Search Results for: Robert Naiman


Maegan La Mala Ortiz on Supreme Court and Arizona, Robert Naiman on Julian Assange

This week on CounterSpin: Media seemed unable to decide if the Supreme Court's ruling on Arizona's controversial immigration law was good news for the law's supporters or its opponents. Was the ruling that murky, or do journalists just not see it so clearly? We'll hear from VivirLatino blogger and writer Maegan La Mala Ortiz on the impact of the Court’s decision. Also on the show: The legal drama surrounding WikiLeaks' Julian Assange has intensified over the past week; Assange is reportedly requesting asylum from Ecuador, out of fear that Swedish authorities would turn him over to the United States to […]


Robert Naiman on WikiLeaks-Honduras, Richard Prince on the Scott sisters

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: WikiLeaks strikes again, this time with the release of 250,000 diplomatic cables that shed considerable light on how U.S. foreign policy is conducted. The headlines so far are about Iran's weapons and the perilous situation in Pakistan. But one story hasn't received enough media attention: how the U.S. embassy really saw the 2009 coup in Honduras. How did this cable conflict with official U.S. pronouncements and corporate media spin? We'll talk to Robert Naiman of Just Foreign Policy. Also on CounterSpin today: Two women are serving double life sentences in Mississippi for the alleged […]


Norman Solomon on Afghan escalation, Robert Naiman on Afghan civil war


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: 30,000 new troops to Afghanistan at the 'fastest possible pace,' President Obama has declared, are in our vital national interest. The Washington Post called it a strong but carefully calibrated to Afghanistan and Pakistan, describing the plan as "a counterinsurgency strategy aimed at protecting the Aghan population." Perhaps some message shifting going on, about whether US actions are aimed at helping Afghans or defending ourselves, (or maybe you can take your pick) but what doesn't seem up for serious discussion is whether the actions will have the effect of doing either. We’ll be talking […]


Gareth Porter on Strait of Hormuz 'incident,' Robert Naiman on Iraq death toll


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: what did—or didn't—happen to U.S. boats in the Strait of Hormuz? Much of the press coverage parroted the line of the day from various administration officials, even as the storyline changed dramatically. How did this happen? We'll talk to journalist and investigative historian Gareth Porter. Also on CounterSpin today, a new World Health Organization study of deaths in Iraq found what the authors call, "a massive death toll in the wake of the 2003 invasion." But the study is being used by U.S. officials and journalists to attempt to undermine an earlier study by […]


Naiman & Krugman Debate World Bank Policy

The April 2000 IMF/World Bank protests provoked a deepening of debate on globalization in much of the media, yet the New York Times' op-ed page took a remarkably one-sided approach to the issue, running five op-eds critical of the Mobilization for Global Justice, and none supporting it (see FAIR's "New York Times Op-Ed Page Shuts Out IMF/World Bank Critics"). Paul Krugman's op-ed ("A Real Nut Case," 4/19/00) caricatured the recommendations of World Bank critics, dismissing them as "rarely fact-checked" notions that would harm the poor. In particular, Krugman critiqued the work of the Center for Economic and Policy Research's Robert […]


NPR vs. Free Speech

Opera show dropped by NPR to punish host's political activism

On Friday NPR decided it would no longer distribute an opera program because of the political activism of the program's host--who does not work for NPR. Together we can send a message to NPR about this appalling decision. A controversy erupted over freelance radio host Lisa Simeone's participation with an activist group occupying a park in Washington, D.C. Simeone was promptly fired as host of the documentary program Soundprint (AP, 10/20/11), which cited NPR ethics guidelines. NPR claims it had nothing to do with that firing (, 10/20/11). On Thursday, North Carolina station WDAV, which produces World of Opera, announced […]


What We Learn From WikiLeaks

Media paint flattering picture of U.S. diplomacy

In U.S. elite media, the main revelation of the WikiLeaks diplomatic cables is that the U.S. government conducts its foreign policy in a largely admirable fashion. Fareed Zakaria, Time (12/2/10): The WikiLeaks documents, by contrast [to the Pentagon Papers], show Washington pursuing privately pretty much the policies it has articulated publicly. Whether on Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan or North Korea, the cables confirm what we know to be U.S. foreign policy. And often this foreign policy is concerned with broader regional security, not narrow American interests. Ambassadors are not caught pushing other countries in order to make deals secretly to strengthen […]


Pratap Chatterjee on Task Force 373, Timothy Karr on net neutrality


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The WikiLeaks Afghan War Diaries prompted waves of media coverage, though much of that amounted to "move on, there's nothing to see here." But digging into the documents might reveal more about the Afghan War than we knew—like the existence of something called Task Force 373, set up to capture or kill specific al Qaeda or Taliban figures. What does it really do, though, and where does it fit in with what we know about U.S. war policy? Journalist Pratap Chatterjee will join us to talk about that. Also on CounterSpin today: A few […]