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For The Week Ending Aug. 24, 2001


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

Palestinians View Israeli Occupation
of East Jerusalem's Orient House
as a Serious Provocation

Interview by Scott Harris.

After the Aug. 9th suicide bombing at a Jerusalem restaurant which killed 15 civilians, Israeli forces retaliated by taking over nine buildings housing Palestinian officials in East Jerusalem, including Orient House. Orient House has for many years been the unofficial seat of Palestinian governance in the Holy City and a powerful symbol of Palestinian aspirations for a future homeland. Israeli authorities stated that the closure order would be in effect for six months but could be extended.

Palestinians responded by calling for a general strike Aug. 13, which closed down most commerce in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Protesters, including a group of international peace activists, have confronted Israeli troops outside the gates of Orient House since the takeover.

The latest Palestinian uprising or Intifada erupted 11 months ago and over 600 mostly Arab youths have been killed in escalating violence that has included sniper attacks, suicide bombings, and assassinations carried out by Israeli forces. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Hussein Ibish, of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, who discusses the significance of the Israeli takeover of Orient House and the consequences for those working to implement a cease fire.

Contact the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee by calling (202) 244-2990 or visit their Web site at

Amnesty International Adopts
Jailed Mexican Environmentalists
as Prisoners of Conscience

Interview by Melinda Tuhus.

In 1999, two Mexican farmers who had been organizing against the destruction of forests in their state of Guerrero were arrested on what their supporters say were trumped up drug charges. The men had been mobilizing communities throughout the state to protest the activities of the wood and paper industries in the region. Allegedly under torture, the two men, Rodolfo Montiel Flores and Teodoro Cabrera Garcia, confessed and were sentenced to long prison terms. Montiel has won several awards while in jail, including the prestigious Goldman environmental prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights award.

Last month a Mexican judge ruled against the men who had appealed their convictions. The appeals process, called "amparo" in Spanish, was conducted by a judge with close ties to the military which had initially arrested the men. Many supporters had hoped that under newly elected Mexican President Vicente Fox, the first head of state in six decades not from the institutional Revolutionary Party, the men would be freed.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Folabi Olagbaju, director of Amnesty International USA's Human Rights and Environmental Program. He discusses the circumstances surrounding the prosecution of Montiel and Cabrera and why Amnesty has adopted the men as prisoners of conscience.

Contact Amnesty International by calling 1-(800)-213-2650 or visit their Web Site

Bush Administration Crackdown on Travel
to Cuba Challenged by Coalition
Opposed to All Restrictions

Interview by Denise Manzari.

Recent press reports indicate that the Bush administrations is cracking down on Americans who travel to Cuba "illegally." President Bush has vowed to prosecute those who do "to the fullest extent with a view toward preventing unlicensed and excessive travel."

The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has recently sent out hundreds of letters threatening to fine Americans for traveling to and spending money in Cuba without a license.

However, this policy is being challenged by a what a coalition of groups is calling a "wall of lawyers," organized by the National Lawyers Guild, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Global Exchange. The three organizations have long opposed any restrictions on travel to Cuba, asserting U.S. citizens have a constitutional right to travel to other countries, to learn and exchange ideas on culture and politics.

Art Heitzer is an attorney in Milwaukee and is the chairman of the Cuba subcommittee of the National Lawyers Guild. He spoke with Between The Lines' Denise Manzari about what he feels the Bush administration's motive for its Cuba travel crackdown and what recipients should do if they receive a letter from the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

For legal assistance, call (414) 273-1040 ext. 12 or visit the National Lawyers Guild Web site at

Related links:

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

  • Growing movement against the death penalty isolates U.S. in legal cases and international forums. (The Nation, Aug. 6, 2001)
  • U.S. moves to protect gun owners' rights as small arms trade claims an increasing number of victims worldwide. (World Press Review, July 2001)
  • Mexico's largest bank, Banamex, files libel and slander lawsuit against NarcoNews. (In These Times, August 2001)

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

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American Revolution Feature

An interview with Paul Lussier, author of the book, "The Last Refuge of Scoundrels: A Revolutionary Novel"

Follow up Stories on G8 Summit Protest/Police Brutality, Genoa, Italy

"Fascism's Face in Genoa," Commentary by John J. Allen Jr., The Nation, Aug. 20, 2001.

Stunning personal statements from U.S. protesters beaten at G8 Protest summit"'s Globalization articles Collection of articles on the protests in Genoa, Italy

Upcoming Protests

Sept. 28-Oct. 3, International Monetary Fund/World Bank, Washington, D.C.

Sept. 28-Oct. 4, International Monetary Fund/World Bank, Washington, D.C.

Sept. 29 International Action Center's "Surround the White House,"

Sept. 29 "Beat Back the Bush Attack!", by the International Action Center

Sept. 28-Oct. 4, School of the Americas Watch's International Days of Action Against the IMF,

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

Post Inauguration and Electoral Reform Resources

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

Multi-Ethnic Public Issues Advocacy

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


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