This Week on Between The Lines

Posted May 18, 2011 for week ending May 27, 2011


The BTL Crew Thanks You!

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

Ralph Nader gave a very eye-opening speech on corporate power and corruption, as well as a surprise fundraising pitch for Between The Lines, which he began with a match of $100 if nine others would join him with $100 each. Then a good friend in the audience made a match challenge of $1,000 and another young woman made a match of "everything" in the house! If you didn't get a chance to donate, but still would like to, please donate either online or by check.

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Religious and Class Divisions Stoke Popular Uprising in Syria

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Interview with Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, conducted by Scott Harris


The popular uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa which succeeded in ousting the governments in Tunisia and Egypt have for the past two months also unexpectedly taken hold in Syria. Although western journalists have not been permitted into Syria to report on police attacks on demonstrations, more than 850 civilians are estimated to have been killed, with at least 8,000 arrested.  Story continues

Civilian Deaths From U.S.-NATO Drone Attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan Provoke Hatred and Violence

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Interview with Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, conducted by Scott Harris


The May 1st U.S. Navy Seal Commando raid into Pakistan that killed Osama bin-Laden set off an angry backlash among Pakistani government and military officials who were kept in the dark by the White House and Pentagon about the impending assault on the al-Qaeda leader’s secret compound. While many Americans have watched and read accounts of this famous incursion into Pakistan, most are unaware that the U.S. and NATO regularly launch hundreds of unmanned predator drones with guided missiles to attack suspected Taliban guerillas and terrorist groups in the tribal regions of both Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Story continues

Climate Scientists Now Connect Extreme Weather with Global Climate Change

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Interview with Kevin Trenberth, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research , conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Record-setting weather events -- vast floods along the Mississippi River and shockingly destructive tornadoes in the South -- have dominated the news in the U.S. for the past several weeks. Up to now, climate scientists have always been careful to say that no particular weather event can be linked directly to climate change. But many climate experts are now linking climate change directly to some of these weather-related disasters.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

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