Dangerous Consequences Await Trump’s Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal
Interview with Gareth Porter, independent investigative journalist and author, conducted by Scott Harris

As long anticipated, President Trump announced on May 8, the U.S. withdrawal from the international nuclear accord with Iran that was negotiated by his predecessor Barack Obama. While Trump stated that his administration would initiate new sanctions against Iran, the president stands virtually alone in the world with its condemnation of – and now decision – to leave the nuclear agreement. The five other nations that signed the accord with Iran: Britain, France, Germany Russia, China and the EU, all say they will work to preserve the accord despite the U.S. exit.
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Trump, Pruitt Dismantling of EPA: The Intersection of Industry Capture and Corruption

Interview with Neela Banerjee, Neela Banerjee: Trump, Pruitt Dismantling of EPA: The Intersection of Industry Capture and Corruption, conducted by Scott Harris

When the Trump administration came to Washington in January 2017, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt was among the president’s most controversial cabinet appointees. Long before Pruitt took over at the EPA, he was well known for his climate change denier views and close relationship with the fossil fuel industry while serving as Oklahoma attorney general. While attorney general, Pruitt had filed 14 lawsuits on behalf of the state, attempting to overturn EPA air and water quality standards. http://btlonline.org/2018/seg/180518bf-btl-banerjee.html

First Palestine Museum Opens in U.S., Relating a Displaced People’s Story
Interview with Faisal Saleh, Palestine Museum founder and Executive Director, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

April 22 marked the grand opening of the first Palestinian museum in the U.S. Tucked into a modern office building along a suburban road not far from downtown New Haven, Connecticut, the Palestine Museum U.S. is the creation of Palestinian-American businessman and entrepreneur Faisal Saleh. story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
The United Nations special rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee, is calling for an end to the escalation of violence in the Southeast Asia nation’s northern border in Kachin State, home to decades of ethnic conflict. (“Myanmar Army Killing Civilians in Escalating Conflict in Kachin, Warns UN,” The Guardian, May 1, 2018)
British Petroleum’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion killed 11 oil rig workers, and spewed millions of barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. That disaster provoked concern for worker and environmental safety, which led to the creation of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which is now at risk under the pro-fossil fuel Trump administration. “8 Years After Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Is Another Disaster Waiting To Happen?” NPR, April 20, 2018)
In late April Flint, Michigan activist LeeAnne Walters won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Award for leading a grassroots campaign to test the city’s tainted drinking water. Flint’s drinking water was contaminated with lead after state and local officials began using the polluted Flint River as a source for the city’s water supply. (“A Water Contamination Crisis without Boundaries,” Goldman Environmental Prize, 2018; “The Goldman Prize Missed the Black Heroes of Flint — Just Like the Media Did,” Grist, April 23, 2018)

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Dangerous Consequences Await Trump’s Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal
Interview with Gareth Porter, independent investigative journalist and author, conducted by Scott Harris

As long anticipated, President Trump announced on May 8, the U.S. withdrawal from the international nuclear accord with Iran that was negotiated by his predecessor Barack Obama. While Trump stated that his administration would initiate new sanctions against Iran, the president stands virtually alone in the world with its condemnation of – and now decision – to leave the nuclear agreement. The five other nations that signed the accord with Iran: Britain, France, Germany Russia, China and the EU, all say they will work to preserve the accord despite the U.S. exit.
story continues

Trump, Pruitt Dismantling of EPA: The Intersection of Industry Capture and Corruption

Interview with Neela Banerjee, Neela Banerjee: Trump, Pruitt Dismantling of EPA: The Intersection of Industry Capture and Corruption, conducted by Scott Harris

When the Trump administration came to Washington in January 2017, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt was among the president’s most controversial cabinet appointees. Long before Pruitt took over at the EPA, he was well known for his climate change denier views and close relationship with the fossil fuel industry while serving as Oklahoma attorney general. While attorney general, Pruitt had filed 14 lawsuits on behalf of the state, attempting to overturn EPA air and water quality standards. http://btlonline.org/2018/seg/180518bf-btl-banerjee.html

First Palestine Museum Opens in U.S., Relating a Displaced People’s Story
Interview with Faisal Saleh, Palestine Museum founder and Executive Director, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

April 22 marked the grand opening of the first Palestinian museum in the U.S. Tucked into a modern office building along a suburban road not far from downtown New Haven, Connecticut, the Palestine Museum U.S. is the creation of Palestinian-American businessman and entrepreneur Faisal Saleh. story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
The United Nations special rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee, is calling for an end to the escalation of violence in the Southeast Asia nation’s northern border in Kachin State, home to decades of ethnic conflict. (“Myanmar Army Killing Civilians in Escalating Conflict in Kachin, Warns UN,” The Guardian, May 1, 2018)
British Petroleum’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion killed 11 oil rig workers, and spewed millions of barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. That disaster provoked concern for worker and environmental safety, which led to the creation of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which is now at risk under the pro-fossil fuel Trump administration. “8 Years After Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Is Another Disaster Waiting To Happen?” NPR, April 20, 2018)
In late April Flint, Michigan activist LeeAnne Walters won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Award for leading a grassroots campaign to test the city’s tainted drinking water. Flint’s drinking water was contaminated with lead after state and local officials began using the polluted Flint River as a source for the city’s water supply. (“A Water Contamination Crisis without Boundaries,” Goldman Environmental Prize, 2018; “The Goldman Prize Missed the Black Heroes of Flint — Just Like the Media Did,” Grist, April 23, 2018)

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