This Week on Between The Lines

Posted July 16, 2014 for week ending July 25, 2014

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(Israel’s attack on Gaza in the current conflict is) "disproportionate, because Israel can do it, and there’s nobody willing to stand up and say that this is wrong – at least, nobody with any significant clout who can restrain the Israelis – and that really starts in Washington."

– Robert Dreyfuss, author and contributing editor with the Nation magazine, on the asymmetry between Israel's state-of-the-art military capabilities and Hamas' crude weaponry


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As Israel is Accused of Disproportionate Attack on Gaza; International Community Calls for Cease-Fire

MP3 Interview with Robert Dreyfuss, author and contributing editor with the Nation magazine, conducted by Scott Harris

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The ongoing conflict between Israel and the Hamas government in Gaza, which erupted in the wake of the murder of three Israeli teenagers and the revenge killing of a 16-year-old Palestinian boy, has been costly. More than 193 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed, with nearly 80 percent of the dead civilians and more than 20 percent children, according to a July 14 report issued by the United Nations Office of Humanitarian Affairs. The UN also reported that over 1,300 Palestinians have sustained injuries as a result of Israel’s bombardment. Although it’s claimed more than 700 rockets have been launched from Gaza into Israel, as of July 15 only one Israeli civilian has been reported killed, with a dozen more injuries. Israel asserts that Hamas is using civilians as human shields in Gaza by deploying rockets and military posts in residential areas.  Story continues

National Rally Says 'No!' to Fracked Gas Exports from Maryland and Other Proposed Sites Nationwide

MP3 Excerpt of speech by Sandra Steingraber, biologist, author and activist with New Yorkers Against Fracking, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus

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On July 13, 2,000 people turned out in Washington, D.C. to protest the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC's, likely approval of a liquefied natural gas export facility in Cove Point, Maryland. The LNG port was originally built as an import terminal before fracking led to vastly increased natural gas production, which companies hope to export to consumers globally. Protesters voiced opposition to what they called FERC's rubber-stamping of big energy projects. The director of Chesapeake Climate Action Network, the group which organized the rally, asserted that the commission has never denied a permit for a big electrical or gas project.  Story continues

Chilean Court Finds U.S. Complicit in Murder of Two Americans During Washington-Backed 1973 Chile Coup

MP3 Interview with Peter Kornbluh, senior analyst with the National Security Archive, conducted by Scott Harris

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Many Americans are unaware of their government’s involvement in a host of Cold War-era coup d’état’s targeting nations mostly in the developing world that were viewed as allies of the Soviet Union and a threat to U.S. national security. One of those nations was Chile, where a moderate socialist, Salvador Allende was democratically elected as president in 1970. Then, U.S. President Richard Nixon and his Secretary of State Henry Kissinger supported a plan to overthrow Allende’s government by backing a military coup launched by Chilean Gen. Augusto Pinochet. After Pinochet seized power on Sept. 11, 1973, Allende was killed or committed suicide and thousands of suspected leftists were rounded up, with many being tortured or executed.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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