Sep
23
2011

What if the Tea Party Occupied Wall Street?

Corporate media skip anti-corporate protests

Occupy Wall Street sign

In an action called Occupy Wall Street, thousands of activists took to the streets of Lower Manhattan on September 17. The protests are continuing, with demonstrators camped out on the Financial District's Liberty Street in support of U.S. democratization and against corporate domination of politics (Adbusters, 9/19/11). But you wouldn't know much about any of this from the corporate media--outlets that seem much more interested in protests of the Tea Party variety. The anti-corporate protests have been lightly covered in the hometown New York Times: One piece (9/18/11) largely about how the police blocked access to Wall Street, and one […]

Sep
09
2011

Katie Galloway on 'Better This World,' Yousef Munayyer on Palmer Report

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Two men were arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention and charged with a firebombing plot. For the FBI and headline writers, violent domestic terrorists had been thwarted before the act. The new film Better This World takes another look at the story and finds much more to say about the definition of terrorism and the U.S. legal system. We'll speak with filmmaker Katie Galloway. Also on CounterSpin today, a UN report about last year's Israeli raid on a humanitarian boat to Gaza was released this month. The main media lesson seemed to be […]

Aug
01
2011

Desperate for Democracy in Iraq

Protesters fight for what U.S. media say they already have

The U.S.-based women’s rights group MADRE (6/10/11) reported that members of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq—its partner organization in Baghdad—and other protesters were brutally beaten and sexually assaulted in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square on June 10 by government-sponsored mobs. What were they demonstrating for that so threatened Iraq’s government? Democracy. “For months, young women have been demonstrating for democracy in Tahrir Square, joining thousands of others who believe in a vision of an Iraq that is democratic and rooted in human rights,” OWFI director Yanar Mohammed told MADRE. “But instead of being heard, they have been viciously attacked in […]

Jul
22
2011

Mary Bottari on ALEC Exposed, Marjorie Cohn on prison hunger strike

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: You've probably never heard of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. So why do they have so much sway over the laws affecting your life? We may get some sunlight on the actions of this influential "public/private membership organization" with the release of a cache of previously secret documents on their work. We'll hear from Mary Bottari of the Center for Media and Democracy about the ALEC Exposed project, and what it all means. Also on the show: A hunger strike by California prisoners against what they say are torturous and abusive conditions […]

Jul
01
2011

Getting Arrested Without Getting Attention

Media ignore disability rights protest on Capitol Hill

While it’s true elite media show no principled interest in citizen activism, you’d think some things would garner a word or two. Like 300 people, 200 or so in wheelchairs, occupying the rotunda of the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C., to protest Republican budget plans for Medicaid. Dozens of protesters, organized by the disability rights group ADAPT, were arrested and carted off by Capitol police on May 2; the next day, another 300 gathered outside the Longworth House Office Building, many getting inside to Rep. Paul Ryan’s second floor office, where 10 were arrested—all to the profound disinterest […]

May
27
2011

Bill McKibben on climate and extreme weather, Allison Kilkenny on protest movements

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The deadliest tornado in decabes swept through Missouri, the latest example of what seem to be unusually volatile weather patterns around the world. But when it comes to discussing extreme weather, one thing media don't want to dwell on is climate change. Environmental activist and author Bill McKibben wrote in the Washington Post about the detached way in which our strange new weather is discussed. He'll join us to talk about it. Also on CounterSpin today, there are more protests against austerity politics around the country—and more media silence. It's hard not to conclude […]

May
13
2011

Miranda Spencer on renewable energy, Mike Ervin on Medicaid protests

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: What are renewables and why are media telling us so little about them? With energy prices rising, and a nuclear disaster still unfolding in Japan, it would seem to be the perfect time to talk about renewable energy sources, like solar, wind and geothermal. But this hasn't been the case. Independent journalist Miranda Spencer will join us to talk about how the media dismiss alternative forms of energy that are safer, cleaner and cheaper, but apparently still less journalistically viable than petroleum, nuclear and coal. Also on the show: The arrests of more than […]

Apr
15
2011

Sharif Abdel Kouddous on Egypt, John Nichols on labor and Wisconsin

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: With the Egyptian military still firmly in power, the Egyptian revolution is still very much a work in progress. The same military that we were once told was a liberal friend of democratic activists, is reportedly continuing policies of torture, political detainment and censorship. But you wouldn't know this from the reporting of many US media outlets, who seemed to lose interest in Egypt after the ouster of Hosni Mubarak in February. We'll talk about Egypt with independent journalist and Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous. Also on the show: You can tell the […]