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Collecting unexploded weaponry in the Congo--UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

This week on CounterSpin: The good news from the Democratic Republic of the Congo is that the bloody, Rwandan-backed militia M23 has laid down its arms, mostly due to pressure from the US. But what is US coverage of the story skewing, and what is it leaving out? We’ll talk with Maurice Carney of Friends of the Congo.

Also on the show: The average food stamp benefit in this country is about $4.50 per person per day, but Congress has decided they can get by with less; some $5 billion worth of cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program went into effect on November 1. Our guest says those hoping to counter such Dickensian measures would do well to understand their source–and in this case, it isn’t John Boehner. George Zornick of The Nation will join us to talk about food stamp cuts.


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–“Food Stamp Cuts: A Bipartisan Scandal,” by George Zornick (The Nation, 11/1/13