This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Oct. 10, 2012 for week ending Oct. 19, 2012

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"Venezuela gives the equivalent of about $7 billion a year in aid to other countries in Latin America. ... The other left governments, Brazil and Argentina, they see Venezuela as a very important strategic ally and this election was extremely important to all of them. ... Venezuela is sitting on the largest oil reserves in the whole world, which is going to make them always a very influential country."

– Mark Weisbrot of Center for Economic and Policy Research, on Hugo Chavez's re-election.


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Venezuela's Poor Deliver Hugo Chavez Re-Election Victory

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Interview with Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, conducted by Scott Harris

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was re-elected to a fourth aix-year term in office in an Oct. 7 contest closely watched around the world. Chavez, who has been battling cancer over the past year, won the vote by 11 percent, his smallest margin of victory since he first ran for office in 1998. He had won his previous election by a margin of 26 percent in 2006. The 58-year-old president faced down his strongest opponent to date, Henrique Capriles Radonski, the young and energetic conservative governor of Miranda state. In his victory speech, Chavez talked about his goal to deepen his “21st century Bolivarian socialist revolution over the next six years.  Story continues

Slain Peace Activist Rachel Corrie's Parents Carry on Struggle for Peace and Justice in her Name

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Interview with Cindy Corrie, mother of peace activist Rachel Corrie, killed by an Israeli bulldozer in 2003, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old student from Olympia, Wash., was crushed to death by a bulldozer on March 16, 2003, as she stood wearing a neon vest in nonviolent civil disobedience with activists from the International Solidarity Movement. They were trying to protect a Palestinian family's home in the Gaza strip against demolition. In late August, an Israeli judge ruled that Israel’s military was not responsible for Corrie’s death. Her family had brought a civil suit seeking a symbolic $1 in damages and legal expenses after no action was taken against the military driver of the bulldozer by the Israeli government. The family had previously lost a civil suit in U.S. courts against Caterpillar, the manufacturer of the specially equipped bulldozer.  Story continues

Rocky Anderson Runs for President Challenging Plutocracy and the "Corrupt" Major Party Duopoly

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Interview with Rocky Anderson, former Salt Lake City mayor, conducted by Scott Harris

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Rocky Anderson, the former two-term mayor of Salt Lake City and a 1996 Democratic nominee in Utah’s 2nd Congressional District, publicly broke with the Democratic Party in August 2011. In an angry letter of resignation sent to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Anderson wrote, “The Constitution has been eviscerated while Democrats have stood by with nary a whimper. It is a gutless, unprincipled party, bought and paid for by the same interests that buy and pay for the Republican Party."  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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