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For The Week Ending Aug. 10, 2001


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

Bush Administration Charged with Arrogance as it Withdraws
from Growing Number of International Treaties

Interview by Scott Harris.

Since taking office in January, George W. Bush has pursued a policy of unilateral rejection of a growing number of international treaties and conventions in the areas of environment, arms control and human rights.

His actions include rejecting a treaty creating the international criminal court; withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol on global warming; declaring that the U.S. will soon scrap the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty signed with the Soviet Union in 1972; undermining a United Nations agreement to reduce illegal trafficking in small arms; pulling out of negotiations to enforce provisions of the convention banning biological weapons; and refusing to place before the U.S. Senate the 1996 Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and the 1993 nuclear weapons reduction accord with Russia.

While the extent of the Bush administration's rejection of international cooperation is a surprise to many observers, this is not exactly a new trend in U.S. foreign policy. During his eight years in the White House, former President Bill Clinton rejected or delayed ratification of a number of multilateral agreements, including the treaty banning land mines and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Matthew Rothschild, editor of the Progressive Magazine, who examines world reaction to the Bush administration's rejection of numerous international treaties.

Contact the Progressive by calling (608) 257-4626 or visit their Web site at

National Lawyers Guild Considers Campaign to Impeach
Supreme Court Justices Who Stopped Florida Vote Count

Interview by Scott Harris.

The 2000 presidential election was virtually decided when the Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 in the Bush vs. Gore case to stop the vote count in Florida. Since then, anger at the defects in the U.S. electoral system has simmered below the radar screen of the corporate media. In fact, few questions about the unprecedented role of the Supreme Court in selecting the U.S. president have been raised by major American newspapers and television networks. Mainstream commentators, by and large, have urged critics unhappy with George W. Bush's bizarre road to the White House to "get over it."

Some activists have turned their attention toward correcting the flaws in the U.S. electoral system by proposing measures that include abolition of the Electoral College; advocacy for a system of instant run-off voting; and modernization of election machinery. But not everyone has forgotten what many critics view as the blatant partisanship of the Supreme Court in the Florida decision.

The executive committee of the National Lawyers Guild recently recommended that Guild members undertake a nationwide campaign to impeach those five conservative Supreme Court Justices who voted to stop the state of Florida's vote count. The proposal, already endorsed by the Democratic Party of Oregon, will be voted on by Guild members at their national convention in October. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Nathan Newman, vice president of the National Lawyers Guild, who explains why he is advocating the launch of a campaign to impeach Justices William Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, Sandra Day O'Connor, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy.

Contact the National Lawyers Guild by calling (212) 627-2656 or visit their Web site at

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Physicians' Group Calls for a Halt
to Depleted Uranium Ammunition Use

Interview by Melinda Tuhus.

Depleted uranium, as its name implies, is less radioactive than the highly enriched uranium used in nuclear weapons. But DU, as it's called, is the subject of growing concern among public health officials worldwide due to its carcinogenic properties and because its effects on human health and the environment are not thoroughly understood.

DU is now used by many nations in both offensive and defensive weaponry. It was first widely used in the battlefield during the Persian Gulf War, when U.S. forces and their allies employed DU weapons against Iraq. NATO forces again used DU ammunition in the ethnic conflicts in both Bosnia and Kosovo as the nation of Yugoslavia broke apart.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Martin Butcher, director of security programs with Physicians for Social Responsibility, a group founded more than 20 years ago to oppose the nuclear arms race. Butcher explains why his group is concerned with the use of depleted uranium weapons, and what he believes should be done about it.

Contact Physicians for Social Responsibility by calling (202) 667-4260 or visit their Web site at

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

  • Bush administration pushes for development of low-yield nuclear weapons for use against leaders of "rogue nations" sheltered in underground bunkers. (The Progressive, Aug. 23, 2001)
  • Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe signs communications law restoring a government monopoly of TV and radio outlets. (World Press Review, June 2001)
  • More than two decades after Cambodia's "killing fields" genocide, war crimes tribunal has not yet begun. (In These Times, July 9, 2001.)

Senior news editor/writer: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Arch Currie
News reader: Elaine Osowski
Segment Producer: Melinda Tuhus
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

Protest Organizers in Genoa Blame Police for Violence Between The Lines interview with Vittorio Agnoletto, Genoa Social Forum organizer'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

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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

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

Multi-Ethnic Public Issues Advocacy

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


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