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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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Combatants in Congo Target Women
with Unspeakable Violence

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Interview with Sarah Spencer,
director of the International Rescue Committee projects in Eastern Congo,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Since 1994, violence has raged in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as armies and irregular forces from within the country and from many of the nine surrounding nations have fought over territory and the nation's enormous mineral wealth. An estimated five million people have died as a result of war, illness or starvation since 1988. In recent years, the violence in Congo has been concentrated in the eastern provinces of North Kivu and South Kivu, near Rwanda. Violence against women has been a hallmark of life there, and women are at risk for rape, dismemberment and death as they go about the tasks of their daily lives.

In the city of Bukavu, in South Kivu Province, the International Rescue Committee, or IRC, has been working with local organizations for 35 years to protect women from gender violence. This is the city that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited recently to promote women's development and condemn violence against women.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Sarah Spencer, reached by phone at her office in the IRC compound in Bukavu, where she directs the IRC's programs in eastern Congo and has been based for the past two years. Spencer discusses the dangers women face in Congo and the grassroots programs that have been developed to protect and empower them.

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Court Orders Obama Administration
to Disclose Names of Telecom Lobbyists

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Interview with Rebecca Jeschke,
media relations director,
Electronic Frontier Foundation,
conducted by Scott Harris


Congress passed the FISA Amendment Act of 2008 in June of that same year, which reformed the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The legislation, among other things, ordered lawsuits filed against telecommunications companies that engaged in government-ordered warrantless spying on American citizens to be dropped. The law also granted retroactive immunity from prosecution to these same companies. Although then-Sen. Barack Obama had voiced opposition to immunity and warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens, he voted for the bill.

Over the last several years , the Electronic Frontier Foundation, under the Freedom of Information Act, has been seeking the release of the identities of lobbyists working on behalf of telecommunications companies that pressured various government agencies and Congress to grant their clients immunity. On Feb. 9, a federal appeals court in San Francisco gave a boost to the lawsuit when it rejected the Obama administration's claim of "lobbyist privacy" to hide the identities of telecomm industry lobbyists. In his ruling, Judge Michael Daly Hawkins said, "There is a clear public interest in public knowledge of the methods through which well-connected corporate lobbyists wield their influence."

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Rebecca Jeschke, media relations director with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who explains why her group is demanding information on telecomm lobbyists and the current status of government spying on U.S. citizens.

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Oath Keepers Revive Right-Wing Militia Movement

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Interview with Justine Sharrock,
journalist and author of
the Mother Jones article, "Age of Treason,"
conducted by Scott Harris


With the election of America's first black president, white supremacist groups and right-wing organizations have seen a surge in membership. The "tea party" movement, whose members regularly accuse Barack Obama of being a non-citizen Muslim Communist out to destroy America, is an example of a newly energized set of extremist fringe groups that are on the rise around the nation. Extremist violence is also on the rise, such as the recent suicide plane attack on an IRS office in Austin, Texas, the murder of three police officers in Pittsburgh, the killing of a black security guard at the national Holocaust museum and the assassination of Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller -- all carried out by self-described right-wing activists.

Into this highly charged environment a new group emerged in early 2009, the Oath Keepers, founded by Yale-trained lawyer and former Ron Paul staffer Stewart Rhodes. Oath Keepers describes itself as a nonpartisan group of active-duty and retired military and law enforcement personnel who pledge to disobey orders they believe are unconstitutional, including the imposition of martial law and "the blockade of American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps." Although the group espouses non-violence and claims not to be promoting the overthrow of the government, some of the group's members assert they are willing to take up arms against the federal government, which many believe is their sworn enemy. Since arriving on the scene, Oath Keepers have been promoted by many prominent right-wing media pundits.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Justine Sharrock, author of the cover story in the March/April edition of Mother Jones magazine titled, "Age of Treason." Here, Sharrock describes her investigation into the Oath Keepers, profiling their members' beliefs and motivation, as well as the potential for violence she sees in this new, so-called "patriot" group, with roots in the militia movement of the 1990s.

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"The Democratic Party's deceitful game," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Feb. 23, 2010

"Progressive organizer: White House has 'loser mentality,'" by Mike Madden, Salon, Feb. 23, 2010

"Pennsylvania loved Obama in '08, but ardor is gone," McClatchy Newspapers, Feb. 23, 2010

"2010 Midterm Elections To Be Most Expensive Ever: Analysis," by Arthur Delaney, Huffington Post, Feb. 23, 2010

"Obama, Tea Parties and the Battle for Our Brains," by George Lakoff, Truthout, Feb. 22, 2010

"'The President's Plan': No Public Option, Lots of Compromise," by John Nichols, The Nation, Feb. 22, 2010

"The Narcissus Society," by Roger Cohen, The New York Times, Feb. 22, 2010

"Unions and liberal groups blast Reid's $15 billion jobs legislation as 'puny,'" The Hill, Feb. 22, 2010

"A Triumph for the DOJ Roach Motel," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Feb. 22, 2010

"The Defense Elephant in America's Living Room," by Saul Landau & Nelson P. Valdes, Counterpunch, Feb. 19-21, 2010

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"Deflating The Middle Class Dream," by Natasha Chart, Campaign for Our Future, Feb. 23, 2010

"List of Troubled Banks at 16-Year Peak, F.D.I.C. Says," The New York Times, Feb. 23, 2010

"We need a scheme for full employment," by Dean Baker, Guardian/UK, Feb. 22, 2010

"Bad Economies in States to Worsen: Governors," Reuters, Feb. 20, 2010

"The Wal-Mart Counter-Revolution: A Company That Fears Its Own Employees," by Adam Turl, Counterpunch, Feb. 19-21, 2010

"Rhode Island's jobless tell different story about 'recovery,'" McClatchy Newspapers, Feb. 19, 2010

"Athens: The First Domino?," by Richard Parker, The Nation, Feb. 18, 2010

"18 Million Jobs by 2012," by Robert Pollin, The Nation, Feb. 18, 2010

"Tracking a new kind of civil disobedience," Boston Globe, Feb. 18, 2010

"Without more federal help, states might cut Medicaid," McClatchy Newspapers, Feb. 18, 2010

"Wall Street's Bailout Hustle," by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, Feb. 17, 2010

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Bush Accountability

"Who Told John Yoo To Do Those 'Bad Things'?," by Daphne Eviatar, Salon, Feb. 23, 2010

"Quid Pro Quo," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Feb. 22, 2010

"David Margolis Is Wrong," by David Luban, Slate, Feb. 22, 2010

"Unredacting the OPR Report," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Feb. 22, 2010

"The flailing falsehoods of America's war criminals," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Feb. 22, 2010

"Yoo, Bybee, and the Hall of Mirrors of Legal Argument," by Jack Balkin, Balkinization, Feb. 22, 2010

"Group Wants Courts to Play 'Keep Away' from Torture Lawyers," by Sahil Kapur, Raw Story, Feb. 22, 2010

"Politicizing Crime, the OPR Report and the Degeneracy of the Ruling Elite," by Jeffrey Kaye, Invictus, Feb. 22, 2010

"Yoo, Bybee, and Disinformation," by David Swanson, After Downing Street, Feb. 21, 2010

"Authors of waterboarding memos won't be disciplined," Washington Post, Feb. 20, 2010

"Yoo Called Civilian Slaughter OK," by Jason Leopold, Consortium News, Feb. 20, 2010

"DoJ's OPR Report Released on Yoo, Bybee Torture Memos (And Margolis' Whitewash, Too)," by Jeffrey Kaye, Invictus, Feb. 19, 2010

"Cheney's Response Demands a Special Prosecutor," by Jacob G. Hornberger, Future of Freedom Foundation, Feb. 16, 2010

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International Affairs

"Gates Calls Europe Anti-War Mood Danger to Peace," The New York Times, Feb. 23, 2010

"Report: Netanyahu approved Dubai assassination in early January," Haaretz/Israel, Feb. 21, 2010

"Congressman calls for US to circumvent Israeli Gaza blockade," Jerusalem Post/Israel, Feb. 21, 2010

"War game shows how attacking Iran could backfire," McClatchy Newspapers, Feb. 21, 2010

"US to Pursue Pressure Track on Iran: Petraeus," Agence France Presse, Feb. 21, 2010

"Behind Clinton's tough talk on Iran," by Mark Weisbrot, Guardian/UK, Feb. 18, 2010

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Marjah Offensive Aimed to Shape US Opinion on War," by Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service, Feb. 23, 2010

"McChrystal apologizes as airstrike kills dozens in Afghanistan," CNN, Feb. 22, 2010

"Ugly in Iraq," by Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, Feb. 22, 2010

"Spike in Iraq Violence as Vote Nears," The New York Times, Feb. 22, 2010

"Civilian Deaths Continue Unabated in Afghanistan," Times online/UK, Feb. 22, 2010

"Explain Something to Me: Fixing What's Wrong in Washington... in Afghanistan," by Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch, Feb. 21, 2010

"Karzai: NATO still causes too many civilian deaths," Associated Press, Feb. 20, 2010

"Sunni party drops out of Iraq's national elections," Associated Press, Feb. 20, 2010

"The Assault on Marjah," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Feb. 15, 2010

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"No Justice Forever - America's New Foreign Policy of Indefinite Detention," by Lt. Col. Barry Wingard, Truthout, Feb. 23, 2010

"Destroying C.I.A. Tapes Wasn't Opposed, Memos Say," The New York Times, Feb. 22, 2010

"Student Censorship," by Robyn Blumner, Salt Lake Tribune (Utah), Feb. 22, 2010

"Immigration Reform Advocates Losing Patience with Obama," New American Media, Feb. 22, 2010

"What Does It Take to Aid a Terrorist?," by John Farmer Jr., The New York Times, Feb. 22, 2010

"Gov't Sued Over Cell Phone Tracking," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Feb. 22, 2010

"Obama Pressed to Release Identity of Telecom Lobbyists," by William Fisher, Truthout, Feb. 21, 2010

"High Court to Revisit Terrorism Support Law," by Willim Fisher, Inter Press Service, Feb. 19, 2010

"Torture under Obama," by Nat Hentoff, Jamestown Sun (North Dakota), Feb. 19, 2010

"Student's Facebook Tirade Against Teacher Is Protected Speech," by David Kravets, Wired, Feb. 16, 2010

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Environment and Sustainability

"Whaling Commission Proposes Return to Commercial Whaling," Environment News Service, Feb. 22, 2010

"Tsunami of E-Waste Could Swamp Developing Countries," Inter Press Service, Feb. 22, 2010

"Ice Shelves on Antarctic Peninsula Melting Away, USGS Reports," Environment News Service, Feb. 22, 2010

"Campaign on Tar Sands Extraction Targets Oil Investors," BBC News/UK, Feb. 22, 2010

"Acidified Landscape Foretells Grim Future for Coral Reefs," Guardian/UK, Feb. 21, 2010

"Top Scientists Affirm Consensus on Global Warming," Environment News Service, Feb. 20, 2010

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