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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

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"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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Progressive Challenger
to Hawkish Democrat Rep. Jane Harman
Gets an Early Start

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Interview with Marcy Winongrad,
primary candidate, and
author Norman Solomon,
conducted by Scott Harris


Jane Harman, a seven-term Democratic congresswoman from California's 36th District, has long been the focus of progressive activists unhappy with her support for President Bush's Iraq war and warrantless wiretapping program. Harman, a member of the conservative Democratic Leadership Council, has voted with Republicans on a number of economic issues including the rewriting of legislation on personal bankruptcy and abolishing the estate tax.

Press reports in April revealed that Rep. Harman had, prior to the 2006 election, been overheard by a court-approved wiretap, as she negotiated what appeared to be an illegal deal with an Israeli agent working with the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, a lobby group. She is alleged to have offered to pressure the Department of Justice to reduce charges against two AIPAC officials accused of violating the Espionage Act in exchange for AIPAC's effort to have Harman appointed chair of the House Intelligence Committee. But because Harman was seen by the Bush administration as an ally on warrantless surveillance, an investigation into her activities was halted.

Now Los Angeles high school teacher, Marcy Winograd, founder of the LA chapter of Progressive Democrats of America, has announced her candidacy to challenge Harman in the June 2010 Democratic primary. After percent of the vote against Harman. Between The Lines Scott Harris spoke with author and columnist Norman Solomon and candidate Winograd about why there is growing support for her attempt to unseat Jane Harman.

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Day of Action on Global Warming Set
for October 24th

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Excerpt of speech
with author and climate activist Bill McKibben,
recorded and produced April 3, 2009 by Melinda Tuhus


Writer and environmental activist Bill McKibben was the first author to write a book about global warming for a popular, not a scientific, audience. "The End of Nature" was published in 1989. Since then, McKibben has written often about the growing threat of climate change, and in 2007, he and a half-dozen students at Middlebury College in Vermont, where McKibben teaches, organized Step It Up, a day for people to draw attention to the threat of climate change and to call on Congress to take action. Fourteen hundred climate change vigils, teach-ins, rallies and marches took place on April 14, 2007.

Since then, McKibben has focused on the number "350," which represents the parts per million of carbon in the atmosphere above which life as we know it on Earth is unsustainable. Because scientists have confirmed that the earth's atmosphere is already above the 350 carbon threshold, McKibben has declared an emergency and is organizing another day of action on Oct. 24, 2009 to promote a strong U.S. position at the global climate talks in Copenhagen this December.

The following is an excerpt of Bill McKibben's talk, delivered on April 3, 2009 at the Yale University Divinity School.

For more information on Bill McKibben's latest organizing effort, visit his website at This segment was recorded and produced by Between The Line's Melinda Tuhus.

The Progressive Magazine
Celebrates 100 Years

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


One of America's enduring publications of the left is the Madison, Wisconsin based-Progressive Magazine. The Progressive celebrating it's 100th anniversary in 2009, threw a party in its hometown in May with speakers including historian Howard Zinn, author Naomi Klein, actor Robert Redford and civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson. Among the musicians who came to Madison to sing the praises of the magazine were Ani DiFranco, the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams.

To mark its centennial year the Progressive also published a book titled, "Democracy in Print," featuring articles and poetry written by influential journalists, activists and artists who had appeared in its pages over the past century.

The Progressive was founded in 1909 by U.S. Sen. Robert M. La Follette Sr. of Wisconsin, whose stated mission was to, "win back for the people the complete power over government -- national, state and municipal -- which has been lost to them." LaFollette attacked corporate greed, championed social and economic justice and resisted war, a set of principles still upheld by the publication today. Between The Lines Scott Harris spoke with the Progressive's current editor, Matthew Rothschild, who briefly recounts the magazine's proud heritage and summarizes some of the prescient articles published over the last 100 years, many of which continue to provide insight and understanding on the political and social struggles being waged today.

Read the Progressive online at "Democracy in Print, The Best of the Progressive Magazine 1909 to 2009," is published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Global production of lithium for cell phone and electric car batteries has skyrocketed by 40 percent since 2004. Bolivia has nearly half of the world's lithium reserves, and President Evo Morales is working to develop lithium mines and wants European companies to build lithium battery factories in his country. ("Salt of the Earth," In These Times, May 6, 2009)
  • Southern states now account for nearly half of all Americans living with HIV/AIDS. The most conservative regions in the U.S., the Midwest and the South; received the least funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for public health, including HIV/AIDS. Now the Obama administration will spend $45 million over five years on television and radio spots to promote AIDS education and prevention. ("AIDS patients in the South find little support," Los Angeles Times, April 14, 2009)
  • Unicor, a company that runs technology recycling centers in six federal prisons is facing a lawsuit over respiratory problems caused by exposure to high levels of lead and cadmium during the breaking up of old computers. ("Toxic Prison Labor," The Progressive, March 2009)

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"Will 39 Democrats Stand Up to Stop the War Funding?," by Jeremy Scahill, Rebel Reports, June 15, 2009

"Far-right shootings raise fear of hate offensive in America," Guardian/UK, June 14, 2009

"Single Payer vs. Public Option," by Russell Mokhiber, Single Payer Action, June 14, 2009

"Does the Right Want a Civil War?," by Sara Robinson, Orcinus, June 13, 2009

"Lawmakers Reveal Health-Care Investments," Washington Post, June 12, 2009

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"The three essentials of financial reform," by Robert Reich, Salon, June 16, 2009

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Bush Accountability

"The Fruits of Torture," by Scott Horton, Harper's, June 16, 2009

"The Obama officials blocking accountability for Bush crimes," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, June 15, 2009

"John Yoo's Reckoning With Justice Draws Closer," by Scott Horton, Harper's, June 15, 2009

"Judge: Ex-Bush lawyer can be sued over torture," San Francisco Chronicle, June 13, 2009

"Bush Lawyer Ordered to Testify," The New York Times, June 12, 2009

"Will torture probe target Bush officials? Top Dem says 'stand by,'" Raw Story, June 12, 2009

"The Latest Torture Cover-Up Scam," by James Bovard, Future of Freedom Foundation, June 10, 2009

"Tortured history," by Karen J. Greenberg, National Interest, June 4, 2009

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International Affairs

"Recount Offer Fails to Quell Political Tumult in Iran," The New York Times, June 16, 2009

"Talking to Ahmadinejad," by Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, June 16, 2009

"Our Iran Strategy: Can Obama talk to Ahmadinejad? Will Ahmadinejad talk to Obama?," by Tim Fernholz, The American Prospect, June 16, 2009

"Ahmadinejad's Coup D'Etat," by Bernd Kaussler, Foreign Policy in Focus, June 16, 2009

"The meaning of the Tehran spring," by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, June 16, 2009

"The 'Bomb Iran' contingent's newfound concern for The Iranian People," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, June 16, 2009

"Iran's Stolen Election Has Sparked an Uprising -- What Should the U.S. Do?," by Stephen Zunes, AlterNet, June 15, 2009

"Stealing the Iranian Election" by Juan Cole, Informed Comment, June 13, 2009

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Pentagon wavers on releasing report on Afghan attack," McClatchy Newspapers, June 15, 2009

"Obama Looses the Manhunters: Charisma and the Imperial Presidency," by Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch, June 14, 2009

"Afghan villagers slain as they took cover," Times Online/UK, June 14, 2009

"'A Perfect Storm for Disaster' Brewing With Washington's 'Unprecedented' Shadow Army," by Jeremy Scahill, Rebel Reports, June 12, 2009

"CIA Secrecy on Drone Attacks Data Hides Abuses" by Gareth Porter, Inter Press Servicve, June 12, 2009

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Obama blocks list of visitors to White House," MSNBC, June 16, 2009

"Here is secrecy creep in action," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, June 16, 2009

"Feingold and Old Obama Vs. New Obama on Wiretapping," by John Nichols, The Nation, June 15, 2009

"The Ghosts of Gitmo," by Scott Horton, Harper's, June 15, 2009

"'Targets of Opportunity': Corruption, Contractors, and the Origins of the SERE Torture Program," by Valtin, Invictus, June 15, 2009

"Supreme Court Won't Hear Appeal of The 'Cuban Five,'" by Jeremy Scahill, Rebel Reports, June 15, 2009

"You're on the Battlefield Right Now," by Arthur Silber, Once Upon a Time, June 13, 2009

"The Normalization of Violence, Torture and Annihilation," by Arthur Silber, Once Upon a Time, June 10, 2009

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Environment and Sustainability

"Big Carbon Players Jockey for Advantage," Inter Press Service, June 15, 2009

"Indigenous Peoples: 'We are fighting for our lives and our dignity,'" Guardian/UK, June 13, 2009

"EPA Must Withhold Locations of 'High Hazard' Coal Ash Sites," Environment News Service, June 12, 2009

"Superfund money to clean 'mouth of the beast,'" San Francisco Chronicle, June 12, 2009

"It's Official -- The Era of Cheap Oil Is Over," by Tom Engelhardt & Michael T. Klare, TomDispatch, June 11, 2009

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Media Issues

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"Treating Civilian Deaths as a 'Sore Point,'" by Peter Hart, Extra!, June 16, 2009

"Excusing Outrages of the Right," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, June 15, 2009

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