This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Aug. 31, 2016 for week ending Sept. 9, 2016

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"Syria now has been intervened by many, many foreign actors. And, of course the wars – there's more than one – are going to get worse as long as we have lot of outside actors who are pouring fuel on the fire."

– Michael Beer, director of the group Nonviolence International, on the complexities of Syria's civil war


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Turkey Invades Northern Syria and Attacks U.S.-Backed Kurdish Rebels

MP3 Interview with Michael Beer, director of the group Nonviolence International, conducted by Scott Harris

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After a series of terrorist bomb attacks targeting police and civilians inside Turkey– and a failed coup attempt against his government, Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan ordered his nation’s military to invade northern Syria with the stated goal of guaranteeing his “citizens' security at home and in neighboring countries." The offensive, which began on Aug. 24, saw Turkish tanks, artillery and Syrian rebel allies – backed by air power – quickly capture the Syrian border town of Jarablus from Islamic State militants.  Story continues

Alt-Right Racists Leading Trump Campaign Enter Upper Echelon of Mainstream U.S. Politics

MP3 Interview with Chip Berlet, author, investigative journalist and researcher on racism and intolerance of the "alt-right", conducted by Scott Harris

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The 2016 presidential election campaign, already marked by Donald Trump’s blatant appeals to bigotry and finding scapegoats to blame for the nation’s weak economy, sunk to a new low recently with the appointment of Steve Bannon as Trump’s new campaign CEO. Bannon’s surprising rise to a top spot in U.S. politics provoked many questions, because as executive chairman of Breitbart Media – a popular right-wing website, he had cultivated a sanctuary for white supremacist, misogynist and anti-Semitic expression. After Trump's leadership change, the media highlighted the ties between Bannon, Breitbart and a loose network of ultra-conservative, mostly online activists known as the alt-right, or alternative right.  Story continues

After Long Campaign, West Virginia DEP Shuts Down Mountaintop Removal Mine Near State Forest

MP3 Excerpt of speech by Chad Cordell, coordinator of the Kanawha Forest Coalition, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection hardly ever turns down a permit application for companies seeking to conduct mountaintop removal coal mining. That's the extraction process in which a company literally blows the top off of a mountain ridge to mine the coal seams beneath. Debris is often dumped into the valleys below, which thus far has smothered more than 1,500 miles of streams.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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