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"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

"Pipeline Politics: Oil, The Taliban, and the Political Balance of Central Asia," World Press Review Special Report, Nov.-Dec. 2001

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"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

"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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  • Deregulation Strengthened Multiple Storms
    Battering U.S. Economy

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  • White House Proposes New Rules that Would Deny
    Contraceptives to Low-Income Women

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  • Pelosi Allows Toothless House Hearing
    on Kucinich Article of Impeachment/Abuse of Power

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 Deregulation Strengthened Multiple Storms
Battering U.S. Economy

Interview with Doug Henwood,
editor of Left Business Observer,
conducted by Scott Harris


In recent months, the U.S. economy has been battered by the subprime mortgage crisis, a decline in consumer spending and rising unemployment while at the same time suffering the effects of skyrocketing prices for energy and food. These two forces -- stagnation and inflation -- were dubbed "stagflation" when they last appeared in the 1970s.

The current economic downturn has been made more perilous with the recent failures of large mortgage firms and financial institutions like Bear Stearns and the IndyMac bank of California. Consumer confidence has been further shaken by the uncertain status of mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The U.S. Congressional Budget Office recently estimated that the Bush administration's plan to bolster the unsteady mortgage companies would cost taxpayers $25 billion.

Another factor exacerbating economic concern is the increasing disparity in wealth seen in the U.S. in recent decades. Many families had used the equity in their homes to borrow funds needed for education, healthcare or luxury items such as new cars or televisions. But now that the housing market bubble has burst, many who used the rising values of their houses as a ready source of cash are now out luck and out of money. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Doug Henwood, editor of Left Business Observer and author of the widely acclaimed book, "Wall Street." Henwood examines the role of deregulation in ushering in many of the irresponsible lending practices that in part triggered the current economic crisis.

Read Doug Henwood's articles online at

White House Proposes New Rules that Would Deny
Contraceptives to Low-Income Women

Interview with Mary Jane Gallagher,
president of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


In its waning days, the Bush administration is trying to put federal rules in place that could severely limit women's access to birth control, by linking it to restrictions on abortion. The Department of Health and Human Services is about to propose and enforce regulations which would allow health care providers to deny low-income and uninsured women contraception.

Americans are almost evenly split on support for a woman's right to abortion, but they overwhelmingly favor access to birth control. The new rules would, among other things, prohibit health programs receiving federal funding from refusing to hire health providers who object to abortion and even certain types of birth control. New regulations would also override provisions in 27 states that provide insurance coverage for contraceptives.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Mary Jane Gallagher, president of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, about the White House efforts to implement these rules and the campaign underway to oppose them.

Contact the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association by calling (202) 293-3114 or visit the Washington D.C.-based group's website at

Pelosi Allows Toothless House Hearing
on Kucinich Article of Impeachment/Abuse of Power

Interview with Elizabeth de la Vega,
former federal prosecutor and author,
conducted by Scott Harris


Ohio Democrat and two-time presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich has worked hard in recent years to win support for a serious investigation of impeachable offenses that he maintains were committed by President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Kucinich and several other Democrats, including Rep. Robert Wexler, Democrat of Florida, advocate the removal of Bush and Cheney from office for what they charge were lies told to Congress and the American public about the rationale for the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 and abuse of power in ordering the torture of detainees and conducting warrantless surveillance on American citizens.

After a series of previous efforts met with failure, Kucinich filed 35 articles of impeachment against Bush in early June that were referred to the House Judiciary Committee which took no action. Although House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has long declared her opposition to impeachment, she recently approved a narrowly focused hearing on July 25th before the House Judiciary Committee that will avoid any debate on removing Bush from office. The hearing, to be chaired by Michigan Democrat John Conyers, will consider one of Kucinich's articles of impeachment dealing with the manipulation of pre-war Iraq intelligence and other accusations of abuse of power. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Elizabeth de la Vega, former federal prosecutor and author, who assesses the symbolic nature of the upcoming hearing and other ways the public can hold the Bush administration accountable.

Elizabeth de la Vega is author of the book, "United States v. George W. Bush et al," published by Seven Stories Press. Read her articles online at

  • The International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court, has ruled the United States should halt the execution of five Mexican nationals who are now on death row in Texas. ("Court Order U.S. to Halt Execution of 5 Mexicans. " Washington Post, July 17, 2008)
  • Tar sands operators are planning to nearly triple their oil production by 2011. Tar sands oil creates three times the level of greenhouse gases as does conventional oil, and its mining causes other environmental damage, such as clear-cutting and strip-mining of large tracts of forests. (Environmental Integrity Project press release, June 4, 2008; ("Oil Sands: Canada Dirty Secret," The Guardian, July 11, 2008)
  • Conservative activists are gearing up for a fight with the McCain campaign over the Republican platform that will be hashed out at the GOP convention in early September. ("Conservatives Ready to Battle McCain on Convention Platform," Washington Post, July 7, 2008)

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U.S. Politics

"Obama on the Brink," by Robert Scheer,, July 23, 2008

"Obama in Iraq: The Gift of a Timetable," by Patrick Cockburn, The Nation, July 21, 2008

"Rethinking Afghanistan," by Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation, July 22, 2008

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Bush Regime

"Cindy Sheehan is Putting Impeachment on the Table," by John Nichols, The Nation, July 23, 2008

"Ex-Advisers Warn Against Threatening to Attack Iran," by Walter Pincus, Washington Post, July 23, 2008

"Nine Reasons to Investigate War Crimes Now," by Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith, The Nation, July 19, 2008

"Five Questions Israel Should Ask Before Bombing Iran," by Gershom Gorenberg, American Prospect, July 17, 2008

"Why Karl Rove Should Go to Jail," by Rep. Linda T. Sanchez, Huffington Post. July 17, 2008

"Financial Collapse Edges Closer," Asia Times, by Martin Hutchinson, July 16, 2008

"Fannie, Freddie spent $200M to buy influence," by Lisa Lerer, July 16, 2008

"Fannie, Freddie spent millions on lobbying," by Tom Raum and Jim Drinkard, Associated Press, July 17, 2008

"The Financial Tsunami: The Next Big Wave is Breaking Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and US Mortgage Debt," Global Research, by F. William Engdahl, July 15, 2008

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Iraq Contract Fraud: Senators Call For Arrests, Recovery of Funds," by Bruce Falconer, MoJo Blog, July 23, 2008

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Is Blackwater Leaving the Security Biz?" MoJo blog, July 22, 2008

"Maliki's Walk Forward," by Matthew Yglesias, The American Prospect (web only), July 21, 2008

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"White House Threatens Veto Over Expanded Intelligence-Sharing With Congress," by Bruce Falconer, MoJo Blog, July 17, 2008

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Environment and Sustainability

"Bush to G8: Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter,'" by Andrew Grice, The London Independent, July 10, 2008

"Shell shocked," by Gregory Hladky, The Boston Globe, July 13, 2008

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Media Issues

"Vanity Fair Covers The New Yorker," by Vanity Fair, July 22, 2008

"CBS splices McCain interview clip, expunging his false claim on surge timeline and falsely suggesting he gave different answer," Media Matters, July 23, 2008

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"Md. Police Infiltrated Groups Opposed to War and the Death Penalty," by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, July 18, 2008

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