Feb 3 2012

Vijay Prashad on Iran, Jeff Ballinger on Apple


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This week on CounterSpin: U.S. media are abuzz with stories about the growing threat Iran poses to the U.S. The stories seem to embellish recent remarks by the U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who says Iran is a larger threat than al Qaeda and is prepared to carry out attacks in the Western Hemisphere, including in the US. We’ll be joined by Vijay Prashad, Director of International Studies at Trinity College to talk about Iran.

Also on the show: The New York Times series on working conditions at Apple suppliers in China–conditions that have reportedly driven as many as 20 workers to suicide–is disturbing and compelling. But is it the sort of work that leads to real reform, or just journalism awards? We’ll talk about Apple and coverage of Apple with longtime workers’ right advocate and researcher Jeff Ballinger.


–“Fingers Itch for a War on Iran,” by Vijay Prashad (CounterPunch, 1/30/12)

–“State of the Apple (Rotten,” by Jeff Ballnger (Labor Notes, 1/25/12)