This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Sept. 28, 2011 for week ending Oct. 7, 2011

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OCCUPY WALL STREET

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Is the Wall Street Occupation a Spark that Can Ignite a New U.S. Economic Justice Movement?

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Interview with Chris Hedges, author of "The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress", UPDATED and with NEW LINKs (9/30/11 below) , conducted by Scott Harris

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In the months after the near collapse of the U.S. financial and banking system in 2008 that triggered the most serious global economic meltdown since the Great Depression, America has witnessed an uneasy silence suggesting either trauma or stunned acquiescence among the general populace. While polls find that the population at large blames the recklessness of wealthy bankers and speculators for record unemployment and home foreclosures, the only real anger expressed in the streets in recent years has come from corporate-backed Tea Party activists bent on defunding social safety net programs while labeling President Obama a Muslim-socialist, and attacking unions.  Story continues

GOP and Big Winners of Trickle-Down Policies Now Charge They are Victims of "Class Warfare"

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Interview with Richard Wolff, professor of economics at New School University, conducted by Scott Harris

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When President Obama outlined his plan on Sept. 19 to raise $1.5 trillion in new taxes primarily targeting the wealthy in order to reduce the nation’s deficit over the next decade, Republican politicians and conservative activists were quick to brand the president’s plan as “class warfare.” The White House proposal would add $800 billion in revenue by ending the Bush-era tax cuts on households with an annual income of more than $250,000, and gain an additional $700 billion by closing tax loopholes and deductions.  Story continues

New Policies in Juvenile Justice System Obstruct Goal of Youth Rehabilitation

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Interview with Ashley Nellis, research analyst with The Sentencing Project, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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For decades of criminal justice practice in the U.S., juveniles were considered to have a special status, different from adult offenders, by virtue of their age and higher likelihood of rehabilitation. The criminal justice system put in place a process to insulate young people from the negative consequences of being thrown in with adult prisoners and being branded a “criminal.” Prosecutors followed procedures that allowed the conviction of young offenders to remain confidential matters.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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