This Week on Between The Lines

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


"There's a new crop of young black folks at the core (of these protests) who we haven't seen playing this kind of role in a very, very long time. We have to go back to the '60s when 18- and 19- and 20-year-olds were taking the political destiny of their community in their own hands and not deferring to older folks. You've got to back to SNCC and later of course, the Black Panther Party, to see this kind of organization and momentum among that kind of demographic in Black America."

– Glen Ford, executive editor with the Black Agenda Report

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Coast to Coast Explosion of Protest Confronts Police Violence in Communities of Color

MP3 Interview with Glen Ford, executive editor with the Black Agenda Report, conducted by Scott Harris


Ten days after protests erupted across the country in response to a Missouri grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown, another grand jury decision in New York City further provoked dissent. A Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who used an illegal choke-hold that killed Eric Garner, an unarmed 53-year-old black man. This, despite a cell phone video that captured the entire July 17th incident that began when police officers attempted to arrest Garner for allegedly selling loose cigarettes on a sidewalk.  Story continues

President Obama Reverses Course on Ending America's Longest War in Afghanistan

MP3 Interview with Matthew Hoh, senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, conducted by Scott Harris


On Dec. 8, Western military commanders gathered in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul to symbolically lower the flag, closing the joint U.S. and NATO headquarters for the International Security Assistance Force, signaling the coming end to the coalition’s combat role in the wartorn country. According to U.S. General John Campbell, commander of the ISAF, coalition forces will soon be downsized to a force of about 3,000 soldiers to train and support Afghan troops.  Story continues

Anti-Drone Peace Activist Avoids Jail Time for Protest, Asks that Focus Remains on Drone Victims

MP3 Interview with Mark Colville, longtime peace activist, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Longtime peace activist Mark Colville was convicted in September of five misdemeanor charges related to his December 2013 protest against drone warfare conducted by the 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard at Hancock Air Force base in upstate New York. At his sentencing hearing on Dec. 3 in Syracuse, New York, Judge Robert Jokl told Colville in a pre-trial conference that if he declined to accept the plea bargain offered and was convicted in court, he, the judge, would sentence him to the maximum, of just over two years in prison.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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