This Week on Between The Lines

Posted March 12, 2014 for week ending March 21, 2014

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"NATO now includes three formerly Soviet countries, eight or nine Warsaw Pact countries. There needs to be a security guarantee to Russia reaffirming the pledge (to former Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev) that NATO will not (be expanded). If Ukraine is going to be economically prosperous, or even economically sustainable, Ukraine needs to be part of both the EU and the Russian Customs Union."

– Interview with Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation magazine, on the Ukraine crisis and avoiding a revival of a new Cold War


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NATO's Eastward March Remains Major Obstacle to Reaching Peaceful Settlement of Ukraine Crisis

MP3 Interview with Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of the Nation magazine, conducted by Scott Harris

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Tensions remain high in Ukraine after the Crimean Parliament voted to approve a declaration of independence that will take effect if Crimea’s residents approve a vote to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation in a referendum scheduled for March 16. With thousands of Russian troops without insignia continuing to occupy Crimea, leaders of Ukraine's interim government have called for the formation of a new National Guard and requested military aid from the U.S and Britain under the post-Cold War Budapest Memorandum.  Story continues

Two Months After Toxic Spill, West Virginians Face Uncertainty Over Water Safety

MP3 Interview with Maya Nye, spokesperson for People Concerned About Chemical Safety, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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Two months after the leak of 10,000 gallons of a chemical used in coal processing, known as MCHM, into the public water supply that 300,000 West Virginians depend on, almost no one in the affected area is drinking the water. That, despite reassurances from West Virginia American Water four days after the Jan. 9. spill that the system had been flushed and the water was safe to use. The leak came from a holding tank owned by Freedom Industries, whose tank farm was located on the edge of the Elk River, that flows into the larger Kanawha River that moves through Charleston, W.Va.’s capital and largest city.  Story continues

On Third Anniversary of Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, Radiation Continues to Threaten Pacific Ocean

MP3 Interview with Harvey Wasserman, author and environmental activist, conducted by Scott Harris

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March 11th marked the third anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan’s coastline, killing more than 15,000 people and leaving 300,000 homeless. The earthquake also triggered the triple meltdown and four explosions at the Fukushima nuclear power complex located near the epicenter of the tremor. Since the tsunami destroyed the nuclear reactor’s back up cooling systems there have been continuing leaks of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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