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This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Sept. 8, 2010 for week ending Sept. 17, 2010


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Labor Must put Pressure on Obama to Fight for Nation's Workers

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Interview with labor and racial justice activist Bill Fletcher Jr., conducted by Scott Harris

laborThe state of working America was grim as the nation commemorated Labor Day 2010. Unemployment stands at 9.6 percent, while housing foreclosures remain at record levels. Private sector job creation is moving in a positive direction, but remains weak. Last year's injection of $814 billion of stimulus funds into the economy may have helped prevent a full blown depression, but has not yet produced a recovery. As workers struggle to make ends meet in this bad economy, labor unions continue to lose membership, now down to 12.1 percent of the workforce. Story continues

Middle East Peace Talks Resume Without Hamas

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Interview with Hussein Ibish, senior fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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In early September, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas came to Washington to begin direct peace talks at the behest of President Obama. The Middle East leaders were accompanied by the presidents of Jordan and Egypt, to demonstrate regional support for this new round of negotiations. Story continues

Massive Egg Recall Symptom of Larger Food Safety Crisis in Factory Farming

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Interview with Patty Lovera, assistant director of the group Food and Water Watch

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A massive recall of eggs linked to salmonella conta- mination began on Aug. 13, after the Centers for Disease Control announced the eggs were connected to more than 1,300 reported cases of salmonella poisoning. Overall, a half-billion eggs were recalled nationwide. The Food and Drug Administration has opened a criminal investigation with the Justice Department, as the federal agency looks into the cause of the outbreak. Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news  

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