This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Oct. 21, 2015 for week ending Oct. 30, 2015


"At the end of the day, there is no military solution for this conflict – not from the Palestinian side, not from the Israeli side. And that’s what we in Combatants for Peace – as ex-fighters, ex-soldiers, ex-officers – say. That’s what we experienced ourselves."

– Former Palestinian fighter Sulaiman Khatib, member of Combatants for Peace, commenting on the current spike in violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

Listen to the entire program using these links, or to individual interviews via the links appearing prior to each segment description below.

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Former Israeli & Palestinian Combatants Tour U.S. Promoting Peaceful Settlement of Decades-Long Conflict

MP3 Interview with Maya Katz and Sulaiman Khatib, Israeli and Palestinian members of Combatants for Peace, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Since mid-September, eight Israelis have been killed and 75 have been wounded in knife attacks carried out by Palestinians. During the month of October thus far, 45 Palestinians have been shot to death by the Israeli army and civilians in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, more than 1,800 others have been wounded by live ammunition, rubber bullets and beatings.  Story continues

Coalition Campaigns to Defeat Transpacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement in Congress

MP3 Interview with Jessa Boehner, international program associate with Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, conducted by Scott Harris


On Oct. 5, the U.S. and 11 other nations concluded negotiations on the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement that is designed to integrate 40 percent of the world's economy. The TPP, as it's known, must still be voted on by the U.S. Congress, where a broad coalition of labor, environmental and consumer groups are working to defeat the controversial trade deal.  Story continues

American Corporations Shelter $2.1 Trillion in Offshore Profits, Withholding $620 Billion in U.S. Tax Revenue

MP3 Interview with Matthew Gardner, executive director of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, conducted by Scott Harris


Since well before Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980, Republican and conservative politicians have railed against corporate taxes, arguing that high U.S. tax rates hurt the American economy and put a damper on the creation of jobs. By statute, profitable corporations are supposed to pay a 35 percent federal income tax rate on their U.S. profits, but in 2010, corporations based in the United States had an effective federal tax rate of just 13 percent on their worldwide income, 17 percent when state and local taxes are included.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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