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For The Week Ending April 19, 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 24, 2002.

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

International Solidarity Movement Activists
Protect Palestinian Civilians as
Israeli Troops Attack West Bank Cities

Interview with U.S. activist Adam Shapiro
describes scene at Arafat's headquarters

Interview by Scott Harris

Adam Shapiro, a 30-year-old American activist, found himself in the media spotlight after he accompanied an ambulance to Yassir Arafat's besieged Ramallah headquarters on Easter weekend, soon after Israel launched a large scale military attack against West Bank cities. Shapiro, who has lived in the occupied territories for 2 1/2 years, is among hundreds of non-violent International Solidarity Movement volunteers who have put their lives on the line to offer protection and humanitarian aid to Palestinian civilians caught in the crossfire there.

The young man from Brooklyn, N.Y., was forced to stay overnight in Arafat's compound after he convinced Israeli officers to permit an ambulance safe passage to evacuate the wounded from the Palestinian leader's headquarters. The next morning, he had breakfast with Arafat and eventually Israeli forces which had surrounded the area with tanks and troops allowed him to leave. Shapiro's experience was widely reported in the U.S. and international press, provoking death threats against his parents living in New York from those who charge Shapiro with being a traitor and supporting terrorism.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris reached Shapiro in Ramallah by cell phone and asked him about the work of the International Solidarity Movement and what he has witnessed during the current Israeli military assault on West Bank cities.

Visit the International Solidarity Movement's Web site at

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Watch Group Says U.S. Media Bias Favoring Israel
Ignores Root Causes of Middle East Violence

Interview by Scott Harris

The Israeli army's recent attack against major West Bank cities and refugee camps has been repeatedly justified by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as a necessary step to "uproot the infrastructure of terrorism" and to prevent further Palestinian suicide bomb attacks against civilians in Israel. President Bush, alarmed at growing unrest in the Arab world, demanded that Israel immediately withdraw from Palestinian territory, a call Sharon has resisted by continuing military operations.

Despite Israel's often violent effort to ban the international press corps from covering the hostilities, reports of summary executions; the bulldozing of homes on top of their inhabitants and the denial of medical care, food and water to civilians as ordered by the Israeli Army have circulated around the world. Groups like the International Red Cross and Amnesty International have increasingly made public statements condemning Israel's conduct in the current clash. But with few exceptions, U.S. media outlets, and especially television commentators, provide viewers with a decidedly pro-Israeli view of the conflict.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Peter Hart of the media watch group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting or FAIR, who examines the corporate media's coverage of the violent struggle between Israelis and Palestinians, and the symbolic use of language in network newscasts.

Contact FAIR by calling (212) 633-6700 or visit their Web site at

Thousands Expected to Converge
on Washington, D.C. for April 20 Protest

Groups denounce Bush administration's
post-Sept. 11 foreign and domestic policies

Interview by Scott Harris

In the aftermath of the Sept. 11th terror attacks, President Bush and his policies are widely supported by a great majority of Americans according to public opinion polls. The war in Afghanistan, which was launched in October to destroy Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network -- the group believed to have masterminded the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon -- is viewed by many around the country as a resounding success. The nation is assured that the terrorist threat is being neutralized even as bin Laden and many of his associates are still at large.

The White House has since deployed U.S. troops to several nations including the Philippines, Yemen and the Republic of Georgia, and the Bush administration has openly pointed to Iraq as being the next target in the war against terrorism. But not everyone in America is happy with the Bush policies. Citizens have raised questions about the 4,000 civilians estimated to have been killed by U.S. bombs in Afghanistan; the concern that violence alone will not stop future terrorist attacks; the secret detention of thousands of immigrants and the defunding of critical social programs here in the U.S.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ted Glick, of the Independent Progressive Politics Network, who serves on the steering committee of a coalition of groups organizing a major demonstration April 20 in Washington, D.C., dubbed the march to "Stop the War at Home and Abroad." Glick outlines the reasons why thousands of citizens will be coming to the nation's capital to condemn the Bush administration's foreign and domestic policies.

To contact the April 20 Mobilization Committee, call (202) 265-3980 or visit their Web site at

Related links:

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

  • Interest grows in using prison inmates for experimental AIDS drug treatment tests. ("The Prison as Laboratory," In These Times, Jan. 7, 2002)
  • Over 300,000 Native Americans suing Interior Department for $10 billion in back payments they claim were mismanaged under the Indian Trust Fund. ("A Broken Trust," Mother Jones, March/April 2002)
  • Tax credit for wind production bill tacked onto Senate Energy Bill, becoming green window dressing for promoters of fossil fuels and nuclear power. (The Nation, "Fighting for America's Energy Independence," April 15, 2002)

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

... MORE ...

Stop the War March on Washington, D.C. April 20th, 2002 April 20 Stop the War at Home and Abroad March on Washington. Independent Progressive Politics Network

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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