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For The Week Ending March 1, 2002


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

As Cycle of Mideast Violence Intensifies,
Israeli Peace Movement Finds Its Voice

Interview by Scott Harris.

Seventeen months of escalating bloodshed between Israelis and Palestinians continues to claim lives. Recent events have included Palestinian movement rocket launches, Israeli fighter jet assaults, Palestinian suicide bombings, and assassinations carried out by the Israeli army.

The Palestinian death toll has now reached more than 1,000, 248 of whom are children -- while 262 Israelis have lost their lives in this latest Intifada or rebellion. But for all the focus on blood and war, Israel's peace movement is still alive. Over 20,000 Israelis rallied in Tel Aviv, recently calling for their nation's withdrawal from the occupied territories and a resumption of peace talks. Some 230 Israeli Army reservists also affirmed their rejection of the status quo by signing a petition declaring they would "not continue to fight beyond Israel's 1967 borders in order to dominate, expel, starve and humiliate an entire people."

Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Louis Roth, assistant executive director with Americans for Peace Now, who assesses the strength of Israel's peace movement after 17 months of escalating conflict.

Contact Americans for Peace Now by calling (202) 728-1893 or visit their Web site at

Children's Defense Fund Pushes Congressional Bill
to Repair 1996 Welfare Reform Law

Interview by Melinda Tuhus.

Thirty years ago, Marian Wright Edelman founded the Children's Defense Fund, to promote the well-being of America's children, especially poor children. The well-known slogan of her organization, "Leave no child behind" was recently co-opted by George W. Bush during his campaign for president.

The controversial 1996 welfare reform law -- the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 -- established Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), which replaced the federal welfare program that primarily benefited children. As TANF comes up for re-authorization this year, the Children's Defense Fund has proposed sweeping legislation to repair critical flaws they saw in the reform bill signed into law by President Clinton. Provisions in their "Act to Leave No Child Behind" includes improvements in health care, housing, and education benefits for children, as well as measures to support families leaving welfare, such as transportation and child care.

Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Marian Wright Edelman about her group's proposals to lift children out of poverty, the price tag of the program, and her reaction to the President's adoption of the Defense Fund's slogan.

For more information on the Act to Leave No Child Behind and the Children's Defense Fund's other work, call (202) 628-8787 or visit their Web site at

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White House Plan to Control Green House Gases
Condemned by Environmental Groups Worldwide

Interview by Scott Harris.

In 2001, the Bush administration rejected the Kyoto international climate change treaty, promising that they would put forward their own proposals to diminish global warming. Last week, the White House announced its plan, which depends entirely on voluntary compliance and tax breaks to gain the cooperation of the largest polluters. The policy also proposes linking the nation's economic growth to efforts to reduce greenhouse gases.

As governor of Texas, George Bush backed a similar voluntary plan to reduce his state's pollution, a scheme that some environmental groups claim oil giant Exxon had a direct role in drafting. The policy was a failure and was later scrapped by the Texas legislature after Bush became president.

Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Kert Davies, Climate Campaign coordinator with Greenpeace USA, who explains why his group, and other environmental organizations around the world, have condemned the Bush administration's global warming proposal and why they believe the policy will actually increase greenhouse gas emissions by 36 percent above the Kyoto treaty targets.

Contact Greenpeace by calling (800) 326-0959 or visit their Web site at

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

  • Democratic National Committee shifts its primary schedule away from local level, giving more power to Washington insiders. ("Primary Predicament," The Nation, Jan. 21, 2002)
  • Organized crime bust of gambling/loan sharking operation shows how far law enforcement will go to use secret technology in their investigations. (Mother Jones, Feb. 15, 2002)
  • Las Vegas casino resort owners lay off 15,000 union hotel workers, many immigrants exploited in the quest for higher profits. ("Light and Shadow in the City of Illusion," The Progressive, February 2002)

Senior news editor/writer: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Arch Currie
Segment producers: 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

Between The Lines Report, Week Ending 2/15/02. With more related audio files.

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

Global Justice's New Face, AlterNet's series on the World Social Forum, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 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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