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Presidential Transition

"The First Hundred Days or the Last Hundred Days? Obama's Rendezvous with Destiny -- and Ours," by Ira Chernus, by, Dec. 10, 2008

"Who Will Seize the Moment?" Turning Crisis into Opportunity, by Ralph Nader, Counterpunch, Dec. 4, 2008

"Community Organizers Press Obama for Real Change," by, Dec. 3, 2008

Converting Fossil Fuel Economy to Green Economy

"Electric Cars Put Hawaii on The Road to Independence," by Times Online/UK, Dec. 4, 2008

"Weapons Come Second: Can Obama Take on the Pentagon?" by Frida Berrigan,, Nov. 25, 2008

The FY 2009 Pentagon Spending Request - Global Military Spending, by the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

Economic Crisis

"A Look At Wall Street's Shadow Market: How Some Arcane Wall Street Financial Instruments Magnified Economic Crisis," 60 Minutes, Oct. 5, 2008

"Swapping Secrecy for Transparency," by Christopher Cox, SEC Chairman, The New York Times Op-Ed, Oct. 19, 2008

"The Bet That Blew Up Wall Street: Steve Kroft On Credit Default Swaps And Their Central Role In The Unfolding Economic Crisis," 60 Minutes, Oct. 26, 2008

Broken Government

"Broken Government: By The Numbers," 40 ways in which the federal government failed to perform under the administration of George W. Bush, 2001-2008

Class Warfare

"How the Rich Are Different From You and Me,"Places that went for Obama are richer and smarter than places that went for McCain, by Bill Bishop and Robert Cushing, Slate, Dec. 11, 2008

War And Profiteering

"This Is Change? Twenty Hawks, Clintonites and Neocons to Watch for in Obama's White House," by Jeremy Scahill,Alternet, Nov. 20, 2008

"Don't Let Barack Obama Break Your Heart," Why Americans Shouldn't Go Home, by Tom Engelhardt, Nov. 12, 2008

"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

"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 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, November-December 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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Carnage in Eastern Congo Prompts Call
for E.U. Troops to Reinforce
U.N. Peacekeepers

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Interview with Alison Des Forges,
senior advisor to the Africa Division
at Human Rights Watch,
conducted by Scott Harris


Fighting between forces allied with the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and rebels in the eastern region of the country is claiming ever more civilian lives as this African nation continues to be consumed by violence almost a year after a peace agreement was signed. An estimated 150 people were killed in the North Kivu province town of Kiwanja in early November, despite the presence of a poorly staffed and equipped United Nations peacekeeping force nearby.

Human Rights Watch is calling for the European Union to send a "bridging" force to eastern Congo to help UN peacekeepers stop further attacks on civilians. The UN Security Council authorized the deployment of more peacekeeping troops to the Congo in November, but it will likely take up to four months before reinforcements arrive. Many of the civilians killed in Kiwanja were executed by troops under the command of Laurent Nkunda's rebel force, the National Congress for the Defense of the People. Observers report that atrocities including rape, the forcible recruitment of child soldiers and the destruction of refugee camps were committed by both the rebels and pro-government Mai Mai militias.

The International Rescue Committee reported earlier this year that the conflict in Congo had killed an estimated 5.4 million people since 1998, many dying from disease and malnutrition related to the war. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Alison Des Forges, senior adviser to the Africa Division at Human Rights Watch, who describes the violence in Eastern Congo and the urgent action needed from the international community to stop the killing.

Contact Human Rights Watch by calling (212) 290-4700 or visit their website at

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Union Victory at Republic Windows is
a Model for Labor Militancy

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Interview with Dave Lindorff,
co-author of the book,
"The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument
for Removing President George W. Bush from Office,"
conducted by Scott Harris


In an echo of the militancy that forced the recognition of labor unions nationwide during the years of the Great Depression, workers at Chicago's Republic Windows & Doors plant began a sit-in to fight for back pay after the factory unexpectedly closed on December 5th. Republic's creditor, Bank of America, which recently received $15 billion in taxpayer funds in the federal bailout bill, initially refused to extend credit to the factory owners to pay the wages owed to the workers.

But after a six-day peaceful occupation of the factory, where 240 members of the United Electrical Workers blocked removal of any equipment from the plant, and protests targeting Bank of America, the union won a settlement. The company and bank agreed to a package of $1.75 million dollars in severance, vacation pay and temporary health care benefits.

While the union was unable to strike a deal to save the jobs at Republic, they are currently using some of the funds contributed by supporters around the world to search for investors to reopen the plant. Republic's owners plan to operate the nonunion Echo Windows factory, that the family recently purchased in Iowa. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with journalist and author Dave Lindorff about the inspiration Republic's workers provided the union movement with their militant action -- and the prospects for labor during the current economic crisis.

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Should Guide Reform
of U.S. Justice System

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Excerpt of talk given by Robert Nave,
executive director of Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


On Dec. 7, a coalition of peace and justice groups convened a conference at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., titled, "Fulfilling the Promise: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 60," to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or UDHR. The document, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on Dec. 10, 1948, was drafted by an international commission that included former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who was elected the body's chair.

The Hamden conference offered six workshops, each of which focused on one or more of the 30 articles that make up the Declaration. One of the speakers at the workshop titled, "Humanizing the United States Justice System with the UDHR," was Robert Nave, executive director of the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty, who also serves as the state and regional death penalty coordinator for Amnesty International.

In this excerpt of his talk, Nave addresses Article 3 of the UHDR -- the right to life, liberty and personal security, and Article 5 -- freedom from torture and degrading treatment -- and linked both not only to the death penalty, but to treatment of all prisoners being held in what he called the prison-industrial complex.

Contact the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty by calling (203) 206-9854, or visit their website at This segment was produced by Melinda Tuhus.

This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Israeli politics tilted further to the right when radical settler activist Moshe Feiglin won a primary race for a Likud party seat. ("The Far Right Rises in Israeli Politics," Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 10, 2008)
  • White House undercuts FDIC chief's proposal to rewrite mortgages for 1.5 million homeowners facing foreclosure. ("Fighting Foreclosures, FDIC Chief Draws Fire" New York Times, Dec. 11, 2008; "FDIC Loss Sharing Proposal to Promote Affordable Loan Modifications,"" FDIC)
  • Street vendors in Washington, D.C. are complaining the city is hurting them by using a lottery to issue vending permits for Barack Obama's inauguration celebration. ("Street Vendors Aren't Sold Lottery for Jan. 20 Spots, " Washington Post, Dec. 6, 2008)

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U.S. Politics

"Is the GOP Risking the Economy to Win the PR War Against Unions?" by Art Levine, Huffington Post, Dec. 16, 2008

"It's Vilsack: Obama Picks Pro-GMO and Pro-Biofuels Ag Secretary," by Tara Lohan, AlterNet, Dec. 16, 2008

"The Logic of Keynes in Today's World," by Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog, Dec. 15, 2008

"Bailouts: The Ultimate Double Standard," by Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect, Dec. 15, 2008

"Crippling the Auto Union Is Just a Warm-Up," by Marie Cocco, TruthDig, Dec. 15, 2008

"A Radical Plan for Funding a New Deal," by Ellen Brown, Yes! Magazine, Dec. 14, 2008

"The Nasty Class and Anti-Union Bias of Auto Bailout Opposition," by Robert Weissman, Common Dreams, Dec. 13, 2008

"Detroit's Problem: It's Health Care, not the Union," by Christopher Martin, Common Dreams, Dec. 13, 2008

"How the American Healthcare System Got That Way," by Tim Costello, Jeremy Brecher & Brendan Smith, Common Dreams, Dec. 13, 2008

"Washington as Weimar," by Sandy Levinson, Balkinization, Dec. 11, 2008

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Bush Regime

"Cheney Was Key in Clearing CIA Interrogation Tactics," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 16, 2008

"Still Lying, Still Allowed To Lie," by David Michael Green, Common Dreams, Dec. 15, 2008

"Senate report links Bush to detainee homicides; media yawns," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Dec. 15, 2008

"Blame for Abu Ghraib finally lands at the top," USA Today editorial, Dec. 15, 2008

"Iraqi group files 200 lawsuits against Rumsfeld, US security firms for torture," Aence France Presse, Dec. 15, 2008

"Iraqi Reporter Throws Shoes at Bush, Calls Him 'Dog,'" Reuters, Dec. 14, 2008

"Leading Lawyer Calls for Rumsfeld Prosecution," Raw Story, Dec. 14, 2008

"The Torture Presidency," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Dec. 13, 2008

"Bush's Farewell Hallelujah Chorus," by Michael Winship, Consortium News, Dec. 13, 2008

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Is a US-Iran Deal on the Middle East Possible?," by Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service, Dec. 16, 2008

"Should ground troops hunt pirates in Somalia?," McClatchy Newspapers, Dec. 15, 2008

"Coping with Crisis, Latin America Bucks the System," by Laura Carlsen, Huffington Post, Dec. 15, 2008

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Each Shoe Was Worth a Thousand Words," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Dec. 16, 2008

"U.S. costs of Iraq, Afghan wars top $900 billion: report," Reuters, Dec. 16, 2008

"Afghanistan: A Way Forward," by Maya Schenwar, Truthout, Dec. 16, 2008

"Meet the Man Who Threw His Shoes at Bush: Muntader al-Zeidi," by by Hanna Ingber Win, Huffington Post, Dec. 15, 2008

"It's Official: Total Defeat for U.S. in Iraq," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Dec. 15, 2008

"Iraqi who threw shoes covered U.S. bombing of Shiite area," McClatchy Newspapers, Dec. 14, 2008

More newswire ...

Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Officer Is Indicted in Toppling of Cyclist," The New York Times, Dec. 16, 2008

"Land of the Free: To Torture and Imprison Without Trial," by Brian Cloughley, Counterpunch, Dec. 15, 2008

"A Defender of the Rule of Law Waits in Legal Jeopardy, While Abusers are Doing Well," by Brian Tamanaha, Balkinization, Dec. 15, 2008

"Racial Extremists Are Infiltrating the Military for the Chance to 'Kill a Brown,'" by David Holthouse, Intelligence Report, Dec. 15, 2008

"Hit Me Baby One More Time: A History of Music Torture in the War on Terror," by Andy Worthington, Counterpunch, Dec. 15, 2008

"With Shot And Shell, Or 'Modular Crowd Control Munitions,'" by Mike Ferner, ZNet, Dec. 15, 2008

" Face to face with the Taliban," Guardian/UK, Dec. 14, 2008

"Tasers Are Sold as 'Non-Lethal' -- But They've Killed 400 So Far," by Liliana Segura, AlterNet, Dec. 13, 2008

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Environment and Sustainability

"In 'Eat Local' Movement, Cuba Is Years Ahead," Reuters, Dec. 16, 2008

"Report: Political Interference Tainted Most Endangered Species Rulings for 5 Years," Associated Press, Dec. 16, 2008

"Reverse Climate Change: Reduce Greenhouse Gases 80% below 1990 Levels by 2025," by Karyn Strickler, Common Dreams, Dec. 16, 2008

"Slow Progress in Poznan While Climate Threats Mount," Environment News Service, Dec. 13, 2008

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Media Issues

"Google Wants Its Own Fast Track on the Web," Wall Street Journal, Dec. 15, 2008

"NYT Wiretap Source Revealed," by Michael Calderone, Politico, Dec. 14, 2008

"Feminist Media in a Time of Economic Trouble," by Jessica Wakeman, The American Prospect, Dec. 12, 2008

"As Usual, NYT Ignores Iraqi Opinion," by Dahr Jamail, Extra!, Nov./Dec., 2008

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"A Great Labor Leader: Remembering Ron Carey," by Ken Paff, Counterpunch Dec. 15, 2008

"The window and door factory," by James Carroll, Boston Globe, Dec. 15, 2008

"Labor Victory in Chicago," by John Nichols, The Nation, Dec. 11, 2008

"The Sit-Down Strike Returns! Now What?," by Michael Kazin, The American Prospect, Dec. 11, 2008

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