This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Jan. 25, 2012 for week ending Feb. 3, 2012

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"It's not like all the racism in America is confined within the borders of South Carolina. The country is profoundly racist."

– Kevin Alexander Gray, activist and author of "The Decline of Black Politics: From Malcolm X to Barack Obama"


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In 2012 GOP Primary Campaign, "Racist Dog Whistle" Sounds Like a Bullhorn

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Interview with Kevin Alexander Gray, writer and activist, conducted by Scott Harris

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As candidates for the Republican party nomination for president battle each other in primary states this year, the nation is reminded of the party’s longtime history of appealing to racial hatred. Since President Johnson signed civil rights legislation 40 years ago, many politicians within the GOP have embraced racial politics to win over white voters, especially in the South, where the majority of whites had been loyal Democrats since the New Deal era of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. President Richard Nixon’s exploitation of racial division to win votes in southern states is referred to as the GOP’s “Southern Strategy.”  Story continues

Study Finds Surface and Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Degrades Water Quality

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Interview with Emily Bernhardt, an associate professor of biology at Duke University, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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In December, an article appeared in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that exposes the impact of surface and mountaintop removal coal mining on water quality downstream of mining sites. The study reveals that the problem persists many years after reclamation, indicating current environmental protection strategies are not addressing the problem. The findings show a clear connection between the amount of mining in a watershed area and the impact on water quality downstream.  Story continues

Cyber Activists Rise Up to Derail Proposed Federal Anti-Piracy Bills

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Interview with Josh Levy, Internet campaign director with the media reform group Free Press, conducted by Scott Harris

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With the backing of Hollywood movie studios, book publishers and the music industry, the U.S. Senate’s proposed “Protect Intellectual Property Act” and House legislation dubbed "Stop Online Piracy Act,” looked like they were headed for easy passage. But the legislation designed to prevent the piracy of U.S. movies, music and software, confronted an effective grassroots campaign that viewed the legislation as a mortal threat to creativity, innovation and freedom of expression on the Internet.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

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