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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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Though Suppressed,
Iran Election Protesters Not Defeated

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Interview with Arang Keshavarzian,
associate professor of
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
at New York University,
conducted by Scott Harris


After more than two weeks of turmoil following the disputed results of the June 12, Iranian presidential election, there is an air of uncertainty on where things will go next. On June 29, Iran's Guardian Council, made up of six senior clerics and six Islamic jurists, appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, certified the election victory by incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a second 4-year term. The Council dismissed charges of voting irregularities made by opposition, pro-reform opponents. The Council said it had certified the election after having done a random recount of 10 percent of the votes cast.

Former Iranian Prime Minister Mirhossein Mousavi, the main opposition presidential candidate, along with two other defeated candidates, had presented 646 specific charges of vote rigging they say favored Ahmadinejad. Moussavi has demanded a new election be held. Opposition protests erupted after the election certification was announced, but were broken up by the Basij pro-government militia and police. Earlier protests have resulted in at least 17 deaths, with hundreds injured and as many as 2,000 in jail. Ahmadinejad and his allies have charged that foreign governments, including the U.S. and Britain along with foreign press outlets are responsible for the unrest.

Between the Lines Scott Harris spoke with Arang Keshavarzian, associate professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. Keshavarzian, who traveled to Iran to observe the presidential election campaign from May 28 to June 15, discusses the success of the government attempt to crush the opposition and President Obama's reaction to the Iranian election dispute.

Read professor Arang Keshavarzian and other articles covering Iran at the website of Middle East Report of

Ship Carrying Humanitarian Aid
for Gaza Seized by Israel

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Interview with Caoimhe Butterly,
an Irish solidarity activist,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


On June 30, an unarmed boat, named "Spirit of Humanity," carrying 21 international peace activists was seized in international waters by the Israeli Navy, as it attempted to sail from Cypress to Gaza with relief supplies and messages of solidarity for Palestinians living in Gaza. Israel says the boat had been boarded for security reasons in the area of the blockade, after it had entered into Gaza's coastal waters. According to an International Committee of the Red Cross report released June 29, the Palestinians living in Gaza are "trapped in despair." Thousands of Gazans whose homes were destroyed during Israel's December/January invasion and air attacks are still without shelter despite pledges of almost $4.5 billion in international aid, because Israel refuses to allow cement and other building materials into Gaza. The report also notes that hospitals are struggling to meet the needs of their patients due to Israel's disruption of medical supplies.

Since August 2008, the Free Gaza Movement has organized eight sea missions, successfully landing in Gaza on five separate occasions. On two earlier voyages, Israeli Occupation Forces used violence to stop the ships, physically ramming and almost sinking the boat named "Dignity," in December 2008, and threatening to fire on and kill unarmed passengers in January.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Caoimhe Butterly, an Irish solidarity activist who was on board one of the boats last fall that arrived successfully in Gaza. She spent most of the next several months there, and was in Gaza during part of the Israeli winter offensive and served on the support team from Cypress for this most recent voyage of the Spirit of Humanity, whose passengers included former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire. Butterly explains exactly what happened in the June 30 seizure.

For more information, and ways to contact Israeli officials responsible for the boat seizure, visit the group's website at

Advocates for Single-Payer Fight
to be Heard in U.S. Healthcare Debate

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Interview with Geri Jenkins,
a registered nurse and co-president of the California Nurses Association,
conducted by Scott Harris


As the U.S. Congress moves forward with debate over the shape of healthcare reform, a top agenda item of President Obama and more than 47 million Americans without health insurance, the single-payer option continues to be marginalized in the process. Single-payer, what many supporters like to describe as "Medicare for all," has two primary bills in the House and Senate. In the House, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., is sponsoring HR 676, the United States National Health Insurance Act. In the Senate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is sponsoring S703, a bill to provide health care for every American.

One of the major players in the process is Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee. Until recently, Baucus has asserted that the single-payer option is off the table. But after a series of protests at the committee's hearings, where nurses and doctors supporting debate of single-payer were arrested, Baucus has softened his rhetoric, but not his opposition to the "Medicare for All" option.

While the medical industry and pharmaceutical companies spend millions of dollars to try to influence Congress and the public to retain America's private health insurance based system, grassroots activists continue to try to get a fair hearing for single-payer, the model used with great success by most industrial nations around the world to provide universal coverage. The central debate in Congress now centers on providing a government run or non-profit co-op health insurance option to compete with private insurers, but even that proposal is being opposed by many Republicans and conservative Democratic legislators. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Geri Jenkins, a registered nurse, and co-president of the California Nurses Association and the National Nurses Organizing Committee. Jenkins, who recently testified before the House Education and Labor Committee in support of single-payer, assesses the helath care debate in Congress and the role of citizens in determining the outcome.

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The Obama administration has sent 40 tons of weapons and ammunition to shore up the transitional government of Somalia, under siege from the al-Shabab rebel movement dedicated to imposing strict Islamic law. ("U.S. Has Sent 40 Tons of Munitions to Aid Somali Government," Washington Post, June 27, 2009; "Somali Rebels Threaten Violent Response to U.S. Arms," Associated Press, June 26, 2009; "Somalia: Militant Islamists Try to Draw Kenya into Trap,", June 26, 2009; "Kenya Poised to Intervene in Somalia," Christian Science Monitor, June 25, 2009)
  • The U.S. Supreme Court upheld key enforcement powers of the Voting Rights Act, while giving local authorities more ability to opt out of its jurisdiction in a closely watched case. ("Justices Retain Oversight by U.S. on Voting," New York Times, June 23, 2009; "Voting Rights Act Narrowed by the U.S. Supreme Court," Bloomberg, June 22, 2009; "An Uncertain Fate for Voting Rights," American Prospect, June 23, 2009)
  • The unregulated hedge fund industry has raised its profile on Capitol Hill and boosted its ties with key congressional Democrats like Sen. Chris Dodd and Rep. Barney Frank, who will oversee financial regulation. ("Hedge Funds Step Up Efforts to Avert Tougher Financial Rules," New York Times, June 23, 2009; "Banks Lobby to Change Accounting Rule that Could Cost Billions," The Hill, June 22, 2009)

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U.S. Politics

"Bogus Think Tank 'Third Way' Pops Up to Thwart Health Care Reform," by Alexander Zaitchik, AlterNet, June 30, 2009

"Minnesota Supreme Court Rules for Al Franken, 5-0; Coleman Concedes," Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 30, 2009

"Meet the Retreads: Obama's Used Green Team," by Jeffrey St. Clair, Counterpunch, June 26-28, 2009

"The Sickening Influence of Campaign Contributions," by Joe Conason, Truthdig, June 24, 2009

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"The Holes in Obama's Financial Regulation Plan," by Ralph Nader, Counterpunch, June 29, 2009

"Pecora Whirling: Appointing the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission," by Robert Kuttner, Huffington Post, June 28, 2009

"Foreclosure Fiasco Continues: The Bush-Obama Strategy of Throwing Billions at Banks Doesn't Work," by Robert Scheer, TruthDig, June 27, 2009

"Regulatory Capture: What the Big Banks Have Won," by Mike Whitney, Counterpunch, June 26-28, 2009

"A Global Recovery for a Global Recession," by Joseph E. Stiglitz, The Nation, June 24, 2009

"Capitolism: Bucking the Banks," by Christopher Hayes, The Nation, June 24, 2009

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Bush Accountability

"Judges Above the Law," by Scott Horton, Harper's, June 29, 2009

"Advocacy groups want CIA lawyers disbarred," Associated Press, June 29, 2009

"Accountability for Torture - More About Courage than Consensus," by Lisa Magarrell & Anh-Thu Nguyen, ACLU Blog of Rights, June 28, 2009

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International Affairs

"Democracy Derailed in Honduras," by Greg Grandin, The Nation, June 30, 2009

"Honduras Crisis Forces Obama to Focus on Latin America," by Tom Hayden, The Nation, June 30, 2009

"Showdown in Honduras: The Rise and Uncertain Future of the Coup," by Benjamin Dangl, Truthout, June 30, 2009

"Coup d'état in Honduras Elicits International Condemnation," by Tom Loudon, Truthout, June 29, 2009

"Honduras Coup Poses Challenges, Questions for Obama, Congress," by John Nichols, The Nation, June 29, 2009

"Dealing With North Korea: Why Threats and Sanctions Will Only Backfire," by Conn Hallinan, Counterpunch, June 29, 2009

"Key leaders of Honduras military coup trained in U.S.," by Chris Kromm, Facing South, June 28, 2009

"Obama officials say talks with Iran still possible," Associated Press, June 28, 2009

"The End of the Beginning: What will be the legacy of the Green Revolution?," by Trita Parsi & Reza Aslan, Foreign Policy, June 26, 2009

"Want to Stop Israeli Settlements? Follow the Dollars," by Ronit Avni, Washington Post, June 25, 2009

"Palestinian Violence Overstated, Jewish Violence Understated: Time to Change the Story," by Tom Engelhardt & Ira Chernus, TomDispatch, June 25, 2009

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Iraq Marks Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Cities," The New York Times, June 30, 2009

"Iraq's "National Sovereignty Day" is U.S.-Style Hallmark Hype," by Jeremy Scahill, Rebel Reports, June 29, 2009

"Iraq Has Another One of Its Famous Turning Points," by Marie Cocco, Truthdig, June 29, 2009

"How Bribery Became a Way of Life in Iraq," by Patrick Cockburn, Agence France Presse, June 28, 2009

"Afghan leader criticises US ambassador," Agence France Presse, June 27, 2009

"Pakistan army operation hinders Taliban efforts in Afghanistan, U.S. says," Los Angeles Times, June 27, 2009

"What will happen when U.S. combat troops withdraw?," by Fred Kaplan, Slate, June 26, 2009

"Obama must call off this folly before Afghanistan becomes his Vietnam," by Simon Jenkins, Guardian/UK, June 25, 2009

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"The suppressed fact: Deaths by U.S. torture," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, June 30, 2009

"Why Does Our Government Still Spy On, Arrest and Persecute Dissidents?," by Emily Spence, Consortium News, June 30, 2009

"Dem Congressional Candidate's Event Raided By San Diego Sheriffs," by Eric Kleefeld, Talking Points Memo, June 29, 2009

"Establishment view of Obama's civil liberties record," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, June 29, 2009

"White House Visitors - A Secret," by Christopher Brauchli, Common Dreams, June 27, 2009

"Obama contemplates Executive Order for detention without charges," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, June 27, 2009

"White House Is Drafting Executive Order to Allow Indefinite Detention; Move Would Bypass Congress," Washington Post/Pro Publica, June 26, 2009

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Environment and Sustainability

"U.S. EPA Approves California Clean Car Standards," Environment News Service, June 30, 2009

"Even the Mighty Mississippi's Sediment Won't Be Enough to Save Our Vanishing Coast," The Timnes-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana), June 29, 2009

"EPA list shows dangerous coal ash sites found in 10 states," McClatchy Newspapers, June 29, 2009

"Betraying the Planet," by Paul Krugman, The New York Times, June 29, 2009

"Green Energy for All by 2030?," Inter Press Service, June 27, 2009

"Climate Change Activists Dismayed by Some of Bill's Provisions," Washington Post, June 26, 2009

"Why do we allow the US to act like a failed state on climate change?," by George Monbiot, Guardian/UK, June 26, 2009

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Media Issues

"The Princess and The Pea," by georgia10, Daily Kos, June 30, 2009

"The Corporate Media State Has Deformed American Culture -- Time to Fight Back," by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, June 30, 2009

"The Revolution Will Not Be Digitized: How the Internet helps Iran silence activists," by by Farhad Manjoo, Slate, June 25, 2009

"Journalism in the Twitter Era," by Ellen Goodman, Truthdig, June 24 2009

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"Refusing to Comply: The Tactics of Resistance in an All-Volunteer Military," by Tom Engelhardt & Dahr Jamail, TomDispatch, June 30, 2009

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