This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Dec. 13, 2017 for week ending Dec. 22, 2017


"European countries are clearly very angry about this. None of the European states are going to move their embassy to Jerusalem. And there's a great deal of sympathy for Palestinians that will translate into some real moves on the Palestinian people's part."

– Philip Weiss, co-editor of the online Middle East news site on Donald Trump's unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the U.S. embassy there.

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With Declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's Capital, Trump Angers World, Isolates U.S.

MP3 Interview with Philip Weiss, co-editor of the online Middle East news site, conducted by Scott Harris


On Wednesday, Dec. 6, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, setting off protests in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian West Bank and in nations across the Middle East and around the world. Trump ordered the U.S. embassy be moved from its current location in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in the coming years. The unilateral declaration on Jerusalem broke with 70 years of American foreign policy, which held that the final status of the disputed city should be determined by Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. Jerusalem, the home of revered Muslim, Jewish and Christian holy sites, is viewed by Palestinians as the future capital of a Palestinian state.  Story continues

Trump Floats Idea to Establish Private Spy Agency

MP3 Interview with Jefferson Morley, Washington correspondent with Alternet, conducted by Scott Harris


The Intercept and Buzzfeed recently reported that the Trump administration was considering a plan to establish a private, off-the=books intelligence network that would run counter-terrorist propaganda efforts around the world. The proposal was developed by Erik Prince, the founder of the Blackwater private security firm that had been found responsible for massacres of civilians while under contract to the Pentagon during the U.S. war in Iraq.  Story continues

U.S. Indigenous Communities Building Capacity to Confront Climate Change

MP3 Interview with April Taylor, sustainability scientist with the Chickasaw Nation, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


"Climate Change and Health" was the theme of this year’s annual American Public Health Association conference, held in Atlanta last month from Nov. 4-8. The keynote speaker was an indigenous woman from northern Alberta, Canada who is helping to lead the fight against tar sands extraction. Several of the panel discussions dealt with indigenous community concerns regarding the changing climate and actions they are taking to confront these changes.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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