This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Nov. 27, 2013 for week ending Dec. 6, 2013

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"I think in assessing this deal, it is vital to keep in mind that the nuclear advances that Iran could have made over the six-month period of the deal, in the absence of a cap on its nuclear program -- and in the absence of the transparency measures -- monitoring measures that give us a much larger window into the program that we now have because of the deal."

–Interview with Kingston Reif, director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation, on the interim Iran nuclear arms agreement's ways to cap, convert or dilute its 20 percent-enriched uranium stockpile.


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Interim International Nuclear Arms Accord with Iran a Welcome First Step to Reduce Threat of War

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Interview with Kingston Reif, director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation, conducted by Scott Harris

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In what’s being described as a major breakthrough in the long process of working toward an international accord with Iran over its nuclear program, negotiations in Geneva have produced an interim agreement that could lay the groundwork to achieve a comprehensive agreement. It’s been more than 34 years since the U.S. broke off diplomatic relations with Iran in the aftermath of the revolutionary government’s November 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, and the holding of 52 American hostages.  Story continues

If New U.S.-Afghan Accord is Ratified, America's Longest War Will Go Longer

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Interview with David Swanson, journalist, activist and author, conducted by Scott Harris

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President Obama announced in May 2012 that his administration and NATO allies will end combat operations in Afghanistan by the end of 2014. But recent negotiations on a Bilateral Security Agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai have focused on maintaining a residual force of some 8,000 U.S. troops in the country to train Afghan forces, perform counterterrorism operations and support the Afghan government in their continuing fight against the Taliban insurgency until 2024 and possibly beyond.  Story continues

National Day of Mourning Event Commemorates Thanksgiving from Native American Perspective

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Interview with Moonanum James, co-leader of the United American Indians of New England, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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Thanksgiving Day marks the 44th annual Day of Mourning at Plymouth Rock, Mass., organized by the United American Indians of New England. The event was initiated in 1970 when Wampanoag leader Frank James was asked to give a speech at a Boston celebration of the friendship between the Pilgrims and the native people they met, who helped them survive.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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