This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Nov. 25, 2015 for week ending Dec. 4, 2015

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"We've been using war for 14 years as a way of challenging terrorism and it hasn't worked, it absolutely has not worked. Nobody is challenging the fundamental question of 'does war work against terrorism?'"

– Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism project at the Institute for Policy Studies, discussing the need for more effective and alternative strategies to combat ISIS and their terrorist attacks.


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Reliance on Military Response Alone Cannot Defeat ISIS

MP3 Interview with Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism project at the Institute for Policy Studies, conducted by Scott Harris

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After the multiple terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 that killed 130 and wounded 350 more, French President François Hollande declared war on ISIS, the group which claimed responsibility for the massacre of Parisians at a stadium, concert hall, restaurants and cafes. Before a joint session of parliament, Hollande said, "The coordinated terrorist assault was an attack against our country, against its values, against its youth, against its way of life." Amid fear of new attacks, France and Belgium launched dozens of raids on the homes of suspected terrorists and their accomplices.  Story continues

CIA, FBI Launch Opportunistic Call to Expand Surveillance After Paris Attacks

MP3 Interview with Nate Cardozo, staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, conducted by Scott Harris

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After the tragic terrorist attacks that killed scores of Parisians across the City of Light, there have been calls by some U.S. politicians, government officials and conservative pundits to reverse reforms that have recently been enacted to rein in America’s mass surveillance programs initiated under the post-9/11 USA Patriot Act. CIA Director John Brennan, FBI Director James Comey and New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton have been critical of the reforms initiated after former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed to the world the extent of warrantless surveillance targeting millions of Americans.  Story continues

Connecticut Capitol Rally Rejects Fracked Gas as Bridge Fuel to Low-Carbon Future

MP3 Excerpts of speeches by Desmond Batts, a member of the Sierra Club of Connecticut's Executive Committee, and Bernardo McLaughlin of the group, Capitalism vs. the Climate, at the "100% Renewable Energy for 100% of the People" rally in Hartford, CT on Nov. 21, recorded and produced by Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus

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A coalition of activist groups rallied at the Capitol building in Hartford, Connecticut on Nov. 21, calling for "100% Renewable Energy for 100% of the People." Organizers, including the Connecticut chapter of the Sierra Club, 350CT.org, and more than two dozen faith-based, local governmental, anti-nuclear and other groups oppose Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy's plan to vastly increase the use of fracked "natural" gas in the state, which he claims is a bridge to a clean energy future.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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