Between The Lines

For the Month of April, 2000

News and Analysis
For The Week Ending April 14, 2000

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

Military aid plan to Colombia could escalate U.S. involvement in war
Interview by Scott Harris.

Larry Burns, executive director with the Council on Hemispheric Affairs condemns a $1.7 billion dollar aid package for Colombia's military recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Burns warns of the danger of becoming entangled in Colombia's decades long civil war that pits two well-armed rebel groups against an army and paramilitary units accused of corruption and gross human rights abuses.

Contact the Council at (203) 216-9263 or visit their Web site at:

Al Gore's pandering to Miami's small, but vociferous Cuban Right
Interview by Scott Harris.

Wayne S. Smith, former chief of the U.S. Interest section in Cuba discusses the ongoing political battle over the custody of 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez as Miami city officials pledge noncooperation by their police force if federal marshals should intervene.

Contact the Center at (202) 232-3317 or visit their Web site at

American corporations and organizations in the year's most censored media stories
Interview by Scott Harris.

Melissa Bonham of Project Censored summarizes some of the past year's most important news stories not covered by mainstream media.

Contact the Project by calling area code (707) 664-2500 or visit their Web site at The Project's annual report is contained in a book titled "Censored 2000," published by Seven Stories Press.

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

  • The Economist, March 18, 2000: Right-wing paramilitary group death threats forcing out journalists and grassroots organizations working for peace settlements in war-torn Colombia.
  • The Progressive, March 2000: Clinton Administration underwriting key government loans to help nuclear power plants find markets in Asia and Eastern Europe.
  • The Nation, Feb. 28, 2000: Individuals' private information being used by corporations.

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