Nov 9 2007

Shahid Buttar on Pakistan, Jonathan Tasini on the writers strike


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This week on CounterSpin: Martial law in Pakistan made headlines on November 4. Some in the media were calling it a second coup by dictator Pervez Musharraf, not to mention a move that muddies up the Bush White House’s alleged democracy promotion project in the Muslim world. What’s missing from that media formulation? We’ll hear from writer and activist Shahid Buttar.

Also on CounterSpin today, the Writers Guild of America strike has generated a lot of coverage of which celebrities are walking the picket lines and which shows will go into reruns, but reporting about what the writers are asking for and how the industry works is harder to find. Jonathan Tasini, the former president of the National Writers Union has been on the picket lines every day, he’ll join us in a discussion about what is at stake.


Supporting Musharraf Fuels Crisis in Pakistan, by Shahid Buttar (Foreign Policy In Focus, 10/15/07)

Working Life: Greed Is Good: How Big Media Wants to Steal From Its Workers, by Jonathan Tasini (Inter Press Service, 11/1/07)