Jan 15 2016

Laura Carlsen on the Arrest of ‘El Chapo,’ Omar Shakir on Closing Guantanamo

Sean Penn with El Chapo Guzman (photo: Rolling Stone)

If the reason the arrest of Mexican drug kingpin “El Chapo” Guzman is so significant is its impact on the war on drugs—what, really, is that impact?

Oct 21 2015

Fox, Daily Beast Stories on Cubans in Syria Lack One Thing: Evidence of Cubans in Syria

Cuban imilitary (photo: Reuters)

A Cuban troop presence in Syria would be a blockbuster story indeed—undermining the easing of tensions between Cuba and the United States. There’s only one problem: The story is looking increasingly bunk.

Aug 3 2015

‘Puerto Rico Is an Artificial Economy’

CounterSpin interview with Ed Morales on Puerto Rican debt crisis

Ed Morales

“Economically, Puerto Rico is almost like a wholly owned subsidiary of the US economy, and various laws inhibit it from making decisions to develop their own economy.”

Jul 31 2015

Ed Morales on Puerto Rican Debt Crisis, Beth Haller on Disability Rights

Protesting government shutdown in Puerto Rico

The debt crisis has already meant closing schools, losing jobs and shutting off healthcare options, so what does it mean that on the mainland, what’s happening in Puerto Rico is just a business story?

Jul 10 2015

Costas Panayotakis on Greek ‘No’ Vote, Rachel Nolan on Dominican Displacement

New York Post: Greek Tragedy

The New York Post headline “Greek Tragedy: Nation Commits Economic Suicide” was only yelling what was spoken elsewhere: that Greek voters invited ruin with their “No” vote on an austerity referendum.

Apr 1 2015

O’Reilly’s Lies: For Self and State

Bill O'Reilly, host of "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News

It’s bad when journalists make things up for personal aggrandizement. But there’s a more important level of lying done in the service of power, particularly to justify state violence—and Bill O’Reilly has a history of that, too.

Jan 1 2015

Mexican Students Didn’t Just ‘Disappear’

Describing them as 'missing' is missing the context

Ayotzinapa, Mexico

The majority of English-language news accounts have failed to provide a deeper context concerning the failed war on drugs and the use of forced disappearances as a repressive state tactic, and employ language that often criminalizes the disappeared students.

Nov 7 2014

Roberto Lovato on Mexico, Ann Jones on Afghanistan

mexico-protests

This week on CounterSpin: The disappearance of 48 student activists in Mexico has brought hundreds of thousands of activists to the streets, demanding accountability from the US-allied president who just months ago was being cheered by Time magazine as the man who would save Mexico. We’ll talk to journalist Roberto Lovato about the crisis in Mexico and the reasons the story isn’t getting enough coverage in the US press.

Also this week: US media presented the election of Ashraf Ghani as Afghanistan’s president as good news, largely because he would sign an agreement allowing US forces to remain in the country. Afghan women had different reasons to be tentatively hopeful; but then, who remembers Afghan women? We’ll talk with journalist Ann Jones about her new article, The Missing Women of Afghanistan.