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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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Cindy Sheehan Calls for Protest
Against Obama Iraq and Afghanistan War Policy

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Interview with peace activist Cindy Sheehan,
conducted by Scott Harris


Speaking to hundreds of U.S. Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C., on Feb. 27, President Barack Obama outlined his plan to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq. The former senator from Illinois, whose early opposition to the war helped him win the Democratic party nomination last year, said he would remove most U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the end of August 2010, three months later than his campaign pledge.

Disturbing to many in the nation's peace movement, Obama said he would leave 35,000 to 50,000 transitional American forces in Iraq until the end of 2011 to train and advise Iraqi security forces, hunt terrorist cells and protect civilian and military personnel. However, some U.S. generals have stated that they believe U.S. forces should remain in Iraq past Dec. 31, 2011, an extension that can be requested by the Iraqi government.

While Obama's withdrawal plan won support from his presidential campaign rival, Republican John McCain, and some Democrats like Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, other Congressional Democrats expressed doubts and anti-Iraq war leaders declared their firm opposition to the withdrawal plan. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Cindy Sheehan, who galvanized the national peace movement when in 2005 she camped out at George Bush's Crawford Texas ranch, demanding a meeting to ask the president for what noble cause her son Casey, a U.S. Army Specialist, had died while serving in Iraq. Sheehan explains why she believes President Obama is delaying a full withdrawal from Iraq and how his escalation of the war in Afghanistan should be a wake up call to the American peace movement.

Cindy Sheehan is co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace. Listen to her weekly radio show at For more information on the March 21st protest commemorating the sixth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, visit

Obama Administration Lifts
Bush Global Gag Rule on Abortion

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Interview with Nancy Keenan,
president of NARAL Pro Choice,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


After just over a month in office, President Barack Obama has taken steps to reverse two policies put in place by the Bush administration that limited women's access to reproductive health care, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Not long after his January 20 inauguration, Obama reversed the Mexico City rule, also known as the Global Gag Rule, which prevented health providers who received federal funds from discussing with their patients the possibility of abortion as an option. The president also indicated he will start the process of repealing rules put in place in the last days of the Bush administration by Mike Leavitt, former secretary of health and human services. One of these regulations allows health care workers to decline to provide care to women if such care -- like providing birth control -- violates their own religious or moral principles. In the budget Obama presented to Congress at the end of February, he proposes expanding eligibility under Medicaid rules for family planning services for low-income women.

Between The Lines Melinda Tuhus spoke with Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro Choice, about these early indications of President Obama's clean break with Bush administration policies on women's reproductive health over the past eight years.

Contact NARAL Pro Choice by calling (202) 973-3032 or visit NARAL's website at

Unsustainable Debt Hurts
Impoverished Nations Struggling
to Survive Global Economic Crisis

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Interview with Neil Watkins,
national coordinator with the Jubilee USA Network,
conducted by Scott Harris


As the world attempts to deal with the current devastating economic collapse -- of a magnitude not seen since the days of the Great Depression 80 years ago -- many people living in impoverished nations are struggling to simply survive. Developing nations, already hard hit by a steep rise in food prices, are now having to deal with the fallout from the global financial crisis.

As a U.S. senator, Barack Obama was the primary sponsor of the Global Poverty Act of 2007 that would have committed the United States to the reduction and elimination of global poverty and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people who live on less than $1 per day. Although the bill was never voted on by the full Senate, anti-poverty groups are hoping Obama has brought his commitment to fighting global poverty with him to the White House.

One of these groups is Jubilee USA Network, an alliance of more than 80 religious denominations and faith communities, human rights, environmental, labor, and community groups working for the cancellation of crushing debts to fight poverty and injustice in the world's poorest nations. Jubilee, along with a group of religious leaders, is working to schedule a meeting with Obama's Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to discuss the impact of the financial crisis on the world's poor. Between The Lines Scott Harris spoke with Neil Watkins, national coordinator with Jubilee, who outlines what policies he hopes President Obama will pursue to address global economic justice.

Find out more about the Jubilee USA Network's "What's on Your Heart" Campaign by calling (202) 783-3566 or visit their website at

Related links:

  • Jubilee's "What's On Your Heart" Campaign asks you to write to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and share with him the issues on your heart about debt and economic justice.

This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon and Denise Manzari

  • With Ukraine's banking sector frozen and industrial and coal production falling by a third, fears are growing that the nation will descend into full-scale economic collapse before its 2009 elections. ("Orange Fades to Black" In These Times, March 2009)
  • In a major shake-up, Raul Castro, who was officially named president of Cuba a year ago, has reorganized his brother's Cabinet, removing longtime loyalists and the youngest, most visible of Fidel Castro's team: Foreign Minister Felipe Perez-Roque and Vice President Carlos Lage. ("Raul Castro Changes Key Figures in Cuban Government,", March 2, 2009; "Raul Castro Shakes Up Brain Trust in Cuba" Miami Herald, March 3, 2009)
  • As President Obama pushes for a greater role of government in the economy, a powerful labor union that merged in 2004, UNITE HERE, is being distracted by infighting. ("Unions Disunited," The Nation, March 9, 2009)

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U.S. Politics

"Obama to Single Payer Advocates: Drop Dead," Corporate Crime Reporter, Mar. 3, 2009

"The GOP's Hip-Hop Makeover," by Ari Melber, The Nation, Mar. 3, 2009

"Top Republican's Groveling Apology to Rush Limbaugh Is a Media Disaster," by Max Blumenthal, The Daily Beast, Mar. 3, 2009

"Reforming Federal Labor Law: The Employee Free Choice Act," by Seth Sandronsky, Truthout, Mar. 3, 2009

"Ellen Tauscher (D-BofA) Helps Bank Lobbyists Write Our Laws," by Jane Hamsher, Huffington Post, Mar. 3, 2009

"It's about to get nasty: time for Obama's movement to get moving," by Gary Younge, Guardian/UK, Mar. 2, 2009

"Keeping Some Ideas Off the Table: America's Stupid Health Care Debate," by Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch, Feb. 27/Mar. 1, 2009

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"What, Me Worry?: Making Sense of Polling on Job Insecurity," by Tom Engelhardt & Jill Andresky Fraser, TomDispatch, Mar. 3, 2009

"Repairing Housing Policy," by Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect, Mar. 3, 2009

"Global recession emerged from US, Brown to tell Congress," Guardian/UK, Mar. 3, 2009

"Obama Has Confused Saving the Banks with Saving the Bankers," by Joseph Stiglitz, Democracy Now!, Mar. 2, 2009

"Is Free Market Capitalism Possible Without Accountability? Interview with Naked Capitalism's Yves Smith," by Mike Whitney, Counterpunch, Feb. 27/Mar. 1, 2009

"Concessions Upon Concessions: Blaming the Autoworkers," by Lee Sustar, Counterpunch, Feb. 27/Mar. 1, 2009

"Depression in the east points the way for the rest of the world," by Larry Elliott, Guardian/UK, Feb. 25, 2009

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Bush Accountability

"The newly released secret laws of the Bush administration," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Mar. 3, 2009

"Cheney Deposition Is Ordered in Lawsuit by Protester," The New York Times, Mar. 3, 2009

"Justice Memos Gave Bush Total Power," by Jason Leopold, Consortium News, Mar. 3, 2009

"Prosecuting the Bush Team?," by Robert Pallitto, Foreign Policy in Focus, Mar. 2, 2009

"Opening the Files on Bush's Secrets," by Jon Wiener, Feb. 25, 2009

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International Affairs

"Ethnic Cleansing and Israel," by Conn Hallinan, Counterpunch, Mar. 3, 2009

"Will Clinton allow Israel to violate US sovereignty?," by Paul Woodward, War in context, Mar. 3, 2009

"The Dictionary of American Empire-Speak," by Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch, Mar. 1, 2009

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Pakistan's drift into the hands of extremists," by Tariq Ali, Guardian?UK, Mar. 3, 2009

"The Iraqi Elections," by Michael Schwartz, ZNet, Mar. 3, 2009

"A Deteriorating Situation: The Changing Game in Afghanistan," by Brian M. Downing, Counterpunch, Mar. 3, 2009

"Many in Afghanistan oppose Obama's troop buildup plans," Christian Science Monitor, Mar. 2, 2009

"Iraqi Court Acquits Hussein Aide in 1999 Crackdown on Shiite Protest," The New York Times, Mar. 2, 2009

"Pakistan lurches toward the abyss," by Peter Lee, Counterpunch, Mar. 2, 2009

"Partial Peace, Looming War," by Tom Hayden, The Nation, Mar. 1, 2009

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"The End of the Yoo Doctrine," by Jack Balkin, Balkinization, Mar. 3, 2009

"The Proceeds of Crime," by George Monbiot, Common Dreams, Mar. 3, 2009

"DOJ memos reveal legal thinking behind controversial Bush terrorism policy," ABC News, Mar. 2, 2009

"Is Obama embracing the lawless, omnipotent executive?," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Mar. 2, 2009

"CIA destroyed nearly 100 interrogation videotapes," Associated Press, Mar. 2, 2009

"Extraordinary Measures: A new memo shows just how far the Bush administration considered going in fighting the war on terror," by Michael Isikoff, Newsweek, Mar. 2, 2009

"Obama's efforts to block a judicial ruling on Bush's illegal eavesdropping," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Feb. 28, 2009

"Why We Detain the Innocent," by Aziz Huq, The Nation, Feb. 26, 2009

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Environment and Sustainability

"Eco Groups Fear Opportunity Lost" Financial Times, Mar. 3, 2009

"'Green' funding for coal power plants criticised," by Catherine Brahic, New Scientist, Feb. 27, 2009

"After the Green Economy, Green Security," by Tom Engelhardt& Chip Ward, TomDispatch, Feb. 26, 2009

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Media Issues

"Payday as the Enemy of Truth: The Best Journalism You'll Write is Priceless," by Christopher Ketcham, Counterpunch, Mar. 3 2009

"The American Media Misdiagnosis," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Mar. 2, 2009

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

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"Power Shift in the Air" by David Swanson, After Downing Street, Mar. 3, 2009

"Thousands Storm Capitol Hill in Largest Protest Against Global Warming," by Jason Mark, AlterNet, Mar. 3, 2009

"The 60's are Back: Students March for Environmental Change," by Nancy Cole, Mustang Daily (Cal Polytechnic Institute, California), Mar. 3, 2009

"A Shout Out to Climate Activists," by Sarah van Gelder, YES! Magazine, Mar. 3, 2009

"Constitutional Crisis Sparks All-Out War for Control of Powerful Union," by Lindsay Beyerstein, AlterNet, Mar. 2, 2009

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