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For The Week Ending Jan. 18, 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. 23, 2002.

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

Popular Revolt in Argentina Demands
Economic as Well as Political Change

Interview by Scott Harris.

Argentina has gone from a nation in deep economic crisis to outright economic and political collapse over the past several weeks. After massive street protests and food riots resulted in the deaths of more than 30 people, President Fernando De la Rua resigned, an act repeated by several other unpopular politicians in line for office. Argentina's fifth president in two weeks is Eduardo Duhalde, a former vice president and governor of Buenos Aires province. He began the process of devaluing the peso, which for 11 years had been pegged directly to the value of the U.S. dollar.

In recent weeks, a coalition of groups under the banner of the National Front Against Poverty had organized the participation of 3.5 million struggling Argentines in a series of meetings that demanded alternatives to the neoliberal economic policies prescribed by the International Monetary fund and Washington, which many blame for the country's current crisis. Among the list of demands to fight poverty and unemployment was a call for an immediate end to repayment of Argentina's $155 billion foreign debt.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Beverly Keene, coordinator of Dialogue 2000 in Buenos Aires, who examines the popular uprising demanding political change in the wake of Argentina's economic collapse.

For more information on issues of economic development, debt and policy alternatives visit the Jubilee movement's Web site at:

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Lack of Constraints on U.S. War on Terrorism
Causes Concern Around World

Interview by Melinda Tuhus.

Just before Christmas, historian, author and activist Jeremy Brecher sent out an open letter on the Internet titled: "From an American to the World: Help!" The letter called upon the world, especially America's friends and allies, to constrain what he calls the "U. S. rush to disaster." Brecher listed several actions the Bush administration was warned against taking for fear of increasing tensions in the world, creating more terrorism and triggering global conflict. This list included the bombing of Afghanistan resulting in significant civilian casualties; failure to re-establish Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and U.S. withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

Brecher points out that these warnings were ignored. The result, he says, has been a move by the world's only remaining superpower toward expanding its "war on terrorism," targeting nations beyond Afghanistan without facing significant internal or external constraints. His letter has circulated widely and generated dozens of responses.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Brecher who explains what motivated his open letter and the concerns he has for the future in the aftermath of the U.S. military campaign against international terrorism.

Jeremy Brecher is an activist, historian and author of 12 books including Globalization from Below published by South End Press. Contact him at

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Court Settlement of Dispute at Pacifica Radio Network
Could Usher in New Era in Progressive Broadcasting

Interview by Scott Harris.

After nearly three years of virtual civil war at Pacifica Radio, a court settlement signed in mid-December may pave the way for reconciliation at the nation's only progressive broadcast network. In-fighting between board members, staff and listeners nearly bankrupted the 50-year-old foundation, which owns five radio stations around the U.S. The temporary shut down of Berkeley's KPFA in 1999 and mass firings last year at WBAI in New York inspired the founding of the Pacifica Campaign, a grassroots effort that employed protest and a funding boycott to pressure the foundation's board to negotiate.

In the end it was this campaign and the strength of four lawsuits that brought Pacifica's board to the negotiating table. Under the settlement, a newly reconstituted board will work over the next 15 months to resolve major issues and redraft the network's bylaws to give listeners a voice in selecting future board members. The agreement gives the former dissident faction nine seats on the 15-member board but requires a two-thirds majority or all blocs to cast a vote to ratify future decisions. In the event the new board cannot reach decisions under this formula, the California judge who presided over the case will be called in to resolve disputes.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Juan Gonzalez, coordinator of the Pacifica Campaign, and former co-host of Pacifica's daily news program Democracy Now! Gonzalez discusses the court settlement and his hopes for reconciliation and a revival at Pacifica in the months ahead.

Contact the Pacifica Campaign by calling 1-800-797-6229, or visit their Web site at Related links:

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

  • Factory jobs fleeing Mexico, Central America and Taiwan for China, where labor is paid 25 cents an hour. ("A New Giant Sucking Sound," by William Greider, The Nation, Dec. 31, 2001)
  • Maine's clean election law could be a boomlet to the state's Green Party, setting the stage for a publicly funded primary for governor. ("Running for the Gold," Maine Times, Nov. 22, 2001)
  • Somalian tradition of smoking khat ensnaring East African immigrants in America's War on Drugs. ("From Civil War to Drug War," by Frank Bures, Mother Jones, November/December 2001)

Senior news editor/writer: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
Segment Producer: Melinda Tuhus
News reader: Zelphia Hunter
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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