This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Dec. 5, 2012 for week ending Dec. 14, 2012


"Once the International Criminal Court prosecutor decides that the court has jurisdiction over crimes committed in Palestine, one of the crimes that it could investigate would be the establishment of (Israeli) settlements."

– John Quigley, professor of international and comparative law, Ohio State University, on United Nations General Assembly vote in favor of a nonmember observer state status for Palestine.

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Defying U.S. and Israel, UN Votes to Recognize Palestine as "Nonmember Observer State"

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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.  Story continues

Progressive Coalition Draws Line in Sand to Protect Social Safety Net Programs in Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

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Interview with Alex Lawson, executive director of Social Security Works, conducted by Scott Harris


With the so-called “fiscal cliff” looming at the end of the year, President Obama and Congress have begun talks that could result in an agreement to avert the congressionally-mandated $500 billion in tax increases and $109 billion in domestic and Pentagon spending cuts that are scheduled to kick in on January 1.  Story continues

Motivated by Concern for her Children's Future, Louisiana Mother of 6 Makes Journey as Climate Change Activist

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Interview with Cherri Foytlin, climate change activist, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


In mid-November, more than a hundred activists gathered at a historically black church in Boston's South End for the New England convergence to share stories about organizing successes and to discuss the next steps in fighting climate change after the U.S. election. Cherri Foytlin, who lives in south central Louisiana, was one of the speakers at a morning roundtable. She's a small-town journalist, blogger and mother of six children. Her husband works on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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