Feb 15 2008

Seymour Hersh on Israel’s Syrian air strike, Gerald LeMelle on Bush’s Africa trip


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This week on CounterSpin: An Israeli air strike on a mysterious building in Syria in September prompted weeks of media coverage that buttressed the Israeli line: that Syrians were in cahoots with North Korea on a nuclear weapons program. The reporting was chock full of anonymous sources and mysterious satellite imagery that, to hear the media tell it, sealed the deal. New Yorker investigative reporter Seymour Hersh took a look at the evidence, though, and came away much more skeptical than his media colleagues. He’ll join us to talk about what he found.

Also on CounterSpin today: Though you might not know it for the lack of media coverage, George Bush is embarking on a tour of Africa on February 15th. The White House is building up the trip with talk of human rights, humanitarian issues, democratic reform and other good stuff. But some Africa watchers say the warm and fuzzy rhetoric conceals less compassionate motives, like the U.S.’s militarization of the continent. We’ll talk with Gerald LeMelle of Africa Action about U.S. intentions in Africa.


A Strike in the Dark, by Seymour M. Hersh (New Yorker, 2/11/08)

Africa Policy Outlook 2008, by Gerald LeMelle (Foreign Policy In Focus, 2/7/08)