This Week on Between The Lines

Posted April 24, 2013 for week ending May 3, 2013


"In some ways, things have happened so quickly in response to the marathon bombings where we don't have a proper legal response to the 9/11 attacks, which is a frustration on my part. ... The ways in which you break these cycles of violence is by actually inviting people to participate in some communal discussion, diplomacy, political systems and I hope this makes us think very hard about how to do that. "

– Boston resident Terry Kay Rockefeller, on the marathon bombing. She is a documentary film producer who joined the group September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows soon after her sister, Laura, was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

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Sister of 9/11 Victim Urges Nonviolent Response to Boston Marathon Bombing

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Interview with Terry Kay Rockefeller, documentary film producer and sister of 9/11 victim, conducted by Scott Harris


The violence and fear that gripped Boston with the bombing of the city’s annual marathon and the subsequent manhunt that tracked down the two suspects in the case, has given way to a familiar national debate on terrorism and its causes. One of the suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police on April 18, while his younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured hiding in a boat in the Boston suburb of Watertown. Investigators who have questioned Dzhokhar in his hospital bed say a picture is emerging of the bomb plot planned by the older brother, recently steeped in radical Islam, without foreign links or assistance.  Story continues

U.S. Senate's Failure to Pass Universal Gun Background Check Bill Moves Battle to 2014 Election Campaign

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Interview with Ladd Everitt, communications director with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, conducted by Scott Harris


Advocates of stricter gun safety laws in the U.S. were shocked and disappointed that a bipartisan bill mandating universal gun background checks went down to defeat in the Senate by a vote of 54 to 46, five votes short of averting a GOP filibuster. Four Republicans joined most Democrats in supporting the bill, while four Democrats facing elections in conservative states voted with 90 percent of Republicans in opposition.  Story continues

New Global Movement Now Waging Humanity's Most Important Struggle – to Confront Climate Change

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Excerpt of speech by climate change activist Bill McKibben accepting the Gandhi Peace Award April 18, 2013, produced by Melinda Tuhus


Writer and environmental activist Bill McKibben was in Hamden, Conn., on April 18 receive the Gandhi Peace Award from the group Promoting Enduring Peace, which in the past has recognized leaders such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Cesar Chavez, and Daniel Ellsberg. It was the first time in the award's 50-plus year history that it was bestowed for environmental work. McKibben published “The End of Nature” in 1989, the first book about climate change for a non-scientific audience. Over the past decade, he has become one of the most outspoken proponents of serious steps to address existing climate catastrophe, with the prediction of more severe disasters to come.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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