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For The Week Ending Aug. 23, 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 Aug. 28, 2002.

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

Veterans of Anti-Nuclear Weapons Movement
Organize Opposition to Bush Nuke Policies

Interview with author and activist, Jonathan Schell,
conducted by Scott Harris

Despite the end of the Cold War a decade ago, the danger of nuclear war -- and the human catastrophe which such a conflict could inflict on the planet -- has not diminished. In recent months India and Pakistan have both threatened to use their nuclear arsenals in any future conflict over the disputed territory of Kashmir. The Bush administration, in their drive for military superiority, have abandoned arms control treaties and embarked on deployment of a controversial missile defense system, proposed the development of new battlefield nuclear weapons and threatened to use nukes against non-nuclear states.

In June, several veterans of the anti-nuclear weapons movement of the 1980s issued an "Urgent Call to End the Nuclear Danger." Drafted by author Jonathan Schell, Freeze Campaign organizer Randy Forsberg and former director of SANE David Cortright, the call is an initiative to "engage and educate a broad public about the growing danger that nuclear weapons will be used, and about practical steps to reduce that danger. The document first published in the Nation Magazine and circulated on the Internet demands that the U.S. and Russia fulfill their commitments under the nonproliferation treaty together with the other nuclear powers, step by carefully inspected and verified step, to the abolition of nuclear weapons."

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jonathan Schell, author of "The Fate of the Earth," who explains why the "Urgent Call" was issued now and his hope that a new anti-nuclear weapons movement can be organized to counter the threat of nuclear conflict.

Contact those organizing the "Urgent Call" at (617) 354-4337 or visit their Web site at

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Recently Returned Delegate to Iraq Believes Education
and Debate in U.S. May Be the Only Way to Avert War

Interview with the John Humphries,
of the American Friends Service Committee
conducted by Scott Harris

The Bush administration almost daily pronounces its intention to the world that the U.S. is preparing for "regime change" in Iraq, a now well-worn euphemism for a future American. invasion to overthrow the government of Saddam Hussein. While the date of such an attack in uncertain, Pentagon documents leaked to the press indicate that a U.S. assault might come early next year.

Although the administration's justification for an attack on Baghdad is based on the unproven allegation that Saddam Hussein possesses or is developing weapons of mass destruction -- there are growing concerns that Washington's 'war talk' is damaging diplomatic efforts to return U.N. weapons inspectors back into Iraq. European and Arab governments are also fearful of the instability which could be triggered in the Middle East if American troops invade Iraq while violence between Israelis and Palestinians continues unabated. Recent Congressional hearings, while skewed toward those voicing support for a strike against Iraq, have raised some important questions about U.S. war plans.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with John Humphries, who recently returned from an American Friends Service Committee delegation to Iraq. His group, which traveled within Iraq from May 30th to June 13th, visited hospitals, schools and development projects funded by the Quaker group. Humphries reflects on conditions he observed inside Iraq and the possible consequences of a future U.S. war against Baghdad.

Contact the American Friends Service Committee at (215) 241-7000 or visit their Web site at

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  • Voices In The Wilderness or phone (773) 784-8065

Environmental Activists Condemn
White House "Clear Skies" Legislative Proposal

Interview with Frank O'Donnell,
executive director of the Clean Air Trust,
by Melinda Tuhus

The Bush Administration's proposal to clean up dirty power plants is dubbed the "Clear Skies" initiative. It proposes to reduce air pollution by as much as 70 percent by capping emissions of smog-producing nitrogen oxide, acid rain-generating sulfur dioxide, and mercury, which is toxic even in minute quantities, especially to pregnant women.

The lynchpin of this plan is emissions credit trading, which would allow power plants that exceed the cap to buy credits from plants that produce less pollution. Most environmental organizations oppose this because it does nothing to clean up the air around the plants. Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress are supporting a plan, introduced by independent Senator Jim Jeffords, that would clean up the three pollutants targeted in the "Clear Skies" proposal, but also tackle global warming through the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, something the Bush plan ignores.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Frank O'Donnell, executive director of the Clean Air Trust, a bipartisan organization dedicated to protecting the Clean Air Act. He says the Bush plan will dismantle critical components of the Clean Air Act, and explains that other practical options exist for improving air quality.

Contact the Clean Air Trust at (202) 785.9625. or visit their Web site at

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

  • Efforts underway in Haiti to treat improverished population suffering with HIV/AIDS. ("HIV Quality," New Internationalist, June 2002)
  • U.S. Marines are on the ground in the rainforests of Latin America to battle tropical diseases and to prepare for unknown future military operations. ("Leathernecks Make War on the Mosquito," World Press Review, June 2002)
  • The majority of victims of U.S. financial institutions' predatory lending schemes are low-income African Americans, Latinos and whites. ("Hunting the Predators," The Nation, July 15, 2002)

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

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"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

Multi-Ethnic Public Issues Advocacy

Dr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson's Commentaries, The Hutchinson Report

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