This Week on Between The Lines

Posted March 4, 2015 for week ending March 13, 2015

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"(Israel Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu was a champion of the Iraq war, the people supporting Netanyahu now are people who were champions of the Iraq war. These people have a magical belief in the efficacy of military force despite what happened in the last 10 years when we saw that the overwhelming use of military force by the United States did not bring about the results that were promised."

– Robert Naiman, policy director of the group Just Foreign Policy, on why Americans should be skeptical of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's foreign policy advice


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Netanyahu To U.S. Congress: Choose War with Iran Over Negotiations

MP3 Interview with Robert Naiman, policy director of Just Foreign Policy, conducted by Scott Harris

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Two weeks before Israeli elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress on March 3. The widely covered speech erupted into controversy after Republican House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu without consulting the White House, a breach of standard protocol. The focus of the Israeli leader’s speech was also contentious for its effort to derail the Obama administration’s ongoing nuclear talks with Iran, being conducted with UN Security Council members and Germany. In his address, Netanyahu repeated his view that no deal with Iran was better than a bad deal, and urged Congress to impose new sanctions on Tehran that would require overriding a promised presidential veto.  Story continues

Activist Walks Hundreds of Miles and Risks Arrest to Focus Attention on Climate Change

MP3 Interview with Charles Chandler, climate activist, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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Ithaca, New York resident Charles Chandler took up long-distance hiking after retiring from his profession as a mechanical engineer. He first began hiking as an athletic hobby, but when he learned about 398 students being arrested during a 2013 protest against the Keystone XL pipeline at the White House, he then began walking with a purpose. His concern about climate change led to his participation in the Great March for Climate Change last year, walking part way from Ohio to Washington, D.C. He also rode his bike from Fort Bragg, California to Richmond Virginia, raising funds for the climate action group 350.org.  Story continues

After Winning Historic Victory, Net Neutrality Activists Must Defend Against Coming Industry Attacks

MP3 Interview with Craig Aaron, president and CEO of the media democracy FreePress.net, conducted by Scott Harris

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A long grassroots battle to establish net neutrality rules was won on Feb. 26 when the Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 to approve new regulations that reclassified broadband Internet as a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act. The new rules prohibit Internet Service Providers – including cellular carriers – from blocking, slowing down or speeding up online traffic or giving priority to Web services in exchange for payment.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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