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with audio clips from our 10th Anniversary CD featuring:

  • Physicist Michio Kaku on whose way of life was preserved in the Persian Gulf War
  • MIT professor and U.S. foreign policy critic Noam Chomsky , on what the demise of the Soviet Union means to the rest of the world
  • Z Magazine editor Michael Albert on the new coalition that organized anti-World Trade Organization protests in Seattle
  • Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader on his exclusion from the 2000 presidential debate

Between The Lines Archive
For The Week Ending April 13, 2001


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

Hopes for Independent Palestinian State Waning with U.S. Government's Uncritical Support for Israel
International human rights groups condemn Israel's use of assassination squads
Interview by Scott Harris.

Violence between Israelis and Palestinians -- which has claimed over 400 mostly Arab lives in the West Bank and Gaza -- continues to spiral out of control as newly-elected Prime Minister Ariel Sharon recently took office. The increasing number of children killed on both sides has created an explosive situation especially among Israeli settlers who demand that Israel's army aid them in seeking revenge against Palestinians.

During the course of this latest intifada or uprising, Israel has increasingly employed secret army "death squads" to assassinate members of Palestinian organizations that the government deems to be engaged in "terrorist activities." But the officially sanctioned murders have only brought calls for vengeance from victim's families and condemnation from international human rights groups. Meanwhile, the Bush administration in its first months in office, has pulled back from a direct role in brokering negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian officials.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Nasser Aruri, professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and president of the Trans Arab Research Institute. Professor Aruri assesses the continuing violence and potential formulas for resolving the long standing Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

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New National Coalition Forms to Challenge Economic Sanctions Against Iraq
Interview by Melinda Tuhus.

The economic sanctions and military actions against Iraq by the U.S. and Britain are now in their 11th year and according to the United Nations, are responsible for the deaths of an estimated half million Iraqi children. With the Bush administration signaling a more aggressive policy toward Baghdad, groups from around the U.S. working to end the sanctions convened in Denver in mid-February to plot their strategy. There, more than 100 individuals representing 60 groups came together to form the National Network to End the War Against Iraq.

The establishment of this national organization is a first for the anti-sanctions coalition. The network has borrowed tactics from both the anti-Vietnam War movement and ongoing anti-corporate globalization campaigns. Several "national days of action," have been planned by the group focusing on grassroots outreach as well as congressional lobbying.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Stephanie Phibbs, of the Colorado Campaign for Middle East Peace, the group which organized and hosted the network's founding conference. She explains how and why the network was formed, and describes some of the group's action plans.

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Reform Groups Withdraw Support for Modified McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Bill
Cite counterproductive amendments, including doubling of hard money limits
Interview by Scott Harris.

After years of setbacks and delays in a hostile U.S. Senate, supporters of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill were finally victorious on April 2nd. With a 59 to 41 vote, the legislation, named for Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz. and Russell Feingold, D-Wis., now goes to the House where it has passed twice before. But the House Republican leadership has vowed to kill the bill with poison pill amendments or in any later House-Senate conference.

McCain-Feingold would ban unregulated "soft money" contributions made to political parties by corporations, unions and individuals. The measure would also restrict TV and radio issue advertising referring to specific candidates within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of a general election. Although the authors of the Senate bill fought off amendments designed to cripple the legislation, many supporters of genuine campaign finance reform were discouraged by the adoption of an amendment that doubled individual hard money contribution limits from $1,000 to $2,000 per candidate per election, and increased the overall donations an individual can make to candidates, parties and PACs. Another measure tacked onto the original bill, which was opposed by reformers, raised hard money limits for candidates facing wealthy, self-financed opponents.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Nick Nyhart, executive director of Public Campaign, who explains why his group has withdrawn support from the amended version of the McCain-Feingold bill and discusses the struggle still ahead to overhaul a political system damaged by the corrupting influence of big money

Contact the Public Campaign by calling (202) 293-0222 or visit their Web site at:

This week's summary of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Colombia's Putumayo province is ground zero in growing civil war as Plan Colombia, the $1.3 billion U.S.-funded anti-drug initiative, sends 60 helicopters to Colombian army. (World Press Review, April, 2001)
  • Human rights groups criticize organizations purchasing freedom of Sudanese slaves. (Mother Jones, March/April , 2000)
  • New York, North Carolina, and Ohio court decisions mandate that states take over responsibility to fund quality education for poor inner-city children. (The Nation, March 12, 2001)

Senior news editor/writer: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Elaine Osowski
Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates
Web editor/producer: Anna Manzo
Producers: Melinda Tuhus
Executive producer: Scott Harris

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Between The Lines' 10th Anniversary CD

Between The Lines Special Report on Protest Against White Supremacists in Wallingford, Conn.

"Protesters Confront World Church of the Creator Founder Matthew Hale" Between The Lines report, Week Ending March 23, 2001

April 17-22, 2001 FTAA Summit Protest Resources

"Labor, Environmental and Human Rights Groups Organizing to Oppose April Americas Free Trade Treaty Summit in Quebec City" Between The Lines interview with Alliance for Responsible Trade's Karen Hansen Kuhn, Feb. 26, 2001

"Quebec City Crackdown,", by Darryl LeRoux, Feb. 20, 2001

People's Summit of the Americas II, Grassroots coalition Schedule of Events for people's forums, teach-ins, rallies, mass demonstration. (

Quebec Independent Media Center

ZNet's Global Economic Crisis resource site Excellent source for understanding global economics and trade issues and particularly in preparation for ongoing demonstrations about economic justice

Between The Lines/WPKN Report on Pacifica Radio Network-WBAI, N.Y. Crisis
Jan. 8, 2001 Interviews with Utrice Leid, Leslie Cagan, and Bernard White

Foreign Reports on the U.S. Election Cover-Up

"Silence Of The Lambs: The Election Story Never Told", Whistleblowers Section, by Greg Palast, March 1, 2001

Post Inauguration and Electoral Reform Resources

"Making Every Vote Count", The Nation Magazine, Special Section

"Hailing the Thief," The Nation Special Web Exclusive Report, by Ben Ehrenreich

Between The Lines/WPKN 'Profiles Bush Cabinet Nominees' Archive:

"John Ashcroft Sought White Supremacist Political Support"

Interior Department Nominee Gale Norton at Odds with Public Support for Protecting the Environment

"Attorney General Nominee's Career Marked by Opposition to Reproductive Rights and Civil Rights Law"

"From Vietnam to Florida's Disenfranchisement of Black Voters: Unheroic Moments in Secretary of State Nominee Colin Powell's Career"


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