This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Nov. 30, 2011 for week ending Dec. 9, 2011



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Egypt's Second Popular Uprising Targets Military's Hold on Power

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Interview with Seif Da’Na, associate professor of sociology and international studies at the University of Wisconsin, conducted by Scott Harris


When tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square last spring demanding the ouster of U.S.-supported dictator Hosni Mubarak, the nation’s armed forces played a decisive role in forcing Mubarak to resign on Feb. 11. When Mubarak ended his 30-year reign of power, it fell to Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to organize the nation’s transition to democracy. Initially, the military promised a six-month transition period, after which they would step aside to make way for civilian rule.  Story continues

Death Penalty Opponents Must Also Fight Racism in U.S. Criminal Justice System

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Excerpt of speech by Akinwole-Bandele, senior community advocate, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus


The controversial September execution of Troy Davis in Georgia raised the profile of the death penalty in the U.S. and the fight to abolish it. Davis was executed after spending 20 years on death row for the killing of an off-duty police officer, a crime for which he maintained his innocence to the end. Opponents of the execution pointed out that there was no physical evidence linking Davis to the murder; witnesses recanted their initial testimony, and there were many doubts about how the state handled the case.  Story continues

National Lawyers Guild Seeks Files on Federal Role in Police Suppression of Occupy Wall Street Movement

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Interview with Heidi Boghosian, executive director of the National Lawyers Guild, conducted by Scott Harris


In the 10 weeks since the original Occupy Wall Street protest encampment was founded in New York City’s Zuccotti Park, the movement has spread to hundreds of other outposts across the U.S. and the world. The message of activists – condemning corporate greed, economic inequality and the corrupting influence of money in politics – has resonated with many Americans who are suffering under high unemployment, a record number of mortgage foreclosures and dimming prospects for the future.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

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