This Week on Between The Lines

Posted April 1, 2015 for week ending April 10, 2015

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"The TPP Investment Chapter contains a provision that would prevent the text from being shared even with the public until four years after the trade deal is either approved or had been rejected by the national governments, basically keeping this secret giveaway to big business on ice."

– Patrick Woodall, research director and senior policy advocate with Food and Water Watch, on the hyper-secrecy surrounding the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement


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Leaked Secret TPP Chapter Reveals Corporate Rights that Undermine Democracy

MP3 Interview with Patrick Woodall, research director and senior policy advocate with Food and Water Watch, conducted by Scott Harris

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As President Obama seeks congressional approval for two controversial trade agreements, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the European Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, he must first win the battle for fast-track Trade Promotion Authority in Congress. "Fast track" is a mechanism created by former President Richard Nixon that would force Congress to vote on a trade agreement within 60 to 90 days of receiving it, with only limited debate and no amendments allowed. A vote on fast track could come soon after Congress returns from its Easter recess on April 13.  Story continues

Broad Coalition of Environmental Groups Working to Stop Oil Drilling in the Arctic

MP3 Interview with Cassady Sharp, media officer with Greenpeace USA, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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Many environmental activists believe President Obama has been schizophrenic in his approach to climate change, calling for reductions in carbon pollution from vehicles and power plants on one hand, and on the other, calling for an "all of the above" energy strategy that includes massive exploitation of oil and gas.  Story continues

Swarthmore Students' Fossil Fuel Divestment Sit-In Inspires Climate Activists Nationwide

MP3 Interview with George Woodliff-Stanley and Sarah Dobbs, student activists with Swarthmore Mountain Justice, conducted by Scott Harris

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In the winter of 2012, Bill McKibben, the author of a dozen books about the environment and founder of the grassroots climate change campaign group 350.org, launched a 21-city tour focused on organizing university students and faculty to pressure their institutions to divest their portfolios of fossil fuel stocks and related investments. McKibben’s organizing drive was inspired by the international anti-apartheid divestment campaign of the 1980s that was an important part of the movement that helped topple South Africa’s racist government.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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