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For The Week Ending Aug. 3, 2001


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

Protest Organizers in Genoa Blame Police for Violence
which Disrupted Powerful G8 Summit Demonstrations

Interview by Scott Harris.

Over 100,000 demonstrators from around the globe converged on the northern Italian city of Genoa July 20 through 22 to protest the economic and social policies of the world's most powerful nations. The mostly peaceful demonstrations were held as the G-8 leaders gathered for a summit meeting in Genoa behind barricades and under the protection of thousands of riot police.

Trade unionists, environmentalists, church groups and students called for an overhaul of policies promoted by the G-8 that protesters argue damage the environment and enrich the elite while impoverishing the world's poor majority. But the actions of a small group of so called 'black bloc' demonstrators who clashed with police soon resulted in tragedy. Twenty-three-year-old Italian Carlo Giuliani was shot dead by a police officer as a militant crowd threw objects at a law enforcement vehicle. Later in the weekend, police conducted a brutal raid of two buildings used by protest organizers and independent journalists in Genoa. Dozens of people were severely beaten and arrested. Many were later hospitalized as the Italian police justified their action by saying they were searching for hooligans and weapons.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Vittorio Agnoletto, spokesperson with the Genoa Social Forum, a group representing more than 800 international organizations that supported the protest against the G-8 summit. He discusses the demonstrations and police violence which occurred in Genoa.

Vittorio Agnoletto is a spokesperson with the Genoa Social Forum. Receive updates on worldwide actions condemning police violence in Genoa by visiting the Independent Media Center Web Site at:

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Bonn Climate Accord Signed by 178 Nations
But compromises made to reach agreement open many loopholes
Interview by Scott Harris.

After marathon negotiating sessions that stretched until dawn July 23, representatives of 178 nations agreed on enforcement mechanisms to bind signatories of the Kyoto Protocol to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases linked to global warming and climate change. The accord moved forward the work begun in Japan in 1997 endorsed at the time by most of the world's nations. But conspicuously missing from the Bonn agreement was the United States, which under the Bush administration has rejected Kyoto as "fatally flawed." Mr. Bush maintains that mandatory reduction of greenhouse gases would harm the U.S. economy.

Although the absence of the U.S., which produces 25 percent of the gases that cause global warming, greatly reduces the effectiveness of the accord, some diplomats and environmentalists hope that the agreement will increase pressure in Washington to join in the future.

The Bonn agreement calls for 38 industrialized nations to reduce their gas emissions to 5.2 percent below 1990 levels by 2012, while affording nations credits for protecting forests and investment in new technology.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Alex Veitch, of the Sierra Club, who examines the strengths and weaknesses of the accord and the effect U.S. rejection will have on reaching Kyoto's goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Contact the Sierra Club by calling (202) 547-1141 or visit their Web site at:

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HIV/AIDS Prevention in Africa Hindered
by Cultural Repression of Women

Interview by Melinda Tuhus.

At the U.N. Summit on AIDS held in June, delegates pointed out that the oppression of women is perhaps the key factor in the spread of the pandemic. Until women have personal and economic power to combat sexual exploitation, experts say progress in containing the spread of HIV and AIDS will be greatly hindered. In subSaharan Africa, where 70 percent of all HIV-positive individuals live and die, women comprise a rising percentage of the total affected. Millions of babies in Africa are born with the disease each year, where care almost is non-existent. In some African countries, the infection rate among teenage women is twice that of males of the same age.

The Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance, or GAIA, is one organization that is working to reduce the number of women and children exposed to HIV/AIDS. Based in San Francisco, its nurses, physicians and epidemiologists work through religious and interfaith organizations to promote HIV prevention strategies in developing countries. Its initial focus is sub-Saharan Africa.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with GAIA's founder and president, Bill Rankin, about his organization's work and the challenges posed by cultural and social discrimination against women.

To contact The Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance, call (415) 461-7196 or visit their Web site at

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

  • Critics charge Theater Missile Defense is destabilizing international security; measure has key Democratic Party support. (In These Times, July 23, 2001)
  • Former Guatemalan President Efrian Rios Montt escapes human rights abuse investigation and prosecution. (World Press Review, July 2001)
  • U.S. officials resist European effort to restrict off-shore tax haven for the world's wealthy. (The Nation, June 18, 2001.)

Senior news editor/writer: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Elaine Osowski
News reader: Scott Harris
Segment Producer: 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

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,

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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