This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Jan. 9, 2013 for week ending Jan. 18, 2013

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"One of the big complaints about this deal is that the concessions are permanent on one side, but the cessation of hostilities is only temporary. So, this leaves all sorts of battles yet to come, and on a ... tilted playing field ..."

– Richard Eskow, senior fellow with the group Campaign for America’s Future on the recent "fiscal cliff" deal


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White House–Congressional Fiscal Cliff Deal Comes at High Price

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Interview with Richard Eskow, senior fellow with the group Campaign for America’s Future, conducted by Scott Harris

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While the U.S. news media was hyperventilating with minute-by-minute reports on the drama surrounding the Washington-made “fiscal cliff” crisis, an 11th-hour deal between the White House and Congress was reached in the first hours of the new year, averting across the board tax hikes. The agreement allowed the Bush tax cuts to expire for families making $450,000 a year or more, marginally raised the estate tax, and tax rates on capital gains and dividends. The legislation extended unemployment benefits for a year, while continuing the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and refundable tuition tax credits for five years.  Story continues

Violence Against Women, Stigmatization of Victims Persists Across Cultures

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Interview with Hillary Haldane, assistant professor of anthropology at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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Violence against women is a pervasive problem in virtually all cultures, though the forms it takes vary greatly. News reports around the world recounted the savage gang rape in December of a young Indian woman who later died of her injuries and the resultant outrage and demand for justice it provoked inside India. Ongoing mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of Congo and an epidemic of rape in post-earthquake Haiti are also in the news, perhaps obscuring the fact that gender violence – including domestic and dating violence, sexual slavery and forced prostitution – also occurs daily in the United States. One recent, widely publicized example is the rape of a young woman by members of the Steubenville, Pa. High School football team.  Story continues

FBI Documents Confirm Government Collaborated with Big Banks to Spy on Occupy Wall Street Movement

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Interview with Heather Benno, staff attorney with the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, conducted by Scott Harris

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Last fall, the Occupy Wall Street movement unexpectedly spread from New York City’s Zuccotti Park to hundreds of other encampments and protest sites across the U.S. and the world. The activists’ condemnation of corporate greed, economic inequality and the corrupting influence of money in politics resonated with millions of people around the globe who are suffering through the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression early in the 20th century.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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