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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

"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

"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

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

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

"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 Sept. 12, 2008



featuring a documentary film screening of
"BLOOD AND OIL: The Dangers and Consequences of
America's Dependency on Foreign Petroleum"
based on his book, "Blood and Oil"


Michael Klare, one of the world's most renowned experts on energy and security issues, unearths declassified documents and highlights forgotten passages in prominent presidential doctrines to show how concerns about oil have been at the core of American foreign policy for more than 60 years, rendering our contemporary energy and military policies virtually indistinguishable.

"Blood and Oil" calls for a radical re-thinking of U.S. energy policy, warning that unless we change direction, we stand to be drawn into one oil war after another as the global hunt for diminishing world petroleum supplies accelerates.

Klare will also discuss his new book, "Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy," and describe the innovative policy changes at the national and international level -- including the development of new energy sources and climate-friendly industrial processes -- that can make a difference. Visit our website at for more information.


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Police-State Tactics Suppress Dissent
at Republican National Convention

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Interviews with non-violent, civil disobedience activist Starhawk,
Cheryl Honkala, national coordinator
of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign,
and Tom Hayden, a longtime peace and justice activist,
former California state senator and Chicago 8 trial defendant,
on Republican National Convention,
in St. Paul, Minn.,produced by Scott Harris


Beginning on the Friday before the Republicans convened their convention in St. Paul, gun-wielding police officers and sheriffs working with the FBI raided a number of homes and offices where they detained activists who were in town planning protests, as well as journalists and attorneys. Without explanation, police confiscated political pamphlets, computers and other constitutionally protected political material.

On Labor Day, tens of thousands of demonstrators conducted a legal anti-war march from the state Capitol to the Xcel Center, site of the GOP convention. Police officers, using pepper spray, rubber bullets and concussion grenades indiscriminately attacked protesters when a small self-described anarchist splinter group, calling themselves the Anti-Capitalist Bloc, were accused of smashing windows, puncturing car tires and throwing bottles.

Police in riot gear arrested more than 280 people, including journalist Amy Goodman, host of "Democracy Now!," and two of the daily radio show's producers, Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. The three have since been released, but still face charges.

Uneven Federal Support Hampers
Development of Renewable Energy Sources

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Interview with George Sterzinger,
executive director of the
Renewable Energy Policy Project,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Over the past decade, federal production and investment tax credits for renewable energy have been passed in annual increments, and often expired before they were renewed, making it difficult if not impossible for companies to invest substantially in these forms of energy that would reduce greenhouse gases that cause global warming and reduce U.S. reliance on foreign carbon-based energy sources.

Efforts to extend the tax credits in Congress have failed repeatedly this year, as some politicians have held them hostage to a demand to allow offshore oil drilling as a way to expand domestic production. But just before breaking for their summer recess, members of both the House and Senate put forward similar bills that would renew the energy tax credits for five years and allow offshore drilling along some parts of the U.S. coast with restrictions like a 50-mile buffer zone from shore.

In Barack Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention, he promised to tap natural-gas reserves, invest in what he called clean-coal technology, and safely harness nuclear power. He promised to invest $150 billion over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy -- wind and solar power and the next generation of biofuels. Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with George Sterzinger, executive director of the Renewable Energy Policy Project. He discusses the lack of ongoing support for renewables and what needs to be done to make these energy sources economically viable.

Contact the Renewable Energy Policy Project at (202) 293-2898 or visit their website at

Unions Push Obama to Take
A More Populist, Anti-Corporate Stand

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Interview with Greg Denier,
communications director with the
Change to Win labor coalition,
conducted by Scott Harris


As this year's presidential election campaign moves into high gear, one of the Democratic party's most loyal and dependable constituency groups is organized labor. But unions have seen a steady decline in membership in recent decades and have been under attack by the Bush administration over the past eight years.

According to a recent poll conducted by Lake Research Partners and released by the Change to Win Labor coalition, American workers are looking to support a presidential candidate who is not controlled by big corporations, supportive of progressive tax reform, limits corporate power and advocates worker rights. The survey found that working families want to preserve the American dream by guaranteeing affordable healthcare for all, government action to protect retirement benefits and negotiate fair international trade agreements.

While the leadership of the AFL-CIO and change to Win labor coalitions both strongly support Democratic candidate Barack Obama due to his positions on issues important to unions, the race is tight among white workers, with many supporting Republican candidate John McCain. The 10 million-member AFL-CIO made up of 56 unions and Change to Win, a partnership of seven unions with six million members plan to spend a combined $300 million on voter registration, issue ads, direct mail, get-out-the-vote operations and other campaign activities to convince their members to vote for Obama. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Greg Denier, communications director with Change to Win, who talks about why it is important for Barack Obama to articulate a populist economic message if he is to win the majority of workers votes in this November's election.

Contact Change to Win at (202) 721-0660 or visit their website at

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This week's summary
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  • Former Nepal Maoist Guerrilla Leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal has been sworn in as the country's new prime minister, marking a milestone in the Asian nation's democratic transition. ("Nepal's Ex-Guerrillas Take on Civilian Role," Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 21, 2008)
  • During his last six months in office, President Bush is pushing an initiative that could make it much more difficult to regulate on-the- job exposure to toxic chemicals. ("U.S. Rushed to Change Workplace Toxin Rules," Washington Post, July 23, 2008)
  • A growing number of moderate Republican state legislators are switching parties and joining the Democrats. ("Jumping Ship," In These Times, August 22, 2008)

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U.S. Politics

"So Much for 'Country First,'" by Eugene Robinson, Washington Post, Sept. 2, 2008

"Top Ten Most Disturbing Facts and Impressions of Sarah Palin," by AlterNet staff, AlterNet, Sept. 2, 2008

"What Does "Feminists for Life" Tell Us About Palin?," by Marcy Bloom, RH Reality Check, Sept. 2, 2008

"No Experience Necessary: How Sarah Palin made the GOP change its mind about presidential qualifications," by Michael Kinsley, Slate, Aug. 31, 2008

"McCain's Reckless Choice Says a Lot About Conservatives," by E.J. Dionne, Truthdig, Aug. 31, 2008

"Obama Goes Beyond Oratory," by Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect, Aug. 29, 2008

"McCain's Sexist VP Pick," by Ann Friedman, The American Prospect, Aug. 29, 2008

"Obama's Grand Speech: Reason for Hope," by David Corn, Mother Jones, Aug. 29, 2008

"Obama's Progressive, Populist Agenda: 'Now Is Not the Time for Small Plans,'" by Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet, Aug. 29, 2008

"McCain's Palin Gamble: Untested Governor Is Only a 'Heartbeat' Away from the White House," by Joshua Holland, AlterNet, Aug. 29, 2008

"Dinner with the Ruling Class, Lunch In the Police State," by David Sirota, Open Left, Aug. 28, 2008

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Bush Regime

"White House Iraq strategy is to help McCain win in November," by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, Sept. 2, 2008

"Report Faults Gonzales on Data," Associated Press, Sept. 2, 2008

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Putin's Ruthless Gambit: The Bush Administration Falters in a Geopolitical Chess Match," by Tom Engelhardt & Michael Klare, TomDispatch, Sept. 2, 2008

"Russia Calls NATO's Bluff," by William Pfaff, Truthdig, Sept. 2, 2008

"The Middle East and Oil," by Alberto Cruz, Pueblos/CEPRID, Sept. 2, 2008

"U.S.-Russian Relations: Current Tensions Reflect Past Foreign Policy Failures," by Mark Weisbrot, ZNet, Aug. 31, 2008

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"US hands control of Anbar province to Iraqi military," by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, Sept. 2, 2008

"Why Its Iraqi 'Client' Blocked US Long-Term Presence," by Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service, Sept. 2, 2008

"Pakistani city of Peshawar could fall to Taliban as fear and attacks grow," Telegraph/UK, Aug. 30, 2008

"Surging in Afghanistan: Too Much, Too Late?," by Tom Engelhardt& Ann Jones, TomDispatch, Aug. 28, 2008

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

" Boot print on his back: Photographs, video of 17-year-old RNC protester after run-in with police," by Paul Schmelzer, Minnesota Independent, Sept. 2, 2008

"Youth in iconic RNC protest photo was later beaten by police, according to his mother," by Paul Schmelzer, Minnesota Independent, Sept. 2, 2008

"Silencing the Town Crier," by Leslie Griffith, Truthout, Sept. 2, 2008

"Preemptive Strikes Against Protest at RNC," by Marjorie Cohn, Common Dreams, Sept. 2, 2008

"Did a Mississippi ICE Raid Protect Rightwing Politicians?," by David Bacon, ZNet, Sept. 2, 2008

"Happy Labor Day: Riot Police Defend the Mall of America from Workers," Twin Cities Indymedia (Minnesota), Sept. 1, 2008

"RNC Raids Have Been Targeting Video Activists," by Liliana Segura, AlterNet, Sept. 1, 2008

"British Court Rules Against UK and US in Case of Guantánamo Torture Victim Binyam Mohamed," by Andy Worthington, ZNet, Sept. 1, 2008

"This Is What Happens When You Use Terrorism Laws to Investigate Hippies," by emptywheel, Emptywheel, Aug. 31, 2008

"Habeas Corpus in Ramsey County, MN," by Lindsay Beyerstein, Campaign Silo, Aug. 31, 2008

"Federal government involved in raids on protesters," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Aug. 31, 2008

"Dozens Detained Ahead of Convention," The New York Times, Aug. 30, 2008

"It can't happen here? It already has...," by Rich Broderick, Twin Cities Daily Planet (Minnesota), Aug. 30, 2008

"Dangerous Environmental Terrorists Prevented From Demonstrating Solar Panels At RNC," by Jane Hamsher, Firedoglake, Aug. 30, 2008

"National Lawyers Guild: What police seized was not 'weaponized' urine," Minnesota Independent, Aug. 30, 2008

"Police Break Down Doors in Night-Time Raid on Anarchist Meeting," Twin Cities Daily Planet (Minnesota), Aug. 30, 2008

"Massive police raids on suspected protesters in Minneapolis," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Aug. 30, 2008

"Yet Another Obscenity Trial? We Should Be Ashamed," by Dr. Marty Klein, AlterNet, Aug. 29, 2008

"Extraordinary Rendition, Extraordinary Mistake," by Sangitha McKenzie Millar, Foreign Policy in Focus, Aug. 29, 2008

"VIDEO: Thuggish Cops Arrest ABC News Producer," by Blue Texan, Firedoglake, Aug. 28, 2008

"Berkeley Campus Police Raid Long Haul, Seizing Computers, Disks, Drives," Berkeley Daily Planet (California), Aug. 27, 2008

"Protesters at Democratic Convention Fly The 'Cage,'" Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 27, 2008

"Police Seize Journalists Notes About RNC Protest Plans," by Ken Avidor, Daily Kos, Aug. 27, 2008

"3 N.Y. videographers in town for RNC claim police harassment in Minneapolis," St. Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota), Aug. 26, 2008

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Environment and Sustainability

"Beyond Carbon: Scientists Worry About Nitrogen's Effects," The New York Times, Sept. 1, 2008

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Media Issues

"Digital TV: A Giveaway to Corporate Media," by Bruce Dixon, Black Agenda report, Aug. 28, 2008

"Networks Sleep While Democracy Burns," by Timothy Karr, Huffington Post, Aug. 27, 2008

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"250 protesters arrested, including Amy Goodman," San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 2, 2008

"Hundreds protest poverty, homelessness as GOP meet," Associated Press, Sept. 2, 2008

"Kingsnorth protest: Activists to use climate change as defence for £30,000 tower damage," Guardian/UK, Sept. 2, 2008

"Hundreds of Chicago Students Boycott School Over Funding Disparities," Chicago Tribune, Sept. 2, 2008

"Unions Create Their Own MoveOn," by David Moberg, The Nation, Sept. 1, 2008

"Protests for peace in a military stronghold: Virginia Beach," Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 1, 2008

"Green hat uprising: National Lawyers Guild tries to halt police raids," Twin Cities Daily planet (Minnesota), Aug. 31, 2008

"Labor: United and Divided," by Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect, Aug. 28, 2008

"Tennesse Peace Activist Participates in 500 Mile Walk," by Joshua Brollier, The Leaf Chronicle, Aug. 27, 2008

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