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For The Week Ending July 20, 2001


LISTEN to this week's half-hour program of Between The Lines by clicking on one of the links below. MP3 files available until July 25, 2001.

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

Fast Track Battle in Congress will Determine
Future of Free Trade Agreements

Interview by Scott Harris.

Congress will soon consider legislation that would grant President Bush authority to negotiate future international trade deals with minimal debate and no chance for legislators to propose corrective amendments.

The so-called "Fast Track" bill, now dubbed "Trade Promotion Authority" by the Bush administration, was defeated by a progressive coalition led by the AFL-CIO when president Clinton tried to win Congressional approval in 1997. Then, as now, a broad coalition of groups that include family farmers, environmentalists and students joined with labor to oppose Fast Track. If approved, the Fast Track process would be applied to the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas treaty or FTAA. FTAA would expand many of the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement to every nation in the hemisphere except for Cuba. FTAA, like NAFTA, has been criticized for the power it surrenders to corporations, leading to the erosion of democracy and national sovereignty.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, who discusses the campaign to defeat Fast Track and why her group opposes the expansion of free trade agreements without provisions protecting labor rights and the environment.

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

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World Bank-IMF Policies in Developing Nations
Target of Massive, Washington, D.C. Protest in September

Interview by Scott Harris.

Since the late 1990s, there has been a rebirth of activism around the globe with growing scrutiny of international economic institutions. This culminated in the U.S. with militant protests at the World Trade Organization's November 1999 ministerial summit in Seattle. Massive demonstrations were also organized against World Bank and International Monetary Fund policies in Prague last September and at the institution's April 1999 meetings in Washington, D.C. More protests are being organized to welcome the World Bank and IMF when they return to Washington this September.

Groups calling for the overhaul or abolition of these financial institutions complain that their lending policies in the Third World exacerbate the gap between rich and poor, largely benefiting powerful transnational corporations.

Critics point out that the billions of dollars lent to developing nations come with strings attached in the form of structural adjustment programs or SAPs. SAPs mandate debtor governments to open their economies to foreign corporations, focus agriculture on export crops, balance budgets through cuts in social programs and privatize publicly held enterprises.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Soren Ambrose, policy analyst with the 50 Years Is Enough Network, who talks about growing worldwide opposition to the policies of the World Bank and IMF, and the protests being planned for Washington, D.C. Sept. 26-Oct. 4.

Contact 50 Years Is Enough Network by calling (202) IMF-BANK or visit their Web site at

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U.S. Customs Seizes Medical Aid Bound
for Cuba on Canadian Border

Other Cuban humanitarian aid crosses into Mexico unmolested
Interview by Denise Manzari.

On July 2, the 12th U.S./Cuba Friendshipment caravan, organized by Pastors for Peace, crossed the U.S. border from Hidalgo, Texas into Reynosa, Mexico with no interference from U.S. officials.

The 95 participants were transporting more than 75 tons of humanitarian aid to be donated without license to Cuba as a challenge to the 40-year-old U.S. economic blockade of that island nation.

However, on that same day, at the Coburn Gore border crossing in the Maine woods, a related group was stopped as they attemped to cross the U.S. border into Quebec, Canada, with four truckloads of medical aid. Forty participants were part of the caravan organized by the Maine-based organization, "Let Cuba Live," along with the Quebec-Canada Friendship Association and Pastors for Peace.

A border standoff ensued when U.S. officials refused to allow two of the trucks -- loaded with critically needed anesthiology equipment and other medical aid for Cuba -- to cross the border. Two of the participants carried aid over the border and were threatened with arrest.

Judy Robbins is with the group "Let Cuba Live." She spoke with Between The Lines' Denise Manzari about the seizure, and how her group is still determined to deliver the medical aid to Cuba.

To contact Let Cuba Live, call (207) 326-4405 or visit their Web site at

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

  • Skepticism abounds over Nigerian government's Human Rights Violations Investigations Commission. (In These Times, June 11, 2001.)
  • Several conservative Republican "get tough on crime" politicians who have served prison time have become active prison reformers. (The Progressive, June 2001)
  • Soft-drink marketeers targeting students in schools desperate for budget dollars. (The Nation, June 25, 2001.)

Senior news editor/writer: Bob Nixon
News writer: Rich Fraser
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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July 25-28, North West Trade Bloc, Vancouver

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Economic Globalization Resources

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

"Supreme Injustice", The Nation Magazine, Special Report by Steve Cobble, June 23, 2001

"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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