This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Feb. 15, 2012 for week ending Feb. 24, 2012

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"Citizens United in my view ... is really the end game of a sustained, very well-funded, corporate campaign to twist the Constitution and take rights in order to undermine democracy."

– Jeff Clements, author of "Corporations Are Not People: Why They Have More Rights Than You Do and What You Can Do About It," on the January 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling permitting unlimited and anonymous corporate contributions to U.S. election campaigns.


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Tensions Escalate as Israel and Iran Trade Charges in Embassy Bombings

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Interview with Jamal Abdi, policy director with the National Iranian American Council, conducted by Scott Harris

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Amid rising tensions between Iran and the West, the Israeli government charged that Iran and its ally Hezbollah were responsible for two bombings on Feb. 13 targeting Israel’s embassy staff in New Delhi, India that injured four, and in Tiblisi, Georgia where a bomb was found and defused. Three Iranian nationals fled the scene of another bomb explosion in Bangkok, Thailand on Feb. 14 that appeared to have been set off accidentally in a house a few miles from the Israeli Embassy. Iran has denied any involvement in the attacks.  Story continues

Rabbis' Group Fights for Rights of the Oppressed in Israel and the U.S.

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Interview with Rachel Goldenberg, co-chair of Rabbis for Human Rights, North America, conducted by Scott Harris

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Rachel Goldenberg is rabbi of a congregation in Connecticut and co-chair of Rabbis for Human Rights, North America. The organization, founded in 2002, addresses issues of concern in the U.S., such as the torture of American-held prisoners, the rise of Islamophobia, and protecting the rights of farm workers. The group also raises financial support for the Rabbis for Human Rights’ Israeli chapter.  Story continues

2012 Campaign Spending Breaking New Records as Groups Fight to Overturn Supreme Court 'Corporate Personhood' Decision

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Interview with Jeff Clements, author of the book, "Corporations Are Not People", conducted by Scott Harris

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Although President Obama opposed the Supreme Court’s January 2010 Citizens United decision that eliminated many limits on corporate contributions to election campaigns, he symbolically threw in the towel in early February to endorse Super Political Action Committees or Super PACs created by the decision. With his endorsement, Obama joined Republican presidential candidates who are already using Super PACs, and urged his supporters to make donations to the Priorities USA Super PAC, established to make unlimited expenditures on the president’s behalf in the 2012 election campaign. But as the White House made this announcement, a press release stated that “President favors action – by constitutional amendment, if necessary – to place reasonable limits on all such spending.”  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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