Search Results for: Keane Bhatt

Jul 29 2015

For NYT, US Labor Abuses Abroad Are a Thing of Decades Past

Chinese investment graphic

A New York Times piece bizarrely implies that labor abuses by US companies or their contractors are a thing of the past.

Mar 12 2015

WaPo, Owned by CIA's Webmaster, Blasts Venezuela's 'State-Financed' News

Part of the job of being Washington’s official court paper, apparently, is explaining to the inhabitants of lesser nations that they shouldn’t take it personally when the US labels them “an unusual and extraordinary threat.”

Mar 01 2015

Saudi Dictator’s Death Shows NYT as Pawn of Power

Abdullah, tyrant who beheaded ‘sorcerers,’ was ‘force of moderation’

At top, New York Times writes, "A Polarizing Figure Who Led a Movement," about Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. At bottom, New York Times writes, "King Abdullah, Who Nudged Saudi Arabia Forward, Dies at 90."

The New York Times repeated the White House’s depiction of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah as a peace-loving friend, despite the reality that King Abdullah’s regime flogged dissenters, beheaded perpetrators of “sorcery” and made “frequent exhortations to the US to attack Iran.”

Jan 26 2015

Saudi Dictator’s Death Shows NYT as Pawn of Power

Abdullah, tyrant who beheaded 'sorcerers,' was 'force of moderation'

New York Times Abdullah Obit

Abdullah, tyrant who beheaded ‘sorcerers,’ was ‘force of moderation’“This is a sad day,” remarked Secretary of State John Kerry (State Department, 1/22/15) over the death of Abdullah, the dictator of Saudi Arabia. “The United States has lost a friend,” he continued, and “the world has lost a revered leader.” The monarch–whose regime routinely flogs dissenters and beheads those guilty of “sorcery”–was, in Kerry’s words, “a man of wisdom and vision” (BBC, 1/22/15; 6/19/12). Vice President Joe Biden (White House, 1/22/15) announced that he “will be leading a presidential delegation representing the United States to pay our respects.” President Barack Obama […]

Jan 23 2015

Keane Bhatt on State of the Union, Daniel Denvir on Silencing Mumia Act

Barack Obama, SOTU 2015

What’s the public to make of the exercise in political theater known as the State of the Union Address and the media’s morning-after tea leaf-reading? And why aren’t more journalists up in arms about a law that muzzles them as well as convicts?

Sep 01 2014

A Shared Culture of Conflict of Interest

Elite media don’t see Human Rights Watch’s closeness to power as a problem

Kenneth Roth

Human Rights Watch’s conflicts of interest contribute to a culture of normalizing and accommodating the extreme power that the United States arrogates to itself.

Jun 13 2014

Jennifer Fiore on Gun Violence, Keane Bhatt on Human Rights Watch


This week on CounterSpin: Another fatal school shooting, another round of media stories about what we as a society need to talk more or more honestly about. One effort now gaining ground says there are some things we can do besides talk. Jennifer Fiore is executive director of the Campaign to Unload. She’ll join us to talk about divesting from gun violence.

Also on the show: Two Nobel prize laureates have joined scores of academics in publishing letters to Human Rights Watch, challenging the prominent human rights group to scuttle a revolving door policy that has seen top staff land jobs in the US state department and vice versa, and noting times when the group seems to put aside neutrality to side with the US. Keane Bhatt, the activist and writer behind the effort, will join us to talk about that.

Mar 01 2014

Jeff Bezos and the Imperial Paper

Washington Post’s prestige based on proximity to power


Amazon’s Jeff Bezos paid $250 million for the Washington Post—but Amazon is being paid more than twice that by the CIA.