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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"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
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Posted Nov. 21, 2012
Interview with Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, conducted by Scott Harris
The latest dangerous escalation of violence between Israelis and Palestinians began on Nov. 14, after Israel carried out some 50 airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, one of which targeted and killed the Hamas government’s military commander Ahmed Jabari. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that the assault, in response to days of rockets fired from Gaza into Israeli territory, was the beginning of a broader offensive to destroy the Hamas military’s capability to launch long-range missiles that can reach Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Hamas responded to the Israeli airstrikes by launching hundreds more rockets into Israel, many of which were destroyed in mid-air by Israel’s “Iron Dome” anti-missile system. The deployment of tens of thousands of Israeli troops on the Gaza border – in preparation for a possible ground invasion – threatened to provoke a broader war similar to the Israeli assault on Gaza in 2008-2009 that led to the deaths of 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis.
As the death toll in Gaza exceeded 130 Nov. 20, newly-elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was attempting to broker a cease-fire between the two sides with support from the U.S. and other nations in the region. While Israel is demanding a halt to all rocket fire from Gaza, Hamas insists on an end to Israel’s land, sea and air blockade of Gaza in effect since June 2007. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Phyllis Bennis, director of the Institute for Policy Studies’ New Internationalism Project, who examines the chronology of events and the continuing siege of Gaza which led to the latest conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Phyllis Bennis is the author of eight books, including the newly revised edition of “Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Primer.” For more information on the Institute for Policy Studies’ New Internationalism Project, visit www.ips-dc.org/mideast.