This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Oct. 24, 2012 for week ending Nov. 2, 2012

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"We wanted to reach out to the people there and let them know that somebody cares about what's happening to them. We wanted to be able to come back here to America and say to people, 'I was there, this is who I met, this is what I saw, and hope to really influence public opinion a little bit, because this is really a terrible program that the United States is involved in right now."

– Judy Bello, Code Pink delegate, on their trip to Pakistan in solidarity with U.S. drone strike victims.


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Code Pink Delegation in Pakistan Stands in Solidarity with U.S. Drone Attack Victims

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Interview with Judy Bello, Code Pink delegate and Fellowship of Reconciliation member, conducted by Scott Harris

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A delegation of 31 Americans from all walks of life traveled to Pakistan in early October on a delegation organized by the group Code Pink Women for Peace, with the goal of witnessing firsthand the damage wrought by U.S. drone strikes. Delegates on the trip, coinciding with the eleventh anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, traveled to the federally administered tribal areas of Waziristan, the first time that the Pakistani government has admitted foreigners to the region for nearly a decade. While in Pakistan, the Americans participated in an anti-drone rally in the city of Hatala, met with Pakistanis who have been victims of U.S. drone strikes and participated in a one-day fast in memory of the estimated 450 to 800 civilians, including 160 children killed by U.S. drones since 2004.  Story continues

Testimony Before Russell Tribunal Focuses on U.S., U.N. Role in Israel's 45-Year Occupation of Palestine

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Excerpts of testimony by Diana Buttu, Palestinian-Canadian attorney and Saleh Abdal Jawad, a Palestinian historian, produced by Melinda Tuhus

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The fourth and last session of the Bertrand Russell International Tribunal on Palestine took place in New York City on Oct. 6 and 7. A distinguished panel of judges, including Alice Walker, Angela Davis and Native American activist Dennis Banks among the American participants, heard testimony from activists, academics and human rights defenders about the role of the United States and the United Nations in permitting the continued oppression of the Palestinian people by the state of Israel.  Story continues

The Theft of Millions of Votes Could Determine Outcome of 2012 Senate and Presidential Elections

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Interview with Greg Palast, BBC Investigative reporter and author of “Billionaires and Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps”, conducted by Scott Harris

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The presidential campaign of 2012 will likely be cited in future history books as having been the election suffering some of the most blatant voter suppression tactics employed by a major political party in decades. After the mid-term elections of 2010 when Republican Party majorities took control of many state legislatures and governor’s seats, the nation saw a flood of bills restricting access to voting, with the imposition of onerous ID laws, elimination of voter registration programs and curtailment of early voting schedules. Groups targeted by these laws included racial minorities, senior citizens and students – demographic groups who, not coincidentally, often vote for Democratic party candidates.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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