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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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"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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Trickle Up Rescue Plan Would Assist
Homeowners in Trouble

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Interview with Jonathan Koppell,
directof of Millstein Center
for Corporate Governance and Performance
at the Yale University School of Management,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


After the fear and anxiety surrounding the financial collapse on Wall Street and the initial rejection of the $700 billion bailout by the House of Representatives -- the U.S. Senate sweetened the deal with $150 billion of unrelated tax cuts and passed the plan. The House then reversed course on Oct. 3rd, accepting the nearly trillion-dollar Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, with President Bush signing the measure the same day.

Business and government leaders hoped the bailout deal would begin to calm the markets and unfreeze credit, but Wall Street stocks continued their precipitous decline followed by a plunge in markets around the globe.

Before the bailout bill was passed, other actors proposed various alternative solutions, but were dismissed as both the Bush administration and Democratic leaders in Congress insisted their package was the only one that would be considered. One alternative rescue plan was offered by Jonathan Koppell, who co-authored an Oct. 1 op-ed piece in the Washington Post calling for a bottom-up approach that would provide direct relief to homeowners in trouble.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Koppell, who is director of the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance, a research and policy center at the Yale School of Management. He summarizes his proposal, and explains why he thinks the government may still come around to his idea or similar approaches.

Contact the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance, at the Yale School of Management at (203) 432-8070 or visit the Center's website at

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GOP Voter Suppression Tactics
Target Battleground States

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Interview with Greg Palast,
BBC-TV investigative reporter,
conducted by Scott Harris


Voter suppression has been a feature of U.S. elections for almost as long as the nation has existed. But since the tumultuous 2000 presidential election, where massive and deliberately flawed purges of Florida voters played a critical role in determining George Bush the winner, activists and watchdog groups have focused attention on the activities of GOP political operatives working to disenfranchise Democratic voters.

Along with the inexplicable anomalies in the counting of electronic voting machine ballots in Ohio during the 2004 election, tens of thousands of votes, cast primarily by people of color, were improperly thrown out across the country after being labeled as "spoiled." Now, with the 2008 presidential election less than a month away, BBC-TV investigative journalist Greg Palast, who was the first to report the 2000 Florida vote purges, is warning of a repeat of Republican voter suppression tactics in key battleground states this November.

Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Palast, who along with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., wrote a new investigative comic book-style guide titled, "Steal Back Your Vote: Six Ways They're Stealing the Election and Seven Ways You can Steal it Back." Palast discusses the various methods being used to invalidate the votes of blacks, Latinos, students and senior citizens, and how these votes can be protected.

Read Greg Palast's articles online at Download a copy of "Steal Back your Vote," at

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Vincent Bugliosi Calls
for the Prosecution
of George W. Bush for Murder

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Interview with Vincent Bugliosi,
former Los Angeles prosecutor and best-selling author
of "The Prosecution of George w. Bush for Murder,"
conducted by Scott Harris


In his newest book, famed prosecutor and best selling author Vincent Bugliosi, makes the case that President Bush should be charged and tried for the murder of 4,000 U.S. soldiers resulting from his launching the Iraq War. Bugliosi, a former Los Angeles County prosecutor, who is best known as for his successful case against cult murderer Charles Manson and the book he later wrote about it titled, "Helter Skelter," maintains that Mr. Bush has committed the most serious crime ever committed in American history, by taking the nation to war in Iraq under false pretenses.

The book, titled, "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder," presents a meticulously researched legal case and documented evidence that President Bush knowingly lied to the American people to justify the war which has cost well over 100,000 lives on all sides, spent over $1 trillion and undermined America's reputation and credibility around the world. Bugliosi says that despite a corporate media blackout on reviews and TV interviews, his book has become a New York Times bestseller.

The Progressive Party candidate for attorney general in Vermont, Charlotte Dennett, recently pledged to prosecute President Bush if she should win office this November and says she would appoint Bugliosi as the state's special prosecutor in the case. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Vincent Bugliosi about the case laid out in his book and the importance of holding President Bush accountable for his actions in Iraq.

This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The final destination of Russian tanks aboard a Ukrainian freighter hijacked by priates off the coast of Somalia has raised questions. ("Where Were Russian Tanks Destined on Ship Hijacked Off Somalia?," Los Angeles Times, Sept. 30, 2008; "Somalia Embraces Foreign Assistance Against Pirates," Washington Post, Sept. 10, 2008; "Somalia: Hijacked Arms - The Mystery Deepens,", Sept. 29, 2008)
  • Since Sarah Palin became Alaska's governor two years ago, she has sought to make Alaska more dependent on oil and gas revenue. ("Palin's Petro-politics," The Nation, Oct. 7, 2008)
  • Thirty-three conservative ministers have defied a U.S. Internal Revenue Service ban on political endorsements from the pulpit by members of the clergy. ("Ministers to Defy IRS by Endorsing Candidates," New York Times, Sept. 26, 2008; "33 Pastors Flout Tax Law with Political Sermons," Washington Post, Sept. 29, 2008)

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"Greg Palast and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: 'Steal Back Your Vote!,'" by Sari Gelzer, Truthout, Oct. 14, 2008

"The Permanent (Smear) Campaign," by Paul Waldman, The American Prospect, Oct. 14, 2008

"War Hero or War Criminal? McCain and Rolling Thunder" by Robert Richter, Counterpunch, Oct. 14, 2008

"A Dose of Reality on the ACORN Hysteria," by Zachary Roth, Talking Points Memo, Oct. 13, 2008

"McCain's Mob," by E.J. Dionne, TruthDig, Oct. 13, 2008

"Reversal of Fortune," by Joseph Stiglitz, Vanity Fair, Oct. 13, 2008

"Ohio GOP Plays Voter Fraud Card," Associated Press, Oct. 13, 2008

"EFCA, The Economy, Obama and Labor?," by Steve Early, ZNet, Oct. 12, 2008

"Private sector loans, not Fannie or Freddie, triggered crisis," McClatchy Newspapers, Oct. 12, 2008

"How World Leaders Can Reverse the Economic Meltdown," by Dean Baker and Mark Weisbrot, Campaign for America's Future, Oct. 12, 2008

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Bush Regime

"Deregulation era ends as government buys stakes in banks," McClatchy Newspapers, Oct. 14, 2008

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Bush Doctrine Becomes DoD Dogma," by William Pfaff, TruthDig, Oct. 14, 2008

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Iraqi VP: U.S., Iraq won't reach accord on troops this year," McClatchy Newspapers, Oct. 13, 2008

"Pogrom Against Mosul's Christians: Iraqis Stay in Exile; Too Terrified to Return," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Oct. 13, 2008

"War in the Time of Cholera: Corruption and Dirty Water," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Oct. 10/12, 2008

"The Surge That Failed: Afghanistan under the Bombs," by Tom Engelhardt & Anand Gopal,, Oct. 9, 2008

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"University Student To Plead Not Guilty To Terrorism Charges," Minnesota Daily, Oct. 14, 2008

"We're Not in Kansas Anymore," by Sean Gonsalves, Common Dreams, Oct. 14, 2008

"Public at last: Guantanamo's SERE Standard Operating Procedures," by Stephen Soldz, Counterpunch, Oct. 13, 2008

"Guantanamo Prosecutor Who Quit Had 'Grave Misgivings' About Fairness," Los Angeles Times, Oct. 12, 2008

"Spying on Activists Discussed at Forum," Washington Post, Oct. 11, 2008

"Why We Should Care About The NSA Story," by Jack Balkin, Balkinization, Oct. 11, 2008

"Exclusive: Inside Account of U.S. Eavesdropping on Americans," ABC News, Oct. 9, 2008

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Environment and Sustainability

"It's the Green Economy, Stupid," by Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect, Oct. 14, 2008

"This stock collapse is petty when compared to the nature crunch," by George Monbiot, Guardian/UK, Oct. 14, 2008

"Dear Mr. Next President -- Food, Food, Food," by Michael Pollan, The New York Times, Oct. 14, 2008

"The Business of Saving the Earth," by Chris Wood, The Wakrus, Oct. 14, 2008

"Ecologists Raise Alarm Ahead of UN Climate Summit," Agence France Presse, Oct. 14, 2008

"Fiscal woes could delay climate change efforts," San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 13, 2008

"EPA Ignores the Toxic Threat in Our Drinking Water," by Brian Moench, Salt Lake Tribune, Oct. 13, 2008

"Supreme Court May Bar Groups From Contesting Federal Rules," Environment News Service, Oct. 9, Oct. 13, 2008

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Media Issues

"AT&T Promises Not To Spy on You... Sort of," by Timothy Karr, Huffington Post, Oct. 13, 2008

"Bill Kristol in a nutshell," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Oct. 12, 2008

"Boys' night out: 'The Politico guys,' Rove's top disciple and how our press corps works," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Oct. 12, 2008

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"Defending ACORN and the Right to Vote," by Laura Flanders, GRITtv, Oct. 14, 2008

"The Screen Actors' Guild and the Machinists: A Tale of Two Unions," by David Macaray, Counterpunch, Oct. 14, 2008

"Antiwar activists gather on Common," Boston Globe, Oct. 12, 2008

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