This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Sept. 23, 2015 for week ending Oct. 2, 2015

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"It's a long-standing social science theory that has been demonstrated time and time again since the Nazi genocide, that if you blame a group of people for threatening the existence of the 'pure, ideal community' -- that over time, some people will interpret that as a call to go either beat them up or kill them."

– Chip Berlet, former analyst with Political Research Associates, on the consequences of racist rhetoric.


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Support for Trump and Racism is Mainstream in Today's Republican Party

MP3 Interview with Chip Berlet, former analyst with Political Research Associates, conducted by Scott Harris

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The 2016 presidential campaign has, in the view of many Americans, hit a new low with blatant racist attacks against immigrants, Muslims and other minorities. Some, but not all of the bombast has come from Republican frontrunner, billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump.  Story continues

Climate Activists Fast to Protest Natural Gas Projects that Exacerbate Climate Change

MP3 Interviews with climate activists Jimmy Betts and Ellen Barfield, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus

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On Sept. 8, a dozen members of Beyond Extreme Energy, or BXE, began an 18-day, water-only fast in front of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission headquarters in Washington, D.C. Their demand is that the agency, known as FERC, stop issuing new permits to build fracked gas infrastructure, including pipelines, compressor stations, storage facilities and liquefied natural gas export terminals. Plans are to end the fast on Sept. 25, the day after Pope Francis addresses the U.S. Congress.  Story continues

Critics Condemn Department of Justice's Deferred Prosecution of GM for Deadly Auto Defect

MP3 Interview with Rena Steinzor, professor of law at the University of Maryland, conducted by Scott Harris

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Officials at the U.S. Department of Justice have opted not to prosecute General Motors executives for their decision to withhold public information about the installation of defective ignition switches into 2.6 million of the company's vehicles, a failure that cost the lives of more than 124 people and injured 274. Instead, General Motors will pay $900 million in penalties, enter into what's called a deferred prosecution agreement, and be monitored for three years.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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