Dec 2 2011

Sharif Abdel Kouddous on Egypt, Hannah Gurman on Fallujah


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This week on CounterSpin: Egypt just finished its first round of elections since the uprising earlier this year by democratic activists. So why aren’t the activists overjoyed? We’ll talk about the state of democracy in Egypt and the way US corporate media are covering it, with independent journalist and Democracy Now! Cairo correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous.

Also on the program: US elite media provided cover for the military during the 2004 invasion of Fallujah, dismissing and downplaying reports of civilian deaths in the besieged Iraqi city. Our guest says the failure to confront what happened in Fallujah may still be having life or death effects, as media ignore present day concerns of a health crisis there that may be related to the use of chemical weapons. Hannah Gurman is a columnist for Foreign Policy In Focus, as well as assistant professor at New York University’s Gallatin School. She’ll join us to talk about The Underexamined Story of Fallujah.