Jan 18 2008

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


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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 John Hopkins which found an even higher death toll. But do the studies disagree dramatically? And what do both studies say about the true human costs of the Iraq War? We’ll ask Robert Naiman of Just Foreign Policy.


How the Pentagon Planted a False Story, by Gareth Porter (Inter Press Service, 1/16/08)

— Just Foreign Policy’s Iraqi Death Estimate