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Presidential Transition

"How to Push Obama," by John Nichols, The Nation, Jan. 12, 2009

"The Danger of Green Stimulus," Jesse Jenkins, Huffington Post, Jan. 5, 2009

"The First Hundred Days or the Last Hundred Days? Obama's Rendezvous with Destiny -- and Ours," by Ira Chernus, by, Dec. 10, 2008

"Who Will Seize the Moment?" Turning Crisis into Opportunity, by Ralph Nader, Counterpunch, Dec. 4, 2008

"Community Organizers Press Obama for Real Change," by, Dec. 3, 2008

Converting Fossil Fuel/War Economy to Green/Peace Economy

"Green jobs should top our economic recovery list," by Juleyka Lantigua, Jan. 6, 2009

"Obama Must Get Afghanistan Right,"by Katrina Van Heuvel, The Nation, Jan. 9, 2009

"Nine Steps to Peace for Obama in the New Year," by Deepak Chopra, Alternet, Jan. 1, 2009

"Electric Cars Put Hawaii on The Road to Independence," by Times Online/UK, Dec. 4, 2008

"Weapons Come Second: Can Obama Take on the Pentagon?" by Frida Berrigan,, Nov. 25, 2008

The FY 2009 Pentagon Spending Request - Global Military Spending, by the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

Economic Crisis

"The Outcry Is Muted, But The Food Crisis Is Getting Worse," by Jayati Ghosh, The Guardian/UK, Jan. 9, 2009

"Ideas for Obama,"by Paul Krugman, by The New York Times, Jan. 12, 2009

"The Ponzi Scheme Presidency: Bush's Legacy of Destruction," by Tom Engelhardt,, January/February, 2009

"Fiscal Therapy," by David Cay Johnston, Mother Jones, January/February, 2009

"A Look At Wall Street's Shadow Market: How Some Arcane Wall Street Financial Instruments Magnified Economic Crisis," 60 Minutes, Oct. 5, 2008

"Swapping Secrecy for Transparency," by Christopher Cox, SEC Chairman, The New York Times Op-Ed, Oct. 19, 2008

"The Bet That Blew Up Wall Street: Steve Kroft On Credit Default Swaps And Their Central Role In The Unfolding Economic Crisis," 60 Minutes, Oct. 26, 2008

Broken Government

"Broken Government: By The Numbers," 40 ways in which the federal government failed to perform under the administration of George W. Bush, 2001-2008

Class Warfare

"How the Rich Are Different From You and Me,"Places that went for Obama are richer and smarter than places that went for McCain, by Bill Bishop and Robert Cushing, Slate, Dec. 11, 2008

"Questions About the $700 Billion Emergency Economic Stabilization Funds," First Report of the Congressional Oversight Panel for Economic Stabilization, Dec. 10, 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

"Don't Let Barack Obama Break Your Heart," Why Americans Shouldn't Go Home, by Tom Engelhardt, Nov. 12, 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, November-December 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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Israel's November Violation of Gaza Cease-Fire
Sets Stage for Current Conflict

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Interview with Ali Abunimah,
author and co-founder of
the Electronic news website,
conducted by Scott Harris


As the world looked on in horror, the Israeli air and ground assault on Gaza entered its 11th day with three Israeli artillery shells hitting a United Nations school in northern Gaza, killing at least 30 and wounding 55 Palestinians. Those killed and injured included men, women and children who had taken refuge in and around the U.N. building. The Israeli military maintains that its forces had responded to mortar fire coming from the school. Israel's government, which has barred western reporters from entering Gaza to report on the siege, states that six of its soldiers have died in Gaza since the start of the ground attack.

Palestinian medical officials estimate that the death toll in Gaza had reached 560 on Jan. 6, since Israel launched air strikes against the territory on Dec. 27. The U.N. says one-third of those killed are civilians. A humanitarian crisis at Gaza hospitals has been reported where thousands of injured Palestinians sought urgent treatment from under-equipped facilities -- a result of an 18-month Israeli blockade of basic provisions such as food, fuel and medicine.

Despite the relentless Israeli attack leaders of Gaza's Islamic Hamas government, have vowed to fight on - and the group continues to launch dozens of crude rockets into southern Israel. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plans to present a resolution drafted by the Arab League to the U.N. Security Council, which calls on Israel to halt their offensive and for Hamas to stop firing rockets at the Jewish state. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ali Abunimah, author and co-founder of the Electronic Intifada news website, who describes the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Gaza and the chronology of events which led to the current conflict.

Ali Abunimah is author of the book, "One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse."

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Israeli-Palestinian Group Strives
to Maintain Dialogue During Gaza War

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Interview with Nomika Zion,
a founding member "Other Voice" in Sderot, Israel
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

other voice

While more Hamas rockets fall on Israeli towns and Israeli troops continue their ground operations in Gaza, the Israeli town of Sderot on the Gaza border is a flashpoint. Israel says it attacked Gaza to stop the rockets from falling on Sderot and other nearby towns, and most Israelis reportedly support the military action of the Israeli Defense Forces, or IDF. But a group of Israeli citizens of Sderot and other parts of southern Israel near Gaza have formed a group called "Other Voice." The group makes common cause with the suffering Palestinians in Gaza and calls for a renewed ceasefire on both sides -- a cease-fire they say Israel broke first.

Other Voice members have been in touch with Gazans by cell phone and email. They planned a joint bike ride along both sides of the border last August to demonstrate their mutual support for peace, but that plan was derailed by internal conflicts in Gaza. Communication has become much more difficult since Israel's recent military assault, which Sderot residents said included bombing cell phone towers in Gaza.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Nomika Zion, a founding member of Other Voice. She is director of the Center for Social Justice at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem, but works mostly from home in a "safe room" to provide protection from the dozens of incoming Hamas rockets launched across the border daily. Though they have caused very few injuries, these rockets take a heavy emotional toll on residents. Zion explains that the cross-border dialogue is vital to ensure that the human dimension of the conflict on both sides is kept in perspective.

Visit the Other Site website, launched by an Israeli and a Palestinian from Gaza, both participants in the cross border dialogue, at

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Key Witness in 2004 Ohio Election Fraud Case
Killed In Plane Crash

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Interview with Ohio attorney Cliff Arnebeck,
initiator of lawsuit over 2004 Election irregularities,
conducted by Scott Harris


Mike Connell, a top Republican party Internet strategist who was under investigation on allegations that he was involved in possible tampering with the counting of Ohio ballots in the 2004 presidential election, died in a plane crash on Dec. 19. Connell, who was piloting his own small plane when it crashed near the Akron-Canton Airport, was the chief information technology consultant to former presidential adviser Karl Rove and had created the official state website for posting Ohio's presidential election returns in 2004. The election results in Ohio that year determined the winner of the presidential contest between Republican George Bush and Democrat John Kerry.

As part of a lawsuit initiated by election integrity activists, Connell had given a deposition one day before the 2008 election to Ohio attorneys Cliff Arnebeck and Bob Fitrakis. In the deposition, Connell was asked to describe his work on behalf of the GOP, related to the counting of votes in Ohio after the 2004 election, and his knowledge of former presidential adviser Karl Rove's missing email files sought by Congress.
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Connell's death occurred after several sources reported that the Republican strategist's life could be under threat from Karl Rove and others concerned about his testimony in the 2004 election investigation. Arnebeck, having heard about the threats, alerted both U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey and Ohio Attorney General Nancy Rogers, seeking protection for Connell, but no request for security offered. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Arnebeck, who discusses the circumstances surrounding Mike Connell's untimely death and how his investigation will now proceed.

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This week's summary
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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • As the U.S., Great Britain and China work to implement economic stimulus plans, there is concern among financial analysts that many nations in Europe and Japan may not allocate enough funds to jump-start economic recovery. ("Will Stimulus Plans Go Global," Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 2, 2009; "Brown Unveils Plan to Create 100,000 Jobs," The Guardian, Jan. 4, 2009)
  • Ghana's left-of-center opposition leader John Atta Mills has won a razor-tight runoff race for president. ("Opposition Leader Wins Presidency," Associated Press, Jan. 3, 2009; "Profile, Ghana President John Atta Mills," BBC News, Jan. 3, 2009; "Ghana's 'Too Close to Call' Election Delayed by Vote Rigging Claims," The Guardian, Dec. 31, 2008)
  • The Pentagon is seeking a $450 billion spending increase over the next five years. Barack Obama, already committed to a nearly trillion-dollar ecomonic stimulus package, universal healthcare and a bailout of the auto industry, will need to trim back the defense budget if he wants to fund his priorities. ("The War Dividend, " In These Times, December 2008; "Pentagon Wants $450 Billion Increase Over Next Five Years, " Congressional Quarterly, Oct. 9, 2008)

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U.S. Politics

"Democrats Are Cowards in the Face of Israel's Brutality," by Stephen Zunes, AlterNet, Jan. 6, 2009

"What Silence Says: Gaza is Still Waiting on Obama," by Tami Sarfatti & Yonathan Mendel, Counterpunch, Jan. 6, 2009

"Burris Denied Seat in US Senate to Succeed Obama," Associated Press, Jan. 6, 2009

"The RNC and the 'Magic Negro,'" by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III, Truthout, Jan. 6, 2009

"The Anti-Stimulus Crowd: The Fear of Success," by Dean Baker, Common Dreams, Jan. 6, 2009

"Pelosi's power move leaves House Republicans fuming," The Hill, Jan. 5, 2009

"Obama's Perilous Compromise with Wall Street Looters," By Jeffrey Klein, Huffington Post, Jan. 5, 2009

"Obama's impressive new OLC chief," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Jan. 5, 2009

"Stimulus Time: The Fierce Urgency of Now," by Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic & Policy Research, Jan. 5, 2009

"Obama is losing a battle he doesn't know he's in," by Simon Tisdall, Guardian/UK, Jan. 4, 2009

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Bush Regime

"Bush-Cheney deserve censure for declaring war against the Constitution," by Bruce Fein & Ralph Nader, San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 5, 2009

"George W. Bush's Legacy of Failure," by Cliff Schechter, Guardian/UK, Jan. 5, 2009

"Bush's Last War Crime?," by Robert Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, Jan. 4, 2009

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Atrocities in Gaza: Piecing Together the Story," by Liliana Segura, AlterNet, Jan. 6, 2009

"Bush Plan Eliminated Obstacle to Gaza Assault," by Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service, Jan. 6, 2009

"The Silent Partner: The U.S.-Backed War on Gaza," by Larry Everest, Counterpunch, Jan. 6, 2009

"America's Hidden Role in Hamas's Rise to Power," by Stephen Zunes, AlterNet, Jan. 3, 2009

"We Arm the World," by Frida Berrigan, In These Times, Jan. 2, 2009

"Israel in Gaza: Irrationality," by Wallace Shawn, The Nation, Dec. 29, 2008

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

" Another Gitmo Grows in Afghanistan," Time, Jan. 5, 2009

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Why Guantanamo detainees deserve asylum in Europe," by Moazzam Begg, Independent/UK, Jan. 6, 2009

"JetBlue, TSA Workers Settle in T-Shirt Case," Washington Post, Jan. 6, 2009

"Ex-detainee of U.S. describes a 6-year ordeal," The New York Times, Jan. 6, 2009

"US appeals court: Detainee IDs can be secret," Associated Press, Jan. 5, 2009

"Paranoia and Profiling: Flying While Brown," by Wajahat Ali, counterpunch, Jan. 5, 2009

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Environment and Sustainability

"Think Again: Climate Change," by Bill McKibben, Foreign Policy, Jan./Feb., 2009

"It will take more than goodwill and greenwash to save the biosphere," by George Monbiot, Guardian/UK, Jan. 6, 2009

"States Should Lead Green Recovery Investment," by Lewis Milford, Burlington Free Press (Vermont), Jan. 6, 2009

"US Vows 'Huge' Marine Protection," BBC News/UK, Jan. 6, 2009

"Proposal would ease forest development," Boston Globe, Jan. 5, 2009

"Can America Clean Up from Its Worst Environmental Disaster?," by Antrim Caskey, AlterNet, Jan. 5, 2009

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Media Issues

"When The Press Corps Packs It In," by Jerry Lanson, Common Dreams, Jan. 6, 2009

"America's DTV Transition Beset with Problems," by Steve Macek and Mitchell Szczepanczyk, American Forum, Jan. 6, 2009

"Compelling Journalism Persists Despite Media's Business Struggle," by Pierre Tristam, Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), Jan. 5, 2009

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"Union in Republic Windows Protest Files Labor Charges Against Company," Chi-Town Daily News (Chicago, IL), Jan. 6, 2009

"Labor leaders see chance for rebirth," Politico, Jan. 6, 2009

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