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'A New Era of Responsibility'

"Push Obama to Follow Through on Peace Vows," by Amy Goodman, The Capital Times (Wisconsin), Jan. 22, 2009
"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

Civil Liberties

"The effects of Obama's refusal to investigate Bush crimes," by Glen Greenwald,, Jan. 20, 2009

"Binding U.S. law requires prosecutions for those who authorize torture, " by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Jan. 18, 2009

"Obama Has to Hold Bush Accountable for the Laws He Broke," by Elizabeth Holtzman, The Nation, Jan. 16, 2009

"Obama Must Restore the Constitution: Prosecuting Bush and Cheney," by Dave Lindoff,, Jan. 16-19, 2009

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

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'Herbert Hoover' Depression Era Thinking at Work
in GOP Opposition toStimulus Plan

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Interview with Matthew Rothschild,
editor of the Progressive Magazine,
conducted by Scott Harris


After being sworn into office on Jan. 20th, President Obama's top priority has been to gain passage of a giant stimulus bill. The proposed legislations, with nearly $1 trillion in spending and tax cuts is designed, at minimum, to soften the blow of one of the worst U.S. recessions since the Great Depression.

Despite some concessions made to the House GOP leadership, which included a greater percentage of tax cuts, the Democratic-controlled House approved an $819 billion stimulus plan on Jan. 28, but without a single Republican vote. The bill included money for job-creating infrastructure projects, mass transit, increased funding for unemployment benefits, health care and food stamps to assist those hard hit by the economic downturn. The legislation now moves to the Senate where changes are a certainty.

As the White House was preparing to allocate the remaining $350 billion in the Troubled Asset Relief Program (or TARP), President Obama and the nation were outraged to learn that the financial institutions teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and taking taxpayer bailout funds gave their top executives $18.4 billion in year-end bonuses -- the sixth largest amount in U.S. financial history. In reaction to the news, Sen. Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri, introduced a bill to limit compensation at any company receiving bailout funds to $400,000 -- the salary of the president of the United States. And Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is proposing that the congressional oversight panel charged with examining the bank bailout fund should investigate the causes of the economic collapse and be given subpoena power to do so. Between The Lines Scott Harris spoke with Matthew Rothschild, editor of the Progressive Magazine, who examines the politics behind the debate over the stimulus package and the deceitful conduct of Wall Street firms receiving billions of dollars in taxpayer money.

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Corporate Economic Interests
Fuel Occupation of Palestinian Land

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Interview with Dalit Baum,
project coordinator of Who Profits from the Occupation,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


As more people around the world have become aware of Israel's abuse of the rights of Palestinians -- both with its recent attack on Gaza and its violent, restrictive and humiliating occupation of the West Bank -- there is growing interest in targeting the economic underpinnings of Israel's power and control.

A longstanding Israeli political organization, the Coalition of Women for Peace, has spent the past two years researching three issues related to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land: industries located within the illegal settlements of the West Bank, the economic exploitation of Palestinians, and the companies that help Israel enforce its brand of apartheid. The group has recently launched a website called "Who Profits from the Occupation," detailing the activities of some 200 Israeli and international companies.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Dalit Baum, who teaches feminist theory at Haifa University and is project coordinator for Who Profits from the Occupation. She explains how members of her group became involved and what their research revealed. Baum expresses hope that the website will serve as an informational clearinghouse for individuals and groups, inside and outside Israel, working for corporate accountability, social justice and labor rights.

For more information on the group's research on business interests in Israel and the West Bank, call the Coalition of Women for Peace's Tel Aviv office at 972-50-857-5728 or visit their website

Activist Group Pushes for Karl Rove
Congressional Testimony, Accountability

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Interview with Kathryn Kolbert,
president of the People for the American Way,
conducted by Scott Harris


House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., issued a subpoena to Karl Rove, former top adviser to President Bush, demanding that he testify before the committee on Feb. 2 about his role in the White House firing of nine U.S. attorneys, the prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and the general politicization of the Bush Department of Justice. But four days before President Bush left office, then White House counsel Fred Fielding, wrote to Rove's lawyer, Robert D. Luskin, advising him that Bush "continues to direct him not to provide information" to Congress about the firings in 2006.

The idea that former presidential advisers cannot be compelled to testify before Congress and that former presidents have the power to invoke executive privilege after they leave office is hotly disputed. Last July, U.S. District Judge John Bates rejected Bush's claim that Rove, former White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers did not have to comply with a congressional subpoena. Rove's appearance to answer questions under oath in a deposition has been re-scheduled until Feb. 23, as another federal court in Washington considers Rove's appeal of Judge Bates' earlier decision.

The Feb. 2 Senate confirmation of President Obama's choice of Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general provides hope that new leadership at the Justice Department may reverse the politicization there. But Holder has given mixed signals on his willingness to prosecute former Bush administration officials for their participation in criminal acts. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Kathryn Kolbert, president of People for The American Way, who explains why she believes it is critical that former Bush White House officials be compelled to testify before Congress and be held accountable for any violations of U.S. law they may have committed in the firing of U.S. attorneys, or in other areas of law breaking, including the authorization of torture, a war crime under U.S. and international law.

Contact People for the American Way by calling (202) 467-4999 or visit their web site at

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This week's summary
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  • Newly declassified documents on Colombia show high-level U.S. officials, including the CIA and U.S. ambassadors, were aware of the Colombian Army's abuses since 1990, including activity by death squads. ("Colombia: Secret Documents Show U.S. Aware of Army Killings in 1990" Inter Press Service, Jan. 15, 2009)
  • The Obama economic stimulus package with funding for new infrastructure, could tilt toward new freight rail projects reduce America's greenhouse emissions by 38 percent, and oil consumption by 22 percent. ("Back on Tracks," Washington Monthly, January/February 2009)
  • For the first time in 25 years, the percentage of union membership in the active workforce has grown, driven by the number of public sector workers. ("American Union Ranks Grow After 'Bottoming Out,'" Washington Post, Jan. 29, 2009; "Union Membership Up Sharply in 2008, Report Says," New York Times, Jan. 29, 2009)

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U.S. Politics

"Tom Daschle and the Populist Revolt," by Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog, Feb. 3, 2009

"Will the Daschle Debacle Force Obama to Rethink Who He Surrounds Himself with?," by David Corn, Mother Jones, Feb. 3, 2009

"Don't Mourn for Daschle," by John Nichols, The Nation, Feb. 3, 2009

"Daschle Withdraws as Health Secretary Nominee," NBC, MSNBC & News Services, Feb. 3, 2009

"The real fight starts after the stimulus is enacted," by Robert Reich, Salon, Feb. 3, 2009

"How Obama Won: The Rise of Web 2.0," by Greg Mitchell, Sinclair Books, Feb. 3, 2009

"Limbaugh vs. Obama," by Paul Waldman, The American Prospect, Feb. 3, 2009

"Obama Financial Team to Taxpayers: You'll Get Nothing, and Like It," by Jane Hamsher, Firedoglake, Feb. 2, 2009

"Buyer Beware: Return of the Democrats," by Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch, Jan. 30/Feb. 1, 2009

"The Daschles: feeding at the Beltway trough," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Feb. 1, 2009

"Three Reasons Why Single-Payer Health Care Has Become Possible," by David Swanson, After Downing Street, Jan. 31, 2009

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"The Whole World Is Rioting as the Economic Crisis Worsens -- Why Aren't We?," by Joshua Holland, AlterNet, Feb. 3, 2009

"Bad Bank: Bad Idea," by Gerald Epstein, Truthout, Feb. 3, 2009

"Homelessness Is at Record Highs: Let's Show Some Real Compassion," by Patrick Markee & Lizzy Ratner, The Nation, Feb. 3, 2009

"The Looming Crisis at the Pentagon: How Taxpayers Finance Fantasy Wars," by Tom Engelhardt & Chalmers Johnson, TomDispatch, Feb. 2, 2009

"Is the Entire Bailout Strategy Flawed? Let's Rethink This Before It's Too Late," by Joseph Stiglitz, CNN, Feb. 2, 2009

"Authoritarian Capitalism and Economic Crisis in the Age of HOPE," by Paul Street, ZNet, Jan. 31, 2009

"Meltdown Madness: The Human Costs of the Economic Crisis," by Tom Engelhardt & Nick Turse, TomDispatch, Jan. 28, 2009

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Bush Accountability

"First, Jail All Bush's Lawyers," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Feb. 3, 2009

"Some call for Bush administration trials," Boston Globe, Feb. 3, 2009

"Yoo Unrepentant (and Deflecting Responsibility)," by Brian Tamanaha, Balkinization, Jan. 29, 2009

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International Affairs

"Accepting the End of the US Empire," by Ivan Eland, Consortium News, Feb. 3, 2009

"Reason for Gaza War?," by Saul Landau, ZNet, Feb. 2, 2009

"Under the Black Flag: Israeli War Crimes," by Uri Avnery, Counterpunch, Feb. 2, 2009

"Gazans say Israeli troops forced them into battle zones," McClatchy Newspapers, Feb. 2, 2009

"Dirty Business, Dirty Wars: U.S.-Latin American Relations in the 21st Century," by Cyril Mychalejko, New Politics, Feb. 1, 2009

"Holbrooke: Insensitive Choice for a Sensitive Region," by Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, Jan. 29, 2009

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Kyrgyzstan Closing US Base Key to Afghan Conflict," Associated Press, Feb. 3, 2009, 2009

"Why Are We Still at War?," by Norman Solomon, Truthout, Feb. 3, 2009, 2009

"Afghan war takes a hit," by Eric Margolis, Toronto Sun/Canada, Feb. 3, 2009, 2009

"Generals Seek to Reverse Obama Withdrawal Decision," by Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service, Feb. 3, 2009, 2009

"A coup for Maliki and a secular Iraq," by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, Feb. 3, 2009, 2009

"Iraq's Shocking Human Toll: About 1 Million Killed, 4.5 Million Displaced, 1-2 Million Widows, 5 Million Orphans," by John Tirman, The Nation, Feb. 2, 2009

"Iraq Elections Could Be a Telling Signpost," by Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service, Feb. 2, 2009

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Police Listed Gay Rights Group Among Terrorists," Washington Post, Jan. 23, 2009

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Environment and Sustainability

"Climate Change May Be Stoking Stronger Winds, Altered Oceans," Contra Costa Times (California), Feb. 3, 2009

"Future Farming: An Interview with Wes Jackson," by Robert Jensen, Counterpunch, Jan. 30/Feb. 1, 2009

"Doing the Recovery Right," by Robert Pollin, The Nation, Jan. 28, 2009

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Media Issues

"The Way of Izvestia: The BBC's Nadir," by Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, Counterpunch, Feb. 3, 2009

"Torture Chic: Why Is the Media Glorifying Inhumane, Sadistic Behavior?," by Maura Moynihan, AlterNet, Feb. 3, 2009

"NBC Has An Erin Burnett Problem," by Adam Green, Huffington Post, Feb. 2, 2009

"The Messenger and the Message: Banning Domestic Propaganda," by Diane Farsetta, counterpunch, Feb. 2, 2009

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"' Fired Up, Can't Take It No More': From Oakland to Santa Rita, the Struggle Continues," George Cicciarello-Maher, Counterpunch, Feb. 3, 2009

"A Greek Tragedy: The Late, Great UAW," by David Macaray, Counterpunch, Feb. 3, 2009

"Bolsheviks in Seattle?," by Dick Meister, ZNet, Feb. 3, 2009

"Eyewitness in Oakland: Stern's Gang Seizes UHW Union Hall," by Cal Winslow, Counterpunch, Feb. 2, 2009

"Checking Out of Stern's Hotel California: UHW Members Fleeing SEIU," by Steve Early, Counterpunch, Feb. 2, 2009

"'It Is Time to Aim Beyond Capitalism': Alejandro Kirk interviews Walden Bello," by Walden Bello, ZNet, Feb. 2, 2009

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