Jan
13
2012

Cyrus Safdari on Iran, Jake Johnston on Haiti

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: As a covert war against Iran seems to be intensifying, the U.S. media have looked like willing partners in an anti-Iran propaganda campaign, helping US officials project dishonest claims, rs. We'll speak with Cyrus Safdari of Iran Affairs about coverage. Also on the show: The two year anniversary of the devastating Haiti earthquake is being marked as a sign of failure, as millions of dollars of aid and assistance seem to have translated to hundreds of thousands of people living in tents, and a new outbreak of Cholera. But is what went wrong with […]

Feb
11
2011

Mark Weisbrot on Haiti elections, Vijay Prashad on Egypt and the U.S.

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Why did Hillary Clinton jump on a plane to Haiti on January 30th in the middle of a major diplomatic crisis caused by the Egyptian uprising? She was going to Haiti because Washington is worried that U.S. efforts to deliver a Haitian president to its liking are threatened by democracy. It has not been easy to follow this story in the corporate media, but Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research will bring up to date on Haiti. Also on the show: How do you present decades of support for a […]

Feb
10
2011

Duvalier = Aristide?

Equation of dictator with popular ex-president distorts Haitian history, reality

It was certainly surprising to see former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier return to the country on January 16. To say he has blood on his hands is an understatement: The Duvalier regimes were responsible for tens of thousands of deaths and widespread torture (Human Rights Watch, 1/17/11), and stole half a billion dollars from the country (Miami Herald, 1/17/11). Soon thereafter, former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide announced his intention to return to his country from exile. Aristide, twice elected and twice overthrown by coups, remains a popular figure in Haitian politics. His first stint in office was remarkably peaceful (Extra!, 11-12/94); […]

Apr
01
2010

'It's Tough to Be Haitian, Isn't It?'

In quake coverage, nation’s poverty is ‘bad luck’

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons/waterdotorg

One of the most striking images from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was of poor New Orleans residents crowded together outside that city’s convention center, days after the storm had subsided, chanting, “We want help!” It was a scene that shocked viewers and reporters alike, who had not realized that a major U.S. city could be home to so many people who lacked the economic means even to flee in the face of oncoming danger—though the promised national conversation about poverty that was supposed to result never really arrived (Extra!, 7-8/06). Such images couldn’t help but come to mind in […]

Feb
24
2010

CounterSpin Interview: Mark Weisbrot on the Haitian Earthquake

‘Are you going to reconstruct the country without a state?’

Mark Weisbrot--Photo Credit: CEPR

Much of the reporting on Haiti disaster relief has portrayed the U.S. as doing its best, under near-impossible circumstances, to bring food, water and medical aid to earthquake-stricken Haitians. And indeed, many American efforts have given aid and comfort to Haitians—but Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, says the U.S. is in many ways hindering relief. FAIR’s radio show CounterSpin interviewed Weisbrot for its January 29 show. CounterSpin: Americans, including many U.S. journalists, have been showing their compassion for Haitians in this latest hour of need, and you come along in this feel-good moment—at least […]

Jan
29
2010

Charlie Cray on Supreme Court election ruling, Mark Weisbrot on Haiti

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The Supreme Court ruled 5-to-4 that corporations may not be limited in their spending to influence elections, because they have the same free speech rights as people. Among the many questions raised are not just what this means for elections, but what it means for "free" speech. We'll hear from Charlie Cray of the Center for Corporate Policy on that story. Also on the program: Amidst the misery, there are a many feel-good stories being reported in the U.S. press about the American role in attempting to bring relief to Haiti. But not all […]

Jan
15
2010

Bill Fletcher on Haiti, Beau Hodai on Charles Overby

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Haiti's status as the poorest nation in the hemisphere has been mentioned time and again by journalists covering the current catastrophe, but where were journalists before the earthquake hit? And how are they doing in explaining the larger context of how Haiti got to this point? We'll talk to Bill Fletcher, former president of TransAfrica Forum and executive editor of The Black Commentator. Also on the show: Charles Overby is CEO of the Freedom Forum, a foundation ostensibly dedicated to principles of free speech and a free press. He's also a director and shareholder […]

Feb
27
2004

Mary Turck on Haiti, Bob Dreyfuss on Iraq intelligence

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin we'll be joined by investigative journalist Robert Dreyfuss, who will talk to us about faulty pre-war intelligence on Iraq, and how a secret and largely unaccountable organization inside the Pentagon manufactured and publicized much of the dubious intelligence at the core of the Bush administration's case for war. He wrote about all of this in a recent Mother Jones article, The Lie Factory. And we'll take another look at the crisis in Haiti. It's now a top story in the media, but are news reports giving us enough background about what led to the […]