This Week on Between The Lines

Posted May 30, 2012 for week ending June 8, 2012



"The student associations here in Quebec function through direct democracy. There are general assemblies, discussions, debates, and the constituents themselves have to vote and make the actual decision. The representatives simply carry them out; they're not really 'official.' They're truly representative."

– Andrew Gavin Marshall on what sparked the Quebec students' strike over tuition fee increases and universal, free education, now tied to ending Bill 78, which suppresses the right to freedom of expression and assembly


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Jailed Palestinian Hunger Strikers Win Concessions from Israelis on Improved Prison Conditions

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Interview with Saher Francis, human rights lawyer and director of Addameer, a prisoner support and human rights association based in the West Bank, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Hunger strikes by Palestinian prisoners held in administrative detention inside Israel are nothing new, but extended hunger strikes undertaken in 2011 and 2012 this year have garnered more media coverage in the U.S. than previous prison campaigns. The latest hunger strikes were undertaken to demand an end to harsh restrictions put in place after Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was taken prisoner in 2006 by members of Hamas and held in Gaza for five years.  Story continues

Quebec's Student Tuition Strike Grows into Massive Anti-Austerity Movement

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Interview with Andrew Gavin Marshall, an independent researcher and writer based in Montreal, conducted by Scott Harris


What began as organized opposition against 75 percent and then 83 percent increases in university tuition in Canada’s Quebec province, developed first into a student strike – and now has grown into a full-blown social protest movement in sync with anti-austerity activists across the globe. A student boycott of classes initiated in mid-February, grew to over 166,000 students on strike across the province by the end of March.  Story continues

Millions of Americans' Access to Health Care Hinges on Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act Ruling

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Interview with Richard Kirsch, author of the book, "Fighting for Our Health", conducted by Scott Harris


The Supreme Court is expected to rule in June on the constitutionality of the individual mandate, a key element in the Affordable Care Act that President Obama signed into law two years ago. How the justices rule on the challenge to the law’s provision that forces citizens now without health coverage to purchase insurance will have a profound effect on millions of Americans’ access to health care.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

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