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For The Week Ending Jan. 4, 2002


LISTEN to this week's half-hour program of Between The Lines by clicking on one of the links below. MP3 files available until Jan. 9, 2002.

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

Latest Haitian Coup Attempt and Cutoff
of Loans Undermine Aristide Presidency

Interview by Scott Harris.

In the early morning hours of Dec. 17, 30 armed men stormed Haiti's presidential palace in an apparent coup attempt against the government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The attackers, who were reported to have worn the uniforms of the disbanded Haitian Army, killed two policemen before one of their number was killed by police in a six-hour shootout. Haitian authorities captured two suspects involved in the coup attempt, but the others escaped, fleeing toward the border with the Dominican Republic. As reports of the attack reached the Haitian people, thousands of Aristide supporters poured into the streets. Around the country, crowds attacked and killed four people who were suspected of collaborating with the coup plotters.

This is the second incident of serious violence visited upon Haiti since Aristide won a second term as president last November. Aristide first won the presidency in 1990, but was overthrown in a bloody military coup seven months into his term. The popular former Catholic priest was later reinstalled by a combined U.S./ U.N. force in 1994. Many observers see this latest episode of violence as a sign of sharpening conflict between the poor majority of the country and the wealthy elite whose party, the Democratic Convergence boycotted last November's election.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Kim Ives, an editor at the New York City-based Haiti Progres newspaper, who examines the forces who may have been behind this latest coup attempt.

Contact Haiti Progres at (718) 434-8100 or visit their Web site at

New Sentencing Hearing for Mumia Abu Jamal
a Result of Flawed Trial and Growing Worldwide Protest

Interview by Scott Harris.

In a major development in one of the nation's most closely watched capital punishment cases, federal Judge William Yohn announced his decision to throw out the death sentence against Mumia Abu Jamal, convicted of the1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Jamal, an award-winning journalist on Pennsylvania's death row for 20 years, has drawn attention to his case through radio commentaries and the publication of several books critical of the U.S. justice system. Thousands of supporters across the globe have demanded that the 47-year-old former Black Panther be freed or receive a new trial.

Judge Yohn's decision issued Dec. 18, upholds Jamal's first degree murder conviction, but ruled that the state must conduct a new sentencing hearing within six months, or a life sentence without parole would be imposed. Jamal's supporters have vowed to appeal the decision to press their demand for a new trial that would include the testimony of Ronald Beverley, who recently confessed that he, not Jamal killed Daniel Faulkner. Officer Faulkner's wife and many police officials have bitterly condemned the judge's ruling.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Steve Hawkins, an attorney who worked with Mumia Abu Jamal's legal team for six years and now serves as the executive director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. Hawkins analyzes the latest developments in Jamal's case and how they may affect the movement to end capital punishment.

Contact the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty by calling (888) 286-2237 or visit their Web site at

Related links:

  • "Reversal of Fortune? Mumia's death sentence is overturned, for now" by Dave Lindorff, In These Times, Dec. 22, 2001
    Federal Government Does Little to Protect
    Nuclear Power Plants Vulnerable to Terrorist Attack

    Interview by Melinda Tuhus.

    The vulnerability of nuclear power plants to both accidents and terrorist attacks has been an issue of great concern to some from the inception of the nuclear age. But in the wake of Sept. 11, the problem has taken on new urgency.

    The Committee to Bridge the Gap is a nuclear policy organization based in Los Angeles that provides technical assistance to communities in which nuclear plants are located. The group has been working, mostly behind the scenes for more than 20 years to try to improve security at the nation's nuclear power plants, which now number 103.

    These plants also store, on-site, large quantities of high-level radioactive spent fuel with even less security than the plants themselves. After failing to make much progress convincing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to take steps to increase security, the Committee to Bridge the Gap recently went public with their concerns at a news conference at the National Press Club.

    Dan Hirsch helped to found the Committee to Bridge the Gap 30 years ago and currently serves as its president. He spoke with Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus about what he believes to be the core problem of nuclear plant safety and offers possible solutions.

    Contact the Committee to Bridge the Gap by calling (831) 462-6136.

    Related links:

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

    • Solitary confinement for HIV-positive prisoners a violation of rights and threatens to spread epidemic. ("Punitive Measures," In These Times, Nov. 26, 2001)
    • Public interest lawyers and civil rights groups filing new barrage of lawsuits against lead industry. ("Lawyers vs. Lead," E: The Environmental Magazine, November/December 2001)
    • Large lumber companies clearcutting old growth Chilcotin forest of British Columbia. ("Buzz Cut," Sierra Magazine, September/October 2001)

    Senior news editor/writer: Bob Nixon
    Program narration: Nigel Rees
    Segment Producer: Melinda Tuhus
    News reader: Elaine Osowski
    Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates
    Web editor/producer: Anna Manzo
    Executive producer: Scott Harris

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Commentary on America's Crisis, from the Producer

"Respond to Terror With a Revolution of the Heart"

"Respond to Terror With a Revolution of the Heart," audio file in MP3.

Between The Lines' Special Reports on Fallout from Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks

Special Report, Week Ending Sept. 21, 2001

Special Report, Week Ending Sept. 28, 2001

Special Report, Week Ending Oct. 5, 2001

Special Report, Week Ending Oct. 12, 2001

Special Report, Week Ending Oct. 19, 2001

Special Report, Week Ending Oct. 26, 2001

Ali Abunimah, vice president of Chicago's Arab American Action Network, interview in RealAudio, Sept. 12, 2001

In-Depth News Analysis

Third World Traveler, Foreign Policy section, collection of resources on

"They can't see why they are hated: Americans cannot ignore what their government does abroad" by Seumas Milne, Guardian Unlimited, UK's Special Report on Terrorism in the U.S., Sept. 13, 2001

In-depth Reporting and Analysis of Sept. 11 Terror Attacks

The Nation magazine

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

"The Fight for Everything" A series of interviews with activists and leaders of grassroots, progressive groups analyzing the goals, strategy and tactics of the global social justice movement

Multi-Ethnic Public Issues Advocacy

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

Between The Lines' 10th Anniversary CD


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