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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

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

"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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Obama's National Security Team
Doesn't Support Change He Campaigned For

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Interview with investigative journalist Robert Parry,
conducted by Scott Harris


While President-elect Barack Obama has made it a top priority to quickly name his team of economic advisors in the midst of a deepening U.S. financial crisis, reports about who will be part of his national security team have been the subject of multiple leaks in the news media.

According to news reports current U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has agreed to stay on under President Obama for a year or so while the president-elect's former rival for the Democratic party nomination, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, is said to be ready to accept the new administration's offer to become secretary of state. Other reports say retired Marine Gen. James Jones will be named national security advisor.

Both Gates and Clinton have a history of supporting George W. Bush's war in Iraq, echoed his bellicose threats against Iran and backed his ineffectual policies on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While the national security team has not yet been officially announced, those so far named seem at odds with a declaration made by Obama at a Democratic candidate's debate in Los Angeles on Jan. 31 where he said, "I don't want to just end the Iraq war, but I want to end the mindset that got us into war in the first place." Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with award-winning investigative journalist Robert Parry, editor of He takes a critical look at Barack Obama's picks for his national security team -- and wonders what happened to the president-elect's campaign pledge for change.

Robert Parry is author of "Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush." Read Parry's articles online at

Green Jobs Program Can Combat
Climate Change and Economic Decline

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Interview with Van Jones,
Founder of Green For All and author of "The Green Collar Economy,"
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


President-elect Barack Obama announced on Nov. 22 that he plans to create 2.5 million jobs to jumpstart the economy, and many of those jobs, he says, will be green jobs, such as building wind turbines and solar panels. That was music to the ears of Van Jones, the founder of Green For All and author of "The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems."

Jones asserts the nation's two most serious problems are the failing economy and our devastated environment. He points out that although these issues appear to be separate, they are in fact clearly connected. Jones has proposed a Green New Deal launched by the government to provide training and jobs that will reduce the nation's reliance on foreign oil and move us toward a renewable energy future.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Van Jones about Barack Obama's pledge on green jobs, possible obstacles along the way, and the role of hope in confronting a truly dire situation in the U.S. and around the world.

Contact Green for All by calling (510) 663-6500 or visit their website at

Obama Names Clinton-Era Economic Advisors
Who Helped Create Current Financial Crisis

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Interview with Chuck Collins,
senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies,
conducted by Scott Harris


Reports that home prices fell a record 16.6 percent compared with the third quarter in 2007 -- combined with news of the $20 billion federal bailout of financial giant CitiGroup, in addition to the $25 billion the government already gave to the bank -- signaled more bad news in the unstable U.S. economy.

President-elect Barack Obama, attempting to calm the waters of uncertainty in this volatile financial climate, announced his economic team that will join him in confronting the crisis when he takes office in January. He named New York Federal Reserve President Timothy Geithner as his nominee for Treasury Secretary and former Harvard President Lawrence Summers as director of the National Economic Council. Economist Christina Romer will be director of Obama's Council of Economic Advisors, and Melody Barnes was named director of his Domestic Policy Council. Peter Orszag, current head of the Congressional Budget Office, was selected to be director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Geithner, Summers and Orszag all worked in the Clinton administration under former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, now director of troubled Citigroup. While a rising star in the 1990s, Rubin promoted free trade, deregulation and balanced budgets, the recipe many observers feel contributed to the current economic meltdown. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Chuck Collins, a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, who coordinates the working group on extreme inequality. Collins assesses Barack Obama's economic team and lays out a progressive approach to confront the nation's current economic crisis.

Contact the Institute for Policy Studies at (202) 234-9382 or visit their websites at and

This week's summary
of under-reported news

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  • After 15 years in obscurity, Peru's notorious Shining Path guerrillas are on the rebound, fighting against army offensives in southern Peru. ("In Peru, A Rebellion is Reborn" Washington Post, Nov. 12, 2008)
  • Over the past year, the Bush administration orchestrated a wave of workplace raids to round up nearly 10,000 undocumented immigrants, creating a wave of fear in immigrant communities and damaging union organizing drives. ("Railroading Immigrants," The Nation, Oct. 6, 2008; "Governor of Arizona in Line for Cabinet," New York Times, Nov. 20, 2008)
  • St. Paul, Minn. police monitored the anarchist group "RNC Welcoming Committee" for a year and infiltrated it with paid informants. On the eve of tne Republican National Convention in St. Paul, police raided homes of the group. Eight people face charges of conspiracy to riot, and face up to seven years in prison. ("Framing the 'RNC 8,'" In These Times, November 2008; "Eight RNC Protesters Accused of 'Furthering Terrorism' Thanks to Statute'," City Pages, Nov. 12, 2008)

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U.S. Politics

"Not-So-Pearly Gates," by John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus, Nov. 25, 2008

"Napolitano and Immigration Policy: Will the 'Rule of Law' Be Merely an End or a Path to Justice?," by Tom Barry, Counterpunch, Nov. 25, 2008

"Exceptional news: John Brennan won't be CIA Director or DNI," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Nov. 25, 2008

"Zombie Economics: Don't Bail out the System that Gave Us SUVs and Strip Malls," by James Howard Kunstler,, Nov. 25, 2008

"Bailouts Dwarf Spending on Climate and Poverty Crises," by Sarah Anderson and John Cavanagh, Foreign Policy in Focus, Nov. 24, 2008

"Obama's Treasury Pick Has All the Wrong Ideas," by William Greider, The Nation, Nov. 24, 2008

"Ideology vs. pragmatism: Is one more important than the other?," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Nov. 24, 2008

"No One In Charge," by Eugene Robinson, TruthDig, Nov. 24, 2008

"Recession could cause large increases in poverty and push millions into deep poverty," by Sharon Parrott, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, Nov. 24, 2008

"Bailouts for Bankers, Not a Cent for Autoworkers," by John Nichols, The Nation, Nov. 24, 2008

"Starving for Change," by Chris Hedges, TruthDig, Nov. 24, 2008

"Rejected Absentee Votes May Decide It in Minnesota," Minneapolis/St. Paul Star-Tribune, Nov. 24, 2008

"Iraq War Foes Get Short Shrift," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Nov. 24, 2008

"Team of Rubins," by Robert Kuttner, Huffington Post, Nov. 23, 2008

"Gates and the Urge to Surge," by Ray McGovern, Common Dreams, Nov. 23, 2008

"Another institutional crisis in the making?," by Sandy Levinson, Balkinization, Nov. 22 2008

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

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Bush Regime

"Known Unknowns," by Scott Horton, Talking Points Memo, Nov. 25, 2008

"The Mixed Up Files of G.W. Bush," by Charles Homans, Talking Points Memo, Nov. 24, 2008

"Paulson's Cascade of Lies: Locking in the Loot at the Reagan Library," by Michael Hudson, Counterpunch, Nov. 21/23, 2008

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Hemispheric Group Calls for Major Changes in Americas Policy," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Nov. 25, 2008

"Nobody is watching': America's hidden war in Somalia," Chicago Tribune, Nov. 24, 2008

"The Gloom of Empire: Downhill All the Way," by Serge Halimi, Counterpunch, Nov. 21/23, 2008

"Why Bolivia Threw Our Ambassador Out," by Amy Goodman, Capital Times (Wisconsin), Nov. 20, 2008

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Opposition Grows as Iraq Pact Vote Looms," News, Nov. 25, 2008

"Frankenstein in Mesopotamia," by Tom Hayden, Talking Points Memo, Nov. 21, 2008

"Stuff Happens: The Pentagon's Argument of Last Resort on Iraq," by Tom Engelhardt,, Nov. 20, 2008

"Once more fear stalks the streets of Kandahar," by Robert Fisk, Independent/UK, Nov. 20, 2008

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Court Backs Warrantless Searches Abroad," The New York Times, Nov. 25, 2008

"Can US judges order detainees released?," Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 25, 2008

"Psychologists to Obama: Don't Name Torture Apologist John Brenner CIA Director," by Stephen Soldz, Psyche, Science, and Society, Nov. 25, 2008

"Bin Laden driver released from Guantanamo, headed home," McClatchy Newspapers, Nov. 25, 2008

"Guantanamo Justice After Seven Years," by Marjorie Cohn, Jurist, Nov. 25, 2008

"Taser Tort: Cops Don't Like Getting Tasered," by digby, Hullabaloo, Nov. 24, 2008

"Police spy on climate activist while global warming goes unarrested," by Mike Tidwell, Guardian/UK, Nov. 21, 2008

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Environment and Sustainability

"The planet is now so vandalised that only total energy renewal can save us," by George Monbiot, Guardian/UK, Nov. 25, 2008

"Oceans Passing Critical CO2 Threshold," Inter Press Service, Nov. 25, 2008

"Little Gain From Oil Sands Carbon Capture: Report," Reuters, Nov. 25, 2008

"Governors Fume Over Bush's Last Minute Air Pollution Rule," Environment News Service, Nov. 24, 2008

"Forest protection plan could displace millions, say campaigners," Guardian/UK, Nov. 24, 2008

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"Eyeing Obama Era, DailyKos Launches Blog to Press Congress," by Ari Melber, The Nation, Nov. 25, 2008

"Cavemen Clearly Control the Mainstream Media: Just Look at How Women Were Treated During the Election," by Sheila Gibbons, Women's eNews, Nov. 25, 2008

"The Petroleum Broadcasting System: PBS Reports for Big Oil on Venezuela," by Patrick Irelan, Counterpunch, Nov. 25, 2008

"Tuning out the braindead megaphone," by David Sirota, San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 21, 2008

"The Time Has Come to Create a Real 'Liberal Media,'" by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Nov. 21, 2008

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"With Jon Sobrino at the SOA Protest," by John Dear, Common Dreams, Nov. 25, 2008

"Money and Dignity: Seven Reasons You Should Join a Union," by David Macaray, Counterpunch, Nov. 24, 2008

"'We killed her... that will be with me the rest of my life': Lawrence Wilkerson's Lessons of War and Truth," by Tom Engelhardt & Nick Turse,, Nov. 23, 2008

"The Granny Peace Brigade Campaigns to Close All US Military Bases - in Latin America and Around the World," by Nancy Van Ness, Women's International Perspective, Nov. 21, 2008

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