This Week on Between The Lines

Posted July 29, 2015 for week ending Aug. 7, 2015

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"Experts are saying that any kind of military intervention probably will only push Iran's nuclear program back two or three years. It will probably force them to make a decision to move toward a nuclear weapon, even though they haven't made that decision at this point, and could start a whole new war in the Middle East."

– Paul Kawika Martin, political and communications director with Peace Action, on the consequences if the U.S. Congress rejects the international nuclear agreement with Iran, that many believe will lead to war


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Will Congressional Rejection of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Lead to War?

MP3 Interview with Paul Kawika Martin, political and communications director with Peace Action, conducted by Scott Harris

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The battle in Congress over the future of the nuclear accord signed by Iran, the U.S., France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany on July 1 is heating up. The agreement, designed to limit Iran’s nuclear capabilities to peaceful, civilian purposes, in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions, has drawn sharp criticism from Republican members of Congress, GOP presidential candidates, Israel and Saudi Arabia among others. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has labeled the Iran nuclear deal as a “historic mistake,” has stated his intention to lobby Congress to reject the deal. Several powerful pro-Israel groups in the U.S. have announced the launch of a public relations ad campaign to persuade lawmakers to oppose the agreement. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, has created a stand-alone group, Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran, that will spend $20 million to 40 million to convince legislators to support a resolution of disapproval in sufficient numbers to override a promised presidential veto.  Story continues

Ralph Nader Assesses Opportunities for Building Progressive Movement in 2016 Presidential Campaign

MP3 Interview with Ralph Nader, citizen activist, democracy advocate, author and four-time independent presidential candidate, conducted by Scott Harris

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Establishment political consultants and corporate media pundits have seen their conventional wisdom analysis of the 2016 presidential campaign upended by the surprise appeal of Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and real estate billionaire Donald Trump. Sanders, a self-described Democratic socialist who passionately rails against growing economic inequality and challenges corporate power, has drawn unexpected enthusiasm to his campaign. Thus far, Sanders has drawn the largest crowds to his rallies of any candidate, Democrat or Republican. Reflecting his growing grassroots popularity, the independent Vermont senator has raised more than $15 million, made up mostly of contributions of $200 or less.  Story continues

New Haven’s Amistad Catholic Worker House Celebrates 20 Years of Social Justice Activism

MP3 nterview with Luz Catarineau Colville and Mark Colville, co-founders of the Amistad Catholic Worker, New Haven, CT, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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The Catholic Worker movement, founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in 1933, believes in responding to the material and spiritual needs of the poor by offering food, shelter, and prayer gatherings, but also by confronting the structural economic and political injustices in America that make poverty and violence possible. There are more than 200 Catholic Worker communities that provide social services in cities across the U.S.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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