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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, November-December 2001

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The Global Economic Crisis
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Banks That Triggered Financial Collapse
Push Back Against Proposed New Regulations

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Interview with Les Leopold,
author of the book, "The Looting of America:
How Wall Street's Game of Fantasy Finance
Destroyed Our Jobs, Pensions and Prosperity," conducted by Scott Harris


With the national debate on health care reform set for a likely congressional vote before the end of the year, the issue of establishing new banking regulations is now coming into focus. One year after the financial meltdown that ushered in the worst U.S. economic downturn since the Great Depression, the Obama administration and Congress have set their sights on passing laws to rein in the risky behavior of financial institutions that were deemed too big to fail during the 2008 financial collapse. Obama, reacting to public anger, has recently imposed caps on executive salaries and bonuses in banks receiving billions of dollars in government bailout funds.

Legislation being proposed would force the nation's largest banks and investment firms to hold more funds in reserve and make it more difficult to engage in casino-like behavior with other people's money. But some observers say the administration' proposed new regulations don't go far enough, and instead favor breaking up the big banks, making it less likely that taxpayers would in the future be called to pay for another trillion dollar bailout.

But the nation's financial institutions, blamed for bringing down the economy, are now gearing up to use their enormous wealth to fight new regulations. The loss of jobs, homes and savings motivated an estimated 5,000 activists, many of them union members, to protest in the streets of Chicago during the recent annual convention of the American Bankers' Association. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Les Leopold, author of the new book, "The Looting of America: How Wall Street's Game of Fantasy Finance Destroyed Our Jobs, Pensions and Prosperity and What We Can Do About It," who talks about the fight ahead on re-regulating America's banks.
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Suspended Member of Afghan Parliament
Condemns Karzai, Warlords, U.S. Occupation

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Interview with Malalai Joya,
former member of the Afghanistan Parliament
and author,
conducted by Scott Harris


As President Obama considered the adoption of a new strategy in Afghanistan which could include the deployment of 40,000 or more additional U.S. troops, October became the deadliest month for Americans in the eight-year war. Eight American soldiers died in two bomb blasts on Oct. 27, preceded by the deaths of 11 U.S. troops and 3 drug enforcement agents in two separate helicopter crashes.

The Obama administration has delayed making a decision about sending additional forces to Afghanistan, partly based on the political uncertainty tied to the results of the Aug. 20 Afghan presidential election. Widespread evidence of vote-rigging and fraud has forced incumbent President Hamid Karzai into a Nov. 7 runoff election with his second place challenger, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Malalai Joya, a critic of the U.S., NATO and Afghanistan's powerful warlords, who became the youngest person elected to Afghanistan's new Parliament in 2005. Two years later, she was suspended from the legislative body for her persistent criticism of the warlords and drug barons. A survivor of four assassination attempts, she has written a new book, "A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice." Here Malalai explains why she stands in opposition to the continued U.S. occupation of her nation, President Karzai and his challenger Abdullah Abdullah.

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West Virginia Activist Battles
Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

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Talk by activist Larry Gibson,
recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus


Coal-fired power plants produce almost half the energy used in the U.S., and create almost 40 percent of global warming carbon emissions, as well as many other toxic pollutants, including mercury. It's also a dirty deal at the production end, especially the relatively new method of coal extraction known as mountaintop removal mining. That's where coal companies, using tons of explosives, blast the tops off Appalachian mountain ridges to get at the thin seams of coal underneath. They drop the resulting rocks and clay into the valleys below, burying streams and brooks. So far, the process has destroyed more than 800 square miles of land and buried more than a thousand miles of waterways. Coal companies also inject toxic coal slurry into the mountains, where it poses a risk of spilling onto the countryside below, threatening homes and schools.

Larry Gibson lived with his extended family on the top of Kayford Mountain in southern West Virginia for generations, until land companies swindled his relatives out of their property and leased it to Massey Energy. The company blasted the top off the mountain and created a huge moonscape where a diverse ecosystem used to exist. Gibson has held onto a tiny piece of property, where he hosts both locals and visitors who want to see what mountain-top removal has done to the land.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus visited Gibson on Kayford Mountain and recorded a talk he gave to 100 college students on Oct. 17 who were there as part of Mountain Justice Fall Summit. What follows is a short excerpt.

Contact Larry Gibson at (304) 542-1134 or visit his website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Higher oil prices and new drilling technology has renewed oil company interest in exploiting Alaska's untapped off-shore oil fields. ("Alaska's New 'Gulf of Mexico'," Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 17, 2009)
  • Throughout the eve of the financial crisis, Moody's Investor Services, a top credit rating agency, ousted whistleblower executives, promoted "structured finance" division executives to repackage mortgages and other securities and padded its compliance department with those who gave the highest ratings to mortgage pools that were later downgraded to junk status. From 2001 to 2006, Moody's doubled its revenues with big profits from packaging deals and giving high ratings to mortgage-backed securities. (quot;How Moody's Sold Its Ratings-and Sold Out Investors,",, Oct. 19, 2009)
  • On Election Day, Nov. 3, voters will decide the fate of Question 1 to overturn Maine's new law permitting gay marriage. ("Maine's Gay Marriage Battle Has Echoes of Prop. 8," Los Angeles Times, Oct. 20, 2009; " Despite Claims, Anti-Gay Group in Maine More Dependent on Out-of-State Funds, " Oct. 24, 2009; Vote No on 1 Protect Maine Equality campaign)

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U.S. Politics

"Lieberman Puts the Brakes on the Public Option," by Scott Galindez, Truthout, Oct. 27, 2009

"Democrats Divided Over Reid Proposal for Public Option," The New York Times, Oct. 27, 2009

"Senate's Leader Vows to Pursue a Public Option on Health Care," The New York Times, Oct. 26, 2009

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"Wall Street adds insult to injury," by Dean Baker, Guardian/UK, Oct. 26, 2009

"Showdown Against the Greedy Bankers in Chicago," by Rob Johnson, NewDeal 2.0, Oct. 26, 2009

"Trying to Rein In 'Too Big to Fail' Institutions," The New York Times, Oct. 25, 2009

"Freddie Mac, Given Oversight of Mortgage Mod Program, Falls Down on Job," Pro Publica, Oct. 22, 2009

"Why Wall Street Reform is Stuck in Reverse," by Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog, Oct. 21, 2009

"Financial Support for the Unemployed Dries Up at the Worst Possible Time," by Marianne Hill, Dollars and Sense, Oct. 15, 2009

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Bush Accountability

"Is that 'Keep America Safe'-or 'Keep Cheney Out of Jail?,'" by Scott Horton, Harper's, Oct. 26, 2009

"The Cover-Up Continues," The New York Times editorial, Oct. 26, 2009

"Obama Urged to Fully Comply with Anti-Torture Treaty," Inter Press Service, Oct. 26, 2009

"Bush Jokes as Protesters Burn His Effigy in Montreal," CTV News/Canada, Oct. 23, 2009

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International Affairs

"Honduran Coup Myths Dispelled," by Stewart J. Lawrence, Counterpunch, Oct. 27, 2009

"Welcome to 2025: American Preeminence Is Disappearing Fifteen Years Early," by Tom Engelhardt & Nick Turse, TomDispatch, Oct. 26, 2009

"ElBaradei to the Rescue," by Gordon Prather,, Oct. 24, 2009

"What Really Prompted Iran to Build the Qom Enrichment Facility?," by Gareth Porter, Counterpunch, Oct. 23-25, 2009

"Whatever Bibi Wants, Bibi Gets: Will the real Barack Obama please stand up to Israel?," by Yousef Munayyer, Foreign Policy, Oct. 21, 2009

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"October new deadliest month for US in Afghanistan," Associated Press, Oct. 27, 2009

"Former Marine captain resigns in protest of Afghanistan war," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Oct. 27, 2009

"U.S. official resigns over Afghan war," Washington Post, Oct. 27, 2009

"Iraq is safer - but by no means safe," by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, Oct. 26, 2009

"Bombings rock Iraq's political landscape," Washington Post, Oct. 26, 2009

"Iraq Bombings, Deadliest Since 2007, Raise Security Issue," The New York Times, Oct. 25, 2009

"Karzai rules out sharing power," Washington Post, Oct. 25, 2009

"Beware a Times/Pentagon 'Virtual Coup' on Aghanistan," by Harvey Wasserman, Common Dreams, Oct. 25, 2009

"The Murderous Thugs We are Supporting in Afghanistan--and Why a Heroine Wants Us Out," by Brian Tamanaha, Balkinization, Oct. 25, 2009

"NATO 'sorry' for killing Afghans, to investigate," Reuters, Oct. 24, 2009

"NATO 'sorry' for killing Afghans, to investigate," Reuters, Oct. 24, 2009

"Bomb hits outside suspected Pakistani nuclear-weapons site," McClatchy Newspapers, Oct. 23, 2009

"Obama's Choice: Failed War President or the Prince of Peace?," by Tom Engelhardt & Nick Turse, TomDispatch, Oct. 22, 2009

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Who's in Big Brother's Database?," by James Bamford, New York Review of Books, Nov. 5, 2009

"The Death of Privacy: Technology and the Challenge for Social Activists," by Tolu Olorunda, Truthout, Oct. 27, 2009

"Details of CIA Snatch Effort Unfold in a Canadian Courtroom," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Oct. 27, 2009

"Intel Panel: CIA Misled Lawmakers On Torture, Other Issues," by Zachary Roth, Talking Points Memo, Oct. 27, 2009

"The Execution of Cameron Willingham," by Michael Snedeker, Counterpunch, Oct. 26, 2009

"4 Prisoners Facing Executions or Serving Extreme Jail Sentences Who Very Well May Be Innocent," by Liliana Segura, AlterNet, Oct. 26, 2009

"Tell Me This Isn't Torture," by digby, Hullabaloo, Oct. 26, 2009

"When Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib Come Home," by Bill Quigley and Deborah Popowski, Counterpunch, Oct. 26, 2009

"Peaceful protesters included on police database of 'domestic extremists,'" Telegraph/UK, Oct. 26, 2009

"Prosecutors Turn Tables on Student Journalists," The New York Times, Oct. 24, 2009

"Texas, the Eyes of Justice Are Upon You," by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Common Dreams, Oct. 24, 2009

"The unconstitutionality of the congressional GOP's ACORN obsession," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Oct. 23, 2009

"Musicians (Finally) Say No to Music Torture," by Andy Worthington, Common Dreams, Oct. 23, 2009

"Have Any Patriot Act Horror Stories Come True?," by Julian Sanchez, Los Angeles Times, Oct. 23, 2009

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Environment and Sustainability

"Go veggie to fight global warming, says expert," Independent/UK, Oct. 27, 2009

"Chromium 6 still threatens California's drinking water," by Erin Brockovich, Sacramento Bee (California), Oct. 26, 2009

"Battle at Coal River Mountain Explodes: Green Jobs Vs. Big Coal Showdown," by Jeff Biggers, Common Dreams, Oct. 26, 2009

"Getting One's Polar Bearings on Climate Change," by Randall Amster, Common Dreams, Oct. 23, 2009

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Media Issues

"The Presidency and The Rise of the New Partisan Press," by Jack Balkin, Balkinization, Oct. 23, 2009

"Latinos to CNN: Are You With Us or Against Us?," by Manuel Avendano, El Diario La Prensa (New York), Oct. 22, 2009

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"Showdown in Chicago: Protesters Rally Against Big Banks' Anti-Reform Lobbying," by Meg White, BuzzFlash, Oct. 27, 2009

"Protesters in Chicago March on Offices of Goldman, Wells Fargo," Wall Street Journal, Oct. 26, 2009

"Protesters storm big bankers meet, chant 'we'll be back' as police escort them out," Raw Story, Oct. 25, 2009

"Serving soldier leads London protest against war in Afghanistan," Guardian/UK, Oct. 24, 2009

"Public Option Annie: Activists serenade AHIP members," Billionaires for Wealthcare, YouTube, Oct. 23, 2009

"Cyber Resistance," by Dahr Jamail, Truthout, Oct. 23, 2009

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