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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, Nov.-December 2001

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Obama Breaks with Latin America
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Interview with Dana Frank,
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After a U.S. State Department-brokered agreement unraveled, Honduran President Manual Zelaya -- overthrown in a June 28 coup -- has rejected the legitimacy of the scheduled Nov. 29 presidential election and urged his supporters to boycott the vote. The Oct. 30 deal would have had the Honduran Congress vote on reinstating Zelaya to office, paving the way for the resignation of the coup-installed President Roberto Micheletti and the formation of a unity government which would then oversee the Nov. 29 ballot.

The accord fell apart after the Honduran Congress announced it would delay a vote on Zelaya's return to power until it received a judgment from the nation's Supreme Court. In response Zelaya, who has taken refuge in the Brazilian embassy in the Honduran capital, refused to participate in forming the coalition government. The Obama administration further complicated matters when it declared Washington would recognize the winner of the presidential election, despite the coup government's refusal to step down. Washington's position is in direct conflict with most governments across Latin America and the European Union, who have stated they will not recognize the result of the election until Zelaya is returned to office.

In a scathing letter sent to President Obama on Nov. 14, Zelaya rejected any last-minute revival of a settlement when he stated, "As the elected president of the Honduran people, I reaffirm my position that starting today, no matter what, I will not accept any agreement on returning to the presidency of the republic to cover up this coup d'etat." Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Dana Frank, professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz who helped organize a letter to President Obama signed by some 240 academics and experts on Latin America, urging him to denounce human rights violations in Honduras and reject any election overseen by the coup government. She examines why the Obama administration has decided to change its position on Honduras.

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Protests in 19th Year Demand Closure
of U.S. Military School for Latin American Soldiers

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Interview with Eric LeCompte,
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Twenty years ago, on Nov. 16, 1989, six Jesuit priests, their co-worker and her teenage daughter were assassinated in El Salvador because they were outspoken proponents of a peaceful and just resolution of Salvador's civil war that took 75,000 lives in more than a decade of fighting. A U.S. Congressional Task Force and human rights groups reported that the soldiers responsible in this and many other atrocities across the hemisphere, were trained at the U.S. Army School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Ga.

A year later, Father Roy Bourgeois founded the School of the Americas Watch, which called for the closure of the military facility, which is supported by Americans' tax dollars. In the years since, thousands of people have come to Fort Benning every year on the third weekend in November to commemorate the tens of thousands who have died at the hands of U.S.-trained soldiers, while continuing to demand that Congress close the school. The group helped pass a bill in the House to defund the school in 1999, but the legislation died in the Senate. Then School of the Americas changed its name to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, or WHINSEC, and instituted some changes that made members of Congress less willing to shut it down. SOA Watch maintains that the changes at the military training school are cosmetic. Their supporters chant, "New name, same shame!"

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Eric LeCompte, chief organizer with SOA Watch, who's been on staff for a decade. He describes the evolution of politics in Latin America and in the strategies of SOA Watch over the past 20 years, which now include asking President Obama to issue an executive order to close the school, something that would have been unthinkable under President George W. Bush.

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Emergence of U.S. Surveillance State
Tied to Technology Developed for War

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Interview with Alfred McCoy,
University of Wisconsin professor of history,
conducted by Scott Harris


Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S., the government apparatus has ramped up its surveillance of citizens and non-citizens alike. Through covert and overt operations to monitor phone and email communication, massive collection of personal medical and financial data, airline passenger watch lists and extralegal measures to detain and interrogate persons suspected of terrorist ties, constitutionally protected civil liberties and many core values of democracy are now under attack.

Alfred McCoy, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison is the author of "The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia," a groundbreaking work that the CIA attempted to suppress in 1972 for its investigation into U.S. intelligence agencies complicity in the narcotics trade during the cold war. More recently, McCoy has written about the government's use of torture in the war on terror. In his latest book, "Policing America's Empire: The United States, the Philippines and the Rise of the Surveillance State," McCoy examines how intelligence gathering techniques developed in foreign wars and occupations have been brought back home to be employed against U.S. citizens.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with professor McCoy, who explains how the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have served as a laboratory for the development of hi-tech methods of surveillance that are now being imported for use in domestic intelligence programs, many of which have been embraced by the Obama administration.

Alfred McCoy, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and author of "Policing America's Empire: The United States, the Philippines and the Rise of the Surveillance State." Read an article adapted from the book titled, "Welcome Home, War!" at the website:

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  • An International Energy Agency whistleblower has told the Guardian newspaper that due to pressure from the United States, the agency's crude oil supply estimates are lower than projections published in the annual World Oil Outlook report. Peak oil critics say that the global oil supply peak may have already been reached. ("Key Oil Figures Were Distorted by U.S. Pressure, Says Whistleblower," The Guardian, Nov. 9, 2009; "World Need for Oil Expected to Ease," Wall Street Journal, Nov. 4, 2009)
  • Morocco has deported prominent human rights activist Aminatou Haidar, a native of the Western Sahara, which has been occupied by Morocco since 1975. Haidar says Morocco's occupation has inflicted human rights abuses akin to genocide in his homeland. ("Western Sahara: Human Rights Awardee Detained, Deported by Morocco,", Nov. 14, 2009; "Morocco: Sahrawi People Must Have a Right to Choose Future, Urges Activist,", Nov. 16, 2009; "W. Sahara RightsActivist Says Being Kept in Spain," Reuters, Nov. 16, 2009)
  • Pfizer has pled guilty to a felony crime, for the second time in five years -- this time for the selling of the arthritis pain-relieving drug Bextra -- to consumers for uses that have not been approved by the Food and Drug Adminstration.("Pfizer Broke the Law by Promoting Drugs for Unapproved Purposes," Bloomberg, 11/9/09.)

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U.S. Politics

"Biggest State Party to Obama: Get Out of Afghanistan," by Norman Solomon, Truthout, Nov. 16, 2009

"Bazooka Joe: Lieberman's Comic Health-Care Ploy," by Joanthan Alter, Truthout, Nov. 16, 2009

"The Palin Effect: How Sarah Palin Made Herself Indispensable While Destroying the Republican Party," by Tom Engelhardt & Max Blumenthal, TomDispatch, Nov. 15, 2009

"In House, Many Spoke With One Voice: Lobbyists'," The New York Times, Nov. 14, 2009

"Obama Backers Fear Opportunities to Reshape Judiciary Are Slipping Away," The New York Times, Nov. 14, 2009

"The Democratic Party: Whose Team Is It, Anyway?," by Katha Pollitt, The Nation, Nov. 14, 2009

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"Why Won't Obama Give You a Job?," by Joshua Holland, AlterNet, Nov. 17, 2009

"Let's Get Fiscal: More Stimulus, More Government Jobs Programs, More Debt Relief," by Mike Whitney, Counterpunch, Nov. 17, 2009

"Obama orders financial fraud task force beefed up," McClatchy Newspapers, Nov. 17, 2009

"Congress Can Move Now to Prevent Layoffs, Plant Closings," by John Nichols, The Nation, Nov. 17, 2009

"America's economic pain brings hunger pangs," Washington Post, Nov. 17, 2009

"Buried Bonanza for Over-Builders," by Laura Flanders, Grit TV, Nov. 17, 2009

"For 12-Year-Old Without an Arm, Insurance Has Run Out," by Danielle Ivory, Huffington Post, Nov. 16, 2009

"America Is One Big Clunker and No Amount of Cash Will Buy Us a New One," by James Howard Kunstler,, Nov. 16, 2009

"Financial Crisis Inquiry Kicks into High Gear," by Greg Kaufmann, The Nation, Nov. 16, 2009

"Don't You Think It's Time to Reinstate the Laws That Would Have Prevented the Financial Crash?," by Nomi Prins, AlterNet, Nov. 14, 2009

"Financial crisis investigators are taking Wall Street names," McClatchy Newspapers, Nov. 13, 2009

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Bush Accountability

"Secretary Gates signs order barring release of torture photos," by Stephen C. Webster, Raw Story, Nov. 14, 2009

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International Affairs

"Plan to Expand Jewish Area in Jerusalem Angers U.S.," The New York Times, Nov. 17, 2009

"U.S. politician wants American Jews to buy West Bank homes," Haaretz/Israel, Nov. 17, 2009

"Honduran Crisis Outfoxes US Attempts at Negotiation," by Tom Hayden, The Nation, Nov. 16, 2009

"Renouncing Islamism: To the brink and back again," by Johann Hari, Independent/UK, Nov. 16, 2009

"Envoy says US to attend war crimes court meeting," Associated Press, Nov. 16, 2009

"A state of collapse: Obama's attempts to bring the Israelis and Palestinians together have failed," by Edward Platt, New Statesman/UK, Nov. 12, 2009

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Paying Off the Warlords: Anatomy of an Afghan Culture of Corruption," by Tom Engelhardt & Pratap Chatterjee, TomDispatch, Nov. 17, 2009

"New Iraq outrage: Sunni men, youths slain at Abu Ghraib," McClatchy Newspapers, Nov. 16, 2009

"Obama's Afghan Dilemma: Missing Security Forces," by Tony Karon, Time, Nov. 16, 2009

"Mother Refuses Deployment," The New York Times, Nov. 16, 2009

"Obama is haunted by Gorbachev's ghost," by James Fergusson, Independent/UK, Nov. 15, 2009

"Camp Lejeune whistle-blower fired," by Mark Benjamin, Salon, Nov. 15, 2009

"High Costs Weigh on Troop Debate for Afghan War," The New York Times, Nov. 14, 2009

"Meet Our Afghan Ally: Stealing Money, Selling Heroin and Raping Boys," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Nov. 13-15, 2009

"Army Sends Infant to Protective Services, Mom to Afghanistan," by Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service, Nov. 13, 2009

"Huge rise in birth defects in Falluja," Guardian/UK, Nov. 13, 2009

"Who needs trials? Kill terror suspects!," by Nat Hentoff, Billings Gazette (Montana), Nov. 12, 2009

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Hang 'Em High!," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Nov. 17, 2009

"A First Look at the Military Commisions Act: Too Unfair to be Used on Americans--or Anyone," by Joanne Mariner, Counterpunch, Nov. 17, 2009

"Legislation to Limit Use of State Secrets Privilege an Uphill Battle," by William Fisher, Truthout, Nov. 17, 2009

"The Logic of the 9/11 Trials, the Madness of the Military Commissions," by Andy Worthington, Truthout, Nov. 17, 2009

"Silence Requests Crosses Constitutional Bounds," by Yana Kunichoff, Truthout, Nov. 16, 2009

"US Unveils Extended Bagram Prison," Al Jazeera English, Nov. 16, 2009

"Texas accounts for half of executions in US but now has doubts over death row" Guardian/UK, Nov. 15, 2009

"Does Wolf Blitzer Think It's Time to Call Out the Lynch Mob?," by Chris Edelson, Common Dreams, Nov. 15, 2009

"Dozens of Gitmo detainees finally get day in court," Associated Press, Nov. 15, 2009

"Illinois Site May Be Path to Closing Guantánamo," The New york Times, Nov. 15, 2009

"Detainees to get the 'state-always-wins' system of 'justice,'" by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Nov. 13, 2009

"Welcome Home, War!: How America's Wars Are Systematically Destroying Our Liberties," by Tom Engelhardt & Alfred W. McCoy, TomDispatch, Nov. 12, 2009

"Government to Pay $3 Million in Unlawful Surveillance Suit," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Nov. 12, 2009

"U.S. Attorney Sought Readership Information from Internet News Site," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Nov. 12, 2009

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Environment and Sustainability

"World on course for catastrophic 6° rise, reveal scientists," Independent/UK, Nov. 18, 2009

"Biotech Crops Cause Big Jump in Pesticide Use: Report," Reuters, Nov. 17, 2009

"Great Barrier Reef 'will die' unless carbon emissions slashed," Telegraph/UK, Nov. 17, 2009

"UN chief Achim Steiner warns of high cost of climate delays," Guardian/UK, Nov. 16, 2009

"Mr. President: Time to Quit Fibbing and Spinning," by Bill McKibben, Mother Jones, Nov. 16, 2009

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Media Issues

"Public Media and the Decommodification of News," by Jim Naureckas, FAIR, Nov. 14, 2009

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"Bogus bidder loses shot at global-warming defense," Salt Like Tribune (Utah), Nov. 17, 2009

"Torture Resisters Arrested at Fort Huachuca," by Brenda Norrell, Counterpunch, Nov. 16, 2009

"ACORN Sues Federal Government Over Congress' 'Unconstitutional' Move to Defund Group," by Jason Leopold, Truthout, Nov. 13, 2009

"Copenhagen: Seattle Grows Up," by Naomi Klein, The Nation, Nov. 11, 2009

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