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For The Week Ending June 8, 2001


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

No End in Sight for Mideast Violence
as Israel Rejects Freeze on Settlements

Interview by Scott Harris. (In RealAudio)

After eight months of escalating violence resulting in the deaths of more than 500 mostly Palestinian civilians, Israelis and Palestinians have taken tentative steps to resuming security talks. This comes after the Bush administration gave up its low-profile approach and directed U.S. envoy William Burns to engage in shuttle diplomacy between the two sides.

But the outlook for any breakthroughs is uncertain after continued car bombings and military attacks, despite a limited unilateral Israeli ceasefire. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's strategy of pre-emptive strikes -- which has included targeting Palestinian leaders for assassination -- has failed to quell the Al Aksa Intifada or uprising.

Hope for a resumption of negotiations further dimmed as Israel flatly rejected a freeze on Jewish settlements in the occupied territories -- a key recommendation from an international commission led by former U.S. Senator George Mitchell. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Hussein Ibish, communications director with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, who assesses provisions of the Mitchell plan and the prospects for a cease-fire and renewed negotiations.

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Power Shift in Senate may Hamper
Bush Judicial Appointments

But Democrats remain divided on economic issues
Interview by Scott Harris. (In RealAudio)

The White House and Republicans across the nation were shocked when two-term Vermont Sen. James Jeffords announced that he was leaving the Republican Party to become an independent. The historic switch, officially declared by Jeffords on May 24th, gave control of an evenly split Senate to the Democrats for the first time since 1995. Other moderate Republicans warned that the Bush administration's hard right agenda might trigger more defections in the near future.

Since the swearing in of George W. Bush as president Jan. 20th, the Republicans had enjoyed control of the legislative and executive branches of government -- a GOP lock on power not seen time since the Eisenhower administration. With the Democrats now in control of Senate committees, political observers say it will be more difficult for Mr. Bush to push through controversial conservative judicial nominees. But Democrats will not have an easy time challenging the Bush program, as they too are divided along ideological lines -- a fact made clear by the 12 Democratic Senators who recently voted with the GOP in support of the Bush tax cut legislation, the largest giveaway to the rich since the Reagan era.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with The Nation magazine's The Online Beat columnist John Nichols, who looks at the power shift in the U.S. Senate and how these changes could affect the future direction of U.S. politics.

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Drive to Revive Nuclear Power Jeopardizes
Public Health and Wastes Tax Dollars

Interview by Melinda Tuhus. (In RealAudio)

The last time a contract was signed to build a nuclear power plant in the U.S. was in 1978, just before the near disaster at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island plant and the later tragedy at Chernobyl. But nuclear power's problems such as how to safely store tons of dangerous radioactive waste remain unresolved. A long-term waste storage site at Yucca Mountain, Nev. has never opened due to continuing questions about its safety. But the nuclear industry, with help from the Bush administration's recently unveiled energy plan, hopes to revive atomic power, which currently supplies the nation 20 percent of its electricity.

In addition to drilling for oil in places like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the White House energy plan calls for hundreds of new fossil fuel and nuclear power plants over the next 20 years. Vice President Dick Cheney ironically promotes nuclear power as a clean energy source that doesn't produce greenhouse gasses, even as his administration dismisses the issue of global warming. According to recent opinion polls the public, opposed to polluting fossil fuels and fearful of a looming energy crisis, is looking more favorably on nuclear power than it has in decades.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Michael Marriotte, executive director of the Nuclear Information Resource Service, about the Bush plan to revive nuclear power, an industry that until recently appeared headed for a slow death.

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

  • Chemical manufacturers working to suppress 10-year EPA study on dioxin. (The Nation, May 28, 2001)
  • Russian tuberculosis epidemic threatens to spread throughout Europe. (World Press Review, June 2001)
  • FBI targets Seattle Independent Media Center in search for stolen police documents. IMC attorneys assert court order is a threat to free speech. ("Unclear and Present Danger: United States and Canada investigate Indymedia Center," by Silja J.A. Talvi, In These Times, June 11, 2001.)

Senior news editor/writer: Bob Nixon
News writer: Rich Fraser
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Prue Cullen
Segment Producers: Melinda Tuhus
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

Between The Lines Summit of the Americas Archive

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

Pacifica Crisis Resources

The Nation magazine links

Between The Lines' Special Report on the Crisis at Pacifica Radio Network and WBAI in New York Interviews with Utrice Leid, WBAI interim general manager, Bernard White, terminated program director, Leslie Cagan, Pacifica Foundation board member. Jan. 26, 2001

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

"Rogue Nation", The Nation magazine, Editorial on Bush's 100 Days in Office, May 28, 2001

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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