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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

"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, Nov.-December 2001

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Abortion Restrictions
in Health Care Reform Bills
Could Derail Passage

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Interview with Terry O'Neill,
president of the National Organization for Women


When the U.S. Senate passed their version of health care reform on Christmas Eve, President Obama and the Democratic Party leadership hailed the vote as historic, moving the nation closer to providing medical coverage to millions of Americans currently without health insurance. But as the House and Senate now prepare to negotiate a merger of their two bills into one for a final vote, many progressive health care activists are angry that the Senate legislation was considerably weakened by excluding a public government-run health insurance option and other reforms that were part of the House bill.

But another major obstacle to final passage of health care reform are provisions in both the House and Senate bills that restrict a woman's right to abortion. The Stupak - Pitts Amendment in the House bill prevents anyone who receives public subsidies from purchasing a health insurance plan that covers abortion. In the Senate, Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska tried, but failed to win support for the Stupak - Pitts language, but after threatening to join Republicans in a filibuster, Nelson succeeded in forcing inclusion of anti-abortion provisions.

Nelson's amendment allows states the option of prohibiting abortion coverage in exchange plans and mandates that insurance companies create two different systems if they provide women comprehensive coverage. Individuals who choose a health plan that includes abortion would be forced to write two separate checks, one for abortion care and one for everything else.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Terry O'Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, who explains why many pro-choice groups like hers will oppose passage of any health care reform legislation that includes restrictions on women's rights.

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International Solidarity Actions Commemorate
One Year Anniversary of Gaza Invasion

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Talk by Israeli-American Dr. Aram Ayalon,
associate professor of education
at Gaza solidarity event in Hartford, Conn.,
produced by Melinda Tuhus


Dec. 27 marked the one-year anniversary of Israel's assault on Gaza, in which 1,400 Palestinians died in the three-week military invasion -- more than half of them civilians, including some 200 children. To mark the anniversary, and in solidarity with 1,300 activists from 42 nations who converged in Egypt last week with plans to enter Gaza via the Rafa border crossing, events were held around the world demanding an end to the blockade of Gaza, which is home to 1.5 million Palestinians and has been closed off by both Egypt and Israel.

Egypt refused to allow the international activists entry into Gaza, harassing, detaining and arresting some as they attempted to make their way to the border. Egyptian security police broke up a non-violent commemoration of the Israeli invasion of Gaza organized by the Gaza Freedom March at an Egyptian bridge that crosses the Nile River near Cairo.

Dr. Aram Ayalon, an Israeli-American who is an associate professor of education at Central Connecticut State University was one of the speakers at a Dec. 27 solidarity event in Hartford, Conn. sponsored by a dozen local groups. The following is a portion of his brief talk, in which he recounts the events which led to his support for the rights of Palestinians to build their own nation.

For more information on the campaign to lift the Gaza Blockade, visit the Code Pink website at

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U.S. Workers' Stories
Illuminate Intensifying Struggle for Dignity

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Interview with Tom Juravich,
professor of labor studies
at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst,
conducted by Scott Harris


As 2010 begins, American workers are confronting some of the hardest times since the Great Depression. With unemployment in double digits, record home foreclosures and bank loans difficult to secure, workers lucky enough to be employed often are forced to get a second and third job just to pay the rent, put food on the table and handle soaring college tuition and health care costs. But U.S. corporate media, by and large, ignore telling the stories of working Americans, their struggles and the sacrifices made.

However in his new book, "At the Altar of the Bottom Line: The Degradation of Work in the 21st Century," Tom Juravich, professor of labor studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst paints a compelling portrait of workers making a living in four different industries in his state. In the spirit of prize-winning author Studs Terkel, known for his in-depth interviews with ordinary people, Juravich takes us inside the lives of people from a variety of backgrounds: citizens and immigrants working at a Verizon call center, a fish processing factory, a hospital and a now closed machine shop.

Through these individual stories, the larger issues of corporate-led globalization and the declining power of unions that confront American workers can be better understood. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Tom Juravich, also an accomplished singer songwriter, who describes the lives of the workers he interviewed and the common struggles they face to secure a decent wage, improve sometimes unsafe working conditions and maintain their dignity on the job.

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"Worse Than Nothing: Krugman's Health Care Sell-Out," by Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch, Dec. 29, 2009

"Are Presidents Afraid of the CIA?," by Ray McGovern, Common Dreams, Dec. 29, 2009

"Majority Of Tea Party Group's Spending Went To GOP Firm That Created It," by Zachary Roth, Talking Points Memo, Dec. 29, 2009

"The Cash Committee: How Wall Street Wins On The Hill," by Ryan Grim & Arthur Delaney, Dec. 29, 2009

"Who's running the TSA? No one, thanks to Sen. Jim DeMint," McClatchy Newspapers, Dec. 28, 2009

"Senate Democrats to W.H.: Drop cap and trade," Politico, Dec. 27, 2009

"Democracy's baseline need for transparency," by David Sirota, Seattle Times, Dec. 27, 2009

"Bank Presidents and US President," by Christopher Brauchli, Common Dreams, Dec. 26, 2009

"For Obama, No Opportunity Is Too Big to Blow," by Naomi Klein, The Nation, Dec. 21, 2009

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"AIG Executives Failed to Repay Majority of Bonuses," by Jason Leopold, Truthout, Dec. 29, 2009

"Christmas presents for bankers," by Dean Baker, Guardian/UK, Dec. 28, 2009

"Wall Street's 10 Greatest Lies of 2009," by Nomi Prins, AlterNet, Dec. 28, 2009

"2009: The Year Wall Street Bounced Back and Main Street Got Shafted," by Robert Reich, Huffington Post, Dec. 28, 2009

"Who Will Pay For the Economic Collapse?," by Shamus Cooke, Counterpunch, Dec. 25-27, 2009

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Bush Accountability

"The Cheney Offense," by Adam Serwer, The American Prospect, Dec. 23, 2009

"Getting Away with Torture," by David Cole, New York Review of Books, Dec. 16, 2009

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International Affairs

"Cause and effect in the 'Terror War,'" by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Dec. 29, 2009

"Yemen Next" by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Dec. 29, 2009

"Obama Vows to Press Attack on Militants in Yemen as Al Qaeda Claims Responsibility for Detroit Flight Attack," Baltimore Sun, Dec. 28, 2009

"U.S. Widens Terror War to Yemen, a Qaeda Bastion," The New York Times, Dec. 27, 2009

"Top US officer: Force must be option for Iran," Associated Press, Dec. 21, 2009

"Yemen is focus of new US front against al-Qaeda," Times Online/UK, Dec. 28, 2009

"One Year After Israeli Invasion of Gaza, World Leaders Fail to Act but Global Citizens Step Forward," by Medea Benjamin, Common Dreams, Dec. 27, 2009

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Balance of Terror: From Detroit City to Ghazi Khan," by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Dec. 29, 2009

"The Afghanistan Detention Dilemma," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Dec. 29, 2009

"U.S. intelligence: 'Time is running out' in Afghanistan," McClatchy Newspapers, Dec. 28, 2009

"Obama's Afghanistan Escalation a Bad Sign for the Country's Environment," by Joshua Holland, Truthout, Dec. 28, 2009

"A Peril in War Zones: Sexual Abuse by Fellow G.I.'s," The New York Times, Dec. 27, 2009

"US troop death in Afghanistan doubles toll for 2008," Agence France Presse, Dec. 27, 2009

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Update on Our Brave New Slavery: Yes, It Applies to American Citizens, Too," by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Dec. 30, 2009

"Likely casualty of air plot: Obama's Guantanamo plans," McClatchy Newspapers, Dec. 29, 2009

"Federal appeals court sets limits on police use of Tasers," McClatchy Newspapers, Dec. 29, 2009

"Homeland Security violated rules to spy on Nation of Islam," by Salim Muwakkil,, The Progressive, Dec. 28, 2009

"One Day We'll All Be Terrorists," by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, Dec. 28, 2009

"Right-Wingers Call For Racial Profiling: 'There Should be a Separate Line [For] Anybody With the Name Abdul,'" by Faiz Shakir, Think Progress, Dec. 28, 2009

"President falls short," by Robyn E. Blumner, St. Petersburg Times (Florida), Dec. 27, 2009

"Does the Constitution Follow the Flag?-Six Questions for Kal Raustiala," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Dec. 23, 2009

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Environment and Sustainability

"Corporate agribusiness helps scuttle climate justice," John E. Peck, Madison Capital Times (Wisconsin), Dec. 29, 2009

"Solar Could Generate 15% of Power by 2020, If US Ends Fossil Fuel Subsidies" by Stacy Feldman, SolveClimate, Dec. 29, 2009

"Sick of Corporate Control Over Your Food?," by Jill Richardson, Firedoglake, Dec. 27, 2009

"In New Gas Wells, More Drilling Chemicals Remain Underground," ProPublica, Dec. 27, 2009

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Media Issues

"The Collapse of Professional Journalism, Cont'd," by Virginia Pstrel, The Dynamist, Dec. 28, 2009

"Inside the Military Media Industrial Complex: Impacts on Movement for Social Justice," by Peter Phillips & Mickey Huff, Truthout, Dec. 27, 2009

"The Joys of Airstrikes and Anonymity," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Dec. 26, 2009

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"Who is the Ideal Labor Leader?," by David Macaray, Counterpunch, Dec. 29, 2009

"Canada Successfully Destroys Parody Websites," by the Yes Men, Common Dreams, Dec. 29, 2009

"Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein begins hunger strike in Cairo to open Gaza border," Rabble/Canada, Dec. 28, 2009

"What It Takes to Build a Movement," by Mark Rudd, Counterpunch, Dec. 25-27, 2009

"Hordes of Angry Activists and a $27 Billion Court Case Is Making Oil Giant Chevron Pretty Nervous," by Peter Asmus, East Bay Express, Dec. 24, 2009

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