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For The Week Ending Aug. 9, 2002


LISTEN to this week's half-hour program of Between The Lines by clicking on one of the links below. MP3 files available until Aug. 14, 2002.

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

Exposure of Crony Capitalism May Provide Opportunities
for Progressive Movements to Influence Public Policy

Interview with Alexander Cockburn,
author and columnist,
conducted by Scott Harris

After a week of record losses, the stock market bounced part way back, giving investors and worried retirees a frightening roller coaster ride. But news of corporate corruption, which in part triggered the volatility on Wall Street, continues to trickle out. Quest Communications International is another in a growing list of companies admitting that they had overstated their earnings. The telecommunications firm revealed on July 28th that they had improperly accounted for more than $1.1 billion in recent years. After the collapse of Enron, Adelphia, WorldCom, Global Crossing and others, this latest revelation will undoubtedly further shake the confidence of investors and consumers.

Despite Congressional passage of new regulations governing business behavior, many citizens have lost confidence in the major political parties to rein in business corruption - given that both Republicans and Democrats are addicted to large corporate contributions.

In a recent column titled, "The Hog Wallow, Pop Gun Populism Isn't Enough" the Nation magazine's Alexander Cockburn notes how unrestrained corporate greed over the last decade drove many companies into debt while generous stock options fattened the wallets of millionaire CEOs. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Counterpunch co-editor Alexander Cockburn, who discusses the current travails of crony capitalism and opportunities which may now be open for progressive social movements to influence public policy.

Alexander Cockburn's online publication Counterpunch can be found on the Internet at or call (800) 840-3683

Court Forces U.S. Backed Salvadoran Generals
to Pay $55 Million to Civil War Torture Victims

Interview with Beth van Schaack,
trial attorney with the Center for Justice and Accountability,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus

During the 1980s an estimated 75,000 people were killed in El Salvador's bloody civil war, the vast majority civilians. The U.S. government supported the ruling elite to the tune of one million dollars a day, mostly in military aid. Thousands of people were executed or tortured by the Army and allied death squads.

Three Salvadorans living in the U.S., one now a U.S. citizen, sued two Salvadoran generals who were in power during the war years, charging them with torture under U.S. law. The same laws used two years ago to try these generals for the1980 rape and murder of four American church women in El Salvador in 1980. The generals, Jose Guillermo Garcia and Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, were acquitted in that case. But in this more recent lawsuit, filed by the Center for Justice and Accountability, the plaintiffs won. In a July 23rd verdict the jury ordered the Salvadoran generals to pay the victims almost $55 million in damages.

The defendants have 30 days to appeal the decision. Beth van Schaack, one of the trial attorneys, said the generals received no support from the current government of El Salvador, and they may not be able to afford an appeal. They probably won't be able to pay the damages either, but van Schaack says that wasn't the goal of bringing the case. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with van Schaack about why the Salvadoran survivors sued in U.S. courts, and what they hope to gain from this verdict.

Contact the Center for Justice and Accountability by calling (415) 544-0444 or visit their Web site at

Wall Street Undermining Workers Party Candidate
in Brazil's Fall Presidential Election

Interview with Steve Cobble,
associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies,
conducted by Scott Harris
Brazilian voters are getting ready to elect a new president this fall, a decision that could have far reaching consequences for international trade and economic policy. Workers Party candidate Luiz Inacio da Silva is making his fourth run for the presidency and remains ahead in public opinion polls. But "Lula," as he's known, has been favored to win before, only to be undermined by Brazilian and U.S. businesses fearful of his progressive, pro-worker agenda.

This year, however, things may just go his way with Brazil's economy in trouble, high profile corporate corruption scandals and business-friendly conservative parties divided. But as the first round of elections approach, the U.S. government and Wall Street are still capable of making credible threats to dissuade Brazilians from voting for Lula.

While much attention in the U.S. is focused on this November's mid-term Congressional election -- Steve Cobble of the Institute for Policy Studies argues that Brazil's presidential race is perhaps the most important political contest this year. He contends that the struggle against corporate-led globalization championed by social justice movements here in the U.S. and around the world will benefit greatly from Lula gaining power in Brazil. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Steve Cobble about what he believes is at stake in Brazil's October 6th election.

Contact the Institute for Policy Studies at (202) 234-9382 or visit their Web site at

A recent article by Steve Cobble on the Brazilian election can be read online at

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

  • Despite skewed media coverage, Amnesty International says India bears partial responsibility for violence in conflict over Kashmir. ("Kashmir: The Most Dangerous Game," World Press Review, August 2002)
  • Market economy in Ukraine increases death and suffering of coal miners. ("Free Market Misery," In These Times, July 8, 2002)
  • Minnesota Green Party candidate Ed "Eagle Man" McGaa, a Native American and author, could tip the balance in the U.S. Senate. ("Minnesota Wild Card," The Progressive, July 2002)

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

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ZNet's Global Economic Crisis resource site Excellent source for understanding global economics and trade issues in preparation for ongoing demonstrations about economic justice

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