This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Sept. 7, 2016 for week ending Sept. 16, 2016


"(Mexican President Enrique) Peña Nieto decided he would look more statesman-like if he engaged in a dialogue with Donald Trump. ... But this was a diplomatic disaster. ... (The Mexican people) can't understand why their president would do something like this."


– Interview with Laura Carlsen, director of the Center for International Policy's America's Program, on presidential candidate Donald Trump's recent visit to Mexico.

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Mexicans Contemptuous of Trump and Their President After Embarrassing Meeting

MP3 Interview with Laura Carlsen, director of the Center for International Policy's America’s Program, conducted by Scott Harris


Millions of Mexicans were surprised and angry when their president, Enrique Peña Nieto met with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. The meeting, which took place on Aug. 31 after Peña Nieto extended an invitation to both Trump and Hillary Clinton, came amid attempts by Trump’s campaign to clarify his often contradictory positions on illegal immigration. The immigration issue has been a centerpiece of the billionaire real estate mogul’s campaign, which he launched by calling for the mass deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. and condemning Mexicans as rapists and drug dealers. Trump also promised to build a border wall that he said he’d force the Mexican government to pay for.  Story continues

Indigenous Nations Resist Construction of North Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

MP3 Interview with Cody Hall, South Dakota Cheyenne River Sioux tribal nation member and spokesman forRed Warrior Camp on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


In what is the largest gathering of indigenous tribes in the U.S. in many decades, members of more than 100 native nations have come together on the land of the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota under the battle cry, "Water is life!" Members of the tribes and their non-native allies have come together to protect the waters of the Missouri River from being crossed by a fracked oil pipeline linking the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to a giant storage facility in Patoka, Illinois near regional refineries.  Story continues

EU Imposes $14.5 Billion Tax on Apple After Tax Avoidance Scheme Uncovered

MP3 Interview with James S. Henry, senior fellow at Columbia University's Center for Sustainable International Investment and a senior advisor to the Tax Justice Network, conducted by Scott Harris


The European Union has ordered the nation of Ireland to collect $14.5 billion in taxes from the U.S.-based computer and technology company Apple. The directive issued by the EU’s executive branch on Aug. 30, stated that Dublin had granted unfair and illegal tax breaks to the tech giant. Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s commissioner in charge of competition policy, explained that under EU rules, "member states cannot give tax benefits to selected companies." Apple, which as two companies incorporated in Ireland, had negotiated a sweetheart deal with the country allowing the corporation to pay substantially less in taxes than other businesses.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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