This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Nov. 18, 2015 for week ending Nov. 27, 2015


"There are many different motivations for acts of terror. We have to understand them for their multiplicity and you have to forensically go after different populations based on what kind of drivers they have."

– Vijay Prashad, professor of International Studies at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, commenting on the most effective approach to dissuade disaffected youth and others from joining ISIS and engaging in terrorism.

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ISIS Terrorist Attacks Designed to Hasten the "Apocalypse" and Instill Fear

MP3 Interview with Vijay Prashad, professor of International Studies at Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., conducted by Scott Harris


The shocking terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 focused world attention on ISIS, the extremist group which claimed responsibility. The well-planned massacre of ordinary Parisians across the city in restaurants, a stadium and concert hall, killed 129 and wounded 352, with 99 remaining in critical condition. In a statement released after the carnage, the terrorist group said it had targeted France for its involvement in the bombing campaign against ISIS forces in both Iraq and Syria.  Story continues

With Pressure, U.S. Climate Movement is Becoming More Inclusive of Communities of Color

MP3 Interview with Jacqueline Patterson, director of the NAACP's Environmental and Climate Justice Program, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


The U.S. environmental movement has long had a reputation for attracting mostly white middle-class activists. But for many decades, the struggle for environmental justice has been fought out in overwhelmingly low-income communities of color that border some of the nation's most polluting industries.  Story continues

Oregon's Department of Justice Spied on State Residents Who Used #BlackLivesMatter on Twitter

MP3 Interview with Mat dos Santos, legal director with the ACLU of Oregon, conducted by Scott Harris


On Nov. 10, the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice revealed that it had secretly spied on state residents who used the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag in their Twitter accounts. Among those surveilled was the state’s own director of civil rights, Erious Johnson.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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