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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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Posted Feb. 3, 2010

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For The Week Ending Feb. 12, 2010


HOWARD ZINN, 1922-2010
Historian, activist, and author
of "A People's History of the United States"

Like many in our audience, the producers of Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine were saddened to hear the news of professor Howard Zinn's death.

Throughout his career, Howard Zinn chronicled the history of our nation from an objective perspective that discarded the jingoism and triumphalism that characterizes most other standard works of American history -- as seen in his groundbreaking and widely read book, "A People's History of the United States." What made Zinn's work so compelling is that he wrote about world events, not from the perspective of kings, queens, presidents, and corporate CEOs, but from regular people who are the true engines of history.

Zinn not only wrote about history, he was an active participant in shaping history through his activism, fighting for peace and justice, from the Vietnam War era to Ronald Reagan's covert wars to overthrow governments in Central America to the Bush (father and son's) wars in the Persian Gulf. No stranger to police batons, tear gas and jail cells, Howard frequently put his body on the line for his beliefs.

Always an enthusiastic and generous supporter of independent media, Zinn drove down from Boston to appear at a public forum organized by WPKN radio on the "Crisis in U.S. Democracy" in New Haven during the mid-1990s -- and always made time to appear as a guest on our radio programs, including Between The Lines.

Howard Zinn was a unique individual in our nation's history, embodying the noble values and character the United States should strive to represent.

We feel privileged to have known professor Zinn and will miss him.

Scott Harris,
for the Between The Lines crew

Click on the links below to hear interviews and a talk by Howard Zinn recorded and produced by the Between The Lines crew.

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Publicly Funded Elections Remedy
for Supreme Court Decision Unleashing Corporate Money

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Interview with Nick Nyhart,
president and CEO of Public Campaign,
conducted by Scott Harris


When President Obama delivered his State of the Union address to Congress on Jan. 27, he surprised many observers by directly criticizing the Supreme Court majority, whose justices were seated directly before him, for their ruling in the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission case. By a 5 to 4 decision, the court decided to overturn 100 years of law to remove restrictions on campaign spending by corporations, labor unions and non-profit groups, declaring these limits violated the First Amendment's free speech principles.

In his speech, Obama said, "I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities." Obama then urged Congress to pass legislation "that helps to right this wrong." To that end, a number of proposals have been raised to mitigate the impact of the court's decision. They include measures to give shareholders more power over corporate political spending, require companies that pay for candidate advertising to identify themselves, and restrict corporations with big government contracts from buying campaign ads. Other groups are promoting an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are entitled to constitutional rights.

Another approach being put forward would establish a system of publicly funded elections. The Fair Elections Now Act, introduced in both the House and Senate, would encourage federal candidates to raise a large number of small contributions from their communities in order to qualify for public funds for their campaigns. Matching funds would be available to candidates facing well-financed opponents or who are targeted by local or national groups. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Nick Nyhart, president and CEO of the group, Public Campaign, who explains the impact of the Supreme Court decision and how the Fair Elections Now Act could be an immediate remedy.

Contact the coalition of more than 35 groups advocating public campaign financing at (202) 293-0222 or visit their website at

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Obama Embraces Nuclear Power to
Cut Deal on Weakened Climate Change Bill

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Interview with Michael Marriotte,
executive director of Nuclear Information and Resource Service,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


In his state of the union address on Jan. 27th, President Obama called for an increase in federal loan guarantees to build new nuclear power plants, which he said would help produce clean energy and address the problem of climate change. He made the proposal despite a recent rash of leaks of radioactive tritium at 27 of the nation's 104 nuclear reactors, and despite his administration's decision to end the decades' long push to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada without an alternative site. Obama has appointed a commission to study the issue, but has not appointed any critics of nuclear power to sit on the panel.

In reaction to his support for nuclear power, proponents of clean energy technologies sent thousands of letters to the president demanding he withdraw his proposed federal loan guarantees to build new nuclear reactors.

Opponents assert that nuclear power will only worsen the planet's climate change crisis by diverting tens of billions of dollars that could otherwise be spent on safe, clean, cost-effective energy sources.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Michael Marriotte, executive director of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, about the administration's push for more nuclear power plants, despite candidate Obama's opposition to taxpayer subsidies for nuclear power and concerns about the technology's safety.
Contact the The Nuclear Information and Resource Service's Maryland office at (301) 270-6477 or visit their website at

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Historian Howard Zinn Remembered
as a People's Hero

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Interview with Daniel Ellsberg,
a former U.S. government military analyst and "The Pentagon Papers" whistleblower
conducted by Scott Harris


Historian and activist Howard Zinn, author of "A People's History of the United States," which has sold nearly 2 million copies, died on Jan. 27. Throughout his career, Zinn chronicled the history of our nation from a perspective that discarded the jingoism and triumphalism that characterizes most other standard works of American history. What made his writing so compelling is that he wrote about world events, not from the perspective of kings, queens, presidents, and corporate CEOs, but from regular people who are the true engines of history. MIT professor Noam Chomsky, a longtime friend, said Zinn's writings changed the perspective and understanding of history for a whole generation.

Professor Zinn not only wrote about history, he was a participant in shaping history through his uncompromising advocacy for peace and social justice. After serving in the Army Air Forces as a bombardier during World War II, he became chairman of the history department at Spelman College, a historically black institution for women in Atlanta, where he planned and participated in civil rights protests. From the Vietnam War era to Ronald Reagan's covert wars in Central America to the Bush (father and son's) wars in the Persian Gulf, Zinn was no stranger to activism, police batons, tear gas and jail cells, often putting himself at risk for his beliefs.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Daniel Ellsberg a former government military analyst who in 1971 leaked the now-famous Vietnam war era "Pentagon Papers" to the press. The documents chronicled the lies and deceit employed by the government to justify U.S. military intervention in Southeast Asian wars. Here, Ellsberg reflects on the life and work of his late friend Howard Zinn whom he describes as his hero.

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • U.S. military and intelligence agents are deeply embedded in covert operations in Yemen that have, since mid-December, killed half of the top leadership of local affiliate of al-Qaeda. ("U.S. Military Teams, Intelligence Deeply Involved in Aiding Yemen on Strikes," Washington Post, Jan. 27, 2010)
  • The World Wildlife Foundation estimates the oil industry in the Niger Delta spills 1.5 million tons of oil a year, the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Shell Petroleum, a division of Royal Dutch Shell, consistently blames independence rebels for oil spills, while Nigerian activists blame contractors for lighting the oil fires. "Shell Games in Nigeria," The Nation, Jan. 4, 2010)
  • The Democratic Socialists of America chapter in southeastern Michigan has helped mobilize a swing constituency for Democrats in state legislative elections, even though it has been shunned by consultants from the Democratic National Committee. ("Mobilized in Motor City," In These Times, January 2010, p.20-23)

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U.S. Politics

"Large Portion Of GOP Thinks Obama Is Racist, Socialist, Non-U.S. Citizen: Poll," by Sam Stein, Huffington Post, Feb. 2, 2010

"'Peace Prize' President Submits Largest War Budget Ever," Reuters, Feb. 1, 2010

"Obama's meager pitch meets a brick wall," by Robert Kuttner, Boston Globe, Jan. 31, 2010

"Why the Tea Party Convention is tea-tering on the edge," Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 30, 2010

"Taxing the Rich Wins in Oregon," by Shamus Cooke, Counterpunch, Jan. 28, 2010

"10 Ways to Stop Corporate Dominance of Politics," by Fran Korten, Yes! Magazine, Jan. 28, 2010

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"No Help in Sight, More Homeowners Walk Away," The New York Times, Feb. 2, 2010

"The Bernanke Disaster: The Road to Debt Peonage," by Michael Hudson, Counterpunch, Feb. 2, 2010

"A Proposal for Genuine Financial Reform," by Marshall Auerback, Counterpunch, Feb. 1, 2010

"US Households Struggle to Afford Food: Survey," Reuters, Jan. 26, 2010

"An Interview with Doug Henwood: Why the Stimulus Falls Short," by Joshua Frank, Counterpunch, Jan. 29-31, 2010

"Hey Obama, Corporate Tax Cuts Can't Save Jobs," by Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog, Jan. 29, 2010

"Homeless Often Hidden in Tennessee," by John Mottern, Truthout, Jan. 29, 2010

"A Colossal Failure Of Governance: The Reappointment of Ben Bernanke," by Simon Johnson, Baseline Scenario, Jan. 28, 2010

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Bush Accountability

"Margolis Moves to Exonerate Yoo and Bybee, as Criminal Investigation Opens in Spain," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Feb. 1, 2010

" Mock this campaign if you like, but how else can Blair be held to account?," by George Mobiot, Guardian/UK, Feb. 1, 2010

"Holder/DoJ Cover-up on Torture Memos Investigation: Who is David Margolis?," by Jeff Kaye, Invictus, Jan. 31, 2010

"Spanish Judge to Probe Guantanamo Torture Claims," Agence France Presse, Jan. 31, 2010

"John Yoo's explanation of the purpose of the Torture Memos, and their actual purpose," by Jack Balkin, Balkinization, Jan. 30, 2010

"Justice Official Clears Bush Lawyers in Torture Memo Probe," by Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman, Newsweek, Jan. 29, 2010

"Remember the illegal destruction of Iraq?," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Jan. 29, 2010

"Justice Department Clears Torture Memo Authors John Yoo, Jay Bybee of Misconduct," by Jason Leopold, Truthout, Jan. 29, 2010

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International Affairs

"Detente with Iran recedes as US strengthens Gulf defences," Guardian/UK, Feb. 1, 2010

"U.S. Pushes Back Against China in Growing Rift," The New York Times, Jan. 31, 2010

"Senate Quietly Passes Iran Sanctions Bill," by Grace Huang, Truthout, Jan. 30, 2010

"Why does the US turn a blind eye to Israeli bulldozers?," by Robert Fisk, Independent/UK, Jan. 30, 2010

"Thousands Protest in Tokyo Against U.S. Military Presence in Japan," Daily Telegraph/UK, Jan. 30, 2010

"'Nobel Peace Prize-winner Barack Obama ups spending on nuclear weapons to even more than George Bush,'" Daily Mail/UK, Jan. 29, 2010

"Obama to seek major increase in nuclear weapons funding," McClatchy Newspapers, Jan. 29, 2010

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Washington's Refusal to Talk about Drone Strikes in Pakistan Meets Growing Opposition,", Feb. 2, 2010

"The Murderous Mystique of JSOC," by Stan Goff, Counterpunch, Feb. 1, 2010

"AP source: DOJ probing alleged Blackwater payments," Associated Press, Feb. 1, 2010

"Afghan government pursues talks with Taliban leaders," McClatchy Newspapers, Feb. 1, 2010

"Afghanistan's corruption poses dilemma for U.S. military," Washington Post, Jan. 31, 2010

"4 Afghan troops killed in friendly fire incident," Washington Post, Jan. 31, 2010

"US Marines Facing a 'Different War' in Afghanistan," Agence France Presse, Jan. 31, 2010

"To gasps from the gallery, Blair said we should be proud of the war," Independent/UK, Jan. 30, 2010

"Blackwater's Youngest Victim," by Jeremy Scahill, The Nation, Jan. 29, 2010

"Blood is His Argument: Tony Blair's Gentle Cuddling at Iraq 'Inquiry,'" by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Jan. 29, 2010

"Obama's Secret Prisons: Night Raids, Hidden Detention Centers, the 'Black Jail,' and the Dogs of War in Afghanistan," by Tom Engelhardt & Anand Gopal, TomDispatch, Jan. 28, 2010

"NATO To Endorse U.S. Escalation Despite Rising Public Opposition," by Tom Hayden, The Nation, Jan. 28, 2010

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"What exactly did Bush and Cheney do wrong?," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Feb. 2, 2010

"Susan Collins spreads central myth about the Constitution," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Feb. 1, 2010

"Nostalgia for Bush/Cheney radicalism," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Jan. 31, 2010

"A Marine Biologist Scopes Out 'Camp No,'" by Scott Horton, Harper's, Jan. 29, 2010

"Obama's Secret Afghan Prisons," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Jan. 29, 2010

"Soldier Marc Hall's Rap Protest Song Against His Stop-Loss Orders Lands Him in Jail," by Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch, Jan. 28, 2010

"The Value of Government Surveillance of Citizens," by Jacob G. Hornberger, Future of Freedom Foundation, Jan. 27, 2010

"Kiriakou Recants," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Jan. 27, 2010

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Environment and Sustainability

"Global warming makes trees grow at fastest rate for 200 years," Independent/UK, Feb. 2, 2010

"Obama orders cut in federal government's greenhouse-gas emissions," Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 29, 2010

"To Curb Climate Change, We Need to Protect Water," by Maude Barlow, On the Commons/Canada, Jan. 19, 2010

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"Single Payer Docs Arrested Outside Baltimore Hotel While Obama Speaking to Republicans," Single Payer Action, Jan. 29, 2010

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