This Week on Between The Lines

Posted March 27, 2013 for week ending April 5, 2013

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"What the United States should do if it's serious about trying to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace, is ... to end the military support and diplomatic support that enables Israel to continue these policies that even the United States opposes."

– Josh Ruebner, national advocacy director with the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation


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President Obama's Israel/Palestine Visit Will Yield Little Unless U.S. Pressures Israel to Halt Settlement Expansion

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Interview with Josh Ruebner, national advocacy director with the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, conducted by Scott Harris

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President Obama’s recent trip to Israel and the Palestinian West Bank, the first of his presidency, was surrounded by low expectations given that Middle East peace talks have been stalled for most of the years he’s been in office. One of the highlights of the president’s visit was a warmly received speech given at the Jerusalem Convention Center, in which Obama pledged unwavering U.S. support for the Jewish state while imploring young Israelis to look at the world through Palestinian eyes and move their politicians to take risks to negotiate a path to establish an independent Palestinian state and a just and lasting peace.  Story continues

Retired CIA Officer Reflects on Iraq War Architects' Motives and Lack of Accountability, 10 Years Later

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Interview with Ray McGovern, former CIA Officer and founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, conducted by Scott Harris

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In a March 17, 2003 address to the nation and the world, President George W. Bush announced that he had ordered U.S. forces to launch America's "long anticipated war against Iraq." Live TV images of U.S. missiles exploding across the Baghdad skyline signaled the first phase of a war that its supporters predicted would last only a few weeks or maybe six months.  Story continues

Environmental Movement Divided on Negotiating Voluntary Fracking Standards with Energy Industry

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Interview with Seth Gladstone, Northeast regional communications manager, Food & Water Watch, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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Some of the nation’s largest energy companies have recently agreed to meet voluntary standards as they employ natural gas extraction known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking in the Northeast. In fracking, large amounts of water and chemicals are pumped underground to break up tight shale formations and release the oil or natural gas within. If drilling and pipeline companies abide by 15 measures to protect the air and water – based on an independent review – they will receive the blessing of the new Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale Development, established by some environmental groups and the energy industry.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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