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

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Civil Liberties

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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

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"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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Deaths of 3 U.S. Soldiers Exposes
Obama's Secret War in Pakistan

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Interview with Juan Cole,
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at the University of Michigan,
conducted by Scott Harris


As President Obama moves ahead with his deployment of 30,000 additional U.S. troops to the war in Afghanistan, growing American involvement in Pakistan's war with the Taliban is no longer a secret. Three U.S. soldiers involved in training Pakistan's Frontier Corps were killed, along with four others on Feb. 3 by a bomb attack outside a girls' school in the country's northwest. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and maintained that the Americans killed were working for Blackwater International, the security company accused of unprovoked violence in Iraq, that has since changed its name to Xe.

The Americans were part of a convoy driving to an inauguration ceremony at a girls' school, which had been destroyed by the Taliban, but recently rebuilt with funds from Washington. The bombing killed three girls inside the school and one Frontier Corps member riding in the convoy, and injured 130 others.

The attack occurred in the same region where Pakistani troops battled Taliban militants last summer. President Obama has launched more unmanned Predator drone strikes targeting the Taliban and al Qaeda in Pakistan in his first eight months in office, than were authorized by President Bush in the previous two years.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Juan Cole, professor of history at the University of Michigan who assesses the concern that the Obama administration is expanding a secret war in Pakistan, provoking growing ostility toward America among Pakistanis.

Juan Cole's latest book is titled, "Engaging the Muslim World." Visit his website, Informed Comment, Thoughts on the Middle East, History and Religion, at

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Goldstone Defends International Law
and Accountability for War Crimes in Gaza

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head of United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict,
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South African Judge Richard Goldstone has a long and distinguished career serving on his own country's post-apartheid Constitutional Court -- and also on the tribunals investigating war crimes in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. But he is best known as the jurist who headed up an investigation into possible war crimes by both Israel and Hamas, which controls Gaza, during Israel's three-week invasion of Gaza in the winter of 2009. His report, released in September, found that both governments had violated international law, but came down most heavily on Israel, calling the actions of the Israel Defense Forces disproportionate. During the conflict 1,300 Palestinians in Gaza were killed -- more than half non-combatants, including several hundred children. The report also accuses Hamas of targeting rocket fire on civilians, in which 13 Israelis died -- a 100 to 1 ratio.

The Goldstone Report recommended that Israel and Hamas each conduct its own credible investigation within six months, or face charges at the International Criminal Court or ICC. The six months are now up, and while both governments have conducted reviews, neither has so far found fault with its own conduct during the invasion. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon released a report on Feb. 5 saying that neither investigation was far enough along to be able to draw conclusions on whether Israel or Hamas should be referred to the ICC.

In prepared remarks at Yale University on Jan. 27, Goldstone spoke generally about the modern development of laws relating to armed conflict, focusing on universal jurisdiction, proportionality, equality and "complementarity," as well as addressing issues specific to the Israel/Gaza conflict.
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Haitians Angry Over Delays
in Distribution of International Aid

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Interview with Kim Ives,
editor with the newspaper Haiti Liberte,
conducted by Scott Harris


More than three weeks after the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, the death toll is estimated at 230,000. Three hundred thousand people in the capital Port-au-Prince and surrounding cities and towns have been injured with another one million left homeless. As international aid pours into the devastated nation, many Haitians are complaining that a failure to coordinate has hampered the distribution of water, food and medical care.

Anger at Haitian President Rene Preval, who has rarely been seen during the crisis, has triggered several protests at government buildings and a march on the U.S. embassy. With catastrophic conditions in Haiti likely to persist for months or years to come, commentators and some within non-governmental organizations and United Nations are openly suggesting that the U.N. assume a trusteeship over Haiti for the next several years until the nation recovers.

The Group of 7 or G-7 nations has pledged to cancel Haiti's debt owed to the International Monetary Fund. In September 2009, the Obama administration concluded an agreement to eliminate all of the Haitian government's outstanding debt to the U.S. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Kim Ives, an editor with the newspaper Haiti Liberte who recently returned from a visit to Haiti. He discusses the ongoing problems of aid distribution to earthquake survivors and the obstacles and opportunities for re-building the impoverished nation.

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International Affairs

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"Why Washington 'Cares' About Honduras and Haiti," by Mark Weisbrot, Counterpunch, Feb. 5-7, 2010

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

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"School bombing exposes Obama's secret war inside Pakistan," Times Online/UK, Feb. 7, 2010

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