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Bill McKibben, environmental activist and founder of 350.org talks about the next steps in the climate change campaign
by Bill McKibben, founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org
, upon receiving the annual Gandhi Peace Award from the New Haven-based group Promoting Enduring Peace
on April 18 in Hamden, CT
Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with "The End of Nature" in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. The group he founded, 350.org, has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. The Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was "probably the country’s most important environmentalist."
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Alexis Tsipras, leader of Greece's Left Party Coalition, on "Anti-Austerity Politics in Greece, Europe and Beyond"
recorded on Jan. 25, 2013 at The City University of New York, in a program sponsored by CUNY's Center for the Study of Culture, Technology, and Work.
Alexis Tsipras, a member of the Hellenic parliament, president of the Synaspismos political party since 2008, head of the SYRIZA parliamentary group since 2009, and leader of the Opposition since June 2012. SYRIZA currently leads in Greek opinion polls. Listen to the audio here.
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"Rand Paul: Making a Point," by Reginald Johnson, March 8, 2013
"The Bipartisan Gift: Budget Cuts," by Reginald Johnson, March 2, 2013
"Fighting for Gun Control," by Reginald Johnson, Feb. 18, 2013
"Tyranny of the Minority," by Reginald Johnson, Jan. 28, 2013
"Is President Obama About to Betray Those Who Re-elected Him Less than 2 Months Ago?" by Scott Harris, Dec. 21, 2012
"Will the Slaughter of the Innocents in Newtown Lead to Gun Law Reform in U.S.?" by Scott Harris and Anna Manzo, Dec. 16, 2012
"My Friend in Sandy Hook," by Doug Moss, posted by Scott Harris, Dec. 16, 2012
Glenn Greenwald delivers a keynote address at "A Conference in Defense of Civil Liberties and to End Indefinite Detention" at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain on Dec. 8, 2012.
Glenn Greenwald is a columnist on civil liberties and US national security issues for the Guardian newspaper. He's a former constitutional lawyer, and until 2012 was a contributing writer at Salon.com. Greenwald is the author of "With Liberty and Justice For Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful."
Read his column at The Guardian (UK)
Between The Lines' executive producer Scott Harris conducted an interview with Glenn Greenwald at the conference, which will be featured in a BTL program to be released Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012.
Noam Chomsky is linguistics and philosophy professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Author of nearly 100 books, Chomsky is one of the world's most widely read progressive dissident intellectuals. He talks about his new book, "Occupy," about the Occupy Wall Street movement and the wider issues of class warfare in the America today.
to this interview
(June 6, 2011)
has been reporting on the OWS movement from its first days in August,
2011. In this April 3, 2012 interview, Richard Hill asks him to assess
the on-going debate in the movement between those espousing a strict
adherence to non-violence principles and practices and those advocating
a 'diversity of tactics', Interview conducted by Richard Hill, WPKN
Recent BTL Interview Topics
A compilation of activist and news sites with a progressive point of view
This Week on Between The Lines
Posted Sept. 28, 2011 for week ending Oct. 7, 2011
OCCUPY WALL STREET
- "Joe Hill," organizer with Occupy Wall Street, on how the movement got started Listen in MP3
- Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author, discussing the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests in his comparison to the Arab Spring uprisings and protests in Europe against austerity cuts. See story below.
Photos and Reading Between The Lines Blog
- Occupy Wall Street signs of the times
- "The NYPD led protesters onto the Brooklyn Bridge roadway," by Hank Hoffman, Between The Lines newswire editor
- "Time to Take a Stand," by Reginald Johnson, Reading Between The Lines blogger
- "Part Three: An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Occupy Wall Street Solidarity Growing," by Anna Manzo, Between The Lines senior web editor
- "Part Two: An Idea Whose Time Has Finally Come: And Occupy Wall Street Will Spread," by Anna Manzo, Between The Lines senior web editor
- "Part One: An Idea Whose Time Has Finally Come: Nobody Can Predict the Moment of Revolution," by Anna Manzo, Between The Lines senior web editor
Listen to the entire program using these links, or to individual
interviews via the links appearing prior to each segment description
Interview with Chris Hedges, author of "The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress", UPDATED and with NEW LINKs (9/30/11 below) , conducted by Scott Harris
In the months after the near collapse of the U.S. financial and banking system in 2008 that triggered the most serious global economic meltdown since the Great Depression, America has witnessed an uneasy silence suggesting either trauma or stunned acquiescence among the general populace. While polls find that the population at large blames the recklessness of wealthy bankers and speculators for record unemployment and home foreclosures, the only real anger expressed in the streets in recent years has come from corporate-backed Tea Party activists bent on defunding social safety net programs while labeling President Obama a Muslim-socialist, and attacking unions.
Interview with Richard Wolff, professor of economics at New School University, conducted by Scott Harris
When President Obama outlined his plan on Sept. 19 to raise $1.5 trillion in new taxes primarily targeting the wealthy in order to reduce the nation’s deficit over the next decade, Republican politicians and conservative activists were quick to brand the president’s plan as “class warfare.” The White House proposal would add $800 billion in revenue by ending the Bush-era tax cuts on households with an annual income of more than $250,000, and gain an additional $700 billion by closing tax loopholes and deductions.
Interview with Ashley Nellis, research analyst with The Sentencing Project, conducted by Melinda Tuhus
For decades of criminal justice practice in the U.S., juveniles were considered to have a special status, different from adult offenders, by virtue of their age and higher likelihood of rehabilitation. The criminal justice system put in place a process to insulate young people from the negative consequences of being thrown in with adult prisoners and being branded a “criminal.” Prosecutors followed procedures that allowed the conviction of young offenders to remain confidential matters.
This week’s summary of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
- Ellen Foster, who exposed fraud and shut down six offices of Countrywide Financial, was fired by Bank of America soon after it took over the ailing mortgage giant. ("Countrywide protected fraudsters by silencing whistleblowers, says former employees," Center for Public Integrity; "Fast, Furious fallout," Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 12, 2011)
- A new investigative report from the humanitarian group No More Deaths, reveals that the U.S. Border Patrol routinely abuses migrants from Latin America who are caught in the desert of southern Arizona. ("A Culture of Cruelty: Abuse and Impunity in Short-Term U.S. Border Control Custody,” executive summary," No More Deaths, Sept. 21, 2011; "In Their Own Words: full report on detention centers", ACLU, June 2011)
- Government leaders in Mexico and the United States were shocked by the brutal murder of Mario Gonzalez, brother of a powerful Mexican prosecutor last fall by a drug cartel. At the time, U.S. officials refused to tell Mexican authorities the AK-47 gun that killed Gonzalez was among those traced from the U.S. in the now scandalous "Fast and Furious" undercover program run by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. ("Mexico still waiting for answers on Fast and Furious gun program," Los Angeles Times, Sept. 21, 2011; " Mortgage industry tanks, fraud continues at Countrywide," Sept. 23, 2011)
- Phyllis Bennis: Palestinians Vow to Test Bid for Statehood at United Nations
- Dr. Cathy Grace: As U.S. Poverty Rises, Social Safety Net Programs Face Cuts
- Arthur Stamoulis: Despite Almost Certain U.S. Job Losses, Obama Pushes for Bush-Era Free Trade Agreements with Panama, Colombia and South Korea
- Scott Klinger: Study Finds 25 Top CEOs' Pay Exceeds Corporate Taxes Paid
- Sarah van Gelder: Communities Adopt New Cooperative Models to Cope with High Unemployment
- Laura Moye: International Human Rights Groups Campaign to Stop Georgia Execution of Troy Davis
- Vince Warren: Legacy of Fear: 9/11 and the Erosion of Civil Liberties
- Faiz Shakir: New Report Reveals the Roots of Resurgent Islamophobia in America
- Anne McGrath Mulderry: Mother of 9/11 Victim Transforms her Grief into Universal Prayer for Peace and Love
- Liz Ryan Murray: New York Attorney General Working to Hold Big Banks Accountable for Foreclosure Fraud, Dismissed from Multistate Mortgage Abuse Panel
- Emily Wurth: Energy Industry Political Allies Resist Legislative and Grassroots Efforts to End Natural Gas Hydraulic Fracturing
- Natalie Foster: Newly Organized Progressive Coalition Challenges Corporate-Funded Tea Party Agenda in Washington, D.C.
- T. Kumar: Amnesty International: Hold All Sides in Libyan Conflict Accountable for War Crimes
- David Goldson: House Republicans Attempt to Hold 2012 Budget Hostage to Repeal of Environmental Regulations
- May Boeve: Protests Pressure Obama to Reject Proposed Alberta-to-Texas Tar Sands Oil Pipeline
- Drew Courtney: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' Conduct Provokes Calls for Ethics Probe
- Terry Nelson: Legalization: An Alternative to the Costly, Failed U.S. War on Drugs
- Bruce Levine: New Confidence Required to Overcome Americans' Political Passivity
- Jeff Halper: Outcome of Palestinian-U.N. Initiative for Statehood Has Serious Consequences for U.S.
- Chuck Keeney: Recent March to Protect Blair Mountain in West Va. Brought Coal Miners and Environmentalists Together
- Devra Davis: World Health Organization Study Links Cell Phone Use to Cancer Risk
- Dave Johnson: GOP Extortion Forces Deep Budget Cuts with No Tax Increases on the Wealthy
- Bruce Niles: Bloomberg Philanthropies' $50 Million Gift to Sierra Club Expands Group's "Beyond Coal" Campaign
- Chip Berlet: Norwegian Anti-Islamic Mass Murderer Influenced by American Christian Right Extremists
- Wendy Weiser: Looking to 2012 Election, Republicans Enact Voter Suppression Legislation Across the U.S.
- Junior Walk: Activists Engage in Tree-Sit Protest in West Virginia to Stop Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
- Arjun Makhijani: Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Update: Mismanagement Leads to Radioactive Food Contamination