“The former 9/11 detainees also really see this as a case to ensure that this kind of suspicionless, baseless religious and racial profiling doesn’t happen again. That it doesn’t go unpunished.”
CounterSpin interview with Rachel Meeropol on justice for 9/11 detainees
Argo won the Best Picture Academy Award. The film claims to be ‘based on’ the true story of the Iranian hostage crisis. But just how far removed is it from that true story, and why does it matter? We’ll hear from Nima Shirazi of the blog WideasleepinAmerica.
Also on the show: The Supreme Court has determined that the government doesn’t have to reveal who it’s targeting with its domestic spying programs, but civil liberties groups can’t challenge the spying because… they can’t prove they’ve been targeted. Mitra Ebadolahi of the ACLU’s National Security Project will explain.
Download MP3 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 […]
Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan provided a real-life example of something many corporate pundits say they’ve longed to see: A Palestinian activist pursuing non-violent resistance. And yet his 66 day hunger strike to protest Israel’s policies of detaining Palestinians for months at a times without charge didn’t draw much media attention. We’ll talk to Yousef Munayyer of the Palestine Center about that. Also on CounterSpin today, US media are calling the fire that killed at least 360 people in an overcrowded Honduran prison a tragic accident. Our guest calls it “only the latest deadly […]
Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: President Obama’s signing of a defense bill including authorization for the indefinite detention of terror suspects–including U.S. citizens– has been condemned by leading civil liberties voices. But the outrage has been somewhat obscured by a general confusion about what the bill means and the president’s intentions. Salon columnist and former constitutional litigator Glenn Greenwald will sort that out for us. Also on CounterSpin today, Big Media companies have lined up to support the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, a bill that its supporters say will finally do something about the problem of online […]
Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The coverage of the recent arrest of a would-be Muslim terrorist ready to carry out attacks here at home had a we’ve-been-here-before feel. Whatever questions might surround this particular case, most media consumers are by now accustomed to the general presumption that Muslim terrorism is a serious, prevalent danger. University of North Carolina Islam scholar Charles Kurzman argues exactly the opposite in his recent book, The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists. He’ll join us to talk about that. Also on CounterSpin today, some have been shocked to see that police […]
Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: This is how ABC anchor Diane Sawyer explained the Greek crisis: “The Dow down nearly 300 points, so, what changed? Well, blame it on the country of Greece, long criticized for being undisciplined and now threatening American retirements.” With the EU bailout of Greek in danger and the government calling for a referendum, corporate media in this country are back to bashing pampered Greek workers and demanding austerity as the cure for the country’s fiscal woes. NY City College of Technology professor Costas Panayotakis will join us to talk about that. Also on CounterSpin […]