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Between The Lines Archive
For The Week Ending July 6, 2001


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

Peru's Fugitive Spy Chief Arrested;
Questions Raised about His CIA Relationship

Interview by Denise Manzari.

Vladimiro Montesinos, former Peruvian spy chief and right-hand man to ousted Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, was arrested in Caracas, Venezuela on June 23. He managed to evade an international manhunt for eight months, but now faces a possible life sentence on charges of weapons trafficking, human rights abuses and corruption.

Fifty-six-year-old Montesinos was flown in handcuffs and a bulletproof vest to Lima and was transferred to a high security prison for interrogation.

The de-facto head of Peru's intelligence service, Montesinos collaborated for years with the CIA, managing a large Peruvian anti-drug operation set up by the CIA in the early 1990s. Even though Montesinos was considered a controversial figure for years by the Clinton administration, American officials went to him to protect U.S. business interests in Peru and lobby for human rights votes against Cuba in The Hague.

Larry Burns is the director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs. He spoke with Between The Lines' Denise Manzari about the relationship between the U.S. and Vladimiro Montesinos and the role that relationship may have played in the conviction and imprisonment of U.S. citizen Lori Berenson. Berenson was recently convicted in a second trial of collaborating with Peruvian guerillas and was sentenced to 20 years in jail.

For more information contact the Council on Hemispheric Affairs by calling (202) 216-9261 or visit their Web site at and

Patient's Bill of Rights Fails to Address
Underlying Issues of U.S. Health Care Crisis

Interview by Melinda Tuhus.

The House and Senate are currently debating a patients' rights bill that supporters hope will compensate for some of the worst abuses of the managed health care system. The current system evolved after the failure of privatized national health care legislation proposed by President Clinton during his first term. Dozens of insurance companies now provide a patchwork of restrictive coverage plans while more than 40 million Americans have no coverage at all. The U.S health care system is by far the most expensive and flawed in the industrialized world. Despite national pride in the high quality of American medical care, the Institute of Medicine recently found that nearly 100,000 patients die in hospitals annually due to physician error.

In calling for reform, consumer groups, some health care providers, and a small band in Congress, have proposed single-payer, universal health coverage as an antidote to the current corporate, profit-driven model. One of the groups which has long advocated a universal system is Physicians for a National Health Program or PNHP.

Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with PNHP's coordinator, Dr. Quentin Young, who has practiced medicine in Chicago for five decades and been in the forefront of the struggle for health care reform. He talks about the movement for universal care and the prospects for change to substantively address America's health care crisis.

Contact Physicians for a National Health Program by calling (312) 782-6006 or visit their Web site at

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Pro-Democracy Convention Launches
Electoral Reform Campaign

Interview by Scott Harris.

It's been nine months since the flawed 2000 presidential election, where the winner, George W. Bush was chosen by a deeply divided Supreme Court and failed to win a majority of the popular vote. But it seems that the media and most politicians have all but forgotten one of the most controversial elections in U.S. history, while admonishing the nation to put the matter behind us.

But not everyone has moved beyond the election. The Center for Constitutional Rights and a coalition of 30 national and regional organizations is convening a Pro-Democracy Convention in Philadelphia June 29 through July 1. The convention will address the issues of disenfranchisement of minority voters that occurred in Florida and elsewhere and develop strategies for electoral reform including the implementation of a Voter's Bill of Rights. Co-sponsors of the event which include labor unions, civil rights organizations and groups advocating campaign finance reform, are calling for change that goes well beyond the mere upgrading of election machinery.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ron Daniels, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who discusses the goals of the Pro-Democracy convention.

For more information on the Pro-Democracy Convention call (212) 614-6452 or visit their Web site at

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

  • For-profit schools run by the Edison Corporation commodify students and fail to make money for investors. (The Nation magazine, June 25, 2001.)
  • American Heart Association criticized for conflict of interest as it recommends Genentech's anti-clotting drug, t-PA while accepting over $11 million in donations from the pharmaceutical company. (Mother Jones, May/June, 2001)
  • Pentagon unveils its latest high-tech, microwave weapon for crowd control. (In These Times, May 14, 2001.)

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

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Papua New Guinea IMF-World Bank Protest

"The Price of Protest," Sydney Morning Herald, June 30, 2001. Papua New Guinea IMF-World Bank student demonstrators shot after surrendering; 3 killed.

Economic Globalization Resources

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

Pacifica Crisis Resources

The Nation magazine links

Between The Lines' Special Report on the Crisis at Pacifica Radio Network and WBAI in New York

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

"Rogue Nation", The Nation magazine, Editorial on Bush's 100 Days in Office, May 28, 2001

Multi-Ethnic Public Issues Advocacy

Dr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson's Commentaries, The Hutchinson Report


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