This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Jan. 30, 2013 for week ending Feb. 8, 2013

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"I think the best way to see what happened with the Israeli elections would be to understand it as a victory for the status quo for Israel. ...oppression of the Palestinians, settlement expansion, the siege of Gaza, none of that was on the agenda. The differences (the parties) may have, none of that played out in the election."

– Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism project at the Institute for Policy Studies assessing the recent Israeli election


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Status Quo Wins in Israel's Elections: Prospects Dim for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks Revival

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Interview with Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism project at the Institute for Policy Studies, conducted by Scott Harris

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Israel’s Jan. 22 election was predicted to safely re-install Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, in coalition with Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beitenu party, for another term in office. While opinion polls had projected that the ruling conservative coalition would win between 32 and 38 seats in the Israeli Knesset, or parliament, when the votes were counted they had won only 31.  Story continues

Portland, Maine Protest Opposes Plans to Pump Tar Sands Oil from Canada to New England, Largest to Date in Northeast

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Between The Lines Report recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus

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The Portland-Montreal Pipe Line Corporation says it has "no plans" to reverse the flow of an oil pipeline to transport Canadian tar sands oil to Portland, Maine’s harbor for export. But despite the company’s public denial, about a thousand Maine residents joined by activists from all over New England and Canada rallied on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Portland harbor to put their concerns about that very possibility "on the map." The action was supported by local and national environmental groups including 350.org, the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Environment Maine and the Natural Resource Council of Maine.  Story continues

Greek Left Coalition Leader Challenges Austerity Politics in Greece, Europe and the World

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Excerpt of a talk delivered by Alexis Tsipras, leader of Syriza, Coalition of the Radical Left, Greece's main opposition party, recorded and produced by Scott Harris

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Over the past several years of deep recession across Europe, the people of Greece have played the role of “lab rat” in the European Union’s experiment with harsh austerity policies. The European Commission, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Central Bank, collectively known as the “Troika,” provided bailout funds to Greece – which was in danger of defaulting on its external debt – in exchange for mandating dramatic cuts in social spending, massive layoffs and pay freezes in the public sector, reduced pensions and increased taxes.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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