Sep 21 2012

Vijay Prashad on “Muslim Rage,” Imara Jones on 47 percent and race

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This week on CounterSpin: In the wake of the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and angry demonstrations in several other Muslim countries, corporate media are largely fingering religious differences and the peculiarities of Islam as the reason for this “Muslim Rage.” But was this all really sparked by an internet video clip insulting to Islam? Vijay Prashad, a professor at Trinity College and the author of Arab Spring, Libyan Winter, will join us to talk about some other reasons for Muslim resentment of US officialdom.

Also on CounterSpin today: Mother Jones reporter David Corn has the campaign story of the moment, a secretly recorded Mitt Romney fundraiser where– we’re sure you’ve heard by now– the Republican presidential candidate writes off almost half the U.S. population for being non-income tax paying freeloaders. Corporate media have dissected Romney’s claims and debunked his argument—-hooray for fact checking!-— but where does this notion come from, exactly? columnist Imara Jones thinks there’s a not-so-subtle racial message in Romney’s remarks. He’ll join us to explain.


–“Libyan Humiliation a Driving Force for Anti-Americanism,” by Vijay Prashad (Al Akhbar English, 9/12/12)

–“Mitt Romney’s ‘47 Percent’ Remarks Have Everything To Do With Race,” by Imara Jones (, 9/18/12)