This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Nov. 21, 2012 for week ending Nov. 30, 2012


"Occupation means control by another country. Gaza does not control its own airspace ... or seas off its own coast ... borders ... imports or exports. Israel does. As long as there is this kind of siege imposed where people have no options, there's going to be violence."

– Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies, on why Israel's occupation of Gaza and Gazans' extreme desperation are the real sources of the violence between the Palestinians and Israel.

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Israeli Occupation and Blockade is Root Cause of Gaza Conflict

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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.  Story continues

Labor, Progressive Groups Call on Obama to Protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid During "Fiscal Cliff" Negotiations

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Interview with Max Richtman, president and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, conducted by Scott Harris


After the Thanksgiving holiday, President Obama and congressional leaders are set to begin negotiations on finding agreement on policies that would avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” the congressionally-mandated $500 billion in tax increases and $109 billion in domestic and Pentagon spending cuts that are scheduled to start on Jan. 1.  Story continues

Occupy Sandy Relief Effort Connects Dots Between Wall Street Greed and Nation's Climate Change Paralysis

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Interview with Pablo Benson-Silva, site manager of one of two Occupy Wall Street relief hub sites in Brooklyn, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Occupy Wall Street and related groups through InterOccupy have taken on a major relief effort called Occupy Sandy in the wake of the superstorm that hit the East Coast in late October. Volunteers in the New York City area coordinated their efforts from two central hub sites in Brooklyn and fanned out all over the city. They assisted people in neighborhoods that were without power and heat, some more than two weeks after the storm hit, as the November days grew colder and darker.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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