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This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Oct. 20, 2010 for week ending Oct. 29, 2010


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As War Escalates, Afghan Government and Taliban Take First Steps Toward Negotiations

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Interview with Mel Goodman, former CIA analyst, conducted by Scott Harris

afghantalksAs U.S. and NATO troops fighting in Afghanistan see a record number of military and civilian casualties in the nine-year-old war, news reports indicate that the Afghan government and the Taliban may be taking the first tentative steps toward negotiations. U.S. officials have confirmed that they are providing safe passage to Taliban leaders traveling to the capital city of Kabul to initiate peace talks with representatives of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Story continues

Strict Environmental Regulations Have Cut Deaths Resulting from Coal Pollution

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Interview with Conrad Schneider, advocacy director of the Clean Air Task Force, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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In September, the Clean Air Task Force released a report titled, "The Toll from Coal: An Updated Assessment of Death and Disease from America's Dirtiest Energy Source," The report noted that emissions from coal-fired power plants contribute to global warming, ozone smog, acid rain, regional haze, and perhaps most consequential of all, from a public health standpoint -- fine particle pollution. Story continues

As U.S. Poverty Rises, GOP and Tea Party Work to Undermine Social Safety Net

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Interview with Chuck Collins, director of Institute for Policy Studies' Program of Inequality and the Common Good, conducted by Scott Harris

economyStatistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau in September found that the percentage of Americans living below the poverty line in 2009 was the highest in 15 years at 14.3 percent. Forty-four million, or one of every seven Americans was classified as poor, the highest level in 51 years. The increase in the poverty rate was highest for children, with one in five below the official poverty line. Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news  

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