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'A New Era of Responsibility'

"Push Obama to Follow Through on Peace Vows," by Amy Goodman, The Capital Times (Wisconsin), Jan. 22, 2009
"How to Push Obama," by John Nichols, The Nation, Jan. 12, 2009

"The Danger of Green Stimulus," Jesse Jenkins, Huffington Post, Jan. 5, 2009

"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

Civil Liberties

"The effects of Obama's refusal to investigate Bush crimes," by Glen Greenwald,, Jan. 20, 2009

"Binding U.S. law requires prosecutions for those who authorize torture, " by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Jan. 18, 2009

"Obama Has to Hold Bush Accountable for the Laws He Broke," by Elizabeth Holtzman, The Nation, Jan. 16, 2009

"Obama Must Restore the Constitution: Prosecuting Bush and Cheney," by Dave Lindoff,, Jan. 16-19, 2009

A BETTER WORLD IS POSSIBLE: Human Rights Solutions

"Single-Payer Health Care Would Stimulate Economy," by John Nichols, The Nation, Jan. 15, 2009

"Fulfilling the Promise of Human Rights: The Universal Declaration at 60," audio recordings from a Connecticut conference marking the 60th anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn., Dec. 6, 2008

A BETTER WORLD IS POSSIBLE: Converting Fossil Fuel/War Economy to Green, Renewable Energy/Peace Economy

"Green Jobs Should Top Our Economic Recovery List," by Juleyka Lantigua, Jan. 6, 2009

"Obama Must Get Afghanistan Right,"by Katrina Van Heuvel, The Nation, Jan. 9, 2009

"Nine Steps to Peace for Obama in the New Year," by Deepak Chopra, Alternet, Jan. 1, 2009

"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

"The Outcry Is Muted, But The Food Crisis Is Getting Worse," by Jayati Ghosh, The Guardian/UK, Jan. 9, 2009

"Ideas for Obama, "by Paul Krugman, by The New York Times, Jan. 12, 2009

"The Ponzi Scheme Presidency: Bush's Legacy of Destruction," by Tom Engelhardt,, January/February, 2009

"Fiscal Therapy," by David Cay Johnston, Mother Jones, January/February, 2009

"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

"Questions About the $700 Billion Emergency Economic Stabilization Funds, " First Report of the Congressional Oversight Panel for Economic Stabilization, Dec. 10, 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

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"Combatants for Peace and the Billboard from Bethlehem"
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Israeli Elections a Windfall
for the Hard Right

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Interview with Phyllis Bennis,
fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies,"
conducted by Scott Harris

Israel election

Less than a month after Israel ended its bloody three-week military offensive in Gaza, killing an estimated 1,400 Palestinians -- many of them civilians -- Israelis went to the polls on Feb. 10 to vote for members of the Knesset, or parliament. Although it was not immediately clear which party would form the next government, it was evident that rightist parties were the big winners. The Kadima party, under the leadership of Tzipi Livni, captured 28 out of 120 parliament seats while Likud, the party of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, won 27 seats. Beating the once dominant Labor party for third place was Avigdor Lieberman, of the Israel is Our Home party, with 15 seats. Lieberman, viewed by many as a racist, anti-Arab extremist with his calls for Israeli Arabs to take a loyalty oath to remain citizens, could be the "kingmaker" in forming the next government.

With the numbers of right-wing seats now in parliament, Netanyahu is viewed as having the best chance of winning the necessary support to become Israel's next prime minister. While saying that he would agree to engaging in negotiations with Palestinians, the hardline Likud leader shows his hawkish side when declaring that he would never return the occupied Golan Heights to Syria. Tzipi Livni, one of the architects of the Gaza assault, has stated that the Jewish state has no option but to continue with internationally backed peace talks with the Palestinians.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies, who examines the results of the Feb. 10 Israeli election, the unvarnished positions of the major parties, and what it might mean for the future of Middle East peace negotiations.

That was Phyllis Bennis' books include "Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer." Read her article, "Israeli Elections and the Rise of the Right" online at

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U.S. Press Follows Washington Script
in Demonizing Venezuela's Chavez

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Interview with Steve Rendall,
senior analyst with
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting,
conducted by Scott Harris


Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez won an important electoral victory on Feb. 15, when voters passed a referendum abolishing term limits for all offices in the oil-rich nation, including the presidency. Chavez, in power since 1998, has vowed to extend and consolidate his self-described socialist Bolivarian revolution if he should win re-election in 2013, the year his current term in office expires.

Often bluntly critical of President Bush and Washington's policies toward Latin America, Chavez has infuriated U.S. powerbrokers by using his country's oil resources to redistribute wealth to Venezuela's poor, nationalizing American-owned corporations and making alliances with U.S. adversaries. The U.S. media often parrots the government's demonization of Chavez, branding him an egomaniacal demagogue and dictator, even as the White House backed an unsuccessful military coup against the democratically-elected leader in 2002.

While the negative media coverage of Chavez is predictable, it decidedly is not even-handed, as noted in a recent study of American newspaper editorials about Venezuela as compared with neighboring Colombia, a staunch U.S.-ally. In a new report titled, "Human Rights Coverage Serving Washington's Needs," the group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, or FAIR, found editors downplaying Colombia's abuses and amplifying Venezuela's. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Steve Rendall, senior analyst with FAIR, who summarizes the report observing that U.S. newspapers seem more interested in reinforcing official U.S. policy toward the region than in genuinely supporting the rights of Colombians and Venezuelans.

FAIR's report, "Human Rights Coverage Serving Washington's Needs," can be read online at Or call their office at (212) 633-6700.

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Largest U.S. Civil Disobedience Action
on Climate Change Set for March 2nd

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Interview with Joshua Kahn Russell,
organizer with the Capitol Climate Action,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


On March 2, green organizers expect thousands of people to descend on Washington, D.C. for the largest environmentally-focused civil disobedience action ever held in the U.S. The activists will focus on the partially coal-fired plant that powers the Capitol building and call for an urgent and immediate shift to renewable energy to reduce the impact of global warming. The day is timed to coincide with PowerShift '09, an energy conference which is expected to bring 10,000 mostly young activists to the capital to push for bold climate and clean energy policies.

The civil disobedience, called Capitol Climate Action, is being organized by a coalition of 70 groups. The organizers believe that with a new administration and a new Congress, there is now a unique window of opportunity to effect policy. They hope that this action will be a rallying cry for a clean energy economy to protect both public health and the planet's fragile climate.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Joshua Kahn Russell, grassroots actions manager at Rainforest Action Network, one of the principal organizers of the protest. He discusses the rationale for the protest and the leadership role young people are now taking on the issue of climate change.

For more information, and details on how to participate at various levels, visit Or call Rainforest Action Network at (415) 398-4404.

This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • China's population and family planning commission has released a study showing birth defects increased 40 percent from 2001 through 2006, a period of explosive industrial growth in the nation. ("China Blames Pollution for Surge in Birth Defects" Los Angeles Times, Feb. 14, 2009)
  • A 2006 United Nations report says internationally, the livestock sector accounts for 18 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, more than all modes of transportation combined. ("Are Cows Worse than Cars?" American Prospect, December 2008)
  • With tax credits to finance affordable housing development collapsing with the housing market, housing advocates are hoping for a boost from the Obama stimulus plan and new investor interest from energy and manufacturing companies. ("Affordable Housing Hits a Wall in Time of Need," Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 6, 2009)

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U.S. Politics

"Blue Dogs: The Democrats Who Love Big Business," by Christopher Hayes, The Nation, Feb. 17, 2009

"Late Change in Course Hobbled Rollout of Geithner's Bank Plan," Washington Post, Feb. 17, 2009

"Labor's Man Joins Treasury Team," by William Greider, The Nation, Feb. 16, 2009

"Obama's Caterpillar Visit a Thumb in the Eye for Human Rights Activists," by Stephen Zunes, AlterNet, Feb. 16, 2009

"Obama's Immigration Outlook: More Militarism, Abuse," by Roberto Lovato, Of América, Feb. 16, 2009

"Obama Will Fight with Us to Quash the Campaign to Loot Social Security -- Right?," by William Greider, The Nation, Feb. 16, 2009

"Obama and liberals: a counter-productive relationship," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Feb. 13, 2009

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"Elderly New Yorkers Angry as Crisis Hits Poorest" Reuters, Feb. 17, 2009

"Ghost Story: Put Banks Out of Their Misery," by Nicholas Von Hoffman, The Nation, Feb. 17, 2009

"The Oligarchs' Escape Plan: Finance Capitalism Hits a Wall," by Michael Hudson, Counterpunch, Feb. 17, 2009

"California budget crisis jeopardizes 20,000 jobs," CNN, Feb. 17, 2009

"Can Green Jobs Be Good Jobs?," by Jeremy Brecher, The Nation, Feb. 16, 2009

"Bad News From America's Top Spy," by Chris Hedges, TruthDig, Feb. 16, 2009

"Nationalizing the Banks Seems Inevitable: How Bad Does It Have to Get First?," by Joshua Holland, AlterNet, Feb. 16, 2009

"White Recession, Black Depression," by Dedrick Muhammad & Michael Brown, Counterpunch, Feb. 16, 2009

"Decade at Bernie's," by Paul Krugman, The New York Times, Feb. 16, 2009

"Obama will get no warning when the people's response to this crisis comes," by Gary Younge, Guardian/UK, Feb. 16, 2009

"Nationalize the Banks! We're all Swedes Now," by Matthew Richardson and Nouriel Roubini, Washington Post, Feb. 15, 2009

"Job Losses Pose a Threat to Stability Worldwide," The New York Times, Feb. 15, 2009

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Bush Accountability

"Democrats Divided Over 'Reckoning' for Bush" by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Feb. 17, 2009

"Lawrence Walsh and America's law-free zone" by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Feb. 17, 2009

"Despite Obama pledge, Justice defends Bush secrets," Associated Press, Feb. 16, 2009

"Hold Them Accountable: Pass the Executive Accountability Act of 2009," by Justin Raimondo,, Feb. 16, 2009

"Do we still pretend that we abide by treaties?," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Feb. 16, 2009

"Justice Department probe blasts Bush lawyers over 'torture' memos," Raw Story, Feb. 15, 2009

"A Torture Report Could Spell Big Trouble For Bush Lawyers," by Michael Isikoff, Newsweek, Feb. 14, 2009

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International Affairs

"Thinking Big on Foreign Policy Too," by Ira Chernus, Common Dreams, Feb. 17, 2009

"The Making of a New Global Strategy," by Ehsan Ahrari, Foreign Policy in Focus, Feb. 17, 2009

"Israel seizes land for settlement expansion," Associated Press, Feb. 16, 2009

"Is the U.S. Military Now an Imperial Police Force?," by Tom Engelhardt & William Astore, TomDispatch, Feb. 15, 2009

"Israel Lurches Into Fascism," by Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, Feb. 14, 2009

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"A peace sign: Iraq's Sunnis joining Shiite pilgrims," Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 17, 2009, 2009

"Obama to Send 17,000 More Troops to Afghanistan," The New York Times, Feb. 17, 2009, 2009

"Commanders in Iraq Challenge Petraeus on Pullout Risk" by Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service, Feb. 17, 2009, 2009

"Senior US soldiers investigated over missing Iraq reconstruction billions," by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, Feb. 16, 2009

"Pakistan Makes a Taliban Truce, Creating a Haven," The New York Times, Feb. 16, 2009

"Pakistan Seethes After Killer Drone Disclosure," by Noah Shachtman, Danger Room, Feb. 15, 2009

"Is the U.S. repeating Soviet mistakes in Afghanistan?," by Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Newspapers, Feb. 14, 2009

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Will Obama institute a new kind of preventive detention for terrorist suspects?," by Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, Feb. 23, 2009

"Rendition is a Horrible, Violent Crime in Any Form -- It Should Not Be U.S. Policy," by Marjorie Cohn, Jurist Legal News and Research, Feb. 16, 2009

"Republicans try to block Guantánamo detainees from prisons in their districts," Guardian/UK, Feb. 16, 2009

"Former Gitmo Guard Tells All," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Feb. 15, 2009

"Finally, the Law Goes After Joe Arpaio -- the Most Abusive Sheriff In America," by Emptywheel, Firedoglake, Feb. 14, 2009

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Environment and Sustainability

"EPA to review Bush rule on warming emissions," MSNBC, Feb. 17, 2009

"The Environmental Food Crisis: A Crisis of Waste," Environment News Service, Feb. 17, 2009

"Burning Questions: What Does Economic 'Recovery' Mean on an Extreme Weather Planet?," by Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch, Feb. 17, 2009

"US Reverses, Seeks Global Treaty on Mercury," Associated Press, Feb. 17, 2009

"Stimulus may put some wind in clean energy's sails," McClatchy Newspapers, Feb. 16, 2009

"A World Without Water," by Tara Lohan, The Nation, Feb. 16, 2009

"The Myth of Clean Coal," by Joshua Frank, Counterpunch, Feb. 13-15, 2009

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Media Issues

"Coming to NBC: 'To Catch a Cheney,'" by Jeff Cohen, Truthout, Feb. 17, 2009

"The death of the news," by Gary Kamiya, Salon, Feb. 17, 2009

"DC Journalists Love GOP Obstructionists, But Americans Don't," by Jane Hamsher, Huffington Post, Feb. 16, 2009

"Obama & the Media Dilemma," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Feb. 16, 2009

"David Brooks reveals the mentality of the Beltway journalist," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Feb. 16, 2009

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"Unions Are Making the Big Turnaround We've Been Waiting for," Dick Meister, Portside, Feb. 17, 2009

"Activists Calling for Uprisings for Causes," Deseret News (Utah), Feb. 17, 2009

"Why America Needs Labor Unions: The Only Answer to Organized Greed," by David Macaray, Counterpunch, Feb. 17, 2009

"At a Campus Sit-In Against Israeli Occupation: An Interview with Three Participants," by Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch, Feb. 13-15, 2009

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