This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Oct. 23, 2013 for week ending Nov. 1, 2013


"The Dracula Strategy. The TPP is like Dracula, it can only live in the dark. So our job is to drag it into the sunshine. ... All of us need to ask our members of Congress for copies of the text ... and to not give away their constitutional authority through fast track. If there's a normal debate and this agreement gets looked at carefully, it won't get passed as is."

– Interview with Lori Wallach, director, Public Citizen Global Trade Watch, on President Obama's plan to fast track the Trans-Pacific Partnership Treaty.

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To Blunt Opposition, Obama Administration Conceals Details of Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Treaty

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Interview with Lori Wallach, director, Public Citizen Global Trade Watch, conducted by Scott Harris


The Obama administration is now gearing up to enlist support for its effort to pass the newest free trade treaty, The Trans-Pacific Partnership, through Congress by the end of this year. The TPP, as it’s known, is a proposed trade agreement between the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam that would set new rules on trade and non-trade issues such as food safety, Internet freedom, the cost of pharmaceutical drugs, financial regulation and environmental protection.  Story continues

Government Funding Priorities Upside Down During Shutdown

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Interview with Mattea Kramer, research director with National Priorities Project, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


The Tea Party-led shutdown of the federal government ended after 16 days, when the Senate and House agreed on a temporary measures to reopen the government and pay the country’s debts. But as Americans try to pick up the pieces, the nation faces another set of congressional deadlines and another government shutdown on Jan. 15 and a new debt ceiling cliffhanger on Feb. 7.  Story continues

Greenpeace Launches Global Campaign to Free Arctic Activists Held in Russian Jail

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Interview with Britt Cocanour, Greenpeace public outreach director, conducted by Scott Harris


On Sept. 18, members of the environmental activist group Greenpeace boarded and attempted to scale a Russian-owned Gazprom oil drilling rig in the Arctic Ocean. The Russian military responded to the nonviolent direct action protest – designed to draw attention to the environmental hazards of drilling for fossil fuels in the Arctic – by firing guns and brandishing knives. All 28 crew members of the Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise, and two freelance journalists that accompanied them were arrested by the Russian government. The activists and their ship were taken to the northern Russian city of Murmansk.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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