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This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Sept. 29, 2010 for week ending Oct. 8, 2010


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After Summers Resigns, Will Obama Scrap His Bank-Friendly Economic Policy?

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Interview with Robert Scheer, journalist and author, conducted by Scott Harris

summersLawrence Summers, director of President Obama's National Economic Council and his top economic adviser, announced that he'll resign at the end of this year to return to Harvard where he's been both a professor and a former university president. When his departure was made public, President Obama thanked Summers for his service to the nation and said, "I will always be grateful that at a time of great peril for our country, a man of Larry's brilliance, experience and judgment was willing to answer the call and lead our economic team." Story continues


Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Opponents Work to Generate Clean Energy

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Interview with Lorelei Scarbro, Coal River Valley, W.V. anti-mountaintop removal coal mining activist, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Over a thousand activists from the Appalachian coal fields and their supporters met in Washington, D.C., the last weekend of September for a two-day conference on how to stop mountaintop removal mining. The conference, titled, Appalachia Rising: Voices from the Mountains, was followed by a march, rally and acts of civil disobedience outside the White House, where more than 100 protesters were arrested. Story continues

One Nation Working Together March Aims to Energize Progressive Voters for November Election

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Interview with Denise Gray-Felder, communication director with the One Nation Working Together March, conducted by Scott Harris


The response of people to the worldwide economic crisis varies from nation to nation. Here in the U.S., the most angry and vocal activists have been right- wing groups, such as the Tea Party movement, which have called for dramatic cutbacks in government programs and dismantling the nation's frayed social safety net. They first gained attention last summer during protests against President Obama's modest health care reform proposal, later fueled by corporate donors and extensive coverage in the U.S. media. Tea Party candidates have since been victorious in key Republican party primary battles to run for U.S. Senate seats. Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news  

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Pragmatists in Tehran have their eye on the South Caucasus -- Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan -- to boost economic and cultural ties. ("Iran's near abroad," Foreign Policy, Sept. 20, 2010)
  • More than a dozen of Colombia's most notorious rightwing paramilitary leaders have been extradited to the United States since 2006 to face drug trafficking charges. ("Colombian paramilitaries extradited to U.S., where cases are sealed," ProPublica, Sept. 11, 2010)
  • In 2008, environmental activists delivered the money, enthusiasm and people power that helped elect President Barack Obama. Two years later, after a severe recession and sagging poll numbers for the Democrats, green activists are being outspent and out worked by the energy industry and tea party activists. (" Democrats fighting election battles ask environmentalists, 'Where are you guys?'" Los Angeles Times, Sept. 21, 2010)

Recent Shows

Week Ending OCT. 1, 2010

  • Matthew Rothschild: Corporate-Funded Tea Party: Repeal New Deal Government Programs
  • Nada Khader: Groups Raise Funds to Launch U.S.-Gaza Aid Ship
  • Tyson Slocum: Oil Industry Organizes "Astroturf" Rallies to Fight Stronger Regulation

Week Ending SEPT. 24, 2010

  • Geneve Mantri: With Custody Transferred to Baghdad Government, Iraqi Prisoners Suffer Torture and Abuse
  • Julia Harumi Mass: CIA Torture Victims Denied Access to U.S. Courts
  • Sam Husseini: GOP Election Tactics and Media Bias Stoke Resurgent Islamophobia

Week Ending SEPT. 17, 2010

  • Bill Fletcher Jr.: Labor Must Put Pressure on Obama to Fight for Nation's Workers
  • Hussein Ibish: Middle East Peace Talks Resume Without Hamas
  • Patty Lovera: Massive Egg Recall Symptom of Larger Food Safety Crisis in Factory Farming

Week Ending SEPT. 10, 2010

  • Snehal Shingavi: Why International Aid is Slow to Arrive for Victims of Pakistan Floods
  • Jordan Flaherty: 5 Years After Katrina, New Orleans Recovery is a Tale of 2 Cities
  • Medea Benjamin: As Troops Withdraw From Iraq, Peace Groups Tie U.S. Wars with Financial Crisis

Week Ending SEPT. 3, 2010

  • Peter Hart: Media Amplifies Voices of Hate in Ground Zero Mosque Debate
  • Talet Hamdani: Muslim Mother of 9/11 Victim Asserts Islamic Center a Matter of Religious Freedom
  • Laura Kelley: Horticulturist: Disappearance of Honey Bees, a Warning Sign of Ecological Collapse

Week Ending AUGUST 27, 2010

  • Hugh Kaufman: Whistleblower: EPA Engaged in Coverup of BP Oil Spill Health Hazards
  • Catherine Murphy: Cuba's Transition to Organic, Sustainable Agriculture A Model for the World
  • Carole Scagnetti: Federal Judge Overturns California's Proposition 8, Affirms Gay Marriage as a Civil Right

Week Ending AUGUST 20, 2010

  • Jonathan Manes: Groups Launch Court Challenge To Stop Obama Assassination of U.S. Citizen
  • Ken Hechler: Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining No. 1 Issue for W. Virginia U.S. Senate Candidate
  • Craig Aaron: Google and Verizon Plan Would End Free, Public Internet as We Now Know It

Week Ending AUGUST 13, 2010

  • Tom Engelhardt: Wikileaks Documents Paint Grim Picture of Afghan War
  • Jennifer Jaff: New Transitional Federal Law Provides Health Insurance to Patients with Pre-existing Conditions
  • Joy Gordon: Economic Sanctions Target Most Vulnerable, Rarely Achieve Political Objectives

Week Ending AUGUST 6, 2010

  • Lawrence Lessig: 'Fix Congress First!' Organizes to Change 'Pay to Play' Status Quo in Washington, D.C.
  • Kevin Green: Seed Banks Challenge Corporate Control of Food Crops
  • Tom Juravich: U.S. Workers' Stories Illuminate Intensifying Struggle for Dignity