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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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Palin's Faith Poses Urgent Questions
on Separation of Church and State

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Interview with journalist and author Frederick Clarkson,
conducted by Scott Harris


During the course of the Democratic primary campaign, Barack Obama was subjected to intense media scrutiny over his relationship with his long time pastor Rev. Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his controversial remarks captured on video. Now, with John McCain's selection of Alaska's Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate, questions are being asked about the role her conservative Christian religious beliefs would play in public policy if the Republicans win the November election, and through unforeseen circumstances succeeded McCain as president.

Palin opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest and is against stem cell research. She doesn't believe in evolution and advocates the teaching of creationism in public schools. The Assemblies of God Church, where Palin worshipped most of her adult life, believes that the "end times" are near, foreshadowing the end of the world and the second coming of Jesus Christ.

When Palin was mayor of Wasilla, she reportedly asked the local librarian how she could go about banning books with inappropriate language. During a June 2008 speech at her former church, Wasilla Assemblies of God, Gov. Palin told ministry students that the United States sent troops to fight in the Iraq war on a "task that is from God." Also controversial is Sarah Palin's association with the Alaskan Independence Party, state affiliate of the right- wing theocratic Constitution Party. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with journalist and author Frederick Clarkson who has written about religion and politics for more than two decades. Clarkson examines Palin's conservative Christian beliefs and the effect they could have on public policy if she and McCain win the White House.

Read Frederick Clarkson's articles online at Clarkson's forthcoming book, "Dispatches from the Religious Left" will be published in October.

"Free Gaza" Boat Activists Get Heroe's Welcome;
Vow More Challenges to Blockade

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Interview with Bill Dienst,
physician from Washington State,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


On Aug. 23, two boats with 40 activists on board landed without incident at the port of Gaza, symbolically breaking for the first time the Israeli stranglehold over the Palestinian territory that is home to 1.5 million people. Israel closed Gaza to the outside world after the militant Palestinian group Hamas wrested control away from the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority.

One of those on board was Bill Dienst, a physician from Washington state who had been to Gaza on four previous trips, beginning in 1985. He served as the ship's doctor. Once ashore in Gaza, some of the activists stayed on as Palestinians in need of medical care took their places on the boats sailed back to Cypress. When Dienst attempted to leave Gaza, he was prevented from doing so for several days by both the Israeli and Egyptian governments, making him an honorary "Palestinian." He was eventually allowed to leave on Sept. 7th and traveled back to the U.S.

Between The Lines'Melinda Tuhus spoke with Dienst while he was still being detained inside Gaza. He talked about the goals of the Free Gaza Movement, what life is like for Palestinians living there, and future plans for solidarity actions.

Contact the Free Gaza Movement in the U.S. at (510) 232-2500, or visit their website at

Public Interest Advocates Push to Strengthen
Federal Whistleblower Protection Law

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Interview with Celia Wexler,
Washington representative
of the Scientific Integrity Program
at the Union of Concerned Scientists,
conducted by Scott Harris


Responding to years of court decisions that have eroded whistleblower protections for federal employees, public interest activists and science advocacy groups are now pushing hard for the passage of new legislation that will effectively protect government worker whistleblowers from retaliation. In a recent survey of 3, 400 government scientists at nine federal agencies conducted by the Union of Concerned Scientists, nearly 1,100 said they fear retaliation for raising concerns about the work and mission of their agencies.

Federal employees who have exposed waste, fraud and abuse in the past have reported harassment, demotion or termination. Documented cases can be found within the Army Corps of Engineers, The Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency. Additionally the Bush administration in recent years has been accused of censorship and manipulation of scientific data in areas such as air pollution, climate change and the control of toxic substances in pursuit of partisan political gain or to benefit corporate allies.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Celia Wexler, Washington Representative of the Scientific Integrity Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She discusses several examples of reprisals taken against whistleblowers and why her group believes that protections for federal employees are necessary to ensure the government is held accountable for protecting Americans' health, safety, environment and pocketbooks.

Contact the Scientific Integrity Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists at (202) 223-6133 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has sent India's government a letter saying the India-U.S. nuclear agreement which had aimed to promote civilan nuclear power would be revoked if India tested more nuclear weapons. ("In India, Outcry Over U.S. Letter" Washington Post, Sept. 4, 2008; "India/US: Lawmaker's Disclosure may Torpedo Nuclear Deal" Inter Press Service, Sept. 4, 2008; "International Groups Back Nuclear Accord for US, India" Washington Post, Sept. 7, 2008)
  • As Russia's relations with the U.S. and Europe chill over Moscow's invasion of Georgia, and NATO's expansion into the Czech Republic, Russia is attempting to counter Washington's aggressive behavior with talks to boost military and intelligence cooperation with its former Cold War ally Cuba. Venezuela also has invited Russia to hold joint naval maneuvers off its coast. ("Russia-Cuba Ties Worry U.S.," Los Angeles Times, Sept. 1, 2008)
  • Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal filed a lawsuit against the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind education law, in which he sought more federal funds for school districts. The National Educational Association endorsed the lawsuit, yet, the Connecticut chapter of the NAACP filed suit against Blumenthal on behalf of minoiryt school children. Charging that Blumenthal filed the suit as an "excuse not to meet the needs of Connecticut's children of color." ("How the Dems Lost on Education," American Prospect, September 2008)

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U.S. Politics

"The Whiners' Recession," by Dean Baker, Truthout, Sept. 9, 2008

"Why Obama's Message Resonates with Millions," by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, Sept. 9, 2008

"The Politics of Contempt," by Paul Waldman, The American Prospect, Sept. 9, 2008

"Video: Gov. Palin's lies on 'Bridge to Nowhere' debunked," Talking points Memo, Sept. 9, 2008

"The New Face of Republican Power: When Two Plus Two Equals Five," by Brian J. Foley, Counterpunch, Sept. 9, 2008

"Ten Ways the McCain/Palin GOP Is Now Stealing the Ohio Vote," by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman, Common Dreams, Sept. 9, 2008

"Keeping Palin Under Wraps," by E.J. Dionne, TruthDig, Sept. 8, 2008

"House GOP Threatens Shutdown Over Drilling," Congressional Quarterly, Sept. 8, 2008

"Sarah Palin's 9 Most Disturbing Beliefs," by AlterNet staff, AlterNet, Sept. 8, 2008

"Election Observer Arrested in Arizona," by Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet, Sept. 7, 2008

"Judgment Is More Important Than Experience," by Ivan Eland,, Sept. 6, 2008

"Exposing Five Dangerous Lies in McCain's Big Speech," AlterNet, Sept. 6, 2008

"GOP's Plan for Palin: Reignite the Culture Wars," by Jay Rosen, Huffington Post, Sept. 5, 2008

"Jobless Rate Soars to 6.1 Percent, 84,000 Jobs Lost," by Dean Baker, Truthout, Sept. 5, 2008

"Nearly 600,000 Subject to Possible Caging in Ohio," by David Rosenfeld, Miller-McCune, Sept. 5, 2008

"Why McCain and the GOP Are So Afraid of Discussing the Economy," by Frances Moore Lappe, Huffington Post, Sept. 5, 2008

"McCain the Divider," by E.J. Dionne, TruthDig, Sept. 4, 2008

"Who's paying for the parties' parties?," by Elizabeth Schulte, Socialist Worker, Sept. 4, 2008

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"Lawsuit to Ask That Cheney's Papers Be Made Public," Washington Post, Sept. 8, 2008

"The Bush Administration Is an Ongoing Criminal Conspiracy Under International Law and U.S. Domestic Law," by Francis A. Boyle, ZNet, Sept. 5, 2008

"Cheney Blusters Through the Caucasus," by Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, Sept. 4, 2008

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"US Trained Georgian Commandos Just Prior to War," Antiwar News, Sept. 7, 2008

"Defiant Cheney vows Georgia will join Nato," Guardian/UK, Sept. 5, 2008

"Work of Evil: Beyond the Worst-Case Scenario in Somalia," by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Sept. 4, 2008

"The Problem Is Empire," by Tom Hayden, ZNet, Sept. 4, 2008

"Going on an Imperial Bender: How the U.S. Garrisons the Planet and Doesn't Even Notice," by Tom Engelhardt,, Sept. 4, 2008

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Suspected US Missile Strike Kills 21 in Pakistan: Officials," Agence France Presse, Sept. 9, 2008

"Report: US-NATO Airstrikes Bring Higher Afghan Civilian Toll," by Ali Gharib, Inter press Service, Sept. 8, 2008

"Videos Show Dead Afghan Children After US Raid," Associated Press, Sept. 8, 2008

"Who Lost Iraq?: Is the Maliki Government Jumping Off the American Ship of State?," by Tom Engelhardt & Michael Schwartz, Sept. 7, 2008

"Afghans Fed Up With Government, US," Associated Press, Sept. 7, 2008

"The September 3 Attack on Pakistan: A Precursor to More War Crimes?," by Gary Leupp, Counterpunch, Sept. 6/7, 2008

"Did Bush Spies Monitor Iraqi Allies?: Iraqi Leadership Responds Furiously to Allegations in New Woodward Book," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Sept. 6/7, 2008

"Iraqis Protest Against US Presence In Iraq," Reuters, Sept. 6, 2008

"One Fifth of Iraq Funding Goes to Private Contractors," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Sept. 6, 2008

"U.S. Spied on Iraqi Leaders, Book Says," Washington Post. Sept. 5, 2008

"U.S. Troops Crossed Border, Pakistan Says," Washington Post, Sept. 4, 2008

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Official American Sadism," by Anthony Lewis, The New york Review of Books, Sept. 25, 2008

"Organizations Ready Lawsuits Against Police In Convention Cities,", Sept. 9, 2008

"MnIndy video: RNC protesters show and tell of injuries from cops," Minnesota Independent, Sept. 9, 2008

"Tyranny on Display at the Republican Convention," by Chris Hedges, TruthDig, Sept. 8, 2008

"Civil rights group sues over NYC surveillance plan," Associated Press, Sept. 8, 2008

"How Far From a Police State?: Lessons From Denver and St. Paul," by Howard Lisnoff, Counterpunch, Sept. 8, 2008

"The Perishing Republicans, Twin City Cops, and the RNC 8," by Ron Jacobs, ZNet, Sept. 6, 2008

"St. Paul's Police Protest the Press," by Michael Winship, Truthout, Sept. 6, 2008

"Why We Were Falsely Arrested," by Amy Goodman, TruthDig, Sept. 5, 2008

"America's Most Dangerous Librarians," by Amy Goodman & David Goodman, Mother Jones, Sept./Oct., 2008

More newswire ...

Environment and Sustainability

"Government urged to introduce 'omni-standards' for food," Guardian/UK, Sept. 9, 2008

"Thaw of Polar Regions May Need New UN Laws," Reuters, Sept. 7, 2008

"Let's Use Wind to Power Cars," by Lester R. Brown, Capital Times (Wisconsin), Sept. 7, 2008

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"The Media Still Refuse to Call McCain What He Is: a Liar," by dday, Hullabaloo, Sept. 9, 2008

"Do journalists have any obligations beyond their self-interest?," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 9, 2008

"The right dictates MSNBC's programming decisions," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 8, 2008

"A liberal pundit soars to a prominent perch," Boston Globe, Sept. 8, 2008

"The mighty, scary press corps," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 6, 2008

"Only in America Could a Two-Faced Creature Like McCain Attain Such Media Status," by Rory O'Connor, AlterNet, Sept. 5, 2008

More newswire ...


"Zinn: US 'In Need of Rebellion,'" al Jazeera, Sept. 9, 2008

"In Another Era, Climate Would Seem Ripe for Unions," Seattle Times, Sept. 7, 2008

"The Nasty War at the IAM: Is Union Democracy at Risk?," by David Macaray, Counterpunch, Sept. 6/7, 2008

"As Vets Take to the Streets to Protest the War, McCain Snubs IVAW at the RNC," by Liliana Segura, AlterNet, Sept. 6, 2008

"Tyronegate & Trusteeship: Can SEIU Members Exorcise the Purple Shades Of Jackie Presser?," by Steve Early & Cal Winsalow, ZNet, Sept. 5, 2008

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