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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 29, 2009

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Lawsuit Aims to Shine Light
on Bush Era Illegal Covert Action

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Interview with Nate Cardozo,
Open Government Legal Fellow
with the Electronic Frontier Foundation,
conducted by Scott Harris


On July 22, the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act to demand documents from the CIA, FBI, NSA, and departments of homeland security, defense, energy and state. The suit, filed in a San Francisco federal court, asks for misconduct reports that could reveal illegal or unconstitutional activities carried out under the eight years of the Bush administration. Presidential orders required that U.S. spy agencies report illegal action to the Intelligence Oversight Board, created in 1976, which could then refer potential crimes to the president or the attorney general. However, in a February 2008 Executive Order, President Bush reassigned the power of the board to investigate over to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Members of Congress have recently made public complaints that the CIA and other intelligence agencies had not kept them informed about covert programs undertaken by the Bush administration. Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has contradicted statements by the CIA that she had been briefed about waterboarding techniques used against U.S.-held prisoners. Press reports allege that former Vice President Dick Cheney had ordered the CIA not to reveal to Congress details about the agency's covert assassination squad targeting al Qaeda operatives. The House Intelligence Committee has recently launched an investigation into the lack of information coming to Congress about the CIA death squad, warrantless domestic surveillance, torture of prisoners and the destruction of videotape recordings of harsh interrogations.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Nate Cardozo, Open Government Legal Fellow with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who explains why his group initiated the Freedom of Information lawsuit and the prosecutions that could result from making intelligence agency lawbreaking public.

Contact the Electronic Frontier Foundation by calling (415) 436-9333 or visit their website at

Rise in Israeli Violence Against
West Bank Palestinians Requires U.S. Response

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Interview with Mazin Qumsiyeh,
Palestinian-American activist,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


The Obama administration has made resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a high priority, and has publicly criticized Israel for its continued building of settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, lands that were taken in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. But the U.S. has not withdrawn or threatened to withdraw any of the more than $3 billion in mostly military aid it provides to Israel every year.

While attacks and oppression of Palestinians by Israeli military forces and settlers have been an ongoing fact of life, there are some indications that such violence is now on the rise. Israeli response to protests against the Israeli separation wall being constructed inside Palestinian territory, in Bi'lin and other Palestinian villages, have turned more violent, resulting in at least two recent killings and the kidnapping of village youths. In another recent incident, 1,500 olive trees -- a mainstay of Palestinian agriculture and economic survival -- were recently destroyed by settlers.

Mazin Qumsiyeh is a Palestinian with dual American citizenship who spent many years in the U.S. but who moved back last year to live at his family home in Beit Sahour, in the West Bank. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Qumsiyeh, a professor at Bethlehem University, who describes the upsurge in repression and what he views is an appropriate American response.

Mazin Qumsiyeh is the author of "Sharing the Land of Canaan," and is writing a forthcoming book on Palestinian civil resistance. Visit his website at

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Henry Louis Gates Jr.-Police Incident
Reveals America's Unresolved
Issues of Race and Class

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Interview with David Kairys,
professor of constitutional law
at Temple Law School,
conducted by Scott Harris


Issues involving race continue to be one of America's most stubborn triggers of hatred and conflict, even as the nation celebrated the historic inauguration of its first African American president in January. Questions involving reverse discrimination were the central focus of inquiry during Judge Sonia Sotomayor's Senate Supreme Court confirmation hearings, with white firefighters from New Haven who testified they were blocked from advancement after passing a promotional test when the results were thrown out.

The July 16 incident between Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge, Massachusetts police Officer James Crowley set the stage for the latest national debate and media circus on the issue of race. Professor Gates, arriving back at his home after a trip to China found his front door jammed. When Gates and his cab driver broke a screen door to gain entry into the professor's home, a neighbor called police to let them know that a burglary might be in progress. Upon arriving at the scene, Officer Crowley questioned Gates and a confrontation followed, causing Crowley to call for back up. Gates was arrested for disorderly conduct, charges which were later dropped. While the specifics of what the two men said to each other are in dispute, it's clear that the long history of racial profiling by American police affected the outcome of this encounter.

During his July 22 press conference, President Obama answered a question about the Gates incident by stating that the "Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home," words that he later backed away from. Obama, Gates and Crowley plan to drink a beer together at the White House to symbolically bury the hatchet and close out the affair. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with David Kairys, professor of constitutional law at Temple Law School and a leading civil rights attorney, who examines the issues of racial profiling and class seen in the Gates-Crowley incident.

Kairys is the author of the new book titled, "Philadelphia Freedom: Memoir of a Civil Rights Lawyer."

This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The British human rights group Global Witness has accused foreign mining companies of fueling ongoing political violence in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.("British Firm Linked to Congo's Illicit Mineral Trade," The Guardian, July 21, 2009; "Faced with a Gun, What Can You Do,"
  • In a major legislative victory for President Obama, the Senate eliminated funding for seven new F-22 stealth jet fighters. The Pentagon had built 187 of the fighter jets designed to penetrate the Soviet Union at a cost of $60 billion, but so far none have been used in combat. ("Obama Wins Crucial Vote on F-22," New York Times, July 22, 2009; "They Scrapped the F-22," Slate, June 21, 2009)
  • U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has placed a temporary ban on staking new uranium claims near the Grand Canyon. ("Ban Set on Mining Claims Adjacent to Grand Canyon," New York Times, July 21, 2009; "Salazar Protects Grand Canyon Watershed from New Uranium Claims and Exploration," Center for Biological Diversity press release, July 20, 2009; "Radioactive Revival in New Mexico," the Nation, June 29, 2009)

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U.S. Politics

"Racism Is the Prime Cause for Debunked Obama Birth Certificate Conspiracy Theory," by Liliana Segura, AlterNet, July 28, 2009

"The 'Bipartisan Compromise' Scam," by Cenk Uygur, Huffington Post, July 28, 2009

"Sources: Bipartisan Group Omitting Dem Health Goals," Associated Press, July 27, 2009

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"Profiling CEOs and Their Sociopathic Paychecks," by Thom Hartmann, Common Dreams, July 27, 2009

"Foreclosed and Evicted in Oakland" by David Bacon, Truthout, July 27, 2009

"The war being waged on the TARP watchdog's independence," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, July 26, 2009

"Why markets can't cure healthcare," by Paul Krugman, The New York Times, July 25, 2009

"Surrender in Boston: Union Workers Forced to Accept Massive Cuts," by David Macaray, Counterpunch, July 24-26, 2009

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Bush Accountability

"Holder Probe Would Be Big Break From Bush Torture Policy," by Daphne Eviatar, Washington independent, July 28, 2009

"Obama Ignores Torture," by Helen Thomas, Times union (New york), July 28, 2009

"Cheney's Plans for a Military Coup," by Scott Horton, Harper's, July 27, 2009

"Yoo's Personal Lawyer Will Be Paid by Taxpayers," by Daphne Eviatar, Washington Independent, July 27, 2009

"The Washington Post endorses Abu Ghraib scapegoating for torture," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, July 27, 2009

"Amid Scrutiny, Yoo Pushes Back Washington post, July 26, 2009

"The Cheney plan to deploy the U.S. military on U.S. soil," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, July 25, 2009

"Don't Turn the Page on History: Facing the American World We Created," by Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch, July 23, 2009

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International Affairs

"The Honduran Coup and the Clinton Connection: A pro-coup faction in the Obama administration," by Justin Raimondo,, July 27, 2009

"Hillary and Obama Nix Change in Honduras" by Roger Burbach, Counterpunch, July 27 2009

"Our Man in Honduras," by Roberto Lovato, The American Prospect, July 22, 2009

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Armageddon at the Top of the World: Not!: A Century of Frenzy over the North-West Frontier" by Tom Engelhardt & Juan Cole, TomDispatch, July 27, 2009

"Elections Shake Kurdistan: Strong Showing of 'Change' Party Stuns Political Elite," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, July 27, 2009

"Americans Won't Back Long Afghan War: Gates," Reuters, July 20, 2009

"Casualties of War, Part I: The Hell of War Comes Home," Colorado Springs Gazette, July 24, 2009

"'Now I Will Die': Beaten and Held in Prison Without Charge by the U.S. in Iraq," by Michael Bronner, The Huffington Post Investigative Fund, July 24, 2009

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"The Military Spies on Anarchists in Olympia," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, July 28, 2009

"Today, Henry Gates; Tomorrow, You," by Kelley B. Vlahos, July 28, 2009

"Declassified Docs Reveal Military Operative Spied on WA Peace Groups, Activist Friends Stunned," by Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! July 28, 2009

"Judge Slams Govt Over Afghan Detainee," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, July 28, 2009

"Obama Administration Cooks Up New Legal Argument for Detaining Guantanamo Prisoner" by Jason Leopold, Truthout, July 28, 2009

"Ala. Police: Taser Use on Disabled Man Justified," Associated Press, July 28, 2009

"Will the American Psychological Association Renounce the Nuremberg Defense?," by Stephen Soldz, Counterpunch, July 27, 2009

"U.S. citizens wrongly detained, deported by ICE," San Francisco Chronicle, July 26, 2009

"New report contradicts central Obama claim for preventive detention," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, July 23, 2009

"The NSA is still listening to you," by James Bamford, Salon, July 22, 2009

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Environment and Sustainability

"Human activity is driving Earth's 'sixth great extinction event,'" Guardian/UK, July 28, 2009

"World will warm faster than predicted in next five years, study warns," Guardian/UK, July 27, 2009

"GM Crop Trials Start Again in Britain in 'Secret': Report," Agence France Presse, July 27, 2009

"Politics-As-Usual While Planet Burns: American Clean Energy and Security Act Can't Solve Climate Crisis," by Brian Tokar, The Indypendent (New York), July 26, 2009

"Uranium Contamination Haunts Navajo Country," The New York Times, July 26, 2009

"Revealed: the secret evidence of global warming Bush tried to hide," Guardian/UK, July 26, 2009

"Global Food Crisis: The other 'pandemic,'," GRAIN, July, 2009

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Media Issues

"The MSM is dead! (Wait, am I MSM?)," by King Kaufman, Salon, July 28, 2009

"Who needs newspapers when you have Twitter?," by Frank Hornig, Salon, July 28, 2009

"Crazy 'Birther' Conspiracy Theories Get Boost in Mainstream Media," by Eric Boehlert, Media Matters for America, July 24, 2009

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"The Hotel Workers' Kickass Local 2," by Carl Finamore, Counterpunch, July 28, 2009

"Prepare to Disengage: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent," by Elaine Elinson, The Daily Journal, July 26, 2009

"U.S. Labor in Crisis: Resistance or Retreat?," by Lee Sustar, Counterpunch, July 24-26, 2009

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