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"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

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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

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"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

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"ACLU: US Constitution in Grave Danger,"United Press International, July 25, 2007

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"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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For The Week Ending June 6, 2008



  • FBI Agents at Guantanamo
    Kept "War Crimes File"

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  • Palestinians in Village of At-Tuwani
    Resist Israeli Settler Harrassment

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  • Army Sgt. Matthis Chiroux Refuses
    to Serve in "Illegal" Iraq War

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  • Underreported News Summary
    from Around the World

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 FBI Agents at Guantanamo
Kept "War Crimes File"

Interview with Marjorie Cohn,
president of the Naitonal Lawyers Guild,
conducted by Scott Harris


Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine issued a report on May 20 which describes the many conflicts between FBI agents, military and CIA officers related to the harsh interrogation techniques used against U.S.-held detainees at prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As early as 2002, FBI agents stationed at Guantanamo established a "war crimes file" to document allegations of prisoner abuse at the hands of American interrogators, but they were later ordered to close the file down by their FBI superiors. In addition to their concerns that the treatment of prisoners violated U.S. law and the Geneva Conventions, the agents documented their worry that the physical and psychological abuse of prisoners jeopardized the collection of useful intelligence and prosecution.

High officials in the Justice Department brought the FBI agent's concerns about the abuse of prisoners to the National Security Council in 2003, but members of the Council, which includes President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and chaired at the time by then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, took no action.

Documents in the inspector general's report described prisoners subjected to long periods of painful stress positions, isolation, forced nudity, sexual humiliation and threats with attack dogs. The National Lawyers' Guild has called on Congress to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate and prosecute high officials and lawyers in the Bush administration for their role in the abuse and torture of U.S.-held prisoners. Between The Lines Scott Harris spoke with Marjorie Cohn, president of the Guild, who discusses the inspector general's report and her group's demand for congressional action to hold officials accountable for authorizing torture.

Marjorie Cohn is author of "Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law." Contact the The National Lawyers' Guild at (212) 627-2656 or visit their website at Read professor Cohn's articles online at her website,

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Palestinians in Village of At-Tuwani
Resist Israeli Settler Harrassment

Interview with Hafez Hureini,
a leader in the Palestinian village of At-Tuwani,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


In the hills outside the city of Hebron, Palestine, the village of At-Tuwani has been repeatedly attacked by residents of the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Ma'on. Settlers have beaten Palestinian children on their way to school in the village, killed 100 of the community's sheep, and poisoned one of two wells that villagers depend on for survival. Just last week, the Israelis conducted a night-time raid, terrorizing the villagers in their homes.

The Israeli human rights group, B't Selem, has documented the human rights violations there, and a Christian Peacemaker team has maintained a years-long presence in the extremely poor and isolated village to try to reduce the violence.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus, who recently visited At-Tuwani, spoke with Hafez Hureini, a village leader who describes the history of violence undertaken by Israelis to drive out the Palestinian population and the support his people have received in their determination to remain on their land.

For more information on settler violence in Occupied Palestine, visit the Israeli peace movement website at

Army Sgt. Matthis Chiroux Refuses
to Serve in "Illegal" Iraq War

Interview with U.S. Army Sgt. Matthis Chiroux,
conducted by Scott Harris


Recruited by the U.S. Army fresh out of high school, 24-year-old Matthis Chiroux of Auburn, Ala. has served in Afghanistan, Japan, Germany and the Philippines for nearly six years. Now a sergeant and Army photojournalist, Chiroux has decided to refuse orders that will deploy him to Iraq on June 15.

Chiroux announced his decision at the Cannon House Office building in Washington, D.C. with fellow members of Iraq Veterans Against the War at his side. Many of the Iraq vets had testified before the Congressional Progressive Caucus in what they called the Winter Soldier hearings on the Hill, a historical reference to similar testimony in 1971 organized by Vietnam Veterans Against the War in Detroit.

Sgt. Chiroux stated that during his work as a photojournalist he had heard many, "stomach-churning testimonies of the horrors and crimes taking place in Iraq." Believing that the occupation of Iraq is both unconstitutional and illegal, Chiroux says that participation in the war violates his core values as a human being, where he expects that he'll surely be a party to "war crimes." Choosing to remain in the United States, Chiroux says he is ready to defend himself from any charges brought against him by the Army. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Sgt. Chiroux, who explains why he signed up for the military and his reason for joining thousands of other soldiers who have left their posts for varying reasons since the start of the Iraq war in 2003.

For more information, contact the Iraq Veterans Against the War Legal Fund that is supporting Chiroux and other soldiers resisting the war, by calling (215) 241-7123 or visit their website at

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  • A proposal by Britain's development agency to fund climate aid programs in poor nations through loans instead of grants has created an uproar in the lead-up to the July G8 Summit in Japan. ("UK Demands Repayment of Climate Aid to Poor Nations," The Guardian, May 17, 2008; "UK's Climate Aid Plan 'Undermines' Global Deal," The Guardian, May 20, 2008; ")
  • The ACLU has filed a class action lawsuit against Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons and the state corrections system over inferior medical care and denial of treatment at the state's maximum security prison in Ely, Nev. ("Nevada Officials Sued Over Care at State Prison," Los Angeles Times, March 7, 2008; " "Poor Medical Care at Nevada Prison Cited," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 6, 2008; ")
  • During the 1990s, civil rights organizers and unions working with Latino immigrants in the Mississippi Gulf Coast casinos have built a strong multi-ethnic immigrant rights movement. ("Black and Brown Together," American Prospect, March 2008)

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U.S. Politics

"Housing Prices Fall 14.4 Percent In Sign Of Continuing Slump," The New York Times, May 28, 2008

"GOP Contender Tied To Attorney Firing," by Jason Leopold, Consortium News, May 28, 2008

"Media Banned From Tonight's Bush Fundraiser For McCain," Bloomberg News, May 27, 2008

" McCain Dumps Hagee And Lieberman Snaps Him Up," by Kagro X, Daily Kos, May 27, 2008

"Controversy Over County's Plan For Military Internet Voting," McClatchy Newspapers, May 27, 2008

"The Failure Of Immigration Reform Has Created A Living Hell. What's Next?," by Frank Sharry, AlterNet, May 27, 2008

"Can Identity Politics Save The Right?," by Mark Schmitt, The American Prospect, May 27, 2008

"Unmasking McCain: His Reactionary Record On Reproductive Rights," by Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post, May 26, 2008

"Why Democrats Won't Stop The War," by David Sirota, In These Times, May 26, 2008

"Vermont Leads The Way For Progressives," by Chris Hedges, TruthDig, May 26, 2008

"Labor's Critical Election Role," by Dick Meister, ZNet, May 25, 2008

"Worries In GOP About Disarray In McCain Camp," The New York Times, May 25, 2008

"Mixed Blessings In Obama's Latin America Policies," by Tom Hayden, The Nation, May 25, 2008

"Will Libertarians Draw Conservatives From McCain?," McClatchy Newspapers, May 24, 2008

"How Telecoms Are Attempting To Buy Amnesty From Congress," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, May 24, 2008

"Master Of The Senate: Jim Webb Shepherds New GI Bill Through Senate," by Reihan Salam, The Atlantic, May 23, 2008

"Obama, McCain And Munich," by Ira Chernus, Foreign Policy in Focus, May 23, 2008

"License To Vote: High Court Gives Impetus to GOP Push For Texas Voter ID Bill," by Anthony Zurcher, Texas Observer, May 16, 2008

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Bush Regime

"Entranched, Embedded And Here To Stay: The Pentagon's Expansion Will Be Bush's Lasting Legacy," by Tom Engelhardt & Frida Berrigan,, May 27, 2008

"In Contempt Case, White House Seeks Cheney Treatment," by Brian Beutler, Mother Jones, May 24, 2008

"The Prosection Of George W. Bush For Murder," by Vincent Bugliosi, Vanguard Press, May 24, 2008

"Nader Calls For Bush-Cheney Impeachment," ABC News, May 24, 2008

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Bush 'Plans Iran Air Strike By August,'" Asia Times, May 27, 2008

"America's Insane Cuba Policy," by Eugene Robinson, TruthDig, May 27, 2008

"U.S. Fourth Fleet In Venezuelan Waters," by Nikolas Kozloff, Counterpunch, Mat 24/25, 2008

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Iraq War May Have Increased Energy Costs Worldwide By A Staggering $6 Trillion," by Geoffrey Lean, Independent/UK, May 27, 2008

"Through Occupation, The Very Dreams Change For Iraqis," by Ahmed Ali & Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service, May 27, 2008

"Post-Traumatic Stress Soars In U.S. Troops," Reuters, May 27, 2008

"Sistani Forbids Feeding Americans," by Juan Cole, Informed Comment, May 25, 2008

"Iraqi Court Rulings Stop At U.S. Detention Sites," Associated Press, May 17, 2008

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"The Forgotten Kid Of Guantanamo," by Stacy Sullivan, Salon, May 27, 2008

"The Guantanamo 16: A Fact Sheet On The Upcoming Trials," by Andy Worthington, Counterpunch, May 27, 2008

"American Psychological Association Supports Psychologist Engagement in Bush Regime Interrogations," by Stephen Soldz, Counterpunch, May 27, 2008

"U.S. Residents In Military Brigs? Government Says It's War," Associated Press, May 27, 2008

"Guantanamo's Day In Court," by James Carroll, Boston Globe, May 26, 2008

"America's Road To Torture And Those Who Kept Silent About It," by Robyn Blumner, Salt Lake Tribune, May 26, 2008

"Vets For Peace Booted From National Memorial Day Parade," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, May 24, 2008

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Environment and Sustainability

"Climate Destruction Will Produce Millions Of 'Envirogees,'" by Scott Thill, AlterNet, May 27, 2008

"Nature Cannot Absorb This Growth," by Julio Godoy, Inter Press Service, May 27, 2008

"G8 Frustrates Green Groups," Associated Press, May 27, 2008

"Europe Going Nuclear Despite Warnings," by Zoltan Dujisin, Inter Press Service, May 26, 2008

"G8 Ministers Pledge 'Strong Will' On Climate Despite Doubts," Agence France Presse, May 26, 2008

"Brazil Rainforest Analysis Sets Off Political Debate," The New York Times, May 25, 2008

"Wake Up, America. We're Driving Toward Disaster," by James Howard Kunstler, Washington Post, May 25, 2008

"Germany Bans Pesticides Linked To Honeybee Devastation," Guardian/UK, May 23, 2008

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Media Issues

"Corrections: In Which The New York Times Perpetuates The Myth It Created -- That George Bush Won Florida in 2000," by Larry Beinhart, Common Dreams, May 27, 2008

"Can Newspapers Be Saved?," by John McQuaid, Huffington Post, May 27, 2008

"The Politico's John Harris Admits Now What He Denied Last Year: Trivialities Dominate Political Coverage," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, May 26, 2008

"Worst FOX News Comment Ever? FOX News Jokes About Killing Obama," TruthDig, May 26, 2008

"House Votes To Ban Pentagon Propaganda; Networks Still Silent," by Josh Silver, Huffington Post, May 24, 2008

"Citizen Journalism: In With The New," by Bill Boyarsky, TruthDig, May 22, 2008

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"Guantanamo Critics Reiterate Their Protests As Their Trial Opens," Washington Post, May 28, 2008

"SEIU Condemnation Of Dissidents Has Long History In Labor," by Steve Early, Labor Notes, May 27, 2008

"For Union, Pragmatism Versus Principle," Philadelphia Inquirer, May 27, 2008

"Guantamamo Bay Campaigners Go On Trial," Independent Catholic News, May 27, 2008

"Some Thoughts On Utah Phillips," by David Rovics, Common Dreams, May 27, 2008

"Protesters Interrupt McCain Speech In Denver," Denver Channel (ABC News affiliate), May 27, 2008

"Sweet Victory: Coalition For Immokalee Workers Wins," by Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation, May 23, 2008

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