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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

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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

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Sanctions Could Undermine Iranian Opposition Movement

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Interview with Farrah Hassen,
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In the face of violent repression, opponents of the Iranian government have refused to back down in their protests against what they claim was a stolen presidential election on June 12. In street demonstrations organized to coincide with the holy day of Ashura on Dec. 27, hundreds of thousands of Iranians marched and held anti-government rallies, many of which erupted into clashes with police and members of the pro-government Basij militia. At least eight protesters were reported killed, including the nephew of leading opposition presidential candidate, Mir Hossein Mousavi.

On Jan. 4, 88 professors at Tehran University risked arrest to sign a letter demanding that the country's supreme religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stop police from using violent tactics against protesters, saying it was a sign of the government's weakness. The regime repeatedly claims that opposition groups are being manipulated by foreign governments intent on overthrowing Iran's Islamic Republic.

Despite the violence, massive arrests, a crackdown on opposition media outlets and attempts to censor the Internet and phone text messaging, the Iranian protest movement appears to be holding its own, if not gaining strength. But in its confrontation with Iran over its nuclear program, the Obama administration is now threatening to impose sanctions that could blow back against the opposition. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Farrah Hassen, a research fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, who discusses the resilience of Iranian opposition activists and the danger posed to the movement by international sanctions.

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U.S. Drones Make More Enemies Than They Kill

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As pilotless military planes, known as drones, play an ever-larger role in the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, many Americans think they are a better option than putting pilots at risk to conduct bombing runs over enemy territory. But the drones, which are launched to kill insurgents, often kill or injure civilians instead -- or in addition to the intended targets, angering the very people whose hearts and minds the United States is hoping to win in its war against al Qaeda and the Taliban.

One of the organizations that has been focusing on this issue is the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. The group is organizing a protest against drone attacks at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. on Jan. 16. The network's founder and coordinator, Bruce Gagnon, recently gave the keynote address at the annual meeting of the group Promoting Enduring Peace in New Haven, Conn.

What follows is an excerpt of that talk, in which Gagnon explains how drones are programmed from U.S. bases using space technology and why he believes that use of drones may prolong, not shorten, the wars being fought in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Bruce Gagnon is author of the book, "Come Together Right Now: Organizing Stories from a Fading Empire." Contact the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space at (207) 443-9502 or visit their website at

McCarthyism Revived
in Today's Right-Wing Lies and Smears

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Interview with Peter Montgomery,
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The term "McCarthyism," has its origins in a dark era in U.S. history, when during the 1950s, Wisconsin Republican Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy warned the nation about the enemies from within, and made broad accusations that Communists had infiltrated the highest levels of the American government. After the end of World War II, and the rise of the Soviet Union, there was much fear about the threat posed by communism -- and conservative politicians like McCarthy exploited that fear with campaigns based on red-baiting and allegations of disloyalty. McCarthy was eventually exposed as a fraud and a demagogue, but not before he succeeded in destroying many lives of innocent victims caught in his web of fear and lies.

Today there's an echo of McCarthyism in the conservative "tea party" protesters and other right-wing activists whose signs and shouts at town hall meetings and rallies label President Obama and his supporters as communists, traitors and describe health care reform legislation as a plot to launch another holocaust. Right-wing media commentators like Glen Beck, Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh serve as an echo chamber repeating these attacks and discredited conspiracy theories.

In a new report titled, "Rise of the New McCarthyism: How Right Wing Extremists Try to Paralyze Government Through Ideological Smears and Baseless Attacks," author Peter Montgomery examines the parallels between the McCarthy era and today's conservative political tactics. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Montgomery, a senior fellow with the group People for the American Way, who talks about the danger he sees in organized right-wing attacks against intellectual elites, liberal media and gays, while appealing to nativist and racist sentiment.
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"Capital City: Wall Street lobbyists don't just have influence in Washington. They own it lock, stock, and barrel," by Kevin Drum, Mother Jones, January/February 2010

"Slowing Pace of Home Sales Raises Fears of New Retreat," The New York Times, Jan. 5, 2010

"Divergent Views on Signs of Life in the Economy," The New York Times, Jan. 4, 2010

"Looting Social Security, Part 2," by William Greider, The Nation, Jan. 4, 2010

"Searching for Pecora," by Mary Bottari, Bankster USA, Jan. 4, 2010

"COBRA's bureaucratic maze is a challenge for laid-off workers," McClatchy Newspapers, Jan. 4, 2010

"Cities, Counties Take Back Corporate Tax Breaks," Associated Press, Jan. 3, 2010

"Mortgage foreclosures still swamping federal efforts to help," McClatchy Newspapers, Jan. 3, 2009

"Public Spending Still Key to Economic Recovery," by Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic & Policy Research, Jan. 3, 2009

"Mega Giant Corporations Are Very Bad for America," by Barry C. Lynn, AlterNet, Jan. 2, 2009

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Bush Accountability

"Yes, It Was Torture, and Illegal," New York Times editorial, Jan. 3, 2010

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International Affairs

"New Revelations Tear Holes in Nuclear Trigger Story," by Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service, Jan. 5, 2010

"'Orchard of fighters' grows out of poverty and mistrust in Yemen," Times Online/UK, Jan. 4, 2010

"From Coup-lite to Truth-lite: US Policy and Death Squad Democracy in Honduras," by Andrés Thomas Conteris, Common Dreams, Jan. 4, 2010

"Jordan emerges as key CIA counterterrorism ally," Washington Post, Jan. 4, 2010

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Multiple Deployments Lead to Major Increase in PTSD Cases, New Study Says," by Mary Susan Littlepage, Truthout, Jan. 5, 2010

"Blowback On the Border: The Purpose of the Terror War System," by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Jan. 4, 2010

"Afghan 'Dirty War' Escalates," by Douglas Valentine, Consortium News, Jan. 4, 2010

"Behind Afghan Bombing, an Agent With Many Loyalties," The New York Times, Jan. 4, 2010

"Are U.S. Forces Executing Afghan Kids?," by Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch, Jan. 4, 2010

"Surge in casualties predicted in Afghanistan," Army Times, Jan. 4, 2010

"The Pictures of War You Aren't Supposed to See," by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, Jan. 4, 2010

"Serial Catastrophes in Afghanistan threaten Obama Policy," by Juan Cole, Informed Comment, Jan. 4, 2010

"Many Karzai Afghan Cabinet Choices Are Rejected," The New York Times, Jan. 2, 2010

"Federal Judge Dismisses All Charges in Iraq Massacre," by Jeremy Scahill, The Nation, Dec. 31, 2009

"Welcome to Orwell's world," by John Pilger, The New Statesman, Dec. 30, 2009

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"The Criminalization of Protest," by Radley Balko, Reason, Jan., 2010

"Will Military Torture Be Transferred to the United States?," by Jeff Kaye, Firedoglake, Jan. 5, 2009

"TSA tries to assuage privacy concerns about full-body scans," Washington Post, Jan. 4, 2009

"What's Next: Muslim-Only Lines At Airports?," by Earl Ofari Hutchinson, New America Media, Jan. 1, 2009

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Environment and Sustainability

"2010 Year of Biodiversity Tries to Rein in Runaway Extinctions," Environment New Service, Jan. 4, 2010

"Climate change scepticism will increase hardship for world's poor: IPCC chief," Guardian/UK, Jan. 4, 2010

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