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ISSUES IN DEPTH
War And Profiteering
"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
"Cheney is Longtime Bad News for U.S.," by John Nichols, by the Madison Capital Times (Wisconsin), Jan. 16, 2007
"Bush administration provokes open war on Iran: Irbil raid, and other operations, authorized "several months ago," by Larry Chin, Global Research, Jan. 15, 2007
"Iran: The Next War," by James Bamford, Rolling Stone, July 24, 2006
Those Who Dared to Come Forward
Compilation of Washington insiders speaking out on Bush administration policies and actions
Project for the New American Century's Letter to President Clinton on Iraq, Jan. 26, 1998 Urges President Clinton to remove the threat that Iraq poses by stating a strategy to do so in his "upcoming State of the Union Address."
"Iraq On The Record," U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman report, March 16, 2004
"Greenspan Testimony Highlights Bush Plan for Deliberate Federal Bankruptcy," by Michael Meurer, truthout.org, March 2, 2004
"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 War & The Bush Administration's Pursuit of Global Domination," Counterpoint, Sept. 15, 2003
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
"Occupation, Inc." Southern Exposure, Winter, 2003/2004
"Pipeline Politics: Oil, The Taliban, and the Political Balance of Central Asia," World Press Review Special Report, Nov.-Dec. 2001
"War Profiteering," by The Nation editors, April 24, 2003
"An Annotated Saddam Chronology," ZNet, Dec. 15, 2003
"Martial Law Threat is Real," by Dave Lindorff, commondreams.org, July 27, 2007
"ACLU: US Constitution in Grave Danger,"United Press International, July 25, 2007
"Old-line Republican warns 'something's in the works' to trigger a police state," by Muriel Kane, Rawstory.com July 19, 2007
"Fascist America, in 10 easy steps," by Naomi Wolf, The Guardian, April 24, 2007
"Keeping Secrets: The Bush administration is doing the public's business out of the public eye. Here's how--and why," by Christopher H. Schmitt and Edward T. Pound, U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 12, 2003
"Fascism Anyone?" 14 Signs of Fascism, Free Inquiry Magazine, Volume 23, No. 2
"Germany In 1933: The Easy Slide Into Fascism," The Crisis Papers, June 9, 2003
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Prospects DimLast November, President Bush convened an international Middle East Peace conference in Annapolis, Md. The stated goal of the summit was to hammer out a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians before Bush leaves office in January 2009. But despite six trips to the Middle East by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to guide the process forward, there has been little apparent progress, although indirect talks have recently begun between Syria and Israel.
for Israeli- Palestinian Peace Accord
Interview with Jeff Halper,
director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions,
conducted by Scott Harris
Some important obstacles standing in the way of reaching a peace accord include Israel's widely condemned continual expansion of illegal settlements on Palestinian land. Many observers believe that a key player in the negotiations, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, may soon be forced from office due to a widening corruption investigation.
One positive development, a less than week-old ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas which controls Gaza, was jeopardized June 24 when Islamic Jihad launched rockets into southern Israel in retaliation for an Israeli raid in the West Bank. Meanwhile, diplomats from the "quartet" nations -- the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia -- meeting in Berlin, appealed for urgent, significant progress in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with professor Jeff Halper, director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, a nonviolent, direct-action group established to resist the Israeli military's destruction of Palestinian homes in the occupied territories. Dr. Halper, currently on a visit to the U.S., explains why he sees little chance for success in reaching a peace accord this year, until Israel ends its occupation of Palestinian land.
Visit the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions' website at icahd.org. Halper is the author of "An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel".
Western Oil CompaniesNews reports last week revealed that four major western oil companies, along with several other smaller firms, are now in the final stages of negotiating no-bid contracts to service Iraq's existing oil fields. These companies: Exxon-Mobil, Shell, Total and British Petroleum were the original partners in the Iraq Petroleum Company that were thrown out of Iraq when Saddam Hussein nationalized his nation's oil resources in 1972. These multinational companies won out over more than 40 others, including oil firms from China, Russia and India.
Return to Iraq
with No-Bid Contracts
Interview with Antonia Juhasz,
fellow with Oil Change International,
conducted by Scott Harris
With one or two-year service contracts expected to be finalized by the end of June, these international oil giants will now have an advantage in securing long-term agreements from the Iraqi government to develop profitable large new oil fields. Senate Democrats have appealed to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to block the no bid contracts, fearing that without a wider framework the entry of western oil companies will increase tensions in Iraq.
Separately, the Iraqi parliament is considering a controversial new hydrocarbon law -- supported by the Bush administration -- that would take the majority of the nation's oil out of the exclusive hands of the government and open it to development by private oil companies. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Antonia Juhasz, a fellow with Oil Change International, who discusses the no-bid oil service contracts and the larger issue of who will eventually control Iraq's energy resources, the second largest reserves in the world.
Antonia Juhasz is author of the forthcoming book, "The Tyranny of Oil: The World's Most Powerful Industry and What We Must Do To Stop It." Contact Oil Change International by calling (202) 518-9029 or visit the group's website at www.priceofoil.org
Obama Declines Public Funds,Last week, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama declined $85 million in public money for the 2008 general election campaign, making him the first presidential candidate to do so since the system was put in place in the mid-1970s. This will allow him to raise unlimited funds, a task where he has exceeded expectations and broken all previous political fundraising records.
But Pledges to Repair
Campaign Financing System
Interview with Nick Nyhart
executive director of the Public Campaign Action Fund,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus
Obama raised almost $300 million from 1.5 million contributors during the primary campaign. Some observers predict that he could raise another $200 million to $300 million from an even larger pool of donors by Election Day. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, has said he will accept the public money, which means he can't fundraise privately as an individual candidate. The public funds come from the voluntary $3 check-off that only ten percent of U.S. income tax filers approve each year.
Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Nick Nyhart, executive director of the Public Campaign Action Fund, which advocates for public financing for all state and federal elections, not just presidential contests. He explains that the public financing funds Obama turned down are just one source in the race to amass huge campaign war chests, and that legislation now before Congress would update and improve the 30-year-old law, making it more appealing to successful fundraisers like Obama.
Contact Public Campaign by calling (202) 293-0222 or visit their website at www.publiccampaign.org
This week's summary
of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
Executive producer: Scott Harris
Segment producers: Scott Harris, Melinda Tuhus
Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
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"In Unity, New Hampshire, Clinton And Obama Set New Tone," The New York Times, June 27, 2008
"Congress Still Corrupt And Useless," by Marc Ash, Truthout, June 26, 2008
"Party Crashing: How The Facebook Generation Does Politics," by Courtney E. Martin, AlterNet, June 26, 2008
"Why McCain Is Losing," by Chris Bowers, Open Left, June 25, 2008
"The Money Laundering Operation At The Heart Of The Democratic Party," by Matt Stoller, Open Left, June 25, 2008
"The Obama Accountability Movement Begins," by Matt Stoller, Open Left, June 25, 2008
"Obama Tilts Toward Center, Irking Some Activists," Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2008
"The Democrats Betray The Fourth Amendment," by Anthony Gregory, Independent Institute, June 24, 2008
"Ban Torture For Security's Sake, Coalition Tells Bush," Christian Science Monitor, June 27, 2008
"Addington, Yoo Dodge Questions On Torture," by Christopher Kuttruff, Truthout, June 26, 2008
"Blackout At The EPA: Bush's Strange Claim Of Executive Privilege," by Christopher Brauchli, Counterpunch, June 25, 2008
"White House Refused To Open Pollutants Email," The New York Times, June 25, 2008
"Time For A Grand inquest Into Bush's High Crimes," by Robert Borosage, Campaign for America's Future, June 25, 2008
"The 'W.' Stands For 'War Criminal,'" by Nat Hentoff, Vilage Voice, June 24, 2008
"Retired General: 'The Current Administration Has Committed War Crimes,'" by Amy Goodman & Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now!, June 23, 2008
American Empire/War Profiteering
"Preparing The Battlefield: The Bush Administration: The Bush Administration Steps Up Its Secret Moves Against Iran," by Seymour Hersh, The New Yorker, July 7, 2008
"The Nuclear Expert Who Never Was," by Scott Ritter, TruthDig, June 26, 2008
"War Contracting Gone Bad," by Matthew Blake, Washington Independent, June 25, 2008
"A New Solidarity," by Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation, June 24, 2008
"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan
"Pentagon: Taliban Resurgent While We're Tied Down In Iraq," by smintheus, Daily Kos, June 28, 2008
"Iraqi Military Unable To Hold Mosul," UPI, June 26, 2008
"Three U.S. Soldiers Killed as Iraq Violence Escalates," Independent/UK, June 26, 2008
"3 Marines Killed In Attack On Iraq Officials," Associated Press, June 26, 2008
"Clashes With U.S. Forces Kill 9 Civilians In Iraq," Los Angeles Times, June 25, 2008
Civil Liberties/ Human Rights
"Muslim Physicist Says Feds Retaliated Against Him," Associated Press, June 26, 2008
"Guantanamo Detainee To File Habeas Petition," Washington Post, June 26, 2008
"Anti-Torture Campaign Wins Influential Backers," by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, June 26, 2008
"Scalia Cites False Information In Habeas Corpus Dissent," by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, June 25, 2008
"U.S. Border Agents Copying contents Of Travelers' Laptops," McClatchy Newspapers, June 25, 2008
"Court: NSA Can Refuse To Say If Lawyers Wiretapped," Associated Press, June 25, 2008
"Gitmo Detainee's Lawyer 'Not Allowed To Tell Him' He's No Longer An 'Enemy Combatant,'" by Ben, Think Progress, June 25, 2008
"The Torture Trainers And The American Psychologist Association: How Psychologists Have Abetted The CIA," by Stephen Soldz, Counterpunch, June 24, 2008
"New Gitmo Commander Won't Meet Prisoners," Associated Press, June 24, 2008
Environment and Sustainability
"Home-Grown Veg Ruined By Toxic Fertilizer," by Caroline Arnold, Guardianm/UK, June 29, 2008
"Greenpeace Crashes Coal Meeting Using Phony Front," Associated Press, June 26, 2008
"U.N. Says Toxic Waste Exports On Rise," Associated Press, June 26, 2008
"Main Activists Win First Victory As Water Deal Vote Is Delayed," Portland Press Herald (Maine), June 26, 2008
"Why Floods Are Getting Worse," by Richard Mertens, Christian Science Monitor, June 25, 2008
"The Yellow Press," by William S. Lind, Antiwar.com, June 27, 2008
"Real Journalists Don't Make $5 Million A Year," by Chris Hedges, TruthDig, June 26, 2008
"War Protesters Take Their Cause To The Mall," Newsday, June 28, 2008
"Antiwar Groups Gathering In Cleveland," Cleveland Plain Dealer, June 26, 2008
"What Is To Be Done? Assessing the Antiwar Movement," by Matthew Smucker, Common Dreams, June 26, 2008
"Antiwar Soldier Jonathan Hutto: People, Not Politicians, Will End War In Iraq," by Liliana Segura, AlterNet, June 25, 2008