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is Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary!

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"News & Views The Corporate Media Exclude"

    The CD features:
  • 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 20, 2001


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

China's Reaction to U.S. Spy Plane Incident Related to Its History of Conflicts with Imperial Powers
Interview by Scott Harris.

Producer's note: This interview was recorded prior to the release of the 24 U.S. crew members.
The collision of a U.S. spy plane with a Chinese jet fighter off China's southern coast April 1st caused the crash of the fighter and the loss of its pilot. The damaged Navy surveillance aircraft then made an emergency landing on the island of Hainan where the plane's crew of 24 U.S. servicemen and women were detained by Chinese authorities for 11 days.

Beijing had demanded the U.S. make a public apology. Although the White House and State Department expressed regret over the incident, Bush administration officials refuse to accept sole responsibility for the accident. In the end, the crisis was ended when the U.S. delivered a letter to the Chinese which said America was sorry for the loss of the Chinese pilot's life and acknowledged that the U.S. plane had landed at a Chinese airbase "without verbal clearance."

The U.S. and China also agreed to meet to avoid similar incidents in the future. But while China wants the U.S. to end its reconnaissance missions near its territory, the U.S. however, has said it has no intention of doing so.

Many observers expressed concern that this incident could further erode U.S.-China relations, already exacerbated by Washington's military alliance with Taiwan, and the Bush plan to deploy a national and regional missile defense system.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Robert Weil, author of "Red Cat, White Cat: China and the Contradictions of Market Socialism," who examines the historical context of this incident in which China is challenging U.S. military power on its national border while U.S. business is lured to China's cheap labor pool and enormous markets.

"Red Cat, White Cat: China and the Contradictions of Market Socialism," is published by Monthly Review Press.

Children's Defense Fund Decries Bush Proposed Budget Cuts for Programs that Assist Poor Children
Interview by Melinda Tuhus.

George W. Bush came into office having declared time and again during the presidential campaign that he was a "compassionate conservative." He even appropriated the slogan of the Children's Defense Fund, vowing to "leave no child behind."

But once in office, Bush has sliced away at important federal programs that assist poor children with much the same zeal as he has attacked environmental standards. For example, the White House proposed budget calls for $200 million dollars in cuts for childcare assistance to low-income families; a $15.7 million dollar reduction in programs that combat child abuse and a $35 million dollar cutback in funds to train pediatricians. Yet Bush himself declares that his budget will actually increase these areas of spending.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Helen Blank, child care director for the Children's Defense Fund. She explains how these proposed cuts will affect children and their families, and what her organization is doing to actively oppose the Bush budget.

For more information contact the Children's Defense Fund at (202) 628-8787 or visit their Web site at

Labor Historian Examines Challenges Ahead for Global Social Justice Movement
Interview by Scott Harris.

Even before the massive demonstrations which disrupted the World Trade Organization's November 1999 summit meeting in Seattle, a growing activist movement here in the U.S. and abroad had challenged the power of corporations to set an agenda for international trade policy which does not include provisions protecting labor, human rights or the environment. This coalition which includes trade unionists, environmentalists, and students has also attacked institutions such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund for implementing policies which they say hurt indebted nations and their impoverished populations.

Over the past 18 months a large number of demonstrations advocating social justice have been organized in cities large and small across the globe. These protests, often employing non-violent civil disobedience to draw public attention to their cause, have encountered growing levels of police surveillance and repression. From April 19 through 22 tens of thousands of activists are expected to converge on Quebec City Canada to voice their opposition to 34 heads of state negotiating a still secret hemisphere-wide free trade agreement known as the Free Trade Area of the Americas or FTAA.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with labor historian Jeremy Brecher, author of "Globalization From Below: The Power of Solidarity," who discusses the challenges ahead for the growing global social justice movement.

"Globalization From Below: The Power of Solidarity," published by South End Press. For more information on the protests planned for Quebec City, call (212) 894-3747, ext. 4994 or visit their Web site at:

Related links:

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

  • Iraqi health officials claim U.S. military use of depleted uranium ammunition during Gulf War has led to 100 percent increase in cancer cases in Iraq. (World Press Review, April, 2001)
  • Federal H-2A program, which allows migrant workers from poor nations to pick crops on American farms, subjects these workers to substandard living and working conditions. (Mother Jones, January/February, 2001)
  • Civil liberties advocates say public libraries and schools required by law to install filtering software on Internet computers compromises intellectual freedom . (Extra!, March/April 2001)

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

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Between The Lines' 10th Anniversary CD

April 17-22, 2001 FTAA Summit Protest Resources

Stop the FTAA Web site,, Excellent activist resource on what the FTAA is, and what's happening where in the U.S. and Canada

"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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