This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Nov. 4, 2015 for week ending Nov. 13, 2015

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"Neither side has the power to defeat the other, and although each side is now receiving more and more support from its outside backers, the war is simply escalating without showing any sign of reaching a conclusion."

– Middle East correspondent and author Charles Glass on the intensifying involvement of the U.S. and Russia in Syria's civil war


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New U.S. Ground Troops in Syrian Conflict Likely to Intensify Multi-sided Proxy War

MP3 Interview with Charles Glass, former ABC News chief Middle East correspondent and author of "Syria Burning: ISIS and the Death of the Arab Spring", conducted by Scott Harris

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The civil war in Syria, now in its fifth year, has claimed over 300,000 lives, forced 4 million war refugees to flee the country and internally displaced another 8 million. Refugees have flooded into neighboring countries and more recently have sought sanctuary across Europe in large numbers. Now after a year of bombing targets inside Iraq and Syria, the Obama administration has announced it will deploy U.S. troops on the ground in Syria to advise and assist rebel forces combating ISIS.  Story continues

'Keep It in the Ground Campaign' Calls on Obama to Halt Public Land Leasing for Fossil Fuel Extraction

MP3 Interview with Randi Spivak, director of the Public Lands Program at the Center for Biological Diversity, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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As world leaders prepare to attend the United Nations climate summit meeting in Paris later this month, it's clear that even if every government honors the pledges they've made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, that won't be enough to keep emissions from rising more than two degrees Celsius. That increase, climate scientists maintain, will cause irreversible climate change likely to make Earth uninhabitable.  Story continues

Bernie Sanders' Democratic Socialism an Opportunity to Critique the Excesses of Capitalism

MP3 Interview with Richard D. Wolff, professor of economics at New School University's graduate program in International Affairs, conducted by Scott Harris

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The unexpected strength of Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for the Democratic Party nomination for president has surprised many beltway pundits and political insiders. Not long before the 2016 campaign got underway, Hillary Clinton was predicted to be the heir-apparent for the nomination after her narrow loss to Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primaries. But Sanders has attracted passionate support across the country, especially from young people, with his message denouncing economic inequality and the urgent need for a peaceful political revolution challenging unchecked corporate power.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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