This Week on Between The Lines

Posted May 29, 2013 for week ending June 7, 2013

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"I think history will look back on the (U.S. prison camp at) Guantanamo Bay as a really dark part of U.S. history in this global war on terror. There are a lot of dark places, but that's going to be a particularly dark one."

– Matt Southworth, Iraq War veteran and board member of Veterans for Peace


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President Obama's Counterterrorism Speech: A Path to Change or More Rhetoric?

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Interview with Matt Southworth, Iraq War Veteran and board member of Veterans for Peace, conducted by Scott Harris

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In the midst of growing concern and questions surrounding the Obama administration’s drone program targeting killing of terrorist suspects and a widespread hunger strike by detainees at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the president addressed the nation in a speech at Defense University in Washington, D.C. on May 23.  Story continues

Coalition of Immokalee Workers Pressure Wendy's to Sign Agreement Improving Florida Farmworkers' Wages and Conditions

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Interview with Gerardo Reyes Chavez, Coalition of Immokalee Workers organizer, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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Over the past eight years, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has reached agreements with four of the top five largest fast food restaurant chains – Taco Bell, McDonald's, Burger King and Subway – and seven others, to join the coalition's Fair Food Program, which covers 90 percent of the tomato industry in Florida. The program commits the companies to pay an extra penny a pound for tomatoes, which is then passed directly onto the workers. The funds collected in the program over the past several years has totaled $10 million.  Story continues

Occupy Our Homes Protests Department of Justice's Failure to Prosecute Wall Street Bankers Responsible for Foreclosure Crisis

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Interview with Tim Franzen, Occupy Our Homes organizer, conducted by Scott Harris

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The Occupy Wall Street movement, born in New York City’s Zuccotti Park, a stone’s throw from the world’s most powerful financial district, spread like wildfire around the U.S. and the world in the fall of 2011. While coordinated police raids and arrests broke up the original protest site two months later – as well as hundreds of other encampments around the nation – Occupy organizing continues, but mainly below corporate media’s radar. Among the many campaigns that have been ignited by the Occupy movement are Occupy Sandy, a well-organized response to the deadly hurricane that struck the East Coast in October 2012; Strike Debt that raises consciousness and funds to purchase and forgive debt, and Occupy Our Homes, a campaign challenging government inaction on the foreclosure crisis.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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