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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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Apart from U.S.,
World Rejects Coup-Tainted
Honduran Presidential Election

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Interview with Sergio Moncada,
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A presidential election, overseen by the coup-installed government of Honduras, continues to generate controversy, with most governments around the world refusing to recognize the victor. Porfirio Lobo, the winning candidate representing the conservative National Party, is scheduled to be sworn into office on Jan. 27. Prior to the Nov. 29 vote, a U.S.-brokered agreement unraveled that was to have restored Honduran President Manual Zelaya to power - and establish a national unity government to supervise the November election. When the pre-election accord fell through, Zelaya, who had taken refuge in the Brazilian embassy in the Honduran capital, urged his supporters to boycott the vote.

Initially, the coup regime reported that 65 percent of Honduran voters participated in the election. But after press reports contradicted that figure, the number was reduced to 49 percent. While the majority of Latin American and Caribbean nations have condemned the election in Honduras as illegitimate and illegal, the Obama administration, along with allies Panama and Costa Rica, have broken with the rest of the hemisphere by recognizing the election results.

Jose Miguel Insulza, secretary general of the Organization of the American States, called for the immediate establishment of a government of National Unity, with the participation of Zelaya to prevent the new president from receiving his command from those responsible for the coup d'etat.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Sergio Moncada, co-founder of the group Hondurans for Democracy. He describes the human rights abuses and repression directed at those opposing the coup, which in his view made it impossible to conduct a free and fair election on Nov. 29.

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Urgent Action Demanded
at Copenhagen Climate Change Conference

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Interview with Alden Meyer,
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with the Union of Concerned Scientists,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Thousands of government officials and environmental activists from around the world created a huge carbon footprint when they flew to Copenhagen for the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference, Dec. 7 through 18. At the conference, conflicts among developed and developing nations will be addressed about how to reduce carbon emissions, called mitigation -- and how to pay for ways for the poorest and most vulnerable countries to survive the inevitable consequences of climate change, referred to as adaptation. Decisions about the mechanisms to reduce emissions -- most likely a cap and trade system -- but possibly some form of taxation and consumer rebates will also be addressed.

One of the most frustrating aspects of the problem for environmental activists is that the goalposts have moved. Research from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change determined a few years ago that the safe limits of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could be reached by reducing carbon emissions 20 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2020 -- and 80 percent below those levels by 2050. But now, world leaders are basing their proposals on emissions from 2005, which saw a huge increase over 1990 levels. So President Obama's pledge that the U.S. would reduce emissions 17 percent by 2020 translates to only four percent, based on 1990 levels.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy with the Union of Concerned Scientists and a 20-year veteran activist on climate change issues. Reached at the Copenhagen summit, he responds to the latest summit proposals and discusses some reasons for optimism.

Contact the Union of Concerned Scientists by calling (202) 223-6133 or visit their website at

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Comcast-NBC Merger Would Harm
Diversity and Consumers

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Interview with Corie Wright,
counsel with the media reform group Free Press
conducted by Scott Harris


On Dec. 3, General Electric and cable TV giant Comcast announced their intention to merge GE-owned NBC Universal with the nation's largest cable company and residential broadband provider. The proposed $37.5 billion merger would be one of the largest in U.S. history and give Comcast 51 percent control of the NBC network, including 27 local television stations, dozens of cable channels like CNBC, Bravo and the Weather Channel, and Universal Studios.

Media reform group Free Press and with the Consumer Federation of America immediately announced their opposition to the merger, asserting that the deal would pose a serious threat to competition and harm the public interest. The groups are concerned that the deal will raise costs for consumers, reduce diversity of content and trigger a wave of similar mega mergers throughout the industry. The Comcast-NBC deal must first be approved by federal regulators.

Opponents of the merger feel they may have an ally in the White House, remembering that when he ran for President, Barack Obama called for more government scrutiny of media consolidation. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Corie Wright, policy counsel with Free Press, who explains why a national coalition is organizing opposition to the proposed Comcast-NBC merger.

Contact Free Press by calling (202) 265-1490 or visit their website at

This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • North Korea created a financial panic recently when it suddenly devalued its currency, the won, and limited exchanges for new currency, in its attempt to curb inflation and growing street markets. The existing currency was made worthless for the merchant class, while wealthy elite protected their fortunes by converting their funds to foreign currencies. ("North Korea 'Panic' After Surprise Currency Evaluation," Associated Press, Dec. 3, 2009, reprinted in the Guardian; "North Korea Admits Drastic Currency Reform, Is Silent On Protests," Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 4, 2009)
  • The Boston Globe reports that the Obama administration has missed a deadline to declassify historic foreign policy documents, including descriptions of abuses committed by the CIA during the Cold War. ("Release of Secret Reports Delayed," Boston Globe, Nov. 29, 2009)
  • The House of Representatives has voted to extend the nation's soon-to-expire estate tax, which imposes a 45 percent tax rate on all individual estates valued over $3.5 million and $7 million for couples.("House extends estate tax-a blow to Bush-era plan to abolish it," Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 3, 2009; "Latest State by State Estate Tax Data Show Why We Need A Strong Estate Tax," Citizens for Tax Justice, Dec. 3, 2009)

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U.S. Politics

"Public Option Grand Compromise Becomes A Grand Big Nothing," by Jon Walker, Firedoglake, Dec. 8, 2009

" It's official: Democrats drop public option," Raw Story, Dec. 8, 2009

"Has the GOP Collapse Begun? Hypothetical 'Tea Party' Outpolls Republicans," by Adele M. Stan, AlterNet, Dec. 8, 2009

"Why Progressive Activists Are Giving Obama a Pass," by Jane Hamsher, Firedoglake, Dec. 7, 2009

"Checkmate: How Joe Lieberman Turned The Public Option Fight On Its Head," by Brian Beutler, Talking Points Memo, Dec. 7, 2009

"Liberals Are Useless," by Chris Hedges, TruthDig, Dec. 7, 2009

"Activists Are Giving Obama a Pass," by Randy Shaw, Huffington Post, Dec. 6, 2009

"A Tale of Two Obamas," by Robert Kuttner, Huffington Post, Dec. 6, 2009

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"Blame Bernanke," by Dean Baker, Guardian/UK, Dec. 8, 2009

"For the feds, some Wall Street firms are too big - to punish," McClatchy Newspapers, Dec. 8, 2009

"The Widening of a Loophole: Wall Street Snaps Its Fingers," by Andrew Cockburn, Counterpunch, Dec. 8, 2009

"Jobs Crisis Needs Drastic Action," by John Cavanagh and Sarita Gupta, Common Dreams, Dec. 8, 2009

"Is the Government Out of Money or is Obama Out of His Mind?: The Problem is Lack of Jobs, Not Lack of Resources," by Marshall Auerback, Counterpunch, Dec. 7, 2009

"We're Doing a Heckuva Job Helping Those Devastated by the Economic Meltdown," by Karen Dolan and Diana Pearce, AlterNet, Dec. 7, 2009

"Congress urged to extend emergency jobless benefits," McClatchy Newspapers, Dec. 7, 2009

"The Human Face of Budget Cuts," by David Bacon, Truthout, Dec. 6, 2009

"America Without a Middle Class -- It's Not Far Away As You Might Think," by Elizabeth Warren, AlterNet, Dec. 5, 2009

"Wal-Mart will pay $40m to workers," Boston Globe, Dec. 3, 2009

More newswire ...

Bush Accountability

"White House wants suit against Yoo dismissed," San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 8, 2009

"'Bush and Blair misled the public... yes, it's conceivable both could end up on trial '," Daily Mail/UK, Dec. 5, 2009

"DOJ to the Rescue... of John Yoo," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Dec. 4, 2009

More newswire ...

International Affairs

"Honduran Elections a Parody of Democracy," by Laura Carlsen, Foreign Policy in Focus, Dec. 8, 2009

"What Leaving Honduras Hanging Says About Obama: The Man Who Wasn't There," by Brendan Cooney, Counterpunch, Dec. 8, 2009

"What the U.S. Elite Really Thinks About Israel," by Jeffrey Blankfort, Counterpunch, Dec. 7, 2009

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Afghan Says Army Will Need Help Until 2024," The New York Times, Dec. 8, 2009

"Taliban shadow officials offer concrete alternative," Washington Post, Dec. 8, 2009

"Whistleblower Psychiatrist Warns of Soldier-on-Soldier Violence," by Dahr Jamail,, Dec. 8, 2009

"The AfPak Train Wreck," by Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy in Focus, Dec. 7, 2009

"No Firm Plans for a U.S. Exit in Afghanistan," by Jeffrey Sachs, Huffington Post, Dec. 7, 2009

"No Firm Plans for a U.S. Exit in Afghanistan," The New York Times, Dec. 6, 2009

"US surge will only prolong Afghan war," by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, Dec. 6, 2009

"America's 'Surge' May Only Expand, Intensify and Prolong the Afghan Conflict," by Eric Margolis, Toronto Sun/Canada, Dec. 6, 2009

"Vietnam-lite is unveiled," by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, Dec. 3, 2009

"The Afghanistan Parenthesis," by David Bromwich, Huffington Post, Dec. 2, 2009

"Here We Go Again," by Robert Scheer, TruthDig, Dec. 2, 2009

"Obama with Blood on His Hands," by Nicolas J S Davies, Consortium News, Dec. 2, 2009

"Top Ten things that Could Derail Obama's Afghanistan Plan," by Juan Cole, Informed Comment, Dec. 2, 2009

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Eight Million Reasons for Surveillance Oversight," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Dec. 8, 2009

"Former Guantanamo Prosecutor Wrongly Fired for Speaking Out," by Yana Kunichoff, Truthout, Dec. 8, 2009

"Former Guantánamo Prosecutor Loses Job for Criticizing Military Commissions," by Andy Worthington, Common Dreams, Dec. 7, 2009

"A new report questions 'suicides' at Guantanamo," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Dec. 7, 2009

"Law School Study Finds Evidence Of Cover-Up After Three Alleged Suicides At Guantanamo In 2006," by Scott Horton, Huffington Post, Dec. 7, 2009

"Cops Taze Disturbed, Unarmed Naked Man to Death for "Walking Toward Them,'" by Steven D., Booman Tribune, Dec. 5, 2009

"Panic Erupts in Wake of New Anti-Immigrant Law," by Valeria Fernández, Inter Press Service, Dec. 4, 2009

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Environment and Sustainability

"No Slowdown of Global Warming, Agency Says," The New York Times, Dec. 8, 2009

"Copenhagen climate summit in disarray after 'Danish text' leak," Guardian/UK, Dec. 8, 2009

"Offshore oil drilling gets go-ahead in Alaska's Arctic," McClatchy Newspapers, Dec. 7, 2009

"EPA finds greenhouse gases pose dangers, plans regulation," McClatchy Newspapers, Dec. 7, 2009

"How to Break the Climate Stalemate Between the Global South and the North," by Gopal Dayaneni & Mateo Nube, Yes! Magazine, Dec. 1, 2009

"As the World Waits on the U.S., a Sense of Deja Vu in Denmark?," by Bill McKibben, Yale Environment 360, Nov. 30, 2009

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Media Issues

"What news about our war in Pakistan will be 'fit to print'?," by Sandy Levinson, Balkinization, Dec. 8, 2009

"Comcast-NBC U merger could hurt consumers," by Josh Silver and Tim Winter, Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 7, 2009

"Media Monsters Threaten Net Freedom," by Laura Flanders, GRITv, Dec. 7, 2009

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"ACORN 'Not Guilty,'" by Peter Dreier, Talking Points Memo, Dec. 8, 2009

"Naomi Klein kick-starts the activism at Copenhagen with call for disobedience," Guardian/UK, Dec. 8, 2009

"Arrests In Chevron San Ramon Protest," BCN News (California), Dec. 7, 2009

"Danish Police Issue Protests Warning Before Summit," Agence France Presse, Dec. 6, 2009

"Protesters in Rome Denounce Berlusconi," The New York Times, Dec. 5, 2009

"Climate Change Protesters Take to London Streets," Associated Press, Dec. 5, 2009

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