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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

"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, 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



"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 Oct. 10, 2008


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"OIL, WAR and the FUTURE of AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY"
with MICHAEL T. KLARE

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Main Street Demands Bottom Up
Financial Rescue Plan


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Interview with Michael Zweig,
professor of economics at SUNY Stony Brook,
conducted by Scott Harris


bailout

In the wake of Congress' failure to pass a Wall Street bailout bill and the steepest drop in the stock market in 20 years, many economists say that the U.S. is witnessing the most serious financial crisis since the days of the Great Depression. Despite appeals by President Bush and both presidential candidates, the House rejected the $700 billion bailout proposal -- the product of negotiations between Democratic and Republican party leaders by a 228 to 205 vote. Sixty percent of Democratic representatives supported the measure, while only one-third of Republicans backed the plan.

The fallout from the sub-prime mortgage meltdown has caused the failure of a succession of banks and other financial institutions. The latest victim is Washington Mutual, the largest bank failure in history, which was placed into government receivership then sold to JP Morgan Chase. In another deal brokered by the government, Wachovia is set to be acquired by CitiGroup.

Economists warned that if the federal government did not take action soon, a credit freeze could make it difficult for consumers and businesses alike to borrow money resulting in a seizing up of the U.S. economy, with disastrous ripple effects across the globe. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Michael Zweig, professor of economics and director of the Center for Study of Working Class Life at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Zweig examines alternative priorities that could guide government intervention to stabilize the economy while assisting the over 1 million additional homeowners who will face foreclosure in the coming months.

The Center for the Study of Working Class Life's new report, "Economic Stimulus and Economically Distressed Workers," can be read online at their website at www.sunysb.edu/workingclass

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Bolivian President Morales
and Opponents Meet to End Violence


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Interview with Melissa Draper,
assistant director of the Democracy Center,
conducted by Scott Harris


bolivia

A deepening crisis has gripped Bolivia as that nation's first indigenous president, Evo Morales works for the approval of a new constitution. Violent clashes between the president's supporters and opponents in recent weeks have claimed more than a dozen lives.

A constituent assembly approved a new Bolivian constitution last December, although the session was boycotted by the rightist opposition. The new charter, which nationalizes resources, guarantees the rights of the indigenous majority, access to land, and basic services such as water education, healthcare and electricity, is scheduled for a national referendum vote on Dec. 7. In an Aug. 10 recall election, scheduled to break the political stalemate, Morales won 67 percent of the vote, up from 53 percent support in the 2005 presidential election. While two opposition governors lost their seats, four of Morales' main opponents survived the recall vote.

On Sept. 9, anti-Morales protesters looted and burned many government offices in Santa Cruz, an opposition stronghold in the resource-rich eastern lowlands. On Sept. 11 more than a dozen indigenous Morales supporters were murdered in Pando province. The president ordered the arrest of Pando's governor, charging him with ordering the killings. Morales also expelled U.S. Ambassador Phillip Goldberg, accusing the diplomat of conspiring with opposition groups to undermine his government. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Melissa Draper, assistant director of the Democracy Center in Cochabamba, Bolivia. She talks about the origins of the violence and negotiations now underway between Morales and his opponents to reach national consensus and end the political unrest.

Visit the Democracy Center's website at DemocracyCTR.org

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Connecticut's Successful Clean Air Campaign Model for Nation

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Interview with Brooke Suter,
former co-chair of the Sooty Six Campaign
and national campaign director for the Clean Air Task Force,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


sootyair

After a five-year campaign, grassroots activists in Connecticut succeeded in passing a state law in 2002 to clean up the state's six dirtiest power plants, which had been "grand-fathered" in under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1977. Before the effort got underway it was assumed that the state's oldest and dirtiest coal and oil burning power plants would soon shut down, but when they didn't, thousands of residents from 130 organizations came together to organize the "Sooty Six" campaign. The law required the plants to reduce their emissions of sulfur dioxide, commonly known as soot, to the same level as plants built after 1977.

Six years after the law passed, activists from Clean Water Action and the Toxics Action Center crunched the numbers from the Environmental Protection Agency, comparing emissions from 1998 to 2000 with those from 2005 to 2007 and found that there was an astounding overall reduction of 86 percent in soot levels from the six plants.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Brooke Suter, who co-chaired the campaign when she was director of Clean Water Action in Connecticut. She has since gone on to work as the national campaign director for the Clean Air Task Force. Suter describes the organizing strategy that proved so successful in winning Connecticut's Sooty Six campaign and how these lessons have been applied to other campaigns around the country.

Contact the Clean Air Task Force at (617) 624-0234 or visit their website at www.catf.us

This week's summary
of under-reported news


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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Egypt's most prominent dissident Saad Eddin Ibrahim visited Washington D.C. in September to urge legislators to place human rights conditions on Washington's annual $1.5 billion aid package to Egypt. ("Dissident Lobbies for Conditions on U.S. Aid to Egypt," Washington Post, Sept. 23, 2008)
  • Presidential candidate John McCain gets poor grades from veterans groups for his voting record on providing health care, education benefits and housing to returning veterans. McCain has opposed a series of veterans initiatives over the last three years that were funded by reductions in tax cuts to the wealthy. ("Dereliction of Duty," In These Times, September, 2008)
  • For the second time in three years, voters in South Dakota will deliberate over a ban on abortion which permits limited exceptions in cases of rape, incest and a narrow definition on endangering the life of a mother. ("South Dakota Readies Again for Abortion Fight," Washington Post, Sept. 21, 2008)


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U.S. Politics

FiveThirtyEight (Electors in the Electoral College): Electoral Projections Done Right at www.fivethirtyeight.com "Polls: Obama leads in critical trio of states," by Liz Sidoti, Associated Press, Oct. 1, 2008

"Growing right-wing opposition to the Paulson plan," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 22, 2008

"John McCain: Crisis Enabler," by Mark Sumner, The Nation, Sept. 21, 2008

"The Evolution of John McCain: Why He Picked Sarah Palin, Carbon Queen," by Tom Engelhardt & Chip Ward, TomDispatch.com, Sept. 21, 2008

"'Taxpayer Ripoff': Many Economists Skeptical of Bailout," by Avi Zenilman, The Politico, Sept. 21, 2008

"Full-Spectrum Breakdown: Grasping at Straws," by Mike Whitney, Counterpunch, Sept. 20/21, 2008

"The Wall Street Model: Unintelligent Design," by Pam Martens, Counterpunch, Sept. 20/21, 2008

"The Market and the Terminator Machines: America's Own Kleptocracy," by Michael Hudson, Counterpunch, Sept. 20/21, 2008

"Republicans and Subpoenas: Never the Twain Shall Meet," by Robert Fantina, Counterpunch, Sept. 20/21, 2008

"Palin's 'Troopergate' Battle Rages," by Jason Leopold, Consortium News, Sept. 20, 2008

"Is McCain More the Populist than Obama?," by David Corn, Mother Jones, Sept. 20, 2008

"John McCain's hot air," by Joseph Romm, Salon, Sept. 20, 2008

"The Financial Meltdown Continues," by Dean Baker, ZNet, Sept. 20, 2008

"The complete (though ever-changing) elite consensus over the financial collapse," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 20, 2008

"Economic Meltdown: Don't Say We Weren't Forewarned," by Robert Scheer, TruthDig, Sept. 19, 2008

"A further Schmittian (and constitutional?) moment," by Sandy Levinson, Balkinization, Sept. 19, 2008

"The Bi-Partisan Origins of the Financial Crisis: Shattering the Glass-Steagall Act," by William Kaufman, Counterpunch, Sept. 19, 2008

"Wall Street Socialists," by Amy Goodman, TruthDig, Sept. 19, 2008

"Not a Gaffe? McCain Campaign Willing to Destroy Relationship with Europe to Conceal Confusion," by Max Bergmann, Huffington Post, Sept. 19, 2008

"The Point of No Return," by Mike Whitney, Counterpunch, Sept. 19, 2008

"Time to Take a Second Look at Our 'Free Trade' Agreements," by Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic Policy Research, Sept. 18, 2008

"Reality Catches Up to the Free Market," by William Pfaff, TruthDig, Sept. 18, 2008

"Wall Street and Washington: How the Rules of the Game Have Changed," by Tom Engelhardt & Steve Fraser, TomDispatch.com, Sept. 18, 2008

"Obama's Foreign Policy Advantage," by Matthew Yglesias, The American Prospct, Sept. 18, 2008

"Why Obama is Wrong: Senator O'Bush on Afghanistan and Iran," by William S. Lind, Counterpunch, Sept. 18, 2008

"Wall Street's Just Desserts," by Harold Meyerson, Washington Post, Sept. 18, 2008

"How the GOP Wired Ohio's 2004 Vote Count for Bush to Win," by Steven Rosenfled, AlterNet, Sept. 18, 2008

"As Wall Street Collapses, Will Washington Get a Clue?," by Nomi Prins, AlterNet, Sept. 17, 2008

"Seven Deadly Sins of Deregulation -- and Three Necessary Reforms," by Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect, Sept. 17, 2008

"McCain and the POW Cover-up," by Sydney H. Schanberg, The Nation, Sept. 17, 2008

"Get Your Class War On," by Thomas Frank, Wall Street Journal, Sept. 17, 2008

"Why Does Sarah Palin Hate God's Creatures?," by Kirk James Murphy, M.D. Firedoglake, Sept. 16, 2008

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Bush Regime

"Report Implicates White House: E-Mails Hint at Involvement in Prosecutor Firings, Officials Say," by Carrie Johnson, Washington Post, October 1, 2008

"No Bailouts Act, by John Nichols, The Nation, Oct. 1, 2008

"They Stood Up to the Banks," by Sarah van Gelder, YES! Magazine, September 30, 2008

"Is This the United States Congress or the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs? Rep. Dennis Kucinich Rejects $700 Billion Bailout by Amy Goodman, Truthout.org, September 29, 2008

"The $700 Billion Wall Street Bailout: One More Weapon of Mass Deception," by Richard W. Behan, Common Dreams, Sept. 22, 2008

"Cheney Is Ordered to Preserve Records," Associated Press, Sept. 21, 2008

"Seven Hundred Billion Dollars Sought for Wall Street in Vast Bailout," The New York Times, Sept. 20, 2008

"Meet the Odd Couple (Our Current Constitutional Dictators re the Economy)," by Sandy Levinson, Balkinization, Sept. 20, 2008

"Paulson Bailout Plan a Historic Swindle," by William Greider, The Nation, Sept. 19, 2008

"The Bush/McCain/Palin contempt for subpoenas and the rule of law," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 19, 2008

"Vice President Dick Cheney's Incredible and Deadly Lie," by John W. Dean, FindLaw, Sept. 19, 2008

"Bush's AIG Takeover Won't Solve Our Financial Crisis, Now Unfolding by the Hour," by Nicholas von Hoffman, The Nation, Sept. 17, 2008

"W's Worst Judges," by Stephanie Mencimer, Mother Jones, Sept. 17, 2008

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"US Empire: An Orgy of Debt," by Eric Margolis, Toronto Sun/Canada, Sept. 21, 2008

"No Recession for Arms Sales," by Frida Berrigan, Foreign Policy in Focus, Sept. 19, 2008

"Venezuela expels U.S. rights group for criticism," Reuters, Sept. 19, 2008

"The United States and Bolivia," by Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, Sept. 18, 2008

"The Machine Gun and the Meeting Table: Bolivian Crisis in the New South America," by Benjamin Dangl, Counterpunch, Sept. 18, 2008

More newswire ...

"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Pakistani troops reportedly fire on US helicopters," Associated Press, Sept. 22, 2008

"Why does the US think it can win in Afghanistan?," by Robert Fisk, Independent/UK, Sept. 202008

"When Refusing to Kill Has a Higher Sentence Than Murder," by Ann Wright, Truthout, Sept. 20, 2008

"At Least 60 Killed, 200 Injured in Islamabad Suicide Blast," Antiwar.com News, Sept. 20, 2008

"Satellite images show ethnic cleanout in Iraq," Reuters, Sept. 19, 2008

"Satellite Photos Show Sectarian Cleansing, Not Surge, Led to Drop in Iraq Violence," Antiwar.com News, Sept. 19, 2008

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"An Unfolding Crisis in the Wake of Mississippi ICE Raid," by Kari Lyderson, In These Times, Sept. 19, 2008

"No charges for reporters arrested in GOP protests," Associated Press, Sept. 19, 2008

"Incredible Documentary Footage of Mass Arrest in St. Paul," by Laura Flanders, Firedoglake, Sept. 19, 2008

"RNC Charges Dropped Against Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! Producers," Democracy Now!, Sept. 19, 2008

"What does Sarah Palin have to hide in her Yahoo e-mails?," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Sept. 18, 2008

"Agency and Bush Are Sued Over Domestic Surveillance," The New York Times, Sept. 18, 2008

"Stormtroopin'," by William Norman Grigg, LewRockwell.com, Sept. 15, 2008

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Environment and Sustainability

"Solve the Credit Crisis With No Bailout," by Steven Wallman, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 1, 2008

"Organic farm blossoms in Kenya's largest slum," Guardian/UK, Sept. 20, 2008

"EPA Faulted for Failing to Control E-Waste Exports," Environment News Service, Sept. 18, 2008

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Media Issues

"The Demise of the Washington News Bureau," by John McQuaid, The American Prospect, Sept. 19, 2008

"FCC Spreads Digital Disinformation on TV Transition," by Bruce Dixon, Black Agenda Report, Sept. 17, 2008

"McCain and Palin are laughing at the press -- and it's the press' fault," by Eric Boehlert, Media Matters for America, Sept. 16, 2008

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Activism

"Thousands join anti-war protest," Evening Standard/UK, Sept. 21, 2008

"Thousands March in Sweden Against Globalization," Agence France Presse, Sept. 21, 2008

"Sleepwalking Through Seattle," by Brian Cook, In These Times, Sept. 19, 2008

"The Battle in Seattle and Beyond," by Stuart Townsend, Huffington post, Sept. 17, 2008

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