This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Jan. 18, 2012 for week ending Jan. 27, 2012

Free speech threatened by two Congressional bills!


#J15 #J15 Occupy Wall Street Candlelight Vigil for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Riverside Church, NYC

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Assassination of Iranian Nuclear Scientists: A Provocation for War?

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Interview with Muhammad Sahimi, professor of chemical engineering at the University of Southern California, conducted by Scott Harris


As the U.S. and European Union ratcheted up economic sanctions against Iran for what the West believes is the Islamic Republic’s covert effort to build nuclear weapons, the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist has escalated an already tense situation. Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, 32, a university professor who served as deputy director for commercial affairs at Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment facility, and his driver were killed Jan. 11 in Tehran when a bomb attached to his car exploded. Witnesses said that a motorcyclist placed a magnetic bomb under the car, an explosive similar to those that have killed other Iranian scientists.  Story continues

Bradley Manning Defense Team and Support Network Prepare for Court Martial

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Interview with Kevin Gosztola, a civil liberties blogger with, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


On Jan. 13, the officer in charge of an evidentiary hearing investigating allegations that Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, 24, leaked classified government documents to WikiLeaks, determined that he should be court-martialed on all 22 charges. Manning stands accused by the U.S. government of being the source of 260,000 diplomatic government cables, more than 90,000 intelligence reports and a video of a U.S. helicopter attack in Baghdad, later distributed to the press by WikiLeaks.  Story continues

Without Public Policy Change, America Headed for Increased Racial Inequality

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Interview with Dedrick Muhammad, senior director of the economic department at the NAACP and co-author of the report, “State of the Dream 2012: The Emerging Majority", conducted by Scott Harris


On Jan. 16, as the nation honored the life and work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the group United for a Fair Economy released a report titled, “State of the Dream 2012: The Emerging Majority." The report finds that in the year 2042, when people of color will collectively represent the majority of the U.S. population, the economic divide between racial groups will likely remain, and may get considerably worse if current economic policies of the last three decades are unchanged.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

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