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For The Week Ending Feb. 8, 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 Feb. 13, 2002.

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

Bush Anti-Choice Crusade One Vote Away
from Overturning Roe vs. Wade

Interview by Denise Manzari.

Jan. 22 marked the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in 1973, which recognized a woman's right to choose as a fundamental liberty. However, under George W. Bush's current ant-choice agenda, freedom to keep abortion and birth control safe, legal and accessible for women faces more danger now than at any other time in three decades.

President Bush is making every attempt to stack the federeal courts with anti-choice judges. Bush's nomination of ultra-conservative Charles Pickering to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is part of a continuing effort to hasten the reversal of Roe v. Wade. As a Mississippi state legislator, Pickering called for a constitutional convention to propose an amendment banning abortion. He also advocated passing amendments to reverse desegregation and separation of church and state court decisions.

Kate Michelman is the president of the National Abortion Reproductive Rights Action League, or NARAL. She spoke with Between The Lines' Denise Manzari about how women's freedom of choice is just one vote away from being overturned.

NARAL can be reached at (202) 973-3000 or visit their Web site at

Price-Anderson Act, if Renewed in Congress, Will Give
Green Light to Build New Generation of Nuclear Power Plants

Interview by Melinda Tuhus.

A bill to reauthorize a little-known law that caps the liability of utilities operating nuclear power plants is working its way through Congress. The Price Anderson Act, as it's known, has already been passed in the House and will soon be debated in the Senate as part of the omnibus Energy Bill. The outcome could determine the future of nuclear power in the U.S.

Price Anderson, which became law in 1957, was drafted to protect utility companies generating electricity with nuclear power, a then untested and potentially dangerous technology. The legislation, which limits the losses of investors, was critical in attracting financing for the fledgling industry. One hundred three nuclear plants currently operate in the U.S., with a liability cap of about ten billion dollars per incident.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Cindy Folkers of the Washington D.C.-based Nuclear Information and Resource Service about the role the Price Anderson Act plays in making the nuclear power industry viable, the new generation of nuclear plants which could be built with its renewal, and the campaign being organized to prevent the act's reauthorization.

Contact the Nuclear Information and Resource Service by calling (202) 328-0002 or visit the group's Web site at

U.S. Relatives of Sept. 11 Victims Travel to Afghanistan
to Learn of Other "Ground Zero"

Interview by Scott Harris.

Across the country, relatives of people killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks mostly grieve in private, isolated from the U.S. war in Afghanistan intended to capture and punish those responsible for the carnage. But a unique group of U.S. citizens who lost loved ones during September's attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania expressed their grief publicly when they recently traveled to Afghanistan to visit the "other ground zero."

Global Exchange, a San Francisco-based social justice advocacy group, organized this "victim to victim" delegation, which brought four Americans who lost family members in the terror assault to Afghanistan where they met Afghans whose own relatives were killed or injured in the U.S. bombing campaign there. While in Afghanistan, Global Exchange delegates delivered compensation claims to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on behalf of Afghans they met who lost loved ones or homes as a result of American bombs. Estimates of civilian deaths in Afghanistan resulting from U.S. air strikes range from 1,000 to 4,000.

Derrill Bodley, whose daughter was killed in the September 11th attack was among those who recently traveled to Afghanistan with Global Exchange. Deora, Bodley's 20-year-old daughter boarded United Airlines Flight 93 on the morning of September 11th. Her plane was hijacked and later crashed in Pennsylvania killing all on board. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Derrill Bodley, a professor of music in California, who talks about his late daughter, his experience in Afghanistan and his desire that aid reach the victims of violence wherever they are.

Contact Global Exchange by calling 1-800-497-1994 or or visit their Web site at

Related links:

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

  • European nations refusing to extradite terror suspects to American courts because prisoners could face death penalty. ("Europe's Extradition Logjam," World Press Review, January/February 2002)
  • Workers subject to starvation wages, 18 to 24-hour shifts in free-trade or export-protection zones face dismissal and harassment as they attempt to unionize to protect their livelihoods from transnational corporations. ("Sea Change," by Megan Rowling, New Internationalist, December 2001)
  • Felony charges dropped against 15 anti-nuclear activists and journalists who demonstrated at Vanderberg Air Force base in California. But Greenpeace court case signals repressive climate for peaceful protest. ("Prosecuting Protest,", Jan. 9, 2002)

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

... MORE ...

World Economic Forum Protests, Jan. 31-Feb. 4, 2002

Billionaires for Bush, at Columbus Circle, NYC preparing for Feb. 2 march against the elite World Economic Forum. Links to page with MP3 file.

John Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO addresses a "Working Families Economic Forum" in NYC as activists prepare for protests against the elite World Economic Forum. 9MB in MP3.

Scott Harris reports on AFL-CIO Workers Forum in NYC for Free Speech Radio News 2/1/02

"Testing Protest in New York," by Sarah Ferguson,, Jan. 24, 2002, World Economic Forum Conference and National Student Mobilization, Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, Columbia University, New York City. See conference schedule.

Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch

Another World is Possible Coalition

Anti-Capitalist Convergence

New York Independent Media Center

Globalize This!

"Energy Standoff in Central Asia

"Bush Fuels Oil Conspiracy Theory," by Ted Rall,, Jan. 10, 2002

"Pipeline Politics: Oil, The Taliban and the Political Balance of Central Asia," World Press Review Special Report

"The New Great Game: Oil Politics in Central Asia" by Ted Rall,, October 11, 2001,

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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