This Week on Between The Lines

Posted March 21, 2012 for week ending March 30, 2012

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"The U.S. saying (Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales') massacre of 16 civilians is an aberration, that's not true. ... Afghan people have been bearing night raids, aerial bombardments and drone attacks almost as a norm throughout these horrible years of United States invasion and occupation."

– Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, who recently returned from a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan.


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U.S. Soldier's Murder of 16 Afghan Civilians Provokes Growing Anger Toward American Occupation

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Interview with Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, conducted by Scott Harris

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The most recent flashpoint for violence in Afghanistan came after U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales allegedly shot and killed nine children, four men and three women – all civilians, on March 11, in two villages near his Army base in Kandahar province. The shootings followed violent protests provoked by the late February burning of copies of the Koran and other Islamic religious material by U.S. military personnel at America’s Bagram air base. Earlier, a video showing four U.S. Marines urinating on three slain Taliban fighters had provoked angry demonstrations.  Story continues

Amnesty International Report: Syrian Government Opponents Subjected to Systematic Torture

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Interview with Suzanne Nossel, executive director of Amnesty International, USA, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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The conflict between protesters calling for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the military loyal to the regime continues to escalate. The shelling of cities and towns such as Homs, which has killed and injured hundreds – along with running battles between government troops and the opposition Free Syrian Army is transforming what was once a civilian uprising into what many fear will lead to full scale civil war.  Story continues

Critics Say Kony 2012 Campaign Offers Wrong Response to Central Africa's Complex Issues

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Interview with Kambale Musavuli, national spokesperson and student coordinator with Friends of the Congo, conducted by Scott Harris

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The group Invisible Children’s Stop Kony campaign, built around, “Kony 2012,” a 30-minute video that has gone viral around the world, calls attention to the atrocities committed by Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. Kony’s brutal Lord’s Resistance Army, which is engaged in conflicts in several nations in Central Africa, has abducted thousands of children to serve as child soldiers and sex slaves.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

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