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For The Week Ending April 12, 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 April 17, 2002.

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

Continued Suicide Bombings and the Israeli Invasion
of West Bank Cities Deepen Middle East Crisis

Interview by Scott Harris

After a string of Palestinian suicide bombings which killed dozens of civilians in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, Israeli tanks and troops moved into several West Bank cities in what the government of Ariel Sharon described as a defensive measure designed to destroy the infrastructure of terrorism. As Israeli soldiers rounded up hundreds of people and broke into homes to conduct searches, human rights monitors reported many Palestinians had been killed and wounded in a series of street battles. Other observers accused the Israeli military of carrying out summary executions. Shortages of food and lack of medical care are exacerbating the situation.

Surrounded by Israeli tanks and confined to several rooms in his Ramallah headquarters, Yasir Arafat received unexpected visitors when 40 international solidarity activists marched past Israeli soldiers with the intent of acting as human shields against further assaults on the Palestinian leader. Other peace activists were shot and injured by Israeli troops when they marched in the West Bank town of Beit Jala Israel has now banned journalists from the conflict zones.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Dr. Rania Masri, of Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, who comments on the deepening crisis in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and reaction to the escalating violence in the Arab world.

Visit The Palestine Right to Return Coalition's Web site at

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Pentagon's Nuclear Posture Review Proposes
U.S. Build New Battle-Field Ready Nuclear Weapons

Interview by Scott Harris

Major news outlets recently reported that the Pentagon has recommended the development of a new generation of nuclear weapons for use against U.S. enemies such as Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya and North Korea as well as Russia and China. The secret document leaked to the press, called the Nuclear Posture Review, calls for research that would produce low-yield nuclear weapons that will be capable of destroying underground bunkers built to protect an enemy's leadership, as well as biological, chemical or nuclear weapons stockpiles. Speaking for the Bush administration, Secretary of State Colin Powell maintains the document is simply part of "prudent military planning."

The idea that the U.S. may be planning to build battlefield-ready nukes that could be launched against non-nuclear adversaries has alarmed leaders around the world, including those of Russia and China. Many arms control advocates fear that any U.S. move contemplating the use of such weapons could scuttle arms agreements across the globe and trigger a new arms race. The war-time use of nuclear weapons has been considered unthinkable since the U.S. first used atomic bombs to destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with John Burroughs, executive director with the Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy, who examines the Pentagon's Nuclear Posture Review, and the consequences for the international movement working for nuclear non-proliferation.

Call the Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy at (212) 818-1861 or visit their Web site at

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New Wave of Civil Disobedience Actions
Greet Renewed Navy Exercises on
Puerto Rican Island of Vieques

Interview by Denise Manzari

On April 1, U.S. Navy planes began dropping inert bombs on the firing range near Camp Garcia on Vieques, the tiny island off the coast of Puerto Rico.

These exercises, the first carried out by the U.S. military since October, resulted in the arrest of five women from the Puerto Rican Independence Party, who entered Navy land in an expected new wave of civil disobedience.

The women, led by PRIP Vice President Maria de Lourdes Santiago, allegedly broke through the base fence line before the Navy began exercises with planes and ships from the USS George Washington battle group.

The Navy maintains Vieques is the "crown jewel" of the Caribbean to carry out its military exercises, and denies claims by the island's inhabitants citing scientific reports that it is contaminating the environment, resulting in increased cancers, asthma and other illnesses.

In January, The Navy relocated maneuvers scheduled for Vieques to North Carolina's Camp LeJeune and Florida's Pinecastle range. The exercises used live bombs, which the Navy said were essential, prior to deployment in Afghanistan.

Robert Rabin is with the Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques. He spoke with Between The Lines' Denise Manzari about the protesters' determination to end Navy maneuvers prior to the 2003 end date offered by the Bush administration.

For more information, visit Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques' Web site at

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

  • Use of sensory deprivation techniques against al-Qaeda/Taliban prisoners at the Pentagon's Camp X-Ray on Cuba has been condemned by human rights activists. The British banned similar techniques once used against IRA prisoners. (World Press Review, April 2002)
  • Effort made in Central African Republic to stop proceeds from "conflict diamond" smuggling trade going to rebel groups and illicit diamond traders. (The Economist, March 16, 2002)
  • Kaiser-Permanente HMO files federal lawsuit seeking to reverse $1.1 million fine issued by California Department of Managed Health Care over patient deaths. (In These Times, April 1, 2002 )

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

... MORE ...

Depleted uranium weapons use in Afghan War

U.S. Uses Unprecedented Quantities of Depleted Uranium Weapons in Afghan War Between The Lines interview with journalist Robert James Parsons, Week Ending March 22, 2002

"America's big dirty secret,"by Robert James Parsons, Le Monde Diplomatique, March 2002 (English translation)

Barcelona EU Protests, March 15-16, 2002

500,000 Protest in Barcelona, Spain Against European Union's March Toward U.S.-Style "Cowboy" Capitalism

Hundreds of Thousands Challenge EU in Barcelona

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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