This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Feb. 22, 2012 for week ending March 2, 2012

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"Every segment of society has been affected: the reduction of the minimum wage is accompanied by the destruction of labor rights and collective bargaining, successive pay cuts for public workers and pensions, rising poverty rates, even affecting people who were solidly middle class."

– Costas Panayotakis, author and associate professor of sociology at New York City College of Technology, on Greece's austerity measures creating a humanitarian crisis resembling that of a Third World country that could last for decades


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Greeks Resist Harsh Austerity Measures Imposed by Eurozone as Condition for New $172 Billion Bailout

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Interview with Costas Panayotakis, author and associate professor of sociology at New York City College of Technology, conducted by Scott Harris

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European finance ministers agreed on Feb. 21 to a second bailout of the Greek economy, avoiding for now the threat of default, which many observers fear could trigger a crisis that would endanger the survival of the Eurozone. The so-called “troika,” made up of the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund negotiated a deal that will cut the principle on Greek bonds and lower the interest rate paid.  Story continues

National Campaign Organizes to Overturn Provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act that Empowers Government to Indefinitely Detain American Citizens

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Interview with Shahid Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, on New Year's Eve last year, at a time that was sure to elicit little media coverage. The president had earlier promised to veto the bill if provisions were not removed that called for the indefinite military detention of U.S. citizens and non-citizens arrested on American soil on suspicion of engaging in terrorism, without charge or trial.  Story continues

Consumer Groups Demand Rigorous Government Study of Genetically Engineered Salmon's Hazards to Human Health

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Interview with Patty Lovera, deputy director of Food and Water Watch, conducted by Scott Harris

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Consumer groups Food and Water Watch, Consumers Union and the Center for Food Safety filed a petition in early February seeking action from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, to classify and evaluate a Massachusetts-based company’s genetically engineered salmon food product. The company, AquaBounty Technologies, has inserted Atlantic salmon with a growth gene from a Chinook salmon and an antifreeze gene from an ocean pout, an eel-like fish. The AquAdvantage salmon grow twice as fast as typical native salmon species and consume about 10 percent less food.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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