Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: An immigration reform bill passed the Senate and is headed for the House, but after its trip through the political machinery, does it look at all like what immigrant communities might’ve hoped for? We’ll hear from journalist Maegan Ortiz, publisher of VivirLatino.com. Also this week: The message of Obama's trip to Africa was trade not aid, and bringing more electricity to countries that desperately need it. But what does such rhetoric conceal about U.S. Africa policy? We'll speak with Syracuse professor Horace Campbell. LINKS: --VivirLatino -"Obama in Africa," by Horace Campbell (CounterPunch, 6/26/13)
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The Supreme Court is grabbing the front pages with rulings on marriage equality and the Voting Rights Act. But the Court's curious ruling on affirmative action raises plenty of questions—especially about where the discussion of that issue might be headed next. We'll speak to Kimberle Crenshaw of the African American Policy Forum about that.
And Barack Obama gave a major address on climate change. What it signaled, rhetorically or otherwise, was very much up for debate. The media discussion included plenty from Obama's critics in the fossil fuel industry, but what were the environmentalist critiques of the policy? We'll talk to Public Citizen's Tyson Slocum.
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is either a whistleblower or a traitor, depending on whom you listen to. We'll hear from Kathleen McClellan of the Government Accountability Project about Snowden and the NSA. Also on CounterSpin: Veteran consumer rights activist Ralph Nader joins us to talk about his new book Told You So. He'll share his thoughts about a media system that too often silences the voices of dissent.
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Did Barack Obama's National Defense University speech signal a sea change in White House terrorism policy? That depended on who was doing the listening. We'll talk with Pardiss Kebriaei of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
And Bob McChesney talks about his new book Digital Disconnect, and why understanding capitalism is essential to understanding the development of the internet.