This Week on Between The Lines

Posted May 14, 2014 for week ending May 23, 2014


"We have in Kiev a government that the United States supports without reservation — this is the government that has sent tanks and armored personnel carriers to towns in eastern Ukraine and opened fire inside the cities. When you take tanks into cities, you’re bound to kill innocent people, and so far as we know, the government in Washington has not told the government in Kiev not to do that."

– Stephen C. Cohen, professor emeritus in Russian studies and politics at New York University and Princeton University

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Ukraine Crisis Could Escalate Without U.S. Support for Dialogue

MP3 Interview with Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus in Russian Studies and Politics at New York University and Princeton, conducted by Scott Harris


In the week before an unofficial sovereignty referendum, violence escalated in eastern and southern Ukraine, claiming the lives of more than 60 pro-Russian nationalists. They were killed when buildings the separatists occupied in Odessa and Mariupol were set on fire by pro-Kiev activists – many of them reportedly neo-Nazi paramilitaries – organized under the interim Ukraine government’s “National Guard.” Dozens of Ukrainians have been killed on both sides since Ukrainian forces have launched armed assaults to reassert control over several restive eastern cities.  Story continues

Federal Government Balks at Enforcing Land-Use Law When Confronted by Armed Right-Wing Vigilantes

MP3 Interview with Daniel Patterson, Southwest regional director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Two recent highly publicized cases of Western ranchers and recreationists defying federal land use regulations with armed supporters, have raised concerns about when applicable laws will be upheld and when they will be ignored. Federal officials working for government agencies like the Bureau of Land Management, are unable to carry out their duties safely when challenged by armed resistors.  Story continues

Internet Freedom in Jeopardy Unless Public Takes Action to Preserve Net Neutrality

MP3 Interview with Michael Copps, former FCC commissioner, conducted by Scott Harris


When a Washington D.C. appeals court threw out the Federal Communications Commission’s rules on the important principle known as Net Neutrality on Jan. 14, the future of a free and open Internet in the U.S. was jeopardized. This became clear when FCC Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed new rules in line with the court ruling that would allow Internet service providers to charge content providers a premium fee to access faster delivery connections to reach end users, undermining an open, democratic Internet.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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