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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

"This Is Change? Twenty Hawks, Clintonites and Neocons to Watch for in Obama's White House," by Jeremy Scahill,Alternet, Nov. 20, 2008

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"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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Economic Crisis Demands
Big Ideas and Urgent Action

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Interview with Thea Lee,
AFL-CIO policy director,
conducted by Scott Harris


As Barack Obama prepares to become the nation's next president in January, the country he'll govern faces multiple economic crises, including the Wall Street financial meltdown, the subprime mortgage disaster, a growing recession with rising unemployment and the prospect that one or more major U.S. car companies could fail.

So far, the Treasury Department has allocated $158.56 billion to 30 banks as part of the $700 billion bailout program designed to boost the nation's financial and credit system. The original plan approved by Congress to fund the purchasers of so-called toxic mortgage assets, has been set aside. But there is growing pressure from lawmakers and the public to get more direct help to struggling homeowners who face foreclosure. The number of homeowners facing foreclosures across the country grew 25 percent between October 2007 and October 2008.

As Congress raps up their last session before newly-elected members take office in January, Democrats are proposing a $100 billion economic stimulus plan that would provide funds to rebuild the nation's infrastructure, assist state governments and allocate $25 billion in loans to the auto industry. Although General Motors has reported that it may run out of cash early next year, all three major U.S. automakers are in trouble. Together with their suppliers, they employ 2.5 million workers, or 2 percent of the nation's workforce. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Thea Lee, AFL-CIO policy director, who talks about the nation's largest labor federations' priorities for addressing the U.S. financial crises.

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Obama Appointment of Rahm Emanuel
as Chief of Staff
Troubles Many Progressives

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Interview with Rabbi Michael Lerner,
editor of Tikkun magazine,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


One of President-elect Barack Obama's first appointments was his close friend, Illinois Congressman Rahm Emanuel, to serve as his chief of staff. Much has been written about Emanuel's hard-line, take-no-prisoners, super-partisan political style, leading some to conclude that he will play "bad cop" to Obama's "good cop" in dealing with Congress.

As head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2006 election, Emanuel supported many conservative Democrats over more liberal, anti-war candidates because he thought they had the best chance of winning. But once in Congress, many of these representatives disappointed anti-war Americans who expected a Democratic-led Congress to take a tougher stand on ending President Bush's Iraq war. Emanuel, a hawkish supporter of Israel, worked as a volunteer in the Jewish state during the first Gulf War. His father, a pediatrician who grew up in Israel and later emigrated to the U.S., belonged to the Israeli militant group Irgun before independence in 1948. As chief of staff, Emanuel will have the ear of President Obama, and serve as his gatekeeper.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun magazine and chair of the Network of Spiritual Progressives, about an e-mail he recently sent to his supporters condemning Emanuel's appointment, saying it does not bode well for peace in Israel or for peace activists in general.

Call Tikkun magazine at (510) 644-1200 or visit their website at

Incoming Obama Administration
Must Balance Issues of Race and Class

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Interview with Manning Marable,
professor of political science
and African American Studies at Columbia University,
conducted by Scott Harris


Barack Obama's historic election as the nation's 44th president represents a break with the past like few others in American history. As the first African-American occupant of the White House, Obama's election victory almost overnight changed the perception of the United States across the globe. The U.S., viewed widely as an empire in decline, relying increasingly on worn-out ideas and military might to make up for its lack of moral standing, has with Obama in the White House, now been given a second chance in the minds of many world citizens.

Obama won a larger proportion of white votes than any previous non-incumbent Democratic presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter. But Republican candidate John McCain received more votes from white citizens than Obama, by a 12 percent margin. While Obama won only 41 percent of the white male vote and 46 percent from white women, the Illinois senator received the support of 54 percent of 18- to 29-year-old white voters. This generational shift and changing demographics in the U.S. could portend a more inclusive political future, embracing leadership from America's diverse racial and ethnic population.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Manning Marable, professor of political science and African-American Studies at Columbia University. He discusses the historic nature of Obama's election and the hard work ahead for the progressive coalition that put him into office, to ensure that the new president responds to their agenda for change.

Manning Marable is the author of many books including, "Living Black History: How Reimagining the African-American Past Can Remake America's Racial Future." Visit Dr. Marable's website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Rebel attacks cause concern that Congo's brutal civil war of the 1990s will reignite. ("UN Envoy To Meet DR Congo Rebels," BBC News, Nov. 16, 2008; "Foreign Troops Drawn Into Congo," BBC News, Nov. 13, 2008; "Q&A DR Congo Conflict," BBC News, Nov. 13, 2008; "In Congo, a Steep Price of Laurent Nkunda's Growing Power," Los Angeles Times, Nov. 4, 2008)
  • By making a unilateral change in the tax code within the $700 billion bailout package in Congress, the U.S. Treasury Department revised an obscure tax regulation, Section 382, which gives American banks a tax windfall of up to $140 billion. ("A Quiet Windfall for U.S. Banks," Washington Post, Nov. 10, 2008)
  • Several states are taking Big Pharma to court, declaring that anti-psychotic drugs caused more cases of diabetes and leukopenia, and increased risk of suicide. ("States Taking Pharma to Court for Risky Antipsychotic Prescribing Spree," Alternet, Oct. 19, 2008)

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U.S. Politics

"Beyond the Bailout: Agenda for a New Economy," by David Korten, Yes Magazine, Winter, 2009

"Bracing for a Major Disappointment," by William Pfaff, TruthDig, Nov. 18, 2008

"Has there been too much bipartisanship or too little?," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Nov. 18, 2008

"Howard Dean on Lieberman: 'I never looked into what he was doing as the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee,'" by Jane Hamsher, Firedoglake, Nov. 18, 2008

"Dems' Big Risk: Lieberman Keeps Chairmanship, Caucus Membership," by John Nichols, The Nation, Nov. 18, 2008

"Why the Democrats --and Obama --Forgave Lieberman," Jay Newton-Small, Time, Nov. 18, 2008

"Democrats Let Lieberman Keep Senate Chairmanship," The New York Times, Nov. 18, 2008

"Bill Ayers and the Demons to Come," by Steve Weissman, Truthout, Nov. 18, 2008

"Free Fall," by Robert L. Borosage, Huffington Post, Nov. 18, 2008

"The Invisible Election," by Heather K. Gerken, Balkinization, Nov. 18, 2008

"The Summers Bubble," by Kevin Connor & Matthew Skomarovsky, The American Prospect, Nov. 17, 2008

"Stopping Foreclosures With the Right to Rent: One More Time," by Dean Baker, Truthout, Nov. 17, 2008

"The mind of the Democratic leadership," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Nov. 17, 2008

"Obama Win Prompts Wave of Hate Crimes," Times Online/UK, Nov. 17, 2008

"Depression 2009: What would it look like?," by Drake Bennett, Boston Globe, Nov. 16, 2008

"Obama and the Minority Majority," by Laura Carlsen, Foreign Policy in Focus, Nov. 14, 2008

"Obama's New Deal," by William P. Jones, The Nation, Nov. 13, 2008

"The Emerging Center-Left Majority," by Robert Borosage & Stanley B. Greenberg, The American Prospect, Nov. 13, 2008

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Bush Regime

"The Borderline Illegal Deals Behind the $700 Billion Bailout," Democracy Now!, Nov. 18, 2008

"Stripping Paulson of His Remaining Power & Money," by David Sirota, Campaign for America's Future, Nov. 17, 2008

"Paulson the Bungler: The Self-Inflicted Crisis," by Mike Whitney, Counterpunch, Nov. 14/16, 2008

More newswire ...

American Empire/War Profiteering

"Orchestrating a Civic Coup in Bolivia: How Bush Tried to Bring Down Evo Morales," by Roger Burbach, Counterpunch, Nov. 18, 2008

"Obama-Tied Think-Tank Calls for Pakistan Shift," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Nov. 18, 2008

"Blackwater Busted?," by Jeremy Scahill, The Nation, Nov. 17, 2008

"A My Lai a Month," by Nick Turse, The Nation, Nov. 13, 2008

"Latin Americanists Urge Obama to Revamp Policies," by Cynthia McClintock, Foreig Policy in Focus, Nov. 13, 2008

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Operation Enduring Disaster: Breaking With Afghan Policy," by Tariq Ali, The Nation, Nov. 17, 2008

"Documenting the Surge: US Soldier's Films Expose the Realities of the Iraq Occupation," by Jennifer Fenton, The Women's International Perspective, Nov. 16, 2008

"Karzai Offers Safe Passage to Taliban Leader if He Agrees to Talks," The New York Times, Nov. 16, 2008

"The Climate in Pakistan," by Steve Coll, The New Yorker, Nov. 14, 2008

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Closing Guantanamo prison may force new rules for trying terrorists," Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 18, 2008

"No More Torture," by Eugene Robinson, TruthDig, Nov. 18, 2008

"Activists Seek Executive Order Banning Torture," Inter Press Service, Nov. 18, 2008

"Why Guantanamo Must Be Closed," by Andy Worthington,, Nov. 18, 2008

"Early Test for Obama on Domestic Spying Views," The New York Times, Nov. 18, 2008

"Obama Advisers: No Charges Likely Versus Interrogators," Associated Press, Nov. 18, 2008

"Cal study finds ex-Guantanamo prisoners broken," San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 17, 2008

"Obama's Gitmo Promise May Lead to Complex New Detainee Rules," News, Nov. 17, 2008

"Did U.S. push detention of American without charges?," McClatchy Newspapers, Nov. 17, 2008

"US acknowledges it held 12 juveniles at Guantanamo," Associated Press, Nov. 16, 2008

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Environment and Sustainability

"Obama addresses global warming summit," Boston Globe, Nov. 18, 2008

"UN: Industrial Countries' Greenhouse Gases Rose 2000-2006," Environment News Service, Nov. 18, 2008

"Experts: Half World Faces Water Shortage by 2080," Associated Press, Nov. 18, 2008

"Uproar Over Federal Drilling Leases Next To Parks," Associated Press, Nov. 17, 2008

"GM Must Re-Make the Mass Transit System it Murdered," by Harvey Wasserman, common Dreams, Nov. 17, 2008

"Ozone Layer Healing as Emissions Are Cut Back," Environment News Service, Nov. 17, 2008

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Former News Radio Staffer Spills the Beans on How Shock Jocks Inspire Hatred and Anger," by Dan Shelly, Milwaukee Magazine, Nov. 17, 2008

"Brilliant Spoof: New York Times Satire Claims All Problems Will Be Solved By July 2009," by Jason Linkins, Huffington Post, Nov. 12, Nov. 17, 2008

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"Priority #1 for Working America -- Make It Easier to Unionize," by Steven Greenhouse, The New York Times, Nov. 18, 2008

"Sixties radicals are back. But why?," by Johann Hari, Independent/UK, Nov. 17, 2008

"Obama Needs a Protest Movement," by Frances Fox Piven, The Nation, Nov. 13, 2008

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