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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
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This Week on Between The Lines
Posted May 30, 2012 for week ending June 8, 2012
QUEBEC STUDENTS' STRIKE DEFIES EMERGENCY BILL AIMED AT QUELLING 100 DAYS OF PROTESTS
"The student associations here in Quebec function through direct democracy. There are general assemblies, discussions, debates, and the constituents themselves have to vote and make the actual decision. The representatives simply carry them out; they're not really 'official.' They're truly representative."
– Andrew Gavin Marshall on what sparked the Quebec students' strike over tuition fee increases and universal, free education, now tied to ending Bill 78, which suppresses the right to freedom of expression and assembly
OCCUPY WALL STREET COVERAGE AND RESOURCE PAGE
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Interview with Saher Francis, human rights lawyer and director of Addameer, a prisoner support and human rights association based in the West Bank, conducted by Melinda Tuhus
Hunger strikes by Palestinian prisoners held in administrative detention inside Israel are nothing new, but extended hunger strikes undertaken in 2011 and 2012 this year have garnered more media coverage in the U.S. than previous prison campaigns. The latest hunger strikes were undertaken to demand an end to harsh restrictions put in place after Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was taken prisoner in 2006 by members of Hamas and held in Gaza for five years.
Interview with Andrew Gavin Marshall, an independent researcher and writer based in Montreal, conducted by Scott Harris
What began as organized opposition against 75 percent and then 83 percent increases in university tuition in Canada’s Quebec province, developed first into a student strike – and now has grown into a full-blown social protest movement in sync with anti-austerity activists across the globe. A student boycott of classes initiated in mid-February, grew to over 166,000 students on strike across the province by the end of March.
Interview with Richard Kirsch, author of the book, "Fighting for Our Health", conducted by Scott Harris
The Supreme Court is expected to rule in June on the constitutionality of the individual mandate, a key element in the Affordable Care Act that President Obama signed into law two years ago. How the justices rule on the challenge to the law’s provision that forces citizens now without health coverage to purchase insurance will have a profound effect on millions of Americans’ access to health care.
This week’s summary of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
- The simmering rift over who controls the South China Sea is heating up as China and the Philippines quarrel over the Scarborough shoal, 500 miles off the coast of mainland China claimed by both nations. ("Philippines accuses China of deploying ships in Scarborough shoal," The Guardian, May 23, 2012; "Protest in Philippines over South China Sea standoff," BBC News, May 11, 2012; "Inside the China-Philippines fight in the South China Sea," NY Times blog, May 15, 2012)
- The central Asian nation of Uzbekistan, located on the northern border of Afghanistan, is one of the most repressive regimes in the world today, reports Human Rights Watch. ("Uzbekistan rights abuses continue despite US aid," Chicago Tribune, April 12, 2012; "US starts sending non-lethal military supplies to Uzbekistan," The Telegraph, Feb. 8, 2012; "Uzbekistan: No justice 7 years after Andijan massacre," Human Rights Watch, May 11, 2012)
- According to the Christian Science Monitor, over 700,000 released inmates reenter society each year. The prisoner release is a major challenge for social service agencies, tasked with helping former inmates find jobs and housing. ("When the prison doors swing open," Christian Science Monitor, May 21, 2012)
- Carl J. Mayer: Judge's Preliminary Injunction Bars Indefinite Military Detention of U.S. Citizens Under NDAA
- Pat Hunt: Militarized Police Force and Terrorism Charges Greet NATO Protesters in Chicago
- Gary Holder-Winfield: Connecticut Education Reform Law Aims to Close America's Worst Racial Achievement Gap
- John Lewis: In Historic Shift, Obama Declares His Support for Same Gender Marriage
- Laura Bozzi: "Climate Impacts Day" Connects Dots Between Global Climate Change and Extreme Weather
- Matthew Rothschild: Labor and Progressive Activists Work to Get Out the Vote for Wisconsin Recall Election June 5
- Tom Hayden: Obama Sends Mixed Messages in Speech on Future of Afghan War
- Mazin Qumsiyeh: Palestinian Prisoner Hunger Strike Marks Renewed Emphasis on Nonviolent Resistance
- Bob Edgar: Common Cause to IRS: Revoke Corporate Lobby Group ALEC’s Tax-Exempt, Charitable Status
- Christian Ramirez: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments Challenging Constitutionality of Arizona's "Papers Please" Law
- Aaron Viles: BP Oil Spill Disaster Fines to be Dedicated to Gulf Coast Wetlands Restoration
- Mark Bray: Occupy Wall Street Movement Returns to the Streets in May Day Spring Revival
- Jeremy Holden: U.S. Network TV News Misleads on Iranian Nuclear Threat
- Dolores Huerta: Farm Workers Union Co-Founder: Together Progressive Activists can Advance Social Justice in America
- Greg Palast: Investigation Finds BP Cover-Up of Information on 2008 Blowout a Precursor to 2010 Gulf Coast Disaster
- Lee Farris: Tax Fairness Debate Takes Center Stage in Presidential Election Year
- Everette Thompson: Amnesty International: Decades of Solitary Confinement at Louisiana’s Angola Prison Amounts to Torture
- Alex Main: Summit of the Americas Highlights Latin Nations' Growing Independence from Washington
- Baher Azmy: Civil Liberties Advocates: Supreme Court Strip Search Ruling Could Lead to Systematic Police Abuse
- Richard Dieter: Connecticut Poised to Become 17th State to End Capital Punishment; Executions in Decline in U.S.
- Rashad Robinson: ColorofChange.org Succeeds in Pressuring Major Corporations to Resign from Right-wing Policy Group American Legislative Exchange Council
- Jin Hee Lee: Shooting Death of Trayvon Martin Provokes National Debate on Racial Profiling
- Chuck Nelson: Federal Court Overturns EPA Revocation of Mountain Top Removal Coal Mine Permit
- John Cavanagh: "99% Spring" Coalition of Unions, Students, Environmental Groups Organizing for Direct Action Protests
- Dr. Margaret Flowers: Single-Payer Advocates Favor High Court Overturning Obama Individual Mandate
- Medea Benjamin: U.S. Peace Movement Regroups to Stop War with Iran
- U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer: Bicyclists Organize to Battle Budget Freeze Out
- Kathy Kelly: U.S. Soldier's Murder of 16 Afghan Civilians Provokes Growing Anger Toward American Occupation
- Suzanne Nossel: Amnesty International Report: Syrian Government Opponents Subjected to Systematic Torture
- Kumbale Musavuli: Critics Say Kony 2012 Campaign Offers Wrong Response to Central Africa's Complex Issues
- Nathan Wessler: Obama Administration Program that Assassinates U.S. Citizens Challenged in FOIA Lawsuit
- Terry O'Neill: Rush Limbaugh's Attack on Law Student Sandra Fluke Provokes Campaign to Shut Down His Show
- Keesha Gaskins: Justice Department and Courts Block Restrictive Voting Laws Enacted in GOP-Controlled States
- Melvin A. Goodman: U.S. and Israel's Threats Could Lead to Unpredictable Military Confrontation with Iran
- Judy Tabar: GOP Doubles Down on War Against Women's Access to Contraception
- Tyson Slocum: Speculation and Exports Cause Latest Gas Price Spike
- Chris Rude: Obama Plan to Reform Corporate Tax Code Fails to Shift Larger Tax Burden onto Big Business
- Patty Blum: U.S. Judge Clears Way for Deportation of Former El Salvadoran General for War Crimes
- Peter Montgomery: GOP Presidential Candidates Revive Christian Right Culture War to Rally Its Extremist Base
- Costas Panayotakis: Greeks Resist Harsh Austerity Measures Imposed by Eurozone as Condition for New $172 Billion Bailout
- Shahid Buttar: National Campaign Organizes to Overturn Provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act that Empowers Government to Indefinitely Detain American Citizens
- Patty Lovera: Consumer Groups Demand Rigorous Government Study of Genetically Engineered Salmon's Hazards to Human Health
- Jamal Abdi: Tensions Escalate as Israel and Iran Trade Charges in Embassy Bombings
- Rachel Goldenberg: Rabbis' Group Fights for Rights of the Oppressed in Israel and the U.S.
- Jeff Clements: 2012 Campaign Spending Breaking New Records as Groups Fight to Overturn Supreme Court 'Corporate Personhood' Decision
- Richard Eskow: After Years of Inaction, Obama Moves to Investigate Wall Street Role in Economic Collapse
- Bruce Hamilton: Sierra Club Secretly Took $26 million from Natural Gas Industry for Campaign Against Coal-Fired Power Plants
- Theresa Moran: New Wave of Anti-Union Legislation Launched with Passage of Indiana "Right-to-Work" Law
- Bob Edgar: State-by-State Campaign Working for Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Decision
- Meghan Smith: Obama Ruling on Access to Birth Control Provokes Attack from GOP and Religious Right
- Sandy Nurse: The Occupy Movement Prepares for Spring Actions as 400 Arrested in Oakland
- Kevin Alexander Gray: In 2012 GOP Primary Campaign, "Racist Dog Whistle" Sounds Like a Bullhorn
- Emily Bernhardt: Study Finds Surface and Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Degrades Water Quality
- Josh Levy: Cyber Activists Rise Up to Derail Proposed Federal Anti-Piracy Bills
- Muhammad Sahimi: Assassination of Iranian Nuclear Scientists: A Provocation for War?
- Kevin Gosztola: Bradley Manning Defense Team and Support Network Prepare for Court Martial
- Dedrick Muhammad: Without Public Policy Change, America Headed for Increased Racial Inequality
- Shahid Buttar: Breaking Campaign Pledge, Obama Signs Indefinite Detention into Law
- Mark Hays: National Protest Actions will Oppose Supreme Court Ruling Granting "Corporate Personhood"
- Cindy Cohn: Appeals Court Revives Lawsuit Challenging Warrantless Government Surveillance
- Gar Alperovitz: Rising Economic Inequality Provokes Search for Practical, Democratic Alternatives
- Lynn Freeman: Campaign to Recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Confident of Gathering Required Signatures Before Jan. 17th Deadline
- Jihan Nasser: Palestinian Women's Center Overcomes Many Obstacles to Provide Technical Training to Those in Need
- Rainey Reitman: Defense Lawyers Counter Claim of Harm to U.S. in Army Whistleblower Bradley Manning's Recent Hearing
- Rona Moran: Website Exposes Companies that Profit from Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Land
- Robert Weil: Wukan Village Revolt, Evidence of Growing Social Unrest in China
- Joshua Landis: Arab League Intervenes as Syrian Uprising on Verge of Civil War
- Ian Finkenbinder: West Coast Port Shutdown Tests Occupy Wall Street-Union Relations
- Cindy Sheehan: Reflecting on the Cost and Legacy of the Iraq War
- Daphne Wysham: Durban Climate Change Conference Averts Collapse, Negotiations on New Treaty Delayed
- Paul Billings: Federal Clean Air Standards That Could Save Thousands of Lives is Under Attack
- April Tyler: National Campaign Launched to Challenge GOP Efforts to Suppress Voting Rights
- Robert Naiman: Increased Tension Between the West and Iran Risks Unintended Military Confrontation
- Chris Anders: Congress Votes to Empower President to Imprison Americans Indefinitely Without Charge or Trial
- Henry Waxman: GOP House Majority Working to Weaken Key Provisions of Clean Air Act
- Seif Da'Na: Egypt's Second Popular Uprising Targets Military's Hold on Power
- Akinwole-Bandele: Death Penalty Opponents Must Also Fight Racism in U.S. Criminal Justice System
- Heidi Boghosian: National Lawyers Guild Seeks Files on Federal Role in Police Suppression of Occupy Wall Street Movement
- Mark Bray and Senia Barragan: After Police Raid, Zuccotti Park Still a Hub for Occupy Wall Street Movement
- Richard Wolff: Occupy Wall Street Has Potential to be a Transformative Movement for Social Change
- Mazin Qumsiyeh: Although Violence Captures Most Attention, Palestinians Carry on with Nonviolent Resistance
- Arun Gupta: Police Suppression of Occupy Wall Street Movement Forces Activists to Adopt New Tactics and Strategies
- Clea Thauin: Human Rights Group Decries Israel's Imprisonment of 20 Percent of Palestinians Under Occupation Since 1967
- Susan Casey Lefkowitz: Environmental Opponents Take Credit for Obama Administration's Delaying Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Decision
- Ralph Nader: The Threat Posed by Occupy Wall Street to U.S. Political and Economic Status Quo
- Ellen Miller: Demands for Transparency Target Money Flowing to Members of Congressional Deficit Super Committee
- Ben Hewitt: Vermont Farmer Builds Model for Sustainable Local Food System
- Eric Kingson: Failure of Congressional Super Committee May Be Best Outcome to Protect Social Safety Net
- Aaron Viles: Federal-State Task Force Proposes Strategy to Restore Oil Spill-Ravaged Gulf of Mexico
- Arun Gupta: Occupy Wall Street Movement Employs New Tactics to Confront Increased Police Violence
- Vijay Prashad: U.S.-NATO Military Intervention in Libya: A Blueprint for the Future?
- Riki Ott: Fossil Fuel's Damaging Effects on Human Health, Reason Enough to Demand Renewable Energy Future
- Tom Hayden: Veteran Civil Rights and Anti-War Organizer Assesses the Power of the Occupy Wall Street Movement
- Sarah Lipton-Lubet: House Passes Bill that Denies Women Emergency Abortion Services
- Jeff Smith: As Occupy Wall Street Movement Gains Power, Activists Determined Not to Be Co-Opted by Political Parties
- Ellen Brown: North Dakota's State-Owned Bank a Viable Alternative Model to For-profit Banking System
- Medea Benjamin: Occupy Wall Street Movement Expands Exponentially Across the U.S.
- Occupy Wall Street protesters: Voices of the 99 Percent
- Andy Kroll: Grim Economic Data Illustrate the Severe Decline of America's Middle Class