This Week on Between The Lines

Posted April 23, 2014 for week ending May 2, 2014


"It really isn't realistic to have an economic divorce between Ukraine and Russia. And clearly the West is not willing to give money to Ukraine at no cost, they're demanding quite a lot and the Ukraine government has already been forced to increase fuel prices to the population. So we know that there can be a lot of hardship in Ukraine if something isn't worked out."

– Interview with John Quigley, professor emeritus of international law at Ohio State University, on the prospects of the U.S. spending billions of dollars to launch a new Cold War

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Despite US/EU Support for Kiev, Economic Divorce Between Ukraine and Russia is Unrealistic

MP3 Interview with John Quigley, professor emeritus of international law at Ohio State University, conducted by Scott Harris


Despite an agreement reached in Geneva between Ukraine, Russia, the U.S. and the European Union on April 17 calling for all illegal groups to disarm and evacuate occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine, recent violence has undermined the accord. On Easter Sunday, just three days after negotiations were concluded in Geneva, three people were reported killed in an armed attack on an eastern Ukraine checkpoint manned by activists opposed to the provisional government in Kiev. Local pro-Russian groups and Moscow say the attackers were from Right Sektor, the neo-fascist group who were in the vanguard of street fighters that overthrew Ukraine’s elected President Viktor Yanukovych two months ago.  Story continues

Right-Wing Extremist Groups Challenging Authority of Federal Government Find GOP Allies

MP3 Interview with Devin Burghart, vice president of the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights, conducted by Scott Harris


In two separate incidents last week, the nation was given a stark reminder of the threat posed by right-wing extremist groups, who preach hate, employ violence to terrorize and challenge the authority of the federal government with weapons. On April 13, former “grand dragon” of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Frazier Glenn Miller, is alleged to have shot three people to death at a Jewish Community Center and an assisted living facility in Overland Park, Kansas. His virulent anti-Semitism was on display as a television camera captured Miller as he yelled, “Heil Hitler,” while sitting handcuffed in back of a police car.  Story continues

14 Mountaintop Removal Protesters Arrested in November Use Connecticut Court Case to Target UBS

MP3 Interview with Ricki Draper and Joanne Sheehan, mountaintop removal activists, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Fourteen activists with the group Hands Off Appalachia made their fifth court appearance on Earth Day, April 22, in Connecticut Superior Court in Stamford, Conn. The legal proceeding stemmed from an action last November where some of the activists locked themselves down inside and outside the corporate office of UBS, the financial services company, in Stamford to protest the bank's financial support for mountaintop removal coal mining. The 14 are charged with trespass, breach of peace and conspiracy. The individuals who scaled a construction crane and unfurled a banner condemning UBS's role in mountaintop removal were additionally charged with trover – a legal action to recover $30,000 in damages for the time the crane could not be used by its owners.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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