This Week on Between The Lines

Posted May 18, 2016 for week ending May 27, 2016


"(Brazil's Vice President Michel Temer) already announced several cuts in social programs: in health care and education, and he appointed radical, evangelical, right-wing new ministers. For instance, the minister of science and technology is a religious fundamentalist who doesn't believe in science."

– Maria Luisa Mendonça, director of the Network for Social Justice and Human Rights in Brazil, on the nation's acting President Michel Temer, who has taken the reins of power for up to six months during Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment.

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Suspended as Corrupt Conservative Parties Win Impeachment Vote

MP3 Interview with Maria Luisa Mendonça, director of the Network for Social Justice and Human Rights in Brazil, conducted by Scott Harris


After months of investigations, debate and street protests by supporters and opponents of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's Senate voted to impeach the nation's first female president. Rousseff will now be put on trial over allegations that she violated fiscal regulations by using funds from state banks to cover budget shortfalls in order to continue funding popular antipoverty programs.  Story continues

Prison Ecology Project Fuses Environmental Justice and Prisoner Rights

MP3 Interview with Panagioti Tsolkas, co-founder of the Prison Ecology Project, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


A group of activists has brought together two seemingly disparate issues – criminal injustice and the environment – to create the Prison Ecology Project. The effort focuses on how those who fill U.S. prisons – mostly poor and people of color – suffer as prisoners and also as victims of environmental injustice. One blatant example they brought to light was how prisoners in the New Orleans jail were treated as the levees broke after Hurricane Katrina. The prisoners were abandoned in their cells as the water rose around them, before eventually being rescued.  Story continues

Ralph Nader Sponsors Four Days of Civic Mobilization at "Breaking Through Power Conference"

MP3 Interview with Ralph Nader, consumer advocate, author and four-time independent presidential candidate, conducted by Scott Harris


Citizen activist & four-time independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader's latest book is titled, "Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think," which is also the name given to a very special four-day event sponsored by Nader's group, the Center for the Study of Responsive Law, that will take place in Washington, D.C., May 23 through 26. The event, which commemorates the 50-year anniversary of the publication of Nader's first book, "Unsafe at Any Speed," is dedicated to exploring ways to mobilize the public to break through the structures of power holding back democratic solutions to our nation's and world's many crises and conflicts.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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