This Week on Between The Lines

Posted May 11, 2011 for week ending May 20, 2011


The BTL Crew Thanks You!

To all who attended, we thank you for a very successful 20th Anniversary Celebration with Ralph Nader and our "Democracy in Action" awardees from the Universal Health Care Foundation and AFSCME Council 4!

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Claims that U.S. Torture Played Key Role in Locating Osama bin Laden are Unsupportable

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Interview with Gabor Rona, international legal director with Human Rights First, conducted by Scott Harris


It wasn’t long after President Obama’s May 1 announcement that a U.S. Navy Seal commando team had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, that former members of the Bush administration and their allies began celebrating the role they claimed U.S. torture of terrorist suspects had played in locating the al Qaeda leader. Former Vice President Dick Cheney said that waterboarding -- which was banned by President Obama in January 2009 -- was “a good program. It was a legal program. It was not torture, I would strongly recommend we continue it." Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld stated “it was a mistake to rule out waterboarding. It's clear that those techniques that the CIA used worked."  Story continues

For Fatah, New Unity Pact with Hamas is Risky, but Few Options Remained

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


On May 4th, Fatah, the Palestinian faction that rules the West Bank, and Hamas, the Islamist faction that controls Gaza, signed a pact in Cairo that would unite the two rival parties to form a transitional government and hold long-delayed elections in both territories within a year. Because Hamas has refused to renounce violence or recognize Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state, Israel condemned the move, while the Obama administration is taking a wait-and-see approach.  Story continues

Although National Media Spotlight is Gone, Progressive Mobilization Against Wis. Gov. Walker’s Conservative, Anti-union Agenda Continues

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Interview with Ben Manski, coordinator of Wisconsin Wave , conducted by Scott Harris


The enormous protests in Wisconsin during February and March -- organized to oppose Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s legislation that would have all but eliminated public employee unions’ collective bargaining rights -- have tapered down in recent weeks. But although the national media spotlight has dimmed on the spirited movement that saw over 100,000 demonstrators descend on, and occupy the capitol in Madison, the progressive campaign to derail Walker’s hard right conservative agenda goes on.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

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