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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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"Body of War" is a must-see documentary which follows the life of Tomas Young, a 25-year-old U.S. Army Iraq War veteran who returned home paralyzed and wheel-chairbound, and later found his voice as an anti-war activist. Hear BTL's interview with co-director Phil Donahue.
Visit the "Body of War" film's website at www.bodyofwar.com to see a preview trailer and get theater times near you. At the documentary's New York City opening April 9 at the IFC Center, producers Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue said a grassroots distribution campaign is planned for the film after the commercial release. Make it happen in your community! This movie has a powerful message, especially for young people who are contemplating joining the military.
THIS WEEK'S PROGRAM
This week we present Between The Lines' summary of under-reported news stories and:
Bush May Be Planning Iran AttackThe Capitol Hill testimony of U.S. Commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker on April 8 and 9, repeated the familiar talking points of the Bush administration, that the surge has worked in reducing violence in Iraq and that any further withdrawal of American troops would certainly endanger the fragile gains made.
in Final Months in Office
Interview with Phyllis Bennis,
fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies,
conducted by Scott Harris
But in addressing the recent battles between Iraqi and U.S. forces against the Mahdi Army militia of Shiite cleric Moqtada al Sadr, Gen. Petraeus accused Iran of training and arming the so-called "special groups" of the Mahdi Army that he blames for launching Iranian rockets and mortar rounds at the U.S. headquarters and Iraqi government district in Baghdad known as the Green Zone. Patraeus went on to agree with Sen. Joseph Lieberman's assertion that the Iranian-backed special groups in Iraq are responsible for the murder of hundreds of American soldiers and thousands of Iraqi soldiers and civilians.
The testimony renews concern that the administration may be lining up their rationale for a series of air strikes against Iranian military and nuclear research facilities before Bush leaves office in nine months. Although a National Intelligence Estimate in December undercut the White House contention that Iran was aggressively working to build nuclear weapons, this latest allegation of interference in Iraq could serve as an alterative justification for any future U.S. attack on Iran. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, who examines the allegation of Iranian interference in Iraq and what citizens can do to prevent a U.S. war with Iran.
Phyllis Bennis' latest publication is titled, "Iran in the Crosshairs." Contact the Institute by calling (202) 234-9382 or visit their website at www.ips-dc.org
Former Abu Ghraib Prison CommanderArmy Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski found herself in the media spotlight as the officer in charge of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq during the prisoner abuse scandal that was revealed in 2004. Photographs from Abu Ghraib, published worldwide, showed naked prisoners piled on top of each other, posed in humiliating sexual positions, and others with hoods attached to electrodes. These images set off a major scandal for the Bush administration, serving as irrefutable evidence that the U.S. military was torturing and abusing prisoners they held in Iraq.
Says Memos Prove White
House Authorized Torture
Excerpt of speech
by former Army Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski,
produced by Melinda Tuhus
After the abuses at Abu Ghraib came to light, Karpinski was demoted to colonel and then retired in 2005 after almost 3 decades in the U.S. Army. She is now self-employed as a consultant for executive training programs and a self-described human rights activist who is now speaking out against the war.
The former military commander was the keynote speaker at a student anti-war organizing conference at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., April 12. At the gathering, Karpinski said recent revelations that top administration officials approved torture techniques back in 2001 confirmed her view that the problems at Abu Ghraib were not confined to seven low-level soldiers under her command, abusing prisoners. She also discusses the sexism she experienced at the hands of top commanders in Iraq and how sexism led to the harassment and sexual assault of many women serving in the U.S. military in Iraq.
Karpinski's book, "One Woman's Army, the Commanding General of Abu Gharib Tells Her Story," was published in 2005 by MiraMax Books.
Dramatic Rise inAs food prices around the world have skyrocketed, people who are finding it harder to feed themselves and their families have taken to the streets to protest. Demonstrations demanding government intervention in the food crisis have taken place worldwide from Haiti to Egypt, throughout Africa and Asia and even Italy. Violence resulting from the protests has killed dozens in Africa. In Haiti, where an estimated six people have recently been killed in militant protests, the unrest has forced Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis to resign.
Global Food Prices
Interview with Eric Holt-Gimenez,
executive director of Food First,
the Institute for Food and Development Policy,
conducted by Scott Harris
According to the World Bank the price of basic foodstuffs, such as corn, wheat, rice and soy, have risen 83 percent in the past three years. There are several reasons cited for the dramatic increase in global food prices, including: the higher price of energy and fertilizer for farmers; failed harvests due to droughts and floods, caused in part by climate change; increased demand for meat in developing nations and the diversion of crops and land to the production of bio-fuels.
For people getting by on just a few dollars per day, even a small rise in food prices can condemn a family to starvation. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Eric-Holt Gimenez, executive director of Food First, The Institute for Food and Development Policy. He discusses the various causes of the rise in food prices and ways in which the international community should come together to repair the global food system.
Contact the Institute for Food and Development Policy at (510) 654-4400, or visit their website at www.foodfirst.org
This week's summary
of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
Executive producer: Scott Harris
Segment producers: Scott Harris, Melinda Tuhus
Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News copy editor: Chris Ferrio
News reader: Elaine Osowski
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Photo editor: Scott Harris
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"I Was There: What Obama Really Said About Pennsylvania," by David Coleman, Huffington Post, Apr. 14, 2008
"Democrats Want Probe Into McCain Decision," Associated Press, Apr. 14, 2008
"Great Expectations For A Conservative Group Seem All But Dashed," The New York Times, Apr. 12, 2008
"Lobbysists Spend Record Sums To Influence Washington," Inter Press Service, Apr. 11, 2008
"The Clintons And Their Sordid Colombia Advocacy," by Nikolas Kozloff, Counterpunch, Apr. 11, 2008
"Colombia Trade Fight Is Human Rights Test," by John Nichols, The Nation, Apr. 11, 2008
"McCain's Lack Of Candor On Reproductive Rights," by Joe Conason, Salon, Apr. 11, 2008
"FBI Conspiracy To Lie To Congress?," by mcjoan, Daily Kos, Apr. 15, 2008
"Closing In On Bush's Torture Cabal: Who Will Take The Fall?," by Jeffrey S. Kaye, AlterNet, Apr. 14, 2008
"Too Much Of Nothing: Crime Without Punishment, War Without End," by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Apr. 13, 2008
"Cheney, Torture And The Chance To Restore The Rule Of Law," by John Nichols, The Nation, Apr. 12, 2008
"A Response To Berkeley Law School Dean Edley Regarding John Yoo," by Scott Horton, Balkinization, Apr. 12, 2008
"John Yoo: Spearhead Or Scapegoat?," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Apr. 12, 2008
"Bush Says He Knew Senior Advisers Discussed 'Tough Interrogation Methods,'" ABC News, Apr. 12, 2008
"Cheney, Others OK'd Harsh Interrogations," Associated Press, Apr. 11, 2008
"Capital Crimes: Another Smoking Gun On Terror War Torture," by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Apr. 10, 2008
"Justice Tackles The Corporate Offenders, Or Perhaps Not," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Apr. 9, 2008
"The Torture Memo," by Stephen Gillers, The Nation, Apr. 9, 2008
"Former Bush Administration Lawyer Asked To Testify Before Congress," Guardian/UK, Apr. 8, 2008
"Euphemism And American Violence," by David Bromwich, The New York Review of Book, Apr. 3, 2008
American Empire/War Profiteering
"The End Of The World As You Know It, And The Rise Of The New Energy World Order," by Tom Engelhardt & Michael Klare, TomDispatch.com, Apr. 15, 2008
"Bob Barr: Wrong About Colombia," by Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, Apr. 14, 2008
"American Hegemony Is Not Guaranteed," by Paul Craig Roberts, Antiwar.com, Apr. 14, 2008
"Hadley: Iran A Threat In Iraq," Associated Press, Apr. 13, 2008
"The New New Left In Latin America: A Review Of Nikolas Kozloff's 'Revolution!,'" by Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch, Apr. 12/13, 2008
"Iran Fighting Proxy War In Iraq, Envoy Says," The New York Times, Apr. 12, 2008
"Bush Hypes Threat From Iran In 'Surge Success' Speech," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Apr. 11, 2008
"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan
"Iraqi Cabinet Seeks To Ban Militias From Elections," Reuters, Apr. 13, 2008
"U.S. GIs In Iraq Suffer Worst Week Of '08," Associated Press, Apr. 12, 2008
"Iraq Assassination Reignites Tensions," Time, Apr. 11, 2008
"General Petraeus Insists U.S. Needs To Stay In Iraq Indefinitely," New York Daily News, Apr. 9, 2008
"As Petraeus Testifies, Baghdad Teeters On The Edge Of Erupting," McClatchy Newspapers, Apr. 8, 2008
Civil Liberties/ Human Rights
"Immigration Crackdowns Are Building The National Security State," by Roberto Lovato, Public Eye, Apr. 14, 2008
"Will The Constitution Be Altered To Eliminate Key Liberties?," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Apr. 14, 2008
"Phoenix Mayor Asks FBI To Check Sheriff Over Immigration Detentions," Associated Press, Apr. 14, 2008
"Irish Peace Activist Denied Entry Into U.S.," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, Apr. 12, 2008
"Died Hanging From Wrists And Gagged, With Over 25 Rib Fractures," by bewert, Daily Kos, Apr. 12, 2008
"Administration Set To Use New Spy Program In U.S.," Washington Post, Apr. 12, 2008
"The Torture Drawings The Pentagon Doesn't Want You To See," by Andy Worthington, AlterNet, Apr. 11, 2008
"Third Guantanamo Detainee To Boycott Trial," Los Angeles Times, Apr. 11, 2008
"Cops And Former Secret Service Agents Ran Black Ops On Green Groups," James Ridgeway, Mother Jones, Apr. 11, 2008
"ACLU Petitions Panel In CIA Torture Case," Associated Press, Apr. 9, 2008
"The Martial Law Act Of 2006," by James Bovard, Future of Freedom Foundation, Apr. 9, 2008
"Documents Prove FBI Has National Eavesdropping Program That tracks IMs, Email And Cell Phones," Raw Story, Apr. 8, 2008
"Power To Build Border Fence Is Above U.S. Law," The New York Times, Apr. 8, 2008
"DHS Ignores Civil Liberties In Domestic Spy Plan, Lawmakers Say," Raw Story, Apr. 7, 2008
"Next President Should Launch The Digital New Deal," by Helen De Michiel, San Francisco Chronicle, Apr. 11, 2008
"Rachel Maddow: Progressive Media's Next Mainstream Star," by Rory O'Connor, AlterNet, Apr. 10, 2008
"Don't Think Twice It's All Right: Why Dave Marash Left Al Jazeera," by C. Hand, Counterpunch, Apr. 9, 2008
"In Praise Of Hippies And The Counter-Culture," by Bill Hatch, Counterpunch, Apr. 12/13, 2008
"April Fools-Lessons From Inside The Peace Movement," by Maryam Roberts, Common Dreams, Apr. 10, 2008