This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Sept. 11, 2013 for week ending Sept. 20, 2013


"Credibility means you better do what we say, or else. This is a familiar notion. It appears over and over again in world affairs. And it's familiar in other domains, too ...with the Mafia, if the godfather produces an edict, he's going to make sure that everyone obeys it. Because, if anyone disobeys, even a small storekeeper somewhere, the whole system might erode. That's the way international affairs works."

– Noam Chomsky, noted political analyst, on the U.S. need to maintain "credibility"and threat of military intervention in Syria

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Noam Chomsky: Obama Threat Against Syria Based on Maintaining U.S. 'Credibility'

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Interview with Noam Chomsky, MIT professor and political analyst, conducted by Scott Harris


After the Aug. 21 mass casualty chemical weapons attack in Syria that Washington claimed was launched by the Syrian government, President Obama announced that a “red line” had been crossed and that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime needed to be punished with U.S. airstrikes. But after the British Parliament rejected Prime Minister David Cameron’s call to join an American attack on Syria, there has been little international support for military intervention, with the exception of France and Turkey.  Story continues

Congressional Compromise on Student Loans Tied to Financial Markets is Deeply Flawed

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Interview with Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut's senior U.S. senator, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Every year, millions of students graduate from American colleges and universities with a total of billions of dollars in debt. Earlier this year, after much debate, Congress adopted legislation that rolled back student loan interest rates, but tied the rates to the financial markets, which means that over time, those rates will surely rise.  Story continues

King Amendment in Pending Congressional Farm Bill Would Repeal Many State Laws Protecting Animal Welfare

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Interview with John Goodwin, director of Animal Cruelty Policy at The Humane Society of the United States, conducted by Scott Harris


This year’s congressional Farm Bill, which sets policy for many federal agricultural programs, has been the focus of controversy. The House version of the bill, approved by the majority Republicans, voted to increase farm subsidies to giant agribusiness companies, while completely eliminating the food stamp program that assists millions of the nation’s poor families. The GOP will separately propose a measure that will cut $40 billion over 10 years from food stamps before moving to a House-Senate conference on the Farm Bill.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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