Dec 6 2013

Azadeh Shahshahani on Honduras, Esther Armah on Marissa Alexander

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Castro, presidential candidate of the Liberty and Refoundation party (LIBRE)This week on CounterSpin: After a 2009 coup removed left-wing President Manuel Zelaya, many were watching the elections in Honduras to get a sense of where the country—and US policy—might be heading. The early results said the elections were relatively clean, and the leading conservative candidate won the vote. But is that the whole story? Azadeh Shahshahani from the National Lawyers Guild will fill us in.

marissa-alexanderAlso on CounterSpin today, Marissa Alexander is free on bond. But the Florida woman sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot in an altercation with her abusive husband still faces a retrial next year. How far has our legal system, and our society, really advanced in understanding domestic violence cases–and are media helping? We’ll talk with journalist Esther Armah about that.


–“Honduras’ Presidential Election Demands an Investigation,” by Lauren Carasik and Azadeh Shahshahani (Al Jazeera America, 11/28/13)

–“Will Emotional Terrorism Rule the Courts in the Marissa Alexander Case?” by Esther Armah (Alternet, 12/3/13)