Jun 21 2013

Alexis Goldstein on Foreclosure Crisis; Deepa Kumar on NYPD Muslim Spying

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Bank of America protest (cc photo: Neil Parekh / SEIU Healthcare 775NW)

(cc photo: Neil Parekh / SEIU Healthcare 775NW)

This week on CounterSpin: Big banks’ troubling and sometimes illegal practices pushed thousands of people into foreclosure and out of their homes. Revelations from a new lawsuit suggest the same sorts of practices have turned what was supposed to be the government’s fix of the previous scandal into yet another scandal–or they would, if they got enough attention. Activist Alexis Goldstein has been talking about the story; we’ll talk with her.

Also on the show: Domestic spying is a huge story, as revelations indicate that the entire American population may be subject to government surveillance. But news that a lawsuit has been filed in a federal court in Manhattan against the New York Police Department brought a reminder that one segment of the U.S. population, Muslims, have been under widespread surveillance for more than 10 years. With us to discuss a story largely forgotten in the media is Deepa Kumar, an associate professor of media studies and Middle Eastern studies at Rutgers and the author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire.