This Week on Between The Lines

Posted June 8, 2011 for week ending June 17, 2011

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From Egypt to Tunisia to Spain ... is the U.S. Next?

-- David Swanson, author of "War is a Lie," on broad coalition planning sustained protests Oct. 6, 2011 in Washington, D.C.'s Freedom Plaza


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As Afghan War Approaches Second Decade, Activists Organize October Anti-War Protest

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Interview with David Swanson, co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org, conducted by Scott Harris

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When President Obama announced his decision to deploy 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan in December 2009, he also pledged to begin a withdrawal of those troops beginning in July 2011. The promise to wind down the war in Afghanistan was politically necessary, with a growing number of U.S. citizens no longer supportive of a war that will be entering its 11th year this October. But with July’s withdrawal date fast approaching, the White House is hinting that the withdrawal of U.S. troops may be larger than the anticipated token drawdown of 3,000 to 5,000 troops. How many American soldiers will come home in July is now being debated by the administration and the Pentagon.  Story continues

How Much Pain is Necessary to Break U.S. Addiction to Fossil Fuels?

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Interview with Michael Klare, professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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The nuclear plant disaster at Fukushima, Japan, has generated months of headlines around the world this year, but it was just last year that the massive oil spill caused by the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico was similarly in the news for months.  Story continues

Widespread Protests Challenge Spain's Political and Economic Status Quo

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Interview with Michael Albert, co-founder of Z Magazine , conducted by Scott Harris

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The economic crisis gripping Europe and government austerity measures have triggered angry demonstrations in major cities across the continent, including Athens, Paris and London. More recently, young activists in Spain poured into the streets, and taking inspiration from the popular revolts in the Middle East and North Africa, have occupied Madrid’s Puerta del Sol Square. There, Spaniards from all walks of life have gathered in unexpectedly large numbers to protest an economic and political system they say has given them no hope for the future. Activists in the Square, who call themselves “Indignados,” or the outraged, have organized themselves into a small city run by democratic councils. Police attempts to forcibly remove the demonstrators only swelled their numbers.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

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