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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

"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 July 15, 2009

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U.S. and Russia Move Toward Reducing
Number of Nuclear Weapons

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Interview with John Isaacs,
executive director and president of
the Council for a Liveable World
and executive director of the Center
for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation,
conducted by Scott Harris


President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmetri Medvedev, meeting in Moscow on July 6, signed a joint preliminary agreement to work toward cutting the number of deployed nuclear warheads to between 1,500 and 1,675 within seven years -- a reduction from the previous ceiling of 2,200. The leaders also agreed to limit the number of land-based intercontinental missiles, submarine-based missiles and bombers to between 500 and 1,100, down from the previous limit of 1,600 delivery vehicles.

The U.S. - Russian agreement, if ratified by the U.S. Senate, would replace the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, which expires in December. Obama will host a nuclear security summit meeting in Washington next March where he hopes to make more substantial cuts in the world's nuclear arsenal and limit proliferation.

While the two leaders agreed to fight the proliferation of nuclear weapons in Iran and North Korea, Medvedev and Obama did not resolve their nation's differences over the U.S. plan to deploy a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic, initiated under the Bush administration to deter a future missile threat from Iran. Russia strongly opposes the plan as a threat to its security. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with John Isaacs, executive director and president of the Council for a Livable World and executive director of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, who outlines the progress made in Moscow and the reasons why the U.S. and Russia live with legacy of the Cold War more than 18 years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

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G-8 Summit Fails to Make Progress
on Global Warming

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Interview with Jim Lyons,
vice-president for policy and communications
with Oxfam America,
conducted by Scott Harris


While the world is increasingly focusing on the issue of climate change and its consequences, many people don't fully understand the links between global warming and world hunger. The shifting seasons and severe weather, such as drought and floods, are responsible for destroying agricultural harvests, which in turn exacerbate hunger and increase poverty.

When the world's leading industrial nations met in Italy for the G-8 Summit, they declined to commit themselves to adopting higher taxes and energy prices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. The wealthiest nations set a goal of reducing their own emissions by 80 percent and worldwide emissions by 50 percent by the year 2050, but without outlining the steps necessary to achieve that goal. India and China rejected that proposal, arguing that they would bear an unfair burden as their economies expanded to catch up with the west. Nations at the G-8 issued a declaration that they would work to limit global warming to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial temperatures, a level scientists assert would minimize the worst effects of climate change. Ongoing talks on the issue of global warming will culminate at a United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen this December.

Between The Lines Scott Harris spoke with Jim Lyons, vice-president for policy and communications with Oxfam America who talks about the outcome of the G-8 summit negotiations on climate change and the links between global warming and hunger.

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Campaign Intensifies to Stop
Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining

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Interview with Judy Bonds,
co-director of Coal River Mountain Watch,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


In late June, the years-long struggle of people in Appalachia to stop mountaintop removal coal mining grabbed some headlines when prominent climate scientist James Hanson and actorDaryl Hannah were arrested along with others protesting the practice. The burning of coal contributes the greatest proportion of greenhouse gases of any energy source in the U.S.

But, literally blowing the tops off mountains to mine the coal seams and dumping tons of debris in local streams has created a nightmare for residents of West Virginia and other states where the practice continues. And the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in a case from Alaska that dumping toxic debris in streams does not violate the Clean Water Act.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Judy Bonds, co-director of Coal River Mountain Watch in West Virginia. She is the daughter and granddaughter of miners, and has been in the forefront of trying to stop mountaintop removal mining. For her efforts, she was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2003. In a recent protest against the Massey coal company, she was attacked by a Massey supporter and suffered a serious neck injury. She describes what it's like to live with constant blasting and the water and air contamination that accompany surface mining, and what people living in Appalachia are doing about it.

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • China has mobilized a massive crackdown in the western province of Xinjiang, as ethnic Muslim Uighur rioting broke out against the Han, China's dominant ethnic group.("Toll Rises to 156 in Ethnic Clashes in Western China," New York Times, July 7, 2009; "Clashes Subside as Troops Arrive in Chinese Region," Washington Post, July 8, 2009; "Q&A: China and the Uighurs," BBC News, July 6, 2009; "Death Toll Debated in China's Rioting," Washington Post, July 11, 2009)
  • Mexican President Felipe Calderon of the conservative National Action Party or PAN suffered a considerable defeat in midterm congressional elections when the former ruling party (the Institutional Revolutionary Party) won dozens of seats in Congress and now holds a majority of state governors. ("Drug War, Economy Weigh on Mexico Midterm Election," Associated Press, July 5, 2009; "AP Source: Guard to Seek Volunteers for Border," Associated Press, June 26, 2009; "Latin America's Legalization Push," American Prospect, July/August 2009)
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has formally opposed a move to tax health care benefits to raise $320 billion to pay for health reform over the next decade. ("Reid Move Opens $320 Billion," Politico, July 8, 2009; "Democrats Divide Over a Proposal to Tax Health Benefits," Politico, July 9, 2009; "Democrats Agree on Tax Hike to Fund Health Care," Washington Post, July 11, 2009)

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U.S. Politics

"White House Open to Deal on Public Health Plan," Wall Street Journal, July 7, 2009

"CIA Lies: Why Isn't Congress in Open Revolt?," by Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch, July 10-12, 2009

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"Of Breadlines and Banks," by Laura Flanders, GRITtv, July 14, 2009

"The events preceding Goldman Sachs' new 'blowout profits,'" by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, July 13, 2009

"Drifitng Downward: The Deflating Economy," by Mike Whitney, Counterpunch, July 13, 2009

"The Mystery of the Missing Unemployed Man: On Jobs and Banks," by Tom Engelhardt & Barbara Garson, TomDispatch, July 12, 2009

"American children in poverty on the rise," Washington Post, July 11, 2009

"Growing numbers of poor people swamp legal aid offices," McClatchy Newspapers, July 10, 2009

"Americans Swap Homes for Hotels as Recession Bites" Reuters, July 10, 2009

"Big Bankers Mounting Sneak Attack on Consumers," by Jim Hightower, Creators Syndicate, July 10, 2009

"Private Equity Fund Would Rather Shut Down a Plant Than Pay Its Workers a Fair Wage," by Art Levine, AlterNet, July 10, 2009

"Hundreds of Thousands of Workers Will Lose Unemployment Benefits Soon," by Marie Cocco, Washington Post Writers Group, July 10, 2009

"When Will The Recovery Begin? Never.," by Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog, July 9, 2009

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Bush Accountability

"CIA faces hostile scrutiny as details of 'dark' programmes are revealed," Guardian/UK, July 14, 2009

"I've Seen 1,200 Torture Photos," by David Swanson, Daily Kos, July 13, 2009

"Cheney 'set up illegal secret spy project,'" Independent/UK, July 13, 2009

"Is the Lid About to Blow on the Cheney Snuff Program?," by Scott Horton, Harper's, July 13, 2009

"Top Anti-Torture Lawyers Criticize AG Holder's Torture Probe, Saying It May Let 'Higher-Ups' Off," by Jeremy Scahill, Rebel Reports, July 13, 2009

"The Balance Begins to Tip Against Cheney," by John Nichols, The Nation, July 13, 2009

"Bush Anti-Terror Policies Get Reluctant Revisit," Washington Post, July 13, 2009

"The Holder trial balloon: Abu Ghraib redux," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, July 12, 2009

"Independent's Day: Obama doesn't want to look back, but Attorney General Eric Holder may probe Bush-era torture anyway," Newsweek, July 11, 2009

"Our political class in a nutshell: War crimes accountability is for other countries," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, July 11, 2009

"Cheney Is Linked to Concealment of C.I.A. Project," The New York Times, July 11, 2009

" The new Report on illegal spying is not a real investigation," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, July 11, 2009

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International Affairs

"Honduran Coup Blamed on Militarism" by Sherwood Ross, Consortium News, July 12, 2009

"After the Honduran Coup: Latin America Asks: Are the Gorillas Back?" by John Ross, Counterpunch, July 10-12, 2009

"Showdown in 'Tegucigolpe,'" by Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, July 10, 2009

"Honduran Destablization, Inc.: Otto Reich and the International Republican Institute," by Nikolas Kozloff, Counterpunchg, July 9, 2009

"Israel Has Right to Hit Iran: Biden," The Age/Australia, July 6, 2009

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Mounting Casualties in Afghanistan Spur Concern," Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2009

"Obama Orders Probe of Alleged Mass Grave" Associated Press, July 12, 2009

"Physicians for Human Rights' Call for Investigation into War Crimes Cover-Up," by Jeff Kaye, Firedoglake, July 11, 2009

"U.S. General Sees Afghan Army, Police Insufficient," Washington Post, July 11, 2009

"U.S. Inaction Seen After Taliban P.O.W.'s Died," The New York Times, July 10, 2009

"Colonizing Iraq: The Obama Doctrine?," by Tom Engelhardt & Michael Schwartz, TomDispatch, July 9, 2009

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Former Insider Shatters Credibility of Military Commissions," by Andy Worthington,, July 13, 2009

"Bush Surveillance Program Was Massive," Associated Press, July 11, 2009

"Obama quoted in wiretap lawsuit in S.F.," San Francisco Chronicle, July 10, 2009

"The Dilemma of Post-Acquittal Detentions," by Adam Serwer, The American Prospect, July 10, 2009

"CIA's History of Lying to Congress," by Lisa Pease, Consortium News, July 10, 2009

"Detainee Acquittal No Guarantee of Freedom," by William Fisher,, July 10, 2009

"Revamping the Military Commissions: Government Flounders as Adm. Hutson Nails Problems," by Andy Worthington, Counterpunch, July 9, 2009

"Two Standards of Detention," by Amy Goodman, TruthDig, July 8, 2009

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Environment and Sustainability

"Crops, ponds destroyed in quest for food safety," San Francisco Chronicle, July 13, 2009

"The planet's future: Climate change 'will cause civilisation to collapse,'" Independent/UK, July 12, 2009

"From Climate Science to Climate Justice: Climate Change a Symptom of Man's Inhumanity to Man," by Sanjay Khanna, Huffington Post, July 12, 2009

"The Organic Monopoly and the Myth of 'Natural' Foods: How Industry Giants Are Undermining the Organic Movement," by Ronnie Cummins, Common Dreams, July 9, 2009

"G-8 Failure Reflects U.S. Failure on Climate Change," by Dr. James Hansen, Huffington Post, July 9, 2009

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Media Issues

"Sanford's Media Emails: News Orgs Offered Friendly Spin," by Jason Linkins, Huffington Post, July 14, 2009

"What Sotomayor Could Mean for Network Neutrality and the First Amendment," by Marvin Amorri, Save the Internet, July 13, 2009

"'The Select Few' Are Cashing in: Shocking Corruption at the Washington Post," by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, AlterNet, July 12 2009

"Helping Iran Target Iranians," by Timothy Karr, Save the Internet, July 11, 2009

"Post Criticized for 'Ethical Lapse,'" The New York Times, July 11, 2009

"The significance of McClatchy's act of journalism," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, July 9, 2009

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"Afghanistan War Resister to 'Put the War on Trial,'" by Dahr Jamail, Truthout, July 14, 2009

"Worker Action in Not-So Center-Right' America," by Paul Street, ZNet, July 14, 2009

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