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A dramatic breakthrough in negotiations between North and South Korea has diminished further the already distant threat that North Korea was said to pose to its Asian neighbors and the U.S. Recent elections in Iran, the other supposed rogue state, have confirmed the rise of moderates in the government there committed to improve relations with the West. In other developments, Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed an alternate "boost phase" intercept system that could protect against "rogue" missile attacks, but would remain in compliance with the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. Meanwhile, information questioning the viability of the technology behind this resurrection of the Reagan era Star Wars program continues to be made public. A recent General Accounting Office report concluded that the system was based on uncertain assessments of the potential threat and was vulnerable to delays and escalating costs.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, who assesses the continuing debate on the Clinton Administration proposal to build a U.S. missile defense program.
Contact the Network by calling (352) 337-9274 or visit their Web site at www.globenet.free-online.co.uk
Questions about the inoculation program were fueled by a congressional committee's recommendation that the program be suspended until the Pentagon fully investigated the reported side effects and effectiveness of the vaccine. More alarming was the committee's finding that most batches of the stockpiled anthrax drug were rated unsafe due to the presence of impurities. Despite these credible concerns, the military has disciplined soldiers who have refused to be inoculated.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Tod Ensign, director of Citizen Soldier and author of a Toward Freedom magazine article on the topic, who discusses the ongoing resistance to the anthrax vaccine in the military and how it relates to many soldier's earlier experience with adverse health effects linked to atomic bomb testing, Agent Orange and Gulf War Syndrome.
Contact Citizen Soldier by calling (212) 679-2250 or read the article by visiting Toward Freedom Magazine's Web site at www.towardfreedom.com
The movement has since organized demonstrations at an Organization of American States meeting in Windsor, Ontario and at a gathering of Oil Companies in Calgary. The next target of this broad coalition is the summer conventions of the Republicans and Democrats. While established economic and political institutions express concern about the growing power of this movement, the corporate media mostly ignores or mischaracterizes the goals of this new anti-corporate alliance.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Kevin Danaher an organizer with Global Exchange and co-editor of the book "Globalize This!: The Battle Against The World Trade Organization," who examines the future direction of the social justice movement born in Seattle and Washington D.C.
Contact Global Exchange by calling 1-800 497-1994 or visit their web site at www.globalexchange.org "Globalize This!" is published by Common Courage Press.