Apr 3 2009

Mark Weisbrot on the G20, Gareth Porter on the Afghanistan surge


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This week on CounterSpin: Barack Obama’s military surge in Afghanistan has caught very little flack in the media, even though experts on the region say it doesn’t make sense and distorts realities on the ground in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan. We’ll talk to journalist Gareth Porter about coverage of the Afghanistan surge, an Obama policy he calls “a stunningly irrational blunder.”

Also on CounterSpin today, the G-20 summit in London has attracted a lot of media attention; that this is Barack Obama’s first major sit-down with other world leaders is probably one factor. But looming over the event is of course the global economic downturn. Has the media conversation about global capitalism changed much? We’ll speak with Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic & Policy Research


CEPR (Center for Economic & Policy Research)

–“Debunking the Rationale for War in Afghanistan,”

by Gareth Porter