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ISSUES IN DEPTH
War And Profiteering
"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
"Cheney is Longtime Bad News for U.S.," by John Nichols, by the Madison Capital Times (Wisconsin), Jan. 16, 2007
"Bush administration provokes open war on Iran: Irbil raid, and other operations, authorized "several months ago," by Larry Chin, Global Research, Jan. 15, 2007
"Iran: The Next War," by James Bamford, Rolling Stone, July 24, 2006
Those Who Dared to Come Forward
Compilation of Washington insiders speaking out on Bush administration policies and actions
Project for the New American Century's Letter to President Clinton on Iraq, Jan. 26, 1998 Urges President Clinton to remove the threat that Iraq poses by stating a strategy to do so in his "upcoming State of the Union Address."
"Iraq On The Record," U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman report, March 16, 2004
"Greenspan Testimony Highlights Bush Plan for Deliberate Federal Bankruptcy," by Michael Meurer, truthout.org, March 2, 2004
"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 War & The Bush Administration's Pursuit of Global Domination," Counterpoint, Sept. 15, 2003
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
"Occupation, Inc." Southern Exposure, Winter, 2003/2004
"Pipeline Politics: Oil, The Taliban, and the Political Balance of Central Asia," World Press Review Special Report, Nov.-Dec. 2001
"War Profiteering," by The Nation editors, April 24, 2003
"An Annotated Saddam Chronology," ZNet, Dec. 15, 2003
"Martial Law Threat is Real," by Dave Lindorff, commondreams.org, July 27, 2007
"ACLU: US Constitution in Grave Danger,"United Press International, July 25, 2007
"Old-line Republican warns 'something's in the works' to trigger a police state," by Muriel Kane, Rawstory.com July 19, 2007
"Fascist America, in 10 easy steps," by Naomi Wolf, The Guardian, April 24, 2007
"Keeping Secrets: The Bush administration is doing the public's business out of the public eye. Here's how--and why," by Christopher H. Schmitt and Edward T. Pound, U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 12, 2003
"Fascism Anyone?" 14 Signs of Fascism, Free Inquiry Magazine, Volume 23, No. 2
"Germany In 1933: The Easy Slide Into Fascism," The Crisis Papers, June 9, 2003
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THIS WEEK'S PROGRAM
View Between The Lines' single-payer health plan forum "Health Care: Basic Human Right or Privilege?" with Dr. Stephanie Woolhandler, cofounder of Physicians for a National Health Program and John Wilhelm, president/Hospitality Industry UNITE HERE union.
This week we present Between The Lines' summary of under-reported news stories and:
Despite Reduction in Violence,Jan. 10 marked the first anniversary of President Bush's announcement of his plan to deploy an additional 30,000 troops to Iraq in what's become known as the "surge." Almost universally, the U.S. press has declared the "surge," a success with an overall reduction in violence and fewer American soldiers and Iraqi civilians killed and injured in recent months.
Iraq Remains Dangerously Volatile
Interview with independent journalist Dahr Jamail,
conducted by Scott Harris
But despite fewer attacks by Sunni insurgents, Shiite militias and al Qaeda fighters, Iraq is still very much at war with American soldiers and Iraqi civilians continuing to be killed. The U.S. Air Force recently dropped some 40,000 pounds of bombs in villages south of Baghdad. According to the group, Just Foreign Policy, more than 1.1 million Iraqis have thus far been killed as a result of the U.S. war and occupation. Iraq's Defense Minister told the Pentagon on Jan. 14 that American troops will be needed in his country for another 10 years.
Although the Iraq war has receded in importance during the early presidential primary elections, the ongoing volatility in Iraq can be seen in Washington's failure to pressure the Iraqi government to make progress in achieving political reconciliation among Sunnis and Shiites. The recent revision of Iraq's de-Baathification law has been met with skepticism by many former members of Saddam Hussein's Baathist Party, most of whom are Sunnis Muslims. The government has also failed to adopt a law governing the fair distribution of revenues from Iraq's oil wealth. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with independent journalist and author Dahr Jamail, who reported from the streets of Iraq for eight months between November 2003 and February 2005. Here Jamail assesses the current situation on the ground in Iraq.
Read Dahr Jamail articles online at www.dahr.org. Jamail's new book is titled, "Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq."
National Global Warming Teach-InOn Jan. 31, what's being billed as the largest teach-in ever held will take place at more than 1,400 colleges and high schools, as well as some community centers and places of worship. It's called Focus the Nation, and its mission is to educate the next generation about climate change and inspire young people to take political action.
Aims to Inspire Student Activism
Interview with Eben Goodstein,
founder and director of Focus the Nation,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus
The teach-in is one of four components of the plan. The first is a live webcast a day before the event, on Jan. 30, called the "2% solution," which refers to reducing greenhouse gases by two percent every year starting now. Following the teach-in, the Green Democracy component will feature a live videoconference roundtable discussion between Congress and campuses on working for solutions to global warming. Finally, participants can vote online for their top five solutions to the problem of climate change.
Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Eben Goodstein, founder and director of Focus the Nation and a professor of economics at Lewis & Clark College in Oregon. He explains how this effort differs from the groundbreaking grassroots actions of 2007 to raise awareness of global warming and what's at stake for today's youth who will be directly confronted by the climate change crisis.
Eben Goodstein is founder and director of Focus the Nation and author of "Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction: How Passion and Politics can Stop Global Warming". Contact the group at (503) 768-7990 or visit their website at www.focusthenation.org
U.S. Media HostileThe trivialization of issues covered by the U.S. media in the 2008 primary election campaign has moved from John Edward's haircuts and Hillary Clinton's tears to new tension over questions about race and gender. As Sens. Barack Obama and Clinton split victories in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, Hillary took heat for maintaining that President Johnson, as an ally in the White House, was key in helping Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. achieve the goals of the American civil rights movement.
to John Edwards'
Interview with John Nichols,
Washington correspondent with the Nation magazine,
conducted by Scott Harris
In recent days, the rival candidates both sought to end the squabbling that had the potential to split the Democratic Party along racial and gender lines -- and eclipse discussion of more important issues like the Iraq war, the floundering economy and health care reform.
But attention to the issues of class, championed in the Democratic primary campaign by John Edwards, has run into trouble. Edwards' assertion that America's corporations and their political allies have declared war on the middle class and his condemnation of corporate greed and corruption have not won the former North Carolina senator many friends in the U.S. media. Although Edwards, a respectable second and third place finish in Iowa and New Hampshire, counted voters' preferences in only two of 50 states, many pundits dismissed the 2004 Democratic vice presidential candidate as an angry, anti-business populist who should quit the race. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with John Nichols, Washington correspondent with the Nation Magazine, who examines the media's marginalization of John Edwards' candidacy.
Nichols is author of the book, "The Genius of Impeachment: The Founders Cure for Royalism." Read Nichols' columns online at www.thenation.com
This week's summary
of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
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Segment producers: Scott Harris, Melinda Tuhus
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"Huck: We Need To Amend The Constitution, Bring It In Line With God," by Eric Kleefeld, Talking Points Memo, Jan. 15, 2008
"Space Invaders: Five Million Aliens For Hillary," by Greg Palast, ZNet, Jan. 15, 2008
"Running Away From Bush," by E.J. Dionne, TruthDig, Jan. 15, 2008
"Hillary Clinton's Dirty Campaign Tactics," by Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet, Jan. 15, 2008
"Now The Theocrats Want 'American Religious History Week,'" by Chris Hedges, The Nation, Jan. 15, 2008
"A Defining Moment For The Clintons: The Lawsuit Against Nevada's Culinary Workers Union," by Thomas De Zengotita, Huffington Post, Jan. 14, 2008
"We're Mad As Hell And The Dems Aren't Listening," by Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown, Jan. 14, 2008
"The Democrats' Strategic Challenge," by Paul Starr, The American Prospect, Jan. 14, 2008
"Worsening Economy Gives Obama And Clinton Chance To Copy Edwards' Populist Ideas," by William Greider, The Nation, Jan. 14, 2008
"Financial Forces Run Amok," by Al Meyerhoff, Los Angeles Times, Jan. 14, 2008
"Voter ID Scam Is The Real Fraud," by Cynthia Tucker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jan. 14, 2008
"U.S. Corporate Elite Fear Candidate Edwards," Reuters, Jan. 11, 2008
"The Fraud Of Voter ID Laws," by Amanda Terkel, The American Prospect, Jan. 11, 2008
"Antiwar Lessons From New Hampshire," by Tom Hayden, The Nation, Jan. 10, 2008
"An Old Democratic Fault Line," by Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect, Jan. 10, 2008
"Why I'm Still Not For Hillary Clinton," by Francis Kissling, Salon, Jan. 10, 2008
"Lantos' Tarnished Legacy," by Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, Jan. 8, 2008
"The End Of The Road For George W. Bush," by Chris Hedges, TruthDig, Jan. 14, 2008
"President Bush's Only Achievement In Middle East Is To Increase Power Of Iran," by Johann Hari, Independent/UK, Jan. 14, 2008
"Ex-CIA Official May Refuse To Testify About Videotapes," Washington Post, Jan. 10, 2008
American Empire/War Profiteering
"Gulf Of Tonkin Will Be Tough To Repeat," by Ray McGovern, Antiwar.com, Jan. 14, 2008
"Did 'Filipino Monkey' Almost Cause World War III?," by Scott MacLeod, Time, Jan. 14, 2008
"60 Years Of Empire," by Saul Landau, Counterpunch, Jan. 12/13, 2008
"Toward Militarism, War, Empire, Caskets And Bankruptcy," by Jacob Hornberger, Future of Freedom Foundation, Jan. 11, 2008
"The U.S. Military Inflicts More Damage On Its Credibility," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Jan. 10, 2008
"U.S. Voices On Recording May Not Have Been From Iranian Speedboats," ABC News, Jan. 10, 2008
"Will Naval Incident Undermine Bush's Iran Messafe?," by Trita Parsi, Inter Press Service, Jan. 10, 2008
"An Ominous Non-Event: The Gulf Of Tonkin And The Strait Of Hormuz," by Robert Fantina, Counterpunch, Jan. 8, 2008
"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan
"Iraqi Opposition Alliance Threatens Government," Telegraph/UK, Jan. 14, 2008
"3,200 Marines Prepare For Afghan Tour," Associated Press, Jan. 14, 2008
"Gross Distortions, Sloppy Methodology And Tendentious Reporting: How The New England Journal Of Medicine Undercounted Iraqi Civilian Deaths," by Andrew Cockburn, Counterpunch, Jan. 12/13, 2008
"Iraq's Insurgents Are Ordinary People," by Emily Wilson, AlterNet, Jan. 11, 2008
"On Anniversary, Views Of Surge Diverge," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Jan. 11, 2008
"Pentagon, Big Pharma: Drug Troops To Numb Them Of Horrors Of War," Penny Coleman, AlterNet, Jan. 10, 2008
"2005 Use Of Gas By Blackwater Leaves Questions," The New York Times, Jan. 10, 2008
"The Myth Of Sectarian Violence In Iraq," by Dahr Jamail, ZNet, Jan. 10, 2008
"The 'Good War' Is A Bad War," by John Pilger, Antiwar.com, Jan. 10, 2008
"U.S. War Planes Flatten 'Safe Havens' In Iraq," Associated Press, Jan. 10, 2008
"U.S. Airstrike In Iraq Is One Of Largest Of War," USA Today, Jan. 10, 2008
"U.S. General Says 'Spectacular' Qaeda Attacks Rise In Iraq," Agence France Presse, Jan. 9, 2008
"Iraq Outlook 2008," by Erik Leaver, Foreign Policy in Focus, Jan. 9, 2008
Civil Liberties/ Human Rights
"Much Ado About Padilla Vs. Yoo," by David Luban, Balkinization, Jan. 13, 2008
"Repress U: How To Build A Homeland Security Campus In Seven Steps," by Tom Engelhardt & Michael Gould-Wartofsky, TomDispatch.com, Jan. 10, 2008
"Senationalist Media Did Pentagon's Bidding In Fake Naval 'Provocation' With Iran," by Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!, Jan. 14, 2008
"The Greatest Media Revolution Since Gutenberg?," by Lydia Sargent, ZNet, Jan. 1, 2008
"The Commons, The State And Transformative Politics," by Hilary Wainwright, Red Pepper, Jan. 14, 2008
"Eighty Arrested At Protest Calling For Gitmo Closure," Associated Press, Jan. 11, 2008
"Protesters Disrupt Vermont Governor's State Of the State Address," Times Argus (Vermont), Jan. 11, 2008