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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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Haitian Workers and Students Struggle
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Interview with Kim Ives,
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Social unrest has struck Haiti again. In June, university students demonstrating for basic improvements in their classroom facilities were joined by thousands of other citizens in protests demanding an increase in the nation's daily minimum wage, which now stands at 70 gourdes or $1.75. In May, both chambers of the Haitian Parliament had voted to increase the daily minimum pay to 200 gourdes, or $5 in U.S. currency. But Haitian President Rene Preval rejected the wage hike and proposed instead an increase of the minimum wage to just 125 gourdes (equivalent to $3) a day. Eighty percent of the population in Haiti live in absolute poverty, making it the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.

Reacting to Preval's decision -- and violent attacks on their protests by the Haitian Police and U.N. troops -- the university students are now demanding that President Preval resign. The struggle for an increase in the minimum wage battle is being played out against the backdrop of the long-running conflict between Haiti's poor majority and the nation's small wealthy class. Aware that certain sectors of the business class twice organized the overthrow of former President Jean Bertrand Aristide, Rene Preval has been attempting to walk a tight rope between assisting the poor who voted him into office and appeasing the rich.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Kim Ives, a documentary filmmaker and editor with the newspaper Haiti Liberte. He discusses the context of the minimum wage fight -- and the grievances many Haitians have against the United Nations Stabilization Force troops which have been deployed on the Island since March 2004.

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Outcome of Supreme Court Case Could Unleash
Corporate Power in U.S. Elections

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Interview with Nick Nyhart,
president of Public Campaign,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


During the last presidential election, a group called Citizens United produced a TV documentary attacking then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Its broadcast raised the question of whether the documentary would be protected free speech or regulated as political communication. Initial court decisions ruled it was an attack ad that should be regulated under election laws.

After the election, the five-judge conservative majority on the Supreme Court decided to use this case to revisit a 1990 Supreme Court ruling, Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce, that banned corporations from spending money to influence elections. Arguments before the court -- the first case to include new associate justice Sonia Sotomayor -- took place in early September and a ruling is expected this November.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Nick Nyhart, president of Public Campaign, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to sweeping campaign reform that aims to dramatically reduce the role of special interest money in American politics. He explains how, if the Court reverses its Austin decision, the decision could deepen the problem of big money in politics -- and lays out Public Campaign's blueprint for campaign finance reform.

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University of Texas Stands Up
for Racial Diversity
on Campus and Wins

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Interview with Anurima Bhargava,
assistant counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund,
conducted by Scott Harris


On Aug. 17, the Federal District court for the Western District of Texas issued a decision upholding the University of Texas at Austin's consideration of race in determining student admissions. The ruling by Judge Sam Sparks in Fisher v. Texas, was the first federal court challenge to the use of race in college admissions since the Supreme Court's 2003 Grutter v. Bollinger decision. That ruling declared that universities can consider race in order to pursue a diverse student body.

In April of 2008, Abigail Fisher and Rachel Michalewicz, who are both white, filed a lawsuit that challenged their rejection from admission to the University of Texas at Austin. The two women's attorneys argued that a Texas law that guarantees admission to the top 10 percent of high school graduates was sufficient to ensure a racially diverse student population. Despite that law, the court noted, African Americans never exceeded 4.5 percent of the freshman class at UT.

The Univerity of Texas has a stated goal to achieve "critical mass," which allows minority students to participate in a learning environment free of racial stereotypes and hostilities. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Anurima Bhargava, assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund who examines the significance of the Texas federal court decision.

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  • Utah activists have started a broad-based push for gay rights after the Mormon Church helped pass Proposition 8, which overturned a California state supreme court decision legalizing gay marriage. ("What's Right with Utah," The Nation, July 13, 2009.)
  • A new movement has sprung up in downtown Los Angeles to preserve single-room housing in the Skid Row neighborhood officially known as Center City East, from wealthy developers. ("Home Sweet Skid Row," In These TImes, August 2009.)
  • Three years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture decided that allowing synthetic additives into organic baby food violated federal organic standards, but three of these additives are now found in 90 percent of organic baby food. ("Purity of Federal 'Organic' Label is Questioned," Washington Post, July 3, 2009)

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U.S. Politics

"Entangled Giant," by Garry Wills, New York Review of Books, Oct. 8, 2009

"Rep. Mike Ross Raises Eyebrows With Healthy Haul," by Marcus Stern, ProPublica, Sept. 22, 2009

"Obama the impotent," by Steven Hill, Guardian/UK, Sept. 22, 2009

"Talk of Bipartisanship Is Now Thoroughly Warped," by E.J. Dionne, TruthDig, Sept. 21, 2009

"The Politics of Lying and the Culture of Deceit in Obama's America: The Rule of Damaged Politics," by Henry A. Giroux, Truthout, Sept. 21, 2009

"Conservative Radicals and the Politics of Vengeance," by Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers' Journal, Sept. 21, 2009

"Can the Townhallers Be Left, Rather Than Left Behind?," by Dean Baker, Truthout, Sept. 21, 2009

"The Golden Rule: Let's Make a Deal, Beltway Edition," by Michael Winship, Counterpunch, Sept. 18-20, 2009

"A President was killed the last time right-wing hatred ran wild like this," by Eric Boehlert, Media Matters, Sept. 18, 2009

"The distracting benefits of ACORN hysteria," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 17, 2009

"Obama's Presidency Isn't Too Big to Fail," by Robert Scheer, TruthDig, Sept. 15, 2009

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"F.D.I.C. May Borrow Funds From Banks," The New York Times, Sept. 21, 2009

"Break up America's banks," by Dean Baker, Guardian/UK, Sept. 21, 2009

"Globalization Goes Bankrupt," by Chris Hedges, TruthDig, Sept. 20, 2009

"Why haven't any Wall Street tycoons been sent to the slammer?," McClatchy Newspapers, Sept. 20, 2009

"Will Anything Change?: Recession, Recovery and Reform," by Mark Weisbrot, Counterpunch, Sept. 18-20, 2009

"he More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same: The Financial Crisis, One Year Later," by Robert Weissman, Counterpunch, Sept. 17, 2009

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Bush Accountability

"The Torture Memos: The Case Against the Lawyers," by David Cole, New York Review of Books, Oct. 8, 2009

"CIA Torturers Running Scared," by Ray McGovern, Common Dreams, Sept. 21, 2009

"CIA Directors conclude CIA shouldn't be investigated for murder," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 19, 2009

"Inquiry Into CIA Practices Narrows: Ex-Agency Directors Urge Administration To Drop Investigation," Washington Post, Sept. 19, 2009

"Did Bush Continue to Secretly Operate Total Information Awareness?," by Jason Leopold, Truthout, Sept. 18, 2009

"Justice Dept. Investigates Ex-Official's Ties to Shell," The New York Times, Sept. 17, 2009

"Hold Ashcroft Accountable," by David Cole, The Nation, Sept. 16, 2009

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International Affairs

"Five Decades of an Admittedly Failed Cuba Policy," by Charles Davis,, Sept. 22, 2009

"US Appeals for Calm in Honduras, Repeats Support for Zelaya," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Sept. 22, 2009

"The Road to Zelaya's Return: Money, Guns and Social Movements in Honduras," by Benjamin Dangl, Common Dreams, Sept. 22, 2009

"Settling for Failure in the Middle East," by Stephen M. Walt, Washington Post, Sept. 20, 2009

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"The Afghanistan Impasse," by Ahmed Rashid, New York Review of Books, Oct. 8, 2009

"General's Review Creates Rupture: As Military Backs Call for More Troops In Afghanistan, Civilian Advisers Balk," Washington Post, Sept. 22, 2009

"The Huge Hole in Gen. McChrystal's Afghan Counterinsurgency Strategy," by Franklin C. Spinney, Counterpunch, Sept. 22, 2009

"Our war-loving Foreign Policy Community hasn't gone anywhere," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 21, 2009

"Authors Of Iraq War Push Obama On Afghanistan," by Sam Stein, Huffington Post, Sept. 21, 2009

"CIA expanding presence in Afghanistan," Los Angeles Times, Sept. 20, 2009

"Meet the Afghan Army: Is It a Figment of Washington's Imagination?," by Tom Engelhardt & Ann Jones, TomDispatch, Sept. 20, 2009

"The Nightmare Scenario in Afghanistan," by William Maley, Marvin G. Weinbaum & Rani D. Mullen, Foreign Policy, Sept. 18, 2009

"Military growing impatient with Obama on Afghanistan," McClatchy Newspapers, Sept. 18, 2009

"Afghanistan: Where Empires Go to Die," by Dahr Jamail, Truthout, Sept. 17, 2009

"Why I threw the shoe," by Muntazer al-Zaidi, Guardian/UK, Sept. 17, 2009

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Police Harassment Greets G-20 Protesters," by Robert S. Eshelman, The Nation, Sept. 22, 2009

"Torture Doesn't Work, Neurobiologist Says," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Sept. 22, 2009

"Obama Leaves Bush-Cheney Repressive Apparatus Standing," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Sept. 21, 2009

"Guantanamo judge delays 9/11 cases; civilian trials pondered," McClatchy Newspapers, Sept. 21, 2009

"Waterboarding Doesn't Work, Scientists Say," by Brandon Keim, Wired, Sept. 21, 2009

"Cybersecurity Plan Doesn't Breach Employee Privacy, Administration Says," Washington Post, Sept. 19, 2009

"Battle Looms Over the Patriot Act," The New York Times, Sept. 19, 2009

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Environment and Sustainability

"The Era of Xtreme Energy: Life After the Age of Oil," by Tom Engelhardt & Michael T. Klare, TomDispatch, Sept. 22, 2009

"U.S. judge reverses Bush, puts grizzlies on endangered list," McClatchy Newspapers, Sept. 21, 2009

"Airlines vow to halve carbon emissions by 2050," Guardian/UK, Sept. 21, 2009

"UN plans 'shock therapy' for world leaders on environment," Observer/UK, Sept. 20, 2009

"Grizzly bear decline alarms conservationists in Canada," Guardian/UK, Sept. 20, 2009

"Vacated Mercury Mines Taint Calif. Waters," Associated Press, Sept. 20, 2009

"Why I Still Oppose Genetically Modified Crops," by Verlyn Klinkenborg, Yale Environment 360, Sept. 17, 2009

"Are You Drinking Unsafe Water? Corporations Have Violated Clean Water Act Over 500,000 Times in Last Five Years," by Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!, Sept. 16, 2009

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Media Issues

"FCC Chief 'Boldly' Commits to Net Neutrality," by Timothy Karr, Huffington Post, Sept. 21, 2009

"FCC to Take on Telecoms in Fight for the Future of the Internet," by Art Brodsky, Public Knowledge, Sept. 21, 2009

"FCC chairman to outline rules for 'net neutrality,'" Agence France Presse, Sept. 20, 2009

"Fox News Producer Caught Rallying 9/12 Protest Crowd In Behind-The-Scenes Video," by Danny Shea, Huffington Post, Sept. 19, 2009

"The phantom of a grassroots revolt, and the media's responsibility," by .M. Carpenter, BuzzFlash, Sept. 19, 2009

"The Internet and the Ignorant," by Christopher Brauchli, Common Dreams, Sept. 19, 2009

"When Gossip Came Back and Our Modern Age was Born," by Alexander Cockburn, Counterpunch, Sept. 18-20, 2009

"The Internet and the Ignorant," by Christopher Brauchli, Common Dreams, Sept. 19, 2009

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"Fake New York Post: The Yes Men's Latest Takes On The Environment," by Jason Linkins, Huffington Post, Sept. 21, 2009

"Yes Men Hoax: 'Special Edition' of NY Post Warns of Climate Change Threat," by Rory O'Connor,, Sept. 21, 2009

"G20 Braces for Summit Showdown," Al Jazeera English, Sept. 21, 2009

"Will Trumka or the Steelworkers Push Labor Into Battle?" by Joann Wypijewski, Counterpunch, Sept. 21, 2009

"Activists, Big Business Converge on G20 Meet," by Jeb Sprague, Inter Press Service, Sept. 20, 2009

"Lessons from Crystal Lee Sutton," by Laura Clawson, Daily Kos, Sept. 20, 2009

"Missing Link: Dissent, Delusion and Discontent," by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Sept. 18, 2009

"As ACORN grew, so did its clout and its problems," McClatchy Newspapers, Sept. 18, 2009

" Weapons of Mass Democracy: Nonviolent Resistance Is the Most Powerful Tactic Against Oppressive Regimes," by Stephen Zunes, Yes! Magazine, Sept. 16, 2009

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