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In addition to the unrest in the West Bank and Gaza, Israel's self-declared buffer zone in southern Lebanon recently collapsed as Prime Minister Ehud Barak prepared for a phased withdrawal from the territory they held for more than 22 years. Hezbollah guerillas quickly took over positions abandoned by the Israeli-backed South Lebanon Army, ending the costly occupation of the 11-mile security zone on Israel's northern border.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Phyllis Bennis, a research fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, who examines the serious obstacles remaining in the way of negotiating a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.
Contact the Institute for Policy Studies by calling (202) 234-9382 or visit their Web site at www.ips-dc.org
Bennis' articles may also be found on the Website: www.tni.org
Recently, this bill passed the Foreign Relations Committee in the Senate and the Agricultural Appropriations Committees in both the House and the Senate. Final passage of the bill could lead to the end of U.S. embargoes of food and medicine to nations such as Cuba.
Bipartisan support for the bill has been growing, especially in farm states. The lifting of the sanctions could open up an estimated $7 billion in new markets for U.S. farmers.
Between The Lines' Denise Manzari spoke with Jeremy Rich, legislative director of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, who examines why he believes trading with Cuba would benefit Cubans, American farmers and consumers.
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau can be contacted by calling (405) 523-2402.
Running with Native American rights activist Winona Laduke as his vice presidential candidate, Nader is campaigning across the nation on a platform of Democratic renewal, targeting the abuses of corporate power. Working with state Green Party members, he is hoping to gain ballot access in all 50 states. Despite receiving little national media attention, some recent polls indicate Nader currently has more support than conservative commentator Pat Buchanan, who is running to head the Reform Party ticket.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ralph Nader as he campaigned in his home state of Connecticut. Nader explains his goals for the 2000 race and how he hopes to build a viable progressive political party.
To contact the Green Party, call (202) 265-4000 or visit their Web site at www.votenader.org