This Week on Between The Lines

Posted July 30, 2014 for week ending Aug. 8, 2014

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"The Cold War is over and the right-wing thinks that they won. So they're very confused about this set of events in the Ukraine, which makes it appear that Russia's back. The U.S. has been trying to support in Kiev ... a market system and has pushed for military alliances all around the border. What do you expect if you push a paranoid Russian bear in his cave ... ?"

– Tom Hayden, former California state senator, veteran peace and civil rights organizer, on the danger of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine


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U.S. and NATO Actions in Ukraine Predictably Provoke Russia; Could Trigger a New Cold War

MP3 Interview with Tom Hayden, former California state senator, veteran peace and civil rights organizer, conducted by Scott Harris

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In the aftermath of the shooting down of a Malaysian civilian airliner over the war zone in eastern Ukraine that killed all 298 aboard, the U.S. and Europe announced aggressive new economic sanctions against Russia. President Obama and the European Union unveiled new punitive measures on July 29, targeting Moscow for what Washington and Brussels assert is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggressive military support for pro-Russian separatists fighting for autonomy in Eastern Ukraine. President Obama accused Russia of firing artillery across its border, providing the rebels heavy military equipment and massing troops along the Ukrainian frontier.  Story continues

Ralph Nader: The Gaza Conflict is an Inevitable Result of Israel’s Suffocating Economic Blockade and Decades of Illegal Occupation

MP3 Interview with Ralph Nader, citizen activist, author and four-time independent presidential candidate, conducted by Scott Harris

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As the bloodshed in the ongoing battle of Gaza entered its fourth week, more than 1,060 Palestinians in Gaza, more than 70 percent of them civilians have been killed, with more than 6,200 wounded, according to the United Nations. Israel has lost 53 soldiers, the largest toll since its 2006 war with Lebanon. Hamas mortar and rocket attacks from Gaza have killed two Israeli civilians and onea Thai worker in Israel.  Story continues

Maine City's Ordinance Blocking Tar Sands Export Could Be Model for Cities Nationwide

MP3 Interview with Dylan Voorhees, clean energy director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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On July 21, South Portland, Maine’s city council voted 6 to 1 to approve what’s known as the Clear Skies Ordinance, a regulation that blocks the loading of tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, onto tankers at the city's harbor for export around the world.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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