This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Sept. 21, 2011 for week ending Sept. 30, 2011

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"The Palestinian move is based on international law and human rights – exactly the opposite of what the U.S.-led so-called peace process is based on, which is Israeli power."

– Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, discussing positive and negative consequences for Palestinians' decision on whether to seek United Nations statehood.


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Palestinians Vow to Test Bid for Statehood at United Nations

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Interview with Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, or PLO, and president of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, is traveling to the opening session of the United Nations in New York this week, where he says he intends to apply for membership as the world's 194th state in the UN Security Council. If he does, the U.S. has promised to use its veto to defeat the proposal. Further, the U.S. consul general in Jerusalem, Daniel Rubinstein, has stated that the U.S. would cut aid to the Palestinian Authority if the PLO moves ahead with its U.N. bid for statehood.  Story continues

As U.S. Poverty Rises, Social Safety Net Programs Face Cuts

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Interview with Dr. Cathy Grace, director of early childhood development with the Children’s Defense Fund, conducted by Scott Harris

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The U.S. Census Bureau’s recent release of poverty statistics for 2010 revealed that there has been a significant rise in poverty with 46.2 million adults and 16.4 million children living below the official poverty level, the largest number in the last 52 years. Those numbers translate to 22 percent -- or more than one in five of all American children now living in poverty in the aftermath of the nation’s worst economic decline since the Great Depression.  Story continues

Despite Almost Certain U.S. Job Losses, Obama Pushes for Bush-Era Free Trade Agreements with Panama, Colombia and South Korea

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Interview with Arthur Stamoulis, executive director of the Citizens Trade Campaign, conducted by Scott Harris

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During his Sept. 8 speech before a joint session of Congress promoting the White House jobs program, President Obama called for billions of dollars in spending on infrastructure projects and other government programs to stimulate the creation of jobs in an economy plagued by a 9.1 percent unemployment rate. During the address, Obama also called for congressional passage of three controversial free trade pacts, stating “It’s time to clear the way for a series of trade agreements that would make it easier for American companies to sell their products in Panama, Colombia and South Korea.”  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

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