Between The Lines' Coverage of the 2015 Left Forum
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine held a Left Forum panel discussion:
"Successes and Challenges of Human Rights Campaigns for Publicly Financed Health Care in the U.S." on May 30, 2015
Listen to audio of the plenary sessions from the three-day weekend.
"The TPP: Capitalism on Steroids,"
Economics professor Richard Wolff compares socialist and capitalist economic
models, presents a new paradigm for socialist transition and debunks
mainstream pundits' consignment of socialism to the "ash heap of history."
He then deconstructs the argument for so-called "free trade" and
analyzes the threats to working people everywhere and what is left of the
American middle class by the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Interview with
Between The Lines' Richard Hill on May 5, 2015.
"More Lies. More War? The Truth Behind the Iran Nuclear Scare,"
Gareth Porter, award-winning investigative journalist,
deconstructs the web of half-truths and outright deceptions that have tainted the debate over negotiating a peaceful
resolution to the Iran nuclear issue. Interview with Between The Lines' Richard Hill, on April 7, 2015.
"Mentor, Friend and Supporter Danny Schechter Will Be Missed"
Reflections on the extraordinary life of activist, author, news analyst, documentary filmmaker and Between The Lines' friend Danny Schechter, "The News Dissector," who died on Thursday, March 19, 2015
"A Conversation with Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras on Her Documentary Film, 'CITIZEN FOUR'"
Edward Snowden via video link from Moscow joined Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras discussing Poitras' new Academy Award-nominated documentary film, "Citizen Four,"at a TimesTalk event Feb. 12, 2015. Listen to an audio recording of the entire one-hour event.
"TECHNO-UTOPIANISM and the Fate of the Earth"
Selected Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine audio recordings from:
The International Forum on Globalization's conference, Oct. 25, 2014, Cooper Union, New York City
"UNSTOPPABLE": Ralph Nader talk, interview July 26, 2014
Listen to Ralph Nader's 75 min. talk and interview about his new book, "Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State" at Barnes and Noble, Milford, Connecticut. Nader makes a compelling case for left-right alliances on majoritarian issues that progressives and conservatives agree on, acknowledging that individuals feel all too often that they are powerless against the big power structure. He notes that issues such as school prayer, reproductive rights and gun control are issues that the power structure depends on to keep the majority divided. The minimum wage, breaking up the big banks, Pentagon audits, health care, campaign finance reform, corporate tax inversions, Net Neutrality, fracking and GMOs are just a few examples of left-right issues discussed with the audience. He says just a fraction of the left and right – working together – can make a huge "unstoppable" political realignment in passing legislation, despite the "ick factor" of working with those whose other views they don't always agree with.
Listen to Ralph Nader's short interview on current events with Scott Harris before the booksigning.
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine was at the Left Forum, May 30 - June 1, 2014, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
Audio recordings from the Left Forum here.
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PETE SEEGER (1919-2014): "Folk Music's Granddad Plays It Green"
Read a partial interview transcript with Pete Seeger conducted by Between The Lines' Scott Harris on June 5, 1994 and published in E: The Environmental Magazine in December 1994
Listen to the entire 30-minute interview here.
JEREMY SCAHILL: Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker "Dirty Wars"
Listen to the full interview (30:33) with Jeremy Scahill, an award-winning investigative journalist with the Nation Magazine, correspondent for Democracy Now! and author of the bestselling book, "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army," about America's outsourcing of its military. In an exclusive interview with Counterpoint's Scott Harris on Sept. 16, 2013, Scahill talks about his latest book, "Dirty Wars, The World is a Battlefield," also made into a documentary film under the same title, and was nominated Dec. 5, 2013 for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category.
NOAM CHOMSKY: Obama Threat Against Syria Based on Maintaining U.S. 'Credibility'
- Listen to the short version (8:00) of the interview here.
- Listen to the full interview (23:32) with Noam Chomsky here.
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine at the Left Forum, June 7-9, Pace University, New York City
Between The Lines' Left Forum audio coverage (more forthcoming
- A speech by 2012 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein at the opening plenary session of the 2013 Left Forum in New York City, on the conference theme: "Mobilizing for Ecological and Economic Transformation" (28:36)
- A speech by Noam Chomsky provides a global political analysis on this year's Left Forum conference theme "Mobilizing for Ecological/Economic Transformation". Noam Chomsky is a US political theorist and activist, and institute professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Besides being known as the "father of modern linguistics," Chomsky is internationally recognized as one of the most critically engaged public intellectuals alive today.(1:07:06)
- Listen to more audio from other Left Forum workshops here.
SPECIAL AUDIO RECORDING:
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."
SPECIAL AUDIO RECORDING:
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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"Mentor, Friend and Supporter Danny Schechter Will Be Missed" by Scott Harris, March 27, 2015
"A Travesty of Reporting," by Reginald Johnson, March 22, 2015
"GOP senators defend CIA cannibalism program," by Samuel Schmaltz, Dec. 13, 2014
"Demanding Justice for Michael Brown," by Reginald Johnson, Nov. 25, 2014
"Shut Down a Cold War Relic," by Reginald Johnson, Oct. 7, 2014
"U.S. breaking the law? Who cares?" by Reginald Johnson, Sept. 2, 2014
"Warsaw Ghetto 1943 and Occupied Gaza 2014: No Valid Comparison, but Several Haunting Parallels," by Scott Harris, July 31, 2014
"Drifting Towards War?" by Reginald Johnson, May 23, 2014
"Media on Ukraine: What Happened to Journalism?" by Reginald Johnson, May 2, 2014
"Dismantling the Corporate State," by Reginald Johnson, April 8, 2014
"Talking Tough on Russia," by Reginald Johnson, March 20, 2014
"Those Lying Russians," by Reginald Johnson, March 6, 2014
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.
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
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