This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Feb. 20, 2013 for week ending March 1, 2013


"I'm afraid that the president misses the prime lesson from ... past struggles against inequality. If you want to create a decent society, you can't just work at lifting people at the bottom up, you have to look at the top as well. And you have to not just look, you have to confront the wealth and power concentrated up there."

– Sam Pizzigati, labor journalist, on President Obama's second term agenda as described in his 2013 State of the Union Address on jobs

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Obama's Second Term Agenda Falls Short on Addressing U.S. Economic Inequality

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Interview with Sam Pizzigati, labor journalist, conducted by Scott Harris


President Obama’s State of the Union address, delivered before Congress and the nation on Feb. 12, laid out priorities for his second term agenda. Prominent among Obama’s proposals was his call to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 an hour, while indexing future increases to inflation. The minimum wage had not been raised since 2009. While conservative opponents assert any increase in the minimum wage will force small businesses to reduce hiring, there are many studies that contradict this view.  Story continues

Washington D.C. Climate Change Protest Demands Obama Reject Keystone XL Pipeline

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Report on Keystone XL pipeline protest with activist Van Jones, Texas rancher Eleanor Fairchild and others, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus


On Feb. 17, tens of thousands of Americans – and a contingent of Canadians – rallied on the national mall in Washington, D.C. to demand that President Obama veto the government permit needed by TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline across the international border that would carry tar sands oil from Alberta to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. The rally, dubbed as the largest climate change protest in U.S. history, was organized by the Sierra Club and The extraction of tar sands oil in northern Canada – much of it on indigenous lands occupied by what are called First Nations – has already destroyed large areas of the land, poisoning both water and air. That's likely the cause of new and more frequent occurrences of cancer and respiratory ailments among both humans and animals that live there. The spirited two-and-a-half hour rally in Washington featured a dozen speakers, including Van Jones, who worked briefly in the Obama White House as special adviser on Green Jobs. He now works with the group Rebuild the Dream. Here is his short, but powerful speech.  Story continues

Activists Reflect on 10th Anniversary of Feb. 15, 2003 Global Day of Protest to Prevent Iraq War

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Interview with peace and justice activists/organizers Leslie Cagan and Bill Fletcher Jr. conducted by Scott Harris


Ten years ago a growing number of people across the globe were becoming more and more concerned about then President George W. Bush’s escalating public threats to go to war with Saddam Hussein, over the alleged danger posed by Iraq’s stockpile of “weapons of mass destruction.” Those grave accusations, coupled with vague charges that Hussein’s government was somehow linked with the 9/11 attacks against the U.S., two years earlier, laid the groundwork to attract public support for President Bush’s decision to launch an invasion of Iraq on March 19th 2003.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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