This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Sept. 3, 2014 for week ending Sept. 12, 2014


"Even if the U.S. bombing will weaken (ISIS), that's not a strategic solution, that's not a long-term solution. It might have some short-term impact, but in the longer term it would have even more devastating results than where we stand now."

– Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi-born political analyst and policy impact coordinator with the American Friends Service Committee on expanding U.S. military intervention in Iraq

Listen to the entire program using these links, or to individual interviews via the links appearing prior to each segment description below.

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Renewed U.S. Intervention in Iraq Won't Solve the Nation's Many Internal Ethnic Conflicts

MP3 Interview with Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi-born political analyst and policy impact coordinator with the American Friends Service Committee, conducted by Scott Harris


Since President Barack Obama first authorized military intervention in northern Iraq on Aug. 7, the mission has expanded from the originally stated “humanitarian” purpose of protecting minority Yazidi refugees and the U.S. consulate in the Kurdish city of Erbil threatened by advancing fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or ISIS. Later, U.S. airstrikes were launched in support of Iraqi and Kurdish forces as they successfully fought ISIS for control of the strategic Mosul Dam. On Labor Day, President Obama formally notified the U.S. Congress that he had ordered additional air strikes and humanitarian airdrops over the Iraqi Shiite town of Amerli, where the administration said ISIS militants had trapped the civilian population. The Iraqi army, along with Shiite militia groups reportedly drove ISIS forces out of Amerli on Aug. 31. In mid-August, the U.S. had deployed nearly 1,000 military advisors to Iraq.  Story continues

Activists Gear Up for Historic New York City Climate Change Protest on Sept. 21

MP3 Interview with Leslie Cagan, veteran peace and social justice organizer, conducted by Scott Harris


In February, climate change activist groups and Avaaz called for a protest march in New York City on Sunday, Sept. 21, just days before President Obama and other world leaders are scheduled to attend an emergency Climate Summit at the United Nations headquarters. Since the call went out, nearly 1,000 organizations around the world have signed on in support the People’s Climate March, forming a coalition that includes environmental groups, religious organizations and labor unions. As activists in New York demand the world’s political leaders go beyond rhetoric and commit to bold action to address climate change at the UN summit, simultaneous demonstrations are being organized around the globe.  Story continues

Disappearance of Monarch Butterflies Linked to Deforestation and GMO Crops

MP3 Interview with Susan Hanley, manager of the Native Species Butterfly House at the Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Late summer is the season when monarch butterflies begin their migration from the Northeast and Midwest of the United States to their wintering grounds in the Oyamel fir forest of Mexico. But this year the monarchs are in crisis. Many observers report seeing very few or no monarchs at all during the summer months this year, when in the recent past they were common all over the eastern half of the U.S. In fact researchers have found that over the last two decades the monarch butterfly population has declined by 90 percent in the eastern U.S. Scientists say there are several reasons for the monarch’s population crash that include: deforestation of the insects breeding areas in Mexico, the negative effects of GMO crops and the destruction of milkweed, the plant where monarch’s exclusively lay their eggs.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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