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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

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"Iran: The Next War," by James Bamford, Rolling Stone, July 24, 2006

Those Who Dared to Come Forward
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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,, 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

Civil Liberties

"Martial Law Threat is Real," by Dave Lindorff,, 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, 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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  • U.S. Intensified Bombing Campaigns
    in Iraq and Afghanistan
    Breed Fear and Hatred

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  • Reproductive Rights Issue Missing
    in Presidential Campaign

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  • Issues of Race Injected
    Into Primary Election Battles

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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 U.S. Intensified Bombing Campaigns
in Iraq and Afghanistan
Breed Fear and Hatred

Interview with Foreign Policy in Focus columnist Conn Hallinan,
conducted by Scott Harris


In one of the largest airstrikes since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, American warplanes dropped 40,000 pounds of bombs on Sunni farmlands south of Baghdad Jan. 10. The targets were suspected al Qaeda positions near citrus groves around the town of Arab Jabour. In November, leaders of a Sunni Arab militia group allied with the U.S. reported American bombs killed 45 members of their group, when they were mistaken for al Qaeda fighters. In October, 15 women and children were killed when U.S. planes attacked a suspected enemy position in the Lake Thar Thar region northwest of Baghdad.

The Associated Press reported that there has been a five-fold increase in the number of bombs dropped on Iraq during the first six months of 2007, coinciding with President Bush's troop escalation. More than 30 tons of the ordinance dropped have been cluster weapons, which take an especially heavy toll on civilians.

Afghanistan has also endured an intensification of U.S. and NATO airstrikes which has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of civilians killed. In mid-2007 Afghan President Hamid Karzai held a press conference to condemn what he called the "careless operations of NATO and international forces" that he asserted was killing innocent victims. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Foreign Policy in Focus columnist Conn Hallinan, who examines the U.S. military's bombing tactics and how the resulting civilian casualties exacerbate hostility toward occupation forces.

Hallinan is former director of the journalism program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Read his articles online at
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Reproductive Rights Issue Missing
in Presidential Campaign

Interview with Gloria Feldt,
former president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


There have been many signs in the past year about the shifting political terrain on reproductive rights in the U.S. Last April, in its Gonzales v. Carhart decision, the Supreme Court upheld the first-ever federal abortion ban, restricting but not overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion that marked its 35th anniversary on Jan. 22.. Just this month, data was released showing a marked decline in abortions, likely due both to women's easier access to more effective birth control, and a drop in the number of abortion providers and new roadblocks for women who seek abortions. Media culture has also weighed in on the issue, with two popular movies, "Knocked Up" and "Juno," and the real-life drama of 16-year-old actress Jamie Lynn Spears' pregnancy.

Yet, the presidential candidates have been virtually silent on the issue of reproductive rights, even with a strong pro-choice woman in the race.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Gloria Feldt, long time reproductive rights activists and former president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America from 1996 to 2005. Feldt, currently a writer and lecturer, discusses why she believes abortion is not yet an issue in the presidential race, but should be. And she explains how pro-choice advocates can find new approaches to support the threatened Roe v. Wade decision.

Gloria Feldt recently endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. Read Feldt's articles online at or visit the Planned Parenthood Federation of America's website at
Issues of Race Injected
Into Primary Election Battles

Interview with the Rev. Graylan Hagler,
Plymouth Congregational United Church senior pastor,
conducted by Scott Harris


As the presidential candidates gear up for the Feb. 5 Super Tuesday primary elections, where voters in 24 states will cast ballots for 2,700 Democratic and Republican convention delegates, issues of race have found their way into the debate. Not long after Hillary Clinton's controversial comments praising President Johnson for the role he played in helping Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. achieve the goals of the American civil rights movement, several right-wing talk show hosts have attacked Sen. Barak Obama's pastor, Dr. Jeremiah Wright, charging that he promotes black racial separatism.

Just days before Republican voters went to the polls in South Carolina's Jan. 19 primary election, GOP presidential candidate former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee appealed to voters on the issue of race, asking his fellow candidates to stop calling for the removal of the Confederate flag from government offices. In what seemed like a coordinated effort, an Atlanta-based group, Americans for the Preservation of American Culture, ran radio ads which attacked John McCain for his opposition to flying the Confederate flag on public buildings. Columnist Max Blumenthal wrote that making coded appeals to white racism is nothing new for Huckabee, "Indeed, well before he was a nationally known political star, Huckabee nurtured a relationship with America's largest white supremacist group, the Council of Conservative Citizens.

As America celebrated the life and work of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 21, the 2008 presidential election is increasingly becoming both a magnet for racial tension and providing opportunities to transcend a volatile issue which has long divided the people of the United States. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Rev. Graylan Hagler, senior pastor of the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Wash., D.C. Hagler, a longtime activist, looks at the issues of race and social justice, which have emerged in the 2008 presidential campaign.

Visit The Plymouth United Church of Christ website at

  • Trade unions are highly critical of Countrywide Financial CEO Angelo Mozilo's potential $115 million retirement package if Bank of America buys the mortgage company, which was at the center of the subprime loan crisis. ("Mazilo Could Reap $115 Million," Los Angeles Times, Jan. 11, 2008; " Subprime Supremo Lands Windfall," The Guardian, Jan. 12, 2008; " Bank of America Should Not be Allowed to Acquire Countrywide," SEIU press release, Jan. 11, 2008)
  • A Stanford University computer scientist has devised a system called National Popular Vote as a realistic alternative to the distortions created by the Electoral College. The plan has been endorsed by over 750 state legislators and passed in 13 legislative bodies. ("Dropping Out of the Electoral College," In These Times, January 2008; "Agreement Among The States to Elect the President by Nationwide Popular Vote," National Popular Vote, Jan. 13, 2008)
  • President Bush is has exempted controversial U.S. Navy sonar training exercises off California from the Coastal Zone Management Act, which was designed to protect marine mammals, including whales. ("Bush Sides with Navy in Sonar Battle," Los Angeles Times, Jan. 17, 2008; "Bush Attempts Illegal Override of Court Order Protecting Whales from Sonar," National Resources Defense Council, Jan. 18, 2008; "Navy Granted Authority to Use Sonar in Training off California," Navy press release, Jan. 16, 2008;)

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"The Politics Of An Economic Nightmare," by Robert Reich, Salon, Jan. 23, 2008

"Will The Democratic Presidential Candidates Adhere To Their Record?," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Jan. 22, 2008

"Obama Vs. Clinton-October 2002," by Stephen Zunes, Common Dreams, Jan. 22, 2008

"The Democrats Could Blow It Again," by Paul Starr, The American Prospect, Jan. 21, 2008

"Bush Surrogates Raise Nearly $250 Million To Smear Dem Nominee," by Steve Benen, The Carpetbagger Report, Jan. 21, 2008

"Desperately Seeking Stimulus," by Dean Baker, Truthout, Jan. 21, 2008

"Clintons-Obama And The "Over" Struggle for Black Equality," by Paul Street, ZNet, Jan. 20, 2008

"GOP Remains Fractured, Democrats Face A Long Fight," McClatchy Newspapers, Jan. 19, 2008

"Obama And The Reagan Wing Of The Democratic Party," by John Nichols, The Nation, Jan. 18, 2008

"Mike Huckabee, The Constitution And Biblical Law," by Joe Conason, Salon, Jan. 18, 2008

"Hillary Clinton's Sleaze Parade," by Paul Rogat Loeb, Common Dreams, Jan. 18, 2008

"Big Business Is Even More Unpopular Than You Think," by Robert Weissman, ZNet, Jan. 18, 2008

"A Different Recession," by Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect, Jan. 17, 2008

"Stoneridge And The End Of Enron Deterrence," by David Sirota, Campaign for America's Future, Jan. 17, 2008

"Lawbreaking Telecoms Still Conniving To Obtain Immunity From Congress," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Jan. 17, 2008

"Huckabee's Magic FairTax," by Ezra Klein, The American Prospect, Jan. 17, 2008

"GOP Figure Contracted To Deliver E-Voting Machines In Maryland," Wired News, Jan. 16, 2008

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Bush Regime

"FBI Denies File Exposing Nuclear Secrets Theft," Times Online/UK, Jan. 21, 2008

"UK Sunday Times Scoops US Media Again, Confirms FBI Cover-Up Of Documents In Sibel Edmonds Nuke Secrets Case," by Brad Friedman, Brad Blog, Jan. 19, 2008

"The Fraud Of Bushenomics: They're Looting The Country," by Larry Beinhart, AlterNet, Jan. 19, 2008

"Democrat Demands Answers On White House Email Archives," Associated Press, Jan. 19, 2008

"Who Will Take The Fall For The CIA Torture Tape Scandal?," by Roberto Lovato, AlterNet, Jan. 18, 2008

"The Official Story Unfolds," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Jan. 18, 2008

"White House Reused Email Tapes," Associated Press, Jan. 16, 2008

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Pentagon Explores 'Human Fear' Chemicals; Scare-Sensors, 'Contagious' Stress in the Works?," Wired News, Jan. 18, 2008

"Americans Need To Look Beyond The Media On Venezuela," by Mark Weisbrot, ZNet, Jan. 18, 2008

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Oil And The Looming Threat To Iraq," by Adel Safty, ZNet, Jan. 22, 2008

"Right-Wingers Can't Cover Up Iraq's Death Toll Catastrophe," by John Tirman, AlterNet, Jan. 21, 2008

"Iraq Toll Mounts As Forces Fight Cult," by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, Jan. 21, 2008

"Surge To Nowhere: Don't Buy The Hawks' Hype," by Andrew J. Bacevich, Washington Post, Jan. 20, 2008

"Violence Increases And Tensions Rise Among Iraqi Shiites," McClatchy Newspapers, Jan. 19, 2008

"Antiwar Veterans Groups Says War Crimes Are 'Encouraged,'" News 10 Now (Watertown, New York), Jan. 19, 2008

"Analysis: Discontent Surges In Iraq," by Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press, Jan. 19, 2008

"CSI Iraq: The Corpse On The Gurney And The 'Success' Mantra," by Tom Engelhardt,, Jan. 17, 2008

"U.S. Boosts Its Use Of Airstrikes In Iraq," Washington Post, Jan. 17, 2008

"As Iraqis See It," by Michael Massing, New York Review of Books, Jan. 17, 2008

"Nationalists Stirring In Iraq," by Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, Jan. 16, 2008

"What They Call Progress In Iraq," by Joe Conason, TruthDig, Jan. 16, 2008

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Why Jose Padilla's Sentence Should Disgust All Americans," by Andy Worthington, AlterNet, Jan. 22, 2008

"Canada To Rewrite Manual U.S. Criticized," Associated Press, Jan. 19, 2008

"Institutionalized Spying On Americans," by tephen Lendman, ZNet, Jan. 19, 2008

"Canada Manual: U.S. Prisoners Face Torture," Associated Press, Jan. 19, 2008

"Identification Politics," by Brian Beutler, The American Prospect, Jan. 18, 2008

"Montana Governor Foments Real ID Rebellion," Wired, Jan. 18, 2008

"Punishing Thought Crime: Would New Bill Make You A Terrorist?," by Scott Thill, AlterNet, Jan. 18, 2008

"The Future Of Guantanamo," by Andy Worthington, Guardian/UK, Jan. 14, 2008

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"Robert McChesney's 'Communication Revolution,'" by Stephen Lendman, ZNet, Jan. 22, 2008

"Democracy Takes A Hit On The Campaign Trail" by Roshi Pejhan, The Women's International Perspective, Jan. 22, 2008

"Covering Up The Coverage: The American Media's Complicit Failure To Investigate And Report On The Sibel Edmonds Case," by Daniel Ellsberg, The Brad Blog, Jan. 21, 2008

"Why Campaign Coverage Sucks," by Jay Rosen, Salon, Jan. 21, 2008

"Michael Gordon 'Reports' On the 'Only Serious' Iraq Option: Staying Forever," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Jan. 20, 2008

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"My Statement Before The Judge," by John Dear, Common Dreams, Jan. 22, 2008

"Protest And trial In Washington, D.C.: Getting Beyond Vain Hopes For impeachment," by Joe DeRaymond, Counterpunch, Jan. 21, 2008

"Historians Fear That Martin Luther King's Legacy Is Being Lost," Associated Press, Jan. 21, 2008

"Young Activists Mobilize Against ID Law," Politico, Jan. 21, 2008

"Antiwar Grannies Challenge That The Surge Is Working," by Joan Wile, Common Dreams, Jan. 20, 2008

"No Retreat: MoveOn And the Liberal War Party," by Ron Jcobs, Counterpunch, Jan. 19/20, 2008

"Behind The Picket Lines: MLK Jr. Inspires Generations Of Nonviolence," The Post (Athens, Ohio), Jan. 19, 2008

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