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For the Month of March, 2000

Week Ending March 17, 2000

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This week we present Between The Lines' summary of under-reported news stories and:

John McCain's ties to the powerful liquor industry.
Interview by Scott Harris.

Journalist John Dougherty discusses his co-written Phoenix Times article, "Haunted Spirits," that exposes the relationship between Republican presidential candidate John McCain, his family business, the nation's powerful liquor industry ... and the Keating 5 scandal, which major media seems to have been forgotten. Visit the Times Web site at:

Remembering murder during the 1973 Chilean coup by Augusto Pinochet
Interview by Scott Harris.

Joyce Horman -- the widow of Charles Horman, a U.S. citizen murdered by agents of General Augusto Pinochet during Chile's 1973 coup -- shares her reaction to the British decision to release the former dictator from house arrest, ending the prospects for a trial in Spain.

Building sustainable communities around the world
Interview by Valerie Richardson.

Author and environmentalist Alan AtKisson describes the founding of Sustainable Seattle and similar groups around the world. His recent book, "Believing Cassandra: An Optimist Looks at a Pessimist's World" describes how a Massachusetts Institute of Technology-based team developed a computer model in 1972 that predicted catastrophic environmental collapse if current population growth, resource use and pollution were left unchecked. Their research was greeted with a firestorm of criticism, but also served as inspiration for environmental activists.

This week's summary of under-reported news
Compiled from alternative media sources by Bob Nixon and Rich Fraser

  • In These Times (March 20, 2000): British Prime Minister Tony Blair's interference in Northern Ireland unionist and Republican peace deal.
  • Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (Nov.-Dec.1999): Low-level radioactive waste recycling into household items.
  • E: The Environmental Magazine (Jan.-Feb. 2000): Discovery of "extinct" species and inability to ensure their survival.

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