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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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After Holding Back, Peace Groups Prepare
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Interview with Medea Benjamin,
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As Afghanistan attempts to put the best face on their Aug. 20 presidential election, tainted by widespread charges of fraud and vote rigging on behalf of Afghanistan's incumbent President Hamid Karzai, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan has issued a report on the progress of the eight-year war. Gen. McChrystal, after releasing his report to the Pentagon, said in a statement that "the situation in Afghanistan is serious, but success is achievable and demands a revised implementation strategy, commitment and resolve, and increased unity of effort."

August has been the most deadly month yet for U.S. forces fighting in Afghanistan, with 51 dead. A total of 800 U.S. servicemen and women have been killed since the American invasion and overthrow of the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban government in October 2001 following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Since taking office, President Obama has sent an additional 21,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan for a total of 68,000 in country. But there is speculation that thousands more troops may soon be deployed.

According to a new CNN/Opinion Research poll released on Sept. 1, "57 percent of Americans surveyed say they oppose the U.S. war in Afghanistan, with 42 percent supporting the military mission. The percentage of those in opposition to the war is up 11 points since April." Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the group Code Pink Women for Peace, who discusses the role of the peace movement in relation to what appears to be a deepening quagmire for the U.S. in Afghanistan.

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Garrido Abduction Case Jeopardizes Prison Reform

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Interview with Marc Mauer,
executive director of the Sentencing Project,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


In late August, Jaycee Dugard, who had been kidnapped as an 11-year-old in California 18 years ago, was freed from her captors, along with the two daughters her kidnapper, Philip Garrido, had fathered. Garrido and his wife have been charged with 29 counts of kidnapping and rape.

Because this is one of the nation's most sensational kidnapping cases, it could derail significant prison reform legislation that has already passed the California Senate and is pending in the House. The bill calls for reducing the state's prison population by 27,000 through an early parole program for non-violent offenders, with a goal of reducing California's ballooning budget deficit by $1.2 billion. The bill, if passed, would allow correction officials to focus on the truly violent, dangerous criminals in the system such as Philip Garrido, who was a convicted rapist and served 11 years in prison before he was paroled and later kidnapped Jaycee Dugard. Yet, some legislators are using this case to oppose releasing any prisoners before their sentences are complete, even non-violent offenders.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project, a group that promotes evidenced-based approaches to public safety. He talks about the possible impact the Garrido case could have on public policy, and what some other states are doing to address prison overcrowding, public safety and their budget crises.

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Big Money from Industry is Derailing
Meaningful Health Care Reform

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Interview with Dr. Carol Paris,
a psychiatrist and members of Physicians for National Health Program,
conducted by Scott Harris


The death of Ted Kennedy, the U.S. Senate's most passionate and powerful advocate of universal health care, has rallied some in Congress and around the nation to redouble their efforts to pass comprehensive health care reform legislation this year. But one key member of the Senate Finance committee, Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, says that the establishment of a government-run health insurance option will not be part of the final package. Sen. Grassley is one of three Republicans and three Democrats working to negotiate a bipartisan bill.

On the other side, Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer, and presumed next president of the union federation, warned that legislators who abandon a public option in health reform legislation would pay a high political price. Trumka, who recently spoke at the Center for American Progress said, "I think they need to understand that you can have a bill that guarantees quality, affordable health care for every American, or you can have a bill the Republicans will vote for, but you can't have both."

Dr. Carol Paris, a psychiatrist from Maryland, is an active member of Physicians for a National Health Program, a group that advocates single-payer healthcare, a system employed by most industrialized nations around the world to cover all their citizens. Dr. Paris was arrested along with seven others at a May 5 Senate Finance Committee hearing, after she stood up to demand that Finance Chair, Sen. Max Baucus, allow for a full debate of the single-payer option. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Dr. Paris, who assesses where the national health care reform debate may be headed after the August congressional recess.

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  • Critics say a drug eradication campaign in Afghanistan could alienate rural farmers and boost the Taliban insurgency. ("U.S. Supplies Columbia Anti-Drug Lessons to Afghanistan," Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 23, 2009)
  • Since the nation's largest banks got billions of dollars in bailout money out of fear these megabanks "were too big to fail, these banks have gotten bigger and more powerful, taking market share away from smaller regional and community banks who continue to struggle in the long recession. ("Banks 'Too Big To Fail' Have Grown Even Bigger," Washington Post, Aug. 28, 2009).
  • Last December, workers at Chicago's Republic Windows and Doors, backed by their international union, captured the nation's attention with a six-day sit-in to demand back wages after the company closed its doors. However, there are few signs of a new wave of worker sit-ins to protect jobs from layoffs during this deep recession. ("Not Your Parent's Labor Movement," In These Times, August 2009, p. 24-25.)

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"White House Fears Liberal War Pressure," Politico, Sept. 1, 2009

"AFL-CIO: Government Option an Absolute Must," Politico, Sept. 1, 2009

"Analysis: Obama keeps Bush nominees in top posts," Associated Press, Aug. 31, 2009

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"Inequality Has Rigged Our Economy and It Is Time to Change the Rules," by Seth Wessler, Common Dreams, Sept. 1, 2009

"Homes Underwater: A Stumbling Block for Recovery," by Martha C. White, Washington Independent, Sept. 1, 2009

"For more hard-pressed Americans, a campsite is home," Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 31, 2009

"The Reality Behind Economic 'Recovery,'" by Rick Wolff, ZNet, Aug. 31, 2009

"America, Smitten with Financial Sector, Must Build True Wealth," by Anna Manzo, New haven Register, Aug. 29, 2009

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Bush Accountability

"American Diplomats Advocated 'Nuremberg Defense,'" by Scott Horton, Huffington Post, Sept. 1, 2009

"Seven Points About Dick Cheney and Torture," by Jeremy Scahill, Rebel Reports, Aug. 31, 2009

"Cheney Mimics Pinochet in Rationalizing Torture," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Aug. 31, 2009

"Cheney lashes out at Obama administration," Los Angeles Times, Aug. 31, 2009

"International Tribunal Takes Up Rendition, Torture Case," by Jason Leopold, Truthout, Aug. 31, 2009

"We Need a Special Prosecutor for Blackwater and Other CIA 'Contractors,'" by Jeremy Scahill, Rebel Reports, Aug. 30, 2009

"The Washington Post's Cheney-ite defense of torture," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Aug. 29, 2009

"Six Questions for David Cole, Author of The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Aug. 28, 2009

"Investigate Top Officials, not Just CIA Interrogators," by Doug Bandow, Huffington Post, Aug. 24, 2009

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International Affairs

"Is Iran gas ban a step toward war?," by Michael Klare, Asia Times, Aug. 22, 2009

"Obama's deafening silence on Honduras," by Mark Weisbrot, Guardian/UK, Aug. 21, 2009

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Accusation of Ballot-Stuffing Against Karzai Boosts Doubts," The New York Times, Sept. 1, 2009

"A Little Girl in Kabul," by Norman Solomon, Common Dreams, Sept. 1, 2009

"Time to Get Out of Afghanistan," by George F. Will, Washington Post, Sept. 1, 2009

"Iraq Deaths Reach 13-Month High," BBC News, Sept. 1, 2009

"Afghanistan strategy must change, US commander McChrystal says," Guardian/UK, Aug. 31, 2009

"Seven Days That Shook Afghanistan," by Dexter Filkins, The New York Times, Aug. 29, 2009

"Victory at the Cost of Sanity in Obama's Forever War," by William Pfaff, TruthDig, Aug. 27, 2009

"Afghan Apocalypse, Part II," by Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, Aug. 27, 2009

"Afghanistan Apocalypse," by Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, Aug. 26, 2009

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Obama's power over Internet is central factor in cybersecurity debate," The Hill, Sept. 1, 2009

"Group Charges Complicity by CIA Medics in Torture," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Sept. 1, 2009

"C.I.A. Declines to Release Documents on Interrogations," The New York Times, Sept. 1, 2009

"Physicians' Group Seeks Criminal Investigation of Torture Docs," by Michael Mechanic, Mother Jones, Aug. 31, 2009

"CIA's black sites, illuminated," Los Angeles Times, Aug. 31, 2009

"Luster is Off Obama's `High Moral Ground,'" by Leonard Pitts, Miami Herald (Florida), Aug. 30, 2009

"Innocent, but Executed," by Barry Scheck, Huffington Post, Aug. 30, 2009

"Bush's Search Policy For Travelers Is Kept," Washington Post, Aug. 28, 200

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Environment and Sustainability

"EPA to declare CO2 a dangerous pollutant," San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 1, 2009

"For Farmers, Climate Change More Than Theoretical," by Margaret Krome, Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin), Sept. 1, 2009

"Water, Water-Not Everywhere," by Olga Bonfiglio, Common Dreams, Aug. 31, 2009

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Media Issues

"Beltway culture, checks on journalists and secrecy obligations," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 1, 2009

"Journalistic Outrage: The Pentagon Paid a Disgraced PR Firm to Profile My Reporting," by Nir Rosen, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Sept. 1, 2009

"Washington Post Weighs in on the Wonders of Torture," by Ray McGovern,, Aug. 31, 2009

"The ACLU and the Future of News," by by Jack Balkin, Balkinization, Aug. 30, 2009

"The media can't handle the truth: Media sheep facing truth-hungry Internet wolves," by Gene Lyons, Salon, Aug. 27, 2009

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"Climate Camp Protesters Blockade Royal Bank of Scotland Building," Guardian/UK, Sept. 1, 2009

"Go to Pittsburgh, Young Man, and Defy Your Empire," by Chris Hedges, TruthDig, Aug. 31, 2009

"American Antiwar Movement Plans an Autumn Campaign Against Policies on Afghanistan," The New York Times, Aug. 29, 2009

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