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This Week on Between The Lines
Posted Aug. 24, 2011 for week ending Sep. 2, 2011
"If the Obama administration and the international community fail to hold rebels accountable, it's a bad beginning, colored by covering up abuses in Libya."
-- T. Kumar, international advocacy director with Amnesty International, on documented abuses during last few months including use of child soldiers, violence against women and indiscriminate killing of civilians
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interviews via the links appearing prior to each segment description
Interview with T. Kumar, international advocacy director with Amnesty International, conducted by Scott Harris
With air strikes, arms supplies and logistical support provided by the U.S.-led NATO military coalition, Libyan rebels who marched into Tripoli on Aug. 21 appear to have succeeded in their goal of overthrowing the 42-year regime of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. With the whereabouts of Gadhafi and several of his sons unknown, plus sporadic firefights in Tripoli and other cities loyal to the Libyan leader, it was not certain at production time how soon the bloodshed would end.
Interview with David Goldston, director of government affairs with the Natural Resources Defense Council, conducted by Melinda Tuhus
Throughout the summer, as debate raged in Congress on raising the nation’s debt ceiling, Republicans in the House were also trying to push through a myriad of anti-environmental riders in the 2012 appropriations bill for the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency. Because Congress broke for its summer recess immediately after reaching a deal to raise the debt ceiling, no action was taken on the appropriations bill with its almost 40 riders. The bill will be taken up again when Congress reconvenes after Labor Day.
Interview with May Boeve, executive director with the environmental group 350.org, conducted by Scott Harris
Beginning on Aug. 20, climate activists launched a two-week protest and nonviolent civil disobedience action at the White House to focus attention on the environmental impact of the proposed 1700-mile Keystone XL pipeline that would bring oil from Alberta, Canada’s tar sands operations to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries in Texas. More than 2,000 people have committed to participate in the White House protest sit-in and risk arrest, in what is expected to be one of the largest environmental protests in a generation. Author and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben was among the first activists arrested of 162 detained in the first three days of the action.
This week’s summary of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
- Europe’s debt crisis is starting to cost jobs as growth in the Eurozone has ground to a halt in France and Germany. ("Europe’s Debt Crisis Weakens Quarterly Growth," New York Times, Aug. 16, 2011; "Merkel, Sarkozy plan tax, can euro zone bond idea," MarketWatch, Aug. 16, 2011; "ECB austerity drive raises fears for democratic accountability in Europe," The Guardian, Aug. 22, 2011)
- The Obama administration said it will review the cases of 300,000 illegal immigrants currently in deportation proceedings to identify "low-priority" offenders — including the elderly, crime victims and people who have lived in the U.S. since childhood — with an eye toward allowing them to stay. ("U.S. will review cases of 300,000 illegal immigrants in deportation proceedings," Los Angeles Times, Aug. 19, 2011; "Obama Deportation Policy Could Be 'Nightmare'," Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 19, 2011)
- Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's Detroit Works Project to consolidate services and create new urban working farms to grow healthy food is facing opposition from municipal unions, which face prospect of layoffs and service cuts to depopulated neighborhoods. ("Retooling the Motor City: Can Detroit save itself?" Christian Science Monitor, July 25, 2011)
- Drew Courtney: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' Conduct Provokes Calls for Ethics Probe
- Terry Nelson: Legalization: An Alternative to the Costly, Failed U.S. War on Drugs
- Bruce Levine: New Confidence Required to Overcome Americans' Political Passivity
- Jeff Halper: Outcome of Palestinian-U.N. Initiative for Statehood Has Serious Consequences for U.S.
- Chuck Keeney: Recent March to Protect Blair Mountain in West Va. Brought Coal Miners and Environmentalists Together
- Devra Davis: World Health Organization Study Links Cell Phone Use to Cancer Risk
- Dave Johnson: GOP Extortion Forces Deep Budget Cuts with No Tax Increases on the Wealthy
- Bruce Niles: Bloomberg Philanthropies' $50 Million Gift to Sierra Club Expands Group's "Beyond Coal" Campaign
- Chip Berlet: Norwegian Anti-Islamic Mass Murderer Influenced by American Christian Right Extremists
- Wendy Weiser: Looking to 2012 Election, Republicans Enact Voter Suppression Legislation Across the U.S.
- Junior Walk: Activists Engage in Tree-Sit Protest in West Virginia to Stop Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
- Arjun Makhijani: Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Update: Mismanagement Leads to Radioactive Food Contamination
- Eric Kingson: "Gang of Six" Senate Debt Ceiling Deal Would Make Deep Cuts to Social Security Benefits
- Ofer Neiman: New Israeli Law Targeting Activists Advocating a Boycott of Israel Provokes Backlash
- Steve Rendall: British Tabloid Scandal Unleashes Scrutiny of Rupert Murdoch's Powerful Media Empire
- Richard Eskow: Obama Adopts GOP Agenda, Offers Deep Cuts in Social Safety Net Programs to Get Debt Ceiling Budget Deal
- Elliott Levitas: Native Americans Win $3.4 Billion Settlement for U.S. Government's Mismanagement of Millions of Acres of Land
- Eva Golinger: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s Battle with Cancer Raises Questions About Future of His Bolivarian Revolution
- Peter G. Prontzos: Greeks Fight for Alternatives to Austerity Policies Provoking Economic Hardship
- Robert Naiman: Greek Government Acts as Israeli Proxy in Blocking International Flotilla from Sailing to Gaza
- David Leopold: State Initiated Anti-Immigration Laws Underscore Urgent Need for Comprehensive Federal Immigration Reform
- Anna Berlinrut: Obama: Nation's Longest War in Afghanistan Will Continue 3 More Years
- Nancy Keenan: Republicans Push State-by-State Anti-Abortion Agenda Across U.S.
- Michael Mariotte: Investigation Reveals Dangers at Aging U.S. Nuclear Power Plants
- Chris Owens: Wal-Mart Wins, Workers Lose in U.S. Supreme Court Decision Rejecting Class Action Discrimination Lawsuit
- Matthew Rothschild: After Court Reinstates Wisconsin Anti-Union Law, Activists Organize for Summer State Senate Recall Elections
- Robert Naiman: U.S. Boat to Join International Flotilla Challenging Israeli Gaza Blockade
- Anuradha Mittal: Hedge Fund-Financed Land Grab in Africa Triggers Global Food Price Spike, Rise in Hunger
- Kenny King: Unions and Environmentalists March to Protect Historic Blair Mountain from Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
- Jon Green: Connecticut's New Paid Sick Days Law Could Be National Model
- David Swanson: As Afghan War Approaches Second Decade, Activists Organize October Anti-War Protest
- Michael Klare: How Much Pain is Necessary to Break U.S. Addiction to Fossil Fuels?
- Michael Albert: Widespread Protests Challenge Spain's Political and Economic Status Quo
- Damon Silvers: Will Democrats Stand and Fight or Surrender to GOP Plan to Dismantle Medicare?
- Ben Schreiber: U.S. Senate Defeats Plan to Eliminate Billions of Dollars in Big Oil Tax Subsidies
- Dana Frank: Ousted President Zelaya Returns to Honduras as Repression Continues
- Howard Friel: Power of U.S.-Israeli Lobby a Major Obstacle to Restart Middle East Peace Talks
- Arjun Makhijani: Triple Meltdowns at Fukushima Reactors Another Reason to Phase out Nuclear Power
- Larry Gibson: West Virginia Protest March Will Link Campaign to Stop Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining and Labor Solidarity
- Joshua Landis: Religious and Class Divisions Stoke Popular Uprising in Syria
- Kathy Kelly: Civilian Deaths From U.S.-NATO Drone Attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan Provoke Hatred and Violence
- Dr. Kevin Trenberth: Climate Scientists Now Connect Extreme Weather with Global Climate Change