This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Feb. 27, 2013 for week ending March 8, 2013

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"We know from the work of Fix the Debt, as well as the Simpson-Bowles Commission operation to influence policymakers, the real effort by Pete Peterson is to get his hands and (those) of the private sector on Social Security and to change Social Security to make it harder to access for Americans, to reduce the amount of payments for ordinary Americans and also basically undermine other safety net programs."

– Lisa Graves, executive director of Center for Media and Democracy, on why billionaire Pete Peterson's organization, Fix the Debt, has launched a public relations campaign to pressure that Congress' budget negotiations on the debt ceiling, fiscal cliff and sequestration include Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid cuts.


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Investigation Reveals Interests Behind Astroturf "Fix the Debt" Campaign to Slash Nation's Social Safety Net

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Interview with Lisa Graves, executive director of Center for Media and Democracy, conducted by Scott Harris

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In the latest in a series of dramatic political and economic showdowns in Washington, D.C., beltway politicians, pundits and much of the nation are now focused on the current debate over the March 1 deadline to avert the sequester. The sequester is measure mandating a series of automatic cuts in the federal budget, that will reduce across the board government spending in military and domestic programs by $85 billion, a down payment on $1 trillion in cuts over the next decade.  Story continues

Tar Sands Opponents Form Cross-Border Alliance to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline

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Excerpt of speech by Jackie Thomas, chief of Saik'uz First Nation in Canada, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus at the Feb. 17, 2013 Keystone Pipeline rally in Washington, D.C.

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Leaders of native nations in both Canada and Oklahoma were among the speakers at the “Forward on Climate” rally in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 17, which saw an estimated 35,000 to nearly 50,000 people supporting the demand that President Obama deny a federal permit for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would transport dirty tar sands from Alberta, Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast, mostly for export.  Story continues

Planned Pentagon-Funded Yale Research Project Mobilizes Opposition from Campus and Community

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Interview with Chris Hebdon, Yale University graduate student active with opposition group, conducted by Scott Harris

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Controversy erupted on the Yale University campus in late January, when The Yale Herald reported that the Pentagon’s Special Operations Command had recently awarded Charles Morgan, a professor of psychiatry at Yale’s Medical School, a $1.8 million grant to teach interviewing methods to U.S. Army Green Berets using New Haven’s local immigrant population as volunteer, paid test subjects. The objective of the Center of Excellence for Operational Neuroscience that Morgan hopes to direct is to improve the quality of military intelligence that will be applied by the Pentagon in the field and in combat zones around the world.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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