St. Clair, Counterpunch, Aug. 16/17, 2008

"The Defunding of the Peace Movement," by Tom Hayden, The Nation, Aug. 15, 2008

"Rising Debate Shakes America's Largest Union," by David Bacon & Warren Mar, Truthout, Aug. 13, 2008

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