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Converting Fossil Fuel Economy to Green Economy

"Electric Cars Put Hawaii on The Road to Independence,"by Times Online/UK, Dec. 4, 2008
"Community Organizers Press Obama for Real Change,"by, Dec. 3, 2008

War And Profiteering

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

"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

"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 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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This week we present Between The Lines' summary of under-reported news stories and:

U.S.-Iraqi Security Pact
Does Not Pull Out
All American Troops by 2011

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Interview with independent journalist
and author Dahr Jamail,
conducted by Scott Harris


As a spike of bombings and shootings claimed dozens of lives across Iraq, the nation's parliament narrowly approved a security pact with the U.S. on Nov. 27, which requires a withdrawal of all American combat troops by Dec., 31, 2011. The three-year agreement, backed by Bush administration ally Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, schedules U.S. combat forces to leave Iraqi cities and towns by June 30, 2009. Whatís known as the Status of Forces Agreement also requires joint U.S.-Iraqi decisions on authorizing American military missions, arrests, searches of homes and property and opens the door for Iraqi courts to deal with some specific criminal cases involving American soldiers.

A national referendum on the withdrawal agreement is scheduled to be held on July 31, 2009. But because there is widespread opposition to the pact by Iraqis who want a more rapid U.S. withdrawal, many observers predict it could be rejected by voters forcing a renegotiation of the timeline. The results of Provincial Council elections on Jan. 31, could signal which way the political winds are blowing for the unpopular al-Maliki government.

Between The Linesí Scott Harris spoke with independent journalist and author Dahr Jamail, who reported from Iraq for eight months between November 2003 and February 2005. Jamail examines the provisions of the U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces agreement and the volatile situation in Iraq that President-elect Barack Obama will inherit when he takes office in January.

Read Dahr Jamail's articles online at Jamail is the author of "Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq."

New Labor Secretary Must Address
Massive Wage Theft in America

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Interview with Kim Bobo,
founder and executive director
of Interfaith Worker Justice,
conducted by Scott Harris


While the nation is focused on the economic meltdown on Wall Street, a deepening recession and the threat of rising unemployment on Main Street, another crisis has been hidden from view, the epidemic of corporations stealing wages from their workers. According to Kim Bobo, founder and executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice and author of the book, "Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Working Americans Are Not Getting Paid and What We Can Do About It," billions of dollars are stolen from workers across the U.S. every year.

While many Americans are aware that undocumented immigrants are frequently cheated out of wages due to their vulnerable legal status, most people would be surprised to learn that two million or three million workers, legal citizens from all ethnic backgrounds, are not paid the minimum wage, or are denied overtime pay. Industries that have a poor track record of paying their workers what they deserve include agriculture, poultry processing, janitorial services, restaurant work, garment manufacturing, workers in health care facilities and retail stores.

Labor unions are one of the most effective institutions protecting employees from wage theft, but less than 10 percent of U.S. workers are union members. Between the Linesí Scott Harris spoke with Kim Bobo about the scope of the problem, the lack of fair wage enforcement at the federal and state levels and what the incoming Obama administration can do to address the wage theft crisis.

Contact Interfaith Worker Justice by calling (773) 728-8400 or visit their website at

Connecticut Becomes Second State
in Nation to Legalize Gay Marriage

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Interview with Anne Stanback,
executive director of Love Makes a Family,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Gay marriage became legal in Connecticut on Nov. 12, after a state Supreme Court ruling on Oct. 10 that declared gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to equal protection in marriage. The ruling in the case, known as Kerrigan & Mock vs. Connecticut Department of Public Health, was the result of a lawsuit filed by eight gay and lesbian couples in 2004 after they were denied marriage licenses. The following year, the Connecticut legislature passed a civil unions law, providing gays and lesbians all the legal rights of marriage within the state, but did not address the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA. DOMA, passed in 1996, denies gay couples federal recognition of state marriages, which provides for federal benefits is areas such as Social Security, taxation and immigration.

Connecticut is the second state, after Massachusetts, where gay marriage is now legal. The California state Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage in June 2008, but was overturned by a binding voter referendum in the state on Nov. 4.

Between The Linesí Melinda Tuhus spoke with Anne Stanback, executive director of Love Makes a Family, the state organization that led the fight for gay marriage. She discusses her group's successful campaign, and what they'll be working on in the future.

Call Love Makes a Family at (860) 525-7777 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • As the global financial crisis spread, the United States and European governments acted quickly to spend $4.4 trillion in bailouts for failing banks like Citigroup and Bear Sterns. At the same time, western governments held back on commitments to two other global crises: the fight against extreme poverty and confronting climate change. ("Bailouts dwarf spending on climate and poverty crisis" Alternet, Nov. 25,5, 2008; "Skewed priorities: how the bailouts dwarf other global crisis spending" Institute of Policy Studies, Nov. 24, 2008)
  • A study by Harvard public health researchers estimate 330,000 people died of AIDS in South Africa due to the denial of treatment under the government of former President Thabo Mbeki. While Mbeki stalled, the price of AIDS drugs and AZT in particular fell and its drug maker offered it for free to stop mother to child HIV transmission. ("Mbeki AIDS denial caused 300,000 deaths," The Guardian, Nov. 26, 2008; ""South Africa unveils new AIDS fight," BBC, Dec. 1, 2008")
  • Gays in Iraq are actively targeted by Shia militias and the government, including being victims of murder and torture in a campaign gay activists call "sexual cleansing." ("Sexual Cleansing in Iraq" The Progressive, November 2008)

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U.S. Politics

"Obama's Kettle of Hawks: Not One Anti-War Voice," by Jeremy Scahill, Counterpunch, Dec. 2, 2008

"Diplomacy, Multilateralism Stressed by Obama Team," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Dec. 2, 2008

"Why is Single-Payer Health Reform Not Viable?," by Mike Dennison, Billings Gazette (Montana), Dec. 2, 2008

"States Want $176 Billion Slice of Stimulus," Washington Post, Dec. 2, 2008

"Robert Gates: Wrong Man for the Job," by Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation, Dec. 2, 2008

"Consensus Emerging on Universal Healthcare," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 1, 2008

"Beyond the Bailout State: Roosevelt's Brain Trust vs Obama's Brainiacs," by Tom Engelhardt & Steve Fraser,, Dec. 1, 2008

"Obama's Economic Team: Records of Failure," by Damien Millet & Eric Toussaint, Counterpunch, Dec. 1, 2008

"Class Bigotry Mars Auto Debate," by E.J. Dionne, TruthDig, Dec. 1, 2008

"The Great Crash of 2008," by Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog, Dec. 1, 2008

"The GOP's Joe McCarthy Gene," by Neal Gabler, Los Angeles Times, Nov. 30, 2008

"The Economic Crisis in Historical Perspective," by Jeremy Brecher, Tim Costello & Brendan Smith, ZNet, Nov. 30, 2008

"A Consensus Emerges: Build, and Build Big," by Eric Lotke, Campaign for America's Future, Nov. 26, 2008

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Bush Regime

"Bush Still Lies about Iraqi Inspections," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Dec. 2, 2008

"Bush Quietly Passes Dozens of New Rules," Inter Press Service, Dec. 2, 2008

"Bush Quietly Passes Dozens of New Rules," Inter Press Service, Dec. 2, 2008

"Bush's 11th-Hour Bid for Secrecy," by Stanley Kutler, Huffington Post, Dec. 2, 2008

"Last Secrets of the Bush Administration," by Charles Homans, Washington Monthly, Nov./Dec., 2008

"If Obama Doesn't Prosecute Bush's Torture Team, We'll Pay a Big Price Down the Road," by Liliana Segura, AlterNet, Nov. 28, 2008

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"The Cost of Hegemony Is Beyond Reach," by Paul Craig Roberts,, Dec. 2, 2008

"Hillary Clinton's Disdain for International Law -- Change We Can Believe In?," by Stephen Zunes, AlterNet, Dec. 1, 2008

"With Gates, Obama Opts for Empire," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Nov. 26, 2008

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Afghanistan, Another Untold Story" by Michael Parenti, Common Dreams, Dec. 2, 2008

"Songs for the Mahdi Army," by Nir Rosen, Mother Jones, Dec. 2, 2008

"Mumbai Massacre May Sink Bush-Obama Strategy," by Tony Karon, Rootless Cosmopolitan, Dec. 1, 2008

"End of Immunity Worries U.S. Contractors in Iraq," The New York Times, Nov. 30, 2008

"23 dead in Afghan clashes, Kabul suicide attack," Agence France Presse, Nov. 30, 2008

"Afghanistan: What's Our Definition of Victory?," by Andrew J. Bacevich, Newsweek, Nov. 29, 2008

"Mumbai Terror Could Cascade Across Region," by Robert Dreyfuss, the Nation, Nov. 28, 2008

"'Nobody supports the Taliban, but people hate the government,'" by Robert Fisk, Independent/UK, Nov. 27, 2008

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Maryland Police Play Spies--And Look Like Fools," by Marc Fisher, Washington Post, Dec. 2, 2008

"Torture, Preventive Detention and the Terror Trials at Guantanamo," by Andy Worthington, Future of Freedom Foundation, Dec. 1, 2008

"The great writ of habeas corpus," by Christine Bremer Muggli, Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin), Nov. 30, 2008

"Mission Creeps: Tasering People For Having A 'Bad Attitude,'" by digby, Hullabaloo, Nov. 30, 2008

"After Seven Years, Guantanamo Prisoners Need to be Tried or Released," by Marjorie Cohn, Jurist, Nov. 29, 2008

"Treated Like a Terrorist by the DMV," by Dave Lindorff, Smirking Chimp, Nov. 28, 2008

"The Obama Administration, Guantanamo, and Restoring America's Standing," by Glenn Greenwald, ACLU Blog, Nov. 27, 2008

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Environment and Sustainability

"Climate Change Now the Main Driver of Natural Disasters," Environment News Service, Dec. 2, 2008

"A Message for Climate Change Negotiators: Small Farmers Key to Combating Climate Change," by Annie Shattuck, common Dreams, Dec. 2, 2008

"Youth Embarrassed By U.S. Delegation at Climate Conference," Environment News Service, Dec. 1, 2008

"Climate Change Juggernaut on the Horizon, UN Talks Told," Agence France Presse, Dec. 1, 2008

"Lawyers call for international court for the environment," Telegraph/UK, Dec. 1, 2008

"Getting Real on Climate Change," by Ted Nordhaus & Michael Shellenberger, The American Prospect, Dec. 1, 2008

"Obama's Team Includes Dangerous Biotech 'Yes Men,'" by Jeffrey Smith, Huffington Post, Nov. 30, 2008

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Media Issues

"Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives," by Doron Taussig, Washington Monthly, Nov. 28, 2008

"Will networks ignore military analyst report?," by Michael Calderone, Politico, Nov. 30, 2008

"The ongoing disgrace of NBC News and Brian Williams," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Nov. 30, 2008

"One Man's Military-Industrial-Media Complex," The New York Times, Nov. 29, 2008

"Refs, Worked (Redux)," by Eric Alterman, The Nation, Nov. 25, 2008

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"Outside Agitator: Naomi Klein and the new new left," by Larissa MacFarquhar, The New Yorker, Dec. 8, 2008

"Why We Need EFCA," by Peter Dreier & Kelly Candaele, The American Prospect, Dec. 2, 2008

"Environmental Defense Offices Occupied By Climate Activists," Environment News Service, Dec. 2, 2008

"Iraq Pact Challenges Antiwar Movement," by Tom Hayden, The Nation, Dec. 1, 2008

"Our Challenge, Not Obama's: Hope and Change Beyond The Great Man Theory of History," by Paul Street, ZNet, Dec. 1, 2008

"Seattle WTO Shutdown 9 Year Anniversary: 5 Lessons for Today," by David Solnit, Common Dreams, Nov. 30, 2008

"Change Immigrants and Labor Can Believe In," by David Bacon, The Nation, Nov. 26, 2008

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