This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Dec. 4, 2013 for week ending Dec. 13, 2013

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"It was an election that took place in the context of very disturbing violence, including the killings of 20 members of the Libre party from May of last year until election day."

–Interview with Dan Beeton, international communications director with the Center for Economic and Policy Research, on international electoral observation delegations' numerous reports of irregularities during Honduras' recent presidential election


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Alleging Fraud, Candidate Demands Vote Recount in Honduras Presidential Election

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Interview with Dan Beeton, international communications director with the Center for Economic and Policy Research, conducted by Scott Harris

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Juan Orlando Hernandez of the conservative ruling National Party was declared the winner of the presidential election held in Honduras on Nov. 24. But the runner-up in the contest, left-wing candidate Xiomara Castro, has charged the election was stolen by fraud and demanded a recount. Castro is the wife of former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a coup backed by the military and Hernandez in 2009. According to the Honduran electoral court, Hernandez won 37 percent of the vote, while Castro won 29 percent.  Story continues

Direct Action Protest Hits Swiss Bank UBS for Role in Financing Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

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Interviews with "Hands Off Appalachia" and “Capitalism Versus the Climate” protesters targeting Swiss Bank UBS headquarters, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus

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An activist group from the southern coal fields calling itself “Hands Off Appalachia,” and a Connecticut-based group named “Capitalism Versus the Climate,” carried out two protest actions in Stamford, Conn. on Nov. 25, targeting the U.S. headquarters of Swiss banking giant UBS. The groups say the bank was targeted because it is a major financer of mountaintop removal coal mining.  Story continues

Divestment Campaign Targeting Fossil Fuel Industry Could Advance Global Warming Fight

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Interview with Todd Gitlin, professor of journalism and sociology, activist and author, conducted by Scott Harris

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In the winter of 2012, Bill McKibben, the author of a dozen books about the environment and founder of the grassroots climate change campaign group 350.org, launched a 21-city tour focused on organizing university students and faculty to pressure their institutions to divest their portfolios of fossil fuel stocks and other investments. McKibben was inspired by the international anti-apartheid divestment campaign of the 1980s that was an important part of the movement that helped topple South Africa’s racist government.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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