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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

A BETTER WORLD IS POSSIBLE: Human Rights Solutions

"Single-Payer Health Care Would Stimulate Economy," by John Nichols, The Nation, Jan. 15, 2009

"Fulfilling the Promise of Human Rights: The Universal Declaration at 60," audio recordings from a Connecticut conference marking the 60th anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn., Dec. 6, 2008

A BETTER WORLD IS POSSIBLE: Converting Fossil Fuel/War Economy to Green, Renewable Energy/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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Worldwide Protests Condemn
Israel's Gaza Attack
and Occupation

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Excerpt of speech by Adam Shapiro,
co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement,
at a Jan. 9 New Haven, Conn. protest rally,
produced by Melinda Tuhus


Israel's attack on Gaza, which it says is necessary in order to stop the ruling Hamas party from firing rockets into southern Israel, has resulted in a humanitarian disaster. As of Jan. 13, UN and medical personnel on the ground in Gaza estimate that over 900 Palestinians have been killed, with as many as half being civilians, including hundreds of women and children. Four thousand Gazans are reported injured. Israel has suffered 13 deaths, including 10 soldiers.

The protests against Israel's air bombardment, which began Dec. 27, and ground invasion, which was launched on Jan. 3, have been growing in size and number. Last weekend, protests were held in at least 114 American cities in 40 states, and in many other cities around the world. On Jan. 9, in New Haven, Conn., about 200 people gathered for an indoor rally to hear Palestinian-American, African American Muslim, and Palestinian speakers denounce Israel. They called for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza as a short-term goal -- and an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands as a necessary step to reach a peaceful settlement.

One of the speakers at the rally was Adam Shapiro, an American Jew married to a Palestinian-American, who together helped co-found the International Solidarity Movement. The ISM conducts non-violent direct action in Palestinian lands to demand an end to the occupation. Two of their members, Rachel Corrie and Tom Hurndall, were killed by Israeli soldiers while committing acts of civil disobedience.

In this excerpt of his talk, recorded and produced by Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus, Shapiro contrasts the silence of the dead in Gaza and the silence of those who refuse to speak out against oppression.

Visit the International Solidarity Movement's website at Shapiro recently released a six-part DVD about the history of Palestinians since 1948 that he helped produce called "Chronicles of a Refugee." Find more information at Chronicles of a

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Israeli Reserve Soldier Explains
His Refusal to Serve in Gaza

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Interview with Yitzchak Ben Mocha,
an Israeli Army reservist,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


The vast majority of Israelis support their government's current war on Gaza, believing it's the only way to stop rocket attacks coming from the Hamas-led territory, and no doubt many also hope the Israeli military can eliminate Hamas as a threat once and for all.

But there is a smaller group of Israelis who oppose their country's action, and some are found within the Israeli military, called the Israel Defense Forces, which Palestinians label the "Israeli Occupation Forces." Yitzchak Ben Mocha is one of a number of reservists who have refused to serve in Gaza. Now a 25-year-old student, he joined the IDF at 18, like most Israelis do. He served three years in an elite paratrooper unit, much of it in the West Bank. While in the West Bank he observed soldiers using civilians as human shields, beating Palestinians, and destroying private property, including homes and olive groves. He came to the conclusion that the conflict with the Palestinians would not end until Israel ends their occupation of Palestinian land.

Ben Mocha is still a reservist in the Israeli military, but when he was called up to serve in the ongoing conflict in Gaza, he refused. Although the government is putting some refusers on trial, Ben Mocha has not yet been prosecuted -- but told that he may be called up again, in which he says he'll again refuse. Between the Lines Melinda Tuhus reached Ben Mocha by phone in Israel, and asked him to explain why he is refusing to fight in Gaza.

For more information on Israeli soldiers refusing to serve in Gaza, visit Courage to Refuse at

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CIA Veteran Believes Leon Panetta Has Independence
and Integrity to Clean Up CIA

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Interview with retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern,
conducted by Scott Harris


President-elect Barack Obama's selection of former California Congressman and Clinton White House chief of staff, Leon Panetta, to become the nation's next director of the CIA, came as a surprise to many in Washington. Panetta, a former director of the Office of Management and Budget, who currently directs with his wife the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy in California, has no experience working within U.S. intelligence agencies. Outgoing Senate Intelligence Committee chairman West Virginia Democrat John D. Rockefeller IV, and incoming intelligence chairwoman California Democrat Diane Feinstein were both initially critical of the Panetta nomination, favoring an intelligence professional for the post.

Although Feinstein has since supported the Panetta pick, both she and Rockefeller have themselves been criticized as being submissive and/or complicit with the Bush administration's warrantless wiretap program and White House authorized torture of U.S.-held detainees. But some veterans of the CIA view Panetta as a good choice for his overall integrity and past record of opposition to U.S. sponsored torture and extraordinary rendition of terrorist suspects.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with 27-year veteran CIA analyst Ray McGovern, who until his retirement in 1990, led one of two CIA teams conducting the most secret daily intelligence briefings at the White House. McGovern discusses the merits of the Panetta CIA nomination and the importance of holding Bush administration officials, including the president himself accountable, for violations of the Geneva Conventions and U.S. law, in authorizing the abuse of prisoners.

Read Ray McGovern's article, "Obama Picks a Conscience for the CIA," at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Opposition is growing against a plan in Rio de Janeiro to build a 10-foot high wall surrounding the notorious Dona Marta slum. ("Rio Slum Barrier Plans Spark Outcry," The Guardian, Jan. 6, 2009)
  • Over the past six months, the Bush administration has targeted federal agency whistleblowers and fired career-level staff who have dissented from administration policy. ("Bush's Final Purge," In These Times, Jan. 5, 2009)
  • There is a long history of compromise of transgender rights in the push for gay rights. ("An Uneasy Alliance," American Prospect, November 2008; "Connecticut to Consider Transgender Anti-Discrimination Proposal," Hartford Courant, Jan. 6, 2009)

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U.S. Politics

"Criticisms, political pressure and Barack Obama," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Jan. 13, 2009

"Note to Obama: Thinking Small Will Lead to Disaster," by Robert Kuttner, AlterNet, Jan. 12, 2009

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

"The Growing Clout of the Nouveau Poor," by Barbara Ehrenreich, The Nation, Jan. 12, 2009

"Obama Reluctant to Look Into Bush Programs," The New York Times, Jan. 11, 2009

"House Refuses (Overwhelmingly) To Encourage Gaza Peace," by John Nichols, The Nation, Jan. 10, 2009

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Bush Regime

" The Bush Legacy Takes Shape," by Paul Waldman, The American Prospect, Jan. 13, 2009

"History Cannot Save Him," by Helen Thomas, Hearst Newspapers, Jan. 9, 2009

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"We Can No Longer Afford The Empire," by Ivan Eland, Common Dreams, Jan. 13, 2009

"Secret Documents Show US Aware of Colombian Army Killings in 1990s," by Constanza Vieira, Inter Press Service, Jan. 13, 2009

"Israelis Rain 'Phosphorous Bombs' Over Gaza," by Mel Frykberg, Inter Press Service, Jan. 13, 2009

"Reach Out To Cuba," by William M. LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh, Los Angeles Times, Jan. 12, 2009

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Biden visits Iraq amid wave of bomb attacks," Independent/UK, Jan. 13, 2009

"The Afghan Scam: The Untold Story of Why the U.S. Is Bound to Fail in Afghanistan," by Tom Engelhardt & Ann Jones,, Jan. 11, 2009

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"No Victors in the War on Dissent: The Militarized Crackdown on Political Protesters," by Coleen Rowley & William James Cox, Counterpunch, Jan. 13, 2009

"Bagram, Worse Than Guantanamo?," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Jan. 13, 2009

"Obama Pressed to Scuttle Khadr Trial," Toronto Star/Canada, Jan. 13, 2009

"Seven Years of Guantanamo, Seven Years of Torture and Lies," by Andy Worthington, Huffington Post, Jan. 11, 2009

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Environment and Sustainability

"State of the World 2009: Time to Cool the Planet Running Out," Environment News Service, Jan. 13, 2009

"A Bicycle Evangelist With the Wind Now at His Back," The New York Times, Jan. 13, 2009

"Gold Mine Wants Court to OK Dumping Waste in Lake," Associated Press, Jan. 13, 2009

"Sea absorbing less CO2, scientists discover," Guardian/UK, Jan. 12, 2009

"Foes of Coal See Hope in Cancellation of Iowa Plant," Las Vegas Sun, Jan. 12, 2009

"Finding a sustainable future at the dump," by Jeffrey E. Surma, Boston Globe, Jan. 12, 2009

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Media Issues

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

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"Unions Need Unity," by David Bacon, Truthout, Jan. 13, 2009

"Celebrities buy Heathrow land to delay third runway," Guardian/UK, Jan. 13, 2009

"Fasting for Justice," by Lindsay Hagerman, Common Dreams, Jan. 13, 2009

"Fort McCoy peace activists fined in federal court," Capital Times (Wisconsin), Jan. 13, 2009

"Oakland on Fire: Anarchists, Solidarity and New Possibilities in the Oakland Rebellion," by Kara N. Tina, Counterpunch, Jan. 12, 2009

"I may be skint but I own this desert," by Jessica Jonzen, Times Online, Jan. 11, 2009

"End of the Divorce? Union presidents move to reunite a divided labor movement," by Harold Meterson, The American Prospect, Jan. 8, 2009

"Can Labor Revive the American Dream?," by Esther Kaplan, The Nation, Jan. 7, 2009

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