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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Interview with John Quigley, professor of international and comparative law, Ohio State University, conducted by Scott Harris
One week after a cease-fire ended the recent cross-border violence between Israel and Hamas in Gaza on Nov. 21, the Palestinian Authority followed through on their long-standing plan to seek nonmember observer state status in the United Nations General Assembly. The Nov. 29 vote in favor of a new status for Palestine was overwhelming, with 138 in favor, 9 opposed and 41 abstentions. Although the U.S. and Israel had strongly opposed the move, European nations such as France, Italy, Spain, Norway, Denmark and Switzerland all voted yes, while Britain and Germany abstained.
Among the benefits of Palestine’s new status is their eligibility to join international bodies such as the International Criminal Court, where they could file charges against Israeli settlement building in the West Bank or the military assaults on the West Bank and Gaza.
In response to the UN vote, Israel seized more than $120 million in tax revenue they collect for the Palestinian Authority. Earlier, the Israeli government announced plans to expand Jewish settlements in the West Bank by building 3,000 more housing units. More alarming was the order by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to move ahead on plans to develop an area known as "E1" east of Jerusalem, that if built, would effectively cut the West bank in half. Britain, France, Spain, Sweden and Denmark summoned the Israeli ambassadors of their countries to protest the settlement expansion. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with John Quigley, professor of international and comparative law at Ohio State University. He assesses the significance of the recent UN General Assembly vote upgrading Palestine’s status and the prospects for re-starting long-stalled peace negotiations.
John Quigley is the author of “The Statehood of Palestine.” For more analysis and commentary on the drive for Palestinian statehood see our related links below.