This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Oct. 4, 2017 for week ending Oct. 13, 2017

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"We don't want Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands to have to (amass) more debt in order to finance its reconstruction and recovery."

– Eric LeCompte, executive director of the Jubilee USA Network, advocating for debt relief for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands


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Urgent Call for Debt Relief After Hurricane Shatters Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

MP3 Interview with Eric LeCompte, executive director of the Jubilee USA Network, conducted by Scott Harris

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The destructive power of Hurricane Maria, which smashed tens of thousands of homes and knocked out electric power and phone service for most of Puerto Rico's 3.5 million residents, was the worst storm to hit the island in nearly a century. When the federal government's response was late to initiate rescue operations and provide emergency food, water and fuel, criticism bubbled to the surface. But very few observers, however, would have predicted that in the midst of such a serious humanitarian crisis that President Trump would have launched a twitter war against the people of Puerto Rico, essentially labeling residents as lazy. Among the public officials Trump attacked were San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, accusing her of playing politics and being a poor leader.  Story continues

Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico Could Become a Model for Green-Energy Conversion

MP3 Interview with Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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On Sept. 20th, Hurricane Maria flattened Puerto Rico and its electrical grid, plunging the entire island of 3.4 million people into darkness amid a late season heat wave. Two weeks later, just a tiny fraction of the power had been restored, and officials are predicting it will take six months to get the electrical grid back online. But the system that existed before the storm was almost entirely powered by dirty fossil fuels, coal and oil. Despite the fact that the sun shines on the island almost every day, cheap, clean solar power was not being harnessed. The cruel irony is that the burning of fossil intensifies climate change, which generates stronger storms with more rainfall, just like Maria.  Story continues

Roy Moore's Alabama Senate Primary Victory Boosts GOP Christian Extremists

MP3 Interview with Frederick Clarkson, senior fellow with Political Research Associates, conducted by Scott Harris

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When Donald Trump campaigned on behalf of appointed Alabama Sen. Luther Strange in the state's Republican Senate primary, he knew that his guy would likely lose. His former chief strategist Stephen Bannon, along with his far-right website Breitbart and former GOP Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin all supported Strange's opponent, Christian extremist Roy Moore, who won that race with nearly 55 percent of the vote. Moore is now the Republican nominee and front-runner to win the Senate seat vacated by Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a December special election against Democratic candidate Doug Jones.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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