Sep 30 2015

Marginalizing the Momentum of the BDS Movement

New York Times story on BDS

When the New York Times pays attention to BDS, coverage doesn’t focus on the role of the movement in the struggle for Palestinian rights, but instead amplifies critics of BDS and focuses on charges that the movement is a form of antisemitism.

Jan 01 2015

SoundBites January/February 2015

Elizabeth Warren, Antonio Weiss

Making ‘Torture’ Impossible When the Washington Post (12/9/14) described on the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the treatment of prisoners at CIA “black sites,” it said it documented “harsh interrogation measures,” “painful procedures” and even “seemingly arbitrary violence.” But what it didn’t say was that this treatment was “torture”—except when saying it was “deemed torture by program critics including President Obama.” And that was no accident. In a Post story (12/9/14) about the “old debate” about torture terminology, Philip Bump quotes the justification Cameron Barr (then national security editor, now national editor) gave to Brian Stelter (7/2/10) in 2010: “After […]

Oct 10 2014

Settlements or Neighborhoods? NPR Takes Netanyahu’s Side

By law, they're Israeli colonies, but NPR's guest calls them 'neighborhoods'

Gilo, occupied West Bank (cc photo: Justin McIntosh/Wikimedia)

NPR’s Morning Edition takes a look at Israeli prime minister’s misleading rhetoric about settlement expansion–but their only guest is an Israeli writer who agrees with him.

Jul 25 2014

Alex Kane on US Weapons in Gaza; Jamie Kalven on Police Abuse Records

Chicago arrest (cc photo: Matt Novak)

The US press doesn’t talk much about where Israel gets its weapons–or other aspects of the US role in the Gaza conflict. And a recent legal victory in Chicago could help expose police brutality in poor communities of color.

Mar 14 2014

Miguel Tinker Salas on Venezuela, Ali Abunimah on Palestine


This week on CounterSpin: Venezuela’s violent demonstrations, which began a month ago, have begun to wind down. Has anything been resolved between the largely middle and upper class opposition, and the democratically elected government they want to leave? We’ll talk with Pomona College professor and the author of The Enduring Legacy: Oil, Culture and Society in Venezuela, Miguel Tinker Salas.

Also this week: The news from Israel-Palestine is usually quite bleak, and this week is no different. But are the Palestinians winning? That’s what Ali Abunimah argues in his new book The Battle for Justice in Palestine. He’ll join us to explain.

Jan 01 2013

Hating the Oppressed in Gaza

Victims become villains in U.S. coverage

BBC journalist Jihad Masharawi's 11-month-old son Omar died after shrapnel hit the family home in Gaza; the BBC did not devote a story to Masharawi's loss until 10 days later (Photo source: AP)

Malcolm X once said, “If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” Nowhere is this warning more relevant than in the corporate media’s one-sided coverage of Israel’s latest assault on Gaza, which left 160 Palestinians dead, including 105 civilians and 34 children (Palestine Centre for Human Rights). In stark contrast, rockets fired into Israel claimed the lives of four Israeli civilians and two soldiers. One civilian death is one too many, no matter which side suffers, but a kill rate of nearly 27 Palestinians […]

Nov 23 2012

Yousef Munayyer on Gaza, Amy Goodman on ‘The Silenced Majority’


CounterSpin talks to Yousef Munayyer, the director of Washington, D.C.’s Jerusalem Fund, about what happens when the smoke clears in Gaza. And we’ll talk to Amy Goodman about her new book, The Silenced Majority, and what she thinks media needs to do to serve the public.

Oct 26 2012

Stephen Zunes on foreign policy debate; Yifat Susskind on Iraq War’s toxic legacy

The final presidential debate, addressing international issues, managed to promote several falsehood about U.S. foreign policy. And: The toxic legacy of the Iraq War. New research, largely unreported in U.S. media, shows alarming levels of toxic lead, heavy metals and a massive increase in birth defects in the city of Fallujah, the site of two major offensives by the U.S. military.