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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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A FORUM WITH MICHAEL T. KLARE SPEAKING ON
"OIL, WAR and the FUTURE of AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY"
Michael Klare, internationally renowned authority on energy and security issues, unearths declassified documents and highlights forgotten passages in prominent presidential doctrines to show how concerns about oil have been at the core of American foreign policy for more than 60 years, rendering our contemporary energy and military policies virtually indistinguishable.
Klare calls for a radical re-thinking of U.S. energy policy, warning that unless we change direction, we stand to be drawn into one oil war after another as the global hunt for diminishing world petroleum supplies accelerates.
Klare will also discuss his new book, "Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy," and describe the innovative policy changes at the national and international level -- including the development of new energy sources and climate-friendly industrial processes -- that can make a difference.
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Taxpayers Reject Blank Check for Wall Street BailoutIn response to the panic on Wall Street following the failure and government takeover of major U.S. investment banks and the world's largest insurer, the Bush administration has proposed a $700 billion bailout of the U.S. financial system. But Congress has greeted the White House bailout legislation with skepticism. The bill would give Bush Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson the power to hand over nearly a trillion dollars in taxpayer money to financial institutions to buy their distressed sub prime mortgage-related assets.
Interview with Robert Borosage,
co-director of Campaign for America's Future,
conducted by Scott Harris
The money in the bailout bill amounts to $2,000 for every man, woman and child in America - and specifically prevents any court of law or administrative agency from reviewing decisions made by the Treasury Secretary. Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, chairman of the Senate banking committee, rejected the White House plan and instead proposed the establishment of a board to oversee the allocation of bailout funds, place caps on executive salaries at institutions receiving help, and provide assistance for struggling homeowners.
Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has proposed that a 10 percent surtax be levied on those making over $500,000 a year, in order to raise an estimated $300 billion to fund the bailout. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Robert Borosage, co-director of Campaign for America's Future, who explains why taxpayers should demand strict conditions, including new regulations and accountability be imposed as part of any bail out plan.
Contact the Campaign for America's Future at (202) 955-5665. Read Borosage's article, "Shock Doctrine: Will We Get Fleeced In This Crisis?" online at ourfuture.org
U.S. Presidential Election Could DecideThe interest and concern generated by global climate change last year -- when Al Gore and scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize -- and when grassroots activity erupted across the country, especially among young people -- seems to have now been eclipsed by concerns about the economy. The current financial crisis has driven much of the news coverage about the climate crisis off the pages of newspapers and off the airwaves.
Course of Global Climate Change
Interview with Bill McKibben,
climate activist and author,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus
But many people are still working hard to push for action to reduce greenhouse gases, which environmental scientists consider as much of a crisis, albeit a slow-motion one, as the financial meltdown.
Bill McKibben is the author of "The End of Nature," the first book on global warming, written in 1989, for a popular audience. McKibben has written several other books on climate change since then, and in recent years has become an activist and organizer. In 2007 he and six students from Vermont's Middlebury College, where he is a scholar in residence, organized 1,400 local actions as part of Step It Up, which called on politicians to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2050. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with McKibben about the future of the movement to slow climate change, and what's at stake in this year's U.S. presidential election.
For more information on the movement to slow climate change, visit the websites 350.org and 1sky.org
Bush Iraq War Deceptions,Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind's newest book, "The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism," examines how President Bush's policy decisions have affected the reputation and safety of the United States -- and the lives of millions in the U.S. and around the globe in the post-9/11 era.
Revealed in Book,
Triggers Congressional Investigation
Interview with Ron Suskind,
author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist,
conducted by Scott Harris
Suskind states that 3 months before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, U.S. and British intelligence agencies had received credible information from Saddam Hussein's intelligence chief, Tahir Habbush, that the Iraqi military did not possess any weapons of mass destruction - President Bush's prime justification for the war. In one of the most publicized revelations in the book, Suskind charges that the White House instructed the CIA to forge a letter from Habbush stating that the 9/11 highjacker Mohamed Atta had trained in Iraq for his mission in the U.S. - and that Saddam Hussein had received uranium from the African nation of Niger with the help of al Qaeda. Although some of Suskind's sources later denied corroborating this story, the author has presented transcripts of the original interviews and stands by the book's claims.
The author asserts that President Bush's use of the CIA to deceive the American people on the justification for the Iraq war is an impeachable offense. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ron Suskind about the Bush administration deceptions detailed in his book, and how the nation can hold these officials accountable for their violations of the public trust without impeachment proceedings.
Read transcripts of interviews from the book, "The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism" at ronsuskind.com
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"Growing right-wing opposition to the Paulson plan," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 22, 2008
"John McCain: Crisis Enabler," by Mark Sumner, The Nation, Sept. 21, 2008
"The Evolution of John McCain: Why He Picked Sarah Palin, Carbon Queen," by Tom Engelhardt & Chip Ward, TomDispatch.com, Sept. 21, 2008
"'Taxpayer Ripoff': Many Economists Skeptical of Bailout," by Avi Zenilman, The Politico, Sept. 21, 2008
"Full-Spectrum Breakdown: Grasping at Straws," by Mike Whitney, Counterpunch, Sept. 20/21, 2008
"The Wall Street Model: Unintelligent Design," by Pam Martens, Counterpunch, Sept. 20/21, 2008
"The Market and the Terminator Machines: America's Own Kleptocracy," by Michael Hudson, Counterpunch, Sept. 20/21, 2008
"Republicans and Subpoenas: Never the Twain Shall Meet," by Robert Fantina, Counterpunch, Sept. 20/21, 2008
"Palin's 'Troopergate' Battle Rages," by Jason Leopold, Consortium News, Sept. 20, 2008
"Is McCain More the Populist than Obama?," by David Corn, Mother Jones, Sept. 20, 2008
"John McCain's hot air," by Joseph Romm, Salon, Sept. 20, 2008
"The Financial Meltdown Continues," by Dean Baker, ZNet, Sept. 20, 2008
"The complete (though ever-changing) elite consensus over the financial collapse," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 20, 2008
"Economic Meltdown: Don't Say We Weren't Forewarned," by Robert Scheer, TruthDig, Sept. 19, 2008
"A further Schmittian (and constitutional?) moment," by Sandy Levinson, Balkinization, Sept. 19, 2008
"The Bi-Partisan Origins of the Financial Crisis: Shattering the Glass-Steagall Act," by William Kaufman, Counterpunch, Sept. 19, 2008
"Wall Street Socialists," by Amy Goodman, TruthDig, Sept. 19, 2008
"Not a Gaffe? McCain Campaign Willing to Destroy Relationship with Europe to Conceal Confusion," by Max Bergmann, Huffington Post, Sept. 19, 2008
"The Point of No Return," by Mike Whitney, Counterpunch, Sept. 19, 2008
"Time to Take a Second Look at Our 'Free Trade' Agreements," by Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic Policy Research, Sept. 18, 2008
"Reality Catches Up to the Free Market," by William Pfaff, TruthDig, Sept. 18, 2008
"Wall Street and Washington: How the Rules of the Game Have Changed," by Tom Engelhardt & Steve Fraser, TomDispatch.com, Sept. 18, 2008
"Obama's Foreign Policy Advantage," by Matthew Yglesias, The American Prospct, Sept. 18, 2008
"Why Obama is Wrong: Senator O'Bush on Afghanistan and Iran," by William S. Lind, Counterpunch, Sept. 18, 2008
"Wall Street's Just Desserts," by Harold Meyerson, Washington Post, Sept. 18, 2008
"How the GOP Wired Ohio's 2004 Vote Count for Bush to Win," by Steven Rosenfled, AlterNet, Sept. 18, 2008
"As Wall Street Collapses, Will Washington Get a Clue?," by Nomi Prins, AlterNet, Sept. 17, 2008
"Seven Deadly Sins of Deregulation -- and Three Necessary Reforms," by Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect, Sept. 17, 2008
"McCain and the POW Cover-up," by Sydney H. Schanberg, The Nation, Sept. 17, 2008
"Get Your Class War On," by Thomas Frank, Wall Street Journal, Sept. 17, 2008
"Why Does Sarah Palin Hate God's Creatures?," by Kirk James Murphy, M.D. Firedoglake, Sept. 16, 2008
"The $700 Billion Wall Street Bailout: One More Weapon of Mass Deception," by Richard W. Behan, Common Dreams, Sept. 22, 2008
"Cheney Is Ordered to Preserve Records," Associated Press, Sept. 21, 2008
"Seven Hundred Billion Dollars Sought for Wall Street in Vast Bailout," The New York Times, Sept. 20, 2008
"Meet the Odd Couple (Our Current Constitutional Dictators re the Economy)," by Sandy Levinson, Balkinization, Sept. 20, 2008
"Paulson Bailout Plan a Historic Swindle," by William Greider, The Nation, Sept. 19, 2008
"The Bush/McCain/Palin contempt for subpoenas and the rule of law," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 19, 2008
"Vice President Dick Cheney's Incredible and Deadly Lie," by John W. Dean, FindLaw, Sept. 19, 2008
"Bush's AIG Takeover Won't Solve Our Financial Crisis, Now Unfolding by the Hour," by Nicholas von Hoffman, The Nation, Sept. 17, 2008
"W's Worst Judges," by Stephanie Mencimer, Mother Jones, Sept. 17, 2008
American Empire/War Profiteering
"US Empire: An Orgy of Debt," by Eric Margolis, Toronto Sun/Canada, Sept. 21, 2008
"No Recession for Arms Sales," by Frida Berrigan, Foreign Policy in Focus, Sept. 19, 2008
"Venezuela expels U.S. rights group for criticism," Reuters, Sept. 19, 2008
"The United States and Bolivia," by Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, Sept. 18, 2008
"The Machine Gun and the Meeting Table: Bolivian Crisis in the New South America," by Benjamin Dangl, Counterpunch, Sept. 18, 2008
"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan
"Pakistani troops reportedly fire on US helicopters," Associated Press, Sept. 22, 2008
"Why does the US think it can win in Afghanistan?," by Robert Fisk, Independent/UK, Sept. 202008
"When Refusing to Kill Has a Higher Sentence Than Murder," by Ann Wright, Truthout, Sept. 20, 2008
"At Least 60 Killed, 200 Injured in Islamabad Suicide Blast," Antiwar.com News, Sept. 20, 2008
"Satellite images show ethnic cleanout in Iraq," Reuters, Sept. 19, 2008
"Satellite Photos Show Sectarian Cleansing, Not Surge, Led to Drop in Iraq Violence," Antiwar.com News, Sept. 19, 2008
Civil Liberties/ Human Rights
"An Unfolding Crisis in the Wake of Mississippi ICE Raid," by Kari Lyderson, In These Times, Sept. 19, 2008
"No charges for reporters arrested in GOP protests," Associated Press, Sept. 19, 2008
"Incredible Documentary Footage of Mass Arrest in St. Paul," by Laura Flanders, Firedoglake, Sept. 19, 2008
"RNC Charges Dropped Against Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! Producers," Democracy Now!, Sept. 19, 2008
"What does Sarah Palin have to hide in her Yahoo e-mails?," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 18, 2008
"Agency and Bush Are Sued Over Domestic Surveillance," The New York Times, Sept. 18, 2008
"Stormtroopin'," by William Norman Grigg, LewRockwell.com, Sept. 15, 2008
Environment and Sustainability
"Organic farm blossoms in Kenya's largest slum," Guardian/UK, Sept. 20, 2008
"EPA Faulted for Failing to Control E-Waste Exports," Environment News Service, Sept. 18, 2008
"The Demise of the Washington News Bureau," by John McQuaid, The American Prospect, Sept. 19, 2008
"FCC Spreads Digital Disinformation on TV Transition," by Bruce Dixon, Black Agenda Report, Sept. 17, 2008
"McCain and Palin are laughing at the press -- and it's the press' fault," by Eric Boehlert, Media Matters for America, Sept. 16, 2008
"Thousands join anti-war protest," Evening Standard/UK, Sept. 21, 2008
"Thousands March in Sweden Against Globalization," Agence France Presse, Sept. 21, 2008
"Sleepwalking Through Seattle," by Brian Cook, In These Times, Sept. 19, 2008
"The Battle in Seattle and Beyond," by Stuart Townsend, Huffington post, Sept. 17, 2008