This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Aug. 24, 2011 for week ending Sep. 2, 2011


"If the Obama administration and the international community fail to hold rebels accountable, it's a bad beginning, colored by covering up abuses in Libya."

-- T. Kumar, international advocacy director with Amnesty International, on documented abuses during last few months including use of child soldiers, violence against women and indiscriminate killing of civilians

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Amnesty International: Hold All Sides in Libyan Conflict Accountable for War Crimes

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Interview with T. Kumar, international advocacy director with Amnesty International, conducted by Scott Harris


With air strikes, arms supplies and logistical support provided by the U.S.-led NATO military coalition, Libyan rebels who marched into Tripoli on Aug. 21 appear to have succeeded in their goal of overthrowing the 42-year regime of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. With the whereabouts of Gadhafi and several of his sons unknown, plus sporadic firefights in Tripoli and other cities loyal to the Libyan leader, it was not certain at production time how soon the bloodshed would end.  Story continues

House Republicans Attempt to Hold 2012 Budget Hostage to Repeal of Environmental Regulations

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Interview with David Goldston, director of government affairs with the Natural Resources Defense Council, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Throughout the summer, as debate raged in Congress on raising the nation’s debt ceiling, Republicans in the House were also trying to push through a myriad of anti-environmental riders in the 2012 appropriations bill for the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency. Because Congress broke for its summer recess immediately after reaching a deal to raise the debt ceiling, no action was taken on the appropriations bill with its almost 40 riders. The bill will be taken up again when Congress reconvenes after Labor Day.  Story continues

Protests Pressure Obama to Reject Proposed Alberta-to-Texas Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

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Interview with May Boeve, executive director with the environmental group, conducted by Scott Harris


Beginning on Aug. 20, climate activists launched a two-week protest and nonviolent civil disobedience action at the White House to focus attention on the environmental impact of the proposed 1700-mile Keystone XL pipeline that would bring oil from Alberta, Canada’s tar sands operations to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries in Texas. More than 2,000 people have committed to participate in the White House protest sit-in and risk arrest, in what is expected to be one of the largest environmental protests in a generation. Author and co-founder Bill McKibben was among the first activists arrested of 162 detained in the first three days of the action.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

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