This Week on Between The Lines

Posted June 6, 2012 for week ending June 15, 2012



"(The thousands of protesters) are demanding the chief prosecutor be removed and there be a retrial because he didn't provide sufficient evidence to warrant a death sentence for Hosni Mubarak and the interior minister. Their life-sentence could end in an appeal and their acquittal."

– Seif Da'Na on the dismissal of corruption charges against the ousted dictator and his sons, and the acquittal of officials whose police orders resulted in 840 deaths and 6,000 injured during Arab Spring

"Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's Victory is Not a Mandate for Anti-Labor and Austerity Agenda," by Reginald Johnson and Anna Manzo, June 6, 2012

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Days Before Egyptian Presidential Election, Court Sentences Mubarak, Ignites Massive Protest

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Interview with Seif Da'Na, associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, conducted by Scott Harris


Just days before Egyptians go to the polls in the final round of their nation’s first competitive presidential election, a three-judge panel convicted ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his former interior minister, Habib el-Adly, of being “accessories to murder” of pro-democracy protesters last spring. Both men were sentenced to life in prison. But the judges’ decision to dismiss corruption charges against Mubarak and his sons set off major protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and other cities across Egypt.  Story continues

Austerity Policies Fuel Eurozone Crisis, Growing Public Resistance

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Interview with Richard Wolff, professor of economics at New School University, conducted by Scott Harris


As Europe searches for a continent-wide solution for its gathering debt crisis, the United States economy is feeling the effects of the recession across the Atlantic. President Obama recently blamed Europe’s economic difficulties, in part, for the recent disappointing jobs report in the U.S. The European Union, comprised of 17 nations using the euro currency and 10 that don’t, is a larger economic bloc than either the U.S. or China.  Story continues

Women Against Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining Shave their Heads in Protest

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Interview with Marilyn Mullens, Women Unite to End Mountaintop Removal, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


West Virginia is one of the nation’s biggest coal producing states. Coal is transported from the southern Appalachian coal fields by truck, barge and rail, and is often cleaned on site before being shipped to fuel the nation's power plants. But both the production and treatment of coal produce major health risks for local residents.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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