This Week on Between The Lines

Posted March 8, 2017 for week ending March 17, 2017

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"This is feeding into radical extremist groups thinking that the United States hates Muslims. You know ISIS has called this the 'blessed ban.' So that tells you a lot right there in terms of the 'counterproductivity' of this."

– Kevin Martin, president of Peace Action, on why the new travel ban won't make the U.S. safer


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Trump's New Travel Ban: Same Hateful Policy in a New Package

MP3 Interview with Kevin Martin, president of Peace Action, conducted by Scott Harris

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President Trump issued a revised travel ban on March 6, more than a month after his initial Jan. 27 executive order provoked massive protests at airports from coast to coast. What many labeled as Trump’s “Muslim Ban” suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days and prohibited travel from seven Muslim majority nations for 90 days. The order also blocked all refugees from Syria indefinitely, and reduced the total number of refugees admitted into the U.S. during the 2017 fiscal year to 50,000, down from the previous cap of 110,000. In response to the filing of lawsuits, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit blocked key provisions of that travel ban based on likely violations of the U.S. Constitution.  Story continues

Links Between Trump, Russian Oligarchs, The Bank of Cyprus and Wilbur Ross Uncovered

MP3 Interview with James S. Henry, senior fellow at Columbia University's Center for Sustainable International Investment, conducted by Scott Harris

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Of the many disturbing questions hanging over the presidency of Donald Trump, perhaps the most potentially serious is the yet unknown connections between Trump, officials in his campaign and billionaire oligarchs linked to the Russian government. Trump’s consistently uncritical views of Russian President Vladimir Putin stands in stark contrast to the bipartisan enmity expressed toward Moscow that’s been prevalent in Washington in most of the years since the end of the Cold War.  Story continues

Keystone Pipeline Opponents Resist Trump's Construction Green Light

MP3 Interview with Linda Anderson, director of Bold Nebraska, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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In his first week in office, Donald Trump issued executive orders to expedite construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access pipeline. When President Obama halted the project, the Dakota pipeline was almost finished, and now with a green light from the Trump administration is nearing completion of the last section under the Missouri River. Construction of the Keystone pipeline has not yet begun. After years of grassroots organizing along the pipeline route and around the country, in November 2015 President Obama denied a key permit for the project to cross from Canada into 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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