This week on CounterSpin: When Barack Obama ordered armed military advisors to central Africa to help regional officials fight the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army and its leader Joseph Kony, few journalists asked why or why now. The fact that the LRA is bad seemed to be enough. But is the move against the LRA part of something bigger happening in US foreign policy with regard to Africa? Well talk to the Institute for Policy Studies’ John Feffer about searching for terrorists in Africa.
Also on the show: Possible cuts to defense spending could mean the loss of a million jobs! claims a recent industry study. We hear these job creation numbers all the time but where do they come from and how useful are they? We’ll hear from Heidi Garrett-Peltier of the Unversity of Massachusetts Amherst about what to keep in mind when media and industry talk about job creation.
–“Target: Africa,” by John Feffer (IPS, 10/25/11)
–The Myth of Military Job Creation (Institute for Public Accuracy, 10/26/11)