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"Pipeline Politics: Oil, The Taliban, and the Political Balance of Central Asia," World Press Review Special Report, Nov.-Dec. 2001

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"Martial Law Threat is Real," by Dave Lindorff,, 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, July 19, 2007

"Fascist America, in 10 easy steps," by Naomi Wolf, The Guardian, April 24, 2007

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"Germany In 1933: The Easy Slide Into Fascism," The Crisis Papers, June 9, 2003

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For The Week Ending Oct. 24, 2008


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'New Deal' Solutions Needed to Confront
Current Financial Meltdown

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Interview with Ross Eisenbrey,
vice-president of the Economic Policy Institute,
conducted by Scott Harris


One week after a record decline in the U.S. stock market, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rebounded with a 936-point rally on Oct. 13. But despite market gains, many economists predict that markets will continue their roller-coaster ride until confidence returns.

When it appeared that the $700 billion bailout package recently passed by Congress to buy up toxic mortgage-backed securities wasn't enough to reverse the panic in world markets, the Treasury Department announced that it would begin purchasing equity shares in nine of the top U.S. banks as part of a new plan to reassure nervous lenders. European nations also pledged billions of dollars to shore up their troubled financial institutions.

Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain came forward with their own plans to address the financial crisis that is now hammering Americans struggling to keep their homes and protect their savings. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ross Eisenbrey, vice president with the Economic Policy Institute, who talks about the financial crisis' affect on America's working class, and government policies that could be implemented to help the most vulnerable citizens weather the storm and avert future financial meltdowns.

Contact the Economic Policy Institute at (202) 775-8810 or visit their website at

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Criminal Justice Reform Overlooked
in this Presidential Campaign

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Interview with Marc Mauer,
executive director of the Sentencing Project,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Criminal justice issues haven't played much of a role in this year's presidential campaign. But with more than 2 million Americans incarcerated at a cost of about $30,000 per person annually and with racial inequities rampant in the system, the issue is one of grave importance, both from a financial and human rights standpoint. The U.S. now spends $65 billion a year on incarceration, more than any other nation in the world.

Among the Republican and Democratic presidential and vice presidential candidates, Democrat Joe Biden had the most active role on these issues, being lead sponsor of the omnibus crime bill that promoted more policing, more incarceration and enhanced use of the federal death penalty. But he has also been a supporter of some important reform bills (which have yet to pass), such as equalizing penalties for possession of crack cocaine and powder cocaine and addressing racial bias in the criminal justice system. Sarah Palin is on record supporting the death penalty, but doesn't have much of a record on other criminal justice issues.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project, about the voting records of presidential candidates Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain on criminal justice issues. He addresses the clear differences between the two, while pointing out that Obama has moved toward the center on some of his positions since he began his bid for the White House.

To see a chart listing Obama and McCain's positions on nine criminal justice-related issues, visit the group's website at or call (202) 628-0871.

GOP Threat of Another Stolen Election
Prompts Lawsuit in Ohio

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Interview with author and professor of media and culture Mark Crispin Miller,
conducted by Scott Harris


Ever since the 2000 presidential election debacle in Florida -- the winner of which was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court -- the integrity of American elections has been in doubt. In 2002, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act, which allocated millions of dollars for the purchase of electronic voting machines, which came with privatized software systems and vulnerability to manipulation, creating another set of problems and mistrust.

The Help America Vote Act also asked states to remove the names of voters who have died, moved out of state or no longer qualify to vote. BBC-TV investigative reporter Greg Palast, who first reported the illegal purging of voters in Florida prior to the 2000 election, has been raising the alarm about a similar pattern of voter purges in key battleground states in advance of this year's presidential ballot. Now, the New York Times has picked up the story and recently confirmed that tens of thousands of voters in at least six swing states have been removed from the rolls or have been blocked from registering in ways that appear to violate federal law. Because of the Democratic Party's success at registering hundreds of thousands of new voters this year, the culling of the voting rolls will disproportionately affect voters backing Barack Obama.

Mark Crispin Miller, professor of media, culture and communication at New York University, is the editor of a new book titled, "Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy 2000-2008." Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Miller about the evidence he says suggests that a concerted effort is being made by the Republican Party to change the outcome of this November's election, including efforts possibly now underway, to steal the election by rigging the electronic vote.

Visit Miller's website at

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  • Karl Rove's cyber strategy to illegally manipulate elections and the Ohio lawsuit underway at:

This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Former president of Finland, Martti Ahtisaari, has won the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize for decades of backroom diplomacy to resolve heated conflicts in southern Africa, Kosovo and the breakaway Aceh region in Indonesia. ("Finnish Diplomat Martti Ahtisaari Wins Nobel Peace Prize," Los Angeles Times, Oct. 11, 2008; "Former Finnish President Wins Nobel Peace Prize," New York Times, Oct. 11, 2008)
  • America's first regional carbon cap-and-trade scheme has been launched by 10 northeastern states. ("This Little Carbon Went to Market," The Grist, Sept. 24, 2008)
  • In many industrial battleground states, union activists are going door-to-door to boost the turnout for Democrat Barack Obama, but are running into resistance in white working class neighborhoods. ("Unions Talk Race as Election Nears," Labor Notes, Oct. 7, 2008)

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"Greg Palast and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: 'Steal Back Your Vote!,'" by Sari Gelzer, Truthout, Oct. 14, 2008

"The Permanent (Smear) Campaign," by Paul Waldman, The American Prospect, Oct. 14, 2008

"War Hero or War Criminal? McCain and Rolling Thunder" by Robert Richter, Counterpunch, Oct. 14, 2008

"A Dose of Reality on the ACORN Hysteria," by Zachary Roth, Talking Points Memo, Oct. 13, 2008

"McCain's Mob," by E.J. Dionne, TruthDig, Oct. 13, 2008

"Reversal of Fortune," by Joseph Stiglitz, Vanity Fair, Oct. 13, 2008

"Ohio GOP Plays Voter Fraud Card," Associated Press, Oct. 13, 2008

"EFCA, The Economy, Obama and Labor?," by Steve Early, ZNet, Oct. 12, 2008

"Private sector loans, not Fannie or Freddie, triggered crisis," McClatchy Newspapers, Oct. 12, 2008

"How World Leaders Can Reverse the Economic Meltdown," by Dean Baker and Mark Weisbrot, Campaign for America's Future, Oct. 12, 2008

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Bush Regime

"Deregulation era ends as government buys stakes in banks," McClatchy Newspapers, Oct. 14, 2008

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American Empire/War Profiteering

"Bush Doctrine Becomes DoD Dogma," by William Pfaff, TruthDig, Oct. 14, 2008

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Iraqi VP: U.S., Iraq won't reach accord on troops this year," McClatchy Newspapers, Oct. 13, 2008

"Pogrom Against Mosul's Christians: Iraqis Stay in Exile; Too Terrified to Return," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Oct. 13, 2008

"War in the Time of Cholera: Corruption and Dirty Water," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, Oct. 10/12, 2008

"The Surge That Failed: Afghanistan under the Bombs," by Tom Engelhardt & Anand Gopal,, Oct. 9, 2008

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"University Student To Plead Not Guilty To Terrorism Charges," Minnesota Daily, Oct. 14, 2008

"We're Not in Kansas Anymore," by Sean Gonsalves, Common Dreams, Oct. 14, 2008

"Public at last: Guantanamo's SERE Standard Operating Procedures," by Stephen Soldz, Counterpunch, Oct. 13, 2008

"Guantanamo Prosecutor Who Quit Had 'Grave Misgivings' About Fairness," Los Angeles Times, Oct. 12, 2008

"Spying on Activists Discussed at Forum," Washington Post, Oct. 11, 2008

"Why We Should Care About The NSA Story," by Jack Balkin, Balkinization, Oct. 11, 2008

"Exclusive: Inside Account of U.S. Eavesdropping on Americans," ABC News, Oct. 9, 2008

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Environment and Sustainability

"It's the Green Economy, Stupid," by Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect, Oct. 14, 2008

"This stock collapse is petty when compared to the nature crunch," by George Monbiot, Guardian/UK, Oct. 14, 2008

"Dear Mr. Next President -- Food, Food, Food," by Michael Pollan, The New York Times, Oct. 14, 2008

"The Business of Saving the Earth," by Chris Wood, The Wakrus, Oct. 14, 2008

"Ecologists Raise Alarm Ahead of UN Climate Summit," Agence France Presse, Oct. 14, 2008

"Fiscal woes could delay climate change efforts," San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 13, 2008

"EPA Ignores the Toxic Threat in Our Drinking Water," by Brian Moench, Salt Lake Tribune, Oct. 13, 2008

"Supreme Court May Bar Groups From Contesting Federal Rules," Environment News Service, Oct. 9, Oct. 13, 2008

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Media Issues

"AT&T Promises Not To Spy on You... Sort of," by Timothy Karr, Huffington Post, Oct. 13, 2008

"Bill Kristol in a nutshell," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Oct. 12, 2008

"Boys' night out: 'The Politico guys,' Rove's top disciple and how our press corps works," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Oct. 12, 2008

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"Defending ACORN and the Right to Vote," by Laura Flanders, GRITtv, Oct. 14, 2008

"The Screen Actors' Guild and the Machinists: A Tale of Two Unions," by David Macaray, Counterpunch, Oct. 14, 2008

"Antiwar activists gather on Common," Boston Globe, Oct. 12, 2008

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