Apr 29 2011

Andy Worthington on Guantánamo files, Lucinda Marshall on Greg Mortenson


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This week on CounterSpin: If you’ve heard much at all about WikiLeaks new disclosures about Guantánamo, you’ve probably noticed that US media tend to emphasize information justifying and rationalizing the U.S. actions regarding its offshore prison camp. But what should listeners really know about the new WikiLeaks revelations? We’ll talk with journalist and Guantánamo expert Andy Worthington about what the latest disclosures mean.

Also on CounterSpin today, the U.S. public soured on the Afghan War a long time ago. That might explain some of the popularity of Greg Mortenson, whose bestselling book Three Cups of Tea suggests that building schools instead of waging war would do more to help Afghans. It’s hard to argue with that, but CBS’ 60 Minutes aired an explosive investigation into Mortenson’s charity and his truthfulness. What are the big lessons here? And why do stories like his resonate with American audiences? We’ll speak to Lucinda Marshall of the Feminist Peace Network.