This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Jan. 14, 2015 for week ending Jan. 23, 2015

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"Powerful people can leak and use it to make themselves look good ... but people who are trying to alert American citizens to important things they should know are the ones who are facing prison time, and that's not a sustainable situation for democracy."

– Interview with Marcy Wheeler, investigative journalist with ExposeFacts, on freedom of the press issues involved in the ongoing trial of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling


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Freedom of the Press a Key Issue in Trial of Former CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling

MP3 Interview with Marcy Wheeler, investigative journalist with ExposeFacts, conducted by Scott Harris

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In the aftermath of a series of brutal terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of 17, including eight journalists at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, police officers and hostages at a kosher food market, more than three million people marched in Paris in solidarity with the victims and in support of freedom of the press. Forty heads of state also joined the march, but as many critics pointed out, some of the nations they represented, such as Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Russia and Israel, have poor records when it comes to press freedom at home. The U.S., criticized by some for not sending a high-level representative to participate in the Paris march, also has a flawed record on freedom of the press.  Story continues

Declining Global Demand Triggers Dramatic Oil Price Drop

MP3 Interview with Richard Heinberg, senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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Plummeting oil prices are grabbing headlines all over the world. The price has dropped in the past few months from over $100 a barrel to less than $50. That price drop had repercussions throughout the energy sector, and also led, among other things, to more Americans buying gas-guzzling vehicles. Gasoline prices in the U.S. are heading to as low as $2 a gallon in some places, down from $4 a gallon.  Story continues

Opponents Campaign to Defeat Fast Track Trade Authority and Trans-Pacific Partnership

MP3 Interview with Alisa Simmons, deputy director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, conducted by Scott Harris

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As President Obama begins his last two years in office, one of his administration's legislative priorities is Congressional approval of the Trans Pacific Partnership. The TPP, as it's known, is a proposed 12-nation trade agreement between the U.S., Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. The agreement would set new rules on trade and non-trade issues such as food safety, Internet freedom, the cost of pharmaceutical drugs, financial regulation and environmental protection.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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