This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Sept. 2, 2015 for week ending Sept. 11, 2015


"One of the earliest polls which was taken in late July found that 54 percent of Americans were in support of the deal and 38 percent were against. That was very significant support. It's slipped since then for a variety of reasons, largely because of misinformation and such. So I think that alone shows that this misinformation is working."

– Ben Norton, freelance journalist, on the Iran nuclear deal and how its opponents have taken advantage of flawed fact-checking in mainstream media and are spreading a misinformation campaign.

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Aided by Flawed Journalism, Iran Nuclear Deal Opponents Spread Disinformation

MP3 Interview with Ben Norton, freelance journalist, conducted by Scott Harris


The international agreement, designed to limit Iran's nuclear capabilities to peaceful, civilian purposes in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions, will face a critical vote in the U.S. Congress sometime in September. Opponents of the accord are working hard to gain support in both the House and Senate. Legislators who want to derail the agreement must first get 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a filibuster by lawmakers who support the deal. But if they win that battle, opponents would still have to secure the votes cast by two-thirds of lawmakers in both chambers to override a promised presidential veto.  Story continues

Parents, Teachers and Activists Engage in Hunger Strike to Save Dyett High School in Chicago

MP3 Interview with Jitu Brown, community organizer in Save Dyett High School hunger strike, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


On Aug. 17, a group of black parents on the southside of Chicago, along with a few teachers and other supporters – 12 in all – began a hunger strike to stop the privatization of public education in Chicago and advocate for their vision of what a good neighborhood public high school could be. They've been protesting in front of the recently closed Dyett High School, demanding that the Chicago school board recognize their proposal to create a Global Leadership and Green Technology Academy in the Bronzeville neighborhood made up of mostly low-income, African Americans.  Story continues

Activists Petition Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders to Declare His Foreign Policy Platform

MP3 Interview with Norman Solomon, author and activist, conducted by Scott Harris


The presidential candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont-I, has caught fire across the U.S. Since his announcement on the shores of Lake Champlain on May 26, the perception of the Brooklyn-born self-declared democratic socialist has undergone a dramatic transformation, from a long shot to a serious contender to win the Democratic Party nomination. Sanders has drawn the largest crowd of supporters to his events of any candidate, surpassing his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and all other Republican contenders. Recent polls show Bernie ahead of Clinton in the early primary state of New Hampshire and gaining strength in the first caucus state Iowa.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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