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This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Oct. 13, 2010 for week ending Oct. 22, 2010


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Supreme Court Decision Opened Flood Gates for Unregulated Money in 2010 Election Campaign

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Interview with Nick Nyhart, cofounder and president of Public Campaign, conducted by Scott Harris

democracyforsaleIn the final stretch of this year's congressional election campaign, the flood of corporate money being spent on attack advertising targeting mostly Democrats, has itself become a hot campaign issue. In recent stump speeches, President Obama has harshly criticized conservative special interest groups that solicit contributions from anonymous donors to spend on negative campaign ads. The president has specifically cited the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Crossroads GPS affiliated with Republican campaign strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie. Story continues

Israel's Expansion of West Bank Settlements Dooms Current Peace Talks

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Interview with Chris Toensing, editor of the Middle East Report, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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The latest round of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians began just a month ago and are now on hold because Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu let a partial one-time nine-month building freeze in the occupied West Bank expire. The Palestinians stated at the outset they would not continue negotiations unless the freeze is extended. Story continues

Ecuador Coup Attempt Preceded by Familiar Pattern of U.S. Funding for Opposition Groups

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Interview with Venezuelan-American attorney Eva Golinger, author of "The Chavez Code," conducted by Scott Harris

ecuador On Sept. 30, elements within Ecuador's police force staged violent protests against government cutbacks on officers' salary and benefits. But what first appeared to be protests by disgruntled civil servants, transformed into an attempted coup against President Rafael Correa. When the president went personally to meet with police at the capital city's main barracks, he was physically assaulted and tear-gased, which prompted him to tear off his shirt and declare, "If you want to kill the president, here he is. Kill him, if you want to. Kill him if you are brave enough." Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news  

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