This Week on Between The Lines

Posted March 7, 2012 for week ending March 16, 2012


"...Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Barkley's Bank, and the other large financial institutions are treating crude oil markets ... as a personal casino, but a casino where they control the house, and so it's a game of "Texas Hold 'Em" that the American consumer can't possibly win."

– Tyson Slocum, director, Public Citizen’s Energy Program, on how speculators are driving up the price of oil


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U.S. and Israel's Threats Could Lead to Unpredictable Military Confrontation with Iran

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Interview with Melvin A. Goodman, former Senior Soviet Analyst with the CIA, senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, conducted by Scott Harris


With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's arrival in the U.S. this week, the world’s attention has focused on the repeated threats made by both the U.S. and Israel to launch airstrikes against Iran’s nuclear research facilities. In speeches before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, the nation’s most powerful pro-Israel lobby, President Obama, Prime Minister Netanyahu and three GOP presidential candidates discussed the West’s confrontation with Iran.  Story continues

GOP Doubles Down on War Against Women's Access to Contraception

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Interview with Judy Tabar, the long-time president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England , conducted by Melinda Tuhus


In 1965, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Griswold v. Connecticut that married couples have the right to use birth control. In fact, at that time Connecticut was one of the last states to bar access to birth control based on the 19th century moral police empowered under the Comstock Law. In 1972, in Eisenstadt v. Baird that right was extended to unmarried individuals as well.  Story continues

Speculation and Exports Cause Latest Gas Price Spike

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Interview with Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program, conducted by Scott Harris


Once again, gas prices are on the rise across the U.S., despite an increase in supply and decreased consumer demand. Since early February, the average price of gas has risen by more than 28 cents per gallon, breaking records for the price of gasoline during this time period in the winter season. As of March 7, the average price of gas was $3.764 per gallon.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

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