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Posted June 16, 2010

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This week we present Between The Lines' summary of under-reported news stories and:
U.S. and Israeli Policies
Strengthen Iranian Hardliners;
Undermine Green Movement

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Interview with Juan Cole,
professor of history
at the University of Michigan,
conducted by Scott Harris


On the one-year anniversary of the June 12, 2009 Iranian presidential election, leaders of the country's opposition Green Movement, were denied government permits, and decided to cancel planned protests to mark the surge of popular dissent and the repression which followed the disputed election result. Fearing government reprisals, such as beatings, mass arrests, torture and executions seen over the past 12 months, only small and scattered protests were organized around the country.

Last year, hundreds of thousands of Iranians took to the streets to protest what they believed to have been a rigged election -- robbing the leading opposition candidate, Mir Hossein Mousavi, of victory over incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

In assessing the weakened state of the Iranian opposition, University of Michigan history professor Juan Cole believes the policies of both the U.S. and Israel have strengthened hardliners in the Iranian regime, while undermining the Green movement. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Professor Cole, who explains why he believes that President Obama's push for a fourth round of sanctions against Iran at the U.N. over its nuclear program -- and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's continued blockade of Gaza and his government's deadly attack against the Gaza aid flotilla -- have put Iranian hardliners in a stronger position than they were one year ago.

Juan Cole is professor of history at the University of Michigan. His latest book is titled, "Engaging the Muslim World." Visit his website, Informed Comment, Thoughts on the Middle East, History and Religion, at

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U.S. Supreme Court on Course
to Tear Down Campaign Finance Reform Laws

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Interview with Nick Nyhart,
co-founder, president and CEO
of Public Campaign,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Courts around the country seem to be invalidating public campaign finance laws as fast as they can be passed. The U.S. Supreme Court on June 8 issued an order reinstating a lower court injunction, preventing the state of Arizona from providing matching funds to candidates for state office to stay on par with the spending of candidates who don't accept public financing, either because they are wealthy and can finance their own campaigns, or they accept large campaign donations from corporations or lobbyists. The Court, which will not likely rule on the case until after this November's mid-term election, issued the injunction stating that Arizona's public financing law puts an unconstitutional burden on the First Amendment rights of privately funded candidates.

According to the group Public Campaign, which has been which has been working to pass public finance laws at both the state and federal levels for the past 13 years, there are currently seven states and two cities that have full public financing for some political offices. Three states -- Arizona, Connecticut, and Maine -- provide full public financing for all statewide and legislative races. These laws were approved through a combination of ballot initiatives and state legislatures.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Nick Nyhart, co-founder, president and CEO of Public Campaign. He explains how the Supreme Court's ruling on Arizona's public finance law could affect other states around the country, and how a different funding mechanism in the proposed federal Fair Elections Now Act could pass constitutional muster.

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Gulf Oil Spill Disaster
An Opportunity to Reinvent
America's Broken Energy Infrastructure

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Interview with Gabriel Wisnieski,
Greenpeace Climate campaigner,
conducted by Scott Harris


On the eve of President Obama's first address to the nation from the Oval Office on the continuing Gulf of Mexico oil spill, estimates for how much oil is gushing into the water from British Petroleum's blown-out well now range from 35,000 to 60,000 barrels a day, more than 7 to 12 times the earlier estimates of 5,000 barrels daily. Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., contended that "BP's low-balling'' of the amount of oil flowing into the Gulf was "either deliberate deception or gross incompetence."

Responding to criticism of his handling of the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, President Obama has toured the Gulf coast several times over recent weeks and named Michael Bromwich, a former Justice Department official to clean up the government's Minerals Management Service, the agency that's under fire for its lax supervision of the nation's offshore oil drilling.

But many environmental groups assert that it will take more than re-organizing government agencies to prevent future deadly oil spill disasters and coal mining accidents, but rather requires a national commitment to building a sustainable energy future. In a new report from Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council titled, "Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable USA Energy Outlook," the groups provide a comprehensive blueprint that they say will reduce carbon emissions while achieving economic growth by replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy and energy efficiency. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Gabriel Wisnieski, Greenpeace Climate campaigner, who discusses the Gulf oil disaster and the opportunity to re-invent the nation's broken energy infrastructure.

Contact Greenpeace USA at 1-(800) 326-0959 or visit their website at, where you can download a copy of the group's Energy Revolution plan.

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U.S. Politics

"A State Democratic Party Tells Congress: Reject More War Spending," by John Nichols, The Nation, June 15, 2010

"Obama's Treasury Dept Working To Defeat Derivatives Proposal 'Of Utmost Importance' To Reforming Wall Street," by Shahien Nasiripour and Ryan Grim, Huffington Post, June 14, 2010

"The Obama Presidency: Possibility or Peril?," by Ari Berman, The Nation, June 14, 2010

"A Lobbying Tempest Engulfs Financial Overhaul," Associated Press, June 14, 2010

"The Supreme Court Says NO to the People - Again," by Michael Winship, Truthout, June 12, 2010

"Environmentalists give Barack Obama a pass on oil spill," by Josh Gerstein, Politico, June 12, 2010

"Arizona: Rushing Toward the Wrong Side of History," by Roberto Cintli Rodriguez, Truthout, June 12, 2010

"Obama overlooked key points in giving OK to offshore drilling," McClatchy Newspapers, June 11, 2010

"White House Comments on Lincoln Victory Sets Off Firestorm With Labor," by E.J. Dionne, Truthout, June 10, 2010

More newswire ...


"The Next Housing Crisis," by Mike Whitney, Counterpunch, June 15, 2010

"Compromise weakens ratings agency revamp," McClatchy Newspapers, Counterpunch, June 15, 2010

"Amid Unemployment Crisis, Senate Gridlock Leaves Jobs Bill in Limbo," Washington Independent, June 15, 2010

"'Free-Market Fundamentalism' Is an Invention of Progressives," by Dean Baker, Truthout, June 14, 2010

"Out of Work, Sleeping in the Fields: The People of the Central Valley," by David Bacon, Truthout, June 13, 2010

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Bush Accountability

"Bush admin lawyer urges court to toss torture suit," San Francisco Chronicle, June 14, 2010

"Why We Can't Just 'Look Forward,'" by Joe Conason, TruthDig, June 9, 2010

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International Affairs

"Three American girls are left fatherless by Jerusalem killing," by Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, June 15, 2010

"Call the Politburo, We're in Trouble: Entering the Soviet Era in America," by Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch, June 15, 2010

"Democratic Party Defends Israeli Attack," by Stephen Zunes,, June 15, 2010

"Who is Afraid of a Real Inquiry?," by Uri Avnery, Counterpunch, June 14, 2010

"Stealth Superpower," by John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus, June 14, 2010

"The Next Power Triangle," by Stephen Kinzer, The American Prospect, June 14, 2010

"Children Carry Guns for a U.S. Ally, Somalia," The New York Times, June 13, 2010

"Joe Biden: In Israel's Service," by Jeffrey Blankfort, Counterpunch, June 11-13, 2010

"Government Deploys Drones to Patrol US-Mexico Border," by Mike Ludwig, Truthout, June 11, 2010

"Private Contractors and Covert Wars in Latin America," by Cyril Mychalejko, Upside Down World, June 10, 2010

"Israel's Gift to Iran's Hard-Liners," by Juan Cole, TruthDig, June 10, 2010

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Trillion-Dollar War," by Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, June 15, 2010

"Timing of Leak of Afghan Mineral Wealth Evokes Scepticism," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, June 14, 2010

"False Advertising About the Iraq Surge," by John Agnew & Claudio Guler, Truthout, June 13, 2010

"McChrystal Faces 'Iraq 2006 Moment' in Coming Months," by Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service, June 13, 2010

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Torture News: Anti-Gitmo Protesters Acquitted; RCMP to Investigate U.S. Officials on Arar Rendition," by Jeffrey Kaye, Invictus, June 15, 2010

"RCMP goes global with Maher Arar torture probe," Toronto Star/Canada, June 14, 2010

"Wanted by the US: WikiLeaks founder keeps his head down," Sydney Morning Herald/Australia, June 14, 2010

"The U.S. wins the right to abduct innocent people with impunity," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, June 14, 2010

"El Paso 'Cat and Mouse' Turns Fatal," by Dennis Bernstein and Jesse Strauss, Consortium News, June 12, 2010

"Suspected Wikileaks Source Described Crisis of Conscience Leading to Leaks," by Kevin Poulsen & Kim Zetter, Wired, June 10, 2010

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Environment and Sustainability

"Obama will order BP to hand over control of oil spill damage claims," Guardian/UK, June 15, 2010

"Panel Sharply Raises Estimate of Oil Spilling Into the Gulf," The New York Times, June 15, 2010

"BP E-mails Show Decisions Pre-Blast to Save 'Lots of Time' and Money," by Marian Wang, ProPublica, June 15, 2010

"BP oil spill may not be capped until Christmas, expert warns," Guardian/UK, June 14, 2010

"The Inside Story of How Obama Let the World's Most Dangerous Oil Company Spiral out of Control," by Amy Goodman and Tim Dickinson, Democracy Now!, June 12, 2010

"Privacy in Peril: Lawyers, Nations Clamor for Google Wi-Fi Data," by David Kravets, Wired, June 11, 2010

More newswire ...

Media Issues

"The media's understanding of its role," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, June 15, 2010

"Israeli Raid Coverage: American Media Failure Again," by Linn Washington, Jr., Counterpunch, June 15, 2010

"Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right: On the Actual Ideology of the American Press," by Jay Rosen, PressThink, June 14, 2010

"Journalistic balance at the expense of truth," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, June 11, 2010

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"Sierra Club: Pro-Corporate, Anti-Grass Roots," by Jane Hamsher, Firedoglake, June 15, 2010

"ACORN Vindicated of Wrongdoing by the Congressional Watchdog Office," by John Atlas, Huffington Post, June 15, 2010

"'Alternative summits' embody a grass-roots strategy for change," by Antonia Zerbisias, Toronto Star/Canada, June 14, 2010

"D.C. judge acquits 27 Guantanamo protesters - including 4 from Pioneer Valley - of charges from Capitol Hill protest," MassLive, June 14, 2010

"Hunger strikers' American dreams," Guardian/UK, June 11, 2010

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