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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. 1, 2010

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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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Supreme Court Decision Shatters Limits
on Corporate Campaign Spending

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Interview with Greg Palast,
BBC-TV investigative journalist and author,
conducted by Scott Harris


In a precedent-shattering ruling on Jan. 21, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned seven previous decisions by removing all limits on corporate spending in political campaigns. In the 5 to 4 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the majority removed restrictions on campaign expenditures for corporations, labor unions and non-profit groups, declaring these limits violated the First Amendment's free speech principles.

In his dissenting opinion, Justice John Paul Stevens was scathing in his criticism of the Court's majority when he said, "The rule announced today -- that Congress must treat corporations exactly like human speakers in the political realm -- represents a radical change in the law. The court's decision is at war with the views of generations of Americans."

In response to the ruling, President Obama vowed to pass legislation that would require shareholders to vote before a corporation could spend money in elections, 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 remedies such as public financing for federal candidates and 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.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with BBC-TV investigative reporter Greg Palast who looks at the court decision and the billions of dollars that will likely now be pumped into U.S. election campaigns from American and foreign corporations as well as overseas governments.

Greg Palast is author of "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy." Read his article, "Manchurian Candidates: Supreme Court Allows China and Others Unlimited Spending in U.S. Elections," online

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Gaza Protests in Egypt Training Ground
for Young Activists

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Excerpt of a talk by Jenna Bitar,
student at Hunter High School in New York City,
recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus


On Jan. 21, activists in New York City organized an event where they heard a report from participants in the Gaza Freedom March. New Yorkers were among the more than 1,300 participants from 43 countries who met in Cairo in preparation for a Dec. 31 march to Gaza in solidarity with Palestinians inside the territory that had been invaded by Israel exactly one year before. At first, the Egyptian government refused to allow any of the activists into Gaza through the Egyptian-controlled border. The government finally agreed to permit 100 people to deliver humanitarian supplies, but this generated a great deal of controversy, and ultimately, less than 100 took buses into Gaza while the rest of the marchers stayed in Cairo and carried out street protests to draw attention to the collusion of Egypt, Israel and the U.S. in the oppression and economic blockade of Palestinians living in Gaza.

One of the youngest participants in the freedom march was Jenna Bitar, a senior at Hunter High School in Manhattan. She was one of four speakers at the New York event, and began by identifying herself as half-Palestinian, but noted that no one in her family had been politically active around the issue until the Israeli invasion of Gaza. After hearing about the December march, she and her mother and older brother all decided to go.

In the following excerpt of her remarks, Bitar explains what a training ground the trip was for her as a young activist, and how she gained the courage to defy the Egyptian authorities, through solidarity with others who shared the same vision of justice for Palestinians.
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For more information, visit the website. This segment was recorded and produced by Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus.

Deciphering Voters' Message on Health Care Reform
in Massachussetts Senate Election

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Interview with Rachel Nardin,
chief, Division of Neurology, Cambridge Health Alliance
and chapter president of Physicians for a National Health Program,
conducted by Scott Harris


In a stunning upset on Jan. 19, Massachusetts voters elected little-known Republican state Sen. Scott Brown, to fill the vacant seat of the late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Brown's defeat of Democratic candidate Martha Coakly, who serves as Massachusetts attorney general, by a 52 to 47 percent margin, drove party activists and reporters to look for answers for how this could have happened in the overwhelmingly Democratic state.

Brown campaigned as the potential 41st vote to stop President Obama and Congress from passing national health care reform legislation, depriving the Democrats of the 60 votes needed to overcome a GOP filibuster. Brown's position during this campaign was at odds with his vote in favor of a 2006 Massachusetts health care system overhaul, signed into law by former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, that has many of the same mandates and subsidies as the bills now being proposed in Washington.

Exit polling of voters found that 52 percent surveyed said they opposed the federal health care reform measure and 42 percent said they cast their ballot to help stop President Obama from passing his chief domestic initiative. Despite strong feelings about national health care reform, 68 percent of people who voted in the Jan. 19 special election said they supported Massachusetts' own health reform system.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Dr. Rachel Nardin, chief, Division of Neurology, Cambridge Health Alliance and Massachusetts chapter president of Physicians for a National Health Program, a group that advocates for a single-payer universal health care system. Dr. Nardin examines what message, if any, Massachusetts voters were sending on health care policy in the special U.S. Senate election.

Contact the Physicians for a National Health Program by calling (312) 782-6006 or visit their website at

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution appears in peril as opposition leader Viktor Yanukovich, who lost the confrontational 2004 election to pro-democracy forces, easily finished first in the preliminary round of the presidential election. ("Ukraine Election Signals Shift Toward Russia. Was the Orange Revolution for Naught?", Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 15, 2010; "Presidential Election in Ukraine Goes to a Runoff," New York Times, Jan. 18, 2010)
  • The Washington Post reports that between 2002 and 2006, the FBI illegally collected over 2,000 telephone call records by invoking terrorism crises that did not exist, or by merely persuading phone companies to provide records. ("FBI Broke Laws for Years in Phone Record Searches," Washington Post, Jan. 19, 2010)
  • Scott Roeder, the man charged with first-degree murder of Kansas Dr. George Tiller during a church service, apparently stalked his victim for months and bought a gun before shooting the medical director and provider of late term abortions. ("Tiller Trial Begins with Churchgoers' Testimony," Los Angeles Times, Jan. 23, 2010)

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U.S. Politics

"Chief of Staff Draws Fire From Left as Obama Falters," Wall Street Journal, Jan. 26, 2010

"The sanctity of military spending," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Jan. 26, 2010

"Geithner to defend bank bailout - and maybe his job, too," McClatchy Newspapers, Jan. 26, 2010

"What's the Matter With the Democrats? Post-Massachusetts Reflections on Popular Resentment, the Liberal-Left Vacuum, and Right Comeback," by Paul Street, ZNet, Jan. 25, 2010

"Tea Party Disputes Take Toll on Convention," The New York Times, Jan. 25, 2010

"Obama wants to freeze discretionary spending for 3 years," CNN, Jan. 25, 2010

"The Supreme Court Just Handed Anyone, Including bin Laden or the Chinese Govt., Control of Our Democracy," by Greg Palast, ZNet, Jan. 25, 2010

"Labor's Big Election Loss," by Dick Meister, Truthout, Jan. 25, 2010

"Will Obama Put Muscle Into the White House's New Populist Play?," by Michael Hudson, Counterpunch, Jan. 25, 2010

"The woman Democrats need," by Ethan Porter, Boston Globe, Jan. 24, 2010

"Geithner Must Go--and the Future of the Fed," by William Greider, The Nation, Jan. 23, 2010

"24 States' Laws Open to Attack After Campaign Finance Ruling," The New York Times, Jan. 22, 2010

"Whose Rights?," by Thomas Linzey & Mari Margil, Yes! Magazine, Jan. 21, 2010

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"Myths of Recovery: Which Economy is Obama Talking About?," by Michael Hudson, Counterpunch, Jan. 26, 2010

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

"Wall Street Bonuses Can Create One Million Green Jobs," by Les Leopold, Huffington Post, Jan. 25, 2010

"It only gets worse this year for commercial real estate," McClatchy Newspapers, Jan. 25, 2010

"Obama's Tiny Jobs Ideas for Main Street, a Big Spending Freeze for Wall Street," by Robert Reich,, Jan. 25, 2010

"Fed E-Mails On AIG Show Disdain For Transparency," by Ryan Grim Huffington Post, Jan. 25, 2010

"December Home Sales Take Largest Monthly Drop In More Than 40 Years," Associated Press, Jan. 25, 2010

"The Revelations of Sheila Bair: Wall Street's Power Grab," by Michael Hudson, Counterpunch, Jan. 19, 2010

"Record Bank Profits - American Dream Foreclosed," by Mike Prokosch, Common Dreams, Jan. 23, 2010

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Bush Accountability

"Rapp for the Defense," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Jan. 26, 2010

"Is the White House Pressuring DOJ to Delay Torture Report Until Health Care Bill Passes?," by Jason Leopold, Truthout, Jan. 26, 2010

"A New Scandal for OLC?," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Jan. 25, 2010

"Charge a President with Murder," by MinistryofTruth, Daily Kos, Jan. 24, 2010

"Judge Tosses NSA Spy Cases," by Ryan Singel, Wired, Jan. 22, 2010

"Murder and Cover-Up; The Guantánamo Suicides," by Stephen Soldz, Counterpunch, Jan. 19, 2010

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International Affairs

"Obama administration's record on human rights has been a major disappointment," by Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, Jan. 25, 2010

"Something About Yemen: Terrorist Haven or Chess Piece?," by Conn Hallinan, common Dreams, Jan. 22-24, 2010

"Time for George Mitchell to resign," by Stephen M. Walt, Foreign Policy, Jan. 22, 2010

"Muscling Latin America," by Greg Grandin, The Nation, Jan. 21, 2010

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"The Meaning of the Eikenberry Cables," by David Bromwich, Huffington Post, Jan. 26, 2010

"When Scholars Join the Slaughter," by Dahr Jamail, Truthout, Jan. 26, 2010

"U.S. Envoy's Cables Show Worries on Afghan Plans," The New York Times, Jan. 25, 2010

"Baghdad suicide bombers kill dozens in hotel attacks," Guardian/UK, Jan. 25, 2010

"Obama Administration's Use of Drones Responsible for Increase in Civilian Deaths," by William Fisher, Truthout, Jan. 25, 2010

"Afghanistan: This War Won't Work," by Phyllis Bennis, Common Dreams, Jan. 25, 2010

"The Drone Surge: Today, Tomorrow, and 2047," by Tom Engelhardt & Nick Turse, TomDispatch, Jan. 24, 2010

"Petraeus Gets It Wrong," by Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, Jan. 22, 2010

"Iraq littered with high levels of nuclear and dioxin contamination, study finds," Guardian/UK, Jan. 22, 2010

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Bagram: The Annotated Prisoner List (A Cooperative Project)," by Andy Worthington, Common Dreams, Jan. 26, 2010

"AT&T Always Wins," by mcjoan, Daily Kos, Jan. 23, 2010

"Indefinite Guantanamo detention plans condemned," BBC News/UK, Jan. 23, 2010

"Obama to indefinitely imprison detainees without charges," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Jan. 22, 2010

"The truth about Guantánamo," by Moazzam Begg, Guardian/UK, Jan. 22, 2010

"Obama quietly continues to defend Bush's terror policies," McClatchy Newspapers, Jan. 22, 2010

"Judges Urge Congress to Act on Indefinite Terrorism Detentions," ProPublica, Jan. 22, 2010

"FBI, Telecoms Teamed to Breach Wiretap Laws," by Ryan Singel, Wired, Jan. 21, 2010

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Environment and Sustainability

"Shrimp's Dirty Secrets: Why America's Favorite Seafood Is a Health and Environmental Nightmare," by Jill Richardson, AlterNet, Jan. 25, 2010

"2009 Second Warmest Year of Warmest Decade on Record," Environment News Service, Jan. 25, 2010

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Media Issues

"Great Television Makes Bad Journalism: Media Failures in Haiti Coverage," by Robert Jensen, Counterpunch, Jan. 25, 2010

"The (In)dispensable Public: Public opinion mainly a prop for corporate press," by Janine Jackson, Extra!, Jan. 23, 2010

"When the Media Is the Disaster: Covering Haiti," by Tom Engelhardt & Rebecca Solnit, TomDispatch, Jan. 21, 2010

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"Remembering 'Suicides' in the Rotunda," by Jerica Arents,, Jan. 26, 2010

"Anti-ACORN James O'Keefe Arrested In Mary Landrieu Phone Scheme, 3 Others Also Charged," Associated Press, Jan. 26, 2010

"Where's the Movement?," by George Lakoff, Common Dreams, Jan. 25, 2010

"World Social Forum: Back Seat Driver of Social Change," by Mario Osava, Inter Press Service, Jan. 24, 2010

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