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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, Senate Leaders Surrender to Conservatives,
Weakening Health Care Reform Bill

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Interview with Katie Robbins,
assistant national coordinator,
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With several conservative Democratic Senators and one Independent threatening to withhold their votes needed to pass health care reform legislation, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid and President Obama signaled their surrender in pushing for the establishment of a government-run public insurance option. An eleventh hour alternative to the public option -- to allow uninsured Americans ages 55 to 64 to purchase Medicare coverage was also shot down when Connecticut Independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman opposed the measure, although he had publicly supported a similar plan in September.

With little chance that any Republicans will cast votes in support of health reform, all 60 senators in the Democratic caucus, which includes two independents, are needed to defeat a GOP filibuster and allow a final vote to proceed. Any legislation that is adopted by the Senate must then be reconciled with the House health reform bill passed in November.

Progressive advocacy groups campaigning to provide universal coverage to all Americans while reducing skyrocketing costs, have expressed frustration that Congress is being held hostage to a tiny minority of legislators determined to derail even weak reform measures. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Katie Robbins, assistant national coordinator with Health Care-Now!, a coalition advocating a single-payer health care system. She talks about the inadequacies of the compromises being debated and what her group is doing to strengthen the prospects of more comprehensive reform.

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Climate Justice Activists on Water-Only Fast
in Copenhagen; Protest Inaction on Global Warming

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Interview with Anna Keenan,
24-year-old activist from Queensland, Australia,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Thousands of climate activists have descended on Copenhagen, Denmark for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, where delegates from more than 190 nations are negotiating a treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. One hundred ten heads of state are expected to arrive in the final days of the UN conference, with the goal of overcoming major differences between industrialized nations and developing countries that are pressuring wealthy governments to pledge more funds to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Among the thousands in Copenhagen are eight individuals who began a water-only fast on Nov. 6 in an effort to pressure world leaders to take the steps necessary to combat devastating climate change. They are calling their action Climate Justice Fast, and have been joined by others around the world who opted to fast either long-term, or for short-term in solidarity.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with one of those fasting in Copenhagen -- Anna Keenan, a 24-year-old activist from Queensland, Australia. She participated with an estimated 100,000 activists in a spirited march and rally on Dec. 12 to support the demands of the most threatened nations for immediate and far-reaching action. Keenan and the other long-term fasters are under medical supervision and taking salt supplements to protect their health, but no food or liquid, aside from water. Keenen explains why she decided to engage in the fast and what she believes is the necessary outcome of the UN climate talks.
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U.S. Christian Right Behind Drive to Pass
Ugandan Bill that Would Execute Gay Citizens

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Interview with Tarso Ramos,
executive director of Political Research Associates,
and Rev. Kapya Kaoma, Anglican Priest from Zambia,
conducted by Scott Harris


The Ugandan parliament is scheduled to vote on legislation early next year that would impose the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality" and could result in the execution of HIV-positive Ugandan citizens. While homosexuality is already considered a crime in Uganda that can lead to sentences of life in prison, the proposed bill that mandates execution has outraged human rights activists in Uganda and around the world.

The U.S.-based group Political Research Associates has linked the drive to further criminalize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT citizens in Uganda with several American Christian Right groups that have focused their attention on influencing Ugandan political and religious affairs. In March 2009, the Family Life Network sponsored a conference titled, "Seminar on Exposing the Homosexuals' Agenda." Speaking at the seminar were two U.S. Christian right activists, Holocaust revisionist Scott Lively and Dan Schmierer of the ex-gay group Exodus International.

Superstar evangelist Rick Warren of California's Saddleback Church has had a strong influence on African Christian groups. In 2008, during his visit to three African nations including Uganda, Warren said, "Homosexuality is not a natural way of life and thus not a human right." Then, many political and religious leaders worked to transform his words into action. Since reports about the gay death penalty legislation have surfaced in the U.S., Warren and several conservative congressmen who have been associated with groups backing the anti-homosexuality bill have been pressured to denounce the anti-gay measure. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Tarso Ramos, executive director of Political Research Associates and Rev. Kapya Kaoma, an Anglican Priest from Zambia who went undercover in Uganda. They talk about their investigation into the influence of U.S. Christian right groups on anti-gay activity in Uganda.

Rev. Kapya Kaoma is the author of PRA's report, "Globalizing the Culture Wars: U.S. Conservatives, African Churches and Homophobia". Read the report online at

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U.S. Politics

"Joe Lieberman and the Health Care Train Wreck," by William Rivers Pitt, Truthout, Dec. 15, 2009

"Lieberman Was for a Medicare Buy-In Before He Was Against it," by Jason Leopold, Truthout, Dec. 15, 2009

"A Sucker-Punched Harry Reid Throws in the Towel on Real Reform," by John Nichols, The Nation, Dec. 14, 2009

"How a Few Private Health Insurers Are on the Way to Controlling Health Care," by Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog, Dec. 12, 2009

"The Politics of Cynicism: Obama, Afghanistan, & the 2012 Election," by Anthony DiMaggio, ZNet, Dec. 11, 2009

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"Larry Summers and the Jobless Recovery," by Anthony DiMaggio, Counterpunch, Dec. 15, 2009

"Easy and Fun Money: The Virtues of a Financial Transaction Tax," by Dean Baker, Counterpunch, Dec. 15, 2009

"2010: 'The year of severe economic contraction,'" by Mike Whitney, Smirking Chimp, Dec. 13, 2009

"Drug money saved banks in global crisis, claims UN advisor," Guardian/UK, Dec. 13, 2009

"America's Race to the Bottom," by David Michael Green, Common Dreams, Dec. 12, 2009

"(A Little Bit of) Wall Street Reform," by Robert Weissman, Common Dreams, Dec. 12, 2009

"Yes, Regulators Can Stop Foreclosures," by Greg Kaufmann, The Nation, Dec. 10, 2009

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Bush Accountability

"Bush White House Emails Won't Be Public For Years," by Zachary Roth, Talking Points Memo, Dec. 15, 2009

"22 million missing Bush White House e-mails found," Associated Press, Dec. 14, 2009

"Blistering Indictment Leveled Against Obama Over His Handling of Bush-Era War Crimes," by Jason Leopold, Truthout, Dec. 12, 2009

"The America Where They Do Prosecute Torture," by Sam Ferguson, Truthout, Dec. 11, 2009

"Nuremberg Revisited: Obama Administration Files To Dismiss Case Against John Yoo," by Jonathan Turley,, Dec. 9, 2009

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International Affairs

"US-Iran Talks: The Road to Diplomatic Failure," by Gareth Porter, Common Dreams, Dec. 12, 2009

"The Land Mines Obama Won't Touch," by Bill Moyers & Michael Winship, Common Dreams, Dec. 12, 2009

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

'They're Wasted': The Price of Pushing Our Troops Too Far," by Tom Engelhardt & William Astore, TomDispatch, Dec. 15, 2009

"Drone attacks may be expanded into the major city of Quetta in Pakistan," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 14, 2009

"The Rush for Iraq's Oil," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Dec. 14, 2009

"Obama's Dirty War," by Douglas Valentine, Consortium News, Dec. 13, 2009

"The Dust Bowl of Babylon: Are Crippling Droughts the Next Great Threat to Iraq?," by Tom Engelhardt & Martin Chulov, TomDispatch, Dec. 13, 2009

"Untouchable: Blair to give Iraq War evidence in secret," Independent/UK, Dec. 13, 2009

"Obama's Indecent Interval," by Thomas H. Johnson & M. Chris Mason, Foreign Policy, Dec. 10, 2009

"Iraq: the crime of the century," by John Pilger, The New Statesman/UK, Dec. 10, 2009

"The Nine Surges of Obama's War: How to Escalate in Afghanistan," by Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch, Dec. 10, 2009

"Our Murderers in the Sky," by Scott Ritter, TruthDig, Dec. 10, 2009

"Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret C.I.A. Raids," The New York Times, Dec. 10, 2009

"Stretching Out an Ugly Struggle," by Graham E. Fuller, The New York Times, Dec. 3, 2009

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Report From Cop-enhagen: Mass Preemptive Arrests in the Danish Police State," by David Rovics, Counterpunch, Dec. 15, 2009

"DC Agrees To $8.25M Settlement For Protest Arrests," Associated Press, Dec. 15, 2009

"Tortured in the 'Dark Prison,'" by Andy Worthington, Counterpunch, Dec. 15, 2009

"25 Days In Federal Prison For Littering? Border Patrol Cracking Down on Human Rights Activists," by Jessica Weisberg, AlterNet, Dec. 14, 2009

"New Documents Explode Myth Gitmo Torture Opposed in Al Qahtani Interrogation," by Valtin, Daily Kos, Dec. 13, 2009

"Targeting Earth First! Dave Foreman and the First Greenscare Case," by Joshua Frank & Jeffrey St. Clair, Counterounch, Dec. 11-13, 2009

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Environment and Sustainability

"Copenhagen: Only the numbers count - and they add up to hell on earth," by Bill McKibben, Guardian/UK, Dec. 15, 2009

"Chevron and Cultural Genocide in Ecuador," by Kerry Kennedy, IPS/Terra Viva, Dec. 14, 2009

"Under the icy north lurks a 'carbon bomb,'" Boston Globe, Dec. 13, 2009

"Leaders of the rich world are enacting a giant fraud," by Johann Hari, Independent/UK, Dec. 11, 2009

"Damning New Evidence Raises Concerns About Threats to New York's Water from Gas Drilling," by Byard Duncan, AlterNet, Dec. 11, 2009

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Media Issues

"Net Neutrality and the 21st Century First Amendment," by Marvin Ammori, Balkinization, Dec. 10, 2009

"Why Journalist Gary Webb Died," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Dec. 9, 2009

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"Federal Judge Grants Injunction Against Congressional Defunding of ACORN," by Mary Susan Littlepage, Truthout, Dec. 15, 2009

"High-profile activist's arrest fuels fears of police crackdown in Copenhagen," Guardian/UK, Dec. 15, 2009

"'We don't want violence, we want to get our voices heard' says protesters," Independent/UK, Dec. 15, 2009

"Meet the merry climate pranksters who put Canada on the spot," Globe and Mail/Canada, Dec. 15, 2009

"Protesters in Seattle warned us what was coming, but we didn't listen," by Madeleine Bunting, Guardian/UK, Dec. 13, 2009

"ACORN independent review says problems are opposite of what conservatives allege," by Paul Rosenberg, Open Left, Dec. 13, 2009

"Copenhagen police release hundreds of detained activists," Guardian/UK, Dec. 13, 2009

"Global Protests Demand Action on Climate Change," Agence France Presse, Dec. 12, 2009

"Tens of Thousands March in Copenhagen," by Madeline Ostrander, Yes! Magazine, Dec. 12, 2009

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