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For The Week Ending July 27, 2001


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

Successful Missile Defense Weapons Test Boosts Bush Drive
to Deploy Treaty-Busting Star Wars System

Interview by Scott Harris.

On July 15, the Pentagon announced a successful test of their anti-missile system over the Pacific Ocean, an important element in the development of a U.S. national missile defense program. This was only the second success of four such tests, where a mock intercontinental ballistic missile was destroyed by an interceptor rocket launched thousands of miles away.

Although the White House and Pentagon downplayed the successful test, it is widely expected that this will assist the Bush administration in winning congressional funding for accelerated testing of various missile defense technologies. But many arms control experts believe this aggressive drive to test and eventually deploy a missile defense "shield" will in a matter of months abrogate the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty signed by the U.S. and Soviet Union in 1972. Russia, China and many U.S. allies have condemned the Bush plan to scrap the ABM treaty, fearing that the policy will spark a new global nuclear arms race.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Bruce Gagnon, coordinator with the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, who discusses the latest Pentagon test and growing opposition to the revival of the Reagan-era "Star Wars" missile defense program.

Contact the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space by calling (352) 337-9274 or visit their Web site at:

Aborted White House-Salvation Army Deal Reveals
Bush Support for Tax Payer Funded Discrimination

Interview by Scott Harris.

Just ten days before the House of Representatives passed the White House-backed Faith-Based Initiative, the Washington Post reported that high officials in the Bush administration -- in an effort to win support for their bill -- negotiated a secret deal with the Salvation Army that would have provided protection to federally funded religious charities that discriminate against gays and lesbians in exchange for the Army's public support for the controversial legislation. Once the deal was exposed however, both the White House and Salvation Army abandoned the arrangement.

The embarrassing revelation highlighted the objections many have to the Bush Faith-Based Initiative. Advocates for retaining the constitutionally mandated firewall between church and state warn that if signed into law, the Faith-Based Initiative could institute taxpayer funded discrimination in employment and services run by religious charities. Some in the religious community also oppose the legislation because of the government regulations that would be imposed on their charitable operations. After winning passage in the House 233-198, the measure now moves to the Senate where Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., originally a supporter of the Bush faith-based legislation, says he is considering drafting his own bill to win greater bipartisan support.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Wayne Besson, associate director of communications with the Human Rights Campaign, who examines the aborted White House-Salvation Army deal and explains why a growing number of citizens oppose the Bush faith-based initiative.

Contact the Human Rights Campaign by calling (202) 628-4160 or visit their Web site at:

Cuban Rodenticide Brought to U.S.
in Challenge to Cuban Economic Blockade

Impounded by EPA
Interview by Denise Manzari.

Ninety-five members of Pastors for Peace, a project of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, offered a new challenge to the 41-year-old U.S. economic embargo of Cuba on July 12, when they re-entered the United States with more than 30 pounds of Biorat, a Cuban-made rat poison scientists there claim is an environmentally-safe rodenticide.

U.S. Customs officials maintain that Biorat is toxic for humans and a hazard to the environment, and the product is now in the hands of the Environmental Protection Agency after being confiscated on the Texas border. IFCO/Pastors for Peace were returning from what was their 12th caravan of unlicensed humanitarian aid that they have organized and delivered to the people of Cuba since 1992. The latest caravan arrived in Cuba on July 4 with 75 tons of aid, including medical supplies and equipment donated from three doctors' offices and over 200 bicycles.

Rev. Lucius Walker is founder of Pastors for Peace and he spoke with Between The Lines' Denise Manzari about how this product could benefit the poor in the U.S., and his decades long struggle to end the American blockade against Cuba.

To contact IFCO/Pastors for Peace, based in New York City, call (212) 926-5757 or visit their Web site at

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

  • Powerful new divestment campaign gaining ground to break link between Sudan's repressive regime and major oil companies. (, June 21, 2001)
  • Pentagon is America's leading toxic polluter. (In These Times, May 28, 2001)
  • Right-wing, pro-Israel Web site, "Masada 2000" targeting dissenting Jewish peace activists. (In These Times, July 9, 2001.)

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

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American Revolution Feature

An interview with Paul Lussier, author of the book, "The Last Refuge of Scoundrels: A Revolutionary Novel"

July 20-22, G8 Summit, Genoa, Italy's Globalization articles Collection of articles on the protests in Genoa, Italy

"One dead, 80 injured in Genoa: The violent defense of indefensible policies," by John Nichols, The Online Beat columnist, Nation Magazine, July 20, 2001.

"The Battle of Genoa," by Walden Bello, Nation Magazine, July 23, 2001.

Protester dies in G8 summit clash July 20, 2001, CNN Reports,

Genoa, Italy G8 Social Forum

Public Forum "Another World Is Possible"

Upcoming Protests

July 25-28, North West Trade Bloc, Vancouver

Aug. 10-15, Prison Industrial Complex, Philadelphia

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

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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