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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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Posted March 25, 2009

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Campaign Cash Bought Deregulation,
Triggered Economic Meltdown

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Interview with Nick Nyhart,
co-founder and president of Public Campaign,
conducted by Scott Harris


Outraged over the $165 million in bonuses paid to employees of insurance giant AIG, a recipient of over $180 billion in U.S. government bailout funds, some critics called for the arrest of those involved. In a recent television appearance, President Barack Obama noted that most of what the big banks and investment houses did with subprime mortgage-backed securities and credit default swap derivatives, that triggered the current economic crisis was perfectly legal. And it's true that deregulation of the nation's financial institutions, legislated by Congress, is the key to understanding why the economy now finds itself in the worst downturn since the Great Depression, a process that began under President Ronald Reagan.

The enormous amounts of money flowing directly and indirectly from Wall Street firms to U.S. representatives and senators played a direct role in influencing legislators to dismantle long-standing regulations designed to avert the financial disaster seen after the stock market crash of 1929. Over the past 10 years, Wall Street companies spent more than $5 billion to influence Congress, with $1.7 billion going to federal candidates, parties and political action committees.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Nick Nyhart, co-founder and president of Public Campaign, which has for years been an advocate for public financing of electoral campaigns at the state and federal level. Nyhart examines the links between America's corrupting pay-to-play big money system of financing elections and the nation's current economic crisis. He also discusses a new bill, the Fair Elections Now Act, that would create a voluntary public campaign financing system that would ban contributions from lobbyists, and place strict limits on other sources of campaign cash.

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American Peace Movement Rejects
Obama Iraq and Afghanistan War Policy

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Interview with Leslie Cagan,
national coordinator of United for Peace and Justice,
conducted by Scott Harris


President Barack Obama's Feb. 27th announcement detailing his plan to withdraw most U.S. combat forces from Iraq by August 2010 and all remaining troops by December 2011, was met with disappointment by many activists in the American peace movement. What upset many was the president's plan to leave 35,000 to 50,000 troops behind to train and advise the Iraqi military and engage in unspecified anti-terrorist operations. Disturbingly, some U.S. generals have stated that they believe U.S. forces should remain in Iraq past the December 2011 deadline agreed to by former president Bush and the Iraqi government. Obama's order to deploy an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan further angered anti-war activists.

Although violence has made a dramatic decline in Iraq in recent months, there has been a recent upsurge in the number of suicide bombings and signs of restiveness by former Sunni insurgents on the U.S. payroll. Most of the Sunni resistance fighters now receiving payment in American dollars, known as the Sons of Iraq, have not yet secured jobs promised to them within Iraq's military, police and government. On the sixth anniversary of the war, more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died; 4,200 U.S. service men and women have lost their lives and over $657 billion has been spent.

Between The Lines Scott Harris spoke with Leslie Cagan, national coordinator of United for Peace and Justice, the nation's largest anti-war coalition. Cagan assesses President Obama's Iraq withdrawal plan and the role of the peace movement in pressuring the new administration for a more rapid exit from both Iraq and Afghanistan. She also talks about an upcoming protest action scheduled for April 4 on Wall Street in New York City.

Contact United for Peace and Justice, the nationwide coalition of peace groups by calling (212) 868-5545 or visit their website at

Critics Charge U.S. Practice of Sentencing
Youth to Life in Prison
Without Parole is Inhumane

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Interview with Ashley Nellis,
senior researcher at the Sentencing Project,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Among the more than 2.1 million Americans behind bars, more than 2,000 were convicted and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for crimes committed when they were under the age of 18. Some, but not all of these juveniles begin serving their sentences in youth facilities, but they will eventually be transferred to adult prisons. They are entitled to additional services because of their age, but often are treated the same as adults. These young prisoners face the additional risk of exploitation and rape.

Studies indicate a pronounced racial disparity for youths receiving harsh sentences. African Americans have been found to be over-represented in the juvenile, life without parole population in nearly every state.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Ashley Nellis, senior researcher at the Sentencing Project, who recently completed a survey of juveniles held around the country who have been sentenced to life without parole. She describes some of the conditions these inmates encounter inside prisons -- and explains how some youth receive harsh sentences even when they are convicted of being accessories to murder.

This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The Obama administration is putting the final touches on its strategy overhaul for Afghanistan, including appointing a powerful prime minister in Kabul. ("U.S. will appoint Afghan 'Prime Minister' to Bypass Hamid Karzai,'" The Guardian, March 22, 2009; "Hamid Karzai: Too Nice, Too Weak-How West's Own Man Fell Out of Favor,'" The Guardian, March 23, 2009)
  • On his first trip to Africa, Pope Benedict sparked outrage with his comment that condoms can damage the fight against AIDS . ("Pope Claims Condoms Could Make African AIDS Worse," The Guardian, March 17, 2009; "Vatican Defends Pope Condoms Stand; Criticism Mounts, " Reuters, March 18, 2009)
  • Conservative activists are attempting to use the election of President Barack Obama as a rationale for rolling back protections in the Voting Rights Act. ("Conservatives Invoke Obama in Voting Rights Act Challenge," Los Angeles Times, March 18, 2009)

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U.S. Politics

"The dishonest 'Blame Dodd' scheme from Treasury officials," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Mar. 17, 2009

"Bonus Scandal: Four Questions on Geithner and Summers," by Chris Bowers, Open Left, Mar. 17, 2009

"Obamanomics Sparks Ire Across The Aisle," ABC News, Mar. 17, 2009

"Obama Undercuts Whistle-Blowers, Senator Says," The New York Times, Mar. 16, 2009

"AIG Bonuses Raise More Questions About Geithner and Summers," by Chris Bowers, Open Left, Mar. 16, 2009

"AIG Bonuses Scandal: CEOs Take Our Billions and Are Accountable to No One," by Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog, Mar. 15, 2009

"Is the Israel Lobby Running Scared?: Or Killing a Chicken to Scare the Monkeys," by Tom Engelhardt & Robert Dreyfuss, TomDispatch, Mar. 15, 2009

"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

"The Point of Pointing Fingers," by E.J. Dionne, TruthDig, Mar. 11, 2009

"Healthcare Enemy No. 1," by Christopher Hayes, The Nation, Mar. 11, 2009

"The City that Ended Hunger," by Frances Moore Lappé, Yes! Magazine, Spring, 2009

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"Those Hit Hardest Get No Bailout," by Amy Goodman, TruthDig, Mar. 17, 2009

"Global Labor's Forgotten Plan to Fight the Great Depression," by Tim Costello, Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith, Common Dreams, Mar. 17, 2009

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

"Bailout King AIG Still to Pay Millions In Bonuses," Washinton Post, Mar. 15, 2009

"Labor Union Bill Raises Broader Capitalism Issues," Washinton Post, Mar. 15, 2009

"Seven Avoidance Indicators," by Ralph Nader, Common Dreams, Mar. 14, 2009

"Said without Joy: We Told You So by Robert Weissman, Common Dreams, Mar. 13, 2009

"The Financial Crisis Pushes Europe to the Brink of Disaster," by Danny Schechter, AlterNet, Mar. 12, 2009

"Worse than 1929?," by Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect, Mar. 12, 2009

"Geithner Loves the Market so Give him Banking Vouchers," by Benjamin R. Barber, Huffington Post, Mar. 12, 2009

"The Perfect Storm for Non-Profits," by Eyal Press, The Nation, Mar. 11, 2009

"Fixing the Fed," by William Greider, The Nation, Mar. 11, 2009

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Bush Accountability

"Was Throwing a Shoe at Bush a Violent Act?," by Medea Benjamin, AlterNet Mar. 17, 2009

"Bush Visits Canada: Will He Be Arrested for War Crimes?," by Garrett Zehr, The Tyee, Mar. 17, 2009

"Cheney's Mission Accomplished," by Juan Cole, Informed Comment, Mar. 17, 2009

"Rage on the Streets in Calgary as Bush Visits," The Canadian Press/Canada, Mar. 17, 2009

"Obama Justice Dept. defends Rumsfeld in torture case," Raw Story, Mar. 13, 2009

"Obama Admin Moves to Protect Military Officials" Associated Press, Mar. 11, 2009

"Seymour Hersh: 'Executive Assassination Ring' Reported Directly to Cheney Office," AlterNet, Mar. 11, 2009

" A Real Criminal Investigation of Bush/Cheney; No Truth Commission!," by Martin Garbus, Huffington Post, Mar. 9, 2009

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International Affairs

"Obama's Middle East moment of truth," by Gary Kamiya, Salon, Mar. 17, 2009

"Thoughts on the Death of Rachel Corrie," by David Bromwich, Huffington Post, Mar. 16, 2009

"El Salvador Elects First Leftist President" Los Angeles Times, Mar. 16, 2009

"Iran, Jews and Pragmatism," by Roger Cohen, The New York Times, Mar. 15, 2009

"In El Salvador, Cautious Optimism On What a Progressive Win Would Mean for U.S. Relations," by Roberto Lovato, New America Media, Mar. 14, 2009

"Report: Cuba, Venezuela could host Russian bombers," Associated Press, Mar. 14, 2009

"Obama Administration Affirms U.S. Neutrality in Salvadoran Election," by Robert Naiman, Common Dreams, Mar. 14, 2009

"The State That Tolerates No Criticism: How Israel Gives Jews a Bad Name," by Saul Landau, Counterpunch, Mar. 13/15, 2009

"Destroyer to Protect Ship Near China," Washington Post, Mar. 13, 2009

"Concern Grows in the U.S. That the Drug War Is Destablizing Mexico," San Francisco Chronicle, Mar. 13, 2009

"Interview With Charles Freeman," by Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, Mar. 13, 2009

"Freeman Affair Puts Israel Lobby in Spotlight," by Daniel Luban and Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Mar. 13, 2009

"Bridge to Tehran: Better Relations Are Within Reach -- If Both Sides Make the Effort," by Mohammad Hassan Khani, Washington Post, Mar. 9, 2009

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Pakistani Political Crisis Jeopardizes U.S. Regional Strategy," Washington Post, Mar. 10, 2009

"Plan to Split Taliban Lures Obama Deeper Into War," by Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service, Mar. 16, 2009

"Pakistan in Turmoil," by Barbara Crossette, The Nation, Mar. 15, 2009

"Perils Seen in Obama's Afghan Strategy," by Ali Gharib, Inter Press Service, Mar. 14, 2009

"Pakistan Taliban say 24 dead in U.S. missile strikes," Reuters, Mar. 13, 2009

"Student facing 20 years in hell," Independent/UK, Mar. 12, 2009

"What are U.S. goals in Afghanistan?," by Helen Thomas, Hearst Newspapers, Mar. 12, 2009

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"US Torture: Voices from the Black Sites," by Mark Danner, New York Review of Books, Apr. 9, 2009

"Rotted From the Head: High Crimes and Continuity in the American Imperium," by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Mar. 17, 2009

"Obama Follows Bush on Detainees," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Mar. 16, 2009

"Red Cross Described 'Torture' at CIA Jails," Washington Post, Mar. 16, 2009

"Obama administration: Guantanamo detainees have 'no constitutional rights,'" Raw Story, Mar. 15, 2009

"Advocates worry Obama easing human rights stand," Associated Press, Mar. 13, 2009

"Obama administration to abandon Bush term 'enemy combatants,'" Guardian/UK, Mar. 13, 2009

"Obama's new detainee policy: Break from Bush, or the same?," McClatchy Newspapers, Mar. 13, 2009

"Who are 'the worst of the worst'?," by Andy Worthington, Guardian/UK, Mar. 12, 2009

"The Global Impact of U.S. 'War on Terror' Abuses," by Joanne Mariner, FindLaw, Mar. 11, 2009

"Guantánamo's faceless victims," by Karen Greenberg, Guardian/UK, Mar. 11, 2009

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Environment and Sustainability

"Scientist: 'Risks of Massive Changes in the Climate System,'" Reuters, Mar. 17, 2009

"World Water Forum Opens to Scarcity Fears and Protests," Environment News Service, Mar. 16, 2009

"Obama Needs to Spark a Global Green Deal to Create a Sustainable Economy," by Mark Hertsgaard, The Nation, Mar. 13, 2009

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Media Issues

"The outrageous offenses against Richard Cheney," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Mar. 16, 2009

"The End of Peter B. Collins and the Need for Media Reform," by Mark Crispin Miller, Huffington Post, Mar. 16, 2009

"Mexican Money Deal Taints 'Times,'" by Jim Hightower, Providence Journal (Rhode Island), Mar. 15, 2009

"Stewart/Cramer: Who's This Song About?," by James Poniewozik, Time, Mar. 13, 2009

"Jon Stewart Demolishes CNBC's Jim Cramer in Daily Show Showdown (Uncensored)," by ZP Heller, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Mar. 13, 2009

"Stewart Asks Cramer: 'Where's the D'Oh!,'" by Leslie Savan, The Nation, Mar. 13, 2009

"There's nothing unique about Jim Cramer," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Mar. 13, 2009

"The Stewart-Cramer interview and the predicament of journalism," by Jack Balkin, Balkinization, Mar. 13, 2009

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"Marching on Washington: Coxey's Army Will March Again!," by Stephen Fleischman, Counterpunch, Mar. 16, 2009

"Newton peace activists say Obama withdrawal plan is not enough" Boston Globe, Mar. 13, 2009

"State of Change House of Labor Wrangling: UNITE-HERE v SEIU, AFL v CtW," by John Nichols, The Nation, Mar. 13, 2009

"Ex-Cal tree-sitter hurt in West Bank protest," San Francisco Chronicle, Mar. 13, 2009

"Howard Zinn: Obama 'Is Going to Need Demonstrations and Protest and Letters and Petitions' to Do the Right Things," by Liliana Segura, AlterNet, Mar. 12, 2009

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