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For The Week Ending June 29, 2001


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

Protesters Arrested as U.S. Navy
Resumes Vieques Military Exercises

Interview by Denise Manzari.

On June 19, the day after the U.S. Navy resumed military exercises using dummy bombs on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, 40 protesters have been arrested, including Jackie Jackson, the wife of Rev. Jesse Jackson. The group had entered the firing range demanding an immediate end to the military manuevers. Eight of these protesters had landed by boat just before the start of the bombing.

Last week, President Bush had announced that the Navy would leave Vieques in 2003, the same timeframe slated by former President Clinton. But many island residents, and even the governor of Puerto Rico have rejected the proposal and are demanding an immediate halt to the bombing exercises.

A referendum about the Navy exercises, previously brokered by former President Clinton and former Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Rosello is scheduled for November. Puerto Ricans have also scheduled a nonbinding vote in July. However, Navy Secretary Gordon R. England has asked Congress to cancel the November referendum, stating that it sets a very bad precedent.

Robert Rabin is a protest organizer and member of the Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques. He spoke with Between The Lines' Denise Manzari.

For more information contact the Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques by calling (787)741-0716 or visit their Web site at

Europeans Resist Bush Administration's Environmental Policies
and Missile Defense Program

Thousands Demonstrate in Europe During President's Visit;
3 Shot In Sweden

Interview by Scott Harris.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators greeted President Bush on his first official trip to Europe last week. At issue, in the streets and among European leaders, was President Bush's controversial plan to build a national missile defense system, his passion for capital punishment and the White House rejection of the Kyoto protocol limiting greenhouse gasses. Militant protests in Goteborg, Sweden against Bush and the policies of the European Union meeting there, ended in street battles where three demonstrators were shot by police.

Mr. Bush is perceived in much of Europe as a shallow extremist, with little credibility given the many questions surrounding the 2000 U.S. presidential election eventually decided in a partisan Supreme Court. But America's corporate press largely dismissed European unease with Mr. Bush, chalking up their objections to snobbishness and anti-Americanism. Despite a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin, where the two leaders exchanged handshakes and smiles, little was said that reduces Europe's fears about the consequences of Bush's pledge to scrap the anti-ballistic missile treaty.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Gregory Palast, a columnist with the London Observer newspaper, who examines European resistance to President Bush's environmental and defense policies.

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Campaign Finance Bill Faces 'Poison Pill' Amendments in House
Interview by Scott Harris.

Supporters of campaign finance reform legislation celebrated a hard fought victory in April when the U.S. Senate passed the McCain-Feingold bill. After a summer recess, campaign finance legislation will be considered in the House of Representatives, where it has passed twice before. But the House Republican leadership has vowed to kill the bill with "poison pill" amendments or in any House-Senate conference.

The House legislation, named for Connecticut GOP Representative Chris Shays and Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Marty Meehan, parallels the McCain - Feingold bill with a ban on unregulated "soft money" contributions made to political parties by corporations, unions and individuals. The measure would also restrict TV and radio issue advertising referring to specific candidates within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of a general election. But an unusual coalition of advocacy groups on the left and the right, including the National Rifle Association and the AFL-CIO, oppose limits on political speech.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Steve Weissman, legislative representative with Public Citizen's Congress Watch, who discusses the obstacles still standing in the way of passage of campaign finance reform legislation.

Contact Public Citizen by calling (202) 546-4996 or visit their Web site at

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

  • East Timorese victims of post-independence refendum violence testify against Indonesian general in an U.S. court for his role in gross human rights abuses ("Indonesian General on Trial in U.S. Court," by John Miller, East Timor Action Network newsletter "Estafesta," Spring 2001.)
  • Critics charge independent, progressive political groups are ignored in New York City mayoral race. (The Nation magazine, June 4, 2001)
  • Lesbian author Amber Hollibaugh continues to break boundaries of sex and politics. (The Progresive, May, 2001.)

Senior news editor/writer: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Arch Currie
News reader: Denise Manzari
Segment Producer: Denise Manzari
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

June 14-16, 2001 European Summit Protests in Sweden

Independent Media Center

Sweden Independent Media Center

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

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

Multi-Ethnic Public Issues Advocacy

Dr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson's Commentaries, The Hutchinson Report


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