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For The Week Ending June 1, 2001

THIS WEEK'S PROGRAM

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

Bush Energy Plan Exacerbates Global Pollution
While Subsidizing White House Allies
in Utilities and Big Oil

Interview by Scott Harris. (In RealAudio)

The Bush administration, pointing to the rolling blackouts in California and skyrocketing gas prices nationwide, has declared that the U.S. is in the midst of an energy crisis. To meet the challenge, the White House unveiled a plan in early May that emphasizes energy production over conservation. Major elements of the plan include building up to 1,900 new fossil fuel and nuclear power plants, drilling for oil in Alaska's National Wildlife Refuge and the construction of 18,000 miles of fuel pipelines. The energy plan, along with the Bush administration's withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol, has been widely criticized both in the U.S. and abroad for aggravating the problem of global warming.

President Bush and Vice President Cheney, both veterans of the oil business, are viewed by many Americans as having crafted this energy plan to primarily benefit their allies in the petroleum and utlility industry. The fact that oil, gas, electric power and mining interests contributed $44 million dollars to the Republican party in the last election cycle only underscores concern about this unprecedented government-industry relationship.

Greenpeace is one of many environmental groups that contend the Bush energy plan employs 19th century technologies to solve 21st century energy problems. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Kert Davies, Greenpeace USA's Global Warming and Energy Campaign coordinator, who takes a critical look at the Bush energy plan.

Contact Greepeace by calling (202) 462-1177 or visit their Web site at: www.greenpeaceusa.org

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More Activists Arrested on Vieques as Resistance
Continues Against U.S. Military Presence
on the Puerto Rican Island

Interview by Denise Manzari. (In RealAudio)

During last month's series of military exercise by the U.S. Navy in Vieques, a tiny island off the coast of Puerto Rico, almost 200 people were arrested after protesting the continued military presence there. Since the accidental death of 24-year-old civilian security guard David Sanes by an errant bomb in April 1999, nationalist outrage throughout Puerto Rico has led to growing opposition to the training exercises.

Among those arrested last month was Ruben Berrios, president of the Puerto Rican Independence Party. He had previously been arrested after camping out for nearly a year on the bombing range after Sanes' death. Citizens of Vieques claim the exercises have caused high cancer rates, cardiac problems and environmental damage.

Robert Rabin is with the Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques. He spoke with Between The Lines' Denise Manzari.

Contact the Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques by calling (787) 741-0716 or visit: www.viequeslibre.org

Supporters of Leonard Peltier Prepare for June Actions
Interview by Melinda Tuhus. (In RealAudio)

Despite an international campaign urging former President Clinton to grant executive clemency to native American activist Leonard Peltier, Clinton took no action on the case before leaving office in January. Peltier was convicted of the murder of two FBI agents who died during the 1975 battle between government forces and members of the American Indian Movement on South Dakota's Pine Ridge reservation. Peltier was sentenced to two consecutive life terms. The case was plagued by prosecutorial abuse including the withholding of 6,000 pages of FBI documents that observers say support Peltier's claim of innocence.

After it was recently revealed that the FBI had withheld 3,000 documents from Timothy McVeigh's lawyers in the Oklahoma City bombing case -- prompting a postponement of the admitted terrorist's execution -- members of the Peltier Defense Committee have escalated their calls for the release of the still secret documents in his case.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus, spoke with Gina Kiala of the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, who discusses the impact of the denial of clemency on Peltier and his supporters and their plans for an education and outreach campaign in June.

Contact the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee by calling (785) 842-5774 or visit their Web site at: www.freepeltier.org

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

  • Lawyers for Long Island, N.Y. anarchists targeted by FBI deny links with Earth Liberation Front-claimed arson. (In These Times, May 14, 2001)
  • Construction of nation's third largest hog farm on Rosebud Sioux Reservation meets resistance. (Mother Jones, March/April 2001)
  • Tide has turned on dam construction, with United States now world leader in dam removal. (World Watch, January/February 2001)

Credits:
Senior news editor/writer: Bob Nixon
News writer: Rich Fraser
Program narration: Arch Currie
News reader: Denise Manzari
Segment Producers: Denise Manzari, Melinda Tuhus
Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates
Web editor/producer: Anna Manzo
Executive producer: Scott Harris

... MORE ...

Between The Lines' 10th Anniversary CD

April 17-22, 2001 FTAA Summit Protest Resources

Between The Lines Summit of the Americas Archive

Stop the FTAA Web site, www.stopftaa.org, 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," www.AlterNet.org, 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. (www.sommetdespeuples.org)

Quebec Independent Media Center quebec.indymedia.org

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

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

"Silence Of The Lambs: The Election Story Never Told" www.mediachannel.org, 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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