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is Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary!

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"News & Views The Corporate Media Exclude"

    The CD features:
  • Physicist Michio Kaku on whose way of life was preserved in the Persian Gulf War
  • MIT professor and U.S. foreign policy critic Noam Chomsky , on what the demise of the Soviet Union means to the rest of the world
  • Z Magazine editor Michael Albert on the new coalition that organized anti-World Trade Organization protests in Seattle
  • Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader on his exclusion from the 2000 presidential debate

Between The Lines Archive
For The Week Ending April 27, 2001


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This week we present Between The Lines' summary of under-reported news stories and:

Bush Budget Plan Redistributes Nation's Wealth from Poor, Middle Class to the Rich
Interview by Scott Harris.

The Bush administration's proposed $1.6 trillion dollar tax cut, disproportionately benefiting the wealthiest sector of society, easily won passage in the House but met some resistance in the closely divided U.S. Senate. The White House tax proposal, the biggest giveaway to the rich since the Reagan era, was scaled back by 25% in the Senate by a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans. But President Bush is pushing hard to overcome what some have described as only token resistance put up by a dispirited and disorganized Democratic party.

The Bush budget package, released just before legislators left Washington for a two-week spring recess, gives so much away in the $1.6 trillion dollar tax break that many government agencies are slated for cuts or a freeze. Several key federal programs benefiting poor children and their families, housing, transportation, environmental protection and others have been slashed, while Bush proposes to boost funds for the military and some education programs.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Frances Fox Piven, distinguished professor of political science and sociology at the graduate school of the City University of New York who asserts that the Bush Administration's proposed budget will redistribute wealth from the poor and middle class to the most affluent sector of society.

Frances Fox Piven is the coauthor of "The Breaking of the American Social Contract," published by New Press.

Protests to Confront 34 Heads of State Meeting
in Quebec City to Negotiate the Free Trade Area of the Americas

FTAA criticized for surrendering nations'
democratic governance to corporate control

Interview by Scott Harris.

Thousands of demonstrators will be in the streets in cities and towns -- and on the borders of the U.S., Canada and Mexico from April 19-22. They will be expressing their opposition to negotiations on the Free Trade Area of the Americas or FTAA being held in Quebec City, Canada. There, heads of state from every nation in the western hemisphere, except for Cuba, will meet to discuss the expansion of the controversial North American Free Trade Agreement to the nations of North, South and Central America. The FTAA treaty being negotiated is a tightly guarded secret, with only government officials and their corporate allies privy to the details of the accord which supporters are working to implement by 2005.

FTAA, like NAFTA before it, has been criticized for the power it surrenders to corporations leading to the erosion of democracy and national sovereignty. Leaks indicate that FTAA could incorporate trade rules that will allow private corporations to sue governments for perceived loss of profit caused by labor or environmental regulations legislated by local, state or federal governments. Other trade rules under discussion would enable transnational corporations to compete with publicly funded non-profit institutions such as schools and hospitals.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Maude Barlow, chairwoman of the Council of Canadians, who explains why her group opposes FTAA and describes the extraordinary security measures put in place by the Canadian government in anticipation of the tens of thousands of demonstrators coming to Quebec City to voice their opposition.

Contact the Council by calling (613) 233-3773 or visit their Web site at:

Related interviews and links:

  • On-location interview with Hassan Yussuff, Common Frontiers and executive director of Canadian Labor Congress about the People's Summit held in Quebec City April 19, 2001 (MP3 file)
  • 11 a.m. On-location press conference with Jaggi Singh Anticapitalist Convergence (CLAC) on the protests planned for the day April 20, 2001. A few hours later, Singh was beaten by undercover police dressed as protesters during his arrest.
  • The Global Water Crisis And The Commodification Of The World's Water Supply Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians. #1 Project Censored media stories of 2000: World Bank and Multinationals Seek to Privatize Water

Author Says Militant Direct Action Activists Are Driving Force Behind New Global Social Justice Movement
Interview by Scott Harris.

As environmentalists, labor unions and students organized opposition to the Free Trade Area of the Americas around the hemisphere, the latest target of the anti-corporate globalization movement, it is clear that social activism has reached a level of intensity not seen in the U.S. in several decades.

With roots in the campus anti-sweatshop campaigns and the re-invigoration of the labor movement -- an energetic new coalition has emerged which was first observed by the media during massive demonstrations and non-violent civil disobedience at the World Trade Organization's November 1999 summit in Seattle. Although Seattle was not the first manifestation of growing discontent with free trade policies and the unchallenged power of corporations, protests there catapulted this new movement to organize other actions at economic and political gatherings of the elite in places like Washington, D.C., Davos, Switzerland, Prague, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

The media often seems befuddled by -- and dismissive of -- the wide range of issues championed by a surprising alliance of groups now regularly seen protesting together in the streets. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with author and columnist Alexander Cockburn, whose new book, "Five Days That Shook The World: Seattle & Beyond" chronicles this new movement.

Alexander Cockburn's book, "Five Days That Shook The World: Seattle and Beyond" coauthored with Jeffrey St. Clair, is published by Verso.

Counterpunch Magazine is edited by Alexander Cockburn. He can be contacted by calling 1-(800) 840-3683 or visit their Web site at:

Related interview:

  • Interview with Greg Duffell of CKLN Radio in Toronto who reports on the constraints placed on journalists located inside the Summit of the Americas media center from covering the Quebec City protests on Friday 4/20/01.
  • Tony Clark, author of "Global Showdown," speaking at the People's Summit of the Americas, April 21, 2001
  • Jose Bove, activist farmer who shot to international fame after demolishing a McDonald's in France, speaking at the People's Summit of the Americas, April 21, 2001. Bove was originally denied entry to Canada for this summit.

This week's summary of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Mumia Abu-Jamal fires his entire legal team, including activist attorney Leonard Weinglass, over a book written criticizing Jamal's most loyal allies. (In These Times, April 16, 2001)
  • Human rights groups calling for a full-scale investigation into the Indonesian government's complicity in the murder of legal aid lawyer Jafar Siddiq Hamzah, who had been probing deaths of Aceh province rebels in jail. (The Progressive, April 2001)
  • U.S. military has sought to suppress international health studies of depleted uranium ammunition. (The Nation, April 6, 2001)

Senior news editor/writer: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Arch Currie
Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates
Web editor/producer: Anna Manzo
Executive producer: Scott Harris

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Between The Lines' 10th Anniversary CD

April 17-22, 2001 FTAA Summit Protest Resources

Stop the FTAA Web site,, Excellent activist resource on what the FTAA is, and what's happening where in the U.S. and Canada

"Labor, Environmental and Human Rights Groups Organizing to Oppose April Americas Free Trade Treaty Summit in Quebec City" Between The Lines interview with Alliance for Responsible Trade's Karen Hansen Kuhn, Feb. 26, 2001

"Quebec City Crackdown,", by Darryl LeRoux, Feb. 20, 2001

People's Summit of the Americas II, Grassroots coalition Schedule of Events for people's forums, teach-ins, rallies, mass demonstration. (

ZNet's Global Economic Crisis resource site Excellent source for understanding global economics and trade issues and particularly in preparation for ongoing demonstrations about economic justice

Between The Lines/WPKN Report on Pacifica Radio Network-WBAI, N.Y. Crisis
Jan. 8, 2001 Interviews with Utrice Leid, Leslie Cagan, and Bernard White

Foreign Reports on the U.S. Election Cover-Up

"Silence Of The Lambs: The Election Story Never Told", Whistleblowers Section, by Greg Palast, March 1, 2001

Post Inauguration and Electoral Reform Resources

"Making Every Vote Count", The Nation Magazine, Special Section

"Hailing the Thief," The Nation Special Web Exclusive Report, by Ben Ehrenreich

Between The Lines/WPKN 'Profiles Bush Cabinet Nominees' Archive:

"John Ashcroft Sought White Supremacist Political Support"

Interior Department Nominee Gale Norton at Odds with Public Support for Protecting the Environment

"Attorney General Nominee's Career Marked by Opposition to Reproductive Rights and Civil Rights Law"

"From Vietnam to Florida's Disenfranchisement of Black Voters: Unheroic Moments in Secretary of State Nominee Colin Powell's Career"


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