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For The Week Ending June 14, 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 June 19, 2002.

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

India and Pakistan on the Brink of Nuclear Conflict
War on terrorism and U.S. nuclear weapons doctrine
contributes to the crisis

Interview by Scott Harris

Nearly a million soldiers from India and Pakistan have massed on the border of the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir, raising tensions between the two nuclear powers for the second time in six months. The latest incident which sparked new fears of war occurred on May 14, when three Islamic militants infiltrated the Indian-held sector of Kashmir and killed 30 people, many of whom were the wives and children of Indian troops. This clash and a string of attacks, including a December attack on the Indian parliament, have led the nationalist government of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to threaten a military response unless Pakistani leader General Pervez Musharraf halts all cross border terrorist incursions into India.

Alarm at the prospect of nuclear war between these two south Asian rivals has triggered a round of diplomatic activity by the U.S. Britain and Russia in an 11th hour effort to reduce the prospect of a border conflict that could easily spin out of control. U.S. military planners estimate that if India and Pakistan were to engage in nuclear war, 3 million to 12 million people would be killed.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Bill Hartung of the World Policy Institute, who assesses the danger of war between India and Pakistan, the fallout from America's war on terrorism and the negative role U.S. nuclear weapons doctrine plays in influencing how other nuclear powers wield their weapons of mass destruction.

Contact the World Policy Institute by calling (212) 229-5808 or visit their Web site at

Despite End of Genocidal Civil War,
Violence Again Plagues Guatemala

Interview by Denise Manzari

In May 2000, charges were filed in two important human rights cases in Guatemala; one regarding the murder of Bishop Juan Gerardi, and the other concerning massacres under the government of General Romeo Lucas Garcia. Since then, abuses against Guatemalan human rights activists and others either reporting on or involved in anti-impunity initiatives have risen sharply.

Activists have been beaten, received death threats, and some have disappeared. The offices of several organizations have been broken into, with files and computers related to the cases being stolen, altered or destroyed. The Guatemalan authorities have been ineffective in investigating or preventing these abuses.

Barbara Bocek is a U.S. citizen and specialist on Guatemala for Amnesty International. On June 11, 2001, while on a delegation to Guatemala City, Bocek was assaulted and abducted from her hotel room. On March 10, near Forks, Wash., she was thrown on the ground, bound and gagged by two unidentified men, who threatened her in Spanish before leaving her locked in her car. And on May 1, shortly after an op-ed piece she had written appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Bocek received the first in a series of anonymous death threats by phone.

Jennifer Harbury is a U.S. citizen and attorney. She is the widow of the murdered Mayan guerrilla fighter Efrain Bamaca Velasquez, who was captured in 1993 by the Guatemalan military and murdered. Harbury has yet to locate her husband's remains and has filed a civil lawsuit against the CIA. Jennifer Harbury spoke with Between The Lines' Denise Manzari about the recent increase of violence and human rights abuses in Guatemala.

For more information, call the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission at (202) 529-6599 or visit their Web site at

Congress Debates Welfare Reform Reauthorization
Bush administration pushes for strict work rules
without funding childcare or education

Interview by Scott Harris

It's been six years since Congress passed controversial welfare reform legislation. In the years after President Clinton signed the bill into law, beltway pundits and politicians have celebrated welfare reform as a major success. But these observers often limit their examination solely to the decrease in numbers of welfare recipients, ignoring the dire conditions of poverty in which many former clients are now forced to live.

As Congress debates reauthorization of welfare reform, the Bush administration succeeded in convincing the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to include new strict work rules in a bill passed there on May 16. The legislation requires poor mothers receiving welfare to work 40 hours a week without providing adequate funding for child care -- but does allocate millions of dollars for dubious programs promoting marriage. Under the House bill, time spent by welfare recipients in education or training will not be counted toward the 40-hour requirement.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Terry O'Neill, the National Organization for Women's membership vice president, who discusses the battle over welfare reform which now moves to the U.S. Senate.

Contact NOW by calling (202) 628-8669 or visit their Web site at

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

  • Peace activists on "no fly watch list" prevented from traveling to April 20 Washington, D.C. protest rally. ("The No Fly List," The Progressive, June 2002)
  • Clean election reforms bogged down in liberal Massachussetts. ("Fire Sale," In These Times, May 27, 2002)
  • U.S. press outlets publish a string of inaccurate stories attacking the U.S. Forest Service. ("Basic Science," Forest magazine, Spring 2002)

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

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Ralph Nader's Democracy Rising Tour Coming to the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, CT June 30

To volunteer and/or attend, visit or call Jason at (203) 562-5000 or email

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Between The Lines Week Ending 6/7/02

Stop the War March on Washington, D.C. April 20th, 2002

Between The Lines Special Report: Interviews with Rev. Billy and John Cavanagh, Institute for Policy Studies on 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)

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

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

"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 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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