This Week on Between The Lines

Posted July 23, 2014 for week ending Aug. 1, 2014

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"The culpability of the United States is not just in the money it provides (Israel) or the weapons, it's in the political cover – that's infinitely worse than the money that's provided. Because this political cover has in a sense made American diplomacy toxic."

– Vijay Prashad, George and Martha Kellner chair in South Asian History; professor of International Studies at Trinity College, on the U.S. role in Israel's assault on Gaza


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Obama Administration Backing for Israeli Gaza Attack Makes U.S. Complicit in Rising Civilian Death Toll

MP3 Interview with Vijay Prashad, professor of international studies at Trinity College, George and Martha Kellner chairman in South Asian history, conducted by Scott Harris

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After Israel’s two-week military offensive targeting the Hamas government in Gaza, the death toll has risen to more than 600 mostly Palestinian civilians – and more than 3,100 wounded according to Gaza's emergency services. As of July 22, Israeli deaths totaled 29, 27 soldiers and two civilians who died from rockets fired from Gaza into Israel. According to news reports, Israel has attacked two Gaza hospitals since July 8. At the Al-Aqsa Hospital at least four people, including two patients died and 60 were wounded on July 21. Israel claims that their tanks targeted missiles hidden near the hospital compound, an accusation that Palestinian hospital officials have denied.  Story continues

Washington Support for Post-Coup Government in Honduras Linked to Flood of Child Refugees at U.S. Border

MP3 Interview with Dana Frank, professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, conducted by Scott Harris

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While the humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexican border has not abated, the number of unaccompanied children arriving from Central America to turn themselves into American border patrol agents has seen a steep decline in South Texas from a high of some 2,000 minors crossing the border a week last month to fewer than 500 children this week. But the highly charged politics of the recent flood of Central American refugees continues to take center stage in Congress and the U.S. media.  Story continues

California Ballot Question Asks Voters to Support Overturning SCOTUS Citizens United Decision

MP3 Interview with Michele Sutter, chairperson of Money Out, Voters In and Yes on Prop. 49, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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California voters will get a chance to weigh in on Proposition 49, a referendum question with national consequences this November. The ballot question calls for overturning Supreme Court decisions Citizens United and McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, which allowed almost unlimited and unaccountable money to flow into political campaigns. The California referendum effort is being spearheaded by the group Money Out, Voters In.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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