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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 Aug. 5, 2009

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Some Single Payer Advocates
Want Obama Health Care Plan to Fail

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Interview with Russell Mokhiber,
founder of Single Payer Action,
conducted by Scott Harris


As President Obama admitted to failing at his stated goal of having the House and Senate pass health care reform legislation before the congressional August recess, Republicans, the health insurance industry and other opponents of reform stepped up their efforts to derail proposed legislation. Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works, groups that planned the April 15th anti-Obama "Tea Parties" around the U.S., are now spearheading what many label as the "Astroturf" organizing of health care reform opponents to disrupt congressional Town Hall meetings sponsored by legislators in their home districts during the August break.

While the Senate has not hammered out a final health care reform bill, conservative Blue Dog Democrats in the House succeeded in weakening bills that have made it out of committee. They worked hard to cut back subsidies, consumer protections and erode the core elements of a government-run public option designed to compete against private insurance companies. The health and insurance industries are spending more than $1.4 million a day to scuttle strong reform legislation and Republicans and conservative Democrats who are doing their bidding are the beneficiaries, receiving large campaign contributions as a reward.

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Advocates of a single-payer health insurance plan, the model used in most industrialized nations of the world, have been disappointed that their favored solution to America's failed health care system has not been seriously debated and are unhappy with the bills coming out of Congress. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Russell Mokhiber, editor of Corporate Crime Reporter and founder of the group Single Payer Action. He explains why some of those who favor single-payer have decided that no reform legislation at all would be better than President Obama's weakened, hybrid health plan -- preferring to start the legislative process again from scratch.

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Military Spending Needs to be
Re-directed to Climate Security

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Interview with Miriam Pemberton,
research fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Recent Pentagon analyses have targeted climate change as a major security threat since increased flooding, droughts and other climate challenges would likely increase tension and possibly ignite conflicts both across borders and within nations.

President Obama has put more money into combating climate change than his predecessor President Bush, but almost all the funding dedicated to that purpose is coming from the one-time federal stimulus spending package. The Obama administration has also increased overall military spending in his proposed 2010 budget, although the rate of increase isn't as high as that seen over the Bush years from 2001 to 2009. In FY 2008, the U.S. government spent $88 on funding the military for every $1 spent on projects to stabilize the climate.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Miriam Pemberton, a research fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, about a new report she authored titled, "Military vs. Climate Security: Mapping the Shift from the Bush Years to the Obama Era." The report concludes that the public interest would be served by narrowing the gap between military expenditures and investing in climate security, a policy shift that will create sustainable jobs.

Get a copy of the "Military vs. Climate Security" report by calling IPS at (202) 234-9382 or visit their website at

Honduran Coup Government Represses
Dissent, While Running Out the Clock

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Interview with Father Luis Barrios,
chair and professor of Latin America and Latina Studies
at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York,
conducted by Scott Harris


More than a month after the Honduran Congress and military overthrew Manual Zelaya, the democratically elected President of Honduras, diplomatic efforts continue to restore him to power. Costa Rican President, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize Oscar Arias, was enlisted to try to negotiate Zelaya's return to Honduras. Mr. Arias has proposed that Manual Zelaya be reinstated to the presidency with limited power, followed by early presidential elections. But thus far the deal has been rejected by the defacto government in Honduras headed by Roberto Micheletti.

Zelaya attempted to return to Honduras by air one week after the coup, an effort blocked by the Honduran military at the Tegucigalpa airport. President Zelaya has also tried unsuccessfully to enter Honduras from an encampment set up by his supporters on the Nicaraguan border. The military prevented him from crossing the frontier, but did not arrest him as was threatened by the coup-installed government.

Since the coup, the regime in power has repressed groups supporting Zelaya and arrested their leaders. Press reports assert that there have been assassinations, torture and over one thousand arrests. Independent media outlets opposed to the coup have been subjected to harassment and attempted closure. While the Obama administration has condemned the coup, the U.S has not withdrawn its Ambassador from the country. Washington has withheld $18.5 million in military aid, but has not cut off $180 million pledged to Honduras in development funds. Between The Lines Scott Harris spoke with Father Luis Barrios, Chair and Professor of Latin America and Latina Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Father Barrios, who recently served a 2 month sentence for committing non-violent civil disobedience at a protest demanding the closure of the U.S. Army's military school for Latin American soldiers, talks about the connections between the Army's Western Hemisphere Institute for Security and Cooperation and the leaders of the Honduran coup.

Contact the School of the Americas Watch by calling (202) 234-3440 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Mohammed Yusuf, head of Nigerian radical sect Boko Haram, which seeks to impose strict Islamic law in northeast Nigeria, was killed under mysterious circumstances while in police custody. ("Nigerian Row Over Militant Killing," BBC, July 31, 2009; "Brutal Reality of Nigerian Killing," BBC, July 31, 2009; Nigerian Police Claim Victory Over Radical Sect," Associated Press, July 31, 2009)
  • Amnesty International has charged Nicaragua's total ban on abortion is putting women and teenagers at risk in a country that already suffers from a high rate of maternal death. ("Nicaragua's Ban on Abortion Compels Rape and Incest Victims to Give Birth," The Guardian, July 27, 2009; "Shocking Abortion Ban Denies Life-Saving Treatment to Girls and Women in Nicaragua," Amnesty International press release, July 27, 2009; " Denial of Access to Medically Indicated Abortion," Chapter 3 of Amnesty report: The total abortion ban in Nicaragua: Women's Lives and Health Endangered, Medical Professionals Criminalized)
  • Oakland, Calif. voters, by a 3-to-1 margin, took the historic step to become the first U.S. municipality to tax marijuana through a new gross receipts tax that could raise $300,000 for the fiscally troubled city. ("Oakland Voters Approve Marijuana Tax," Christian Science Monitor, July 22, 2009)

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U.S. Politics

"U.S. Politics Healthcare Tyranny,"In These Times, Aug. 1, 2009

"Obama Wants to Kill Your Grandma: Five right-wing myths about healthcare reform, and the facts," Salon, Aug. 6, 2009

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"If the Economy's So Much Better, Why Are Stores Giving Away Stuff Practically for Free?"Alternet, July 31, 2009

"Old Tricky Banks, New Lending Tricks,"BusinessWeek, Aug. 6, 2009

"The Public Option in Banking: How We Can Beat Wall Street at Its Own Game,", Aug. 5, 2009

The Health Care Debate Has Only Just Begun,", Aug. 7, 2009

"The Town Hall Mob,"The New York Times, Aug. 7, 2009

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Bush Accountability

"Why Does Barack Obama Follow the George W. Bush Playbook?", Aug. 6, 2009

"Torturing Children: Bush's Legacy and Democracy's Failure,">, Aug. 3, 2009

"Former Top Navy Psychologist Involved in Pre-9/11 Prisoner Abuse Case,", Aug. 5, 2009

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International Affairs

"Chávez: We're buying Russian tanks,"Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 6, 2009

"As a CIA spy, I saw in Iran What the West Cannot Ignore," Aug. 5, 2009

"A Somali Surprise?" Foreign Policy, Aug. 6, 2009

"Honduran Workers Fight for Return of Democracy," National Labor Committee, Aug. 5, 2009

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Endless War: The Suicide of the United States,", Aug. 5, 2009

U.S. Eyes Vietnam for Afghanistan Tips,"Associated Press, Aug. 7, 2009

"Where Our Defense Money Goes,"The Boston Globe, Aug. 5, 2009

"Militarizing the Homeland,", Aug. 6, 2009

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"The Forced Disappearance of Mustafa Setmariam Nassar,", Aug. 5, 2009 "Putting an End to Glenn Beck's Racist Antics and Apocalyptic Rhetoric," Alternet, Aug. 3, 2009

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Environment and Sustainability

"Climate Change: 75 Million Environmental Refugees to Plague Asia-Pacific,"IPS, Aug. 4 2009

"Beyond Radical: What Conservatives Could Bring to the Climate Conversation," Orion Magazine, July/August 2009

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Media Issues

"Republicans want more Birther coverage", Aug. 6. 2009

"The Olbermann-O’Reilly Feud: Freedom of the Press and the Economic Value of the ‘News’", Aug. 3, 2009

"Did GE Stifle Keith Olbermann? Fox and MSNBC's Gentlemen's Agreement," FAIR, Aug. 7, 2009

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"We Need More Protest to Make Reform Possible," The Nation, Aug. 6, 2009

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