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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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Fear Grips Markets
as Financial Giants Fail

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Interview with economist Max Wolff
conducted by Scott Harris


Fear gripped U.S. and world markets as American investment bank Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy protection, Merrill Lynch was taken over by Bank of America, and the U.S. government took control over mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. An estimated $700 billion was lost to those investing in retirement plans, government pension funds and other investment portfolios.

Wall Street saw a loss of value of more than 4 percent on Sept. 15, following Lehman Brother's collapse, the biggest crash since the Sept. 11 attacks. Stock markets in London and Tokyo fell to their lowest levels in more than three years. Much of the instability can be tied to bad loans made in the subprime mortgage market.

The Federal Reserve Board is lending $85 billion to American International Group, after the world's largest insurers' stock fell by some 60 percent amid losses of almost $20 billion. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with economist Max Wolff, who examines the collapse of major financial institutions, the damaged U.S. economy and the links to deregulation policy advocated by conservative economists and politicians.

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U.S. Raids into Pakistan Breed Anger and Vengeance

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Interview with Anita Weiss,
professor of International Studies
at the University of Oregon,
conducted by Scott Harris


The increasing number and growing sophistication of Taliban attacks against the U.S.-led coalition forces in Afghanistan, has some observers concluding that the conditions there are the most unstable they've been since the U.S. invasion in 2001. U.S. air strikes and raids against suspected militants in towns and villages have caused an increasing number of civilian deaths and angry protests against the U.S., NATO and the American-backed government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Seeking to neutralize Taliban sanctuaries in neighboring Pakistan, the U.S. has in recent weeks launched a number of raids and missile attacks against Taliban and al Qaeda targets inside the country. According to press reports President Bush in July secretly approved U.S. military attacks inside Pakistan without prior authorization from Pakistan's government. Pakistani officials say a September 3rd American raid against the border village of Angoor Adda resulted in as many as 20 civilian deaths. On September 15th, Pakistani security forces fired at two US Chinook helicopters and prevented their attempt to land on the Pakistani side of the border, according to local security officials and tribesmen.

Pakistan's army said that its forces have orders to open fire if U.S. troops launch another raid across the Afghan border. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Anita Weiss, professor of International Studies at the University of Oregon, who assesses the negative consequences of unauthorized U.S. military raids inside Pakistan.

Anita Weissis co-editor of the book, "Power and Civil Society in Pakistan." Read more about current events in Pakistan in the online edition of the English language daily,

Years of Wetlands Destruction Render
Coasts More Vulnerable to Hurricane Damage

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Interview with Kerry St. Pe,
director of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


On Aug. 29th, the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans and the Gulf, Hurricane Gustav again threatened the city and the south Louisiana coast. Two million people evacuated from the area, and the big news was that Gustav did not hit New Orleans. Lost in all the coverage of New Orleans dodging a bullet, was any news of where Gustav made landfall. The hurricane had lost a lot of its punch by the time it landed in Cocodrie, about 70 miles southwest of New Orleans, but still downed thousands of trees and knocked out power to most of the state.

Wetlands and offshore islands have served for centuries as barriers when hurricanes sweep in from the Gulf of Mexico. But now that so many islands and hundreds of square miles of wetlands have been destroyed by oil and gas drilling operations, general development, and the effect of climate change, hurricanes now threaten coastal areas with greater devastation. The more recent destruction wrought by Hurricane Ike on the Texas coast can be attributed in part to improper stewardship of thousands of square miles of wetlands that used to provide natural flood protection.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Kerry St. Pe, the director of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program in bayou country southwest of New Orleans. He says the heaviest damage from Gustav occurred around Bayou LaFourche, and explains what must be done to restore the wetlands.

Contact the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program at 1-800 259-0869 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon and Denise Manzari

  • Opponents of Bolivian President Evo Morales' plan for a January 2009 referendum on a new constitution have staged violent protests. Bolivian authorities have arrested and charged rightist governor Leopoldo Fernandez with the massacre of 15 indigenous peasants. (from Associated Press reports)
  • Rising energy and shipping costs have forced U.S. companies to rethink outsourcing manufacturing jobs to China and other developing countries. ("China's Outsourcing Appeal Dimming," Washington Post, Sept. 8, 2008)
  • Supermax prisons have a large percentage of mentally ill inmates and high suicide rates. ("StopMax: The Fight Against Supermax Prisons,", Aug. 11, 2008)

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U.S. Politics

"Wall Street crisis is culmination of 28 years of deregulation," McClatchy Newspapers, Sept. 16, 2008

"Big Banks Go Bust: America's Financial System in Crisis," by The Nation & Campaign for America's Future, Sept. 16, 2008

"A Crash Course in Economic Crashes," by Larry Beinhart, AlterNet, Sept. 16, 2008

"The Media Call McCain and Palin on Their Trail of Lies," Newsday, Sept. 15, 2008

"McCain and Palin Are Trying to Take Political Lying to the Next Dimension," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Sept. 15, 2008

"McCain Blasts Wall Street Failure, Neglects To Mention His Adviser Helped Cause It," by David Corn, Mother Jones, Sept. 15, 2008

"The Tumbrils Roll at Dawn: Lehman Gone; Merrill Lynch Swallowed Up; AIG Going... Who's Next for Madam Defarge?," by Mike Whitney, Counterpunch, Sept. 15, 2008

"McCain Would Privatize Social Security," by Dean Baker, Truthout, Sept. 15, 2008

"The pastor who clashed with Palin," by David Talbot, Salon, Sept. 15, 2008

"For Palin, It's a (Christian) Man's World," by Chris Hedges, TruthDig, Sept. 14, 2008

"Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes," The New York Times, Sept. 14, 2008

"Playing with the Constitution: An Interview with Erwin Chemerinsky," by Wajahat Ali, Counterpunch, Sept. 13/14, 2008

"The Lists You Have: GOP Vote Caging Efforts," by digby, Hullabaloo, Sept. 13, 2008

"On The Beach," by by Gordon Prathewr,, Sept. 13, 2008

"Palin Falls Short of VP Standards," by John Dean, TruthDig, Sept. 12, 2008

"The F-card won't wash," by Jessica Valenti, Guardian/UK, Sept. 12, 2008

"McCain's mailer creates controversy," Wisconsin State Journal, Sept 12, 2008

"McCain's Court: Change We Don't Need," by Cass Sunstein, Washington Independent, Sept. 12, 2008

"Van Hollen's Lawsuit Will Muck Up Election, Voting Officials Say," Capital Times (Wisconsin), Sept. 12, 2008

"A Palin Theocracy," by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, Sept. 11, 2008

"Palin leaves open option of war with Russia," Associated Press, Sept. 11, 2008

"McCain Staffers Have Marched To K Street," Politico, Sept. 11, 2008

"New Jersey Voters Wrongly Purged," by Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet, Sept. 10, 2008

"A Telling Palin Scandal: Her Environmental Record," by Leonard Doyle, Independent/UK, Sept. 10, 2008

"Obama Strikes Back On Contrived Lipstick Controversy," by Sam Stein, Huffington Post, Sept. 10, 2008

"McCain's Integrity," by Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic, Sept. 10, 2008

"Ohio Secretary of State Brunner Does Right by Voters," by Project Vote, Sept. 8, 2008

More newswire ...

Bush Regime

"What illegal 'things' was the government doing in 2001-2004?," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 15, 2008

"Tawdry tale of oil drillers and `MMS Chicks,'" by Carl Hiaasen, Miami Herald, Sept. 14, 2008

"Conflict Over Spying Led White House to Brink," by Barton Gellman, Washington Post, Sept. 14, 2008

"Military Industrial Complex 2.0: Cubicle Mercenaries, Subcontracting Warriors, and Other Phenomena of a Privatizing Pentagon," by Tom Engelhardt & Frida Berrigan, Sept. 14, 2008

"The Decider Can Become a Dictator," by Sanford Levinson, News Journal (Delaware), Sept. 14, 2008

"Cheney Scales New Heights of Hypocrisy: The Veep Goads Russia," by Robert Fantina, Counterpunch, Sept. 13/14, 2008

"Bush's Nuclear Deal with India Is a Disaster for World Safety and the Environment," by Alexander Zaitchik, AlterNet, Sept. 10, 2008

"Wide-Ranging Ethics Scandal Emerges at Interior Dept.," The New York Times, Sept. 10, 2008

"Sacked Air Force Secretary: We Shoulda Sent Jets, Troops to Fight Russia," by David Axe, Wired News, Sept. 9, 2008

"Exit Bush, Far Right," by Dave Mann, Texas Observer, Sept. 5, 2008

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Bolivia and the Echoes of Allende: Morales Confronts the Insurrection," by Roger Burbach, Counterpunch, Sept. 15, 2008

" A Matter of Morals, Not Morales: Respect Bolivia's Democracy!," by Olivia Burlingame Goumbri, Sept. 13, 2008

"US Should Disclose Its Funding of Opposition Groups in Bolivia and Other Latin American Countries," by The Center for Economic and Policy Research, Sept. 12, 2008

"Medvedev 'would attack Georgia even if on NATO track,'" Reuters, Sept. 12, 2008

"Oligarchs on the March: Bolivia: a Coup in the Making?," by Jeffrey R. Webber, Counterpunch, Sept. 11, 2008

"From Afghanistan to Africa: The Return of U. S. Death Squads," by Conn Hallinan, Counterpunch, Sept. 10, 2008

"Danger in South Asia," by by Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy in Focus, Sept. 10, 2008

"Pentagon set on mission to rebuild Georgian military," Agence France Presse, Sept. 9, 2008

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"'Awakening' Into Nightmare: Seeding More Sectarian War in Iraq," by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Sept. 16, 2008

"A Furnace Seal'd: The Wondrous Death Squads of the American Elite," by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Sept. 16, 2008

"Afghanistan: Pakistan fury at US cross-border attacks," by Raymond Whitaker, Independent/UK, Sept. 14, 2008

"Iraq: Violence is down - but not because of America's 'surge,'" by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, Sept. 14, 2008

"At All Costs, We Must Avoid a 'Surge' in Afghanistan," by Joseph Stiglitz, Guardian/UK, Sept. 13, 2008

"Afghan governor dies in suicide blast near Kabul," Reuters, Sept. 13, 2008

"Pakistan could end cooperation in war on terror," Associated Press, Sept. 12, 2008

"The government, the media and Afghanistan," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 11, 2008

"U.S. trains sights on Taliban, Al Qaeda stronghold," Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 11, 2008

"The Value of One, the Value of None: An Anatomy of Collateral Damage in the Bush Era," by Tom Engelhardt,, Sept. 11, 2008

"Pakistani Military to Bar Foreign Operations," News, Sept. 10, 2008

"Pentagon admits Afghan strategy not succeeding," Reuters, Sept. 10, 2008

"The Rising Cost of the Iraq 'Surge,'" by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Sept. 9, 2008

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Shadow of Guantanamo Follows Freed Inmates Back to their Homes," Guardian/UK, Sept. 14, 2008

"Justice Department Moving to Immunize Snooping Telcos," by David Kravets, Wired News, Sept. 12, 2008

"ACLU challenges FISA update with first legal brief," Raw Story, Sept. 12, 2008

"Judge Limits Searches Using Cellphone Data," Washington Post, Sept. 12, 2008

"The Party Police," by Amy Goodman, TruthDig, Sept. 10, 2008

"Controversy Still Plagues Military Commissions," by Andy Worthington,, Sept. 10, 2008

"Mocking Constitutional Rights," by Nat Parry, Consortium News, Sept. 10, 2008

"Groups warn of growing government secrecy," Associated Press, Sept. 9, 2008

"Minnesota Monster Mash: Police-State Zombies in a Dead Republic," by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Aug. 31, 2008

More newswire ...

Environment and Sustainability

"Phase Out Coal and Burn Trees Instead, Urges Leading Scientist: Current targets on emissions are 'a recipe for global disaster, not salvation,'" by Geoffrey Lean, Independent/UK, Sept. 16, 2008

"Think globally, power up locally," by Peter Asmus, San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 14, 2008

"Cleared: Jury decides that threat of global warming justifies breaking the law," Independent/UK, Sept. 11, 2008

"Environmentalists, Unions Call For Green-Jobs Plan," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 10, 2008

"We've Got One Week Left to Stop One of Bush's Worst Environmental Attacks," by George Lakoff & Chris Shutes, AlterNet, Sept. 8, 2008

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Time's Karen Tumulty: Unlike reporters, bloggers don't have to use proof," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 15, 2008

"AP's Tom Raum confuses his fantasies for fact," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 12, 2008

"New heights of stupidity," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 10, 2008

"The Sickening Praise for 'The Daily Show,'" by Norman Solomon, Common Dreams, Sept. 10, 2008

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"Berkeley tree-sitters finally down to earth," San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 10, 2008

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