May 30 2008

Pepe Escobar on UN Iran report, Sarah Posner on McCain’s Pastor problem


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This week on CounterSpin: The latest UN report on Iran’s nuclear program has been leaked, but what it says depends on which U.S. news outlet you depend on. Does it describe an ominous march toward Iran’s nuclear weaponization as is suggested by many stories, or something less serious? We’ll be joined by Pepe Escobar, “Roving Eye” columnist for Asia Times Online and correspondent for the Real News Network, to talk about what the UN report actually says.

Also on the show: Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain has publicly rejected the endorsements of televangelists John Hagee and Rod Parsley—that is after some of the reverends’ more irreverent remarks were widely broadcast. Our guest says this in no way signals the end of the influence of the movement these pastors are part of. We’ll hear from Sarah Posner, author of God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters.


Spinning the IAEA Report on Iran’s Nuclear Program, by Pepe Escobar (Real News Network, 5/28/08)

God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, by Sarah Posner