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For The Week Ending July 12, 2002


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

G8 Summit Meeting Pledges $6 Billion to Africa,
but with Neoliberal Economic Policy Strings Attached

Interview with Kevin Danaher,
cofounder of Global Exchange

Interview by Scott Harris

Deep in the forest of the Canadian Rockies, leaders of the world's eight major industrialized nations met to discuss a range of issues including poverty in Africa, farm subsidies and nuclear weapons security in the former Soviet Union. The G8 summit ended on June 27 with a conditional pledge to commit $6 billion a year in additional aid to the impoverished people of the African continent, but only to governments that adopt strict neoliberal economic policies and other reforms favored by the U.S. The plan, dubbed the New Partnership for Africa's Development, or NEPAD, has many critics who regard the aid package as little more than a form of economic colonialism where nation states are forced to adopt policies rejected in the West and which have dramatically failed in Argentina and dozens of other developing nations.

Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien had consciously located the summit meeting in remote Kananaskis, Alberta to insulate world leaders from the tens of thousands of protesters that have regularly dogged G8 and international financial institution meetings in recent years. Social justice activists from North America and beyond, however, did gather in nearby Calgary and Canada's capital city Ottawa, to demand an overhaul of the global economic system which they assert only serves the narrow interests of corporations and their wealthy allies.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Kevin Danaher, cofounder of the human rights group Global Exchange, who examines the recently concluded summit meeting, the aid pledged to Africa and the demands of the movement fighting for global social justice.

Contact Global Exchange by calling 1-(800) 497-1994 or visit their Web site at:

Succession of Corporate Failures Exposes
Flaws in U.S. Business Model
and Misguided Drive for Deregulation

Interview with Russell Mokhiber,
editor of the Corporate Crime Reporter

Interview by Scott Harris

The recent succession of U.S. business failures coupled with revelations of massive fraud perpetrated by the kings of capitalism, has shaken confidence among investors across the globe. The collapse of Enron and the criminal conduct of Arthur Anderson in cooking the energy giant's books has been followed by reports of corrupt practices and economic disasters at major corporations including Global Crossing, Dynergy, Tyco, Xerox and now WorldCom.

Telecommunications giant WorldCom is reportedly headed for the largest bankruptcy in United States history after auditors discovered that $3.8 billion in expenses were improperly listed as capital expenditures.

The prospect of economic ruin for investors and the likely layoff of thousands of workers due to improper conduct by corporate executives has triggered an eruption of public mistrust of corporate America's ethics and political power.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Russell Mokhiber, editor of the Corporate Crime Reporter, who assesses the chain of recent corporate failures which have called into question the U.S. business model and the drive for deregulation.

Subscribe to the syndicated weekly column "Focus on the Corporation," written by Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman by logging on to their Web site at

Ralph Nader Outraged
by Bush Administration Attack on Civil Liberties

Interview by Scott Harris

Since the Sept. 11th attacks, the Bush administration has demanded and received extraordinary powers from Congress to prosecute the War on Terrorism. Civil liberties advocates maintain that some provisions of the USA Patriot Act dangerously erode civil liberties, while the secret detention of more than 1,000 immigrants in the months after the assault on New York and Washington has troubled many governments around the world that once looked to the checks and balances in the U.S. justice system as a model to follow.

In recent months, the Bush administration's Attorney General John Ashcroft has denied immigrants, alleged enemy combatants and now even U.S. citizens -- who have been imprisoned in the post September 11th sweep -- the right to see family members or consult with an attorney. By executive order, the FBI is once again allowed to spy on American citizens engaged in constitutionally protected religious, civic and political activities.

Critics contend that U.S. democracy is under attack in ways not seen since the McCarthy era and the 1960s, when activists fighting for civil rights and against the Vietnam War were spied upon, infiltrated and disrupted by federal agencies. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with former Green Party presidential candidate and citizen activist Ralph Nader, who discusses his concerns about the damage being done to the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution as the Bush administration wages its War on Terrorism at home and abroad.

Ralph Nader's latest book is titled "Crashing the Party," published by St. Martin's Press. For information on the struggle to preserve civil liberties, call the American Civil Liberties Union at (212) 549-2500 or visit their Web site at

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

  • Genetically altered DNA showing up in local corn varieties in remote regions of Mexico. ("Seeds of Secrecy," Mother Jones, May/June, 2002)
  • Exploding rates of AIDS and domestic violence in South Africa. ("State of Siege," New Internationalist, June 2002)
  • State legislators with personal interest financial services industry are authorizing high interest payday loan companies and other dubious schemes which gouge consumers. ("For Banks, a Payday in the State House," The Nation, May 2002)

Senior news editor/writer: Bob Nixon
News writer: Rich Fraser
Program narration: Elaine Osowski
News reader: Sasha Summer Cousineau
Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates
Web editor/producer: Anna Manzo
Executive producer: Scott Harris

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