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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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Support Grows for Truth Commission
or Prosecution of Bush
Administration Law Breakers

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Interview with Karen Greenberg,
executive director of New York University's
Center on Law and Security,
conducted by Scott Harris


In the month since Barack Obama was sworn in as president, the prospects of either Congress or the new administration's Department of Justice initiating an investigation into Bush administration law breaking have ebbed and flowed. As a candidate and as president, Obama has spoken often about his preference to look forward and not backward at the crimes that may have been committed during Bush's controversial administration, including torture, politicization of the Justice Department, flawed intelligence used to justify the Iraq war, and warrantless surveillance.

But Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has expressed guarded support for accountability found in the initiatives of Vermont's Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy and John Conyers, Democrat of Michigan. Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wants to establish a Truth Commission to investigate a host of issues, modeled on the body that investigated the apartheid regime in South Africa. He wants the panel to have subpoena power but would not bring criminal charges. Conyers, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, wants to establish a commission to look at these same issues, along with an independent criminal probe.

Other groups, who reject a commission that would likely offer immunity in exchange for testimony as a white wash, have called for Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate and prosecute any and all government officials who have participated in war crimes. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Karen Greenberg, executive director of New York University's Center on Law and Security, who assesses the methods by which Bush administration officials can be held accountable for their violation of U.S. and international law.

Visit the Center's website at Read Karen Greenberg's article, "The People vs. Dick Cheney," at Greenberg is author of the forthcoming book, "The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo's First 100 Days."

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Hampshire College Students Win Divestment
of Companies Profiting From the Israeli Occupation

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Interview with Brian Van Slyke,
coordinator of Students for Justice in Palestine,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


On Feb. 7, Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., became the first college in the U.S. to have its board of trustees vote to divest from holdings in companies that support the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The vote was the result of a two-year campaign by Students for Justice in Palestine. It should be noted that when the board acted, the board president and the college president issued a "clarification" that the divestment decision was made "without reference to any country or political movement."

Among the companies students recommended for divestment, due to their financial interest in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land were: Caterpillar, General Electric, ITT, Motorola, Terex and United Technologies. In response, Allen Dershowitz, a prominent supporter of Israeli policy has threatened to initiate an international campaign to divest from Hampshire College.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Brian Van Slyke, a junior at Hampshire and a coordinator of Students for Justice in Palestine. He is also the elected student member of the board of trustees, with voting power. Van Slyke describes the successful campaign, which resulted in the college divesting of approximately 20 percent of its $30 million portfolio. And he provides a possible explanation for the college officials' denials of targeting the Israeli occupation.

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To Revive, U.S. Labor Movement Must Reclaim
its Radical Vision

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Interview with David Bacon,
labor journalist and author,
conducted by Scott Harris


As the U.S. and much of the world suffers through one of the worst economic downturns in 80 years, the U.S. labor movement continues to experience declining membership at a time when workers need protection more than ever. The decision of workers at Chicago's Republic Windows & Doors plant, who organized a successful sit-in to fight for severance and vacation pay, after the plant closed on Dec. 5th last year was an inspiration to many union members. The action was a reminder of labor militancy that forced the recognition of unions nationwide during the years of the Great Depression.

Membership in unions has declined from 35 percent of the U.S. work force after World War II to just 12 percent today. The loss of union members and the power that comes with it has been a major factor in the decline of the American middle class and growing disparity between the nation's rich and poor. One piece of legislation that will be considered by the new Congress is the labor-backed Employee Free Choice Act, a bill that would allow a majority of workers to more easily gain workplace union recognition. But labor journalist David Bacon maintains that a few changes to federal labor law are not enough.

In his recent article, "A Radical Vision for Today's Labor Movement, the Importance of Internationalism and Civil Rights," Bacon asserts that labor must better educate their members to the dangers of corporate-led globalization, question the priorities of our society and make the links between U.S. foreign policy and the declining power of unions. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with David Bacon about his view that labor needs to revive its past radical social vision to inspire a reversal of their fortunes.

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This week's summary
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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • As Sri Lanka is stepping up its military offensive to crush Tamil Tiger separatist rebels, journalists exposing corruption have come to fear for their lives. ("Sri Lanka: Government Targets Media Under Civil War Cover" Inter Press Service, Feb. 9, 2009; "Editor's Killing Underscores Perils of Reporting in Sri Lanka" Washington Post, Feb. 9, 2009)
  • Homicide investigations are in order into the shootings of 11 black men by white vigilantes in Algiers Point, a predominantly white middle-class enclave in New Orleans, shortly after Hurricane Katrina. ("Katrina's Hidden Race War" The Nation, Jan. 5, 2009)
  • Obama's administration makes an about-face on Mark Dybul to continue to head the fight against global AIDS due to his support for abstinence-only sex education and opposition to birth control for women with HIV. ("Ending the Compromise Era on AIDS," American Prospect, Feb. 13, 2009)

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U.S. Politics

"Hilda Solis Confirmed As Labor Secretary, 80-17," by Christy Hardin Smith, Firedoglake, Feb. 24, 2009

"Obama's War," by Tom Gallagher, Common Dreams, Feb. 24, 2009

"End Culture of Corporate Entitlement," by Jim Hightower, Niagara Falls Reporter (New York), Feb. 23, 2009

"The Politics of Bank Nationalization," by Jay Mandle, Huffington Post, Feb. 22, 2009

"A Closer Look at the Employee Free Choice Act," by David Macaray, Counterpunch, Feb. 20/22, 2009

"Obama's 'Seven Days in May' Moment," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Feb. 20, 2009

"Who Will Be There for Obusha When the Floor Drops Out?," by David Michael Green, Common Dreams, Feb. 20, 2009

"The GOP's Filibuster Hypocrisy," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Feb. 19, 2009

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"U.S. Clears Path to Bank Takeovers," Washington Post, Feb. 24, 2009

"A Planet at the Brink: Will Economic Brushfires Prove Too Virulent to Contain?," by Tom Engelhardt& Michael T. Klare, TomDispatch, Feb. 24, 2009

"The Spectacular, Sudden Crash of the Global Economy," by Joshua Holland, AlterNet, Feb. 24, 2009

"Wall Street Sharks Have Lost Everything, and Now They're Coming After Us," by Robert Kuttner, Washington Post, Feb. 24, 2009

"Health Spending Takes Rising Share of US Economy," Reuters, Feb. 24, 2009

"How Credit Unions Survived the Crash: The Cooperative Model," by Ralph Nader, Counterpunch, Feb. 23, 2009

"The Language of Looting: What 'Nationalize the Banks' and the 'Free Market' Really Mean in Today's Looking-Glass World," by Michael Hudson, Counterpunch, Feb. 23, 2009

"Banking on the Brink," by Paul Krugman, The New York Times, Feb. 22, 2009

"Tough Times in Troubled Towns: America's Municipal Meltdowns," by Tom Engelhardt & Nick Turse, TomDispatch, Feb. 22, 2009

"The Global Collapse: a Non-orthodox View," by Walden Bello, ZNet, Feb. 22, 2009

"Watch Out for Stimulus Profiteers," by Anthony Shorris, The Nation, Feb. 21, 2009

"Nationalize Failing Banks? Think Twice," by Thomas Ferguson & Robert Johnson, The Nation, Feb. 21, 2009

"Who Will Stop the Economic Pain?," by Paul Krugman, The New York Times, Feb. 21, 2009

"Rescuing America's Homeowners," by Eileen Appelbaum, The American Prospect, Feb. 20, 2009

"Time for a Global Stimulus," by Matthew Yglesias, The American Prospect, Feb. 19, 2009

"Laissez-Faire Capitalism Has Failed," by Nouriel Roubini, Forbes, Feb. 19, 2009

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Bush Accountability

"Obama administration tries to kill e-mail case," Associated Press, Feb. 21, 2009

"War Criminals, Including Their Lawyers, Must Be Prosecuted," by Marjorie Cohn, common Dreams, Feb. 17, 2009

"Will Obama back 'truth commission' to probe Bush practices?," McClatchy Newspapers, Feb. 20, 2009

"Investigating Bush's Crimes," by Scott Horton, The Nation, Feb. 18, 2009

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International Affairs

"Lugar Report Calls for New Cuba Policy," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Feb. 24, 2009

"Amnesty calls on US to suspend arms sales to Israel," Guardian/UK, Feb. 23, 2009

"Iran's Détente Gesture to Obama?," by Muhammad Sahimi,, Feb. 21, 2009

"Once You See What Truly Happened in Gaza, It Will Change You Forever," by Medea Benjamin, AlterNet, Feb. 19, 2009

"Could a Sudden Collapse of Mexico Be Obama's Surprise Foreign Policy Challenge?," by Bill Weinberg, AlterNet, Feb. 19, 2009

"A New Attitude at the White House?: State Department Calls Bolivian and Venezuelan Referendums 'Democratic,'" by Laura Carlsen, Counterpunch, Feb. 19, 2009

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"A War Fought In Ignorance," by William Pfaff, TruthDig, Feb. 24, 2009

"Mosul Police Attack US Soldiers, Killing One," News, Feb. 24, 2009

"The New War in Iraq : Tensions Flare Between Kurds and Arabs," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Feb. 23, 2009

"A New Afghanistan Nightmare," by Ramzy Baroud, ZNet, Feb. 22, 2009, 2009

"Image Problem in Afghanistan," Wahington Post, Feb. 22, 2009, 2009

"Afghanistan: Think South Vietnam in 1965," by Joseph L. Galloway, Miami Herald, Feb. 22, 2009

"Why is Obama Poised to Escalate a Bad War?," by Daniel Smith, Foreign Policy in Focus, Feb. 21, 2009

"Obama Nixed Full Afghan Surge After Quizzing Brass," by Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service, Feb. 21, 2009

"Iraqis Have Voted: Will the U.S. Be Kicked Out the Door Soon?," by Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, Feb. 21, 2009

"Obama Widens Missile Strikes Inside Pakistan," The New York Times, Feb. 21, 2009

"Obama's War?," by Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation, Feb. 18, 2009

"The U.S. and Afghan Tragedy," by Khushal Arsala and Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, Feb. 18, 2009

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Worse Than My Darkest Nightmare: Binyam Mohamed's Statment Upon Being Released From Gitmo," by Binyam Mohamed, Guardian/UK, Feb. 24, 2009

"Who Is Binyam Mohamed?," by Andy Worthington,, Feb. 24, 2009

"Administration Draws Fire for Report on Guantánamo," The New York Times, Feb. 24, 2009

"Security Experts Skeptical on Guantanamo Detainee Report," CNN, Feb. 24, 2009

"Was Binyam Mohamed brutalized at Guantanamo in the last month?," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Feb. 22, 2009

"Hillary Clinton China Visit Blamed for the Detention of Activists," Sunday Telegraph/UK, Feb. 22, 2009

"Alleged torture victim to be freed from Guantanamo," by Paul Woodward, The National/Abu Dhabi, Feb. 22, 2009

"Very Bad News: Afghanistan's Bagram Air Base Will Be Obama's Guantanamo," by Stephen Foley, Independent UK, Feb. 22, 2009

"Despite rhetoric, Obama continues Bush policy on detainees: Indefinite detention, no legal rights," Raw Story, Feb. 21, 2009

"Obama's Policy on Civil Liberties: Bush Lite?," by Ivan Eland,, Feb. 21, 2009

"From One Assault on the Constitution to Another: Bill of Rights Under Fire," by Paul Craig Roberts, Counterpunch, Feb. 20/22, 2009

"I Was Illegally Detained by the U.S. Government and Held in CIA-Run 'Black Sites,'" by Mohamed Farag Bashmilah, Huffington Post, Feb. 20, 2009

"Obama Sides With Bush: No Rights for Bagram Prisoners," Associated Press, Feb. 20, 2009

"Good and Bad News for Gitmo Detainees: Obama's Uighur Problem," by Andy Worthington, Counterpunch, Feb. 19, 2009

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Environment and Sustainability

"EPA to review Bush rule on warming emissions," Agence France Presse, Feb. 24, 2009

"Climate change lays waste to Spain's glaciers," Guardian/UK, Feb. 23, 2009

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Media Issues

"The 'Americans want bipartisanship' myth," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Feb. 24, 2009

"The New Breed of New Media Researchers," by Rory O'Connor, Smirking Chimp, Feb. 24, 2009

"CNN's Wolf Blitzer Lapdogs While Senator Hatch Lies," by Josh Silver, Huffington Post, Feb. 24, 2009

"Fox News 'war games' the coming civil war," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Feb. 22, 2009

"What Journalists Get Wrong About Gaza," by Katia Bachko, Columbia Journalism ReviewFeb. 21, 2009

"PBS Screws Up Report on Financial Crisis," by Danny Schechter, AlterNet, Feb. 21, 2009

"The US Media & Democracy in Crisis," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Feb. 19, 2009

"Protest Rocks Rupert Murdoch's NY Post for Racist Cartoon," by Liliana Segura, AlterNet, Feb. 19, 2009

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"New Orleans Intifada," by Jordan Flaherty, ZNet, Feb. 24, 2009

"Wis. reservist refuses to return to Iraq," Associated Press, Feb. 23, 2009

"GI Resistance Alive and Well in Chicago," by Patrick Dunn, Common Dreams, Feb. 23, 2009

"Anti-billboard activists recall rebel tradition," Los Angeles Times, Feb. 22, 2009

"Hundreds Protest NY Post Cartoon Seen as Racist Depiction of Obama," Democracy Now!, Feb. 20, 2009

"Unions, Disunited," by David Moberg, The Nation, Feb. 18, 2009

"Resistance to Housing Foreclosures Spreads Across the Land," by Barbara Ehrenreich, The Nation, Jan. 23, 2009

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