This Week on Between The Lines

Posted June 4, 2014 for week ending June 13, 2014

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"The U.S. allied with a whole set of warlords and powerbrokers, and they did that because these people were very effective at killing Taliban. Unfortunately, they're also effective at killing non-Taliban, killing civilians – but (the U.S. government) sort of looks the other way to let that happen in the interest of short-term goals."

– Anand Gopal, author of the book, "No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes," on U.S. collaboration with Afghan warlords


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U.S. Collaboration with Brutal Afghan Warlords Breeds Resentment and Instability

MP3 Interview with Anand Gopal, author of "No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes", conducted by Scott Harris

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America’s longest war in Afghanistan will not end in 2014 as President Obama had earlier pledged. When Obama visited U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan on May 25, he announced that while most of the 32,800 American combat soldiers there would be coming home by the end of the year, a force of 10,000 would likely remain to conduct counter-terrorism operations and train Afghan soldiers and police. Two days later, back in Washington, the president filled in the details of his plan to leave 9,800 troops in Afghanistan in December – and reduce that number by half by the end of 2015, moving to a small support force by the time he leaves office in January 2017.  Story continues

Proposed Constitutional Amendment Would Reverse Recent Supreme Court Rulings on Money in Politics

MP3 Interview with Marge Baker, executive vice president with People for the American Way, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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In 2010, the Citizens United ruling from the Supreme Court allowed unlimited contributions from corporations and unions to political candidates, purportedly independent of their campaigns. In April of this year, the court's McCutcheon decision overturned aggregate limits on campaign donations by individuals to both national parties and federal candidate committees. Both decisions equated money with free speech.  Story continues

Seattle's Socialist City Council Member Wins Battle for $15/Hour Minimum Wage, Highest in the Nation

MP3 Interview with Kshama Sawant, Seattle's socialist City Council member and leader of the $15 minimum wage movement, conducted by Scott Harris. Transcript compiled by Evan Beider.

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When Kshama Sawant was elected to Seattle’s City Council in November 2013, it was the first time a member of a socialist party had won a citywide election in nearly 100 years. The former software engineer originally from Mumbai, India, ran for office advocating increasing the city’s minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour, taxing the rich and reimposing a rent control ordinance. In her surprising victory, Sawant defeated Richard Conlin, a four-term Democratic council member and past president of the city council.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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