This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Sept. 10, 2014 for week ending Sept. 19, 2014


"One of the problems ... was this neo-Nazi element (in the Ukraine government). What the U.S. media did was essentially ignore it, or when it would be mentioned by people, it would be called Russian propaganda – but it wasn't, it was real."

– Robert Parry, investigative journalist and editor with, on the U.S. media's failure on covering neo-Nazi organizations in the Ukraine government and allied militia groups fighting pro-Russian separatists

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As NATO Heightens New Cold War Tensions with Russia, U.S. Media Continues to Distort Ukraine Conflict

MP3 Interview with Robert Parry, investigative journalist and editor with, conducted by Scott Harris


An offensive by Ukraine’s military targeting the remaining enclaves of pro-Russian separatists seemed poised for victory in recent weeks, but those gains were soon reversed as the eastern Ukraine rebels re-grouped and took back territory from government troops. The Kiev government and NATO accused Russia of sending arms and soldiers across the border that helped the rebels turn the tide, ignoring American and European Union threats of additional economic sanctions.  Story continues

Community Joins Together to Offer Clean Water to Families Affected by Natural Gas Fracking Pollution

MP3 Interview with Rev. Lee Dreyer, pastor of the White Oaks Spring Presbyterian Church in Butler County, Pennsylvania, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


As the Marcellus shale gas fracking boom in western Pennsylvania continues, more and more residents are finding their formerly pure well water contaminated. Most of the contamination has not been proven to be caused by the gas industry, but residents say their problems started when the gas infrastructure came in wells, processing facilities and compressor stations, along with a huge increase in heavy truck traffic.  Story continues

Senate Permits Debate on Proposed Constitutional Amendment Reversing Citizens United Ruling

MP3 Interview with Jonah Minkoff-Zern, director of Public Citizen's Democracy is for People campaign, conducted by Scott Harris


As momentum has gathered to overturn the controversial Supreme Court rulings in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and McCutcheon v. FEC cases that opened the floodgates of unlimited and unaccountable money in U.S. election campaigns, activists across the country have been working hard to raise the issue at both the state and federal levels.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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