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
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.
Selected Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine audio recordings from: The International Forum on Globalization's conference, Oct. 25, 2014, Cooper Union, New York City
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.
Audio recordings from the Left Forum here.
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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.
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.
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."
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
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Interview with Sherman Malone, cofounder of Haiti Marycare, conducted by Melinda Tuhus
Jan. 12 marked the first anniversary of the earthquake that leveled Port au Prince, Haiti, killing an estimated 230,000 people and largely decapitating the government, devastating the city's already crumbling infrastructure, and hobbling the work of many international aid groups. Haiti has 10,000 non-profit aid organizations, ranging from major players like Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children, to tiny storefront church operations.
Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Sherman Malone, co-founder 16 years ago of Haiti Marycare, a Connecticut-based group serving the health and education needs of residents of the small fishing village of Jacquesil, on Haiti's northeast coast, as well as in a poor Port au Prince neighborhood. The organization works in collaboration with local Haitians and the government's ministry of health and education.
Malone, who traveled to Haiti on the earthquake's grim anniversary and amid a disputed presidential election, talks about the impact the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic have had on both the rural and urban populations, and how the world can provide assistance to better help Haiti recover.
SHERMAN MALONE: What I call my village -- Jac, Haiti on the northeast coast, near the Dominican border -- many people came as refugees from the city. They came back to extended family in the countryside. Not only in my village, of course, but throughout rural Haiti, which created a very difficult situation, because often the people from the city were the better-off members of the family. Like the story of the city mouse and the country mouse, they were coming to the country to ask help from cousins, aunts, uncles, extended family, who were just subsistence farmers barely managing on their own, so the people who took them in had to make very great sacrifices to do so.
At the same time, when cholera gripped the country, it started in the Artibonite, the rice bowl section of Haiti, in the middle toward the west, and then spread rapidly to Port au Prince as people traveled to the capital city. Then, little by little, it began to spread to the farther countryside. My organization, Haiti Marycare, was able to provide chlorine tablets for water purification and soap and to distribute instructions in Creole for prevention of cholera by hygiene. Cholera normally infects people when they drink dirty water that has the bacteria in it, and the cure for it is to drink very clean water, which is in short supply. So we were able to work on water resources, partly because we had previously worked to clean old wells and to install new ones -- hand-pumped wells, which work whether or not there is electricity. There were three deaths before the community was shocked enough to realize how very valuable the information about cholera prevention was. And immediately, leaders sprang up to assist the staff of the clinic and the ministry of health, northeast, in informing people about what to do.
BETWEEN THE LINES Sherman Malone, your organization also works in Port au Prince. What happened there, and what's happened over the past year?
SHERMAN MALONE: In the capital, Port au Prince, Haiti Marycare has for some 16 years supported a pre-school/primary school that serves 200 children. Immediately after the earthquake, the school was badly damaged and the well at the school was damaged. And our first action was to repair that well, which made it possible for a manual, hand-pumped well to provide the only water that was available in this neighborhood to about 250 people who were camped on the ground near the school in the days following the earthquake. Food distribution tended to be unfair because the biggest, strongest people would get the most of it. There have been improvements in aid organizations recognizing community leadership. I think Venezuela in particular was in the leadership in that way. They offered food to people who had organized themselves in the camps, and they monitored how the food was distributed to make sure it got to children and women and elderly and frail in a fair way.
We were able to open the school in March and have consistently stayed open and have stayed in touch with this group that started at 250 and gradually some have found places in the official camps and some have gone to the countryside to relatives, and there are now about 50 people who have no place to go. They have to move from place to place either because the rain drives them out or because the owners of those places can't afford to give them a welcome anymore since the earthquake, and they're suffering very much. There was a recent program where it was noted that -- what this person said was -- Haiti needs less charity and more justice. Haiti needs lots more justice, but, from my view, Haiti also needs a huge amount of ongoing material help.
And, the advocacy to hold not only the nonprofit, non-governmental organizations responsible, but also our own government and particularly former President Clinton who's leading the agency whose responsibility it is -- in partnership with the prime minister of Haiti -- to coordinate services and to make sure they're used effectively and that any organization, if it's the U.S. AID (Agency for International Development), or if it's some non-profit or some little group of church people -- anybody who raises money to help Haiti has to be accountable not only to the people who donate the money, which is very important, but also to their partners in Haiti -- to the Haitian people. Our goal, and the goal of principled assistance for Haiti that really helps is to sustain some important effort over time, and, as the minister of health puts it, respond to the emergency, but not at the cost of the commitment to long-term intervention that helps to solve the long-term problems.
Contact the aid group Haiti Marycare by calling (203) 797-1893 or visit their website at HaitiMarycare.org