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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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Party of Former Leftist Guerillas
Wins El Salvador's Presidential Election

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Interview with Max Garcia,
Committee in Solidarity
with the People of El Salvador,
conducted by Scott Harris


After being involved in a bloody civil war that killed over 75,000 people, and spending 20 years in political opposition, El Salvador's leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMLN, won a historic presidential election victory on March 15. Voters in the Central American nation cast ballots for FMLN presidential candidate Mauricio Funes, a well-known television journalist, defeating his opponent Rodrigo Ávila of the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance, or ARENA, by a slim 2 point margin.

The ARENA party was founded by notorious death squad leader Roberto D'Aubuisson during El Salvador's civil war. Among D'Aubuisson's thousands of victims were Catholic priests, nuns, lay workers and San Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero, who had advocated for El Salvador's poor. The Reagan and first Bush administration provided military, economic and political support to successive conservative governments in El Salvador fighting the FMLN guerillas. After a peace agreement was signed between the government and rebels in 1992, the FMLN formed a political party where they won legislative seats and controlled municipal governments.

Before the March 15 election, several U.S. Republican congressmen had attacked the FMLN, accusing them of being allies of Iran and al Qaeda, and threatened to halt $40 billion in remittances sent back home from Salvadorans living in the U.S. After winning national power for the first time, the FMLN now faces a global economic crisis, extreme disparity between the rich and poor and high crime and murder rates. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Max Garcia, coordinator of the New York chapter of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador or CISPES, a U.S.-based group founded during the civil war. Reached in San Salvador after observing the election, Garcia reports on the historic nature of the FMLN victory and the challenges ahead for president-elect Mauricio Funes and his running mate Salvador Sánchez Cerén.

Contact the New York chapter of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador by calling (202) 521-2510 or visit their website at

Human Rights Groups Troubled by Obama's Position
on Reversing Bush Era Abuses of Power

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Interview with Vincent Warren,
executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights,
conducted by Scott Harris


On March 13, the Obama administration announced that it would abandon the Bush administration's term "enemy combatant" while at the same time arguing in court for the continued detention of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The Obama Justice Department stated that the legal rationale for holding some 240 prisoners at Guantanamo will now be based on laws passed by Congress and, by extension, international law, including the Geneva conventions. Within days of being sworn into office, Obama pledged to close the Guantanamo prison within a year.

The Justice Department said that only those detainees who provided "substantial" support to al Qaeda, the Taliban or similar groups -- or who were "part" of those groups -- would be considered candidates for detention. But troubling to many human rights groups was the vague definition of what constitutes "substantial" support for a militant group and the uncertain status of more than 600 prisoners now being held at the Bagram U.S air base in Afghanistan. Also of concern to civil liberties advocates was the Obama administration's decision to shield top Bush administration officials from lawsuits brought by prisoners who say they were tortured while being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

As Congress and the administration are considering their options to hold Bush administration officials accountable for violations of U.S. and international law, either through the appointment of a special prosecutor or the establishment of an independent Truth Commission, disturbing information has come to light that could increase the urgency of such an undertaking. Renowned investigative reporter Seymour Hersh told an audience at a University of Minnesota event about his unpublished reporting on an ongoing covert military operation that he described as an "executive assassination ring" conducted out of former Vice President Cheney's office, and illegal domestic spying conducted by the CIA. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Vincent Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who discusses his concerns about the direction the Obama administration is taking in making a clean break with Bush era human rights abuses.

Contact the Center for Constitutional Rights by calling (212) 614-6464 or visit their website at

Former Israeli Soldier Turned Peace Activist
Tells Story About Rifles, Rabbits and Occupation

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Excerpt of speech by Yaniv Reshef,
member of Combatants for Peace,
recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus


On March 16, two members of Combatants for Peace -- an Israeli and a Palestinian -- spoke at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., as part of their Northeast speaking tour. The group was founded in 2005 by four former Palestinian resistance fighters and seven Israelis who had served as soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces. The group had to overcome great fear and suspicion as they began meeting with each other, but they were drawn together by the belief that more violence and revenge killings are not the way to achieve a peaceful, just resolution of the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Combatants for Peace, which now has 600 members, calls for an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and control of Gaza.

The Israeli speaker, Yaniv Reshef, served in an elite military sabotage unit whose members were known as "Golani." He now lives in a village near the Israeli town of Sderot, which is often hit by crude missiles fired from Gaza. Reshef acknowledges that the Israeli occupation in which he participated was brutal, but said it pales in comparison with Israel's recent invasion of Gaza, in which over 1,200 Palestinians were killed, including more than 400 children.

At the end of his talk, Reshef told the a story about his unexpected encounter with a Palestinian family in Gaza during the first intifada, or Palestinian rebellion, which lasted from 1987 to 1993.

For more information, visit Combatants for Peace's website at Or visit or call (650)325-4663 for information on the sponsor of the speaking tour.

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This week's summary
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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The giant financial service companies like Citibank and AIG at the center of the global economic crisis, are also the same institutions which have fostered relationships with corrupt regimes and dictatorships. ("Undue Diligence" Global Witness, March 11, 2009; "Report: Major Banks Supporting Corrupting Regimes," OneWorld, March 13, 2009)
  • Fearing another wave of protests, China imposed a massive crackdown on Tibet and nearby provinces in the days leading up to the 50th anniversary of the Dalai Lama's exile. Chinese officials know that Tibet is a tinderbox, where things are more critical than they have been in many years. ("Tibet's Season of Protest May be Foiled by Fear," Los Angeles Times, March 10, 2009; "Dalai Lama Warns of Tibetan Culture's 'Extinction'," The Guardian, March 10, 2009; "In Exile for 50 Years, Will the Dalai Lama Ever Return to Tibet?," Christian Science Monitor, March 10, 2009)
  • Connecticut Rep. John Larson has proposed a bill to create a broad-based carbon tax to right global warming, which has little support since Obama and the Democrats have embraced a market-based cap and trade system to control carbon emissions. ("Congressman Larson Introduces Carbon Tax Legislation," Fox News, March 5, 2009; "House Bill for Carbon Tax to Cut Emissions Faces a Steep Climb," New York Times, March 7, 2009)

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"Democrats, GOP draw battle lines on healthcare plan," Boston Globe, Mar. 15, 2009

"Big bucks labor battle," by Foon Rhee, Boston Globe, Mar. 12, 2009

"Texas's Perry Rejects Stimulus for Expanded Jobless Benefits," Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Mar. 12, 2009

"Fighting Back in America's 30-Year Class War," by Jim Hightower, Creators Syndicate, Mar. 11, 2009

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"The sanctity of AIG's contracts," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Mar. 16, 2009

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