This Week on Between The Lines

Posted April 19, 2017 for week ending April 28, 2017

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"Wars often break out not because because of rational calculations, but because of irrational desires or ambitions, emotional responses, revenge ... It's very possible for a chain of events to escalate and produce an effect that no one wants, but which everybody blunders into much like, say World War I."

– John Feffer, director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, on the dangerous tensions between President Donald Trump and North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-un


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Trump and Kim Jong Un Trade Threats Risk Triggering Deadly Conflict in Korean Peninsula

MP3 Interview with John Feffer, director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, conducted by Scott Harris

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As North Korea celebrated the 105th birthday of its founder, Kim Il Sung, on April 15, tensions rose to a dangerous level on the Korean peninsula. In response to a failed missile test and concern about a possible sixth nuclear weapons test, President Trump deployed a U.S. aircraft carrier task force to the waters off Korea and issued several threats against the regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Trump accused the North of “looking for trouble” and ominously warned that if China did not assist in reducing the threat posed by Pyongyang’s nuclear program, then the U.S., he said, will solve the problem without them.  Story continues

Opponents Vow to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline After Trump Grants Construction Permit

MP3 Interview with Sara Shor, campaign manager for U.S. Keep It In The Ground, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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In November 2015, President Obama announced his decision to deny a permit to the TransCanada company, which needed it to build the Keystone XL pipeline across the Canadian border from the Alberta tar sands mining operations – to where it would connect to an already existing pipeline in Nebraska that had been earlier approved and built under Obama.  Story continues

Leading Democratic Candidate for New Jersey Governor Calls for State-Owned Public Bank

MP3 Interview with Walt McRee, executive director & chair of the Public Banking Institute, conducted by Scott Harris

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After the meltdown of the U.S. and much of the world economy in 2008 and 2009, movements including Occupy Wall Street emerged that condemned Wall Street for its role in exacerbating growing income inequality in America. Beyond simply slamming the system, some progressive economists and activists put forward a number of ideas for restructuring the U.S. financial and banking system that offered alternatives for a more equitable model to better serve the interests of consumers, small business and the nation as a whole.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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