This Week on Between The Lines

Posted April 20, 2016 for week ending April 29, 2016


"What is the Federal Bureau of Prisons doing at a CIA torture site? This is an agency that is responsible for running the federal prison system."

– Carl Takei, staff attorney with the ACLU National Prison Project, on their lawsuit to obtain documents on the federal agency's approval of the CIA "black site" known as "The Salt Pit" in Afghanistan

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ACLU Sues for Bureau of Prisons Documents on Approval of CIA Torture Site

MP3 Interview with Carl Takei, staff attorney with the ACLU, conducted by Scott Harris


Since the public first learned about the Bush administration's approval of torture techniques used by the CIA and military personnel against suspected terrorists held by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay Naval base in Cuba and other covert sites around the world, there have been a number of unsuccessful attempts to hold government officials accountable for their violation of international and U.S. law.  Story continues

In a Symbolic Step, Yale Partially Divests from Fossil Fuels

MP3 Speech by Arabelle Schoenberg, a member of Fossil Free Yale, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus


The second week of April saw a major escalation of climate activists on college campuses across the U.S. demanding their universities divest from fossil fuel holdings. At Yale University, a push for divestment coincided with the Global Colloquium of University Presidents which featured an address by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaking on the issue of preserving cultural heritage. The April 12 speech was attended by 30 university presidents from all over the world, including several from the U.S.  Story continues

French 'Stay Up All Night' Movement Gathers Momentum to Challenge Economic Status Quo

MP3 Interview with Sonali Kolhatkar, author, columnist, host and creator of KPFK Radio's 'Rising Up with Sonali' program, conducted by Scott Harris


The nation of France has a rich tradition of activism, where in the name of social solidarity, many citizens feel obligated to take a stand on social justice issues from opposition to war, to human rights and labor strikes. It was in that tradition that thousands of students, trade unionists and progressive activists launched spirited protests across France on March 31 in opposition to Socialist President Francois Hollande's proposal to weaken the country's protective labor laws that unions assert favor business at the expense of workers.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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