SPECIAL REPORT: "Tortured Logic: McGovern talks about Gina Haspel, the new CIA director"

The Resistance Round Table panel interviews former CIA analyst Ray McGovern about Gina Haspel, the new CIA director who oversaw torture after 9/11. The conversation includes discussion of the U.S. as an 'out law state,' American exceptionalism and the fight to defend net neutrality. Panel: Scott Harris, Ruthanne Baumgartner and Richard Hill (49:08) May 23, 2018

SPECIAL REPORT: "MIT Students' 'Day of Action': Understanding and Resisting Attacks on Immigrants"

Three-part excerpts from Avi Chomsky's presentations at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Day of Action on April 17. Includes a historical perspective as well as a question and answer session with immigrants. Recorded and produced by Chuck Rosina, long-time public affairs and news producer at WMBR FM, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's radio station in Cambridge, Massachusetts. April 17, 2018

SPECIAL REPORT: "MIT Students' 'Day of Action' Takes On Today's Political, Economic Challenges"

Chuck Rosina's report on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Day of Action on April 17, where members of the MIT and broader local community were given an opportunity to devote the day to engaging with the political, economic, environmental and social challenges facing us today, through learning, discussion, reflection and planning for action. Includes comments from Avi Chomsky, daughter of the renowned professor Noam Chomsky (12:58) April 17, 2018

SPECIAL REPORT: "Response to chemical attack in Syria – The priority must be the people"

The Resistance Roundtable panel discusses the U.S. missile strikes on Damascus and interviews Stan Heller from Promoting Enduring Peace ( the situation in Syria and the broader Middle East. Panel: Ruthanne Baumgartner, Scott Harris and Richard Hill. April 14, 2018

SPECIAL REPORT: "What's next for the youth movement against gun violence?"

Tyler Suarez, lead organizer of the March for Our Lives demo in Hartford, CT on March 24, assesses the event attended by 10,000 and discusses the agenda for the youth movement going forward. Interviewed by Richard Hill.

SPECIAL REPORT: "March for Our Lives - Hartford, Connecticut" March 24, 2018

Selected speeches from the March for Our Lives in Hartford, Connecticut, recorded and produced by Scott Harris

Panel Discussion: Privatization v. Public Good and the Upcoming March for Our Lives on March 24

SPECIAL REPORT: Organized Labor: Resurgent or On the Ropes?

SPECIAL REPORT: Neoliberalism Comes Home: Connecticut's Water Under Privatization Threat

SPECIAL REPORT: Can There Be Food Justice Under Capitalism?

SPECIAL REPORT: Resistance Round Table – Feb. 10, 2018

Award-winning Investigative Journalist Robert Parry (1949-2018)

Award-winning investigative journalist and founder/editor of, Robert Parry has passed away. His ground-breaking work uncovering Reagan-era dirty wars in Central America and many other illegal and immoral policies conducted by successive administrations and U.S. intelligence agencies, stands as an inspiration to all in journalists working in the public interest.

Robert had been a regular guest on our Between The Lines and Counterpoint radio shows -- and many other progressive outlets across the U.S. over four decades.

His penetrating analysis of U.S. foreign policy and international conflicts will be sorely missed, and not easily replaced. His son Nat Parry writes a tribute to his father: Robert Parry’s Legacy and the Future of Consortiumnews.

Thank you for donating

If you've made a donation and wish to receive thank you gifts for your donation, be sure to send us your mailing address via our Contact form.

See our thank you gifts for your donation.

The Resistance Starts Now!

Between The Lines' coverage and resource compilation of the Resistance Movement

SPECIAL REPORT: "The Resistance - Women's March 2018 - Hartford, Connecticut" Jan. 20, 2018

Selected speeches from the Women's March in Hartford, Connecticut 2018, recorded and produced by Scott Harris

SPECIAL REPORT: "No Fracking Waste in CT!" Jan. 14, 2018

SPECIAL REPORT: "Resistance Round Table: The Unraveling Continues..." Jan. 13, 2018

SPECIAL REPORT: "Capitalism to the ash heap?" Richard Wolff, Jan. 2, 2018

SPECIAL REPORT: Maryn McKenna, author of "Big Chicken", Dec. 7, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: Nina Turner's address, Working Families Party Awards Banquet, Dec. 14, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: Mic Check, Dec. 12, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: Resistance Roundtable, Dec. 9, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: On Tyranny - one year later, Nov. 28, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: Mic Check, Nov. 12, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: Resistance Roundtable, Nov. 11, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: Rainy Day Radio, Nov. 7, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: Rainy Day Radio, Nov. 7, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: Resisting U.S. JeJu Island military base in South Korea, Oct. 24, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: John Allen, Out in New Haven

2017 Gandhi Peace Awards

Promoting Enduring Peace presented its Gandhi Peace Award jointly to renowned consumer advocate Ralph Nader and BDS founder Omar Barghouti on April 23, 2017.

Subscribe to our Weekly Summary & receive our FREE Resist Trump window cling

resist (Car window cling)

Email us with your mailing address at to receive our "Resist Trump/Resist Hate" car window cling!


who helped make our 25th anniversary with Jeremy Scahill a success!

For those who missed the event, or were there and really wanted to fully absorb its import, here it is in video

Jeremy Scahill keynote speech, part 1 from PROUDEYEMEDIA on Vimeo.

Jeremy Scahill keynote speech, part 2 from PROUDEYEMEDIA on Vimeo.

Between The Lines on Stitcher


Between The Lines Presentation at the Left Forum 2016

"How Do We Build A Mass Movement to Reverse Runaway Inequality?" with Les Leopold, author of "Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice,"May 22, 2016, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York, 860 11th Ave. (Between 58th and 59th), New York City. Between The Lines' Scott Harris and Richard Hill moderated this workshop. Listen to the audio/slideshows and more from this workshop.

Listen to audio of the plenary sessions from the weekend.

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.

Listen to Scott Harris Live on WPKN Radio

Between The Lines' Executive Producer Scott Harris hosts a live, weekly talk show, Counterpoint, from which some of Between The Lines' interviews are excerpted. Listen every Monday evening from 8 to 10 p.m. EDT at (Follows the 5-7 minute White Rose Calendar.)

Counterpoint in its entirety is archived after midnight ET Monday nights, and is available for at least a year following broadcast in WPKN Radio's Archives.

You can also listen to full unedited interview segments from Counterpoint, which are generally available some time the day following broadcast.

Subscribe to Counterpoint bulletins via our subscriptions page.

Between The Lines Blog  BTL Blog

"The Rogue World Order: Connecting the Dots Between Trump, Flynn, Bannon, Spencer, Dugin Putin," by Anna Manzo (GlobalHealing), Daily Kos, Feb. 13, 2017

"Widespread Resistance Begins to Trump's Muslim Travel Ban at U.S. Airports," by Anna Manzo (GlobalHealing), Daily Kos, Jan. 28, 2017

"MSNBC Editor: Women's March is a Revival of the Progressive Movement," by Anna Manzo (GlobalHealing), Daily Kos, Jan. 24, 2017

"Cornering Trump," by Reginald Johnson, Jan. 19, 2017

"Free Leonard Peltier," by Reginald Johnson, Jan. 6, 2016

"For Natives, a "Day of Mourning"by Reginald Johnson, November 23, 2016

"A Bitter Harvest" by Reginald Johnson, Nov. 15, 2016

Special Programming Special Programming

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Between The Lines Progressive Resources

A compilation of activist and news sites with a progressive point of view

Share this content:


Podcasts Subscribe to BTL

Podcasts:  direct  or  via iTunes

Subscribe to Program Summaries, Interview Transcripts or Counterpoint via email or RSS feed

If you have other questions regarding subscriptions, feeds or podcasts/mp3s go to our Audio Help page.

Between The Lines Blog

Stay connected to BTL

RSS feed  twitter  facebook

donate  Learn how to support our efforts!

New Report:'s Increasing Dominance Endangers Competition and Democracy

Posted Dec. 14, 2016

MP3 Interview with Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Most Americans know as a super-convenient online marketplace where you can buy almost anything and get it delivered to your door super-fast. But the Institute for Local Self-Reliance has just published a report focusing on the negative impact the company has had in several areas of American life. The group's concerns are expressed in this quote from the report’s introduction: They state, “Amazon’s increasing dominance comes with high costs. It’s eroding opportunity and fueling inequality, and it’s concentrating power in ways that endanger competition, community life, and democracy.”

The report, titled, “Amazon’s Stranglehold: How the Company’s Tightening Grip is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities,” is divided into four sections: Monopolizing the Economy; Undermining Jobs and Wages; Weakening Communities; and Government Support for Amazon. The Institute then suggests steps that policymakers can take “to check the company’s power and bring about a more competitive and equitable economy.”

Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus spoke with Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and co-author of their Amazon report. Here, she provides an overview of her group’s concern about Amazon’s economic impact and how establishing new public policies could protect both workers and communities.

STACY MITCHELL: We’ve been really struck by the fact that this company has become very dominant across the retail sector. More and more of our transactions are happening on Amazon, which is a company that’s enormously powerful and yet remains very invisible to most people. We see the package arrive on the doorstep and that’s really all we know about this company, so this report was a way to pull back the curtain and take a look at how much Amazon has grown and then what the implications are of its growing dominance over our economy and our communities and to ask some questions about whether we shouldn’t be concerned about that dominance. Just to give you a sense of how big Amazon is now, they’re now capturing one of every two dollars that Americans spend on-line, which is enormous. You know on line retail is growing very rapidly; Amazon’s share of that is growing even faster. We predict that within five years, a fifth of everything Americans buy will be bought on-line and that Amazon will capture two-thirds of those dollars. The company has more than doubled in size its distribution infrastructure in the last year. They’re now the largest seller of books and toys and by next year they’ll be the biggest seller of apparel and consumer electronics, both on-line and off. And they’re making big investments in areas like groceries and across a whole bunch of different industries. And as we document in this report, there are some significant hidden consequences and costs to that dominance.

BETWEEN THE LINES: I read an article years ago about the horrible working conditions at Amazon warehouses, so I don’t think of the company kindly. But almost everyone I know loves Amazon.

STACY MITCHELL: Some of the reason that it’s easy for all of us as consumer to overlook some of these hidden costs is that Amazon has a very friendly face to consumers. The interface is easy; it’s incredibly convenient; it’ll show up on your doorstep in a day or two. But what we remind people of in this report is that we’re not simply consumers out there; we’re also people who need to earn a decent living, who want to have meaningful jobs. We’re citizens; we’re stewards of communities and we want to have healthy places that we live, that have a vibrant street life and a lot going on. And when you look through all of those lenses, the impacts that Amazon is having are not so great. So if you take just the first one, the fact that we need to earn a decent living, you know Amazon has caused this dramatic die-off of independent retailers as well as squeezing national chains and leaving more and more vacancies across our communities and fewer and fewer opportunities to start and grow a business, as well as fewer jobs. One of the findings of this report is that Amazon has actually eliminated more jobs in retail stores than it’s created in its warehouses. Then we looked at the quality of the jobs in its warehouses and found that they’re very low paid and incredibly grueling work, a lot of it done not by full-time direct employees of Amazon but by temporary workers. So when you start to look at how this company is impacting our economy from a jobs and quality of work standpoint, it’s very concerning.

BETWEEN THE LINES: And to think back in the day that Amazon started out as just an online bookseller.

STACY MITCHELL: You know, Amazon has this enormous power to pick winners and losers in the publishing industry, and that is problematic both for authors and publishers, but also for us as readers we should not want a single company to have that kind of power. And as big as Amazon is in the book industry, what’s shocking is that books account for only about 7% of Amazon sales. As a company Amazon has become so big in these other categories. Amazon wants to be the gatekeeper for everything. They want all of our transactions to flow through a single pipeline called Amazon, and we question whether one company should have that kind of power.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Your report notes that Amazon has consolidated its hold over retail in America, but also how much clout Amazon wields in Washington, and part of that is the fact that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos now owns the Washington Post.

STACY MITCHELL: The last section of this report we document the ways in which Amazon has strategically manipulated government in order to propel its growth. Amazon has a huge overseas tax haven where they’ve saved billions of dollars in federal taxes and they’ve been able to lower their effective federal tax rate to about a third of what other retailers pay [through this kind of quasi-illegal tax transfer scheme that they have going]. We also document the fact that local and state governments have given Amazon over the past ten years over 700 million in direct subsidies to fund construction of its warehouses. Amazon, in order to maintain those favors which have played a big role in its growth, and of course its competitors – small businesses in particular – don’t have access to any of those things so it really distorts the playing field for them. In order to maintain those favors, Amazon has built up a tremendous lobbying capacity in Washington, D.C. They spend more money lobbying than other big companies – more than Walmart, more than Apple. And of course it’s quite striking that Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, now owns the Washington Post, which is the paper of record for the nation’s elected officials. I find that very concerning and alarming.

For more information, visit The Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

Related Links:

Subscribe and get Between The Lines' Weekly Summary in your inbox!