Mar 2 2012

Sonali Kolhatkar on Afghanistan, Kevin Gosztola on WikiLeaks and Stratfor


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This week on CounterSpin: The burning of copies of the Koran by US military in Afghanistan touched off a week of protests, including attacks on US soldiers. While US media have by and large denounced the Koran burning as unacceptably stupid, they still seem to be having trouble placing the current violence within the context of the larger decade-long violence that is the US/NATO occupation. We’ll talk to Sonali Kolhatkar of the Afghan’s Women Mission and KPFK’s Uprising radio show about what the Washington Post calls “saving the Afghan strategy.”

Also on CounterSpin today: Elite media have always had a contentious relationship with the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. They don’t like the way the site gets its information and don’t like the conclusions the site draws from the documents it obtains. And even when the site breaks big news, plenty of pundits are ready to tell you that it’s not really news at all. But this week WikiLeaks posted a trove of emails from the intelligence firm STRATFOR. The stories might lead reporters to investigate corporate and government monitoring of activists, among other things. But media have mostly taken a pass. We’ll talk with Firedoglake blogger Kevin Gosztola, who thinks there’s plenty here to write about.



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