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For The Week Ending Jan. 11, 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. 16, 2002.

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

Dispute Over Jammu, Kashmir at Heart
of Rising Tensions between India and Pakistan

Interview by Scott Harris.

For the fourth time in 50 years, India and Pakistan are edging closer to war. Tensions rose shortly after a Kashmiri separatist group launched a Dec. 13 suicide attack against India's parliament that killed 14 people. The leaders of both nations traded verbal attacks followed by a dangerous buildup of troops along their shared 2,000 mile-long border. India's leaders charge that Pakistan has failed to rein in terrorist groups which are believed to have been behind the December Parliament attack and an earlier October 1st assault on Indiašs Srinagar legislature.

Both India and Pakistan possess nuclear weapons, a fact that alarms many observers who note that the two nations have fought three wars since their founding in 1947. The spark that ignited previous conflicts has been the five decade long dispute over the territories of Jammu and Kashmir ­ a mountainous region both nations claim as their own.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jay Truman, founder and director of Downwinders, a research foundation that works to end nuclear weapons testing and reduce the threat of atomic warfare. Truman discusses the danger of war between India and Pakistan and the historical context which has led to the current conflict.

Contact Downwinders Foundation by calling (208) 776-5903 or visit their Web site at Related links:

Economic Crisis, Popular Revolt
Brings Down Successive Governments in Argentina

Mark Weisbrot examines
IMF role in current economic collapse

Interview by Scott Harris.

As Argentina's economy imploded, riots and protests engulfed the nation's cities including the capital, Buenos Aires. With more than 25 protesters killed and hundreds injured in the unrest, President Fernando De la Rua, along with his economic advisors, resigned shortly after his government declared a state of siege. But with record unemployment, deepening poverty and a shrinking middle class, confidence in any new government will be slow in coming.

News Update: A populist senator became Argentina's fifth president in two weeks Wednesday, pledging to ditch free-market policies that he said had left Argentina ``without a peso.'' The senator is Eduardo Duhalde, a 60-year-old former vice president and two-term governor of the country's richest province, Buenos Aires.

In recent decades, Argentina has suffered through a brutal military dictatorship and a political culture rife with corruption. According to many economists, the South American country was plunged into economic chaos as a direct result of flawed advice from the International Monetary Fund. The IMF had maintained support for Argentina's 1991 policy that pegged the value of their currency, the peso, directly to the U.S. dollar, a policy which in the end made Argentina's exports extremely expensive and its imports very cheap. The country now is burdened by a $155 billion foreign debt. The new Peronist government has continued to limit personal bank withdrawals and announced plans to issue a new currency, the "Argentino."

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, who discusses the role of the IMF in Argentina's economic collapse and the global movement that has been campaigning to restructure the powerful financial institution.

Contact the Center for Economic and Policy Research by calling (202) 293-5380 or visit their Web site at

History of Yale University's Involvement in Slave Trade
Drives Local Movement for Reparations

Interview by Melinda Tuhus.

Over the past year, the issue of reparations for slavery has resonated in both national and international forums, including the United Nations Conference Against Racism held in Durban, South Africa.

In New Haven, Conn., a local group took up the issue last spring after the city's board of aldermen held a hearing on the reparations issue. The group, the New Haven Reparations Coalition, proposed a strategy to research the subject, but that plan was eclipsed by revelations made by three Yale University graduate students detailing Yale's role in perpetuating slavery and racism. Among the facts that the students uncovered was that of Yale's ten undergraduate residential colleges named for individuals, nine were named after proponents of slavery, including many whose financial contributions to Yale resulted directly from their owning or trading in slaves.'

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with the Rev. Eric Smith, pastor of Community Baptist Church in New Haven and a spokesperson for the Reparations Coalition, about his group's work and what its members are demanding Yale do to make amends for its past treatment of African Americans.

For more information call (203) 562-7060 or visit the group's Web site at

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

  • Federal Communications Commission accepting public comment on a plan to relax or eliminate cross-ownership restriction. ("Even Fewer Voices," Extra, December 2001 and "Media Industry Efforts to Eliminate and Weaken Ownership Rules," Center for Digital Democracy,
  • U.S. Dept. of Energy going to great lengths to avoid cleanup of Rocky Flats bomb-making plant.. ("Not-so-Pristine Wilderness,", Dec. 20, 2001)
  • Several sexually enhancing drugs are in the works for women, but feminists are skeptical about the prospect of a female "Viagra" drug. ("The Orgasm Industry," The Progressive, October 2001)

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

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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

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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

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"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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