Jun 27 2014

Murtaza Hussain on Iraq, Laura Carlsen on Immigration Crisis

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cbs-sunni-shiaThis week on CounterSpin: The crisis in Iraq has pundits talking about Al-Qaeda and ISIS and regional powers like Iran–but there’s also the suggestion that this is merely the latest round in a 1,400-year-old war between Muslim sects. That lets the US off the hook, but does it fit with actual history? Writer Murtaza Hussain joins us to explain how it doesn’t.

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Brownsville4jpgAlso this week: Are the increasing numbers of children migrants from Central America “refugees who need asylum or illegal gold-diggers who need to go home?” Not clear whom the Christian Science Monitor thought it was helping with such inhumane framing of what the White House is now calling an “urgent humanitarian situation.” We’ll talk about the more complicated pushes and pulls behind this child migration with Laura Carlsen of the Americas Program of the Center for International Policy.

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–“The Myth of the 1,400-Year Sunni-Shia War,” by Murtaza Hussain (Al Jazeera, 7/9/13)

—“Child Migrants and Media Half-Truths,” by Laura Carlsen (Americas Program, 6/23/14)